MIS­TRIAL SHOCK TO PROS­E­CU­TOR IN OK­LA­HOMA

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TULSA, OKLA.» An Ok­la­homa pros­e­cu­tor said Satur­day that he was shocked when a judge de­clared a mis­trial in the case of a white for­mer Tulsa po­lice of­fi­cer who fa­tally shot his daugh­ter’s black boyfriend be­cause ju­rors had de­lib­er­ated for only a few hours.

It was the third mis­trial in nine months for for­mer Tulsa po­lice of­fi­cer Shan­non Ke­pler, and all of the tri­als have been over­seen by Dis­trict Judge Sharon Holmes. Ke­pler doesn’t deny shoot­ing 19-year-old Jere­mey Lake, but claims he was act­ing in self-de­fense. Ke­pler tes­ti­fied that Lake was armed, al­though po­lice didn’t find a weapon on Lake or at the scene. The shoot­ing hap­pened shortly after Lake had started dat­ing Ke­pler’s then-18-yearold daugh­ter, Lisa.

Wife guilty in flawed in­sur­ance killing. CLEVE­LAND» A new­ly­wed ac­cused of so­lic­it­ing her fire­fighter hus­band’s killing to col­lect $100,000 in in­sur­ance money has been con­victed of ag­gra­vated mur­der in a scheme that was flawed from the start: His ex-wife was still the ben­e­fi­ciary of his policy.

Uloma Curry-walker, 45, could re­ceive life in prison without pa­role for the Novem­ber 2013 slay­ing of Wil­liam Walker, whom she had mar­ried just four months ear­lier.

Ver­mont man faces hate crime charge. MONTPELIER,

A Ver­mont man is fac­ing a hate crime charge that he sent an­timus­lim emails to the state’s Demo­cratic Party chair­man, who is Mus­lim.

Faisal Gill, who is be­lieved to be the coun­try’s first Mus­lim chair­per­son of a state po­lit­i­cal party, said he re­ceived three threat­en­ing emails in May.

Christo­pher Hay­den, 48, of Burling­ton has been charged with dis­turb­ing the peace by elec­tronic means, with a hate crime en­hance­ment.

The mes­sages are pep­pered with racial and re­li­gious ep­i­thets, and call Gill an “agent for creep­ing sharia law” who should “get out (of Ver­mont) or we will make you wish you did.”

Divers en­joy un­der­wa­ter mu­sic fes­ti­val. BIG

About 400 divers and snorkel­ers have sub­merged in the Florida Keys Na­tional Marine Sanc­tu­ary for a lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion’s broad­cast be­neath the sea ad­vo­cat­ing reef preser­va­tion.

The aquatic-fo­cused playlist in­cluded the theme from the “Lit­tle Mer­maid,” the Bea­tles’ “Oc­to­pus’s Gar­den” and even “Jaws,” just to get par­tic­i­pants’ at­ten­tion, ac­cord­ing to event co-cre­ator Bill Becker.

Mu­sic was trans­mit­ted via wa­ter­proof speak­ers hung from boats.

Pygmy rab­bits after wild­fire.

Of­fi­cials have cap­tured

res­cued 33 en­dan­gered pygmy rab­bits that sur­vived a wild­fire in cen­tral Washington state and moved them to other breed­ing sites.

Bi­ol­o­gist John Gal­lie told The Seat­tle Times that the rab­bits were cap­tured late last month after the wild­fire burned sage­brush the rab­bits need for food and shelter.

Gal­lie says about 70 rab­bits died at the 10-acre Bee­z­ley Hills site, one of four in the state where bi­ol­o­gists have been breed­ing the rab­bits for re­lease into the wild.

Wed­ding fire­works groom ar­rested. Guests watch­ing a fire­works dis­play after a New York wed­ding were cheer­ing the bride, groom and booms when po­lice ar­rived. The groom ended up un­der ar­rest.

Nas­sau County po­lice say they were called to a Massapequa home early Satur­day and found a big party with pro­fes­sional-level py­rotech­nics in the back­yard.

Po­lice say 39-year-old Thomas Giglio ex­plained he was set­ting them off to cel­e­brate his wed­ding.

He is await­ing ar­raign­ment.

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