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    A pro-law enforcement rally is taking place until 5 PM today (Tuesday) at the Tulsa County Courthouse. The rally is organized by LESMA, the Law Enforcement Supporters for Media Accountability, a group that wants to raise awareness to the challenges faced on a daily basic by police officers everywhere. The rally attracted a small crowd of supporters who displayed signs saying Back the Blue and All Lives Matter. The rally took place at the same time Al Sharpton was scheduled to appear at the Greenwood Cultural Center. A third rally is scheduled for 6 PM at the Jazz Hall of Fame.
  • Three rallies are scheduled in Tulsa Tuesday in response to the officer-involved killing of Terence Crutcher. At 1 PM Law Enforcement in Support of Media Accountability will hold a rally at the courthouse in support of law enforcement and Officer Betty Shelby, who has been charged with felony manslaughter in connection with Crutcher’s death. Another rally is taking place near City Hall where Al Sharpton will be in attendance. A third event will be held at the Jazz Hall at 6 PM this evening. KRMG will attend all three events. Tune in to the KRMG Evening News with Dick Loftin at 5 PM.
  • Two women and a man were killed early Saturday morning in a car-motorcycle accident on hiway 75 north at 96th St north, Owasso. Police say the car was driving southbound in the northbound lane of highway 75. The car hit the motorcycle head-on. A man and a woman on the motorcycle both died at the scene. One woman in the car also died Two more people were taken to the hospital, one of them in critical condition. Both lanes of highway 75 northbound were closed for over five hours this morning as police investigated the accident.
  • Area restaurants love Valentine's Day. Many say it's the single biggest day of the year, accounting for up to eight percent of all of their business for the month of February. Jason Scarpa, owner of Main Street Tavern and The Rooftop Restaurant in downtown Broken Arrow, says business doubles on the Day of Love. Jennifer Sohl, Polo Grill manager says they are already full for Saturday night and have a waiting list for cancelations. The Grill has also opened up Friday night for reservations in case you want to get started early. Broken Arrow Charleston's manager Allison Cotner expects that since the holiday falls on Saturday this year, even Thursday will be a big day for them. Valentine's Day menu items at Charleston's will include filet and shrimp with dessert included. Main Street will ofer a special once-a year menu with your choice of a filet, pork chop, or sea bass for $75 per couple. The Rooftop will offer salad, dessert, and your choice of three pasta plates for $40 per couple. The Polo Grill will serve a 5 oz. filet and a 5 oz. lobster tail for $75 per plate. Call soon or you could be eating in... the dog house.
  • Tulsa's Annual Christmas Parade will get underway tomorrow night at 6 PM downtown. Organizers say it will be big. There will be four marching bands, one rock bad, and several floats including a Kermit the Frog float that is five stories high. A special appearance by the big man in the red suit is also scheduled. He'll be arriving by special transportation this year. The parade will start at 6th and Boston at 6 PM and 30,000 visitors are expected downtown. You can find out more about the 2014 Christmas parade at www.tulsachristmasparade.org.
  • Authorities are reporting a medical helicopter has crashed just a few blocks away from the hospital where it was transporting a patient this morning. The accident happened just before 2 AM in downtown Wichita Falls. The patient was killed in the crash. The pilot is in serious but stable condition in the Wichita Falls hospital. The two crew members were transferred to Parkland Hospital burn unit in Dallas and are in critical condition.
  • Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin today announced the creation of a Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity to link researchers with policy makers and energy industry experts. “Oklahoma has always had seismic activity,” said Fallin. “But the reality is, we are seeing more earthquakes today than we did several decades ago. It’s important we study this issue and have sound science that can inform decisions made in both the public and private sector. We can’t examine a complex issue like this in a vacuum; everyone needs to be at the same table andtalking.” The coordinating council will include input from public sector groups like the Oklahoma Geologic Survey, the Corporation Commission, and the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board; research institutions including the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University; industry groups like the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association; and state legislators.
