OKLAHOMA-GIRLS KILLED-ASHLEY'S LAW
Slain woman's parents propose new victims' law
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The parents of a woman killed in 2011 are proposing a new law to protect Oklahoma workers from termination or demotion if they attend court hearings in support of their loved ones.
Michael Taylor, father of victim Ashley Taylor, says his daughter's namesake law would strengthen the rights victims have.
He says while Oklahoma currently assures victims' families they have right to attend court and calls on employers to minimize an employee's loss of pay and other benefits resulting from court appearances, it doesn't specify what protections that worker has.
Kevin Sweat is now awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in the deaths of Ashley Taylor and two girls from Weleetka.
OSBI investigates fatal stabbing in Wewoka
WEWOKA, Okla. (AP) - Authorities are investigating after a 23-year-old Wewoka man was stabbed to death.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says the incident happened Thursday night at an apartment complex in Wewoka. Once there, officers and emergency responders found Durrell Fulbright suffering from multiple stab wounds.
OSBI says Fulbright was taken to a Holdenville hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities say Fulbright was apparently stabbed while visiting friends in the apartment. The Wewoka Police Department has asked OSBI for assistance in the case.
Teen accused of threatening Owasso school shooting
OWASSO, Okla. (AP) - Authorities in Owasso say they've arrested a 17-year-old student who allegedly threatened a shooting at his school.
Police responded to Owasso Ram Academy on Thursday after several people reportedly heard the student making the threat. Owasso police say officers arrested a 17-year-old male on a complaint of planning or threatening a violent act.
Police say there is no evidence that the teen took any steps toward carrying out an attack at the school.
Police did not release the teen's name because of his age.
BABY GIRAFFE DIES
Baby giraffe dies of unknown causes at Tulsa Zoo
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A newborn giraffe has died at the Tulsa Zoo after attempts by staff to save it were unsuccessful.
The zoo posted on Facebook that a 7-year-old Rothschild giraffe named Lexi gave birth Thursday afternoon. The post says the male calf was weak and life-saving measures by animal health staff didn't work.
It's unclear how the animal died. The zoo says it is "heartbroken" the calf didn't survive.
The calf's father, Samburu, was euthanized in June after he fractured his foot. The mother was brought to the zoo in 2011 to breed with Samburu.
Police: Tulsa driver dies in fiery crash
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa police say a driver has died after his truck crashed into a rocky hill and caught fire.
The accident happened Friday morning near a three-way stop after the man drove on the wrong side of the road. They say the truck caught fire and that a pedestrian extinguished the flames before authorities arrived.
The 28-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released.
Police say alcohol likely played a role in the crash. They are investigating.
Oklahoma man gets 25 years for kidnapping, assault
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma man who slashed his girlfriend's throat and barricaded her in a closet has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Thirty-four-year-old Elliot Gaines pleaded guilty this week to assault with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping and vehicle larceny. The victim survived the attack.
Prosecutors say he went to her house in February and sliced her with a box cutter after she refused to loan him money. They say he left her to die in a closet with furniture stacked outside.
He stole her car and was found two days later by U.S. Marshals at a local motel.
Oklahoma man gets 72 years for home invasion
DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) - A 26-year-old Oklahoma man has been sentenced to 72 years in prison after pleading guilty to home invasion charges.
John Oxford was sentenced Thursday for the 2013 Comanche break-in. He pleaded guilty on July 10 to charges including assault with a dangerous weapon and burglary.
Authorities say Oxford and co-defendant Winston Walters broke into a rural Oklahoma home and assaulted the homeowners. They say the men stole money and guns after tying up a woman and shooting a man.
Walters is known for catching catfish with his hands because he starred in a canceled noodling reality show on National Geographic Channel called "Mudcats." He is scheduled to stand trial in October.
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