Articles from the January 30, 2020 edition

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Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Freedom United Methodist Church the order of services was: Prelude by Janell Reutlinger Freedom UMC’s annual Ground Hog Supper will Feb. 1, 2020, 5.pm. to 7 p.m. Shirley Wagner has once again donated a beautiful afghan...

 

Freedom School calendar

Jan. 31: 4 p.m. Junior high basketball vs. Taloga Jan. 31: 6 p.m. High school basketball vs. Taloga – Homecoming Feb. 3: 6:30 p.m. High school basketball vs. Medford Feb. 4: 4 p.m. Junior high basketball vs. DCLA Feb. 4: 6:30 p.m. High school...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To Feb. 2: Mr. & Mrs. Bill Wardrop Feb. 9: Mr. & Mrs. Shane Justice Feb. 12: Mr. & Mrs. Steve Brady (Note: Send corrections, additions to: [email protected] or call 800-305-2111)...

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To Jan. 30: Staci Bliss, Tenesha Bookstore Jan. 31: Chad Grimes, Bill Bishop, Bret Burnham Feb. 1: Tricia Coday, Dean Welty, Jeffery Melkus Feb. 2: Dylan Moore, Lisa Welty, Jerry Cell, Deric Wagner Feb. 3: Bobby Gerloff, Vanessa...

 

Early classes for Oklahoma high schools common despite health risks

Ariana Bradley sets multiple alarms that start going off at 5:30 a.m. on school days, but rarely rolls out of bed before 6:30. Bradley is a senior at Oklahoma City's Northwest Classen High School,... Full story

 

Freedom Homecoming to be Jan. 31

Freedom High School basketball teams will host the Taloga Panthers on Friday, Jan. 31. The game is slated as Homecoming 2020; the theme is "Freedom Culture Clash." The agenda for the day includes a... Full story

 

New members for Woods County Fair Board

The Woods County Commissioners acknowledged the resignation of one fair board member and approved new ones Monday. Ronnie Pitts has resigned from the District 3 position. Commissioner John Smiley said he talked with Pitts who said he is just too... Full story

 

Damages sought for Oklahoma inmate's death despite pleas

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal negligence and wrongful death lawsuit against a northeastern Oklahoma county, its sheriff, former sheriff, jailers, nurse and others alleges an inmate was allowed to die despite repeated pleas for help that were...

 

Ex-Oklahoma prison guards sentenced for distributing drugs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A husband and wife who were Oklahoma prison guards have been sentenced to prison for distributing methamphetamine to inmates. Micah Lynne Wascher, 37, and her husband, Travis Eugene Wascher, 43, were sentenced Tuesday in...

 

Oklahoma's prison population falls, but system still crowded

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's state prison population has dropped below 25,000 for the first time in more than a decade, but the system is still overcrowded. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections' weekly population count for Jan. 21 was 24,992,...

 

US Supreme Court upholds Oklahoma man's death sentence

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of an Oklahoma man convicted in the fatal shooting of his lover's estranged husband. The court on Monday rejected without comment the appeal of James Pavatt, 67. Pavatt and...

 

NJ man who admitted smuggling turtles ordered to pay $350K

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $350,000 after he pleaded guilty to smuggling more than 1,000 box turtles out of Oklahoma. William T. Gangemi, 27, of Freehold, New Jersey, was...

 

Company found partly responsible for Oklahoma rig explosion

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma jury has found a Houston-based company 10% responsible for a January 2018 explosion and fire that killed five men. The Pittsburg County jury on Monday ordered National Oilwell Varco to pay $1 million each to the...

 

Kansas abortion measure advances in Tennessee plan's shadow

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas pushed a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution through the state Senate on Wednesday even as abortion rights advocates argued that it would lead to a ban on most abortions...

 

Chiefs' practice facility left home alone in Kansas City

MIAMI (AP) — When the Chiefs won their first AFC championship in 50 years, chairman Clark Hunt and the rest of his ownership family decided that they would bring everyone associated with the franchise to the Super Bowl: the coaches and players, the...

 

Police arrest man accused of ramming vehicle into home

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man who is suspected of ramming into a Wichita home with three children and three adults inside during a domestic disturbance. Thirty-six-year-old Samuel Higgins, of Wichita, is jailed on suspicion...

 

Kansas woman killed when SUV crashes into patrol vehicle

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a western Kansas police officer was not using lights and sirens when he crashed his patrol vehicle into a car while responding to an emergency call and killed the driver. The Wichita Eagle reports Cpl. Shane...

 

Driver charged with murder said he thought he was braking

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A 71-year-old driver who is charged in the death of a 14-year-old girl told police he thought he was stepping on the brakes when he struck her as as she walked home from her suburban Kansas City school, charging documents say....

 

Man raises the bar and bridge with his marriage proposal

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A pair of civil engineers took their relationship to new heights atop a New Hampshire bridge. Dan Del Tufo arranged to have the Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth lifted to its maximum height, and that's where he surprised Julia...

 

A failed Italian job: Driver evades flaming highway robbery

MILAN (AP) — In a bid to rob an armored vehicle, a gang of thieves set up barriers of burning vehicles and spilled nails on a highway near Milan but were foiled when the driver evaded their traps, according to news reports Wednesday. The...

 

Trial highlights: Senators' questions launch pointed debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Finally playing an active role at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, senators posed written inquiries that led to pointed, back-and-forth debate Wednesday as Trump's legal team and House Democratic prosecutors pressed...

 

Vanessa Bryant statement: 'We are completely devastated'

Vanessa Bryant made her first public comment Wednesday since the helicopter crash that killed her husband Kobe Bryant, one of their daughters and seven others, taking to Instagram to thank people for the global outpouring of support since the...

 

Trump defense: Ukraine 'quid pro quo' not impeachable

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a striking shift from President Donald Trump's claims of "perfect" dealings with Ukraine, his defense asserted Wednesday at his Senate trial that a trade of U.S. military aid for political favors — even if proven — could...

 

Accusers: Weinstein excused lewd acts as a showbiz norm

NEW YORK (AP) — Two women who say they met Harvey Weinstein when they were aspiring actresses in their 20s testified at his rape trial Wednesday that the one-time Hollywood titan preyed on their dreams of stardom to sexually assault them. Dawn...

 

Authorities find longest Southwest border smuggling tunnel

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. authorities on Wednesday announced the discovery of the longest smuggling tunnel ever found on the Southwest border, stretching more than three-quarters of a mile from an industrial site in Tijuana, Mexico, to the San Diego ar...

 

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