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7:48 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Search for Tulsa Bank Robber

photo taken during bank robbery
Credit Tulsa Police

Tulsa Police and the FBI are searching for a bank robber. The robbery took place yesterday afternoon in Brookside at the Bank of Oklahoma branch facility, near 32nd and South Peoria.

Authorities say a white male, wearing a tee-shirt, sun glasses and a cap walked up to the teller window and handed the teller a note. It implied he had a gun.

He made good his escape from the facility around 1:45 yesterday afternoon.

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7:04 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Study Shows Oklahoma Bucking Prison Health Care Trend

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While the vast majority of states in the U.S. have seen prison health care costs climb sharply in recent years, a new national study shows Oklahoma is one of the few states bucking that trend.

A report on state spending on prison health care released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows Oklahoma is among ten states where the per-inmate spending declined from 2007 to 2011. Oklahoma had the lowest per-inmate cost in the country in 2011 at $2,558, a decline of 17 percent from $3,071 per inmate in 207 spending.

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6:59 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • The death of the suspect closes the serial sexual assault case in Tulsa.
  • A proposed strip club  for Amish Country has a state lawmaker looking for answers.
  • The latest on the proposal to close Tulsa's mail sorting facility.
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Local & Regional
7:29 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Police Investigate Trio Shot, Found at McDonalds

Credit KWGS News Photo

Tulsa Police are investing a shooting in North Tulsa. Three people were shot and then dropped off at the McDonalds at Pine and North Peoria.

Police believe they were shot during a disturbance at Tulsa's Lacy Park and were taken to a Tulsa hospital. Two of them  are in serious condition, the third is in fair condition.

Police are  now sorting through the details.

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4:45 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Tulsa Mail Sorting Facility on USPS Consolidation List

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Tulsa’s mail sorting facility is on the chopping block again as the U.S. Postal Service resumes a consolidation plan.

Tulsa Postal Workers Union President Charley Mose said the problem is a federal law passed in 2006 requiring the postal service to fund retiree health care well in advance.

"They gave us 10 years to fund that for 75 years in advance," Mose said. "We're paying approximately $5.5 billion a year to fund that. Other than that, we've made a profit every year."

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4:29 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Tulsa County DA's Office Confirms Campbell as Sexual Assault Suspect

Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris (center) speaks Tuesday at a news conference announcing the filing of a court document that outlines evidence against Desmond Campbell. Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler (left) and Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan (right) also spoke.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The Tulsa County District Attorney's office filed an affidavit Tuesday outlining the evidence against the man identified as the suspect in a string of sexual assaults.

Desmond Campbell died Tuesday morning from injuries sustained in a car crash. Tulsa Police said last week he was their suspect in seven attacks from June 5 to June 29.

"We believe the Tulsa community has a right to know the information upon which the Tulsa Police Department identified Mr. Campbell as their suspect," District Attorney Tim Harris said at a news conference. 

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Local & Regional
12:57 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Breaking: Serial Suspect Reported Dead

Desmond Campbell
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

In a coma for over a week, sources say serial assault suspect Desmond Campbell has died at a Tulsa hospital. Tulsa Police last week announced Campbell was their suspect in a series of assaults that took place during the month of June. At least seven women were assaulted in the string of attacks. Police have said that DNA evidence has linked Campbell to at least three of the attacks.

Tulsa County District Attorney, Tim Harris, says he had prepared 23 criminal counts against Campbell and was going to present them today before learning Campbell had died.

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12:23 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Judge Hands Down Life Sentences in Tulsa Attack

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 22-year-old man has received four consecutive life sentences for killing an 84-year-old Tulsa woman and brutally beating her husband.

Tulsa County District Judge William Kellough handed down the sentence Monday for Tyrone Dale Woodfork. Prosecutors accused Woodfork in the March 2012 attack at the home of Bob and Nancy Strait.

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12:20 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Cleveland County to Demolish Former Jail Building

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Cleveland County commissioners say the former county detention center will be demolished this fall.

The building opened in 1984 but was closed two years ago after a new detention center was built. Since then, the building had been used as a temporary holding facility for inmates who were transported to the courthouse for hearings.

On Monday, county commissioners approved the purchase of a modular building that will be put in the county's parking lot to hold the inmates waiting to go to court.

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12:18 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Grand Jury Indicts Ex-Cordell Man for Murder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury has indicted a former Cordell man with murder in the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office said Tuesday that the indictment charges 35-year-old Ronnie Dean Denny Jr. with first-degree murder in the disappearance of Melissa Flores.

Flores went missing on Jan. 27, 2007, in Washita County, and authorities say Flores and Denny lived together at the time.

Pruitt says Denny was arrested July 1 in Collin County, Texas, and authorities are seeking his extradition.

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