Category: OKlahoma

Standoff suspect surrenders for hamburger in Oklahoma

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Okla. – Fast food and good police work saved the day when a standoff ended with the suspect surrendering for a cheeseburger.

It happened when Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office deputies said McLoud Police tried to pull Robert Scott over for an illegal turn. Instead of stopping, he allegedly drove home and disappeared into a travel trailer on the property.

That’s when other agencies were called into assist, surrounding the trailer with guns drawn.

“It’s an unknown inside, we don’t know what’s inside. We got a guy barricaded and he says he’s got a gun so we don’t know what’s fixing to happen,” said Lt. Travis Sullivan.

They tried to call to Scott over the loudspeaker to get him to come out safely but didn’t reach him until they tried him on his cell phone.

That’s when he told Sheriff Mike Booth he was driving to get a burger from Curtis Watson’s. He realized he left his phone at home and went back to get it. He told the sheriff he didn’t know police were trying to pull him over.

But he still refused to come out. That’s when Sheriff Booth made him the offer that changed his mind. Body camera video caught the exchange.

“You want that cheeseburger?” the sheriff is seen asking Scott.

“Yeah,” Scott said.

“Alright. Let’s go get a cheeseburger,” Sheriff Booth said.

“So he came out and we talked about stuff while he was sitting there eating his hamburger, drinking his Coke, and the end result was, the decision was made that he was going to jail,” Lt. Sullivan said. “If that’s what helps him get out, I’ll go buy him a hamburger, I don’t have a problem with that.”

Rattlesnake and radioactive uranium found during Oklahoma traffic stop

GUTHRIE, Okla. – Two people were arrested in Oklahoma after police stopped a stolen car and found a rattlesnake, radioactive uranium, and an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe, according to KFOR.

Stephen Jennings is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, transporting an open container of liquor, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, and failure to carry security verification form. Rachael Rivera is charged with possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction.

The traffic stop was made at 11 a.m. in a Guthrie neighborhood because the tag was expired. Jennings was in the driver’s seat and Rivera was in the passenger seat. Police said a Timber rattlesnake inside a terrarium was in the backseat.

While Jennings was informing officers he had a gun in the console, police learned the vehicle had been reported stolen.

“So now he’s got a rattlesnake, a stolen vehicle, firearm, and somebody under arrest,” said Guthrie Police Sgt. Anthony Gibbs.

Police also found an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe next to the gun. During a search of the vehicle, officers found a canister of radioactive powdered uranium.

“When that happens of course, we call in a company that deals with that specifically and it’s taken safely into possession,” Sgt. Gibbs said. “The uranium is the wild card in that situation.”

Police are still working to determine why the suspects had uranium in the vehicle. Officers also said there were no charges related to the rattlesnake.

“It happens to be rattlesnake season at the time, so he can be in possession of this rattlesnake because he has a valid lifetime hunting and fishing license,” Sgt. Gibbs said.

Window washers rescued after video shows out-of-control lift slam into building

OKLAHOMA CITY – Emergency crews rescued two window washers early Wednesday after high winds in downtown Oklahoma City sent their lift spinning out of control.

Video shows the moment the basket-like platform started swinging wildly, smashing panes of glass on a building owned by Devon Energy.

The two people were rescued around 8:30 a.m. and are safe, fire officials say.

UPDATE | Technical Rescue – Devon Tower | Here is video of the out of control basket as firefighters attempt to control the device. DM

— Oklahoma City Fire (@OKCFD) May 15, 2019

The Devon Tower is the tallest building in Oklahoma City.

Fire officials announced the closure of several intersections and urged employees and passersby to avoid the area.

Oklahoma mom says medical marijuana works wonders for her son with autism

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — An Oklahoma mother says medical marijuana is working miracles for her son with autism.

Melody McAdams says that before it was legal in Oklahoma, she tried everything, and had almost given up hope that anything would work for her child.

“You kind of grieve the child you thought you’d have,” McAdams said. “College and high school and girlfriends, kids, stuff like that. And now I actually have hope, you know?” McAdams said

She tells us that just two months into her son Ean’s treatment, he’s making big improvements.

“I noticed a change overnight almost. He slept. Through the night. The meltdowns have completely stopped,” McAdams said.

Before using “friction oil” or “Tincture oil” with CBD and THC, McAdams had tried all of the expensive treatments.

“We did the ABA therapy for 3 years which cost us $900 a month, co-pay. We also did lots of speech therapy and lots of occupational therapy. It just got exhausting and he wasn’t really changing.” McAdams said.

She says she decided to try out medical marijuana after a trip to Ean’s doctor.

“He told me ‘no (he needs) Seroquel and I was like, I’m not putting my child on an anti-psychotic he’s not psychotic,” McAdams said. “When you look up the side effects of Seroquel which is what was recommended to Ean versus the side effects of this, you would choose it for your child, too.”

McAdams says that the family’s quality of life has now made leaps and bounds for the first time since Ean was diagnosed with autism.

Pointing around her home she shows us, “We wouldn’t have the blinds up, we wouldn’t have glass, we wouldn’t have everything plugged in. We’d have everything child-proofed like a baby; he’s not like a baby anymore.”

She says the communication has been a huge breakthrough, something Ean struggled with before.

“He communicates with me every day. Yesterday he told me he had a bad day at school.” McAdams said, smiling.

