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    We told you earlier this week about someone burglarizing a local church. Now comes word a thief stole a heavy bell from Hope Church in West Tulsa recently. Pastor Earl Wayne Krumsiek says the bell had been there for years and means a lot to the community “That’s the church with the big bell in front of it,” Krumsiek said.  “It’s kind of a landmark and now it’s gone.” This isn't the first time the church has been hit. A few years ago, someone stole their bus. It was later recovered. Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.
  • We told you recently about Amazon possibly receiving incentives for coming to our state. Now comes word, the company will be opening up its first fulfillment center in Oklahoma City by the end of 2019. KRMG has learned the 600,000-square-foot facility will create more than 1,500 full-time jobs. Statement from Amazon: “We’re excited to open our first fulfillment center in Oklahoma and in a city with an outstanding workforce and a commitment to providing great opportunities for employment,” said Mark Stewart, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment. “Amazon is committed to creating a positive economic impact in Oklahoma City and enhancing the customer experience throughout the region.” No word on if Tulsa still has a shot at getting a facility as well.  
  • Police need the public's help with finding the owner of a pot belly pig.  The animal was found strolling around North Tulsa recently, near East Pine and North Sheridan. Residents were still laughing when we asked them about a pig out for a walk. “We have all kind of strays around here,” one resident said.  “I don’t even know.  Words can’t even describe.” It's believed the pig could be pregnant. Currently, the animal is safe at a local animal shelter. Per TPD’s Facebook page: “Are you missing a Pig?Sgt. Eberle, Officers Howse and Brandt found this pig roaming the streets at 1600 north Sheridan. We couldn't locate the owner and after a bit of wrestling they loaded the ole gal up and took her to the pound.If you're missing your pig, the animal shelter will be open on Tuesday....she'll be pretty easy to pick out from the dogs.Let the pig jokes begin....”
  • A 17-year-old teenager from Tulsa is dead and multiple other people were injured following a crash involving a six-seat Polaris vehicle. The scene happened around 11 p.m. Friday night near Grove. In a release, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol report the driver lost control on a golf cart path. Five other teenagers have been hospitalized.  KRMG doesn’t have an update on their conditions.   So far, no names has been released.
  • We have updated information regarding three woman who failed to get an Oklahoma City boy medical treatment after he suffered horrific burns. The child’s injuries were so bad, his right leg had to be amputated. Court records show the boy's godmother, mother and another woman are all charged with child neglect.  Also, they have all been ordered to stand trial. An OKC newspaper reports one of the woman claims the boy was splashed with hot water when a tea kettle was pulled down. However, doctors believe he was dipped into a hot liquid based upon his extensive burns. KRMG will continue to follow the case as it goes through the court system.  
  • Make sure to have sunscreen handy today if you’re going to be outdoors. The Tulsa area will see plenty of sun and it’s going to be hot.  In fact, National Weather Service Meteorologist Brad McGavick says we have a good shot at breaking the high record for this time of year.   “The record is 94 and right now we’re predicting a high of 94,” McGavick said.  “It’s going to be close.”   We’ll have additional chances to break the record on Monday and Tuesday.  The projected highs both days will be around 94 degrees. Temperatures will be mild Sunday night.   NWS is reporting a low close to 69 degrees.
  • It may have taken 30 years, but a homicide case ended in an arrest this week in Pittsburg County. Tony Watkins was arrested on Thursday for the brutal beating death of 88-year-old Harve Rodden back in 1988. Former Assistant Chief George Scott helped with the arrest after revisiting cold cases. He's glad justice has finally been served. “I just always thought of Harve as a kind, gentle, old man,” Scott said.  “I just hated seeing someone that I grew up knowing was treated the way he was.” KRMG has learned Scott received a tip that was beneficial in catching Watkins.
  • We have some sad news to report from the Tulsa Zoo. According to officials, Hugo the alligator snapping turtle has died. He had lived at the zoo since 1989, after a fisherman caught him at Lake Hugo. While is exact age isn't known, officials estimate he could have been anywhere from 70 to 100 years old. Tulsa Zoo’s video of Hugo
  • This week, the Sand Springs Police Department released their 2018 police plan for the community. Chief of Police Mike Carter says this includes facility improvements at the new public safety building, added technology and nonlethal weapons like pepper ball pistols. “We now have a portion of officers who are wearing that, instead of Tasers,” Carter said.  “We have found Tasers are only having about a 50 percent success rate here.” This is the third year in a row a plan has been released. Carter adds their goal is to be transparent with their community. Do you believe police departments need to be more transparent with their citizens?  Let us know in the comments.  
