Law Enforcement & Fire
Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello died Sunday after he was stabbed multiple times at an Oklahoma City restaurant and his adult son was arrested on a first-degree murder complaint, police said.
Officers were called to a Braum's ice cream and fast-food restaurant on the city's northwest side after a stabbing was reported, Oklahoma City Police Department Capt. Paco Balderrama said. Police said the altercation started inside the building and spilled into the parking lot, where bystanders helped subdue the attacker until officers arrived.
Costello was stabbed multiple times in the head and neck area, Balderrama said. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.
State Medical Examiner's Office spokeswoman Amy Elliott said an autopsy would be performed.
Balderrama said Costello's 26-year-old son, Christian Costello, was arrested on a first-degree murder complaint and was in police custody late Sunday night. Balderrama said he did not know whether the younger Costello had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.
Condolences poured in from state officials.
"Our hearts ache as an agency for this tragic event and our department grieves for his family during this very difficult time," Labor Department Chief of Staff Jim Marshall said in a statement.
Costello was married with five children.
"I'm just numb right now, as many of us are," Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Randy Brogdon said. "He was a great Christian, a good man and a wonderful husband and dad. He is going to be sorely missed."
Republican U.S. Sen. James Lankford also lauded Costello, saying in a statement he was "passionate about our nation, conservative fiscal principles, and the people of our state."
"Mark was a friend, and as we grieve, we will also pray for his family as they deal with this unbelievable tragedy," Lankford said.
A successful businessman from Bartlesville who founded a telephone software company in 1984, Costello ousted the incumbent Democrat with 64 percent of the vote during a Republican sweep of statewide offices in 2010. He easily won re-election in 2014.
A strong proponent of smaller government, Costello closed the agency's Tulsa office, which he said was underused, and that the agency's technology upgrades had allowed much of its professional licensing services to be conducted online.
"You can reform government," Costello said during last year's campaign. "It can be done when there is political will. I have that political will," he said.
Costello also faced criticism for comments he made in 2011 in which he compared state bureaucrats to "feral hogs," a comment he later said was "an unfortunate animal analogy."
A search warrant was served to the address of 1320 E. 8th street in Okmulgee yesterday. Multiple agencies descended on the home on Aug. 22 at around 5:15 p.m.
According to police the home was occupied by Karl Wesley Kasiner, 25 and Isabel Cristina Corralez, 26 as well as two children present in the home.
During the investigation police said they recovered approximately a pound of methamphetamine and half pound of marijuana along with one loaded firearm.
Law enforcement arrested the two and booked them into the Okmulgee County Jail. Both Kasiner and Corralez was charged with trafficking (meth) within 2000 feet of a school/park, maintaining dwelling where drugs are sold, possession a firearm, possession of CDS in the presence of minor and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Officers said the children would be given over to DHS authorities.
Assisting in the arrest was Okmulgee DA Task Force, Okmulgee Police Dept., Creek Nation Lighthorse Police and the Henryetta Police Dept.
The pair will receive their initial hearing Monday in front of Special Judge Pandee Ramirez.
Corralez has a birthday coming up on Aug. 29. She may be spending that day in jail.
On Tuesday, August 4, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has identified yet another suspect in the Bristow Walmart heist that occurred on July 4. The surveillance video shows a man who is dressed in black and wearing a black vest exit the store with the $75,000 in hand after portraying himself as a Loomis driver to the assistant manager on duty. The suspect then left the premises in a black Chevy sedan.
Days later, store manager Rico Robertson and his stepdaughter Mariah Bustamonte, both residents of Okmulgee, were arrested on charges of embezzlement and conspiracy. OBSI stated that Robertson devised the plan while Bustamonte was the get away driver. It was stated that after Bustamonte and the suspect left the store, Bustamonte was given a small portion of the money so as not to turn herself in. During the investigation, agents were informed that the suspects clothes had been burnt in a charcoal grill before the suspect left Tulsa by bus.
That suspect is now identified as 22 year old Bryan Jervante Johnson of Bakersfield California. Johnson is said to be a distant relation of Robertson. Wanted for several robberies in California, as well as a shooting, agents are still searching for Johnson. Also named in the charges is Monica Robertson, the wife of store manager Rico Robertson, who was allegedly told of the robbery before hand and held destroy evidence after the fact. Both Johnson and Monica Robertson are facing one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.
According to OSBI, Monica Robertson was arrested in Okmulgee on August 4 while Robertson and Bustamonte remain in jail.
If you drink and drive in Oklahoma, beware: The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is joining with law enforcement agencies across the state and throughout the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Aug. 21 through Sept. 7.
Oklahoma law enforcement agencies will be mobilizing under the State’s theme “ENDUI.” Law enforcement officers will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers, arresting anyone who is caught driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 52 minutes across the country,” said Col. Rick Adams, Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. “This tragic loss of life can be prevented if we get impaired drivers off our roadways. Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk, so don’t take the chance. Any time you choose to drink, make sure you have designated a non-drinking driver. If you do choose to drive impaired, we will be watching and we will arrest you. No warnings, no excuses.”
