Firearm identified in deathsThe Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that a .40-caliber Glock was one of two weapons used in the unsolved slayings of 13-year-old Taylor Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker of Weleetka. The girls were shot to death nearly 11 weeks ago on an Okfuskee County Road near Taylor's house. OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said OSBI never officially released the make and model to the media, but it was mentioned in a letter sent to 60 Glock owners who lived near the area where the shootings occurred. Brown said authorities will not be releasing information about the second weapon.
Jail site lawsuit could spur voteWashington County commissioners plan to vote on a lawsuit against the city of Bartlesville over the proposed site for a new county jail despite the city's plan to reconsider. The city council voted 3-2 earlier this week to uphold a planning commission decision not to rezone 5.4 acres to allow the jail to be built. The council now plans to reconsider the vote when it meets Monday. But county commissioners plan to meet Monday and will consider hiring legal counsel to take the city to court.
Superintendent plans to leaveThe superintendent at Davis schools has resigned his position but will not be leaving until next year. Monte Thompson handed in his letter of resignation last night at a school board meeting. Thompson's last day will be June 30, 2009, he said. Thompson, 46, said he decided to step down from the spot he's held for the past nine years because he disagrees with financial decisions the board has made. Superintendents in Oklahoma are fiscally responsible for school district finances. If a district goes into the red, a superintendent's teaching certificate can be revoked, Thompson said. Thompson said he plans to begin looking for a job and is willing to stay through the school year. The Davis School District has about 930 students enrolled.
Water line work disrupts trafficWater line improvements are forcing the closure of University Drive between Second and Ninth streets during daylight hours. University will only be open to local traffic, Edmond officials said. The water line work, part of the annual line replacement program, should take about eight weeks. Residents will get a 48-hour notice if their water will be cut off.