OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Creek County investigators say two people burning trash likely sparked a massive wildfire last week near Bristow that destroyed dozens of homes and torched more than 90 square miles.
Creek County Sheriff's Lt. Charles Redfern said Tuesday his office confirmed two people were burning trash in a rural area northwest of Bristow on Thursday. He says a joint investigation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs is ongoing, because there is some dispute about whether the blaze started on tribal land.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has been selected as a headline speaker at the Republican National Convention in Florida later this month.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) announced Tuesday that Fallin will deliver an address at the convention in Tampa, which will be held from Aug. 27-30. Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz (wentz) says the date and time of Fallin's speech hasn't been determined.
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The trial for a former Oklahoma drug court coordinator accused of embezzling money has been delayed.
Angie Marcum was set for trial Monday in Pittsburg County, but a judge pushed back the case. The McAlester News-Capital (http://is.gd/Mqng2Q ) reports that a status hearing is now scheduled for Sept. 4, meaning a trial could be set for October.
Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury indicted Marcum in 2011, along with former Judge William Layden Jr. and former Assistant District Attorney James Michael Miller.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Registered Democrats still outnumber Republicans in Oklahoma, but the GOP is continuing to close the gap.
Figures released Monday by the Oklahoma Election Board show Democrats make up 46 percent of the state's registered electorate, followed by Republicans at 42 percent and independents at 12 percent.
Overall, Oklahoma's voter rolls have grown by more than 9,600 since June 1. Republicans saw the largest increase during that time with 4,638 new voters, followed by 3,032 new independents and 1,995 new Democrats.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a warning Monday for Oklahomans affected by the recent wildfires.
“We know from past experience that major property damage after a disaster attracts criminals looking for ways to take advantage,” Pruitt said. “We want everyone to be aware of the possible schemes and scams.”
The Attorney General’s Public Protection Unit monitors and investigates home repair and charity fraud after natural disasters. They pay special attention to repair workers who travel from city to city following disasters.