LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A group of veterans recently found their heads in the clouds for a short time as they flew in a restored World War II era Stearman airplane.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that increases speed limits on Oklahoma turnpikes and some state highways has been signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Across Oklahoma, superintendents from the smallest districts to the largest continue to contend with an ongoing teacher shortage that shows no signs of slowing.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A private prison in southwestern Oklahoma remains locked down following a fight among dozens of inmates in which nine inmates were injured.
One-room schoolhouse at museum getting an overhaul
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A volunteer's determination matched the Museum of the Great Plains' vision for the restoration of the old one-room Blue Beaver School No. 61.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Oklahoma are investigating a fatal weekend shooting.
Public Information Officer Timothy Jenkins of the Lawton Police Department says officers...
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A 1913 firetruck and a horse-drawn hose cart from the 1850s will be returned to an Oklahoma community where both were used before being donated to a museum.
Students pay homage to World War II veteran on his birthday
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Eisenhower Elementary students want to ensure a Marlow World War II veteran receives plenty of cards for his birthday.
2 teens arrested in slaying of 18-year-old Chickasha man
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma law enforcement authorities have arrested two more suspects in the shooting death of an 18-year-old man in Grady County last month.
House built by Great Plains Tech students to go up for sale
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A special house will be listed for sale in Lawton on March 1.
The 1,600-square foot home, from floor to roof, granite-topped kitchen counters to walk-in closet, is the work of building trades students at Great Plains Technology Center and represents about 18 months of classroom work. Just call it on-the-job learning.
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 insufficient evidence, improper evidence, improper jury instructions and ineffective counsel.
No cause of death for late OU regent Billy Wayne Burgess Jr.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A memorial service has been scheduled for Billy Wayne Burgess Jr., a member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents.
Burgess, of Lawton, died suddenly Feb. 8 at 62. No cause of death has been released.
Officials at Becker-Rabon Funeral Home say a memorial service will be held Friday at the First Baptist Church of Lawton.
Middle school students in Lawton transform trash into art
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A group of eighth grade students at Eisenhower Middle School turned trash into art and earned statewide recognition in the process.
Sandra Berry's art class spent much of the fall semester recycling plastic water bottles by creating colorful ornaments. The students cut the bottles into spirals and then painted them with permanent markers. Once complete, they were suspended from the ceiling to give the appearance of colored glass.
Therapy dogs bring smiles, pain relief to Lawton hospital
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — It has been said that laughter is the best medicine. And while most medical experts will prescribe actual medicine, there is a certain healing power that comes with a smile.
And few things make humans smile more than animals. And while not everyone is a "dog person," the effects that therapy dogs have on patients — and staff — at Comanche County Memorial Hospital have been overwhelmingly positive.
Oklahoma 3-year-old dies of cancer, parents charged
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — The parents of a 3-year-old Oklahoma girl who died from cancer after a tumor grew to be 17 pounds (8 kilograms) have been charged with first-degree manslaughter.
2 dead, officer wounded in early-morning Oklahoma shooting
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Oklahoma say two people are dead following an early-morning shooting in which a law enforcement officer was wounded.
Officials say Comanche County sheriff's deputies responded to reports of a possible homicide at 4 a.m. Sunday at a residence in Cache, about 86 miles (138 kilometers) southwest of Oklahoma City. Deputies found one person dead and one wounded.
Toby Keith to perform at Oklahoma governor’s inauguration
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Country music star and Oklahoma native Toby Keith will be among the performers at a series of events marking the inauguration of incoming Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt.
The three inaugural events will take place between Jan. 10 and Jan. 14 in Lawton, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Stitt announced Tuesday that Keith would be performing at the Oklahoma City inaugural ball on Jan. 14.
Some federal workers in Oklahoma feel pinch of shutdown
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some federal workers in Oklahoma are feeling the effect of the partial government shutdown that is poised to enter a second week.
Visitor centers at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton and the Chickasaw National Recreational Area will remain closed, although visitors can still access both parks.
Stitt to host inaugural balls, children’s festival
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's newly elected governor is planning several events to celebrate his inauguration, including balls in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, a children's festival in Jenks and a party in Lawton.
Lawton teen, man charged with murder in separate slayings
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A teenager and a 35-year-old man face murder charges in separate slayings in Lawton.
Authorities say a 17-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old child in October.
