JAY, Okla. (AP) — A plea hearing has been scheduled for next month for a Tulsa man charged with manslaughter in connection with the deaths of two University of Arkansas students in a boating collision last year.
John Deselms is charged with manslaughter in the May 14, 2013, deaths of Rachel Nichole Swetnam of Grove and William "Trey" Varner III of Texarkana, Arkansas. Prosecutors allege that Deselms was operating a boat under the influence of alcohol when it crashed into a houseboat parked on Oklahoma's Grand Lake.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin is complaining to federal officials about the potential cost to Oklahoma from unaccompanied immigrant minors who are released from a temporary shelter at Fort Sill and placed with sponsors in the state.
In a letter Monday to President Barack Obama, Fallin complained that Oklahoma taxpayers are being forced to subsidize the costs for education and health care for children who are placed with sponsors in Oklahoma.
ALTUS, Okla. (AP) — Free rain barrels are to be offered to Jackson County residents at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus.
Altus Emergency Management Director Lloyd Colston says 100 barrels will be available starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the technology center near Western Oklahoma State College. The barrels are being offered at no charge, but the number of barrels is limited.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say an elderly man has drowned in his backyard pool while doing renovation work.
A police spokesman says the man was working on the vacant home Sunday night in hopes of selling it. The spokesman says the pool was in poor condition. The water quality made it difficult for first responders to determine if the man was submerged.
An Emergency Medical Services Authority official says the man was 78-years-old. The man's identity has not been released.
U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn had canceled one of several town hall meetings he had planned. Coburn canceled a town hall meeting scheduled for noon on Aug. 12 in Bartlesville after learning of a long-standing community-wide meeting planned for approximately the same time and on the same date in Bartlesville.
Coburn's office said in a news release that the senator is canceling his meeting in Bartlesville so as not to conflict with an important Chamber of Commerce meeting.
The Center of the Universe Festival wraps up its two day run, pumping millions of dollars into the Tulsa economy. An estimated 40,000 people attended this event. That is about half of last year's attendance. However, this year there was an entry fee for the event.
For the most part it was peaceful. One man was arrested for groping an under-aged girl. While several people became ill because of the intense heat.
More than 100 bands played at this year's event in the Brady Arts District.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The FBI is investigating how con artists were able to obtain confidential information about unaccompanied child immigrants being held in Oklahoma and elsewhere as part of a scam netting the swindlers thousands of dollars.
Special agent Michelle Lee tells the San Antonio Express-News that information was obtained for children being held at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas and at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.