POTEAU, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a 64-year-old woman has apparently drowned after driving into a flooded crossing in eastern Oklahoma. Troopers say Vickie Darnell was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday morning after she drove her vehicle into a flooded crossing across Sugar Loaf Creek southeast of Poteau, about 166 miles (267 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City. The patrol says the victim was apparently traveling alone when her vehicle was swept off the roadway at about 4:30 a.m.
GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) - A man who has been a spokesman for a small group of armed civilians patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border has been charged with impersonating a U.S. officer or employee. Federal prosecutors in New Mexico say an indictment returned Wednesday by a grand jury in that state charged 44-year-old James Christopher Benvie with two counts of false personation. Prosecutors say Benvie, of Albany, Minnesota, made an initial appearance in court Friday in Oklahoma, after the FBI arrested him there.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Drivers who owe fines and fees for traffic violations will be able to settle for pennies on the dollar under an amnesty program approved by the Oklahoma City Council. Beginning July 1, drivers whose citations were issued at least two years ago will have until March 31 to resolve them. People who can't pay their fines and fees could have their costs waived. People who have dragged their feet to pay a basic traffic ticket or show up for court will be able to settle for $155, a reduction from $613.
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of another 16-year-old whose body was discovered near a southeastern Oklahoma intersection. Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris says the suspect was arrested Sunday after victim's body was discovered Saturday in McAlester, about 105 miles (169 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City. Morris says the victim appeared to have been fatally shot at an intersection northwest of McAlester.
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