Dead child's mother, stepdadto be returned to Missouri

MUSKOGEE, Okla. - The mother and stepfather of a girl found beheaded four years ago will be returned to Missouri today to face murder charges, authorities said Monday.

Michelle M. Johnson, 30, and Harrell Johnson, 25, both of Muskogee, waived extradition Friday. Deputies from the Jackson County (Mo.) Sheriff's Department will drive them from Muskogee to Kansas City, said Darin Snapp, spokesman for Kansas City police.

Each is charged with second-degree murder and child endangerment.

The child, who was almost 4 when she was found in April 2001, had been known in the Kansas City area as Precious Doe. She was identified Thursday as Erica Michelle Marie Green. Her body was found near an intersection in Kansas City, with her head found nearby days later, wrapped in a trash bag.

Leather goods programmay move to tech school

OKMULGEE, Okla. - An Oklahoma State University-Oklmulgee program that teaches students to make custom leather goods may soon get the boot, but an area technical school is considering putting it back in the saddle.

Only about 20 students are left in the university's shoe, boot and saddle program, which may be the last of its kind in the country. Similar college programs in Texas and Washington have closed.

The university's program will end in December because of economic pressures, but the board of education for Green Country Technology Center in Okmulgee will consider whether it wants to step in.

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