An Oklahoma County Sheriff's deputyaccidentally shot himself in the foot while trying to stop a dog that was attacking him Tuesday morning.
According to the Sheriff's office, the incident happened at about 9:30 a.m. in Spencer, which is part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. A deputy responded to the report of a loose, vicious animal in the area of 3500 Hicks Avenue.
Authorities say a large Pit Bull had already attacked two people, including a young girl who was transported to the hospital to receive stitches.
When the deputy arrived at the scene, the dog attacked him, according to the Sheriff's office. The Pit Bull grabbed hold of the deputy's leg and then began biting his foot. In an effort to protect himself and others in the area, the deputy attempted to shoot the dog.
However, as the deputy pulled the trigger, the dog moved, according to the Sheriff’s office. Instead of shooting the dog, the deputy accidentally shot himself in the foot.
The dog was captured by the Midwest City Animal Control. The deputy was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.
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The Oklahoma House of Representatives approved legislation Tuesday that allows public school students, teachers, and staff to say "Merry Christmas" without fear of reprimand.
The house voted 73-10, sending the bill to the Senate.
Bill author Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Norman, says the measure protects people who use the greetings “merry Christmas,” “happy Chanukah” and “happy holidays.”
A proposal to include Kwanzaa was tabled.
Opponents of the bill think it’s a waste of time because these greetings are already allowed.
The Oklahoma House of Representatives has approved a bill that would require doctors performing abortions to have hospital admitting privileges. House Bill 2418 passed Thursday with a 73-9 vote reports the Tulsa World. The Senate is considering a similar bill.
Opponents of the bill say it is an attempt to shut down abortion clinics in the state. Many of Oklahoma’s abortion clinics do not see enough patients to be granted admitting privileges. Many are also in rural areas and would not meet the bill’s requirement that clinics be within 30 miles of a hospital.
The bill was introduced by Republican Rep. Mike Ritze, a physician, who says the proposed law is meant to protect women who may suffer complications from abortion procedures.
"Life is one of the most precious things," Ritze said. "This bill adds another protection not only for unborn but for women.”
Apart from being a veiled attempt to force closure of abortion clinics many opponents argue it is foolhardy to pursue legislation that has already been struck down by courts in other states.
"This bill has been struck down in at least four states," said Rep. Kay Floyd, a Democrat. "At the very least, we ought to change the effective date to 2015 instead of 2014 until we see how those cases are resolved."
According to the San Antonio Express-News, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel struck down the hospital admittance requirement in a similar law in Texas last year. Abortion-rights groups said that decision averted a “catastrophic health crisis for women across the state of Texas.”
In a Reuters story The Texas Hospital Association weighed-in on the admittance provision, saying it was unnecessary because women who experience post-abortion complications can easily be treated at an emergency room.
That seemed to be good enough for Democratic Rep. Anastasia Pittman of Oklahoma City, who expressed concern that legislators need not get involved in such medical matters.
"Are we as legislators qualified to make this decision?” she asked. "Am I overstepping my boundaries?
The debate will continue. The Senate version of the bill, SB 1848, was voted out of committee on Wednesday and is awaiting a full vote.
A father died on February 15 after being pinned on the ground by five Oklahoma police officers.
The deceased father, identified as Luis Rodriguez, was confronted by police after restraining his wife while she was trying to hit their 19-year-old daughter.
Rodriguez’s wife, Nair Rodriguez, recorded much of the incident on her cell phone. The video starts after Luis Rodriguez is already pinned on the ground.
At the :04 second mark of the video, it sounds like Rodriguez tries to say “I can’t breathe.” He struggles under the weight of the officers to say something else at the :07 mark.
An officer quickly approaches Nair Rodriguez and asks her what happened between her and her husband. She explains the situation to the officer while keeping an eye on her restrained husband. When Nair asks if her husband is alright, the officer says medical help is on the way.
After several minutes, Rodriguez is propped up on the ground against an officer’s legs. He doesn’t appear to be moving. When medical crews arrive, Rodriguez’s limp body is lifted onto a stretcher. That’s when Nair started to fear the worst.
“Papa! Is he OK?” she fearfully asked. “He doesn't move. He doesn't move! You kill him! You kill him! You killed my husband! Please somebody tell me that he's alive!”
