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    A 43-year-old pilot is dead, following a small aircraft crash Friday night in Leflore County. Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports the crash happened around 7:42 p.m., near Arkoma. “A witness who observed the aircraft for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, advised the aircraft began flying in steep banked spiral, entered a fast downward spiral and collided with the ground, resulting in a small explosion,” OHP said.   Richard Biggerstaff was pronounced dead at the scene.  There were no passengers on the aircraft.   A cause for the crash is still under investigation.  
  • The Moore Police Department has issued an Amber Alert for a missing toddler. We’re told 1-year-old Rosa Steffens was last seen at a 7-11 convenience store in Oklahoma City around 7 a.m. Saturday. She has a birthmark on her neck. Police say the suspect is 26-year-old Todd Steffens. He was last seen in a black 2015 Chrysler Town & Country mini van. The van has an Oklahoma tag: ACY884. The suspect has a tattoo on his hand that says: 'ROSA STEFFENS' AND 'MAY 2 2016'  Police say the suspect suffers from PTSD due to a brain injury.
  • We have updated information regarding a man getting fatally shot back in November. At the time, Leon Crockett was said to be an intruder. Tulsa police say originally, the female caller claimed she shot Crockett. “The investigation continued and eventually the girlfriend recanted when she was confronted with evidence of her lie,” police said.   On Friday, her boyfriend, Cameron Brown, was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting.  He has been booked on a count of first-degree murder.  
  • Four suspects were arrested Friday afternoon in west Tulsa, following an armed robbery of a woman and a standoff. Police report the victim's help led them to a home near 4th and South 54th West Avenue. “She had a good suspect description,” police said.  “She also had a good description of the suspect’s vehicle.” Around three hours later, the suspects were taken into custody without incident.  As of early Saturday morning, their names haven’t been released.   KRMG's told the victim wasn't harmed.
  • If you're sticking around the Tulsa area this weekend, make sure to stay weather aware. National Weather Service says conditions will turn bumpy later today. “Looks like we could see some storms in the late afternoon and into the evening hours,” NWS said.  “All modes of severe weather look to be possible.” KRMG’s told this could include hail, strong winds and even a tornado.   The high today will be around 90 degrees. KRMG Stormcenter is manned and ready to go if severe weather hits our area.
  • The Oklahoma House passed a $6.8 billion spending plan just hours before lawmakers are constitutionally required to adjourn the 2017 legislative session. The Senate passed the measure on Wednesday. The proposal protects the budgets of about 15 state agencies but cuts many others by about 5 percent. Supporters say the spending plan closes a projected budget hole of about $878 million and protects core services like public education and road and bridge construction. Opponents say it includes new revenue approved during the final week of the session in apparent violation of a constitutional prohibition against such measures. It now heads to Governor Mary Fallin for her signature.
  • Friday, the organization Folds of Honor kicked off a fundraising drive called “Stand to Honor.” Participants can stand on a box, over the glass-encased boot prints of a service member, for 13 minutes as a gesture of gratitude and support for the service of those who have been wounded or died while serving in the military. The organization is asking for donations of $13, money which Vice President of National Development Ben Leslie says goes to a very specific cause. “Our mission is laser-focused,” he told KRMG. “We award scholarships to the spouses and children of service members who’ve been injured or killed in action.” The number 13 is highly significant in American history, especially when it comes to the flag which has 13 stripes and originally had 13 stars, representing the 13 original states. When an American flag is ceremonially folded, it is folded 13 times. Folds of Honor, based in Owasso, was founded nearly ten years ago. The non-profit has had explosive growth, Leslie said. “The first year, we awarded ten scholarships,” he told KRMG. Last year, they awarded about three thousand, including 161 in Oklahoma.  “Since inception, we’ve awarded more than 13,000 scholarships,” Leslie told KRMG, with as many as three thousand more currently being processed for this year. The “Stand to Honor” idea originated in Dallas, with corporate sponsor Milestone Electric. Their event raised a million dollars; the goal in Tulsa is $100,000. It’s sponsored locally by the Jim Glover Auto Family, and the boxes will be located at Glover locations through the month of June. People wishing to donate can text the word “honor” (without the quotes) to 95920, and KRMG will send a link to the donation site.
  • A south Tulsa church was hit by thieves this week.  They reportedly stole $8500  worth of musical instruments and electronic equipment from the Myanmar Christian Church, near 71st and Lewis.  One official with the church questions how someone can steal from a house of worship? “We felt really secure,” she said.  “We never felt we would experience such things here.” Also, for an unknown reason, the suspects tore down a portion of the ceiling. The church is asking for musical instrument donations.  A GoFundMe page has been set up.
  • The new, noisy tire bumps are intended to help prevent wrecks along 41st Street near Highway 97 in Sand Springs. Police said that nine recent accidents reported in the area happened because drivers crossed the center line. Two of those accidents were deadly. The Streets Department recommended installing a rumble strip along the center to deter drivers from crossing. City leaders used $18,000 of dedicated sales tax money for streets to add the rumble strip to the budget. Police Chief Mike Carter said with more and distractions inside the car, he’s not surprised to see drivers crossing the center line more often.
