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Oklahoma State briefs, Aug. 22
Oklahoman Published: August 21, 2014


DHS panel sets session

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services Citizens Advisory Panel on Disability Issues will host a listening session Sept. 4 at the Chickasaw Nation Community Center, 700 N Mississippi in Ada. The listening session will begin at 2 p.m. in the small conference room, immediately following the Southeast Oklahoma Regional Leadership Institute. People with disabilities and/or their families receiving services or who are on the waiting list for services from the DHS Developmental Disabilities Services Division are invited. The listening session will provide an opportunity to interact with panel members, and share what is working and what is not working. Online registration is encouraged before Thursday at



Man pleads in deadly crash

A Tulsa man pleaded guilty this week to first degree manslaughter in connection with a Grand Lake boating crash that took the life of a former Miss Teen Oklahoma. John DeSelms, 22, testified to driving the boat and being intoxicated when it crashed into a docked houseboat on May 14, 2013, killing Rachel Nicole Swetman, 21, of Grove, and William Lewis “Trey” Varner III, 21, of Texarkana, Ark. Sentencing for DeSelms was set for Dec. 29. Four benches were filled with friends and relatives of the victims. Several wore photo buttons of Swetman and Varner.




City manager is free on bail

The Pawhuska City Manager surrendered to authorities this week on a charge of obstructing an officer and is free on $1,000 bail, the Osage County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday. Paul McAlexander is accused of instructing Pawhuska police officers not to arrest the city attorney on suspicion of driving under the influence. McAlexander’s next court appearance is on Aug. 28. He has not been suspended but is on vacation, according to city officials.


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