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7:30 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Victory Suspect Hearing Moved to Next Month

Israel Castillo
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors say there may be more victims or witnesses coming forth in an investigation of alleged sex crimes at a Tulsa megachurch.

Former Victory Christian Center employee Israel Castillo is charged with making a lewd proposal to a 15-year-old girl and using a computer to commit a sex crime. A hearing Tuesday for Castillo was delayed after Assistant District Attorney Kali Strain told the judge police are investigating the prospect of more victims or witnesses in the case.

The hearing was pushed to Nov. 29.

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Local & Regional
11:47 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Arraignment Reset for Victory Rape Suspect

Chris Denman
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An ex-employee of a Tulsa megachurch accused of raping a 13-year-old girl and other sex crimes will be arraigned in district court next week.

Twenty-year-old Chris Denman, who worked at Victory Christian Center, faces charges of raping the 13-year-old on the ministry's campus in August.

He's also charged with molesting a 15-year-old girl and making a lewd proposal to a 12-year-old girl.

A judge on Monday reset Denman's hearing date until Oct.29

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Local & Regional
11:39 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Judge Sets Prelim for Church Bomb Plot Suspect

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — An Ottawa County judge has scheduled a preliminary hearing for an Illinois man charged with plotting to attack dozens of churches in northeastern Oklahoma.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Ellis said Monday that Special Judge William Culver scheduled a Dec. 3 hearing for 23-year-old Gregory Arthur Weiler II.

Weiler was arrested on Oct. 4 and is being held without bond on charges of threatening to use an explosive device and violating the Oklahoma Antiterrorism Act.

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Local & Regional
6:58 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Owasso Teen Dies After Car Flips Due to Deer

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A teenager from Owasso died after a car she was in rolled several times after the driver swerved to try to avoid a deer.

The Saturday wreck was the second fatality of the weekend in the Tulsa area involving a deer.

 The teenagers were in a sedan when the driver tried to avoid the deer and the vehicle flipped several times.

Police say a teenage girl was partially ejected and died at a hospital. One other injured teen was taken in for treatment. Names have not been released.

Local & Regional
6:55 am
Mon October 22, 2012

American Airlines layoffs taking toll on families

The American Airlines entrance on North Mingo Road
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Since layoff notices went out to nearly 3,000 employees at American Airlines' maintenance center in Tulsa, families of workers have been working to cope with an uncertain future.

The airline last month informed workers that their jobs could disappear in the next few months. American is struggling to cut costs and get out of New York federal bankruptcy Court.

Since the original notice, the airline has clarified that only about 150 workers will ultimately get the axe.

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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Boise City's Crystal Hotel, Local Landmark, Burns

Crystal Hotel in Boise City
Crystal Hotel Website

BOISE CITY, Okla. (AP) — A landmark hotel in Boise City has burned.

The Crystal Hotel was a fixture on Main Street since 1926 until it went up in flames on Sunday.

The hotel had been closed for several years until a restaurant opened on the premises, though that business moved several months ago.

The Oklahoman reports firefighters were called to the scene Sunday afternoon and were able to keep the blaze from spreading to other buildings.

The hotel used to house railroad crews and was a stop for the Continental Bus Company.

Local & Regional
1:08 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

Bomb Squad Called to Shooting Spree Near Wisconsin Mall

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) — A bomb squad has arrived at a Milwaukee-area spa where several people were shot Sunday morning.

The Azana Day Spa is a two-story, 9,000-square-foot building across from a shopping mall in a middle- to upper-class community west of Milwaukee.

Deputies are searching for a shooter after at least four people were wounded in a shooting there about 11 a.m.

Police have released few details on what happened, but the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department bomb unit is on the scene.


Election
9:59 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Voters to Decide on Racial Preferences in Oklahoma Hiring

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While the nation's highest court ponders the use of race in college admissions, Oklahoma voters will decide next month whether to prohibit any affirmative action programs in state government.

State Question 759 is a Republican-backed proposal approved by Oklahoma lawmakers last year that would ban any government programs that give preferred treatment based on race, gender, ethnicity or national origin.

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Local & Regional
9:55 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Push-ups at Stop Lead to Tulsa Police Lawsuit

The sign in front of the Mingo Valley Division
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two Tulsa police officers are facing a federal civil rights by a man who claims he was forced to do push-ups along a roadside after an officer searched his vehicle.

Court papers show 24-year-old Brian Lumpkin filed suit on Friday against Tulsa police Officers James Bohanon and Kevin Warne.

The suit alleges the officers were conducting drug surveillance on a house when Lumpkin was stopped. The lawsuit alleges Bohanon conducted an illegal search of his vehicle and found no drugs.

Local & Regional
9:53 am
Sun October 21, 2012

3 Officers Cleared in Shooting of Tahlequah Man

PRYOR, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have found no wrongdoing among three law enforcement officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Tahlequah man who had a gun.

Prosecutors said Friday that the officers were justified in that 30-year-old Dustin Shirrel repeatedly disregarded the officers' commands during the September incident.

The Tulsa World reports Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Shawn Cummings, Mayes County Sheriff's Lieutenant Alan Davis and Grand River Dam Authority Patrolman Tyler Brown were involved in the shooting.

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