2 Powerball winners sought in state
The Oklahoma Lottery Commission is looking for the state's two newest millionaires. Lottery officials say two separate Powerball tickets from this week's drawing correctly matched all five white-ball numbers for a $1 million prize. One of the tickets, bought in Ravia, added the Power Play option to multiply the prize to $2 million. The ticket was bought at an E-Z Mart at the intersection of State Highways 1 and 22. The other $1 million ticket was bought at a Murphy USA station in Owasso. Wednesday night's winning numbers were 11, 13, 20, 27 and 59. The Powerball number was 26. Winners have 180 days to claim their prizes at lottery headquarters in Oklahoma City.
Death penalty stands in slaying
The state's top criminal appellate court Friday upheld the death sentence for a former firefighter who was convicted of the 2003 fatal shooting of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper. Ricky Ray Malone, 38, was sentenced to death for the Dec. 26, 2003, killing of trooper Nikky Green, but the sentence was overturned in 2007 by the state Court of Criminal Appeals. A Comanche County judge in 2010 resentenced Malone to death after a new punishment hearing. Green found Malone on a Cotton County road in a car with a mobile methamphetamine lab, and the two struggled before Malone killed Green with the trooper's gun, authorities said. The Court said Malone's sentence to be “factually substantiated and appropriate.”