TULSA-POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED
Officer pleads not guilty in 19-year-old's death
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A Tulsa police officer has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter's boyfriend.
The court entered the plea Tuesday at Shannon Kepler's arraignment and set a preliminary hearing for Oct. 22.
Kepler was charged Monday in the Aug. 5 death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake.
Kepler is a 24-year-veteran police officer who's also charged with one count of shooting with intent to kill because prosecutors say he shot at his daughter during the alleged confrontation in which Lake was killed.
Kepler's wife, Gina Kepler, has not been charged because prosecutors said there wasn't evidence "at this time" to support a charge. She had been arrested on a complaint of being an accessory after the fact of murder.
TEA PARTY LEADER-CHARGES
Sentencing scheduled for Oklahoma tea party leader
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party is scheduled to be sentenced on felony blackmail and computer crimes convictions.
Al Gerhart is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court. Gerhart faced up to five years in prison on each count, but the 12-member jury that convicted him in May recommended that he not serve any prison time and pay a $1,000 fine.
Gerhart was accused of sending a politically charged email to a state senator who testified he felt threatened by its tone. The March 2013 email warned Sen. Cliff Branan that if he didn't take up a bill favored by Gerhart's political group, that Gerhart would make sure he regretted that decision.
Defense attorneys argued the email was political speech protected by the First Amendment.
USGS: 4.2 magnitude quake hits near Oklahoma City
GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 rattled the Oklahoma City area Tuesday morning.
There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The USGS says the quake was centered 4 miles south-southwest of Guthrie, or about 24 miles north of Oklahoma City.
Residents in the capital city reported feeling the quake at about 7:40 a.m. Tuesday.
The USGS says the quake had a depth of 2.1 miles.
Keystone Dam bridge to open in November
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the bridge over the Keystone Dam is expected to open by the end of November.
Crews are rebuilding the Highway 151 bridge over the dam because of safety concerns with the 50-year-old span. Work has been ongoing since October 2013, when the bridge was closed.
The Corps says there have been some delays with the $15.6 million project, but that officials are working closely with the contractor to ensure the quality and safety of the bridge.
The bridge is being paid for with a combination of state and federal funding.
MORE BOND PROJECT
Moore voters to consider bond proposal, sales tax
MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Moore residents will vote on a $15 million bond proposal and a sales tax renewal for road improvements and public safety this fall.
The Norman Transcript reports the Moore City Council on Monday placed two initiatives on the November ballot. The 15-year bond proposal would fund an Interstate 35 overpass bridge. Local developers tell city leaders that retailers would come to the area if the bridge is built.
A half percent sales tax renewal would continue to pay for transportation and public safety. It was first approved in 2007 and renewed in 2011. Eighty percent of the tax goes to residential street improvements and the rest goes to public safety equipment.
The sales tax extension will run for another four years if approved.
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