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Man Claiming to Be Pastor Accused of Raping Boys


McALESTER - A man who said he was former pastor was in the
Pittsburg County Jail on Tuesday on charges of rape and
sodomy of three boys.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Sept. 22 for Kenneth
Raymond Dewoody, 50, of Crowder. He was charged with nine
counts of rape and sodomy. Bail was set at $100,000.
Deputies found pornographic magazines and videotapes in
his home north of McAlester.
The boys, ages 14 to 17, allege Dewoody raped and sodomized
them, sometimes in front of other boys, sometimes while
watching pornographic movies, authorities say.
Two of the boys met Dewoody at Ask Creek Church, where Dewoody
was a pastor, authorities say.
But G.C. Gray of Blocker, the church's pastor since the
1980s, said Dewoody had never been a pastor there and was
not a member of the church.
Dewoody also told authorities he is an ordained minister,
according to the sheriff's report.

Church Reconstruction Gets $5.2 Million Boost
MUSKOGEE - Reconstruction of St. Paul United Methodist Church
got a $5.2 million lift recently.
The money was an insurance settlement for the cost of replacing
the building. More money is coming for the value of the
building's contents, destroyed by a fire last Christmas Day.
Construction is to begin as soon as architect Gary Sparks
produces plans acceptable to the congregation and church
officials. Sparks' first ideas are to be presented to the
building committee Aug. 13.
Construction contracts could be let this year, and if construction
begins by early March, the building could be completed in 1993.
Preliminary plans call for the sanctuary to be similar to
the structure that burned, with at least one tower to be
built reminiscent of the two that framed the church's main
entrance. The building will probably be designed to seat
600 to 800 people.

Area Man Faces Trial On Molestation Counts
WAGONER - A Tulsa businessman will stand trial in two child
molestation cases.
Following a preliminary hearing Monday in Wagoner County
District Court, John Adrian Morgan, 33, was ordered to stand
trial on nine counts involving two girls, ages 9 and 11.
Morgan, who lives in Wagoner, denied the charges as well
as a report that he told Wagoner police he had molested
up to 150 other children. He is being held without bail
in the Wagoner County jail.
Morgan operates Jani-King Janitor Service in Tulsa.

Historic Hastings Home Falls Victim to Blaze
TAHLEQUAH - Fire has destroyed the W.W. Hastings home, which
the former U.S. congressman built in 1889 as a wedding gift.
Hastings, who also was the chief of the Cherokee Nation
for one day, built the home for his fiancee, who died before
the wedding.
The home, which had been declared a historic landmark, was
sold to Raymond and Jewell Morris in 1979. They were in
Texas when the house burned early Sunday.
Assistant Fire Chief Bob Adrian said the blaze apparently
started in a closet. Two-thirds of the two-story structure,
including some antiques, were lost, he said.

Inmate Knifed in Fight Released From Hospital
McALESTER - An Oklahoma State Penitentiary inmate stabbed
during a fight in the exercise yard is out of the hospital
and is in a disciplinary unit, a prison official said Tuesday.
Another inmate is also in the disciplinary lockup unit,
while a third is recovering in his cell from a broken nose,
said OSP spokeswoman Lee Mann.
Prison officials continue to investigate what caused the
Friday afternoon fight among the prisoners, who were part
of the general population. Officers found two homemade knives.
Andrew Tucker, 30, was stabbed in the back and thighs several
times, Ms. Mann said. He was taken to McAlester Regional
Health Center when his blood pressure began to fall, she said.
Tucker has been placed in the E Block, used for disciplinary
segregation, along with Ezekiel Davis, 23, who was not injured.
Leon Fowler, 27, was returned to his cell, Ms. Mann said.
Tucker is serving 20 years for a 1979 robbery conviction
in Oklahoma County; Fowler is serving 50 years for a 1989
convicton of second-degree burglary in Osage County after
three previous felony convictions; and Davis is serving
life for a 1989 first-degree murder conviction in Tulsa
County, officials said.
From staff and wire reports

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