Convict faces ’97 death case
Authorities charged a second person this week in the 1997 killing of a Sequoyah County man, District Attorney Brian Kuester said. Rick Dority, 56, is charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the death of Mitchell Nixon, 28. Dority is incarcerated at the Texarkana Federal Correctional Institute on a 10-year sentence for weapon violations. Rex Robbins, 38, of Sallisaw, was arrested in 2013 on a murder complaint in the death of Nixon. He is scheduled to return to court Sept. 4. A third suspect, Bobby Scott, is dead. A utility worker found Nixon’s bludgeoned body Oct. 9, 1997. His pickup was found the next day at a Walmart parking lot.
Gala, rodeo set on Aug. 22
The Giddy Up Gala is set for Aug. 22 at the Jackson County Expo Center. Wendell Sollis and the Sidekicks band will perform with Miss Bricktown, Ashley Wheeler, a former Miss Altus. The gala will feature barbecue, homemade desserts, music and dancing to Western swing. The festival begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed at 8 p.m. by the Great Plains Stampede Rodeo. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children, available from the Chamber of Commerce at (580) 482-0210.
Commissioner stops theft
A county employee was arrested Wednesday after Ottawa County Commissioner John Clarke said he caught him trying to steal diesel fuel and a service truck from the District 1 barn. Joe Dillon Hull, 21, of Baxter Springs, Kan., was in the Cherokee County, Kan., jail on Thursday awaiting extradition on complaints of burglary, larceny of a motor vehicle, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and eluding a police officer. About 11 p.m. Wednesday, Clarke notified the sheriff’s department he witnessed Hull taking a county truck and stealing fuel from the county barn in Picher. The service truck is used to take fuel to work sites. Clarke said he was watching the barn because of a recent fuel loss. Clarke said the driver drove toward him, prompting him to fire his gun in an attempt to frighten the driver into stopping. Officers chased the truck into Kansas, where it stopped and Hull surrendered to officials.
SHEILA STOGSDILL, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN