LeighAnne Manwarren
Breaking News Reporter
LeighAnne Manwarren is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and weather for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. An Oklahoma City native, Manwarren is a University of Oklahoma journalism alum and has interned for The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette, AOL's Patch.com in northern Virginia, the National Law Journal's D.C. office and the National Journal's Hotline in D.C.

Top Stories


  • Oklahoma City woman accused of attacking woman with nunchucks

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com | Updated: Mon, Dec 2, 2013

    Lisa Arlene Ward, 47, of Oklahoma City, was arrested on complaints of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She also was arrested on a Cleveland County warrant of failure to appear.

  • Lawton woman accused of attempting to run over an Oklahoma City police officer

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com | Published: Mon, Dec 2, 2013

    Kreidaesha Topaz Clay, 26, of Lawton, was arrested in Oklahoma City on complaints of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery on a city official, possession of a controlled and dangerous substance and transporting an open container.

  • Oklahoma County jail gives at-risk children 'Reality Check'

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 29, 2013

    The Oklahoma County jail's “Reality Check” program is a program to help at-risk youth not fall into a life that would lead them to jail. The program has been featured on A&E's “Beyond Scared Straight” television program.

  • Grandmother accused of smoking pot in front of Edmond 4-year-old

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com | Published: Mon, Nov 25, 2013

    Sandra Martinez, 53, and Peggy Pierman, 52, were arrested Friday on complaints of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Edmond police spokeswoman Jennifer Monroe said.

  • Oklahoma City police release video of burglar

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com | Updated: Tue, Nov 19, 2013

    A man is seen kicking in a door and attempting to steal electronics from a southwest Oklahoma City home, according to surveillance video released Tuesday by police.

  • Firefighters give winter coats at northwest Oklahoma City school

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com | Updated: Mon, Nov 18, 2013

    Oklahoma City firefighters and Continental Resources volunteers gave 467 winter coats to Greystone Upper Elementary School students Monday morning. This is the 23rd year of the Oklahoma City Fire Department's Firefighters Coats for Kids program.

  • Man accused of punching Oklahoma City police dog

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com | Updated: Mon, Nov 18, 2013

    Richard Simpson, 30, of Oklahoma City, was arrested Friday on complaints of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude police officers and mistreating or interfering with a police dog.

  • Oklahoma City man accused of sexual battery

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com | Published: Mon, Nov 18, 2013

    Donald Nelson Hulme, 70, was arrested Friday on complaints of sexual battery and violation of the Domestic Abuse Act.

  • Man with Virginia felony warrant is accused of assaulting Oklahoma City officer

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com | Updated: Tue, Nov 12, 2013

    Jeffrey Lamar Lambeth, 23, was arrested in Oklahoma City on complaints of assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery, resisting arrest.

  • Oklahoma City man accused of child endangerment, DUI

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com | Updated: Tue, Nov 12, 2013

    Jesus Manuel Salazar Jr., 25, was arrested Friday on complaints of child endangerment and driving under the influence of drugs.

  • Texan accused of stealing Thunder Girls' seat from Oklahoma City arena

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Staff Writer lmanwarren@opubco.com | Published: Tue, Nov 12, 2013

    Troy Conrad Macbeth, 23, of Odessa, Texas, was arrested on complaints of petit larceny and public drunkenness after an Oklahoma City Thunder game on Nov. 6.

  • Mocktails offer safer celebration this holiday season

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com | Updated: Tue, Nov 5, 2013

    Oklahoma City police report an increase in drunken driving during the holiday months. Alcohol-related fatalities increased 10 percent from 2011 to 2012, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

  • Mocktail Mix-Off recipes

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN | Updated: Tue, Nov 5, 2013

    AAA Oklahoma will publish all nine recipes from the 2013 Great Pretenders Mocktail Mix-Off in a handout and on its website this week, just in time for the holiday season, spokesman Chuck Mai said.

  • At a glance: Tipsy Tow

    Updated: Tue, Nov 5, 2013

    At a glance: Tipsy Tow

  • Oklahoma City police begin anti-violent crime initiative

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com | Updated: Mon, Nov 4, 2013

    A grant will allow Oklahoma City police to more effectively combat violent crime in an area from N Meridian Avenue to N Council Road and Melrose Lane to NW 27.

  • Two escaped Caddo County jail inmates considered armed, dangerous

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com | Updated: Mon, Oct 28, 2013

    Dylan Ray Three Irons, 21, and Prime Tounwin Brown, 23, were recaptured Monday in Chickasha, but two others, Triston Cheadle and Anthony James Mendonca, are still on the loose. Police warn they are considered armed and dangerous.

  • 11 arrested Monday in prostitution sting

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren @opubco.com | Published: Tue, Oct 22, 2013

    Oklahoma City police arrested 11 men and women in a south Oklahoma City prostitution sting.

