State offers cooling aid
The state Department of Human Services will begin taking applications Tuesday to help low-income households pay their cooling bills this summer. The federal government is making available about $16 million for its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Eligibility is based on household income, with a maximum of $1,024 in net monthly income for a one-person household and up to $3,565 in net monthly income for an eight-person household. The anticipated one-time benefit amounts range from about $120 for a one-person household to up to $180 for a household of two or more. Households that already receive public assistance through DHS are expected to be automatically authorized.
Authorities in Tahlequah say the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash has turned herself into police. Police say the fatal crash happened early Sunday when two boys were walking along the State Highway 51 bypass. Police Chief Nate King says one boy was killed and the other boy was injured. The driver involved in the crash is a juvenile female who turned herself into police Sunday afternoon. Police say the boys were walking home about 4 a.m. Sunday from a nearby Walmart. They stopped to rest and were either kneeling or lying on the roadway when they were struck by the vehicle. Police say prosecutors will decide whether any charges should be filed against the driver.