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Couple faces over 200 child abuse complaints
A man and woman arrested, each accused of more than 100 counts of sexual child abuse. Jamala Monroe, 28, and Zicole Monroe, 22, were each arrested last week, accused of abusing a 14-year-old girl.
The alleged acts, taking place in an apartment off of N. Macarthur. With more complaints brought forward on Thursday, their jail registry now reads like a horror story. The alleged pattern of assault seems to have spanned months.
February 12, 2016
Latest: Governor seeks bond issue for Capitol repairs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin is proposing a new $120 million bond issue to repair and renovate Oklahoma's nearly 100-year-old state Capitol.
Two years ago, state lawmakers approved a $120 million bond issue to repair the Capitol. Fallin says the bond money helped builders launch the project but that contractors have said they think it will take another $120 million to complete the work. Fallin says interest rates remain low and the new bond wouldn't be issued until 2018, when 40 percent of the state's existing bond principal rolls off the books.
February 1, 2016
Missing Children in Hill County Found, Turned Over to CPS
Two Hill County children who were the subject of an Amber Alert last month are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.
The Amber Alert was issued for 5-year-old Lulamae Ann King and 6-year-old Deondre King after authorities said the children were taken by their mother and believed to be headed to Oklahoma. The alert was later discontinued due to a lack of information.
December 3, 2015
'tis the flu season: Like it or not, vaccines available
Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has announced that county health departments will begin offering flu vaccines statewide on Monday in preparation for the flu season.
Of the 114 flu deaths reported in Oklahoma, 86 of them were seniors over age 65. In the same age group, there were 1,354 hospitalizations in the state as a result of flu. The total of Oklahoma flu-related hospitalizations numbered 2,299 for 2014-2015. In the United States, flu season generally starts in October and tapers off around May. Seasonal flu activity usually peaks in January or February.
October 11, 2015
Youth and Family Services to help state find homes for foster children
ENID, Okla. - Youth and Family Services of Enid will begin helping the state of Oklahoma find homes for hundreds of foster children.
In August 2013, DHS privatized foster care and selected four contractors, three from Kansas and one from Oklahoma, to find foster homes. After a year, the two agencies responsible for rural Oklahoma have recruited less than 40 percent of the number of foster-care homes needed.
January 25, 2015
Kiefer police make child abuse arrest
Following a multi-agency investigation, a car fire and and evidence pointing to a child's allegedly "intentional" burns, Kiefer police officers arrested a man on child abuse complaints Thursday evening. Five children were taken into protective custody.
Creek County Justice Center records showed Kelly D. Pressler, 47, of Kiefer was booked for abuse, maiming, exploitation by a caretaker, obstructing an officer and resisting arrest. Kiefer Police Johnny O'Mara reported police investigated a car fire on North Mary Street Monday. The fire evidence and statements by Pressler lead to a child.
March 18, 2014
Biological father of Cherokee girl to discuss next legal steps in custody dispute
TULSA, Oklahoma - The Cherokee Nation says the biological father of a Cherokee girl will hold a news conference on Thursday to discuss the next legal steps in the four-year custody dispute.
Dusten Brown and Cherokee Nation Assistant Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo are set to outline the next steps they will take over the custody battle for 4-year-old Veronica. Brown last month handed Veronica over to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina, after the Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted an emergency stay keeping the girl in Oklahoma.
October 9, 2013
Cherokee child handed over to adoptive parents
A Cherokee girl at the center of a yearslong custody dispute has been handed over to her adoptive parents.
Cherokee Nation spokeswoman Amanda Clinton confirmed that 4-year-old Veronica was handed over to Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina on Monday night. The Oklahoma Supreme Court said Monday that it won't intervene in an adoption dispute involving a Cherokee girl and dissolved a court order keeping her with her father.
October 1, 2013
Mom sues US government in Indian girl's adoption
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The biological mother of a girl at the center of a South Carolina adoption dispute has sued the federal government, saying a law governing the placement of Indian children is unconstitutional.
In her lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court in South Carolina, Christy Maldonado asks U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for a declaration that parts of the Indian Child Welfare Act are illegal. Those measures - which include a preference for "other Indian families" over prospective non-Indian adoptive parents - should be nixed because the law uses race in determining with whom a child should live and therefore violates equal protection provisions, Maldonado argues.
