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Sheriff’s office travel includes posh resort, paid trips for reserves

While jail operations ran deficits, Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz and his employees spent more than $500,000 the past three years on travel and training — much of it from jail funds — ordering cheesecake and ice cream delivered via room service, paying $36 daily valet parking fees and billing taxpayers $500 per night to stay in a resort with free golf and afternoon tea, an investigation by The Frontier shows.

The Frontier reviewed travel claims by Glanz’s office since 2009 and found numerous questionable expenses and a few potential violations of the county’s travel policy, including Glanz’s trip to a lavish resort with his former undersheriff, Tim Albin.

Supreme Court rules state can use execution drug

By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Oklahoma’s use of a controversial new drug in lethal injections, clearing the way for the state and others to resume executions.

The decision in Glossip v. Gross means Oklahoma can use the sedative to carry out three pending executions and others in the future. Executions have been on hold in Oklahoma and most other states since the inmates challenged use of the drug midazolam following a botched execution.