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The OHP Honor Guard will be posting the colors at the Bridge Creek High School football field prior to Friday’s (Sept. 11) football game. The ceremony, honoring late Trooper Nicholas Dees, will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. prior to the game with Lexington.

Dees, a 2003 Bridge Creek graduate, was a football player and weightlifter in high school. He was killed Jan. 31 while investigating a truck accident on Interstate 40 near Shawnee. He had served with OHP for about 18 months and was the son of a retired trooper. He is survived by his wife and two children.

A second Trooper, Keith Burch, was seriously injured in the incident.

Murderer Kevin Joe Sweats attempt to withdraw his guilty plea has been denied by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.

Sweat entered a blind plea of guilty last fall for the murders of Weleetka girls Skyla Whitaker, then 11, and Taylor Placker, then 13, in 2008 as well as the murder of his fiancée Ashley Celeste Taylor in 2011, in exchange for an agreement from the Prosecution to not seek the death penalty.

The Honorable Judge Lawrence Parish of Okfuskee County sentenced Sweat to three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.

At the time of sentencing, Sweat proclaimed his innocence and his intention to withdraw his guilty plea upon sentencing. Sweat cited ineffective counsel as his reasoning for the appeal, stating that his counsel of Peter Astor, Gretchen Mosley, and Wayne Woodyard, had lied and misrepresented the conditions under which the blind plea would be entered.

The appellate court judges rejected these arguments, stating “It was only through zealous representation of defense counsel that Sweat avoided the possibility of multiple death sentences.”

During the Court of Criminal Appeals hearing, various pieces of evidence were discussed, including a semen sample that had been found in one of the girl’s underwear. Sweat’s attorney argued that Sweat’s DNA had been ruled out during the testing of this sample, a fact that was discounted in court as it had been discovered that the two girls had shared underwear.

It was discovered during preparations for trial that evidence had been found in which Sweat blamed the Placker family for the 2007 overdose of his older brother in a Henryetta hotel, prosecutors argued the killing of the girls was an act of revenge.

A spokesperson for OSBI denied comment on the evidence but stated that investigators are convinced Sweat acted alone and the case would remain closed.

AmberlyA one-car collision just before 10 a.m. this morning claimed the life of 25-year-old Amberly Barrett and her unborn child on Labor Day.

Barrett was driving her 2007 Chevrolet truck northbound on Dustin Road near the county road Creek Mine Road northbound, approximately 1 mile south of Henryetta when she failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the road to the right, overcorrected, crossed both lanes of traffic, and departed the roadway to the left. Her vehicle rolled an unknown number of times coming to rest on the passenger side. Barrett was ejected from her truck during the rollovers.

Barrett was transported by Okmulgee County EMS to Hillcrest Hospital in Henryetta where she was pronounced dead from multiple injuries. Barrett was 24 weeks pregnant. The baby was delivered at the hospital but passed away approximately 1 hour later.

Also in the car was her 5-year-old boy who was also transported to Hillcrest Hospital in Henryetta treated and released.

Seatbelt’s were equipped but not in use by the driver and no child restraint were in use.  The condition of driver and cause of the collision is still under investigation according to the OHP report.  

The accident was investigated by Trooper Mark Southall #669 of the Okmulgee County Detachment of Troop B. Assisted by Trooper Matthew Ledbetter #388 Troop B Traffic Homicide Investigator, and Trooper Michael Taylor of the Creek County Detachment of Troop B, Okmulgee County EMS, and Henryetta Fire Department.

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(OKLAHOMA CITY) The Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirms that Brandon James Wooten, the 40-year-old male who was shot by an OHP Trooper on Aug. 27, is now incarcerated at the Noble County jail, booked on a charge of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. Possible other charges may have been added by Pawnee County and/or Noble County authorities who were involved in the incident.

Wooten, DOB 1/11/1975, was previously hospitalized in Tulsa. On Aug. 27 he led law enforcement officers on a lengthy pursuit in Pawnee and Noble counties involving a reported stolen pickup. He was northbound on County Road 210 at State Highway 15 in Noble County when shots were fired by OHP Trooper Brian Conaghan (“CON-agan”). Wooten had utilized his vehicle as a dangerous weapon.

Conaghan has served seven years as an OHP Trooper. He was the only law enforcement officer who discharged a weapon at the scene. He remains on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.

The ENDUI enforcement teams will be proactively searching for impaired drivers with upcoming sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols on Sept. 5 around Lake Tenkiller and in and around the City of Tahlequah. The checkpoints will coincide with regular patrols aimed at impaired drivers. Agencies involved include: Tahlequah Police Department, Cherokee Nation Marshal’s Office, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Northeastern State University Police Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Impaired driving is one of Oklahoma's deadliest crimes. In 2014, 163 people died on Oklahoma's roads in crashes that involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, accounting for nearly one-third of traffic fatalities in the State.

