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Oklahoman serving on Navy coastal patrol ship

Sun, 06/04/2017 - 1:25am

By Lt. Philip Fortnam For The Oklahoman

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN — A 2014 Noble High School graduate is part of a Navy team supporting the cyclone-class coastal patrol ships patrolling one the world's most volatile maritime regions.

Seaman Cameron Burkett is an information systems technician supporting the Manama, Bahrain-based squadron of four coastal patrol ships forward-deployed to the Arabian Gulf in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

The Navy's 5th Fleet area of responsibility encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.

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Young entrepreneurs start tasty trade in Norman

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 9:56pm

By Sharla Bardin For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Gary Wilkerson was strolling through the Norman Farm Market when he walked past some teenagers selling salsa.

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Cleveland County Budget Board OK's nearly $43 million budget for next year

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 8:56pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The Cleveland County Budget Board has approved a $42.9 million budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 to cover county operations, including the sheriff's department, but the board and the sheriff remain at loggerheads over a pending lawsuit.

The budget is up by about $5.6 million from the $37.3 million allocated for the current fiscal year ending June 30, and gives an additional $300,000 to the sheriff's office for jail operations.

Sheriff Joe Lester signed off on the budget but remains the plaintiff in a civil suit against the county for “consistently” underfunding the jail.

The budget board, which includes all elected county officials, approved the budget during a special meeting on Tuesday.

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Prosecutor in Norman: Cost of prosecuting glass pipe case "worth it"

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 8:52pm

By Brianna Bailey Staff Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com 

NORMAN — Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said his office has spent just $114.24 to prosecute drug paraphernalia cases stemming from a store that sold glass pipes.

The Friendly Market in Norman closed its doors after two police raids on the store in 2015.

Mashburn's office revealed the sum in response to an open records request from the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU has been critical of Mashburn's prosecution of four Norman men known as The Friendly Market Four on drug paraphernalia charges.

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Therapy dog to enhance life for deaf students in Sulphur

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 8:29pm

BY JODY HARLAN FOR THE OKLAHOMAN

SULPHUR — When Jasmine, the therapy dog, arrived at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur, the students naturally knew what to do.

They loved her.

A Labrador-mix breed, Jasmine, had been adopted and returned twice to P.A.W.S. animal shelter in Ada, through no fault of her own.

Recognizing her finer qualities, A New Leash on Life Inc.

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Community

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 4:45pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Have coffee with a cop

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

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Norman Notes

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 4:22pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

Shred those documents, dump the drugs

The Norman Police Department, in partnership with Republic Bank and Trust, Absolute Data Shredding and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, will hold an event for residents looking to dispose of unwanted documents, prescription drugs and/or ammunition.

The Police Community Partnership Day is set for 9 a.m.

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OMRF announces Teen Leaders in Philanthropy class

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 3:33pm

By Ryan Stewart For The Oklahoman

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has announced its fifth annual Teen Leaders in Philanthropy class.

The 2017 class includes 50 teens from across the state, including five returning from last year's class as an advisory council.

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Community

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:52am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Depot plans poetry reading

NORMAN — Cameron University's Bayard Godsave will be featured reader at the June 11 Second Sunday Poetry Reading at The Depot, 200 S Jones Ave.

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Cleveland County judge resigns post

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 6:22pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON STAFF WRITER jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — District Judge Tracy Schumacher says she is resigning her post, effective June 6, to return to private practice.

Schumacher has served judicial District 21, which includes Cleveland, Garvin and McClain counties, for 6 1/2 half years.

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Norman students get courtroom experience

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 3:53pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Fifth-grade students from Eisenhower Elementary School got to take turns banging the gavel in Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman's courtroom while taking a field trip to the courthouse.

The judge, Court Clerk Marilyn Williams, a bailiff and attorneys talked to students last week about the court system and how it works.



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