Woman sentenced to 25 years in Oklahoma officer’s death
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A woman convicted of second-degree murder in the 2017 shooting death of an Oklahoma police officer has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's oldest art gallery is commemorating its 100th birthday with a series of special exhibitions and festivities.
Oklahoma man charged in hit-and-run death of 2-year-old son
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A 41-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the 2015 hit-and-run death of his 2-year-old son.
Jail records show Marland Tramble was being held in the Pottawatomie County jail Friday after being charged in the death of Andreis Tramble.
Court records do not list an attorney to speak on his behalf.
Correction: St Gregory’s-Minerals Auctioned story
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — In a story Feb. 12 about an auction of mineral interests at the former St. Gregory University in Oklahoma, The Associated Press reported erroneously Dane Pollei's status with the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art. Pollei is still director, not a former director.
A corrected version of the story is below:
St. Gregory's trustee denies a museum's $2.3 million claim
A trustee in St. Gregory University's federal bankruptcy case is disputing a claim filed by a museum
Oklahoma couple teach music to Shawnee students together
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — It was in a music theory class at Oklahoma Baptist University that Justin and Melissa Lee met and now, seven years later, they're married, raising their five-year-old son, Jadon, and together guide the young singers of Shawnee Public Schools.
Both grew up singing in church and playing piano and eventually discovered their passion for teaching music.
Woman convicted for role in Oklahoma officer’s slaying
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A woman has been found guilty of second-degree murder for her role in the 2017 shooting death of a 22-year-old police officer in central Oklahoma.
A Pottawatomie County jury found 24-year-old Brooklyn Danielle Williams guilty Friday and recommended she be sentenced to 25 years in prison. Formal sentencing is set for March.
Oklahoma woman on trial in fatal shooting of police officer
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — The trial is underway of a 24-year-old Oklahoma woman charged in the 2017 shooting death of a Tecumseh police officer.
A 12-member jury in Pottawatomie County was set to begin hearing evidence Tuesday in the trial of Brooklyn Danielle Williams, who is charged with second-degree murder in the March 26, 2017, death of 22-year-old Officer Justin Terney.
Monks retain land used to secure St. Gregory’s loan
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Land that was used as collateral for a loan to now-closed St. Gregory's University in Shawnee is back in the hands of St. Gregory's Abbey.
Ownership of the land came into question when the university filed for bankruptcy in December 2017.
Oklahoma photographer provides courtesy photos to veterans
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Jessie Newell's grandfather talked fondly of the friendships he formed while serving in the U.S. Army, but he didn't have many pictures of himself or memorabilia from his World War II experiences.
The lack of mementos seemed more pronounced after his death in 1997.
About three years ago, Newell, an award-winning photographer, decided to give veterans and their families something that she didn't have: photos.
$8 million sale of St. Gregory’s to Hobby Lobby finalized
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby has completed its $8 million purchase of a bankrupt Catholic university's campus near Oklahoma City, which it has agreed to lease out to another Christian college.
Documents filed in federal bankruptcy court Tuesday in Oklahoma City finalized the sale of the more than 70-acre St. Gregory's University campus, buildings and other property in Shawnee to Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., which made the offer in September.
Hobby Lobby plans to buy shuttered Oklahoma college campus
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hobby Lobby plans to purchase the shuttered campus of what was the only Roman Catholic university in Oklahoma.
Documents filed Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Oklahoma City show the arts and crafts chain has agreed to buy the St. Gregory's University campus for $8 million.
Oklahoma case remains unsolved 34 years later
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — The disappearance of Sandy Pathresa Rea 34 years ago is still one of the biggest crime mysteries in the Shawnee area, but a new set of local investigators are putting a fresh set of eyes on the unsolved cold case.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least seven Oklahoma public school districts plan to make Election Day a holiday this year to encourage teachers and staff to vote.
The state's two largest districts, Oklahoma City Public Schools and Tulsa Public Schools, have scheduled Nov. 6 as an off day, The Oklahoman reported . Muskogee, Ada and Shawnee schools have also marked Election Day as a holiday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least seven Oklahoma public school districts plan to make Election Day a holiday this year to encourage teachers and staff to vote.
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Investors have paid more than $10 million in bids for assets involving oil and natural gas wells owned by the bankrupt St. Gregory's University in central Oklahoma as part of a court-ordered auction.
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — An auction of items from the former St. Gregory's University brought in more than $330,000 that will be used to pay creditors of the bankrupt university.
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Thousands of rare and historical books from a now-closed university in Oklahoma will be offered at auction on Thursday.
The Oklahoman reports the books from the library at St. Gregory's University include centuries-old religious texts stored in the school's Treasure Room.
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — It's quiet in the back room at the Shawnee Regional Airport.
Aside from sniffling, the occasional air motor and a phone ringing, it's quiet.
Bert Murib, a native of Papua, Indonesia, wiped away his tears as he explained why he traveled about 8,350 miles to Shawnee, Oklahoma.
His tears may have stopped, but his motivation to help his people have a constant flow of food, clothes, resources and independence will never end.
