Numerous crimes and tragedies, from homicides to many lives lost in traffic and other accidents, were reported in 2010.
Some of those include:
• Jan. 2, a traffic accident killed a 17-year-old McLoud boy, resulting in charges being filed against that boy’s cousin; the case is still progressing through the court system.
• Two workers were killed in a trench collapse in February at a Kickapoo housing complex.
• In April, a 4-year-old Shawnee child was killed after being hit by a car on Dorothy Street.
• In May, a Meeker toddler accidently left in a hot van all day, died from hyperthermia; a caregiver was charged and that case is progressing through the court system.
• Also in May, Shawnee’s first homicide occurred with the killing of a 71-year-old man found stabbed in his home. A suspect has been charged, with that case continuing in the court system.
• In June, the body of a missing fisherman was found in the waters of the North Canadian River near Shawnee.
• On July 12, three people were killed in a fiery two-car collision on SH 9 near Tecumseh.
• In August, with the help of a bulletproof vest, a Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s deputy survived being shot during a traffic stop. The unknown shooting suspect remains at-large; the deputy has since resigned.
• August saw two more homicides when the decomposed bodies of two Oklahoma City residents were found in the back of a pickup in western Pottawatomie County. Two area residents were jailed in the case and have been charged with murder.
• Two Tecumseh residents vacationing in New Mexico were murdered in August, allegedly by two Arizona prison escapees and an accomplice who now face federal indictments for a crime spree while on the lam.
• In September, siblings — a brother and sister — were jailed in a murder and kidnapping case that occurred in the Pottawatomie County panhandle near Prague. A Prague man was killed and his girlfriend was held hostage over a reported land dispute. The suspects have been charged and are awaiting court action in their case.
• In September, two California men were jailed on 26 felony counts following a two-county crime spree of carjackings and robberies that began in Seminole County and ended in Tecumseh. Both are awaiting further court action in their cases.
• In October, a McLoud man was arrested in the child abuse death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old boy. Murder charges have been filed as that case is still in the process of being adjudicated.
• December was a deadly month as well, as three young people were killed in a crash at U.S. 177 and SH 59 near Asher.