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  • Oklahoma County sheriff's corporal resigns after being charged Friday in domestic abuse

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    Former Cpl. Jason Lee Ledford, 40, of Oklahoma City, is charged with one felony count of domestic abuse by strangulation of his live-in girlfriend.

  • Oklahoma death row inmate asks court for new trial

    BY TIM TALLEY Associated Press | Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Oklahoma death row inmate Mica Martinez asked the state Court of Criminal Appeals to reduce his first-degree murder conviction or award him a new trial. Martinez, 35, is accused of the 2009 killings of a Comanche County couple at their home near Cache.

  • Owasso police officer charged with felony, misdemeanor in Nowata County

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    A suspended Owasso police officer was charged Friday with assault in connection with actions he took against a man in Nowata County following a high-speed pursuit in June. Nowata County prosecutors charged Lt. Michael Dwain Denton, 49, with assault and battery with a deadly weapon, a felony,...

  • Cherokee County officials seek reconsideration of ruling on jail video showing attack on inmate

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Cherokee County officials are contesting a judge’s ruling that determined jail video recordings that are the subject of an excessive force civil rights lawsuit were improperly destroyed. Attorneys for the Cherokee County Governmental Building Authority have requested that U.S. District Judge...

  • Four charged with murder in fatal shooting at Oklahoma store

    Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Four men were charged with murder Thursday in the fatal shooting of a man at a QuikTrip store near 51st Street and Yale Avenue on Sept. 12. Desmond Terrell Jackson, Johnathan Jerome Sweet, Homersell Marvin Thomas and Kejuan Da’Ray Jones are charged in the death of Aaron Lajun Armstrong,...

  • Oregon Shooting: 'Heroic' Veteran Chris Mintz Was Shot 7 Times

    Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    An Army veteran was shot seven times while trying to save other students during the deadly Oregon community college rampage, according to his aunt.   Chris Mintz "tried to protect some people," his aunt Sheila Brown told NBC News in a telephone interview. "We were told he did heroic...

  • Fire at Planned Parenthood clinic near Los Angeles was arson, officials say

    Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Police and fire investigators are combing through a charred and water-logged Planned Parenthood clinic near Los Angeles after a nighttime arson attack.   An intruder broke a window and used a liquid accelerant to start a fire on the ground floor of the two-storey structure in Thousand...

  • Here’s how much Americans hate mandatory minimum sentences

    Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Leading Senators appear to have reached agreement on a criminal justice reform package that will likely include some changes to how mandatory minimum sentences are applied to drug offenders.   But even if it gets passed, the changes will not completely eliminate mandatory minimum...

  • Who is Chris Harper-Mercer, the man suspected of a deadly shooting in Oregon?

    Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    On Thursday morning, Chris Harper-Mercer allegedly walked into the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, and shot dead 10 people before dying during a gunfire exchange with authorities. At least seven more were left injured after the gunman stormed the campus.   Why this...

  • Police impostor causes concerns in Edmond

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    A man posing as a police officer pulled a woman over last week in Edmond, and real police want him off the streets.

  • Oklahoma attorney general asks court to put executions on hold

    By Graham Lee Brewer and Silas Allen Staff Writers | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    In the filing submitted Thursday, Scott Pruitt said officials need more time to investigate how the Oklahoma Corrections Department received the drug potassium acetate rather than potassium chloride for the execution of condemned inmate Richard Glossip. The court has not yet responded to Pruitt's...

  • Gunman opens fire at Oregon college; at least 12 killed

    BY JEFF BARNARD and GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Early reports indicate that the gunman died during a shootout with police.

  • Broken Arrow killings: Attorney challenges state law mandating younger Bever brother be charged as adult

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    The younger of two brothers charged in the deaths of five family members is challenging the constitutionality of the Oklahoma law that denies him the option of certification as a juvenile or youthful offender. Tulsa County Public Defender Rob Nigh filed the motion for his 16-year-old client...

  • Embattled Tulsa sheriff makes his first appearance in court

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Sheriff Stanley Glanz made his first appearance in court Thursday morning on two misdemeanor criminal indictments that grand jurors returned against him a day ago. Online court minutes indicate he appeared with attorney Scott Wood in front of Presiding Judge Rebecca Nightingale, who has...

  • Edmond woman accused of driving drunk with one child, leaving baby home alone

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Sheba Cusack, 26, was arrested on complaints of public intoxication and child endangerment on Wednesday. Police said she crashed her car into a curb with a child in the back and left a 9-month-old baby strapped into a car seat at her apartment.

  • 5 facts about Oklahoma's female prisoner problem

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    You might have heard that Oklahoma has a pretty big problem: its female prisoner population.  But what does that mean exactly? Here are 5 facts you should know about Oklahoma's female prisoner problem. No. 5 - Numbers don't lie recently took a look at the...

  • It's now illegal in England and Wales to smoke in cars with kids inside

    Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Smokers who light up in vehicles with children inside will face fines in England and Wales as anti-smoking measures are expanded to protect young people from the dangers of second-hand smoke. The ban went into effect Thursday but police are not expected to issue a rash of fines as the public...

  • St. Paul vows arrests if Twin Cities Marathon disrupted

    Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Police Chief Tom Smith are warning Black Lives Matter that any attempt by the group to disrupt Sunday's Twin Cities Marathon would be dangerous and won't be tolerated.   Coleman, who plans to meet Thursday morning with Black Lives Matter leader Rashad...

  • Police considers no-go areas for criminals

    Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Charlotte City Council are discussing whether to create “public safety zones,” city areas where people with past arrests would be prohibited from entering.   Under the controversial proposal, Chief Kerr Putney could designate a high-crime...

  • Alleged meth trafficker arrested after police pursuit

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    A convicted felon is accused of trafficking drugs after police reportedly recovered nearly 29 grams of methamphetamine from his car and on his person following a pursuit through north Tulsa late Tuesday. James Howard Reed, 35, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on 10 complaints, including...