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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 »

Cherokees Sue: CVS, Walmart 'Flooded' Them With Opioids

Cherokee Nation files complaint against 6 companies in tribal court over Okla. 'epidemic'

(Newser) - Native American communities experience some of the highest substance-abuse rates in the US: Babies are born addicted to prescription drugs due to exposure in utero, while Native American high school students take OxyContin at much higher rates than other teens, per NPR . Now the Cherokee Nation is fighting back in... 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 »

No Charges for Man Who Killed 3 Teen Burglars

Alleged getaway driver pleads not guilty to murder

(Newser) - The 23-year-old man who shot three teenage burglars dead last week "acted in accordance with his rights as an Oklahoma citizen" and will not face criminal charges, authorities announced this week. Zach Peters, 23, opened fire with an AR-15 assault rifle when Jaykob Woodruff, 16, Jacob Redfearn, 17, and... More »

Teacher Suspected in Teen's Kidnapping Spotted at Walmart

Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas were caught on surveillance video

(Newser) - A 50-year-old teacher was caught on security cameras at a Walmart in Oklahoma two days after he allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in Tennessee, the Oklahoman reports. Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas are seen in the video—taken March 15 but not confirmed or released until Friday—using cash to... More »

Alleged Getaway Driver in Fatal Burglary: 'I Don't Blame Him'

Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez on man who shot and killed 3 suspects

(Newser) - Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez says she knows that a home burglary she's accused of taking part in earlier this week was "stupid" and "wrong"—and she doesn't blame a 23-year-old Oklahoma man for killing three of her alleged partners at the scene of that crime, ABC... More »

Girlfriend at Heart of Burglary That Ended With 3 Teens Dead

Elizabeth Rodriguez allegedly had prior knowledge of the Oklahoma home

(Newser) - Elizabeth Rodriguez believed there were pricey items inside the Broken Arrow, Okla., home of the Peters family. It was for precisely that reason that she planned the home invasion that would get her boyfriend and his two friends killed, police say, per Tulsa World . Rodriguez, 21, has admitted to breaking... More »

Cops: Homeowner's Son Killed 3 Teen Burglars

Getaway driver surrendered after Okla. shooting

(Newser) - Three teenage suspects are dead and their alleged getaway driver is in custody after what police in Broken Arrow, Okla., are calling an apparent home invasion. Police say that after the three suspects broke in through a glass door at the back of the home Monday afternoon, there was a... More »

Best and Worst US States for Women

Say aloha to Hawaii, ladies

(Newser) - Women often wear pink when they're demonstrating for equal rights, but they may want to swap that out for a rainbow-colored lei instead. MoveHub looked at a variety of factors—including a state's gender pay gap, educational equality, and documented instances of violence against women—to determine which... More »

Okla. State Senator Hit With Child Prostitution Charges

Cops say they found Ralph Shortey with 17-year-old boy in motel room smelling of pot

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey was suspended for "disorderly behavior." On Thursday, more details emerged as Shortey was charged with three felonies involving child prostitution, the Oklahoman reports. The charges came out of a police bust on March 9, when cops say they found Shortey at... More »

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