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August 20, 2017

Crime

Twenty Years for Whitmus

Justice takes time. On Monday it took almost eight hours to arrive at a punishment for the former Luther Band Director who chose to let an Oklahoma County District Judge sentence him rather than go to trial. The time since the investigation began into the affair between the 32-year-old teacher who admitted to finding his

Whitmus Sentencing Mid-day Update

“No one wins today,” said Sam Talley, the defense attorney for former Luther Band Director Kyle Whitmus. He said that in a comment out in the hall of the seventh floor of the Oklahoma County Courthouse before Monday’s proceeding began to sentence his client to crimes of which Whitmus pled guilty. The comment came as

Border fight: misdemeanor filed against Henry

Turns out when the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office dismissed felony trespassing charges against Luther Town Trustee Ron Henry earlier this month, they were planning to refile some of the charges as a misdemeanor. That misdemeanor charge was filed Thursday. The charges, first filed in August 2016, stem from a dispute between Henry and his

Moody eludes capture, family worried

The family of one of the Lincoln County jail escapees is consumed with worry about his safety. Brian Moody, 23, is the last of the four inmates who escaped through a ventilation system on Monday who has not been found. A manhunt continues. Moody’s sister who prefers not to share her name said many of

Some charges dropped, some remain against Ron Henry

Exonerated. That’s the last word in the online court record for CF-2016-6934, the grand larceny and property theft charges filed against Luther Town Trustee Ron Henry almost a year ago in a property dispute with his neighbor. Those charges were dismissed Tuesday. However, Mr. Henry and his wife, Brenda, did not get the same result

The Sheriff Comes to Luther

Acting Oklahoma County Sheriff PD Taylor continues his tour of unincorporated areas of the county to talk about “recent budget decisions out of his control.” Those decisions, he says, could jeopardize patrols in rural areas of the county, including Luther. He will host a public meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Luther Community

Sheriff budget issue could cost Luther

“If the OCSO is forced to reduce its patrol, our department stands ready to assist them. It will be a tough job but our department is up for the challenge. We can do our part to help out in this time of need. Taking call or helping with their extra patrol anyway we can,” said Thurman.

No Trial for Whitmus

Just days before his trial was to begin, former Luther band teacher Kyle Whitumus has taken a deal with prosecutors. The most serious charge, that of first-degree rape, has been dropped; and Whitmus, 34, has entered a blind plea of guilty to two counts of inappropriate texting with a minor. According to Whitmus’ attorney Sam

Prison for former Luther Mayor

“I’m sorry I did it,” said James Richard Smith as he was sentenced in Oklahoma County District Court Wednesday¬†for his part in stealing copper wires from donated tornado sirens that were meant to be used as a warning system for Luther residents. Smith, 68, spoke briefly to Judge Cindy Truong but his apology was the

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