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    An unknown aged girl went to the hospital with burns to her legs, following an overnight house fire. KRMG’s told the fire started around 2:40 a.m., at a residence on West 50th Court North. The homeowner says he was able to get his daughter, grand daughter and sleeping brother out of the house. So far, firefighters haven't released a cause for the fire.  The homeowner believes fumes from a gas can in the garage may have cause the blaze.   
  • A duo were recently taken into custody in Tulsa and investigators are calling what they allegedly did, 'Especially heinous.' Ashton Stephens and Anthony Daniels are accused of assaulting and robbing an autistic male at a local bus station. Police say they reportedly took his IPhone and Apple Watch. The two suspects were later found walking in the downtown area and arrested.  Both men have been booked into the Tulsa County Jail.   KRMG’s told the victim’s injuries are non-life threatening.  
  • Multiple people had to be rescued early Saturday morning in Rogers County. OTEMS paramedics report a boat started to sink on Oologah Lake just after midnight. “Additional information was received that the boat had its nose in the air, four individuals were in the water, and only one was wearing a PDF (personal flotation device),” an official said. “A Rogers County Deputy spotted what might be the boat south of Winganon Bridge but was unable to determine the precise location. However it was located by the Northwest Water Rescue unit and at 0048 hours the rescue boat reported that it had located the victims and was loading the fourth individual into the boat.” KRMG’s told the victims were hanging onto the hull when they were found. So far, no injuries have been reported.  Officials also haven’t released any names.   We do know the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has taken over the investigation.  
  • Officers found two young children walking near 21st and Garnett on Friday. They gave them a ride home, but then ran into a problem. When they arrived at the residence, officers found two more children and no adults.  Police say the children were barricaded in their rooms by rope and wooden planks. Officers tracked the adults down at a home seven miles away.  The unidentified adults had four more children with them. So far, no arrests have been made, but an investigation is ongoing.  We do know the eight children have been turned over to a family member.  
  • A 22-year-old male drowned in Osage County Friday afternoon. Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports Anthony Scarpatti was swimming at Twin Points Swimming Beach on Skiatook Lake.   “The victim swam out to the marker buoy and when he was returning to shore, he went under for unknown reasons and failed to resurface,” OHP said.    His body was recovered about an hour later, 20 yards from the shoreline. Nobody else was hurt in the incident.  
  • Tulsa investigators are looking for a driver who fled the scene, after hitting a male pedestrian late Friday night. Police report the auto-pedestrian collision happened around 11:34 p.m., near East Admiral and North Yale. “The pedestrian victim has been declared deceased at this time,” police said.   Investigators don't have a description of the driver or the car.  Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.
  • A woman is said to be okay, after she was beaten and held at gunpoint on Thursday. The incident happened near 46th Street North and Hartford, during an attempted carjacking.   A witness tells us the victim fought back. “She struggled real hard with him,” the witness said.   Both suspects fled the scene when someone heard the victim screaming  and came outside to help.  So far, no arrests have been made.   Tulsa investigators have not released a description of the suspects.  Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.
  • A Tulsa couple is accused of  fabricating symptoms in their 1-year-old child and admitting her to multiple hospitals around the area.  It's called Munchausen by proxy and police tell us this is a rare case. “It is normally the mother who does that,” police said.  “It’s rare to see the father as well.” David Dodson and Veronica Reed have been booked into the Tulsa County Jail.   The couple was caught when a doctor discovered the young child already received a medication the couple was asking for.
  • Investigators in Owasso, are looking for a man who burglarized the El Fogon restaurant on Thursday.   Police report he got into the restaurant by breaking a window.  The suspect reportedly got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.   We spoke to the owner and he's just happy everybody is safe.  “I feel sad, that’s what I feel,” the owner said.  “The main thing is nobody was here and nobody got hurt.” Police add the burglary is bizarre because the suspect was wearing face paint to conceal his identify.  Usually, burglars stick to wearing masks and bandannas. Around two hours later, a Duffy's Grill was also hit by a burglar.  Police are investigating if the two cases are connected.  
