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  • Pesticide and herbicide ap...

    For reasons of environmental health and public safety, Oklahoma laws mandate strict records-keeping requirements for businesses that sell, dispense, and apply chemical pesticides and herbicides. Commercial and non-commercial applicators, including government agencies and city employees, must carry licenses. Records must be maintained of the date, time, duration and location of the applications. State law...

    Documents on Sen. Ralph Sh...

    Charges were filed today in Cleveland County district court against Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey.  He has three felony prostitution charges pending after being found in a Super 8 motel room with an underage male suspected of  being a prostitute.  An arrest warrant was issued today with a bond amount set at $100,000. According to the police affidavit, Shortey was found along with a 17 year old male...

    Civil Rights Act complaint...

    In December 2014, Martin Sanchez-Juarez was killed by Norman Police Department officer Heather Glazier during an altercation outside a strip mall in east Norman.  In December 2016, Sanchez-Juarez’s widow, Angelica Cruz Sanchez, filed a federal civil rights complaint with the US District Court of Western Oklahoma.  The case is filed under Sec. 42 U.S. Code § 1983 – Civil action for deprivation...

    University and banking int...

    Email records from 2013 to 2015 show that University of Oklahoma President David Boren, along with members of Norman’s banking and real estate community sought to influence the Lindsey Street Improvement Project from its beginning. In an email to Norman City Manager Steve Lewis, President Boren says, “I was disappointed to hear about the staff recommendations on Lindsey Street which was...

    Cleveland County Sheriff J...

    Campaign finance documents from the Cleveland County election board show donations to Sheriff Joe Lester’s re-election campaign and expenditures for the 2016 election cycle. Lester’s major contributors in 2016 included such notable names as attorney and TV personality Mike Turpen, country music entertainer Toby Keith, football coach Barry Switzer and his son-in-law Hunter Miller. Miller and...

    Norman Waste Water Treatme...

    Documents from the US EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online website show the City of Norman has remained in serious violation of the Clean Water Act for 10 of the past 12 fiscal quarters. Significant non-compliance was found for total suspended solids as well as nitrogen and ammonia. Download (PDF, 227KB) ECHO’s effluent charts show non-compliance in other areas such as PCBs as well...

    Pipeline company sent R...

    Documents from an eminent domain case between Plains All American Pipeline LP and Norman resident Matthew Leon Day show the pipeline company sent a process server to serve papers at Day’s home following his refusal to allow representatives to survey a portion of his property in north east Cleveland County. In June 2016, Plains Pipeline asked for an injunction to prevent Day from blocking access to...