Joe Exotic calls new charges of wildlife trafficking, tiger slayings a ‘witch hunt’

In an email from jail to The Frontier, Maldonado-Passage said the new charges are part of an ongoing effort to frame him. “This is now a witch hunt,” Maldonado-Passage said in the email.
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Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler wins second term

Kunzweiler, the Republican candidate who first succeeded his former boss Tim Harris as DA in 2014, jumped out to a slight early lead and slowly built his advantage throughout the night.
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First Oklahoma man sentenced to life without parole for drug trafficking now hopes for release

It's too late for Leland Dodd to watch his children grow up, but he dreams of fishing in the Arkansas River again one day.
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Starting Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, The Frontier is eligible for a matching gift opportunity from NewsMatch, a national call-to-action that support nonprofits like us.
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‘No one wants him:’ The state says it can’t care for Russell Ables. There’s nowhere else for him to go.

No state agency wants Russell Ables. He was deemed incompetent, dangerous and unable to live on his own in 2015. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals said agencies abandoned their duties to find him permanent placement.
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Pryor woman hopes for return of vehicles seized in former deputy’s drug investigation

“As far as I’m seeing it, I’m the only one paying any consequences," said Shelley Dodson, who, despite not being charged with a crime, had her vehicles seized during a drug trafficking investigation headed by a former Mayes County deputy now facing indictment for allegedly stealing and using meth from evidence.
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Report: Former Mayes County anti-drug unit head facing criminal indictment was disciplined previously for alleged meth use

The district attorney’s office and sheriff knew about the previous allegations against the deputy before he was promoted to the head the county’s drug interdiction unit, according to court documents and interviews, though both said the allegations were unsubstantiated.
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Serving life without parole for drugs, Oklahoma man now hopes for release

In the early 1990s Oklahoma did not have any drug court programs that could have allowed Kevin Ott to seek treatment, and his life without parole sentence disqualified him from entering rehab.
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No charges to be filed against officer in connection with fatal on-duty shooting of Bixby teenager

Officer Jon Little was cleared by First Assistant Tulsa County District Attorney Erik Grayless, Grayless said on Tuesday.
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Fearing lawsuits, police to scale back on rules enforcement at the Gathering Place

While park officials have consistently maintained they have authority to enforce certain rules, questions by city attorneys about the park have led officers to change when and where they'll get involved.
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