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Group to protest housing of immigrants

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - A nonprofit organization based in Kansas that focuses on immigrant rights says it plans to travel to Oklahoma and protest the housing of unaccompanied minors at Fort Sill.

A delegation from Sunflower Community Action is traveling from Wichita to Lawton on Friday to protest the housing of the children.

The group says the children continue to be detained under questionable conditions.

Hundreds of teenagers from Central America have been housed at a troop barracks at the southwest Oklahoma Army post after detention centers near the border were overwhelmed with an influx of young people crossing the border.

Members of Oklahoma's all-Republican congressional delegation are urging President Barack Obama to reconsider using Fort Sill to the house unaccompanied minors.


Police chief charged with lewd molestation

SPAVINAW, Okla. (AP) - The police chief of a small northeastern Oklahoma town is facing accusations he touched girls inappropriately.

Mayes County chief prosecutor Marny Hill says Spavinaw Police Chief Clarence Gregory has been charged with two counts of lewd molestation. He's due in court Friday afternoon for an initial appearance.

Detectives with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said they believe the abuse had been going on for a couple of years, though they wouldn't say how he knew the girls.

Vice Mayor Johnny Gifford tells KOTV the 75-year-old Gregory is no longer considered the town's police chief.

A special town hall is scheduled for Friday to decide who will be the interim police chief.


Police: Woman calls to report meth laced

ENID, Okla. (AP) - A 54-year-old Oklahoma woman is facing felony drug charges after police said she called them because she thought her methamphetamine was laced with something.

The Enid News & Eagle reports Lynette Rae Sampson, of Enid, was arraigned Thursday on a felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Sampson is being held in lieu of $5,000 bond and was ordered to return to court Aug. 25 for a bond appearance.

A police affidavit says Sampson called police earlier this week. When an officer arrived, police say Sampson told the officer "I'm glad you came." Police say she told the officer she thought her meth was laced with something and proceeded to show the officer the container where she kept meth.


Oklahoma food pantries scrambling to meet demand

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Food pantries and shelters across the state are scrambling to meet demand for food and other supplies by the homeless, kids left in the lurch because they don't have access to free and discounted meals offered when schools are in session and other residents who are down on their luck.

Social service workers say supplies like meat and dairy are particularly in demand during the summer months - a period when donations to agencies tend to dip.

The Iron Gate soup kitchen and food pantry in downtown Tulsa, for example, fed a record 600-plus people Wednesday.

A pastor who operates the pantry at Eagle Heights Christian Center in the eastern Oklahoma town of Dewar says it's struggling to keep meats, fresh vegetables and bread on shelves.


Rogers County clerk sues newspaper over stories

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) - The Rogers County clerk has sued The Claremore Daily Progress and the newspaper's government reporter over claims the newspaper painted her in a false light and invaded her privacy.

Clerk Robin Anderson sued the newspaper and reporter Salesha Wilken over the publication of three articles that ran between July 2012 and August 2013.

Anderson says the paper published misleading facts and in some instances implicated her in criminal wrongdoing.

The Daily Progress reports the suit was filed Thursday in Rogers County District Court. The defendants have not been officially served notice of the litigation.

Anderson says two articles about her involvement in the administration of $13 million in federal funds misrepresent facts.

The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector issued several reports outlining noncompliance issues related to the grants.

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