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    A 27-year-old Norman man thought he was speaking with a 14-year-old girl online. He was very wrong. When James Parkman went to meet the girl at an apartment complex this week, he was surprised to find Canadian County deputies waiting for him.  Parkman was immediately taken into custody.   An Oklahoma City newspaper reports Parkman was actually talking to an undercover deputy online.  During this time, Parkman allegedly asked the fictitious girl for photographs.  Plus, he reportedly talked graphically about sex.  Parkman now faces a count of soliciting sex with a minor through use of technology. 
  • Two girls, ages 13 and 9, are said to be okay, after they were recently robbed at gun and knife point.  The victims were walking home from the corner store near 56th Street North and MLK Boulevard, when two armed men ambushed them.  “We thought were just dreaming,” one girl said.  “We were just so frightened.  We didn’t know what to do.” The suspects pointed weapons at the girls for a bag of snacks, a cell phone and about $5.00 in change.  They're both still on the loose. It’s believed both suspects are in their late teens.  KRMG’s told both males had a thin build and neither was more than 5’10” or 5’11” tall. Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.
  • A man is now in custody, after Muskogee County deputies recently found 20 dead cows on a farm in Fort Gibson.  Deputies report some of the dead cows were lined up, while others were scattered all over the farm. Neighbors we spoke to are sickened by the situation.  “They looked like they were undernourished or something like that,” one neighbor said.  “They were not well kept.” Deputies add there were some cows still alive at the farm, but they were too weak to stand.  Seth Ragsdale faces felony counts of animal cruelty.
  • If you were near West Archer and North Denver Monday night, you probably saw more than you bargained for.  That’s because 25-year-old Taniari Martinez reportedly removed her clothes, while standing outside the Salvation Army. “Expose her breasts and genitalia in full view of the public,” Tulsa police said.  “She refused to put her clothes back on and laid on her stomach.”   Officers dressed Martinez in a bio-hazard suit, before taking her into custody.  She faces a count of indecent exposure. [Information from arrest and booking report]
  • It’s kind of hard to take a couple of juveniles to the movies, when you’re found slumped over inside your vehicle.  Still, 34-year-old Kevin Crowson tried anyway and failed.  Sand Springs officers found Crowson inside a vehicle at the Sonic on South Adams Road.  Police say the suspect was unsteady on his feet and appeared to be under the influence.  “Crowson advised officer (redacted name) that he was stopping at the Sonic to grab his sons food before driving to the movie theater to watch a movie,” police said.  His APC count is the least of his worries.  Officers also located meth and Alprazolam on him. Plus, Crowson faces a child endangerment count because the juveniles were in the vehicle. He was eventually booked into the Tulsa County Jail. [Information from arrest and booking report]
  • A Broken Arrow English teacher skipped detention on Sunday and instead, went straight to jail. KRMG’s told 29-year-old Joshua Wann allegedly caused an accident while intoxicated. Police tell us Wann's day wasn't finished just yet.   He’s accused of assaulting an officer, after getting out of a vehicle.  “Assault and battery on a police officer...you think about maybe a drug dealer or a violent criminal,” police said.  “You don’t think about somebody you’re suppose to trust.” He's scheduled for court on April 3. School district released a statement:   “BAPS is dismayed to learn of one of our teacher's recent arrest. We do not tolerate this type of behavior and are working with the proper authorities to effectively address this matter.”  
  • Do you have an overdue book that has been mocking you from your bookshelf? If the answer is yes and you got that book from the Tulsa City-County Library, then you're in luck.  The library announced they will be running a Customer Fine Amnesty Program from April 1-30.  During this time, the library will forgive overdue fines, for items returned in good condition.  Also, customers must contact the library either in person or on the phone with a library card number, to have the fines waived. 
  • A south Tulsa soccer complex was hit hard over the weekend by copper thieves.  KRMG's told the suspect or suspects got away with 160 feet of copper.  This has resulted in the lights not working on three fields at the All Star Sports Complex.  The manager of the complex tells us this simple theft comes with a hefty cost.  “People come in and get maybe $200-300 worth of copper,” the manager said.  “To them, I guess, is bank.  To us, is probably several thousands of dollars in repairs.” Electricians are already hard at work to get the lights turned back on.  For reference, more than 1,000 players use the south Tulsa field.  The manager says the complex plans to increase security.
  • Earlier this year, President Donald Trump sent out an order giving local police jurisdictions more control over the deportation of undocumented immigrants.  Since that time, Tulsa police say immigrants in the area have been less likely to report crimes.  TPD tells us this can't happen, if we want to keep our city safe. “We are not going to actually go out and look for people we believe are illegal immigrants,” TPD said.  Police add if an illegal immigrant does get arrested, it will be up to ICE, whether or not they get deported.  For reference, there are believed to be around 85,000 illegal immigrants in Oklahoma. Nationwide, the number jumps to around 11 million. Do you think these illegal immigrants should be worried about reporting crimes?
