NORMAN — Afterwards an access in 2016, felonies filed in Cleveland Canton beneath in 2017, but misdemeanors increased.
Statistics aggregate from the Cleveland Canton cloister clerk’s appointment appear there were 1,657 felonies filed in 2017, compared to 2,028 in 2016, and 2,149 misdemeanors, compared to 2,007 in 2016.
One acumen for that could be due to 58 percent of Oklahomans acknowledging Accompaniment Question 780 in November 2016, which resulted in the reclassification of best biologic control crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. The law clearly went into aftereffect in July. Here’s a attending at some notable belief from the cloister and courts exhausted in 2017:
• Cases adjoin three above Norman North wrestlers dismissed: January — The cases adjoin three above Norman North wrestlers accused of ually assaulting teammates in 2016 were absolved by Cleveland Canton District Advocate Greg Mashburn, who additionally serves as the DA for Garvin Canton area the accuse were filed.
Originally, it was appear alone the adolescent case adjoin Sage Griffen Gandenberger was dismissed, but attorneys for the added two wrestlers, Hunt Denton Smith and Hunter Oren Matthews, afterwards accustomed the added cases were dismissed.
In April, the fourth and final wrestler circuitous in the declared incident, Tanner Shane Shipman, pleaded no challenge to two abomination advance and array accuse and, as allotment of a appeal deal, accustomed a six-month deferred sentence, which assured Sept. 30.
The declared animal assaults took abode in January 2016 aback the angry team, which included several average academy wrestlers, was abiding from a clash in Pauls Valley.
According to a Norman Badge affidavit, a 16-year-old was ually assaulted in the aback of the bus on the acknowledgment cruise to Norman.
Later, a 12-year-old apprentice was affective and abject to the aback of the bus, the affirmation states.
In July, a civilian allegation was filed adjoin Shipman, Smith and Gandenberger on account of one of the declared victims.
The clothing claims there was a convenance of hazing aural the Norman North angry program.
A Garvin Canton official accustomed Friday the clothing has been confused to federal court.
• Norman advocate dead in bifold homicide, suicide: February — A Norman man attempt and dead his his conflicting wife, Cayann Patterson, and the advocate apery her in annulment proceedings.
The emergency calls for both came in quick succession. The first, at about 11:30 p.m. Feb. 7, took admiral to Bryan Young’s abode on Trisha Lane, area they say Timothy Michael Deffner possibly bankrupt in afore cutting Young assorted times.
Young died from his injuries afterwards he was transported to a bounded hospital.
A few account later, the Norman Blaze Department was accomplished to a appear blaze in the 1000 block of West Lindsey Street, area they begin Patterson’s body.
Norman Badge Chief Keith Humphrey said a resident’s tip led them to Deffner, whose abettor was begin alone the aing morning in Tecumseh by a Pottawatomie Canton Sheriff’s Deputy.
A few hours later, law administration assured their manhunt by surrounding Deffner in a Tecumseh field, area he dead himself.
An arrest accreditation had been issued for him Feb. 7 on bristles counts of forgery, and Deffner had two awaiting cases accompanying to abrogation the arena of an blow and committing awful abrasion to property.
He was additionally appointed for a Feb. 13 appointment audition for his annulment proceedings. He had ahead been arrested for control of a controlled actuality and active with a abeyant license.
Court abstracts additionally acknowledge abysmal apropos Patterson had about her conflicting husband. She accustomed a careful adjustment adjoin him Aug. 24, 2015. In her antecedent complaint, Patterson declared a alternation of agitated interactions with Deffner, autograph “he hit me in the with a Taser/stun gun and captivated me up adjoin the bank with his easily about my throat.”
Patterson claimed Deffner threatened to annihilate her accouchement “and accept me watch afore he kills me.”
“He has said he will bake our abode down,” Patterson wrote. “He hides accoutrements throughout our abode — best afresh in my daughter’s room.”
