Former state senator found guilty in bribery case
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A former Democratic state senator has been found guilty for her role in a bribery scheme and received a one-year suspended sentence.
Former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich on Thursday waived her right to a jury trial and was found guilty by District Judge Cindy Truong of accepting a thing of value to withdraw as a candidate for office.
As part of a deal with prosecutors, Leftwich will be allowed to appeal her felony conviction based on the defense theory that she was technically not a candidate for office.
Prosecutors said Leftwich worked with former Republican state Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore to secure a state job for her in exchange for her promise not to run for re-election.
A jury convicted Terrill in October and recommended a one-year prison term.
5-year-old boy killed when van rolls on icy road
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) - A 5-year-old boy in Oklahoma was killed when a van he was riding in overturned on an icy road Thursday morning.
KJRH reports that the van was traveling westbound on a bypass bridge when the driver lost control and the van rolled several times. The accident happened just before 10 a.m.
The boy, 5-year-old Charles Spence of Fort Gibson, was sitting in the back and was ejected. He later died from injuries sustained in the crash. Investigators do not believe the child was wearing a seat belt.
The driver, an adult passenger and two other children were also in the vehicle. No other injuries were reported.
OKC City Council removes chickens from code plan
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City Council has separated proposed regulations regarding chickens from a plan intended to support urban agriculture.
The Journal Record reports that the council decided Tuesday to consider chickens in the city as a separate matter after hearing from residents concerned about the noise and odor from chickens.
City Manager Jim Crouch says the proposal is a result of interest in farmers' markets, food cooperatives and supporters of raising small animals such as goats and fish. It would've allowed up to six hens - no roosters - in zoned urban yards of less than 1 acre as long as they're kept in coops behind houses and at least 10 feet from property lines.
The two plans are now scheduled for further public discussion Dec. 17.
Icy, wintry storm begins to hit parts of Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Snow has started to fall in various parts of Oklahoma as residents work to keep warm in frigid temperatures.
National Weather Service forecaster Daryl Williams said that although snow and freezing precipitation will be seen during the day Thursday, the brunt of the winter storm is expected overnight and into Friday.
Williams said chilly temperatures will also be a concern. In the Oklahoma City area, temperatures are not expected to reach above freezing until Tuesday.
The last time the area experienced a similar cold snap was in 1996.
In Altus, The Plaza Restaurant cashier Christina Sollis said she wasn't sure what to expect as she prepared for the day.
She said customers typically stay away initially when it's really cold but get braver as the days pass.
Okla. Senate Republican from Yukon won't run again
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Republican state senator from Yukon says he won't seek re-election to his Senate seat in 2014.
Sen. Rob Johnson said Thursday he plans to leave the Legislature to spend more time with his family and focus on building his law practice in downtown Oklahoma City.
Johnson's Senate Dist. 22 seat includes most of the cities of Yukon, Piedmont and Deer Creek, along with parts of far west Edmond and Oklahoma City. It was previously held by his father, Republican Sen. Mike Johnson of Kingfisher.
Republican businesswoman Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma City already has announced plans to seek the post.
Rob Johnson says the district trends "very Republican" and that he expects the GOP to hold the seat. Republicans hold a 36-12 advantage in the Oklahoma Senate.
Okla. lottery seeks 3 winners for $1M prizes
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State lottery officials are seeking three people who purchased $1 million winning tickets in the Oklahoma City metro area to the multi-state Powerball drawing.
Lottery officials announced Thursday that two of the $1 million tickets were purchased at convenience stores in Oklahoma City. A third was purchased at a store in nearby Midwest City. Winners have six months to claim their prizes at the Oklahoma Lottery Headquarters in Oklahoma City.
The winning numbers for Wednesday night's drawing were 6, 9, 11, 31 and 44. The Powerball number was 25. The winning Oklahoma tickets matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball. There were no jackpot winners.
The Oklahoma Lottery has had four Powerball jackpot winners and 38 winning tickets of $1 million or more since its launch.
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