A house fire that significantly damaged a northwest Lawton house Wednesday night and caused a minor injury for one Lawton firefighter was reportedly started by a furnace.
Emergency responders were dispatched around 10:50 p.m. to a house at 1712 NW Arlington after a furnace under the floor of the house started a fire in the front room, an LFD report said. Firefighters arrived to find flames and heavy smoke pouring from the front room, where the fire had apparently weakened the flooring.
LFD Assistant Chief Lonnie London said one firefighter who went inside fell through the weakened floorboards, but did not suffer any burns. Fellow crewmembers checked out the twisted ankle at the scene, but he did not require treatment at a medical facility.
"He didn't even leave work that night," London said.
The fire under the floor was quickly extinguished and further attack was launched from the back of the house. Investigators later determined the furnace had caught framing and sawn wood in the house on fire.
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Friday, 13 December 2013 01:10 | Published inLocal
The mission for Lawton Public Schools Junior ROTC cadets on Thursday was bringing Christmas cheer to kids at Beginnings Academy pre-kindergarten.
Cadets from all three city high schools chipped in to pay for toys for all the boys and girls at Beginnings, a JROTC tradition that goes back more than a decade. Cadets made the trip to deliver the toys personally, while wearing their JROTC uniforms.
A different JROTC battalion sponsors the event every year, which means that battalion buys the toys. This year, LHS had the honors. Retired Lt. Col. James Daniels, who is in charge of the JROTC program at Lawton High, said he picked up the toys on Wednesday. He purchased 180 toys in 36 minutes at a local Family Dollar store, he said.
The Christmas spirit must be infectious, because when people waiting behind him in line learned what he was doing, they started offering to help pay for the toys. Daniels declined and told them the cadets had already raised the money. All he asked for was their patience.
Daniels said the cadets at all three schools raise money for the Christmas gifts all year long. They sell "Advantage" cards that give discounts at local businesses, they clean up after sporting events, they sell programs at football games and sodas at the intracity-rivalry sporting events between the three schools.
Ashley Donovan, battalion commander for LHS, said this was her first year to take part in giving the gifts.
ALTUS A detective for the Altus Police Department said it took efforts of more than 12 years to reach closure in the investigation of the disappearance of an Altus woman, whose remains were apparently found Wednesday afternoon after she was buried by her ex-husband in 2001 near the Cold Springs campground on the north shore of Tom Steed Reservoir in Kiowa County.
Detective Bill Perkins said there was not definitive identification that the remains found were those of Tracy Lynn Allen, but he did confirm there were signs of trauma to the body. Allen was age 27 when she was reported missing in May 2001 from her Altus residence at 616 W. Elm. Perkins said he could not yet release information about how the suspect allegedly killed the victim before he buried her. He said such information will be released later.
"The statements he made to law enforcement are consistent with what we're finding here," he said.
The remains of Tracy Lynn Allen were expected to be taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Oklahoma City Thursday afternoon for an autopsy to officially identify her and determine the official cause of her death. Perkins said the process of the autopsy will also include DNA testing.
The Comanche Nation has cleared another hurdle in its plan to begin operating an assisted living center in east Lawton.
The tribe has purchased the 10-acre tract at 1001 SE 36th, the former Hospice of Southwest Oklahoma's inpatient facility Whispering Winds, a $4.3 million facility that was never opened to patients. The tribe has been operating its diabetes program out of the building, but has indicated it wants to turn the former hospice facility into an assisted living center, a change in use that falls under city zoning codes.
The tract was rezoned in 2005 as a PF Public Facilities District when it was to be used as an in-patient hospice facility, but the tribe's plans to use the site as an assisted living center means it needs to acquire approval on a Use Permitted on Review (UPOR). Typically, each zoning classification comes with a list of uses; any use listed under a specific zoning classification is OK, meaning the property owner doesn't need city permission to begin that activity.
However, zoning classifications also include UPORs, uses that have to be approved in advance by the City Planning Commission before they are permitted. UPORs come with a binding site plan, meaning the CPC approves specific plans explained on a specific site plan; any significant changes in that site plan must be brought back to the CPC.
Community Services Director Richard Rogalski said the plan for the existing building, completed in 2010 directly west of Ten Oaks Retirement Center, acts as the binding site plan, because the structure already is there.
A 20-year-old Lawton man facing a litany of local charges is now facing three federal indictments and an order of criminal forfeiture.
Federal felony charges filed against Anthony Deshawn Bradford include being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to indictments returned by a federal grand jury sitting in Oklahoma City, according to U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats. the He faces up to 20 years in prison for the drug possession count and up to 15 years for both firearms charges.
Bradford was charged for having a Hi-Point .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol that had previously crossed state lines when he was arrested Jan. 4 by Lawton police, according an affidavit filed in court. At the time, police said they also recovered an undisclosed quantity of marijuana, which believe was to be distributed. The federal prosecutor is seeking forfeiture of the handgun.
A federal jury convicted a Chickasha woman Wednesday for embezzling almost $175,000 from an Anadarko casino.
She and her husband were also convicted of failing to file federal tax returns.
