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In brief: Crime

Modified: December 4, 2008 at 12:04 am •  Published: December 4, 2008
acy 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.

William 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.


Federal court upholds suit
An 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.

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