LOCAL AND AREA NEWS
UPDATE: OKLAHOMA EXECUTION STAYS LIFTED WEDNESDAY
The state Supreme Court dissolved the stay of execution for Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, the state Supreme Court overturned the district court ruling in the secrecy case, allowing the executions to proceed.
The inmates argued they had the right to know what drugs were in the lethal injection cocktail.
An Oklahoma County Judge Patricia Parrish agreed with the men, declaring the secrecy law is unconstitutional because it restricts the inmate’s access to the courts.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court granted the two men a stay of execution until it could review the lower court ruling.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt said, “The Court today affirmed long standing precedent that the source of the execution drugs should remain confidential to avoid these types of schemes and intimidation used by defense counsel and other anti-death penalty groups. These death row inmates have not contested their guilt for murdering two innocent victims nor have they contested their sentences of death. The legal wrangling of the attorneys for Lockett and Warner has served only to delay their punishment for the heinous crimes they committed. We owe it to Stephanie Neiman, Adrianna Waller and their families to see that the punishment handed down for their brutal murders is carried out.”
This clears the way for the executions to proceed.
An attorney for the two inmates, Seth Day, believes the state Supreme Court’s ruling is unacceptable.
Day said, “It is unacceptable that Oklahomans have no way of knowing that the scheduled upcoming executions of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner would be carried out in a constitutional and humane manner. It’s not even known whether the lethal injection drugs to be used were obtained legally, and nothing is known about their source, purity, or efficacy, among other questions. Oklahoma’s extreme secrecy surrounding lethal injection undermines our courts and democracy.”
As of now, both executions are scheduled for April 29.
AREA COUNTY COMMISSIONER FACING CHARGES
A sitting county commissioner in Creek County is charged with six counts of felony embezzlement. The court papers were filed on Wednesday.
They allege Rick Stewart used county funds and property to fix the road to his house.
The documents say Stewart started the project with intentions to build a road, so school buses could get to a special needs student's home, but the affidavit alleges he diverted that money and equipment to fix his road instead.
UPDATE: STILLWATER WOMAN FOUND
Stillwater police canceled a Silver Alert after a missing 86-year-old woman was found safe early Wednesday morning.
According to police, Jewell Evans was last seen at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Virginia Avenue and Sangre Road in Stillwater. She was possibly wearing a long brown dress and glasses.
Evans suffers from dementia and was under proven medical or physical disability. Police believed she was in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
Police confirmed early Wednesday morning that Evans was found in Madill, Oklahoma.
NEW AG SCIENCES DEAN TO BE NAMED AT OKLAHOMA STATE
Pending approval by the OSU/A&M Board of Regents later this week, Oklahoma State University has named Dr. Thomas Coon as Vice President, Dean and Director of the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR). Coon was selected after a lengthy national search.
“Thomas Coon brings a 25-year track record of leadership in higher education and expertise in agriculture and natural resources, specifically in the areas of water ecology and management that are becoming increasingly important issues across the state, nation and world,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “We are pleased to have Dr. Coon join the OSU team.”
Coon is currently Director of Extension and professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. During his time at Michigan State, Coon has directed more than 600 staff and faculty on the campus and in Michigan’s 83 counties, overseeing a budget of more than $70 million.
Coon’s selection must be approved by the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, which holds its regularly scheduled meeting at Connors State College in Muskogee on Friday.
Mike Woods, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, has served as interim VP, Dean and Director of DASNR since July of 2012. “I want to thank Mike for serving as interim leader and continuing the division’s high level of excellence in outreach, instruction and research.”
Coon earned a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Biology from Luther College in 1976, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California-Davis. Coon is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
In addition, he has served on the board of trustees for the National 4-H Council and the Michigan 4-H Foundation and in 2013 he received the Gary L. Davis award for leadership in 4-H.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Coon served as Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and as Associate Department Chairperson and Acting Chairperson in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU.
The vice president, dean and director of DASNR has the ultimate responsibility for all activities related to the three functions of the division: academic programs, research and extension.
STILLWATER STREET IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM UNDERWAY
A number of Stillwater streets will see improvements as work begins in support of the City of Stillwater's Pavement Management Program.
According to Transportation Manager Jason Peek, the contractors' work includes asphalt milling, patching and new asphalt overlays on approximately 23 lane miles of streets in various areas of the city. A map of the project locations is available at the City of Stillwater’s website. The work should be completed by June 30.
In addition to the rehabilitation work, the Transportation Department is currently soliciting bids from contractors to reconstruct South Monroe Street between 6th and 9th Avenues; 19th Avenue between Western Road and Walnut Street; 26th Avenue between 19th and 26th Avenues; and the intersection of 7th Avenue and Duncan Street.
The City of Stillwater is scheduled to award the reconstruction contracts at an upcoming Stillwater City Council meeting.
The program is a systematic process for inspection, evaluation planning, and maintenance of the entire street pavement network. The process is used to manage approximately 442 lane miles of pavement within Stillwater, and to recommend appropriate pavement maintenance strategies based on condition and service life.
