Share “Oklahoma Briefs” Published: January 15, 2010

Police capture missing inmate
An Arkansas inmate who escaped after stabbing a guard at a rest stop was captured near Sallisaw on Thursday. Van Buren, Ark., police Lt. Brent Grill said Justin Welch, 26, escaped about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday and was arrested about noon Thursday. Grill said Welch had taken a truck driver hostage but was arrested without further incident. He stabbed a private extradition company guard and stole the company’s van during a rest stop in Van Buren, police said. The guard was treated and released. Welch was being taken to Wisconsin where he is wanted in the stabbing death of a woman.


District mulls Budget cuts
Fort Gibson school Superintendent Derald Glover said the district likely will cut back on the number of teachers it employs next year. The budget may be down by as much as $700,000 because of cuts and lower property tax collections, he said. He said the number of cuts will depend on whether some teachers retire.


Layoffs begin At St. Gregory’s
St. Gregory’s University interim president David Marker said the school will lay off about 5 percent of the 119 faculty and staff. Marker said St. Gregory’s also is implementing a hiring freeze and cutting expenditures. A dozen open positions within the university will not be filled at this time. He said the measures are necessary to ensure the university’s fiscal stability in the face of declining enrollment and endowment figures. St. Gregory’s has about 700 students.


Woman pleads Guilty in court
A southwestern Oklahoma woman faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to taking a 12-year-old girl to a hotel for sex with Marines from Fort Sill. Amy Rivera, 34, of Fletcher, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Comanche County District Court. Ongoing Coverage: Swine flu has disabled the comments for this article.


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