Home of Bever Murders Burns in Broken Arrow

Mar 18, 2017

For the second time in less than two-years, yellow crime scene tape surrounds the Bever home in Broken Arrow. In the summer of 2015, this home was the scene of a mass murder. Two teenager brothers, Robert and Michael Bever, were accused of killing their parents and three siblings. Early Saturday morning, the vacant home at the Indian Springs Country Club burned.

Fire officials say the blaze broke out about 3:30 Saturday morning and gutted the house before the fire was brought under control. There is no word yet on the cause of the fire.

Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe penned an opinion piece for USA Today this week, supporting President Donald Trump's ending some environmental regulations.

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC music critic Matt Carney.

Today, Matt brings us new tunes by Los Campesinos!, Jay Som, and Benjamin Booker featuring Mavis Staples!

Headlines for Friday, March 17, 2017:

  • The Cleveland County District Attorney files charges against State Senator Ralph Shortey. (NewsOK)

  • South OKC voters feel betrayed by Shortey. (NewsOK)

NBA star Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder is on pace to average a triple-double this season, a feat that no NBA player has achieved since Oscar Robertson in 1962. Westbrook also may break Robertson's single season triple-double record of 41. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz about Westbrook's heroic effort this season.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Crews have worked for more than a week to contain a massive wildfire that has torched more than a thousand square miles and killed one person and thousands of head of livestock in northwestern parts of Oklahoma. State budget cuts mean Oklahoma increasingly depends on other states to fight its largest and most dangerous wildfires.

A week after the fire started, state forestry director George Geissler oversaw the state’s response at a makeshift operations center at the Woodward County Fairgrounds.

Oklahoma prosecutors have filed child prostitution charges against a Republican state senator after police found him in a hotel room a 17-year-old boy.

Cleveland County prosecutors charged 35-year-old Ralph Shortey on Thursday with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of church.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Shortey. He has until noon Thursday to turn himself in.

Headlines for Thursday, March 16, 2017:

  • State Senator under investigation for a relationship with a teenage boy gets suspended. (NewsOK)

  • Agencies start implementing $35 million in cuts. (Journal Record)

UPDATE: March 15, 2017 at 6:28 p.m.

The Moore Police Department has released a redacted police report of the incident. The crime is identified as engaging or soliciting prostitution with a minor.

In the report, a family member of the juvenile told police that he "has a history of soliciting himself on Craigslist for sexual conduct" and "has a history of drug abuse."

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A Republican plan to overhaul the nation's health care system shows health care could become unaffordable for many poor Oklahomans and the state could be forced to subsidize health care costs for Native Americans, according to an early analysis of the plan prepared for Gov. Mary Fallin.

A document obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press shows state health officials also project the proposed new law would result in the state immediately losing $9.3 million in public health funding for programs such as immunizations and chronic disease funding.