Cassandra joined the News 4 team in June 2017. She’s a Los Angeles native eager to keep the people of Oklahoma safe and informed.
Prior to joining News 4, she worked as a multimedia journalist for the NBC affiliate WCYB that sat right on the border Northeast Tennessee – Southwest Virginia. There Cassandra reported on everything from the deadly opioid crisis, the declining coal mining industry, and struggles and victories inside that corner of Appalachia. Stories she covered range from the controversial bathroom bill, the devastating aftermath of a snowstorm in the winter of 2014, and was there on scene when three young girls fell from the top of a ferris wheel, barely surviving.
Cassandra earned her Bachelor’s degree at UC Irvine, then her Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism at Syracuse University. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, jamming in high-intensity spin classes, spending hours with a good book, and exploring the corners of Oklahoma.
If you would like to share story ideas with Cassandra, you can reach her via email at Cassandra.firstname.lastname@example.org.
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Two years after a woman died in an ambulance crash, the man who was driving has been charged with manslaughter. Matthew Erickson was charged with manslaughter by way of speeding. The crash happened in August 2017 off I-44 when the ambulance was taking 66-year-old Carolyn Koch on a non-emergency ride to St. Anthony’s. Court documents charging Erickson state witnesses saw Erickson “driving in an erratic manner, swerving back and forth across the lanes.” He was allegedly […]
BLACKWELL, Okla. (KFOR) – The mayor of Blackwell was called to action after it was discovered he had a medical marijuana license he’s no longer allowed to have. The Unity Bill that went into effect on Aug. 30 included a new list of people who are prohibited from having a commercial grower’s license. On that list are elected officials. “House Bill 2612, sometimes called the Unity Bill, says that anyone who is an officer of a municipality is prohibited from […]
WANETTE, Okla. (KFOR) – A little girl is recovering after she was viciously attacked by three dogs that got loose on her street. Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call Tuesday evening that a child had been bitten by a dog. “Well, when he gets out there, he realizes it’s much, much different than that,” said Sheriff Mike Booth. The 9-year-old was huddled in her mother’s arms, covered in a blanket when the deputy arrived to the girl’s […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – State and county transportation officials unveiled the 8-year construction plan for Oklahoma, and improving bridges and adding shoulders to state highways play a large role. The infrastructure plans, approved by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission(OTC), will span Federal Fiscal Year 2020 to 2027. The OTC also approved an asset preservation plan for maintenance and the updated counties’ five-year infrastructure plans. The 8-year plan will cost nearly $6.5 billion in federal, state, and local transportation funding, and involves nearly […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – A woman has been scared out of her home after a stranger came knocking on her door, demanding to be let in twice in just a matter of hours. Alasha Young says it first happened around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday. Young says she was asleep when she woke up to a man banging on her doors and windows. “It’s very scary,” Young said. “Then somehow he got into my backyard, was banging on the back window and […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – A local medical group is raising money to help relieve $1.5 million in medical debt for Oklahoma patients who need it the most. “In the state of Oklahoma, about 26 percent of our population has medical debt, and it is over $1.2 billion. It’s worth that much money,” said Dr. Krista Schwarz. She’s a family physician at Primary Health Partners and a member of the Oklahoma chapter of the Free Medical Market Association. The FMMA is trying […]
TULSA, Okla. – A man freed from a wrongful conviction after nearly 20 years in prison is in a new battle to survive, released with no money, and few possessions or skills. “My cousin Joyce, she’s gone,” said Willard O’Neal as he perused photographs in his mother’s (and now his) Tulsa home. The photos are a grim reminder of the family members and loved ones who have grown up or passed away during his 18 years in prison, including his […]
8/29/19- There is an important update to this story. Dillon Solomon was arrested and accused of sexually abusing two children earlier this month. After a thorough investigation, the Pottawatomie County District Attorney’s office will not file charges against Solomon. An office spokesperson tells KFOR they found no evidence to support the claims made against him and he is a victim of a false report. Investigators are now looking into who is at the heart of the allegations. In the video […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – Two people were arrested, accused of beating a man into a coma he’ll never wake up from. Donald Williams, 62, was at home on Friday when John Burton and Ebony Williams showed up demanding money he owed them. Burton was allegedly holding a black pistol, according to police. Court documents state they went into Donald’s room, then a witness heard “the sound of the metal hitting flesh.” Donald’s mother, Verna Cole, said she heard it wasn’t a […]
PONCA CITY, Okla. – A public school district turned down the offer of a monetary donation, saying it’s too risky because it was made by a local medical marijuana dispensary. Flippin Farms is a growing dispensary chain in Oklahoma with four working retail locations and four more being developed. “We’re here to help not only our patients, but we also want to give back to the local community – they support us,” said part-owner Corey Fisher. Giving to schools seemed […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney Keegan Harroz was back in federal court Wednesday afternoon, less than a week after she was released from county jail, arguing innocence on two federal charges. Harroz has been in and out of custody since she was charged with intimidating a witness in Okmulgee County. That witness was Tiffany Eichor, who was found shot dead with her parents in their Beggs home on Sept. 7. Eichor was also the victim of alleged domestic abuse by Harroz’s […]