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Authorities say a police officer in suburban Oklahoma City is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot during a traffic stop.

The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office says a Valley Brook officer was shot in the leg Sunday evening as he was walking back to his patrol car. The sheriff's office says a deputy arrived on the scene and applied a tourniquet to the officer until paramedics arrived.

Oklahoma City police say the suspect remains at large, but authorities believe they have located the suspect's vehicle.

 

Thunder guard Cameron Payne, who hasn't played this season since fracturing a bone in his right foot in a scrimmage in October, has been assigned to the Oklahoma City Blue D-League team.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced the move in a statement on Sunday.

Payne had previously broken the fifth metatarsal, and he had surgery in July. After consulting with specialists, he elected not to have surgery again, instead hoping the bone would heal on its own.

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 Prosecutors say most of the 19 people arrested this fall in a bust of a methamphetamine ring that operated in three states have entered guilty pleas in two of three indictments.

Federal court records show 13 defendants entered guilty pleas this week in federal court.

The indictments ended a yearlong investigation into meth trafficking across six Arkansas counties and in Missouri and Oklahoma.

Among those pleading guilty was St. Joe resident Patricia Gayle Lewis-Zubkin. Authorities believe the 62-year-old was at the top of the distribution chain.

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Rogers County officials say one man is dead and another is injured after a shooting at a New Year's party northeast of Claremore.

The Rogers County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded about 1 a.m. Sunday to the shooting at a residence.

The Claremore Progress reports that according to a sheriff's affidavit, deputies found one victim on the ground near a travel trailer who was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and leg and was flown to an area hospital.

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 The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says two people have been killed in separate accidents on state roads.

The patrol says 64-year-old McAlester resident Kathy Smith died in a crash Saturday at 11:25 a.m. near the town of Haywood in Pittsburg County.

A report says Smith was traveling southbound and attempted to make a left turn into a driveway in front of a truck, which collided with Smith's car. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

On Friday, 30-year-old Ada resident Meagan Workman was killed in a crash around 8:10 p.m. near the town of Asher.

 A magnitude 3.0 earthquake has struck near the town of Pawnee in north-central Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor occurred at 10:05 a.m. near the same town where the state recorded its strongest ever earthquake in September — a magnitude 5.8.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Geologists say damage is unlikely in earthquakes below magnitude 4.0.

Thousands of earthquakes have been recorded across Oklahoma in recent years, and many have been linked to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and natural gas operations.

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 Prosecutors have charged a 25-year-old Tulsa man on a complaint that he allegedly beat a sheriff's deputy unconscious.

The Tulsa World reports that Timothy Worthington was charged Friday with assault and battery upon detention officer William Harrell. Authorities say Harrell's shoulder also was injured in the incident.

The alleged assault happened on Dec. 25.

Court records show Worthington was previously charged on Aug. 10 for second-degree robbery, possessing a firearm after a felony conviction and obstructing an officer.

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 An energy industry titan and a music legend are among the notable Oklahomans who died during 2016.

Chesapeake Energy founder Aubrey McClendon died March 2 when his vehicle crashed into a concrete bridge in Oklahoma City and burst into flames. The 56-year-old McClendon had left Chesapeake in 2013 and founded American Energy Partners where he was chairman and CEO when he died a day after being indicted on bid-rigging charges.

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 Oklahoma lawmakers will hold public hearings beginning next week to review budgets of the five state agencies that receive the largest appropriations.

The hearings begin Wednesday and conclude Jan. 10.

The five agencies are the department of education, transportation, higher education, human services and the state's health care authority.

Those agencies received $5.36 billion — or 77 percent — of the $6.91 billion appropriated budget for fiscal year 2017.

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A Tulsa jury returns a guilty verdict against 43-year-old Cedric Poore. He was charged with 1st Degree murder in the deaths of four women at the Fairmont Terrace Apartments near 61st and South Peoria. The verdict came early Saturday morning after a day of deliberations and closing arguments.

