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In response to a Satanic Black Mass tonight in Oklahoma City, multiple Christian denominations are gathering at the Jesus Wept statue near the Oklahoma City Memorial for a Unity Walk and Prayer Service. Timothy Tardibono with the Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma says this isn’t about protesting, but about showing the love and peace of Jesus Christ.

He says he’s hoping for more than a thousand people to take part in the unity walk to the prayer service in Oklahoma City.

Court Hearing set Today in 2012 Mannford Fire

Aug 15, 2016
Samatha Robbins

He is suspected of starting the worst wildfire in Oklahoma history. Billy Cloud is expected in court in Creek County at Bristow later today for what's listed as a preliminary hearing.

It is believed he started the 2012 wildfire that burned into Mannford. The blaze caused millions of dollars in damages and destroyed homes, out buildings, and vehicles.

The fire burned along Highway 48 from Highway 33 in Creek County to Mannford and Keystone Lake.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a 5-year-old Miami girl has been killed and two other girls were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Craig County.

The girls' names were not released.

The crash occurred just before 10 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of two county roads near Welch.

 

 A nonprofit that connects Oklahoma residents to emergency services is emblematic of what similar agencies that rely on a mix of private and state money are facing as state officials decide what to do with $140 million in unspent funding.

The 211 Oklahoma program derives about one-third of its annual budget from the state Department of Human Services, one of several Oklahoma agencies that have endured budget cuts.

In the local news:

  • A call for pay hikes for Oklahoma prison guards.
  • The man suspected in the 2012 Mannford wildfire is due in court today.
  • A prayer vigil is planned in OKC as Satanist hold a "Black Mass" a mile away
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Joplin police say a man has been arrested after five people were injured in two apparently random roadway shootings.

The Joplin Globe reports  that police have arrested a 26-year-old man suspected in the early Saturday shootings.

Police said there's no apparent motive for the shooting.

Officers were called to a duplex early Saturday and found no victims.

Pawhuska Under Boil Order

Aug 14, 2016

Pawhuska, in Osage County, has been placed under a boil order. This after trace samples of E-Coli turned up in routine tests of the water system.

Officials say they are working on the situation. In the meantime, residents are told to bring any water for human consumption to a hard boil for several minutes before for using.

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 A judge has delayed a ruling on whether to accept the guilty plea of a Moore man who has admitted beheading a co-worker and says he wants the death penalty.

Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley said Friday that she'll rule Wednesday on whether she'll accept the plea from Alton Nolen.

The 31-year-old pleaded guilty in May to first-degree murder for beheading 54-year-old Colleen Hufford inside Vaughan Foods on Sept. 25, 2014, shortly after he was suspended for making racial remarks. He has said he wants to die by lethal injection.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says its agents are investigating the shooting death by police of a hammer-wielding man in Tahlequah.

The OSBI says 49-year-old Dominic Rollice was pronounced dead at a hospital where he was taken after being shot by officers Friday night.

The agency says Tahlequah officers investigating a disturbance on the city's east side found Rollice and that he refused to leave the area.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says four people suffered non-life threatening injuries when a small airplane carrying skydivers made a forced landing in a field near Skiatook.

OHP Trooper Dwight Durant said the plane had seven people on board when it made a hard landing shortly after 11 a.m. in a field north of Highway 20 in Osage County and that none of the injuries appear serious.

Durant said the pilot told troopers that the plane lost engine power at about 1,000 feet after taking off from the Skiatook airport.

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