Pigeon races draw inquiry
A prominent animal rights group is asking Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty and Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater to investigate illegal gambling on pigeon races held by the American Racing Pigeon Union of Oklahoma, the nation's largest pigeon-racing organization. In a letter to Citty and Prater dated April 30, Jeffrey S. Kerr, general counsel for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, alleges “flagrant violations” of state gambling and racketeering laws uncovered during a 2010 PETA investigation of races sponsored by the Oklahoma City-based pigeon union and another group, Pigeon Racers of Oklahoma. “These clubs kill off birds by the thousands and handle bundles of illegal gambling loot right under the noses of law enforcement officials in Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma,” Kerr said in a news release issued Tuesday.
Man charged in bat attack
A Spencer man accused of hitting a woman in the head with a baseball bat was charged Tuesday in Oklahoma County with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, court records show. Devon Bennett, 18, was arrested April 18 at 3816 Dunjee Blvd. after the woman told Oklahoma City police Bennett hit her in the head with a bat, a probable cause affidavit shows. The woman had a “chicken-egg-sized” knot on her forehead and a half-inch deep cut, police reported. Bennett told officers the woman “shouldn't been on my porch.”
3 are sought in robbery
Police are looking for three men wanted in connection with an attempted robbery and shooting at a northwest Oklahoma City apartment complex. Master Sgt. Gary Knight said a man was outside the complex in the 5500 block of NW 23 about 2:30 a.m. Monday when he was approached by three men. Knight said two of the men had guns and demanded cash from the victim, who was then pistol whipped. Another man came out to help the victim and was shot. He was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, Knight said. The three assailants fled on foot. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (405) 235-7300.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Police study man's death
Police said Tuesday that a man who was shot to death outside a southwest Oklahoma City business was arguing with another man when the shooting occurred. They identified the victim as Monnie Wayne James, 38. He was found dead about 11:20 a.m. Monday in the 900 block of SW 27, according police. Anyone with information can call the homicide tip line at (405) 297-1200.
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