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.email@example.com.
NORMAN, Okla. (KFOR) – A woman was hospitalized then arrested after allegedly going on a drug-fueled rampage in a Norman apartment complex. Kishelle Lawrence is charged with fourth degree arson, threatening to perform an act of violence, assault and battery, outraging public decency and public intoxication. Police were called to an apartment complex near W. Brooks and 24th Southwest, where Lawrence was allegedly trashing an apartment. When they arrived, Lawrence had allegedly broken several windows and was climbing in and […]
CLEVELAND COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office is taking extra care this season to prevent Grinches from stealing residents’ Christmas. Deputies designed Operation Santa Watch to combat proliferation of the thieves, and they’re putting it into action as Black Friday packages and Christmas packages are starting to hit front doors. “You never know where we’re going to be and you never know when we’re going to be there,” said Cleveland County Sheriff Todd Gibson. That’s hopefully the […]
WEWOKA, Okla. (KFOR) – Wewoka Public Schools are taking the care of its students to a new level, providing washers and dryers, as well as showers for kids without running water at home. “It makes me sick at my stomach,” said Superintendent Dr. Shellie Gammill of the thought of kids going hungry at home. She said more than 75% of students are already on the free or reduced lunch program at the school. The district has been sending home backpacks […]
PONCA CITY, Okla. (KFOR) – A man is in jail after allegedly tossing acid on his girlfriend, the mother of their newborn. Mace Dickens is charged with felony maiming. The 24-year-old victim told police it happened after an argument that started when she told him she wanted to go back home to get her phone. That’s where he allegedly threw acid cleaner made with sulfuric acid on her face, neck, hands and even buttocks. According to the affidavit, she told […]
MOORE, Okla. (KFOR) – The chaotic scene following a theft at a Moore Best Buy was brought to an end by a bystander with a concealed carry permit. Police said it started with the three suspects who were in town from Houston to go to casinos. Around 11 a.m., three men went into the store and swiped thousands of dollars of Apple electronics from a display. “Removed some of the security monitors that were on those items and ran out […]
EL RENO, Okla. (KFOR) – Six months after an EF-3 tornado tore through El Reno, almost all of the damage has been cleared away, including a hotel crushed in the storm. “It needed to go,” said Therese Baughtman, an employee at the Domino convenience store and gas station across the street. Her coworker, Jeffrey Pointer, was working the night the storm hit. He said because it was so dark, they didn’t know the extent of the destruction until sunrise. “The […]
PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (KFOR) – Two officers are recovering after they were injured while arresting a man who was just released from jail for allegedly assaulting a different officer. On Tuesday night, Pauls Valley police were called to a home after Juwuan Garza had allegedly broken in. “They knew the subject, identified him as Juwuan Garza, said that Juwuan left the residence through the window once he was confronted,” said Asst. Chief Derrick Jolley, with the Pauls Valley Police Department. […]
BLANCHARD, Okla. (KFOR) – A family is feeling disrespected after they discovered their loved one’s memorial bench had been moved and left piled on another part of the Blanchard Cemetery. Brandon Bulmer was awoken Wednesday morning with the news after his family made the discovery. The bench that was dedicated to his brother, Dallas Bulmer, and placed near the gravesite, was missing. It was left leaning on a cemetery out-building. “It’s just disrespectful and it’s not okay,” Bulmer said. After […]
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A long-time truck driver was knocked unconscious during a road rage incident, and now Oklahoma City police are searching for the man who did it. It happened Thursday morning when Alcie Boyd, who has driven trucks for more than 30 years, was merging onto I-40 near Western. A man in a gold SUV wouldn’t let him over. “What I was trying to do was just get on the freeway, didn’t make no moves or nothing. All […]
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The second round of statewide school report cards were released Monday under the Oklahoma Department of Education’s new standards and methods for measurement. It’s the first time schools can measure up their progress from last year. It’s an ongoing effort to get kids ready for their next step or grade and leave them prepared for life after school. “We don’t want what has happened in the past to happen again where students think they’re performing in […]
POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – A jury handed down a death sentence to the man it convicted of killing a Tecumseh police officer. On Friday afternoon, after less than two hours of deliberation, the jury sentenced Byron Shepard to death as punishment for the 2017 murder of Officer Justin Terney. The trial lasted three weeks, and the ending was a relief for a roomful of law enforcement members and Terney’s family. The 22-year-old Tecumseh police officer was just a rookie […]