  • The city of Norman has announced an ambitious goal they want to accomplish over the next few decades. According to the Norman Transcript, the city plans to transition to 100 percent renewable energy in city buildings by 2035. Also, they hope for a 100 percent clean energy commitment across the board by 2050, including heating and transportation. The resolution calls for the use of renewables like wind and solar for electricity. This makes Norman the first city in our state to make such a commitment. Do you believe more Oklahoma cities should do the same thing?  Let us know in the comments.  
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  • We told you recently about Amazon possibly receiving incentives for coming to our state. Now comes word, the company will be opening up its first fulfillment center in Oklahoma City by the end of 2019. KRMG has learned the 600,000-square-foot facility will create more than 1,500 full-time jobs. Statement from Amazon: “We’re excited to open our first fulfillment center in Oklahoma and in a city with an outstanding workforce and a commitment to providing great opportunities for employment,” said Mark Stewart, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment. “Amazon is committed to creating a positive economic impact in Oklahoma City and enhancing the customer experience throughout the region.” No word on if Tulsa still has a shot at getting a facility as well.  
  • Make sure to have sunscreen handy today if you’re going to be outdoors. The Tulsa area will see plenty of sun and it’s going to be hot.  In fact, National Weather Service Meteorologist Brad McGavick says we have a good shot at breaking the high record for this time of year.   “The record is 94 and right now we’re predicting a high of 94,” McGavick said.  “It’s going to be close.”   We’ll have additional chances to break the record on Monday and Tuesday.  The projected highs both days will be around 94 degrees. Temperatures will be mild Sunday night.   NWS is reporting a low close to 69 degrees.
  • While the Trump Administration has hailed economic and job gains over the past year and a half, the price of gasoline has jumped sharply in recent months for consumers and businesses, adding to the cost of everything from a daily commute, to a summer vacation, and the amount of money companies pay to ship their products around the country. And it’s starting to used by Democrats on Capitol Hill to take aim at the White House. “Gas prices have risen more than 25% since Trump took office,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). “Overall world crude oil prices have increased over 75 percent in the past year,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), as Democrats wrote President Donald Trump a letter earlier this week, asking him to do something about the rising cost of gasoline . Americans are paying the price at the pump for Trump’s chaotic approach to foreign policy. He hasn’t pressured Gulf leaders to lift their cap on oil output, or pursued diplomatic solutions in Yemen and Syria. The result? $3.89 a gallon #GasPrices pic.twitter.com/CTaW97cez9 — Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) May 23, 2018 Those numbers at the pump aren’t unusual for the Washington, D.C. area as just the ohter day, this reporter filled up on the way to work, and ha the pump shut off before the tank was full, when the total hit the $50 credit card limit at that station for a single transaction. Figures released in recent weeks by the Trump Administration clearly show the increase, with gas prices up on average by over 52 cents a gallon from the same time a year ago, at an average of $2.92 per gallon. The $2.92 per gallon is the highest average price at the pump on Memorial Day in four years – in 2014, gas was at an average of $3.67 per gallon, as Republicans blamed the energy policies of the Obama Administration, arguing for more oil exploration in the United States. Gas prices generally trended down the last few years, leading President Trump to proclaim where they stood on July Fourth of last year. Gas prices are the lowest in the U.S. in over ten years! I would like to see them go even lower. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2017 But since that tweet on July Fourth of last year, the price of gasoline has only gone up, and federal energy experts expect even more in the months ahead. “Relatively higher crude oil spot prices, higher gasoline demand, and falling gasoline inventories are all factors contributing to higher gasoline prices,” the Energy Information Administration reported last week. The EIA predicted an average of $2.90 per gallon for gasoline this summer.
  • Make sure you have plenty of sunscreen and water handy this weekend. National Weather Service Meteorologist Brad McGavick says we'll see higher than average temperatures over the holiday weekend. “High temperatures will be running about 10 degrees above normal,” McGavick said.   The normal high for this time of year is around 83 degrees.  NWS is reporting highs around 93 or 94 degrees over the next three days.   We also have a chance of breaking the 94 degree high record here in Tulsa.   The lows all three nights will be close to 70 degrees.
  • Alexander Tilghman, the man suspected in the shooting at Louie’s in Oklahoma City Thursday, posted a troubling video on YouTube on April 27. Three people were shot before Tilghman was shot dead by two bystanders outside of the restaurant. Oklahoma City police say Tilghman opened fire inside a local restaurant late Thursday, shooting and wounding a woman and two girls. He was later shot dead by two bystanders outside. The victims are expected to survive. Police say Tilghman was a CLEET certified security guard. Click HERE to see the video.