Entries in Oklahoma City (8)


Earthquakes Rock Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) -- A series of earthquakes hit the Oklahoma City area early Tuesday morning.

According to the United States Geological Survey's website, the Oklahoma City metropolitan area was hit by seven seismic events on Tuesday.

The Oklahoma City area is home to multiple fault lines and is prone to earthquake activity. Multiple quakes in succession are also common in the area.

The first quake, measured at magnitude 3.0, struck southwest of Chandler, Okla., at 2:45 a.m. EST.

The next three tremors occurred within 15 kilometers of Luther, Okla., between 2:56 and 3:17 a.m. EST. The second quake, a magnitude 4.3, was the strongest of the day. It was followed soon after by a pair of earthquakes measuring magnitudes of 2.9 and 3.3.

Three additional quakes hit near Luther between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

People in the Oklahoma City area reported being woken up by the tremors, but there are no reports of structural damage. Officials do expect that the foundations of some buildings will have suffered cracks.

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Teen Suspect in Ex-Girlfriend's Death Arrested in Oklahoma City

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- A 19-year-old man suspected in the murder of his 17-year-old girlfriend in Washington State has been arrested in Oklahoma City, according to authorities.

Jarod Lane was picked up by Oklahoma City troopers on Monday after witnesses reported seeing a man along a highway, according to ABC News station KOCO.

Lane didn't put up a fight when they captured him, and according to officers at the scene he admitted that he was wanted in connection with a homicide case in Washington, police told KOCO.

Lane was wanted after his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Scholl, was found dead on May 25 inside a burning home in Renton, Wash.

Renton Police Deputy Chief Erik Wallgren said firefighters arrived to find a couch on the second floor burning and the girl on the floor, unconscious.  Attempts to revive her were unsuccessful.  No one else was present inside the house.

Injuries were found on Scholl's body, and investigators ruled her death a homicide, Renton Police spokesman Terri Vickers told KOCO.

Lane is being held at the Oklahoma County Jail until he is extradited to Washington.

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Okla. Mom's Body Found; Husband, Mom-in-Law Treated as Suspects

Comstock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- The body of Jaymie Adams, the pregnant mother of three and alleged Craigslist hooker, has been found, and her husband’s lawyer told ABC News that her husband and mother-in-law were being treated as suspects.

Adams, 25, had been missing since Dec. 10, when, her husband Justin Adams claimed in a court affidavit, she left to meet a client for sex.

Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow of the Oklahoma City Police Department said a man called police Saturday afternoon to report a dead body in a wooded area where people ride dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles.

Police confirmed it was Adams’ body, but were waiting for a medical examiner to report on a possible cause of death, Wardlow said.

Police believe it was a homicide but have no “named suspects,” Wardlow said, adding, “As always, we ask the public to call with any tips.”

Police impounded two vehicles Saturday -- one belonging to Justin Adams, the other belonging to his mother, Tina Clark, Wardlow said. Police have asked for a warrant to search the vehicles, but Wardlow said she didn’t know when it might be granted.

Irven Box, Justin Adams’ attorney, said his client, though not named as such, was a suspect.

A search warrant for Justin and Jaymie Adams’ cellphone records filed last week revealed Justin Adams initially told police his wife disappeared after going to meet a friend at a McDonald’s, but a day later he told police his wife went to meet a sex client. Box said this wasn’t incriminating since he was at first trying to protect his wife by not revealing her prostitution.

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Missing Oklahoma Mom Met Clients for Sex, Husband Told Cops

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- The husband of a mother missing since early December changed his story after reporting her disappearance, adding the detail that she was advertising as a massage therapist on Craigslist and meeting men for sex, according to a new police report.

Justin Adams initially told Oklahoma City, Okla., police his wife, Jaymie Adams, 26, went missing when she went to meet a friend at a local McDonald’s. He said the last time he heard from her was when she called to tell him she was in the parking lot. He found her empty van the next morning around 5 a.m. and reported her missing.

A search warrant for Justin and Jaymie Adams’ cellphone records filed this week revealed that Justin Adams came back the next day with a different story.

“On [Dec. 11, 2011] … Justin Adams walked into the OCPD Santa Fe Briefing Station and informed officers that he hadn’t been completely honest with officers in reference to his report on [Dec. 10],” the report reads.