The funding for these projects were approved by Stillwater City Council in the 2014 fiscal budget.
For additional information about the program, visit the City’s website at http://stillwater.org/government/pavement_management_program.php or contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-742-8362.
AAA NOTES DIP IN STATE GAS PRICES
The statewide average price for regular gasoline in Oklahoma has fallen a penny over the last five days, according to FuelGaugeReport.AAA.com, to $3.465 per gallon. Today’s price is half a cent below the level recorded a week ago.
Today’s national average price at the pump is $3.67 per gallon, three cents more than last week, 14 cents more than one month ago and 15 cents more than one year ago. The national average is just below the peak price paid by motorists last summer ($3.672 on July 19), but it is well below the high of $3.79 per gallon registered on Feb. 27, 2013.
“Once again, we’re pointing to a decrease in supply as the culprit,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “Refineries are required to start producing summer-blend gasoline by May 1, and in anticipation of this, they often go offline for scheduled maintenance. This drop in supply can cause prices in certain areas to rise.”
Although inventories in the US are beginning to increase, pump prices have jumped dramatically in several states: Delaware (up 9 cents), Oregon (up 9 cents) and New Jersey (up 8 cents). Drivers in the majority of states, including Oklahoma, continue to pay more today than they did one year ago.
Global crude oil prices remain elevated as Russian and Western powers attempt to broker a deal over the situation in Ukraine. Tensions remain high as both sides exchange accusations about which side first violated last week’s perceived deal, and yesterday Vice President Biden arrived in Kiev warning of new sanctions. The price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude is moving minimally. At the close of formal trading on the NYMEX yesterday, WTI closed up 7 cents per barrel at $104.37.
LEGAL QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED MAY 8TH
Payne County Bar Association (PCBA) and Stillwater Public Library will co-host the annual “Ask-a-Lawyer” at the Stillwater Public Library on Thursday, May 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Citizens of Payne County are invited to meet with an attorney face-to-face and ask legal questions free of charge.
“The Payne County Bar Association is excited to be offering the free services of our attorneys to the community again this year,” said Robyn Baker, local attorney and PCBA president. “As attorneys, it is important to us to give back of our time, particularly to folks who might not have the resources to hire an attorney.”
Time with an attorney is confidential and the meetings are held in individual, private rooms. Event participants do not need an appointment to attend and questions will be answered on a first come, first served basis.
“The questions answered at past ‘Ask-a-Lawyer’ events have widely varied, so the PCBA tries to schedule attorneys during each hour who have different types of practices,” said Stacy DeLano, adult services librarian.
Frequently asked questions include those involving family law, child support and custody, real estate, wills and trusts, business and incorporation, consumer law and bankruptcy, criminal law and personal injury.
“If the attorneys present can’t answer your questions, they are very helpful about trying to refer you to another resource,” said DeLano.
Baker added that “while lawyers will be on hand to discuss citizens’ legal questions, they will be unable to answer case specific questions regarding pending legal actions.”
“Ask-a-Lawyer” is free and open to the public. For more information, call (405) 372-3633 x8106, visit the web site at http://library.stillwater.org or e-mail email@example.com.
The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).
CITY OF STILLWATER POSTS RULES FOR LAKE SAFETY
With the lake season quickly approaching, the Stillwater Police Lake Patrol would like to remind everyone to follow state and local laws. A current State of Oklahoma fishing license is required to fish at any City of Stillwater lake. In addition the City has a two pole per person limit. Jug lines, limb lines, trot lines, and yo-yos are not allowed. Additional state fishing regulations can be found at http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/fishing.htm.
All vessels operating on City of Stillwater lakes are required to follow all state laws, and be equipped will all required safety equipment. Common violations are failure to possess a fire extinguisher, or life jackets. All vessels must be currently registered unless exempt. Jet skis, personal watercraft, tubing, wakeboarding, waterskiing or any similar activity is not allowed on any City of Stillwater lake. Additional vessel information and a checklist of required safety equipment can be found at https://www.dps.state.ok.us/ohp/aboutlp.htm.
All City of Stillwater owned lakes are free for recreation, except Lake McMurtry. Lake McMurtry requires a $6.00 daily permit per vehicle, which includes all activities except camping. Tent camping permits are $10.00 per day, and RV camping is $22.00 per day. Annual permits are also available. Additional information can be found at www.lakemcmurtry.com.
For a courtesy vessel inspection, or any questions regarding City of Stillwater laws covering fish and game or park activities contact Officer Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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From 7 to 9, mornings start with "Stillwater Magazine", hosted by Stillwater Radio News Director Bill Van Ness. Bill gets your weekday started by bringing you up to date with local news, state news, local sports, local weather and local happenings from around the area with special guests and topics.
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Prior to joining The Doug Gottlieb Show on CBS. He also co-hosted a show on ESPN Radio. Gottlieb was a college basketball analyst on ESPN and did his first radio work on KSPI-AM in 2000.
Gottlieb was a college basketball point guard at Notre Dame and Oklahoma State
and was graduated with a marketing degree from OSU in 2000. He holds every assist
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