Here’s a look at some of the biggest breaking news stories in Oklahoma City this week:
A Midwest City apartment fire on Sunday, May 6, claimed the lives of a young mother and her two sons. The state medical examiner ruled that a Midwest City mother Lindsey Terry, 26, and sons John Brown-Jones II, 2, and Dylan Terry, 4, died from smoke inhalation and thermal burns suffered in an apartment fire.
Firefighters were called to the blaze at the Raintree Meadows Apartments, 449 Harr Drive, shortly before noon Sunday. The blaze displaced 15 people who survived the fire.
Later in the week, we reported that a third sibling escaped the blaze because her father asked that she stay the weekend with him at the last minute.
Attackers behind three Oklahoma City shootings and robberies that occurred over four hours Tuesday, May 8, remain at large. A 17-year-old boy was paralyzed and remained in critical condition this week after his attackers shot him in the chest and pistol whipped a classmate as they waited for the school bus about 5:45 a.m. Two other victims were terrorized by attackers in the hours prior to that shooting. One woman was kidnapped, beaten, dumped on the Kilpatrick Turnpike and shot by a group of four tormentors. Another woman said a group of men surrounded her car and one shot through her windshield as she searched for a parking spot after work early Tuesday. She escaped with minor injuries, while the other female victim’s injuries were not life-threatening. Due to varying descriptions of both the attackers and their vehicle or vehicles, police can’t say for certain if these crimes are related. They have no suspects, and are asking those with information to call 911.
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s public address announcer was arrested Thursday, May 10, on three complaints of indecent or lewd acts with a child under 16. James Allan Miller, 41, of Harrah, is also a speech teacher and tennis coach at Harrah High School. He posted bail on Friday. The Thunder suspended him from his job and the school placed Miller on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Now, the franchise has picked another announcer for the remainder of the NBA playoffs and has tentative plans to launch a search for a permanent replacement this summer.