Gambling trial delayed
The jury trial for Teddy Mitchell, two of his sons and six other men has been postponed to Aug. 13. The trial was set to begin April 9 in federal court in Oklahoma City. The defendants are accused of involvement in an illegal gambling operation. Prosecutors allege Mitchell, 58, made millions of dollars hosting illegal high-stakes poker games at his Oklahoma City home and illegally taking bets on sporting events. Defense attorneys contend Mitchell is a professional gambler who acted legally. U.S. District Judge David Russell ordered the delay Thursday after meeting with prosecutors and defense attorneys. It is the second time the trial has been delayed. Mitchell's attorneys asked for the delay, telling the judge they need more time to review more than 25,000 pages of information turned over by prosecutors.
Nightclub is off-limits
The commanding general at Fort Sill said soldiers can no longer visit a nightclub where a double-homicide occurred last month. Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald said soldiers must stay away from the Platinum Gentlemen's Club, where a soldier and another man died Jan. 20. Investigators have said Pfc. Jamar Mitchell, 20, died after being shot four times, and George Whitney II, 28, was shot dead by a security guard. It wasn't clear whether the men had an altercation or if Mitchell was a bystander. Another shooting was reported at the club in July. McDonald said he was placing the club off-limits to soldiers in an effort to protect the “health, welfare and safety” of his personnel. The order covers personnel assigned to Fort Sill permanently, temporarily or administratively.
Braille contest set
The Oklahoma School for the Blind is inviting blind or visually impaired students ages 6 to 19 statewide to compete in its Oklahoma Regional Braille Challenge on March 1. The competition will be held at the school, 3300 Gibson St. The Braille Challenge is a national program of Braille Institute of America and the only national academic competition for blind students in the U.S. Participants will compete in five categories requiring them to transcribe, type and read braille using a device called a Perkins Brailler. Students from the U.S. and Canada are competing in preliminary competitions in hopes of qualifying for the national competition in June in Los Angeles. At the same time, the state Rehabilitation Services Department will hold professional development workshops at the school for teachers of students with visual impairments. To register for the competition, go to osb.k12.ok.us/campus-life/special-events/braille-challenge/.