MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A 64-year-old man accused of abducting his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico and elsewhere while fathering her nine children has been found guilty...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two unmanned barges that broke loose on the swollen Arkansas River in Oklahoma crashed into a dam hours later and sank Thursday, and they didn't cause the structure to fail,...
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Officials say a fire and subsequent explosion at a Georgia-Pacific paper mill in eastern Oklahoma injured five workers and left two firefighters with heat...
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say there has been an explosion at a paper plant in north-central Oklahoma.
Muskogee County officials say an explosion and fire were reported late Monday...
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Myanmar native Yuree Lembke recalls seeing the sky through holes in her roof.
"It is not a good condition at all," said Lembke, 27, who spent 17 years in refugee camps...
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Officials say three children suffered minor injuries when an inflatable bounce house went airborne on a windy day in Oklahoma.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Muslim U.S. Army reservist asked to leave a gun range in eastern Oklahoma was dropped on Tuesday, with both sides declaring victory in the...
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Eight officers were justified in their use of deadly force when they opened fire on a knife-wielding man who was suspected of attacking three women in Muskogee, a prosecutor...
Art competition brings in diverse collection of artists
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Lucille Brisson-Dickinson studies her work with a critical eye.
The 70-year-old Wagoner resident dabs a paintbrush into color and then applies it to the canvas. A...
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Police in Muskogee say officers fatally shot a knife-wielding man who was suspected of stabbing two women and attacking a third.
Work Ready endowment used to buy new welding units
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Money through the Education Foundation of Muskogee can help welding students land area jobs, said Muskogee High welding teacher Jason McPeak.
The Work Ready grant helped McPeak buy two TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding units. The Exchange Club of Muskogee grant was awarded in April by the Education Foundation.
McPeak said the units enable students to weld a wider variety of metals, beyond iron and steel.
Audit says funds misappropriated from Muskogee County town
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An audit has found that a "culture of noncompliance" and lack of oversight in a tiny Muskogee County town led to the apparent misappropriation of more than $100,000.
Oklahoma elementary school gets $55K grant
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A $55,000 grant from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation can help Pershing Elementary students explore new worlds, big and small, educators say.
Pershing was among seven schools to receive Champions Grants from the Foundation, launched by seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.
The announcement was made Dec. 17.
Pershing's grant will help fund new items for its STEAM Lab. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Muskogee native performs on keyboard at Bush service
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Muskogee native Sharon Lietzow holds dear her memories of President George Herbert Walker Bush.
From the times of shaking his hand along with his wife Barbara on Sundays to the gift they gave her on the birth of Lietzow's first daughter were the memories that came to her Dec. 6 as she played the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" on the piano during the funeral service for Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.
$3.9M project to address obesity in rural eastern Oklahoma
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University has a $3.9 million plan to address obesity in two rural counties, one of which includes the town with the lowest life expectancy in the U.S.
Oklahoma woman expresses herself through poetry
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Two things have long weighed on Jessica Steward's heart — serving her country and sharing her emotions.
She said she had wanted to be in the military for as long as she could remember.
"This is my country, I'm supposed to defend it," she told the Muskogee Phoenix .
Bacone College coach shows pride in school, culture.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Bacone College cross-country coach Phillip "Bugsy" Barnoskie wears a cap showing pride in his school and his culture.
The cap shows a tomahawk, a logo for Bacone athletics.
"Being from Muskogee, I always knew Bacone," Barnoskie told The Muskogee Phoenix . "I went there for a semester to play baseball."
Oklahoma ‘Doughboy’ statue restored, rededicated
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — District 6 State Representative Chuck Hoskins said he sees his uncle when he walks past the "Spirit of the American Doughboy" statue at Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center.
"It not only stands for my uncles, but for all of your relatives who took part in that war," Hoskins said to a gathered crowd at the recent rededication ceremony for the statue. "We have to make sure our children and their children understand what this statue means."
Trial set for Oklahoma charged man in stepdaughter abduction
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A trial date has been set for a man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico and elsewhere while fathering her nine children.
Muskogee County DA rules officer justified in shooting death
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Muskogee County's top prosecutor has ruled that an officer was justified when he fatally shot a man at a restaurant last week.
