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A federal judge on Saturday halted Arkansas' unprecedented plan to execute several inmates before the end of the month because one of its execution drugs is about to expire.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted a preliminary injunction requested by the inmates to block the executions. Arkansas was set to execute the first two of six inmates by lethal injection on Monday night. The state is expected to appeal the decision.

Taser Used to Capture Tulsa Drug Suspect

Apr 15, 2017

Tulsa Police used a taser to apprehend a drug suspect overnight. Police say a man in a car back into a Tulsa Police cruiser car early Saturday morning near Pine and North Harvard.

The man jumped out of the car and got into a fist-fight with the officer. That is when the man was tased.

Inside the man's vehicle, police found a gun and a large amount of methamphetamine.

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says preliminary information about the shooting deaths Thursday night of three people in Coffeyville indicates gunshots were exchanged between two of them.

Authorities said in a news release Friday that they do not believe any suspects remain at large.

Coffeyville police arriving at a residence found the three deceased individuals: 50-year-old Reginald Johnson of Coffeyville, 47-year-old Kimberly Bell of Coffeyville, and a 17-year-old male.

The KBI says it will be assisting Coffeyville police in the investigation.

'Grandma Witch' Prison Bound

Apr 15, 2017
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An Oklahoma City woman accused of terrorizing her 7-year-old granddaughter while dressed as a witch has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Oklahoman reports 51-year-old Geneva Robinson was sentenced Thursday to three consecutive life terms. She pleaded guilty to five counts of felony child abuse in February.

Court records say Robinson, who dressed as "Nelda" to scare her granddaughter, admitted to scratching the girl's neck, striking her face, hitting her hand with a rolling pin and cutting her hair while she slept.

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A former police lieutenant of an Oklahoma City suburb has been sentenced to five years in prison after pawning items, including guns, belonging to the police department to fuel his gambling addiction.

The Oklahoman reports that 46-year-old Lacky Joe Harkins of Midwest City pleaded guilty Wednesday to 22 counts of making a false declaration of ownership to a pawnbroker, four counts of concealing stolen property and one count of embezzlement.

More Calls for Complete Shadow Mountain Review

Apr 15, 2017
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Governor Fallin is the latest to call for an internal investigation into Tulsa's Shadow Mountain Behavioral Centers. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services confirmed to KWGS, earlier this week, that nine cases of abuse and or neglect are being investigated at one or more of the seven licensed facilities in the  Tulsa area.

The centers treat Medicaid eligible juveniles with psychiatric issues.

A proposal for a $6,000 teacher pay raise over three years moved forward in the Oklahoma Senate this week.

That includes a $1,000 raise next year. How likely is it that will happen?

"Right now, not very. I think — still think — we end up with a framework to move forward, but we've got a lot of ground to make up in just the normal budget before we start spending more money," said Senate President Pro Tem Mike Schulz.

Schulz said lawmakers are passing the measure to keep a vehicle for teacher raises alive, but the language is likely to change.

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Oklahoma House and Senate leaders have said this session will be all about the budget. Speaker Charles McCall says the real work is about to begin.

"Multiple vehicles have been introduced. We will start rolling language into those next week and moving those through committee to the floor of the House," McCall said. "I'm very excited about the timing of this. As I've said in the past, we are ahead of schedule."

Bills requiring only a simple majority will come first, and those requiring a three-fourths supermajority will be taken up later.

Oklahoma lawmakers continue work on a bill to allow out-of-state companies to sell health insurance in the state.

Senate Bill 478 will go to conference committee if it passes the house, as it was changed to apply only to individual coverage. Critics maintain out-of-state insurers will skimp on Oklahoma-mandated coverage. Rep. Lewis Moore addressed concerns the bill would be bad for families who just recently saw autism coverage become required by state law.

Three people are dead following a shooting in Coffeyville. Just after 10 last night Coffeyville Police were called to 208 S. Maple for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, officers found three people at the home. All three had been shot and were pronounced dead at the scene.

