8 Dead in Murder-Suicide Fire, Woman Holds Down Burglar Until Police Arrive, Man Running From Police Drowns in Pond: This Week’s Top News Stories

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The following summaries are of events that took place over the past week throughout Oklahoma. Visit the link provided with each story to learn more.

6 children and 2 adults slain in Oklahoma house fire murder-suicide

You are cordially invited to discover the undiscovered splendors of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District.

The Arkansas River and its tributaries were improved by the construction of the Newt Graham Lock and Dam 18 project, but it also provides possibilities for leisure and resource management.

The navigation project’s Newt Graham structure, which is the furthest upstream structure, is situated about 7 miles south of Inola, Oklahoma. Between the lock and the Port of Catoosa, 24.8 miles of the Lock 18 Pool are navigable.

On the McClellan-Kerr, barges carry 13 million tons of freight on an annual basis. Sand, rock, wheat, fertilizer, unfinished steel, refined petroleum products, and complex petrochemical processing machinery are all included in this.

Source: 6 kids killed in apparent murder-suicide at Oklahoma home, 2 adult suspects dead – ABC News

Oklahoma City woman restrains burglar until police show up

Following a failed burglary attempt at a house in south Oklahoma City, two guys were detained.

The couple inside the house repelled the potential intruders and even held one of them until the police came.

When two guys barged in, the Burneys were waiting for their daughter to return home. The Burneys claim that at the time she entered, their door was left unlocked.

Jorge Garcia and Corey Windle were named as the two guys.

Oleta Burney said that when she and her husband noticed the guys, one of them took off right away.

The second person didn’t go soon away, so he began making up justifications for why they were there, such that they were checking on us and that the door was wide open when it wasn’t, according to Burney. He couldn’t believe I was going to such efforts to keep him here, my husband muttered as I raced him from the front entrance to the rear door.

Burney claims that despite the man’s attempts to escape, she grabbed him and kept him.

When he realized we were holding him, Burney said, ‘He then started biting me on the chest to get me to let go.’

She claims that when he bit her, he cut through two layers of clothing and her flesh, but she didn’t release.

I desperately tried to distract the man by hitting the part of his neck that makes you pass out.

Burney hurt her wrist while performing it.

Finally, he did manage to escape from us, so I decided to steal his bag in the hopes that it might reveal more about him.

Windle was just leaving the house’s front door when the police came. They were successful in pursuing him and apprehending him with Garcia.

Source: Oklahoma City Woman Holds Down Burglar Until Police Arrive – News 9

Oklahoma man drowns after leaping into pond while fleeing cops

According to police, a nude suspect in a Tulsa apartment complex clubhouse burglary escaped their custody, leapt into a pond, and drowned early on Thursday.

Tulsa police said that when they responded to a burglar alarm at the Shoreline Apartments clubhouse at 4:30 a.m., they discovered a nude male inside with his wet clothes all over the place.

The guy was handcuffed by the officers. He was initially cooperative but then broke free, busted open the back door, climbed the patio railing, and dove into the pond. Police chased after him, but the guy didn’t come back to the surface.

Source: Man drowns after jumping into pond while running from police in Oklahoma – NBC News

Oklahoma County plans for sobriety checkpoints this weekend

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol cautions those who are going to Halloween parties this weekend not to drive after drinking.

A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted by the OHP’s ENDUI team in collaboration with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma City Police Department, Midwest City Police Department, and Del City Police Department.

The checkpoint will be open in Oklahoma County on Friday, October 28 from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

In Oklahoma, accidents involving drugs or alcohol claimed the lives of 407 people in 2021.

Source: Sobriety checkpoint planned for Oklahoma County – KFOR

A family’s house in Oklahoma has valuable heirlooms stolen

Invaluable family treasures were taken from the home of a family in Oklahoma.

Their house sustained $10,000 in damage, and other goods were taken. They genuinely want their treasures back.

The Britton District couple who talked with KOCO 5 claimed that now that it occurred to them in their own house, they don’t feel secure.

Braden Oday, whose house was broken into, stated, ‘We just want our stuff back and we want them in jail — $10,000 for a PlayStation seems a little excessive,’

The family said the brazen intruders broke into their house at 2:45 PM on Tuesday and caused $10,000 in damage. A $6,000 dirt bike, jewelry from the family, a rifle, their PlayStation, and other items were also taken.

Police in Oklahoma City said that they are still looking into the break-in.

‘You’re endangering people’s families while also taking something away from us. What hurts the most is that I can’t give my children the jewelry that my family and my parents gave me ‘stated Kathryn Putegnat, who had her house burgled.

Source: Oklahoma family has priceless heirlooms stolen from home – KOCO

After woman’s murder, Oklahoma school district reopens

Days after a woman’s murder was discovered in a house on the campus of Strother Public Schools, students went back to class.

Just before 11 p.m. on Sunday, Seminole National Lighthorse police responded to a shooting and discovered a lady deceased. On the basis of a first-degree murder accusation, they later detained a suspect.

Kim Switch was the victim, according to the police. The suspect’s identity has not been made public by KOCO since official charges have not yet been brought.

