MIAMI, Okla. (AP) - A county jail in northeastern Oklahoma has been evacuated and its more than 110 inmates relocated to other jails following an electrical fire. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says the fire occurred around noon Saturday at the county jail in Miami, about 176 miles (283 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City. The sheriff's office says the fire started in the ceiling between the kitchen and one of the jail's inmate cell pods.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A manslaughter charge has been filed against an Oklahoma ambulance driver in connection with a 2017 crash that killed a patient he was transporting. Oklahoma County court records indicate 35-year-old Matthew Erickson was charged on Thursday with first-degree manslaughter in connection with the deadly August 2017 crash. Investigators say Erickson was driving an ambulance that veered off of Interstate 44 in southwest Oklahoma City and overturned.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) - A Texas man has pleaded guilty to theft, bribery and tax fraud charges in a scheme involving former Muscogee Nation Principal Chief George Tiger related to work for the Wetumka-based Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town. Court documents show Aaron Dewayne Terry of Wichita Falls signed a plea agreement Wednesday in federal court in Muskogee acknowledging his guilt. Tiger pleaded guilty to bribery in the case in September. He was not principal chief of the Muscogee Nation at the time of the bribes.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A clemency request by an Oklahoma death row inmate who claims a racist juror influenced the outcome of his trial has received support from faith and criminal justice reform leaders. The Oklahoman reports 39-year-old Julius D. Jones has asked the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board to commute the death sentence he received after he was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1999 shooting death of 45-year-old Paul Howell.
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