Funeral set for 4-year-old girlFuneral arrangements have been made for a Chickasha preschooler who died Thursday evening after the car she was in rolled down her driveway and hit a tree. Four-year-old Emily Danielle Geddes died after the crash outside her home in the 1300 block of S 14th. The funeral will be Tuesday night at Calvary Baptist Church in Chickasha. Family members said they aren’t interested in talking with the media about the accident. An obituary sent to The Oklahoman lists Emily’s parents as Daniel Geddes and Jeanie Goss Malone. Police and the Department of Human Services are investigating the girl’s death. Police say they are investigating what Malone was doing at the time of the crash and how it happened. OKLAHOMA CITY
OFFICER INVOLVED IN SHOOTINGOklahoma City Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting on the city’s south side. Police Capt. Steve McCool said an officer, whose name has not been released, responded to a call of a teenager carrying a gun about 9:15 p.m. Saturday at SW 45 and Walker Avenue. McCool said when the officer approached, the teen shot at the officer. The officer returned fire, McCool said, but McCool did not say how many rounds were released. The officer was not harmed. Police were searching the area for the suspect, who is described as a Hispanic male about 16 or 17 years old, wearing a black sweater with red on the back, dark jeans and white shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 235-7300. WISTER
Remains near lake prompt inquiryA day after skeletal remains were found near Lake Wister, investigators continued to search for evidence. Authorities believe the remains were human because fabric was found at the scene, said Inspector Stan Florence of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The remains had been at the secluded location for "quite some time,” based on the level of decomposition, he said Saturday. At this stage in the investigation, Florence said it is impossible to determine a cause of death or the victim’s identity. Investigators are looking at whether there are any missing persons reports in the area, but Florence said authorities likely will have to rely on the medical examiner’s office to identify the remains. TAHLEQUAH
REWARD OFFERED IN 2007 SLAYINGSThis week will mark the first anniversary of the slayings of a Cherokee County couple, and authorities are again offering a reward for information on their killer. The bodies of Jack Denney, 65, and Elaine Denney, 66, were found by their daughter on Christmas Day inside their home on Iron Post Road near the Cherokee-Mayes County line. Both were fatally shot. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said the shootings are believed to have occurred Dec. 23, 2007. The OSBI is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible. A group of Locust Grove residents raised an additional $5,000.
Student earns Cherokee degreeNortheastern State University’s Cherokee Education degree program now has its first graduate. Greg Drowning Bear received his bachelor’s degree on Saturday during the university’s fall commencement ceremony. The program is a partnership between NSU and the Tahlequah-based Cherokee Nation. NSU said it is the only public university in the nation to offer a teaching degree in an American Indian language. MUSKOGEE
Gift beefs up charity’s kitchenMembers of the Muskogee County Cattlemen’s Association took 150 pounds of beef to the local Salvation Army last week. The hamburger will be served at nightly meals at the charity’s facility at 615 S Main, said the Salvation Army’s George Hackbarth. The center heavily depends on donations for its feeding program, but meat is not frequently donated, Hackbarth said.
Exhibit features antique toysThe Three Rivers Museum in Muskogee is presenting a "Toys from the Past” exhibit through Decemberantique Christmas decorations, toys and dolls. Admission is $3 for adults and $1.50 students. The museum is at 220 Elgin St. For hours and more information, call (918) 686-6624. From staff and wire reports