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a man is hospitalized after being shot by police in central Oklahoma.
The OSBI says 27-year-old Dakota Price was wounded early Thursday in Shawnee when an officer opened fire after Price pointed a handgun at officers.
His condition and the name of the officer have not been released.
DA: Fatal shooting of Oklahoma escapee justified
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A district attorney has ruled that a U.S. Marshal and an Oklahoma drug agent involved in the fatal shooting of a prison escapee were both justified in using deadly force.
The Shawnee News-Star reports that Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon ruled Tuesday the shooting death of 40-year-old Ricky Leon Rusche was justified.
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A puppy that belonged to a 22-year-old Oklahoma police officer killed in the line of duty last year is now certified to work as a canine officer.
The Shawnee News-Star reports that police trained and certified Onyx the Malinois for narcotics detection last year after Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney was fatally shot.
CHANDLER, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in Oklahoma say a man accused of stealing Purple Heart medals and other items worth $250,000 has been taken into custody in Virginia.
Authorities say 49-year-old Jonathan Bartlett Robertson was apprehended Saturday in Richmond, Virginia, following an hour-long pursuit. Officials say Robertson was driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
2 Oklahoma officers injured after car flips during chase
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma police officials say two officers are injured after their vehicle flipped during a chase.
KFOR-TV reports that Shawnee police were called to a construction business over two stolen vehicles on Sunday.
Feds approve tribe’s plan for casino in Oklahoma Panhandle
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal officials have approved an Indian tribe's request to put more than 100 acres of land into trust to pave the way for a 42,000-square-foot casino in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke joined Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday for a signing ceremony for the approval of the Shawnee Tribe's application. Zinke said in a statement making "tribal sovereignty meaningful" is a priority.
Campaign funds would pay for some Oklahoma special elections
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican state senator has filed a bill to take leftover campaign funds from some state lawmakers who resign, in order to offset the cost of special elections to replace them.
The bill by Sen. Ron Sharp of Shawnee would send the resigning lawmaker's remaining campaign funds to the state election board in order to help pay for the election to replace the lawmaker. The bill would not apply to campaign funds of a lawmaker who dies in office.
OSBI investigating fatal shooting involving Oklahoma deputy
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating a fatal shooting involving a Pottawatomie County sheriff's deputy.
The OSBI says the shooting occurred Saturday night after deputies received a report about a man attacking family members inside a residence west of Shawnee. A deputy who responded encountered a man matching a description of the suspect walking along a road carrying a baseball bat.
Magnitude 3.8 earthquake recorded in central Oklahoma
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude rated at 3.8 has been recorded in central Oklahoma.
The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake struck at 2:11 p.m. Thursday near Shawnee, 28 miles (45 kilometers) east of Oklahoma City.
No injuries or damage are reported. Scientists say damage is not likely in earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or less.
Oklahoma judge dismisses review of domestic violence case
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge has dismissed a lawsuit to re-examine the case of a woman who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for failing to report that her boyfriend abused her children. The boyfriend served two years.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a petition calling 33-year-old Tondalao Hall's sentence disproportionate.
Pottawatomie County District Judge John Canavan on Tuesday rejected the petition, saying it was filed in the wrong county.
Conviction of man in fatal shooting of Oklahoma teen upheld
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder conviction and life without parole sentence of a man convicted in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old during an attempted robbery at a home in Shawnee.
The court's Wednesday ruling rejected appeals by 28-year-old Aaron Bernard Bradford.
Bradford was convicted of the March 2015 shooting death of Karter Alderman.
Shawnee to re-annex land that includes St. Gregory’s
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — The city of Shawnee is beginning the process to re-annex land that includes the St. Gregory's University property, which had detached from city limits earlier this year in hopes of securing a loan that could keep the school open.
But the university failed to secure the $12.5 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the school is suspending classes as of Dec. 8 because of financial difficulties.
Oklahoma prosecutors seek death penalty in officer’s death
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a 36-year-old man accused of shooting a police officer to death.
Byron James Shepard is charged with first-degree murder in the March 27 death of 22-year-old Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney.
Catholic university in Oklahoma to close
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — The only Roman Catholic university in Oklahoma will close at the end of the fall semester because of financial difficulties.
Students at St. Gregory's University were told about the closure during an emergency meeting Wednesday. The private liberal arts school, which was established in 1875, said it was working with other schools to facilitate student transfers and looking at teach-out agreements.
Fallin taps former House speaker for pardon and parole board
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Republican speaker of the Oklahoma House who has been a strong supporter of reducing the state's prison population has been appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin to the state's Pardon and Parole Board.
Fallin on Tuesday announced that former state Rep. Kris Steele of Shawnee will serve on the board for a term that expires in January 2019.
SHAWNEE, Okla. — Tate Thomas of Ranger, Georgia, is competing in the 25th annual International Finals Youth Rodeo held July 9-14 at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Thomas is participating in the world’s richest youth rodeo, hoping to win his share of more than $250,000 in prize money and championship saddles and buckles.
