Report gives crash details
The National Transportation Safety Board said a medical helicopter that crashed and seriously injured four people lost engine power shortly after takeoff near Seminole. The helicopter crashed shortly before 1 p.m. Jan. 2 after taking off from Seminole Regional Airport en route to a hospital in Okemah, where it was to pick up a patient. Authorities said the pilot, a nurse and two medics on board were injured but survived. The NTSB preliminary report released Monday said the pilot told investigators that the aircraft's engine lost power shortly after takeoff and made a hard landing in a field near the airport, about 55 miles east of Oklahoma City.
Police study church audit
Police in Stillwater are investigating the suspected embezzlement of more than $140,000 from First United Methodist Church. Senior Pastor Mike Chaffin said questionable practices were uncovered during a December audit of the church's financial records, so police were notified. Police Capt. Randy Dickerson said the amount thought to have been stolen continues to rise. A church employee is a suspect — but no charges have been filed, Dickerson said. Authorities said the suspected thefts occurred from 2010 to 2012.