Police insisted Rodriguez was alive. Despite this claim, Rodriguez was pronounced dead after arriving at a local hospital. Here is video footage of the incident:
Moore, Oklahoma Police Chief Jerry Stillings refused to answer a question this week asking whether Rodriguez was still breathing when he was handcuffed by officers. Stillings said three of the officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has picked up the case.
Rodriguez family attorney Michael Brooks-Jimenez told reporters during a press conference last week that Luis Rodriguez was known as a peaceful member of his community.
“Luis committed no crime,” he said. “He wasn't armed. No gun. No knife. No weapon of any kind. But Luis was the one who lost his life that night.”
Nair Rodriguez described her husband as a “grizzly bear with a teddy bear’s heart.”
Two dogs took their owner's car for a joyride recently when one of the dogs accidentally knocked the gear into drive.
Scott, the dogs’ owner, said he had left the dogs inside his truck for about 15 minutes while he went inside his Tulsa home. When he returned, the truck had disappeared.
"I got around to the front of the house where the truck was, and it's like not there," Scott said. "And I was like 'did I get towed?”’
The dogs had been parked at the top of a hill on 25th Street, but barreled down the hill in a matter of minutes. The truck narrowly missed drivers at an intersection, runners and the Arkansas River.
Tulsa Firefighter Clay Ayers reported that the dogs traveled three blocks until landing in a river bed. Luckily, no one was hurt and the dogs are in good condition.
Scott did not receive a ticket for the mishap, as police noted that the repair costs are punishment enough.
Meredith Howard was sentenced to 12 years in prison for abusing two children. She has been released after serving only 10 months in jail.
The judge released Howard with the stipulation that she could serve the rest of her sentence on probation, as long as she spent the next two years on a ranch-type setting out of state, reports NewsOn6.
The families of the victims are obviously upset by the judges’ decision.
"I haven't gotten justice for my child," said Matthew Stafford. "Ten months in prison for that? People are getting offenses for marijuana and going away for 20 years."
Stafford’s daughter Sophie, 4, was one of the children abused by Howard.
Sophie was abused when she was 19-months-old and attending John Knox development center, where Howard worked.
Howard’s abuse of Sophie was forced penetration. She required repeated surgeries and nearly bled to death on the way to the hospital. The long-term impact of her injuries is unknown.
Sophie still cries when she sees a hospital or an ambulance.
The other child, a boy, had his thigh bone broken by Howard.
The judge ordered Howard to be sent to Rainbow Acres in Arizona for two years.
Rainbow Acres describes itself as a place where “adults with developmental disabilities receive loving care and enjoy a beautiful, ranch-style campus amid the scenic beauty of Arizona’s Verde Valley.”
Rainbow Acres does not usually accept people with a history of violence.
Mike Kowalski, director of ranch operations and staff development, believes the staff and residents will be safe with Howard at Rainbow Acres, reports Verde Independent.
“We would have said this isn't the right place. We put our ranchers' safety first here. First and foremost, the safety of our ranchers is our priority. We can ask anyone to leave who doesn't meet our behavior criteria," Kowalski said.
Howard was examined by a psychologist who found she has low to average intelligence and functions more like a child socially.
"They get to go on shopping trips, sporting events, go on vacation," said Sarah McAmis of the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office. "I would like that, but if you've been convicted of abusing two kids, that shouldn't be an option for you."
The District Attorney is concerned for the safety of other children.
"We sincerely hope this defendant is not allowed to hurt any other innocent, helpless babies," McAmis said.
Howard is allowed to be around children in her own family, but not others.
With the Winter Olympics in full swing in Sochi, Russia, there has been a lot of ink (traditional and digital) devoted to discussing Russia’s troubling policies regarding homosexuals in their country. The primary offense is their “Propaganda” law which criminalizes promoting “non-traditional sexual relationships” to minors. In effect, this law stands as a way to criminalize speech for individuals and non-governmental organizations that advocate for gay Russian citizens.
What’s surprising is a blog post from The Washington Post which details how “[e]ight states limit speech about homosexuality in ways similar to, though not as far-reaching as,” Russia’s law. Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and 2002 host of the Winter Olympics Utah all have what Yale law professors call “no pro homo” laws.
While none of these laws call for the arrest of gay actors or writers or even advocates, they also cite “the children” in promoting worldviews that are more homophobic than not. Both Alabama and Texas, according to The Post, “mandate that sex-education classes emphasize that homosexuality is ‘not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public.’” Arizona “prohibits portrayals of homosexuality as a ‘positive alternative life-style,’” and refuses to admit that any homosexual sex is “safe.”
