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Federal grand jury indicts former director of OSU research center with fraud | The Oklahoman Federal grand jury indicts former director of OSU research center with fraud
By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.comA federal grand jury has indicted the former director of an Oklahoma State University nonprofit research center in a multimillion-dollar bank fraud conspiracy. The 23-count indictment comes after Daniel Webster "Web" Keogh failed to enter a plea to a previously filed one-count charge. Keogh, 47, was indicted Wednesday in Oklahoma City federal court. In part, the grand jury alleges Keogh made false statements to obtain a $3.2 million loan from First Pryority Bank, which operates in the Tulsa area.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 16, 2017
John W. Rex Charter Elementary School students sing Christmas carols | The Oklahoman John W. Rex Charter Elementary School students sing Christmas carols
FROM STAFF REPORTSStudents from John W. Rex Charter Elementary School visited The Oklahoman on Friday to spread a little holiday cheer with a number of Christmas carols. Kindergartners from the school sang a medley of classic holiday songs, including "Jingle Bells," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 16, 2017
Pedestrian dies Thursday in Logan County, Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports | The Oklahoman Pedestrian dies Thursday in Logan County, Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports
From Staff ReportsA pedestrian died Thursday when she was struck by an unknown vehicle in Logan County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.Vanya J. Evans, 33, was pronounced dead at the scene about 11:45 p.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 15, 2017
UPDATE: Missing Edmond man found | The Oklahoman UPDATE: Missing Edmond man found
From Staff ReportsEDMOND — A Silver Alert for a missing Edmond man was canceled Friday afternoon after he was found.The alert was issued Friday morning for William Ray Blackwell, 63, who was located and is safe, police reported.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 15, 2017
Silver alert issued for missing Edmond man | The Oklahoman Silver alert issued for missing Edmond man
From Staff ReportsEDMOND — A Silver Alert has been issued Friday for an Edmond man missing since Thursday.William Ray Blackwell, 63, was last seen about 6 p.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 15, 2017
Oh so close! Logan County buck 'Goliath' likely new No. 2 Oklahoma buck | The Oklahoman Oh so close! Logan County buck 'Goliath' likely new No. 2 Oklahoma buck
By Kelly Bostian Tulsa WorldSteven Everett’s “Goliath” buck keeps growing, and expert measurement shows it may come close to No.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 15, 2017
Parent confronts Bixby board members on rape investigation: 'I’m embarrassed and ashamed.' Read her full statement | The Oklahoman Parent confronts Bixby board members on rape investigation: 'I’m embarrassed and ashamed.' Read her full statement
By Bill Haisten Tulsa WorldBIXBY — A parent confronted Bixby school board members Thursday night about their ongoing investigation into allegations that a 16-year-old football player was sexually assaulted by teammates, and she said administrators weren’t sufficiently urgent in reporting the allegation to police. Liz Rahal, who said she is the mother of three Bixby students, suggested that the school district should have suspended Superintendent Kyle Wood and high school Principal Terry Adams during the investigation. “A police officer in this state can shoot someone — killing them or
The Oklahoman | December 15, 2017
OHP releases name of man killed in Blaine County wreck | The Oklahoman OHP releases name of man killed in Blaine County wreck
From Staff ReportsLONGDALE — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has identified a man who died in a single-vehicle wreck on Dec.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 15, 2017
Shopping small is trending in Oklahoma City as the holidays near | Oklahoma Gazette Shopping small is trending in Oklahoma City as the holidays near
In the age of e-commerce and low prices at big-box stores, is OKC supporting local retailers?
