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  • Doc Drop: Staff emails on ...

    Email records obtained by Norman Leaks show extensive conversations between City of Norman staff and NPD officials on a range of topics including the body worn camera policy, the school resource officer program, and public meetings related to policing issues in the City of Norman. Despite holding public meetings and soliciting input from citizens, council members were advised by the police chief and...

    Campaign finance reports f...

    Campaign finance reports for the Norman Ward 5 run-off election were published Wednesday, March 29 at the City of Norman website. Reports show incumbent James Chappel raised a total of $14,990 in funds for the duration of his campaign. Chappel relied heavily on contributions from individuals in the banking & finance sectors, as well as real estate, homebuilding, and development interests. The majority...

    Vance family sues Clevelan...

    On April 26, 2016, Norman resident Austin Vance was found dancing in the street, hallucinating.  When law enforcement arrived on the scene, Vance admitted to the responding officers he had taken the prescription drug, Adderall. He was 22 years old at the time of his death. The Medical Examiner’s officer ruled Vance’s death accidental. A Norman Transcript article published in July 2016 reported...

    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...