Oklahoma City, OK – Private contract with US could bump Okla. inmates
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A private prison company that houses more than 2,000 Oklahoma inmates says that, if it gets a contract it is seeking with federal prison officials, the state could have to find new homes for its prisoners.
Miami, OK – MIAMI, Okla. (AP) The similarity of Ottawa County's soil to that of earthquake-prone areas has led to a quake simulation project in the region. The northeastern Oklahoma county is not prone to earthquakes, but researchers want to improve bridge building in places like San Francisco. So next month, pipes that represent bridge pilings will be shaken during the simulation project.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com
Tulsa, OK – Authorities are trying to figure out what a caused a parked car to burst into flames overnight. The car was parked in front of its owner's home in the 3700 Block of South Jamestown when it caught fire early Sunday morning. Fire fighters arrived on the scene and quickly put out the blaze. The car had been parked for several hours when it caught fire.
Weleetka, OK – Okla environmental officials lift boil advisory
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality says a boil advisory for the town of Weleetka has been lifted.
DEQ officials said Friday follow-up water samples submitted by the Okfuskee County town indicate the water is free of bacteria and there is adequate chlorine residual for disinfection throughout the system.
McAlester, OK – Okla inmate charged in death of prisoner
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) Pittsburg County prosecutors have charged an Oklahoma State Penitentiary inmate with first-degree murder in last year's death of another prisoner.
The charge was filed Thursday against 24-year-old Jeremy Lyons in the July 20, 2009, death of Blake A. Ford, Lyon's cellmate. Warden's Assistant Terry Crenshaw says Lyons was found standing over Ford with his foot on Ford's head.
Enid, OK – Severe storms knock out power in northern Oklahoma
ENID, Okla. (AP) Severe thunderstorms knocked down tree limbs and electric power lines in northern Oklahoma, but there were no reports of injuries.
The National Weather Service says thunderstorms with winds estimated at 60 mph brought down large tree limbs and electric lines in Kremlin and Enid in Garfield County late Friday. A 60-mph wind gust also was reported in Blaine County near Southard.