Oklahoma Gazette | December 15, 2017
OKC Central Chat transcript, December 15, 2017 | The Oklahoman OKC Central Chat transcript, December 15, 2017
The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 9:30 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 15, 2017
DA clears Lindsay police officer in fatal Taser incident | The Oklahoman DA clears Lindsay police officer in fatal Taser incident
By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.comPURCELL — A Lindsay police officer was cleared of wrongdoing in the death of a suicidal man who caught fire after being hit with a Taser. McClain County District Attorney Greg Mashburn found Officer Brian Guthrie acted appropriately.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 15, 2017
A BREED APART: Edmond horseman enters Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame | The Oklahoman A BREED APART: Edmond horseman enters Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame
By Eriech Tapia For The OklahomanEDMOND — C.R. Trout often recalls the days he spent going to the racetrack with his father nearly 30 years ago. On Friday night, Trout will be recognized as one of Oklahoma's best horse trainers and breeders when he will be inducted into the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame at Remington Park. Trout will be joined in the 2017 Hall of Fame class by jockey Luis Quinonez of Jones, trainer Joe Offolter of Blanchard and Tulsa broadcaster Chris Lincoln.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 15, 2017
Plugging in: Oklahoma energy briefs for Dec. 15. | The Oklahoman Plugging in: Oklahoma energy briefs for Dec. 15.
Energy Index climbs in October Slow and steady growth in Oklahoma's oil and natural gas industry has spurred the Oklahoma Energy Index upward. The latest index increased to 174.8 using data collected in October, up 1.1 percent from the previous month and up 11 percent from one year ago.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 15, 2017
School reports fewer flu absences | The Oklahoman School reports fewer flu absences
By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.comYUKON — Central Elementary reported 25 fewer flu-related absences Thursday when the school reopened to students, Yukon Public Schools Superintendent Jason Simeroth said. Approximately 115 children — 30 percent of students — missed school or went home sick Tuesday, Simeroth said. "Things went well.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 15, 2017
Q&A with Jesse Chapel: With reform looming, taxpayers should consider accelerated mortgage payments, charitable contributions and more | The Oklahoman Q&A with Jesse Chapel: With reform looming, taxpayers should consider accelerated mortgage payments, charitable contributions and more
Taxpayers should consider accelerated mortgage payments, charitable contributions, more Q: Congress has indicated that it hopes to have final tax reform legislation on the President's desk by Christmas.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 15, 2017
Davis police investigating after student, former teacher apply for marriage license | The Oklahoman Davis police investigating after student, former teacher apply for marriage license
From Staff ReportsDAVIS — Police are investigating a relationship between a former Davis Public Schools teacher and a 16-year-old student.Officers launched the investigation after being notified of the relationship involving Cassandra White, 34, and the student on Nov.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 15, 2017
Oklahoma man accused of keeping stepdaughter captive for 19 years fathered her nine children, feds say | The Oklahoman Oklahoma man accused of keeping stepdaughter captive for 19 years fathered her nine children, feds say
By TIM TALLEY , Associated PressOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico and elsewhere while fathering her nine children. Henri Michelle Piette is accused of kidnapping Rosalynn Michelle McGinnis in 1995 or 1996 and traveling with the intent to have sex with her, according to an indictment a grand jury in Muskogee, Oklahoma, handed up Wednesday. The Associated Press generally doesn't identify people who say they have been sexually abused, but McGinnis has discuss
The Oklahoman | December 15, 2017
30 minutes, 4 calls: Tulsa police handle bomb threat, bank robbery, kidnapping call and purse snatching | The Oklahoman 30 minutes, 4 calls: Tulsa police handle bomb threat, bank robbery, kidnapping call and purse snatching
By Reece Ristau Tulsa WorldCalls were pouring into the Tulsa Police Department on Wednesday morning. Within a 30-minute span, dispatchers received reports about a bomb threat at an elementary school, a car theft and kidnapping, a bank robbery and a purse snatching.  “That’s just crazy timing,” Tulsa Police robbery Sgt.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
Oklahoma County jail assault results in a criminal charge | The Oklahoman Oklahoma County jail assault results in a criminal charge
By Kyle Schwab and Nolan Clay Staff WritersAn April assault on an Oklahoma County jail inmate, who died after being repeatedly shot with pepper ball guns by detention officers, has resulted in a criminal charge. Colton Ray, 26, and Brian Harrison, 33, were charged Thursday with felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
