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A mother has been charged with child abuse murder after her 3-month-old boy died from multiple skull fractures.

Online Tulsa County court records indicate 23-year-old Ashley Ayonna Ledbetter of Tulsa was charged on Friday just hours after the infant was pronounced dead at a hospital about 1 p.m.

A police report indicates the child was hospitalized on Thursday. Doctors say the infant had multiple skull fractures, a lacerated spleen and liver and bruising on both arms.

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An Oklahoma prosecutor says he will re-evaluate the case of a former Tulsa police officer charged with shooting his daughter's boyfriend to death after a mistrial was declared for the third time in nine months.

District Judge Sharon Holmes declared the mistrial Friday in the case of Shannon Kepler. The 57-year-old former Tulsa police officer is accused in the Aug. 5, 2014, shooting death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake. Lake had just begun dating Kepler's daughter, Lisa Kepler.

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Three more Oklahoma counties will receive federal government assistance to help with expenses following severe weather in April and May.

Gov. Mary Fallin said Friday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved the state's request for public assistance for Dewey, Pawnee and Rogers counties. Eighteen other counties were previously approved.

Funds will be used to help cities, counties and rural electric cooperatives with infrastructure repairs and costs associated with debris removal and damage.

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Foes of the Keystone XL oil pipeline may appeal a South Dakota judge's decision upholding state regulators' authorization of the project where it crosses the state.

Two groups said Friday they are weighing whether to raise the issue to the state Supreme Court. A judge last month affirmed a Public Utilities Commission decision that was challenged by Native Americans, landowners and others.

Robin Martinez, an attorney for conservation and family agriculture group Dakota Rural Action, called the judge's decision a "disappointment."


An Oklahoma attorney says there's lack of evidence to show that a man feared for his life when he shot a 15-year-old who stole from his fireworks stand.

Jake Ulrich died Tuesday after he and another suspect attempted to steal a box of fireworks.

Thirty-two-year-old Johnny Mize Jr., whose family owns the stand in Tulsa, reportedly exchanged gunfire with the suspects who were in a green truck. Ulrich was later found dead inside the truck.

Police records show Mize told detectives that he couldn't remember what happened after shooting one of the rear tires.

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For the third time in less than a year a jury deadlocked on Friday and forced a mistrial in the murder case of a former Tulsa police officer accused of killing his daughter's boyfriend, astonishing prosecutors and frustrating the boyfriend's family.

Judge Sharon Holmes declared the mistrial after four hours of jury deliberations over the fate of former Tulsa police officer Shannon Kepler. He was accused of fatally shooting 19-year-old Jeremey Lake in August 2014, not long after Lake started dating Kepler's then-18-year-old daughter, Lisa.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two more Democrats are jumping into the race for Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District that includes most of Oklahoma City.

Kendra Horn, the director of a nonprofit agency, and retired state worker Eddie Ray Porter both said this week that they plan to seek the seat currently held by two-term Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Russell.

The 41-year-old Horn is the executive director of Women Lead Oklahoma, a nonprofit that seeks to engage more women in the civic process. She also served as a press secretary for former U.S. Rep. Brad Carson.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former lawmaker from Oklahoma City has agreed to pay the state more than $112,000 for misusing campaign donations for personal expenses.

Former Republican Sen. Kyle Loveless also agreed never to hold public office again, not to become a state lobbyist and never to act as a paid political consultant in Oklahoma.

The conditions are part of a settlement approved Friday by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. Loveless agreed to the conditions to resolve the ethics investigation and a criminal investigation into his campaign finances.

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A judge says jurors can consider a lesser charge in the trial of a former Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot his daughter's black boyfriend while off-duty.

Judge Sharon Holmes ruled Friday jurors could convict Shannon Kepler of manslaughter, which comes with a sentence of four years to life in prison. Jurors could also convict the former Tulsa police officer of first-degree murder, which carries a life sentence.

Jurors could get the case Friday afternoon.

Prosecutors are trying Kepler for a third time after jurors in his first two trials deadlocked.

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 Oklahoma's Attorney General is taking away East Central University's control of the chapel on its campus.

The Tulsa World reports that Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter formally requested Wednesday that the university's governing board refer matters of its chapel to his office.

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Gov. Mary Fallin is seeking federal disaster aid for 16 Oklahoma counties affected by severe storms and tornadoes in May.

Storms that swept across the state May 16-20 caused extensive flooding, power outages and dangerous travel conditions in the counties. Thirty-eight tornadoes were reported, including three EF2 tornadoes near Elk City, Hanna and Muskogee. One death and multiple injuries were attributed to the storm.

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The head of the Oklahoma Senate says a Republican state senator accused of grabbing an Uber driver and trying to kiss her on the neck while she drove him to a hotel is being relieved of his leadership duties while the allegations are being investigated.

In a letter sent to Senate members on Thursday, Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz said the allegations against Sen. Bryce Marlatt are "very serious in nature and are not tolerated."

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican state senator from Oklahoma is accused of forcefully grabbing an Uber driver and kissing her neck while she drove him to a hotel, a law enforcement official confirmed on Thursday.

The driver reported the incident to Oklahoma City police June 28, two days after she says it happened, by flagging down a police officer at a convenience store a few blocks from the state Capitol.


GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — An Oklahoma man accused of taking part in a 2015 marijuana-smuggling killing that left two bodies scorched in a flaming truck pleaded not guilty.

Samuel Pinney pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of Joshua Foster and Zachary Moore.