Investigators say the teen was babysitting the child and witnesses reported hearing him yell for the child to stop crying, then heard what sounded like slapping sounds and the crying stopped.
Oklahoma event helps graduating high school seniors
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Taxes. Health insurance. Basic finances.
Lawton Public Schools prepares its seniors for almost everything they need to know once they graduate. Almost everything.
Autopsy: Police shot Oklahoma man holding knife 10 times
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A man killed by police after he charged at officers with a knife was under the influence of methamphetamine, according to an Oklahoma Medical Examiner report.
The autopsy found that Millard Clark Jr., 41, sustained 10 gunshot wounds, including wounds to the neck, chest and shoulder, The Lawton Constitution reported .
Investment firm founder reflects on life in Oklahoma
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Tae Ham hadn't been out to enjoy the nightlife of New York City in some time. He became a homebody after the birth of his second child.
But on the evening of Aug. 12, Ham found himself relaxing at Mr. Purple, the posh rooftop bar at the Hotel Indigo near the SoHo District.
Oklahoma mayoral candidate charged with embezzlement
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A southern Oklahoma mayoral candidate has been charged with embezzling more than $2,000.
The Lawton Constitution reports that Palmer Lee Moore Jr. was charged Wednesday with felony embezzlement. He's been released on $2,500 bond and will appear in court Oct. 22.
Body in vehicle identified as 20-year-old Oklahoma woman
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say a vehicle that was pulled from a river with the body of a 20-year-old woman inside had run off of a roadway after striking a concrete median.
The vehicle was pulled from the North Canadian River in western Oklahoma City on Saturday. On Monday, officials identified the victim as Marissa Lanae Martinez of Lawton.
Inmate repeatedly stabbed at Lawton Correctional Facility
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials say an inmate remains hospitalized after being stabbed at a facility in the southwestern part of the state.
Officials say 36-year-old James Bever was stabbed Saturday at Lawton Correctional Facility. Bever was found lying in a pod shower with multiple stab wounds.
Class revives crochet craft in Lawton
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A new generation of crocheters in Lawton is ensuring the crafting art does not fall by the wayside.
Michell Rosario, activities coordinator at the Owens Multi-Purpose Center, has hosted a twice-weekly crocheting class since June. The class has attracted around a dozen participants — many of whom are teenagers and young adults — that have learned there's so much you can do with a needle and a bundle of yarn.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says an inmate is hospitalized after being beaten and stabbed by other inmates at a prison in southwestern Oklahoma.
A department news release says 37-year-old George Haga was attacked by multiple inmates Monday night inside the Lawton Correctional Facility.
The department says Haga was taken to a Lawton hospital in undisclosed condition.
TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in Oklahoma in the death of a man whose body was found beside a rural Central Texas road.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a Lawton man who police fatally shot emerged from his apartment holding two butcher knives and then charged the officers, cutting one.
Police in Lawton released an incident report that identifies Millard Clark Jr. as the man who was killed. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting in Lawton, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southwest of Oklahoma City.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in Oklahoma were investigating two separate police shootings Tuesday, including one in which a man was killed in Lawton after officers say he attacked them with a knife and cut one of them.
The second shooting involved a Tulsa officer who was wounded in the leg when a man opened fire as officers tried to question him about the license plate on the van he was in.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on police shootings in Oklahoma (all times local):
Police in Oklahoma say an officer and a man who opened fire on them were wounded during a shootout in Tulsa.
Tulsa police spokeswoman Officer Jeanne MacKenzie said it happened Tuesday after officers ran the license plate on a minivan and found the plate had been issued to a different vehicle.
Oklahoma man works to expand interest in futsal
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Futsal is not a sport most Americans are even familiar with.
However, one Lawton man is trying to change that, in Southwest Oklahoma at least.
Mark E. Brown is the president of the Oklahoma Futsal Association and the Southwestern Oklahoma Futsal League. Recently, Brown was able to add another title, as he was named the Chief Operations Officer of AMF USA, the American division of the world governing body of the sport, the "Asociacion Munidal de Futsal", or AMF.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Naomi Vinson stands over a mannequin on a gurney methodically maneuvering a ventilator tube down its throat. As she does so, she explains that the process is known as a tracheal intubation, used to maintain open airways on patients under anesthesia. Though her patient is not real, her passion is.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Emergency management officials say more than a dozen recreational vehicles and campers were overturned by winds as strong storms moved across southwestern Oklahoma.
