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8:46 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Man Dies after Being Shot with Stun Gun by Warner Police

WARNER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a man has died after being shot with a stun gun by a Warner police officer.

The OSBI says the Muskogee County Sheriff's Office asked the OSBI to investigate the early Saturday morning death of 33-year-old David Cody Lynch.

The agency says Lynch was involved in an auto accident shortly before midnight Friday and was shot with a stun gun after assaulting the officer investigating the accident.

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8:44 am
Sun April 5, 2015

It is a "Seismic" Weekend

Credit File photo

CRESCENT, Okla. (AP) — More than a dozen small to moderate earthquakes have been recorded in Oklahoma since Friday afternoon, including one with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 that was felt in Kansas and Texas.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake occurred at 8:21 a.m. Saturday 12 miles north of Crescent, about 45 miles north of Oklahoma City. Residents about 270 miles north in Topeka, Kansas and about 240 miles south in Dallas reported feeling the quake.

Logan County Sheriff's Sergeant Greg Valencia says there are no reports of damage or injury.

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7:58 am
Sat April 4, 2015

SandRidge Energy to Lay Off 132 Employees

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — SandRidge Energy said Thursday it plans to lay off 132 employees from its Oklahoma City headquarters.

According to a statement issued by company CEO James Bennett, declining oil and natural gas price have forced the company to adjust its workforce to align with "the realities of a lower commodity price."

The layoffs would cut headquarter staffing by about 20 percent. SandRidge currently employs 661 in Oklahoma City.

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7:52 am
Sat April 4, 2015

Reserve Deputy Pulled Wrong Weapon

Reserve Deputy Robert Bates
Credit Tulsa County Sheriff

Authorities say the Reserve Tulsa County Deputy involved in this week's fatal shooting of a suspect in a string operation, mistook his service weapon for a taser.  Deputy Robert Bates is 73-years-old.  You may read the Sheriff's Department's initial report below:

Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) Investigators are continuing an investigation into yesterday’s shooting involving a reserve deputy assigned to the Tulsa County Violent Crimes Task Force.

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7:39 am
Sat April 4, 2015

New Tulsa Energy Jobs Despite Slow Down

oil pump-jack
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A group of energy executives have joined forces to create a new oil and gas company in Tulsa, despite low oil prices.

The Journal Record reports the company is called Atalaya Resources LLC. The five businessmen, who have all spent time at oil and gas company Apache Corp., say the company will focus on producing oil and natural gas liquids.

The company is looking at leases in western Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle and southern Kansas that they can use for drilling. The company's president and CEO says the first wells will cost $8 million to $10 million each.

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7:36 am
Sat April 4, 2015

Blue Bell Suspends Operations at Broken Arrow Plant

Credit Blue Bell

HOUSTON (AP) — Blue Bell Ice Cream says it's suspending operations at an Oklahoma production facility that officials had previously connected to a foodborne illness that contributed to the deaths of three people.

In a statement released Friday, Blue Bell says it's "taking this step out of an abundance of caution." It says the action is voluntary.

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7:32 am
Sat April 4, 2015

Afton Tornado Path 12 Miles Long Across 3 Counties

One of the barns heavily damaged by the Afton tornado.
Credit NWS

The National Weather Service in Tulsa says it was an E-F-1 tornado that snaked a path  of destruction across three counties late Thursday evening.

The tornado hit about 10 p.m. just  northeast of Vinita in Craig County. It then traveled to the southeast, crossing into Ottawa County near Afton. That is where storm destroyed several barns and outbuilding with its 110 mph winds.  Several homes were damaged and trees were uprooted.

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9:08 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Oklahoma Governor Names Former Rival to Run Foster Care Plan

Jari Askin
Credit State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Governor Mary Fallin has named former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jari Askins as a special adviser on child welfare and implementation of a plan to improve the state's foster care system.

Fallin said Thursday that Askins, a former lieutenant governor who lost the 2010 gubernatorial election to Fallin, will oversee implementation of the Pinnacle Plan. The plan is the Oklahoma Department of Human Services' five-year effort to reform the child welfare system.

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8:58 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Possible Tornado Touchdown in Northeastern Oklahoma

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AFTON, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service plans to send a survey team to Ottawa County where there are reports of a tornado touchdown.

The possible tornado near Afton was part of a storm system that moved through northeastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas late Thursday and early Friday. Weather service meteorologist Joe Sellers in Tulsa said there are reports of damaged buildings as winds reached 60 to 70 miles per hour and golf ball-sized hail fell in the region.

There have been no reports of injury.

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8:54 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Tulsa Police Investigating after Child Shot at Hotel

America's Value Inn at 31st and I-44
Credit Google Street View

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police say a young boy was shot at a Tulsa hotel that he and his mother were staying at after they were displaced from a recent fire at their home.

Capt. Mike Williams says the 5-year-old was shot in the leg and that his injury isn't life threatening. The boy and his mother were staying inside a room at America's Best Value Inn when an unknown man shot the child Thursday night.

Williams says a motive is not known in the shooting. An investigation is ongoing.

No further information was released.

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