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Oklahoman Published: August 12, 2009

Principal faces charge
Tulsa County prosecutors have charged a school principal with misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Vicki Rae Smith, 50, is accused of cultivating a fight between two students. She was suspended with pay on Tuesday. A police affidavit alleges Smith removed one boy from class to fight the other boy in a school hallway and didn’t intervene until she noticed two visitors observing the fight.


Teacher fired over charges
The Tulsa School Board fired a middle school teacher charged with sex crimes. John Gisler, 41, was charged July 6 with lewd molestation, forcible sodomy and second-degree rape of a teenager. Authorities said he met the teen through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma program. Gisler was a science teacher at Whitney Middle School and taught previously in Sand Springs and Sapulpa.



Power delays retrial
A power outage Monday in Sallisaw delayed the first day of jury selection for the retrial of a Roland woman accused of killing her 6-year-old son. Rebecca Pettit, 43, was convicted in 2005 and sentenced to life without parole for the 2000 death of Adam Pettit. Deputies found the boy smothered and Pettit unconscious with cuts to her wrist and ankles. Pettit represented herself at her first trial after the court ruled she was not indigent. She argued on appeal, and the state Court of Criminal Appeals agreed that she never waived her right to an attorney.


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Meth lab Dismantled
Authorities dismantled a partial meth lab outside a government building in downtown Tulsa on Monday morning after groundskeepers found several chemical-filled bottles. The workers found the equipment in a stairwell outside the State Office Building near Fourth Street and Houston Avenue about 10 a.m., Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. has disabled the comments for this article.


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