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Oklahoma news briefs, July 29, 2014

Oklahoma news briefs, July 29, 2014
Oklahoman Published: July 28, 2014


Water gets


The water in Cromwell is now safe to drink, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality said Monday. A public advisory to boil water in the Seminole County town was issued after samples indicated E. coli was present. The state’s Environmental Quality Department oversees more than 1,600 public water supplies in Oklahoma.



Boater is set

to enter plea

A Tulsa man accused of causing a fatal boat crash on Grand Lake is scheduled to enter a plea next month. John DeSelms, 22, appeared in Delaware County District Court on Monday, where he is charged with two counts of first-degree manslaughter. He is to return to court on Aug. 20, when he will enter a blind plea. In a blind plea, the defendant does not enter into a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office, but relies on a judge to determine a sentence. Killed in the May 14, 2013, boat crash were Rachel Nicole Swetnam, 21, of Grove, and William Lewis “Trey” Varner III, 21, of Texarkana, Ark. Swetnam was a graduate of Cascia Hall in Tulsa. DeSelms was operating the boat when it crashed into an unoccupied houseboat. Excessive speed, alcohol use and operator inattention were listed as contributing factors. DeSelms is free on $25,000 bond.

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