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In unannounced move, Oklahoma jails begin collecting DNA from arrestees

With no announcement, Oklahoma jails are beginning to collect DNA from individuals arrested on felony charges – the first step in implementing a controversial state law passed two years ago. So far, hundreds of jail inmates have had the insides of...

 

2 jailed after stolen Kansas cattle taken to Oklahoma

COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested two suspected cattle rustlers after they stole 17 steers from a Kansas pasture and attempted to sell them in Oklahoma. The Cherokee County, Kansas, Sheriff's Office says in a news release that...

 

Oklahoma appeals court upholds 2 separate murder convictions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld two separate murder convictions, including one involving the drowning of a 4-year-old girl. The court on Thursday upheld the second-degree murder conviction and 20-year prison...

 

Wichita art gallery reports break-in, theft of 8 pieces

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita art gallery says eight pieces of glass art were stolen during a break-in. The founder of Karg Art Glass, Rollin Karg, says he discovered the break-in and theft early Wednesday. Gallery officials estimated the loss...

 

Man who fled after Kansas slaying faces 10-year sentence

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A gang member who fled to Mexico after a Topeka killing will be sentenced in February. WIBW-TV reports that 25-year-old Fernando Diaz pleaded guilty last week to involuntary manslaughter in the death of 22-year-old Christopher...

 

Police: Man impersonate Walmart worker to steal TVs, pinatas

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The search is on for a man in Albuquerque that police say impersonated a Walmart employee to steal televisions and pinatas. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports the man struck an Albuquerque Walmart the day after the Black...

 

Serial killer pleads guilty in Texas woman's 1994 death

DALLAS (AP) — A 78-year-old prisoner who says he killed about 90 people over nearly four decades as he moved around the country pleaded guilty to murder Thursday in the 1994 strangulation of a Texas woman. Samuel Little entered his plea in the...

 

Inmate dies at federal correctional institute in Oklahoma

EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — The FBI is investigating the death of an inmate at a federal prison in Oklahoma. Officials say 34-year-old inmate Justin Clark was found unresponsive Tuesday at the Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, about 25 miles...

 

Incompetency claim rejected for man charged in decapitation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A jury has rejected a mental incompetence claim from a man accused of shooting and decapitating his grandmother and her husband at an in-home day care in Oklahoma City. The criminal case against 23-year-old Quinton Laster has...

 

Kansas man on probation charged with posting nude photo

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A 29-year-old Kansas man is charged with posting a nude photograph of a former intimate partner online just months after pleading guilty in a similar crime. The Kansas City Star reports Matthew David Delair, of Overland Park,...

 

Appeal rejected for woman who stole $1.5M from 2 companies

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman who embezzled a combined $1.5 million from Black & Veatch and Garmin International has lost her appeal of an eight-year prison sentence. The Kansas City Star reports that the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of...

 

Homeless man jailed in shooting that critically wounded man

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a homeless registered sex offender in a shooting that critically injured another homeless man near a Wichita bike path. The Wichita Eagle reports that 59-year-old man, Richard Fagan has been booked...

 

Kansas inmate used Taser on officers during failed escape

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a southeast Kansas jail inmate shocked corrections officers with a stun gun during a failed escape attempt. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says 40-year-old Curtis Lee Harris, of Chanute, was being...

 

Oklahoma woman arrested after juvenile found in Kansas

EUREKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested the grandmother of a 17-year-old Oklahoma boy with special needs who was found alone near a southeast Kansas rest stop. Rogers County, Oklahoma, authorities say 68-year-old Janie Gill was arrested in...

 

Man arrested after police chase with 3 children in car

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 36-year-old Garden City man is facing serious charges after police say he fled in a vehicle with his three young children inside. Officers who were called Monday night to a domestic dispute saw a vehicle driven by Billy...

 

Son being questioned in death of father in Broken Arrow

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Police say an 18-year-old man has been arrested on a first-degree murder warrant in death of his father in Broken Arrow. Officer James Koch said in a news release Saturday that police were called to a home Friday...

 

Man arrested in Texas after telling kids Santa isn't real

DALLAS (AP) — Police say a 31-year-old protester who told children Santa Claus is not real has been arrested for trespassing at a North Texas church. Aaron Urbanski was arrested Saturday after authorities were called to a church in Cleburne, which...

 

Oklahoma police shoot, kill man after store robbed in Kansas

PERRY, Okla. (AP) — Investigators are looking into a police shooting in northern Oklahoma that left a man wanted for robbery in Kansas dead following a chase. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says it's looking into the shooting death...

 

3 carnival workers charged in killings of Kansas couple

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three carnival workers have been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a couple at a Kansas fair whose bodies were found days later in shallow graves in a national forest in Arkansas. The Kansas Attorney...

 

Kansas teacher arrested for trafficking meth

LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas teacher has been charged with dealing methamphetamine in Oklahoma. The Hutch Post reports that 37-year-old Melissa Abla and a man were arrested last month after law enforcement executed a search warrant at their home...

 

Divided Oklahoma court upholds conviction in infant's death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A divided Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the conviction and life without parole sentence of a man for the death of his girlfriend's 4-month-old daughter. The court in a 3-2 ruling on Thursday rejected the appeal...

 

Teens charged after guns, Tasers stolen from police car

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two Kansas City men are facing federal gun charges after firearms and police equipment were stolen from an unmarked police car. Leronte Swinton and Carvon Brown, both 19, are charged with illegal possession of stolen...

 

Man sentenced for killing wife, leaving body in dumpster

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 31-year-old Wichita man who killed his wife and left her body in a dumpster has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 50 years. In October, Donnell Stafford was found guilty of first-degree...

 

Oklahoma inmate walks away from halfway house in Ponca City

PONCA CITY, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says in inmate who walked away from a halfway house in Ponca City remains at large. The department said in a news release Friday that 45-year-old Paul Hartsell Jr. walked away from...

 

Kansas motorcyclist charged in wreck that killed woman

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City motorcyclist has been charged in a wreck that killed the woman who was riding behind him. The Kansas City Star reports that 42-year-old Fredrick Wilson Kane, of Mission, was booked into jail Friday. He is...

 

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