Adams informed officers that his wife -- who has three kids and who a Facebook page said was two months pregnant --  advertised as a massage therapist on Craigslist, but was actually “engaging in sexual acts for cash.”

Adams told officers his wife was actually going to meet a client at a motel, and the last message he received from her said she was at McDonald’s, but the client didn’t show up.

The couple also participated in “swinging” with people they met on Craigslist, Adams told authorities.

Jaymie Adams took her cellphone and laptop with her when she left that night. According to the police report, “telephone records show that during the morning of 12/10/11, the telephones of both Justin and Jaymie were relaying telephone calls from the same telephone towers.”

Justin Adams also told authorities, according to the warrant, that a nearby restaurant owner told him he had seen Jaymie Adams paying for her meal at nearly 3 a.m. on Dec. 10.

Investigators interviewed the restaurant manager Justin Adams said he had spoken with, but the manager told police he didn’t remember seeing Jaymie Adams. Surveillance video from the restaurant also didn’t show her in the restaurant.

Several days after Adams admitted to initially lying to police, he agreed to take a polygraph test. He was found to be “deceptive” when answering the question, “Do you know your wife’s whereabouts?”

Sgt. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department said there have been no new developments in the case, and both missing persons and homicide detectives are working to find Jaymie Adams.

“Anytime there’s a case like this, when someone’s been missing a long time and the circumstances are so suspicious, you don’t know if they’re going to turn up alive or dead,” Knight told ABC News, “so we have investigators from different departments, including homicide, involved in the investigation.”

Calls to Justin Adams’ attorney, Irven Box, were not returned.

Police have not named any suspects in the disappearance.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Girls Trapped Under Elevator: ‘We’re Going to Die’

ABC News(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Three Oklahoma City middle school students are safe after being trapped under an elevator at school, but a newly released 911 call gives a glimpse into what one of the young girls called an “agonizing” experience.

“Oh my God. We’re trapped under an elevator,” a girl’s voice can be heard saying in the 911 call. In the background, high-pitched screams from her friends yelling “please help us,” can be heard.

The two seventh-graders and one sixth-grader from the Classen School for Advanced Studies spent about 40 minutes trapped under the 500-pound elevator on Tuesday before being rescued. They lay on their backs and struggled to breathe with less than a foot of space between the bottom of the elevator and the ground.

One of the girls, 12-year-old Ambri Tygard, credits her friend’s combat boots with saving their lives. “[The elevator] came down right on her boot and stopped it,” Tygard told ABC News’ Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO.

Tygard said that she and her friends were on the first floor of their school when they decided to take the elevator. “I didn’t think it was unsafe or anything. I just thought it was normal, until I looked up [and] realized, ‘This isn’t the elevator. This is the shaft room,’” Tygard told KOCO.

But by the time Tygard had made this realization, it was too late because her friend had already closed the door and they were locked inside. Tygard said that within 30 seconds, the elevator that was three floors up came down right above them.

“I was like, ‘We’re going to die. We have to find a way out. There must be some way out,’” Tygard said.

The girls were rescued about 40 minutes later and taken out of the school on stretchers by paramedics. They suffered only minor injuries.

Tierney Cook-Tinnin, a spokeswoman for Oklahoma City Public Schools, told ABC News that the school’s principal said that the elevator is only used by students who are injured or handicapped and that the door to the elevator is always locked.

School officials are still investigating exactly how the incident happened. The school’s principal has interviewed a couple of the students, but since Tygard is still in the hospital, they have not spoken to all three girls yet.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Oklahoma City Airport Evacuated for Suspicious Package

FIle photo. Amos Morgan/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Authorities have evacuated parts of an Oklahoma City airport after a suspicious bag prompted concern, according to a spokesperson.

The ticket lobby, baggage claim level and concourse of the Will Rogers World Airport were evacuated Friday as a safety precaution.

All inbound flights have reportedly been put on hold as officials investigate.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Self-Defense or Murder?: Oklahoma Case Sparks Debate

Comstock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- A story of crime and punishment that is dividing an Oklahoma community has now entered the online world, raising questions about what is self-defense and first-degree murder.

The debate stems from the life sentence an Oklahoma City, Okla., jury handed down to pharmacist Jerome Ersland on May 26 for a first-degree murder conviction in the killing of 16-year-old Antwun Parker.

Ersland's attorneys told jurors throughout the murder trial that their client had acted in self-defense when he shot Parker six times during an attempted robbery at his Oklahoma City pharmacy. Prosecutors, meanwhile, argued Ersland went too far.

