Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's former chief medical examiner is suing the state to get his job back.
Dr. Collie Trant filed a lawsuit in Oklahoma County District Court Tuesday that asks a judge to reinstate him.
Trant was fired on Feb. 5 after less than nine months on the job. The state Board of Medicolegal Investigations, which administers the agency, met in executive session for about an hour before voting 5-0 to terminate Trant's employment.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Police will respond again to non-injury crashes. The department made the announcement in a news release, saying after an evaluation it has been determined that the department does have the man-power to respond. The cut back in service was announced after over 100-police officers were laid off earlier this month.
Tulsa, OK – On what was to have been his preliminary hearing, former Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner Kevin Rowland finds the charges against him have been modified. In addition, to sexual battery against two of the M.E. staff, Rowland has now been charged with raping one of them.
Not guilty pleas were entered in Tulsa District Court this morning and Rowland's preliminary hearing has been rescheduled to April 20th, according to the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network website.
Tulsa, OK – Construction experts are checking out the existing Tulsa County Juvenile Justice Center. Tulsa County Commission Chair, Karen Keith, says it is a step that must be taken before deciding whether to build a new county facility.
Keith believes reports will show putting more money into the current facility is a waste. She would like to transfer the dollars from other accounts to fund a new juvenile justice center.
Oklahoma City, OK – Student poverty increases in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A new report from the state Department of Education says the growth rate in student poverty is more than double what it has been in previous years.
The findings are in the agency's 2009-2010 Low Income Report released Monday. State Schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett says officials had expected an increase in student poverty due to the slumping economy.
Tulsa, OK – GERONIMO, Okla. (AP) A mobile command center used to support the search for a missing 7-year-old girl is being shut down by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The OSBI says the search for Aja Johnson and her suspected kidnapper Lester Hobbs goes on but the center in Geronimo is closing today.