Humphreys: No plans to resign from OU Regents | The Oklahoman Humphreys: No plans to resign from OU Regents
By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.comEmbattled former Mayor Kirk Humphreys told The Oklahoman on Thursday he has no plans to resign as Vice Chairman of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents or from any other boards. "I intend to continue on all of the boards on which I currently serve," Humphreys said in a text message. Humphreys, a businessman, also is chairman of the John Rex Charter Elementary School board and serves on the Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
Bixby substitute teacher arrested following alleged plans of sexual encounter with student | The Oklahoman Bixby substitute teacher arrested following alleged plans of sexual encounter with student
By Harrison Grimwood Tulsa WorldPolice arrested a Bixby substitute teacher Wednesday on allegations she attempted to plan a sexual rendezvous with a student. Anna Ruth Lewis, 22, allegedly communicated with a high school student through social media apps, including Instagram and Snapchat, according to a probable cause affidavit. "The messages included communications about attempting to meet the minor child for oral and physical sex acts," Bixby Police Officer Jerry Francis states in the affidavit. Read the full story from the Tulsa World. Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
Thursday a bit cooler in Oklahoma City | The Oklahoman Thursday a bit cooler in Oklahoma City
From Staff ReportsCooler weather is in the Thursday forecast for Oklahoma City, the National Weather Service reports.The Oklahoma City forecast follows:Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high near 50.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
Authorities searching for man after Luther officer stabbed Thursday | The Oklahoman Authorities searching for man after Luther officer stabbed Thursday
From Staff ReportsLUTHER — Authorities are searching for a man they say stabbed a Luther police officer Thursday afternoon.Mark Opgrande, spokesman for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, said the officer was conducting a traffic stop near NE 164 and Dobbs Road when he was reportedly stabbed in his arm.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
The Morning Brew: Oklahomans are getting the flu | The Oklahoman The Morning Brew: Oklahomans are getting the flu
By Matt PattersonOklahomans are getting the fluWe're barely halfway through December but already flu season is underway in Oklahoma in a major way.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
Achievers: Three area high school sophomores earn Eagle Scout rank | The Oklahoman Achievers: Three area high school sophomores earn Eagle Scout rank
Three area high school sophomores were recently honored for earning the highest achievement in Boy Scouts, the rank of Eagle.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
Yukon man arrested on child sex abuse complaint | The Oklahoman Yukon man arrested on child sex abuse complaint
From Staff ReportsEL RENO — A 44-year-old Yukon man was arrested Tuesday after being accused of sexually abusing a girl for a decade.The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office was notified after the victim told school officials about the abuse.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
Man who led authorities on recent pursuit arrested again on stolen vehicle complaint | The Oklahoman Man who led authorities on recent pursuit arrested again on stolen vehicle complaint
By Robert MedleyA man who led law officers on a recent pursuit in a stolen vehicle and broadcast himself live on Facebook during a November chase has been arrested again in Oklahoma City on a stolen car complaint.Brenton Hager, 25, had been released from the Oklahoma County jail on bail after being arrested in a November pursuit that ended with him driving a stolen car into a pond. About 3:45 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
LIVE: Health Department in crisis | The Oklahoman LIVE: Health Department in crisis
Get live updates from the hearing today regarding the crisis surrounding the state Health DepartmentRead more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
El Reno man dead in Oklahoma collision | The Oklahoman El Reno man dead in Oklahoma collision
From Staff ReportsAn El Reno man died Wednesday in a Kingfisher County collision, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.Leobardo Maldonado, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene about 6:22  a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
Flu outbreak closes Yukon school | The Oklahoman Flu outbreak closes Yukon school
By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.comYUKON — Central Elementary will reopen to students on Thursday, a day after a flu outbreak resulted in the school's closure. Approximately 114 children, or 30 percent of students, missed school or went home sick Tuesday, Yukon Public Schools Superintendent Jason Simeroth said Wednesday. Five teachers who complained of flu-like symptoms, including fever and vomiting, also went home sick.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
