Okla. executes man convicted of killing 2 women
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - A man convicted of killing two elderly women more than a quarter-century ago has been executed in Oklahoma.
Fifty-three-year-old Ronald Clinton Lott was pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Lott is the fifth Oklahoma death row inmate to be executed this year.
Lott was convicted in Oklahoma County of two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of 83-year-old Anna Laura Fowler in September 1986 and 93-year-old Zelma Cutler in January 1987. He was also convicted of raping the women.
Authorities said Lott broke into the women's homes and attacked them. DNA samples taken from the victims were matched to Lott.
Death toll from wintry storm in Okla. stands at 10
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office has reduced the death toll from a wintry storm from 11 to 10.
Spokeswoman Amy Elliott says a 77-year-old woman initially listed by the agency as a victim of the storms that began Thursday actually died Nov. 24 due to a storm that brought cold weather, snow, sleet and freezing rain to the state shortly before Thanksgiving.
The causes of the deaths reported Tuesday include auto accidents and falling into icy water. The cause of death is pending in five cases.
The victims of the current storm are identified as 5-year-old Charles Spence; 6-year-old Jorge Luna; 15-year-old Kevin Chambers Jr.; 18-year-old Travis Spielman; 43-year-old Terry Myrks; 56-year-old Edwin Thornton; 75-year-old William Walkup; 75-year-old Leon Cranford; 85-year-old John Grover: and an unidentified adult male.
Oklahoma unclaimed property items to be auctioned
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's state treasurer is planning to auction off unclaimed property from more than 700 abandoned safe deposit boxes.
Treasurer Ken Miller says coin collections, precious metal, collectible cards and more than seven dozen class rings are just some of the items scheduled for auction on Dec. 18 in Oklahoma City.
The items have been in the custody of the treasurer's office for several years. Miller says their owners have not come forward to claim the items, so his office has to make room for more property. He says money raised from the auction will be held in trust for the owners.
Miller says a number of rare items have already been reunited with their owners.
Photos of all items to be auctioned can be viewed at Dakil Auctioneer's website, www.dakil.com .
Lawmakers want to end youth access to e-cigarettes
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Two Republican Oklahoma lawmakers plan to file legislation next year to prevent youth access to electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes.
Sen. Frank Simpson and Rep. Pat Ownbey say their bill will expand the definition of tobacco products to include all nicotine delivery products other than FDA-approved cessation aids.
Research by the Oklahoma Youth Tobacco Survey shows a significant number of youth are trying e-cigarettes. Oklahoma has no law prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes and vapor products to youth - but state law restricts youth access to other tobacco products. Studies say youth who are exposed to tobacco are more likely to become regular tobacco users.
The bill was requested by State Health Commissioner Terry Cline, who says more research is needed on vapor products and their long-term effects on health.
Body of missing Claremore teen found in pond
CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) - Authorities say the body of a missing 15-year-old from Claremore has been found in an icy pond.
Assistant Claremore Police Chief Charles Downum told reporters that the body of Keith James Chambers was found about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Authorities began searching for Chambers after he failed to return home Sunday afternoon. The search focused on the pond after searchers found footprints leading to the pond and gloves nearby and saw what appeared to be a break in the ice.
2 indicted for allegedly killing federal witness
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. attorney in Tulsa says a federal grand jury has indicted two alleged gang members on murder charges in the shooting death of a federal witness.
U.S. Attorney Danny Williams Sr. said Tuesday that 31-year-old Lorell Antonio Battle and 19-year-old Gaywone Blades were indicted on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and use of a firearm in retaliation against a federal witness.
Attorneys for Battle and Blades did not immediately return after hours phone calls seeking comment.
The prosecutor says Battle and Blades conspired, then shot and killed Anthony Campbell in April after Campbell had testified in February against gang members and the gang that allegedly included Battle and Blades.
Court sets Jan. 23 execution for Oklahoma inmate
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has scheduled a Jan. 23 execution date for a death row inmate convicted in the stabbing death of an Oklahoma City woman 25 years ago.
The court set the execution date Tuesday for 52-year-old Kenneth Eugene Hogan. Hogan was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to die for the January 1988 stabbing death of Lisa Stanley at Stanley's home in Oklahoma City.
Hogan acknowledged stabbing Stanley but said it was self-defense after Stanley lunged at him with a knife. The victim was stabbed 25 times.
Hogan's first conviction was overturned in 1999 by a federal court that said the jury should have been allowed to consider a verdict of manslaughter. Hogan was re-tried in 2003 and was again convicted and sentenced to death.
CHEROKEES-STATE OF EMERGENCY
Cherokee chief declares state of emergency
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker has declared state of emergency in all the northeastern Oklahoma areas of the tribe following winter storm that dumped snow, ice and sleet across Oklahoma.
The Cherokee Nation makes up all or part of 14 counties.
The declaration clears the way for the Cherokee Nation to disperse emergency funds to assist tribal citizens who may need assistance with food or water, utilities, shelter or emergency transportation. It is also the first step toward seeking federal assistance, if necessary.
Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency in all 77 Oklahoma counties last Thursday.
Crude oil injected in Okla. pipeline to Gulf Coast
CUSHING, Okla. (AP) - TransCanada has begun injecting crude oil into its $2.3 billion pipeline between Cushing and the Gulf Coast.
The company says that Saturday's development means the 485-mile pipeline is another step closer to commercial operation.
The pipeline, called the Gulf Coast Project, is the southern leg of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada's oil sands and the Bakken Shale in North Dakota to refineries in the Houston area.
President Barack Obama refused to issue a permit for part of the project last year amid concerns about its potential impact on a large aquifer in Nebraska. The administration is considering another application, but TransCanada has received clearance for the pipeline's southern leg.
It will carry up to 700,000 barrels of oil a day.
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