The deceased have been identified as Reginald L. Johnson, 50, of Coffeyville; Kimberly K. Bell, 47, of Coffeyville; and a 17-year-old juvenile. The name of the juvenile has not been released.

In the local news:

  • A science bill clears a house committee. Sponsor says it contains nothing "Wacko", other disagree.
  • Tulsa School officials urge patrons to lobby lawmakers for school funding.
  • U.S/Russian expert agrees relations are near an all time low.

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Former Oklahoma cornerback Parrish Cobb was arrested for armed robbery Thursday morning.

A news release from the Norman Police Department on Thursday said Cobb and another suspect stole cash and drugs from a residence Wednesday before leaving on foot.

Cobb was arrested in January for aggravated robbery in Waco, Texas. A university spokesman said in an e-mail that Cobb "has not been enrolled at OU and has not been a member of the football team since January."

 

Children in the care of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs will no longer be exposed to pepper spray.

Members of the Board of Juvenile Affairs voted unanimously Wednesday to stop using the spray on children, The Oklahoman reported. The decision will be in effect by June 1.

"They've been traumatized by their parents, by their communities and a variety of things," said Terry Smith, deputy director of resident placement and support. "They come to us, and what they need in my opinion is a home life that they can trust and begin to develop relationships."

One Dead in Late Night Tulsa Crash

Apr 14, 2017
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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Tulsa man was killed in a late night crash in Interstate-244 in Tulsa. The OHP says 37-year-old Larry Miller lost control of his Infinity Q45 just before 11 p.m. last night. The patrol says the car left the roadway and crashed into a tree near the Memorial exit.

The Jaws of Life were used to extricate Miller from the car. He was trapped for about 20-minutes. 

He was taken to the St John Medical Center by EMSA, but was dead on arrival. 

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An Oklahoma House staffer who sent an email saying high school pages could use a women's restroom reserved for House members and staff because "cross dressers" were in the state Capitol has issued a public apology.

House employee Karen Kipgen issued a statement Thursday apologizing for her "poor choice of words" and asking for forgiveness.

Kipgen used the term in an email this week to legislative assistants on the same day about 70 LGBTQ high school students from the Tulsa area were at the Capitol to lobby on behalf of HIV awareness and education funding.

A House committee advances a science education bill panned by critics as unnecessary and an opening for misinformation.

Rep. David Brumbaugh says the intent of Senate Bill 393 is to promote critical thinking by exposing students to a broader range of scientific data than what textbooks offer.

"Aristotle, even this far back, talked about that, that, you know, the mind that can entertain, uh, different thoughts without, you know, changing their mind but looking — reason obeys itself, OK?" Brumbaugh said.

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Add two to the number of fatalities from flu in Tulsa County this season. The latest report from the Oklahoma Department of Health shows a total of 22 deaths from flu in Tulsa. Oklahoma County has recorded 13 deaths. The Health Department’s Jamie Dukes says flu cases can be seen through May, so it isn’t too late to get a shot and take other precautions.

Statewide, 92 people have died of complications from flu so far this season. More than 530 have been hospitalized in Tulsa County alone.

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The U.S. Geological Survey reports two earthquakes have been recorded in north-central Oklahoma.

The USGS says a 3.6 magnitude quake was recorded at 5:36 a.m. Thursday about six miles west of Lamont and a 2.8 magnitude quake was recorded 56 minutes later in the same area, about 85 miles north of Oklahoma City.

No injuries or damage are reported and the geologists say damage is not likely in earthquakes below magnitude 4.0.

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Lawmakers are calling for an investigation and audit of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, citing a list of complaints about the agency's policies and purchasing decisions.

Rep. Brian Renegar of McAlester leads the group of Democrat representatives, including Vinita's Chuck Hoskin, Owasso's Dale Derby and Broken Arrow's Mike Ritze, The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2op4nGN ) reported.

