• Police arrest driver involved in hit and run death

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 13 min ago

    A man who police believe was involved in a deadly hit and run on Friday was arrested on Monday.

  • Oklahoma, Michigan attorneys general call for Iran sanctions

    AP | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The attorneys general of Oklahoma and Michigan are urging leaders in every state to impose state-based sanctions against Iran in response to a nuclear accord between Iran, the U.S. and other nations. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette sent a letter Monday encouraging sanctions to prohibit the investment of state assets in Iran. The U.S. negotiated alongside other nations for nearly two years before finalizing an accord to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief. But the letter says the agreement is a bad deal that requires only marginal changes to Iran's nuclear program while allowing Iran to maintain

  • 2 Oklahoma fugitives arrested in Missouri

    AP | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in western Missouri have arrested two people being sought by Oklahoma authorities. The Cass County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested 31-year-old Richard Z. Holliday and 31-year-old Sheryl A. Stewart near Harrisonville on Sunday after receiving an anonymous tip. The sheriff's office says Holliday and Stewart are wanted on an outstanding drug charge in Rogers County, Oklahoma. Stewart's also being held on a federal bank robbery warrant. Stewart was released to the U.S. Marshal Service. Holliday was being held Monday in the Cass County Jail. The sheriff's office says two Cass County deputies suffered minor injuries when Holliday assaulted them during the arrest. The

  • Oklahoma court rejects withdrawal of guilty plea in 3 deaths

    AP | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court has rejected a man's request to withdraw his guilty pleas to three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two girls and his fiancée in eastern Oklahoma. The Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Monday to 29-year-old Kevin Sweat. Sweat was sentenced to life in prison last year after pleading guilty in the shooting deaths of 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker in 2008 and the slaying of his fiancée, 23-year-old Ashley Taylor, in 2011. The girls were killed as they walked down a rural road near Weleetka. He was charged with their deaths after he was questioned about Taylor's death three years later.

  • Shawnee High School closed Monday due to bomb threats

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Police reported multiple threats.

  • Shawnee man dies in accident near Meeker

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    MEEKER — A Shawnee man died Monday after the vehicle he was traveling in left the roadway and wrecked, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.  Trinton Mcelyea, 25, was a passenger in a car driven by Felicia Dunning, 28, of McLoud, just after 2 a.m. Monday, according to the patrol. The two were traveling west on 1060 Road west of 3336 Road when the vehicle left the road to the right, struck a ditch line and rolled. Mcelyea was partially thrown from the car and trapped by the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Seat belts were not in use, according to the patrol.

  • Infant dies after being left in hot vehicle in Del City

    AP | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    DEL CITY, Okla. (AP) — Police in Del City are investigating the death of an infant in a vehicle over the weekend. Authorities said Monday that they received a 911 call from the child's mother about 3 p.m. on Saturday after the girl was left alone in a hot vehicle. Police say the child's mother found the infant inside her car in the driveway of her home. Officials say the woman was holding the infant in her arms when police arrived at the scene. The investigation is ongoing and police have not released any other details about the incident. No arrests have been made.

  • Son of slain labor commissioner charged Monday in father's fatal stabbing

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    The son of slain Labor Commissioner Mark Costello has been charged in his father's fatal stabbing.  Christian Erin Costello, 26, of Oklahoma City, was charged Monday in Oklahoma County District Court with one count of first-degree murder. He is accused of killing Mark Costello by repeatedly stabbing him with a knife. The stabbing took place in the evening of Aug. 23 at a north Oklahoma City ice cream store. Investigators said they think the victim's son planned the attack. Mark Costello, 59, of Edmond, died the day of the stabbing after being taken to a hospital, police said. The state medical examiner reported the cause of death was stab wounds to the neck.  Christian Costello was arrested at the scene after

  • 2nd earthquake in 24 hours rattles northern Oklahoma

    AP | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    CHEROKEE, Okla. (AP) — An earthquake has shaken the same area of northern Oklahoma for the second time in less than 24 hours. The U.S. Geological Survey says the latest temblor was recorded at 9:44 a.m. about two miles west-northwest of Cherokee in Alfalfa County. It was recorded at a depth of about four miles. Geologists say a separate earthquake shook the same area about 11 hours earlier. A 2.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday about four miles east-northeast of Cherokee. It occurred at a depth of about three miles. No injuries or damage was reported. Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that damage is not likely in

  • Late OU linebacker's mother targets prescription drugs

    AP | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The mother of a University of Oklahoma football player who died of a prescription drug overdose is helping launch a campaign to bring awareness to the problem, which has surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Oklahoma. Gail Box is scheduled to speak Monday at the Coalition Against Rx Drug Epidemic, or CARE, at the state Capitol. Box's son, Austin Box, was a linebacker for OU who died in 2011. An autopsy showed he had five prescription painkillers and an anti-anxiety drug in his system when he died.

  • Study: Traffic delays due to trains hurt Oklahoma town's economy

    Claremore Daily Progress | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Traffic delays caused by trains passing through Claremore have left residents and business owners frustrated, and a study finds the wait also has hurt the city's economy. The 2015 Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority study determined that the gross product of Claremore was 2.6 percent below potential during 2014, because of the delays at railroad crossings. The Claremore Daily Progress reports that the study assumed all employees work nearly 2,100 hours a year and that Claremore has almost 1,300 commuters. Claremore experienced an estimated gross product loss of $55.8 million, because of the lost time.

  • Edmond 17-year-old killed in wreck Sunday, police report

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    An Edmond 17-year-old died in an accident Sunday. It happened at Creston Way.

  • ACLU review finds Oklahoma law enforcers seized $6.1 million in properties along I-40

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 11 hr ago

    The review, released Thursday, found 319 seizure cases from 2009 to 2014. Criminal charges were filed in 205 cases, and no charges were found in the remaining 114.

  • Now you know: 5 interesting facts to begin your week with (Vol. 3; Aug. 31, 2015)

    Richard Hall | Updated: 13 hr ago

    This week we explore dolphins (and how they'll rule us all one day), the koala-human connection, Ken Burns' dedication, froyo vs. ice cream and the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.

  • Fatal pickup crash reported in southeast Norman Sunday night

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    A pickup hit a tree Sunday night in Norman. One person was killed and the other person in the pickup was flown to an Oklahoma City hospital .

  • Miley Cyrus and Flaming Lips release surprise collaboration album

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: 18 hr ago

    You won't have to drop a single dime to hear the new Miley Cyrus album. On Sunday night, she capped off her VMA hosting gig with an off-the-wall, drag queen-filled performance with the Flaming Lips and the announcement of a new collaboration record called "Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz." A free album stream of the surprise release hit the Internet shortly after. >> Here's the link "Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz" is a sprawling 23-song messterpiece of a pop record featuring songwriting and production credits from Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd and Dennis Coyne of Stardeath and White Dwarfs.

  • Edmond police investigate fatal single-vehicle accident

    Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    A single-car fatal wreck occurred Sunday on 15th Street near Western Avenue in Edmond, Oklahoma.

  • Man shot dead by Cushing police

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    A man pointing a handgun at bystanders was shot dead by a Cushing police officer early Sunday.