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    Police revealed Friday that they are investigating a former employee was at Aspen Creek Elementary. Right now, all detectives will say is that they're looking into allegations of misconduct.  No names have been released.  Broken Arrow Public Schools says the former employee resigned on Tuesday.  BAPS released the following statement: 'Broken Arrow Public Schools takes all allegations of misconduct by current or former employees very seriously. Any allegation is thoroughly investigated, and information is provided to the proper authorities as soon as possible.
  • The grand jury issued a 32-page report Thursday that followed a six-month investigation. “The agency did not need the $30 million emergency supplemental appropriation it received last November,” said Oklahoma State Auditor Gary Jones. “And, we question the need to terminate 198 employees.” Oklahoma's mult-icounty grand jury did not issue criminal indictments into the allegations of financial mismanagement. “While financial mismanagement, fictitious fiscal reporting and reckless overspending abounded at the department, no criminally prosecutable conduct provable by proof beyond a reasonable doubt was identified,” the report reads. The grand jury investigation began shortly after the resignation of former Oklahoma Health Commissioner Terry Cline.  Cline stepped down in October after the state Board of Health accused him of mismanaging the department's finances.  His chief deputy, Julie Cox-Kain, also resigned.
  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers say an elderly man in a van was killed about noon Wednesday eastbound on the Turner Turnpike near Sapulpa.  Troopers say the driver was trying to avoid a concrete riser that fell off a flatbed trailer and shattered on the turnpike.  The driver was killed when he slammed into the semi. The eastbound lanes were closed. Troopers are looking for witnesses to come forward.
  • Suha Elqutt, a Muslim, says she was turned away from the Tulsa County Courthouse because of her religious headscarf. The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the county sheriff on her behalf. “It’s disappointing that in 2018 we should have to reassert the rights of Muslim women to be allowed to exercise their religious beliefs,” said CAIR Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure. The lawsuit alleges Elqutt was refused entry to the courthouse on April 10 when metal detectors were set off by a hairpin under her hijab. “Today Tulsa joins a number of cities across the United States that are facing challenges over their treatment of Muslim women who wear the hijab or religious head covering.” The lawsuit says officers insisted Elqutt remove her headscarf in front of male sheriff's deputies in violation of her religious beliefs.  She entered the courthouse after two female deputies inspected her hair in a parking garage. “Our courthouse is a building where we deal with people of every nationality, race and religion on a daily basis,” said Sheriff Vic Regalado. “We treat everyone the same.” Sheriff Regalado says he watched the security video and doesn’t believe deputies did anything wrong.  He says they may need to take another look at procedures, but a lawsuit isn’t necessary.  Click HERE to see surveillance video from the courthouse.
  • Investigators went to serve a search warrant on a man suspected of narcotics Friday morning in downtown Talihina. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons says the suspect opened fire as soon as troopers stepped inside. A fire erupted and engulfed the building. “We suspect that the building may have been booby-trapped with some type of explosive device that maybe started the fire,” said Capt. Timmons. Four troopers suffered minor injuries from the gunfire. “A fifth trooper was wearing a bulletproof vest and his vest stopped the round from making penetration.”  The suspect was shot and killed. His name hasn’t been released.
  • Former reserve deputy Robert Bates is back in the news again. The ex-Tulsa volunteer deputy, convicted of manslaughter, was recently seen at an Oklahoma bar. Bates was released from prison early after serving time for fatally shooting an unarmed black man. Bates was spotted in January by another patron sitting at the bar of a Tulsa restaurant in apparent violation of the terms of his parole, which prohibit him from consuming alcohol or being in places that serve it. Pictures and a short video clip provided to The Associated Press show Bates in the bar with a half-filled wine glass in front of him, though the video doesn't show him drinking from it. He could now face punishment if the Department of Corrections determines he broke the rules when he was seen at a bar. National criminal justice experts say it is unlikely 76-year-old Robert Bates will have his parole revoked. Bates' attorney would not say whether his client was drinking at the bar but says Bates was not doing harm to anyone.
  • Tulsa police issued an Amber Alert for 16-year-old Desi Hunt Wednesday morning shortly after 8:00am. Officers say Hunt’s ex-boyfriend, 20-year-old Anthony George, grabbed her at a bus stop near 31st and Mingo. Police were able to track the two down a couple of hours later at a library near 21st and Sheridan.  George’s bond was set for $25,000.
  • Police in Broken Arrow have used a lot of manpower on kidnapping cases within the last few weeks. “We have dealt with three separate domestic kidnapping situations within the past month,” said Officer James Koch. The cases involve a current or former boyfriend.  The latest case happened Tuesday around 6:00am at an apartment near Albany and County Line Rd. Police say the suspect, 35-year-old Travis Eugene Stevens, broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and took her.  “She had some very minor injuries that were consistent with the initial struggle,” said Officer Koch. Investigators say the victim called a relative to say she was safe, but the relative thought she may have made the call under duress. Police tracked the victim and the suspect down in a stolen truck near I-244 and North 129th East Avenue in Tulsa.  
  • Homicide detectives are still piecing clues together after two women were found dead in the bathroom of an apartment near 51st and Memorial on Sunday. Sgt. Dave Walker says Amber Dawn Foreman and Pricila Ochoa were killed after a Cinco de Mayo party at the apartment of Renaldo Morales.  “Morales shot and killed two women and quickly realized that he was in over his head and didn’t know what to do,” said Sgt. Walker. Walker says Morales texted a picture of the bodies to a friend in California, who then sent the pic to the suspect’s family in Oklahoma. “There was some argument between Morales and Amber about something to do with Morales’ kids being around alcohol.” Police believe the children were inside the apartment during the shooting. They don’t yet know yet if the children witnessed the crime. “Family members were already en route to his apartment to pick up his children.” Once the children were safe, his family called police. Morales surrendered when police arrived on the scene.
  • It was an emotional day inside a Tulsa courtroom Friday as Michael Bever’s defense attorneys began making their case. The first witness called to the stand was Robert Bever, Michael’s older brother. FOX23 and KRMG’s Tiffany Alaniz was in the courtroom when Robert started crying and hyperventilating after he was shown a picture of the bloody hatchet from the crime scene. The older brother said the children lived isolated lives and sometimes wouldn’t leave the house for months. He also testified that they were both abused by their father.  Robert has already been convicted and is serving his sentence. Michael has pleaded not guilty. Five of their family members were killed inside their Broken Arrow home in 2015.
  • April Hill

