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2 small earthquakes recorded north of Edmond

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two small earthquakes between Edmond and Guthrie in central Oklahoma.

No injuries or damage were reported as a result of Sunday's quakes.

The U.S.G.S. recorded a magnitude 4.0 quake at 12:07 p.m. Sunday about eight miles north of Edmond and a 3.7 magnitude tremor in the same area at 1:31 p.m. The area is about 20 miles north of Oklahoma City.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that damage is not likely in earthquakes below magnitude 4.0.


Oklahoma man faces execution Tuesday in 1999 death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma death row inmate who's been trying to find out more about the drugs the state would use to kill him is facing execution unless a court intervenes.

Clayton Lockett was convicted of shooting 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman with a sawed-off shotgun and watching as she was buried alive in 1999. He has filed court papers to learn more about Oklahoma's execution protocol, but has not challenged his sentence.

State courts differ on who should address stays of execution for Lockett and another inmate, Charles Warner. He faces execution next week.

A lower court judge has ruled Lockett and Warner are entitled to know who made the drugs that will be used at their executions.

Barring intervention, Lockett will be executed Tuesday night at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.


County officials oppose plan to move state inmates

ADA, Okla. (AP) - Sheriffs, undersheriffs and county commissioners across Oklahoma are planning a trip to the state Capitol to protest plans to remove state inmates from county jails.

Corrections department Director Robert Patton is pushing more inmates into vacant beds at work centers and halfway houses and has nearly tripled the intake rate of prisoners into state facilities in an effort to better control the department's $464 million budget.

But not all sheriffs are happy as many count on the $27 daily rate to house DOC inmates to keep their jails running.

Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian told the Ada News that he believes the state is trying to solve its problems by taking prisoners who have been sent to county jails years.

The group plans to be at the Capitol Tuesday.


Man arrested in stabbing death in Norman

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Police in Norman have arrested a suspect in the stabbing death of a woman on the city's southeast side.

Police said in a news release that Sidra Sandhu was found stabbed to death after a man called officers shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday and said he had just killed someone and needed police.

Police say a 38-year-old man was questioned and arrested on a first-degree murder complaint. He's being held in the Cleveland County jail pending the filing of formal charges.


Norman man dies in crash during stock car race

ADA, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Norman man was killed when the stock car he was driving crashed during a race near Ada.

An OHP report says 57-year-old Jerry Harkrider was pronounced dead on arrival at an Ada hospital after crashing at Ada Sports Park about 10:40 p.m. Saturday. The park is about 10 miles northwest of Ada in Pontotoc County.

The report says car Harkider was racing went off the track and then went airborne before crashing.

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