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Ryan Coventon

Apr 19, 2017

The man suspected of shooting and killing a Logan County sheriff's deputy has been arrested after a manhunt spanning several hours. read more

Apr 17, 2017

Oklahoma's budget failure has tapped state resources across the board. Education is feeling the pinch, with some districts going to four day school weeks or contemplating ending the school year early. The Department of Human Services is forced to cut vital services for Oklahoma children and families. The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services must deny people much needed treatment, forced instead to put people with serious mental illness on waiting lists. And of course, lack of resources in all of these areas typically spur a burgeoning inmate population. The state's jails and prisons continue to be overcrowded and understaffed, which leads to an extremely volatile and dangerous environment. read more

Apr 13, 2017

A Norman man charged with first degree murder in the 2014 stabbing death of his wife has been acquitted of the crime after a Cleveland County judge found him not guilty by reason of insanity. read more

Apr 10, 2017

The suspect in last month's fatal shooting of Tecumseh police officer Justin Terney, 22, has been released from the hospital and is now held in the Pottawatomie County Jail. read more

Apr 05, 2017

Canadian County Sheriff's Office investigators made an arrest this week in a child pornography investigation that began last month. While child porn arrests are not unusual for the local Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, they say that this particular case is a first for them in that both a husband and wife were arrested. read more

Apr 03, 2017

In late January, a student at a Tennessee high school reported to school officials that he or she had seen a teacher kissing a student. By February 8, the teacher, Tad Cummins, 50, was suspended while authorities investigated the report. Neither the teacher nor the student, Elizabeth Thomas, 15, admitted to any inappropriate contact. read more

Mar 29, 2017

Oklahoma has some of the toughest drug laws in the nation, with harsh penalties even for marijuana possession. However, the state may be one step closer to allowing medical marijuana after an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling that could allow voters to decide the issue in November 2018. read more

Mar 27, 2017

With Oklahoma jails and prisons overcrowded at crisis rates, with the state having one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation, with numerous federal lawsuits against the Oklahoma County Jail and the Tulsa County Jail, and with national policy institutes criticizing Oklahoma for "overcriminalizing" its citizens, there is no question that criminal justice reform needs to be a priority for state lawmakers. We are putting too many people behind bars, and we are not funding the resources that would help keep nonviolent offenders out of jail and treat the root cause of the behavior--often drug addiction or mental illness. read more

Mar 23, 2017

A report this year by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics found that Oklahoma has the deadliest prisons in the nation. With two inmate deaths this week, it seems like the state is on course to continue that trend. read more

Mar 20, 2017

Edmond police are looking for a man they say exposed himself to several children last week. read more

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