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.

  • Poll: Trump loses ground in Oklahoma, Democrats remain undecided

    Silas Allen | Updated: 9 hr ago

    A presidential preference poll released this week shows Republican front-runner Donald Trump losing ground in Oklahoma, while a large percentage of registered Democrats and Independents remain undecided.

  • Voters approve Chickasha hospital tax; Midwest City mayor's race heads to April vote

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Voters decided several matters Tuesday across the Oklahoma City metro area.

  • Trump slips, Rubio surges in new Oklahoma presidential poll

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Republican front-runner Donald Trump appears to be losing steam in Oklahoma, according to a poll released Tuesday. Meanwhile, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz held steady at 25 percent while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio surged to 21 percent this week.

  • Oklahoma voters to decide school board races, tax issues

    Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Voters in 32 public school and CareerTech districts across the Oklahoma City metro area will elect school board members.

  • Top 10 Super Bowl commercials, according to TiVo

    Silas Allen | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    For some non-football fans, Super Bowl commercials can be more appealing than the game itself. TiVo Research and Analytics, the media research arm of digital video recorder manufacturer TiVo, Inc., analyzed viewership of ads during Super Bowl 50 and ranked the top 10. Here they are. 10. Toyota Prius 4 Four hapless criminals leave a bank after a robbery, only to find their getaway car has been towed. Hijinks ensue. Faithful viewers of HBO's "The Wire" may have noticed that three of the four bank robbers were played by Chris Bauer, Pablo Schreiber and James Ransone, all of whom played members of the Sobotka family in Season 2. That fact wasn't lost on David Simon, the show's creator.

  • Thinking of lunch? Don't think Chipotle

    Silas Allen | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    If you're craving a Chipotle burrito bowl for lunch on Monday, you'll just have to wait. Chipotle restaurants across the country are closed for lunch on Monday for a four-hour food safety training session. The meetings come after an E. coli outbreak at some of the restaurant's locations. Because of our national meeting today, all US restaurants will close for lunch and re-open at 3pm. Learn more: — Chipotle (@ChipotleTweets) February 8, 2016 // In December, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that three people had become ill after eating at Chipotle locations in Oklahoma.

  • Forecasters report critical fire danger Monday in Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Don't play with matches today. Forecasters are predicting elevated fire danger across most of Oklahoma on Monday. The best chances for wildfires are Monday afternoon across southwest Oklahoma, including Lawton, Altus and Elk City. Strong winds will mean that any wildfire that starts could spread rapidly, forecasters said. A Red Flag warning is in effect Monday afternoon for much of southwest Oklahoma.

  • Voters asked to doctor ills, decide MWC recall election

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Grady County voters will consider a proposed 20-year, quarter-cent sales tax Tuesday that would pay for building a new surgery center at the hospital. In Midwest City, there is a mayoral recall election.

  • Update: 'Legal rape' blogger cancels events in Oklahoma City, worldwide

    Silas Allen | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    A blogger who has called for rape to be made legal on private property has cancelled a series of meetups scheduled for Saturday, including one in Oklahoma City. Daryush Valizadeh, who writes under the pseudonym Roosh V, had scheduled the gatherings through his online organization, Return of Kings. Valizadeh announced late Wednesday on the website that he was cancelling the events, saying he could "no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on February 6." The group had planned 165 meetups in 43 countries, including one at 8 p.m. Saturday in front of Harkins Theatre in Bricktown.

  • Group calling for rape legalization to hold meetup in OKC

    Silas Allen | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    A self-described "men's rights" group founded by a blogger who has called for the legalization of rape on private property is planning a meetup Saturday in Oklahoma City. The group, called Return of Kings, is planning the event at 8 p.m. Saturday in front of Harkins Theatre in Bricktown. From there, the group plans to move to an undisclosed location nearby. On the event's website, organizers say the Oklahoma City gathering is one of 165 such meetings in 43 countries. The events have drawn fire from women's groups and others in several cities. In Canada, mayors of several major cities are seeking to block the events. Return of Kings was founded by anti-feminist blogger and self-described "pick-up artist" Daryush

  • Homeless advocates see decline in encampments in OKC

    BY SILAS ALLEN | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Volunteers and staffers from several agencies set out across Oklahoma City early Thursday to meet with homeless people as a part of the city’s annual point-in-time homeless census. The count is designed to give city officials and homelessness advocates an idea of how many people live on the city’s streets on any given day.

  • 5 takeaways from Gov. Mary Fallin's State of the State Address

    Silas Allen | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin delivered her annual State of the State address Monday afternoon before a joint session of the Oklahoma Legislature, kicking off the 2016 legislative session. Here are five takeaways from her speech. 1. Oklahoma is in tough financial shape It's no secret that the recent drop in gas prices has left Oklahoma in a difficult financial situation. The Oklahoma Legislature is beginning this year's legislative session with a $900 million budget hole that could balloon to $1 billion before the session ends. Fallin urged lawmakers to use the looming crisis as an opportunity to put Oklahoma on sound financial footing for years to come. "While we can’t control the price of oil,

  • Trump, Clinton lead among Oklahoma voters in new presidential poll

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    The new data comes from two independent studies conducted last week by The Oklahoman in conjunction with Cole Hargrave Snodgrass and Associates.