The additional aegis adjustment did not definitively accompaniment whether Deffner had to abandonment any firearms. In the aboriginal petition, Patterson wrote Deffner had “guns that accord to my mother.”
• Accompaniment abettor answerable with advance of boyhood boy: March — Above accompaniment abettor Ralph Shortey was answerable March 16 with three felonies afterward an analysis into Shortey’s accomplishments with a boyish boy.
In Cleveland Canton District Court, Shortey, 35, of Oklahoma City, faced accuse of agreeable in adolescent prostitution, agreeable in adolescent corruption aural 1,000 anxiety of a abbey and alteration a accessory for purpose of prostitution. In ablaze of a federal allegation in September, those accuse were dismissed.
On Nov. 30, pleaded accusable in federal cloister to one calculation of adolescent trafficking. The breach carries a binding minimum book of 10 years in federal prison.
In barter for Shortey’s plea, U.S. prosecutors agreed to bead three adolescent chicanery counts adjoin him at his sentencing hearing, which is accustomed to action aural 90 canicule afterwards the appeal was made.
The adventure in Moore prompted an analysis by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Moore Badge Department, Oklahoma Accompaniment Bureau of Analysis and the Secret Service.
In December, the Moore Badge Department appear anatomy cam footage of the night admiral responded to Super 8 Motel in Moore, area they begin Shortey with the boy.
• Above OU amateur answerable in affiliation with armed robbery: April — Cleveland Canton District Advocate Greg Mashburn filed a abomination allegation of robbery with a weapon April 17 adjoin University of Oklahoma football amateur Parrish Cobb in affiliation with a April 12 robbery at the 2900 Students Apartments complex, 2900 Oak Tree Ave.
According to a Norman badge affidavit, badge responded to a alarm of an armed robbery at an apartment. Muhammad Asim and Jan Korkmaz were central the accommodation at the time of the robbery, and they said two men had aloof baseborn banknote and marijuana from them.
The victims said one man was cutting a affectation and gloves, but Cobb, 20, was not. Asim and Korkmaz said they knew Cobb and they articular him as one of the bodies who beggared them.
Video surveillance from the accommodation circuitous showed a white Ford Mustang active in the accommodation parking lot at about 11 p.m.
Then, about 20 account later, the video shows two men departure the abettor cutting dark-colored hoodies. Anon after, the video shows the aforementioned two men active aback to the Mustang and abrogation the parking lot.
An OU badge administrator apparent the Mustang apparent in the video in the parking lot of the OU Traditions West Accommodation complex, 2730 W. Imhoff Road.
The Mustang was anchored a a white Chrysler that was registered to a man badge believed to be Cobb’s father.
Officers saw, in apparent sight, a BB gun amid in Cobb’s vehicle, so hunt warrants were anchored for both vehicles.
Cobb was arrested and taken to the Norman Investigations Center, area he was interviewed by Norman badge detectives, the affirmation read.
Cobb was a cornerback for the University of Oklahoma football aggregation until he was answerable with first-degree aggravated robbery in January in his hometown, Waco, Texas. He was abeyant indefinitely from the aggregation anon afterwards that.
Oklahoma cloister annal acknowledge Cobb is set to accept a disposition audition in March. At the hearing, Cobb will be able to either access a appeal to the charges, get a new disposition date or ask for a trial.
• Affable Market adventure comes to an end: May — A about two-year acknowledged action involving bottle pipes came to a aing at the alpha of May.
A Cleveland Canton board begin Affable Market buyer Robert Cox and administrator and Norman City Council affiliate Stephen Tyler Holman not accusable May 8 for assorted accuse Cleveland Canton District Advocate Greg Mashburn filed adjoin them afterward a alternation of abundance raids in 2015.
During the two raids, badge bedeviled several hundred of items they believed were biologic paraphernalia, in accession to about $5,000 banknote as asset forfeiture.
The now accessible addition affairs abundance and aqueduct shop, accustomed the bedeviled funds in June, but almost $15,000 in account — abundant of it bottle pipes — remained in the city’s possession.
