Norman, OK – Forecasters say deaths hit them in pit of stomach
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Forecasters say they are hit with a "pit of the stomach feeling" when the death toll rises during severe weather.
Tornadoes have killed more than 520 people across the nation this year, even though scientific advances allow for earlier warnings.
Meteorologists acknowledge they don't experience the tragedies the same way as those close to the victims, but say taking stock of what has happened helps them focus on ways to improve the warning system.
Oklahoma City, OK – Murder charge filed in police chase death
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma County prosecutors have filed a first-degree murder charge in the death of a man who collapsed after exchanging shots with officers during a chase.
The charges were filed Friday against Mandirous Kamisizian. Authorities say Kamisizian was the driver of a stolen vehicle and exchanged gunfire with officers in pursuit on May 31. A passenger in the vehicle, 20-year-old Clay Baron Howell, collapsed in a parking lot and died following the incident.
Tulsa, OK – Ex-Tulsa cop convicted of corruption; 2 acquitted
TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal jury has convicted a former Tulsa police officer on five corruption counts while acquitting two current officers.
Former Officer Harold Wells was convicted Friday and current Officers Nick DeBruin and Bruce Bonham were cleared. Prosecutors had alleged a plot to plant drugs on suspects to secure arrests and to seize money taken during raids and arrests.
Public Radio 89.5 HD2 – Final preparations are underway for the annual Jazz In June festival, scheduled for June 23rd-25th in Norman, Oklahoma. Headliners this year include contemporary Blues performer, Murali Coryell, his father... and Jazz guitar legend, Larry Coryell... and festival headliner, Poncho Sanchez. Complete details, including location and scheduling information for the 2011 Jazz In June festival are available on line at www.jazzinjune.org.
Tulsa, OK – All of Tulsa is invited to celebrate this Saturday morning the rebuilding of the Admiral Twin Drive-In. The movie theater was destroyed by a fire last September. This new building is a more personal project to architect Shelby Navarro. He grew up with the Admiral Twin, and hopes to make the theater even better than it was before. The project is expected to be completed mid-August.
Tulsa, OK – An Oklahoma group says teen pregnancies cost taxpayers in the state $190 million in 2008. The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy says information released yesterday indicates there were more than 75-hundred births to Oklahoma teens in 2008. 21-percent of those births were to teens who were already mothers.
Tulsa, OK – The Federal Tulsa Police Corruption case could go to the jury later today.
Closing arguments and instructions to the jury are expected by this afternoon.
In testimony yesterday, Officer Bruce Bonham took the stand and denied he ever pocketed drug money or planted evidence. He and Officer Nick DeBruin and retired Corporal Harold Wells are on trial after being indicted by a federal grand jury.