As the rate of unexplained drowning deaths has reportedly crept up in Oklahoma’s placid lakes, some observers have turned to an unusual explanation: a freshwater octopus.
The legend of a killer cephalopod lurking in the murky waters of the state’s Lake Thunderbird, Lake Tenkiller or Lake Oolagah has been surfacing for at least the past several years. Animal Planet’s Lost Tapes even aired an investigation of this crypto-creature. This beast (or beasts), dubbed the “Oklahoma Octopus,” reportedly drags swimmers down with its many strong arms.
How could a sea creature have found its way to lakes in the Heartland?
This unlikely animal, people have explained, might be a rare living fossil, left over from the time (tens of millions of years ago) when this part of the country was, indeed, a shallow sea-and a perfect octopus habitat. Over the millennia, this particular line of octopuses has adapted to freshwater, these proponents suggest.
The octopus is a marvel of adaptation, thanks in large part to its short generation time (just months to a year) and its thousands upon thousands of offspring.
In its hundreds of millions of years on this planet, the octopus has managed to populate just about every corner, crevice and water column of the seas-from the warm shallows of the tropics to the deep frigid waters off the coast of Antarctica. It can even occasionally walk on land for short periods of time.
Could the octopus, conceivably, adapt to freshwater as well? Bolstering the case for the Oklahoma Octopus, some species of this animal are found in the brackish mouths of large rivers. But this theory has some big holes.
First, a shift to entirely fresh water would require some extreme changes in physiology, including the basic ion transport in their cells. No cephalopod has been known to make this whole transition.
Second, most of Oklahoma’s many lakes-including those in question-were constructed in the mid-20th century as engineering projects by damming local rivers. And a “river octopus” would have to have adapted to freshwater and at some point made its way up the Mississippi and subsequent smaller rivers, swimming upstream-and navigating numerous dams.
Unlike even Bigfoot, Chupacabra and the Loch Ness Monster, the Oklahoma Octopus has granted no photographic clues-no matter how blurry or improbable. Nevertheless, its absence does leave the reported rise in drowning deaths unexplained-except by a few folks who proffer that giant catfish are to blame.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic member of the U.S. Senate committee that conducted confirmation hearings for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a letter Tuesday that Oklahoma’s former attorney general presented “inconsistent and contradictory statements” to the panel.
Pruitt’s “misleading answers, evasiveness, and stonewalling” had stymied the committee’s ability to provide oversight of the agency, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island wrote in a letter containing information about an ethics complaint against Pruitt being investigated by the Oklahoma Bar Association.
“This conduct is unbecoming of an attorney who is also a public official and who, under law, is required to testify truthfully to Congress,” Whitehouse said.
The complaint was filed against Pruitt in March by the Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit organization that works to protect endangered species, and associate professor Kristen van de Biezenbos of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Whitehouse is listed as a witness on the complaint.
The complaint says Pruitt may have violated the Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct when he told the Senate committee in January that he only used his attorney general’s email address to conduct official business.
But documents released by the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office through an Open Records Act lawsuit in Oklahoma indicate Pruitt also used a personal email address to conduct official business, seeming to contradict Pruitt’s sworn testimony, according to the complaint.
Personal emails and other documents indicate Pruitt coordinated closely with fossil-fuel companies and special interest groups who worked to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions while serving as the state’s attorney general.
Democrats on the Senate panel have criticized Pruitt’s close ties to the oil and gas industry. As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt frequently sued the agency he now leads, including filing a multistate lawsuit against the EPA opposing the Obama administration’s plan to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
In April, Whitehouse accused Pruitt of violating federal law by agreeing to be the keynote speaker at the Oklahoma Republican Party’s annual gala dinner. Whitehouse filed an ethics complaint claiming that would violate the Hatch Act, which limits the political activities of executive branch employees.
“You do not want to miss Pruitt at this year’s OKGOP Gala, as he discusses his plans to slash regulations, bring back jobs to Oklahoma, and decrease the size of EPA!” said a flyer for the event sent out by the state party. Pruitt later withdrew from the event.
Gina Hendryx, the bar association’s general counsel, didn’t immediately return a telephone call from The Associated Press seeking comment.
An investigation into a June domestic violence incident between two Oklahoma City officers has led to complaints against one officer being dismissed and the other officer arrested.
On June 6, police responded to a domestic violence call about 11 p.m. At the scene, officers found Sgt. Donald Glynn Brewer, 44, and officer Kristi Brewer, 28, with injuries from an altercation.
Maj. Paco Balderrama told The Oklahoman on June 7 that the couple had been in an argument which escalated to a physical fight. Balderrama said that Kristi Brewer had allegedly struck her husband in the head with a curling iron and she was arrested on assault complaints.
Investigators from the Domestic Abuse Unit recently completed their investigation and additional evidence led them to think that Donald Glynn Brewer, an 18-year-veteran with the Oklahoma City Police Department, was the aggressor in the incident.
Complaints against Kristi Brewer were dropped and an arrest warrant was issued for her husband, who was arrested Friday night. He is being held without bail in the Oklahoma County jail on a complaint of domestic abuse by strangulation.
Officers said the couple’s 4-year-old child was present during the altercation.
Kristi Brewer filed for divorce on June 9. Court records show the couple had been married less than a year.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder gave the most valuable player in the National Basketball Association some help on Friday. The Thunder acquired American Olympic gold medalist Paul George of Palmdale, California from the Indiana Pacers for shooting guard Victor Oladipo of Silver Spring, Maryland and power forward/center Domantas Sabonis of Portland, Oregon.
The Thunder are getting a four-time all-star and the 2013 NBA Most Improved Player award winner. This past season for the Thunder, George averaged 23.7 points per game, 6.6 rebounds per game, 3.3 assists per game and 1.6 steals per game. He also had a field goal percentage of .461, free throw percentage of .898 and shot .394 from beyond the arc.
A first round pick, tenth overall, by the Pacers in the 2010 NBA Draft, George played his college basketball at Fresno State. He will give the Thunder depth at the small forward position and be an excellent option for NBA MVP Russell Westbrook to pass the basketball to. George won his gold medal for the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Oladipo was the second overall draft pick by the Orlando Magic in 2013, played only one year for the Thunder. Last year he averaged 15.9 points per game and has the capability of playing point guard or shooting guard. Sabonis, played for Gonzaga, and like Oladipo was a first round draft pick by the Magic. Last year as a rookie, he averaged 5.9 points per game in Oklahoma City.
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Police in one Oklahoma community are investigating after a woman’s body was discovered in the bathroom of a grocery store.
Surveillance video showed the woman walking into the store about 6 p.m. Friday afternoon, according to the Associated Press.
Investigators tell KJRH that an employee at the Sand Springs Walmart tried to get into the family bathroom on Friday, but it was locked. At that point, the employee placed an out-of-order sign on the door. Several days later, employees checked again and discovered the woman’s body.
KOKI-TV identified the woman as 29-year-old Katherine Caraway, of Muskogee.
Investigators say her death does not appear to be suspicious, adding that she may have died from a health condition.
Walmart issued the following statement after the incident:
We are saddened by this. We don’t know all the facts right now, but we are working closely with local law enforcement to provide what information we have that might be useful. Because this is an ongoing investigation, we must refer you to them for additional information.