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Body of baby Norman boy found, father jailed on murder complaint

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 4:34pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — The body of a missing baby boy was found Wednesday in Oklahoma City, and police have arrested his father.

Seven-month-old Jody Minjarez was found dead Wednesday afternoon at 3005 Venice Blvd., where his father was arrested, police report.

Norman police canceled the Amber Alert on Wednesday evening for Jody, who was last seen in February in the 1500 block of Lakecrest Drive, police report.

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Wear crazy socks March 21 to show support for those affected by Down syndrome

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 4:04pm

By Sarah Soell NewsOK Contributor

As a parent of a daughter with Down syndrome, I have the same hopes, dreams and aspiration for my daughter as I do for my other children who do not have the same diagnosis.

I have come to realize, a life lived independently is not out of reach: school, a job, friends, even a life partner.

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Boy's death considered fifth OKC homicide involving children in less than a year

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:56pm

From Staff Reports

The death of a 7-month-old boy whose body was found Wednesday is considered one of five homicides in Oklahoma City in less than a year involving children under 3 years old.

Seven-month-old Jody Minjarez was found dead Wednesday afternoon at 3005 Venice Blvd., where his father Victor Manuel Minjarez, 31, was arrested.

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Amber Alert issued for 7-month-old Norman boy

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 1:17pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — An Amber Alert has been issued for a 7-month-old Norman boy.

Jody Minjarez was last seen last month in the 1500 block of Lakecrest Drive. 

The boy is reportedly with his father, Victor Minjarez, who left the house in a rented U-Haul pickup, according to police.

Victor Minjarez is described as a 31-year-old Hispanic male with black hair and brown eyes.

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Achievers

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:17am

Colton Hehr, of Norman, will be heading to Hollywood as part of being a winner in the Writers of the Future Contest.

After a weeklong workshop, he'll be honored at an awards gala on April 8.

Hehr's winning short story has earned him a cash prize and will be published in "L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 34," which will be released at the awards gala.

Hehr is a direct care counselor for at-risk teenagers and young adults.

He began writing fiction after earning a bachelor's degree in history from Cameron University in 2013.

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Work begins on trail along highway in Norman, Oklahoma

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:15am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Work began Monday on the construction of the first segment of the State Highway 9 multimodal trail system along the north side of the highway, from 24th Avenue SE to 36th Avenue SE.

The 10-foot wide concrete path will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and ultimately will connect the urban part of Norman with Lake Thunderbird State Park.

The $649,899.85 project is funded with an 80 percent federal transportation grant and 20 percent local funds.

All through traffic lanes will remain open, and only the shoulder on the westbound side of the highway will be closed during construction.

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Fifth-graders design, build playground equipment of the future

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 8:37pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer  twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — It wasn't Disneyland, but the Tom Love Innovation Hub on the University of Oklahoma campus might as well have been for teams of fifth-graders who spent the day there Friday.

Kids from eight elementary schools in Norman operated 3-D printers, laser woodcutters and embroidery machines and matched wits with OU designers and other adults in their quest to build playground equipment of the future.

"I think it's a really cool place and it makes a lot of people's designs and dreams come to life," said Samantha Burkhead, one of seven Cleveland Elementary students to participate in the first Design+Do Competition.

Samantha described Cleveland's design as a "human hamster wheel" with "sideways monkey bars.

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Norman's 12th Avenue SE project begins Monday

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 4:52pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Construction on the 12th Avenue SE widening bond project will begin Monday. The project will span 12th Avenue SE from north of Cedar Lane Road to Oak Tree Avenue.

Traffic will be allowed at all times, including access to all adjacent properties.

The project, which is estimated to be complete in September, includes widening 12th Avenue SE from two lanes to four lanes, 5-foot on-street bike lanes, and intersection improvements at Campus Crest and at State Highway 9.

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