BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014
MIAMI — The Miami city manager says he’s begun termination proceedings against four officers on the town’s police force.
Three of the officers had been on paid leave since October over the arrest of Jerry Dean Payne on suspicion of driving under the influence. Criminal charges against Payne were later dismissed, and Payne has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city, alleging the use of excessive force during the traffic stop.
City Manager Jeff Bishop tells a local newspaper that termination proceedings have begun, but the officers will have 10 days to appeal the decision before it’s final. Bishop did not release the names of the officers being fired.
Bishop says the terminations are for “violations of
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014
TAHLEQUAH— Authorities say a man in Tahlequah was killed after crashing his car during a pursuit by police.
Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King says the chase began after the driver went through a four-way stop at about 70 miles mph early Thursday. He says a police officer witnessed the incident and attempted to pull over the car, which then sped away.
King tells a local television station that the officer eventually backed off from his pursuit because of lo w visibility. A few minutes later, the officer discovered the car rolled over and the driver ejected from it.
An investigation into the crash is underway.
By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jun 16, 2014
MULDROW — A Gore resident is being held in the Sequoyah County jail without bail Sunday on accusations he raped and molested two young girls during a two-year period.
An investigation began in March, when the mother of a 10-year-old girl told police Troy Sands, 32, raped the girl several times when she was 6 years old. In a forensic interview in Sallisaw, the girl told officials Sands raped her for the first time at her family’s home in Muldrow and that he would do it again if she told anyone, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The girl said Sands raped her several more times in two different houses in Muldrow and that she saw Sands rape her older sister.
Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014
MUSKOGEE — A jury in Muskogee County has convicted a 31-year-old woman of solicitation of first-degree murder for attempting to arrange the killing of her ex-boyfriend.
The jury deliberated about an hour Tuesday before convicting Kenna Lee Morrison. Prosecutors allege that Morrison recruited three others in a plot to kill her ex-boyfriend, who was not harmed.
A local newspaper reports that jurors were unable to agree on a recommended sentence for Morrison. District Judge Mike Norman said he will determine Morrison’s sentence after a presentence investigation is completed.
Prosecutors alleged that Morrison asked three others to kill her ex-boyfriend because he had kicked her out of the home they shared. Morrison
By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jun 4, 2014
WAGONER — Bob Colbert said he was two hours into his first day as Wagoner County sheriff when he began working on the case of Jarret Austin Clark, a Broken Arrow 18-year-old whose body was pulled from Fort Gibson Lake on May 18, 2006.
Clark had just graduated from high school and had gone camping to celebrate. His death, his family maintained, was no accident. They alleged Clark had been beaten and dumped in the lake — alive but unconscious — and had drowned. The state medical examiner’s report agreed, listing Clark’s cause of death not as blunt force trauma but as drowning.
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Jun 3, 2014
STILLWATER — Six Oklahoma State University students have been selected for the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
The program is one of the oldest and most prestigious graduate fellowship programs in the United States. The fellowship is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research and provides three years of financial support to pursue graduate work.
Three of the fellows, Ashley Love, Katharina Schreier and Michael Powers, will pursue their graduate degrees at OSU.