Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Roy Earnest Ogden Jr.

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Suspicious vehicle response leads to arrest

NAME: Jesse Wayne Million

AGE: 37

RESIDENCE: Sand Springs

CHARGES: Possession of firearms after conviction or during probation; and possession of burglary tools

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Kyle Reese, about 7 a.m. on May 15, responded to a suspicious red, Dodge pickup truck in the vicinity of State Highway 97 and Overlook Drive, in the Sand Springs area. The pickup reportedly had been parked at a vacant house. Deputy Reese encountered the red truck, moving east on Overlook Drive and approaching Highway 97. He conducted a traffic stop on the truck after noticing that its passenger side brake light and tail light were not illuminating. Reese identified the driver of the pickup as Whittney Oltman and the passenger as Jesse Million. The deputy asked them what they were doing in that area so early in the morning, and Oltman reportedly said they were out looking for scrap items. Reese then asked what they had been doing on the property where the truck had been stopped. Oltman reportedly said her truck had been “dying.” Reese reportedly noticed that Oltman and Million had gloves on the dashboard in front of them, and he reportedly noticed tools that are commonly used in burglaries to gain entry into structures. Deputy Reese reported in a case affidavit that he additionally found a .410 shotgun in the vehicle. While talking with Million and Oltman, Reese reportedly asked Million if he is a convicted felon, and Million reportedly admitted that he was on probation in a Tulsa County felony case. Million reportedly said the gun was not his, but admitted he knew that he was not supposed to be in possession of a firearm. In a May 18 hearing in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Million. His next court date is listed as July 31.

‘They’re trying to kill me’

NAME: James Harrison Harding III

AGE: 54


CHARGES: Feloniously pointing a firearm; breaking and entering a dwelling without permission; carrying a firearm while under the influence; and public intoxication and disturbing the peace

DETAILS: At about 7:30 a.m. May 7, Osage County deputy Kyle Reese responded to a residence on North 100th West Avenue, where a resident reportedly heard someone banging on his bedroom window and calling for help, saying “They’re trying to kill me.” The person outside the window, reportedly later identified as James Harrison Harding III, allegedly entered the dwelling uninvited with a semi-automatic handgun. Harding reportedly said to the resident, “You’re involved in this too, aren’t you? I will kill you.” Harrison then repoertedly looked out the front door of the home and said that four Hispanic males, one of them wearing a black hat, were outside and were trying to kill him. Harrison next reportedly began pulling the trigger of the handgun he was holding, but it was not loaded with a magazine and had no ammunition in it. Harding reportedly pulled the trigger multiple times, as if he were shooting at people outside, and then threw the gun on a table. Harding reportedly told Deputy Reese that “God smokes cigarettes and drinks whiskey, and God approved of him doing the same.” Harding reportedly acknowledged he had consumed some whiskey mixed with a cola drink. When asked if he had consumed any methamphetamine, he reportedly said that if he had done so, it would have been two days previous. Harding reportedly added that he didn’t know how the meth would have gotten into his system, but said that something happened two days previous to his conversation with the deputy. Deputy Reese noted that Harding was sweating profusely and speaking very fast, that his story didn’t make sense and kept changing. “James was seeing people running around while I was standing in his presence,” Reese said, adding that no one else was with them. Reese reportedly drew the conclusion that Harding was under the influence of meth. Deputy Reese reportedly asked Harding why he felt that he could enter the house, and Harding reportedly said that he needed help. He reportedly admitted having brought the gun with him, and having pointed the gun at the resident of the house because he did not know if that man was connected to the people he believed were trying to shoot him. In a May 18 hearing in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Harding. His next court date is listed as July 31.

Mower, trailer and other items reportedly stolen

NAME: Roy Earnest Ogden Jr.

AGE: 29


CHARGE: Grand larceny

DETAILS: On Sunday morning, May 17, Pawhuska police officer William Wade responded to a call to check the area around Lynn Avenue, Lincoln Avenue and St. Paul Avenue for a man on an orange-colored riding lawn mower, pulling a black trailer full of tools and other items. The reporting party told a dispatcher that the mower, the trailer and its contents had been stolen. The reporting party said the mower was headed in the direction of the Osage County fairgrounds. Officer Wade soon notified a fellow officer that he had located the lawn mower and trailer at a camper trailer on North Road, between Oklahoma Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. This location is in the jurisdiction of the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, and Lt. Terry York of the OCSO responded to assist Officer Wade. Ogden reportedly denied stealing the lawn mower and trailer, but Officer Wade spoke with witnesses who identified the person they had seen with the mower and trailer as a white male with brown hair and a goatee — a match for Ogden. The mower, trailer and other items were reportedly returned to their rightful owner and Ogden was arrested. In a May 18 hearing in Osage County District Court, the defendant pleaded not guilty. His next court date is listed as July 31.