Muskogee man arrested, accused of raping 15-year-old girl

A Muskogee man was arrested in the Wagoner area yesterday. He is accused of first-degree rape and attempted sodomy in the alleged abduction of a 15-year-old girl earlier this month.

John Dillon Wroblewski, 22, was being held on $150,000 bond on accusations that he picked up the girl while she was walking along Oklahoma 251A in Okay and then raped her after giving her alcohol and marijuana on Jan. 4.

A probable cause affidavit says the girl was walking with a female friend when Wroblewski, who she knew because he used to work for her father, and two other men pulled up beside them in a black Chevrolet Suburban. The girl said she initially told the men she didn't want to get into the vehicle, and allegedly Wroblewski put her in the back seat, and that after she drank a Dr. Pepper she could only remember parts of what happened before being dropped off at a store on the highway.

A sexual assault exam revealed the girl had been raped, the affidavit states.

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Wagoner County sheriff warns of impersonator

The Wagoner County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday it has received reports of a man impersonating a sheriff's office investigator on the phone.

An individual has been calling people from a number showing as 918-485-4938 - the sheriff's office fax number - and giving the name of "Investigator Parker," Maj. Gary Handley said in a release. The man has been fabricating stories about bogus checks and demanding money, Handley said.

"He goes on to threaten that if they do not pay, they will receive a visit from deputies to arrest them," Handley said.

The sheriff's office emphasized that deputies never try to collect funds from the public and said the person could be using other names and phone numbers to attempt to complete the scam.

Anyone who receives such calls should call their respective local law enforcement agency for verification, Handley said.

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National news magazine praises Muskogee police for video

"We should all be Okies from Muskogee."

That's how Michael Daly, a longtime reporter for The Daily Beast, a national newsmagazine run by the former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, opens his story about the Muskogee police releasing a video of a Jan. 17 shooting.

The article continues:

"From that small Oklahoma town comes an example for the entire country on how a police department should conduct itself, starting with equipping its officers with body cameras and following through with a promise to be as transparent as possible in the wake of a fatal cop involved shooting."

The article goes on to praise the police for providing their officers with body cams and for releasing the video.

"This may sound crazy from a little town in Oklahoma," Sgt. Michael Mahan said in the article, "but we're trying to set an example for the nation."

Yesterday, the NAACP state leader, Anthony Douglas showed up in Muskogee, to a not-entirely-pleased local NAACP chapter.

"We are concerned when outside entities come and look at this as trying to make it big and make it on a national presence," said local pastor Charles Moore. "Our police department has been very transparent."

Douglas viewed the video and said he wondered if the threat warranted five shots.

"(I am here) to let the community know that we're involved with this," he said. "That they do not have to take their rage onto the street."

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TV contestants to play here

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and The I'll Fly Away Foundation will host Alaska and Madi in a Songwriting studio from 1-5 pm, Saturday January 31 at The Frisco Depot, 401 S. 3rd in Muskogee.

Alaska Holloway and Madi Metcalf, both from the Tulsa area, joined a group called "Oklahoma Kids", a division of "American Kids," which is a child-development, growth-generating activity for children who have a desire to entertain. It was through this organization that Alaska met her singing partner and best friend, Madi Metcalf. The duo sang together with Oklahoma Kids for six years when they won the competition that named them National performers of the year. This past year, however, the duo competed on season 6 of ABC's "The Voice."

Alaska and Madi are currently performing across the country and working on the release of their first album.

Saturday, January 31st, experience the artistry of songwriting with Alaska and Madi in a "Songwriting Studio," a workshop for the whole family. The mission of the workshop is to teach the fundamentals of songwriting. In this four hour class, they will teach how to break down a song, rhyme scheme, phrasing, line beats, chorus and verse.

Tickets are $10 (children under 7 are free) and can be purchased by calling 1-888-462-6718.

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BREAKING: Car hits school bus full of kids in Fort Gibson

A car rear-ended a school bus full of children in Fort Gibson around 7:15 this morning, according to eyewitnesses. The accident occurred on Highway 62 at the Two-Mile Road intersection just east of the city.

The children were loaded onto another bus after the accident.

"I don't think anybody is seriously injured," said Fort Gibson Police Chief Clint Vernon, who couldn't talk long because he was working the accident.

So far, there are no reports of children injured, but there are ambulances on the scene.

8:03 a.m. UPDATE: No injuries were reported to EMS, according to spokeswoman Rebecca Williamson.