  • Starting in four to six weeks, the closest grocery store for residents in west Tulsa, will be in Sand Springs.  This comes after Warehouse Market officials announced they will be closing their location near 49th West Avenue and Highway 412.  As you'd expect, residents are not pleased by the news.  “When it closes, I won’t have a grocery store,” one older resident said.  “I don’t look forward to it closing at all.” With the grocery store set to close, many neighbors tell us Sand Springs will soon be their closest option. There is some good news.  KRMG's told everything is 25 percent off inside the store.
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  • Samsung seems to be playing it safe -at least with its battery - as it unveils its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7. The Galaxy S8 will come in two sizes, both bigger than comparable models from last year. To maximize display space, there's no more physical home button. The S8 also sports a voice assistant intended to rival Siri and Google Assistant. But battery capacity isn't increasing, despite the larger sizes, meaning more breathing room for the battery. Samsung had pushed the engineering envelope with the Note 7 battery, which contributed to spontaneous combustions. That recall cost Samsung at least $5.3 billion. Though many customers remain loyal, any further misstep could prove fatal. The phone, announced Wednesday in New York, will come out April 21. The standard-size S8 will cost about $750 and the larger S8 Plus about $850 - both about $100 more than comparable iPhones and rival Android phones. 'That's a big bet that its phones will justify a higher price, whereas it could have used these new phones as a way to drive higher sales after a couple of years of stagnation,' said Jan Dawson, an analyst with Jackdaw Research.
  • A new Russian hypersonic missile could make the rest of the world's warships obsolete overnight. The International Business Times says it's called the Zircon missile, and experts say it's so fast, it would be unstoppable and could take out the most advanced aircraft carriers and warships with one strike. The Zircon uses scramjet technology to reach speeds of 4,600 miles per hour, 5 times faster than the speed of sound. It's being tested for deployment as soon as 2020. Right now, the only way for U.S. and British carriers to avoid it is to stay so far away, that the carrier's planes would be essentially useless.
  • Six schools were briefly placed on modified lockdown Thursday after a shooting in north Tulsa sent a man to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. Ofcr. Jeanne MacKenzie tells KRMG the victim’s girlfriend called 911 about 12:20 p.m. to report the shooting. One person, a female, is in custody and being questioned about the incident. A second potential suspect, a male, is still on the loose. Witnesses have told police he’s a white man, about six feet tall, possibly wearing a red baseball cap and driving a red car. The victim was reportedly in his mid-thirties; there has been no update yet on his condition. MacKenzie said it’s standard for TPS to lock down schools in an area where there has been a violent incident, and that there was never any immediate danger to the children. The affected schools were Bell, Hamilton, McKinley, Mitchell, Owen, and Tulsa MET.
  • One of the House Republican rebels, Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie, wasn't just 'no' on the GOP health care bill to replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Massie was 'hell no.' That won over Mary Broecker, president of the Oldham County Republican Women's Club and a strong proponent of a full-blown repeal of the 2010 law. 'When he came out against this bill, I thought, 'I trust him so this must be the right way,'' the 76-year-old retired teacher said of Massie this week as she sat at a coffee shop near her LaGrange home. Defying President Donald Trump on the seven-year Republican Party promise to repeal and replace 'Obamacare' sounds like political suicide, especially in the congressional districts Trump won handily. Yet in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Iowa in the bitter aftermath of the GOP's epic failure, Republicans who blocked the legislation have won praise from constituents for stopping what many saw as a flawed plan, either in the legislation's substance or strategy. In the House, hard-line conservatives opposed the bill because it didn't go far enough in getting the government out of health care while moderates worried that tens of millions of Americans might be left without insurance. Trump's famed deal-making and power of persuasion faltered with his own party, a remarkable turn at a time when the GOP controls the White House, Senate and House. Nationwide, an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Wednesday found that 62 percent disapprove of the way Trump is handling health care, his worst rating among seven issues the poll tested, including the economy, foreign policy and immigration.
  • President Donald Trump bested his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, in a national poll commissioned by The Salonniere asking respondents whom they would most like to sit next to at a dinner party. >> Read more trending news  The current commander in chief came out on top with 36 percent, followed by Obama at 24 percent. Former first lady Michelle Obama polled far ahead of her successor, first lady Melania Trump, though, 12 percent to 4 percent. Others named by respondents were Oprah Winfrey, at 7 percent, Lady Gaga at 6 percent and Lin-Manuel Miranda at 3 percent. Former first lady, Secretary of State and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton tied with Melania Trump and Russian ruler Vladimir Putin at 4 percent. Reality television personality Kim Kardashian polled at 1 percent. The Salonniere’s Spring ’17 Party Poll, conducted in March by a national research firm, surveyed 1,203 men and women between 25 and 59 whose household income exceeds $75,000 annually. Respondents who get the chance to sit next to Trump at dinner might chastise him about what some consider a social faux pas: One-third of those polled disapproved of his decision to skip the April 29 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.  Read more at The Salonniere.