Thursday, July 12, 2007

Newalla Woman Faces Felony Animal Cruelty Charges

7/12/07 -- Newalla, OK - A Newalla woman has been charged with three felony counts of animal cruelty after several dead and dying cats were found in her residence.

According to court records, on June 13th, investigators went to the home of Tamara Doner and her husband at 20101 SE 134th.

The investigators were following up on an animal cruelty complaint.

Allegedly, when they arrived and entered the residence, they immediately "smelled feces, urine and decomposing animals."

Reportedly, the investigators observed at least 5 cats that were dead and an "unknown amount of cannibalized cats in the hallway and bedroom."

Four kittens and one adult cat was removed from the residence and taken by investigators to a shelter for medical care. One kitten reportedly died soon thereafter.

Doner has been charged in Cleveland County with three felony cruelty of animals complaints.

OU Freshman Charged with Embezzlement

7/12/07 -- Norman, OK - According to court records, University of Oklahoma freshman, Heather Kay Orr, 20, was charged with felony embezzlement June 25th in Cleveland County.

Allegedly, on March 3rd, Orr was working at Dowell Properties as a leasing agent when she failed to report/deposit a cash rent payment of $570.

When questioned by police, Orr "appeared to be upset and close to tears."

Before digging her hole any deeper, Orr took a tip from all those C.S.I shows and requested an attorney.

OU's online directory did not indicate if Orr was majoring in finance - lets hope not.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Party-Goer Marinated in Gasoline Set Ablaze

7/5/07 -- Norman, OK - Take a note SideBarBog fans... "Do not soak your party guests in gasoline and then joke around with a butane lighter."

Seems in October of 2006 a Moore resident learned that lesson the hard way.

According to court records, and published reports, Michael Allen Eckhoff, 24, was charged in the death of Sampson Levi Evey, 22. This after Evey reportedly tipped over in a chair he was seated in an knocked a container of gasoline over, soaking himself, his clothes and the immediate area.

Eckhoff, who is identified as Evey's cousin, allegedly proceeded to stand over Evey and lit a butane lighter, causing Evey to become engulfed in flames.

As reported by the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat, "Witnesses said Eckhoff meant his gesture with the lighter 'as a joke.' In filing the second-degree manslaughter charge, which refers to the killing of someone by the 'culpable negligence of another,' prosecutors probably felt Eckhoff 'should have known better than to hold a lighter next to the victim and light it.'"

Though Evey was taken by helicopter to Baptist Hospital in OKC, he later died of his injuries.

The second-degree manslaughter charge is punishable by imprisonment for not more than four years and not less than two years, or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or both fine and imprisonment, according to state statutes.

Wal-Mart Thievery Goes High Tech

7/9/07 -- Cushing, OK - An Oklahoma City woman is accused of being involved in a crime ring that manufactures fake retail receipts and UPC labels.

According to court records, Elvia McGinnis, 48, of Oklahoma City, was in a Cushing Wal-Mart on April 13th trying to return one of those trendy little MP3 players - a ZenV Media Player to be exact.

The problem? McGinnis had just returned an identical media player the day before. Oh yeah, and the receipt she presented and the UPC bar code on the back of the product were counterfeit!

Investigators alleged that McGinnis may be part of a crime ring that manufactures their own authentic looking Wal-Mart receipts in an attempt to defraud retailers out of cash.

Seems McGinnis' alleged crime spree started to unravel when she returned the MP3 player that she had originally purchased for about $80. However, the receipt she produced when returning the item for cash indicated she had paid $348 - Potentially a $268 profit/loss had the scam worked.

On April 25th, McGinnis was charged in Payne County with the misdemeanor crime of attempted false pretense.