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Oklahoma and regional crime briefs, Jan. 9

Oklahoma and regional crime briefs, Jan. 9
Modified: January 8, 2013 at 11:26 pm •  Published: January 9, 2013
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TIM WILLERT, STAFF WRITER

Ex-teacher waives hearing

— A former Bethel High School English teacher accused of raping a teenage male student waived her right to a preliminary hearing Monday, the district attorney's office said. Wendy Hickman, 41, of Shawnee, appeared in Pottawatomie County District Court on charges of rape, second-degree forcible sodomy and soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology. Records show the 16-year-old victim reported he had sex with Hickman and she sent nude pictures of herself to his cellphone. Hickman is free on $15,000 bail. She is due back in court Feb. 20.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Bomb scheme hearing is set

— An Illinois man charged with planning to destroy 48 Ottawa County churches was found competent to stand trial Tuesday, a prosecutor said. Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 23, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., is charged with possession of an explosive or incendiary device and violation of the Oklahoma Anti-Terrorism Act. A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 7. Weiler remains in the Ottawa County jail without bail.

SHEILA STOGSDILL, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN

Man, 68, accused of threats

A man who made threats against a veterinary hospital where his cat died was arrested Monday, Oklahoma City police report. Fred William Meyer, 68, was arrested at Neel Veterinary Hospital, 2700 N MacArthur Blvd., on a complaint of threatening an act of violence, the report shows. Veterinarian Tina Neel told police Meyer and his wife brought their cat to the hospital, where the cat died, the report shows. Meyer yelled, “I'm gonna take an AK-47 up there and shoot them,” the report shows. He was taken to the Oklahoma County jail.

LEIGHANNE MANWARREN, STAFF WRITER

Woman charged in thefts

— A Hulbert woman has been charged with embezzling at least $25,000 from the Osage Fire Department. From March 2010 to July 2012, Whitney Leanne Moss, 24, appropriated for personal use funds from department account that she controlled as secretary-treasurer, records show. Moss, whose bail is set at $28,000, is expected to surrender to authorities, Assistant District Attorney Marny Hill said. Moss told authorities she was out of a job and needed money, an affidavit shows.

RHETT MORGAN, TULSA WORLD

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