Oklahoma City, OK – State officials today declared a state of emergency for 63 counties following severe storms and flooding across the state of Oklahoma.
At the request of Gov. Brad Henry, Lt. Gov. Jari Askins approved the paperwork declaring the emergency. The governor is attending the annual meeting of the National Governors Association and a meeting of the Council of Governors in Boston.
Tulsa, Ok – Tulsa Police are investigating Tulsa's latest homicide. A woman was found dead Friday morning inside the bedroom of an apartment. The crime scene is an apartment complex at 10145 East Admiral.
The discovery was made about nine o'clock in the morning. Police had to call for additional officers because of a large crowd that gathered at the scene.
Oklahoma City, OK – Teen drowns in Oklahoma floodwaters
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Authorities say a teenager drowned after being swept away during flash flooding in Oklahoma, which has been pounded in recent days by heavy rain.
Oklahoma Medical Examiner's office spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard said a teenage girl was playing with friends Thursday around a drainage ditch near Durant in Bryan County when 4-foot deep water carried her off. Ballard didn't have the girl's exact age or name, but said her friends got out safely.
Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Republican gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin says she doesn't support further cuts to the state's income tax rate until Oklahoma's economy has rebounded. Speaking after a GOP forum in Enid last night, Fallin said she sees no need to repeal a scheduled one-quarter percent reduction in the income tax slated to take effect once state revenue grows by more than 4 percent over the previous year.
The Tulsa Police Department is requesting assistance locating Wilburn Jenkins, a missing elderly person who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Mr. Jenkins is described as a white male, 77 years-old, 5'06" tall, weighing 190 pounds, with a grey moustache, grey hair on the sides of his head and balding on top, He was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap with an embroidered logo (possibly a flag), white shirt, blue jeans, and brown loafers. He has a tattoo on his upper-left arm of the name "Doris."