Were there illegal 'shenanigans going on' in Shelton-Lambert divorce?

News | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
Secrecy in Blake Shelton-Miranda Lambert divorce was in violation of the law, former Oklahoma lawmaker says

Oklahoma City woman sentenced for burglary, arson that took boy's life

News | Published: Sat, Aug 15, 2015
Lorese Paulina Cruz will spend 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to taking part in a burglary and arson that took a young boy's life. Cruz pleaded guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors that will require her to testify against three co-defendants that also are accused of having been involved.

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Oklahoma rural hospitals in critical condition

News | Updated: Tue, Aug 4, 2015 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
Oklahoma hospital consultant calls situation "scary" as rural hospitals work to comply with changing regulations.

Oklahoma Transportation Department sets goals for next 25 years

News | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
The emphasis on improving bridges will continue, but by the end of this decade the department expects to have made enough progress that it can begin shifting resources to deal more with pavement issues, said John Bowman, director of capital programs for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

Gov. Mary Fallin spent over $1 million on second inauguration events

News | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin spent more than $1 million on the events last January marking the start of her second term, a newly filed report show. The Oklahoma Ethics Commission changed its rules, giving committees formed for special events up to six months to report contributions and expenditures. The committee behind Fallin's 2015 inauguration filed its report July 10.

Oklahoma triple-murder defendant says he welcomes death penalty 100 percent

News | Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015
Alan J. Hruby, 20, is accused of fatally shooting his parents and younger sister inside their Duncan, Oklahoma, home in October. Hruby wrote in a letter to The Oklahoman newspaper last week that he "welcomes" the death penalty for his "unspeakable" crime.

Oklahoma Department of Human Services closes Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley

News | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services moved the last client out of Pauls Valley's Southern Oklahoma Resource Center and declared the facility closed Friday. The facility was opened in 1907.

Oklahoma City judge tosses Zacarias Moussaoui's lawsuit

News | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015
U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-Lagrange dismissed the admitted al-Qaida terrorist's lawsuit last week because Zacarias Moussaoui never paid a $400 filing fee and never asked to have the fee waived like most prison inmates do.

New Oklahoma law seeks to keep guns away from dangerous mentally ill

News | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
A new Oklahoma law that went into effect Wednesday now requires courts to submit to the FBI the records of those who have been found mentally incompetent or involuntarily committed to prevent them from buying guns or receiving a handgun license.

Parole board considers 4 candidates for top post

News | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
A final decision should be announced next month, board Chairman Vanessa Price said.

Tribal lawsuit claims U.S. government mismanaged assets

News | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Citing a history of corruption and swindles that dates back more than 100 years, the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations are asking a judge to order federal agencies to provide a full accounting for how they have managed tribal trust assets.


The tribes also want compensation to make them "whole."


It's been nearly 10 years since the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations filed a lawsuit accusing U.S. governmental agencies of violating their trust relationship and mismanaging more than 1 million acres of valuable tribal timber lands and other southeastern Oklahoma assets.


The tribes are finally close to getting their day in court.


If current mediation efforts fail, a non-jury federal court trial is scheduled to


Pipe stores in Oklahoma City metro area facing police scrutiny

News | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
Some businesses in the metro area recently have been targeted by law enforcement in undercover operations and search warrants used to confiscate thousands of pipes and other merchandise deemed drug paraphernalia.

Embattled senator wrote of giving up evils in life

News | Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

The senator accused of embezzling more than $1 million to support a hidden gambling habit encouraged friends in January to give up the evils in their lives — like gambling.


Judge rules in favor of Oklahoma Department of Human Services in Serenity Deal wrongful-death lawsuit

News | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015
Grandparents and mother of Serenity Deal sued the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and two fired child welfare workers after the 5-year-old girl was murdered by her father in Oklahoma City in 2011.

Oklahoma senator accused in lawsuit of embezzling more than $1 million from Better Business Bureau

News | Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
State Sen. Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso, worked for the Better Business Bureau in Tulsa for more than 15 years.

Prison weddings in Oklahoma on hold until U.S. Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage

News | Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
If the high court upholds same-sex marriage, the state Corrections Department will rework its policy on offender marriage to comply with the law.

Oklahoma City police officer gets reprimands purged from record

News | Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
A federal arbitrator found in favor of Lt. Phil A. Williams on May 15, ordering the Oklahoma City police department to purge two reprimands from his employment files.

Oklahoma officials investigate death of prisoner beaten with food tray

News | Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015
The bludgeoning of an inmate at the Davis Correctional Center in Holdenville is one of two recent inmate homicides the Oklahoma Corrections Department is investigating.



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Competing against other large-market print publications in Texas and Oklahoma, The Oklahoman won three of 10 categories in a competition hosted by the Fort Worth Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.




The NewsOK Watchdog Team

Robby Trammell


Assistant Managing Editor

Robby Trammell is news director for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. During his 41-year career, he has received numerous reporting awards and civic honors. With The Oklahoman’s investigative team, he won a first-place spot news reporting award for coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing and exposed wrongdoing in the 1990 campaign of an Oklahoma governor. Their scoop — “Governor Secretly Indicted” — was heralded as the biggest political story in the paper’s history. The governor pleaded guilty. Trammell’s investigation of bid-rigging by Seminole County commissioners in the 1970s was a forerunner to a federal inquiry statewide that turned out to be one of the largest cases of public corruption in American history. Trammell has a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. He teaches Media Ethics at the University of Central Oklahoma. He serves as a director on the board of the Oklahoma Press Association. He is an ordained deacon in The Episcopal Church.

Nolan Clay


Sr. Reporter

Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials, exposed shysters and resulted in reforms in such areas as day care oversight and workers' compensation court. He is a proud father and longtime fan of University of Oklahoma football. His wedding in 2001 was on the 50-yard line of OU's football field.

Randy Ellis


Investigative Reporter

For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two college presidents being sentenced to prison and a former chancellor being forced to resign. He has written about abuses of Oklahoma's workers' compensation system, corruption in the state's municipal bond industry, bid-rigging by county officials, self-dealing by state housing officials, misconduct involving state legislators and a variety of other topics. Ellis has won more than 80 state, regional and national awards for journalistic excellence. Prior to joining The Oklahoman in 1982, Ellis worked at Arkansas newspapers. He is a 1977 graduate of Kansas State University.

Andrew Knittle


Investigative Reporter

Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real voice within the stories he covers. He joined The Oklahoman's staff in September 2011 after working for the Shawnee News-Star and The Norman Transcript for a combined three years.

Knittle, a Norman resident, is a 2008 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he studied journalism.

Rick Green


Capitol Bureau Chief
Rick Green is the Capitol Bureau Chief of The Oklahoman. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., he worked as news editor for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman.

Jennifer Palmer


Investigative Reporter

Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to joining the The Oklahoman, she reported on breaking news and crime at The Omaha World-Herald and was a member of a team recognized by the American Society of Newspaper Editors for their coverage of the Westroads Mall shooting in 2007. Palmer is a native of Norman and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she was also a columnist for The Oklahoma Daily.