Oklahoma news briefs for May 2, 2012

Oklahoma news briefs for May 2, 2012
Published: May 2, 2012
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In brief

Pigeon races draw inquiry

A prominent animal rights group is asking Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty and Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater to investigate illegal gambling on pigeon races held by the American Racing Pigeon Union of Oklahoma, the nation's largest pigeon-racing organization. In a letter to Citty and Prater dated April 30, Jeffrey S. Kerr, general counsel for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, alleges “flagrant violations” of state gambling and racketeering laws uncovered during a 2010 PETA investigation of races sponsored by the Oklahoma City-based pigeon union and another group, Pigeon Racers of Oklahoma. “These clubs kill off birds by the thousands and handle bundles of illegal gambling loot right under the noses of law enforcement officials in Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma,” Kerr said in a news release issued Tuesday.

TIM WILLERT, STAFF WRITER

Man charged in bat attack

A Spencer man accused of hitting a woman in the head with a baseball bat was charged Tuesday in Oklahoma County with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, court records show. Devon Bennett, 18, was arrested April 18 at 3816 Dunjee Blvd. after the woman told Oklahoma City police Bennett hit her in the head with a bat, a probable cause affidavit shows. The woman had a “chicken-egg-sized” knot on her forehead and a half-inch deep cut, police reported. Bennett told officers the woman “shouldn't been on my porch.”

TIM WILLERT, STAFF WRITER