• Oklahoma day care closes after reports of sunburned children

    AP | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    VINITA, Okla. (AP) — A day care center in northeast Oklahoma has shut its doors after a mother reported her two sons were severely sunburned during an outing to a local splash pad. Department of Human Services spokeswoman Debra Martin said Tuesday the Happiness is a Learning Center day care in Vinita agreed to cease operations. Martin says the state agency and local police are investigating. Shaunna Broadway told Tulsa television station KOTV (http://bit.ly/1IqAbj ) that a day care worker let her 5- and 7-year-old sons play outside Friday without shirts or sunscreen. Photographs she took of her boys show their back and shoulders covered with giant blisters.

  • Satanic Temple spokesman says 'iconic' Baphomet monument is in storage ... for now

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A spokesman for The Satanic Temple said the group's recently unveiled Baphomet statue is in storage, awaiting plans for its eventual installation, though he said that is unlikely to happen in Oklahoma. The spokesman, Lucien Greaves, said in an attempt to thwart opponents from attending the July 25 unveiling of the monument in Detroit, each attendee was required to sign a contract selling their soul to Satan.

  • Every OKC officer involved shooting in 2015

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Monday marked the ninth officer-involved shooting this year in Oklahoma City. Seven were fatal. Below, read about the police shootings that have occurred in 2015.  [pagebreak] Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 Officers and an Oklahoma County sheriff's deputy encountered Hebert Hill, 25, sitting in a car in his driveway at 1000 SW 62 while they attempted to serve a warrant for failing to register as a violent offender. A gun battle ensued. Hill shot a police officer in the leg and grazed the officer's bulletproof vest with another shot before officers shot and killed him.  [pagebreak] Wednesday, Feb. 25 Two police officers fatally shot Glenn Lewis, 37, in the area of NW 22

  • Oklahoma man pleads no contest in attempting to hire hit man

    McAlester News-Capital | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    MCALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A former fire chief in Oklahoma has pleaded no contest to two charges that accused him of plotting to hire someone to kill the mother of his grandchild. The McAlester News-Capital (http://bit.ly/1fE0lo0 ) reports that Bill Crenshaw was sentenced to 20 years suspended on a solicitation for murder charge and 10 years suspended on a conspiracy to commit murder charge. He was a former leader of the Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Department. A plea of no contest isn't an admission of guilt, but an acknowledgment that if the case were to go to trial, a guilty verdict would be possible.

  • Update: City will release 911 call in attack on Oklahoma family

    By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma city is not releasing a recording of the 911 call made from a Broken Arrow home where a couple and three of their children were stabbed to death. Authorities initially said the call, described by Broken Arrow Police Sgt. Thomas Cooper as "gruesome," would be released Monday. An assistant to the city attorney indicated Tuesday that it wouldn't be released because it's part of the investigation into the deaths of the five members of the Bever family. Robert Bever, 18, is accused in a booking document of five counts of first-degree murder and a count of aggravated assault in the attack Wednesday. Prosecutors say they also plan to charge Bever's

  • Disposal wells near Crescent shutting down after quakes

    BY DON MECOY Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Two oil and gas wastewater disposal wells closest to the recent earthquakes near Crescent are shutting down their operations, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission said Tuesday. After being contacted by the Commission’s Oil and Gas Division, operators of two of the wells are shutting down operations, while a third well farther from the activity will reduce its injected volume by 50 percent. Operators of the wells took the actions voluntarily, the commission said. No directives were necessary. A 4.5 magnitude earthquake centered about 4 miles northeast Crescent shook central Oklahoma on Monday.  Earlier this month, the Corporation Commission placed additional restriction on oil and gas operators under an

  • Human remains found at I-40 and Peebly Road Tuesday

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Police sent homicide detectives Tuesday to investigate the discovery of human remains. The remains were found about 9:30 a.m. near Interstate 40 and Peebly Road.

  • Study: Tribal gaming has multi-billion dollar economic impact for Oklahoma

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Economic impact estimated at $6.3 billion, according to a study by the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University.

  • Muralists wanted for Western Avenue event

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Bigger is better for public art on Western Avenue. For a second year, the lengthy stretch of local businesses will add murals to their buildings in celebration of their annual Taste of Western culinary event held at Will Roger’s Theater on Oct. 15. The event invites Western Avenue businesses to share their dining creations and promote Oklahoma artists. Western Avenue Association executive director Rachael Taylor said last year's murals elevated the district and gave the avenue a fresh identity. "I like that it all happened in one big swoop," Taylor said in an interview with The Oklahoman. " We just did five at once to start the process. It was always intended that we'd add more each

  • Sheriff's deputy injured when vehicle struck his arm, manhunt in Lincoln County underway

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    A Lincoln County Sheriff's deputy suffered an arm injury when a vehicle struck him Tuesday. Law officers are searching the area for the driver.

  • Earthquakes again recorded in Oklahoma

    AP | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    PERRY, Okla. (AP) — Three more earthquakes have been recorded in Oklahoma by the U.S. Geological Survey. The largest of the latest earthquakes was a magnitude 3.4 temblor recorded at 3:11 a.m. Tuesday 13 miles west of Perry. A 3.1 magnitude quake was recorded at 7:30 a.m. near Crescent and a 2.7 magnitude quake was recorded northeast of Mooreland at 2:32 a.m. No damage or injuries have been reported. Tuesday's quakes come after several larger earthquakes were recorded Monday — including two of magnitude 4.5 near Crescent.

  • Longtime Oklahoma rancher found shot to death in his home

    Muskogee Phoenix | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    KEYS, Okla. (AP) — Cherokee County authorities say a longtime rancher has been found shot to death at his home in Keys. County Undersheriff J.C. Chennault told the Muskogee Phoenix that the body of Charley Kirk was found Monday morning by a ranch employee. Chennault said it appears the shooting is the result of a burglary, but that it wasn't clear what — if any — property is missing. Chennault said the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been asked to assist in the investigation. He said Kirk was in his 80s and owned CK Ranch. ___ Information from: Muskogee Phoenix,

  • Body believed to be missing California girl, 8, found

    By MARTHA MENDOZA AP National Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The search for a missing 8-year-old girl came to a tragic end after police found a body inside a trash bin at a Northern California complex where she was last seen riding her scooter. A teenage boy, who also lives in the complex, was arrested in the case. Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel said the body found by a detective Monday night at a Santa Cruz artist community and housing center likely belongs to Madyson Middleton. "We haven't positively identified her yet but we believe she is probably Madyson Middleton," Vogel said.

  • Assault victim found lying in west Oklahoma City street Tuesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A man was found lying in the street in west Oklahoma City. He was taken to a hospital by ambulance, police said.

  • Hot days continue in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    More hot temperatures are ahead Tuesday. The northeastern part of the state is under a heat advisory