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Oklahoma business briefs for Sept. 27.

Oklahoma business briefs for Sept. 27.

Bank branch relocates to new building

First Fidelity Bank has announced the relocation of the bank’s Nichols Hills branch to a new building at 6404 Avondale Drive.

“We are excited to have the ability to better serve our clients in our new, state-of-the-art facility in a more convenient location,” First Fidelity CEO Lee R. Symcox said. “We think our clients will be pleased to know this building will also have a fully functional, deposit-enabled ATM for their use 24 hours a day.”

The new branch will open Monday. First Fidelity Bank is hosting a grand opening reception and ribbon-cutting with the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 10.

The bank also is holding a 50/50 raffle open to the public during business hours from Oct. 9-12. Half the proceeds will be given to the winner, and the other 50 percent will benefit The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Osage County men charged in cattle thefts

PAWHUSKA — Two men have been charged with stealing cattle after an investigation was launched by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

The investigation began in late June after a series of cattle thefts near Avant, in southern Osage County, according to a news release.

A special ranger with the association reported receiving complaints from three different victims that calves had been stolen from their pastures. The ranger later discovered the missing cattle had been sold through several different livestock auctions in northeast Oklahoma and southern Kansas.

Cody Joseph Porter, 32 of Sperry, and Michael Joseph Demaro, 43, of Skiatook, were identified on auction records. On June 5, the two men were reportedly seen in possession of a stolen trailer loaded with stolen livestock near Shawnee.

Demaro was arrested later that day after attempting to elude Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies for several hours. Porter was able to evade capture but was later arrested in Owasso on July 10.

Both men were charged in Osage County District Court in late August and face five counts of larceny of domestic animals, which, if the men are convicted, carry a sentence up to 10 years in prison for each count, according to the news release.

Group to open avid hotels in OKC, Tulsa

InterContinental Hotels Group will open a second avid hotel in Oklahoma City and another in Tulsa.

A 95-room, four-story hotel will be built at the intersection of SW 15 and Merdian Avenue. Expected to open next year, the avid hotel Oklahoma City is owned by Champion Hotels, which also owns the very first avid hotel near Quail Springs Mall.

The company also is building a 95-room, four-story avid hotel at 7983 S Mingo Road in Tulsa.

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