News to Know: Motorcycle crash kills Oklahoma man, Cassville teacher sentenced for sextortion, and high school aviation program

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Kan. – An Oklahoma man is dead following a crash in Montgomery County, Kansas. Authorities say Claude Secrest of Ponca City, Oklahoma was driving a motorcycle on County Road 1350 when he went off the road and hit an embankment. He was not wearing a helmet.

CASSEVILLE, Mo. – A Cassville, Missouri high school teacher has been sentenced in federal court for a sextortion scheme. Authorities say 31-year-old Brandon McCullough of Branson blackmailed dozens of child victims to send pornographic photos and videos of themselves and threatened to send the images to family and friends unless if they continued to send him more. They say he pretended to be a teenager online in order to prey upon victims across the country. 11 children have been identified and dozens more are still unidentified. McCullough is sentenced to 30 years in prison without parole.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Law officers arrest a Topeka woman for a Neosho County, Kansas homicide case. Authorities say 41-year old Nicole Fox is a suspect in the death of 34-year old Blake Pearson, also from Topeka. Last month, Pearson was found in an alley in Chanute with a gunshot wound. He later died. KBI officers arrested Fox in Allen County. Read more here.

WYANDOTTE, Okla. – An aviation program is taking flight at Wyandotte High School. The Chief Leaford Bearskin Aviation School will start this coming school year. Freshmen and Sophomores will have the opportunity to take classes to get their personal pilots license or branch out to different pathways, like plane maintenance, safety and security, or drone piloting.

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