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1:36 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Prosecutors Drop Terrorism Hoax Charge For Beheading Threat

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Prosecutors are dropping a terrorism hoax charge against a former Oklahoma City nursing home employee who told his co-worker that he was going to cut off her head.

An Oklahoma County judge dismissed the felony charge Monday at the request of prosecutors.

District Attorney David Prater tells The Oklahoman the charge was withdrawn because the credibility of the co-worker came into question. Other witnesses at the nursing home said the ex-employee was clearly joking.

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Oklahoma Executions
1:13 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Federal Judge Hears Testimony On Lethal Injection Challenge

Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A doctor who examined the body of an Oklahoma inmate who died during a botched execution says he is convinced the man suffered after being declared unconscious.

A pathologist hired by the inmate's lawyer told a federal judge Wednesday that recently released witness statements corroborate his belief that Clayton Lockett was conscious when given drugs to stop his heart and breathing. A witness for the state said it didn't appear Lockett was uncomfortable or suffering.

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Oklahoma News
12:19 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

State Medical Examiner Determines Inmate Cause Of Death

Tory Czernecki
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says the October death of inmate at the Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville was due to strangulation.

The department says the state medical examiner's office determined the cause of death of 22-year-old Tory Czernecki. The department says Czernecki died Oct. 26 after being assaulted in his cell by his cellmate.

The cellmate has not been charged, but Hughes County District Attorney Chris Ross told The Oklahoman that unspecified charges are expected.

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Oklahoma News
5:01 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Norman Police Release Information On Sunday Shooting

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Police in Norman have identified the officer involved in a weekend shooting that left a man in critical condition.

Capt. Tom Easley said Tuesday Master Police Officer Heather Glazier was involved in a shooting on Sunday that injured 34-year-old Martin Sanchez-Juarez. Glazier has served with the department since May 2008. She is on paid administrative assignment pending an investigation.

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Oklahoma News
11:57 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Small Tornado Touches Down In Arcadia During Sunday Storm

National Weather Center in Norman
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A small tornado that touched ground briefly in Arcadia has been rated an EF0 by the National Weather Service in Norman.

Weather service meteorologist Marc Austin said Monday that the tornado caused no damage and appeared to have been on the ground for 30 seconds or less in the small town in the northeastern Oklahoma City metro.

The preliminary rating for the Sunday afternoon twister is the smallest given by the weather service and indicates wind speeds of 40-72 mph.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:27 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Oklahoma Corrections Policies Changed To Release More Offenders

The Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington
Oklahoma Watch

Pushing to reduce prison overcrowding, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections has quietly changed its policies to give early releases to greater numbers of violent and sex offenders, according to agency documents obtained by Oklahoma Watch.

The department is doing so by relaxing policies that determine which types of inmates can receive early-release credits, when those credits can be given, and how many credits offenders can receive, corrections department records show.

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Oklahoma News
6:53 am
Sun December 14, 2014

"Oklahoma @ The Movies" Exhibit Slated To Close This Month

Credit Oklahoma History Center

One of the Oklahoma History Center's most popular exhibits is scheduled to close at the end of the month.

"Oklahoma @ the Movies," which celebrates the contributions of Oklahomans to the motion picture industry, will close on Dec. 31.

The exhibit has been open to the public since May 2012 in conjunction with the development of the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa. The Inasmuch Foundation awarded the Oklahoma History Center a $250,000 grant to develop it and focus on a number of Oklahomans who have worked in front of or behind the camera.

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Oklahoma News
6:31 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Six Oklahoma Lawmen Recognized

David Prater, Oklahoma County District Attorney, and former police officer inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.
Credit Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office

Six Oklahoma lawmen were inducted into the sixth class of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.

Tulsa Police Major Julie Harris says the six inductees for the 2014 class are: Barry T. Black, Joe R. Cannon, Phil Cotten, David Prater, Darrell Weaver, and Charles "Chuck" Smith.

Prater is a former police officer and currently the Oklahoma County district attorney. Weaver is the director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

An induction ceremony was held on Saturday at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma News
6:12 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Two Tribal Attorneys Now Special Assistant Prosecutors

Northern District of Oklahoma U.S. Department of Justice
Credit Northern District of Oklahoma Department of Justice

Tribal attorneys with the Cherokee Nation and the Osage Nation have been sworn in as tribal special assistant United States attorneys to help prosecute federal cases.

Cherokee Nation Deputy Attorney General Sara Hill and Osage Nation Attorney General Jeff Jones have been sworn in by U.S. Attorney Danny Williams Sr. of the Northern District of Oklahoma.

The Northern District has nearly 15 tribes and Williams said the two tribal special assistants will help staff and prosecute more cases and help make for better relationships with the tribes.

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Oklahoma News
6:42 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Academy Accepting 2015 Applicants

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The Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy is accepting applications for its class of 2015.

The academy provides free training for individuals to become volunteer community leaders and advocates for Oklahoma's aging population. Applications are being accepted until Dec. 31.

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