Oklahoma news briefs for May 4, 2012

Oklahoma news briefs for May 4, 2012
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Published: May 4, 2012
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Bill allows community service fees

A measure that allows Oklahoma counties to create community service programs for convicted criminals was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Mary Fallin. Senate Bill 1875 allows judges to assess a fee against anyone who has been convicted of a crime and sentenced to community service. The fee will be used to support the SHINE program, a community service program developed by Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan. The SHINE program, which stands for Start Helping Impacted Neighborhoods Everywhere, was interrupted for five months last year after it was determined the program's supervisors and vehicle and equipment use could not be supported with the county's highway funds. SB 1875 allows the program to be funded through the district court's penalties and assessment procedures. It also allows county commissioners statewide to consider implementing the program. The legislation, by Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, is named the Safari McDoulett Community Service Act. McDoulett, who was an employee in Maughan's office, was killed earlier this year. The measure takes effect July 1.

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU

Man is accused of domestic abuse

— An Oklahoma City man is accused of physically abusing his pregnant ex-girlfriend, court records show. Joshua Hamilton Ryan, 34, was charged Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court with domestic abuse, a misdemeanor, records show. Midwest City police arrested Ryan on Saturday at a residence on Loftin Drive. The woman said they got into an argument and he pulled her hair and pushed her into a mirrored closet door when she tried to pack a bag to leave, a probable cause affidavit shows. The woman, who is seven months pregnant, said she punched Ryan in the face to try to get him off her. She had multiple large scratches on her arms, shoulders and neck, and bruises on her arms, neck and ear, police reported.

TIM WILLERT, STAFF WRITER

Killing is deemed justifiable homicide

— Grady County Sheriff Art Kell says the death of a 20-year-old man who was shot by his father appears to be a justifiable homicide. Kell said John Smith was acting in self-defense when he shot his son last week with a high-powered deer rifle. John Smith Jr. went to his parents' home to ask for money and became irate and tore up the bills when his parents gave him cash, the sheriff said. He said the younger man attacked his parents and threatened to kill a young girl they were baby-sitting.

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