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  • Arkansas day care worker arrested after girl’s abuse report

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Police have arrested a northwestern Arkansas woman accused of abusing two children at a day care. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Corrine Lange surrendered to Bentonville police June 13. She was arrested on counts of third-degree assault. Police say a child told her mother June 5 that a Children’s Hour Daycare teacher held her against the wall until she couldn’t breathe for talking during nap time. Police say security footage shows Lange holding the child for 40 […]

  • Oklahoma ex-officer arrested on kidnapping, abuse complaints

    TULSA, Okla. – A former police officer from outside Oklahoma City has been arrested on allegations he kidnapped and abused a Florida woman he met online. The Tulsa World reports that James Otterbine was arrested June 12 on complaints of kidnapping and domestic abuse in the presence of a child. The 32-year-old remained in the Canadian County Jail as of Friday in lieu of a $30,000 bond. Court records don’t list an attorney. The county Sheriff’s Office says deputies were dispatched […]

  • Turkey charges father of NBA’s Enes Kanter as terror group member

    ISTANBUL – A Turkish court has accepted an indictment charging the father of NBA player Enes Kanter with “membership in a terror group,” the country’s official news agency reported Monday. The indictment followed an investigation of Mehmet Kanter, and prosecutors planned to seek his conviction and a prison term of five to 10 years a trial, Anadolu Agency said. It’s unclear when the trial in western Tekirdag province would begin. Enes Kanter, who plays for the New York Knicks, is […]

  • EPA shifts oversight of coal waste to a state – Oklahoma – for first time

    WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the first state permit program for disposal of toxic ash from coal plants, a switch from federal oversight the coal industry had sought. Coal ash is the residue left after burning coal to generate power. It can contain toxins such as arsenic and chromium and contaminate ground water. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had delayed implementation of a 2015 federal rule that set tighter guidelines for waste from coal plants. Pruitt said the […]

  • Fallin predicts special session if medical marijuana passes

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said she expects to call lawmakers back to the capitol for a special session if Oklahoma voters approve a state question next week to allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Fallin on Monday expressed reservations about State Question 788 and said the Legislature would need to establish a legal framework for regulating the use of medical marijuana if the measure passes. Fallin said the state question is so loosely written that […]

  • 23-foot-long python swallows Indonesian woman

    JAKARTA, Indonesia – A 23-foot-long python has swallowed a woman in central Indonesia. The victim, 54-year-old Wa Tiba, went missing while checking her vegetable garden near her village on Muna island in Southeast Sulawesi province on Thursday evening, according to the village chief, Faris. On Friday, her family went to look for her at the garden but found only her belongings, including sandals and a flashlight. Faris, who uses one name, said Saturday that the family and villagers launched a […]

  • Texas deputy arrested on allegation of child sexual assault

    SAN ANTONIO – A deputy sheriff in Texas is accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl and threatening the child’s mother with deportation if she reported him. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar says 47-year-old Jose Nunez was arrested Sunday on a warrant for super aggravated sexual assault, pending formal charges. County jail and court records show Nunez is being held without bail and don’t list an attorney who can speak on his behalf. He is due in court Monday afternoon. […]

  • Fleeing man shot in struggle with Oklahoma trooper in Tulsa

    TULSA, Okla. – Authorities in Tulsa say an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper has shot and wounded a man during a traffic stop. Details are sketchy but the highway patrol says the shooting occurred near a Tulsa freeway. A man in the car jumped out and ran, was chased down by the trooper and was shot during an ensuing struggle. Officials say the gunshot victim, whose name hasn’t been released, is being treated at a hospital. His condition isn’t known. Authorities […]

  • Fleeing man shot in struggle with Oklahoma trooper in Tulsa

    TULSA, Okla. – Authorities in Tulsa said an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper has shot and wounded a man during a traffic stop. The highway patrol said the shooting occurred around 11:20 p.m. on Saturday near Highway 169. A man in the car had jumped out and ran, was chased down by the trooper and was shot during an ensuing struggle. Officials said the gunshot victim, later identified as 34-year-old Alfred Douglas Hill, Jr., is being treated at a hospital. His […]

  • Authorities: New Mexico jail officer helped inmates escape

    CLOVIS, N.M. – Law enforcement authorities in eastern New Mexico say an officer helped three inmates escape from a county lockup. Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller says detention officer Sarina Dodson was arrested Saturday in Texas on a felony charge of assisting escape. Waller says Dodson was working when three inmates escaped from the detention center in Clovis Friday. The inmates were identified as Aaron Clark, who was accused of attempted child abuse and identity fraud; Ricky Sena, who was […]

  • District could delay Tulsa school’s name change for new options 

    TULSA, Okla. –  A Tulsa school district wants to delay renaming a school named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee amid pushback that the new name doesn’t go far enough. Tulsa Public Schools voted last month to rename the elementary school “Lee School.” The decision follows the March removal of a nearly century-old monument of the Confederate general at the school. But many residents questioned why the school would keep the general’s surname. The Tulsa World reports that Principal Aubrey Flowers wrote to […]