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    A 64-year-old man was taken into custody on Monday after failing to deceive bank employees. Tulsa police say Brent Fields walked into the MidFirst Bank near 42nd and Peoria around 11:05 a.m. 'Presented an altered state ID and a forged social security card,' police said. 'Attempted to open an account.' Instead, officers arrived and Fields was arrested for identity theft.  He has been booked into the Tulsa County Jail.
  • Two Tulsa girls don't know it yet, but they're going to have a special Christmas this year. This comes two years after the fourth grader and kindergartner witnessed both of their parents being murdered in different incidents.  Police tell us with the help of the community, they are going to give the girls a holiday season they won't forget with donations and a move to give the girls a fresh start. Their aunt knows she's witnessing a holiday miracle.  'To have the support from the community,' the aunt said. 'People don't even know them. They know somebody cares enough to think about them and what they went through.' The aunt is also hoping to make the miracle a surprise for her nieces. Police add they have enough donations. However, the public is asked to help out by volunteering in programs at area schools or by mentoring children in their communities.
  • A couple in Claremore were recently taken into custody for child abuse in connection with a photo they posted on Snapchat. Police report Paul Chuckluck and Johnnie Gaghins placed a 9-month-old in a mesh laundry bag and hung the bag from a door handle. The couple then took a picture of the baby and posted it on social media.  An officer explains why this is child abuse.  'Child abuse takes many forms,' police said. 'It's also about the welfare of the child and threatening harm. Sometimes, it's placing that child in a dangerous situation.' The child was not injured and is currently in the care of a family member. At last check, the couple is still in jail. Do you believe this should be considered child abuse?  Let us know in the comments. 
  • If you were anywhere near Bartlesville on Monday around lunch time, you may have heard a rather large boom. Police report that would have been a 150-foot boom from a concrete truck hitting a building. A witness at the scene describes what happened.  'I saw the top of the crane, the cement truck, going around the corner,' the witness said. 'I saw it start to tip, he was going real slow. I saw it tip all the way over and slam into that building.' Luckily, nobody got hurt. It did take several hours for crews to clean up the mess.  The driver has been cited for failure to secure load.
  • A 68-year-old Wagoner man will be spending the next seven years in prison after being found guilty of sexually abusing a child younger than 12. Tulsa County court records show Robert Brewer was charged last December with sexual abuse. The judge recently upheld the jury’s recommendation on sentencing.  A Tulsa newspaper reports Brewer had been accused of abusing the girl from 2004 to 2007 at a Tulsa home.  The girl eventually told a detective about the abuse and an investigation was started.
  • A chase suspect definitely understands irony after being arrested Sunday morning.   Officers attempted to stop Timothy Waggle, but a pursuit ensued instead. Police say he ended up stopping the vehicle near East 36th and MLK Jr. Blvd. “Driver fled on foot and hid in a wooded area,” police say.  “The helicopter was watching him, so he was taken into custody.” It turns out, Waggle had a felony warrant for auto theft. Plus, the car he was driving came back as stolen. A female passenger in the vehicle was also taken into custody for warrants.  
  • A Clinton police officer is said to be recovering after being shot during a traffic stop on Thursday. An Oklahoma City newspaper reports 41-year-old Alfonso Rios was a passenger inside the car and he apparently shot Capt. Mike Murley in both biceps. Murley returned fire, but nobody was hit. Investigators say Rios had a warrant out for his arrest.  No word on if that’s why he fired at an officer.   Rios has since been booked into the Custer County Jail. For reference, Murley has been a part of law enforcement for 25 years.  
  • A man has non-life threatening injuries after being shot in south Tulsa on Saturday. The shooting happened around 12:51 p.m. near 67th and Lewis. “Witnesses stated they observed the victim and two other suspects fighting when the gun went off,” police said.  “Recovered at the scene was a spent shell casing and bullet.” The victim was struck in the left thigh.  He has not been cooperating with investigators.    So far, no arrests have been made.  Police haven’t released a description of the shooter.   Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.  
  • All crimes are bad, but a theft on Saturday at a south Tulsa Walmart can be described as despicable. KRMG has learned someone drove up to the front of the store near 81st and Lewis and stole a Salvation Army donation kettle filled with money.  The thief even got away with the tripod.   Capt. Ken Chapman, area commander of the Salvation Army Tulsa Metro Command, summed up the situation. “They’re literally taking food out of the mouths of people who are hungry,” Chapman said.  “People who need clothing and shelter.”  It's believed the kettle could have had around $800 at the time.  Investigators hope they find a suspect by reviewing surveillance video.   Chapman adds the theft is especially distressing because they are running about 20 percent behind on donations. Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.   
  • It's a truly disturbing story out of Tulsa involving a 24-year-old man and a 21-month-old child. Zachary Collins is accused of getting angry at the toddler for keeping him from sleeping.  He was said to be watching three of his girlfriend's children at the time.   Police say Collins slammed the child's head into the wall so hard, the force left damage in the wall.  The toddler suffered critical injuries and was transported to a Tulsa hospital.  “The child's injuries are likely not survivable,” police said.    At first, Collins reportedly tried to blame another child for the toddler’s injuries.  However, he later confessed to slamming the toddler's head. Collins has been booked into the Tulsa County Jail on counts of child abuse and child neglect.  Those charges could change if the toddler dies.  
