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State/Region

December 23, 2012

state news in brief

NORMAN — Tulsa student hands out bullets as Christmas gifts

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A student at Tulsa’s Hale High School handed out bullets as Christmas gifts to classmates, which resulted in the school being locked down while police rounded up the shells.

The lockdown began at 11:15 a.m. Friday and lasted a little over an hour.

Campus police and school administrators worked to gather bullets but said they recovered less than a dozen.

The Tulsa World reports (http://is.gd/JWBtJm ) that administrators said there would be disciplinary consequences for the student who brought the bullets. He gave them out on the last day of school before Christmas break.

Tulsa Public Schools spokesman Chris Payne says a decision on the extent of the discipline will be made once an investigation is complete.

Authorities arrest suspect in school threats

CORDELL, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a 21-year-old Oklahoma man who allegedly threatened to “shoot up” a school in Cordell.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Saturday that Christopher Thomason of Cordell was booked into the Washita County jail on two counts of terrorism hoax and one count of violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

A dispatcher at the jail said he didn’t believe Thomason had an attorney.

A woman who answered the phone Saturday at a number listed for Thomason declined to comment.

Investigators say they identified Thomason as the suspect behind the threats made online earlier this week.

Authorities arrested Thomason Friday and served a search warrant at a home in Cordell. It’s not clear what investigators found at the home.

Investigators say Thomason once attended high school in Cordell.

Man gets 3 life terms in kidnaping

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) — A Sallisaw man pleaded no contest to charges of kidnapping, sexual battery and robbery and drew a sentence of three life terms.

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