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Boy's Crossbow Killing Was No Accident: Cops

13-year-old boy is in custody in Oklahoma

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy is in custody on suspicion of murder in Oklahoma, where authorities say he shot a playmate with a crossbow after a "disagreement." Police in Lincoln County responded to a 911 call around 6pm Saturday and found 10-year-old Austin Almanza dead. He'd been shot with... More »

White Ex-Cop Guilty of Shooting Daughter's Black Boyfriend

Jury convicts Shannon Kepler of first-degree manslaughter

(Newser) - A white former Oklahoma police officer was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter's black boyfriend after jurors in three previous trials couldn't decide whether to find him guilty of murder. Jurors deliberated about six hours Wednesday night before finding ex-Tulsa officer Shannon... More »

Baby Found in Car Seat on Side of Highway

He is safe and in good health

(Newser) - A number of drivers on an Oklahoma interstate pulled over Saturday when they saw a disturbing sight on the side of the road: a baby strapped into a car seat. "I said, 'Please tell me that’s not what we think it is,'" Alexis Harrison, one... More »

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 »

7 Cops Injured in Oklahoma Shootout

Cops say kidnap suspect broke woman's wrists

(Newser) - Police say seven officers were injured during a weekend shootout in central Oklahoma, including one who remains hospitalized. Police initially said two officers were wounded Sunday as they tried to serve a search warrant following a kidnapping attempt in Chickasha, about 40 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, the AP reports.... More »

Attempted-Bombing Suspect's Family Is 'Flabbergasted' at FBI

Jerry Drake Varnell's parents says he has schizophrenia—and FBI took advantage

(Newser) - The family of the Oklahoma man accused of plotting to blow up a bank says they're "heartbroken" but stand by Jerry Drake Varnell—who got caught up in a situation spurred by his mental illness and only made possible with aid from the FBI. NewsOK posts a statement... 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 »

This State Has the Deadliest Weather

Nevada's sweltering temperatures can kill

(Newser) - If you can't stand the heat, stay far away from Nevada. Soaring temperatures caused the deaths of 50 people in Nevada in 2016 alone, making the state the deadliest in the country when it comes to weather, per 24/7 Wall St . The states with the most dangerous weather, based... More »

EPA's Scott Pruitt Spending Lots of His Time in Oklahoma

Travel records say he was there, or traveling there, half the spring

(Newser) - A watchdog group suggests that EPA chief Scott Pruitt is spending an awful lot of time in his home state of Oklahoma. The Environmental Integrity Project, which was created by former EPA officials, took a look at Pruitt's travel records from March to May and discovered that he spent... More »

Teacher Begs on Street Corner for Classroom Supply Money

Tulsa's Teresa Danks says she spends up to $3K of her $35K salary on supplies

(Newser) - She probably could've tried GoFundMe , but Teresa Danks came up with a different plan for raising money to buy supplies for her third-grade classroom: Stand on a corner in Tulsa, Okla., and beg for it. FOX23 reports on the unusual crowdfunding effort by the teacher, who says she spends... More »

Judge Orders Child Molester to Stop Living Near Victim

Harold English had moved in next-door upon his release from prison

(Newser) - A woman who was molested as a child by her uncle has won a measure of relief from a court in Oklahoma: Her molester must stop living next door to her. Last week, a judge ruled that Harold English, 65, cannot be within 1,000 feet of Danyelle Dyer, 21,... More »

5 Best, Worst States to Launch a Business

North Dakota is tops; New Jersey ranks lowest

(Newser) - "Location, location, location" has become a mantra in real estate, but it's also applicable if you're thinking of starting up your own business. WalletHub takes a close look at the business environment, business costs, and access to resources in all 50 states, diving deep into 20 various... More »

1 Dead After Shootout at Fireworks Stand

Police say two armed men tried to rob the business

(Newser) - The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says one person is dead after a shootout at a fireworks stand on the Fourth of July. The sheriff's office says the shootout happened after "two young males" tried to rob the Oklahoma fireworks stand Tuesday. Deputy Justin Green says both the... More »

Feds: Woman Used Craigslist to Find Actor to Kill Husband

Ad specified someone 'creative, outgoing, and friendly'

(Newser) - An Oklahoma woman is accused of trying to hire someone via Craigslist to travel to Israel and kill her ex-husband using ricin, the AP reports. Federal prosecutors charged 37-year-old Danielle Layman on Saturday with using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire. Prosecutors said in a news release that... More »

Cop Rescues Child Abuse Victim—Then Goes Further

'He's the reason why I'm here right now'

(Newser) - "That's a measure of a man—and a very good police officer," Poteau Police Chief Stephen Fruen says of Officer Jody Thompson. KFSM reports the Oklahoma police officer went above and beyond the call of duty by adopting the victim of a child abuse case. Back in... More »

A Man Sent Sexual Messages to a Teen. Her Dad Took Action

'[He] walked into the wrong backyard,' Oklahoma father says

(Newser) - A father in Oklahoma decided to take matters into his own hands after an app let him know that his teen daughter was swapping sexually charged messages with a 33-year-old man. Per KOCO , the unidentified Del City dad had installed the FamilyTime app, which helps parents keep tabs on their... More »

Child Molester Allowed to Live Next Door to His Victim

Danyelle Dyer hoping to change law in Oklahoma

(Newser) - Earlier this month, 21-year-old Danyelle Dyer happened to see her new next-door neighbor in Bristow, Oklahoma, out mowing the lawn. As she tells People , Dyer instantly recognized him—he'd been convicted of molesting her 14 years earlier. Dyer and her parents sought the help of authorities to make Harold... More »

This Is America's Safest State

Vermont is A-OK, Mississippi not so much

(Newser) - Drug problems aside , living in Vermont is your safest bet to stay safe, according to WalletHub . The site reviewed a variety of data falling under the categories of personal, financial, workplace, and road safety, as well as emergency preparedness, to give the states a safety score out of 100,... More »

Cops: Neighbor Killed Man Trying to Drown Twin Babies

Cash Freeman fears he may face charges

(Newser) - On a 911 call, a woman told dispatchers that a man was threatening to kill her and her 3-month-old twins. Then came the sound of screaming. Authorities say 27-year-old Leland Foster had forced his way into the home in Ada, Okla., where his estranged wife and twin son and daughter... More »

Tulsa Officer Who Said Man's 'Death Is His Fault' Acquitted

Jury hands down not guilty verdict for Betty Shelby in Terence Crutcher case

(Newser) - Protesters gathered on the streets of Tulsa Wednesday night after a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man whose car had stalled was acquitted of manslaughter. The jury took more than eight hours to deliver a not guilty verdict for Betty Shelby, who shot 40-year-old father of... More »

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