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OHP releases name of teen who drowned in Lake Texoma

August 14, 2014

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released the name of a Colbert teen who drowned Tuesday in Lake Texoma.


Wednesday afternoon, he was identified as 15-year-old Garlin Ward.


According to a report by Trooper Danny Chaffin, Ward and his cousin were swimming in the lake at Sunset Cove and decided to race to a sand bank about 70 feet away from the shore.


The pair swam about 45 feet before stopping to rest. The victim began yelling for help. His cousin tried assist the boy, but they both went under water.


OHP said the cousin was able to reach the water’s surface and saw the victim floating face down, before the body sank.


Dive crews found the teen’s body later Tuesday in about 20 feet of water.


Durant police officers have investigated numerous thefts recently.


Michael Duke told Patrolman Billy Thomas he was in the process of moving from an apartment in the 500 block of West Elm Street and that he later discovered his Samsung Galaxy phone was stolen. There is a suspect.


Patrolman Jeremy Brooks investigated the burglary of a car at College Inn Apartments, 1506 N. Seventh Ave. Elizabeth Ochoa said she parked her car that morning and later that evening, she discovered items in her car had been thrown around. Nothing was reported missing.


Desiree Cloyd’s purse was stolen out of her unlocked vehicle in the 400 block of West Georgia Street and a credit card inside the purse was later used at several businesses, according to a report by officer Brandon Mitchell.


Later that day, Mitchell viewed video from Walmart that showed two individuals using the stolen card. Mitchell wrote in his report that he recognized both subjects and that he knew them well from working as a police officer in Durant.


After an investigation by police, Joshua Steven Tyree, 24, and Aaron Shane Smith, 19, Durant, were arrested. They have since been charged with second-degree burglary and three counts of unauthorized use of a credit card.


Three cell phones were stolen from Ava LeJuene’s room at the Boulder Motel, according to a report by Patrolman Bradley Nelson. The victim said she was unable to lock the door and that someone identified a man who entered the apartment. Police had not talked to a suspect at the time of the report.


Kristey Mote was driving on Choctaw Road east of Cale Switch Road when she ran out of gasoline, according to a report by Master Patrol Officer Russell Harkey. She told Harkey she then walked to the Choctaw Travel Plaza West. She returned to the vehicle about 30 minutes later and then drove to a friend’s house to show him a guitar, but when she looked in her car, she discovered the instrument was missing. There was no sign of forced entry.


Patrolman Nelson investigated the burglary of Travis Blankenship’s shed in the 300 block of East Florida Street. The victim said the latch had been pried off the door and that two saws were taken.