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    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.
  • A New Jersey school district’s anti-bullying director was fired last week for allegedly trying to threaten a student to keep quiet about an altercation between the director and a 16-year-old girl, the New Jersey Herald reported. >> Read more trending news Ron Rivera, 55, a retired New Jersey State Police captain who also served as the security director for the Vernon Township School District, was fired following an internal investigation into the matter, the Herald reported. The matter was first publicly disclosed at the May 18 Vernon Board of Education meeting. An 18-year-old student at Vernon Township High School, who asked that his name not be published, said that he had been confronted by Rivera in the school stairwell after the alleged altercation and 'threatened' by him not to say anything about what he had witnessed. The altercation, which was confirmed by a school official requesting anonymity, involved a 16-year-old female sophomore on whom Rivera allegedly used physical force, the Herald reported. The student who witnessed it said he later reported the details of what occurred to Assistant Principal Nancy LoPresti, who contacted school district officials, the Herald reported. A retired 27-year veteran state trooper, Rivera took over in January as the Vernon Township School District's security director and anti-bullying coordinator, the Herald reported. He could not be reached for comment, the newspaper reported.
  • Many area lakes are still above normal levels due to recent rain and flooding. Boat ramps and campgrounds are closed at several lakes, including Skiatook, Keystone and Oologah. Some campgrounds are listed as closed just for Memorial Day weekend, others are listed as indefinite closures. If you have plans to travel to a lake with the family for Memorial Day, you may want to check the status of your camp before you leave. Click here for a list of closures from the Corp of Engineers
  • UPDATE: Investigators have arrested a man in connection with a deadly police chase that killed a man on a north Tulsa highway early Wednesday. Jerry Lee Newman, 24, was caught in the area of 31st and Garnett Wednesday afternoon. He has a string of prior felony convictions, mostly involving stolen vehicles. Newman was released from prison in February of this year, according to DOC records. A police chase that started in Sapulpa early Wednesday morning ended in a crash on Highway 75 in Tulsa. We’re told a suspect crashed into a driver in the northbound lanes, the suspect was said to be driving southbound. The driver hit by that suspect on the highway was killed. The suspect was able to escape on foot. He fled through a salvage yard and into a north Tulsa neighborhood. This dramatic surveillance video from that salvage yard shows just how narrowly a police officer missed catching the suspect: KRMG has learned the man allegedly stole an ONG service truck in Sapulpa about 5:45 a.m.  A pursuit quickly developed, and the man led officers all the way to Tulsa International Airport, where he crashed through a fence and onto the tarmac. OHP troopers tried twice to use tactical maneuvers to stop him, and may have prevented him from hitting a commercial aircraft that was taxiing at the time. But he kept going, and eventually ended up on Highway 75, driving the wrong way in the southbound lane. Police called off the chase at that point, but by the time they got back on the highway going the right way the crash had occurred.  Anyone with information about the suspect is urged to call OHP at (405) 425-7620. 
  • Oklahoma superstar Garth Brooks will perform in his home state on more time on his current tour. Brooks announced a concert in Oklahoma City this summer. The show will be at the Chesapeake Energy Arena July 15th, 2017. Tickets go on sale June 2nd. It will be the last stop in Oklahoma for the Garth Brooks World Tour. It will be Garth’s first OKC performance in 20 years. Garth will be joined by his wife Trisha Yearwood. All tickets are $75. More here 
  • Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan released a statement Friday confirming Officer Betty Shelby will return to work. Chief Jordan said Officer Shelby will be returned to duty, but he said she will not be assigned in a patrol capacity. Many questioned whether Shelby would/should return to work at TPD.  Chief Jordan said she’s being returned to duty due to her acquittal in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher. 
  • The National Weather Service office in Tulsa surveyed damage in Owasso Thursday afternoon and confirmed a tornado touched down. The tornado has been given a preliminary rating of EF-1.  Residents near Owasso near 106th St. N. and 177th E. Ave. reported downed trees and damaged roofs. Between 25 and 30 homes were damaged, some small structures were destroyed, but no one was hurt.
  • A Gathering Place for Tulsa (TGP) and the City of Tulsa announced the coordinated opening of Riverside Drive and the park in late spring/summer 2018. In the meantime, the Chapman Foundations Adventure Playground will open in January 2018 with scheduled visits from Tulsa area elementary school children.  “The simple fact of the matter is our schedule is dependent on Mother Nature,” said Jeff Stava, executive director and trustee of Tulsa’s Gathering Place, LLC. “The record rains in 2016 and this year have negatively impacted both the park and city’s construction schedule. Plus, you add in the unseasonably warm winters, which have impacted the planting of the park’s almost 6,000 trees, and the result is a new opening timeline.”  With close coordination from day one, City officials are pleased with progress and have confirmed plans to open Riverside Drive in coordination with the park.  “We have been working hand-in-hand with the Gathering Place team and are pleased with the progress of the road and the park,” said Paul Zachary, City of Tulsa Director of Engineering Services. “But public safety, efficiency and quality are our top priorities. So, leaving Riverside Drive fully closed protects the public from large construction equipment, eliminates the inconvenience of temporary lane closures and ensures our contractors can maintain their quality of work. This park is a tremendous gift to the city, and we know the public’s expectations will be surpassed when it comes to both access and in-park experiences.”   The Chapman Foundations Adventure Playground will open in January 2018 for scheduled visits by Tulsa area elementary school children. With five-acres of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind equipment never before seen in the U.S., Tulsa’s children will get a first look at the highly-anticipated park.   “Since the park’s inception, our mission has been to build a world-class park for all Tulsans to enjoy,” said Stava. “However, children have always been at the forefront of why we are building this park, and we can’t think of anything more fitting than giving them first access to the park. Adventure Playground is the heart of this park, and we can’t wait to see it come alive next winter and spring as students from across the metro come to play.”   To make this opportunity a reality for Tulsa area students, TGP programming staff will help coordinate field trips to the park with interested Tulsa area school districts.
  • Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton has written an open letter in support of Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby. Sheriff Walton, a former Tulsa officer himself, feels that the system was stacked against Shelby from the beginning. “...a very rapid decision was made to say Betty Shelby was in error and the system we know as criminal justice was started against her.” Walton wrote. Walton said the outcome of the trial could change the way officers react to dangerous situations, creating a hesitation. “That hesitation can lead to folded flags being given to grieving families.” Walton added. Sheriff Walton makes it clear his words are his opinion, but also points out that his opinion comes from 36 years of law enforcement service. Read his full letter below.
  • One person was shot in midtown Tulsa Thursday morning. Police told KRMG the whole situation started in Broken Arrow Wednesday night. This morning, the suspect reportedly kidnapped the his ex-wife from a house in Broken Arrow and drove to her current boyfriend’s house near 21st and Yale. Police said the suspect attacked his ex-wife and shot her boyfriend. We’re told the woman escaped to the Walmart Neighborhood Market, but the suspect followed her there. The store was placed on a brief lockdown. The suspect was found in the Walmart parking lot with multiple weapons. Police said he was cutting himself in an apparent attempt to take his on life. The shooting victim and the woman are in the hospital. The suspect is in police custody at the hospital. Stay with KRMG for updates.
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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.  
  • 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.