Plea entered after death
A Vian resident charged in the fatal shooting of his friend has pleaded no contest to manslaughter in the case. James Arthur Dee Moffett waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday and entered his plea in Sequoyah County District Court. He was initially charged with second-degree murder in the July 28 death of Stanley Leon Ross, 31, of Vian. Police said Moffett was intoxicated and handling a shotgun recklessly when it fired, striking Ross in the head. Moffett was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Under Oklahoma law, Moffett must serve 85 percent of the sentence before he's eligible for parole.
Man arrested in scam case
Kansas authorities said a man who impersonated law enforcement officers as part of a scam to cash phony checks and pass bad checks has been arrested in Oklahoma. The Kansas State Bureau of Investigation reported Robert Helms, 46, of Pittsburg, Kan., was arrested Wednesday in Vinita when a clerk at a Walmart called police after recognizing one of the aliases Helms was known to use. Authorities said Helms targeted stores in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and Oklahoma. He allegedly would buy electronics and gift cards with fraudulent checks from nonexistent banks and cashed phony payroll checks from current and nonexistent sheriff's offices in Kansas. Investigators said Helms would show a badge and a weapon and portray himself as a plainclothes officer or a detective.