8:28 a.m. UPDATE: Lonnie Rowan, the bus supervisor at Fort Gibson Schools, said the bus was turning off the highway when the car hit it from behind and slid underneath the bus.

The bus had high school students in it, and they were loaded into another bus and taken to school. The driver, who was not hurt, took another bus and finished the route.

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Video of convenience store robbery, customer shooting released

Muskogee police have released the video of a Muskogee convenience store customer being shot as he tries to stop an armed robbery of the store.

The videos may not play on your computer (they are AVI files). We are working to convert them to better formats, so check back later if they don't play for you.

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The victim, Christopher Stout, age 31 years old, Muskogee resident, was shot once in the left, upper torso. He was transported to Eastar West Hospital in Muskogee where he was held overnight for observation with a non-life threatening wound.

Muskogee police are asking for the public's assistance in helping locate the suspect. The suspect is described as a black male, thin build, approximately 5' 8", possibly in his teens. He was wearing dark clothing with a possible Aztec style design. The suspect was armed with a silver, semi-automatic pistol and had his face covered with a rag.

Anyone with information is urged to call Muskogee Crime Stoppers at 918-682-COPS. The location of the robbery was 803 North York, Muskogee, OK. It occurred at the Stop N Go around 8:45 p.m. on 1-21-15.

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Muskogee woman dominates her MMA debut in front of star-studded audience

Colby Fletcher, 21, made her pro MMA debut with a splash Thursday night.

Fletcher, a local amateur MMA, grappling, and Muay Thai veteran, got the call Tuesday night to take a fight with 48 hours notice in the 125 lb. weight division. Her opponent was Krystal Nanues, 28, of Missouri.

The venue was the Oklahoma City Charity Fight Night, a black-tie event headed by the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League. In the audience watching was OU coach Bob Stoops and special guest boxing legend Thomas "Hitman" Hearns.

The fight started with both fighters standing. Fletcher connected with a right-hand, causing Nanues to fall into her. Fletcher grabbed her arm and executed a hip toss. Fletcher then began to ground and pound her opponent with punches and elbows, while still continuing to try for an arm bar. A few seconds later, Nanues gave up her arm after repeated strikes and finally submitted at 1:50 in round 1.

Fletcher has recently signed a professional multi-fight deal with Dale "Apollo" Cook's Xtreme Fight League, and sources in her camp say that she is considered a rising star by Bellator MMA.

Colby Fletcher fights out of the Fight Science Center of Muskogee where she also is the head children's coach.

The Fight Science Center is owned by Head Coach Ty Pilgrim and local attorney Nathan Hendrickson, and is affiliated with Renovacao Fight Team out of Brazil and Team USA Boxing out of Colorado.

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Area woman faces new charges in child neglect case

Thirty-four-year-old Stacy Lee Belt of Grove is facing new charges of perjury while old charges of child neglect were being refiled against her Monday.

Prosecutors say Belt lied to the court under oath on Dec. 11, saying she was not pregnant. She was admitted to a hospital later that day, and gave birth.

Belt had been facing charges of child neglect after three girls, 13, 8 and 6, were found living in a mobile home filled with filth, including floors completely covered in animal feces and dirty clothes, according to an arrest affadavit. The girls also had "repeated cases" of head lice and scabies. Part of the home had collapsed and was blocked off from the outside by a plastic sheet.

Belt told officials then that she had suffered a miscarriage and had buried a 14-week-old fetus in the back yard and marked the grave with stones in the shape of a triangle. No fetus was ever found. The three girls were placed in state custody in 2013.

She is now charged with three counts of child neglect, perjury and causing, aiding or encouraging a minor child to become deprived. She is free on $10,000 bail.

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Fester, on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 8:59:50 a.m., said:
Ugh! Yet another reason for mandatory sterilization.

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VA hospital to honor fallen patients today

The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Honor Heights Park honors the veterans who have passed away in its walls every six months.

According to the hospital, it holds a service twice a year to "remember veteran patients who passed away during the past six months."

Today at 1 p.m. in the hospital's auditorium, you can take part in that memorial.

You are encouraged to bring photos of your loved one.

Additional parking is provided at the American Legion, 4021 W. Broadway.

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Midway schools close for flu

Midway Public Schools, which is on the line between Muskogee and McIntosh Counties, is closed today due to flu.

The district said it was taking the step of closing the schools to prevent the flu from spreading further.

The district did not say how many children in the schools are sick.

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Muskogee business owner dies of flu, according to family friends

Steve Whittinghill, owner of Whittinghill Disposal Service in Muskogee, passed away last night due to complications of the influenza virus, according to family friends.

