- Ada, Oklahoma

March 4, 2014

Around the State

Oklahoma City — OKC police identify Friday shooting victim

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police have identified the victim of a Saturday shooting at a downtown club.

Police say 30-year-old Zachary Bowie of Spencer was discovered at approximately 12:40 a.m. suffering from a gunshot wound outside Club Social after officers responded to shots fired there.

Bowie was transported to OU Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. 

According to police, the suspected shooter was inside Club Social when he was confronted by security and kicked out.  As he was leaving, he made threats toward security personnel. 

Police say they believe the suspect left for a few minutes, returned with a gun and fired toward the crowd, hitting and killing Bowie.  Investigators have not identified the suspect at this time.


Oklahoma City police officer charged with assault

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 15-year-veteran Oklahoma City police officer has been charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities say he chased down and attempted to arrest a driver who shouted at him as he drove by the officer.

Oklahoma City Police spokesman Capt. Dexter Nelson announced Monday that charges had been filed against Sgt. Matthew Downing in connection with a Jan. 26 traffic stop.

Nelson says Downing had initiated the stop on the city’s northwest side when a passing motorist shouted at him. Downing then disengaged from the traffic stop to chase down the man who yelled at him.

Nelson says Downing then attempted to arrest the man, which resulted in a “minor use of force.”

A telephone message left Monday with the Fraternal Order of Police and its attorney were not immediately returned.


Sentencing postponed for Tulsa courthouse shooter

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Sentencing has been postponed for a 25-year-old man convicted of shooting into a crowded Tulsa plaza in 2012 and wounding a sheriff’s deputy and a bystander.

Sentencing for Andrew Dennehy scheduled in Tulsa County District Court Monday was postponed due to a winter storm. A new sentencing date was not immediately set.

Dennehy was convicted in January by jurors who rejected his claim of insanity. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Dennehy’s family argued that he was a paranoid schizophrenic plagued by bizarre thoughts and delusions and should be treated at a hospital, not sent to prison.

Authorities say Dennehy wandered barefoot onto the plaza between the Tulsa County courthouse and Tulsa Central Library in 2012 and opened fire.

Deputies arrived and returned fire and wounded Dennehy.


Native American cabinet position proposed in Okla.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tribal leaders in Oklahoma say a proposal to create a cabinet-level position focusing on Native American affairs within the governor’s office would be a positive step in improving the relationships between the state and its 39 tribes.

Democratic Rep. Chuck Hoskin of Vinita introduced the bill that elevates the Oklahoma Native American liaison to a cabinet-level position. 

He says the state’s tribes desire a stronger government-to-government relationship and a cabinet-level position will provide that.

Citizen Potawatomi Nation Chairman John “Rocky” Barrett says anything that promotes cooperation and a partnership between the state and Indian tribes is a positive step. 

The General Government Committee approved the bill by a 9-1 vote on Feb. 20.

The measure is House Bill 1305.


Medical students to meet with Okla. officials

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dozens of students from Oklahoma State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine are expected in Oklahoma City next week to meet with state lawmakers. 

Monday’s meeting will allow the 42 students who are expected to attend to offer opinions on the importance of having the OSU Medical Center. 

The center is the largest osteopathic teaching hospital in the country and serves as the primary training facility for OSU medical students. It logs 46,000 emergency room visits each year and provided more than $24.5 million in charity care last year.

Students are also scheduled to meet Monday with members of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association for a presentation on current issues in health care.