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Out-of-state looters targeting Okla. storm victims

MOORE, Okla. – Several people have been arrested and charged after coming to Oklahoma to take advantage of storm victims.

In some cases, the suspects are admitting to police they came here steal.

Debbie Roghair, a volunteer from Iowa, said, “I think Oklahoma would come to where we are if this happened to us.”

It’s the kindness of this state that has brought groups like Debbie’s from Iowa and Minnesota here to help.

Sadly there have been other out-of-state groups coming here to benefit themselves.

Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said, “It’s sad but it’s almost expected.”

Police have arrested and charged people in both Cleveland and Pottowatomie counties for looting.

According to the court affidavit in Cleveland County, one suspect, Justin Wagner, admitted to coming from Virginia to take steel and copper wire from the disaster area.

Enid manhunt puts school on lockdown

ENID, Okla. – Enid police got a call around 7:30 a.m. Monday from Patriot Solutions, a business in rural, east Enid, saying an intruder had entered their back lot and waved a gun at several employees.

“A suspicious person had entered their compound and when they confronted them, that he had pulled a weapon on them,” Enid Police Lt. Eric Holtzclaw said.

The suspect ran southbound into a field and police arrived and set up a perimeter.

Their SWAT team began the search as they called in assistance from Oklahoma Highway Patrol for their helicopter and fixed wing aircraft.

They even stopped trains going through the area.

“We were able to get them going once we had the air units to be able to monitor to make sure nobody jumped on a train to escape,” Lt. Holtzclaw said.

Nearby Pleasant Vale Elementary school went on lockdown.

Railroad, police catch drivers who speed through crossings

OKLAHOMA CITY – You probably drive through them every week but do you pay attention to them?

KFOR-TV had a crew on board a train as police caught several people speeding through railroad crossings moments before the train.

You could be putting yourself in extreme danger if you ignore those flashing lights.

On one trip, four cars flew across the tracks just seconds before the train got there.

That is the kind of driving Union Pacific and police want to stop.

“A lot of what this is about is getting the attention of the driving public to make them aware,” Railroad police’s John Schumacher said. “People forget that it’s against the law to drive in front of a train.”

It’s against the law and flat-out dangerous.

Last year alone, Oklahoma was 10 in the country for crossing collisions.

DEA publishes meth lab list

Meth lab homes
Living next to a meth lab? Could you be living in an old meth house?

How would you know if you could be putting your family at risk?

The DEA has released a list of clandestine meth labs on record.

Click here to see Oklahoma’s known previous meth lab addresses.

Authorities said you should only use the information as a starting point because the list may not include every police action.

The list also does not say whether anyone cleaned up the site.

In some cases the home was torn down and replaced with a new one.

Okla. meth deaths on rise even after strict drug legislation

OKLAHOMA CITY – The number of deaths related to meth in our state is on the rise.

Back in 2008, the number was 27.

In the years since it has gone up, with the most recent record being 100 deaths in 2011.

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics officials said it’s not just the number of deaths but the overall number of labs is on the rise despite state efforts to decrease the use of the drug.

Beth Gentry, a former meth addict, said, “Meth totally wipes you out of who you are.”

Beth spent five years addicted to meth before finding true recovery.

“I’ve got 1,549 days today and every day I wake up and I write that down,” she said. “I’m thankful for those days.”

Though clean now, she’s not surprised that so many others are finding themselves addicted despite laws in our state meant to limit the purchase of medications used to make meth.

Enid teen driver kills one in high-speed accident

ENID, Okla. – Enid police said a teen driver who had no business behind the wheel is responsible for the death of an Enid woman.

The crash happened at 10th St. and E. Main St. Sunday just before 6 p.m.

Police said 16-year-old Jeodoro Najera plowed through the intersection at a high speed hitting a red Ford Explorer causing it to roll.

The passenger in that vehicle, 55-year-old Patricia Russell, died at the scene and the driver suffered major injuries as well.

The teen driver who caused the wreck only suffered minor injuries.

Lawmaker wants to eliminate gun-related felony with bill

OKLAHOMA CITY – One Oklahoma lawmaker is working to eliminate certain gun-related felonies with a new bill. 

Currently, boarding a bus with a firearm, concealed or otherwise, would be guilty of a felony. 

Rep. Paul Wesselhöft filed legislation that would allow licensed gun owners carry on a bus without committing a crime. 

“If we take the Second Amendment seriously, there is no reason why a concealed carry permit holder must be charged with a felony for simply boarding a public bus,” Wesselhöft said. “The data has shown again and again that it is rarely law-abiding gun owners who commit crimes.”