District Attorney Orvil Loge said in a letter to Muskogee Police Chief Johnny Teehee on Tuesday that an investigation has cleared officer Ron Yates from wrongdoing in the death of 36-year-old Andrew Kana.
Oklahoma family-run shop aims to offer unique fashion pieces
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Bella Meas women's clothing is a family affair from its name to some of its designer clothing lines.
Bella means beautiful in Italian, and Meas is combination of the first name initials of the owner's granddaughters: Madison, Ella and Alexis.
Even three popular lines of clothing carried in the Muskogee shop are family names — Cousin Earl, Ivy Jane and Uncle Frank.
1 dead in officer-involved shooting in Muskogee restaurant
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Police in eastern Oklahoma say a man is dead after an officer shot him inside a Muskogee restaurant.
Authorities say the shooting occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Monday at I Don't Care Bar and Grill in Muskogee, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa.
Oklahoma school library undergoes makeover
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Hilldale Middle School and High School students can go to the library and sit on a plush sectional sofa, red metal bar stools, even the floor.
Librarian Laurel Croftcheck said she wanted to create smaller, more comfortable spaces for students.
Oklahoma yoga event featured goats
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Nine kids ran around and jumped on visitors doing recent yoga sessions at Hunt's Green Space.
Each kid had four legs. Some had horns and a high-pitched "baa."
The Goat Yoga sessions, benefiting Fostering Hope, attracted about 50 participants earlier this month. Dozens of other people enjoyed a petting zoo, played carnival games and sampled snow cones, popcorn and candy.
Caroline Schuepbach said she came from Oklahoma City just for the Goat Yoga.
Body of missing Oklahoma man found in Arkansas River
BRAGGS, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the body of a missing Oklahoma man has been found in the Arkansas River.
Troopers say the body of 29-year-old Luke T. Dennis of Muskogee was discovered about 10 a.m. Saturday southwest of Braggs, about 131 miles (211 kilometers) east of Oklahoma City.
Dennis had been missing since Wednesday. Troopers say his body was spotted by a private aircraft and then located by a small search party in an inlet of the Arkansas River.
60 years for Colorado man in Oklahoma pot smuggling killings
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for his role in the 2015 deaths of two Oklahoma men in a marijuana smuggling dispute.
The Greeley Tribune reports the sentence handed down for 38-year-old Jack Larkin of Pierce Thursday was the maximum one he could have received under a plea bargain he reached with prosecutors.
Brothers fatally shot in Tulsa shopping center parking lot
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa say two adult brothers were fatally shot while getting out of their car in the parking lot of a shopping center.
Police Capt. Malcolm Wightman said officers were called to the lot in southeast Tulsa about 11 p.m. Wednesday and found 61-year-old Keith Williams and 53-year-old Glenn Williams dead next to their car.
Muskogee backs off stricter medical marijuana rules
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A city in eastern Oklahoma has rejected a proposed ordinance that would've required local medical marijuana patients to obtain a license if they wanted to grow cannabis.
The Muskogee City Council voted Monday in favor of adopting limited regulations regarding State Question 788 , which Oklahoma voters passed in June to legalize medical marijuana.
Oklahoma attorney general seeks mandate for cold cases
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says he will push for legislation next year that requires local law enforcement to enter data from cold cases involving missing or unidentified persons into a national database.
Hunter announced his plan Thursday, flanked by family members of a missing Tulsa woman whose case was solved when a relative linked her disappearance to the discovery of a body in Muskogee County.
WARNER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the 72-year-old driver of a horse-drawn carriage has died in a collision with an SUV in Muskogee County.
Troopers say carriage driver Billy Rogers was pronounced dead at the scene of Wednesday's crash southwest of Warner. They say Rogers suffered extensive injuries to his head and body in the crash.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma will relocate this fall to a city east of its current location.
Oklahoma woman’s art inspired by work with children
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Hillary McQueen says her passions for painting and caring for children are intertwined.
As an artist using acrylic paints, she seeks to make lives a little happier.
As Kids' Space executive director, she works with agencies dealing with child abuse, the Muskogee Phoenix reported.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Fans of hot air balloons can add Muskogee to their list of spots for the high-flying fun.
The Muskogee City Council has approved a contract with Kansas City Aerosports for the Oklahoma Festival of Ballooning. The event is set for Aug. 17-18.
