Jail homicide victim was accused of misdemeanors
An inmate who died Monday at the Oklahoma County jail was being held on multiple misdemeanor complaints, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Artie Hales, 55, a transient, was found injured about 5:40 p.m. on the jail's 10th floor. When emergency personnel arrived, Hales was pronounced dead, OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said. Hales was jailed March 11 on multiple misdemeanor complaints, including littering, disorderly conduct and failure to appear. His body had trauma consistent with homicide, Brown said. The state medical examiner will determine the inmate's cause of death. No arrests had been made Tuesday, Brown said.
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Mom faces abuse charge in belt beating of son, 12
A woman accused of beating her 12-year-old son with a belt because he was failing a class was charged Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court with child abuse. Edmond police were alerted in December after a man who rented a room to Whitney Dennene Reece, 27, found a message from the boy written on a bathroom scale asking him for a ride “to the police department to show the marks and bruises,” a detective wrote in a probable cause affidavit. The boy's injuries included bruises, marks and abrasions to his back, leg and chest “consistent with being hit with a belt,” police reported. Reece admitted “to whooping her son” Dec. 19 after she learned he was failing a class, police said.
TIM WILLERT, STAFF WRITER
Man is charged after spanking twin 3-year-olds
A man accused of spanking twin 3-year-old boys left in his care is facing misdemeanor assault and battery charges, court papers show. Joshua Phillip Paquette, 25, of Midwest City, was charged Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court. His girlfriend, the children's mother, discovered bruising on their buttocks when she changed their diapers the morning after leaving them with Paquette, police reported in a probable cause affidavit. Paquette told police he was baby-sitting the twins while their mother went out for the night. He was arrested March 9, after he said he got angry and spanked the boys for climbing on a kitchen counter and getting into the cabinets, police reported.
TIM WILLERT, STAFF WRITER
Police search for robber of beauty supply store
Oklahoma City police have released surveillance video of an armed robbery at a beauty supply store that happened about 6:45 p.m. Friday at Sally's Beauty Supply, 7640 Northwest Expressway. Two employees were behind their cash registers when a black man produced a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and demanded money from the registers, according to the incident report released Tuesday. The employees told police the man had been inside the store at least three times before the robbery. The robber fled with cash from the registers and hair clippers, according to the report. He is described as about 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, bald and with a salt and pepper beard. Anyone who has information about the robber can call Crime Stoppers at 235-7300.
LEIGHANNE MANWARREN, STAFF WRITER