• Fort Sill to tighten access for visitors

    Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    LAWTON — A U.S. Army post in southwestern Oklahoma will soon tighten access for visitors. A local newspaper reports the change at Fort Sill is a result of assessments made by Maj. Gen. John Rossi, who took command this summer. Officials say the increase of background vetting and access control is for the protection of those living at the base, not because of a response to a specific threat. All active and retired Department of Defense workers and family member identification will be accepted to enter the Army post. Other types of common access card IDs made by the Department of Defense also will be accepted. Everyone else will be directed to a Visitor Center for entry.

  • Oklahoma woman sentenced for stealing from father

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    LAWTON — An Oklahoma woman has been sentenced to six months in jail for stealing more than $11,000 from her elderly father. A local newspaper reports 52-year-old Janetta Whitethunder was also sentenced to 10 years of probation Tuesday. She pleaded guilty in January to one count of exploitation of an elderly adult. Whitethunder’s father had been diagnosed with dementia and was a resident at the Lawton-Fort Sill Veterans Center when Whitethunder stole from him. She cashed 18 checks between December 2011 and February 2012 and police say she tried to scam him out of more than $90,000. A bank employee contacted the man’s son after Whitethunder tried to close his account multiple times while he wasn’t there. The

  • Four die after separate accidents on Oklahoma roads

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    A Lawton man, a Woodward man, an Ada man and a Tulsa man died Monday after separate accidents on Oklahoma roads.

  • Gas line rupture shuts down I-44 between Gore and Lee boulevards in Lawton

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Parts of the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 44 are being shut down at the request of the Lawton Police Department.

  • Two men plead guilty in deaths of Lawton classmate's father, brother

    BY JENNIFER PALMER, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Cody Davis and Ethan Thompson appeared in Comanche County District Court on Wednesday to enter guilty pleas. Authorities say they will testify against the alleged gunman, Thorsten Rushing.

  • 3 found dead in Duncan home

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    DUNCAN (AP) — Police in Duncan say three people have been found dead inside a home on the city’s north side. KSWO reported Monday that police say investigators were working to positively identify the three. No details about the deaths were immediately released.

  • Oklahoma woman struck by car after argument with another woman

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    LAWTON — Lawton police are searching for a woman who they say hit another woman with her car after an argument. Police say they found the woman unconscious in the roadway near the apartments when they arrived at the Raintree Apartments on Sunday. Witnesses tell police the victim was standing and fighting with a woman in a car when the driver reversed. They say the victim was pinned and then dragged across the apartment complex parking lot. The woman was hospitalized with a head injury and a fractured leg. Her identity hasn’t been released. Police are searching for the other woman.

  • Union City Schools were closed Tuesday as health officials investigated several reported cases of meningitis

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    A school official said Tuesday morning that Union City Schools would be closed again Wednesday as a precaution due to three meningitis cases.

  • Lawton police seek man in connection with robbery, kidnapping

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    Lawton police are looking for a man who is wanted in connection with a robbery and a kidnapping Monday morning.

  • Lawton police report 10th homicide of the year, man fatally shot

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Two men were reported shot early Thursday and one of them died in what Lawton police are calling the city’s 10th homicide of the year.

  • Lawton man gets life in prison for drug possession

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    LAWTON — A Lawton man has been sentenced to life in prison on cocaine and methamphetamine charges. A local newspaper reports 39-year-old Cody Mayfield was convicted Wednesday. A Comanche County judge sentenced him to two consecutive life sentences for two drug possession charges. The sentencing was enhanced because of prior felony convictions. Mayfield was previously convicted of larceny and in a 1994 armed robbery.

  • Man sought in western Oklahoma shooting

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Weatherford, Oklahoma, police are looking for a man after a shooting. Law officers surrounded a home but did not find anyone inside.

  • Counterfeit money passed in Lawton, police report

    BY JONATHAN SUTTON, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Police are reporting an increase in counterfeit money in Lawton, Oklahoma. Several people have been seen using the bogus bills.

  • Lawton jail inmate's death spurs investigation

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    An inmate in the Lawton City jail died Thursday morning, police said. During overnight cell checks, a correctional officer found William Harris, 48, slumped over in his cell, police said. He was pronounced dead at a Lawton hospital.

  • Oklahoma man gets life sentence in bathroom murder

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    LAWTON — An Oklahoma man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting his roommate for leaving hair on a toilet seat. A local newspaper reports 40-year-old Stevie Gainey was sentenced Wednesday in Comanche County court. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder by deliberate intent in the February shooting of 21-year-old Julian Humphrey. Gainey, Humphrey and at least one other person lived in a Lawton apartment with a single bathroom. A woman visiting the residence says she heard Gainey yelling about cleaning the bathroom before the gunshots. Humphrey was found dead from eight gunshot wounds to the head, neck, arms and back.

  • Police: Jailed man connected to Oklahoma theft

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    LAWTON — Police say they’ve connected a jailed man to the theft of about $91,000 worth of band equipment stolen from a Lawton high school. A local newspaper reports the male theft suspect is being held in the Comanche County Detention Center on unrelated traffic charges. The Lawton Public Schools Police Department chief says additional charges will be filed against the man, whose name has not been released. Authorities say a trailer full of band equipment was stolen from the MacArthur Middle School parking lot Thursday morning. The instruments were recovered over the weekend near Burkburnett, Texas.

  • Chickasha police chief resigns over Facebook post

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Chickasha Police Chief Eddie Adamson resigned Wednesday, City Manager Stewart Fairburn confirmed Thursday. Adamson, who had served as Chickasha’s police chief for about two years, came under fire recently for a post he shared on Facebook.

  • 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.