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4 High School Wrestlers Accused of Raping Teammates

Authorities say boys, 12 and 16, were attacked on bus

(Newser) - Four high school wrestlers in Oklahoma have been charged with rape over what prosecutors describe as a very disturbing incident on a team bus after a tournament in January. According to prosecutors, the students—18-year-old Tanner Shipman and three others under 18—restrained and assaulted a 16-year-old student at the... More »

Case of Teen Girls Missing Since 1999 Gets Fresh Look

The night Ashley Freeman's parents were killed, she and Lauria Bible disappeared

(Newser) - On the penultimate evening of 1999, Danny and Kathy Freeman were shot to death in their mobile home just outside of Welch, Okla., and their home was set on fire. But when police arrived on the scene, the Freemans' daughter, Ashley, and her best friend Lauria Bible, both 16 and... More »

Bank President, Suspect Dead After Oklahoma Bank Robbery

Bank president shot, suspect killed during police pursuit

(Newser) - A bank president was fatally shot during a robbery Thursday in eastern Oklahoma, officials said, and one of two suspects in the bank robbery was killed after an ensuing car chase. FBI spokesman Terry Weber told the Oklahoman that a bank employee was killed during the robbery about 10am at... More »

Headless Body of Famous Elk Found in Oklahoma

A $1K reward has been offered for information in Hollywood's death

(Newser) - The 8-year-old bull elk was photographed so often by visitors to an Oklahoma nature preserve he was dubbed "Hollywood." But the final photo of the creature is a grisly one: a shot of its headless carcass (graphic image here ). The elk, which lived on the Nature Conservancy'... More »

Woman Whose Home Caught Fire Cheers America Up

Tulsa's Michelle Dobyne, other complex residents stay cheerful after blaze

(Newser) - When News on 6 reporters got to the scene of a fire at an Oklahoma apartment complex on Sunday, they figured they'd find residents "miserable and upset." But while firefighters doused the blaze at Tulsa's Casa Linda complex, they couldn't put out the positive vibe... More »

Wife: Country Singer Fought His Way Out of Water

Strickland felt no pain at the end, she says

(Newser) - Country singer Craig Strickland didn't suffer in his last moments, his grieving wife says. In an Instagram post made after the singer's body was found on Monday , Helen Strickland shared details of the death of her husband, who perished on a Dec. 27 duck hunting trip when his... More »

Body of Country Singer Found After Storm

Craig Strickland had been missing a week

(Newser) - His wife was still holding out hope a week after his disappearance, but the search for country singer Craig Strickland has ended with the discovery of his body, reports ABC News . The news came via the Oklahoma State Patrol, though details remained scarce. The 29-year-old went missing on Dec. 27... More »

Girl, 2, Dead After Swallowing Battery

Brianna Florer's parents thought she was just a little unwell

(Newser) - Brianna Florer went from playing with her siblings and opening Christmas presents at her grandparents' house Saturday to throwing up blood the next day—and by Sunday night, she was dead. The Oklahoma 2-year-old had been suffering a low-grade fever for a few days, but "on Saturday she was... 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 »

A Prophetic Tweet, Then a Country Singer Goes Missing

Craig Strickland went duck hunting in Oklahoma during Winter Storm Goliath

(Newser) - Craig Strickland of Arkansas country music band Backroad Anthem set out on a hunting trip north of Tulsa over the weekend in the midst of a winter storm . "In case we don't come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks,"... More »

Severe Storms Hit Several States

Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, among the hardest hit

(Newser) - Severe storms are continuing to strike several states on Sunday. Among the dramatic winter weather noted in media reports:
  • Oklahoma is seeing a range of precipitation, from blowing and drifting snow in the Panhandle to heavy, flood-inducing rains in the east part of the state. National Weather Service meteorologist Jonathan
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'F--k Cops' Tattoo Helps Nail Oklahoma Robbery Suspect

The horns on the suspect's head didn't help, either

(Newser) - It wasn't that difficult for cops to track down two suspects after an Oklahoma man called in a robbery attempt on Friday: one suspect was the victim's ex-girlfriend, while the other sported face tattoos that are hard to miss, the Tulsa World reports. The unnamed victim told cops... More »

Man Arrested in Okla. Highway Shooting Spree That Killed 2

Man fired on vehicles as he drove west: cops

(Newser) - Two people are dead after a man opened fire on vehicles while driving west through three counties in western Oklahoma early Thursday, reports the Oklahoman . Police say the shooting spree started on I-40 in Canadian County around midnight and continued into Caddo and Custer counties as the shooter drove some... More »

Cops: Man Crashes Into Hotel After Bill Dispute

He allegedly reversed in order to hit the lobby again

(Newser) - A man shown in a surveillance video crashing his pickup into the front desk of a northwestern Oklahoma hotel and nearly hitting two women is facing charges. The Enid News and Eagle reports the incident happened last Thursday at Alva Comfort Inn and Suites after a bill dispute. Police say... 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 »

Woman Hunts for Sweatshirt Over 1K Miles Away

The sentimental item was donated to Goodwill by mistake

(Newser) - Alison Williams is willing to pay cash or offer up some "good ole' fashioned Canadian maple syrup" if someone can help her track down a very special sweatshirt in Oklahoma, per her post on Reddit . The Toronto woman is on a mission to help her best friend of 20... 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 »

Oklahoma Prisons Boss Quits After Botched Executions

Nothing to do with investigations, spokeswoman says

(Newser) - The head of Oklahoma's prison system, who presided over two botched lethal injections and a third that was called off because the wrong drug was delivered , announced his resignation Friday amid an investigation into what went wrong with the executions. Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton said in a... More »

College Chief Goes Off on 'Narcissistic' Students

Oklahoma Wesleyan U's president tells students to 'grow up,' stop playing victim

(Newser) - If you're planning on attending religious services at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, don't expect any "trigger warnings" before the sermon. That's the message of university President Dr. Everett Piper, who went off in a recent blog post on "self-absorbed and narcissistic" students who he says play... More »

Deadly Weather Hits Central US for Holiday Weekend

At least 6 people have been reported dead since Thursday

(Newser) - Deadly weather hit the central US at the beginning of the holiday weekend, with at least six people reported dead across multiple states as of Friday morning. WFAA reports four fatalities due to heavy flooding in north Texas. One body was pulled from a submerged Hyundai after the driver apparently... More »

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