More Oklahoma news briefs for Sept. 15, 2012

Oklahoma news briefs
Modified: September 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm •  Published: September 14, 2012
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Drug lands students in hospital

— Six Harrah Junior High students were taken to a hospital Friday after taking the drug Diazepam, a generic form of Valium, police said. Officer Phil Stewart said school officials noticed one student was drowsy and unresponsive to teachers earlier Friday afternoon. That student was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition, he said. Five more students were taken to the hospital during the afternoon. “I'm not expecting any severe conditions to result, but there is always a risk when taking any controlled substance,” Stewart said. Valium is used to treat seizures and anxiety and can cause cardiac arrest. Stewart said one student distributed the drug to his classmates and will be arrested on felony charges after he is released from the hospital. “I'm not worried about putting him in jail right now. I'm worried about saving his life,” Stewart said.

NASREEN IQBAL, Staff Writer

Former teacher faces charges

— A former Wagoner High School teacher was charged Thursday with embezzling $142,984 from the school over four years. Susan “Beth” Elizabeth Spaulding, 37, is accused of collecting the money between January 2007 and May 2011 through reimbursements for classroom purchases she claimed to have made, Wagoner County Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Milburn said. When the school's treasurer alerted administrators to the unusual number of reimbursements over the years, the school conducted an audit and discovered the amount of money Spaulding had been given, a court affidavit states. Spaulding was suspended pending further investigation, but she quit in May 2011 and offered to repay the school, according to Milburn and the affidavit. The school rejected the offer, the document states. Administrators reportedly told police they could not find the items she said she bought. They ranged from electronics to “things that would appear normal in a classroom,” Milburn said. Spaulding had not been arrested Friday afternoon.

ZACK STOYCOFF, TULSA WORLD

3 on leave after fatal shooting

Three law enforcement officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man who allegedly pointed a gun at police Thursday have been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation, authorities said. Suspended are Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Shawn Cummings, Mayes County sheriff's office Lt. Alan Davis and Grand River Dam Authority Patrolman Tyler Brown, officials said. Paid leave is routine following officer-involved fatal shootings. Dustin Shirrel, 30, of Tahlequah, was killed about 12:10 p.m. Thursday after allegedly pointing a 9 mm pistol at the officers south of Pryor, Mayes County Sheriff Frank Cantey said. The shooting followed Shirrel's fleeing the crash of a stolen vehicle in which he was an occupant, Cantey said. The vehicle's driver, Claudia Taylor, 32, of Tahlequah, was arrested on a complaint of possession of a stolen vehicle, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported. The Mayes County district attorney's office will determine whether the shooting was justified.


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