Police investigate church burglaries

Staff reports

Two churches were burglarized this week, according to the Durant Police Department

Wednesday, officers responded to burglary calls at University Free Will Baptist Church, 4105 W. University, and United Pentecostal Church, 4129 W. University, according to a DPD news release. The burglaries happened sometime between 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday.

It appeared that both buildings were entered on the east side where the doors were forced open. In both buildings several items were knocked over and moved around. There was also a safe with cash and miscellaneous checks taken which the money had been collected during a recent drive to be partially used for remodeling the inside of the Church.

Police ask anyone with information on the cases to call 924-3737.

In other news, Achille Police and the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office investigated the firing of a gun at Achille Mayor David Northcutt’s home on Tuesday. Northcutt told authorities he fired a gun into the floor during an argument with Michael Loftis. The Bryan County District Attorney’s Office will determine if charges will be filed.

In statewide crime news, parts of a proposal approved by voters in November to reduce the penalties for simple drug possession are being rolled back under a bill narrowly approved by the Oklahoma House, The Associated Press reported.

The House voted 51-38 on Thursday to approve the bill that would allow felony drug possession charges for those caught with drugs within 1,000 feet of a school. The measure now heads to the Senate.

Purcell Republican Rep. Tim Downing says the ballot language made no mention of reducing drug penalties near schools and he believes many voters were unaware they were approving that change.

But several opponents of the bill criticized supporters for defying the will of voters.

Nearly 60 percent of voters supported the state question that made simple drug possession a misdemeanor in all cases.

From staff and Associated Press reports.

Staff reports

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