Archive - 2013 - News Article
SMITHVILLE, Miss. (AP) â€” A group of volunteers from a Mississippi town that was hit hard by a tornado in 2011 will travel this week to help victims of a deadly twister that hit Oklahoma.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal says volunteers from Smithville Baptist Church will leave Wednesday to take a trailer full of supplies to Moore, Okla.
A deadly EF5 tornado hit devastated Smithville in April 2011. Sixteen people were killed and 153 homes, four churches, the Town Hall, the police headquarters and 14 of the 15 businesses in the one-square-mile town were destroyed.
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) â€” A fall 2016 opening is planned for the $50 million U.S. Marshals Museum on the banks of the Arkansas River in Fort Smith, organizers announced Tuesday.
The museum's board of directors said the groundbreaking for the museum will be held Sept. 24, 2014. The Southwest Times Record reported Wednesday that the groundbreaking will coincide with the release of a commemorative coin marking the 225th anniversary of the Marshals Service.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” A civil justice reform measure hailed in 2009 as the most comprehensive bill to ever affect Oklahoma's legal system was declared unconstitutional Tuesday by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
In a 7-2 decision, the state's highest court declared that the law, known as the Comprehensive Lawsuit Reform Act of 2009, violated the single-subject rule in the Oklahoma Constitution and amounted to unconstitutional logrolling, or the passing of legislation that contains multiple subjects.
A hometown son has lost his life after being targeted by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.
Spc. Robert Allan Pierce, 20, of Panama was one of two soldiers killed Monday in an insurgent attack in Tsamkani, Afghanistan.
Captain Ebony Malloy with the International Security Assistance Forces said Tuesday that two ISAF members [Pierce and Justin L. Sisson, 23, of Phoenix, Ariz.] were killed during a vehicle borne improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan [Monday]. The attack also killed and wounded several Afghan civilians.
TAHLEQUAH (AP) â€” The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has identified a woman found slain in her home in Tahlequah.
OSBI says 40-year-old Tiffany Rene Maher was found dead in her apartment last week.
Investigators were able to locate her car after publicizing a description of the 2011 Ford Fiesta. A Tulsa man saw the description on television news and called police.
OSBI says the car was recovered at the Stone Haven Villas apartment complex in Tulsa on Monday.
On Monday, Gov. Mary Fallin announced she was declaring a State of Emergency for 25 counties in Oklahoma, including LeFlore County.
The declaration is an amendment to the original declaration made May 19.
The recent severe weather, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and damaging hail that have ravaged the state has caused numerous fatalities and injuries as well as extensive property damages.
STILLWATER (AP) â€” A hearing for a former Oklahoma State University student charged with sexual battery has been delayed.
A preliminary hearing was set in Payne County for Monday for 22-year-old Nathan Cochran [of Heavener]. A lawyer for Cochran told the Tulsa World on Monday the proceeding was being rescheduled.
The attorney, Jay Husbands, said a new hearing date could be set later in the day.
The hearing is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for Cochran to be tried.
After two competency evaluations, Special Judge Jeff Singer has ruled that Elvis Aaron Thacker, 25, will stand trial in the death of Brian Jane Ault.
Thacker and his brother Johnathen Don James Edward Thacker, 24, were charged with multiple violent crimes in Oklahoma and Arkansas, in connection with the discovery of the body of victim Briana Jane Ault, 22, in a pond near Pocola on Sept. 13, 2010.
Thacker is scheduled to appear Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. for preliminary hearing proceedings.
Recent flooding in the southern portion of LeFlore County has resulted in local emergency management seeking a disaster declaration from the Governor.
An early morning house fire has destroyed the home of a Summerfield family.
At about 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning, the home of Barbara Grey burned to the ground, according to neighbors.
Grey was at home at the time of the fire and was able to get out safely.
Multiple fire departments responded to the blaze and was able to keep the fire from spreading to nearby storage buildings and a barn.
Grey's daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren who live with her, were not home at the time of the fire.