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Community

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 9:56am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Cookbook swap, shop event set

NORMAN — The Friends of the Norman Library invite the community to the Cookbook Swap and Shop, from 10 a.m.

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Norman Notes

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 4:58pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

Say hello

Council members for Wards 1, 3, 5 and 7 were sworn in Tuesday for two-year terms on the council, effective July 11.

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Community

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 3:49pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Libraries closed for Fourth

NORMAN — The hometown libraries of the Pioneer Library System will be closed Tuesday for the Independence Day holiday.

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Achievers

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 10:26am

U.S. Air Force Airman Mikel D. Nelson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Nelson is the son of Heather M. and stepson of Geren Kessler, brother of Devon J. Nelson, and husband of Kaylie P. Osby, all of Norman.

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Cleveland County inmate trust fund remains overdrawn

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 5:20pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Cleveland County commissioners have rejected a request from Sheriff Joe Lester to transfer money from a jail commissary account into an inmate trust account to cover shortages in the latter account.

The sheriff will have to find another way to reconcile the inmate trust account, according to commissioners Rod Cleveland, Darry Stacy and Harold Haralson, who voted 3-0 Monday to reject the sheriff's request.

Lester asked commissioners to approve a transfer of $20,591 from the sheriff's commissary account into an account at Republic Bank & Trust, which is made up of money deposited by inmates or taken from inmates when they are incarcerated.

The commissary account consists of profits from the sale of items to inmates and is considered taxpayer money once it is deposited into that account, Stacy said.

Commissary profits can't be used to cover shortages in the inmate trust fund, Stacy said in a written statement issued Monday.

"I have extensively researched the issue and state law as it relates to this specific account and found that state statute very clearly and specifically states what these funds shall be expended on," Stacy said.

The law is clear, he said, in that it does not give authority "to expend these funds on fraudulent reimbursements to a private trust account, as well as other expenses due to mismanagement of the account, including a portion of monies that cannot be accounted for.

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Community news

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 9:47am

From Staff Reports

Find Waldo in Edmond

EDMOND — Where's Waldo in Edmond? The children's book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs will visit 25 businesses throughout the community next month.

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Norman orthopedic practice pays $1.5M after audit finds billing errors

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 6:19pm

By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com

A Norman orthopedic practice and its owners have paid more than $1.5 million to the U.S. government to resolve allegations of false medical claims that they self reported, Oklahoma City federal prosecutors reported Monday.

Prosecutors alleged Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center submitted false claims to Medicare, Medicaid, the Department of Veterans Affairs and TRICARE between Jan.

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Crime Briefs

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:59pm

From Staff Reports

State penitentiary inmate charged with murder

NORMAN — A former inmate at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a fellow inmate.

Joshua Ironside, 33, is accused of killing Richard Wisener, 25, in a cell at the prison on Sept.

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Lake Thunderbird offers summer fun

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 1:49pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Lake Thunderbird State Park, located 13 miles east of Norman off State Highway 9, offers a variety of recreational activities for visitors.

The park features two marinas, Calypso Cove and Little River Marina, nine boat ramps and two swim beaches.

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Norman splash pads offer summer fun

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 10:22am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Families with children can beat the heat with some water fun at the city's splash pads.

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Community

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 1:08pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Hot air balloon, carnival set for kids

EDMOND — The Edmond Kiwanis Club will present a hot-air balloon event and kid's carnival from 4 p.m.

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Community

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:22am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Library offers reading event

NORMAN — Norman Public Library West will hold a summer reading event, “Build a Better World with KEVA Planks” at 2 p.m.

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Norman says it will not return glass pipes, even after criminal charges dropped

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:58pm

By Brianna Bailey Staff Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com 

NORMAN — City officials say they won't return glass pipes and other items police seized from a now-closed store suspected of selling drug paraphernalia, even though all criminal charges have been dismissed.

City Councilman Stephen Holman, 32, former manager of The Friendly Market, said he expected the items to be returned.

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Youth Leadership Oklahoma Class 17 gaduates announced

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:40pm

From Staff Reports

Forty-nine high school seniors from across the state graduated from Youth Leadership Oklahoma's Class 17 on June 9 at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.

Classes are chosen every year through a competitive process based on leadership and geographic, ethnic and cultural diversity.

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Norman firefighters battle church blaze

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:19pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — A building was on fire Thursday afternoon at Southern Oklahoma Chinese Baptist Church at 625 E Frank St.

At least one building of the church complex and a playground were engulfed in flames.

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Community

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 1:15pm

Waterline work closes street

NORMAN — Chautauqua Avenue from Lindsey Street to Hoover Street is closed for installation of a waterline.

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Tractor-trailer crash on I-35 in Norman snarling Thursday commute

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 7:13am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN - A traffic tie-up in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 at Tecumseh Road Thursday is affecting the morning commute.

A tractor-trailer crashed, and traffic is backed up while crews clear the scene.

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Norman Notes

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:10pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

Fire department scores new truck

The Norman Fire Department has a new truck.

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Achievers

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 2:16pm

From Staff Reports

Brady Bell, a recent graduate and member of the National Honor Society at Norman North High School, is one of 400 national semifinalists in the NHS scholarship program.

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Achievers

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 1:28pm

NORMAN — Angela Curtis has graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. She received a bachelor of science degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.

The academy is a four-year military institution that develops and inspires new air and space leaders with a vision for the future.

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