The multicolored diamond ring was recovered Dec. 10 when a local jeweler saw a picture of it in The Oklahoman. According to affidavits, Veronica Hinton-Elix and her husband sold the ring for $440 to one jeweler who in turn sold it to the jeweler who called police. Hinton-Elix, 35, of Midwest City pleaded guilty to grand larceny and concealing stolen property, according to court records. She was working in the home of 102-year-old Edna Levy when the ring was reported stolen, according to court affidavits. Oklahoma County District Court Judge Fred Doke sentenced Hinton-Elix to a 5-year deferred sentence, 40 hours of community service and drug and alcohol assessments. Hinton-Elix’s husband, Wendell Cary Elix, 36, pleaded guilty to knowingly concealing stolen property. He received a 5-year suspended sentence and will be supervised through the community sentencing program, court records state. The judge also ordered Elix obtain a substance abuse assessment. Valerie Brown, Staff Writer Men sentenced in bogus robbery Two Stillwater men have been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for helping a friend in a failed attempt to conceal his embezzlement from a Lawton bank. Tyson Charles Martin, 20, was sentenced Tuesday. Bryan Ross Benton, 24, was sentenced June 17. Both admitted to staging a robbery of a City National Bank & Trust branch Dec. 2 to cover the branch manager’s embezzlement. The former manager, Todd Vincent Rudisill, was sentenced in May to 27 months in federal prison. FBI agents recovered $62,290 .
Bomb threat brings prison termA man was ordered Tuesday to prison for eight years for allegedly threatening last year to blow up the Gold Dome in Oklahoma City. Michael Joseph Pasternik Jr., 59, of Oklahoma City, was on probation for a 2006 bomb threat. Oklahoma County District Judge Twyla Mason Gray revoked his probation after hearing evidence . Nolan Clay, Staff Writer
OZONE ALERT IN EFFECTToday is an ozone alert day for both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Ozone is the primary component of smog. Government associations urge residents to reduce air pollution by altering their daily routines. Suggestions include riding the bus, buying gas in the evening, avoiding lawnmowing and driving the speed limit. For more clean air tips, go online to www.GetSquare.org. FROM STAFF REPORTS
GARDENS OFFERS FREE ADMISSIONThe Myriad Botanical Gardens will offer free admission to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory on Saturday in celebration of Independence Day. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. While at the Crystal Bridge, visitors can experience ConservaStory, the Myriad Gardens’ latest exhibit, celebrating the imaginative world of favorite childhood stories and fairy tales. For more information, call 297-3995 or go online to myriadgardens.com. FROM STAFF REPORTS ADA
UP TO 120 DOGS TO BE CAPTUREDOfficials in Ada are dealing with an estimated 80 to 120 dogs left on a farm when the owner was moved to a rest home. The dogs have been allowed to roam freely and have drawn complaints from neighbors over the years near the Lovelady community. The Pontotoc County sheriff said the owner gave permission for animal welfare officials from Oklahoma City to take possession of the dogs. MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE LANGSTON
School joins fund campaignLangston University will be part of a large fundraising campaign this month for historically black colleges and universities.
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