August 19, 2013
Oklahoma governor receives extradition request for father of Cherokee girl in adoption dispute - The Washington Post
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says she will not act on a request to extradite the father of a Cherokee girl at the center of an adoption dispute until after a court hearing next month.
In a statement, Fallin said Dusten Brown has a right to a day in court. She said she will not act on an extradition request from South Carolina until after the Sept. 12 court date. Brown has been charged with custodial interference after failing to appear at a court-ordered meeting in South Carolina, where the adoptive parents live.
August 13, 2013
78 Children Under Government "Protection" Disappear in Oklahoma, Agency Blames the Children
78 Children who were taken from their parents are now missing and the government agency in charge is claiming that the children "probably just ran away because they didn't want to follow the rules"
For years Intellihub has covered countless stories of abuse and neglect at the hands of CPS and the entire so called "child protection" racket. Just this week we re-posted "10 Shocking CPS Videos You Need To Watch" and reported on a toddler who was killed by her foster mom, after being taken from her peaceful birth parents because they used cannabis. Now it has been reported that 78 children in the state of Oklahoma under government "protection" have gone missing in just the past few months, and are still gone.
August 13, 2013
Whole Foods Finally Has a Real Competitor
Frankly, I seldom shop WFM. The main reason is because there's a locally owned and operated business in my community that sells only natural and organic food and other supplies.
NGVC was built on the premise that consumers should have access to affordable, high-quality foods and dietary supplements, with nutritional guidance to help them support their own health. The family-run store has grown into a successful national chain with locations across Colorado, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, Montana, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska, Arizona and Oregon. Altogether, the company has 1,800 employees.
April 8, 2013
Reactions strong among local parents in homeschool battle
DUNCAN - For three years now, the Romeike family from Germany has been residing in Tennessee fighting a battle to stay in America after being granted political asylum in Jan. 2010, a decision that was appealed by the Obama administration two months later.
The family is still awaiting yet another court date but the government's position on this has been causing concern with American homeschoolers including those in Stephens County. "It is sad to me that our country is going this direction, that our president chooses to do this," Lana Walker said. "If you have children, why would you not be able to raise them the way you choose?"
March 18, 2013
Officials argue fees for attorneys in child-welfare reform case
A federal magistrate in Tulsa recommended Wednesday that plaintiffs' attorneys in a lawsuit that led to reforms in Oklahoma's child-welfare system receive more than $7 million for their work on the case.
U.S. Magistrate Frank McCarthy said the lawyers should receive $5,596,010 in fees; $724,158 for reimbursable expenses; $572,260 for paralegal and intern time expended; and $139,500 for travel time, for a total of $7,031,928.
December 20, 2012
Secret Santa program launches into 22nd year
NORMAN - Members of the Citizens Advisory Board of Cleveland County Child Welfare Unit Inc. are calling all local Santa Clauses to help area foster children have a bright and merry Christmas.
In it's 22nd year, the Secret Santa program list was released last week and is available for those interested in purchasing Christmas gifts for children that have been placed in foster care. The gifts will later be delivered to children that are away from their birth parents on Christmas Day. When the local Santas call, they can pick a child based on age or based on the amount they want to spend. The wish list dollar guidelines per child for 2012 are ages: 0-2, $50; 3-4, $75; 5-10, $100; and 11-18, $125.
November 17, 2012
SQ 765 will reform child welfare
NORMAN, Okla. - State Question 765, if approved by voters, will allow for radical reform of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Nothing makes a legislator cringe more than headlines of a child who has died or been mistreated while on the state's watch. OKDHS has been under fire since the death of 2-year-old Kelsey Smith-Briggs on Oct. 11, 2005. In the months before her death, DHS received multiple reports of suspected abuse with injuries, including a broken collar bone and two broken legs. She died shortly after being returned to her mother at the urging of those who were charged with her protection.
October 9, 2012
Missing woman found alive in freezer
TULSA, Okla. -- Police say a Tulsa woman missing since Saturday has been found alive in a deep freezer, where she apparently hid during severe storms over the weekend.
