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Property owner used game camera

NAME: Dustin John Horn

AGE: 35


CHARGE: Second-degree burglary

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Don Laxson on Jan. 5 responded to a burglary report regarding a residence on Allen Street in the town of Osage. The reporting party said she had installed a couple of game cameras on her property because of recent burglaries. The reporting party noticed that someone had entered a trailer home at 22 Allen Street, and she checked a game camera and reportedly found an image of a man she recognized as Dustin John Horn. The reporting party said she had confronted Horn and he had apologized and said he wanted to return items. Deputy Laxson talked to Horn, who reportedly admitted to committing the burglary and said he had left some items on the curb in front of his home for the burglary victim to retrieve. Deputy Laxson arrested Horn. In a hearing Jan. 6 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Horn and set his bail at $20,000. The next court date in the case is listed as Jan. 17.

Drugs went missing at nursing home

NAME: Whitney Nicole Walker

AGE: 33


CHARGE: Larceny of a controlled dangerous substance

DETAILS: John Carnell, an agent with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, in July 2018 was assigned to investigate a possible drug diversion at the Barnsdall Nursing Home. Doses of morphine, Lorazepam and Diazepam were found to be missing from a medication cart following an overnight shift at the nursing home in June 2018. Two nursing home workers were tested for opioids and one of them, Whitney Nicole Walker, reportedly tested positive. The agent interviewed Walker and she reportedly admitted stealing morphine from the medication cart and using it while she was on duty. Walker reportedly denied stealing any other substances from the cart. In a hearing Jan. 7 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Walker and set her bail at $2,000.

Assault at the county jail

NAME: Matthew Ryan Jones

AGE: 35


CHARGE: Aggravated assault and battery

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Christian Walsh was working Jan. 8 at the county jail when a fight broke out about 9:37 a.m. in the detox cell. A prisoner who had been asleep complained that Matthew Ryan Jones had assaulted him. Deputy Walsh reviewed surveillance video and found that the video showed Jones pinned a sleeping prisoner down and began punching him in the left side of the head. Jones also reportedly used one of his knees to hit the victim several times. Walsh asked jail medical staff members to take the victim to the Pawhuska Hospital, where it was reportedly determined the victim had fractured ribs and a spot on his head that needed further scans. The victim reportedly said he did not know why Jones attacked him. In a hearing Jan. 9 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Jones and set his bail at $10,000. In a separate misdemeanor case filed on Jan. 6, Jones was charged with malicious injury to property under $1,000, and with public intoxication and disturbing the peace.

Trooper clocked him at 80 in a 65

NAME: Robert Lee Hines

AGE: 48


CHARGES: Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol; driving while the privilege is revoked; speeding; and littering

DETAILS: State Trooper Robert Regnier was on duty Jan. 6, driving west on Highway 60 near its intersection with County Road 2145, when he clocked an eastbound Buick Regal at 80 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone. Regner turned his patrol car around and got behind the speeding car. The trooper noticed a cigarette come out of the vehicle and bounce off the highway. Regnier initiated a traffic stop. The motorist, who provided Regnier with an Oklahoma ID card, reportedly told the trooper that he did not have a driver’s license. Regnier asked who threw the cigarette out, and the motorist, identified as Robert Lee Hines, reportedly said that he threw it. Regnier noticed that a female passenger in the Regal was smoking a cigarette and that an odor associated with the consumption of an alcoholic beverage was coming from Hines. The trooper had Hines sit in his patrol car and talked to him about his alcohol consumption. Hines reportedly said he drank a six-pack of Bud Light beer, with his last drink being about an hour previous. Regnier noted that Hines had thick, slurred speech and glassy eyes and was sometimes hard to understand. The trooper administered field sobriety testing, and a preliminary breath test to Hines and subsequently arrested the suspect. In a hearing Jan. 7 in Osage County District Court, a not guilty plea was entered for Hines and his bail was set at $5,000.

Whiskey bottle in the floorboard

NAME: Jesse Duke Allen

AGE: 42


CHARGES: Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol; driving while the privilege is revoked; transporting an open container of alcoholic beverage; failure to maintain insurance or security; and defective vehicle

DETAILS: At about 8:18 p.m. Jan. 4, State Trooper Derek Hempel was on patrol on Highway 60 when he noticed an eastbound vehicle with an inoperable tail light. Hempel stopped the vehicle, a silver Nissan Sentra, about a tenth of a mile west of County Road 2495. Trooper Hempel asked the driver, later identified as Jesse Duke Allen, for his driver’s license and Allen reportedly said his license was suspended and his daughter, who was riding with him, did not have her license yet. Hempel asked the driver to get out of the Nissan Sentra and come and stand in front of his patrol car. Hempel noted that Allen “immediately stated he was going to jail.” The trooper reportedly observed a bottle of Kentucky Deluxe Whiskey, about two-thirds full, on the driver’s side floorboard of the Sentra. Allen reportedly said he had a warrant out of Nowata County. Trooper Hempel confirmed that Allen’s driver’s license was revoked, and noticed that he had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcoholic beverages on his breath and about his person. A proof of insurance document in the vehicle had ceased to be valid on Dec. 4, and insurance for the Sentra could not be confirmed. The trooper conducted field sobriety testing and subsequently arrested Allen. In a hearing Jan. 8 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Allen and set his bail at $5,000.

