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Latest from Skyler Cooper

    Oklahoma Governor-elect Kevin Stitt was in Washington D.C. Thursday along with 12 other newly elected governors to meet with President Donald Trump. “Excited to be here. Wonderful getting a phone call from you after our primary victory.” Stitt told the president. Governor-elect Stitt joined Dan Potter live on the KRMG Morning News Friday to talk about his experience in D.C. Click here to hear our interview with Governor-elect Kevin Stitt
  • 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
  • An 18-year-old has been arrested in the death of his father. Shortly before 1:45pm Friday, BAPD told KRMG officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of North Hickory Place, near Kenosha and Elm, to check on an individual. The caller stated they had not been in contact with the person in approximately one week. Upon arrival, officers made contact with a male at the residence who initially did not let them inside. A short time later, the man allowed officers inside.   After entering the residence, officers located a deceased adult male in his early to mid 40s. The person who answered the door was identified as the son of the deceased.  The suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Hayden Samuel Umdenstock. Hayden has been arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder in the death of his father, 42-year-old Zachary Umdenstock
  • The 2018 Tulsa Christmas parade has been postponed due to the possibility of inclement weather. “We are postponing Tulsa Christmas Parade until December 15th, 2018 at 1 PM.” Said Paul Ross, Vice President of American Waste Control. “We want city services to focus on the safety and well being of all the citizens during this forecasted [sic] snow.”  Listen to our interview with Parade Chairman Paul Ross here  “We look forward to having the Tulsa Christmas Parade on Saturday December 15th at 1 PM and we hope you join us as we bring Christmas to Tulsa!”  Click here for more on the 2018 Tulsa Christmas parade
  • Oklahoma Governor-elect Kevin Stitt named Tulsa Deputy Mayor Michael Junk as his chief of staff. Michael Junk worked for former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, as well as Oklahoma’s Senior U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe. He was campaign manager for Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum’s 2016 mayoral campaign and later became Bynum’s deputy mayor. Junk joins a list of Tulsans to serve in Stitt’s administration, which includes Matt Pinnell as Lieutenant Governor. Michael Rogers was chosen as Secretary of State, a position that must be confirmed by the state Senate. Rogers served in the House of Representatives from 2014-2018 representing Broken Arrow and District 98
  • Broken Arrow police are investigating an officer-involved shooting. It happened around 2pm Saturday in a neighborhood just off of 81st between Aspen and Elm. Officers on the scene told KRMG they responded to a domestic disturbance and arrived to find an agitated male who was armed. “The suspect did present a knife, he did make threats toward the officers, making statements saying ‘you’re going to have to kill me’.” Officer James Koch said.  We’re told the suspect engaged officers, who fired one shot. The suspect was hit in the abdomen and was taken to the hospital. As of this writing, the suspect was in surgery.
  • Scammers are trying to steal your money by posing as the police. The Owasso Police Department said multiple reports have been taken from people who received a phone call in which the caller claims to be from the police department. The caller claims that a relative has been arrested or injured in an accident and attempts to solicit money via credit card or wire transfer.  Officers say the scammers have even managed to hack the caller ID so that it shows up as ‘City of Owasso.’ Owasso police want people to know those calls are not coming from the city. If you get one of those calls, you should not give out any personal information and you should hang up.
  • Political newcomer Kevin Stitt was elected Oklahoma Governor in the 2018 midterm election. Stitt defeated longtime Oklahoma politician Drew Edmondson. Hear Kevin Stitt’s victory speech here Governor-elect Stitt called KRMG the morning after his big win.  Click here to hear it
  • Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler was elected to a second term in the 2018 midterm election, defeating Democrat Jenny Proehl-Day. Kunzweiler’s watch party was held at Pharridge Farm Western Party Barn in Broken Arrow on election day. 9:28pm: DA Kunzweiler received a call from his opponent, Jenny Proehl-Day, as she conceded in the race for Tulsa County District Attorney. Kunzweiler will serve a second term. 8:10pm: After a delay in reporting from Tulsa County, early results show Kunzweiler in the lead with 55 percent of the vote. 7:25pm:  FOX23 and KRMG’s Sara Hart interviews District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler. 7:00pm: The polls are closed. Supporters at Kunzweiler’s watch party anxiously await the results. 6:40pm: 20 minutes until the polls close. The crowd is growing as Kunzweiler supporters arrive. DA Kunzweiler tells me he feels confident he will emerge victorious.
  • Not sure where to vote? The Oklahoma State Election Board makes it easy to find out where to go with the Online Voter Tool. You must be a registered voter. Type in your name and birthday and the tool will show your polling location. Click here to find your polling place
  • Skyler Cooper

