• Oklahoma authorities fire official over charges

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    LAWTON — Comanche County commissioners have fired the county’s emergency management director who is charged with engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct with a 14-year-old boy. A local newspaper reports the commissioners voted unanimously Monday to fire 61-year-old Clint Wagstaff. The Lawton Police Department arrested Wagstaff last week. He has been charged with four felonies. Commissioner Don Hawthorne says the commissioners made the decision because of the severity of the alleged crime and the evidence available to them. They named Chloe Lewis as interim director. It wasn’t immediately clear if Wagstaff has an attorney.

  • Lawton council eyes water line from Texas

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    LAWTON — Members of the Lawton City Council say they’re interested in a proposal that could bring needed water from Texas to Oklahoma. The city’s public works director says Lawton has received less rainfall than average since 2010. Lawton is currently able to use about 53 percent of water from its sources that include Lake Ellsworth and Waurika Lake. The director says without more rain, the city would likely move to a higher stage of water restrictions by September or October. A local newspaper reports a water proposal was discussed at the council’s special meeting Wednesday. An engineering company says a water option could be building a pipeline from Texas to Oklahoma. They say some Texas ranchers have

  • Police: Oklahoma teen shot in face over drug deal

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    LAWTON— Lawton police are holding four juveniles in connection to a teenager who was shot in the face. Lawton Police Capt. Craig Akard says the 19-year-old was shot near his left eye Monday night. He says the shooting stemmed from a botched drug deal. Police say the teenager was taken to an area hospital. They say he is expected to keep his eye without any major damage. Akard tells a local television station that the victim never lost consciousness and was able to talk to police at the scene. He says the four minors have each admitted to roles in the shooting. He says a 15-year-old is the alleged shooter.

  • Altus, Oklahoma, police shoot man early Monday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    A man was shot in Altus early Monday by police officers. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s help was requested.

  • Fire damages middle school campus in Woodward

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    WOODWARD — Officials suspect lightning sparked a fire that caused major damage to the middle school campus in Woodward. Monday’s fire damaged about a 60-square-foot portion of the north Woodward Middle School building. Interim Superintendent Kyle Reynolds says the fire burned above a false ceiling and sent smoke damage throughout the building. No one was injured in the blaze. A local newspaper reports that school leaders plan to declare an emergency for insurance purposes. Officials don’t yet know whether the building will be usable this fall for middle school students.

  • Authorities release autopsy report in Lawton death

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    LAWTON — An autopsy report has been released for a woman who was found dead along a Lawton road more than a year ago. Shallaina Jackson was found dead in March 2013, and no one has been arrested in her death yet. According to a local television station, a newly released medical report found that Jackson had been stabbed four times in the head and neck and was possibly strangled. She also suffered multiple abrasions to her face and hands. Jackson was a 26-year-old mother of six. Anyone with information on Jackson’s death is asked to contact the Lawton Police Department.

  • Lawton man faces trial in death of grandfather

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    LAWTON — A Lawton man will face a trial in the choking death of his grandfather during a domestic dispute last summer. Comanche County Special District Judge Ken Harris ruled Thursday that there was enough evidence for 28 year-old Aaron Paddyaker to stand trial on one count of manslaughter. Paddyaker’s defense attorney argued that his client was acting in self-defense when he choked Bart Hewes because Hewes had aimed a shotgun at his head, according to a local newspaper. Hewes’ widow testified Thursday that her husband had aimed a gun at Paddyaker at least two times before the incident and had threatened to kill him.

  • 255 immigrant children currently at Oklahoma base

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    LAWTON — Federal officials say 255 children who were detained while trying to enter the U.S. illegally are currently being housed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The children are mostly teenagers from Central America. They are among the more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors taken into custody at the border since October. Fort Sill is one of three facilities where the children are being held. The others are in Texas and California. Kenneth J. Wolfe, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, did not immediately respond to a follow-up email on Monday about when the children arrived at the Army base.

  • Man pleads guilty to shooting Lawton officer

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    LAWTON — A man accused of shooting a Lawton police officer last year has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to several felony charges. Demetrius Miller avoided a jury trial Thursday by pleading guilty to multiple charges, including shooting with intent to kill. Prosecutors accused Miller of shooting and wounding Lawton Police Sgt. Eric Weatherly as police were investigating a suspected burglary. According to a local newspaper, the 24-year-old Miller must serve more than 38 years in prison before he will be eligible for parole. Another man, Jamal Johnson, was convicted earlier in the week of conspiracy to commit burglary in the case. Miller told the judge in court that pleading guilty was in his

  • Jury deadlocks in Lawton police shooting trial

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    LAWTON— A Comanche County judge has declared a mistrial for a man charged in a shootout that wounded a Lawton Police Department sergeant. Prosecutors and defense attorneys both said Jamal Johnson wasn’t the gunman in the shooting that wounded Sgt. Eric Weatherly last year. But prosecutors argued that Johnson was engaging in a criminal conspiracy — in this case, burglary — that led to the shootout. According to a local newspaper, the jury deliberated about six hours Wednesday before telling Comanche County District Judge Gerald Neuwirth they’d deadlocked on two counts of shooting with intent to kill. But the jury did convict Johnson of conspiracy to commit burglary and recommended a life sentence.

