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A woman was treated and released from a Tulsa hospital Wednesday after apparently being shot while driving on I-244.

Tulsa Police responded to the call just before 11 a.m. A woman driving east on I-244 pulled over between Yale and Harvard after hearing a pop, and thinking it might have been one of her tires, but then she felt pain in her stomach and realized she was bleeding.

Police say they saw a hole near the driver’s side door handle that looked like a bullet hole.

New search begins for long-missing Welch girls' bodies

Oct 8, 2021
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PICHER, Okla. (AP) — A new search for the bodies of two northeast Oklahoma girls missing since 1999 started Friday, according to authorities.

Investigators searched a cellar on vacant land in the former town of Picher where a suspect in the disappearance of Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible lived at the time, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Craig County District Attorney’s Office.

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Tulsa Police said on Tuesday the first 30 days of a new initiative aimed at taking on an uptick in violent crime led to dozens of arrests and the seizure of more than 200 guns.

Chief Wendell Franklin said TPD crime analysts have been looking into more than 80 incidents going back to April to help officers’ on-the-ground investigations.

Tulsa Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening Biden, Congress

Aug 20, 2021

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa man has pleaded guilty to sending emails to a Tulsa television station threatening to kill President Joe Biden, members of Congress and their families.

Court records show John Jacob Ahrens, 58, pleaded guilty Thursday to threatening the president and two counts of interstate communication with a threat to injure.

In a signed statement, Ahrens said he had no plea agreement, but pleaded guilty on his attorney’s advice in hopes of a lenient sentence.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man convicted of crashing his pickup truck into members of a high school cross country team, killing three and injuring several others, was sentenced Thursday to three life sentences.

Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley ordered Max Leroy Townsend, 58, to serve the life sentences consecutively, making it unlikely he will ever be released from prison. Townsend, wearing orange jail coveralls and with his hands and feet shackled, showed little reaction.

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma newspaper on Tuesday challenged a judge’s decision to ban the public from a hearing in the case of a Muskogee man accused of killing six people, including five children.

An attorney for the Muskogee Phoenix filed a motion to intervene in the case after District Judge Bret Smith barred a reporter for the newspaper and two other members of the media from attending a preliminary hearing in the case on Monday.

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A former Tulsa Police officer who pleaded guilty to federal firearms charges has been sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Chief U.S. District Judge John F. Heil sentenced Latoya Dythe, 27, on Tuesday. In April, Dythe pleaded guilty to conspiracy to make a false statement to a firearms dealer and to false statement to a firearms dealer.

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Tulsa Police have arrested five people — three of them under 18 — in connection with the theft of several luxury cars from homes in south Tulsa, Jenks and Bixby.

Lt. Chase Calhoun said they’re part of a group that’s stolen as many as 25 cars over the past two weeks.

"Based on the interview with some of these suspects, information was provided that they are actually targeting these vehicles in these certain areas because there are a lot of vehicles being left unlocked with the keys inside," Calhoun said.

Tulsa Man Accused Of Trying To Steal Firetruck

Aug 2, 2021
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man has been arrested after being accused of trying to steal a firetruck.

Tulsa police say they were called to a fire station around 3 a.m. on Saturday.

After arriving at the scene, police found a group of Tulsa firefighters holding down a suspect.

Firefighters told police that they found the man after hearing glass break and the sound of the ladder truck’s horn going off.

Police allege the man had started the truck and tried driving through the fire station’s overhead doors before firefighters discovered what he was doing.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a federal judge’s reversal of the murder conviction of an Oklahoma man whose case was featured in the book and television series ‘The Innocent Man.’

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled 2-1 that Karl Fontenot, 56, has shown actual innocence in the 1984 kidnapping and death of Donna Denice Haraway in Ada, about 70 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, based on newly discovered evidence that the court said was withheld by prosecutors at the time.

Some midtown Tulsa residents heard the sounds of a gun battle late Sunday night.

Tulsa Police said officers found a large crowd at the 21st Street and Yale Avenue Whataburger around 11:20 p.m., and once they got to the middle of the gathering, they found a 19-year-old man inside a black Dodge Challenger riddled with bullet holes who had been shot 10 times, including in the neck.

