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Oklahoma Highway Patrol lieutenant dies of injuries from pursuit

Local News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:19am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. D. Heath Meyer, who was struck July 14 by a patrol car involved in a car chase, died Monday from his injuries, Patrol Chief Ricky Adams said.

Meyer, 43, had laid stop sticks on Interstate 35 near N 27 in Moore when troopers Rodney Rideaux and Clint Painter came up the interstate in pursuit.

The troopers, attempting to avoid the stop sticks, struck one another.

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Lindsey Street bridge at I-35 opens in Norman with fanfare

Local News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:41pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Some walked, others jogged, rode scooters, bicycled or roller-skated. One woman even Hula-Hooped her way across the newly constructed Lindsey Street bridge over Interstate 35.

Hundreds of people participated in a celebratory crossing of the bridge Friday morning, just hours before the bridge was officially opened to traffic.

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Mustang's Kerry Villanueva never wanted to leave school

Local News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 3:32pm

By Shannon Rigsby For The Oklahoman

MUSTANG — Kerry Villanueva, Mustang Valley Elementary's teacher of the year, was in elementary school when the thought of being a teacher crossed her mind.

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Oklahoma City area briefs

Local News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:42pm

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Have coffee with officers

NORMAN — The Norman Police Department will host its next Coffee with a Cop event from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

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Forecasting model could give Oklahoma residents more warning before tornadoes form

Local News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:37pm

By Josh Wallace Staff Writer jwallace@oklahoman.com

An experimental forecasting model could change the way forecasters alert Oklahomans about tornadic weather, as it did on a deadly day in May more than an hour before a tornado hit.

As storms began to pop up in the Texas Panhandle and head toward Oklahoma on May 16, forecasters alerted residents of the potential for tornadoes in western Oklahoma, about 90 minutes before one ripped through Elk City.

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Hiking is growing more popular, and Oklahoma offers plenty of trails

Local News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 4:13pm

By Jessica Foy For The Oklahoman

Fall hiking in the Ouachita National Forest in southeast Oklahoma is a well-loved tradition for Norman residents Dana and Greg Rex and their five children.

“The scenic drive is beautiful, and the mountains make you seriously question if you are still in Oklahoma,” Dana Rex said.

Newcomers might make the assumption that Oklahoma's landscape is dry, flat and uninteresting.

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Community

Local News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:53pm

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Caretakers to discuss wildlife

NORMAN — Learn about real life wildlife heroes at Norman Public Library Central and its Summer Reading presentation “Building a Better World with WildCare!” at 2 p.m.

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OKC metro-area achievers

Local News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:50pm

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Jory S. Brownd graduated from Oklahoma City University with a bachelor of science degree in nursing — Magna Cum Laude, on the deans honor roll, Kramer School of Nursing Honors and the outstanding traditional undergraduate senior student award.

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Noble Library event features all sorts of mayhem

Local News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 1:45pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NOBLE — Zombies, Marshmallows and Mayhem was the title of a recent activity at the Noble Library.

The July 13 event for ages 12 and older featured such activities as a Zombie card game and handmade marshmallow shooters.



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Lindsey Street bridge at I-35 to reopen Friday

Local News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 5:05pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The pain for motorists traveling Interstate 35 through Norman is about to end.

A newly constructed bridge at Lindsey Street and I-35 will reopen in the late afternoon or early evening Friday.

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Edmond Birthing Center offers classes, well-woman care

Local News - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:26pm

By Jessica Phillips Staff Writer jphillips@oklahoman.com

EDMOND — The Edmond Birthing Center opened last month and already has more than 20 signed clients.

A birthing center is a place for women to have prenatal care, natural births with trained midwives and postpartum checkups.

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Norman man sentenced to life in prison for fatal 2016 shooting

Local News - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:25pm

By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A felon who told police he had been on a “crime spree” has pleaded guilty to multiple offenses, including first-degree murder, committed in June 2016.

Patrick Richard Kibler, 29, of Norman, was sentenced Friday in Cleveland County District Court to life in prison for the fatal Norman shooting of Richard William Taylor.

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Ice cream rules the day at Norman celebration

Local News - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 2:48pm

BY WHITNEY BRYEN For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Despite scorching temperatures, melted ice cream was not a problem for Norman City Council members who competed in a banana split-eating contest on National Ice Cream Day.

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Community

Local News - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:32pm

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Library event celebrates pets

NORMAN — Norman Public Library Central is going all things canine and feline with “The Dog (and Cat) Days of Summer,” from 11 a.m.

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Norman event held in solidarity with Venezuelan voters

Local News - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 5:13pm

By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — About 473 people cast votes in a plebiscite election at Amazonia Latin Flavor in Norman to show solidarity with an election in Venezuela.

A plebiscite election is one in which people of a country or region express their opinion for or against political matters.

Beatriz Mayorca, with SOSVenezuela-Oklahoma, one of the organizers of the Norman event held Sunday, called it a civil protest and vote against proposed constitutional changes in Venezuela she said would “destroy democracy.”

SOSVenezuela-Oklahoma organized a similar plebiscite election in Tulsa.

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Oklahoma Highway Patrol lieutenant struck by one of his own Friday

Local News - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 5:09pm

By Matt Dinger Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com

Lt. D. Heath Meyer was sitting in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop A headquarters with his troop commander and another lieutenant Friday night when they heard the chase start.

Meyer, who responded, had laid stop sticks on Interstate 35 near N 27 in Moore when troopers Rodney Rideaux and Clint Painter came up the highway in hot pursuit.

The troopers, attempting to avoid the stop sticks, struck one another.

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OU football players indulge in water games at kids' camp

Local News - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:53am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Some Sooner football players got soaked and splashed during water games with kids at Camp ClapHans, a summer camp at the J.D. McCarty Center for children with special needs.

Caleb Kelly, Baker Mayfield, Connor McGinnis, Adrian Miller and Prentice McKinney visited the campers on July 10 and spent the afternoon playing games with the children and posing for photos.

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Oklahoma Christian University holds Honors Summer Academy

Local News - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:12am

By Nick Sardis Staff Writer nsardis@oklahoman.com

Oklahoma Christian University invited to campus nearly 100 high school students from 17 states to give them a taste of the college experience.

The Summer Honors Academy, held last week, is designed for high-achieving students who have completed their freshman through junior years.

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Community

Local News - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 4:39pm

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The Depot offers workshop

NORMAN — In response to requests, The Depot is offering a fourth “Wonderful Watercolors” workshop with Connie Seabourn.

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Community

Local News - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:45am

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Construction to close road

NORMAN — Tecumseh Road between 84th Avenue NE and 96th Avenue NE will close about 8 a.m.

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