COMMERCE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the suspicious death of an 8-month-old boy.
OSBI officials say the Commerce Police Department requested their assistance in investigating the death of Randy Kirk the Third, whose mother found him and called for help around noon Friday. The baby was dead when emergency crews arrived.
OSBI agents and Commerce officers began searching the child's home for any evidence of what caused the child's death and agents plan to interview those inside the home when the baby died.
BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — An auto accident on eastbound lanes of the Turner Turnpike shut down traffic just east of Bristow for nearly two hours.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the collision at mile marker 208 in Creek County caused the shutdown of eastbound traffic on the turnpike — which is also on Interstate 44 — for one hour, 53 minutes late Saturday afternoon.
The crash occurred about 3:50 p.m. and the lanes were reopened about 5:45 p.m. Saturday.
The patrol did not immediately release details about the accident and whether there were any injuries yesterday.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Someone has stolen the pageant crown and other items from the reigning Miss Oklahoma.
Police say the items were taken April 22 from the backseat of Betty Thompson's car as she was moving to Stillwater. The vehicle was open and unattended as she and her family carried her belongings up to her apartment.
Her family waited to see if the items were taken as a prank or would be returned before reporting the theft several days later.
Thompson won Miss Oklahoma in June and was first runner-up in the Miss America pageant in January.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state medical examiner's office wants to take a deeper look at the deaths of two people at a drug rehabilitation center that uses saunas and vitamins as part of an intensive cleansing regimen.
Last month, 21-year-old Hillary Holten died at the Narconon Arrowhead center at Canadian. Last October, 32-year-old Gabriel Graves died. The rehab facility uses techniques developed by Scientology founder and science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard and is the training center for Narconon International. Health officials in Quebec closed a Narconon facility last month.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that would provide legal protections to businesses and individuals that allow residents to take shelter on their premises during tornadoes and other severe weather has been signed into law.
Governor Mary Fallin on Friday signed House Bill 2419, which takes effect immediately.
In a statement, Fallin said no one should fear being sued for opening their home or business to someone seeking shelter during severe storms.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least one person received a minor injury and homes and vehicles were damaged when severe thunderstorms dropped hail the size of baseballs on parts of southwestern Oklahoma.
Tillman County Emergency Management Director Jeffrey Rector said Friday a couple and their grandchild were trying to escape the storm when hail smashed one of the vehicle's windows, injuring one of the occupants.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma conservation officials say 11 state streams are being removed from the Environmental Protection Agency's impaired waters list.
Officials say state monitoring also has shown that more than 150 other streams and stream segments are clean enough to stay off the list due largely to good conservation practices being implemented on the land.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Sierra Club has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, claiming that a loophole in federal regulations allows Oklahoma power plants to exceed emissions standards.
The environmental group claims that power plants are permitted to exceed emissions standards during certain phases of operations.
An EPA spokesman tells the Journal Record that the agency is still reviewing the lawsuit.