Ofc. Danny Bean said witnesses told officers there was an altercation during a private party across the street at Safari Joe's H2O water park that somehow escalated.

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The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics could be in line for money to support a unit dedicated to investigating transnational criminal organizations law enforcement officials believe are embedded within the state’s medical marijuana industry.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has requested $4 million in directed funding for it through the U.S. Department of Justice. OBN Director Donnie Anderson said the investigations are highly complex and need officers’ full attention.

Oklahoma Death Row Inmate Fighting Sentence Has Died

Jul 6, 2021
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma death row inmate who was fighting to overturn his death sentence for a 1999 killing in Oklahoma City has died.

Jimmy Dean Harris, 64, died June 29 at a hospital from long-term health problems, The Oklahoman reported.

Harris was sentenced to death for the fatal shooting of his wife’s boss at an Oklahoma City transmission shop. Harris shot and killed Merle Taylor on Sept. 1, 1999, at AAMCO Transmissions, where Harris had gone to confront his wife.

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma City-area police officer has been sentenced to nine years in prison for killing an 18-year-old motorist in December 2019 while speeding to deliver keys to another officer.

During sentencing Wednesday, Moore police Sgt. Kyle Lloyd also received a nine-year suspended sentence in the crash that killed Emily Gaines of Moore.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A jury in Oklahoma has recommended a death sentence for an alleged serial killer who was convicted of kidnapping a woman from a car wash and killing her more than 20 years ago.

The jury on Wednesday recommended the death penalty for William Lewis Reece, who was convicted last week of first-degree murder for the 1997 kidnapping and killing of 19-year-old Tiffany Johnston. Formal sentencing is set for Aug. 19.

Shooting, Fatal Boat Crash Probed In Grand Lake Area

Jun 2, 2021
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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Police are investigating a separate shooting and a fatal boating accident that occurred in the Grand Lake area in northeast Oklahoma over Memorial Day weekend.

The Grand River Dam Authority police said in a statement a woman was shot in the neck late Saturday night at the Eagle Bluff Resort along the Illinois River. The woman was taken to an area hospital, and her condition was not immediately known. A 19-year-old woman was taken into custody in connection with the shooting, and an investigation is ongoing.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jury selection continued Tuesday in the death penalty trial of an alleged serial killer accused of kidnapping and killing an Oklahoma woman more than 20 years ago.

William Lewis Reece, 61, faces charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the 1997 killing of 19-year-old Tiffany Johnston, who was abducted from a car wash in Bethany, Oklahoma. Her body was found the next day in Canadian County.

A Tulsa County District Court judge on Friday approved a request to delay the trial of the man charged in the shooting of two Tulsa Police officers in June 2020.

David Ware's trial was scheduled to begin this June. Judge William Musseman granted his attorney's request to push that back. Attorney Kevin Adams said in a motion for continuance he has not had adequate time to prepare a defense for a trial where prosecutors will seek the death penalty compared to other capital cases in the state in the past decade.

2 Children Killed In Separate OKC Shootings

Apr 9, 2021
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two children are dead after separate, unrelated shootings in Oklahoma City, police said Friday.

In the first shooting Thursday afternoon, 5-year-old Trevion Cole was killed after he and a playmate found a gun inside a home on the city’s northeast side, police said. The other child accidentally shot Trevion, who was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead.

Police say an adult was in the home at the time of the shooting but was in another room.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma City attorney and her boyfriend have been charged with killing an ex-girlfriend and her parents in 2019.

Keegan Kelley Harroz and Barry Titus II were each charged Thursday with three counts of first-degree murder and a related first-degree burglary count in the shooting deaths of Tiffany Eichor and her parents, Jack and Kaye Chandler.

Tulsa police arrested a man on Monday they say killed his 70-year-old stepfather, then hid the body while he tried to stage a crime scene.

Police received a report of a dead body at a house near 21st and Sheridan around 1:30 a.m. Monday and found Edward Johnson lying in the front yard. Johnson had been severely beaten, and police found a garden hoe near his body.