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.

  • In The Oklahoman: Oklahoma City police on patrol

    By Matt Dinger | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    The only constant is change, and policing Oklahoma City is no exception. Reporter Matt Dinger recently went on ride-alongs with four Oklahoma City police officers to get a glimpse at how their jobs have changed throughout the years. Look for it in the paper soon.

  • Suspect's lawyer sheds light on client's actions the morning of Oklahoma State University homecoming crash

    By Matt Dinger | Published: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    Tony Coleman, lawyer for a woman accused of causing a crash that killed four people and injured dozens at the Oklahoma State homecoming parade in Stillwater, talked about his client and her actions the morning of the crash.

  • New things we learned from OSU driver's lawyer Sunday

    Matthew Dinger | Updated: Sun, Oct 25, 2015

    Tony Coleman, the attorney for the woman accused of crashing her car into a crowd of people watching the Oklahoma State University  homecoming parade Saturday morning, called a press conference Sunday afternoon to share a few details. Here's what we learned: Chief among those details is his conviction that his client, Adacia Chambers, was not drunk at the time of the crime. Coleman is certified in DWI detection and spotting alcohol intoxication, he said. “I absolutely can rule out alcohol as an intoxicant,” Coleman said.  “Her behavior was not consistent with someone coming out of an alcoholic stupor.

  • UPDATE: Driver in OSU homecoming crash being held on second-degree murder charges. Drug use alleged

    Matthew Dinger | Updated: Sun, Oct 25, 2015

    The driver of the car that crashed into a crowd killing four and injuring dozens at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade Saturday is being held on a second-degree murder complaint, Stillwater police said. Adacia Avery Chambers, 25, was arrested on a complaint of driving under the influence after the crash Saturday morning. Chambers was being held on a manslaughter complaint at Payne County District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas' request. On Sunday morning, investigators filed an affidavit to change the complaint to four counts of second-degree murder. Thomas said Chambers will likely be charged with driving under the influence of drugs. Alcohol is not thought to have been involved.

  • Retired OSU professor and wife among victims of homecoming crash

    Matthew Dinger | Updated: Sun, Oct 25, 2015

    A retired Oklahoma State University professor and his wife are two of the victims who died after being struck by a suspected drunk driver during the school's homecoming parade Saturday morning. Marvin Lyle Stone and Bonnie Jean Stone, both 65, died after the crash, according to Stillwater police. Marvin Stone was a Regents Professor at the university for 24 years, lecturing in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering department. He retired in 2006. A year prior, he was given OSU’s highest faculty award, the Eminent Faculty Award, according to the university.  He remained engaged in research as an Emeritus professor and was honored for his innovations at a U.S. Congressional reception in Washington

  • Oklahoma City police sergeant stops suicide attempt

    By Matt Dinger Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    The quick thinking of Oklahoma City police Sgt. Jacob Cole prevented the suicide of a 32-year-old man who tried to jump off an Interstate 35 bridge Saturday. The unidentified man actually tried to jump, but Cole grabbed a hold of him, and a Norman officer helped him pull the man back onto the bridge.

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

    BY MATT DINGER Staff Writer | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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