Grand jury indictment in Rogers County

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Updated: 8/28/2013 8:58 am Published: 8/27/2013 9:55 pm

Efforts to oust a district attorney in Claremore are picking up a steam. A petition filed in court accuses Janice Steidley of tampering with phone lines in the courthouse.

People are asking for a grand jury to investigate Rogers County government.

"I'm just a concerned citizen in Rogers County," said Myon Grubowski.

Grubowski is one of the people who filed the petition to get rid of District Attorney Janice Steidley.

"What I'm trying to do is bring transparency and trust back to Rogers County," said Grubowski.

Myron told FOX23 that he's conducted a private audit on the county for the last two years.

"If you follow the money, it always tells the story," said Grubowski.

Myron says the money trail led him back to the district attorney's office.

"It appears that Rogers County is $2.25 million over budget and there's no reason," said Grubowski.

Pages of this petition suggest Steidly conspired with others to commit witness tampering.
She and her husband were being investigated by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife.

Among other things, Steidly and Assistant District Attorney Bryce Lair are also accused of conspiring to wiretap lines in the courthouse.

"For evil to succeed, good men have to sit around and do nothing," said Grubowski.

FOX23 stopped by Steidly's office Tuesday and was told Steidly was unavailable.

"This is the way county government is I guess," said Grubowski.

Sheriff Scott Walton filed the petition, too.

"The need to start the healing process and get this cleaned up. It needs to start now," said Walton.

FOX23 has learned the judge of the 12th Judicial District in Rogers County has asked to recuse himself. J. Dwayne Steidley, the presiding judge, is related to Janice Steidley.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court assigned judge Richard Van Dyck to the case.

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