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Lincoln County Murder: Investigators Looking to Connect Other Crimes With Case
A man was found murdered in Lincoln County Wednesday afternoon. The Lincoln County Sheriff said two other serious crimes happened in the area, around the same time. He says his office is looking for evidence to connect all of them.
The murder victim was identified as Gustavo Barragan Valencia, 35, an illegal immigrant from Mexico. Sheriff Charlie Dougherty said Valencia had been living as a landscaper in Oklahoma City since June. He said Valencia had a criminal history in Arizona.
Just after Valencia's body was dumped in the area, investigators think two men broke into a home, looking for weapons. They may also be behind a kidnapping.
"There were three incidents all right there, at around the same time. We had found the body, working that as a homicide. We had the home invasion, and then just north of that location, we gathered some intel that there was possibly some kind of abduction, where a gentleman was held for five hours at gun point," Dougherty said.
Dougherty believes the crimes are all meth related.
"I think we kill this guy, then we get high, or we get high and kill the guy, and now we're all messed up, and we're just on a rampage," he said.
Dougherty said investigators have made the most progress on the home invasion case. His office has identified one of two suspects. Dougherty hopes once these suspects are caught and questioned, he can link them to the murder and kidnapping.
A cell phone was found next to Valencia's body. Dougherty thinks it will be key evidence.
Two arrest warrants and several search warrants will be requested by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office on Monday.
Posted: Sunday, October 28 2012, 05:14 PM CDT
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Oklahoma lawmakers plan $45 million tornado relief
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma lawmakers have begun the process of appropriating millions of dollars in emergency funds to help pay the cost of recovering from tornadoes that have ravaged parts of central Oklahoma.
Separate committees of the House and Senate on Tuesday approved a plan to appropriate $45 million from the state's Rainy Day Constitutional Reserve Fund. The money will go to the State Emergency Fund to help recover from a massive tornado that struck Moore on Monday, killing at least 24 people. A separate tornado on Sunday left two dead in Shawnee.
Republican Sen. Clark Jolley of Edmond says the money will help the Department of Emergency Management match disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or to pay costs not covered by federal dollars.
Senate Bill 249: http://bit.ly/18fTLv0
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