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Colorado prosecutors have enough evidence to move forward with a first-degree murder case against a Boulder man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend in Colorado, dismembering her body in Louisiana and putting a suitcase containing her torso in a dumpster in Oklahoma, a judge has ruled.

District Judge Ingrid Bakke also ruled Wednesday that Adam Densmore, 32, will remain jailed without bail, pending trial in the February death of Ashley Mead.

Mead's totso was found in a suitcase at an Okmuglee gas station dumpster.

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Authorities say two men have escaped through an air conditioning duct at a southwest Missouri jail.

McDonald County Sheriff Michael Hall says the escape was discovered Wednesday night when John Weeks and Christopher Walker weren't at supper for a headcount. Hall says it appears the two were able to get into the duct by removing shower heads. They exited the building through new construction.

Hall says the two may be driving a 2006 silver Dodge Caravan with the possible Oklahoma tag 073-DLV.

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 Officials say seven beehives containing more than 400,000 bees have been swiped from a northern Oklahoma apiary.

Beekeeper Bob Martin says he notified the Rogers County Sheriff's Office last week of the apparent theft. He tells the Claremore Daily Progress that the bees are worth about $2,500 to $3,000.

Martin is a beekeeper with weBEEjammin Honey BEEs in Foyil, about 30 miles northeast of Tulsa. He says the thief was likely inexperienced with bees, noting that the blanket used to cover the bees was left behind.

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  Oklahoma's drop in bond ratings may increase the state's borrowing costs for several major projects.

The Oklahoman reports credit rating services agency Fitch Ratings announced Tuesday that it's lowering Oklahoma's issuer default rating from AA+ to AA.

In its report the agency says economic and political factors contributed to the downgrade.

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Police have released the names of a man fatally shot by Oklahoma City police and of the officers involved.

Capt. Bo Mathews said Thursday that 33-year-old Dorsey Glenn Taulbee Jr. of Oklahoma City died after seven officers opened fire when Taulbee first shot at them.

Mathews said he doesn't know how many shots were fired or how many times Taulbee was struck in the shooting early Wednesday inside a southwest Oklahoma City home.

In the local news:

  • Massive DHS cuts will hurt children and the elderly.
  • The suspected Bixby Bomber is arraigned in federal court.
  • Democrats are pleased, but not surprised, by this week's victories in special elections.

 

A northern Oklahoma woman charged with using the internet to solicit the killing of her ex-husband in Israel has been released from federal detention.

The Oklahoman reports 37-year-old Danielle Layman of Ponca City was released Tuesday and will be on house arrest pending her trial in Oklahoma City. If convicted, she could face 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Investigators say Layman was arrested June 30 after FBI officials learned of the alleged "murder-for-hire" plot to kill her ex-husband with ricin, a poison made with beans of castor oil plants.

Escapees May Be Headed to Tulsa

Jul 13, 2017

The search is underway for two inmates from the McDonald County jail in southwest Missouri. The inmates escaped from the jail at Pineville, south of Joplin. 

Officials speculate Christopher Walker and John Weeks could be headed toward Tulsa. Both are said to have family and friends here. 

They were being held on drug and assault related charges.

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Prosecutors say a 28-year-old man facing federal charges in a pipe bomb explosion outside an Air Force recruiting center in Oklahoma left that branch of the military when he couldn't complete the training required to become a certified electrician.

Authorities offered a first glimpse Wednesday of what they believe might have driven Benjamin Don Roden to plant the bomb late Monday at the recruiting center in suburban Tulsa.

Coal Train Derails in Wagoner County

Jul 13, 2017
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Nearly 30 cars of a Union Pacific freight train derail in Wagoner County. The train jumped the tracks late yesterday afternoon. It was loaded with coal. The shipment was headed to Arkansas. 

The train was in the southern Wagoner County town of Okay when the accident happened. No one was injured.

It will take awhile to clear away the wreckage and remove the spilled coal.

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The man accused of bombing a Bixby Air Force Recruiting Station has been charged.

Federal prosecutors say Benjamin Roden holds a grudge against that branch of the military. Roden was arraigned Wednesday on felony charges related to Monday night’s explosion. Acting U.S. Attorney Loretta Radford said the former senior airman discovered he couldn't complete the training needed to become an Air Force electrician.

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Federal prosecutors say a Texas doctor wrote unnecessary prescriptions for powerful drugs that contributed to the overdose deaths of at least seven people over a four-year period.

Fifty-six-year-old Howard Gregg Diamond was arrested Monday on charges that include conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

Prosecutors contend that Diamond began issuing prescriptions in 2010 that had no legitimate medical purpose. The prescriptions were for drugs such as hydrocodone and morphine.

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An arrest report shows an Oklahoma man faces federal charges after a pipe bomb explosion blew the door off an Air Force recruiting center in Bixby.

The report says 28-year-old Benjamin Don Roden faces counts of possession of explosive materials and destruction of government property. He was arrested Tuesday and formally charged today.

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Authorities say two people were struck and killed while changing a vehicle's tire along an interstate in southern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the deadly collision happened Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 35 near Davis, about 70 miles south of Oklahoma City. According to a preliminary report, the car with a flat tire was parked on the shoulder of the northbound I-35 lanes, partially blocking the inside lane of traffic.

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A Tulsa man has been sentenced to one year of probation for pointing a laser at a police helicopter.

