Matt Dinger
Local News Court Reporter

Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.


  • Woman says her boyfriend shot his father and a Sapulpa police officer

    BY MATT DINGER Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Daphne Mason, 21, the girlfriend of Jonathan Grafton, 22, said he shot and killed both his father, Jeffrey Grafton, and police officer Lt. Trey Pritchard on Saturday in a room at a Midwest City motel.

  • Living to ride: British girl celebrates graduation from cancer treatment in Oklahoma City with motorcycle sendoff

    BY MATT DINGER Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Katie McGann, 11, of England, is wrapping up treatment for a brain tumor in Oklahoma City. The Harley-Davidson fan was treated to a motorcycle sendoff on Wednesday before she returns home.

  • Former Valley Brook police officer arrested on sex crimes complaints

    BY MATT DINGER Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Former Valley Brook police officer Courtney Breanne Schlinke, 21, was arrested on 33 complaints, including 16 counts of rape by instrumentation, nine counts of lewd acts with a child under 16 and eight counts of oral sodomy, records show.

  • The Great Race makes second day pit stop in Oklahoma City

    By Matt Dinger Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    The second day of The Great Race called it a day in Bricktown Sunday evening, lining Mickey Mantle Drive with classic cars and filling the thoroughfare with exhaust fumes A total of 113 race vehicles were expected to stay in the night in Oklahoma City, the end of the second day of a 2,400-mile trek that began in Kirkwood, Mo.  The engines of over $6 million worth of chrome and rubber will cool overnight before racers begin their trek westward at 8 a.m. The antique car rally brought teams from across the globe. In this year's race, eight Japanese teams are participating, their foreign license plates blending in with the American tags from across the country. This year's race is traveling Route 66 to the

  • Man swept away by floods rescued, arrested on public drunk complaint

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    A man who was swept off a Choctaw County bridge and rescued by two Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers was taken to jail on a public intoxication complaint.

  • Norman youth spells his way to finals in national spelling bee

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Cole Shafer-Ray, 14, of Norman, Oklahoma, was one of 10 elite spellers who made it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals that aired on ESPN Thursday night. He was the first runner-up in a bee that ended in a tie.

  • Oklahoma City police investigate death of man in police custody

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    A man who police say came from the woods and began breaking into vehicles at an eastern Oklahoma City motorcycle trail stopped breathing after he was placed in handcuffs, officers reported. The man later died.

  • Police investigate fatal shooting in Edmond

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    An armed man was shot Wednesday evening in an Edmond neighborhood and was taken in critical condition to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where he later died, police said.

  • Oklahoma City federal jury finds three men guilty in online gambling racketeering conspiracy

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Three men were found guilty in Oklahoma City federal court of racketeering conspiracy, conducting an illegal gambling business and money laundering conspiracy.

  • Former Luther schools band director investigated after allegations of sex with 12-year-old student

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Former Luther Public Schools band director, Kyle Whitmus, is under investigation, having been accused of having sex with a 12-year-old student, search warrants reveal.

  • Oklahoma City police officer headed to trial on infant abuse charge

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Jeremiah Thompson, 31, faces one count of child abuse in Oklahoma County District Court. A two-year member of the Oklahoma City Police Department, he is accused of injuring a 7-month-old girl in his foster care.

  • Man will face death penalty in 2009 'Cathouse' killings trial in Oklahoma

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Russell Lee Hogshooter, 37, will be tried for six counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy, Oklahoma County Special Judge Fred Doak ruled Tuesday. He is accused of participating in the killings of a drug dealer and three woman — two of them pregnant — in what became known as the 2009 “Cathouse” killings.

  • Oklahoma City police officer charged with firearm felony in domestic incident

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Cecil Duane Moss, 52, was charged Monday with one count of pointing a firearm at another. He is accused of pointing a firearm at the father of his grandchildren and the man’s mother while off-duty during a domestic incident in April.

  • Oklahoma City police officer may face firearm felony charge

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Oklahoma City police Sgt. Cecil Duane Moss, 52, has been on paid administrative leave since an off-duty domestic incident April 4. Friday, it was announced he will likely face a felony charge because he reportedly pointed a gun at a pickup driving toward him during the incident.

  • Polygraph expert pleads guilty in Oklahoma City federal court

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Doug Williams, 69, a polygraph expert and former Oklahoma City police officer, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and obstruction of justice in Oklahoma City federal court.

  • Warrant is issued in connection with fatal March shooting in Oklahoma City

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Samuel Leon Tubbs, 20, is sought in connection with the March 24 shooting death of Curlee Harper at Will Rogers Courts, according to a warrant filed Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court.

  • Five of six involved in slaying, attempted Midwest City robbery plead guilty

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Five people have pleaded guilty for their roles in the attempted robbery and fatal shooting of a Midwest City woman at her home in September 2013. The accused shooter’s trial is scheduled for Sept. 14.

  • Three of eight defendants in Oklahoma murder case enter pleas

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Eight people were charged with the death of Shawn Masters, 39, of Blanchard, in January 2014. Firefighters found his body while responding to a grass fire between Langston and Guthrie in Logan County.

  • Man accused of causing crash that killed 6-year-old boy is charged with murder

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Kelly W. Corn, 44, was charged Friday in Oklahoma County District Court with murder, two counts of causing an accident resulting in great bodily injury, leaving the scene of an accident and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

  • Federal jury in Oklahoma City convicts Texas man in gambling business case

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Bartice Alan King, 44, of Spring, Texas, was found guilty Thursday of conducting an illegal gambling business and engaging in a conspiracy to commit money laundering. Sentencing has not been set.





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