Kimberly Dawn Logsdon, 40, and her husband, William Michael Logsdon, 41, had been indicted by a federal grand jury in May. Kimberly Logsdon, a former cashier clerk at the Silver Buffalo Casino, then operated by the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, was found guilty of insider theft from a gaming establishment on Indian land. She worked there from July 25, 2007, until her termination Dec. 3, 2008. Sanford C. Coats, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, said the jury heard evidence that she double-counted certain winning cashout vouchers presented by casino customers for payment that totaled $174,472.56.
"She duplicated payments by treating certain vouchers both as scanned by the computer system and as unscanned vouchers that were not entered into the casino's computer system," Coats said. "The evidence also showed that neither she nor her husband, William Logsdon, filed federal income tax returns for 2008, in spite of having at least $144,800 in gross gambling winnings between May and December of 2008."
Following a five-day trial, the jury deliberated approximately four hours before finding Kimberly Logsdon guilty of embezzlement and the couple each guilty of failing to file federal tax returns, Coats said. The jury was unable to reach unanimous verdicts on charges that William Logsdon failed to report his wife's embezzlement to law enforcement and that he committed perjury before a federal grand jury, he said. He was not convicted of a count of misprision of a felony. Misprision is the failure to report knowledge of a felony to the appropriate authorities.
The City Planning Commission has recommended a change to the powers of the Board of Adjustment, the first step in a process that could give a Lawton church a temporary parking lot until it can fund permanent improvements on the site.
Cameron Baptist Church asked the Board of Adjustment in mid-November for a variance on city parking codes, giving the church three years to raise the funds it needs to convert a grassy field it had used for parking into a hardened lot. The lot south of the church at Southwest 27th and D had been used by church members and students at Cameron University for parking for almost 20 years. But earlier this year, the church blocked access to the site after being notified by the city that it was in violation of code.
That code specifies parking lots must be surfaced with a double bituminous asphalt "as a minimum." Church officials said they stopped using the lot as soon as they learned of the ordinance, but have since launched fund-raising to generate an estimated $400,000 to pave the 375-foot by 127-foot lot for badly needed parking space.
Because the church also is trying to repay a $1.8 million debt remaining from an extensive construction program, church authorities had asked the Board of Adjustment to grant its variance so it could use the lot as is, until it can be paved to city specifications.
The problem: While city planners have indicated they are willing to work with the church, city attorneys said they don't believe existing code provisions give the Board of Adjustment the authority to grant variance on parking lots. City staff recommended the code be rewritten to grant that authority, action that was formally launched Thursday when the City Planning Commission unanimously recommend the re-write.
A district court judge has ruled a Comanche County man currently incarcerated for sex offender registry violations committed after his required registration period had expired will remain in jail for the remainder of his term.
Comanche County District Court Judge Mark Smith filed an order Tuesday denying Edward D. Turner's application for post-conviction relief, filed in October after he received a letter from the Department of Corrections stating he had been removed from the state's sex offender registry.
DOC reviews thousands of cases DOC officials began reviewing every name on the list individually after the Supreme Court ruled in June some convicts in Oklahoma were being kept on the registry past their lapse dates when changes to registry laws were retroactively applied.
In October, when Turner filed his motion asking to withdraw his previous guilty plea, the DOC had reviewed just over 1,300 of the over 7,000 offenders on the state's registry and removed 679 offenders who were no longer subject to registry requirements. Turner was one of those offenders who was removed from the list in early October.
According to Turner, his registry period should have ended June 17, 2009, which was 10 years after his release from custody, following a 1997 indecent act with a child case in Kiowa County. The DOC kept him on the sex offender registry, so when he didn't notify police of a move in April 2012, LPD officers arrested him for failing to notify of an address change. Turner was arrested, charged, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years with five suspended.
Argues chargenot applicable "I was illegally charged with a felony for not complying with Oklahoma Sex Offender Registration Act where none applied pursuant to new Oklahoma Supreme Court decision of Starkey v. Oklahoma Department of Corrections," he wrote in his motion.
A house fire that significantly damaged a northwest Lawton house Wednesday night and caused a minor injury for one Lawton firefighter was reportedly started by a furnace.Emergency responders were dispatched around 10:50 p.m. to a ...
The mission for Lawton Public Schools Junior ROTC cadets on Thursday was bringing Christmas cheer to kids at Beginnings Academy pre-kindergarten.Cadets from all three city high schools chipped in to pay for toys for all the boys a...
ALTUS A detective for the Altus Police Department said it took efforts of more than 12 years to reach closure in the investigation of the disappearance of an Altus woman, whose remains were apparently found Wednesday afternoon aft...
The Comanche Nation has cleared another hurdle in its plan to begin operating an assisted living center in east Lawton.The tribe has purchased the 10-acre tract at 1001 SE 36th, the former Hospice of Southwest Oklahoma's inpatient...
A 20-year-old Lawton man facing a litany of local charges is now facing three federal indictments and an order of criminal forfeiture.Federal felony charges filed against Anthony Deshawn Bradford include being a felon in possessio...
A federal jury convicted a Chickasha woman Wednesday for embezzling almost $175,000 from an Anadarko casino. She and her husband were also convicted of failing to file federal tax returns. Kimberly Dawn Logsdon, 40, and her husban...