• Election for Oklahoma police chief ends in a tie

    | Updated: Fri, Feb 21, 2014

    SALLISAW — After Tuesday’s election ended in a tie, the new police chief in an eastern Oklahoma town will be picked from a hat — literally. Capt. Terry Franklin and Lt. Sandy Girdner were both running to become police chief in Sallisaw, a town of about 8,800 people along Oklahoma’s border with Arkansas. But Tuesday’s election ended in a tie with both candidates receiving 837 votes apiece. The Sequoyah County Election Board meets Friday to certify the vote. Election Board Secretary Cindy Osborn tells a local newspaper that the winner’s name will be drawn from a hat if the vote count remains tied after Friday’s certification. A special meeting will be set for later this month for the official name draw.

  • Case delayed in 1997 eastern Oklahoma slaying

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Feb 21, 2014

    SALLISAW — A judge in eastern Oklahoma has postponed scheduled a jury trial for a Sallisaw man charged in a 1997 killing. Sequoyah County District Judge Jeff Payton delayed setting the trial for 39-year-old Rex Richard Robbins because Robbins’ attorney wasn’t in court Thursday. A local newspaper reports that Payton will consider the matter in June. Robbins is charged in the beating death of 28-year-old Mitchell Dayne Nixon. Robbins is being held without bond in the Sequoyah County jail and has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Authorities found Nixon’s body on Oct. 9, 1997, near Sallisaw. Agents discovered a bloody rock next to Nixon’s head. Robbins wasn’t arrested until last year after Sequoyah

  • Baby siamang born at Tulsa Zoo

    Published: Mon, Feb 17, 2014

    TULSA (AP) — An endangered siamang has been born at the Tulsa Zoo. A siamang is a primate native to rainforests in Malaysia and Indonesia. The Tulsa Zoo says a female siamang named Sophie gave birth to a baby on Feb. 10. It’s the first siamang to be born at the Tulsa Zoo in 23 years and the 14th siamang birth since the zoo began exhibiting the species in 1968. The baby siamang’s sex is not yet known. It will remain in an off-exhibit with its parents as they continue to bond. Siamangs spend most of their time in trees and the arboreal siamang is listed as endangered because of the destruction of forests in their home ranges.

  • UPDATE: Nothing suspicious found at OSU after bomb report

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    Oklahoma State University police and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol say sweeps prompted by a report of a bomb found nothing suspicious.

  • Oklahoma's Eastern Flyer takes first voyage to Midwest City

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    SAPULPA —- Lind Wickersham was 7 years old when he got his first train set, which set off a lifetime interest in rail travel. So it was only appropriate that he was on the Eastern Flyer on Sunday, the train's first journey from Sapulpa to the Oklahoma City area as state Transportation Department officials review four proposals to purchase the rail line. The train departed from Sapulpa at 8 a.m., and by 7:30 a.m. a long line of excited passengers were wrapped around a tent in the middle of an empty field near Sapulpa City Golf Course, waiting to pick up their tickets. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Inola man killed in crash Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Feb 7, 2014

    A fatal crash has been reported by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Friday. A man from Inola died in Rogers County.