Suspected robber faces murder charge
Authorities have filed a second-degree murder charge against a Tulsa man after a truck driver was killed during a police pursuit in Ottawa County. Francis Harry Dishmon, 50, was charged in Ottawa County District Court in the death of James Carl Wivell, 48, of Longmont, Colo. Wivell was southbound on U.S. 69 north of Quapaw about 10:35 a.m. Wednesday when he swerved to miss a wrecked car that police had been chasing. His rig overturned, and he died at the scene, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Dishmon is accused of entering the IBC Bank in Miami about 10:30 a.m. and handing a teller a note saying: “I have a gun. I want all your money.” A gun was never displayed, and no money was taken, police said. Dishmon was being held Thursday in the Ottawa County jail. Court records show Dishmon was convicted on bank robbery charges in 2001 in Florida and in 2003 in Alabama.
SHEILA STOGSDILL, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN
Bomb plot suspect plans insanity defense
A man accused of plotting to bomb dozens of northeast Oklahoma churches will mount an insanity defense. In a court filing Wednesday, Assistant Federal Public Defender Stephen Greubel gave notice that he plans to claim that Gregory Weiler II was insane at the time of the alleged plot. Weiler, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., was ruled mentally incompetent April 3 and was committed to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility for evaluation and treatment. Weiler is in custody at a federal facility in Butner, N.C. Prosecutors accused Weiler of plotting to bomb 48 churches in Ottawa County. He was arrested after a motel maintenance worker found a duffel bag with Molotov cocktails and other explosives in a trash bin.
Officials investigate after body is found
A woman's body was found about 7:30 a.m. Thursday beneath a McClain County bridge, Sheriff Don Hewett said. The body was found about 200 yards east of railroad tracks under the James Nance Bridge on U.S. 77 between Purcell and Lexington. Workers on the bridge discovered the body. Hewett said the woman was white and appeared to be in her 30s. The cause of death is under investigation and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been asked to assist.
FROM STAFF REPORTS