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May 20th, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has deployed 80 Oklahoma National Guard members to assist with search and rescue operations in the hardest hit areas of Moore.
Fallin said Monday the troops will also help establish a perimeter around some of the most devastated areas in the Oklahoma City suburb. Moore suffered a direct hit from a major tornado.
Fallin also spoke Monday with President Barack Obama who offered the nation's help and gave Fallin a direct line to his office.
MOORE, Okla. (AP) â€” Several children have been pulled out of the rubble alive at a school in an Oklahoma City suburb.
An Associated Press photographer saw several children being pulled out of what was left of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Monday after a massive tornado hit the region.
Rescue workers lifted children from the rubble before they were passed down a human chain and taken to a triage center set up in the school's parking lot.
The school is southwest of Oklahoma City. Its roof appears mangled and the walls had fallen in or had collapsed.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF EASTERN OKLAHOMA EFFECTIVE UNTIL 10 P.M.
PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE SEVERAL TORNADOES POSSIBLE, NUMEROUS LARGE HAIL EVENTS LIKELY WITH A FEW VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 4 INCHES IN DIAMETER. NUMEROUS DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH. LIKELY.
THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 115 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES NORTHWEST OF GROVE OKLAHOMA TO 40 MILES EAST OF WICHITA FALLS TEXAS. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE
Although Oklahoma is finally getting some rain, it does not mean the drought is over. But it does mean pests are still seeking places to lodge, feed and drink. You can discourage those uninvited guests from making themselves at home in your house by making your space downright inhospitable.
The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board denied clemency for James L. DeRosa, 36, Friday morning with a 3-2 vote during a special meeting in Oklahoma City.
DeRosa was sentenced to death in the murders of Curtis and Gloria Plummer. â€¨The Plummers were found dead inside their home in October 2000, stabbed multiple times and with their throats cuts.
An investigation into the murders hastened along after accomplice Scotty White, now 29, informed a school counselor he knew who murdered the Plummers.
White named Derosa and John Eric Castleberry, now 39.
Sentence has been handed down by District Judge Jon Sullivan for a Bokoshe murderer.
Sullivan sentenced Kevin Paul Statham, 51, to two life sentences without the possibility of parole Thursday morning. The sentences will run consecutively resulting in a 90 year prison term.
Statham was charged in the July 2011, shooting deaths of his parents, Paul Statham, 70, and Helen Statham, 69, at their home on Old Bokoshe Road. Both died from gunshot wounds, according to court records.
Poteau Pound Pups will hold a public informational meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at the Coffee Cup in Poteau.
Spokeswoman Angela Meek said the organization is seeking volunteers, pet "foster parents" and donations.
Anyone interested in rescuing dogs is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Meek at (479) 883-2240.
The Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday that area campgrounds that are maintained by the department will remain closes for the 2013 season.
Camp sites at Short Mountain Cove, Applegate Cove, Cowlington and Dam site day-area will not be open for use this year.
The Corps blames the closures on recent budget cuts that leave a financial shortfall resulting in the department not being able to hire contract employees to maintain the campgrounds. Officials are unsure how long the monetary restraints will remain in place.
KI BOIS Community Action will join Community Action Agencies across the country in hosting events and activities throughout May aimed at highlighting poverty problems and solutions. Due to the uncertain economic climate â€“ still reeling from the Great Recession and high unemployment rates â€“ Community Action Agencies feel it is critical to focus local, state and national attention and efforts on helping our most vulnerable population.
Kevin Paul Statham, 51, of Bokoshe, was charged in the July 2011 shooting deaths of his parents, Paul,Statham, 70, and Helen Statham, 69. at their home on Old Bokoshe Road.
According to information released by the OSBI and LeFlore County Sheriffâ€™s Department a family member went to the Statham's home and found Helen Statham dead in the back yard. Paul Statham, also deceased, was found inside the home. Both had died from gunshot wounds, according to court records.
In May 2012, District Attorney Jeff Smith filed notice seeking the death penalty against Statham.