FBI ARRESTS 3 IN BANK HOLDUPAuthorities arrested a Lawton bank branch manager and two Stillwater men in connection with a robbery at the bank, the FBI said. A man wearing a mask went into City National Bank, 4510 SE Lee Blvd., on Tuesday and gave a note demanding money to the manager, Todd Vincent Rudisill, 22, of Lawton, the FBI said. A tipster told the FBI that Tyson Charles Martin, 19, and Bryan Ross Benton, 23, both of Stillwater, were involved, and an investigation indicated Rudisill was involved, the FBI said. All three are in federal custody. OKLAHOMA CITY
JAIL DEATH SUIT HEADS TO COURTA wrongful-death lawsuit naming a handful of governmental agencies and health care providers has been moved to federal court in Oklahoma City. A representative of Larry F. Morgan’s estate sued Oklahoma County and Sheriff John Whetsel in January, alleging negligence, wrongful death and violation of constitutional rights. The lawsuit also names the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the company that provides health care to inmates at the county jail. Morgan, 44, died in November 2006 after he was assaulted by an inmate at the jail.
DHS WORKER PLEADS GUILTYA longtime Department of Human Services employee pleaded guilty Wednesday for wrongdoing in a political campaign involving Kiamichi Technology Center. Barbette Estelle Hull, 46, of Poteau will be on probation for a year for conspiracy. Hull faced 13 felony counts of lying to the state grand jury but reached a deal with prosecutors. Under the deal, she must testify at the conspiracy trial of Davey Joe Sutton, former director of the center’s Poteau campus.
MAN IS INJURED IN CITY SHOOTINGAn unidentified man was shot outside his Oklahoma City residence about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and robbed of about $800, police Lt. Tracy Smith said. His wounds were not life-threatening, and paramedics took him to a hospital for treatment, Smith said. The victim had two gunshot wounds to his right leg and one to his left, Smith said. He told officers he walked out of his house, 351/2 NE 63, and a man wearing a black hooded sweat shirt and a mask shot him. The man told police he had about $800 in his pockets, most of which the assailant took, Smith said. Officers searched for about 45 minutes without finding a suspect.
ESCAPE LANDS MAN MORE TIMEWilliam Hershell Smiley, 41, who had been sought by law enforcement officials since walking out of federal court in late November, has turned himself in and will go back to prison for failing to meet the terms of his probation. Smiley contacted authorities Tuesday and was arrested Wednesday, U.S. Deputy Marshal Kim Heath said. DENVER
Federal court upholds suitAn appeals court Wednesday reinstated the lawsuit of a Blanchard employee fired after he reported his suspicion of illegal favoritism for the mayor. Former building inspector Ira Thomas contacted the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation because he said a certificate of occupancy had been completed and signed for a house built by Mayor Tom Sacchieri before Thomas’ final inspection. Thomas was fired after saying he would report the matter. The judges concluded that Thomas’ report to the OSBI was speech shielded by the First Amendment. FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS