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State Briefs: Friday, March 7, 2008

Modified: March 7, 2008 at 6:18 am •  Published: March 7, 2008
-defendant Jessie Floyd Johns will be tried later.

Former banker guilty in thefts
A former Wagoner bank branch manager accused of embezzling $5.5 million from 90 customer accounts pleaded guilty Thursday to charges involving a fraction of her total theft.

Rhonda Harris, 50, pleaded guilty to taking $34,620 from the Arvest Bank branch on Sept. 6, 2006, and to using the money to put a steel building on her property.

Harris faces a range of 121 to 151 months in prison on the first count, and 135 to 168 months on the second count, Horn said.

She also must help investigators determine the extent of her thefts.

Wine trademark suit dismissed
A trademark lawsuit pitting an Oklahoma winery against an adult video distributor has been dismissed from federal court in Muskogee.

The case was filed by Shady Ladies LLC, which operates the "Girls Gone Wine” winery at Broken Bow, against a California company that sells "Girls Gone Wild” videos featuring stripping co-eds.

U.S. District Judge James H. Payne dismissed the suit Wednesday after five months of inactivity.

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