Defense attorney Irven Box asked jurors to close their eyes and imagine what they would do in the same situation.

After 3.5 hours of deliberation, the jury -- eight women and four men -- recommended a life sentence.

In the days since the verdict, an outpouring of support erupted in Ersland's hometown of Oklahoma City, with calls for Oklahama Gov. Mary Fallin to commute the local man's sentence.

"I'm gonna spend the rest of my career, however long it may be, trying to right this wrong," one prominent supporter, Oklahoma State Sen. Ralph Shortey (R), told ABC News.

Ersland, 59, had been hailed as a hero for protecting two co-workers during the May 19, 2009, robbery attempt at the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in south Oklahoma City.

Dramatic surveillance video of the attempted burglary shows Parker and an accomplice running into the pharmacy in the crime-ridden neighborhood and pointing a gun directly at Ersland. The video then shows Ersland, a former Air Force lieutenant colonel, firing a pistol at the two men, hitting Parker with one shot that knocked him to the ground. After chasing Parker's accomplice out of the store, Ersland retrieved a second gun and returned to shoot Parker five more times, 46 seconds after firing the first shot.

Ersland's lawyer told ABC News that the pharmacist saw Parker moving and thought he was still alive, and still a threat.

Now the debate over his sentencing has taken to Facebook, with pages both for and against Ersland's punishment, and Twitter, where posts and tweets have been just as divided. One Facebook page supporting Ersland has more than 2,000 followers, while other groups say his punishment is deserved. Facebook pages such as "Free Jerome Ersland" and "Pardon for Jerome Ersland" have also sparked petition sites with goals of sending more than 5,000 signatures to Gov. Fallin.

But any action by the governor on the case will not be soon. First, Ersland must go before the judge in the case, Oklahoma County District Judge Ray Elliott, on July 11, for sentencing. The judge could suspend part or all of the life term. If he chooses to uphold the jury's full suggestion, Ersland will not be eligible for parole for another 38 years and three months.

Jurors had the option of finding Ersland guilty of first-degree manslaughter instead of murder, or of acquitting him.

Ersland's attorneys have vowed to appeal the murder conviction of their client, and have also asked that the formal sentencing be rescheduled for as soon as possible.

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Gang of Four Assault Young Man, Carve 'Rapest' on Forehead

Courtesy of Lucy Ford(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- For 18-year-old Stetson Johnson, of Oklahoma City, the weekend started innocently enough. In a phone interview with ABC News, he recalled messages on MySpace, an introduction through a mutual friend, and biking over to neighboring Midwest City to help out 25-year-old Kimberly Vergara with gas money.

It ended on Sunday, April 17, around midnight, when Johnson was left for dead near Eagle Lake in Del City, the word "rapest" tattooed across his forehead and "I like little boys" on his chest. His genitalia had been Tasered with 400,000 volts, according to Del City police spokesman Capt. Jody Suit, and he was assaulted with a baseball bat.

Four suspects, ranging in age from 21 to 33, are being held without bail. Each has a criminal history, said police. Arraignment is expected to take place on Friday or Monday, according to Capt. Suit, who added that there may be one or two more suspects.

The four in custody, who have not yet been charged, are Kimberly Sue Vergara, 25, of Midwest City; Lorena Amanda Hodges, 33, of Oklahoma City; Zachary Provence, 21, also of Midwest City; and Richard Lynn Dellert, 33, of Irving, Texas. According to police, all are unemployed; according to state court records, individual criminal records include burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamines.

As far as the "rapest" is concerned, Hodges claimed Johnson had tried to have sex with her; Vergara, who goes by the name of "Lucky," then made the same claim. But "no police report was ever made that he attempted to force sex on them," said Capt. Suit, adding that there's no evidence of any illegal activity by the victim, involving either drugs or rape.

Johnson spent several days in the intensive care unit of St. Anthony's Hospital in Oklahoma City. He's now home, the "rapest" on his forehead covered with a tattoo of a bar code image he found and liked on the Internet.

Addressing the "rapest" and "I like little boys" tattoos, Johnson's mother said, "My daughter has five children and he has watched every one of them and not one of them could tell you anything he has ever done with them.

"He's 18 years old," she said, "but he's my baby.

"I try to keep him safe, but I feel like I didn't."

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