It was their second road rage incident

NAME: Vernon Leeroy Merceal Jr.

AGE: 33


CHARGE: Leaving the scene of an accident involving injury

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Don Laxson responded Oct. 7, 2019, to a road rage incident in the town of Osage. A reporting party named Jason Watson reportedly told Deputy Laxson that he was driving to work Oct. 7, when he became involved in his second road rage incident with Vernon Merceal. Both men reportedly pulled over and got out of their trucks. Merceal reportedly got back in his truck and sped away, striking Watson with the passenger side mirror of his truck. Laxson talked to Merceal, who reportedly said he was driving his child to school when the road rage incident took place. Merceal reportedly said Watson had been brake checking him and trying to run him off the road. Merceal reportedly said Watson had punched his passenger side mirror. Laxson arrested Merceal on suspicion of assaulting Watson with his vehicle. An arrest warrant was issued Jan. 8 in Osage County District Court for Merceal.

Accused of using Jeep to try to run over man

NAME: Lana Lookout

AGE: 44


CHARGES: Assault, battery, or assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; and malicious injury to property

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Tom Gilliland responded about 2:19 a.m. Oct. 6, 2019, to a report of an assault with a dangerous weapon, and malicious injury to property in the vicinity of the intersection of Okesa Road and Highway 60. Deputy Gilliland talked with two individuals listed as victims, and to a witness. One of the victims said she had attempted to give a ride to two men at the intersection of Okesa Road and Highway 60. While the female victim was attempting to pick up the two men to give them a ride, another woman in a gray Jeep reportedly tried twice to run over one of the men. When the woman in the Jeep was unable to run over the man she targeted, she reportedly began to use the Jeep to ram the female victim’s vehicle. A witness to the incident reportedly identified the woman in the gray Jeep as Lana Lookout. An arrest warrant was issued Jan. 8 in Osage County District Court for Lookout.

Reportedly had four firearms in his possession

NAME: Michael Lane Rowe

AGE: 61


CHARGE: Possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Kyle Reese, about 4 p.m. on Sept. 9, 2019, received a call for service from McCorkle Avenue in Burbank. The call concerned an alleged assault and battery. When Deputy Reese arrived, he talked with Michael Rowe, who said another man had assaulted him. Rowe reportedly explained that he responded to the assault by pointing a shotgun at his assailant. Deputy Reese confirmed that Rowe is a convicted felon. Rowe reportedly said he had four firearms and asked the deputy to have a look at them. Reese said in a case affidavit that he located a Winchester 20-gauge semiautomatic; a 20-gauge bolt action; a Winchester .22-caliber rifle; and a New England Firearms 30-30 rifle with a BSA scope. An arrest warrant was issued Jan. 8 in Osage County District Court for Rowe.

Police observed, then seized dogs

NAME: Ricky Ramirez Valdez

AGE: 35


CHARGES: Cruelty to animals (three counts)

DETAILS: On June 26, 2019, Pawhuska Police Chief Nick Silva reportedly notified Officer Zach West about multiple dogs with no food and water at 1523 Grandview Ave. Officer West talked June 27 with the city’s animal control officer, Troy Jester, who reportedly said that he and Officer Lorrie Hennesy had given the dogs large amounts of water June 26 and 27. Officer West noted in a case affidavit that Jester said he had instructed Ricky Valdez, owner of the dogs, to start giving them adequate food, water and shelter. Jester reportedly had conducted multiple welfare checks on the five dogs and found that their condition had not changed. Officer West said in his case affidavit that he and Chief Silva went to 1523 Grandview and observed three dogs. Officer West subsequently obtained a search warrant for the residence to seize the dogs, as they appeared to lack adequate, food, water and shelter. Police seized five dogs and transported them to the Johnston Veterinary Clinic for medical evaluations. A veterinarian was able to evaluate four of the five dogs, and found problems such as dogs being unkempt, malnourished and suffering from some type of parasite or worms. An arrest warrant was issued Jan. 8, 2020, in Osage County District Court for Valdez.