The Norman Transcript

December 23, 2012

state news in brief


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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.

Tommy Bassett entered his pleas on Oct. 12 but sentencing was delayed for more than two months while a presentence investigation was conducted.

The 33-year-old Bassett was accused of hiding in a 22-year-old woman’s car last January, then kidnaping her and her 2-year0old child. Prosecutors say Bassett forced her to drive him to several locations and threatened to kill the child if she didn’t give him money and take him where he wanted to go.

The Southwest Times Record reports the victim told police he tried to fondle her and tried to make her smoke something from a glass pipe.

The presentence report wasn’t publicly released.

Fallin names Atoka attorney to district judge post

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed an Atoka attorney to fill a vacant district judge post in Atoka and Coal counties.

Fallin on Friday appointed Paula Inge to replace Richard Branam, who retired.

Inge has been in private practice in Atoka for the last year and previously was a partner at Reasor and Inge Law Offices. She served as chief financial officer for Mathis Brothers Furniture from 1995 to 1997.

Inge earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

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