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 A Sapulpa man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of his 5-year-old son.

Thirty-eight-year-old Bryon Keith Creech entered a blind plea Thursday in Tulsa County District Court, leaving sentencing to the judge. A hearing is set for Oct. 26.

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   Two masked intruders were captured after entering the Oklahoma Capitol, rummaging through a senator's office and splashing around in a second-floor bathroom.

The intruders? Raccoons.

Senate officials say security footage shows the pair sneaking down a Senate hallway on Wednesday night and exploring an office. A cleaning crew trapped the raccoons in a bathroom and called animal control officers.

Oklahoma City spokeswoman Kristy Yager says the two raccoons are being taken to a wildlife sanctuary south of Oklahoma City.

In the local news:

  • A study is getting underway to ease the number of Tulsa traffic crashes.
  • School starts today in Jenks.
  • The 24 hour Tulsa Habitat for Humanity house near completion .
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As lots of work happens on one of its signature features, A Gathering Place for Tulsa is 25 to 30 percent complete.

The Williams Companies Lodge at the Gathering Place is taking shape. The lodge will serve as the park's glass-covered gateway.

The basement’s concrete floors and walls have been poured, and Gathering Place Executive Director Jeff Stava pointed out during a Thursday site tour dozens of vertical steel beams that have been placed.

Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa City Councilor G.T. Bynum likes using data to make budget decisions. Now, another councilor is following his lead to cut down on car crashes.

City Councilor Anna America is heading up a study that will use data from several sources to find ways to reduce the number of traffic accidents. A calculation from INCOG says there were 10,000 crashes last year within the city limits.

The '24 Hour House' is Under Construction

Aug 18, 2016
KWGS News

Construction crews are working around the clock to complete Tulsa's newest Habitat for Humanity house in 24 hours.

That is 2-hours, start to finish.

The home is being built as part of the revitalization of the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood. Unlike most Habitat houses, this one does not already have an owner. It is also being built by professional contractors.

 

 A western Arkansas water utility and a company building a $900 million oil pipeline have reached a deal to protect drinking water sources from potential spills.

Diamond Pipeline LLC and the Clarksville Light and Water Co. finalized a $6.6 million deal Wednesday. The 440-mile pipeline will be capable of transporting 200,000 barrels per day of domestic crude oil from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Valero's refinery in Memphis, Tennessee.

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 An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the suspension and fine levied by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission against a horse trainer whose animal tested positive for a banned drug after winning a race at Oklahoma City's Remington Park racetrack.

The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals handed down the ruling Wednesday against Gerardo Ochoa-Pena, who received a one-year suspension and $2,500 fine after a horse under his supervision tested positive for a banned drug.

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A judge in Oklahoma has refused to accept a guilty plea from a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a food processing plant in 2014.

Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley ruled Wednesday that she wouldn't accept the plea from Alton Nolen, who has said he wants the death penalty for the attack at Vaughan Foods in Moore.

KFOR-TV reports that Walkley said Nolen was not mentally competent to make the plea and ordered another mental evaluation.

 

A former insurance agent in northeastern Oklahoma has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering.

Gary Edward Hibbing was also ordered to pay more than a half-million dollars in restitution to his former clients. Hibbing owned Grand Lake Investments and Insurance in Grove.

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