Police releasing 911 callThe Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation today will release an excerpt of the 911 call made moments after two girls were shot to death last month on a rural Okfuskee County road outside of Weleetka. Officials also plan to share information regarding "different investigative techniques” being used to determine who shot Taylor Placker, 13, and her best friend, Skyla Whitaker, 11. The two girls spent the night at Taylor's house June 7 and had gone out for a walk the following day when they were shot multiple times. After six weeks of investigation, officers have run down more than 500 leads in the case, but have not determined a suspect or a motive, nor have they been able to identify or locate a man with a long ponytail listed as a "person of interest.”
Agency seeking private pasturesThe federal government is looking for private pastures as part of its program to manage, protect and control wild horses and burros, some of which are now held in Oklahoma and two other states. Additional pasture sites are being sought, each capable of providing humane care for up to 2,500 wild horses for a year, with options for four one-year extensions, according to a news release from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's wild horse and burro program. Thousands of animals are removed from western ranges each year to ensure that herd sizes do not exceed the land's capacity to support them, according to a bureau news release. More than 30,000 wild horses and burros are maintained at holding facilities. Sales are held periodically at several sites, including one in Pauls Valley. The next wild horse and burro sale at the Pauls Valley facility, west of Interstate 35 off Kimberlin road, is Aug. 15 and 16. For more information, call (866) 468-7826 or go to www.blm.gov.
Museum hosting two day campsDay camps for children ages 6-11 are scheduled this month at the Woolaroc Museum southwest of Bartlesville. "Camp Woolaroc, an Adventure in Learning” will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for children ages 6-8, and July 29-31 for ages 9-11. Both camps focus on the environment, the Woolaroc Museum, northeastern Oklahoma history and how the oil and gas industry has impacted the state, according to a museum news release. "It is three days of fun and education and is unlike any other day camp in the country,” said teacher and re-enactor Michelle Martin in the news release. "It almost feels like a competition as to who is having more fun, the kids or the teachers.” For more information, call (918) 336-0307. From Staff and Wire Reports