The family of an Oklahoma City woman last seen Tuesday has received text messages from their loved one’s phone that saysshe’s been sold as a sex slave.
Oklahoma City police issued a missing persons alert Friday for Marlena Johnson, 22, who is 5-foot-3 and weighs 132 pounds.
Johnson’s aunt, Lashaunda Wrenn, of Oklahoma City, told police her niece packed her things and possibly took a bus to Ardmore on Tuesday, after getting a ride to the station from a friend.
Since she last saw her niece, Wrenn has received text messages from Johnson’s cellphone, allegedly from someone besides her, Wrenn told police.
Other family members also have received the messages, which state she is being held hostage and is possibly in danger, according to a police department statement.
Johnson’s aunt told police her niece had been living with her, commuting between Oklahoma City and her previous home in Ardmore. Wrenn said Johnson was going to Ardmore to see her child’s grave.
Police ask individuals with information on Johnson’s whereabouts to call 911.
Two people were hit by a car about 8:30 p.m. near Chambers Library, 100 N University Drive, said Lara O’Leary, spokeswoman for EMSA. Both victims were taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. One of the individuals was taken to the hospital in serious condition, the other was taken nonemergency, O’Leary said. Information on the victims was not immediately available Thursday evening.
The driver of a sport utility vehicle is dead after a crash about 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Lake Hefner Parkway and the Kilpatrick Turnpike. Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokeswoman Betsy Randolph said it isn’t yet clear what caused the accident. The vehicle was traveling north on Lake Hefner Parkway before it went through a guardrail and rolled over just north of the eastbound on-ramp to the turnpike. It came to a rest on the east shoulder of Lake Hefner Parkway, she said. The highway patrol is not releasing the crash victim’s name pending notification of next of kin.
Del City police shot and killed a man after a car chase, crash and scuffle over a gun in Oklahoma City Wednesday, police Capt. Jody Suit said.
The chase started around 2 p.m. in a Del City neighborhood when an officer on patrol attempted to pull over a vehicle with three passengers. The driver nearly hit the officer’s car head on, Suit said, and the vehicle gave chase.
After a 10 to 12 minute pursuit, the vehicle hit a tractor trailer and crashed near Interstate 35 and SE 15 Street in Oklahoma City, Suit said. The officer and the driver ended up in a fight over a gun the driver had when the driver tried to leave the scene of the accident, Suit said.
“There was a scuffle with the officer and the suspect. In the course the officer fired several rounds, he was able to jump up and run 70 or 80 yards before he fell down.”
The man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, Suit said. Information on the two passengers was not immediately available.
Oklahoma City police responded to a call just before 6 p.m. Tuesday for more than one body in a house in the 1900 block of NW 15, Sgt. John Stacy said.
It was not immediately clear how many bodies were at the home or who called police, Stacy said.
This story will be updated.
Reporter Matt Dinger is heading to the house now to gather details.
SHAWNEE — A championship swimmer from Oklahoma Baptist University died while practicing in the college’s pool Friday, just under a week after leading the men’s swimming and diving team to victory, university officials said.
Ivan Maciuniak, 22, went underwater and didn’t resurface while swimming with teammates Friday afternoon, said David Whitlock, the president of the university, in a message sent to faculty, students and staff around 7 p.m. Friday. (more…)
A 19 year old man died Friday after a rollover accident in Okmulgee County involving three teenagers from Beggs, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.
The 18-year-old driver of the pickup, Edward Parker, was traveling northbound on County Road North 160 near Creager Road when the vehicle crossed over the center median, left the roadway and rolled once at about 4:55 p.m. A passenger, Seth Willson, was ejected and died at the scene, troopers said. The driver and a second passenger, Chelsie Smothermon, 18, were taken to St. John Hospital in Sapulpa, treated and released with minor injuries.
Oklahoma City police found one person dead Friday afternoon after responding to a welfare check at a home on the northeast side.
Sgt. Jennifer Morris said officers responded to the home at 4:30 p.m. at 1132 Windemere Drive. They found a body and are investigating the death as a homicide, she said.
No further details were available, including the sex, name or age of the victim.
A man beaten outside of an Oklahoma City night club died Tuesday of his injuries in Colorado, police said.
Oklahoma City police are treating the Daniel Maxedon’s death as the 15th homicide of 2012. He was found lying on the ground, bleeding from the mouth about 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.
Police were called to the area and found three victims. Two suffered minor injuries. Maxedon, 25, of Colorado Springs, Colo. was found in critical condition and taken to the hospital.
He remained in critical condition until he died, Oklahoma Police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said Wednesday.
Investigators said an altercation occurred between the victims and five other men. Police have no descriptions of the men involved in the fight except that they were believed to be Hispanic.
Police think someone has information that could lead to an arrest since the assault occurred during a busy time of morning when businesses might have been closing for the night. The three men they are seeking are seen on surveillance video walking in the area at that time.
Police are still seeking information on the beating. Individuals are asked to the call Crime Stoppers at 235-7300. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.
Contributing: Tiffany Gibson
Not technically breaking news, but I had to share the beautiful March 3 sky: