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BY Staff Reports
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
12/12/12 at 3:30 AM
Owasso man is charged in counterfeiting case
An Owasso man who was arrested last week on an allegation that he was producing counterfeit currency was charged Tuesday in Tulsa County District Court.
Bryan Osha Cleary, 23, is charged with possession of forged notes or instruments.
He had supplies to produce counterfeit currency - a printer and paper - and uncut sheets of counterfeit bills when he was arrested Dec. 5 at the Super 8 motel at 11525 E. Skelly Drive in Tulsa, police allege in an arrest report.
Cleary is in the Tulsa Jail with bail set at $129,000.
- Kendrick Marshall, World Staff Writer
McAlester man is charged in neighbor's sex assaults
McALESTER - A 15-year friendship turned violent this year when a McAlester man with a history of drug abuse began sexually assaulting his neighbor, according to Police Capt. Gary Wansick.
Paul Savala, 45, was arrested Friday and charged in Pittsburg County with first-degree rape, first-degree burglary, forcible sodomy, transmitting a threat and possession of a controlled substance.
He is alleged to have attacked the victim more than 20 times between April and October, Wansick said.
He said Savala has no history of sexual assault but does have a history of drug crimes.
The attacks went on for so long because Savala threatened the victim, her children and her grandchildren, Wansick said.
He said she took the threats seriously and remained silent for a time. Eventually she told a friend, and the friend urged her to go to the police.
- Jerry Fink, World Correspondent
VA Center ex-aide found guilty in patient assaults
NORMAN - A Cleveland County jury has convicted a former aide at the Veterans Center in Norman of sexually assaulting patients.
Jeremy Craig Lyday, 28, of Noble was found guilty Monday night of one count of first-degree rape and two counts of forcible oral sodomy.
Jurors recommended that he serve 12 years in prison on the rape charge, nine years in prison on one of the sodomy counts and five years in prison on the other.
The jury deliberated for about 6 1/2 hours before returning the verdicts in District Judge Tracy Schumacher's court about 10 p.m.
Lyday was convicted of raping and sodomizing a patient on June 23, 2011, and sodomizing another patient in March 2011.
A Cleveland County sheriff's deputy said the rape was reported by another worker who found Lyday naked from the waist down in a patient's room.
After the rape was reported, another co-worker told investigators that in March 2011 she had walked into a room to find Lyday with a patient with his pants down.
Lyday told her he was examining the man, she said.
The deputy said he interviewed Lyday, who detailed sex acts he performed on patients.
- JANE GLENN CANNON, The Oklahoman