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News briefs for Sept. 26

News briefs for Sept. 26
Modified: September 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm •  Published: September 26, 2012


5th victim is possible in abuse

— Tulsa police say there may be a fifth victim of alleged abuse at the 17,000-member Victory Christian Center. Charges have been filed against two former church employees — Chris Denman, 20, and Israel Castillo, 23. Tulsa Police Detective Cpl. Greg Smith told The Associated Press on Tuesday a third suspect could face charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of a fifth victim. That case is complicated because the victim's parents are uncooperative and the suspect is no longer in Tulsa, Smith said. “We're at a stalemate,” Smith said. “The third suspect we haven't talked about because all we have to go on now is secondhand information.” On Wednesday, five employees of the south Tulsa church — John Daugherty, Charica Daugherty, Paul Willemstein, Anna George and Harold “Frank” Sullivan — are scheduled to be arraigned in district court for allegedly waiting two weeks before reporting the rape of the 13-year-old to authorities.


Officials call wildfire suspicious

A wildfire that burned Tuesday in southwest Oklahoma City is considered suspicious, a fire official said. Two Oklahoma City police officers spotted the fire about 11:20 a.m. and called for help. The fire scorched a barn and raced toward SW 119 near Meridian Avenue. “There is no source of fire that can be determined. Just a pile of dead trees,” Battalion Chief Cris Copeland said after firefighters extinguished the blaze. The abandoned barn was the only structure damaged in the fire, he said. The situation could have been a lot worse, he said. “They (firefighters) immediately started putting it out before it crossed the road, which saved us. “ Copeland said. “If it had gotten into this other section (north), it's clear to the airport. There's nothing to stop it. We're very fortunate we got it out.”


Services set for fallen soldier

— Funeral services for an area soldier killed recently in Afghanistan have been set for Friday. As previously reported, Army Pfc. Jon Townsend of Claremore, 19, died Sept. 16 in Afghanistan's southern Zabul province when his unit was fired on in an “insider” attack by Afghan police. The service, to include military honors, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 107 E Will Rogers Blvd., in Claremore, with burial to follow at Lone Chapel Cemetery in Adair. Rice Funeral Service of Claremore is in charge of arrangements. Also, a visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, 631 E Will Rogers Blvd. Members of Townsend's family went to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware last week to meet his body when it arrived on U.S. soil. Townsend left for the military just days after he graduated from Sequoyah High School in Claremore in 2011. Townsend was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. His death was one of more than 50 in Afghanistan so far this year attributed to “insider” attacks.

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