Oklahoma crime briefs for Feb. 7, 2013

Oklahoma crime briefs: Feb. 7, 2013
Oklahoman Modified: February 6, 2013 at 9:50 pm •  Published: February 7, 2013

In brief

OKLAHOMA CITY

Third robbery

suspect sought

Police arrested two people and are looking for a third in connection with a string of armed robberies early Wednesday in northwest Oklahoma City. A man and a woman were arrested after police received five reports of people being robbed at gunpoint between midnight and 3 a.m. in the area of Hefner Road and Council Road, police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said. One victim said he was forced into a car and driven to an ATM. The man was not hurt. Police spotted the car and arrested one of two men who tried to run as an officer approached, Knight said. A woman who arrived on the scene also was arrested. Police identified the two suspects arrested as Nicco Price, 24, and Brittney Hamilton, 27.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

TAHLEQUAH

2-year-old recovering from burns

A 2-year-old girl is recovering from chemical burns reportedly suffered from her grandmother's meth lab, Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said. Brenda Toniece Vann, 54, is jailed on complaints of child abuse and manufacturing methamphetamine, Chennault said. Her bail is set at $75,000. The toddler suffered burns on her side from her armpit to her diaper line, the undersheriff said. The girl now is in Cherokee Nation protective custody, he said. A search of the grandmother's residence yielded a meth lab, lab components and the shirt the toddler apparently had been wearing when she was burned, authorities said. Dog and cat feces littered the home, Chennault said. Vann has previous drug and larceny convictions in Cherokee County, records show.

RHETT MORGAN, TULSA WORLD

MIAMI

Charges against man dismissed

State charges filed against an Illinois man accused of plotting to destroy 48 Ottawa County churches with Molotov cocktails were dismissed Wednesday after he was taken into federal custody, District Attorney Eddie Wyant said. Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 24, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., had been held in the Ottawa County jail on possession of an explosive or incendiary device and violation of the Oklahoma Anti-Terrorism Act. Weiler is now facing federal charges, Wyant said. Telephone calls to the U.S. Marshals Service and the federal prosecutor's office were not immediately returned. Family members have said Weiler suffers from mental illness, and both of his parents suffered from drug use and committed suicide. He was deemed competent to stand trial in January.


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