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Informant testifies FBI paid him $23K in bomb plot probe

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An FBI informant says he was paid more than $23,000 for cooperating in an investigation that led to charges against a man accused of trying to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound (450-kilogram) bomb outside an Oklahoma...

 

Conviction, life sentence upheld for man in Lawton slaying

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder conviction and life without parole sentence of a man in a Lawton motel slaying. The court on Thursday rejected appeals by 33-year-old Roy Lee White Jr. that included...

 

Sedgwick County recovers stolen property worth $170,000

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office is looking for the owners of a huge cache of stolen items. The sheriff's office received information Tuesday from the Sumner County Sheriff's office that stolen property was being kept in a...

 

Kansas man who threatened to 'blow up' White House sentenced

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of threatening to "blow up" the White House has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison. A court filing shows Brandon Koss of Wichita was sentenced Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of willful...

 

Man charged with stalking employees at DMV office

TROY, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri man is charged with stalking after authorities say he repeatedly visited a Driver's License and Vehicle Registration Office for several months. The Lincoln County Sheriff's office says 34-year-old Timothy Howe,...

 

Militia members file appeals in Kansas bomb case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Three militia members facing decades in prison for their roles in a foiled plot to massacre Somali Muslims in southwest Kansas have all now appealed their convictions and sentences. Attorneys representing Gavin Wright and...

 

Kansas declares staffing emergency at most crowded prison

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas declared an emergency Tuesday at its most crowded maximum-security state prison over what Gov. Laura Kelly called "serious staffing shortages" inside a lockup that's had multiple inmate disturbances over the past two year...

 

Missouri man receives probation in Oklahoma pipe bomb case

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 36-year-old Missouri man has been placed on probation after pleading guilty to having a pipe bomb at his former apartment in Oklahoma. Federal court records in Tulsa show Richard C. Cole received 2½ years of probation when...

 

Jury selection to begin in Oklahoma City bomb plot trial

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man charged with trying to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound (450-kilogram) bomb outside an Oklahoma City bank is standing trial in federal court. Jury selection begins Tuesday in the trial of Jerry Varnell, who...

 

Former post office contract driver admits stealing from mail

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former contract truck driver for the post office in Rose Hill has admitted to stealing items from the mail U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a news release that 30-year-old Manuel De La Cruz, of Wichita, pleaded...

 

Massage parlor owner pleads guilty to conspiracy charge

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 54-year-old woman has admitted that she operated a prostitution business out of massage parlors in Lawrence and Topeka. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a news release Tuesday that Weiling Nielsen pleaded guilty to...

 

Officer rescues doe trapped for about a week in storm drain

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have rescued a deer found trapped in a storm drain in Kansas, and officials say the animal may have been there for a week. Video of the rescue shows an animal control officer using a long pole with a loop to pull...

 

Police chief relieved for arrest in former officer's slaying

BLACKWELL, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma police chief says it was a relief to hear that the suspect in the 2013 killing of one of his former officers was arrested in Mexico. Blackwell Police Chief Dwayne Wood said Friday there were "no sweeter words."...

 

Rural north-central Kansas fire station destroyed by fire

WAKEENEY, Kan. (AP) — Officials are investigating a fire that destroyed a rural north-central Kansas fire station. Television station KWCH reports that Trego County Rural Fire Station One was destroyed in a blaze Friday afternoon. Emergency...

 

Topeka man convicted of 2017 shooting death

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A jury has found a 22-year-old Topeka man guilty of murder and other crimes for the shooting death of another man last year. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Zachary Buck-Schrag was convicted Friday of first-degree...

 

Officer injured in shooting in which accused shoplifter dies

DEL CITY, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in suburban Oklahoma City say a suspected shoplifter has died following a shooting in which an officer and a security guard were injured. The shooting occurred about 11 p.m. Saturday at a retail store in Del...

 

Prison transport firm closing after escape, cites insurance

DALLAS (AP) — A private prisoner transport company has announced its closure after an MMA fighter accused in two killings escaped this month from one of its vans while being escorted to a jail in Texas. Texas Prisoner Transportation Services told...

 

Oklahoma court affirms sentence in dismemberment death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a woman convicted of murder for helping to dismember her ex-husband's body, which was found underwater in cement-filled buckets. The court ruled...

 

US marshals arrest Oklahoma 'Most Wanted' fugitive in Mexico

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 41 times in Oklahoma and who was among the U.S. Marshal's Service's 15 Most Wanted fugitives has been apprehended in Mexico. Federal marshals said Thursday that 34-year-old Luis...

 

Men arrested in Alabama in 2013 slaying in Oklahoma

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama authorities say they've arrested two people in the shooting death of a man who was killed during a robbery in Oklahoma more than five years ago. A statement from the Mobile County Sheriff's Office says officers arrested...

 

Oklahoma County sheriff announces citizens advisory board

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor has announced plans to create a citizens advisory board. Taylor said in a news release Wednesday that the board will work to help improve community relations between the sheriff's office and...

 

20 inmates charged in November Larned prison riot

LARNED, Kan. (AP) — Twenty inmates at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility face felony charges after a riot at the prison in November. Pawnee County Attorney Doug McNett charged the inmates after a state prison official completed an...

 

Wichita police investigate deadly shooting near health club

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police are asking for the public's help as they investigate the shooting death of a 22-year-old in northwest Wichita. Officer Paul Cruz says police were called Wednesday evening to investigate a shooting in the parking...

 

Ex-boyfriend sentenced for cyberstalking Air Force woman

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Oklahoma City man who cyberstalked a woman based at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha has been sentenced to five months in prison. Federal prosecutors say 48-year-old Kevin McRae was sentenced Friday in Omaha's federal court....

 

Prosecutors: Man lived with dad's corpse, forged his checks

THE VILLAGE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man is facing charges after authorities say he lived for more than a month in a home with his father's decomposing body and cashed the dead man's retirement checks. Oklahoma County prosecutors charged...

 

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