Silas Allen
Local News General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.

  • Watch Usain Bolt get mowed down by a Segway

    Silas Allen | Yesterday

    He may be the fastest man in the world, but Usain Bolt still can't outrun what he doesn't see coming. Moments after winning the 200 meter final at the World Athletics Championship in Beijing, the Jamaican sprinter was wiped out by a rogue Segway. Bolt came up holding his calf muscle, but was uninjured by the crash.

  • 8 stories from the first 8 months of 2015

    Silas Allen | Yesterday

    Some stories are just too big to miss. Need to catch up? We make it easy. Read on to learn more about major news making headlines in recent months. January   Charles Frederick Warner, a man who was convicted of raping and killing an 11-month-old girl in 1997, was executed on January 15. Warner's execution had been put on hold for nine months after the botched execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett in April.

  • General Mills recalls frozen green beans due to listeria scare

    Silas Allen | Yesterday

    General Mills is recalling packages of Cascadian Farm cut green beans due to concerns about listeria. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports the recall affects 10-ounce packages of frozen green beans produced on two days in March 2014. Affected packages carry "better if used by" dates of April 10, 2016 and April 11, 2016. The recall was issued after a package of frozen green beans tested positive for listeria. No illnesses have been reported, the FDA reports. Consumers who bought packages that were affected by the recall should throw them away and contact Cascadian Farm Consumer Relations at 1-800-624-4123 for a replacement.

  • Want $50 in free tuna? StarKist customers could be eligible for class action settlement

    Silas Allen | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    How does $50 in free tuna sound? Customers who bought StarKist tuna products between Feb. 19, 2009 and Oct. 31, 2014 could be eligible for a settlement as a part of a class action lawsuit against the company. Eligible customers can take that payment in the form of $25 in cash or $50 in tuna. According to The Consumerist, the lawsuit grew out of allegations that the company was underfilling its 5-ounce cans by a few tenths of an ounce. The company has not admitted fault. The claim form doesn't require proof of purchase, so customers won't need to fish through six-year-old grocery receipts to show that they bought StarKist products. Go to to apply. The deadline to apply is Nov. 20.

  • Homeless Alliance asks for help moving people into housing

    Silas Allen | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    The nonprofit Homeless Alliance is well on its way to its goal of ending chronic homelessness in Oklahoma City by the end of 2016. Now, the organization needs help collecting household supplies for people who move into housing. This week, the nonprofit set up an wish list for those items. The list includes necessities like bed linens, trash cans and cleaning supplies. Most products cost $30 or less, and they can be shipped directly to the Homeless Alliance. To donate, click here.

  • Slain state Labor Commissioner Mark Costello will lie in repose

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    The body of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, who was slain in an altercation Sunday evening, will lie in repose at the Oklahoma Capitol on Thursday, officials announced. Costello's body will be available for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. His casket will be at the northeast corner of the second floor rotunda. Capitol visitors should use the building's southeast entrance.

  • Oklahoma National Guard documentary recounts Hurricane Katrina deployment

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    After Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, more than 2,500 soldiers and airmen from the Oklahoma National Guard were sent to Louisiana to assist with recovery efforts. This week, the Oklahoma National Guard released a six-minute documentary recounting Oklahoma's role in managing that disaster. The video includes interviews with Lt. Gen. Harry "Bud" Wyatt III, who served as adjutant general of the Oklahoma National Guard at the time, as well as then-Gov. Brad Henry. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the hurricane.

  • Pauls Valley cancer patient participates in NASA study in zero-gravity environment

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    During the study, Cherri Pepper-Holman, of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, will join scientists and three other cancer patients on NASA’s zero-gravity aircraft. The plane is designed to fly through a series of sharp climbs and dives, allowing passengers to experience simulated zero-gravity conditions for about 20 seconds at a time. The study begins Tuesday.

