Top 10 Broken Arrow Stories for October 2022


By John Dobberstein, Editor

In many ways, October was a month to forget in Broken Arrow and eastern Oklahoma. 

Eight people died in Broken Arrow a week ago in a tragic murder-suicide, including two adults and 6 children between the ages of 1-13. The bodies of the children were found in a back bedroom of a burning home as firefighters moved in to extinguish the flames. 

The case is still under investigation, but police said they don't believe the victims died due to the fire and they recovered several firearms from the  home. They believe the parents, Brian Anthony and Brittney Nichole Nelson, responsible for the children's deaths but details are still sketchy on what led up to the incident. 

A Community Prayer Service will be held in the wake of this tragedy on Sunday evening. 

In Okmulgee, 4 more homicides were recorded after the dismembered bodies of 4 men missing for several days were discovered in the Fork River. A person of interest in the case was arrested in Florida but no charges have been filed yet in the case. 

Here are the Top 10 stories:

1 A CITY ASKS 'WHY': 8 deaths in Broken Arrow being investigated as a murder-suicide

2 Bixby man convicted for double homicide in Broken Arrow

3 Need for more proactive mental health conversations stressed after Broken Arrow tragedy

4 New ordinance puts problem Broken Arrow hotels on notice

5 'A very violent event': Human remains found in river confirmed as missing Okmulgee men

6 Gatesway Foundation breaks ground on home in Broken Arrow

7 Broken Arrow schools responds to parent complaints about communication after high school incident

8 Broken Arrow police investigating shooting on west side

9 Broken Arrow getting improvements to outdoor warning system

10 WORKING THE CASE: Scenes from the Broken Arrow investigation

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