Oklahoma City, OK – Ex-guards sentenced in Oklahoma inmate death
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Two former Oklahoma County jail guards have been sentenced to federal prison in connection with the death of an inmate.
Twenty-three-year-old Justin Isch of Edmond was sentenced Wednesday to six months for using excessive force on inmate Christopher Beckman of Choctaw. Twenty-nine-year-old William Hawthorn was sentenced Thursday to eight months for lying to the FBI and a federal grand jury about the abuse.
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) The investors who bought the 9-acre presidential compound at Oral Roberts University for $1.55 million say they plan to lease the homes. Brothers Roger and Brian Broach bought the land and its six houses that are next to the ORU campus in Tulsa.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council votes eight-to-nothing to override Mayor Bartlett's two budget vetoes. The mayor vetoed the council budget changes saying the council had no guarantee the funding to pay for the projects would materialize.
The veto override will allow the council to pay for snow removal next winter, put two police helicopters in the air and trim the number of city worker furlough days from eight to four.
Tulsa, Ok – The Tulsa City Council comes out of executive session and announces it will turn over its investigation into Mayoral Chief of Staff Terry Simonson to the city prosecutor. It will be up to Bob Garner to decide what---if any criminal charges should be filed. The city prosecutor can only file misdemeanor charges. At issue is whether Simonson misled the council over the use of a federal grant.
Tulsa, Okla. – Weather reports for the Fourth of July are looking favorable for those who will be out of doors. A popular place for Oklahomans to spend the holiday is the Illinois River, and the Oklahoma Scenic River Commission expects turnouts between 1000-2000 people.
Rafting, floating, canoeing and kayaking are all available through various businesses along the river. Fishing conditions are excellent, cabins and campgrounds are available for rent, and sites along the river offer miniature golf, slides and places to eat.
Tulsa, OK – The upcoming Fourth of July weekend is expected to have thousands of Oklahomans spending time at lakes and rivers all over the state. Tulsans are no exception.
The holiday comes on the heels, however, of the Tulsa Health Department's first confirmation of West Nile Virus carried by mosquitoes in Tulsa County, and officials warn that anyone planning to celebrate out of doors should take precautions.
Wichita, Kan. – WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A federal judge has tossed out an age discrimination lawsuit against The Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems filed in the wake of Boeing's 2005 sale of commercial airplane operations in Kansas and Oklahoma.
U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren summarily ruled Wednesday in favor of the two aerospace giants. He found the evidence was insufficient to establish a pattern of age discrimination during the divestiture.
Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Southeastern Oklahoma counties had the highest unemployment rates in the state for May while the lowest rates were found in the Oklahoma Panhandle and northwestern corner of the state.
The latest figures from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission show jobless rates of 10.7 percent in Latimer County, 10.6 percent in McCurtain County and 10.5 percent in Hughes County.