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6:45 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Creek County Fire Started by Trash

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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.

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12:07 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Jake England's Confession Admitted into Evidence

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa prosecutors say one of two men accused of gunning down three black people in April understood his rights after he was arrested and voluntarily gave statements to police.

In court papers filed Monday, First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond says accused shooter Jake England's confession should be admitted into evidence.

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11:52 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Gov. Mary Fallin to Headline at GOP Convention

Courtesy of Gov. Mary Fallin

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.

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11:31 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Oklahoma Drug Court Coordinator Trial Delayed

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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.

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8:38 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Oklahoma GOP Continues to Close Registration Gap

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.

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8:34 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Mental Exam for Man: Allegedly Threatened US Rep

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John Sullivan

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A U.S. magistrate judge has ordered a mental competency examination for a Skiatook man who allegedly threated Republican U.S. Rep. John Sullivan of Tulsa.

The exam for 52-year-old Wayne Franklin Miles was ordered during a hearing Monday in U.S. District Court in Tulsa and was not opposed by federal prosecutors.

Miles allegedly walked into the Skiatook Police Department on July 22 and threatened to kill Sullivan because he believed Sullivan was having an affair with Miles' wife.

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3:38 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Scam Warning

Scott Pruitt
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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.

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11:34 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Burned Body Found in Norman Home

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma medical examiner's office says a badly burned body has been discovered inside a Norman home ravaged by wildfires last week.

Spokeswoman Amy Elliott confirmed Monday that the body of an adult was found Saturday inside a home that was burned near 120th Street and Highway 9 in Cleveland County.

Elliott says her office has been unable to determine the age or gender of the victim and has requested dental records to confirm the person's identity.

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11:30 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Fatality Accident on 169

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a 21-year-old Oklahoma man is dead after he was run over on U.S. 169 in Tulsa County.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the collision happened at about 2 a.m. Monday on U.S. 169 north of 56th Street. Authorities say James Allman of Collinsville apparently pulled over on the highway, left his vehicle and lay down in the southbound lane of traffic.

Authorities say he was then struck and killed by an unknown vehicle.

The highway patrol says the death remains under investigation.

Local & Regional
11:02 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Crisis Center Dedicated

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — A community crisis center in Miami has been dedicated in honor of an Oklahoma woman gunned down in Iraq.

The Miami News-Record reports (http://is.gd/Q4s43l ) the Community Crisis Center was dedicated Saturday in honor of Fern Holland.

Holland was a Tulsa attorney who graduated from Miami High School. The 33-year-old was killed in 2004 by Iraqi gunmen near Hillah, about 35 miles south of Baghdad.

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