Oklahoma crime news briefs for March 12, 2013

Oklahoma crime news briefs for March 12
Oklahoman Published: March 11, 2013
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SALLISAW

Mom faces trafficking charges

A Sallisaw woman accused of trying to sell her two children to earn enough money to bail her boyfriend out of jail faces two counts of trafficking in children. Misty Nichole VanHorn, 22, was charged Monday in Sequoyah County District Court. She is jailed with bail set at $50,000. VanHorn is accused of trying to sell her 2-year-old daughter for $1,000 and her 10-month-old child for $3,000 to a woman in Fort Smith, Ark. VanHorn confessed to law enforcement officers she spoke to a friend about selling the children, but then changed her story saying she talked to the children's father about selling them to him, the affidavit states. VanHorn also confessed that she leaves the older child with a woman and that she doesn't know the neighbor's last name. The children were placed in state Department of Human Services custody.

SHEILA STOGSDILL, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN

OKLAHOMA CITY

Two Calif. men face drug charges

Two California men were arrested following a traffic stop in southwest Oklahoma City, police said. Police pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation about 4:50 p.m. Saturday near W Interstate 40 and S Western Avenue and recovered a cardboard box containing 5 pounds of meth, according to the incident report. Samuel Oronia Ramos, 33, and John Manuel Soria, 35, both of Moreno Valley, Calif., were arrested on complaints of trafficking a controlled and dangerous substance. Ramos and Soria were taken to Oklahoma County jail. Their bail is set at $25,000 each.

LEIGHANNE MANWARREN, STAFF WRITER

Victim in blaze is identified

Family members identified Donnie Bence, 45, as the man found dead Friday after a southwest Oklahoma City apartment fire. Funeral services at Bunch-Roberts Funeral Home in Guymon are pending for Bence, a former Guymon resident. Oklahoma City police homicide detectives are waiting for the state medical examiner to make a positive identification and to determine the cause of death. The fire was at the Greystone Apartments, 4900 S Walker Ave.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

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