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Man who died after being arrested at Norman hospital identified

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 4:10pm

By Matt Dinger

Police have identified a man who died last week at the Cleveland County jail.

Marconia Kessee, 34, died Jan.

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Wreck in Norman Monday at Porter Avenue and Rock Creek Road

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 9:34am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN -- A person has suffered critical injuries Monday in a wreck at Porter Avenue and Rock Creek Road.

The wreck is affecting traffic, police report.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Norman Police are currently working a critical injury collision at the intersection of Porter Avenue and Rock Creek Road, Avoid the area.

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Norman man killed in Friday wreck

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 5:24pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

McLOUD — A 52-year-old Norman man died Friday in a vehicle wreck along Interstate 40 in Pottawatomie County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

About 6:55 p.m., Gregory Judd was driving a sport utility vehicle west on I-40 near Arena Road, in the city limits of McLoud.

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'Young Choreographers’ Showcase' will open spring season

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:56pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The "Young Choreographers' Showcase" is scheduled to open at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center, 560 Parrington Oval.

Select student choreographers have created a production of imaginative, original dance works from the full spectrum of movement styles, which will be presented during the showcase, a news release states.

The University of Oklahoma School of Dance and University Theatre will also present additional performances at 8 p.m.

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Residents can order rain barrels to conserve water

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:03pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Looking for a way to conserve water and still keep your flowers blooming? Want to create compost for your garden?

Metro-area cities are partnering with the Central Oklahoma Storm Water Alliance and Upcycle Products to offer rain barrels to metro residents for $63.50.

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Church to offer free food, diapers

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:46pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Light and Salvation Church will offer free food, diapers and baby food on Monday at the new church and food pantry location, 3508 Newcastle Road.

The free items will be given from 1 to 5 p.m.

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Former OU fraternity treasurer charged with embezzlement

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:05pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — The former treasurer of a University of Oklahoma fraternity has been charged with embezzlement after being accused of withdrawing thousands of dollars from the organization.

Jacob Morgan Stephens, 21, is accused of embezzling about $32,000 from the OU chapter of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, court records show.

Police were contacted by the fraternity’s president in March, who reported that Stephens withdrew the money between May 2016 through February 2017.

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Art Walk weaves creativity in downtown Norman

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 4:55pm

By Whitney Bryen For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Downtown Norman kicked off the first Art Walk of the year on Jan. 12 with shopping, music, food and drinks, photographs and paintings filling the storefronts.

Shops and galleries stay open late for the monthly art walks held on the second Friday of each month.

For a schedule of Norman's Second Friday Art Walk events and list of featured artists, go to 2ndfridaynorman.com.



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Norman shooting suspect jailed after release from hospital

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 4:38pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — A Norman man who was shot by his own shotgun after entering a business wearing a gas mask and shooting a woman was released from a hospital Friday and taken to the Cleveland County jail.

About 2:30 p.m.

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Victim, shooter in Norman business incident named

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 5:38pm

By Matt Dinger

NORMAN — The man who reportedly stepped into Bergey WindPower Co. wearing a gas mask and carrying a shotgun was shot with his own weapon in the face and neck.

Police on Thursday released four 911 calls, including one from the shooter's wife.

"My husband just came in and shot the office manager with a shotgun," a woman who identifies herself as Lisa Adams tells the 911 call taker.

"He came into my office with a mask on and a shotgun and he pointed it at me.

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University of Oklahoma College of Law reports diverse student body

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 5:30pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklaoman.com

NORMAN — Seventy years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for nonwhite students to attend the only taxpayer-funded law school in Oklahoma.

On Jan.

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What do University of Oklahoma students want in next president?

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:30pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoma.com

NORMAN — Students at the University of Oklahoma want their next president to be approachable, to embrace marginalized communities and to show political courage.

Students talked about the professional skills and personal qualities they want in OU's 14th president during a meeting Thursday with Alberto Pimentel of the executive search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates.

"I'd love to see a president who not only could be a president for OU, but could also lead the charge to improve our education in the state of Oklahoma," said Conner Copeland, a junior engineering major.

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Oklahoma on canvas: 77 paintings, 77 stories

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:30pm

By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com

Norman painter Tim Kenney's jaunt around Oklahoma is as much about the stories he collects and the people he meets as the art he creates.

In the midst of his "77 Paintings in 77 Counties in 77 Days" tour, Kenney is painting, as the title suggests, in each of the state's 77 counties.

"I say it slow so people can understand what I'm doing," Kenney said.

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Norman's new cold case investigator reopens homicide, rape cases

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:30pm

By Whitney Bryen For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — A 27-year-old woman dead in her home. A teen's body mysteriously discovered on a county road

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Norman street name draws complaints

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:30pm

By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — With its twin ribbons of sidewalks, towering elm trees and American Craftsman-style homes, DeBarr Avenue resembles many of the leafy streets surrounding the University of Oklahoma.

Just a block long, DeBarr borders the north end of campus.

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University of Oklahoma Board of Regents to name successor to OU President David Boren

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:30pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Who will succeed David Boren as the University of Oklahoma's next president has been a topic of discussion for years, but the question became more significant Wednesday when Boren announced he plans to retire June 30.

No shortage of suggestions and opinions immediately surfaced, but the decision belongs only to the seven-member OU Board of Regents.

It's been 23 years since the board named a new president.

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University of Oklahoma opens residence halls for upperclassmen

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:30pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Campus life is the good life for 600 upperclassmen who moved into the first residential colleges at the University of Oklahoma this semester.

The stately and elegant Headington College and Dunham College opened in August with spacious dining halls, made-to-order food options, private courtyards, game rooms, comfortable lounges and libraries filled with books and artwork on loan from the campus museum.

The amenities are not intended to pamper students, but to increase their academic achievement by enticing them to spend more time on campus interacting with faculty and fellow students.

"I'm really excited," said senior J.D. Baker, one of the resident mentors living in Headington College.

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Forecasting model could give Oklahoma residents more warning before tornadoes form

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:30pm

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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Judge wears Georgia jersey after lost bet

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 8:47am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley, a University of Oklahoma fan, honored a lost bet on Monday.

After the Sooners fell to the Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl, Walkley wore a Georgia jersey as she appeared in court.



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Norman man charged in girlfriend’s Christmas Eve death

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 5:59pm

By Josh Wallace Staff Writer jwallace@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A 40-year-old man was charged with first-degree murder in Cleveland County District Court on Wednesday, accused of killing his 61-year-old girlfriend on Christmas Eve after first telling police she died of an overdose.

About 2:35 p.m.

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