That all afflicted afterwards the Oklahoma Supreme Cloister ordered the acreage to be alternate in September.
The store, 301 S. Porter Ave., had its admirable aperture in November and is accepting customers. It’s accessible 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Friendly Market clerks Cody Franklin and James Maxwell Walters also were answerable with abomination counts of control biologic accouterments afterward the Dec. 21, 2015, raid. A board begin Franklin not accusable in February. Walter’s aboriginal balloon in October 2016 resulted in a mistrial.
According to affirmation from Norman Badge Det. Rick Newell and Chief Keith Humphrey, the case adjoin the Affable Market started afterwards a resident’s complaint in 2015.
Newell said anon afterwards accepting the complaint, he went clandestine to see what the abundance was selling. He begin several items he believed to be biologic paraphernalia.
Not connected afterwards activity to the Affable Market, he accustomed a alarm from Cox allurement for a affair because Cox was anxious about Newell shutting his abundance down, like he had done with several others in Norman. At the May 4, 2015, meeting, Newell told Cox he bare to get rid of all the actionable items in his abundance and Cox obliged.
However, Newell begin out a few months afterwards that the Affable Market went aback to affairs the items he told Cox to remove.
• AG files allegation adjoin assorted biologic companies: June — Oklahoma Advocate Accustomed Mike Hunter filed a allegation adjoin several arresting biologic companies.
On June 30, Hunter filed a allegation in Cleveland Canton adjoin Purdue Pharma, Allergan, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., alleging affiliates of the companies undersold the risks of addiction to Oklahomans, ultimately arch to an opioid epidemic.
“Deceptive business campaigns and the consistent opioid corruption and addiction catching caused, and continues to cause, the accompaniment of Oklahoma, its businesses, communities and citizens to buck astronomic amusing and bread-and-er costs, including added bloom care, bent amends and absent assignment abundance expenses,” the clothing read.
Hunter said the clothing was filed in Cleveland Canton because his appointment acquainted the canton was added adumbrative of the accustomed citizenry of the accompaniment and the bodies who’ve been afflicted by opioids.
In December, Judge Thad Balkman denied the companies’ appeal to aish the lawsuit, which they filed in September in acknowledgment to the state’s petition.
Balkman afterwards appointed a appointment Jan. 11, area attorneys from the parties will accommodated to accede on a balloon date.
The state, plaintiff in the suit, said the companies abandoned the Oklahoma Medicaid False Claims Act, Oklahoma Medicaid Affairs Integrity Act, Oklahoma Consumer Aegis Act and the accompaniment is gluttonous advantage for damages, costs and castigating damages.
Helping Hunter represent the accompaniment will be the Whitten Burrage law close of Oklahoma City; advocate Glenn Coffee of Oklahoma City; and Nix, Patterson & Roach LLP, a close based in Austin.
Burrage, whose ancestors has been anon afflicted by opioid use, said the companies should be appropriate to atone the accompaniment and its taxpayers for the amazing accountability and affliction opioids accept caused.
• OHP Trooper dies afterward accelerated chase: July — An Oklahoma Highway Patrolman absent his activity afterward a July 14 wreck.
OHP Lt. Heath Meyer was addled by addition OHP abettor while alfresco his convoying car during a aerial acceleration hunt that assured in Moore, according to OHP.
The doubtable in the pursuit, D’Angelo Ladon Burgess, 28, faces accuse of first-degree annihilation endangering others while eluding, possessing marijuana and actionable control of biologic accouterments in affiliation with the trooper’s death.
Oklahoma cloister annal acknowledge Burgess is set to appear before Judge Steve Stice for a basic hearing March 2. At the hearing, the accompaniment will accept to appearance there is apparent account for the case to abide authoritative its way through the cloister system.
During a columnist appointment in July, advance investigator Capt. Ronnie Hampton said Meyer was hit by the convoying abettor while ambience up fasten strips, or stop sticks, on Interstate 35 a Northwest 27th Street in Moore.
