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Father Who Said Daughter Killed Herself Faces Trial

Cops say his story doesn't add up

(Newser) - An Oklahoma father who claimed his daughter fatally shot herself in the face while playing with a gun is going to stand trial for her murder. At a hearing Monday, a police detective in Norman testified that father Ronald Lee McMullen Jr.'s version of events is physically impossible,... More »

'Extremely Valuable' Cold Case Find: a Crate

New leads in 1999 disappearance follow discovery of case files

(Newser) - The disappearance of two teenage girls in Oklahoma 18 years ago is getting renewed attention—and the case is potentially making progress—thanks to the lucky discovery of an old crate. Craig County Sheriff Heath Winfrey was moving into the Sheriff’s Office in 2017 when he found a crate... More »

Bioterror Tests Planned Near Graves of Native American Kids

Five tribes are opposing the Department of Homeland Security's plans

(Newser) - Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the US Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government's plan, saying the agency didn't inform them about chemicals it plans to release on grounds the tribes consider sacred because more... More »

Woman: Stepdad Kidnapped Me, Fathered My 9 Kids

She says she wasn't even a teen when he first raped her

(Newser) - A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for more than 20 years in Mexico and elsewhere while fathering her nine children. Henri Piette is accused of kidnapping Rosalynn McGinnis in 1995 or 1996, per a grand jury... More »

Prosecutors: Dentist Did More Than Kill Mistress's Toddler

They say dentist Bert Franklin tried to have boy's mother killed

(Newser) - Jury selection on Bert Franklin's murder trial didn't begin Monday as planned—because things took a dark and unexpected turn. KFOR explains the married Tulsa dentist is to stand trial for the July 2016 death of Lincoln Lewis, the 19-month-old child of the woman he'd been dating... More »

3 People Car Surf Atop a Packed SUV. One Ends Up Dead

There were as many as 10 people inside the Jeep Cherokee

(Newser) - What's more dangerous than carrying at least a dozen people in one Jeep Cherokee? Having three of the passengers "car surf" on its roof. That's what the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says was the case near Pitcher around 3pm Saturday; the car swerved off a gravel road, careened... More »

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 »

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