  • Good news for officers in Sand Springs.  The department has announced they will be giving officers a nearly $10,000 pay raise.  Of course, officers are over the moon about the news. “It skyrocketed the morale here,” one officer said.  “Going from our base pay to an additional $10,000 is huge.” For reference, the starting salary for a Sand Springs police officer in 2017 is $33,777. Now, they will make $42,000 each year. The department had been having problems with keeping officers because of low pay. 
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  • Responding to concerns about personal security for lawmakers after last week’s gun attack at a Congressional baseball practice, U.S. House leaders are moving to provide extra money to members for protection back home, as well as new funding to bolster the work of police and security officials on Capitol Hill. Under a plan approved by a House spending subcommittee on Friday, the Congress would provide an extra $7.5 million next year to the Capitol Police for an “increased security posture” around the Capitol, along with $5 million to the House Sergeant at Arms to help with security for lawmakers back in their districts. “We are taking a new fresh look at security,” said Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), the Chairman of subcommittee that deals with funding for the Legislative Branch. Our FY18 Legislative Branch funding bill increases efficiency & transparency in Congress, enhances security for Members & our constituents. pic.twitter.com/FI36tF2XeH — Rep. Kevin Yoder (@RepKevinYoder) June 22, 2017 “The tragic events of June 14 weigh heavily on these deliberations,” said Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which could vote on the extra money as early as this next week. Also being put into motion is a separate plan to funnel an extra $25,000 to each member of the House – about $11 million in all – to help them increase security back in their districts. “The scariest part for us is there used to be this impression by the public that we all had security everywhere we went,” said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH). “Now, everyone knows that isn’t the case,” Ryan added, as he lent his support to the extra funding for security as well. The money in this budget bill would not take effect until the new fiscal year – which starts October 1 – so, House leaders are ready to okay extra money immediately for members worried about security back in their districts. Roll Call newspaper reported that could be approved in coming days by the House Administration Committee. Yoder said Congressional leaders are also waiting to see if money raised in campaign contributions for House elections could be put to use for security as well. “Pending an FEC (Federal Election Commission) decision, we’re also looking at whether campaign funds could be used to continue to support security upgrades at personal residences,” Yoder added.
  • An unknown aged girl went to the hospital with burns to her legs, following an overnight house fire. KRMG’s told the fire started around 2:40 a.m., at a residence on West 50th Court North. The homeowner says he was able to get his daughter, grand daughter and sleeping brother out of the house. So far, firefighters haven't released a cause for the fire.  The homeowner believes fumes from a gas can in the garage may have cause the blaze.   
  • Multiple people had to be rescued early Saturday morning in Rogers County. OTEMS paramedics report a boat started to sink on Oologah Lake just after midnight. “Additional information was received that the boat had its nose in the air, four individuals were in the water, and only one was wearing a PDF (personal flotation device),” an official said. “A Rogers County Deputy spotted what might be the boat south of Winganon Bridge but was unable to determine the precise location. However it was located by the Northwest Water Rescue unit and at 0048 hours the rescue boat reported that it had located the victims and was loading the fourth individual into the boat.” KRMG’s told the victims were hanging onto the hull when they were found. So far, no injuries have been reported.  Officials also haven’t released any names.   We do know the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has taken over the investigation.  
  • Tulsa investigators are looking for a driver who fled the scene, after hitting a male pedestrian late Friday night. Police report the auto-pedestrian collision happened around 11:34 p.m., near East Admiral and North Yale. “The pedestrian victim has been declared deceased at this time,” police said.   Investigators don't have a description of the driver or the car.  Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.
  • We know this might start an argument, but according to Business Insider, Oklahoma's most famous band EVER is the Flaming Lips. Business Insider admits the song 'She Don't Use Jelly' is the Norman-based indie rockers only U.S. hit. But they say the band has had many hits in the U.K. and Europe and, even more impressive, three Grammys to their credit. Some on the list are hard to argue with, like Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band in New Jersey or Nirvana in Washington State. You can see the entire list of the most famous bands here.