  • Luther residents launch petition asking Walmart to rebuild football field

    Silas Allen | Updated: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    When Walmart announced earlier this month that it would be closing a store in Luther, town officials said the move would be a blow to the community. Now, residents there are calling on the retailer to rebuild a football field that was torn down to make room for the Walmart Neighborhood Market store, which was built in early 2015. Luther residents launched a petition on the website asking Walmart to rebuild the town's little league football field and donate the facility back to the community. Julie Moore, the resident who started the petition, said the town's little league football teams has been playing their games at the football field at Luther High School — a privilege the league must pay for.

  • Goose lends a hand at Oklahoma City police's Hefner Division

    Silas Allen | Updated: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    For a while, a group of skunks have been terrorizing the Oklahoma City Police Department's Hefner Division, rummaging through trash cans and generally making a nuisance of themselves. But that problem was solved recently when a goose began patrolling the station's parking lot. Officers posted photos of the goose Sunday on Facebook. Take a look: // A new officer was hired to patrol the parking lot of the Hefner Division about 2 months ago. The station had been...

  • 'Catfishing' bill would give Oklahoma victims legal recourse against online scammers

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    The Catfishing Liability Act of 2016, filed in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, would allow people whose photos or videos are stolen to request an automatic injunction against the person using them, and allow those victims to request monetary damages.

  • Kind words flow in about slain Eufaula bank president

    BY JENNIFER PALMER and SILAS ALLEN Staff Writers | Updated: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    Randy Peterson, the Bank of Eufaula president who was shot and killed in a robbery Thursday, was remembered as a loving man who loved his family and his eastern Oklahoma community.

  • Eufaula bank president shot dead in robbery; FBI identifies robber who was also shot to death

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    The Eufaula bank president was shot dead during a robbery Thursday morning, the FBI reports. The robber was shot to death by law officers.

  • 2015 was warmest year on record, scientists report

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was by far the warmest year since record-keeping began, though the year ranked only as Oklahoma's 17th warmest on record.

  • Snow and ice could return to Oklahoma on Wednesday night

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Snow and ice could return to the state Wednesday night and Thursday morning, forecasters say. A mixture of rain and snow is expected across much of central and western Oklahoma, particularly north of Interstate 40, forecasters at the National Weather Service's Norman office said. Areas north of Woodward, Enid and Stillwater could see up to an inch of snow. No significant snow accumulation is expected elsewhere, forecasters said.

Silas Allen Today at 1:02 PM RT @mollykyoung: After 41 days, the #Oregonstandoff is over.
Silas Allen Today at 12:59 PM Sounds like last Oregon holdout is surrendering.
Silas Allen Today at 12:57 PM "Nope, sorry. It's Lent."
Silas Allen Today at 12:49 PM RT @mattdpearce: Programming note: The number for the suicide hotline is 1-800-273-TALK.
Silas Allen Today at 12:18 PM Lone #OregonStandoff occupier demands a pizza before he surrenders.
Silas Allen Today at 10:36 AM RT @NewsOK: Poll: Donald Trump loses ground in Oklahoma, Democrats remain undecided via @SilasAllen1…
Silas Allen Today at 10:35 AM RT @Mecoy: 2/11/1990 in @TheOklahoman N. Mandela freed after 27 years; Buster Douglas KOs Mike Tyson.
Silas Allen Today at 12:19 AM RT @latimes: Holdouts at Oregon refuge say they will surrender
Silas Allen Wed, Feb. 10 2016 11:36:15 PM CST Look, I've never set foot in Oregon, but it's a safe bet that you should def check out tomorrow. #OregonStandoff
Silas Allen Wed, Feb. 10 2016 11:34:12 PM CST *craccccccccccckle* "Are you still there?" "Yeah, we're here." "Alright, I dropped ya. Sorry." #OregonStandoff
Silas Allen Wed, Feb. 10 2016 11:28:49 PM CST RT @LesZaitz: Sean Anderson said they will surrender in the morning when legislator, reverend are at checkpoint. Unclear if he is speaking …
Silas Allen Wed, Feb. 10 2016 11:26:54 PM CST RT @mollykyoung: "We'll proceed with our surrender" in the morning, Anderson says. #Oregonstandoff
Silas Allen Wed, Feb. 10 2016 11:13:28 PM CST @mollykyoung You're doing yeoman's work over there.
Silas Allen Wed, Feb. 10 2016 11:12:26 PM CST Guy organizing livestream has mentioned several times that he's been arrested. V interested in hearing rest of that story. #OregonStandoff
Silas Allen Wed, Feb. 10 2016 11:10:39 PM CST RT @mollykyoung: Seim claims to be reading from a letter written by Ammon Bundy: "God is using him in jail for the cause." #Oregonstandoff
Silas Allen Wed, Feb. 10 2016 11:07:27 PM CST RT @mattdpearce: Can't describe how DeLilloesque this whole call has been, if you're not listening. Part Glenn Beck, part tent revival, par…
Silas Allen Wed, Feb. 10 2016 11:07:05 PM CST RT @mollykyoung: Sean Anderson says @FBI agents will meet them at checkpt in morning. Occupiers will put weapons in their vehicles. #Oregon…
Silas Allen Wed, Feb. 10 2016 11:05:40 PM CST "If they throw my wife to the ground by her hair and harm her in any way, I will come unglued." No arguments here. #OregonStandoff
Silas Allen Wed, Feb. 10 2016 10:53:13 PM CST "We had bacon and eggs and sausage for breakfast." These guys are eating better than I do. #OregonStandoff
Silas Allen Wed, Feb. 10 2016 10:51:30 PM CST "The people that hate liberty and also have Google Voice accounts."