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Second body recovered from Lake Thunderbird Thursday

Local News - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 1:23pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Divers recovered the body of a man from Lake Thunderbird on Thursday morning, the second of two people recovered from the lake following a boat collision Saturday night.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers used sonar equipment to locate the body of Cody Foster, of Little Axe.

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Former Norman pastor accused of lewd acts with child

Local News - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 4:49pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — A former Norman pastor is accused of molesting a young girl. 

Phillip Paul Ratliff, 77, was arrested Tuesday on two complaints of lewd acts with a child, Norman police spokeswoman Sarah Jensen said.

On Sunday, someone reported to police that Ratliff may have molested a girl and also had child pornography on his computer, Jensen said.

After interviewing the girl, Ratliff was booked into the Cleveland County jail Tuesday night, she said.

Jensen said the man was a former Norman pastor but did not name the church.

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Name of Moore man who died released in Lake Thunderbird boating collision

Local News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 3:55pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has identified a man who was found dead in Lake Thunderbird after a fatal Saturday night boating collision.

Brandon Michael Kelley, 33, of Moore, has been identified of one of two people who died Saturday night in the collision between two boats about 10:25 p.m.

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Search still underway for second person after boat collision Saturday on Lake Thunderbird in Norman

Local News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 5:07pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — One person has been found, but the search continues Monday afternoon for two people who went missing after two boats collided Saturday night on Lake Thunderbird, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

The patrol has not released the identities of the recovered body or the missing person.

About 10:25 p.m.

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Norman police seek hit-and-run driver

Local News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 4:47pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Police are looking for a driver in a hit-and-run crash Monday afternoon.

Investigators are searching for a white, newer model minivan with tinted windows and possible front end damage on the passenger side. 

The crash happened in the 1300 block of 180th Ave NE.

 Anyone with information is asked to call 321-1444.



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Storms late Saturday, early Sunday leave path of damage in McClain, Cleveland counties

Local News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:37pm

From Staff Reports

PURCELL — A landmark in Purcell and a small church in Cleveland County outside of Lexington sustained damage from a severe thunderstorm that moved through late Saturday and early Sunday, officials said.

The Hotel Love building, 200 W Main Street in Purcell, sustained damage from winds that had been reported at 100 mph as the storm moved into McClain County from the southwest about midnight Saturday, said Kevin Rhoads, Purcell's emergency management director.

Several power lines were knocked down by straight line winds, Rhoads said.

Power had been restored to about 95 percent of the city Monday morning.

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Suspect dies after shootout with police in central Oklahoma

Local News - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:15pm

By Associated Press

NOBLE, Okla. (AP) - Authorities say a suspect wanted on several federal warrants has died and at least one law enforcement officer has been injured in a shootout in central Oklahoma.

Officials say it happened about 12:45 p.m.

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Norman police searching for missing woman Thursday

Local News - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 10:52am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Police are searching for a woman who went missing early Thursday morning.

Officials said Amanda Leeann Drake was last seen about 5 a.m.

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Stillwater band kicks off Riverwind's Beats & Bites festival

Local News - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 4:29pm

By Whitney Bryen For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Riverwind Casino kicked off another year of its Beats & Bites festival Saturday with the Stillwater-born, red dirt band Jason Boland and The Stragglers.

“Tulsa Time” and “Pearl Snaps” garnered singalongs from the crowd, which included Okies of all ages, many wearing cowboy boots and hats.

The monthly music and food truck festival continues June 9 with The Romantics.

More than a dozen food trucks and a few traveling shops line the casino's east parking lot one Saturday each month through August.

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Neighborhood safety forum planned at Little Axe Community Center

Local News - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 4:07pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

A community forum about crime and neighborhood safety will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Little Axe Community Center, 1000 168th Ave.

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University of Oklahoma President Boren highlights achievements, momentum at his final board meeting

Local News - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 7:23pm

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

NORMAN — President David Boren wished much happiness to his successor Thursday as he participated in his final meeting of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Boren is retiring after nearly 24 years leading the university.

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Food handler’s certification class set

Local News - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 2:36pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

A food handler's certification course is planned at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Little Axe Community Center, 1000 168th Ave.

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Flower Power Market planned Friday

Local News - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 9:51am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — As part of Norman's 2nd Friday Art Walk, the Flower Power Market will return from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

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Norman's May Fair Arts Festival offers array of arts and crafts, food

Local News - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 4:11pm

By Sharla Bardin For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Visitors to the May Fair Arts Festival found an array of arts and crafts, flowers, fashion and food.

The event, which took place Saturday and Sunday in Andrews Park, 201 W Daws St., featured a variety of artists, original craft work, a juried art show, food trucks, art education programs and information about community services.

May Fair Arts Festival is presented by the Assistance League of Norman, and the event is now in its 44th year.

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Residents invited to hear update on city of Norman ADA transition plan

Local News - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 2:40pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The public is invited to learn about the progress of the city of Norman's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan Update.

The open house will be from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Achievers: OU climber qualifies to compete in world championship

Local News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 4:48pm

Gentry Cole, a freshman and competitive climber on the University of Oklahoma climbing team has qualified to compete in the 2018 FISU World University Sport Climbing Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia, in June.

Cole was a longtime competitive climber on the USA Climbing youth circuit, and this is his first season competing at the collegiate level.

In March, Cole placed first at Collegiate Regionals in two disciplines: speed climbing and sport climbing.

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Norman Music Festival offers mix of musicians

Local News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:17am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — A wide range of music was heard during the 11th annual Norman Music Festival this past weekend.

The free, independent music festival in downtown Norman had multiple indoor and outdoor venues.



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Flamenco guitarist to perform recital at OU

Local News - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 4:29pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Flamenco guitarist Oscar Herrero will present a recital Saturday as part of the University of Oklahoma School of Music's Norton Artist Series.

The performance, which is open to the public with complimentary admission, is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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OU students to showcase dance choreography

Local News - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 4:28pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Four University of Oklahoma School of Dance master's of fine arts candidates will showcase their choreography Friday and Saturday.

The showcase, titled “SOMA,” will be performed at 8 p.m.

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Norman kidnapping suspect shot, killed after police chase in Texas

Local News - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 2:20pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Police shot and killed a man Thursday following the kidnapping of his ex-girlfriend and a chase that stretched through north Texas.

About 7:25 a.m., Norman police responded to a reported domestic disturbance in the 1200 block of 36th Avenue NW, where a man reportedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend.

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