Hampton said Burgess was able to abstain the fasten strips and connected northbound.
Trooper’s Rodney Rideaux and Clint Painter again attempted to do the aforementioned but collided in the process. Then, Painter’s cruiser addled Meyer while he was alfresco of his vehicle.
Family, accompany and guests aggregate July 31 at the University of Oklahoma’s Lloyd Noble Center to account Meyer.
“Heath was a acceptable man, and that’s why so abounding bodies from all over Oklahoma and the United States of America are actuality anniversary him today,” said Assistant Adjutant Brig. Gen. Michael C. Thompson. “His activity had purpose; it had influence. His activity was well-lived.”
Thompson served as the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety abettor at the time of Meyer’s death.
• Assets abettor appear afterwards arguable amusing media post: August — Above Cleveland Canton Sheriff Joe Lester absolved assets abettor Ken Coartney afterwards Coartney fabricated a arguable column on Facebook that bashed several groups.
The column which read, “the new bearing is abounding with lib tards, transvestites, gays and sissies who allegation a safe room,” prompted an centralized analysis by Lester’s office.
Not alike two months later, Lester accommodated and absolved his allegation adjoin the canton commissioners.
Then-Cleveland Canton activity administrator and above Norman Badge Administrator Todd Gibson was called to ample the abandoned and be acting sheriff.
• Nolen begin accusable in annihilation case: September — The added than three-year first-degree annihilation case adjoin Alton Nolen came to an end afterwards a Cleveland Canton board begin him accusable for the 2014 beheading afterlife of Colleen Hufford.
On Sept. 29, the 12-person jury, fabricated up of eight men and four women, bedevilled Nolen and recommended he accept the afterlife amends for his crimes, which accommodate the annihilation and several assaults on added coworkers — a advocacy Cleveland Canton Judge Lori Walkley accustomed in December.
“I can’t accompany Colleen back, and it’s adverse that addition activity will be taken,” Walkley said. “[Nolen], may God accept benevolence on your soul.”
Walkley set Nolen’s beheading date for Feb. 14, but it will be backward by the Oklahoma Cloister of Bent Appeals.
According to Oklahoma Department of Corrections records, Nolen, 33, will accompany the 48 added bedevilled murderers who are on Oklahoma’s afterlife row.
According to a Moore Badge affidavit, Nolen had been accursed from his assembly band job above-mentioned to the adventure due to a complaint at the business. He entered the advanced appointment Sept. 25, 2014, with a knife, cutting coworkers and beheading Hufford, afore he was attempt by aggregation controlling and Oklahoma Canton Sheriff’s assets abettor Mark Vaughan.
Nolen’s balloon lasted about a month, which included two weeks of abundant affirmation and affirmation about the attack, including how Hufford fought for her life.
“She had several cuts on her easily that adumbrated that she approved to avert herself,” Clay Nichols of the Accompaniment Medical Examiner’s Appointment said. “There was a attempt and she approved her best to area off the attack.”
It took a little added than two hours for the board to acquisition Nolen accusable on all counts. The board recommended assorted activity sentences for the bristles advance with weapon accuse Nolen faced in affiliation with the attack, but his corruption in attention to the first-degree annihilation allegation had to wait.
The aegis claimed Nolen was intellectually disabled and, beneath Oklahoma law, could not be bedevilled to death.
On Oct. 10, the board absolutely agreed that Nolen was not intellectually disabled and was acceptable to accept the afterlife penalty.
• Jury convicts Noble day affliction buyer of murder: October — A Cleveland Canton board bedevilled a above Noble day affliction buyer of the the first-degree annihilation of a 5-month-old baby.
In October, the 12-person jury, fabricated up of bristles men and seven women, bedevilled Melissa Dawn Clark, 47, for the first-degree annihilation of 5-month-old Braelyn Zachary and recommended she serve activity in bastille with the achievability of parole. About two months later, Judge Steven Kessinger, of Pontotoc County, adopted a Cleveland Canton jury’s recommendation.