    News Director

    April Hill's first "job" in radio was in college at WMSV. Early every morning she would rise and shine after waiting tables late into the night. Hill didn't actually get paid. She was just thrilled to have an opportunity to get real live on-air experience. The importance of her first morning radio anchor gig wouldn't be realized until more than a decade later.

    Hill's first paid job in broadcasting was at the CBS TV affiliate in Jackson, MS, in 1998. Her shift as the associate producer on the morning show at WJTV started at 10:00 p.m. Hill said, "I remember telling my boss how excited I was after getting my first paycheck and he laughed. The check was very small, but I was still a kid really. I'd never had a check that big." She worked a retail job to afford rent in a high crime area of town. "I didn't care. For the first time, I had my own place all to myself. I also got a good laugh when people asked where I lived. Their facial expressions, filled with horror, were so entertaining."

    Hill decided to get in on the action in front of the camera. The market size in Jackson was too big for them to giver her a shot (although she tried). After sending out at least 100 resumés with no response. Hill quit her job to concentrate on chasing her dream full-time. Hill's  brother lived in Tulsa and was willing to let her live there rent free for a few months. "I drove to every small television station from Florida to Iowa, 25 cities altogether. I got only one offer and that's all I needed."

    In 2001, Hill started as a reporter at KLKN-TV in Lincoln, NE. She said, "I really loved Lincoln. It's filled with honest, hard working people." Hill was what they call in the business a one-man-band. She was the reporter, photographer and the editor. Living in a capitol city, and the home of the Husker's, taught her how to cover every story under the sun. "I worked weekends at first, so I was on the 50-yard line every home game covering the fans. I then moved up to the legislature beat Monday through Friday. In between, there were tornados, snow storms and drought... a lot like here in Oklahoma."

    In 2007, Hill decided she wanted to move home. Since she grew up in the small town of Independence, KS, Tulsa was the perfect distance and size. "I had been away from home for so long and it was strange when I would talk to people who knew about my home town. Some had even been there." She took a producer job at KJRH, which had a weather camera on main street in Independence. Hill said, "The meteorologists would use it as much as possible during my newscast because they knew I'd love it."

    Hill was back home and content, until KRMG's Steve Berg approached her about a weekend anchor job that was open at the radio station. "I thought, oh radio? I haven't done that in a while. Sounds like fun." Dan Potter was the news director and hired her a couple of months later. Hill worked seven days a week for three years. She said, "I looked forward to my weekends at KRMG, but I wanted full-time. I wanted it so badly that I would fill-in working both jobs on holidays and only took one weekend off for a family wedding." Her hard work paid off.

