Law Enforcement & Fire
The human remains found on October 25 by hunters in Okmulgee County has been positively identified as that of a man who disappeared around a year ago said Okmulgee County Sheriff Eddy Rice today. The Sheriff's Office investigated after the hunters made a report to 911.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner positively identified the man through a dental comparison match as Steven Dwain Shelton, 50, who had been missing since 2014. Shelton, who was 49 at the time of his disappearance, was earlier a resident of Tulsa.
Sheriff Rice said that Okmulgee County Sheriff deputies made contact with Shelton about a year ago, who was walking at the time and refused assistance from the Sheriff’s Office.
Shelton was last seen near the wooded area where his remains were found.
The Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office said that it does not suspect foul play was the cause of death
A lady swerved to miss a deer today while driving her SUV down Conifer Road east of 3rd Street in Henryetta. She sustained injuries and was transported by EMS to seek medical treatment. The incident happened around 1 p.m. and multiple agencies assisted at the scene. (Photos by Allen Gardner - ONN)
Hunters discovered a human skull while hunting in the area of highway 75 and 271st Street in Okmulgee County Sunday morning around 10 a.m. The hunters called 9-1-1 and made a report in which the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) was dispatched to the scene.
During the investigation in the officer’s search of the area, a few more bones were found. The remains had washed down from a creek according to facts released by the OCSO.
The Tulsa Medical Examiner was called to the scene to examine the bones. The ME identified the bones to be an adult male and the bones are believed to be a year or more old, but cannot be determined until more test are performed.
According to the OCSO fact sheet, no positive ID has been made and will be listed as John Doe.
Members of the Okmulgee/McIntosh County Violent Crime Task Force served a second degree murder warrant early Friday morning.
Okmulgee Police responded to a report of an unresponsive male in the Creek Forrest Apartments on August 5, 2015. When officers arrived they discovered Jeffery Wolfe deceased. During the course of the investigation officers realized Wolfe had been stabbed in the neck with an unknown object.
Investigators conducted numerous interviews and ultimately submitted a report to the district attorney’s office for review. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Dannaka Hunt 21 of rural Okmulgee County for Second Degree Murder.
Members of the newly formed Okmulgee/McIntosh County Violent Crime Task Force, who are currently investigating another homicide, took some time this morning to serve the murder warrant.
Those members included Officers from the Okmulgee Police Department, District Attorney’s Office and Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office. Hunt was arrested and booked in the county jail without incident.
DA District 25 Violent Crime Task Force pull efforts to Solve the Case
Okmulgee County Sheriff Eddy Rice said today that he wanted to inform the public that there has been no arrest and no new updates in the Hamilton murder case.
The case involves deceased victim Rebecca M. Hamilton, 62, of Beggs who returned to her home Saturday October 17, 2015 at approximately 10:00 p.m. and found an intruder inside and was shot shortly after by the trespasser.
"Rumor's keep traveling around that arrest have been made and this only causes people to drop their guard and that is not good. As soon as I have any official update, I will let the public know immediately," said Sheriff Rice.
Rice said the Violent Crime Task Force continues onward in the investigation.
The DA District 25 Violent Crime Task Force was initiated this Summer in 2015. Agreements or MOU’s have been executed between the District Attorney Office for District 25, which includes Okmulgee and McIntosh Counties and a number of law enforcement agencies within those counties. The purpose is to provide joint and mutual assistance to jurisdictions within District 25 that experience a homicide or other violent crime.
The participating agencies agree to commit personnel and resources to assist the original jurisdiction agency in conducting the investigation of violent crimes quickly and efficiently. The original agency retains full control of the investigation, but the participating agencies immediately upon request send personnel to assist in maintaining and processing the crime scene, conducting neighborhood canvasses, conducting interviews of witnesses and suspects and following leads that are developed. The result is a more comprehensive, focused and effective investigation of violent crimes in the District.
The first example of this Task Force approach is in process now in the investigation headed by Okmulgee County Sheriff Eddy Rice into the homicide of Ms. Becky Hamilton, in rural Okmulgee County. Within minutes of the reporting of the crime, personnel from the Sheriff’s Office were joined and assisted by personnel from the DA Office, Okmulgee Police Department and Henryetta Police Department.
Each of these agencies provided people with training and experience in violent crime investigations to be used to quickly investigate and work to solve this crime. This is the first time that the Task Force approach has been called upon and the response was very encouraging.
DA Rob Barris said, “We have seen this idea begin to bear fruit. People with crime scene processing abilities, interviewing abilities and other technical expertise have come together to work together to solve this homicide. This has meant that facts are being assembled more quickly and more efficiently than ever before.”
Participating agencies currently include Okmulgee County Sheriff Office, Okmulgee Police, Henryetta Police, Checotah Police, Eufaula Police, Dewar Police, Morris Police, Beggs Police and the District 25 DA Office.
Anyone with information involving this crime please contact the Okmulgee County Sheriffs office 918-756-4311.