According to the Muskogee County Health Department, as of last week, the county had reported no flu deaths, so if Mr. Whittinghill's death is flu-related, it would be the county's first flu death.

The state Department of Health, however, said Muskogee County already had a flu death on the books as of the Jan. 20 report - the latest numbers available. According to that report, Muskogee had one flu death and 30 hospitalizations due to flu as of Jan. 20.

Steve Whittinghill had owned the disposal service since he bought it in 1987, according to the company's web site.

Service details are pending.

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ytsur, on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10:27:29 a.m., said:
very sad! Prayers are with the family

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Half a million people viewed this site yesterday

In case anyone was wondering whether the shooting of a man by police in Muskogee was generating any kind of interest outside Muskogee, the numbers are in: 493,642 people viewed the story on MuskogeeNOW.com yesterday, a viewership record by far.

Raw hits were far, far larger, upwards of 2 million, but we only count unique IP addresses as viewers, meaning even though our server served up pages 2 million times, when we count just IP addresses, half a million different people viewed the site yesterday. (The log file itself was almost 500 megabytes).

On Facebook, 50,000 people viewed our post on the story - a record for our Facebook page as well.

What all that says is that people are very interested in this story. I've been a member of the media since 1988 - you do the math, it hurts my head. Since 1988, the media have all been interested in one thing: what do readers want. Focus groups are consistent: readers want positive stories, stories about the high school student who helps little old ladies at the retirement home, the quilting bee that raises lots of money for leukemia research, the biker who saves a puppy from euthanasia. That's what people say they want. Consistently.

And such stories are a staple of newspapers and this site.

But from way on back, I learned a lesson from my mentor, Kristi Fry: People in focus groups and polls don't tell the truth. Instead, look at the numbers, they don't lie. Circulation at any newspaper (and readership on any news site) spikes through the roof not when someone does something nice, but when someone does something horrible, or something horrible just happens.

People vote with their eyes, not their words. On average, this site receives 45,000 viewers each day, which is a phenomenal number, twice as much as the circulation at the newspaper during its heyday, and according to the latest numbers I could find, four times as much as now. But that number pales in comparison to yesterday's numbers. It's less than a tenth, as a matter of fact.

People are interested in those good-news stories. They are. But they're a lot more interested in the stories of horror and trouble. It's human nature. We're not looking to see people decapitated when we slow down to check out a bad wreck, but we are looking just the same - to see ... whatever.

I talked to the shooting victim's mother yesterday and told her I was going to show the entire video on my site. She was OK with it, so I did. But I didn't realize at the time how much attention that would garner. People didn't want to see her son die, they just wanted to see what really happened. Some people saw the video and agreed with the police stand on what happened. Others disagreed. No one, it seems, didn't have an opinion, and that's what's great about a site like this.

Unlike corporate-owned entities, we can do what we believe is in the best interest of the public's right to know. Some can disagree with us, some can agree with us, but none can tell us what to do or not to do. And ultimately, in this case, we believe 500,000 people can't be wrong: posting the entire video, unedited, was the right thing to do. It allowed the public to make up their minds - and the vast majority agreed with the police: the officer who was involved did the right thing, the only thing he could have done. There are, of course, those who disagree, but in our experience, those others make up a prohibitive minority of everyone who watched the video.

We're just glad we could help enable the public to see what most of you believe: that the police are hard-working people who put their lives on the line every day, and even though there may be some bad eggs out there, this wasn't one of those cases. We're glad that people are able to come to their own conclusions on that front, and we're glad we get to be part of the tools by which they come to those conclusions.

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Body cam video of Saturday shooting released

Muskogee Police have released the body cam video of a Muskogee Police officer shooting a man to death after the man had allegedly threatened to kill a woman at a Muskogee wedding.

The video shows the officer questioning Terence Dewayne Walker, 21, Walker tensing up, then abruptly fleeing when the officer feels a gun in Walker's left jacket pocket.

The officer pursues Walker, who stops, stoops to pick something up off the ground, and the officer fires several shots, two of which appear to hit Walker, who was at that point again fleeing. Walker falls to the ground, and the officer, keeping his weapon pointed at Walker, attempts to control the crowd.

Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson said he hoped Muskogee could avoid such incidents in the future.

"We all want our town to be safe," he said. "We want to be able to go to a wedding without people being threatened for their lives. I feel sorry for the family of the man who was shot and for the officer who was forced to shoot him. It's just tragic all the way around. If that officer hadn't been there, somebody else would be dead right now."

