News to Know: 3 people found dead after fire, Parsons man convicted of 2 child sex crimes

FAIRLAND, Okla. – Federal authorities are trying to identify the three people found dead after a house fire in Ottawa County, Oklahoma. The fire happened early Thursday on South 600 Road in Fairland. According to a spokesperson for the ATF, firefighters discovered two women and a man inside the burnt building and say a medical examiner is working to confirm their identities and determine the cause of death. Investigators say the victims are a woman in her 80’s and a woman and man over age 40. The ATF says the sheet metal house is a total loss, but there’s no word yet on exactly where or how the fire might have started. The ATF is handling this case because it’s on Cherokee Nation land. Authorities are looking for possible witnesses, backgrounds of the victims, and information on possible problems with the house before the fire. (3 found dead after house fire in Fairland, cause unknown)

PARSONS, Kan. – A Parsons, Kansas man is facing a sentence of life in prison with parole after being convicted on two child sex offenses. Jered Bybee was convicted under Kansas’s “Jessica’s Law”. He pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy. The crimes involved two victims, both younger than 10. Under Jessica’s Law Bybee faces life in prison with a minimum of 25 years for each count before being eligible for parole. Sentencing is set for September 23rd. (Parsons man convicted on Jessica’s Law charges)

DELAWARE COUNTY, Okla. – A federal jury finds a Delaware County, Oklahoma man guilty for shaking a 4-month-old infant. Officials say the abuse let to the girl’s hospitalization. 21-year old Lucas Woods of Colcord was convicted of child abuse in Indian Country. The child was released from the hospital, but officials say she still has injuries.

HAVEN, Kan. – Emergency management and fire officials have been fighting a blaze that broke out after an explosion at a gas plant in central Kansas Thursday afternoon. Reno County Emergency Manager Adam Weishaar says two people with minor injuries were taken to a Wichita hospital. A 2-mile radius was evacuated around the Haven Midstream Plant near Haven, which is about 33 miles northwest of Wichita. (Explosion, fire at Haven gas plant northwest of Wichita)


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