• Closed strip club in south OKC demolished

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Oklahoma City officials complained the club was operating too close to a residential area. The club — at 3600 S Hattie — was across the street from a small neighborhood of six houses. The city’s zoning regulations prohibit adult entertainment “within 500 feet of any area zoned for residential use.”

  • Major south OKC interchange to get multilevel makeover

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    The I-35-I-240 project will be built in six phases and is expected to cost about $115 million.

  • Murder defendant ordered to trial in death of 16-year-old Piedmont girl

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Oklahoma County Special Judge Fred Doak found enough evidence to send Chloe Marie Thomas, 18, of Oklahoma City, to trial on the first-degree murder charge in the death of Anne Josette Hill, of Edmond. Thomas pleaded not guilty.

  • Oklahoma state agencies give raises despite executive order

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Oklahoma state agencies promoted more than 1,000 employees and hired several thousand to fill vacancies, even though those types of employment actions were included in the "personnel freeze" set by Gov. Mary Fallin, who also allowed for some exemptions.

  • Judge's legacy will live on in Oklahoma City's federal courthouse

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    William J. Holloway Jr., graduated from the University of Oklahoma and practiced law in Oklahoma City before going on to be the longest sitting judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

  • Former Lincoln County judge sentenced to prison for five years for embezzlement

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Craig S. Key, 50, of Chandler, Oklahoma, served as a Lincoln County associate district judge for four years, losing re-election in 2006 because of the Kelsey Smith-Briggs child abuse case.

  • Sheriff wants to lock down raise in rate some inmates pay

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    A judge is being asked to require Oklahoma County jail inmates to pay back $48.05 a day for the time they are locked up before conviction. Inmates currently are being charged $44.51 per day, if convicted. Sheriff John Whetsel is asking for the increase. The request comes at a time some in state government and elsewhere are questioning whether convicts face too many costs for their crimes already. State Rep. Bobby Cleveland said last month "unfortunate folks ... are mired in this nonworking system" and find it impossible to keep up with installment payments on probation. Other critics have suggested convicts may simply return to crime, stealing to pay off their court costs, fines and jail stay bills.

  • Son of slain Oklahoma Labor Commissioner ordered Friday to trial in father's stabbing death

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    The son of slain Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello was ordered Friday to trial in his father's stabbing death. Christian Erin Costello, 27, is charged with first-degree murder. He is accused of fatally stabbing his father Aug. 23 in north Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City federal prosecutor accused by wife of abuse and harassment

    By Nolan Clay and Kyle Schwab Staff writers | Published: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Robert Don Gifford II, an assistant U.S. attorney, was the lead prosecutor for ex-missionary Matthew Lane Durham's trial last year in Oklahoma City federal court.

  • Oklahoma governor halts tougher commutation policy

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin has blocked the state Pardon and Parole Board from adopting a set of proposed procedures and eligibility for early release consideration that would have disqualified many state inmates from even applying.

  • Choctaw man faces indictment in bank robbery at Oklahoma state Capitol complex

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    A Choctaw man accused of an armed bank robbery at the state Capitol complex has been indicted in Oklahoma City federal court. Gilbert Gastelum, 43, is accused of robbing Credit Union One of Oklahoma on Jan. 7.

  • No new trial for Edmond man, but judge overturns 3 sex crimes

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    A former Edmond missionary convicted of child sex crimes lost his request for a new trial Tuesday but an Oklahoma City federal judge did throw out three of his seven guilty counts. Matthew Lane Durham, 21, could still spend the rest of his life in prison for sex crimes against children at an African orphanage in 2014.

  • Self-described YouTube 'phone terrorist' is charged

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    A Norman man who calls himself a “phone terrorist” has been charged with multiple counts of stalking, accused of making death threats by phone and posting the recordings to YouTube.

  • Ex-representative from Oklahoma J.C. Watts begins work at Feed the Children

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Watts, a former OU football standout, began work Monday, the latest in a series of leaders at Feed the Children since its founder, Larry Jones, was forced out in 2009.

  • Self-described Norman "phone terrorist" charged with stalking

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    A Norman man who called himself a "phone terrorist" has been charged with multiple counts of stalking for allegedly making death threats by phone and posting the recordings to YouTube.  William Blaine Aiken, 36, has been charged in Cleveland County District Court with five counts of stalking and one count of pattern of criminal offenses, all felonies. He also faces one misdemeanor count of threatening to perform an act of violence. Aiken is accused of making the threatening phone calls between February 2014 and May 2015 under the alias Kevin Burbank. He would then post the recording to his YouTube channel named after his alias. On his YouTube channel, he describes himself as someone who messes with strangers for fun

  • Four Norman North High School wrestlers charged with rape

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Pauls Valley — Four Norman North High School wrestlers were charged Monday with rape after a police investigation of sexual assaults on two other wrestlers on a bus. Four of the wrestlers are charged in sexual assaults of a 16-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy. The fourth wrestler is charged in the sexual assault of the 12-year-old boy. The 12-year-old boy was sexually assaulted on the bus and again after arrival at the school, police reported. After being attacked at the school, the 12-year-old boy escapes but is tackled and forced between two cars where his attackers "attempt to do all of this again," police reported. "The incident finally ends when Victim B's parent arrives in the parking lot," police reported.

  • OKC man sentenced in wife's 2013 death asks her family and friends for forgiveness

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    James William Wood was sentenced to life in prison Monday for the fatal shooting of his wife, Larita Wood. In the courtroom, Wood said he was sorry and asked his wife's family and friends to forgive him.

  • Le Flore County treasurer admits guilt, resigns position

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Le Flore County Treasurer Joe Wiles paid $1,398.73 in restitution and agreed not to seek federal, state, county or municipal elective office for five years as part of the deferred prosecution agreement, said Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge.

  • Oklahoma's top courts' judges squabble over duties

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    The judges at the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals are upset with their colleagues on the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

  • Guthrie water authority sues to stop vote on rate hikes, but residents say they won't give up fight

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    The lawsuit filed by Guthrie Public Works Authority against the organizers of an initiative petition to allow residents to vote on rate increases is the latest legal action in a court fight that has been dragging on for seven years.




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