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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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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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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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Cleveland County commissioners hear report on inmate trust fund

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 4:20pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The Cleveland County inmate trust fund, which came under scrutiny earlier this year because of a deficiency, is close to being reconciled, according to the state auditor's office.

Some problems, however, remain unresolved with the account, Marla Latham told county commissioners Monday.

The sheriff's office has until June 30 to clear up any discrepancies before a new fiscal year begins, the representative from the auditor's office said.

The account was reported to be more than $20,000 short earlier this year.

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John Calvin Abney to perform Sunday in Norman

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:52pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Oklahoma-based songwriter John Calvin Abney and his band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Lions Park at Symmes Street and Flood Avenue.

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Rash of vehicle burglaries reported in Norman, Oklahoma

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:19am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN - Police are warning residents to be sure to lock up their cars following a recent rash of vehicle burglaries.

According to police, there have been several reports of burglaries of unlocked vehicles in neighborhoods on the east side of Norman.

"Unfortunately, in the majority of these instances, it only took a pull of the door handle for the suspect to gain access to the belongings left inside the vehicle," according to a Norman police Facebook post.

Residents are urged to avoid leaving anything valuable in a vehicle and lock them.

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Community

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:16am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Libraries offer science events

NORMAN — The city's libraries will host several upcoming Science Museum Oklahoma events.

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Community

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 9:46am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Gardening classes offered

NORMAN — The Cleveland County Extension office is accepting registrations for the 2017 Master Gardener program.

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Jazz lovers converge for festival in Norman

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 9:33am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Jazz enthusiasts from around the state converged in Norman last weekend for the three-day 34th annual Jazz in June festival.

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9 OU students receive Fulbright Grants for studies abroad

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:57pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Nine University of Oklahoma students have been named recipients of Fulbright Grants for academic year 2017-18.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides students with a one-year grant for study and research projects or to teach English in more than 150 countries.

The grants are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, achievement and leadership potential, said Bushra Asif, the Fulbright Programs Coordinator in the OU College of International Studies.

•Hannah Kristen Baird, of Overland Park, Kansas, will be an English teaching assistant in Mexico.

•Kate Bergum, of Superior, Wisconsin, will be an English teaching assistant in Macedonia.

•Joseph Brown, of Kansas City, Missouri, is conducting research in the Philippines on the conservation and ecology of the critically endangered Philippine crocodile.

•Laura Catherine Burns, of Edmond, will be an English teaching assistant in Germany.

•Molly Catherine Hackett, of Denver, Colorado, will pursue a master's degree in European studies at the University of Leuven in Belgium.

•Rosemary Mahaffey, of Norman, will be an English teaching assistant in Germany.

•Hailey Nicole Powell, of Durant, will be an English teaching assistant as part of the Roma Student Initiative in Hungary.

•Cody Williams, of Norman, will spend his Fulbright year in Porto Alegre and Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where he will conduct research on the politics and ethics surrounding accidents and litigation in the coal mining and textile industries.

•Jordan Woodward, of Tulsa, will conduct a series of digital storytelling workshops with women in New Delhi and Varanasi, India, regarding their socio-cultural, religious and domestic relationships to and interactions with the Ganges and Yamuna rivers.



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Emergency workers train in Norman for disaster response

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:03pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Law enforcement officers, fire officials and medical workers in Cleveland County recently practiced how to handle a local disaster, should it occur.

The disaster preparedness exercise at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds last Wednesday focused on a fictional scenario that involved a chemical spill and a potentially explosive device.

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Community

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 1:46pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Actors to perform at libraries

NORMAN — Actors from Cimarron Opera will visit the libraries of the Pioneer Library System as part of the summer reading program.

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History comes alive with Ben Franklin portrayal

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 9:44am

From Staff Reports

Visitors to the Southwest Oklahoma City Library were recently greeted by one of the nation's founding fathers.

Ben Franklin, portrayed by Stephen Smith, spoke of his youth as an apprentice and printer, the Revolutionary War and the early years of the U.S. during the performance made possible by the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

Franklin will be appearing at various Pioneer Library System libraries during July.

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Norman council passes 'lean' budget

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 8:40pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Animal welfare activists filled seats in City Hall chambers Tuesday to support budget amendments that would add staff to the city's animal shelter and rescue operation.

Council members approved a fiscal year budget for 2017-18 that estimates expenditures at about $224 million and includes budget amendments that provide money for an additional staff technician at the animal shelter and changing a part-time veterinarian's position to a full-time position.

Council members already had budgeted for the addition of one staff technician and a civilian shelter manager at Norman Animal Welfare.

The budget is based on an estimated 2.5 percent growth in sales tax revenue in the coming year and general fund expenditures that total about $72 million.

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Community briefs

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:00pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Library Day set at Sam Noble

NORMAN — The Pioneer Library System will visit the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History for Library Day on June 24 at the museum, 2401 Chautauqua Ave.

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Summer Breeze concert in Norman to feature Railsplitters

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 2:55pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Railsplitters, with a high-energy bluegrass sound, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m.

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Achievers

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:08am

An internal medicine physician with expertise in palliative care and doctor-patient communication has received the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics, presented by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Dr.

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District Attorney drops remaining Norman glass pipe cases

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 5:24pm

By Brianna Bailey Staff Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com 

NORMAN — Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn dropped drug-related charges Monday against an owner and a former clerk of a Norman glass pipe shop after growing public scrutiny of the case.

Mashburn said he decided to seek dismissal of charges against Robert Cox, 63, owner of The Friendly Market, and former clerk James Maxwell Walters, 22, after talking to law enforcement and jurors from three previous trials concerning the now-closed business.

In a news release, Mashburn said his office would continue its prosecution of similar cases, but would work with law enforcement to gather better evidence moving forward.

“The reason we care about enforcing drug laws is because we see the chaos and destruction drug use causes,” Mashburn said.

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