Lawton pastor faces sexual abuse charge
LAWTON -- The 25-year-old pastor of Another Chance
Outreach Ministries Inc. faces one count of lewd molestation
following an investigation into whether he sexually abused
members of his congregation.
James Lamont Newton is free on $3,000 bail. A preliminary
hearing is set March 24.
Lawton police Detective John Whittington said the
department's investigation began in April but stalled because
people were afraid to come forward because of Newton's
position in the church.
Whittington said the investigation reopened recently when
several Fort Sill soldiers claimed Newton made inappropriate
sexual advances toward them.
"That's when the others decided to come forward,"
Whittington said others may have been victims.
Cherokee Job Corps' rating improves in latest poll
TAHLEQUAH -- The Talking Leaves Job Corps center has
received it highest rating ever from the U.S. Department of
Labor, the Cherokee Nation announced Friday.
The center had a ``high acceptable'' rating of 6.44 on a
point scale ranging from 1 through 9, the tribe reported.
The rating was the fifth highest in the Dallas Department
of Labor region, said Diane Kelley, a liaison for the Cherokee
Nation Job Corps.
Noting that one year ago the center was ranked among the
lowest nationally, Chief Joe Byrd said the improved ranking is
due to the work of both students and staff.
Former Demo congressional candidate seeks Starr's ouster
CLAREMORE -- Jim Bob Wilson, an unsuccessful
Democratic Party candidate for 2nd District Congress in 1998,
said Friday that he is starting a nationwide petition drive
calling for the dismissal of Independent Counsel Kenneth
Wilson said he would conduct the petition drive on the
``The most divisive incident to confront our nation in many
years is the apparent never-ending investigation by Ken Starr
and his persecution of President Clinton,'' Wilson said.
Wilson said a continuation of Starr's efforts ``must not be
allowed to happen.''
The only alternative, Wilson said, is to have U.S. Attorney
General Janet Reno ``dismiss Ken Starr immediately upon the
U.S. Senate adjourning the impeachment hearings. . . .''
Highway speed limits to rise in central Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The speed limit soon will match
the speed of drivers on stretches of U.S. 412 and U.S. 60 in
The state Transportation Department agreed this week to
raise the speed limit to 70 mph on U.S. 412 east of Enid to
Interstate 35, on U.S. 60 west of Ponca City to I-35 and on
U.S. 412 west of Enid to Lahoma.
The speed limit has been 65 mph. Nico Gomez, a spokesman
for the department, said a speed study showed about 85 percent
of those traveling on U.S. 412 east of Enid and U.S. 60 west
of Ponca City are going 70 mph now.
The highways are four-lane, divided routes and can be
driven safely at 70 mph.
From staff and wire reports