ENID, Okla. (AP) — Police in Enid say they've seized 25 slot machines and more than $7,000 in cash from four bars in the city.
Authorities say warrants were served Wednesday afternoon by Enid police officers, with help from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.
Enid police say the investigation began after several people complained of illegal gambling at the bars. Sgt. Eric Reddick says undercover officers saw people using the slot machines during visits to the bars.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Attorneys for one of two men accused of gunning down three black people in April want the prospective trial judge off the case because he signed off on their client's arrest warrant.
Defense attorneys and a prosecutor met in private Thursday morning before District Judge Kurt Glassco to argue a Rule 15 motion — the legal process of seeking to remove a judge or have the case transferred.
Glassco signed the arrest warrant for accused shooter Jake England.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Drought conditions continue to worsen and expand across Oklahoma.
The U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows exceptional drought — the worst possible category — covering most of western Oklahoma and a swath of northeastern Oklahoma. Southern Tulsa County is in that worst case category.
Nearly all other areas of the state are in extreme drought — the exceptions being severe drought in small parts of southeastern Oklahoma and the Panhandle.
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.