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The Muskogee Police released the following statement:

Below is a list of considerations that we are presenting along with the video:

  1. Suspect had made threats to kill a wedding party member and came to the location with a loaded handgun.
  2. Witnesses at the scene told police the suspect had conveyed information to the victim that he had a bullet with her name on it.
  3. The suspect had attempted to hand the gun to another person at the scene who refused to take it.
  4. There were witnesses at the scene who told us that the suspect had called or left a voicemail threatening to harm the victim. This is currently under review by O.S.B.I.
  5. The suspect failed to comply with basic commands by the officer to place his hands behind his back and used an elbow to strike the officer. The shadow thrown by the suspect in the footage appears to show the suspect with a raised fist towards the officer.
  6. The area in question is surrounded by homes, a church with several people attending a wedding, and the suspect was running in the direction of an occupied vehicle that was travelling toward the suspect and officer.
  7. The officer reacted to the suspect stopping to pick up an item that we believe the body camera shows was a gun. At this point the suspect posed an immediate threat to the officer and witnesses surrounding the scene. It is our belief that the video clearly shows the suspect pointing the gun at the officer.
  8. Initial indications by some witnesses that the suspect dropped his cell phone are contradicted by the video which shows the suspect placing the cell phone in his left hand and fleeing with it. The video shows that the item dropped and recovered by the suspect at the scene was in the suspect's right hand and appears to be the gun.
  9. The video clearly shows that the gun was recovered in very close proximity to the suspect and shows the hammer cocked and a bullet in the chamber.
  10. If the suspect were to have fired the gun, the bullet would have been fired in the direction of the officer, multiple bystanders, and toward the direction of oncoming traffic and a residential area.
  11. A video released recently by the Flagstaff, AZ Police shows how quickly a suspect can produce a gun from his pocket. In the video the suspect produces a gun during an attempted pat down search by the officer and shoots the officer in the head before he can react. The officer died at the scene. The suspect then disarmed the officer of his sidearm and killed himself.
  12. The suspect made a conscious decision to stop and pick up the gun after having dropped it. The suspect made the decision to re-arm himself and subsequently point the gun in a threatening manner towards the officer.
  13. The officer could not make use of a Taser for two reasons:
    • The suspect was well out of range of the 25 ft. capability of the Taser.
    • Officers are trained to meet a deadly threat with deadly force, the officer would have been placing himself and the public in danger had he deployed his Taser.
  14. Listen to Pastor Jones as he approaches the scene and asks to check on the suspect. The officer clearly says to the pastor to stay back from the suspect because he "has a gun." The officer did not want to put the pastor in danger and did not know the condition of the suspect at the time. The officer was also dealing with a crowd who had come out to observe what had happened.
  15. Pastor Jones witnessed the shooting and can be clearly heard saying to one of the responding officers in reference to what had just taken place "he followed procedure" referring to Officer Mc Millin.

Police also released audio files relating to the shooting:

In response to our questions about the shooting today, Muskogee Police responded with the following:

We believe that the officer involved in Saturday's shooting acted appropriately. The officer responded to a call of a man with a gun threatening to kill his former girlfriend who was inside of Old Agency Baptist Church where dozens of people had gathered for a wedding. The officer attempted to pat down the subject, at which point the suspect attempted to throw an elbow into the officer's face and fled the scene. During the ensuing chase, the suspect dropped a gun and stopped to pick it up. The suspect then, as shown in the video, pointed the gun at the officer. The firearm recovered from under the suspect was cocked and chamber loaded, meaning it was ready to fire.

Officers in the field have to make split-second decisions based on the facts and circumstances they are faced with at the moment. We believe Officer McMillin's actions protected the safety of the public as well as his own life.

10:37 a.m. UPDATE: Response to the video has been mostly positive on social media and around the city.

"This is why every officer needs a body camera," said Brad Worldclass Stahlheber on Facebook. "It gives transparency to both sides. The video is pretty clear. The guy ran, dropped a gun, then went to pick it up while facing the officer The officer was justified. ... The video says it all."

"Shoutout to OK getting on board with body cams," Jeremiah Murray said on Facebook. "Keep 'em accountable."

11:37 a.m. UPDATE: Muskogee Police have released a powerpoint presentation with their breakdown of the incident.

The presentation (pdf format)

Walker's mother, reached at her home in Austin, said she wished there had been some other way to deal with her son during the incident.

