NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Charges were filed Monday against an Oklahoma woman suspected of spray painting racist, anti-gay and anti-Semitic graffiti on Democratic Party offices in Norman and Oklahoma City.
Allison Christine Johnson, 45, of Norman, was charged in Cleveland County with one felony and three misdemeanor counts of malicious injury to property and one misdemeanor count of malicious intimidation or harassment, according to court records. Records indicate she is being held on $25,000 bond but do not indicate if she has an attorney who could speak on her behalf.
The vandalism was discovered April 3 outside the Cleveland County Democratic Party headquarters as well as the Firehouse Art Center and McKinley Elementary School in Norman, about 17 miles (27 kilometers) south of Oklahoma City. Swastikas and derogatory remarks about various groups were sprayed in black-and-red graffiti outside the buildings.
Similar epithets were discovered March 28 outside state Democratic Party headquarters in Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma City office of the Chickasaw Nation. Formal charges have not been filed in those cases.
Johnson was arrested on April 4 after she turned herself in to the Norman Police Department. A probable cause affidavit states that police had been investigating other reports of spray-painted graffiti in recent weeks at churches, residences and other structures.
Johnson, who is white, told police her intention was to scare Jewish people and people of different races other than white, according to documents filed in the case.
She also spoke at length about her racist beliefs and her efforts to "wake people up," the report states.
Oklahoma GOP selects new chairman, approves policy platform
MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Republicans have elected a Tulsa County businessman to lead the state party and adopted a new platform that addresses teacher walkouts and abortion.
David McLain, 48, was chosen to be the GOP's new state chairman at a convention in Moore on Saturday, The Oklahoman reported. The Republican party leads voter registration in Oklahoma, and controls every statewide office and the Legislature.
McLain of Skiatook owns a small construction company and has served as the GOP chairman in Tulsa County.
"I am truly a grassroots man," McLain told nearly 1,000 delegates. "I have knocked on thousands of doors with you."
McLain will replace Pam Pollard, who has been state chair since the party adopted its last platform in 2015.
The Oklahoma GOP's new platform includes calls to penalize school districts for teacher walkouts by instituting "a funding cut equivalent to the daily payroll and expenses of the district." The moves come a year after Oklahoma teachers walked out during their push for better school funding.
The platform details a number of anti-LGBTQ policies. It says public schools should not show homosexual or promiscuous behavior in a positive light. It opposes teaching students about any positive aspects of the LGBTQ lifestyle or history, and says schools should not provide education about gender nonconformity.
It also says that candidates who receive money or financial support from the Republican Party must support its definition of traditional marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
The platform calls for votes in both chambers on abolishing all abortions. The state Senate last month approved a bill that would let voters decide whether to amend the Oklahoma Constitution to clarify that it doesn't protect the right of a woman to terminate a pregnancy.
It says congressional members should not be paid during a government shutdown, and opposes a nationalized health care system and the designation of public schools as gun free zones.
Any Republican running for office in Oklahoma should agree with at least 80% of the platform, said Carolyn McLarty, who led the platform writing committee.
Man accused of taking empty Tulsa school bus on joyride
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa have arrested a man who they say stole an empty school bus and took it for a joyride.
Police say the Tulsa Public Schools bus was stolen early Monday when the driver went into a gas station and left the bus running. The Tulsa World reports a man told officers he decided to steal the bus after seeing an anti-texting-and-driving sign on the bus that said, "drop it and drive."
Police say the man told officers that he "dropped what he was doing" and drove off in the bus.
The man later radioed dispatch to tell him where he would leave the bus. Police arrested him on complaints of auto theft and driving without a license.