The women were bound and shot execution-style in January of 2013. The jury recommended a 'life with no parole' sentence. Judge Kurt Glassco will sentence Poore next Friday morning.

Poore's brother, James, has already been convicted in the case.

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State investigators say a Blanchard police officer honored two weeks ago by the governor for saving a woman's life has been arrested for an alleged sex offense involving a minor.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Friday that 30-year-old officer Jordan Jones was arrested on complaints of solicitation of a minor with the use of technology, receipt of child pornography and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act. McClain County Sheriff Don Hewett says Jones was booked into the jail Thursday night and released on bail about an hour later.

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A Talala man has been sentenced to three life terms in prison after he was found guilty of robbing three Oklahoma banks.

The Tulsa World reports a jury convicted 58-year-old Jesse Bud Leaverton on Sept. 20 on charges related to the June armed robberies of two Tulsa banks and one Fairfax bank.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell ordered the mandatory terms for Leaverton, noting federal law left him no leeway.

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The National Weather Service  issued red flag warnings — which indicate weather conditions where wildfires will spread quickly — for much of Oklahoma, southeastern Kansas, southwestern Missouri and northern Texas on Friday.

Oklahoma City fire officials say seven wildfires broke out across Oklahoma City on Friday, including one that scorched about ten acres and threatened several homes. No injuries were reported. Other fires were reported near Skiatook, Hectorville, Copan Lake and in Creek County. The Cimarron Turnpike was closed, at one point, because of a fire in Pawnee County.

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HOMINY, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials say an inmate at a northern Oklahoma prison spotted carrying basketballs and footballs is responsible for one of the year's largest contraband busts.

Prison officials say the balls had been cut open and filled with contraband, including nearly 40 cell phones and 10 pounds of tobacco.

The Department of Corrections says in a statement that the incident happened on Christmas Day at the Dick Conner Correctional Center, a medium-security state prison near Hominy.

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A former Oklahoma sheriff who was friends with a reserve deputy who fatally shot an unarmed black man won't face new criminal charges after an investigation into misconduct allegations.

Special prosecutor Rob Barris on Friday declined to charge former Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz, who already has been sentenced to a suspended one-year jail term for misdemeanor charges brought by a grand jury.

Glanz came under scrutiny after volunteer deputy Robert Bates killed Eric Harris in April 2015. Bates was sentenced to four years in prison.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Wildfires are popping up in parts of Oklahoma, and state forestry officials warn today could bring a very high fire danger to the state because of low humidity and gusty winds.

Much of Oklahoma is under a red flag fire warning. The Tulsa area is under one until 6 p.m.

One fire is burning near Shawnee, while two other fires were reported in Lincoln County. There are no reports of injuries.

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CLEVELAND, Okla. (AP) — A massive blaze that destroyed a Pawnee County aerospace manufacturing building could have a large financial impact on the city of Cleveland, Oklahoma.

Fire Chief Ryan Murray said his department received a report of a fire about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday just south of the city at ICES Corp. Two employees were taken to a Tulsa hospital with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening.

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health is reporting the state's second flu death of the season.

The department said Thursday that a Tulsa County resident died of influenza during the weekly reporting period that ended Tuesday. The previously reported death was in Johnston County.

The department reports only that both deaths were people 65-years-old or older.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials say that the November unemployment rate is higher this year compared to a year ago in three-quarters of the state's counties.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says McIntosh County had the highest unemployment rate in the state last month, at 8.9 percent, followed by Stephens and Latimer counties. The lowest unemployment rate was in Cimarron County, at 2.1 percent, followed by Beaver, Grant and Woods counties.

In all, unemployment rates were higher this November in 59 of 77 counties compared with last year.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a juvenile was struck by several cars and killed while trying to cross U.S. 75 in Tulsa.

A highway patrol spokesman says the boy had been sitting on the inside shoulder of the highway's northbound lanes Wednesday night when he stood up to cross the road.

