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    Police say the suspect in a recent double murder case showed up at the Tulsa County Jail Wednesday afternoon. Robert Griffin said he wanted to turn himself in and he didn’t want to talk to police. Officers found two dead bodies in an east Tulsa apartment on Friday while responding to a shots fired call.  Investigators discovered a door ajar at the Whispering Oaks Apartments near 11th and Mingo. Police believe the crime happened during a marijuana deal. Detectives are still searching for another suspect.  
  • Broken Arrow has been named one of the safest cities in America. 24/7 Wall St. has ranked Broken Arrow as the 19th Safest City in America.  According to the report, violent crime in Broken Arrow has declined more than in nearly any other city. There were just 124 violent crimes reported per 100,000 city residents in 2017, down 19.2 percent from 2016.  “Public safety has always been a priority in the City of Broken Arrow,” said Mayor Craig Thurmond. “Our public safety personnel do a phenomenal job keeping our city safe. Broken Arrow residents also need to be commended for promoting a culture of safety in our community and looking out for neighbors.”  “The Broken Arrow Police Department is proud to be listed among the safest cities in America,” said Broken Arrow Police Chief Brandon Berryhill. “This wouldn’t have been possible without the support from our citizens and City Council. We will continue to strive for the best for our community. Sustained positive community engagement is the hallmark of our suess.”  To identify the safest cities in America, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed violent crime and population statistics for cities with populations of 100,000 or more from the FBI’s 2017 Uniform Crime Report, table 8: “Offenses Known to Law Enforcement by State by City, 2017.” The website calculated the rate of violent crime per 100,000 people. More here
  • You’ve likely heard the uproar about the traditional holiday song, “Baby it’s Cold Outside.” Some groups claim the tune is not proper in a #METOO society.  Supporters of the song defend it, pointing out it was written far before the Bill Cosby or date rape situations. The daughter of the man who wrote the song, Frank Loesser, says her dad wrote the song to be flirtatious rather than felonious.  Now  Hawkeye Louis and Stubi Doak from KSCS in Dallas have produced a “politically correct” version of the song, you can see and hear it below. Once you do, download or open the KRMG app and leave us your thoughts.
  • Authorities have arrested the grandmother of a 17-year-old Oklahoma boy with special needs who was found alone near a southeast Kansas rest stop. Rogers County, Oklahoma, authorities say 68-year-old Janie Gill was arrested in that county and booked into jail Monday on one count of child neglect. More charges are pending.  A custodian found the boy Nov. 29 at a rest stop near Beaumont, Kansas. He had no identification and couldn't speak.  The Greenwood County, Kansas, sheriff's office later learned his identity and that he was from Oklahoma. He remains in protective custody.  Greenwood County has put a hold on Gill, pending the serving of an arrest warrant on suspicion of aggravated child endangerment and interference with law enforcement.  KAKE-TV reports the Greenwood authorities said Gill was the boy's grandmother.
  • Divers are working to recover wreckage after a tornado sunk several boats at Lake Tenkiller. Divers at the Snake Creek Marina are trying to salvage what they can after the EF-2 twister struck nearly two weeks ago. We're told nearly 200 boats are in the lake. Underwater Services owner Brandon Ford said he had to help after seeing the wreckage on the lake. Ford and his crew worked Tuesday to patch holes and pump water out of a sunken 50-foot house boat.
  • Tulsa police make an arrest in the city's 59th homicide for the year.  15-year old Brittany Urena died Sunday after she was shot during a party at the Belmont Park town homes near 21st and Garnett.  “Homicide and warrants detectives served a warrant on a house (Tuesday) in reference to this homicide. The suspect was inside,” TPD said.  17-year-old Jose Zamarippa told detectives that he and the girl had been playing with a gun when Zamarippa pointed the gun at the girl and shot her in the chest.  She died on the way to the hospital.  We're told Zamarippa ran away after the shooting and hid the gun. Police said, “We knew who he was from the first night. We had the street name for him which was “Trigger” or “EBK.” EBK stands for everybody’s killer.
  • The Wagoner County Sheriff's Office wants to hear from people who are still missing property after a storage unit theft. The Wagoner County Sheriff's Office will NOT release photos or descriptions of the property found and being held in custody.  If you were a victim, deputies ask that you call the agency that took the report and ask them to match items that are in Wagoner County Sheriff's Office custody.  The list has many items found after the arrest of Kerry Rae Lane in August. Investigators say they found stolen property from several different counties in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
  • Winning over the votes of a last rebel group of House Democrats, Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday evening that she would agree to serve no more than four years as Speaker of the House, accepting a plan from younger lawmakers in her party which would limit senior House leadership to a maximum of eight years in those high profile positions. “I am comfortable with the proposal and it is my intention to abide by it whether it passes or not,” Pelosi said in a statement, as Democrats planned a vote by mid-February on the term limit plan. Pelosi’s agreement seems to pave the way for her to bring on board a final group of Democrats who had demanded an overhaul of their party’s leadership in the House, which is dominated by lawmakers – like Pelosi – who are in their 70’s. “I firmly believe that the reforms we have advocated for will create advancement opportunities for the next generation of Democratic leaders and will strengthen our Caucus,” said Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA). “I have pushed for new leadership because I want to see generational change in the Democratic Caucus,” said Rep. Earl Perlmutter (D-CO). “We will support and vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House in the 116th Congress,” a group including Perlmutter and six other Democratic holdouts said in a statement. BREAKING: Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, a Democrat, says she'll serve no more than four years as House speaker, all but ensuring she'll be elected to the post in January. — AP Politics (@AP_Politics) December 12, 2018 While Pelosi had easily won a vote of House Democrats after Thanksgiving to be the next Speaker, there were still questions about whether she could secure 218 votes on the floor of the House in January. This agreement will seal the deal, as Pelosi said she would serve no more than four more years as Speaker. Pelosi is the first House member to serve as Speaker – then see her party lose the minority, and return as Speaker – since Sam Rayburn did that in the mid-1950’s. While Republicans in the House had embraced term limits for committee chairs, the GOP had not applied those limits to the Speaker. Pelosi had expressed confidence that she would be able to grind out enough votes to win a floor showdown as Speaker, but in the end, she decided to cut a deal to end any suspense. “Over the summer, I made it clear that I see myself as a bridge to the next generation of leaders,” Pelosi said in a statement, “a recognition of my continuing responsibility to mentor and advance new Members into positions of power and responsibility in the House Democratic Caucus.”