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  • After enduring weeks of speculation on what would happen if controversial Republican Roy Moore wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are waiting like everyone else to see the next act in this political play, as Senate GOP leaders have made clear they won’t give Moore a hero’s welcome if he does emerge victorious on Tuesday night in Alabama. As Senators arrived for their first vote of the week on Monday evening, Republicans ran a gauntlet of reporters asking a simple question – will Roy Moore soon be in the U.S. Senate? “I don’t know,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), the senior Senator from the Yellowhammer State, who has made clear that he did not vote for Moore, but instead wrote in another Republican in the Alabama Senate race. Pressed again to say if Moore would win, Shelby re-emphasized his vote. “Not with my help,” he said. The polls in Alabama have been back and forth in recent weeks. The latest on Monday from Fox News, showed a 10 point lead for Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones. Fox News Poll: Enthused Democrats give Jones lead over Moore in Alabama https://t.co/7RZmnq0zXN #FoxNews — Mihai Scorobete (@MihaiScorobete) December 11, 2017 “We’ll see,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who denounced Moore, and gave $100 to the Jones campaign. “At this point it’s what I call a turnout race,” said Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), when asked who would win. “It depends who gets their vote out.” While Byrne believes the edge is with the GOP, political pollsters say his turnout argument is on point. “Tomorrow’s Alabama Senate special election will depend on which candidate has more people turn out to vote for him,” pollster Frank Luntz wrote Monday on Twitter. This group of conservative Alabama voters say all 9 of Roy Moore's accusers have been paid to lie against him. #ALSen https://t.co/OT1vV33KRT — Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) December 9, 2017 Outside the Senate chamber, many Republicans wanted to wait and see the vote totals before worrying about their next move. “Let’s see what happens,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), as he was pursued by a group of reporters. “That’s a decision that I leave to the Leader,” Johnson said when asked how Moore should be dealt with by his fellow Republicans – if he wins. “I’m not going to make a call on his qualifications,” said Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) of Moore. “That will be a decision that will be made after the outcome of the election.” Others were quiet on the subject of Roy Moore for an obvious reason. “The answer to your question is, I’m doing good,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), before I had even asked the Senator a question. “I can’t talk to you about anything because I’m the Ethics Chairman,” Isakson added, as the Georgia Republican would be in charge of any ethics review of Moore, which the Senate Majority Leader has made clear he would ask for that if Moore is elected. Isakson – and his GOP colleagues – will find out Tuesday night what’s next for them, and what’s next for Roy Moore.
  • A couple in Edmond solved a mystery after their child’s pacifiers kept disappearing. The mother and father couldn't figure out what was happening to their child's pacifiers until the baby's grandmother saw the family dog swipe one off a counter.  One nauseous pooch and a trip to their veterinarian's office confirmed the couple's hunch. The family’s dog, named Dovey, had 21 pacifiers lodged in her stomach.  Dovey is on the mend and home, but the vet cautioned pet owners that 'dogs will eat anything, anytime.'  
  • The Broken Arrow Police Department now has an Unmanned Aerial System Program, better known as a drone. They say it will be used for Crime and Collision Scene Investigation, Emergency Management Incidents, Search and Rescue Operations, and Tactical Situations. They make a point to point out it won't be used for Routine Patrol, Warrantless Searches, or as a Weapons Platform. The drone was made possible by a donation from alumni of the Citizens Police Academy.
  • A scuffle with and Oklahoma police officer led to the death of a man over the weekend. Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Robbie Robertson says an officer responded to a request to check on a person lying on the side of the road. Police say when the fight started after the officer approached the man. He knocked her pepper spray away. She then attempted to use a Taser and he took that from her and tried to use it on her. Robertson says the officer then drew her gun and fired, killing the man. The officer has been taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries to her face and hands.
  • In a spirited series of exchanges in the White House Briefing Room, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders batted away questions about women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct in the past, as Sanders ripped the news media for misleading stories on other subjects. “The President has addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations,” Sanders said in the first of a number of questions about the subject. Three of the women who have alleged sexual misconduct urged Congress on Monday to investigate the claims against the President. The White House basically countered that it was old news. “This took place long before he was elected to be President,” Sanders told reporters. “The people of this country, in a decisive election, supported President Trump. 'The president has addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations, and this took place long before he was elected to be president,' @PressSec says of women accusing Pres. Trump of sexual misconduct https://t.co/4NAJSB2AXV pic.twitter.com/NFHJzIU0xP — CBS News (@CBSNews) December 11, 2017 As for the accusations of sexual misconduct leveled by over a dozen different women, some Democrats in the Congress on Monday said it’s time for a public accounting of what really happened. ‘This is not about politics. This is not about policy,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said in a fundraising email entitled, “Why Donald Trump must resign,” as several Democrats publicly called for that outcome. “At least 17 women have accused Donald Trump of horrific sexual misconduct, and I believe them,” Merkley added. “Congress must investigate allegations by many, many women that he sexually assaulted and harassed them,” wrote Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) on Twitter. “No one is above the law.” Things got more testy over news coverage of the Trump White House in a later exchange between Sanders and CNN correspondent Jim Acosta. Reporter: 'I would say that journalists make honest mistakes and that doesn't make them fake news.' @PressSec: 'When journalists make honest mistakes, they should own up to them. A lot of times you don't.' pic.twitter.com/WsTV0eFKXM — CBS News (@CBSNews) December 11, 2017 “You cannot say that it’s an honest mistake when you are purposely putting out information that you know to be false,” Sanders said.