Woodward, Oklahoma (AP) Local
rancher King Hitchman was found under his pickup yesterday morning.
The Woodward County Sheriff's Department, in conjunction with the
Woodward Police Deptartment, are treating the incident as suspicious since Hitchman had a stroke leaving him partially paralyzed on one side.
Investigators have listed Hitchman's death as a homicide.
Colorado Springs (UP) In the past two months, four men have died accidentally. No signs of suspicious circumstances have been found in any of the cases.
Investigators question how, though, four severely disabled men could manage to get to the areas where they died and how they were able to maneuver well enough to become involved with the machinery that eventually killed them.
Two months ago, Thomas Shook was found tangled in the conveyor belt at the factory he once owned. Three weeks later, a family member discovered Jackson Mason under a tractor on his farm, a tractor the man had been unable to operate for over six years.
The first of this month, Graham Tyler went over a steep drop - on a three-wheel off road vehicle. Tyler's right leg was amputated over a year ago. Last week, Russell Brosh fell into a running concrete mixer on one of his construction company's locations. With one useless arm, no one understands how he started the machine.
Four men, all disabled, died in the space of two months. No witnesses have been found for any of the accidents.
Tulsa, Oklahoma (UP) Businessman Thomas O'Hern was found under his rolled BMW yesterday. The sheriff's deputies investigating the accident said that no one knows why O'Hern drove to that part of rural Tulsa County.
No skid marks were found at the scene. Apparently the car was traveling at a high rate of speed when it failed to navigate a sharp turn. The BM rolled, crushing O'Hern under the vehicle.
Dallas (AP) - The accidental death of Max Nomes, well known high school football coach, has shocked the community. Known as a tee-totaler, friends and family members insist the findings of investigators was wrong. Nomes was found behind the wheel of his especially adapted car wrapped around a tree. His blood alcohol level 1.8.
Nomes was confined to a wheel chair ever since an accient three years ago. Still the coach roamed the sidelines of every home football game, cheering for his former team.
Topeka (AP) - Three deaths of disabled men in the area have authorities concerned. A rash of the accidental deaths of three men in Topeka and another three in Wichita have law enforcement wondering.
One theory is the men made pacts to end their lives. However, no connection between them can be found.
Investigation hasn't found any suspicious circumstances, just questions as to why six men all died within four days.
Tulsa, Oklahoma - A groom discovered the body of local horse breeder Thomas Swell beside the stall of one of his quarter horses yesterday morning.
Apparently, one of the man's crutches slipped, and he fell hitting his head on a large stone used to prop the barn door open. Police found a folded copy of a photograph of an unknown woman in his pocket.
The Medical Examiner estimates Swell died about three to six hours before the body was found
The death has been declared an accident since police found no suspicious circumstances.
Oklahoma City – Security guards at the Regency Hotel discovered the body of Steven Youngs in the atrium at six o’clock this morning.
Apparently, the man went over the balcony of his room on the eighth floor.
No witnesses could be found. The man had been dead for six to eight hours. How he managed to lift himself from his wheel chair and over the high railing is unknown.