dentist will sign extradition papers and return to North Dakota, his attorney Irven Box said. Gene Carl Kirkpatrick, 63, is accused of hiring Michael Allen Nakvinda to kill Philip Gattuso, who was Kirkpatrick’s son-in-law. Kirkpatrick has been charged in North Dakota with conspiracy to commit murder.
County plans checkpoint
The Oklahoma County sheriff’s office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night. Deputies will operate the checkpoint from 10 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday. Its location will not be disclosed to the public.
MICHAEL KIMBALL, STAFF WRITER
DHS buyouts to cut staff
The state Department of Human Services is offering buyouts to cut 70 positions at the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center of Enid and to cut 92 positions at the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley. The offers are not being made to direct care and nursing staff. The buyout includes 18 months of insurance for the employee, the next longevity payment at their anniversary, a half week’s pay per year worked or $5,000 and their accumulated leave.
Bomb threat brings arrest
An Owasso man has been accused of threatening to blow up Grand Lake Mental Health Center in Rogers County if workers didn’t give him drugs. Joel Deubler was being held Wednesday in the Rogers County jail on one count of making a telephone bomb threat.
Sex abuse hearing set
A preliminary hearing will be held Dec. 17 in McAlester for a convicted child rapist indicted by a grand jury on new counts of child sexual abuse. David Harold Earls, 65, is charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 16. In a separate case, Earls pleaded no contest in May to first-degree rape and forcible sodomy in an attack on a 4-year-old girl.