• Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Democratic challenger staying close in final fundraising push

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Overall, Joe Dorman, a Democrat, has accepted almost $1.5 million in contributions since beginning fundraising in December. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican who began a re-election effort that began in 2011, has raised three times that amount — more than $4.5 million. The general election is Tuesday.

  • Batterers join Oklahoma City program to fight domestic violence triggers

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Family Builders operates one of the 36 batterers-intervention programs certified by the Oklahoma attorney general’s office.

  • Hurdles exist for women attempting to leave abusive relationships

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    A new Oklahoma law that goes into effect Nov. 1 is designed to make domestic violence victims more aware of the dangers they face and the services available to them. Under the new law, police officers will be required to ask domestic abuse victims certain questions to assess their risk of dying at the hands of their abuser.

  • High-profile domestic violence cases

    Updated: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Tia Bloomer Tia Bloomer, 19, was stabbed to death in front of dozens of people at the Oklahoma City downtown bus station on March 16, 2012. Charged with murder is Isaiah Tryon, the father of her child. Tryon had a history of violence against Bloomer, and she was on her way to file a protective order against him when she was killed. Tryon’s trial is scheduled for January; prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Geneva L. Bowen Geneva L. Bowen, 36, not shown, was shot and killed Thanksgiving Day 2011 by her boyfriend, Landry Avery Ballard, 29, who then turned the gun on himself. Police were called to the couple’s Oklahoma City home for a domestic dispute the night before, and investigators believe Bowen left but

  • YWCA expects to open its new domestic violence shelter in 2015

    Updated: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    The YWCA operates the only domestic violence shelter in Oklahoma County, and the agency is building a new shelter expected to open late spring 2015. “When victims are getting into services like ours, they are staying safer,” said Janet Peery, chief executive of YWCA Oklahoma City. The YWCA provides emergency and transitional housing, counseling, peer groups, legal and medical advocacy and sexual assault services. The agency operates a resale store called Our Sisters’ Closet at 2209 SW 74. How to get help YWCA: 917-9922 (hotline), www.ywcaokc.

  • Oklahoma County judge rules against abortion doctor in effort to put new law on hold

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Oklahoma abortion doctor Dr. Larry A. Burns, founder of a clinic in Norman, has complained he will have to shut down his clinic Nov. 1 if a new law goes into effect. District Judge Bill Graves refused to to issue either a temporary restraining order or temporary injunction as the doctor’s attorneys challenge the law.

  • Duncan officials refuse to release some documents about murder defendant Alan Hruby

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writers | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    A Duncan assistant city attorney released some documents but withheld others Friday concerning prior police contacts with 19-year-old Alan J. Hruby, who is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the Oct. 9 shooting deaths of his parents and younger sister.

  • Murderer Kevin Sweat given three life sentences without parole in killings

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Murderer Kevin Sweat was sentenced to serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole for each of three murders, including his fiancee and two girls near Weleetka.

  • Pushmataha County sheriff, commissioner under investigation

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Pushmataha County Commissioner Jerry Duncan and his brother, Sheriff Terry Duncan, are under investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for possible purchasing irregularities uncovered by a state audit.

  • Oklahoma county government self-insurer can't be sued for bad faith

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    A self-insurance group for Oklahoma county governments can’t be sued for bad faith because it is entitled to sovereign immunity, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. Delaware County had sued the insurer trying to get it to pay for a $13.5 million settlement with 15 female former county jail inmates who said the were sexually abused.

  • Search warrant records reveal new details in triple-murder case in Oklahoma

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Alan Hruby, 19, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of his father, mother and younger sister in their Duncan home.

  • Elected officials voice surprise at size of Oklahoma agency directors' pay increases

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Thirty Oklahoma agency directors were given raises of at least $10,000 last fiscal year, with 16 of them receiving raises that were double that amount or more, according to a report released by the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

  • Oklahoma judge explains former regent's sentence

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    A McIntosh County judge says a lack of prior criminal history was one of the major reasons he chose not to give jail time to a former Seminole State College regent who pleaded no contest recently in a case where he was accused of punching a woman in the face during a 2010 Halloween party at the McAlester Country Club.

  • Facebook message not enough when terminating father's parental rights in Oklahoma

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    A Facebook message a woman sent to her former sex partner announcing she was pregnant was not sufficient legal notice to support terminating the father’s parental rights, the state Supreme Court ruled this week.

  • Longtime Norman abortion doctor asks judge to block enforcement of new regulations

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    A new law would require a doctor to have an agreement with a nearby hospital to admit patients there if necessary goes into effect Nov. 1. Dr. Larry A. Burns has applied at 16 hospitals for admitting privileges, but has not been accepted anywhere yet.

  • If you're calling the DHS hotline to report child abuse, prepare to wait

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    People calling an Oklahoma DHS hotline sometimes have to wait more than two hours to report allegations of child abuse, according to a new monitoring report released Wednesday. The Department of Human Services also has 1,254 child abuse and neglect investigations that are overdue — including 211 that have been overdue for more than six months.

  • Oklahoma's Office of Juvenile Affairs proposes charter school for incarcerated youth

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    The Oklahoma Youth Academy Charter School would be located at the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Tecumseh and Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Manitou.

  • About the proposal

    Staff reports. | Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Name: Oklahoma Youth Academy Charter School. Locations: Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Tecumseh and Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Manitou. Cost: $2 million in its first year (paid with grants and state and federal funds) Grade levels served: 6th through 12th. Source: Office of Juvenile Affairs.

  • Oklahoma state auditor finds apparent Kay County bidding violations

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Kay County commissioners appear to have repeatedly violated state bidding procedures in their handling of road and bridge construction projects, according to three Kay County financial audits released Thursday by the Oklahoma Auditor and Inspector’s Office.

  • Fired Oklahoma City nursing home worker charged with terrorism hoax

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Jacob Mugambi Muriithi “confirmed he told the victim he was going to cut her head off,” Oklahoma City police said. His defense attorney said he and the woman were mutually joking.