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Oklahoma state briefs for Aug. 16, 2014
Oklahoman Published: August 15, 2014


YouthBuild gets $929K

The Community Development Support Association has been awarded a $929,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for the YouthBuild program. The grant will extend the program through August 2017, said Cheri Ezzell, executive director. YouthBuild accepts low-income students ages 17 to 24. Students take academic classes and learn construction skills during the nine-month program. Students are paid stipends while in YouthBuild and receive placement in college and/or a job when they complete the program. There are 28 men and woman in the Enid program. Applications are being accepted at the Non-Profit Center, 114 S Independence. For more information, call (580) 242-6131.


Prosecutor loses job

A Sequoyah County assistant district attorney was fired this week after being arrested on a complaint of drunken driving, said Jack Thorp, first assistant district attorney. John Wright, who has been on administrative leave since July 10, was arrested Tuesday morning, Thorp said. Wright has been with the Sequoyah County District Attorney’s office since February 2011. The administrative leave was unrelated to any disciplinary action, Thorp said. Wright is free on $3,000 bail, according to the Sequoyah County sheriff’s department.


Cherokees help shelters

Six domestic violence shelters got funds totaling $80,000 from the Cherokee Nation to help with shelter expenses. The shelters, which provide services to American Indian and non-American Indian victims, each received $13,333 from the tribe. The shelters include Help-In-Crisis, in Tahlequah; Community Crisis Center, in Miami; Family Crisis and Counseling Center, in Bartlesville; Domestic Violence Intervention Services, in Tulsa; Safenet Services, in Claremore; and Women In Safe Homes, in Muskogee. The tribe also runs the Charles L. Head ONE FIRE Against Violence Victim Services Office. The office serves victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and dating violence. For help, call the Cherokee Nation ONE FIRE hotline at (866) 458-5399.


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