    Skyler started his radio career at KRMG in 2012. He started as a board operator on Sunday mornings and was quickly moved into the producer role for the KRMG Morning News with Dan Potter.

    Skyler became a reporter in 2014 and now works as KRMG Morning News Producer and Reporter.

    With both of his parents and a grandmother having all worked in the business, Skyler was hooked on radio from an early age.

    In his free time, Skyler enjoys playing guitar and spending time outdoors.

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  • Police were called to the Broken Arrow High School on Thursday after a threatening message was found on a bathroom mirror. Officers say the message referenced a shooting set to happen on Friday. Police interviewed a student, 18-year-old Hipolito Hernandez. Hernandez was then arrested on a complaint of Threatening a Violent Act.  Officers decided that the threat was not credible, but the timing was alarming. “The threat was made one day prior to the anniversary date of the Sandy Hook school shooting,” said BAPD Major Scott Bennett. “We will do everything in our power to prevent chances of a similar event happening here in Broken Arrow. This includes strictly enforcing existing threats laws.”  
  • Journalists were kept away from a secret federal appeals court hearing on Friday in Washington, D.C., as officials sealed off an entire floor for arguments in a mysterious grand jury case which some believe could be related to the Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. The case – known officially as “In re: Grand Jury Subpoena” – has been sealed in its entirety when it comes to public records, as it moved from the district court to the appeals court level in recent months. Reporters at the courthouse – which is just down the hill from the U.S. Capitol – at first tried to gather outside the courtroom where the secret arguments were going to take place, but then security officials sealed off the entire fifth floor of the building, making it nearly impossible to find out who was involved in the matter. “We have spread out across the building,” tweeted Darren Samuelsohn, a reporter for Politico. “No sightings yet to report of note.” Reporters kicked off the 5th floor entirely for a sealed appeals hearing that may involve #Mueller on s grand jury dispute. They are even searching stairwells for reporters. We have split up and trying to cover all entrances and exits…. — Sarah N. Lynch (@SarahNLynch) December 14, 2018 Arguments in the sealed Mueller case are ongoing. Everyone was booted out of the Court of Appeals and the entire floor was cleared. — Charlie Gile (@CharlieGileNBC) December 14, 2018 The possible tie to the Mueller investigation was reported by Politico earlier this year, when one of their reporters observed someone asking for a secret court filing to take to a law firm involved in the matter. There are two different sealed case involving an unknown grand jury which have attracted attention at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals – as the relatively speedy nature of the cases – and then today’s sealing off of an entire floor – has prompted intense interest. “To this day, I can’t fathom what the heck it could be that would move this fast and get this much secrecy,” said national security lawyer Bradley Moss. Several media folks have asked me and colleagues for weeks what we can imagine this case being, assuming Trump's people are telling the truth and it's not them. To this day, I can't fathom what the heck it could be that would move this fast and get this much secrecy. https://t.co/EH6X08KDq8 — Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) December 14, 2018 Here’s the docket on the case – as you can see, it offers little in the way of information. But with officials sealing off the entire courthouse floor to deal with it – the case certainly raises questions about what’s going on.