  • (TULSA, Okla.) — Tulsa’s Young Professionals is partnering with the Oklahoma Championship Steak Cook-Off next weekend to bring the Steak Cookoff Association’s U.S. Steak Championship to downtown Tulsa in a two-day steak, music and beer festival benefiting the Tulsa Zoo. The Aug. 22-23 festival, which also includes the sixth-annual Oklahoma Championship Steak Cook-Off, will bring top steak cooks to compete in teams for the state and national championships. The event will feature Oklahoma’s largest steak dinner, live music, beer, a car show and numerous children’s activities in an area centered on Sixth Street and Cincinnati Avenue. In all, nearly 4,000 steaks — about two tons — will be cooked. For the general public, $20 admission includes steak and side dishes. More information about activities and advanced ticket sales can be found at www.oksteakcookoff.com.
  • A fireworks shell exploded on a trailer Friday night at Boomfest in Jenks. According to Jenks fire officials, fireworks were being launched near 96th St near the Jenks Riverwalk. One of the firwworks shells actually exploded on the ground which caused heavy smoke. No one was injured.
  • Senators Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe praised the Supreme Court ruling today upholding Hobby Lobby’s objections to providing contraceptives in their insurance plans. Senator Inhofe said, “The Green family has built a successful business based on principles that are rooted in their deeply held faith. Today the Supreme Court ruled to protect those principles and the religious liberties of private employers.” Senator Tom Coburn said, “The Supreme Court’s decision today is a victory for all Americans.  The Court wisely affirmed that it is wrong for the government to violate the freedom of conscience and religious liberties of American citizens.  Religious freedom is the foundation of all of our rights and that foundation was strengthened by today’s ruling.” Oklahoma based Hobby Lobby and Mardel’s objected to the provision of the Affordable Care Act that forces companies to provide abortion inducing contraceptives as part of the company’s health care plans. The Court split 5-4 on the decision.
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  • We have updated information regarding a man accused of breaking into several businesses around Tulsa, through rooftop air-conditioning units. Police report Rory Parker was caught on Friday, leaving a Tulsa Gold and Silver store. The alleged ‘rooftop burglar’s” east Tulsa neighbors were surprised by the news, but happy he's in jail. “I’m glad he’s caught, finally,” a neighbor said.   While searching his home, officers recovered cell phones, electronics, antiques, sports memorabilia, golf clubs, swords and other items.  It’s said to thousands of dollars worth of stolen merchandise. Parker has been booked into the Tulsa County Jail.   
  • If you have outdoor plans for Saturday, the forecast will be in your favor. National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Plate says we have a beautiful day ahead of us. “Looking mostly sunny, with a high temperature around 90,” Plate said.   The low Saturday night will be around 67 degrees. NWS reports there will be a few more clouds in the sky on Sunday, but not much of a difference in temperature.  The high is expected to be around 88 degrees. For reference, the average high for this time of year in Tulsa is around 95 degrees.  
  • Personal and financial details of the divorce settlement between former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Lynn Aronberg and Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg were released in an unusual press statement Thursday. The statement notes that, “according to a source familiar with the negotiations, the former Lynn Lewis, who spun her old Dolphins gig into a successful PR firm, is receiving about $100,000 worth of benefits in exchange for her signature on the dotted line. The deal calls for Aronberg, 46, to pay for half of Lynn’s rent in a luxury Boca Raton condo until next summer. She’s also reportedly getting a brand new BMW and $40,000 cash.” Lynn Aronberg said she does not know how the press release came to include the settlement’s financial details, which she described as confidential, even though she works for the public relations firm, TransMedia Group, that issued the press statement on her behalf. “Whatever’s been put out there, I haven’t gotten to the bottom of it,” Lynn Aronberg told The Palm Beach Post Thursday. Adrienne Mazzone, president of TransMedia, said her client announced the divorce settlement to satisfy a curious public. “Lynn is certainly a media maven,” Mazzone said. “The public has been asking a lot of questions, and we’re simply accommodating that.” Aronberg not only is a client, but an executive vice president of TransMedia, whose website says she has recently returned to the firm where she worked “before launching her own PR firm, Lynn Aronberg Public Relations, which she will maintain to serve a select group of private clients.” Lynn Aronberg said she and her ex-husband agreed to release a single joint paragraph, which reads: “After much consideration over the past few months, we’ve decided to respectfully and amicably part ways and end our marriage. We are, however, dedicated to remaining close friends. We kindly ask for your supporting in preserving our privacy as we start to navigate this new chapter in our lives.” Beyond that paragraph, however, the release includes eight other paragraphs with personal information not typically made