  • Break out the ice cream scoops: It's National Banana Split Day

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Tuesday is National Banana Split Day, because if there's one thing we all need, it's one more excuse to eat. In its simplest form, a banana split is a dessert with a halved banana, ice cream, whipped cream and a cherry. But Duane Muhs, owner of Gabriella's Italian Grill and Pizzeria in Oklahoma City, takes the dish a few steps further by firing the banana in the restaurant's wood-fired brick oven, then topping it with a mound of spumoni ice cream. Muhs finishes it off with a dollop of house-made Grand Marnier whipped cream. Next time, you might think twice about your answer when your server asks if you saved room for dessert.

  • After 100 years, Civil War veteran's gravestone finds its way home

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Nobody knew for sure where the grave markers of two Civil War soldiers had come from or where they belonged, but they were on Jay Leierer's farm in Ringwood, Oklahoma, for more than 100 years.

  • Family of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello reacts to stabbing death

    Silas Allen | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    The Costello family released the following statement Monday afternoon in response to the stabbing death of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello: There are no words to express the shock and sadness that our family has experienced the last number of hours. The outpouring of emotion and support our family feels is tremendous. Our son, Christian Costello, has experienced many difficulties over the past several years. Christian, like thousands of Oklahomans, struggles with a mental health disease and like many families we did our best to support him. Mark was committed to being there for his son and provided whatever help he could as a father.  We ask for your prayers and support as our family tries to cope with

  • Four takeaways from the press conference on the stabbing death of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello

    Silas Allen | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Costello died Sunday night after being stabbed in what sources say was an altercation with his son, Christian Costello, at a Braum's restaurant at the corner of W Hefner Road and N May Avenue. Here are four things we learned about the incident during an Oklahoma City Police Department press conference Monday morning: Police think Christian Costello came to the meeting armed Mark Costello was stabbed with what investigators are describing as a steak knife. Balderrama said officers don't know where Christian Costello got the knife, but they think he brought it with him to the meeting with his father. Witnesses saw the stabbing Several witnesses at the restaurant called police to report the

  • Scientists hope CT scans of mummies help them unravel the life stories of two ancient Egyptian women

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Radiologists at a Shawnee hospital performed CT scans on the mummies from the Fayum region in northern Egypt.

  • VIDEO: Paragliders fly from Talihina to Enterprise

    Silas Allen | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    On Aug. 16, a group of paragliders and a hang glider pilot flew from Talihina to Enterprise. The trip carried them over about 35 miles of east Oklahoma hills. YouTube user HillBilly_Jedi posted the video online this week.

  • Oklahomans have one week to file for disaster assistance

    Silas Allen | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Oklahomans who still need to register for federal disaster assistance have one week left to do so. The deadline is Aug. 26 for residents affected by storms occurring between May 5 and June 22 to seek assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration. More than $47.5 million in disaster assistance has been provided to Oklahomans affected by the storms, FEMA officials reported. That assistance includes $16.9 million in funding for disaster-related housing needs and other expenses, and $19.9 million in SBA loans. Only residents who live in the 45-county designated disaster area are eligible for assistance.

  • Two Oklahoma tribes benefit from nationwide boom in veterans cemeteries

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    The Ponca Tribe and the Seminole Nation received grants through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to build veterans cemeteries on tribal lands. The Seminole Nation Cemetery and Veterans Memorial, located in Seminole, Oklahoma, was dedicated in November. The Ponca Tribe's veterans cemetery is nearing completion in Kay County.

  • Reported noose hanging from ORU's prayer tower was left by painting crew, officials say

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Photos of what appears to be a noose hanging from one of the spires of the prayer tower at Oral Roberts University are making a splash on the Internet. But university officials say the rope isn't what it appears to be. A photo of the rope was posted to Twitter on Tuesday morning. Noose hanging this morning from prayer tower at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. @deray @Nettaaaaaaaa — Tyler S. Bugg (@tsbugg) August 18, 2015 // ORU spokesman Jeremy Burton said the rope was left by a painting crew that has been working on the tower for several days in preparation for the university's 50th anniversary celebrations.

