Strong winds cause damage
Hurricane-force winds damaged buildings, downed trees and destroyed three barns in Pontotoc County on Wednesday night. Wind gusts up to 85 mph were recorded at the entrance to the Chickasaw Turnpike northeast of Roff, Pontotoc County Emergency Manager Chad Letellier said Thursday. The winds caused minor damage to five homes and two businesses in Roff, mostly from falling tree limbs. The winds damaged two homes and destroyed three barns in Fitzhugh and damaged three more homes in Union Valley.
Horses up for adoption
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will hold a wild horse adoption June 18-20 in Woodward. The three-day event at the Crystal Beach Arena will feature more than 70 animals. The bureau periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to ensure herd health and to maintain ecological balance.
Man arrested in shooting
A man Altus police said is involved in the shooting death of Hai Phan, 34, was arrested in Oklahoma City. Marrquis Dorsey, 24, was arrested Wednesday and taken back to Altus, Police Capt. Mike Turner said. Phan was found shot and stabbed in his car about 2:15 a.m. May 31 in an apartment parking lot in Altus. Police are still looking for Sedrick Sanders, 31, in connection with the shooting. Anyone with information on the case may call Crime Stoppers at (580) 482-8477.
Inmate linked to robberies
The FBI on Thursday linked a man jailed on an unrelated state robbery charge to two metro-area bank robberies. Federal prosecutors filed bank robbery charges against Jimmy L. Starks, 29, in connection with the robberies of banks in Del City on May 20 and Oklahoma City three days later, the FBI said. Starks remained Thursday in the Oklahoma County jail in lieu of $40,000 bail on the state charge.