Man to seek post despite chargesA rural Muldrow man with pending felony and misdemeanor charges has announced plans to seek the district judgeship post in Adair County. Joseph Josiah Stone, 47, is set to appear before District Judge Jeff Payton on Tuesday on charges stemming from threats he allegedly made against some Elohim City residents. On Thursday, the Tahlequah Daily Press received documents in the mail from Stone that indicate he plans to challenge Payton in the 2010 election. Stone, who represents himself in the case, is charged with sending a letter to Dorcas Millar, threatening to poison her water source. He also is accused of threatening Sheila Millar with bodily harm. MCALESTER
Hospital OKs financial reportThe board of McAlester Regional Health Center met for the first time since the layoffs of six employees on Dec. 31 and approved a monthly financial report that reflected little relief for the facility. Ben Scott, vice president of finances, said the hospital has so far taken a $689,310 loss this fiscal year. He gave the report at last week’s meeting. The six — two nurses, a secretary and three supervisory employees — were in addition to 15 positions cut over the previous month. Overall, 30 jobs at the 197-bed hospital have been eliminated over the past six months. ARDMORE
Construction schedule changedThe construction schedule for a new patient tower at an Ardmore hospital has been adjusted by four months. Mercy Memorial Health Center officials say the project’s completion date now is set for June 2010, four months later than previously planned. They say the change will accommodate the installation of a new all-digital hospital information system. Hospital spokeswoman Shana Hammond says plans originally called for a phased-in installation of the system. MUSKOGEE
Man enters plea in porn caseA Pittsburg County man pleaded guilty to child pornography charges, the U.S. attorney’s office in Muskogee said Friday. William David Burkhart, 61, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling said. Charges arose from a federal investigation in which authorities received information from Europol regarding a ring of people in 28 countries who were producing, trading and possessing child pornography. Burkhart’s e-mail address was listed among those who had ordered and received child pornography videos, Sperling said. On May 8, federal agents searched Burkhart’s home and seized a computer and hundreds of DVDs that contained child pornography, Sperling said. Burkhart could face up to 10 years in prison.
Former guard could face prisonFederal prosecutors in Muskogee said Friday that a former prison guard pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. Richard Leland Solomon III, 30, of Canadian pleaded guilty after being indicted in September, U.S. Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling said. FBI agents searched Solomon’s home and seized three computers with hundreds of child pornography videos stored on them, Sperling said. Solomon could face up to 10 years in prison. STILLWATER
City considers alcohol penaltyStillwater officials say they’re looking into developing a so-called "social host” law. Such laws hold adults accountable for providing alcohol to minors at social gatherings. Stillwater City Attorney John Dorman says local officials are examining the policies in other cities to see if they’ll work in the Payne County city where Oklahoma State University is located. District Attorney Rob Hudson says a social host law might not be necessary in Stillwater, because laws already in place prohibit providing alcohol to minors. Hudson says that under current law, police have to prove a host of a gathering supplied alcohol to minors before he or she is charged with a crime. ADA
Officer thwarts getawayAda police officer Destry Musgrove is being recognized for thwarting the getaway of three robbery suspects. Assistant Chief Carl Allen said Musgrove found three people suspected of a gunpoint robbery at the Sooner Stop convenience store at Broadway and Pruitt Road. Ryan Anderson, 18, Nicole Brown, 21, and Brittany Wesley, 17, have been arrested on complaints of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, records show. Allen has put in for a letter of commendation for Musgrove. TULSA
Church pays for gas discountA Tulsa church expects that a discount gas promotion it sponsored will cost about $2,000. For two hours on Saturday, the price of a gallon of gas at a Kum and Go convenience store on S Mingo Road in Tulsa was $1.09 a gallon, 50 cents lower than its previous posted price. The idea for the gas discount came from Foundations Church, a new interdenominational church with an Assemblies of God affiliation. Church member Rachel Heckeroth says the church decided to sponsor the gas discount as a way of helping Tulsa residents during the current economic downturn. FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
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