"He was my baby," she said. "He wasn't a violent person. I saw them saying he got violent toward the police when he was agitated, but that's not how I knew him."

The police should look for non-lethal ways to deal with people they believe to be carrying guns, as in Walker's case, she said.

"In today's society, we say it was justifiable, but we should have another way of dealing with situations that this would not be the outcome," she said. "If he did have a gun, there should be another way. In old times, the police officer would try to calm the situation down."

Cassandra Walker said she has not seen the video, but her attorney brother has, and described it to her. The family has not decided whether to pursue the event any further.

"I'm not happy with the outcome," she said. "No parent would be."

Her church in Austin will live stream a memorial service over the web so those who knew Walker in Muskogee can see the service without making the seven-hour drive to Austin, she said. The event will take place Saturday at 11 a.m., she said, on livestream.com. Watchers will have to create a login, then search for Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church in Austin, she said.

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lawman, on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 9:38:58 a.m., said:
My support goes out to the officer and the police department. The suspect should not have been an idiot and should not have done what he did. Muskogeephonenix did an article saying that he was "loving" and "calm". NO WAY. He was probably loving and caring to his own momma and family, but has no respect for others.
savedbygrace, on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10:32:11 a.m., said:
Think you cut the end of the article off.
Leif M. Wright, on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10:34:55 a.m., said:
Sometimes, especially when we're posting a written quote from someone, the program that runs MuskogeeNOW will stop in the middle of the quote. That's usually when the person being quoted has inserted a character that can't be interpreted by web browsers. Our program ignores everything after such "illegal" characters. I have fixed the quote in question, and the article should end correctly now.
savedbygrace, on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10:39:21 a.m., said:
Figured it was just an accident. Wanted to make sure though.

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One shot during armed robbery at Houston and York

Police are working an armed robbery that just happened at the Stop N Go convenience store at Houston and York, according to emergency workers.

Two men escaped on foot, and police are in pursuit.

No word yet on whether the robbers got any money.

Muskogee County EMS is transporting one person in serious and possibly life-threatening condition from a gunshot wound, according to spokeswoman Rebecca Williamson. Williamson could not say whether the gunshot was related to the robbery.

Other emergency workers, however, confirmed that the shooting was related.

We will post details as they become available.

9:17 p.m. UPDATE: The person who was shot was a customer, according to Muskogee Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Mahan. Police are searching for a suspect on foot. The customer apparently was trying to stop the robbery. More details are coming.

10:08 p.m. UPDATE: The suspect is described as a black male, thin build, approximately 5' 8", possibly in his teens. He was wearing dark clothing with a possible Aztec style design. The suspect was armed with a silver, semi-automatic pistol and had his face covered with a rag.

11:06 pm UPDATE: The victim of tonight's armed robbery is in good condition, will be held overnight for observation, according to police

UPDATE: The victim's name is Christopher Stout. He was shot in the torso while trying to prevent the robbery.

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David Kay to entertain at hall of fame

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will host Dave Kay on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 7 pm at The Frisco Depot, 401 S. 3rd in Muskogee.

Born in Muskogee, the Oklahoma based singer/songwriter was exposed to Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix at an early age. Growing up, his older brother, Andy Kay, was always playing in bands as a drummer and percussionist, filling the house with jazz, funk, blues and rock music. Dave would often sneak upstairs and play all the instruments he could get his hands on.

Dave eventually formed his own band, Nepenthe, and began playing as often as possible. But when he kept breaking Andy's cymbals and losing pieces of the set at different shows, Andy inadvertently changed his younger brother's life forever by buying Dave his first acoustic guitar as a Christmas present.

While working one summer, Dave met Thomas Trapp and formed the "Purpletraders", with Bill Morgan on bass and of course Andy on drums. In 2011, they recorded their first album, Westward Bound. From there, Dave helped form his college band, "Supergroup" and also the blues/Americana trio - "The Dave Kay Band", as well as playing solo. Even as a full time teacher at Keys High School, Dave has been playing live shows nonstop for about eight years.

Admission will be $5 and all ages are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

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Chocolate festival set to raise money for Habitat, tickle your sweet tooth

Get ready for a fun winter event offering Oklahoma wines, gourmet chocolates, and other tasty treats from more than 40 Oklahoma restaurants and business. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Muskogee, which has built more than 30 homes in Muskogee.

There will be live entertainment by Reversing Radio. Silent auction with all proceeds from event benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Muskogee.

