CHECOTAH, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a fire at a home where a McIntosh County woman was found dead was intentionally set.
Deborah Kelsoe was found dead in her home about 5 miles west of Checotah on Tuesday morning. A spokeswoman with the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal's Office tells the Muskogee Phoenix that investigators determined the fire was deliberately set.
Authorities are investigating Kelsoe's death as a homicide.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A public hearing is set for October on a state lawmaker's proposal to eradicate the eastern red cedar tree, which some blame for quick-spreading wildfires that have plagued the state.
State Rep. Richard Morrissette says the eastern red cedar trees are firebombs waiting to explode. He tells the Journal Record that he plans to introduce a bill in the 2013 session that calls for the eradication of the tree.
Morrissette says the trees are extremely flammable and helped spread fire to more than 100,000 acres in the state.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma death row inmate Michael Hooper has been executed for the 1993 shooting deaths of his former girlfriend and her two young children.
Hooper received a lethal dose of drugs Tuesday evening at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. The 40-year-old was pronounced dead at 6:14 p.m.
Hooper sued the state last month in an effort to halt his execution, claiming the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol was unconstitutional. But the request was rejected by the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court earlier Tuesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Office of State Finance reports revenue collections for the first month of the 2013 fiscal year were up $6.4 million over last year and about $20 million above the official estimate.
Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger said Tuesday July collections totaled $389.1 million.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A mental competency hearing is set to resume for a man accused of opening fire outside a Tulsa courthouse.
The hearing for Andrew Dennehy began Monday and is expected to last until at least Wednesday. Dennehy is charged with shooting with intent to kill for allegedly opening fire March 7 on the plaza between the Tulsa County courthouse and the Tulsa Central Library. A sheriff's deputy, a bystander and Dennehy were hurt during the gunfire exchange.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has requested federal disaster aid for four Oklahoma counties where wildfires have erupted in recent weeks.
Fallin sought the aid Monday for residents and business owners in Cleveland, Creek, Oklahoma and Payne counties. If granted, the government would deliver individual assistance to residents who suffered losses.
Nearly 680 homes and businesses were damaged in the fires that began on July 28, including 603 homes that were destroyed. About 85 percent of the homes damaged or destroyed were not insured.
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Several McAlester churches have asked the city council to reverse a decision by the city manager to remove silhouettes on street signs that depict soldiers kneeling before a cross.
The McAlester News-Capital reports the Gaines Creek Association of Free Will Baptists sent a letter to the McAlester City Council asking that the silhouettes be placed back on the signs.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A competency trial is scheduled to begin for a man accused of opening fire outside the Tulsa County courthouse earlier this year.
The proceeding, which starts Monday, is to determine whether Andrew Dennehy can understand the charges against him and assist with his defense. Dennehy faces a charge of shooting with intent to kill and two firearms counts for allegedly opening fire March 7 on the plaza between the courthouse and the Tulsa Central Library.
Authorities say a sheriff's deputy, a bystander and Dennehy were hurt during the gunfire exchange.