• False statements earn reprimand for OKC police sergeant

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Sgt. Keith Medley, and Oklahoma City police detective, was put on disciplinary probation and transferred to a nonenforcement position after a federal judge threw out evidence saying Medley made the incorrect statements in a search warrant affidavit.

  • New federal programs bring deportation relief for some undocumented Oklahoma residents

    By Ben Felder Staff Writer bfelder@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Jair Pacheco, 20, has applied for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program after an executive order by President Barack Obama gave undocumented residents protections if they had entered the country before turning 18, were not yet 30, and were able to pass a background check.

  • Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has history of inflated projections

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

    The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has built nine turnpikes since 1961. Actual revenues have failed to meet projections for every one of those nine turnpikes during their first five years of operations.

  • Experts say progress made at DHS can't be lost to state's budget cuts

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    The experts, known as co-neutrals, strongly urged Oklahoma's Department of Human Services and "its state partners" to continue to implement reforms despite Oklahoma's looming revenue deficit.

  • Valley Brook strip club owner jailed, fires entire staff

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Colleen Hutto, 73, owner of La Nude, an all-nude strip club in Valley Brook, fired her whole staff after what she called a "rogue incident" landed her and several others in jail amid allegations that illegal alcohol sales and prostitution occurred.

  • Recent child deaths prompt changes for Oklahoma Department of Human Services

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    The Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth has released two new child death review reports that once again raise questions about the competency of investigations conducted by some state child welfare workers.

  • Turnpike officials promise better metro-area access for southwest Oklahoma City area

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority released a final design route Tuesday that highlights the planned Southwest Kilpatrick Extension, a $190 million project that agency officials promise will connect southwest Oklahoma City with the rest of the metropolitan area like never before.

  • Oklahoma City counseling office owner, 4 others charged in Medicaid fraud

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Gina Lucille Redwine, 44, of Motivational Counseling Services LLC in Oklahoma City, was charged Friday in Oklahoma County District Court with five felony counts of Medicaid fraud and one misdemeanor count of Medicaid fraud. Four others also were charged with receiving money in false Medicaid claims.

  • Former prostitute testifies Chandler murder defendant asked her to be his alibi

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Kurt A. Meyer is accused of killing his wife, Kathleen D. Wilkins, whose body was found Nov. 14, 2014, inside an outbuilding at their farm in Chandler, Oklahoma.

  • Wind incentives impacting Oklahoma's budget

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    In state lawmakers’ competitive zeal to persuade investors to build their wind farms in Oklahoma rather than other states, they agreed to an array of incentives that included two that when combined could potentially rise to more than $100 million a year if left unchecked.

  • Were Oklahoma, local bidding laws ignored in Yukon?

    By Ben Felder Staff Writer bfelder@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    The Oklahoman was unable to find any record of the city council approving the entire $600,000 purchase of trash carts and city staff could not confirm a record of approval.

  • Oklahoma inmate deaths jump 71 percent in five years, records show

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    In 2010, the Oklahoma Corrections Department reported 63 inmates died while in the agency’s custody. Last year, 108 prisoners died while serving time, an increase of 71 percent. During the same time period, the overall prison population grew by only 8 percent, records show.

  • Turnpike causes Girl Scouts to seek sale of Camp Cookieland

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    A proposed turnpike called the Northeast Oklahoma County Loop has caused the Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma council to seek the sell of Camp Cookieland, a 107-acre campground near Newalla.

  • Truck driver is sentenced to prison in deadly 2013 collision

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    A Missouri truck driver was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a deadly 2013 collision on State Highway 33.

  • OKC union president under police investigation because of embezzlement allegations

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    The embezzlement investigation is being done by a sex crimes detective with the Oklahoma City police department. The detective, Clint Dellinger, explained in a request for a search warrant that the embezzlement allegations came up while he was investigating sexual assault accusations made against the union president.

  • Hundreds gather Tuesday for 21st anniversary remembrance ceremony at First Church

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    In a letter read at the ceremony marking the 21st anniversary of the Murrah Building bombing, President Barack Obama called the people of Oklahoma City inspiring.

  • Seminole couple charged in boy's 2006 disappearance

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    James Rex Clark, 65, and Rebecca Faith Clark, 59, are accused of killing nephew Colton Clark, then 9 years old, in March or April 2006. Prosecutors filed first-degree murder charges against them on Tuesday.

  • Pilot blamed for plane crash that killed former OU quarterback Steve Davis

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    In February 2013, legendary Sooner quarterback Steve Davis was looking for airplane pilots willing to help out charities. That's why he became reacquainted with Tulsa businessman and pilot Wesley Caves, years after they first met while at the University of Oklahoma. Their renewed friendship led to Davis joining Caves for a flight on March 17, 2013, from Tulsa to South Bend, Ind. Both died when the twin-engine Beechcraft Premier 1 business jet crashed into a neighborhood after losing power on approach. Two passengers on the plane and a person on the ground were injured. In their final report on the accident, federal investigators have determined the pilot, Caves, 58, is to blame.

  • Search continues for boy's body on farm near Seminole

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    Seminole County sheriff deputies have been searching land belonging to James Rex Clark, 65, and Rebecca Faith Clark, 59, for the remains of their nephew, Colton Clark, 9, who was reported missing in 2006.

  • Oklahoma, Potawatomis battle over sales tax payments

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    The dispute between the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the state of Oklahoma arose in May 2014, when the Oklahoma Tax Commission suddenly challenged more than $27 million in sales tax exemptions claimed by the Potawatomis in recent years.




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