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Couple continues to bond preparing for OKC Memorial Marathon

OKLAHOMA CITY – 19 years ago, the reaction to the Oklahoma City Bombing was immediate and overwhelming.

Part of that response included gifts of hand painted tiles from school children across the country.

Two of those kids recently discovered that their tiles were on a wall outside of the museum.

When they made the tiles they were strangers.

Now, Tanner and Jennifer Blair are married to each other and their connection to April 19th will soon grow stronger this weekend.

Jennifer is going to run the 5k this weekend.

NewsChannel 4 has brought you live coverage of every Memorial Marathon since the very beginning of that important race.

We invite you to be with us on Sunday morning at 6 a.m. as more than 20,000 runners gather at the start line.

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‘We are not immune,’ Eighth graders allegedly caught with drugs at local middle school

DEER CREEK, Okla. – Three eighth graders are facing juvenile charges after authorities discovered drugs in their lockers.

Officials say the Deer Creek Middle School principal and sheriff’s deputy heard rumors of three 14-year-old students showing off marijuana to other kids.

While searching their lockers, officers allegedly found the drug in empty deodorant and pill bottles.

What helped speed this investigation along was the school’s own personal sheriff’s deputy.

The sheriff’s office says because of their presence most kids know better.

OCSO Public Information Officer, Mark Myers, says, “We have a great relationship already built-in so that we can work with the administrators and the students as well.”

11 questions Oklahoma officers may soon use to save a woman’s life

OKLAHOMA CITY – Officers may soon be armed with a different weapon to save the lives of domestic violence victims, questions.

House Bill 2526, which unanimously passed the state Senate on Tuesday, creates a series of researched-based questions that law enforcement officers will ask victims.

Sen. David Holt, who authored the bill, points to one study that says Oklahoma has the third highest rate in the country of women being murdered by men.

Holt said, “That’s unacceptable.”

One question officers will ask to a domestic violence victim is, “Has this person ever used a weapon against you or threatened you with a weapon?”

According to the YWCA, if she answers ‘yes,’ that woman  is 20 times more likely to be murdered than the average victim.

The answers will help officers determine the future threat level, so the victim can be directed to the appropriate shelter or service.

Meet your local soccer team, Energy gearing up for first home game

OKLAHOMA CITY –  Soccer fans will have the chance to meet and interact with their local Oklahoma City soccer team.

OKC Energy FC players, as well as Energy’s coach Jimmy Nielsen, and owners Bob Funk Jr. and Tim Mclaughlin will be at a downtown rally on Thursday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The “Power Up Lunch Rally” is free and open to the public as part of a week of activities leading up to the team’s first home game on Saturday, April 26 at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School.

The first 100 people to arrive to the rally at Leadership Square wearing team apparel will receive a $5 gift certificate to use at Leadership Square eateries.

Those who attend the rally can have their photo taken with the team as well as enjoy live performances from bagpipers and a drum line featuring Kindie rock duo, the Sugar Free Allstars.

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Handgun heist in Choctaw has police searching for alleged gun thief

CHOCTAW, Okla. – A handgun heist in Choctaw has police searching for an alleged gun thief.

Police say last night a man forced his way into a gun store called Locked and Loaded on N.E. 23rd St.

Surveillance video captured the alleged crime in progress.

The suspect made off with a total of three handguns.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Choctaw police.

Professors protested, lawmakers listened; millions going to Oklahoma’s education

OKLAHOMA CITY – After thousands of teachers and staff rallied at the Oklahoma State Capitol for more education funding, the Oklahoma Senate approved the bill at the center of the controversy.

Linda Hampton, President of the Oklahoma Education Association said, “When you take over 30,000 people that take their own time off to come and spend a day at the Capitol, standing for over two hours and listening and then taking that message inside and letting their voice be heard, you know they feel strongly. And so, I think that sends a very, very strong message to our legislature.”

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Robert Sommers, Oklahoma’s Education Secretary, said, “It [the rally] really speaks volumes to how important public education is in the state of Oklahoma and nationwide.”

Oklahoma man arrested in connection to burglary after leaving DNA at scene

EL RENO, Okla. – Canadian County Sherriff’s office investigators arrested 56-year-old David Allen Scott in connection to a string of burglaries.

According to investigators, Scott was taken into custody after police were able to connect him to the burglary of a rural business in El Reno.

Scott was identified as a possible suspect when investigators interviewed employees and conducted background research on possible suspects.

Upon execution of the search warrant, a number of stolen items including automotive parts, as well as narcotics were found on Scott’s property.

When told that the Sheriff’s Office possessed DNA evidence obtained from the scene, and they noticed a wound on his hand believed to have been sustained during the burglary; Scott provided a full confession.