Inmate escapes from prison in south Oklahoma
GRANITE, Okla. (AP) - Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.
The Greer County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Aaron Kelsey was discovered missing from the medium-security prison, which has a capacity of nearly 1,000 inmates.
No details about Kelsey's escape were immediately available. Kelsey was serving time on burglary and weapons-related convictions out of Bryan County. He was due for a parole hearing in July 2016.
Kelsey is described as a white man, standing 5 foot 10 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes.
Overdose cited in death of inmate at Norman jail
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - An autopsy has found that an inmate found dead in the Cleveland County jail earlier this year died of a drug overdose.
The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday that 36-year-old Rebekah Reed of Oklahoma City died of acute drug toxicity. The report says Reed's death was an accident caused by an overdose of a prescription drug and alcohol.
The Norman Transcript reports the autopsy cites amitriptyline, a drug that treats depression, as causing the overdose.
Reed had been picked up by Moore police on Feb. 22 on a failure to appear warrant. She was booked in the county jail that night and was found unresponsive in her cell at 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 23.
Authorities say she was taken to Norman Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Skydiver dies during WWII-style jump in Oklahoma
FREDERICK, Okla. (AP) - Authorities say a skydiver from Illinois has been killed while taking part in a demonstration jump in Oklahoma to honor World War II paratroopers.
Oklahoma medical examiner's office spokeswoman Amy Elliott says 69-year-old Jim Yost died Tuesday from blunt force injuries after his parachute malfunctioned.
Yost, a funeral director from Champaign, Illinois, was taking part in the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team's semi-annual jump school near Frederick, Oklahoma, when the accident occurred.
Tillman County Sheriff Bobby Whittington says his office and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the death.
Members of the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team honor veterans by participating in jumps that are modeled after paratroopers during the war.
SALVATION ARMY PANTRY
Salvation Army OKC pantry closed until September
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Salvation Army says its food pantry in Oklahoma City is being closed until September.
Spokeswoman Maegan Dunn says that the Salvation Army in Oklahoma County has distributed all its food supply because of an increase in need. The food pantry was closed Wednesday.
Dunn says the pantry will not resume operations until September as it moves to the Center of Hope at 1001 North Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City.
Other resources to help the needy can be found by calling 211.
Suspended WR Blackmon arrested on drug complaint
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - Suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been arrested in Oklahoma on a complaint of marijuana possession.
Blackmon, a former standout at Oklahoma State, was arrested Wednesday evening in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond. Police say they noticed his sedan go around stopped traffic in an attempt to get into a turn lane.
Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe says an officer detected a "heavy smell of marijuana" coming from the car, and that Blackmon admitted he had smoked "a blunt" while driving and had another in his vehicle.
Blackmon was arrested and booked into the Edmond jail, where he posted $657 bond.
Blackmon is suspended without pay indefinitely for repeated violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. The Jaguars have indicated they may cut him if he is reinstated.
CareerTech board names Mack as interim director
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma State Board of Career and Technology Education has named CareerTech deputy state director and chief operating officer Marcie Mack as interim director.
The board named Mack interim director on Wednesday after accepting the resignation of Director Robert Sommers. Sommers' has announced that he is stepping down Aug. 15 in order to spend more time with his family in Ohio.
Mack has worked at the department since 2013 after spending more than 19 years at Autry Technology Center where she served in a variety of positions - including assistant superintendent.
OCU prepares to move law library downtown
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City University's School of Law is moving its library into a historic building in downtown Oklahoma City.
More than 90,000 books and 22 cabinets of microfiche will begin making the move Thursday into the old Central High School building at 800 North Harvey. The move is part of the law school's transition into the historic building that has been completely renovated.
Among the items in the law library's collection are a collection of Native American documents, including tribal codes, constitutions, cases, and materials on tribal customs and practices. Current OCU President Robert Henry also donated all of his judicial papers from his tenure as chief judge of the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver.
Moving the library is expected to take about two weeks.
COBURN-TOWN HALL MEETINGS
Coburn announces plans for town hall meetings
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn plans a series of town hall meetings in Oklahoma as he prepares to resign from the Senate at the end of the current term.
The meetings will take place the first two full weeks in August. Coburn says one of the highlights of serving as senator is traveling the state and speaking with Oklahomans about issues that are important to them.
Coburn announced earlier this year that he would resign with two years remaining in his term. The Republican has served in the U.S. Senate since 2004.
The meetings are planned for Oklahoma City, Altus, Lawton, Enid, Bartlesville and Tulsa.
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