The Tulsa World reports that U.S. District Judge John Dowdell sentenced Jay Scott Howell on Monday. Howell pleaded guilty in April to pointing a laser at a Tulsa Police Department helicopter 11 times on Dec. 29.

The 53-year-old says he requested probation because of his age, limited criminal history and remorse for his actions.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Litchfield didn't object to the request.

 

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is reducing services to children, senior citizens and residents with disabilities as it deals with what its director says is $30 million in budget cuts to the agency.

DHS officials announced the cuts Tuesday.

Although the Legislature increased appropriations to the agency by $18 million over last year's spending level, Director Ed Lake says the cumulative effects of previous cuts and increasing fixed costs led to the $30 million shortfall.

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Democrats have swept two special elections in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas for state representative and senator after the resignation of Republican lawmakers.

In House District 75, which includes portions of east Tulsa and north Broken Arrow, unofficial results show voters picked Democrat Karen Gaddis over Republican Tressa Nunley. Both were vying to replace former Republican state Rep. Dan Kirby, who resigned this year after two former legislative assistants accused him of sexual harassment.

In the local news:

  • An arrested is made in Bixby bombing.
  • The Tulsa Fire-Fighters' Union votes no-confidence in Chief Ray Driskell.
  • 14-boys from the Church at BattleCreek are hurt when their camp bus overturns in Missouri.

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The FBI has made an arrest in connection with a Monday night explosion at the Air Force recruiting office in Bixby.

"We can confirm that we have taken into custody a person of interest in regard to the bombing at the USAF Recruiting Center last night," the FBI Oklahoma City office said on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. 

In custody is 28-year-old Benamin Roden of Tulsa. He was arrested at the Sand Dollar Apartments near 61st and South Riverside.

On his Face Book page, he had posted about being upset with the government over his lack of employment.

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With a feeling that momentum is building to draw business and tourism to Tulsa's stretch of Route 66, the commission acting as the Mother Road's main booster may look for more power.

City Councilor Blake Ewing said at a Tuesday meeting it makes sense to transition the Tulsa Route 66 Commission into a Route 66 authority.

"An authority can own assets, and so if we look into the long-term objectives of Route 66 and we're thinking about developing land along the corridor and those kinds of things, I think an authority is the best framework," Ewing said.

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The FBI says an explosion Monday night at an Air Force recruiting station in the Tulsa suburb of Bixby is not currently being considered an act of terrorism.

That’s despite an earlier statement from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that it was being treated as an act of domestic terror "out of an abundance of caution" because it happened at a military facility. The FBI is in charge of the investigation.

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 The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 14 children on a bus from Oklahoma suffered minor injuries when a school bus taking them to a church camp in overturned. The bus was from the Church at BattleCreek in Broken Arrow.

The accident was reported Monday afternoon on a highway between Macks Creek and Camdenton in western Camden County.

The bus was on its way to Windermere Church Camp at the Lake of the Ozarks. The patrol says the driver failed to negotiate a turn and the bus overturned.

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An Oklahoma man who was exonerated after spending 20 years in prison is suing the city of Tulsa and two former detectives.

40-year-olds Malcolm Scott and De'Marchoe Carpenter were freed from prison last year after a judge found them "actually innocent" based on new evidence in the 1994 shooting death of 19-year-old Karen Summers.

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An explosion outside an Oklahoma Air Force recruiting center is being investigated as a possible act of domestic terrorism, but the late-night blast could also have been a horrible prank, a federal agent said Tuesday.

Federal authorities said a device was set off around 10:30 p.m. Monday in front of the recruiting center in the Tulsa suburb of Bixby. The center was closed at the time and no one was injured. Authorities declined to specify the nature of the device.

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Authorities say hundreds of inmates rioted at an Oklahoma federal prison, taking two guards hostage and refusing to return to their cells.

Caddo County Sheriff Lennis Miller says the riot started late Sunday at the Great Plains Correctional Facility in Hinton after a fight broke out in a yard. He says 150 inmates, some armed with baseball bats and iron pipes, were involved.

The Florida-based prison operator, The GEO Group, Inc., says about 400 inmates caused a disturbance in two yards.

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An Oklahoma prosecutor says he has not decided whether to try a white former Tulsa police officer a fourth time on a murder charge in the fatal shooting of his daughter's black boyfriend.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said Monday he remains disappointed a third mistrial was declared in the trial of Shannon Kepler and is exploring "all options" in continuing prosecution of Kepler prior to a scheduled Aug. 1 hearing.

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 Some Oklahoma voters will head to the polls for three special elections in state House and Senate races to replace three Republican lawmakers who resigned.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for races in Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

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 Some Oklahoma voters will head to the polls for three special elections in state House and Senate races to replace three Republican lawmakers who resigned.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for races in Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • The revenue picture in Oklahoma is looking better.
  • Someone bombs the Air Force Recruiting Center at Bixby. No injuries.
  • The DA considers if to try Shannon Kepler a fourth time.

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Federal authorities have confirmed an explosive device was set off outside an Air Force recruiting center near Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Bixby police say the blast was reported around 10:30 p.m. Monday. Bixby is south of Tulsa.

FBI Agent Jessi Rice says the recruiting office was closed at the time of the explosion and no one was injured. The extent of the damage is not yet known.

Investigators with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are at the scene. Rice says the Tulsa police bomb squad was the first to respond.

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