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Police Hope Sketches Will Help Catch Attackers
Oklahoma City Police hope sketches will help catch two men accused of beating a man to death inside his own home. Police say the deadly attack happened last Wednesday afternoon in Southwest Oklahoma City. The attackers are still on the loose. Now people in the community hope the sketches help catch the culprits behind the crime.
"I was scared," said Leah John. "It's still scary over through here right now."
Last week Leah John says she came home to a call for help from her neighbor's house.
"I heard her screaming and crying, so I ran across the street," said Leah John.
Leah says the person screaming was the girlfriend of Ricky Wallice, who just found out he had been brutally attacked.
"He was badly beaten up and he was just bloody," said Leah John. "I mean, it was bad."
"Obviously it was a horrific crime," said Sergeant Jennifer Wardlow.
Sergeant Jennifer Wardlow of the Oklahoma City Police Department says two men broke into Wallice's house and attacked him.
"This man from what we understand from reading reports was very badly beaten," said Sgt. Wardlow.
Wallice later died at a hospital.
"They beat an innocent person for no reson that we could figure out," said Leah John.
Now with the attackers still on the loose, Leah is on edge and she is keeping a close watch on her young son.
"I don't let him outside as much as I used to," said Leah John. "I just can't trust it. You know, I don't know if they're going to come back."
The Oklahoma City Police Department hopes sketches help catch the two men who they believe attacked Wallice.
"Obviously we're relying on the public to take a very close look at these sketches to see if they might recognize these men," said Sgt. Wardlow. "Because obviously that's what's going to be what's going to help us in solving the case."
Leah hopes the culprits behind the deadly crime get caught soon, so she can finally have peace of mind.
"We just want them caught and off the streets so we can all feel safe again," said Leah John.
Police say the two people who attacked Wallice were last seen riding their bicycles on Westwood near Southwest 19th Street.
If you know anything about this case, call the Homicide Tip-Line at 405-297-1200.
Posted: Thursday, September 6 2012, 11:05 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Fallin signs bill to spend $45M on tornado relief
May 24, 2013 19:07 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill that will allow the state to access $45 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund to help communities recover from tornado damage.
Fallin on Friday signed a bill that the House and Senate passed unanimously in the wake of the deadly tornado that raked across the state on Monday, killing 24 people and injuring hundreds more.
It allows the state to use the money to match federal disaster funds and for other "disaster-related assistance."
The state's Rainy Day Fund, a constitutional reserve fund, currently has a balance of about $577 million. Up to 25 percent of the money can be accessed to pay for emergency-related expenses. The rest is reserved for when the state experiences budget shortfalls.
Senate Bill 249: http://bit.ly/10YnKm1
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