With increased enforcement efforts, well trained law enforcement officers will have zero tolerance for persons driving while impaired. The goal is to have a highly visible ENDUI program that will discourage people who have been drinking or using impairing substances from getting behind the wheel, and to address those who make the poor decision to drive while impaired.

“On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 52 minutes across the country,” said Col. Rick Adams, Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. “Driving impaired or riding with someone impaired is not worth the risk.”

Adams said law enforcement officials are making progress in the fight against impaired driving by working with our safety partners and by arming people with useful tools such as the SaferRide app. The app allows quick access to an alternate transportation and is available for Android devices on Google Play, and Apple devices on the iTunes store.

The ENDUI enforcement teams want all of the citizens of the State of Oklahoma to have a safe and enjoyable weekend. If you are planning to drink or if you use any substance that can impair your ability to drive, designate a sober driver, call a taxi, use mass transit, or call a friend or family member. Together, we can ENDUI.

Okmulgee Police have arrested Daniel Shawnee-Kine Tabbytite wanted in connection with shooting cases.

According to police, Daniel Tabbytite was present in an apartment where he produced a firearm and pointed it at several occupants. When he left the building, he was followed by one of the residents. As he was approaching a parked vehicle, Tabbytite reportedly turn toward the resident and fired a shot from a 9mm handgun and struck the resident in the upper leg. The victim was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released.

Officers obtained an arrest warrant for Tabbytite.  He is also being questioned in connection with other shootings, SEE RELATED STORY

Officers worked most of the day Wednesday tracking  Tabbytite said Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice. He was tracked to the Talequah area where investigators and the US Marshall's Fugitive Task Force arrested him. He was attempting to flee by climbing out of a window when an officer took him into custody.


The Okmulgee Police investigated two shootings over the weekend. The first occurred on August 30 around 2 a.m in the 900 block of North Central when unknown suspect(s) fired multiple shots at a residence. Apparently no-one was hit.  There are no suspects connected to this incident, but police believe the motive may be drug related as officers found a quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana near the scene and believe it to be associated.

Police Chief Joe Prentice said one of the occupants of this residence has been named as a suspect in two previous shootings which might explain a motive.

Officers have not been able to gather enough evidence at this time to file charges on any of the three shootings.
The second shooting occurred on August 31 at about 4 a.m. in the 600 block of South Alabama.

According to police, Daniel Tabbytite was present in an apartment where he produced a firearm and pointed it at several occupants. When he left the building, he was followed by one of the residents. As he was approaching a parked vehicle, Tabbytite reportedly turn toward the resident and fired a shot from a 9mm handgun and struck the resident in the upper leg. The victim was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released.

Officers have obtained an arrest warrant for Tabbytite but have been unable to locate him since. Police are asking for help from the public locating the suspect: 

Daniel Tabbytite
Daniel Shawnee-Kine Tabbytite
18 years of age, I/M
5’10”, 182 lbs
His wanted for Feloniously Pointing a Firearm, Shooting with Intent to Kill and Robbery with a Firearm.
He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Newcastle -- OSBI Forensic Artist Harvey Pratt has sketched the likeness of a person of interest in the case involving a woman found dead inside a room at the Newcastle Motel at 1221 N. Main.

This person is described as a Native American man approximately 50 years old with a medium build standing 5 feet 11 inches tall. He has dark hair medium length and dark eyes. Witnesses say he weighed about 185 lbs.

If anyone believes they know a person who looks similar to the sketch, please contact OSBI at 1-800-522-8017.


A Henryetta man accused of stealing seven calves from an Okfuskee County rancher surrendered to authorities Wednesday.

According to Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association special ranger, Bart Perrier, 19-year-old Devin Alex Longan and Kiley Johnson stole seven calves and took them to be sold at the Okmulgee Livestock Auction.

He said Longan and Johnson returned to the stockyards the next day and divided the profits between them.

Longan has been formally charged in the case and is being held in the Okfuskee County jail on a $100,000 bond.

Johnson turned himself into authorities in July in connection with the theft of 17 calves and 13 cows in Okmulgee County.

Johnson was arrested on warrants charging him with eight counts of Larceny of livestock and booked into the Okmulgee County Jail.  Records show he’s being held on a $200,000 bond.  SEE RELATED ARTICLE

(OKLAHOMA CITY) On Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, shots were fired by an OHP Trooper during a pursuit in Pawnee and Noble Counties. The incident involved a reported stolen 2001 blue Ford Ranger pickup.

The suspect, Brandon James Wooten, a 40-year-old white male, led law enforcement officers on a lengthy pursuit beginning around 8:15 p.m. He was northbound on County Road 210 at State Highway 15 in Noble County when shots were fired by one OHP Trooper. The pursuit ended and Wooten was transported to a Tulsa hospital, where he is currently in stable condition.

No law enforcement officers were injured. Investigation into this event is ongoing.

Agencies involved included Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office, Noble County Sheriff’s Office, Pawnee Police Department, Yale Police Department and OHP.