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OKC archbishop dismisses lawsuit over 'black mass'

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The archbishop of Oklahoma City says a consecrated communion wafer at the center of a lawsuit has been returned.

Archbishop Paul Coakley filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court against the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu and leader Adam Daniels. Coakley alleged that the group and Daniels unlawfully obtained the consecrated host to be used in the Mass. A consecrated host is a wafer of bread that Catholics believe is the body and blood of Jesus.

The group of Satanists had planned to use the communion wafer during a "black Mass" next month.

Coakley said in a statement Thursday that the communion wafer has been returned with a promise that a Consecrated Host will not be used during any rituals.

Coakley says he has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit.


Oklahoma policeman accused of sex assaults on duty

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City police officer has been arrested and is being held in lieu of $5 million bond after being accused of committing a series of sexual assaults against at least six women while on duty.

The Oklahoman reports that Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested Thursday on complaints of rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and indecent exposure.

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty says Holtzclaw stopped women while he was working and forced them to expose themselves, fondled them and in at least one instance had intercourse with a woman.

Citty says authorities have statements from six victims and expect one from a seventh. Investigators believe there are additional victims.

The Oklahoma County District Attorney says he anticipates charges will be filed by August 29th.


Chickasha police chief resigns over Facebook post

CHICKASHA, Okla. (AP) - A police chief in a central Oklahoma city has resigned after officers called for his resignation over a Facebook post.

Chickasha City Manager Stewart Fairburn says Eddie Adamson resigned from his post as police chief on Wednesday. Adamson had shared a video clip from the movie "Role Models" about ordering coffee that included a racial slur in the caption.

Fairburn says the police chief didn't notice a caption when he shared the post and when it was brought to his attention, he immediately removed it. He says the police chief has apologized to his officers over the post.

Fairburn says Adamson had served as police chief for about two years.

Assistant Police Chief Shannon McClain is serving as interim police chief.


Oklahoma medical marijuana petition falls short

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Secretary of State's Office says an effort to legalize medical marijuana in the state has fallen short of the number of signatures needed to put the issue on a ballot.

Officials said Thursday volunteers for Tulsa-based Oklahomans for Health collected 75,384 signatures in their initiative petition drive. But they needed 155,216 to get the issue on the November 4th general election ballot.

Volunteers delivered dozens of boxes of signed petitions to the Secretary of State's Office on Friday. Chip Paul, who filed the initiative petition in April, said at the time he believed the effort would fall short. Paul says thousands of signatures were not turned in because they did not meet format requirements of state law.

Paul says the organization plans another initiative petition drive next year.


Supreme Court referee hears linebacker's case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Lawyers for the University of Oklahoma and a junior linebacker have met with an Oklahoma Supreme Court referee who will recommend whether the state Supreme Court should hear his case against the university.

The university has taken steps to suspend Frank Shannon for a year, but the school has been unable to enforce the decision. OU president David Boren has said the university suspended Shannon for a violation of its Title Nine policy, which covers sexual misconduct.

Shannon appealed to the ruling to a district judge, who issued a stay of the suspension.

Shannon's attorney says that her client and the university's lawyers have agreed to keep information about the case confidential.

The university's attorneys declined to comment to the Norman Transcript on the case.


Oklahoma mines dept. receives mining safety grant

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Mines has been chosen to receive a nearly $108,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Mining Safety and Health Administration.

The $107,800 grant was announced Thursday.

The money is to be used to provide federally required training to miners. The grants cover training and retraining of miners working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines, including miners engaged in shell dredging or employed at surface stone, sand and gravel mining operations.

The grant is among more than $8.3 million in total grants being awarded for 47 states and the Navajo Nation.

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