Sherilyn Walton is with TARC, a Tulsa-area advocacy group for Oklahomans with developmental and intellectual disabilities. She said since medical marijuana became legal here in Oklahoma, some parents have looked into the treatment.

However, she says there haven’t been many studies on the effects of medical marijuana on children with autism.

“We are cautioning families about what they read and what they do, to make some really wise choices, and not do anything without the help of a physician,” said Walton, a family support coordinator.

She tells us she supports medical marijuana but doesn’t feel comfortable recommending it to families right now.

“It may be that it works with some. Marijuana might work with some and not with others just like other medications. We will certainly continue to watch the research. We want to give out good information and we want information that we feel like we can trust,“ Walton said.

For McAdams, she says so far this is the best choice for her child and says as long as he’s happy and healthy, she’ll keep using it.

“He’s been in public school now and he’s excelling. He can write his first name, he can count,” McAdams said.

“I believe he’ll have a job and be able to live somewhat normally, which is beyond exciting,” she said. “All you want as a parent is for your kid to be happy and to have a fulfilling life.”

Five Great Dane puppies bitten by rattlesnake in Oklahoma backyard

OKLAHOMA CITY – Five Great Dane puppies had to be rushed to a veterinarian after they were bitten by a rattlesnake in their owner’s backyard.

The five pups were severely injured, but a local vet had the anti-venom injection that saved them.

“It’s the gold standard,” said Dana Call, the ICU nursing manager at Neel Veterinary Hospital.

With swollen faces and legs, the 8 week-old Great Danes are getting all the love and attention the veterinary hospital has to offer.

“This is a first for me to have five puppies bitten by the same snake,” Call said.

Three of the pups took a bite to the face. The other two were bitten on their legs.

The owner quickly jumped into action, rushing them to Neel Veterinary Hospital.

“He called us right away and knew to ask if we had the anti-venom, so we were able to help them,” Call said.

Call injected the anti-venom in each pup, something not many veterinary hospitals in Oklahoma City have yet.

“It decreases the amount of tissue damage and organ damage and other symptoms that can occur from the venom,” Call said.

After treating a lot of pets last summer from snake bites, Call hopes, this year, owners are more aware.

“Dogs are curious,” she said. “If they hear something, see something, they’re going to investigate it.”

Your pets can also get a rattlesnake vaccine.

“It’s two injections about a month apart,” Call said. “If you’re an active outdoors person and your pets are with you all the time, it’s a good thing to do.”

Thankfully, Call said all five pups seem to be recovering well. They went home with their owner Tuesday.

“We just give them lots of love and care,” Call said.

Call said, even if a dog receives a rattlesnake vaccine and it is bitten, it still needs to see a vet.

A 28-year-old Oklahoma man had a stroke after popping his neck.

GUTHRIE, Okla. – Josh Hader had a sore neck, so he tried to stretch it out, accidentally popping it. The next thing he knew, the left side of his body started to go numb.

He went to the kitchen for an ice pack but couldn’t walk straight. “I kept walking at almost a 45-degree [angle] to the left,” he said.

Hader, 28, from Guthrie, Oklahoma, had a serious stroke by cracking his neck.

Dr. Vance McCollom, who treated him at Mercy Hospital, said the stroke was life-changing but could have been worse.

“When he popped his neck, he tore arteries that go to the bone of the neck, where the neck joins the skull at the base of the brain,” he said. “The way he twisted the neck caused a bisection.”

Hader’s father-in-law took him to the emergency room, where health care workers administered him TPA, which breaks up clots, Hader said. After that, he was transported to the larger Mercy Hospital and was in the intensive-care unit for four days before being sent to inpatient therapy.

“When he arrived, Hader had numbness, weakness, double vision, and his left side was numb,” McCollom said.

An arterial gram showed that the artery was compromised because of the tear, which caused a stroke. “He wasn’t able to walk straight. He kept falling down,” McCollom said.

The episode happened March 14. Now, after rehab, Hader is able to live independently.

“Currently, I can walk without a walker or cane, but I get tired much faster than before. My balance is still a little off, but it’s not terrible,” he said.

“My left side tingles a little and feels heavier than it used to. I also don’t have as much control of that side as I used to. My right side doesn’t feel sharp pain or hot/cold.”

“I’m good emotionally. Like I said before, it’s still a struggle walking long distances, but it’s getting much better,” he said.

Hader had to wear an eye patch for several weeks because the nerve was injured, causing weakness to one of the muscles going to his eye.

One of the worst side effects of the stroke was, strangely enough, hiccups, Hader said.

“Those were terrible. Literally two weeks of straight hiccups since the stroke happened. Towards the end, they would make it almost impossible for me to breathe for a few seconds, and that was scary,” he said.

McCollom said he believes that the hiccups happened because of where the stroke took place, at the base of the brain.

He said it is not the first time he’s seen someone with that kind of stroke.

“We have partners coming to hospital with more serious stuff, due to chiropractic manipulation, by popping neck by a professional,” he said, before suggesting: “If I want to pop my neck, I just pop it side to side. I don’t twist it.”

Before he went into his procedure, Hader had wanted to tell his wife he was sorry.

“He wanted to tell his wife he was sorry that he had popped his neck. His wife had been telling him, ‘Don’t pop your neck.. You’re gonna cause a stroke,’” McCollom said.