MAN WOUNDED IN SHOOT-OUTA man was in critical condition Monday after a shoot-out with law enforcement officers Sunday afternoon, authorities said. Robert Lee Thompson, 37, of Rose, armed with two rifles, took a resident hostage near Locust Grove about 2 p.m., Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. George Brown said. Thompson released the hostage and fled on an all-terrain vehicle into a wooded area, Brown said. While being pursued by troopers and Mayes County sheriff’s deputies, Thompson began firing at officers, Brown said. He was shot in the lower torso and hip before being taken into custody, Brown said. Thompson was flown to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition. No officers were reported wounded. Matt Dinger, Staff Writer OKLAHOMA CITY
STATE OFFICIAL GETS LAW HONOROklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson has been named the recipient of the 2008 National Aging and Law Award, co-sponsored by the AARP Foundation. The award honors people who have made significant contributions to justice for older people. Robin Talbert, president of the AARP Foundation, said Edmondson was honored for his commitment to end-of-life issues for older people and for his work as the chief consumer advocate in Oklahoma.
MAPS FOR KIDS MEETING SETMAPS for Kids community meetings have been scheduled at Classen School of Advanced Studies and Green Pastures Elementary School next week. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 16 at both schools. During the meetings, parents, teachers, students, neighbors, community members and school administrators can provide input on improvements scheduled at the schools.
SNOW ROUTES POSTED ON SITEMotorists planning travel on icy weather days can find the best routes on the Oklahoma City Web site, www.okc.gov. During snow and ice storms crews primarily concentrate on salting and plowing streets along the snow routes and keeping them drivable. Regional snow routes stretch from Norman to Edmond and Harrah to Mustang. The regional snow route map as well as maps for all four quadrants of the metro area are available. Residents can also call the city Action Center at 297-2535 to request a map by mail.
CHEERLEADING CLINIC PLANNEDOklahoma City cheerleading coach Brandy Corcoran has scheduled a cheerleading clinic for Jan. 3. The cost is $30 and pre-registration is required. Deadline to register is 5 p.m. Dec. 19. For more information or registration forms, call 208-5395. From Staff Reports ARKANSAS
State TO KEEP six Sect KIDSLITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas child welfare official says the state is retaining custody of six children associated with the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries. Department of Human Services spokeswoman Julie Munsell wouldn’t give any details about the children Monday. She commented after a closed-door court hearing to decide where the children should be placed for the next 30 to 60 days. Alamo faces federal charges alleging he took children across state lines for sex.
JURY IS SEATED IN MURDER CASEFAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A jury has been selected for the capital murder trial of an Arkansas man who was arrested in Oklahoma in the stabbing death of a University of Arkansas student in March. Zachariah Scott Marcyniuk, 29, could face the death penalty if convicted in the killing of 24-year-old Katie Wood. Wood was Marcyniuk’s ex-girlfriend. She was found stabbed to death in her apartment on March 9. TEXAS
SHOOTING ISN’T SELF-INFLICTEDFORT WORTH, Texas — Officials confirmed Monday that the woman who was found dead with her husband Sunday was shot by another person, and they earlier ruled that the husband had shot himself. Makasha Colonvega, 34, was shot multiple times by a handgun, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. Irving police officer Pablo Colonvega, 36, was a U.S. Army reservist on active duty when the shooting occurred Sunday.
DNA MAY LEAD TO TEEN’S BABYSAN ANTONIO — Prosecutors have taken DNA samples from a baby born to a teen from a polygamous sect who had refused to reveal the infant’s whereabouts. The state attorney general’s office said investigators took swabs and photos Monday of the girl born in mid-June. The newborn’s mother is 17 and a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. State officials believe the girl was married to a man in the sect when she was 14. Someone under 17 generally cannot consent to sex with an adult in Texas. MISSOURI
PAROLE BROKEN IN PORN CHARGEJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The former chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder admitted to using an online dating service despite a ban on personal Internet use following his pornography conviction. Eric Feltner pleaded guilty in August to displaying sexually explicit materials. He was sentenced to six months in jail but that sentence was suspended, with the conditions that he stay off the Internet except for business purposes. From Wire Services