• Oklahoma City police find alligator near abandoned vehicle

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    If you needed one more thing to keep you up at night, you're in luck. While responding to a routine call Wednesday afternoon, Oklahoma City police found an alligator in a ditch. Officers found the alligator while looking into a report of an abandoned vehicle in a drainage ditch near the corner of SE 15 and S High Avenue. When they arrived, the gator was hiding underneath the vehicle. Officers called the city's animal welfare division, and animal control officers took the alligator to the city's animal shelter. Jon Gary, a unit operations supervisor with the animal welfare division, said he isn't sure how the alligator got to Oklahoma City. Alligators live in southeastern Oklahoma, he said, but they aren't native to

  • Malaysian premier says jet wing remnant will be sent to Toulouse, France, for investigation

    Updated: 37 min ago

    PARIS (AP) — Malaysian premier says jet wing remnant will be sent to Toulouse, France, for investigation.

  • Teen: As off-duty trooper shot at us, 'we were afraid for our lives'

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    SPARTA — The state attorney general's office says its preliminary investigation has found an off-duty state trooper fired three shots from his personal gun as three teens fled his street in a car early Sunday morning — an account that's largely consistent with what one of the teens has told NJ Advance Media. But not entirely consistent. Both say the teens knocked on the trooper's Whispering Woods Lane door late at night after mistaking his home for a friend's. Both say the trooper came downstairs with a gun — the AG's office says it was his personal handgun. What the AG's office describes as a "verbal exchange through the door," teen Jesse Barkhorn, 18, describes as yelling and cursing by the trooper.

  • As the world mourned Cecil the lion, five of Kenya’s endangered elephants were slain

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NAIROBI — While the world mourned Cecil, the 13-year-old lion that was allegedly shot by an American hunter in Zimbabwe, an even more devastating poaching incident was quietly carried out in Kenya. Poachers killed five elephants in Tsavo West National Park on Monday night. The carcasses were recovered by rangers on Tuesday morning — what appeared to be an adult female and her four offspring, their tusks hacked off. While the killing of the lion in Zimbabwe has attracted the world’s attention, the death of the five elephants has received almost no coverage, even though elephants are under a far greater threat from poachers than lions. Their tusks can be sold in Asia for more than $1,000 per pound.

  • KFOR: Officers capture alligator in southeast Oklahoma City

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    When Oklahoma City officers put on the uniform every day, they agree to serve and protect our citizens. However, that pledge took a couple of officers to an unexpected place on Wednesday. Initially, crews with the Oklahoma City Housing Authority were called to a vehicle floating in a storm drain near S.E. 15th St. and High.

  • Crimea White Lion Cubs

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Four white lion cubs, born two weeks ago, play on the grass at the Taigan Safari Park, in Belogorsk, about 50 km (31 miles) east of Simferopol, Crimea, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The newly born white lion cubs were shown to the media for the first time Wednesday.

  • Chances for rain Thursday, Friday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Cooler temperatures have arrived in Oklahoma Thursday. There is a chance for rain Thursday and Friday.

  • All-State girls basketball: Deer Creek's unsung hero Scheffler gets one last appearance at Mabee Center

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Updated: 6 hr ago

    TULSA — About midway through the basketball season, Deer Creek point guard Shae Scheffler suffered a hand injury and was forced to wear a splint while sitting on the sideline. The initial diagnosis from the doctor said she would miss six weeks. That simply wasn’t good enough, though. “I sweet talked him into three,” Scheffler said. Scheffler returned in the shortened timespan, taped up her hand and then led the way at point guard as Deer Creek won its third straight Class 5A state championship. Along the way, she played multiple times with a bloody nose and bruises. At 5-foot-4, Scheffler was the small but tenacious spark for the Antlers during their last two title runs.

