STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Stillwater man was killed when the car he was riding in crashed after the driver swerved to avoid a deer in the road.
The OHP report says 77-year-old Weldon Drew died in the Thanksgiving Day crash on a Payne County road about seven miles west of Stillwater.
Troopers say Drew was a passenger in the car that was eastbound on Oklahoma 51 when the driver swerved to avoid the deer and lost control of the vehicle. The report says the car went off the roadway and into a ditch where it rolled twice.
Savanna Police Chief David Spears started getting odd text messages shortly after he bought a new cell phone for the police department. An affidavit says the police chief contacted a drug task force after he received a text message Nov. 15 asking if he knew anyone "who wanted some tabs."
Authorities believe the phone number had previously been assigned to someone illegally selling prescription drugs.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak says a security breach at an Ohio-based insurer has compromised the personal information of 534 Oklahomans.
Doak says the computer network used by Nationwide Insurance Company of Columbus, Ohio, and Allied Insurance was attacked on October 3rd. He says the FBI is investigating.
An initial analysis indicates the compromised information includes names and some combination of customers' Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, birth dates and possibly their marital statuses, genders and occupations.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak has been riding along with a state trooper to see how car insurance and the lack thereof affects drivers throughout the state.
The Tulsa World reports Doak spent Thanskgiving morning riding around with an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper. Insurance Commission staffers were also stationed with troopers who were conducting insurance checks in Creek County on Thursday.
Doak says many of the people that are being stopped would rather pay a fine than pay for insurance.
WAGONER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is renewing its offer of a $5,000 reward in the case of a Wagoner man who was shot and left for dead at a gun range on Thanksgiving last year.
Authorities say 74-year-old Kenneth Payne was shot and wounded at the Fort Gibson Wildlife Management Area shooting range on Nov. 24, 2011. Authorities say Payne was shot multiple times but was able to use his cell phone to call for help.
OSBI says at least four guns were stolen from Payne in the attack.
HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose this week by eight, to 1,817.
Texas-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated reported Wednesday that 1,388 rigs were exploring for oil and 428 were searching for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous.
Houston-based Baker Hughes' rig count is normally released on Fridays, but was released Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The rig count in Oklahoma declined by one this week, while Texas added two.