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in Oklahoma say 10 people have been charged with drug-related offenses after a marijuana cigarette found inside a child's Easter basket at a school led police to a home were marijuana was growing.
Woman charged with murder in Oklahoma officer’s shooting
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A woman has been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma police officer.
Prosecutors on Wednesday charged 22-year-old Brooklyn Danielle Williams of Tecumseh in the death of 22-year-old Tecumseh officer Justin Terney.
Court records do not list an attorney for Williams.
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A man charged in the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma police officer has been booked into jail.
Online records indicate 36-year-old Byron James Shepard of Okemah is being held in the Pottawatomie County Jail on Friday after being released from a hospital where he was treated for gunshot wounds.
Shepard is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney, who died on March 27 after being shot a day earlier.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The first-degree murder conviction and life sentence given to a Shawnee man have been upheld by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.
The court on Tuesday rejected appeals from 22-year-old Austin Olinger that included prosecutorial misconduct, ineffective counsel and improper victim impact testimony.
Olinger was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the 2015 shooting death of 25-year-old John Michael Columbus in Shawnee.
Last of 3 Lincoln County jail escapees is recaptured
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say the last of three inmates who escaped the Lincoln County jail earlier this month is now back in custody.
Sheriff Charlie Dougherty told reporters that 41-year-old Sonny Baker was arrested Wednesday night in Shawnee after being on the run since the escape on March 16.
Details of the arrest were not immediately released.
Man charged with murder in Oklahoma officer’s death
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma prosecutors have charged a 35-year-old man with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old police officer during a traffic stop.
Court records show Byron James Shepard of Okemah was charged Wednesday in Pottawatomie County in the shooting of Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney, who died Monday after being shot Sunday. Court records don't list an attorney for Shepard.
Man suspected in officer’s shooting death faced charge
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma court records show a 35-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting a 22-year-old police officer during a traffic stop faced a stolen property charge.
Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon identified the suspect Tuesday as Byron James Shepard of Okemah. Shepard is suspected of shooting Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney Sunday night. Terney died Monday after undergoing surgery.
Police: Shawnee teenager shot to death in Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police say a Shawnee teenager has been shot to death in south Oklahoma City.
Sgt. Gary Knight says 16-year-old Emmanuel Zenon died at a hospital after being found Monday night in the parking lot of an apartment complex.
Knight says investigators believe Zenon was shot during a robbery.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin is giving her approval to a federal agency's decision that paves the way for the Shawnee Tribe to build a $25 million casino near Guymon in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
Fallin announced Tuesday that she agrees with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs' decision to place a tract of land 4 miles southwest of Guymon into trust for the Oklahoma-based tribe, which has no jurisdictional land of its own.
Oklahoma Baptist University Professors debut musical
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — If one was to say the first word that comes to mind after hearing the word "opera," he or she might likely rattle off the first composer they remember from music class — Mozart, Tchaikvosky or Vivaldi, perhaps.
For those thinking the art form once mastered by such composers is nothing more than a distant memory in history books — fear not — because such a composer is quite alive and doing very well, and living the dream in Shawnee.
Grand Casino shooter dies
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A Shawnee casino security guard who shot himself after fatally shooting a fellow officer has died.
The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2jklabo ) reports 28-year-old Justin Wells entered the Grand Casino on Jan. 10, shot and killed 22-year-old Matt Palmer and then turned the gun on himself. An online obituary says Wells was hospitalized and died Wednesday.
Men in Oklahoma casino shooting were security guards
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Investigators say two people involved in a shooting at an Oklahoma casino that left one of them dead and the other injured were security guards at the casino.
The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2jcja7p ) reports that the alleged shooter, 28-year-old Justin Wells, survived but his condition wasn't immediately released.
1 employee dead, 1 hurt in shooting at Oklahoma casino
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead and another is injured after a shooting involving two employees at an Oklahoma casino.
The shooting happened Tuesday morning at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, about 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. The casino is run by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
Tribe’s plan for casino in Oklahoma Panhandle draws concern
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Native American tribe's plan to build a $25 million casino in the Oklahoma Panhandle hundreds of miles from the tribe's headquarters has prompted a state senator to question whether tribal gambling should be allowed in areas that have no historical tribal connections.
Wildfires pop up in Oklahoma; Dry, windy weather in forecast
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Wildfires are popping up in parts of Oklahoma, and state forestry officials warn that Friday could bring a very high fire danger to the state because of low humidity and gusty winds.
Oklahoma City television station KWTV reports (http://bit.ly/2iJLoqu ) that one fire is burning near Shawnee, while two other fires were reported in Lincoln County. There are no reports of injuries.
Wildfire burns in central Oklahoma but no structures lost
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Dry conditions plus blown-down trees from a tornado several years ago in central Oklahoma are fueling a wildfire that continues to burn Wednesday morning. No structures have been lost and no one has been hurt.
Oklahoma Forestry Services spokeswoman Michelle Finch-Walker says the fire was about 60 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. It's burning near Shawnee, or about 30 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.