In the local news:

  • Legal motions are heard in the Officer Betty Shelby manslaughter case.
  • School budgets across the state are trimmed, again.
  • Tulsa gets a new jail administrator.

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The State of Oklahoma is coming up short, yet again. That will mean more cuts ahead for Oklahoma education. 

The state says April payouts to public schools will be trimmed by over $17-million. The cuts will impact all districts across the state. Here is a list of what the cuts will look like for some bigger Tulsa County School District:

  • Tulsa Public Schools- $1.7 million
  • Broken Arrow- $904K
  • Bixby-$191K
  • Jenks-$432K
  • Owasso-$365K
  • Sand Springs-$299K
  • Skiatook-$136K
  • Union-$777K

Gaming Bust in East Tulsa

Apr 13, 2017
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The Tulsa County Sheriff's office and Homeland Security Investigations served search warrants at “The Daily Stop” Convenience Store at 10500 East 11th Street as well as the home of store owner Ashraf Salim. Investigators seized potential evidence of illegal gambling activity, money and guns from the home.

Salim was arrested in 2014 in connection with the bust of multi state K2 ring. He is accused of selling synthetic marijuana from the same store where the 4 illegal video gaming machines were confiscated.

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 A woman has been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma police officer.

Prosecutors on Wednesday charged 22-year-old Brooklyn Danielle Williams of Tecumseh in the death of 22-year-old Tecumseh officer Justin Terney.

Court records do not list an attorney for Williams.

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The Oklahoma House adopts a resolution recognizing pornography as a public health crisis.

Bartlesville Rep. Travis Dunlap ran the resolution, which was drafted by anti-human trafficking nonprofit Unlock Freedom and is similar to measures in other state legislatures.

The resolution, however, mentions a pornography-human trafficking connection just once, instead focusing on harms to porn viewers and society, including "a detrimental effect on the family unit as it is linked to lessening the desire of young men to marry, dissatisfaction in marriage and infidelity."

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A judge ruled Wednesday on the admissibility of several pieces of controversial evidence in the manslaughter trial of Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby.

Radio chatter between Tulsa police officers in a helicopter over the scene of Terence Crutcher’s fatal shooting on Sept. 16, 2016, will be allowed.

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A special primary to replace resigned Tulsa State Representative Dan Kirby is set May 9th, but you may apply now for an absentee ballot. County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says there will also be in-person absentee voting opportunities. The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before the May 9th election will be early absentee voting, but the early in-person is allowed only at the Election Board on North Denver Avenue. You can apply for a  mail-in ballot now by going on-line. The general election is in July.

 

 

Legislation calling for a $6,000 raise for Oklahoma public school teachers over three years has been approved by a state Senate committee, although lawmakers have not identified a way to pay for it.

The Senate Committee on Appropriations voted 39-3 Wednesday for the House-passed bill.

The measure calls for a $1,000 teacher pay raise next year, $2,000 the following year and $3,000 in the third year. A $1,000 raise would cost about $53 million a year.

New Tulsa Jail Administrator Named

Apr 12, 2017
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The Tulsa County Sheriff names David Parker as Jail Administrator at David L Moss. He will begin his duties on Monday.

Parker brings more than three decades of Oklahoma Department of Corrections experience to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. He retired from the DOC as Regional II Director on April 5th.

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A Republican congressman in Oklahoma canceled one of several planned town halls in his district, saying he couldn't reach an agreement with the venue on safety protocols.

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin planned a stop Tuesday night at a high school in Tahlequah, about 145 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. But the three-term congressman canceled the event shortly before the start, citing "safety concerns."

In the local news:

  • Allegations of abuse are leveled at Tulsa's Shadow Mountain
  • Tulsa's Congressman is met with jeers and cheers at a town hall meeting.
  • The Margaret Hudson program gets needed cash.

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