The highway patrol says the boy was struck by several cars and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The boy's name was not released.

The highway's northbound lanes were shut down for several hours following the incident.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has seen a significant decrease in injury traffic accidents involving drivers distracted by an electronic device since a law banning texting and driving went into effect last year.

Data from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office show that injury crashes involving a driver distracted by an electronic device fell from 538 to 422 in a nine-month period after the law went into effect on Nov. 1, 2015, compared with the same period a year earlier.

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Tulsa police are searching near the home of a missing woman's boyfriend for the woman.

Sgt. Dave Walker says officers using search dogs on Wednesday were in a wooded area of north Tulsa looking for the body of 29-year-old Samantha Puckett.

Puckett was last heard from by her family on Nov. 7.

Walker says there is no credible evidence that Puckett's body is in the area being searched, but it is a location that was readily accessible to the boyfriend.

State and federal prisoners in Oklahoma are among the most likely to be killed or die accidentally behind bars, according to a new federal study.

The figures released earlier this month by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics show Oklahoma had the second-highest prison homicide rate in the country from 2001 to 2014, with 13 killings per 100,000 state and federal inmates.

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An Oklahoma state representative who submitted a letter of resignation after it was revealed he was named in a sexual harassment complaint rescinded his resignation Wednesday.

"I have determined that my decision to resign was hasty and based upon bad advice," Republican Rep. Dan Kirby of Tulsa wrote to House Speaker Charles McCall. "Therefore, please accept this written notice that I rescind my notice of intent to resign."

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican leaders in Oklahoma are reconsidering whether to keep an income tax cut that could be triggered as early as next year. Their decision comes at a time when the state has a budget hole of nearly $870 million. The trigger for the individual income tax rate cut from 5 percent to 4.85 percent is when collections increase by about $100 million annually. The average savings per return would be about $56, according to the Oklahoma Tax Commission, costing the state about $97.8 million in 2018.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa say a 60-year-old woman has been stabbed to death at a motel and a suspect is in custody. Sgt. Robert Rohloff says the woman was stabbed several times in the chest while in her room about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and collapsed while trying to get to the motel lobby. Police say witnesses chased the 26-year-old suspect until police arrived and were able to catch the man, who has been arrested. No names have been released. It's the city's 81st homicide of the year. 

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Beggs man has died more than a week after his pickup truck was hit by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 244 in Tulsa.

The highway patrol says 40-year-old John Holata died Sunday at a Tulsa hospital following the Dec. 17 crash. A preliminary report says Holata's truck was struck by an SUV that was driving the wrong direction on the interstate, then Holata's truck collided with a third vehicle. The driver of the SUV was hurt, as was a passenger in Holata's truck and the driver in the third vehicle.

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 Authorities are investigating after a woman was fatally shot near an American Legion in Okmulgee.

Police say the shooting was reported early Monday at the intersection of Smith and Wilson streets in Okmulgee, about 35 miles south of Tulsa. Okmulgee police identified the victim as Kimberly Lyons-Anderson and said in a statement that investigators "do not believe she was the intended target."

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Tulsa experienced a surge of robberies in 2016, ending a five-year downward trend.

Tulsa Police Department data show that more than 1,000 robberies were reported from the start of January through November, already 19 percent more than last year's total of 854 robberies.

The Tulsa World reports that December's robbery count won't be available until January.

The spike halted the city's annual decrease dating back to at least 2010, when nearly 1,400 robberies occurred.

 

Authorities are investigating after a 24-year-old woman was found dead in an Oklahoma City home.

Oklahoma City police say Julian Kaye Price was found dead Monday morning at a home on North Lindsay Avenue. Police say Price's cause of death is not yet known but the case is being treated as a homicide.

Police arrested a 49-year-old man who was in the home at the time on a complaint of first-degree murder. Police did not say whether Price and the man knew each other.

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