According to an Oklahoma Accompaniment Bureau of Analysis affidavit, Clark was active an in-home day affliction in Noble, area she cared for Zachary, forth with bristles added children, alignment from 11 months to 5 years old.
Noble badge accustomed a address of an above child, afterwards articular as Braelyn, on July 19, 2016, at Clark’s residence, the affirmation read.
During an account with OSBI agents Lynda Stevens and Steve Tanner and Department of Human Services adumbrative Krystal Adams the day afterwards the adventure occurred, Clark said she accidentally alone Braelyn on the arena while she was authoritative a cup of coffee.
After Clark best up the girl, she said she noticed the adolescent had a small, red mark on the aback of the her head, but annihilation appeared to be actively amiss with Braelyn. Clark said about two hours later, she heard the babe authoritative a aberrant complete that articulate agnate to asthmatic on fluids. Clark claimed she afterwards began CPR.
However, Clark backtracked and said above-mentioned to audition Braelyn choking, she tossed the babe into a “bouncy” seat, and the adolescent hit the bar on the bench and fell to the floor.
• Judge sentences man to 3,000 years in prison: November — Cleveland Canton Judge Thad Balkman bedevilled a man bedevilled of ually assaulting three accouchement to serve added than 3,000 years in prison.
“The crimes committed by Chadwell go adjoin the accord and address of the accompaniment of Oklahoma. They are vile, lewd, obscene, lascivious and graphic,” Balkman said.
A board begin Daniel Ryan Chadwell, 34, accusable in September on 38 out of 40 abomination counts and recommended corruption alignment from 25 to 100 years in bastille for anniversary count, accretion 3,025 years.
According to a Cleveland Canton apparent account affidavit, at the time of the incidents, Chadwell was affiliated to two of the victims’ mother.
The victim’s mother appear to Oklahoma City Badge detectives that her babe told her Chadwell had afield affected her.
Chadwell’s aboriginal balloon in 2016 assured in a mistrial. He was originally answerable with 40 abomination county, including 36 counts of adolescent animal corruption and four counts of bawdy acts with a adolescent beneath 16. However, the accuse were adapted afore the alpha of this balloon to reflect 40 counts of bawdy acts with a adolescent beneath 16.
During Chadwell’s additional trial, all three victims testified about their experiences, including the babe who was the primary ambition of Chadwell’s abuse.
United States Secret Service abettor and Moore Badge Det. Chris Lamar testified during the balloon that there was affirmation of adolescent chicanery on Chadwell’s home computer and his claimed tablet, as well.
• DA determines abduction accuse “not warranted” adjoin OU active back: December — A 23-year-old University of Oklahoma undergraduate apprentice accused university active aback Rodney Anderson of ually assaulting her.
Courtney Thornton claimed Anderson had assaulted her during a animal appointment at her apartment. Oklahoma cloister annal acknowledge an emergency careful adjustment was again issued Dec. 4 against Anderson.
Thornton afterwards alone the careful adjustment she brought adjoin Anderson because she had to serve aggressive orders, according to cloister documents.
Her accommodation to do so came one day afterwards Cleveland Canton District Advocate Greg Mashburn chose not to accompany charges.
A Norman Badge Department analysis baldheaded affable argument letters amid Anderson and Thornton, which were exchanged afterwards Nov. 16, the day the woman afterwards told badge Anderson had assaulted her.
Accounts from three of Thornton’s accompany were inconsistent with Thornton’s antecedent account to badge and accurate Anderson’s attorney’s affirmation that the allegation came afterwards the Sooner active aback chose not to accompany a accord with Thornton.
Based on advice accustomed from Norman badge apropos Anderson’s case, “definitely, accuse are not acceptable beneath these circumstances,” Mashburn said.
Transcript Editor Caleb Slinkard, OU Sports Writer Tyler Palmateer and Transcript News Editor Mack Burke contributed to this report.
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