OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin has announced a new adjutant general to head the Oklahoma National Guard as well as a new secretary of veterans affairs.
Fallin says Brigadier General Robbie Asher will become adjutant general on February 2nd and will command the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard. He succeeds Major General Myles Deering, who will become the governor's secretary of veterans affairs, replacing Rita Aragon.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa County Criminal Justice Authority deferred several community jail agreements and is instead discussing legal issues that could end up being decided by a judge.
The Tulsa World reports that the agreements were pushed back at least a month on Friday following a contentious meeting. Discussion surrounded an agreement specifically for Jenks but involved issues each of the communities, including Tulsa, have raised.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the Environmental Protection Agency has been notified of a large fuel spill in the Arkansas Kerr-McClellan Navigation Channel in Muskogee County.
The patrol says the spill in the Three Forks area of the channel and appeared to be on the surface of the water. The U.S. Coast Guard's National Response Center was notified of the spill about 2:10 p.m. Saturday and the EPA was to be alerted for possible cleanup action.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by media organizations that sought greater access to the execution of Oklahoma death row inmates.
U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton dismissed the lawsuit on Friday. He rejected allegations that Oklahoma's execution protocols violate the First Amendment.
The lawsuit was filed in August by Oklahoma Observer and the Guardian US news organizations following the April 29th of inmate Clayton Lockett, who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began.
VINITA, Okla. (AP) — Police say a truck driver who spiked his Red Bull with liquor wrecked his rig on a northeastern Oklahoma highway, spilling M and M candies, hair products and baby wipes across the road.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Bertram says the driver was arrested on a complaint of drunken driving after the accident early Friday on U.S. 60 west of Vinita. The wreck triggered crashes involving another tractor-trailer rig and a pickup truck and prompted police to close an 11-mile stretch of the highway.
SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma authorities have arrested two Texas teenagers wanted in the fatal shooting of a 66-year-old woman.
Sapulpa police say the 17-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy surrendered without incident Thursday night at a motel. Authorities say they tracked the pair by using the victim's credit card.
The Lamar County, Texas, Sheriff's Office says the victim was found Thursday at a home near Paris, Texas. They say her cards and car had been stolen. The district attorney has issued warrants for the teens, who will be extradited back to Texas.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Tulsa police officer has been ordered to stand trial on a charge that he killed his daughter's boyfriend.
The Tulsa World reported that a judge on Thursday bound 54-year-old Shannon Kepler over for trial on a first-degree murder charge, along with two counts of shooting with intent to kill.
Police say Kepler shot Jeremey Lake to death last August. Prosecutors say Kepler also fired shots at his own daughter, Lisa Kepler, and Lake's brother. Lisa Kepler had recently been kicked out of her house.