Pinney was one of five people arrested during the ensuing investigation. Police and prosecutors say the group, along with Moore and Foster, ran a marijuana smuggling ring between Colorado and Oklahoma, trafficking up to $20,000 of the drug at a time.

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Authorities in Comanche County are searching for an inmate who walked away from the city jail in Lawton.

Officials say Jeremy Marshall escaped from the facility on Wednesday. Marshall was taking out the trash after cleaning up around the police station when he allegedly walked away.

Officials say Marshall was being held in the jail for traffic offenses including a warrant for driving without a license.

The Lawton Police Department says officers are searching for Marshall.


The US Geological Survey says the 3.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 10:22 a.m. Thursday about four miles south-southwest of Medford in Grant County. The quake occurred at a depth of about one mile.

No injuries or damage was immediately reported. Geologists say damage is not likely in earthquakes below magnitude 4.0 and that earthquakes of magnitudes 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans.

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Tulsa County authorities say the person killed after a July Fourth shootout at a fireworks stand was a 15-year-old boy.

Deputies said Wednesday that 15-year-old Jake Ulrich was fatally shot after he and an older man reportedly tried to steal fireworks from the stand Tuesday. Authorities say they are searching for the second suspect, identified as Jack Ulrich. He is described as an older relative of the 15 year-old.

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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a 45-year-old man has died after being shot by a sheriff's deputy in Sallisaw.

OSBI agents say Jamie Huskey was wanted for questioning about a domestic violence incident involving a firearm in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Wednesday. Sequoyah County sheriff's deputies located him inside a Sallisaw restaurant about 2 p.m.

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Hobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts smuggled from the Middle East that the government alleges were intentionally mislabeled, federal prosecutors said.

Prosecutors filed a civil complaint in New York on Wednesday in which Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby consented to the fine and forfeiture of thousands of tablets and bricks written in cuneiform, one of the earliest systems of writing, as well as other artifacts that prosecutors say were shipped without proper documentation.

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A Republican state legislator from Tulsa has filed candidacy paperwork indicating he plans to run for Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner in 2018.

State Rep. Glen Mulready filed a Statement of Organization form over the weekend with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.

A longtime insurance professional, the 56-year-old Mulready is in his fourth term as a state lawmaker and currently serves as majority floor leader in the House.

Republican Insurance Commissioner John Doak is term-limited and can't run again in 2018.



Houston-based Halliburton, which provides drilling services to oil and gas operators, made the announcement Wednesday. Summit, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma., offers electric submersible pump technology services.

Financial terms of the detail weren't immediately released.

Halliburton, in a statement, said it employs more than 50,000 workers in about 70 countries. Summit has more than 500 employees in almost 30 locations across North America.

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The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says 15-year-old Jake Ulrich is dead after a shootout at a fireworks stand on the Fourth of July.

The sheriff's office says the shootout happened after Ulrich and another young male tried to rob the fireworks stand Tuesday in west Tulsa. Deputy Justin Green says both the suspects and the owners of the fireworks stand had guns, and shots were exchanged before the suspects drove off in a truck.

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An Oklahoma City mall was shut down Tuesday after a water leak flooded parts of the lower level. The water leak happened Tuesday at Penn Square Mall.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department says about 3 to 5 inches of water was on the ground in the Macy's department store, but the cause of the leak is not yet known.

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press forward Patrick Patterson has agreed to a three-year, $16.4 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

  Patterson is leaving Toronto to join Paul George in a new-look Thunder frontcourt. Patterson averaged 7.6 points in nearly four seasons with the Raptors.


An Oklahoma woman is accused of trying to hire someone via Craigslist to travel to Israel and kill her ex-husband with ricin.

Federal prosecutors charged 37-year-old Danielle Dana Layman with using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire. Prosecutors say Layman posted on the classifieds website advertising a "10 day gig overseas."



Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin says he will seek re-election next year, breaking a pledge he'd made to only serve three terms in the House.

Mullin announced his decision to run again in a video posted Tuesday. The Republican congressman said he knew he'd draw criticism by breaking his word but felt he could still make a difference for Oklahomans by remaining in the U.S. House.

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The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says one person is dead after a shootout at a fireworks stand on the Fourth of July.

The sheriff's office says the shootout happened after "two young males" tried to rob the fireworks stand Tuesday in west Tulsa. Deputy Justin Green says both the suspects and the owners of the fireworks stand had guns, and shots were exchanged before the suspects drove off in a truck.

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Authorities are investigating after two people were found dead in a burned mobile home in Wagoner County.

The Wagoner County Sheriff's Office says the bodies were discovered after a 911 caller reported a fire Sunday morning. The causes of death are not yet known and no names have been released.

Wagoner County sheriff's deputy Nick Mahoney says the deaths are considered "very suspicious" and that an investigation is underway. He says local authorities have requested help from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in the case.


Oklahoma City's zoo is celebrating the 50th birthday of one of its most popular residents: a Sumatran orangutan named Toba.

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden says Toba is its longest-living mammal and the oldest zoo-born orangutan in North America. She was born at a Berlin zoo in 1967 and arrived in Oklahoma City in 1975.

Oklahoma City zoo primates coordinator Laura Bottaro says Sumatran orangutans in the wild typically live about 25 years.

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GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — The family of a slain sheriff's deputy in central Oklahoma has spoken out about their loss and announced their support in seeking the death penalty for the man accused of killing him.

David James Wade, 40, was shot while serving an eviction notice in Mulhall on April 18, The Oklahoman ( ) reported. He died from his injuries that day.