Secret Santa donates to local school | The Oklahoman Secret Santa donates to local school
By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.comSanta and his trusty sidekick, Buddy the Elf, brought the holiday spirit with them to Hawthorne Elementary School on Wednesday, surprising about 500 students with candy canes and donated gifts. The duo handed out bags filled with hats, gloves, blankets and dental supplies donated by a secret Santa, Oklahoma City district officials said. School board member Mark Mann and representatives from Freightliner, who donated the trucks that brought the items, also handed out goodies on the last day before winter break for students across the district. R
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
At a glance: Cotter Ranch Tower | The Oklahoman At a glance: Cotter Ranch Tower
Cotter Ranch Tower Liberty Bank was one of two banking powerhouses (along with rival First National Bank) when it built a 36-story headquarters at 100 N Broadway in 1971 as an Urban Renewal-spurred building spree got underway in the early 1970s. Christened “Liberty Tower,” the building was the tallest in Oklahoma City for 40 years and was a center of power with its members-only Petroleum Club on the top three floors.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
Holiday event honors principals, teachers | The Oklahoman Holiday event honors principals, teachers
The Putnam City High School Wind Ensemble played at a holiday event last week honoring district principals and teachers of the year.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
OKC Animal Welfare reduces adoption fees for holidays | The Oklahoman OKC Animal Welfare reduces adoption fees for holidays
FROM STAFF REPORTSThose seeking a pet during the holidays can take advantage of reduced adoption fees and help a homeless pet find a family with OKC Animal Welfare's “Feline Navidad” and “Hounds for the Holidays” promotion. Dogs, puppies and kittens are available for adoption for $30, half the usual price.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
Shop With a Cop treats children to day of holiday shopping | The Oklahoman Shop With a Cop treats children to day of holiday shopping
By Thomas Maupin For The OklahomanMOORE — For 30 children, Saturday morning was a time to get into the holiday spirit and do some shopping.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
Chill doesn't keep kids from Santa | The Oklahoman Chill doesn't keep kids from Santa
By Thomas Maupin For The OklahomanMOORE — Families ignored Saturday morning's cool temperatures to take part in the second annual Breakfast With Santa. The event was held inside The Station at Central Park, 700 S Broadway. Assistant City Manager Todd Jenson said paid attendance for the breakfast was 361 people.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
Table Tennis Club looks to expand membership in new space | The Oklahoman Table Tennis Club looks to expand membership in new space
By Whitney Bryen For The OklahomanWARR ACRES — Table tennis tables are generally the only stable part of the game as players maneuver side to side swinging their paddles and chasing a quick-moving white ball.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
Two former Oklahoma County jailers charged with assault related to inmate death | The Oklahoman Two former Oklahoma County jailers charged with assault related to inmate death
By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.comTwo former Oklahoma County jailers have been charged with assault after an investigation into the death of an inmate who was repeatedly shot by pepper balls. Colton Ray, 26, and Brian Harrison, 33, were charged Thursday with felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. At the time of the April incident, both were assigned to a special reaction team in the jail, records show. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said he found the defendants' actions were "without justifiable or excusable cause" when they shot the inmate with pepp
The Oklahoman | December 14, 2017
Landmark downtown OKC tower set to be sold as part of bankruptcy filing | The Oklahoman Landmark downtown OKC tower set to be sold as part of bankruptcy filing
Steve LackmeyerCotter Ranch Tower, known to be in financial distress since the death of its owner in January, is now in bankruptcy court and set to be sold as part of a Chapter 11 filing this week. The filing, which anticipates liquidation and sale of the building, was filed Monday with the U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of Texas. The filing by bankruptcy attorney Anthony Hervol provided a list of creditors with top claims being Veolia Energy, $166,677; CBRE, $66,635; Otis Elevator Company, $43,099; Precision Mechanical, $41,295; and the City of Oklahoma City, $28,721. T
The Oklahoman | December 13, 2017
With Santa Fe Station renovations complete, the focus is on connecting more modes of transit to the hub | Oklahoma Gazette With Santa Fe Station renovations complete, the focus is on connecting more modes of transit to the hub
With Santa Fe Depot renovations complete, the focus is on connecting more modes of transit to the hub.
