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Second arrest made in Blue River shooting

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A second arrest has been made in connection with a Sunday-night shooting near the Blue River Bridge in Bryan County.Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents arrested 31-year-old Craig Becker for accessory to murder after the fact.OSBI spokesperson Gary Perkinson said evidence lead them to believe Becker was involved in burning victim Frank Owens’ truck after he was shot and killed Sunday night.Frank Wendell Owens II, 22, Bennington, was found with gun shot wounds Sunday evening on Old Highway 70 near the Blue River Bridge, according to authorities.He was taken to the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant where he died that night.

 

Man claims tampering in case over bombing videos

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawyer suing the FBI over his public records request for surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing said Tuesday that one of his witnesses backed out after being visited by government officials last week.Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue made the accusation Tuesday to U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups during the second day of the trial, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.“I think this is a serious matter,” Trentadue sai...

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RC gets a win, Caddo takes a fall

BLUE — The Rock Creek Lady Mustangs took a 7-0 victory over the Valliant Lady Bulldogs in fast-pitch softball action Tuesday afternoon, just after Valliant bested the Caddo Lady Bruins 9-1.Rock Creek 7, Valliant 0The Lady Mustangs mounted a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Lead-off Arie Young drew a walk. After stealing second and advancing to third on an Ashlynn Robinson single, Young scored.Then, Macy Eiler got one through t...

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Davis speaks to Kiwanis

Dr. Dottie Davis, Director of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center and Library, spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Durant on July 23. She shared many of the services the library now offers including Zinio, a new on-line magazine provider, that allows library patrons to download many of their favorite magazines directly from the library website. Shown with Dr. Davis are Kiwanians Chris Moore and John Breon.

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Roland Fanning headed to Little Rock

Roland Fanning has been living the dream for the past two years as a volunteer assistant for the Oklahoma State University baseball program.The Coalgate High School graduate has been an OSU supporter for as long as he can remember. But when the University of Arkansas at Little Rock offered him a job as a full-time assistant and recruiting coordinator, it was an offer he simply couldn’t refuse.The Sun Belt Conference school made the announcement via their website on...

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Child hides in home after someone breaks in

A child hid inside her home while someone was breaking in, the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office said.On July 29 at 1:35 p.m. The Bryan County 911 Center received a call at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday from a 14-year-old child reporting that someone was breaking into her home on Star Road located in the community of Silo.The child hide in the house and stayed on the phone with the 911 operator while sheriff’s deputies and Chickasaw Lighthorse police responded to the residen...

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SE professor spends summer teaching in Hong Kong and China

DURANT – College professors spend their summers in a variety of ways. Some may teach. Others may do research. And some may travel.For Dr. Jon Reid, it was all of the above and more as the Southeastern Oklahoma State University psychology and counseling professor spent time in Hong Kong, mainland China, and Taiwan.In Hong Kong, Reid participated in several workshops during ...

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Summer reading program has a magical end

As summer comes close to an end so did the summer reading program at the Donald W. Reynolds Library.The program ended Friday by honoring the top readers in each class followed by snacks, face painting, games and magic.Top readers included Ellie Henderson, Kaydee Current, Jacee Bentley, Jordan Hammond and Jonathan Davis. Emily Wright earned the title of overall top reader with over 400 book read this summer.Each top reader was given a $25 gift card and a certif...

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SE Cross Country picked fourth in GAC poll

Southeastern’s cross country team has been picked to finish fourth in the Great American Conference according to the preseason poll released on Monday.The Savage Storm is coming off a third place finish in the GAC Championship meet in 2013 after opening that season picked to finish eighth.SE returns three runners from last season’s breakout squad, including all-conference honorees Bailee Weger and Haylee Story, along with Amanda Kirby who was twice SE’s...

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Blue River murder suspect arrested

A 22-year-old Blue man who is a suspect in a Sunday murder has been arrested, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.Mark Anthony Neal was booked into jail for suspicion of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Frank Wendell Owens II, 22, Bennington, who was found Sunday evening on Old Highway 70 near the Blue River Bridge, according to authorities. He was taken to the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant where he died.Neal was taken ...

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Durant Chamber hosts Christmas in July

The Durant Area Chamber of Commerce and stores lining North Second Avenue in Durant hosted a Christmas in July block party Saturday.The party began with a fashion show displaying clothing that can be bought in the Second Avenue shops. Entertainment for the evening consisted of a series of dances performed by the Spirit Champ Cheer and Dance Studio.The hot-dog meals served for $5 came with a unique twist. Each meal came with the chance to win a weekend at the Choctaw Casi...

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Man arrested for suspicion of Sunday slaying

Suspects are being questioned and authorities have taken one person into custody in the shooting death of a man in Blue who was killed Sunday evening, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.Mark Anthony Neal was taken into custody Monday after a search, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. He is a suspect in the shooting death of Wendall Owens.The sheriff’s office has confirmed Owens was found near Blue River Bridge in Armstrong. T...

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Authorities investigating homicide, suspect arrested

Suspects are being questioned and authorities have taken one person into custody in the shooting death of a man in Blue who was killed Sunday evening, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.One person was taken into custody Monday after a search and other persons were being questioned.The sheriff’s office has confirmed Wendall Owens was found near Blue River Bridge in Armstrong.Owens was the victim of a Sunday evening shooting. Golden said ...

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Oklahoma has top team at NHSFR

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — The Oklahoma team was the big winner at the 2014 National High School Finals Rodeo, and even the queen hails from the Sooner State.Following a week of competition that featured more than 1,500 contestants from all across the United States, Canada and Australia, the national champions were crowned July 19 at the Sweetwater Events Complex.

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Choctaw firefighters home after battling out-of-state wild land fire

DURANT – Recently, two forestry team members returned from a 16-day stent in Arizona battling an intense fire on Apache lands. Prevention tech Joshua Bates and Wallace Kitchel, dozer operator, were dispatched to the fire due to the need for special fire fighting techniques.

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Local athletes make OCA All-State team

Three Bryan County baseball standouts will play in the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State game next week.Silo grads Lance House and Leonard Sandler and Calera alum Caleb Phillips — along with Tushka’s Jaeson Nutt — are set to take the field for the Small East ...

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Girls of summer come out to play

BLUE — The Rock Creek Lady Mustangs hosted a several teams Friday for some round-robin, fast-pitch softball action.And it was a hot one for the girls of summer, with a heat index surpassing the century mark.The Lady Mustangs took on Battiest in the first game. Mckenzie Powell was the starting pitcher, and last season’s short stop Arie Young came on to start the top of the fourth.The game was a shutout on both sides until the bottom of the fourth. R...

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Durant Police Department permanently honors the past

The Durant Police Department decorated its lobby on Friday with the photos of former police chiefs and retired officers and employees to honor the past.Friday morning, 14 retired sworn officers, five retired civilian employees, 20 former police chiefs and current Chief Durward Cook were honored during a ceremony in appreciation to those who have served the department.Each honoree or a representing family member or officer took a framed photo as each name was called....

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