"Woman, 75, survives in ravine after crash" Associated Press July 01, 2015
DALLAS — Wanda Mobley’s cellphone wasn’t getting service, and all she had was soda and the pond water as temperatures swung from the 90s during the day to the low 70s at night, including rain.
‘‘From where the road was, nobody could see the car,’’ Mobley said. ‘‘The windshield was cracked big time, but none of it was out. I pulled the rearview mirror off the windshield, pulled big holes in it until I could get out.’’
She said the accident occurred Friday, when she was about three hours into a 300-mile road trip to a family reunion in Oklahoma. It wasn’t until Sunday that a signal from her cellphone led her frantic relatives to search an area near Seymour, Texas, about 140 miles north of her home in Brownwood.
Mobley — who fractured her back in the accident — was listed in good condition Tuesday at United Regional Health Care System in nearby Wichita Falls.
"A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state’s constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday."
But God was looking after someone in a ditch.
"The City Council has unanimously approved a proposal calling for local police officers to wear body cameras. Councilor Orlando Ramos’ initial proposal endorsed body cameras over vehicle-mounted cameras. But Councilor Kenneth Shea suggested an amendment expressing support for both. The amendment also won approval on a 10-to-0 vote. A prior Springfield proposal to mount cameras in cruisers led to a police contract impasse in 2013. A committee of city and police union officials began reviewing the issue last year. Ramos’s proposal called for federal funds to be used to acquire body cameras if the city and police unions approve their use."
Related: Man, 28, dies days after being shot in head
The whole Bates shooting in the dead zone?
"Woman found competent for trial in corpse-slashing case" Associated Press July 08, 2015
TULSA — An Oklahoma woman charged with slashing the corpse of her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend is competent to stand trial, a district judge ruled Wednesday.
Tulsa District Court Special Judge David Youll reviewed 27-year-old Shaynna Sims’ psychiatric evaluation and said she is competent, meaning she’s able to understand the charges against her and is able to help defend herself. Sims is jailed without bond and has a hearing scheduled for Sept. 11.
Sims has pleaded not guilty. Chad Greer, Sims’ attorney, said her character has been ‘‘assassinated’’ in ‘‘the court of public opinion.’’
Sims was arrested at the dead woman’s apartment after attending a viewing April 30. Police said Sims was carrying a knife with the woman’s hair attached to it.
Woa! She looks like a corpse.
"A former town councilman in the heart of Tornado Alley is accused of using work-release prison inmates to steal copper wire from emergency sirens intended to help protect residents from tornadoes of his small Oklahoma town, the local sheriff said Thursday."
"Two men and a woman have been arrested in southeastern Kansas in the shooting of a police officer in neighboring Oklahoma, after leading law enforcement on a car chase across state lines."
"A state trooper fatally shot a man who was involved in a fight with two troopers trying to rescue him and another man from flood waters, the Highway Patrol said Saturday. The troopers responded to a report of a stranded vehicle in Okmulgee County about 9:30 p.m. Friday. Police said the fight began because the men were upset at having to abandon the vehicle (AP)."
Sorry to ditch those here.
"Oklahoma leaders blast food-stamp remark" Associated Press July 15, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY — The chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party apologized Tuesday for a post on the party’s Facebook page that said giving people food stamps is akin to feeding animals in national parks, marking the new leader’s latest misstep over divisive comments.
Party chairman Randy Brogdon said on Facebook that the post was intended to illustrate the cycle of government dependency. He apologized ‘‘for any misconceptions that were created.’’
Why not use bank bailouts or war profiteer cost overruns as an example?
The original message, posted Monday, said 46 million Americans participate in the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program, or SNAP, commonly referred to as food stamps. The post then said the National Park Service encourages people not to feed wild animals because they ‘‘will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.’’
The post concluded: ‘‘Thus ends today’s lesson in irony.’’
Yeah, it sure does!
About 604,000 people receive SNAP benefits in Oklahoma, mostly the elderly, disabled, and children.
Which Congre$$ cut to the bone as they lavish tax loot on the war machine, Wall Street, and Israel gonna get a big chunk over the Iran deal.
The post, which was removed Tuesday, also drew immediate criticism from Democrats and Republicans.
‘‘It is not a representation of the party as a whole and it makes the party look uncaring,’’ said state Senator Stephanie Bice, a Republican.
Sheree Powell, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, called the post ‘‘shameful.’’
‘‘It was insensitive and uninformed. If they had even bothered to ask what the reality of poverty looks like . . . they wouldn’t have made that kind of post,’’ she said.
Exactly. Just another out of touch a$$hole.
Just in case you hungered for more.
Also see: Five fatally stabbed in Okla. home
"Police have turned to social media posts for clues about the motive of a
teenager accused in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three
siblings during a late-night attack at the family’s home. Police in the
Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow charged Robert Bever, 18, with five counts
of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault in the attack
Wednesday. Bever’s 16-year-old brother was also being held (AP)."