  • Police say the suspect in a recent double murder case showed up at the Tulsa County Jail Wednesday afternoon. Robert Griffin said he wanted to turn himself in and he didn’t want to talk to police. Officers found two dead bodies in an east Tulsa apartment on Friday while responding to a shots fired call.  Investigators discovered a door ajar at the Whispering Oaks Apartments near 11th and Mingo. Police believe the crime happened during a marijuana deal. Detectives are still searching for another suspect.  
  • Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth’s polar regions at times they don’t expect, like winter, and in places they don’t expect, like eastern Antarctica. New studies and reports issued this week at a major Earth sciences conference paint one of the bleakest pictures yet of dramatic warming in the Arctic and Antarctica. Alaskan scientists described to The Associated Press Tuesday never-before-seen melting and odd winter problems, including permafrost that never refroze this past winter and wildlife die-offs. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Tuesday released its annual Arctic report card, detailing the second warmest year on record in the Arctic and problems, including record low winter sea ice in parts of the region, increased toxic algal blooms, which are normally a warm water phenomenon, and weather changes in the rest of the country attributable to what’s happening in the far North. “The Arctic is experiencing the most unprecedented transition in human history,” report lead author Emily Osborne, chief of Arctic research for NOAA, said Tuesday.
  • “Kids’ stuff. Kids’ stuff and children books.” Home surveillance cameras captured that conversation between two Florida women Monday afternoon as they snatched five packages from the porch of a Tampa-area home, WFTS reported. In a news release, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said the thefts occurred around 1:30 p.m. in a Riverview subdivision. The women drove away in a dark-colored Volvo SUV, WTVT reported. In a Facebook post, Neal Rivera posted the surveillance video and still shots of the porch pirates. 'These nice young lady’s (sic) were worried that someone would steal our unattended packages so they thought they would take them home and keep them safe. I’m sure they will bring them back later,” he wrote. Rivera said his phone went off with camera notifications when the packages were delivered, and then it went off again when they were taken, WTVT reported. “I’m not upset about the items they took,” Rivera told the television station. “It was the attitude they came in and they made a comment, 'Oh, look it's kids’ clothes. It's Children's Place.' And they were like excited about it. So, they knew they were talking little kids stuff.” On Tuesday, Rivera’s phone went off again, but this time his surveillance camera recorded an act of kindness, WTVT reported. >> Woman steals package, finds it’s filled with superworms “I got a notification on the front door, and of course I quickly went to my phone. And as I look at my front door, it's our church family coming and dropping off gifts here, waving at the camera saying ‘I hope you get your stuff back, but here's something in the meantime,’” Rivera told the television station. “I don’t have to worry about my kids not having something. That's not my concern. I just want the people caught.' In his Facebook post, Rivera said he would not have cared if the women had stolen items he bought for himself. “If they would have just asked I would have bought their kids even more than they stole,” he wrote. Another Riverview man, Mike Hayes, filed a report with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, including video that appears to show the same two women taking packages from his porch, WFTS reported. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anybody with information to call them at (813) 247-8200.
  • Delta Air Lines said it will ban service and support animals under 4 months old, and will also ban emotional support animals on flights longer than eight hours. The change, effective Dec. 18, is the latest tightening of policies on service animals and emotional support animals by the airline.  >> Read more trending news  The company said in a Monday announcement that it has seen an 84 percent increase in incidents reported involving service and support animals in 2016 and 2017, “including urination/defecation, biting” and a mauling by a 50-pound dog. Delta said its new policy aligns with the CDC vaccination policy, and the limit on emotional support animals on long flights lines up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Carrier Access Act. “These updates support Delta’s commitment to safety and also protect the rights of customers with documented needs -- such as veterans with disabilities -- to travel with trained service and support animals,” John Laughter, Delta senior vice president of corporate safety, security and compliance, said in a statement. Some of the airline’s policy changes earlier in the year have prompted criticism from groups representing people who use service animals, including those who use pit bulls.  The new policy takes effect for tickets booked Dec. 18 or later. Regardless of booking date, it will also take effect for flights Feb. 1 or later. Delta said it will contact customers to adjust reservations if the policy affects them. More information on the airline’s service and support animal policy is at Delta.com.