Tulsa World reports police arrested a Tulsa man Thursday for his involvement in a duplex fire that killed a toddler. Authorities say the fire may be meth related.
Jacob Ancen Bell, 35, was booked into the Tulsa Jail with $62,500 bail on two complaints of child endangerment and three drug-related complaints after investigators found meth lab components in the duplex, records show.
The Tulsa Fire Department said in a release that fire investigators arrested Bell about 3:30 p.m. in connection with the 6 a.m. fire in the 1400 block of West Admiral Boulevard.
Investigators found methamphetamine, drug manufacturing components and drug paraphernalia in the duplex, according to his arrest report.
The World reports the 15-month-old toddler was found in a back bedroom where the fire was concentrated. Read more about this story by visiting the Tulsa World’s website.
The American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma has organized a community meeting to discuss recent earthquakes.
The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Prague Community Center, 1319 N Westlawn Drive, local Red Cross spokesman Rusty Surette said. The meeting had to be moved to the community center from a smaller venue because of an expected large turnout.
Officials from the Oklahoma Geological Survey, state Emergency Management Department, Lincoln County emergency management office, state Insurance Department, Salvation Army and other groups are expected to attend.
Officials will answer questions residents have about the earthquakes, their aftermath and preparedness for future disasters, Surette said.
Our reporters have written about the earthquake damage in Lincoln County lately, and we want to know if the meeting was helpful to residents? Did you learn anything about earthquake preparedness or insurance? Let us know below.
Photo by Sue Ogrocki: Chad Devereaux works at cleaning up the bricks that fell from three sides of his in-laws home in Sparks, Okla., Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, after two earthquakes hit the area in less than 24 hours.
Patrick Venable, 27, is scheduled to appear in Payne County court at 9 a.m. Jan. 23, 2012. He is accused of taking a woman into custody and transporting her to a residence in Guthrie to have sex.
His attorney, Carl Hughes, said the hearing was moved from Logan County to Payne County because of a bigger courtroom. He said both counsels agreed to the move.
NewsOK will continue to follow the case as it develops. For more information on Venable’s arrest, check out our ongoing coverage page.
Photo by Steve Gooch: Former Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Patrick Venable arrives for his initial court appearance in the Logan County Courthouse in Guthrie , Tuesday, August 16, 2011.
Tulsa World reports that a body was found in a home after a house fire early Thursday.
The house in the 200 block of West Tecumseh Street was consumed by a blaze when firefighters arrived about 5:30 a.m., District Chief Andy Teeter said. The roof collapsed minutes later.
Read more about the fire and investigation by clicking here.
Photo taken by Tulsa World–Story by reporter Zack Stoycoff.
The family of an Okmulgee woman presumed to be dead thinks the man charged in connection with her death might be linked to another crime.
In August, Kevin Sweat, 25, was arrested in connection with the killing of his fiancee, Ashley Taylor, 23. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Sweat is one of the people being investigated in connection with the Weleetka girls’ deaths.
“We can say that we investigate anyone who has committed a violent crime in the area,” Brown said Thursday.
Ashley’s family told Tulsa station KJRH-2 they think the cases could be connected.
One week after Sweat’s arrest, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation released a description of the handgun they think was used to kill the Weleetka girls. OSBI agents are still looking for the gun. They think might have been sold at a Tulsa gun show in March.
Anyone with information on the gun’s whereabouts is asked to call the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017. The weapon’s serial number is: EKG463US.
Photo by Adam Wisneski: Peter and Vicki Placker comfort each other following a press conference held at the site where their daughter, Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and her friend, Skyla Jade Whitaker, 11, were killed on a country road.
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