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February 16, 2013

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Okla. House panel bans synthetic pot, bath salts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A House committee has approved a bill to outlaw various kinds of new synthetic drugs, including so-called “bath salts” and artificial marijuana.

The House Public Safety Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that was requested by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

OBNDD spokesman Mark Woodward says the bill adds 21 new chemical compounds to the list of more than 200 illegal chemicals in Oklahoma.

Woodward says drug agents are “playing a game of cat chasing mouse” with chemists who create new synthetic drugs that aren’t technically illegal, prompting the addition of new compounds on the state registry every year.

Woodward says the synthetic drugs are frequently sold at gas stations or convenience stores under names like “Blue Majestic,” “Spice,” and “Kryptonite.”



Evaluation sought for man accused in bomb plot

TULSA (AP) — The attorney for an Illinois man accused in a failed plot to firebomb dozens of northeast Oklahoma churches wants a federal judge to order a mental evaluation of his client before going to trial.

The request filed in Tulsa federal court this week suggests 24-year-old Gregory Arthur Weiler II of Elk Grove Village, Ill., has been hospitalized numerous times over the past five years for various mental health issues.

The request comes a week after Weiler was transferred from state custody in Miami, Okla., to federal custody in the northern district of Oklahoma because of the nature of his alleged crimes.

A previous evaluation ordered while Weiler was in state custody found him mentally fit to stand trial.

The petition states that federal prosecutors don’t object to the second test.

Civil lawsuits filed

over Glencoe wildfire

STILLWATER (AP) — More than 60 civil lawsuits have been filed against a pipeline company over damages from a summer wildfire at Glencoe.

The latest to join the court action over the Aug. 4 blaze is Hesser Holdings LLC, which says in court papers that the fire started due to work by Global Pipeline Construction, which was welding at the time.

Hesser Holdings lost 240 acres of land that it had planned to auction.

The Stillwater News-Press reports the fire destroyed 2,000 acres and 17 homes in Glencoe.

The suit is to be heard on Feb. 21.

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