    The morning show host at the time, KRMG's Joe Kelley, hired Hill full-time as soon as a position was available. She said, "I loved it from day one. Joe and I just clicked. He worked hard and recognized my work ethic and passion for the radio station. So, Joe became my mentor and all of the sudden promotions started happening faster than I could even ask." A few months after going full-time, Hill was asked to take the morning anchor position. It was only another few months and she was tapped to be the news director, taking over Kelley's position when he moved to sister station WDBO in Orlando. "My emotions were all over the board. I was losing my best boss and gaining the highest position of my career."

    Kelley left Hill in good hands. Dan Potter took over as morning host (remember, he was the one who hired her). "Dan and I are going to continue the momentum than KRMG has been building for years. We're here to stay and even get better. I believe that 100 percent."

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  • We have updated information regarding a strong storm in Fairfax Saturday afternoon. National Weather Service Meteorologist Sarah Corfidi says they are looking into whether a tornado touched down. “We did receive reports that there was a tornado in that area,” Corfidi said.  “More than likely, someone from the National Weather Service team will go out on Sunday and look for damage and see where the damage was.  See if it’s consistent with a tornado or strong line winds.” The fast, strong storm that swept through Fairfax did leave damage in its path. One resident reacted to seeing a semi turned over by the strong winds. “Man, I’m just, wow!” She said.  “I couldn’t believe it.  I was just like, wow!” There have been no reports of any serious injuries. We do know a fence at a baseball diamond was heavily damaged and drivers had to dodge several fallen tree limbs.
  • The sunglasses can remain at home if you have outdoor plans for today.   There is a chance for thunderstorms during the morning hours.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Lacy says we’ll see plenty of clouds from there.  “Highs only around 80 or so,” Lacy said.  “We’ll see more clouds around.” The low Sunday night will be close to 62 degrees. Don’t put away your umbrella to start the week.  In fact, NWS is reporting a chance of thunderstorms for the next several days.   
  • We have updated information regarding a 39-year-old woman accused of abducting her daughter after stabbing an 11-year-old child. Tulsa County court records show Taheerah Admad has now been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, first-degree arson and two counts of child neglect. An Amber Alert was issued following the abduction. She was eventually spotted by members of the public and tracked down in a downtown parking lot. Original:  Tulsa police on Tuesday arrested a woman who they say bound and gagged her three daughters, stabbed the eldest repeatedly and set their house on fire. Police said a patrol officer found 39-year-old Taheerah Ahmad around midday in a vehicle in downtown Tulsa. Ahmad was taken into custody and her 7-year-old daughter who had been reported missing was found safe, police said. Investigators said that following her arrest, Ahmad told them she became upset after observing two of her children reading a book. It was not immediately known what book they were reading, police said. Ahmad was booked into the Tulsa County Jail on complaints of assault and battery with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, child abuse and first-degree arson. Tulsa police officer Jeanne MacKenzie said earlier that the 7-year-old girl helped her 9-year-old sister escape Monday night, and the 9-year-old ran to a nearby house for help. MacKenzie told the Tulsa World that when authorities arrived, they found an 11-year-old girl with so many stab wounds that emergency responders 'couldn't even count them.' The house was on fire, and Ahmad and the youngest girl were missing. The middle child told police that their mother placed socks in their mouths, bound their hands with duct tape and began stabbing the eldest child, MacKenzie said. The 11-year-old remained hospitalized Tuesday and police said she was unconscious and that her condition was 'very severe.
  • If you're headed out to one of the many events in Tulsa today, the forecast shouldn't be an issue. However, National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Lacy says conditions could change Saturday night. “I would say most of the day will be fairly hot and sunny,” Lacy said.  “We’ll have an increase in the possibility of storms Saturday night.” The high today will be close to 92 degrees. As of early this morning, there is 30 percent of thunderstorms Saturday night.  The low will be around 67 degrees.     Temperatures will cool down on Sunday.  NWS is reporting a high near 85 degrees.  
  • A piece of U.S. military history will fly into Tulsa on Monday. And the history is the plane itself. The B-17 bomber “Texas Raiders” will be at Jones Riverside Airport Monday through Thursday. The number of B-17's has gone from more than 12,000 in their heyday to less than 12 flying today. You can take a tour of the plane on the ground for $10 for adults, $5 for kids, or $20 for a family up to five. Or, for prices starting at $475, you can even go on a flight aboard the flying fortress in the skies above Tulsa. You can find more information about the flights here.