Tahlequah, OK – More than 1,000 pounds of marijuana seized
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) Agents from a drug task force have seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana from a pickup stopped by authorities near Tahlequah.
Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault says authorities seized about 39 bundles of the drug and arrested two people during the bust on Monday. He says authorities received a tip about a pickup moving the marijuana through the area.
Tulsa, OK – With a jury seated, testimony gets underway today in the first degree murder trial of John Kastner. The former Webster High School coach and teacher stands accused of the killing his wife, Lori. The trial is being held in Judge Tom Gilert's courtroom.
At the time of the murder in 2008, Kastner claimed his wife was killed by an intruder at their west Tulsa home. Police says evidence pointed to Kastner as the killer and allege he did so to collect insurance money to offset debt.
Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Child advocates say Oklahoma's children are paying the price for the state's tough-on-crime sentencing policies. During a legislative hearing today, experts say the state's female incarceration rate leads the nation, with 131 women behind bars for every 100,000 residents. That's nearly double the national rate.
Oklahoma City, OK – Revenue collections for August show growth from the prior year, but are marginally below the estimate, State Treasurer Scott Meacham said today as reports for the second month of Fiscal Year 2011 were released.
Preliminary reports show General Revenue Fund collections for August 2010 were $350.8 million. That amount is:
$15.5 million or 4.6 percent above the prior year; but $1.5 million or 0.4 percent below the official estimate.
Tulsa, OK – The Mayor and City Councilors spar over mediation. Mayor Bartlett wants to meet one-on-one with each of the nine city councilors to settle the differences. The council wants the meetings to be in public.
Both sides have agreed to talk in the past, but can't seem to settle on a format or time.
Skiatook, OK – The principal at the Skiatook High School is suspended with pay. Principal Donna Brogan was served with a letter from the interim superintendent stating that her immediate suspension was necessary for the best interest of students.
The case involves cash handling and allowing a school counselor time-off without it being charged for the absence. Brogan has denied the allegations. She was named Oklahoma's Secondary Principal of the Year and was to attend an award banquet in Washington, D.C. later this month.
Duncan, OK – Okla. soldier killed in Afghanistan remembered
DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma native who died while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan has been buried after a funeral service in Duncan.
The Duncan Banner reports that the service for Staff Sgt. Vinson B. Adkinson III at Ray of Hope Church was private and only open to family and friends. Outside the church, supporters roamed the grounds and others lined nearby roads with red, white and blue signs.
Tulsa, OK – 39-year-old Tausha Borland enters a guilty plea in Tulsa District Court. The woman was charged in connection with of two bicyclists west of Sand Springs. The incident happened in June of 2009.
Borland entered a please to two counts of manslaughter and one count of driving under the influence. She also entered a plea of "no contest" to a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.