Oklahoma news briefs: Feb. 23, 2013

Oklahoma news briefs: Feb. 23, 2013
Published: February 23, 2013

In brief


OKC lake

gets water

Managers on Friday closed a gate at Canton Lake dam, completing the release of lake water to replenish drinking water supplies in Oklahoma City. Kathy Carlson, lake manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said slightly more than 30,000 acre-feet were drawn from Canton Lake, about 100 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. Canton Lake is now about 3 feet above its inactive pool, or lowest allowable level, Carlson said. Lake Hefner has risen 9 feet from its historic low last month and is expected to rise another couple of feet over the next few days, said Debbie Ragan, utilities spokeswoman for Oklahoma City. The last of the Canton water is expected to reach Hefner by the middle of next week.




Man gets life

in boy's death

A judge sentenced an Edmond man Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally beating his girlfriend's 2-year-old son while she was at school. Jurors convicted Rico Antwoine Berry, 28, of first-degree murder and child neglect in the Oct. 14, 2009, death of Jolen Babakhani. Berry received life in prison for the neglect conviction. Berry's attorney claimed the fatal injuries were the result of play fighting.