  • VIDEO: TV meteorologist rattled by earthquake during live broadcast

    Silas Allen | Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    When a 4.0-magnitude earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay area Monday morning, it likely took most residents by surprise — but none more so than Steve Paulson. Paulson, a meteorologist at the Fox affiliate KTVU-TV, was in the middle of a weather report when the quake struck. Oklahomans may remember seeing a similar reaction from ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit in 2013 when a 5.6-magnitude quake struck Oklahoma during an ESPN broadcast of an Oklahoma State-Baylor game at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.

  • Record-breaking El Nino could bring colder, wetter winter to Oklahoma

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    An unusually intense El Nino weather pattern is predicted to spell a colder, wetter winter for Oklahoma, scientists say.

  • Oklahoma City remembers victory over Japan in WWII

    Silas Allen | Updated: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender to Allied forces and the end of World War II. In Oklahoma, residents greeted the news with sirens, street dances and impromptu parades. Oklahoma City's streets were flooded with revelers on the evening of Aug. 14, 1945. The war's official end wouldn't come until weeks later, when Japanese representatives during a ceremony aboard the battleship USS Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945.

Silas Allen Today at 9:55 AM Eating nothing but asphalt.
Silas Allen Thu, Aug. 27 2015 11:15:01 AM CST RT @NathanPoppe: Watch @KyleReidMusic play 3 cigar box tunes on the stairs of @TheOklahoman. Only on @newsok. http:/
Silas Allen Thu, Aug. 27 2015 10:34:48 AM CST OK, who's ready for this dumpster fire of a news week to be over?
Silas Allen Thu, Aug. 27 2015 10:32:59 AM CST RT @maroonalert: Active shooter reported at Carpenter hall. Last seen in vicinity of Lee hall. Seek Safety immediately
Silas Allen Thu, Aug. 27 2015 10:32:44 AM CST You can't even trust green beans anymore:
Silas Allen Thu, Aug. 27 2015 09:36:16 AM CST Ew.
Silas Allen Thu, Aug. 27 2015 09:15:20 AM CST @StylinwithArtie Their point in time count earlier this year said 1,300.
Silas Allen Wed, Aug. 26 2015 11:46:33 PM CST RT @stevelackmeyer: Let's all spend $7.
Silas Allen Wed, Aug. 26 2015 11:02:31 PM CST Here's a way you can spend as little as $7 and still know you're helping someone who needs it.
Silas Allen Wed, Aug. 26 2015 02:40:53 PM CST @courtneyruth1 Buzzfeed posting dog videos seems about as unique and remarkable as the sun rising in the east, but it's something.
Silas Allen Wed, Aug. 26 2015 02:22:27 PM CST Can nothing good happen today? Can we not just have one thing?
Silas Allen Wed, Aug. 26 2015 02:05:55 PM CST RT @aretting: Literally the only good thing that's happened in the past 24 hours
Silas Allen Wed, Aug. 26 2015 01:39:13 PM CST RT @nprscottsimon: I'll bet the thoughts of every newsroom in America are with @WDBJ7 today over the loss of their colleagues, and ours.
Silas Allen Wed, Aug. 26 2015 01:33:04 PM CST RT @NewsOK: After 100 years, Civil War veteran's gravestone finds its way home
Silas Allen Wed, Aug. 26 2015 11:54:37 AM CST Some happier news: the @HomelessOKC is moving people off the street and into housing, and they need your help.
Silas Allen Wed, Aug. 26 2015 10:27:12 AM CST RT @hollyhacker: Puppies!
Silas Allen Wed, Aug. 26 2015 10:21:18 AM CST RT @ryanjreilly: Don’t give him what he wants.
Silas Allen Wed, Aug. 26 2015 10:20:44 AM CST My day would have gone better if I hadn't seen that video.
Silas Allen Tue, Aug. 25 2015 03:36:58 PM CST Break out the ice cream scoops: It's National Banana Split Day