OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of killing two girls along a rural Oklahoma road, but who wasn't arrested until after being questioned in his fiancée's death three years later, has pleaded guilty in both cases.
Kevin Sweat pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of first-degree murder. He'd been scheduled to go on trial Monday.
The mysterious deaths of 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker went cold shortly after their bodies were found in 2008. The girls were fatally shot as they walked down a road near Weleetka.
Voters may decide as early as March on funding low-water dams in the Arkansas River.
City councilor G.T. Bynum chairs the river task force. He said holding an election in the spring will make it clear whether voters want the dams and will give officials time to discuss renewing the Vision 2025 sales tax.
The situation with illegal juvenile immigrants along the border is having an impact here in Tulsa County. Because of conditions there and federal orders on who can and cannot be detained, Tulsa Sheriff’s Major Shannon Clark says fewer illegals in the area are being picked up and detained here.
QUAPAW, Okla. (AP) — A quilt that is larger than two basketball courts will be on display in Quapaw next month to bring awareness about sexual violence.
The quilt is part of an initiative from a group known as Force, which uses art actions to create dialogue about rape and promoting consent.
The Monument Quilt is traveling across the U.S. this summer to bring awareness about the issues of rape and abuse. The quilt will be on display at the Quapaw Tribe's Domestic Violence Program on Aug. 13.
Survivors will also share their stories during the event.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The CEO of a bottled water business has bought a multimillion-dollar machine to produce the company's entire inventory in Oklahoma.
The Journal Record reports Ozarka Water CEO Steve Raupe has bought the 5,000-square-foot production line to fill, cap, label and package water bottles. It can produce 360 bottles per minute. The addition means Ozarka's entire stock will be bottled in-house.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals judge is retiring after 25 years of service.
Friday is Judge Charles Johnson's last official day on the appellate court.
The 83-year-old Johnson has served on the court since 1989. Johnson, of Ponca City, previously served as an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1955 until 1985, retiring as a colonel.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An Oklahoma energy company says it plans to build another factory in western North Dakota capable of processing 200 million cubic feet of natural gas daily.
Tulsa-based Oneok Incorporated and North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple announced the more than $605 million project on Wednesday. The company says the Demicks Lake factory in northeast McKenzie County is expected to be completed in 2016.