Ex-Councilman Arrested for Using Prisoners to Steal Copper

A former councilman from an Oklahoma City suburb has been arrested for hiring inmates to steal copper from tornado sirens, leaving a twister-prone area without a working warning system, police said on Thursday.Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel told a news conference James Smith, 66, while a councilman in the city of Luther, directed three inmates in a work-release program to remove copper wire and other metals from six tornado sirens during a clean-up in October 2014. He then sold the scrap for $157.95, .