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OSBI investigating Lawton city jail death
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into a death which happened at the Lawton City Jail. Officials with the OSBI say the inmate was discovered during routine 7 a.m. cell checks on Saturday. The Lawton Police Department contacted the OSBI to conduct the investigation.
Fort Sill hosting hiring event
FORT SILL, Okla. (KSWO) - Fort Sill is hosting several employers across the area for a special hiring event tailored specifically for veterans and their spouses. It is happening tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and it’s located at the Solder For Life Transition Complex, at 2502 Sheridan Road on post.
Comanche Co. commissioners approve money for several organizations
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - Comanche County commissioners approved major spending on updates meant to combat large scale disasters. $40,000 will go toward enabling an Emergency Management system which can go virtual during large scale disasters. They also approved roughly $76,000 for county Emergency Management teams to get their hands on...
Local lake goers express frustrations over business closures
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - With the start of Lake season there are lots of questions surrounding what’s happening with *this* building — and why it’s closed. Some of our viewers have expressed frustration with the inconvenience of the Schoolhouse Slough store being closed. ”We need these things...
Loretta Vanburen found not guilty in 2019 death of her husband
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - A jury found Loretta Vanburen not guilty Saturday evening in the 2019 death of her husband, Terry Vanburen. During closing arguments, Loretta’s attorney pointed out what he said were critical mistakes made by Cache Police Department, OSBI and the State Medical Examiner’s office throughout the investigation.
Near-average temperatures with daily chances for showers/thunderstorms | 6/5PM
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms will be the theme of this weeks forecast. Daytime heating is going to fuel storm development most days starting after 2 in the afternoon. The threat will dissipate soon after sunset with the loss of daytime heating. Thankfully there is no forcing mechanism and little to no shear meaning severe weather is not expected. With that said, storms could still produce strong wind gusts along with embedded thunder, lightning and heavy rainfall.
Several cases frame second week of jury trials
Comanche County jurors will return to the courthouse Monday morning for placement on the second week of the jury trial docket. On Monday, former Lawton Correctional Facility inmate Jordan Neconish, 42, will go on trial for killing another inmate in 2020. He will begin trial for a count of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and possession of contraband in Comanche County District Judge Grant Sheperd’s court, records indicate.
Lawton city council meeting to discuss budget negotiations, other issues
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - The Lawton City Council is set to meet Tuesday afternoon for a special meeting. They’re going to be discussing the budget, getting a recruiting service to help find a new city manager, and more. Council is looking at using Strategic Government Resources to help recruit...
Lawton City Council to consider increasing minimum pay for city employees
A proposal to increase the minimum hourly pay for City of Lawton employees to $15 will be considered today by the City Council. The discussion is one city administrators and council members have been having for months, as they work to balance the ability to recruit personnel into positions that go empty for months and sometimes years, against the ability to retain the personnel they have. City administrators have been blunt about the difficulty of recruitment, even before the COVID-19 pandemic shrunk the pool of job applicants. Those administrators say the city has been averaging 100 empty positions, with problem hire areas ranging from engineers to employees who hold commercial driver licenses.
A train derailed in this small Oklahoma town, an emergency it has prepared for
MARLOW — City officials say it could have been worse after a train derailed in this small town. The Union Pacific rail line runs through the east side of town, where about 4,400 people live. On Sunday, a series of small brush fires were sparked along the route by the train's axel as...
SW 14th Closed for Sewer Main Repair: Traffic Advisory
SW 14th will close for sewer main repair. The City of Lawton's Sewer Construction Division has announced the closure of SW 14th between SW Washington and Jefferson for a sewer main repair. The closure is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 6th, 2023 and will last until Monday, June 12, 2023. Drivers are advised to seek alternative routes during this time.Visit here for more details.
Cache woman found not guilty of killing husband
On Saturday a Comanche County jury found Loretta Michelle Van Buren, 63, not guilty to a count of first-degree murder of the death of her husband. Loretta Van Buren has been on trial this week for September 2019 shooting death of her husband Terry Van Buren.
Lawton/Fort Sill Art Council is creating a creative space for kids
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - The Lawton/Fort Sill Art Council is advocating for the importance of art in kids’ lives. Founder Desirae Schneider says she started the organization after seeing a lack of art programs for kids in the community. “I think it means a lot to the community. Parents...
City of Lawton exploring options to repair deteriorating bridges
The City of Lawton will explore options to find funding to repair or replace bridges crossing Wolf Creek in south and northwest Lawton. City Council members weren’t happy with city staff’s proposal last month to use the 2019 Capital Improvements Program or the Ad Valorem Road Improvement Program to tackle two sets of deteriorating bridges: two on South 11th Street between Interstate 44 and Pecan Road; and a bridge that crosses eastbound and westbound Cache Road between Oak Avenue and Northwest 47th Street. The deterioration on the Cache Road bridge can be handled with an estimated $1.3 million in repairs, but the South 11th Street bridges must be replaced, a cost now estimated at $5.43 million.
The threat for scattered showers and thunderstorms lingers into your Sunday, with rain chances decreasing as the week progresses | 6/4 AM
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - We saw some isolated pop-up showers and storms early on Saturday, that gave way to partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 80s by afternoon. The threat for showers and thunderstorms returns more scattered for the day today, under mostly cloudy skies and afternoon highs again in the low 80s. The potential for severe weather is low, but scattered thunderstorms with a few heavy downpours cannot be ruled out. Winds will blow from the northeast between 5 to 10mph.
City of Lawton opening municipal pool
The Lawton municipal swimming pool is open for the season, as long the weather cooperates. City officials planned to open the pool this weekend, after completing repairs that will allow city youths to use the facility free of charge this summer. The pool, located in Mattie Beal Park at South 11th Street and Southwest J Avenue, will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
New ‘Heroes’ mural highlights the spirit of the Lawton community
Lawton citizens who drive West Gore Boulevard might have already noticed it: A new mural representing Lawton heroes by Darry and Terry Shaw adorns the north wall of Lawton Nutrition, No. 6 SW 11th, just behind the Stripes gas station. It follows a ‘Hero’ theme, displaying some of the most...
Seven new firefighters for Lawton
The Lawton Fire Department welcomed seven new members during a graduation ceremony Friday at City Hall. The new firefighters, Kynel Daniels, Jesse Dodson, Jax Emmons, Callum Hill, Kobe Houseman, Elijah Hoyt and Joshua Turk, received their badges from Fire Chief Jared Williams. All of them have prior experience, which helped the Lawton Fire Department to compress their training into only four weeks, Williams said.
Choctaw Nation hosts community cultural meeting
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - Citizens of the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma and others gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lawton Saturday, June 3rd, for a community cultural meeting. Chief Gary Batton and Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr. met with attendees and covered a wide variety of tribal happenings. Batton...
Isolated showers and thunderstorms are on the table for your Saturday, turning more scattered for your day on Sunday | 6/3 AM
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - We have seen showers and thunderstorms, some of which were strong, move through our area overnight, dropping heavy rainfall at times. Showers and storms are quickly pushing to our northeast, giving way to mostly cloudy skies this morning. The threat for an isolated shower or thunderstorm exists over the next several hours and into the early afternoon, as temperatures approach the low 80s for afternoon highs. Winds will be from the north turning east between 5 to 10mph.
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