Chicken-Fried News: Intimidation witnessed 

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What’s worse than a former Luther city councilman who pays inmates to steal copper from warning sirens? A former city councilman who pays inmates to steal and then tries to intimidate witnesses.

James Richard Smith, who is already facing charges on seven counts for his part in the copper theft, was arrested again Aug. 11 for allegedly threatening witnesses planning to testify against him, a felony offense.

KOCO News 5 reported that Smith told both witnesses who work for the City of Luther he was going to kill them since they were planning to speak against him.

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said the repairs to the tornado sirens will cost taxpayers around $31,000.

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