Tulsa police officer Jillian Roberson says the 59-year-old woman was found Wednesday morning after worried relatives went to the woman's apartment complex in search of her. She was transported with frostbite on her legs to a Tulsa hospital, where she is listed in fair condition.
September 15, 2012
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An east Tulsa neighborhood is sending a message to would-be criminals. Residents in the Magic Circle neighborhood want everyone to know that the homeowners there may be packing heat.
The signs are hard to miss around 21st and Garnett.The Magic Circle neighborhood association put them up earlier this year in an effort to curb crime. Jonathan Penick and his wife, Leah, have lived in the Magic Circle neighborhood for four years. "Neighborhood association does a real good job cleaning up, keeping crime out as much as they can, putting speed bumps in, and just taking care of the whole neighborhood," Jonathan said.
August 21, 2012
Children's Rights filing is called inflammatory
A recent filing by a New York-based nonprofit organization in a federal class-action lawsuit concerning the state's child-welfare system is inflammatory and inaccurate, attorneys for Oklahoma Department of Human Services officials argued Friday.
The lawyers for the DHS defendants said Children's Rights, which filed the lawsuit, is trying to shift the burden of proving the reasonableness of its $9.5 million fee request onto the state agency. They say it is up to the plaintiffs to be forthcoming with relevant details.
August 18, 2012
Does state preschool crowd-out private provision?
The success of any governmental subsidy depends on whether it increases provision or crowds out existing supply.
Universal preschool policies introduced in Georgia and Oklahoma offer an opportunity to investigate the impact of government provision and government funding. Using difference-in-difference estimation frameworks, we examine the effects of universal preschool on the supply of childcare providers.
August 18, 2012
DHS seeks names of Children's Rights' sources
DHS attorneys argued in a filing last week that Children's Rights must produce all documents with its unnamed sources so they can verify claims made in its attorney fee request.
Children's Rights balked at this reasoning in a Friday filing, claiming DHS has offered no explanation why the identities are helpful to the court. The lawsuit had alleged flaws and unsafe conditions in the state's child-welfare system.
August 11, 2012
Afton Couple Arrested For Child Abuse Involving Their Infant Son
DELAWARE COUNTY, Oklahoma - An Afton couple is in the Delaware County jail on a charge of child abuse by injury.
Christopher Tatroe, 21, and Nickole Patterson, 20, were arrested Wednesday following an investigation by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. The couple's 36-day-old son was admitted to a Tulsa hospital in March with broken bones and possible brain damage.
August 9, 2012
Panel approves plan to overhaul state foster-care system
OKLAHOMA CITY - A plan to overhaul Oklahoma's child welfare system has been approved by an oversight panel, which was put into place as part of the January settlement of a federal class-action lawsuit.
The settlement required the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to create an improvement plan to address 15 concerns in its foster-care system. Implementation will occur in stages through 2017.
July 26, 2012
SC Supreme Court upholds return of Native American girl to home in Oklahoma
The South Carolina Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the return of a Native American girl adopted by a South Carolina family to her father in Oklahoma, weighing for the first time state adoption law against the federal Indian Child Welfare Act.
In a 3-2 decision, the justices said the act confers custodial preference to the child's father, a member of the Cherokee tribe. "Adoptive Couple are ideal parents who have exhibited the ability to provide a loving family environment for Baby Girl," said the opinion written by Chief Justice Jean Toal.
July 26, 2012
Panel approves DHS foster care changes
OKLAHOMA CITY - A court-appointed panel of child welfare experts on Wednesday approved the Oklahoma Department of Human Services' plan to overhaul the state's child welfare settlement.
The plan includes placing all children younger than 2 in a family-like setting rather than a group shelter by Dec. 31, developing a training program for DHS supervisors and increasing the number of foster parents. It also includes increasing reimbursement payments to foster parents and the salaries of child welfare specialists, which DHS has already approved.
July 26, 2012
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Jacked Up: Corruption Reins!
On Wednesday evening, my children and I were having bible study at our home. Shortly after the fellowship left, the children and I were enjoying a little family time, watching television, when we heard three hard knocks on our door.
May 15, 2010