Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. drug bust nets alleged Mexican cartel leader
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Narcotics agents in Oklahoma say a high-ranking member of a Mexican drug cartel has been arrested in a sting operation.
Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward says it appears the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel have moved from Arizona to Oklahoma because of Arizona's new immigration law. He says 18 people were arrested Tuesday during raids in Elk City, Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Norman, Yukon, Mustang, and Tulsa.
Tulsa, OK – It is former Skiatook School Superintendent Gary Johnson who is named in those grand jury indictments handed down last week. Johnson was taken into custody yesterday accused of embezzlement and bribery.
The jury also reported it had "no confidence" in Johnson's interim replacement.
The investigation started in February, when a state audit turned up 750-thousand dollars wasted on over priced supplies.
Tulsa, OK – 129th East Avenue bridge over I-244 closed for deck repair through Thursday
The 129th East Avenue bridge over Interstate 244 will be closed through Thursday, July 1, for repair of a failure through the deck. Also, the outside westbound lane of I-244 under the bridge will be closed for motorists' safety during the repairs.
Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The city of Oklahoma City can get access to most of the water in Sardis Lake after giving the Oklahoma Water Resources Board $27 million to retire the debt owed on constructing the lake.
Oklahoma City Manager Jim Couch said Monday the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust gave the state agency the money June 16 so the state could finish paying the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A Cuban immigrant sentenced to death for the 2003 shooting death of his common-law wife wants the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to overturn the penalty.
Oral arguments are set for Tuesday in the case of Carlos Cuesta-Rodriguez. The 54-year-old Cuesta-Rodriguez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the May 31, 2003, fatal shooting of Olimpia Cardina Fisher at their southwest Oklahoma City home.
Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Two of Oklahoma's Corporation Commissioners are giving part of their salaries back to the state because of losses experienced by furloughed workers at the agency.
Commissioners Bob Anthony and Dana Murphy said Monday they plan to return part of their pay for a second time. Because state law prohibits cutting their salaries, the commissioners write checks back to the state.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council quizzes Mayoral Chief of Staff Terry Simonson regarding the hiring of a private firm to collect city sales taxes. Simonson says the state legislature tried to block Tulsa's move with a last minute law change.
Mayor Bartlett signed the private contract after the law was changed---but before it was signed by the Governor. The city claims the state---who currently collects the tax--- is leaving money uncollected.