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  • Oklahoma woman arrested after boy with special needs found alone at Kansas rest stop

    EUREKA, Kan. (AP) – Authorities have arrested the grandmother of a 17-year-old Oklahoma boy with special needs who was found alone near a southeast Kansas rest stop. Rogers County authorities say 68-year-old Janie Gill was arrested in that county and booked into jail Monday on one count of child neglect. More charges are pending. A custodian found the boy Nov. 29 at a rest stop near Beaumont in Kansas. He had no identification and couldn’t speak. The Greenwood County, Kansas, […]

  • Oklahoma agriculture board punts poultry rules to lawmakers

    OKLAHOMA CITY –  The Oklahoma Board of Agriculture wants state lawmakers to develop rules for poultry operations. The board Tuesday declined to approve or reject rules requiring large poultry operations to be at least one-quarter mile from occupied homes and one-half mile from public schools or city limits, in addition to distance requirements from public highways, property lines, certain streams and private and public water wells. Environmentalists and homeowners in northeastern Oklahoma, where numerous poultry companies operate, say the rules […]

  • No jail time for ex-Baylor student accused of sexual assault

    DALLAS – A woman who accused a former Baylor University student of raping her at a fraternity party says she’s outraged his plea deal calls for no jail time. Judge Ralph Strother accepted a plea bargain Monday for Jacob Walter Anderson. The former fraternity president was indicted on sexual assault charges, but the deal allowed him to plead no contest to a lesser charge of unlawful restraint. The woman released a statement saying she now has to live not only […]

  • US grand jury in Oklahoma indicts 3 in alleged health care fraud scheme

    TULSA, Okla. – A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted three people, including two physicians, on charges that they engaged in a kickback scheme and conspired to commit health care fraud. Prosecutors in Tulsa said the indictments were handed up Monday against 58-year-old Dr. Gary Robert Lee and 57-year-old Christopher R. Parks, both of Tulsa, and 65-year-old Dr. Jerry May Keepers, of Kingwood, Texas. Records don’t list attorneys for the men. Authorities allege Lee and Parks bribed physicians to […]

  • Missouri DE Tre Williams arrested on assault charges ahead of Liberty Bowl appearance

    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri defensive end Tre Williams has been arrested on suspicion of felony second-degree domestic assault and suspended by the team. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the 21-year-old redshirt sophomore was arrested around 6 a.m. Sunday at his off-campus home. He was released on $4,500 bond a short time later. The Boone County prosecutor’s office said Monday that no charges have been filed. No details about the alleged crime have been released. Williams does not have a […]

  • $3.9 million project to address obesity issues in rural Oklahoma

    STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University has a $3.9 million plan to address obesity issues in two rural counties in eastern Oklahoma. The Tulsa World reports that the university’s Curbing Obesity program will use a five-year federal grant to offer cooking classes and distribute healthy food options in Muskogee and Adair counties. More than 40 percent of residents in those counties qualify as obese. The university’s Center for Health Systems Innovation will run the program in partnership with other local […]

  • Son being questioned in death of father in Broken Arrow

    BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – Police said an 18-year-old man has been arrested on a first-degree murder warrant in death of his father in Broken Arrow. Officer James Koch said in a news release Saturday that police were called Friday afternoon to a home for a welfare check but were not initially allowed into the home by the son. Koch said, after the son relented and allowed officers inside, 42-year-old Zachary Umdenstock was found dead. Online court records do not show […]

  • Oklahoma inmate walks away from halfway house in Ponca City

    PONCA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says in inmate who walked away from a halfway house in Ponca City remains at large. The department said in a news release Friday that 45-year-old Paul Hartsell Jr. walked away from Bridgeway Inc. on November 25 and stole a van owned by the halfway house. The house is described as a community housing center that provides drug and alcohol treatment. Hartsell was convicted in Oklahoma County of domestic assault and […]

  • Oklahoma agriculture board to vote on new poultry regulations

    TULSA, Okla. – The Oklahoma agriculture board is set to vote next week on a set of emergency poultry regulations after the state suspended the issuing of new permits for poultry operations in October. The Tulsa World reports that the guidelines call for new poultry houses with more than 30,000 birds to be at least a quarter mile (0.4 kilometers) from someone’s home. It would also mandate a half mile distance from schools and city limits. The state halted new […]

  • Divided Oklahoma court upholds conviction in infant’s death

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A divided Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the conviction and life without parole sentence of a man for the death of his girlfriend’s infant daughter. The court in a 3-2 ruling on Thursday rejected the appeal of 25-year-old Brandon Nordstedt. Nordstedt was convicted in the July 2015 death of the girl identified only as E.O. Investigators say the child had head injuries and died of blunt force trauma. Nordstedt argued that his attorney failed to […]

  • Oklahoma’s governor-elect taps Norman man for top lawyer spot

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s incoming governor has named a longtime attorney from Norman to serve as his general counsel, adding a key member of his new staff. Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt announced Thursday he was hiring Mark Burget, a 1979 graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s law school who currently works for Search Ministries, a nondenominational evangelical Christian ministry. “I am pleased to welcome Mark Burget to my administration as our chief general counsel,” said Stitt. “Mark’s wise counsel and legal expertise are […]