  • What: Home Sweet Home Chocolate Festival
  • When: February 7, 2015 from 7pm-10pm
  • Where: Muskogee Civic Center, 425 Boston St., Muskogee, OK
  • Admission: Tickets available starting January 1, 2015. $15 in advance before Noon on Friday, February 6, 2015 at American Bank of Oklahoma, Armstrong Bank, Arvest Bank, Bank of Oklahoma, Firstar Bank of Muskogee, Communications Federal, Bancfirst Muskogee, ORS Nasco, Dolce', and Muskogee Habitat Office. Or $20 at the door.
  • Must be 21 to attend
  • For more information contact Muskogee Habitat for Humanity 918-687-1470 or email at muskogeehabitat@gmail.com
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Two injured in car shooting last night, not shot

A black male and female, whose names have not yet been released, were injured last night after their car was shot up, according to Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Mahan.

Police received a shots-fired call around 9:45 p.m. last night, and when officers arrived, they found an abandoned car at 24th and Inman streets. The car's passenger side was riddled with bullet holes.

The couple showed up at the Emergency Room of Eastar Hospital claiming they were injured when the car wrecked. Neither had gunshot wounds.

The couple refused to fill out a statement for police, saying they had no idea who shot at them.

More details to come.

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Stigler teen killed in crash

A 16-year-old Stigler boy died after being ejected during a crash in Haskell County on Monday morning, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

The boy was driving a 1999 GMC pickup east on Oklahoma 9 one mile east of Whitefield when the pickup crossed the center line and struck the side of a westbound tractor-trailer just before 8 a.m., troopers said.

The truck and pickup came to rest in a ditch, and the teenager was ejected "an unknown number of feet," according to a crash report. He died at the scene, troopers said.

A third vehicle - a 2015 GMC pickup - hit debris in the road and also veered into the ditch, the report states.

A 12-year-old boy in the 1999 pickup had head injuries that were stabilized and was flown to Saint Francis Children's Hospital in Tulsa.

The truck driver, Daniel Williams, 48, of Panama, Oklahoma, and Esbeidy Mendez Castillo, 23, of Stigler, who was driving the 2015 pickup, refused treatment at the scene. Neither of them had any passengers.

Neither the 16-year-old nor the 12-year-old, whose names were not released, were wearing a seat belt, but the other drivers were, according to the crash report.

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Car found riddled with bullets, another on fire

A car riddled with multiple bullet holes has been found at 24th and Inman, according to emergency workers.

The car's driver is missing, but a check of area hospitals has turned up nothing.

Police have not yet found any blood on or near the car.

Also, a burned-out car has been found at the Foxcroft apartments, but no injuries were reported. Someone reportedly was in the car when it caught fire, according to police, but no deaths have been reported.

UPDATE: One man was transported from Foxcroft via Muskogee County EMS to Eastar Hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to EMS spokeswoman Rebecca Williamson. The call was received at 9:34 pm.

UPDATE: An unconscious male was found in the car with smoke inhalation injuries but no burns. The fire marshal was sent to investigate, which we are told indicates initial impressions are that the fire's cause may be suspicious.

UPDATE: We are now hearing from police that two people were transported by EMS. We are trying to verify that now. UPDATE: EMS, upon double-checking, says only one person was transported. It is possible that another person arrived at the emergency room some way other than EMS, Williamson said.

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EXCLUSIVE: Police officer who shot man had shot another man six months earlier

Muskogee Police have released the identity of the officer who shot 21-year-old Terence Dewayne Walker on Saturday.

The officer, Chansey McMillin, has been a member of the police force since July of 2012, according to Sgt. Michael Mahan.

McMillin is on routine paid administrative leave pending the result of an investigation being led by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Mahan said.

This is the second time in six months that McMillin has shot someone in the line of duty. McMillan shot Angel Cerda twice in the leg when he lunged at another police officer with a knife on July 9 at 30th and Boston.

McMillin was cleared of wrongdoing in that shooting. In fact, then-District Attorney Larry Moore said he should have been commended for using his gun in a non-lethal way.

Here's the link to the story of that shooting.

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lawman, on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 8:52:05 p.m., said:
McMillin will be cleared of this as well. He is a great person and very professional. Yes he shot someone months ago, but it was because of another dumb ass doing dumb things. What wrongdoing was there in that incident Leif? None! He was doing his job. Protect and serve this community. I am grateful to have an officer like this on the street.
Amber, on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 9:39:13 p.m., said:
Leif never said or implied that the first shooting was wrong or this one. He has simply stated facts as they were given to him. He simply stated that the officer was cleared of wrongdoing in the previous case!

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