Muskogee, OK – Ex-deputy sheriff sentenced for assaulting 3 men
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) A former Choctaw County deputy sheriff has been sentenced to prison for assaulting three men while he was a deputy.
U.S. Attorney Sheldon Sperling says Ben Milner was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Muskogee to 18 months in prison. Milner was convicted last September of violating the civil rights of the three men and of falsifying official reports in an effort to cover up his actions.
Okmulgee, OK – Manslaughter charges filed in death of Okla. girl
OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) Prosecutors have charged the foster parent of a 3-year-old girl with manslaughter after the girl died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Prosecutors filed the charges against 61-year-old Sharon Whitecloud nearly nine months after the death of Kyra Zubah. The child was admitted to a Tulsa hospital and declared brain dead on Nov. 10. Kyra was in the foster care of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa County wants the Attorney General to take over its probe of the Mayor's office. The council is forwarding its request to Drew Edmondson's office. At issue is if the Mayor and his Chief of Staff mislead the council over use of a federal grant to re-hire police officers.
If Edmondson's office won't handle the case, the council would like him to appoint a special prosecutor.
The maximum penalty for lying to the council is a 100-dollar fine and/or ten days in jail.
Tulsa, Okla. – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa police say a man leading an officer on a high speed chase was killed when his car went airborne and crashed into the second floor of an apartment complex.
Police say 28-year-old Larry Steven Bible Jr. died in the collision early Thursday morning.
Investigators say Bible was being pursued shortly after midnight when he drove off a city street and hit a curb. Police say the car went airborne for nearly 100 feet before crashing into the apartment building about 20 feet off the ground.
Tulsa, Okla. – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett says the City Council is not authorized by the city charter to have its own attorney and is demanding that the current attorney for the council resign.
Bartlett's attorney has sent a letter to City Council attorney Drew Rees demanding that he resign immediately. The letter obtained by the Tulsa World also questions whether city funds were misappropriated in paying for a council attorney.
Oklahoma City, OK – Gov. Brad Henry today requested a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster declaration for Oklahoma County to assist those impacted by severe storms and flash floods that occurred July 6-12.