ADA, Okla. (AP) — District 22 District Attorney Paul Smith's recent work on complicated capital murder cases has garnered the attention of a national advocacy group representing government attorneys.
The Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation is set to recognize Smith's work Aug. 8 at the group's 39th Annual Summer Conference in Washington D.C., where Smith will receive the 2017-2018 Award for Outstanding Advocacy in Capital Cases.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man who spent more than 30 years in prison for rape in southeastern Oklahoma is free after the Innocence Project presented DNA evidence it said excluded him from the crime.
Court records show 56-year-old Perry Lott was released Monday.
Lott was sentenced in 1988 to more than 200 years for rape, robbery, burglary and making a bomb threat related to the 1987 attack on a woman at her home in Ada, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City.
ADA, Okla. (AP) — A 7-year-old is excited she has a textbook that was used by country singer Blake Shelton, but her mom is embarrassed the book is nearly than 40 years old.
Oklahoma family creates accidental winery
ADA, Okla. (AP) — The winery was an accident.
Bob Waddell and his wife, Debbie, liked wine, so he decided to make some of his own. That turned out to be more than they could drink, so they started selling it. And while the wine has done pretty well, it's the vineyard that's become the star of the show.
"We started as an accidental winery that turned into an accidental wedding venue," said Chris Hoover, who runs the venue with his mother, Debbie Waddell.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol: 6 dead in separate car crashes
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says six people have been killed on state roads in separate crashes.
Troopers say 76-year-old Tommie Ann Scott was killed Saturday in a crash east of Soper in Choctaw County.
Earlier Saturday, a three-vehicle crash near Ada in Pontotoc County left 53-year-old Richard L. Campbell, 51-year-old Timothy L.R. Campbell and 56-year-old Dathan R. Lane dead.
On Friday, two unidentified people were killed in a collision east of Okay in Wagoner County.
Man’s body found in frozen Oklahoma pond
ADA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff says the body of a 20-year-old man who was last seen at a New Year's Eve party was found in a frozen pond near Ada.
Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian tells KTEN a search party found Colton Pennington's body Monday evening. A member of the party saw barefoot tracks on the ice, leading to a hole.
State troopers: 2 dead in separate crashes in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says it is investigating what caused a pair of crashes that left two people dead. Both crashes happened Sunday morning.
In the first, the patrol said in a preliminary report that 50-year-old Ada resident Jimmy Neel was killed after being dragged and struck by the back axle of a tractor trailer at a private business in Pontotoc County. Troopers say it wasn't immediately clear why Neel was near the front part of the trailer.
2 addiction recovery centers under investigation in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is investigating possible food-stamp fraud at two unregulated addiction recovery centers.
Oklahoma man accused of molesting girls is found dead
ADA, Okla. (AP) — An Ada man charged this week with molesting girls has been found dead at his home.
Police tell The Ada News that 70-year-old Wayne Keith Bean was found dead Thursday from an apparent gunshot wound. Police say they're investigating whether the wound was self-inflicted and that they don't suspect foul play in the death.
Couple convicted of killing foster son, body remains missing
ADA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma couple has been convicted of killing their foster son, even though the boy's body has never been found.
A jury in Pontotoc County on Monday found 67-year-old James Rex Clark and 61-year-old Rebecca Clark of Seminole guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Colton Clark. They were also convicted of child abuse of Colton and his brother.
Oklahoma school bus driver dies after medical event, crash
ADA, Okla. (AP) — A school bus driver in southeastern Oklahoma has died after suffering an undisclosed medical event while driving, then crashing the bus into the front porch of a house.
Authorities say there were three or four children and a teaching assistant on the bus at the time of the crash on Wednesday and none were injured.
Chapel stirs up controversy in small Oklahoma college town
ADA, Okla. (AP) — A small chapel nestled on a university campus in a rural central Oklahoma town is at the center of a firestorm over the use of religious symbols on public property after a Washington, D.C.-based group insisted that a cross be removed from atop its steeple.
Oklahoma AG tired of threats in university chapel dispute
ADA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter wants a national advocacy group to stop sending letters to the state demanding removal of religious articles from a state university's chapel.
Hunter wrote a letter Wednesday to the Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State saying the state can't find common ground with it and that further communication "is a waste of time and money."
ADA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor says a man was justified in fatally shooting another man who was trying to drown his 3-month-old twin son and daughter.
Pontotoc County District Attorney Paul Smith said in a statement Thursday that David Cash Freeman was justified when he used deadly force against 27-year-old Leland Foster of Poteau.
ADA, Okla. (AP) — The president of East Central University in Oklahoma is reversing a decision to remove Bibles and crosses from its on-campus chapel.