Adams said law enforcement officials are making progress in the fight against drunk driving by working with our safety partners and by arming people with useful tools such as the SaferRide app.” The app is available for Android devices on Google Play, and Apple devices on the iTunes store.
“This holiday season, don’t make the selfish and deadly choice to drink and drive. If you plan to drink, always designate a non-drinking driver,” Adams said.
In Oklahoma in 2014, eight people died in vehicle crashes over the Labor Day weekend. Four of the fatalities occurred in alcohol-related crashes; an additional 28 people were injured in alcohol-related crashes.
On Aug 15 around 1:10 a.m. the Okmulgee Police received a report of an armed robbery at the Circle K located at 20th and Wood in Okmulgee.
When officers arrived they were told by several witnesses that a black male approximately 5’10” to 6’2” who was armed with a handgun had robbed the store and fled the area on foot in the direction of Days Inn.
He was described to be wearing all black clothing, black shoes with teal accents and had a white bandanna over his face.
Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. The photos below were taken at the scene to help identify the person
Anyone with information is asked to call the Okmulgee Police Department at (918) 758-1141.
A three-car auto collision on Main Str. in Okmulgee ended with a busted storefront door windows at a local business.
According to the Okmulgee Police, one vehicle hit another, vehicle two, that ended up striking a third vehicle that was a black Chevy Avalanche and pushed it into a a set of double doors busting the glass panes at Ausbrook’s Used Cars.
The driver of vehicle the second vehicle was transported to the hospital and it is unknown the extent of their injuries. The accident is still pending investigation for the cause of collision.
Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN
The Okmulgee police have identified the victim found on the lawn of the Creek Forest apartments at 4:20 a.m. Wednesday morning as Jeffrey Wolfe, 21, of Ponca City.
Police ruled the incident as a homicide and according to the Medical Examiner's report the cause of death was determined as a single stab wound to the neck.
Wolfe was found about 4:20 a.m. Wednesday outside Creek Forest Apartments, 205 Este Cate Drive.
"The investigation is continuing as officers are following up on leads," said Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice.
Anyone with information on the case can call the Okmulgee Crime Stoppers tip line at 918-756-7867.
Preliminary information from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety shows 63 traffic-related fatalities in June 2015, compared to 51 in the same month last year.
During the month of June, 17 motorcyclists and six pedestrians died in crashes. The highest daily fatality numbers include 17 deaths on Saturdays, dropping to nine on Wednesdays and Fridays. There were five days in the month of June with no reported fatalities.
Three of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related. Some 58 of the fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and five were non-residents. There were 46 male and 17 female victims. Ten of the fatality victims were age 20 or younger. The 16- to 20-year-old age group led the fatality count with 10, followed by the 61-65 and the 41-45 age groups with seven each.
Oklahoma County led the state with a total of 10 fatalities, followed by Tulsa County with nine fatalities. The highest number of fatalities occurred on U.S. Highways with 14. There were 11 fatalities on Interstate Highways and 10 on State Highways.
Some 48.6 percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.
For additional statistics, please visit the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office website at www.ohso.ok.gov.
Monica Robertson, 40, was arrested at her Okmulgee home after being served a warrant out of Creek county. Michael Snyder an investigator with the Okmulgee County DA Task Force with the assistance of the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s arrested Robertson Tuesday afternoon and she was booked into the Creek County jail in connection with the recent Wal-Mart grand larceny heist.
Robertson is the wife of Rico Robertson who was first arrested in the case last month along with his step-daughter, Mariah Bustamonte, who was his accomplice to the robbery. Robertson was charged in Creek County with conspiracy to commit a felony. Her bond was set at $50,000.
Authorities are still in search of Bryan Johnson, 22, who posed as a Loomis Armored Truck driver and got away with over $70,000.
If anyone has information regarding this case or where Johnson might be located should contact the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017.
The Okmulgee Police Dept. responded to a call early this morning about 4:20 a.m. after receiving a report that there was a male lying on the ground outside the Creek Forest Apartments.
After officers arrived they discovered a man in his early 20’s who was unresponsive. He was shortly after pronounced dead at the scene according to the OPD report.
Although there were signs of trauma to his body the cause of death is currently not known.
Police Chief Joe Prentice said that officers are investigating the incident as a homicide but the official cause and manner of death will be determined by the medical examiner.
One witness told ONN that someone pounded on her door for help around 4 a.m. saying that four people had beat up someone. Another man at the aprtments said he witnessed seeing the body of who he thought was a Creek citizen laying on the ground while police roped off the area.
The name of the victim is not being released pending confirmation of identification and notification of next of kin. No arrests have been made. Additional information will be released at a later time as it becomes available.