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OKLAHOMA EXECUTION-PROTOCOLS

Fallin wants probe to include botched executions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin says the governor wants investigators looking into Oklahoma's recent flawed execution to consider problems that have popped up in other states such as Ohio and Arizona.

Spokesman Alex Weintz said Friday that an investigation into Oklahoma's execution should consider what other states have done "both successfully and unsuccessfully."

Fallin ordered the Department of Public Safety to conduct a thorough investigation into the April 29 botched lethal injection of Clayton Lockett. The review also is to determine if prison officials followed the state's execution protocols and what changes should be made to those protocols.

DPS Capt. George Brown declined to discuss what information investigators have compiled, but Weintz said the probe's delay is connected to the complete toxicology reports that were ordered on Lockett's body.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-OKLAHOMA PROTEST

Group to protest housing of immigrants

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - A nonprofit organization based in Kansas that focuses on immigrant rights says it plans to travel to Oklahoma and protest the housing of unaccompanied minors at Fort Sill.

A delegation from Sunflower Community Action is traveling from Wichita to Lawton on Friday to protest the housing of the children.

The group says the children continue to be detained under questionable conditions.

Hundreds of teenagers from Central America have been housed at a troop barracks at the southwest Oklahoma Army post after detention centers near the border were overwhelmed with an influx of young people crossing the border.

Members of Oklahoma's all-Republican congressional delegation are urging President Barack Obama to reconsider using Fort Sill to the house unaccompanied minors.

INMATE CAPTURED

Escaped Oklahoma inmate captured in north Texas

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma prison officials say an inmate who walked away from a minimum security facility in Granite has been captured in Texas.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terri Watkins says 26-year-old Aaron Kelsey was arrested without incident Friday afternoon at an acquaintance's house in Denison, Texas.

Kelsey was discovered missing Wednesday during a 6 p.m. head count at a minimum security facility at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite. Watkins said Kelsey "basically walked away."

Prison records show Kelsey was serving time for convictions in Bryan County of second-degree burglary, possession of a firearm during probation, and use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon.

Watkins says Kelsey is being held in the Grayson County, Texas, Jail awaiting extradition.

POLICE CHIEF ARRESTED

Police chief charged with molestation

SPAVINAW, Okla. (AP) - The police chief of a small northeastern Oklahoma town is facing accusations he touched girls inappropriately.

Mayes County chief prosecutor Marny Hill says Spavinaw Police Chief Clarence Gregory has been charged with two counts of lewd molestation. He's due in court Friday afternoon for an initial appearance.

Detectives with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said they believe the abuse had been going on for a couple of years, though they wouldn't say how he knew the girls.

Vice Mayor Johnny Gifford tells KOTV the 75-year-old Gregory is no longer considered the town's police chief.

A special town hall is scheduled for Friday to decide who will be the interim police chief.

SEX OFFENDER-SENTENCING

Sex offender gets prison for failing to register

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) - A Haskell man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

The U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma says 42-year-old Albert Preston Alexander was sentenced to 35 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

That sentence will be followed by five years of supervised release.

Alexander pleaded guilty to the charge in December 2013.

Authorities say Alexander failed to register and update his registration between May 2013 and Sept. 4, 2013.

Alexander has a felony conviction from California for the charge of inducing intercourse.

PAROLE BOARD-APPOINTEE

Fallin appoints veteran prosecutor to parole board

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed a longtime prosecutor to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board following the death of a board member earlier this month.

Fallin on Friday named Patricia High as one of the governor's three appointments to the five-member board. High will complete the remainder of the term of the late Currie Ballard, who died on July 11.

High was a prosecutor for nearly 20 years in the Oklahoma County district attorney's office where she served as a special prosecutor on death penalty cases and was chief of the child abuse and sexual assault division.

High also taught courses to police officers on sexual assault investigations, use of force, rules of evidence, and courtroom testimony.

She received her law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

FOOD SHORTAGE-HOMELESS

Oklahoma food pantries scrambling to meet demand

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Food pantries and shelters across the state are scrambling to meet demand for food and other supplies by the homeless, kids left in the lurch because they don't have access to free and discounted meals offered when schools are in session and other residents who are down on their luck.

Social service workers say supplies like meat and dairy are particularly in demand during the summer months - a period when donations to agencies tend to dip.

The Iron Gate soup kitchen and food pantry in downtown Tulsa, for example, fed a record 600-plus people Wednesday.

A pastor who operates the pantry at Eagle Heights Christian Center in the eastern Oklahoma town of Dewar says it's struggling to keep meats, fresh vegetables and bread on shelves.

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