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11:20 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Duncan Firefighter Killed in Stephens County Wreck

COMANCHE, Okla. (AP) — Friends and family are mourning the death of a Duncan firefighter who was killed after an SUV crashed into a group of motorcyclists he was traveling with.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says it's not known what caused the SUV to cross a highway's center line and collide with the motorcycle riders over the weekend in Stephens County.

Fifty-three-year-old Monty Howell died in the weekend wreck, and at least five others were injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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7:31 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Oklahoma National Guard to be Honored by Legislature

Credit KWGS News File photo

The Oklahoma Legislature is scheduled to honor current members of the Oklahoma National Guard and those who were members of the 45th Infantry Division that was known as the Thunderbirds.

The ceremony is to be held during a joint session of the state House and Senate on the floor of the Oklahoma House of Representatives starting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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4:53 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Sand Springs Police: Man Caused Deadly Shooting with Officer

Sand Springs Police Deputy Chief Mike Carter speaks at a news conference about the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man over the weekend.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Police in Sand Springs say a man killed by an officer during the weekend caused the deadly shooting.

Deputy Police Chief Mike Carter told reporters Monday that 66-year-old Donald Allen was shot by Officer Brian Barnett on Saturday when Allen strode toward the officer with a loaded pistol pointed at Barnett.

Carter said Barnett was investigating reports of a man shooting a weapon in his backyard when he encountered Allen. Carter says Allen cursed and threatened the officer before retreating into his home.

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4:46 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Oklahoma House Files Legal Notice on American Indian Museum

The half-finished museum in OKC
Credit American Indian Museum

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House is advertising a legal notice of plans to either complete the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum or transfer ownership to the city of Oklahoma City.

Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman said Monday that no legislation has been filed to address the museum. He says the House is required to advertise the notice for four weeks to move forward with any option for the museum before the Legislature must adjourn on May 29.

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4:36 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Oklahoma Deputy Charged in Suspect's Shooting Death

Reserve Deputy Robert Bates
Credit Tulsa County Sheriff

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a white reserve sheriff's deputy in Oklahoma with manslaughter in the shooting of a black suspect.

A second-degree manslaughter charge was filed Monday against 73-year-old Tulsa County reserve deputy Robert Bates.

Authorities have said Bates thought he was holding a stun gun, not his handgun, when he fired at 44-year-old Eric Harris in the April 2 incident.

A man can be heard apologizing and admitting to shooting a person in a video that documents the killing.

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7:50 am
Mon April 13, 2015

2015 Child Abuse Prevention Awards Announced on Tuesday

DHS Director Ed Lake
Credit DHS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans who have made achievements in preventing child abuse in the state are being recognized this week at the state Capitol.

Tuesday's ceremony is part of planned events marking Child Abuse Prevention Day and honors outstanding child abuse prevention efforts in Oklahoma from individuals and organizations.

This year's child abuse prevention categories include the Marion Jacewitz Award, Mary Ellen Wilson Award, Outstanding Elected Official Award and the Outstanding Child Abuse Prevention Program.

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7:40 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Tulsa Fire Takes Toddlers Life

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa say an 11-month-old girl has died from injuries sustained in a fire at a north Tulsa apartment complex.

The Tulsa World reports that the girl died following a fire around 1:45 a.m. Corporal Kevin Warne says the girl had been hospitalized in critical condition at a nearby hospital, and that a 3-year-old was also briefly hospitalized for observation.

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7:37 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Women in Recovery Hosts Open House for New Facility in Tulsa

Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa County's Women in Recovery program is hosting an open house this week to showcase its new 20,000 square-foot location.

The event is Thursday and officials say the new building is nearly double the size of the previous location and has enough office and work space to serve more than 100 women, 200 children and program graduates.

Women in Recovery is a program that offers an alternative to prison for women who are nonviolent offenders with alcohol and drug addictions in Tulsa County.

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7:34 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Bacon Found Wrapped Around Edmond Mosque's Door Handles

Bacon wrapped door handles at the Edmond Mosque
Credit CAIR-Oklahoma

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma chapter of Council on American-Islamic relations wants state and federal law enforcement to investigate after bacon strips were found wrapped on the door handles of an Edmond mosque.

Edmond police received a report Sunday morning about bacon being left in the parking lot and entrance of the Islamic Society of Edmond. Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products.

Police say more information about the incident will be released Monday.

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7:33 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Police: Gun-Wielding Man Shot, Killed by Sand Springs Police

Sand Springs Police car
Credit Sand Springs PD

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Police in Sand Springs say an officer shot and killed an armed man who rushed police with a gun pointed at the officer.

The names of the dead man and offices involved in the Saturday morning shooting were not immediately released.

Police say in a news release that officers were called shortly after 8 a.m. about a man firing a weapon in the backyard of his home. Police say the man refused orders to drop the weapon and instead said the gun was loaded and threatened officers as he went inside the home.

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