  • All-State wrestling notebook

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    EAST, WEST TIE IN SMALL-SCHOOL DUAL The East mounted an improbable comeback in the small-school competition at Sapulpa on Wednesday night to tie the West 21-21. With a 21-12 advantage following a 4-2 overtime win for Tuttle’s Dustin Mason over Ada’s Colton Lancaster in the 195-pound matchup, it appeared that the West had it won. But Perry’s Garrett Beier, the Class 3A state champion at 220, pinned Elgin’s Sam Phillips in 3:35 in the next bout to give the East six points. Tonkawa’s Bryan Jordan pulled out a 5-2 victory over Ben Ervin of Weatherford in the heavyweight match, the night’s final bout, to give the East the tie. LARGE WEST PREVAILS Things didn’t go as well

  • All-State girls basketball notebook: Harrah's Blake Blessington sharp in West's comeback

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Harrah guard Blake Blessington wasn’t taking the annual Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State basketball game lightly. She badly wanted to beat the East, a team that featured some players she lost to during her career. “A win,” Blessington said about her expectations. Blessington fueled the West’s rally in an 88-59 win over the East at the Mabee Center on Wednesday with 14 of her 21 points in the second half despite having three fouls at halftime. “Those three fouls made me want to do better and stay out there longer,” said Blessington, who has signed with Central Oklahoma. “We had momentum.” Tied at 44 late in the third, the West went on a 19-5 run to take control of the game. The East had

  • EARNINGS: BOK Financial Corp., Orchids Paper Products Co.

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    BOK Financial Corp., parent of Bank of Oklahoma, booked a second-quarter profit of $79.2 million, or $1.15 per share. Orchids Paper Products Co. reported a second-quarter profit of $3.9 million, boosted by a 45 percent increase in net sales.

  • Kitchen fires highlight safety issue

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Fire Department has responded to more than 50 kitchen fires this year and almost all of them are preventable.

  • Window shopping

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Window shopping business briefs for July 30, 2015

  • Seventy-Seven Energy reports quarterly loss

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Oklahoma City company Seventy-Seven Energy on Wednesday reported a second-quarter net loss of $74.7 million and missed analyst expectations, but the stock still gained 4.4 percent.

  • State briefs

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Oklahoma news briefs for July 30, 2015

  • Facebook 2Q results soar as user base, mobile ads grow

    By BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NEW YORK — Facebook surpassed analysts' expectations in the second quarter, growing not just profit and revenue but its already-massive user base, mobile advertising and usage of its "family" of non-Facebook apps like Instagram and WhatsApp. Even so, its stock price slid after the results came out as some investors either decided to wait for even better results or looked to cash in profits as Facebook's shares traded near record highs. The world's largest online social network said it had 1.31 billion people visit using a mobile device at least once a month, on average. That was up 23 percent from a year earlier. Facebook had 1.49 billion monthly users overall, up 13 percent. Facebook also had 968 million daily active

  • Records

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Oklahoma County public records for July 30, 2015

  • Life sentence is set for man guilty of robbery, murder

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    A man who was convicted of first-degree murder in connection with a robbery has been sentenced to a life sentence in prison.


    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $45.25 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $33.25 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted July 15: COMPLETION Alfalfa: Chesapeake Operating LLC; Juniper 29-27-11 No. 2H Well; NW/4 NW/4 NW/4 NE/4 (BHL) of 29-27N-11W; 326 barrels oil per day, 1,318,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 10,481. Chesapeake Operating LLC; Pampas 32-27-11 No. 2H Well; NE/4 NW/4 NW/4 NE/4 of 32-27N-11W; 223 barrels oil per day, 1,373,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 9,981. Canadian: Chesapeake Operating LLC; Miller 33-13-9 No. 1H Well; N/2 S/2 SE/4 SE/4 (SL) of 33-13N-09W; 1,516 barrels oil per day, 1,399,000 cu-ft gas

  • Thieves take irreplaceable belongings, sense of security

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor adamwilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Oklahoman Energy Editor Adam Wilmoth and his family were victims of a burglary this past week. He says the event has taken his sense of security.