The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Local and State News

December 10, 2006

Candidate pulling from mayor’s race

By Tippi Rasp

Staff Writer

A candidate for mayor said he plans to withdraw his name from consideration because local law enforcement officials are out to get him.

Rick Childs said he sent a certified letter Fri-day night to the election board stating his in-tent to bow out because he was un-fairly targeted by local law enforcement officials.

“I’m withdrawing,” he said. “I’ve got people that work for me that I’ve got to protect.”

Childs said a lawman driving an unmarked police car stopped a woman who works for Childs and conducted a fruitless search of her car for drugs.

Enid Police Department Sgt. Warren Wilson said Childs came in to talk to police Friday night on behalf of one of his employees, Linda Hughey. Wilson said Childs described a vehicle that didn’t match anything in the department’s fleet.

Childs also described a plain-clothes officer who was wearing a badge on his belt. Wilson said no plain-clothed lawmen were working Friday night.

“We have concluded that was not one of our on-duty officers, and we’re now treating it as a criminal matter,” Wilson said.

Hughey described a dark-colored mid-sized vehicle with a red, flashing light on the dash.

Wilson said police were continuing their investigation and anyone with information on the incident should call Enid Police Department at 242-7000.

Childs initially came to the police department alone to complain on behalf of Hughey. Wilson said he asked Childs to bring her in so she could make a written statement about the incident.

Childs said Hughey had driven to Child’s business, Wild Childs Gentlemen’s Club, on South Van Buren to pick up a part for a vacuum cleaner. A club employee took the part out to Hughey’s vehicle and handed it to her through the window. She was pulled over immediately after pulling out of the club’s parking lot, she said.

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