  • This is horsepower in its rawest form. >> Read more trending news  A Facebook video of two Belgian draft horses pulling a tractor-trailer up an icy driveway in southeastern Minnesota went viral this week, the Star Tribune reported. The truck driver took video of the 13-year-old horses -- Molly and Prince -- after his truck got stuck in the snow, the newspaper reported. Lizzie Hershberger, who owns the horses, told KARE that the animals were not harmed when they pulled the truck. Her husband, Jacob Hershberger, admitted the horses had never attempted such a weighty task, but he said they handled it well, the television station reported. “It’s quite amazing how a video can go viral from little Minnesota,” Lizzie Hershberger told the Star Tribune. The couple, formerly Amish, bought the horses six months ago, Lizzie Hershberger told the newspaper. The horses are trained and Jacob Hershberger uses them weekly, KARE reported. “(Jacob is) semi-retired from the trucking, so he bought himself these Belgians and he just loves them. He uses them multiple times a week,” Hershberger told the Star Tribune. The Hershbergers were not surprised when a truck driver spun out as he attempted to return an empty trailer, which is usually used to haul livestock, KARE reported. A second truck was waiting at the bottom of the driveway, so Jacob Hershberger hitched up the horses. “It’s a neat story,” Lizzie Hershberger told the Star Tribune. “We just like the idea that horses still get used and I think that people just aren’t really aware of that.”
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken is trying out a new tradition, just in time for the holidays. The chain is offering a new way to enjoy the aroma of the Colonel's secret recipe in your own home: A KFC yule log.  It's called the KFC 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog and it smells like chicken. KFC partnered with Enviro-Log to create the new product, which lasts up to three hours and is made of 100 percent recycled materials.  KFC officials said, 'the smell of the Colonel's original recipe is unmistakable' and 'it may result in a craving for fried chicken.'  >> Trending: Del Monte recalling more than 64,000 cases of Fiesta Corn in 25 states It's only available for a limited time at   www.KFCfirelogs.com. It costs $18.99, but there’s a limit, only one per customer.  
  • Facing outrage from voters that taxpayer money was being used to pay for sexual harassment settlements against members of Congress involving employees on Capitol Hill, the House and Senate on Thursday approved a package of reforms designed to force members of Congress to pay for any such judgments with their own money in the future. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), the head of the House Administration Committee, noted that the bill will rightly hold “members of the House and Senate personally liable for unlawful harassment and retaliation.” “Time is finally up for members of Congress who think they can sexually harass and get away with it,” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), who last year told of being harassed on Capitol Hill when she was a young Congressional staffer. “They will no longer be able to slink away with no one knowing that they have harassed,” Speier told reporters. House Democrat Jackie Speier said men and women who sexually harass others will have to pay back the U.S. Treasury for any settlements made. It will be done through a lump sum, garnishing savings or wages, or even digging into their social security if necessary pic.twitter.com/q7RLQpgcKh — POLITICO (@politico) December 13, 2018 Click here for the details of the 80 page bill. The bill gives lawmakers 180 days to pay any harassment award; if that has not happened, then Congressional officials are authorized to garnish the pay of lawmakers, or take money from the member’s retirement savings account. If the accused member leaves the Congress, the law would give Congressional officials the power to garnish the wages of that former lawmaker in their new job, as well as taking money from an annuity or even out of that member’s Social Security benefits. Negotiations had been in limbo for several months as Senators resisted some of the changes approved by the House – Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi has said the House will move to strengthen its own rules dealing with other workplace discrimination issues, even if the Senate will not. JUST IN: The bipartisan sexual harassment bill I'm leading with @RoyBlunt has passed the Senate & House and will soon be signed into law! This will fundamentally change the way sexual harassment cases are handled in Congress and protect victims instead of protecting politicians. — Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) December 13, 2018 Another change in the bill removes the requirement that staffers who say they’ve been sexually harassed, will not have to deal with a 30-day ‘cooling off period,’ in which they are not allowed to bring a lawsuit, after they make a harassment complaint. It’s the first major change in sexual harassment policies in the Congress since the “#MeToo” movement began. The bills were passed quickly in both the House and Senate; no votes were taken, as the plans were approved by unanimous consent.