Oklahoma Democratic Party office defaced with racist remarks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Vandals spray-painted racist, anti-gay and anti-Semitic remarks outside the headquarters of the Oklahoma Democratic Party and offices of the Chickasaw Nation, officials said Thursday, and police are investigating the incidents as hate crimes.

Racist and anti-Semitic graffiti as well as anti-LGBTQ epithets were spray painted on the front door, walkway and other areas outside the state Democratic Party headquarters in Oklahoma City, said former Democratic Gov. David Walters, who owns the building with his wife, Rhonda. Swastikas were also spray-painted onto the doors.

The building houses other tenants, but Anna Langthorn, executive director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, said she believes the graffiti targeted the party.

"It does specifically say Democrats and has an arrow pointed at the door," she said.

The Chickasaw Nation's Oklahoma City office was also hit by vandals who spray-painted derogatory graffiti similar to that found on the state Democratic Party headquarters, tribal spokesman Tony Choate said.

The graffiti was discovered Thursday morning as employees of the tribe, based in Ada, reported for work. Derogatory remarks about various groups were spray-painted outside the building, located less than one mile north of the Oklahoma State Capitol.

In a statement, Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said it's "very disheartening to see our building defaced by this type of hateful message which is so out of place for Oklahoma."

"We believe it is important to move past this isolated incident and focus our attention on the important work we do," Anoatubby said.

The Oklahoma City Police Department is investigating the vandalism as a hate crime.


Oklahoma company seeks approval for pipeline to cross Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An Oklahoma-based energy company is seeking approval for a pipeline that would carry volatile gas liquids through the Kansas county that is home to Wichita.

Williams Companies Inc. met with Sedgwick County officials Wednesday about the 187-mile (300-kilometer) Bluestem pipeline that would run from McPherson County, Kansas, to Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, the Wichita Eagle reported.

The line would carry pressurized gas liquids, such as propane and butane, across mostly farmland in Sedgwick County, according to pipeline officials. But the plans also call for the line to pass through the city of Cheney.

Sedgwick County officials would need to issue permits for the Bluestem pipeline to cross county roads.

Williams Companies contractor Jay Vincent told county commissioners that the pipeline would carry 225,000 barrels a day of pressurized gas liquids, which he said are byproducts of natural gas production.

The volatile liquids would be separated from natural gas at the company's plant in Conway. The proposed pipeline would connect the Kansas plant to the Targa Grand Prix pipeline in Oklahoma, so that the liquids could move to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

Vincent said the liquids are typically safer than an oil pipeline and don't pose a threat to groundwater.

The pipeline would also be frequently inspected and protected by a cathodic system that uses a weak electrical current to prevent metal corrosion, Vincent said.

The company hopes to obtain permits along the pipeline route by January and to complete construction in November 2020.


1 dead in officer-involved shooting in Grady County

CHICKASHA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a domestic dispute led to a fatal officer-involved shooting of a man in Grady County.

The shooting occurred about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday at a residence in Chickasha, about 37 miles (60 kilometers) southwest of Oklahoma City.

Chickasha Police chief Kathryn Rowell says three officers responded to a domestic disturbance that was still occurring when officers arrived.

Authorities say 47-year-old Kevin Samuel Capers was allegedly threatening his girlfriend with a knife and threatened the officers as they entered the home. The officers then shot Capers, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say neither the officers nor anyone else was injured.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.

The names of the officers involved have not been released.