Sting dismantles meth ring
Narcotics agents led a sting Thursday morning that dismantled a methamphetamine ring in Okmulgee, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control reports. Drug agents and officers from several law enforcement departments fanned out about 6 a.m. Thursday with five search warrants and 21 arrest warrants for defendants accused of trafficking and distributing large quantities of methamphetamine, spokesman Mark Woodward said in a news release. The sting followed a 10-month investigation into the meth ring, Woodward said. The group routinely imported as much as 2 to 5 pounds of crystal meth monthly, he said. All of the defendants arrested were taken to the Okmulgee County jail. They face a variety of charges, including aggravated trafficking and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.
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Woman charged in fake 911 calls
A Bethany woman with a history of calling 911 when intoxicated was charged Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court with making a false emergency telephone call, a misdemeanor, records show. Gail Jean Kemp, 70, is accused of calling the emergency line three times on Jan. 16 — twice after being told not to call back unless she had an emergency, according to a probable cause affidavit. Kemp, who made the calls from a phone in her home, told a dispatcher “she just wanted to talk.” Police reported Kemp had been drinking vodka and appeared intoxicated when officers arrived.
TIM WILLERT, STAFF WRITER
Blood trail leads to suspect
An Oklahoma City police officer said he tracked a woman who smashed her neighbor's window with a hammer by following a blood trail to her house. Dinesha Neal, 23, was arrested Tuesday on a complaint of destruction of property in the 2100 block of Kelham Avenue. Neal's neighbor, Ivana Watson, said she and Neal have had an ongoing dispute and she saw Neal walk up to her house and smash a west-facing window, according to the police report. The officer said he found a trail of blood leading to Neal's house and knocked on her door. When she answered she had a plastic bag wrapped around her hand and told the officer she had cut it while she was busting out the window, the report states. Neal refused medical treatment.
ADAM KEMP, STAFF WRITER
Boy, 13, held in firearm case
Oklahoma City police arrested a teen accused of threatening his brother with a homemade shotgun. Tyler Battle, 13, was arrested Tuesday on a complaint of assault with a deadly weapon after he threatened to kill his older brother with a loaded, homemade shotgun, according to the police report. The older brother, whose name was not released, told police this wasn't the first time the teen had threatened him at gunpoint. Battle's mother told police there have been ongoing problems with the 13-year-old. Battle was taken to the Berry House, where officials told police he was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in court involving a separate case of pointing a firearm.
ADAM KEMP, STAFF WRITER
Police release video of robbery
Police are looking for a man who scuffled with store employees after stealing cash from the store's register. A surveillance camera captured the incident about 11 a.m. Saturday at the Dollar General at 2905 SW 74. The video shows the man waiting in line behind another customer at the store. When the clerk opened the register, the man leaned over the counter and started taking money from the drawer. The clerk shoved the man away and other employees in the store showed up to help. The man scuffled with three employees before running out of the store. He got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police said anyone with information or who recognizes the man from the video can call Crime Stoppers at 235-7300. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.
BRYAN DEAN, STAFF WRITER
Attorneys seek to delay trial
The trial for a former Arizona inmate who escaped from prison and is accused of killing an Oklahoma couple in New Mexico has been reset. But attorneys for John McCluskey want it pushed back even further. They say the new date of July 22 will conflict with another federal case. The attorneys originally asked to reschedule the trial because of serious medical issues with McCluskey, which they haven't been disclosed. McCluskey is charged with carjacking and murder in the deaths of Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh. Their remains were found at an eastern New Mexico ranch. McCluskey was one of three people who authorities say escaped from a medium-security prison near Kingman, Ariz., in July 2010 and went on a multistate crime spree.