Americans have long proven that they are willing to allow a little First Amendment infringement in the order of “protecting” society, specifically the children. Similar sentiments were behind Tipper Gore’s crusade to protect children from music deemed too offensive for minors, which lead to the Parental Advisory sticker on cassette tapes and compact discs that, if anything, made the “bad” music seem all the more cool. Recently, Pittsburgh rappers were sentenced to jail time for mentioning real police officers’ names in a song that contained violent lyrics.
Children are often far more savvy than these political movements are willing to admit. In the age of the internet the forbidden doesn’t stay secret for long. The danger of laws like these is that it prevents teachers from correcting misunderstandings about the real world. Laws like these ensure that all children know about sex will be learned on the school bus and over hushed whispers in the lunchroom.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., laughed when one of his constituents told him that President Barack Obama “should be executed as an enemy combatant” during a town hall meeting in January.
Bridenstine was in the process of telling the meeting that legalization of drugs is only creating more crime in America, when a woman he called on derailed the discussion.
“Go ahead,” he told the woman, who’s face is not visible in the video.
“I want to ask you about Obama. He’s not president as far as I’m concerned. He should be executed as an enemy combatant, really,” she said. “But the Muslims that he is shipping into our country through pilots in commercial jets. What … I can’t tell you, I can’t say because we’re in a public place that this guy is a criminal. Nobody stopping him.”
“And the other thing is too, with Congress doing nothing, that legally allows this moron to make decisions,” she continued. “He has no authority! None!”
“Look,” said Bridenstine, “everybody knows the lawlessness of this president. He picks and chooses which laws he’s going to enforce or not enforce. He does it by decree. When he can’t create a law through Congress, then he uses the – bureaucracies in the executive branch … When he can’t even get that done, then he uses foreign bodies.”
When he asked the meeting for one final question he called on another woman, who said, “The only way I see out of this is to overwhelmingly change the Senate, so that we can impeach the S.O.B.”
An unidentified 17 year old allegedly tricked 3 Oklahoma Walmart store managers out of nearly $30,000.
According to CBS Houston, the teen conned Walmart managers in Moore, Edmond and Norman, Okla. into thinking he was an employee.
The teen “acted as if he was a general manager from another store,” notes police report.
The teen told the Walmart managers that he “was doing an inventory of the store before general managers came to inspect them after the holidays,” stated the police report.
When the teen was left alone to do his audit in the cash rooms, he stole “multiple bundles of cash, stuffing them inside his pockets and clothes,” claims the police report.
Apparently, the teen had a Walmart uniform and nametag from his prior employment at a Walmart in Oklahoma City where he was reportedly fired for stealing.
The teen was finally arrested on Jan. 30 in Norman, Okla.
“He’s obviously confident in what he’s doing and has a good story,” Sgt. Jeremey Lewis told KFOR.
The trial regarding last year’s fatal shooting of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane is currently underway.
Lane, a 22-year-old senior on scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, was visiting his girlfriend last August in the nearby town of Duncan. He was shot in the back while jogging along a road.
In a recent testimony, 16-year-old murder defendant Chancey Luna admitted that he believed the gun used in the incident had been loaded with blanks.
“I thought there was supposed to be blanks in the gun,” Luna said, straightforwardly.
The shooting took place while Luna was riding in a vehicle with two other young men, 16-year-old James Francis Edwards Jr. and 18-year-old Michael Jones. Jones was driving the vehicle, Edwards was in the passenger’s seat and Luna was seated in the back. Luna allegedly fired the gun out of the back seat window towards Lane.
Edwards agreed with Luna's testimony, also claiming that he believed the gun was loaded with blanks. Edwards, however, faces additional charges of accessory after the fact for allegedly calling someone from jail in an attempt to have the gun destroyed. According to the Huffington Post, Edwards’ murder charges may be dropped for his cooperation in testifying against the other suspects.
NewsOK reports that Edwards even admitted that he had been talking to Luna in jail.
“[Luna] just said that he didn’t mean to shoot him. That’s, you know, pretty much it,” Edwards said regarding his discussions with Luna.
This particular shooting case has gained notoriety throughout the local community because of the shooter and his accomplices’ lackadaisical attitude towards the event. When asked why he and his friends shot Lane, Jones gave “no other reason than boredom,” the New York Daily News reports.
The judge’s ruling against Edwards has been postponed until May so that the defendant can be appointed an attorney.