The Okmulgee County Sheriffs Office along with District 25 Violent Crime Task Force is still in the process of investigating a homicide that occurred Saturday October 17, 2015 at approximately 10:00 p.m. in Beggs, Ok in Okmulgee County.
Investigators learned that the victim, Rebecca M. Hamilton, 62, of Beggs returned to her home and found an intruder inside and was shot shortly after by the trespasser.
The crime occurred at the 5000 block of Harreld Rd. Deputies and other Task Force agents assisting the case canvassed the area as well as interviewed neighbors.
A solid motive has not been established at this time. A list of suspects is being interviewed and several leads are being traced.
Anyone with information involving this crime please contact the Okmulgee County Sheriffs office 918-756-4311.
Sunday night, Lighthorse Police requested OSBI investigate an officer-involved shooting. A Lighthorse officer pursed two robbery suspects in Marietta when the driver of the suspect vehicle crashed at mile marker 5 on Interstate 35. The driver ran from the area as the Lighthorse officer gave chase. When the Lighthorse officer caught the man, the suspect began assaulting the officer. The Lighthorse officer shot Anthony Walker (d.o.b. 6/2/1995) twice. Other officers arrived, and it took four of them to arrest Walker.
Walker, of McKinney, Texas, was transported to a Plano, Texas, hospital. The officer was treated at a local hospital for injuries to his face and released. OSBI will put together a comprehensive report of the facts in the case and present it to the district attorney. The district attorney will determine whether the shooting was justified.
The Marietta Police Department is handling the robbery investigation. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is working the traffic accident.
“5 to Drive” Campaign Helps Parents Protect Teen Drivers
[Oklahoma City, OK] – The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office is joining with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to promote the “5 to Drive” campaign during National Teen Driver Safety Week. The campaign aims to help parents talk to their teen drivers about the rules of the road.
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for U.S. teens 15 to 19 years old. In 2013, 2,614 teen (15-19 year old) passenger vehicle drivers were involved in fatal crashes.
The “5 to Drive” campaign addresses the five most dangerous and deadly behaviors for teen drivers. The idea behind the campaign is to give parents the words to use when they talk with their teens about the rules of the road. NHTSA’s website, www.safercar.gov/parents, has detailed information and statistics about the five rules designed to help save the lives of teen drivers.
The “5 to Drive” rules for parents to share with their teens are:
No Drinking and Driving - almost one out of five (19 percent) of the young drivers (15 to 19 years old) involved in fatal crashes had been drinking, even though they were too young to legally buy or possess alcohol.
Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. Front Seat and Back. – 64 percent of all the young (13- to 19-year-old) passengers of teen (15- to 19-year-old) drivers who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 weren’t restrained.
Put It Down. One Text or Call Could Wreck It All. - The age group of 15 to 19 years old has the highest percentage of drivers who were distracted by cell phone use and involved in a fatal crash. In 2013, 318 people were killed in crashes that involved a distracted teen driver.
Stop Speeding Before It Stops You - In 2013, almost one-third (29 percent) of teen drivers involved in a fatal crash were speeding.
No More Than One Passenger at a Time. - The risk of a fatal crash goes up with each additional passenger.
Teen drivers need to follow these rules and any other restrictions outlined in Oklahoma’s graduated driver licensing (GDL) law. Parents need to outline rules and explain to their teens the deadly consequences of unsafe driving practices. The “5 to Drive” campaign can help parents start that conversation.
“We are hoping that Teen Driver Safety Week and the ‘5 to Drive’ campaign will get the word out to all parents of teens, Toby Taylor of the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office said. “Don’t stop protecting them now that they can drive. They need you now more than ever.”
For more information about Teen Driver Safety Week and the “5 to Drive” campaign, please visit www.safercar.gov/parents.
A fatality collision occurred on October 12 at approximately 12:45 p.m. on SH82 approximately 9 miles south of Tahlequah, OK in Cherokee County.
A 2004 Chrysler Pacifica driven by Tara J. Mize, a white female, age 40, of Broken Arrow was southbound on state highway 82 when for no known reason the vehicle ran off the road departed the road and drove off of a 40 foot bluff coming to rest in Lake Tenkiller. Mize was pinned and extricated by the Cherokee Nation Marshall Service Dive Team. She was pronounced dead at scene.
The cause of the collision and condition of the driver are still under investigation.
On October 11th, the Okmulgee Police Department received a report of a vehicle/pedestrian collision on Highway 75 near the Warehouse Market.
In an OPD press release it said that two pedestrians, a male and a female, were walking west across Highway 75. As they were crossing the south bound lanes, the driver of a south bound vehicle saw them and stopped in the roadway.
A second southbound driver, an 80 year old female, was in the outside lane and reported she did not see them the release said. She struck both pedestrians. Both were taken to the Creek Nation Medical Center for treatment. The male, Bennie Sanders, of Okmulgee later died from his injuries.