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Chicken-Fried News: Smooth criminal



Residents of Luther might want to ruminate a little more before heading to any ballot boxes.

That’s because a former Luther city councilman and mayor was recently arrested for ordering Oklahoma Department of Corrections inmates to strip six tornado sirens of valuable metals so he could take them to a recycling shop in exchange for a little extra foldin’ money, reported

This calls to question his ability to govern for many reasons:

1. Inability to think about public safety.

2. Inability to think economically. He allegedly paid the inmates $120 to steal the copper, yet he received only $160 for the metal.

3. Inability to gauge the cost v. benefit. The estimated cost to repair the damage is $31,000.

4. He was caught.

Sixty-six-year-old James Richard Smith served 12 years as councilman, reported

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