CRIME & SAFETY
Major drug bust in eastern Oklahoma: Authorities serve 18 arrest warrants in meth and fentanyl trafficking operation
MUSKOGEE, OK (KOKH) — The Oklahoma Bureau Narcotics Poteau Task Force, DEA, Poteau PD, DOC, and the District 16 Drug Task Force served 18 arrest warrants on November 29. According to OBN, it is part of an investigation dating back to 2020 into a meth and fentanyl trafficking operation.
1977 Girl Scout Murders: Killer Identified, But Will Never Be Convicted
Three young girls by the names of Lorrie Lee Farmer, Doris Denise Milner, and Michelle Heather Guse went to Camp Scott in Oklahoma during June 1977. Camp Scott had been known to be beautiful, densely wooded, and exceptionally dark at night. It was named after a Native American tribe.
OHP Unveils New Information on Fatal Thanksgiving Weekend Pile-Up
Uncover new details about the tragic 20-car pile-up on I-40 near the I-35 junction over Thanksgiving weekend. Learn how icy roadways led to the fatal accident, claiming the life of a 29-year-old semi-truck driver who plunged into the river.
Oklahoma executes man who claimed self-defense in a 2001 double killing
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma executed a man Thursday for a double killing in 2001, despite his claims of self-defense and a board’s clemency recommendation that the governor waited until the last minute to reject.
The Battle Against Black Market Cannabis: Oklahoma's Crackdown and Regulatory Challenges
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) has recently carried out a significant operation against an illegal marijuana grow facility in Northeast Oklahoma, near Locust Grove. This crackdown has cast a spotlight on the state's ongoing struggle with illicit cannabis cultivation and distribution networks. During the raid, authorities arrested one individual and seized multiple buildings used for storing and growing thousands of pounds of marijuana destined for the black market within the state. These illegal activities often have ties to international criminal organizations involved in various other crimes such as trafficking and money laundering.
Trial Begins for Man Accused of Premeditated Murder in Sherman
• Trial is underway for Beau Watson, who is charged with the murder of Jeremy Obar in a 2020 shooting in Sherman. • Watson claimed he shot an intruder at his home and called 911.
Oklahoma DA Refiles Charges in Decades-Old Murder Case Following Convict's Release from Mental Hospital
A man previously convicted for a 1984 murder case is back in court after his conviction was overturned due to lack of a psychiatric evaluation. Despite his mental health status, the DA believes there's enough evidence to refile first-degree murder and rape charges.
OBN busts Locust Grove illegal marijuana operation via statewide crackdown
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority say fewer marijuana growers want to do business in Oklahoma now that agencies are cracking down on illegal operations.
Suspected East Oklahoma drug conspiracy ring indicted after investigation involving over a dozen agencies
LE FLORE COUNTY, Okla. — On Nov. 13, 2023, a federal grand jury for the Eastern District of Oklahoma voted to indict thirteen people, most from Le Flore County Oklahoma, with charges accusing them of conspiring to sell meth and fentanyl. The defendants:. Heath Taylor, age 44, of McAlester.
Leader in Oklahoma cell of Mexican drug cartel sentenced to 40 years in federal prison
OKLAHOMA CITY — A leader in an Oklahoma-based cell of the Sinaloa Cartel was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Large Law Enforcement Operation at Denison Inn in Search of Wanted Fugitive
Breaking news from Dennison Inn as a large law enforcement presence, including helicopters, descends on Austin Avenue. Local and federal officers conduct a door-to-door search for a wanted fugitive. Stay tuned for live updates from the scene.
Oklahoma drug agents cracking down on allegedly illegal grows
Oklahoma drug agents cracking down on allegedly illegal grows.
Dead Longhorn Found on OSU Fraternity Lawn Ahead of Big 12 Championship Game, Investigations Underway
• A dead longhorn cow was found on the lawn of an Oklahoma State University fraternity the day before the Texas-OSU championship game. • The carcass had an expletive carved into its side and the stomach was cut open.
Social Media Challenge Leads To Increased Thefts Of Kia, Hyundai Cars In Oklahoma
Police have a warning for Kia and Hyundai car owners: a lack of anti-theft systems has made them easy targets for thieves to steal in under 60 seconds. The videos are all over TikTok and other social media sites showing how to use a USB cable to a flathead screwdriver to hotwire the cars.
Progress on Oklahoma's war against illegal marijuana: Licensed growers in the state slashed by more than half over the last two years
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — New data was released Tuesday morning by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) and Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority that shows a crackdown on illegal marijuana operations across the state. The OBN director, Donnie Anderson, said in 2021, there were 9,400 licensed growers operating in Oklahoma....
Man Rescues Trunk of Memories from Fire that Devastates His Longtime Home
Witness the aftermath of a devastating fire that ravaged a home of 40 years. Despite the destruction, the homeowner managed to save a trunk full of precious memories. Learn about the importance of fire safety and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
Murder Trial of Beau Watson Begins in Grayson County: Claims Self-Defense in Shooting Death of Jeremy Obar
Day one of Beau Watson's murder trial unfolds in Grayson County. Accused of shooting Jeremy Obar to death, Watson's defense claims it was self-defense against a perceived home intruder. The case continues with witness testimonies and a potential life sentence if convicted.
BlackSuit Group Claims Responsibility for Ransomware Attack on Hillcrest Healthcare System
• Hillcrest Healthcare System has been targeted in a ransomware attack. • A group called "BlackSuit" has claimed credit for the attack. • The attack has disrupted patient services, but most have been restored.
Federal, Oklahoma authorities team up to get 'glock switches' off the streets
OKLAHOMA CITY — Federal and Oklahoma authorities said they're teaming up to get what is commonly called "glock switches" off the streets. Law enforcement told KOCO 5 that for as little as $50, criminals are turning conventional handguns into federally banned, fully automatic weapons. ATF agents demonstrated how a simple modification to a legal handgun can turn it into a federally banned machine gun.