Students will resume classes on Wednesday after the two days of district closure by Strother Public Schools. Counselors for bereavement will be available to meet with faculty and students.

Source: Small Oklahoma school district reopens days after woman found murdered – KOCO

Trump loyalist from Oklahoma sentenced to jail for Jan 6 riot

Jerry Ryals was prosecuted for his involvement in the disturbance at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. As a result, he lost his job, fell out with his wife, and was ostracized by his neighborhood.

The Fort Gibson Trump supporter is now losing his freedom.

He was sentenced to nine months in prison and $2,000 in restitution for his part in the assault by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. No appeal is anticipated.

Mr. Ryals has already had significant repercussions as a result of his criminal conviction, according to his attorney Jay Mykytiuk, who spoke after the sentence last week in federal court in Washington, D.C. Mr. Ryals feels and expressed profound regret for his acts on January 6.

According to the lawyer, ‘Mr. Ryals engaged in no advance planning and no acts of physical violence, and his sentence appears inconsistent with others who engaged in activities similar to his,’ ‘Having said that, it is doubtful that an appeal will be lodged since there does not now seem to be a reason for doing so. Mr. Ryals intends to complete his term before continuing with his life.’

Ryals, 28, entered a guilty plea to a civil disturbance charge in May.

During his guilty plea, he admitted that his behavior ‘impeded and interfered’ with police efforts to safeguard the Capitol.

Source: Trump supporter from Oklahoma ordered to prison for role in Jan. 6, 2021, riot – The Oklahoman

Rural broadband expansion in Oklahoma receives roughly $90 million from USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide funds to more than a dozen counties in Oklahoma.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared it would provide Oklahoma over $90 million to connect 14 counties’ worth of rural families, farms, and businesses to high-speed internet.

Through the USDA’s ReConnect initiative, counties will receive federal funding to assist in providing high-speed internet access to Oklahomans living in homes, farms, businesses, and schools.

ReConnect offers federal loans and grants to state and local governments, tribes, and businesses to help them pay for the construction of broadband infrastructure that will provide rural towns access to high-speed internet.

Noble, Osage, Pawnee, McCurtain, Choctaw, Alfalfa, Harper, Major, Woods, Woodward, Jefferson, Le Flore, Pushmataha, and Ottawa counties will also benefit from government money for rural internet.

Director of rural development for Oklahoma, Kenneth Corn, acknowledged the advantages of the federal grant money in the announcement.

Source: USDA awards nearly $90 million to Oklahoma for rural broadband development – NPR

Plant-based food producers sue Oklahoma legislation as unconstitutional

Plant-based food producers have a problem with Oklahoma.

A rule prohibiting the labeling of plant-based foods as ‘beef,’ ‘pork,’ ‘hot dogs,’ ‘sausages’ or ‘bacon.’ was approved in Oklahoma in 2020. The manufacturers of such items, however, assert that they are upfront about what they produce and that the regulation is unjust and unlawful.

‘Try to modify it specifically for Oklahoma. Make an effort to stop their goods from reaching Oklahoma. You may see the issue, ‘Amanda Howell, senior staff lawyer for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, said the statement.

The Plant-Based Food Association and the plant-based food manufacturer Tofurky are being represented by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

‘Tofurky explicitly labels every product with terms like ‘plant-based’ or ‘vegan’ in an effort to reduce customer misunderstanding. Seals are present. Those sorts of things ‘Howell declared.

The law that Oklahoma approved in 2020 is similar to those that Arkansas, Missouri, and Louisiana have enacted. The statutes of those states are also being contested in court.

Source: Plant-based food makers call Oklahoma law unconstitutional, files lawsuit – KOCO

Oklahoma sues federal prisons on behalf of a prisoner it wants put to death

Oklahoma is suing the Federal Bureau of Prisons for possession of a state death row convict that the federal agency won’t release; the state claims that if the guy isn’t returned soon, his planned execution in December won’t be carried out.

State Attorney General John O’Connor filed a federal complaint on Tuesday, requesting that the FBI be required to send John Hanson from a federal prison in Pollock, Louisiana, back to Oklahoma by November 9. The Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler is in favor of the complaint, which also includes three federal prison employees.

Clemency hearing for Hanson, 58, is scheduled on November 9. The prisoner is due to be executed by lethal injection on December 15 as punishment for his conviction in the 1999 murder of an elderly lady, barring mercy recommendations and approval by Governor Kevin Stitt.

In 1999, a carjacking and abduction outside a Tulsa mall resulted in the death of Mary Agnes Bowles, 77.

Under Democratic President Joe Biden, who has sworn to try to abolish the death penalty, the U.S. Justice Department announced last year that it was stopping federal executions. Following a remarkable six-month stretch of 13 executions carried out under Donald Trump’s administration, such action was taken. If the Bureau of Prisons is utilizing its authority to carry out the president’s political promise, it is in doubt given its unwillingness to release Hanson.

Source: Oklahoma sues federal prisons for inmate it wants to execute – Yahoo! News


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