Ex-teacher waives hearing right
A former Marble City school teacher accused of having sex with a 13-year-old male student has waived her right to a preliminary hearing, court officials said Tuesday. Stephanie Diane Harris, 27, of Sallisaw is charged with first-degree rape and three counts of soliciting sexual conduct. While employed with the school as an eighth-grade computer teacher, Harris sent text messages in June asking the teenager if he wanted to have sex with her, according to a probable-cause affidavit signed by deputy Cindy Smith. The teenager consented to the sex act. Oklahoma law states a person younger than 16 cannot consent to sex. Harris also is accused of sending the teenager nude photographs of herself and explicit text messages, the affidavit states.
Two men arrested in truck crash
Two men were arrested recently after a truck crashed into a saloon near the intersection of Welling Road and State Highway 100. According to a sheriff’s report, Johnny Keith Thompson, 66, drove his pickup into the saloon Dec. 17, damaging the building. Deputies were sent to the area in response to a 911 call that a man was shooting at the door of the saloon. When deputies arrived, a Cherokee Nation marshal had two men at gunpoint. Thompson and Admiral Girdner, 68, both of Park Hill, were arrested.
Grove man charged in bomb hoax
A Grove man accused of calling in a bomb threat to Grove school officials waived his preliminary hearing, court officials said Tuesday. Michael Shane Long, 34, faces a felony charge in Delaware County District Court in Jay of making a terrorism hoax.