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News Brief: Week of Nov. 24-30


Nine killed, three injured in South Dakota plane crash

Nine people were killed and three were injured after a plane bound for Idaho crashed shortly after takeoff in South Dakota on Saturday, Nov. 30. 

A single-engine plane took off in Chamberlain, SD, carrying 12 passengers. A winter storm warning was in effect and inclement weather could be the blame for the crash. However, authorities have not released an official cause for the crash.

Authorities have not released the names of the victims. The passengers killed in the crash ranged in age from seven to 81. The three survivors were three men ages 28, 27 and 17.

President surprises troops in Afghanistan for Thanksgiving visit

President Donald Trump surprised both military personnel and the nation on Thursday, Nov. 28, by appearing in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving to show his thanks and support for troops stationed overseas.

Trump secretly flew out of an undisclosed Florida airport on Wednesday, Nov. 27, after sneaking out of Mar-a-Lago. 

The president served a Thanksgiving meal and took pictures with troops before meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

“There’s nowhere I’d rather spend Thanksgiving than with the toughest, fiercest warriors,” Trump said to the troops. “I’m here to say ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ and thank you very much. As president of the United States, I have no higher honor than serving as commander in chief.”

The visit came as a surprise to news outlets. Newsweek originally reported the president was spending the holiday tweeting and golfing before reports of Trump’s actual location broke.

10 wounded in New Orleans shooting

An early morning shooting on New Orleans’ Canal Street left 10 wounded on Sunday, Dec. 1.

Two victims are in critical condition after gunfire broke out on the historic street at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. According to authorities, a person of interest has been detained, but the individual’s involvement in the shooting has not been revealed.  No arrests have been made.


Glenpool Starbucks employee fired after comment made about police officers

A Glenpool, OK Starbucks barista was fired after writing the word “pig” on five police officers’ Starbucks drinks on Thursday, Nov. 28.

A Kiefer police officer ordered five Starbucks drinks on Thanksgiving as a gift for emergency dispatchers working during the holiday. When he received the drinks, the word “pig” was written on the label as the name on the order. After giving the drinks to dispatchers, the officer contacted Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O’Mara.

“What irks me is the absolute and total disrespect for a police officer who, instead of being home with his family and enjoying a meal and a football game, is patrolling his little town,” O’Mara said in a viral Facebook post which has since been removed.

When Chief O’Mara contacted the Glenpool Starbucks, the manager apologized and offered to reprint the cups. However, O’Mara took to social media to report the store’s actions. The barista in question reportedly contacted the officer and apologized, stating it was meant as a joke. 

Jenks football coach Allan Trimble dies

Former Jenks football coach Allan Trimble died early in the morning on Sunday, Dec. 1. He was 56. 

Trimble won more OSSAA state high school football championships in 22 seasons at Jenks than any head coach in Oklahoma history. He was named head coach in 1996 and led the team until 2018, when he retired after being diagnosed with ALS in 2016. Jenks won 13 state titles and 17 district titles under his leadership, with a 242-41 overall record.

Trimble is survived his wife, Courtney, and his two daughters, Tylar Isenberg and Tori Trimble. Trimble, an Oklahoma Christian University alumnus, also served as an elder at Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa.

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