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June 25, 2017

Crime

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

Whetsel Resigns

In a surprise move, long-time Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel announced his retirement Wednesday. The Sheriff will quit on March 1, 2017, after twenty years as the top law enforcement agent in the county. The OCSO provides coverage over many miles in Eastern Oklahoma County, and partners with the Luther Police Department on programs and patrol.

Henry Case: May Court Date

Ron and Brenda Henry had a court date at the Oklahoma County Courthouse this week for the continuation of a preliminary conference on charges related to voter fraud, and additionally, property dispute charges for Mr. Henry, the Luther Town Trustee. The case moves on. The Henrys are represented by Gary Wood, the same attorney representing

Smith enters Blind Plea

Former Luther Town Trustee Richard Smith will not face a jury on his 2015 charges related to copper theft. The trial was scheduled to begin Monday, January 23, 2017. His attorney said Smith entered a blind plea on Friday. James Richard Smith was arrested in June 2015 after Oklahoma County authorities alleged he ordered jail

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