TAFT, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma authorities have captured an inmate who had escaped from a state prison.
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says 32-year-old Markus Perry was apprehended Thursday afternoon in a wooded area just northwest of the Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft.
Perry had escaped earlier in the day. He was returned to the prison in East Oklahoma Thursday night.
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A 36-year-old Oklahoma man who was convicted of taking part in a double slaying tied to a northern Colorado marijuana smuggling ring has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Muskogee County jail inmate dies at hospital
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A Muskogee County jail inmate has died at a hospital after suffering an undisclosed medical issue.
The county sheriff's office says 35-year-old Floyd Patterson III of Muskogee died Monday, shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Sheriff Rob Frazier said the death is being investigated by the sheriff's office.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A Muskogee businessman is doing his part in keeping history alive — one soda bottle at a time.
That may be unusual, but it's part of the way that Robert Lawson and his wife Angie are keeping the history of their building alive ever since Robert learned the Port City Body Shop at 622 N. Main St., that he owns used to be location of the Grapette Soda bottling company from 1946 to 1966. Grapette Soda was a popular drink the 1950s and 1960s.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The body of a Muskogee teenager who disappeared in a northeastern Oklahoma lake has been recovered.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the body of 18-year-old Cody Hancock was recovered Friday morning from Lake Tenkiller, located about 85 miles (137 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa.
Oklahoma man sentenced after crimes in Branson
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A man who terrorized a woman and her 2-year-old granddaughter in Branson has been sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole.
Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Alberto Colina Jr., of Muskogee, Oklahoma, was sentenced Friday for being a felon in possession of a firearm and stealing a firearm.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A private college in Muskogee plans to temporarily suspend operations next week because of what is called major financial problems.
Bacone College President Frank Willis says the school will cease operations beginning Monday. The school still plans to hold its commencement ceremony Saturday, with U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin the featured speaker.
Social services group sued in teen detainee suicide case
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The estate of a teen who died by suicide while detained is suing a county youth services agency and its employees who operated the juvenile detention center.
TAFT, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials say an inmate serving sentences for multiple felony convictions has walked away from a minimum-security prison in Muskogee County.
The Department of Corrections says 32-year-old Nathan Harmon disappeared Thursday from the Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft.
Officials say Harmon allegedly stole a Muskogee police officer's personal pickup truck after leaving the prison. No weapons were reported taken in the theft.
Oklahoma prison officials apprehend escaped inmate
OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials say an inmate who walked away from a prison in Muskogee County has been found and is back in custody.
The state Department of Corrections says 52-year-old Todd Hicks was arrested by Okmulgee County sheriff's deputies around 8 a.m. Thursday at a mobile home park outside of Okmulgee.
Officials say Hicks walked away from the Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft on March 8. The prison is a minimum-security facility that houses about 1,130 inmates.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says an inmate at the Muskogee County jail has died after being found unresponsive in her cell.
The OSBI says jailers found 23-year-old Brandy Edwardsen early Saturday and she was taken to a hospital where she later died.
The body was sent to the state medical examiner for an autopsy.
Future of Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame uncertain
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The perfect pitch; as important in music as it would be for landing a museum dedicated to music. Tulsa music promoter Jim Halsey is waiting for a pitch that would bring his massive music archives into a new home. The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, recently void of part of Halsey's collection, isn't going anywhere but could it, with the right pitch?
TAFT, Okla. (AP) — Officials in Muskogee County say some schools were locked down while authorities searched for an escaped state prison inmate.
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections said Friday authorities are searching for 52-year-old Todd Hicks, who walked away Thursday evening from the minimum-security Jess Dunn Correctional Center.
Civil lawsuit filed in 2016 Muskogee jail death case
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The family of an Oklahoma man who died in 2016 while in custody at the Muskogee County jail has filed a civil lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed Monday against individuals working in the facility, supervisors of the workers and the Muskogee County commissioners, the Muskogee Phoenix reported. It seeks damages in excess of $75,000.
US court revives lawsuit over Oklahoma prison conditions
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived an Oklahoma prison inmate's lawsuit alleging conditions at a state prison violated his constitutional rights.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by 32-year-old Joseph Womble, who's serving an 11-year sentence for first-degree robbery.