OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma Highway Patrol captain has pleaded not guilty to trying to blackmail the commissioner of the state Department of Public Safety. Court records show Capt. Troy German entered the plea to the extortion charge Friday in Oklahoma City after being indicted on Thursday and was released on personal recognizance bond. Defense attorney Mike Johnson told The Oklahoman that German "100 percent" denies the allegation that he tried to extort Commissioner Rusty Rhoades.

BINGER, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says it's been asked to assist in the investigation of the death of a man in Binger, about 45 miles west of Oklahoma City. An OSBI news release says it was contacted Saturday by Binger Police Chief James Pate after the body of 57-year-old Randy Joe Gathers was found shortly before 9 a.m. The OSBI says the death is considered suspicious, but offered no other details. No suspects or arrests have been announced.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A 65-year-old woman has died after being pulled from a burning home in northwest Oklahoma City. State medical examiner's spokeswoman Amy Elliott says Coyett Morgan died Friday after being removed from the home by firefighters, but the cause of death has not been determined. Fire Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson says a man inside the home and four firefighters were injured during the Friday morning fire. A suspected cause of the fire has not been released.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - Bloomington, Minnesota-based The Toro Company has announced plans to purchase the Oklahoma-based company that manufactures Ditch Witch and other underground construction equipment. Toro said in a news release Friday that it will pay $700 million in cash for The Charles Machine Works, a privately held company based in Perry, Oklahoma. The proposed sale is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close by the end of the third quarter.

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