  • A man is butt-struck with a gun during a home invasion near 15th and Garnett. The attack happened around 4:30 a.m. Friday at the Sierra Point Apartments at 1300 South 107 East Avenue where several people were inside the residence. TPD Corporal Billy White said, “They heard two loud bangs on the door. Somebody forced the door open and five males came into the apartment.”    The men roughed-up the victim and he was taken to the hospital, but we’re told his injuries are not considered to be serious. Cpl. White said the suspects took loot from the victim and left the scene. A search of the area failed to find the suspects.
  • A 43-year-old pilot is dead, following a small aircraft crash Friday night in Leflore County. Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports the crash happened around 7:42 p.m., near Arkoma. “A witness who observed the aircraft for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, advised the aircraft began flying in steep banked spiral, entered a fast downward spiral and collided with the ground, resulting in a small explosion,” OHP said.   Richard Biggerstaff was pronounced dead at the scene.  There were no passengers on the aircraft.   A cause for the crash is still under investigation.  
  • An inquiry into possible wrongdoing by IT staffers employed by a number of Democrats in Congress has garnered more attention in recent days, after a prominent lawmaker gave a public tongue lashing to the Capitol Hill police chief, vowing “consequences” over his refusal to return computer equipment that is evidently part of the ongoing investigation. At issue is a probe into a possible security breach involving Imran Awan, who has worked for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and other Democratic lawmakers, as a shared information technology worker. Little has been made public by Capitol Police on what exactly is being investigated; news reports in recent months have linked Awan, several of his relatives, and his wife to some type of Capitol Hill investigation that could involve stolen property and more. The new scrutiny came after a budget hearing on May 18 with U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa; the hearing before a House Appropriations subcommittee had escaped notice, until reports earlier this week by the Daily Caller, noting the sharp words that Wasserman Schultz had for Verderosa. At the end of her Q&A with the police chief, Wasserman Schultz asks what happens when police find lost items. “I’d like to know how Capitol Police handle equipment that belongs to a member, or a staffer, that’s been lost within the Capitol complex, and found or recovered by one of your officers,” Wasserman Schultz begins. The bottom line from the chief was simple – until an investigation is completed, “I can’t return the equipment,” which is reportedly a laptop from Wasserman Schultz’s office. That answer did not satisfy the Florida Democrat. “I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way,” Wasserman Schultz said bluntly, as she told the chief that he should “expect that there will be consequences.” In the wake of that somewhat jarring verbal exchange, a reporter on Thursday asked House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi about the Awan investigation. “I’m really not familiar with what you’re talking about,” Pelosi said. “We’ve been busy with a lot of other things,” Pelosi added. U.S. Capitol Police have released little information about what this probe involves, and who exactly is being investigated. According to U.S. House spending records, Imran Awan was a shared employee for thirteen different House members in 2016, earning in the third quarter anywhere from as little as $300 from a pair of Democrats to $6,624.99 from another. Wasserman Schultz paid Awan $5,000.01 for work between July 1 and September 30, 2016. Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, worked for seven Democrats, plus the House Democratic Caucus, earning close to $44,000 in the third quarter of 2016. Records also show two relatives of Awan’s on the Congressional payroll: Abid Awan worked for eight different House Democrats, while Jamal Awan worked for eight others – all as ‘shared’ employees.
  • Four suspects were arrested Friday afternoon in west Tulsa, following an armed robbery of a woman and a standoff. Police report the victim's help led them to a home near 4th and South 54th West Avenue. “She had a good suspect description,” police said.  “She also had a good description of the suspect’s vehicle.” Around three hours later, the suspects were taken into custody without incident.  As of early Saturday morning, their names haven’t been released.   KRMG's told the victim wasn't harmed.
  • If you're sticking around the Tulsa area this weekend, make sure to stay weather aware. National Weather Service says conditions will turn bumpy later today. “Looks like we could see some storms in the late afternoon and into the evening hours,” NWS said.  “All modes of severe weather look to be possible.” KRMG’s told this could include hail, strong winds and even a tornado.   The high today will be around 90 degrees. KRMG Stormcenter is manned and ready to go if severe weather hits our area.
  • Trying to save you some time and misery on your family vacation this summer, Business Insider is ranking the worst “tourist traps” in each state. We've all driven past those highway signs promising all sorts of superlatives from biggest to strangest to oldest and wondered if it was worth stopping. The list from the site is by no means complete and obviously subjective, but for people passing through Oklahoma, Business Insider (again, their opinion, not ours) says to skip the J.M. Davis Gun Museum in Claremore. But we bet you'll agree that “Foamhenge,” a replica of Stonehenge made of styrofoam is not the best use of your time in Virginia. And don't put the Gum Wall in Seattle on your bucket list. It’s just what it sounds like, a wall where thousands upon thousands of people have stuck their used chewing gum. You can find the full list of tourist traps from Business Insider here.