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Chickasha Family Fights for Mentally Ill Man's Release
The family of 23 year old Derek Welever in Chickasha, Oklahoma is fighting for his release from jail. His mother and ex-girlfriend say he is mentally ill and should not have been arrested.They have hired an attorney in the battle. 911 was called to their home back in December after Welever allegedly attacked his ex girlfriend Heather Jones. She declined to press charges saying that Welever had a 'psychotic break' but police arrested Welever, on a complaint of domestic battery. "The whole point of us calling the cops was not for him to get arrested, it was for him to get help," Heather Jones said. Welever has now been in the Grady county jail for nearly a month and has threatened suicide since his arrest, "He needs help, not to be put in jail," Debbie Ross, his mother said.
Assistant Police Chief Major Elip Moore with Chickasha Police said the case has been reviewed and based on Jones' injuries the arresting officer acted appropriately. Major Moore adds that Welever was not taken to a hospital because he did not meet the criteria for Emergency Detention, which would have allowed police to take him to a hospital. Welever's family is currently working with an attorney to get him released. The lawyer said he should be out of jail within 2 weeks, however the battle now may be whether or not that is with a domestic battery felony.
Fox 25 News
Posted: Tuesday, January 8 2013, 09:23 PM CST
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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