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Medicine Park Aquarium Debuts Two Baby Otters
May 31 was World Otter Day, and the Medicine Park Aquarium and Natural Sciences Center celebrated by debuting their new baby otters! The otters are named River and Creek and will make the aquarium in Medicine Park, Oklahoma, their home. If you haven't explored the Medicine Park Aquarium and Natural...
2 murder trials continuing in Comanche Co.
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - Two murder trials continued into their third day, with jury deliberations underway in one. Closing statements were heard in the second degree murder trial of Larry Standridge. In their arguments, prosecutors said that there was little physical evidence, but testimonies from various people effectively put Standridge...
Cotton Co. named a ‘StormReady’ community
WALTERS, Okla. (KSWO) - You can never truly be ready when a weather disaster hits, but you can still prepare. Preparing is exactly what Cotton County has been doing, and now they’re being recognized for their efforts. The National Weather Service named the county as a StormReady community. According...
The top 10 places people in Comanche County are looking to buy homes
Stacker compiled statistics about where people in Comanche County are looking to buy homes using cross-market demand and monthly inventory data from Realtor.com.
Fort Sill soldier found dead after welfare check
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - Fort Sill officials say they are investigating the death of a soldier. In a release, officials say Specialist Luke Thomas Rhoades was found unresponsive in his barracks on Monday. He was pronounced dead by first responders. Rhoades was a healthcare specialist, and previously served in a...
Murder trial begins for Cache woman accused of killing husband
Following 1½ days of jury selection, opening arguments were heard Wednesday in the trial of a Cache woman accused of killing her husband in September 2019 and staging the scene to look like a suicide. Loretta Michelle Van Buren, 62, of Cache, is on trial in Chief Comanche County...
Portions of I-44 to be closed overnight
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - People driving down I-44 in the Lawton area on Thursday night and early Friday morning will see some closures. ODOT said both the eastbound and westbound lanes between Rogers Lane and Highway 36 will be intermittently closed and they note the area of the roadway actually runs more north and south.
Accused child abuser now charged with fentanyl trafficking
A 23-year-old man accused of causing a 9-month-old’s brain bleed is in jail for trafficking in fentanyl. Ryan Abiff Smith Jr., 23, of Lawton, made his initial appearance Wednesday in Comanche County District Court where he was charged with felony counts of aggravated fentanyl trafficking and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, as well as a misdemeanor count of carrying a gun while under the influence, records indicate. The trafficking charge is punishable by two years to life in prison.
Murder trial continued in Comanche County
One murder trial was continued and one continued seating a jury as Comanche County’s three-week trial docket began Tuesday. The trial of a man accused of pulling the trigger in a September 2021 shooting death was continued the day it was slated to begin in Presiding Comanche County District Judge Emmit Tayloe’s courtroom.
Former fiancée testifies in murder trial in Comanche County
The former fiancée of a man on trial for murder kicked off the opening day of the Comanche County jury docket on Tuesday. Jury selection continued into the afternoon before opening arguments and witness testimony in Judge Grant Sheperd’s court for the trial of a man accused of killing a man he considered his romantic rival.
UPDATE: Victim, suspect in deadly hit and run identified by Lawton police
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - The Lawton Police Department has released new details about a hit and run which led to the death of a woman in west Lawton on Friday night. According to officials, Annie Porche was walking north across Cache Road when she was struck by a vehicle, allegedly driven by Derrick Harkless.
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent testifies about crime scene
An Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent testified about a crime scene on Wednesday in the trial of a Lawton man accused of killing his romantic rival in November 2020. Larry Keith Standridge II, 42, is on trial in Comanche County District Judge Grant Sheperd’s court for a count of second-degree murder stemming from the Nov. 23, 2020, shooting death of James David Cloud, 31, of Chattanooga. He faces between 10 years to life in prison.
Cotton Co. man charged with manslaughter
COTTON CO., Okla. (KSWO) - An arrest warrant has been issued for a Cotton County man, accused of being high on methamphetamine while behind the wheel, and causing a fatal crash. Recently filed court documents allege 41-year-old Michael Marlow was involved in a head-on crash on State Highway 36 in...
Topical Smoothie Cafe is Giving Away Free Smoothies Today
Apparently, today is National Flip Flop Day in America, and Tropical Smoothie Cafe is celebrating the kickoff of summer with free smoothies. From 2 PM through 7 PM today, May 31st, 2023, everyone is entitled to a free strawberry margarita at participating Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations, but there is a catch.
UPDATE: Walters Police confirm weekend shooting
WALTERS, Okla. (KSWO) - UPDATE: An officer with the Walters Police Department confirms with 7News that a shooting happened in Walters on Saturday, just before 1:30 in the morning. The officer went on to say a man was shot in the leg, and another man admitted to police to shooting...
Caddo County K-9 Sniffs Out Meth, Suspect Arrested
According to the Caddo County Sheriff’s Office, a K-9 found 22 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop. Two officers conducted a traffic stop in Carnegie, according to the sheriff’s office. The K-9, Simba, alerted on the vehicle, which was then searched, police said. The suspect was then...
Lifeguard shortage hurting Lawton Parks and Rec
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - Summer is here, and so is a national lifeguard shortage. With lots of people hoping for fun in the sun, 7News reached out to Lawton Parks and Rec to see if the issue is happening here and the answer? Yes, but there’s a plan to fight it.
New security precautions going into effect for Lawton City Hall
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - New security precautions are set to go into effect at Lawton’s City Hall. Starting June 5, anyone entering the building will need to go through a metal detector at the main entrance. This complements the security cameras that have been installed at the building. Visitors...
Native American woman’s body found in refuge
LAWTON — A federal criminal complaint filed last week accuses a Lawton man of beating a Native American woman to death in her home in Lawton, then dumping her body near Medicine Park. The body of Karon “Dinkers” Conneywerdy Smith, 68, was found a few feet from Oklahoma Highway...
Lawton PD closes part of west Cache Road, uses drone to investigate fatal incident
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - The Lawton Police Department closed part of Cache Road Tuesday morning as they’re continuing their investigation into a deadly hit and run that happened on Friday night. The traffic division closed the 6400 block of Cache Road from 9:30 until 10:30. Police say the driver...