ECU President Katricia Pierson said in a statement posted on the school's website Friday that the public university in Ada, about 65 miles (104 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City, "moved too quickly" in agreeing to remove the religious items after receiving a complaint from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.
ADA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was trying to drown his infant 3-month-old twin son and daughter in southeastern Oklahoma was fatally shot by a neighbor.
City of Ada spokeswoman Lisa Bratcher told reporters that 27-year-old Leland Foster of Poteau died after being shot Friday after a 12-year-old ran from the home to the neighbor for help.
Bratcher did not immediately return a phone call for comment Sunday.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather affecting parts of the United States (all times local):
Forecasters say strong storms that swept through parts of Texas and Oklahoma are just the beginning of what's expected to be a busy week of severe weather.
Raw: Funnel Cloud Spotted in Southeast Oklahoma
ADA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have charged eight people in connection with the death of a man whose body was found burning in Ada in 2015.
The Ada News reports (http://bit.ly/2mJomkt ) that authorities believe 34-year-old Dennis Johnson Jr. was killed in Oklahoma City, then his body brought to Ada and set on fire. Prosecutors this month charged eight people from the Oklahoma City area, including two juveniles, in the case.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol: Crashes on state roads fatal to 2
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says two people have been killed in separate accidents on state roads.
The patrol says 64-year-old McAlester resident Kathy Smith died in a crash Saturday at 11:25 a.m. near the town of Haywood in Pittsburg County.
A report says Smith was traveling southbound and attempted to make a left turn into a driveway in front of a truck, which collided with Smith's car. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
New $15 million Oklahoma Wildlife headquarters planned
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Construction work is beginning for a new, $15 million Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation facility after the previous headquarters was damaged by a flood in 2013.
Demolition is underway at the old headquarters, located about five blocks south of the Oklahoma Capitol. Floodwaters caused about $50,000 in damage to the former headquarters, and state wildlife officials opted to replace the structure rather than repair the damage.
Ada man killed when struck by semi in southern Oklahoma
ADA, Okla. (AP) — An 82-year-old Ada man was killed when he was struck by a semi on State Highway 3W near Ada.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Dewain Shaw died in the accident just before 6:30 a.m. Monday.
An OHP report says Shaw was walking south in the northbound lane of traffic when he was hit by the northbound semi.
The driver of the semi was not injured.
Motorcyclist killed in collision on Pontotoc County road
ADA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a 32-year-old Ada man was killed when his motorcycle collided with an oncoming vehicle.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Fred E. Ray Smith died in the crash Tuesday on State Highway 3W in Pontotoc County. According to a preliminary report, Smith was trying to pass another vehicle and crashed into an oncoming vehicle.
The report says Smith was not wearing a helmet. The driver of the oncoming vehicle was treated for his injuries at an Ada hospital.
5 Chickasaw Nation leaders sworn into office
ADA, Okla. (AP) — Five Chickasaw Nation officials have been sworn into office after being elected this summer.
Four legislators and one tribal Supreme Court justice took the oath of office Monday at the Chickasaw Nation Community Center.
The officials were elected on July 26.
Legislators Beth Alexander, Lisa Johnson-Billy, Linda Briggs and Tim Colbert were sworn into office, along with Supreme Court Justice Mark Holmes Colbert.
Chickasaw legislators and Supreme Court justices serve three-year terms.
Single-vehicle crash kills 21-year-old Pontotoc County man
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Pontotoc County man is dead following a single-vehicle crash.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 21-year-old Jimmy Pinson Jr. of Roff was killed in Friday's crash on Oklahoma Highway 1.
Troopers say the crash occurred at about 8:15 a.m. one mile south of the Chickasaw Turnpike and 2 miles north of Roff in Pontotoc County.
‘Amazing Race’ contestant loses Oklahoma Senate runoff
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Ada mayor and current city councilman has defeated a cowboy turned reality show contestant for the Republican nomination in a race for an open Oklahoma state Senate seat.
Business owner Greg McCortney defeated "The Amazing Race" contestant Jet McCoy in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff.
Ada police shoot man who allegedly struck officer with SUV
ADA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say Ada police shot and wounded a man who allegedly struck a police officer with his vehicle.
Ada spokeswoman Lisa Bratcher says officers were responding to a disturbance call Wednesday when a man in an SUV struck the officer with his vehicle. Bratcher says the officer then opened fire on the suspect, striking him at least once in the shoulder.
She says the man then led police on a chase throughout Ada before pulling over and surrendering.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It's been more than a year since Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation authorizing the city of Oklahoma City to complete and operate the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.
Yet the unfinished concrete-and-steel structure sits empty and construction is at a standstill while city officials and the Ada-based Chickasaw Nation work out the details of a complex partnership for operating and maintaining the 173,000-square-foot museum and...