  • Lawton man to stand trial in wife’s death

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, May 22, 2014

    LAWTON — A judge in Comanche County has ruled there’s sufficient evidence for a Lawton man to stand trial on first-degree murder charges in the death of his wife. David Baird is also charged with desecration of a corpse, unlawful removal of a body and forgery of a certificate of title in the death of 36-year-old Claudine Marroquin. Police discovered Marroquin’s body buried in Baird’s backyard and covered with a swimming pool liner and tires. At a hearing Wednesday, Comanche County Special District Court Judge Ken Harris ruled Baird could stand trial on the charges and set a June 10 arraignment. Baird’s attorney, Ronald Williams, argued there wasn’t enough direct evidence linking his client to

  • Deadly Marlow house fire was accident, Oklahoma fire officials determine

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, May 21, 2014

    A house fire Saturday morning in Marlow that left two people dead has been determined to be accidental by Oklahoma state fire officials.

  • Death penalty sought in Lawton teen’s case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Fri, May 16, 2014

    LAWTON — Prosecutors say they intend to seek the death penalty against a Lawton teenager accused of killing his father and 14-year-old brother. Comanche County Assistant District Attorney Mark Stoneman said Thursday that his office will file a bill of particulars seeking the death penalty against 18-year-old Thorsten Rushing. Prosecutors accuse Rushing of killing his father, Uwe Rushing, and his brother, Stefan. Prosecutors allege that Thorsten Rushing recruited four teenage classmates to help in the crime. A local newspaper reports Thorsten Rushing pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder Thursday. Rushing’s attorney, Stephen Jones, said he may seek to delay Rushing’s trial, now set for the fall.

  • Teen charged in Lawton deaths bound over for trial

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    LAWTON — An 18-year-old man has been bound over for trial in connection with the killings of a Lawton man and his son. Timothy Delahoy waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday and was bound over for trial on two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and two counts of accessory to murder. Delahoy is one of five teenagers charged in the Jan. 20 deaths of Uwe Rushing and his son, 14-year-old Stefan Rushing. Prosecutors allege that 18-year-old Thorsten Rushing killed his father and brother and was helped by four other teens. At a hearing last month, Rushing’s four co-defendants said they’ve reached plea agreements in exchange for their testimony, but that has not yet been formalized in court.

  • UPDATE: Oil tank battery explosion reported near Woodward, Oklahoma Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    An oil tank battery explosion has been reported near Woodward Wednesday. U.S. 270 is closed near Woodward.

  • Man is shot and killed in Lawton on Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Police are investigating Lawton’s seventh homicide of the year. A man was found dead in his driveway. He had several gunshot wounds.

  • Authorities investigate fatal officer-involved shooting in Beckham County

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    A Beckham County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a Sayre man Thursday after the man hit him several times with an ax, authorities said.

  • 2 Oklahoma women bound over for trial for manslaughter

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    LAWTON — Two Lawton women facing separate manslaughter charges have been bound over for trial. During hearings Tuesday in Comanche County Circuit Court, Natasha Anzaldua was ordered to stand trial for the stabbing death last July of her husband, Moses Anguiano. Also, Misty Yeats was ordered to stand trial for the death in September of Harold Otts. Authorities say Yeats was driving with a suspended license when she struck and killed Otts as he was trying to cross Interstate 44 on foot. Both women have pleaded not guilty.

  • Hearing delayed for Oklahoma man charged in wife’s death

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    LAWTON — A preliminary hearing has been delayed for a Lawton man charged in the death of his wife, who was found buried in his backyard. David Baird was due in court Wednesday, but his preliminary hearing was pushed back to May 21. Baird is charged with first-degree murder, unlawful desecration of a dead body and other charges in the death of his wife, Claudine Marroquin. Police say Marroquin died around Aug. 31. Investigators allege that Baird partially buried the body then covered it with a swimming pool liner and old tires in an attempt to hide the crime. A local newspaper reports that Baird’s hearing was delayed because neither prosecutors nor defense attorneys had received a complete copy of Marroquin’s

  • Students learn about career opportunities at Moore Norman Technology Center event

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    Moore Norman Technology Center held a career awareness night to highlight the school's educational offerings in health, business and information technology and technical careers.