2015 in review

2015 in review

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -As 2015 comes to an end, we want to go back through some of our most viewed stories.

Slideshows easily dominated the views with viewer photos from tornadoes, flooding and storm damage from, primarily from May, November and December. Other popular slideshows focused on crime between drug raids and a prostitution bust.

Several tornadoes were reported May 16 in Southwest Oklahoma. One tornado was reported near Odell before it continued past Elmer, Tipton and went toward Snyder. Other tornadoes were reported near Meers, Cyril and Geronimo.

Before the tornadoes came through the area, massive flooding wreaked havoc on May 6. Creeks and rivers rose near or past record highs, putting large areas of Lawton and surrounding towns under water. Dry lake beds filled past their shore lines and the bridges in Lawton's Bridge Park was the only thing barely above water.

Following storms throughout the rest of the month prompted evacuations and communities came together to fill sandbags to protect homes.

May 8 storm viewer photos

Relief was nowhere in sight when continued flooding and more storms dumped additional rain on an already soggy area. Another round of storms two weeks later prompted mass evacuations in Wichita Falls and flooding cut Lawton in half along I-44.

More than 3,500 took part in the 10th annual Spirit of Survival. Runners and walkers raised money for the fight against cancer.

Arrests bring end to yearlong Oklahoma meth investigation

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics worked with state and local officials to serve 33 arrest warrants in Anadarko following a yearlong meth trafficking investigation.

6 women arrested in prostitution sting

Lawton police arrested six women for prostitution in a single afternoon. All of the women were called to a hotel after they were found online using a website for solicitation of sex.

One dead in wreck involving 13 motorcycles, 1 pickup

A motorcyclist was killed when he and 12 other Moose Riders from the Duncan Moose Lodge were hit by a pickup truck on Highway 81 near Comanche. The riders had just left the lodge and were headed to Waurika. OHP says the pickup went left of center and hit the motorcyclists. Monty Hall died at the scene. He's fondly remembered by the other Moose Lodge members.

A murder-suicide in Altus left residents in disbelief. Police believe 26-year-old Raina Schultz had been dead for days before she was found. Altus police were later notified that 26-year-old Nicholas Schultz had shot and killed himself. The couple's 1-year-old son was unharmed.

5 arrested in drug bust

Five people were arrested in early October after police were called on an unrelated issue. Police found 12.5 pounds of marijuana, 1.2 grams of cocaine, four pistols and a shotgun in the home.

A nine-month long investigation ended with 26 arrests. Authorities were armed with 48 arrest warrants for people involved with meth distribution. The drug sweep was one of the largest ever conducted in the county.

Police investigate fatal shooting, armed robberies, stabbing

A deadly shooting and four armed robberies all occurred in a matter of a few hours.

Joshua Whitehead was found shot to death on Nov. 5. Police were originally called to an accident with injury before they learned someone had shot him through the car's door.

Four other incidents involved groups of men robbing or trying to rob people. One man was shot in the leg and a homeowner was stabbed in the back twice.

Body found in trunk on I-44

The body of 61-year-old Carol Trynosky of Amarillo, Texas, was found in the trunk of a car on I-44 near the Randlett exit on Sept. 30. An OHP trooper noticed the vehicle on the side of the road and went to investigate when he made the discovery.

Lake levels across Southwest Oklahoma steadily dropped and drought conditions worsened, but the May rains quickly reversed that and lake levels went from nearly empty to over flowing. Levels have stayed near 100 percent for the most part since then.

4 Lawton elementary schools will close

Lawton Public Schools made the decision to close Swinney, Wilson, Park Lane and Brockland elementary schools because of the impending state budget cuts. Students from those four schools were redistributed to other nearby elementary schools.

Seven people were arrested during an early morning raid that officials say was a "surgical operation." The raid picked up some of Comanche County's most influential cocaine dealers. The eight person wanted in the raid, Mark Ford, was found a few hours later.

Proposed bill would end marriage licenses

State Representative Todd Russ proposed HB 1125 in hopes of separating the federal government from being able to force states to allow same-sex marriages.

An Elgin family demanded answers after their dog was taken to the city's animal shelter and killed by another dog; they were told their 10-year-old German shorthair hadn't been found.

The case was investigated, but no criminal wrongdoing found on the part of the city or the animal control officer. The shelter was shut down while improvements were made and regulations were re-evaluated. A member of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture agreed to help them correct any problems at the shelter.

David Bradley sat down with the Lawton Constitution and went over other big stories during the last "This Week in Texoma." You can watch that here.

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