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9:16 am
Sun July 4, 2010

Skiatook Changes

Skiatook, OK – President of Skiatook school board resigns

SKIATOOK, Okla. (AP) The president of the Skiatook School Board has announced his resignation.

Friday's resignation of Kenneth Cooper comes three days after a grand jury indicted the school's former superintendent and said Cooper should be removed from office.

Cooper said in a prepared statement to the Tulsa World that he hopes his resignation will help the community heal. He says he was shocked by the allegations against former Superintendent Gary Johnson.

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9:13 am
Sun July 4, 2010

More Files Ordered

Tulsa, OK – Okla. magistrate tells DHS to turn over more files

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal magistrate says the Oklahoma Department of Human Services must improve the pace of providing case-file information to plaintiffs in a lawsuit over the state's foster-care system.

U.S. Magistrate Frank McCarthy said Thursday if more files aren't turned over, the court could issue orders that DHS may consider to be harsh.

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9:10 am
Sun July 4, 2010

Bristow Soldier Killed in Iraq

Bristow, OK – Okla. soldier killed by bomb in Afghanistan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The U.S. Department of Defense says an Oklahoma soldier who was part of a unit in Vermont has been killed in an attack in Afghanistan.

The department said in a news release Saturday that 25-year-old Pfc. Ryan Grady of Bristow died July 1 in the attack at Bagram Afghanistan. The release says Grady died when insurgents bombed his unit.

Details of the attack were not released.

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9:04 am
Sun July 4, 2010

Drowning at Fort Gibson

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Wagoner, OK – A seven year-old Wagoner boy has drowned at Lake Fort Gibson. The Oklahoma Lake Patrol says Jason Christian Pankiewic was found floating face down in the water by a passing jet skier.

The boy had been playing in the water with friends, left the water to return to the campsite. It is not known when he returned to the water.

He was rushed to the Wagoner Community Hospital by Cherokee County EMS, where he was pronounced dead.

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8:20 am
Sat July 3, 2010

More Shakers in Central Oklahoma

Harrah, OK – Small earthquakes reported in Okla.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) At least three earthquakes have struck in Oklahoma this week.

The U.S. Geological Survey says two earthquakes were detected five minutes apart near Ratliff City in south-central Oklahoma beginning about 7:41 p.m. Wednesday. Both had a magnitude of 2.5.

The survey also said a temblor was detected about 12:52 p.m. Thursday near Harrah. It had a magnitude of 2.6.

There were no reports of damage or injuries in any of the quakes.

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8:17 am
Sat July 3, 2010

Chief Sentenced

Chandler, OK – Okla. police chief receives deferred sentence

CHANDLER, Okla. (AP) Chandler's former police chief has received a six-month deferred sentence for failing to report a car accident that injured his wife.

Kevin Towler pleaded no contest Wednesday to the misdemeanor in Lincoln County District Court. He resigned from his position on Tuesday.

District Attorney Richard Smothermon says Towler quit in exchange for receiving the deferred sentence.

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8:15 am
Sat July 3, 2010

Victim Identified

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Noble, OK – Okla man killed by train identified

NOBLE, Okla. (AP) The state Medical Examiner's Office has identified a man who was killed when he was hit by a train in Noble.

Agency spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard said 29-year-old Robert Mitchell died from multiple injuries. Ballard says his death was ruled an accident.

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8:11 am
Sat July 3, 2010

War in Afghanistan

Turpin, OK – Funeral set for Okla. soldier

TURPIN, Okla. (AP) Funeral services are scheduled for Independence Day for a Turpin soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.

Services for Army Spc. Jared Plunk are set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Turpin High School Auditorium. The 27-year-old will be buried at the Liberal City Cemetery in Liberal, Kan.

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2:47 pm
Fri July 2, 2010

Endangered Mother and Child?

16-year-old Kaylah Franks
Tulsa Police

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Police Department is attempting to locate Kaylah Franks, who has escaped DHS custody with a six-week-old infant. Authorities wish to check on the well-being of Franks and the infant. Franks was last seen yesterday at 9:00 p.m. in the 600 block of South Rockford Avenue in Tulsa. She may still be in the Tulsa area or enroute to Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Franks is described as a sixteen-year-old black female, approximately 5'7" tall and weighing 160 pounds.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 9-1-1.

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2:43 pm
Fri July 2, 2010

The All American Mother Road

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