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Police Fatally Shoot Man Who Ignored Orders. He Was Deaf

Magdiel Sanchez was killed Tuesday when officers showed up at his home

(Newser) - Police fatally shot a 35-year-old deaf man Tuesday night in Oklahoma City while neighbors screamed at officers that the man couldn't hear their commands, the New York Daily News reports. Police say Magdiel Sanchez's father was behind the wheel of a car that hit an object and didn'... More »

Oklahoma Man Dialed Number to Detonate a Bomb. Nothing

The FBI says it had been onto Jerry Drake Varnell for months

(Newser) - The FBI on Saturday arrested a 23-year-old man who authorities say attempted to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van outside an Oklahoma bank. Officials say Jerry Drake Varnell of Sayre, Okla., was arrested around 1am after he twice dialed a number on a cellphone that he believed would... More »

Grandma Gets Life for Dressing as Witch to 'Torture' 7-Year-Old

Her boyfriend, a demon named Coogro, was sentenced to 30 years

(Newser) - A 51-year-old woman who dressed as a witch named Nelda to "repeatedly torture" her 7-year-old granddaughter received three life sentences Thursday, the Oklahoman reports. Geneva Robinson of Oklahoma City pleaded guilty to five counts of felony child abuse. The assistant DA says Robinson's granddaughter spent months living in... More »

Cops Hunting Man in Boy's Failed Abduction

He grabbed 8-year-old in Oklahoma City: police

(Newser) - Oklahoma City police have released surveillance photos of a man involved in an apparent failed abduction in the hope that the public will help identify him. The man—Hispanic or Native American, heavy set, and about 6 feet tall—was seen grabbing an 8-year-old boy at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds... More »

Bomb Scare on Boston Celtics Plane

Team lands safely in Oklahoma City, no bomb found

(Newser) - The Boston Celtics got a scare when they were told of a bomb threat on their private flight to Oklahoma City. The Boston Globe reports the plane landed safely around 5:00pm at Will Rogers World Airport, where players were told to leave their bags and proceed to their hotel.... More »

Cops: Okla. Airport Gunman Was Ex-Southwest Worker

He quit after refusing alcohol test last year

(Newser) - A man who gunned down a Southwest Airlines employee outside of Oklahoma City's airport likely did so in retaliation for having lost his own job with the airline last year, police said Wednesday. Lloyd Dean Buie, 45, killed 52-year-old Michael Winchester on Tuesday as Winchester was leaving work and... More »

Cops: Oklahoma Airport Murder Wasn't Random

Victim is the father of a Kansas City Chiefs player

(Newser) - Oklahoma City police investigators are trying to figure out why a man waited to gun down an airline employee outside Will Rogers World Airport in an ambush that prompted authorities to shut down the state's busiest airport for hours. Police Capt. Paco Balderrama says the suspected shooter was found... More »

Southwest Employee Killed in Airport Shooting

All flights have been canceled at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City

(Newser) - A Southwest Airlines employee has died after being shot at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, the AP reports. Southwest spokesperson Brandy King confirmed the victim was an employee and says in a news release that the airline is cancelling all flights scheduled to depart Oklahoma City for the... More »

Curious Dog Eats Super Glue, Gets Great Souvenir

'Just a small amount had just swollen up to the size of a turkey leg'

(Newser) - An Oklahoma City family has a permanent memento of the time their 6-month-old Weimaraner ate a bottle of Gorilla Glue: a perfect mold of the dog's stomach. CNN reports Lake made a snack of the partially full bottle of super glue she found in the trash last Thursday and... More »

Arby's Bacon Thief Said He Was From the Future: Cops

Would-be Chuck Norris 'kicked crap out of' cars

(Newser) - If we were able to time-travel, our first pit stop in the past might aspire higher than fast food—but even time-travelers have to eat, and we bring you the case of Dante Rashad Anderson. The 36-year-old is being accused of robbery, assault and battery, and destruction of property after... More »

Teacher's Letter to 'Inept' Lawmakers Goes Viral

He says Oklahoma lawmakers encourage cycle of poverty

(Newser) - Steven Wedel teaches high school English in Oklahoma City, and in a blog post that's gone viral , he describes the tough lives many of his students lead. "Over 90% of the kids in my high school are on the free or reduced lunch programs," he writes. "... More »

14 Years Later, They Found Her Purse

Julie Curry's lost bag turns up in the ceiling of a bank in Oklahoma

(Newser) - In a case of better late than never, a purse that went missing more than a decade ago has been found in the ceiling of a bank in Oklahoma City. Now the bag is headed back to its owner, Julie Curry, who now lives in Cherokee, Kan., KFOR reports. Curry'... More »

Ex-Cop Gets 263 Years for Raping Women While on Patrol

His petition for a new trial was denied

(Newser) - A former police officer accused of raping more than a dozen women while on patrol will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being sentenced to 263 years in prison on Thursday, NBC News reports. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, was charged in 2014 and found guilty on 18 of... More »

Oklahoma Quake Knocks Out Power to 4.4K Homes

State regulators want more restrictions on oil and gas operators

(Newser) - A strong, 4.3-magnitude earthquake woke many people in the Oklahoma City area early Tuesday and knocked out power to thousands of homes, the latest in a series of temblors that's prompted state regulators to call for more restrictions on oil and gas operators. The quake struck at 5:... More »

Okla. Cop's Rape Victims Want Civil Suit

7 of 13 victims suing Daniel Holtzclaw, Oklahoma City in class-action suit

(Newser) - Attorneys for several women who accused former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw of sexual assault asked a federal judge on Monday to allow a civil case to move forward now that a jury found him guilty of rape and other charges. Attorneys for the women filed an application to... More »

Victim of Rapist Cop: 'Please Sir, Don't Make Me Do This'

Jannie Ligons says cop remained on duty during investigation

(Newser) - "He just picked the wrong lady to stop that night." That's what 59-year-old grandmother Jannie Ligons says of the June 18, 2014, traffic stop in which Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw forced her to perform oral sex, reports NBC News . "I was afraid for my... More »

Oklahoma Ex-Cop Guilty of On-Duty Rapes

Holtzclaw preyed on women he met while on patrol

(Newser) - An Oklahoma City ex-cop who preyed on women in the communities he was supposed to be protecting has been found guilty on a slew of sex charges and could be going to prison for life. Prosecutors said Daniel Holtzclaw—whose victims ranged in age from 17 to 57—targeted women... More »

Hobby Lobby Clan Suspected of Looting Iraq Antiquities

4-year federal probe looks into whether ancient tablets were smuggled into US

(Newser) - The Museum of the Bible being built in DC by the Christian family behind one of the nation's biggest arts-and-crafts retailers is coming along nicely. Maybe too nicely, per law enforcement sources, who tell the Daily Beast that the Green family—the ones whose Hobby Lobby chain claimed a... More »

With Pet Cemetery Doomed, a Classy Act Emerges

Animal-loving state engineer hopes to relocate all grave markers

(Newser) - A highway expansion in Oklahoma City will wipe out an old pet cemetery, but the more unusual part of the story is the effort that state officials are making out of respect to the animals. They're reaching out to the public—a construction engineer put up an ad on... More »

Behind Chalkboard, an Enchanting Century-Old Find

Construction uncovers lessons from 1917

(Newser) - Chalkboard drawings are made to be erased, but a set of them at an Oklahoma City high school managed to outlive all the teachers and students involved. Workers at Emerson High School removing old chalkboards were amazed to find another set of chalkboards underneath that had not been touched since... More »

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