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  • Former State Senator Ralph Shortey appears in court on child prostitution charges

    NORMAN – A former state senator facing child prostitution charges made an appearance in court this afternoon. Ralph Shortey, a Republican from Oklahoma City who represented the state’s 44th senate district, was charged last week in Cleveland County with three counts relating to child prostitution. He turned himself in last Thursday and has been out on bond since. He faces three felony counts of engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting a minor for […]

  • Perry principal motion hearing in child abuse case rescheduled; State Board of Education meets to discuss civil suit

    PERRY, Okla. — A motion hearing for a Perry school principal charged with failing to report child abuse or neglect will have to wait until next month. Kenda Miller appeared in court Thursday morning for an appeals motion by the state asking the judge, Associate District Judge Nikki Leach, in the case to recuse himself. Leach allowed Miller’s attorney, Cheryl Ramsey, request for more time to respond to the appeal. A handful of parents of alleged victims and supporters sat […]

  • Oklahoma Senator Ralph Shortey submits resignation letter after being charged with engaging in child prostitution

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey submitted his resignation letter to Senate leadership Wednesday afternoon, less than a week after child prostitution charges were filed against him. His attorney, Ed Blau, provided NewsChannel 4 with Shortey’s resignation letter: Dear Governor Fallin, I hereby resign effective immediately from the Senate of the State of Oklahoma. It has been my honor to serve the constituents of the 44th Senate District since 2010.  I appreciate the service the men and women of the Oklahoma Senate […]

  • Oklahoma senator under investigation hires attorney, set to resign and be arraigned

    OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma senator under investigation has now hired an attorney, is set to resign and be arraigned. Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey has hired Ed Blau to defend him, the attorney told NewsChannel 4 on Monday evening. Three felony charges were filed against the senator recently – including engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting a minor for prostitution. Blau also told us Shortey is set to resign from the senate later […]

  • Sen. Shortey child prostitution charges raising questions on past public comments

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma State Sen. Ralph Shortey was a visible face since his election in 2010, becoming known for authoring some controversial legislation. You may remember him authoring SB 1418 in the 2012 legislative session which prohibited “the manufacture or sale of food or products which use aborted human fetuses,” that never passed out of committee. Sen. Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, was charged in Cleveland County, Okla., Thursday with several counts of child prostitution. The charges stem from a Moore […]

  • Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey turns himself in after being charged with engaging in child prostitution

    MOORE, Okla. – Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey has turned himself in after being charged with engaging in child prostitution Thursday. Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn filed three felony charges against Shortey, including engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting a minor for prostitution. On Wednesday, the Moore Police Department released a redacted report containing details of the incident at a motel between Shortey and a 17-year-old. When police went to check on […]

  • Officials urging preparedness ahead of severe weather season

    OKLAHOMA CITY – It may seem hard to think of, but storm season is just around the corner. Which is why officials said now is the best time to become familiar with your emergency preparedness plan or put one in place. Len Branch and his storm shelter installation business, Oklahoma Shelters, is no stranger to busy schedules this time of year. “We put 20 in a week,” Branch said at the showroom storefront he shares with another storm shelter company […]

  • Northwest side church responds after second noise complaint within a year

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Leaders of a church on the city’s northwest side said it’s an honor, of sorts, to be cited for a noise complaint but said it will work to address the issue. Rev. Joshua Aghasedo admits two of his church’s three weekly services (one a service, the other a prayer service) start at around 7 p.m. “What is a ministry?” said Aghasedo, who has held services in its office park suite since 2010. “A ministry means impact. A […]

  • Murder charge filed in connection with deadly wrong-way I-35 crash in Norman

    NORMAN, Okla. – A Del City man is facing a second-degree murder charge in connection with a deadly wrong-way crash in Norman early Monday morning. Authorities said Robert Norris, 33, was driving his Chevy Silverado pickup truck southbound in the northbound lanes of I-35 near Main St. in Norman around 3 a.m. when he crashed into a motorcyclist. Police said the motorcycle was being driven by Paul Campbell, 43. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Norris was not injured. […]

  • Alleged accomplices in Vance manhunt bound over for trial

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The three people suspected of helping the subject of a statewide manhunt, who was later shot and killed in a shootout with police, are bound over for trial. April Harden, 38; Reginald Moore, 35; and Danny Roach, 35, are charged in connection with helping Michael Vance. Vance reportedly shot two Wellston police officers before killing two family members and then shooting two more people in separate carjacking incidents. Vance also shot and wounded the Dewey County sheriff during a traffic stop […]

  • Despite cattle, property losses, rancher looking forward following fires: “We’ll be alright”

    HARPER COUNTY, Okla. – Days after wildfires threatened R.A. Bentley’s family’s long-time home, buildings and cattle, it wasn’t easy for him to conjure up the willingness to survey some of the damage he witnessed first-hand Monday evening. “As soon as sun rose on Tuesday morning, it’s kind of like you’re anxious for the sun to get up,” said Bentley. “I haven’t even went in that barn.” A new combine ready to go for his winter wheat crop, as well as […]