• In brief: Oklahoma City metro-area briefs

    Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    In brief: Oklahoma City metro-area briefs for Sept. 27.

  • Footnotes: Oklahoma man shares his faith through shoe ministry

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Hayden Blessing, of Shawnee, has a faith-based ministry called Witness Kicks that distributes shoes to those who need them in Oklahoma and abroad.

  • Shawnee shuts down Duncan; QB John Jacobs misses most of second half

    Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    DUNCAN — It certainly wasn’t pretty but Class 5A No. 1-ranked Shawnee, propelled by senior running back Shade Franklin, chalked up a 30-6 non-district victory over Duncan on Friday night at Haliburton Stadium. Franklin, the game’s leading rusher with 191 yards on a yeoman 37 carries, scored two rushing touchdowns and threw a 7-yard TD pass. Starting SHS quarterback John Jacobs, who missed the fourth quarter of Shawnee’s season-opening win over McGuinness with a hamstring injury, was absent most of the second half Friday after limping earlier in the game.

  • Shooting injures mother, son in Pottawatomie County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Authorities are investigating a shooting in Pottawatomie County that sent Reta Rhodes, 76, and Louis Whatley, 59, to a hospital in Oklahoma City.

  • Norman football scrimmage: Stillwater's Brandon Prather impresses in Top of the World scrimmage

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    “That’s what they expect out of me,” said Prather, who only has an official scholarship offer from Central Oklahoma. “Trying to play through me will be a key thing this year.”

  • Shawnee police arrest Seminole man after fatal stabbing

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Shawnee police arrested a man in connection with a stabbing Friday night. Police said a 32-year-old man was stabbed in the neck during a house party and died this week as a result of the injury.

  • Oklahoma city closes 2 public storm shelters

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    SHAWNEE — A central Oklahoma city says it will no longer use its city hall and a fire station as public storm shelters. Shawnee’s emergency management director recommended the city commission vote to stop using the buildings, citing potential dangers and an increase in private shelters. A local newspaper reports the Shawnee city commission approved the measure 5-2 on Monday night. Lynch says he estimates up to 700 shelters have been registered in Shawnee. He says residents usually wait right before a storm hits to travel to a public storm shelter. He says that puts them in harm’s way. Lynch also noted Norman, Midwest City and Edmond have closed some of their public storm shelters.

  • Shawnee authorities identify body found Friday on the North Canadian River

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    The body of Casie Michelle Johnson, 25, was found Friday less than a half mile east of the 900 block of S Beard Street, Shawnee police said. Police believe she had been there since Tuesday.

  • Town residents say Texas woman took their hope with storm money

    BY JULIANA KEEPING, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Tonia Allen told Oklahoma residents left homeless by the May 19, 2013, tornado that she was there to help build homes. Residents said they gave Allen insurance and FEMA payouts and signed contracts, but most homes never materialized. Now Allen is under investigation and appears to be linked to several aliases and a criminal history in multiple states.

  • Pottawatomie County community slowly getting back to normal with tornado aid

    BY JULIANA KEEPING | Updated: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    BETHEL ACRES — Tomato plants, clucking chickens and a crepe myrtle bush surrounding Clayton Cook’s new home and storm shelter stand in stark contrast to the scene there a little more than a year ago. An EF4 tornado destroyed Cook’s mobile home as it ripped into Pottawatomie County’s Steelman Estates community on May 19, 2013. He lived in a tent while waiting for assistance. Most residents who rented in the area left after the tornado, he said, but Cook, who has lived at the property he owns for 23 years, stayed. The tornado killed two people and destroyed more than 80 homes in the community. More than 200 homes throughout the county were either destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by the tornado.