Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers are teaming up with the state Department of Transportation to provide educational classes on motorcycle safety.
Officials said the need for the program became apparent after motorcycle crashes and fatalities continued to rise, both nationally and locally.
For those interested in taking one of the classes, here is a Q&A of requirements and equipment needed to participate.
A pretrial date has been set for a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper accused of raping a Guthrie woman while on duty June 20.
Patrick Venable, 28, was ordered to stand trial after Special judge R.L. Hert Jr. ruled April 4 that there was enough evidence presented at the preliminary hearing for Venable to face trial in district court on a count of second-degree rape.
Court records show that Venable’s pretrial is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 15 in Logan County. At his arraignment last week, Venable pleaded not guilty to the charge.
For more on the judge’s order for Venable to stand trial, click here.
Read about the preliminary hearing and testimony here.
Photo by Paul Southerland: Former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Patrick Venable leaving a courtroom during his preliminary hearing at the Payne County Courthouse in Stillwater Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.
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Police filed a search warrant Monday for items inside a southwest Oklahoma City home where three people were found dead earlier this month.
Officers responded to shots fired at the home at 3221 S Durland Avenue shortly after midnight April 14. Witnesses told police they saw several people run from the home after the shots were fired and left in different vehicles.
See more updates on the Pottawatomie County sheriff’s office Facebook page.
A man was shot in the stomach after police said he pointed a gun at an Edmond police officer in the area of E 2 Street and S Bryant Avenue Tuesday.
Spokeswoman Jessica Brown said agents were called Tuesday morning to look into the death of Michael Hall, 29, of Lawton, who was booked into the jail on a complaint of public intoxication. Hall was found dead inside his cell Tuesday. Officials said he was inside the cell by himself and there were no obvious signs of trauma to his body.
The medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. Agents have spent the day conducting interviews of those working at the jail facility.
Stroud police said an angry parent made a bomb threat at an elementary school Thursday morning.
Police Chief Clint Gaylord said an employee told officers a parent made a threat about 8 a.m. Thursday at Stroud Elementary School, located at 220 West 2 Street. He said the woman made the comment that “she would just bomb the school,” prompting officers to investigate the situation. (more…)
Two bodies have been found inside a home in northeast Oklahoma City, police said.
Lt. Jason Samuel said officers received a call about 11 a.m. Tuesday to go to the house in the 12700 block of Teakwood Road. He said officers had to get a warrant to enter the home and recently discovered the bodies.
He said officers are at the scene investigating. Other details weren’t immediately available.
A former detective for the Woodward police department has been charged after he told investigators that he stole methamphetamine from the department’s evidence room, the Woodward News reports.
Michael Albert Morton, 55, has been charged with 4 felony counts of conspiracy to commit theft of methamphetamine, 5 counts of theft of methamphetamine, and 4 counts of distribution of methamphetamine. (more…)
Capt. Jeff Parsons said firefighters responded about 2:30 p.m. to the aid of a man who suffered burns to his face and arms while working on the roof of the Warr Acres City Hall building at 5930 NW 49. He said the building houses police officers, city officials and firefighters, so they were able to respond quickly.
Lara O’Leary, spokeswoman for Emergency Medical Services Authority, said the man was taken to a hospital in fair condition.
Photo by Steve Gooch: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Thursday, May 15, 2003) ROOFERS: A roofer with All-American Roofing Co. uses a roofing hammer and nails on a home in NW Oklahoma City.