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.
VALLEY BROOK, Okla. – Body camera and dashboard camera video showing the officers’ point of view of a high speed pursuit that started in Valley Brook and ended in Norman Monday afternoon. The video shows the officers doing their best to keep up with the suspect, identified by police as 22-year-old Darion Willhoite, who allegedly failed to stop for an emergency vehicle. As Willhoite drives through busy thoroughfares, running red lights and weaving through vehicles, the Valley Brook officers behind […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – A plan to demolish one of Oklahoma City’s unique pieces of architecture has a group voicing their dismay and pushing the Oklahoma City Public Schools to change its decision. The fight is over a section of what was formerly the Central National Motor Bank on Classen and 5th. The bank building is currently under construction. The school district is restoring it as its new administration building. Across the street from the building is what used to be […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – Some homeowners are pushing back after learning OG&E contractors are ready to do work in their yards without their presence, or even permission. Tyonne Lone Elk said she first learned about the imminent work a couple weeks ago from flyers going around her neighborhood for tree-trimming, digging, and spraying, all from OG&E contractors. “Most of us who got the tree-trimming notices don’t even have any trees to be trimmed,” Lone Elk said, “so we were all very confused.” […]
EDMOND, Okla. – Deceased Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb’s wife spoke about her loss, and casting her ballot in the primary election Tuesday. Both Charles and Cheri Lamb were looking forward to what they hoped would be his fourth and final term as mayor in 2019. But less than a week after he filed for the election in December, Lamb suddenly passed away. It was too late to remove Lamb from the ballot, and on Tuesday, he got 33% of the […]
NEWCASTLE, Okla. – A fight over where people can drill oil in Newcastle is at a temporary standstill as city council members work to clarify a local ordinance, but now a proposed bill could throw a wrench in the gears of this and future decisions. In Newcastle, there are two pending oil sites in the city whose futures lie in the balance of the council’s decision. The problems came after the council changed an ordinance last June, doubling the distance […]
LUTHER, Okla. – A controlled fire spotted around 8 p.m. had some Luther residents worried Sunday evening. The controlled burn was located at a field at the corner of Peebly and Waterloo. At least one person called 911, and Luther firefighters from the Oklahoma County side responded. However, upon arrival, they learned the property owner had gotten the proper permission from Logan County officials, where his property actually sits. Luther Fire Department officials said residents are allowed to conduct controlled […]
GUTHRIE, Okla. – When an emergency call about a vehicle engulfed in flames came into the Guthrie Fire Department, there was only one person at the station, and she didn’t hesitate to do her job. Battalion Chief Erin Jones said it’s not uncommon – in fact, on Saturday during her shift, 15 fire or EMS calls came in. The first responders were stretched thin, and when the call for the car on fire came in, she was alone. “I’d already […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – A small town is breathing a collective sigh of relief after the man accused of brutally killing his ex-wife is caught and arrested. Almost everyone in town was talking about the capture of Luis Frias Thursday. He was charged with the 2013 murder of Janett Reyna, accused of stabbing her 41 times in front of her small children. At the time, he escaped undetected before police could arrest him. He was added to the U.S. Marshals’ 15 […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – A man is accused of pocketing nearly $300,000 from his employer, but it took a while for his bosses to catch on. Josue Mendez is charged with five felony counts of embezzlement. He was a manager at Restaurant Depot for the past several years, then in late December, his employers discovered he was stealing thousands. Mendez’s boss brought police officers research showing an alleged fake refund scheme he was running. Mendez would allegedly use company computers to […]
LOGAN CO., Okla. – A teenager with special needs was allegedly left by his caretaker to fend for himself in horrifying conditions. Now his caretaker, Bryan Stanley, is charged with neglect or exploitation by a caretaker. He was arrested on Wednesday. According to the affidavit, DHS reported the 16-year-old is autistic and functioning at the level of a 9 or 10-year-old. His hygiene was becoming an issue at school, so DHS went to check on him at home and what […]
KAY CO., Okla. – Two former Kay County commissioners, facing an array of charges regarding the mishandling or embezzlement of taxpayer dollars, are scheduled for a pre-trial conference in one month. Tyson Rowe and Dee Schieber had a hearing scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in a Payne County courtroom in Stillwater, but the hearings were continued. Rowe is facing one count of felony racketeering, six counts of felony embezzlement, and nine counts of willful violation of law regulating official conduct. Schieber […]