Comanche Co. Juvenile Bureau Director Retires - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Comanche Co. Juvenile Bureau Director Retires

COMANCHE CO., Okla_ A 29-year veteran of the Comanche County Juvenile Bureau said goodbye.

Friday, community members, coworkers and citizens of Lawton honored Director Rick Lowe at a reception at the courthouse. Lowe began at the bureau in 1984, starting as a probation officer. He worked his way through the ranks, and in 1998, he became the bureau director.

Lowe said that contrary to popular belief, the number of juvenile crimes has actually decreased since he began working at the bureau. However, he also said the types of crimes juveniles are committing has changed dramatically, only making matters worse.

"When I first started here, our typical case was a kid stealing a bicycle, stripping it, and changing the parts out," Lowe said. "We were trying to frustratingly figure out what part belonged to what bike and how to work with that kid."

The crimes kids today are committing are much worse in nature.

"Unfortunately, now we see more serious crimes including kids that kill," Lowe said. "That is obviously disheartening."

While the number of overall cases may be down, Lowe said that juvenile crimes are still a major problem. It's one that sometimes spreads from one generation to the next.

"Being in this business as long as I have, the sad part is seeing generations of kids come back through," Lowe said. "Kids that I worked with are now having kids of their own coming through, which is obviously disappointing."

This week, Lawton saw its 11th homicide. The victim was 17, his suspected killer was 18, and three other juveniles were arrested.  It's not just a local problem, though. Nationwide, juvenile crimes are becoming more violent.

"I think that it is just the nature of our society and the availability of firearms, the means in which a lot of kids are raising themselves, lack of caring responsible adults who set the boundaries for them, and sadly enough, all those things come together and create perfect conditions for a kid to go to that path," Lowe said.

Lowe is proud of how Lawton has come together to address its problems with juveniles during his tenure. He said he hopes Lawton will continue to see the value.

"If we can make an impact on those kids early on, while they are young, before they commit the really heinous crime, or before they are old enough to go to prison, we save a life," Lowe said. "We save taxpayers thousands and thousands of dollars."

Friday, Lowe spoke highly of the successes he has been able to achieve with his co-workers, the bureau's partnerships, and most importantly, the kids.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Activist seeks to purchase internet histories of lawmakers, CEOs

    Activist seeks to purchase internet histories of lawmakers, CEOs

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 6:48 PM EDT2017-03-29 22:48:23 GMT
    Wednesday, March 29 2017 10:52 PM EDT2017-03-30 02:52:25 GMT

    An internet activist has raised nearly $100,000 on a GoFundMe page to purchase the internet histories lawmakers and others who helped pass a resolution that allows broadband and other telecommunications services to sell internet users' private histories. 

    An internet activist has raised nearly $100,000 on a GoFundMe page to o purchase the internet histories lawmakers and others who helped pass a resolution that allows broadband and other telecommunications services to sell internet users' private histories. 

  • It's not EU, it's me: UK files for EU divorce after 44 years

    It's not EU, it's me: UK files for EU divorce after 44 years

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 10:35 PM EDT2017-03-30 02:35:55 GMT
    Wednesday, March 29 2017 10:37 PM EDT2017-03-30 02:37:14 GMT

    Britain is set to formally file for divorce from the European Union, ending a 44-year relationship following the decision made by U.K. voters in a referendum nine months ago.

    Britain is set to formally file for divorce from the European Union, ending a 44-year relationship following the decision made by U.K. voters in a referendum nine months ago.

  • Reports: 12 killed in Texas crash between church van, truck

    Reports: 12 killed in Texas crash between church van, truck

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 7:02 PM EDT2017-03-29 23:02:52 GMT
    Wednesday, March 29 2017 10:36 PM EDT2017-03-30 02:36:59 GMT
    Twelve people have been killed in a crash between a church van and truck. (Source: KABB/WOAI/CNNTwelve people have been killed in a crash between a church van and truck. (Source: KABB/WOAI/CNN

    The crash happened near Garner State Park, west of San Antonio.  

    The crash happened near Garner State Park, west of San Antonio.  

Powered by Frankly