  • Norman students, band instructors safe after bus fire

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN and BRYAN DEAN | Updated: Tue, Oct 22, 2013

    Three charter buses were driving to Lawton for a band competition when one bus caught fire. All occupants on that bus are safe, a Norman school official said.

  • Thousands 'Race for the Cure' in downtown Oklahoma City

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Oct 20, 2013

    About 12,000 people participated in the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Oklahoma City. The event was moved back to the Myriad Gardens where the race was held for its first eight years, said Lorna Palmer, executive director for the Central and Western Oklahoma affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

  • Oklahoma City police have special training for dealing with mental health issues

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Oct 20, 2013

    Patience is a key component when dealing with people who suffer from severe mental illnesses, said Oklahoma City police Capt. Jeff Pierce. The police department has 133 Crisis Intervention Training officers and has shared the CIT program with more than 900 police officers across the state.




LeighAnne Manwarren Tue, Apr. 15 2014 06:23:06 PM CST Who knew inadvertently becoming a Chinese spy was a problem? The FBI made a video to warn young adults against it... LINK
LeighAnne Manwarren Thu, Apr. 10 2014 03:50:26 PM CST The same property is being shown on "Property Brothers" and "Love it or List it too"! #IWatchTooMuchHGTV
LeighAnne Manwarren Thu, Apr. 10 2014 03:02:38 AM CST The US Geological Survey reports that the earthquake was a 4.1-magnitude and it's epicenter was 9 miles north of Edmond. #newsok #OKQuake
LeighAnne Manwarren Thu, Apr. 10 2014 02:43:48 AM CST Place your bets: What magnitude do you think that earthquake was? I'm guessing at least a 4.5-magnitude. #newsok
LeighAnne Manwarren Thu, Apr. 10 2014 02:39:25 AM CST My apartment has shaken a few more times after that big one. Aftershocks? #newsok
LeighAnne Manwarren Thu, Apr. 10 2014 02:38:04 AM CST @carolineduke Seriously! I'm glad I wasn't asleep yet because that would have been a lot scarier. #earthquake #newsok
LeighAnne Manwarren Thu, Apr. 10 2014 02:35:20 AM CST Just felt an earthquake in northwest Oklahoma City. Did you feel it too? #newsok
LeighAnne Manwarren Wed, Apr. 02 2014 06:00:52 PM CST Don't forget to #SupportKGOU too... RT @SilasAllen1 SERIOUSLY, PONY UP PEOPLE. #SupportKOSU
LeighAnne Manwarren Mon, Mar. 31 2014 07:26:18 PM CST I should have taken the night off to watch the #HIMYMFinale. I want to know what happens!!
LeighAnne Manwarren Thu, Mar. 20 2014 09:32:07 PM CST Well, that was disappointing... #Sooners #MarchMadness
LeighAnne Manwarren Mon, Mar. 17 2014 06:16:42 PM CST @lansdallius Haha. I'm pretty sure the campus here is dry...
LeighAnne Manwarren Mon, Mar. 17 2014 05:17:52 PM CST I'm working the night shift. If you hear of any #breakingnews in #OklahomaCity tonight, go ahead and send a tweet my way. #newsok
LeighAnne Manwarren Tue, Mar. 11 2014 04:12:29 PM CST RT @KevHooks: Gotta love honesty! LINK
LeighAnne Manwarren Thu, Mar. 06 2014 01:31:19 PM CST RT @okcpd: Wanted for Bricktown murder: 28 year-old Christopher Benson. If you know where he is, call 911. LINK
LeighAnne Manwarren Thu, Feb. 27 2014 11:50:44 AM CST RT @TheOklahoman: Have you ever had your license suspended for driving past a school bus? LINK Email @leighannem1 for a p…
LeighAnne Manwarren Tue, Feb. 25 2014 09:59:32 PM CST Never meet someone behind the construction area of a Metro station. You're just asking to be pushed onto the tracks #LessonsFromHouseOfCards
LeighAnne Manwarren Tue, Feb. 25 2014 09:50:01 PM CST Just finished #HouseOfCards season 2 and now I can't wait for season 3. #whoa! #Netflix
LeighAnne Manwarren Tue, Feb. 18 2014 04:11:35 PM CST Edmond Schools did not bus children to Skyler's Court or La Sonata due to the grass fire. Parents, please pick up your children at school.
LeighAnne Manwarren Mon, Feb. 10 2014 04:03:02 PM CST @KOSUMichaelC Nice!!
LeighAnne Manwarren Sat, Feb. 01 2014 01:56:48 AM CST These past 6 weeks have emotionally drained me, and I made a decision tonight that broke my heart. 😢😫 I hope things will look up for me soon