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Modified: December 5, 2007 at 5:50 am •  Published: December 5, 2007
$3M grant to improve downtown
Downtown development in Lawton is getting a $3 million boost from the federal government.

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, announced the city would get a grant of $2 million from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department. Matching funds from a Brownfields Economic Development Initiative grant will get the city an additional $1 million.

The money will be used to move forward with a downtown redevelopment plan that will redesign Second Street to connect with Interstate 44.

Man accused in wife's attack
A man who has been a "person of interest” in the slaying of his stepdaughter is in the Muskogee County jail on unrelated charges that could send him to prison for as long as 30 years.

Jerry Raney is accused of choking his most recent wife until she passed out, assaulting her in the presence of a minor child and planning to kill several people, including police officers.

Raney has been a "person of interest” in the slaying of his 19-year-old stepdaughter, Sara Smart, whose remains were discovered in a steel drum nearly two years ago.

Vandals strike with spray paint
About a week after vandals went on a rampage throughout Garfield County, Enid was struck by weekend vandals with a different plan.

These vandals sprayed paint phallic symbols on just about anything that would hold still long enough.

Enid police Capt. Dean Grassino said the police department received about 10 reports of spray painting.

The vandals targeted license plates, garage doors, buildings, picket fences, trucks, sidewalks and street signs.

Charges filed in man's assault
Assault charges have been filed against a man accused of hitting a cameraman from an Oklahoma City TV station.

Johnnie "Levi” Byrd, 21, of Ada is accused of punching KSBI cameraman Bryon Akerman, 26, several times in the face and giving him a bloody nose. Sheriff's deputies say Akerman was filming at the home of Rosalie Bivins a day after the woman was mauled to death by dogs.

Also ...

COUPLE DIE: Tulsa police are investigating the deaths of a man and his girlfriend at 1511 Newport Ave. as a possible murder-suicide.

SUSPECT ARRESTED: Coy Wayne Oxford, 46, of Quinton was arrested at his home Tuesday in connection with the Aug. 8 robbery at a North Little Rock, Ark., bank.

From Staff and Wire Reports

Immigration arrests rise
U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement teams in Oklahoma and northern Texas arrested more than 1,600 criminal and fugitive aliens in fiscal year 2007, which ended Sept.

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