public and sent to the press. Dave Aronberg proposed at the Eiffel Tower, according to the statement. Nearly two years later, the statement describes the Aronberg split as the “Trump Divorce,” noting that Dave Aronberg is a Democrat and describing Lynn Aronberg as “a staunch Republican and supporter of President Donald Trump” who “said she felt increasingly isolated in the marriage.” In addition to their different political views, children were also an issue in the marriage, according to the statement. “They have no children, which was a problem for Lynn,” the statement reads. “She said she wanted children, but Aronberg was in no hurry.” Efforts to reach Dave Aronberg Thursday were unsuccessful. Lynn Aronberg said the information about her disagreement with Dave Aronberg on the subject of children was not a secret. “I told people a long time ago that I wanted a baby and that he wasn’t moving quickly enough,” she said. The statement notes that Dave Aronberg is considering a challenge to U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City. At one point, Lynn Aronberg was about to dip into the GOP legal ranks for help with the divorce, according to the statement. “When the divorce seemed to be stalling last month Lynn started interviewing nationally famous divorce lawyers and one, Larry Klayman, the right wing founder of Freedom Watch and Judicial Watch, was ready to pounce until the former lovebirds settled,” the statement reads. Lynn Aronberg said she does not believe the release of personal and financial information from the divorce will have any political impact on her ex-husband. “Do you?” she asked. “I think he looks great. He makes for a great ex-husband. I don’t wish him anything but goodwill. I want the best for him.”
  • For a second straight Friday, there was major job news from the White House, as President Donald Trump used Twitter to announce that his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was on his way out, to be replaced by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, in another internal shakeup at the White House. “I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country,” the President wrote on Twitter. “We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!” But it had been obvious for some time from news reports that Priebus seemed to be on thin ice in the Trump White House. The news broke as the President returned to Washington from an event on Long Island, in New York. Pres. Trump: 'Reince is a good man. John Kelly will do a fantastic job. General Kelly has been a star.' https://t.co/MpIEM5p38Q pic.twitter.com/WW6db9g3SV — ABC News (@ABC) July 28, 2017 Priebus had been on the trip, but according to the White House Pool report, the car he was riding in was separated from the President’s motorcade, as Mr. Trump headed back to the White House. I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017 …and a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my Administration — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017 A week ago, Anthony Scaramucci was unexpectedly brought in as White House Communications Director, prompting the resignation of Press Secretary Sean Spicer. That brought immediate questions about the ability of Scaramucci and Priebus to co-exist inside the Trump White House – and it took just a week for Priebus to be on his way out. On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan – a fellow Wisconsin resident like Priebus – had downplayed the idea that Priebus was in trouble. . @SpeakerRyan: 'Reince is doing a fantastic job at the White House and I believe he has the president's confidence.' pic.twitter.com/UmGCxUaSpX — CSPAN (@cspan) July 27, 2017 Priebus had been the head of the Republican National Committee during Mr. Trump’s ascendancy in the GOP primaries, moving over to help with the campaign for November. He then was tapped as White House Chief of Staff, despite some concerns from some Trump backers, who saw Priebus as too much of the GOP Establishment.
  • The Tulsa Police Department is in the process of renewing its accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, commonly referred to as CALEA. An important part of that process is to get feedback from the community on the department’s job performance. The department will be rated based on four criteria: Policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. TPD Officer Dan explains that the department needs to know how it’s doing. “It’s basically a public service question,” he told KRMG. “Are we fulfilling the goals and the desires you have for how a police department should act?” There are several ways by which citizens can provide feedback. TPD employees and the public can attend a meeting on August 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the COMPSTAT conference room at the 600 Civic Center. They can also comment by phone from the hours of 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. August 14th by calling 918-596-9339. An independent assessment team will gather those comments, which must be limited to ten minutes. Written comments can be sent by mail to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcoat Blvd, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155. Ashley tells KRMG so far, the process is going quite smoothly - despite a year of violent incidents including several fatal police shootings. “The guys that are actually doing the paperwork for getting the accreditation up said ‘man, we’re getting our stuff in (in) a timely manner, we’re not having any problems,” he said Friday.