Comanche County Emergency Management spokeswoman Ashleigh Hensch says 13 vehicles were overturned and several were destroyed shortly before 7 a.m. Friday at Lake Lawtonka in Lawton, about 75 miles (121 kilometers) southwest of Oklahoma City.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Fresh off their state-mandated tests, hundreds of fourth graders traded in books and air conditioning for hands-on activities and the great outdoors at the 14th annual Natural Resources Journey.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder conviction of a man for a fatal shooting at a Lawton motel.
The court on Thursday rejected appeals by 31-year-old Robert Long, who was convicted and sentenced to life with the possibility of parole in the March 2014 death of 59-year-old Johnny Allen of Fort Towson.
Suspect injured in officer-involved shooting in Lawton
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Police in Lawton says one man has been hospitalized following an officer-involved shooting in the southwestern Oklahoma city.
Television station KSWO reports the shooting occurred shortly after midnight Sunday on the city's south side. One suspect was wounded in the shooting and was hospitalized in stable condition. Authorities have not identified the suspect.
Oklahoma man arrested in Nebraska stabbing
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An Oklahoma man is accused of paying a relative $200 and meth to cut off his wife's hair and scar her face in a stabbing in Nebraska in 2016.
Eddy Stabler, 47, of Lawton, Oklahoma, was charged Wednesday with second-degree assault and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, The Lincoln Journal Star reports .
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Owners of The Lawton Constitution have announced plans to sell the southwestern Oklahoma newspaper to a Houston-based company.
Lawton businessmen and brothers Brad Burgess and Bill Burgess Jr. said in a news release Thursday they have entered into an agreement with Southern Newspapers. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Oklahoma man arrested in death of wife following fight
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man who allegedly supplied his wife with methamphetamine and then bound her after she became combative has been arrested following her death.
Police say 49-year-old Brandon Harris was arrested for second-degree manslaughter and drug charges following the death of Heather Harris, at their home in Lawton, Oklahoma, about 87 miles (140 kilometers) southwest of Oklahoma City.
Authorities investigate after woman found dead on bridge
SNYDER, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a woman's body was found hanging from a railroad bridge in southwestern Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a member of a train crew spotted the body Wednesday near Snyder, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Lawton.
Oklahoma woman recalls WWII
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Sumiko Goeku was barely 7 when her aunt carried her on her back into the ocean, summoned strength to tow her to deep water, then pushed her away and left her to drown.
Report cites ‘loss of control’ in fatal Kauai plane crash
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says the defining event in a crash that killed five people aboard a skydiving flight on Kauai was "loss of control in flight."
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the safety board's report on the May 23, 2016, crash was released earlier this month.
Oklahoma man who was abandoned at birth succeeds in life
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Johnny McFatridge was born on Dec. 4, 1938, but it might be said that his life didn't actually begin until 11 days later, at around 9 p.m. on the blustery night of Dec. 15, when he was found abandoned, hungry and crying in a car parked on a street in the little town of Antlers.
Escaped inmates spotted at Oklahoma convenience store
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The search for two escaped inmates considered armed and dangerous moved to northeast Oklahoma on Thursday after they were spotted at a convenience store in the Tulsa suburb of Sapulpa, according to the deputy sheriff leading the investigation.
Death of Lawton man in Frederick is called suspicious
FREDERICK, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says the death of a Lawton man whose body was found in Frederick is suspicious.
The OSBI says the body of 73-year-old Curtis Thompson was found Tuesday in a drainage ditch by an employee of the nearby Farmers Co-Op.
Investigators say Thompson was in Frederick to attend family and school reunions and was last seen Saturday night.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — An employee of the Lawton jail has been arrested after police say they found marijuana in a diaper she carried into the jail.
The Lawton Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/1SmEezf ) that the female employee of the Lawton Correctional Facility was arrested Saturday after other employees notified police that the woman had an odor of marijuana on her.
Contract awarded for new Fort Sill training facility
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $13 million contract to build a new training facility at Fort Sill.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in Comanche County are searching for an inmate who walked away from the city jail in Lawton.
Officials say Jeremy Marshall escaped from the facility on Wednesday. Marshall was taking out the trash after cleaning up around the police station when he allegedly walked away.
Officials say Marshall was being held in the jail for traffic offenses including a warrant for driving without a license.