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9:52 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Albin Steps Down as Tulsa Under Sheriff

Tulsa County Under Sheriff Tim Albin has resigned. The announcement came at this morning's Tulsa County Commission meeting.

The resignation is the latest domino to fall in the Reserve Deputy Investigation at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. This started on April 2nd, when Reserve Deputy Bob Bates shot and killed a restrained suspect when he mistook his gun for a taser.

There have been allegations that Bates had not received proper training and got special treatment because of his close friendship with the Sheriff.  Recent memos linked Albin to that special treatment.

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7:02 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Agents Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting in Adair County

BUNCH, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of investigation is looking into a fatal officer-involved shooting in Adair County.

The OSBI says the shooting occurred at about 11:10 a.m. Sunday when an unnamed Oklahoma wildlife officer approached three people fishing in the Bunch area of far eastern Oklahoma. The officer asked to see their fishing licenses and learned that one of them had an outstanding warrant for parole violation in Arkansas.

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6:52 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Murders Near Muskogee Strip Club

The shooting took place in an apartment behind a strip club
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Muskogee officials have a double murder to investigate. A man and a woman were found dead inside an apartment behind a Muskogee Strip Club.

The discovery was made late yesterday afternoon. A man an a woman were found inside the apartment. They have been tied-up and shot execution style.

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6:49 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Fatal Crash in Tulsa Traffic

Tulsa Police are sorting through the details of a fatal overnight car crash. It happened at the intersection of 61st and South Lewis. The crash took the life of a woman.

Police say the car the woman was riding in ran a red light and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Several other people were taken to the hospital.

Police are checking to see if this crash may be related to a reported disturbance, few blocks away, at Tulsa's Heller Park.

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6:42 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Monday Morning's Top Local Stories

In the local news:

  • A state lawmaker warns Oklahoma's cash crisis may continue into next year.
  • A fatality crash kills a woman in Tulsa.
  • Two people are found murdered at an apartment near a Muskogee strip club.
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8:41 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Highway Patrol: Trooper Kills Armed Motorist after Chase

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MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a trooper shot and killed a motorist who got out of his car holding a handgun after a brief chase.

Captain Paul Timmons said Saturday that the shooting happened late Friday near Miami, Oklahoma. He declined to identify the suspect or the trooper, who was placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, per policy.

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8:39 am
Sun April 26, 2015

2009 Memo Describes Concerns about Reserve Deputy

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A law enforcement report shows several members of an Oklahoma sheriff's department raised serious concerns years ago about the performance and training of a volunteer deputy now charged in the fatal shooting of a restrained suspect.

Lawyers for Eric Harris' family on Friday released a Tulsa County Sheriff's Office memo outlining an investigation into Robert Bates.

Bates says he confused his handgun for his stun gun during an April 2nd sting and has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter in Harris' death.

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8:37 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Oklahoma Authorities Recover Body of Second Missing Boater

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EUFAULA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the body of a second boater who went missing on Lake Eufaula a week ago has been recovered.

Authorities found the body of 41-year-old Sean McDonald late Friday about 250 yards from shore in McIntosh County. A search crew had recovered 23-year-old James Giles' body on Tuesday in water about 14 feet deep.

The men were last seen this past Saturday leaving the Holiday Cove area on the lake in a canoe.

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8:34 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Love, Cookies Helped Oklahoma Sister Lost in Michigan Woods Survive

CRISP POINT, Mich. (AP) — Two sisters say they survived in a remote part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula on love for their family, melted snow and the Girl Scout cookies and cheese puffs they had in their snow-crippled SUV.

Leslie Roy and Lee Marie Wright said in a statement Saturday that "through the days and nights while in the woods" those and other things helped them "to stay alive for 13 long days."

The 52-year-old Roy from Nebraska and 56-year-old Wright from Oklahoma were found Friday by a police helicopter pilot who noticed a reflection off their SUV.

Local & Regional
8:32 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Town Prays for Local Dairy Linked to Listeria Outbreak

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BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — More than 200 people gathered to offer prayers and support for Blue Bell Creameries as the more than a century-old company works to resume operations after a series of listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream prompted the company to recall all of its products.

Residents, pastors and local leaders gathered Saturday in the town square in Blue Bell's hometown of Brenham, Texas, for the nearly hour-long prayer vigil. Many wore shirts and paper hats with the company's name on it. Some of the shirts said "I Get Cranky Without My Blue Bell."

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