Oklahoma Gazette | December 13, 2017
Ninnekah man dies Wednesday in I-44 collision in McClain County, Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports | The Oklahoman Ninnekah man dies Wednesday in I-44 collision in McClain County, Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports
From Staff ReportsNEWCASTLE -- A Ninnekah man died Wednesday in a McClain County collision when he tried to make an improper U-turn, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.Sean D. McCoy, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene of a 4:35 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 13, 2017
Westbound I-44 reopens Wednesday in McClain County, Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports | The Oklahoman Westbound I-44 reopens Wednesday in McClain County, Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports
From Staff ReportsNEWCASTLE -- Westbound lanes of Interstate 44 have reopened Wednesday in McClain County after a wreck, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.The wreck was reported about 5 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 13, 2017
The Morning Brew: Doug Jones stuns Roy Moore in Alabama race | The Oklahoman The Morning Brew: Doug Jones stuns Roy Moore in Alabama race
By Matt PattersonMoore loses hotly contested senate raceThe hotly contested race for Jeff Sessions' old senate seat came to an end Tuesday night, with Democrat Doug Jones taking the seat.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 13, 2017
OU Regents meet, take no action on Kirk Humphreys | The Oklahoman OU Regents meet, take no action on Kirk Humphreys
By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.comEmbattled Vice Chairman Kirk Humphreys did not attend Tuesday's University of Oklahoma Board of Regents meeting in Oklahoma City. About 100 of his detractors did, however, and most called for Humphreys to resign or the board remove him for comments he made on a Sunday morning talk show that appeared to connect homosexuality to pedophilia. They got neither. Panel members adjourned without publicly acknowledging Humphreys or his remarks or recognizing students who packed the meeting in protest. Some said they felt slighted, including J.D. Baker,
The Oklahoman | December 13, 2017
Edmond approves tennis center management agreement | The Oklahoman Edmond approves tennis center management agreement
By Eriech Tapia For The OklahomanEDMOND — A new Kickingbird Tennis Center management agreement was approved this week after revisions were requested, paving the way to a groundbreaking on a new tennis center. New changes were included in the agreement passed by the Edmond City Council, including changes to the hours of operation. “We tried to clear up a few points that came up from the advisory board,” said Assistant City Manager Steve Commons. “We did not agree on everything, but the things we did not agree on we will continue to work on,” he said. The agreement had been scheduled t
The Oklahoman | December 13, 2017
Neighbors aspires to give voters an option for mayor | The Oklahoman Neighbors aspires to give voters an option for mayor
By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.comTaylor Neighbors says Oklahoma City's next mayor needs to lead the city toward a future in which it competes globally and benchmarks its progress against the world's best cities. Oklahoma City needs to "be right behind New York City and San Francisco when it comes to innovation and be the dominant power in middle America," she said. The 21-year-old University of Oklahoma student is one of three candidates who filed for the Feb.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 13, 2017
Q&A with Lauren Oldham: Mental health workplace claims rising | The Oklahoman Q&A with Lauren Oldham: Mental health workplace claims rising
Mental health workplace claims rise Q: Why has there been a surge in mental health disability discrimination claims? A: One in four American adults will suffer from a mental health impairment, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports a surge in the number of mental health disability discrimination claims being made as more employees become aware of their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 13, 2017
Norman's annual Christmas parade lights up Main Street | The Oklahoman Norman's annual Christmas parade lights up Main Street
By Whitney Bryen For The OklahomanNORMAN — Multicolored strands of lights decorated Main Street on Saturday night during Norman's annual Christmas parade, which kicked off later than usual this year. This fall, parade organizers announced that the parade would begin at 5 p.m., instead of its traditional 10 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 13, 2017
Oklahoma City's own Upside Down | The Oklahoman Oklahoma City's own Upside Down
Photos and story by Doug Hoke For LOOKatOKCThe Underground is a metaphor for downtown Oklahoma City. On the surface, the city is a cold and drab place during the winter months.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | December 13, 2017
Gubernatorial candidate Connie Johnson gets unexpected boost from Alabama Senate election | The Oklahoman Gubernatorial candidate Connie Johnson gets unexpected boost from Alabama Senate election
By Randy Krehbiel Tulsa WorldFormer state Sen. Connie Johnson's gubernatorial campaign was an unexpected — and unlikely — beneficiary of Tuesday's special U.S. Senate election in Alabama. A long-shot candidate to win the 2018 Democratic primary, much less the general election, Johnson was one of five black female candidates to get $10 donations and a social media boost from Jeff Yang, a New York-based writer and marketing expert. Yang asked his Twitter followers for their five favorite "black woman candidates" in honor of the high percentage of black women who voted in the Alabama election
The Oklahoman | December 13, 2017