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David Green, who founded Oklahoma City-based retail giant Hobby Lobby on Christian principles, is fighting new federal health care rules

that he says conflict with his values by requiring the company to provide employee insurance that offers “abortion-causing drugs and devices” at no cost. Green, his family and his company filed a lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in

Oklahoma City seeking to block the federal government from forcing the self-insured company to pay for contraception devices like the morningafter pill and certain kinds of intrauterine devices.

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BENGHAZI, Libya — The U.S. dispatched an elite group of Marines to Tripoli on Wednesday after a mob attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. U.S. officials are investigating whether the violence — initially blamed on an anti-Islamic video — was a terrorist attack planned to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11. Tuesday’s stunning attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi poses a daunting task for U.S. and Libyan investigators: searching for the culprits in a city rife with heavy weapons, multiple militias, armed Islamist groups and little police control. The one-story villa that serves as the consulate was a burned-out wreck after the crowd armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades rampaged through it. Slogans of “God is great” and “Muhammad is God’s Prophet” were scrawled across its scorched walls. Libyan civilians strolled freely in charred rooms with furniture and papers strewed everywhere. President Barack Obama vowed in a Rose Garden address that the SEE LIBYA, PAGE 4A

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ABOVE: Libyans walk on the grounds of the gutted U.S. consulate Wednesday in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The American ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed when a mob of protesters overwhelmed the building, setting fire to it.

TOP: In an April 11, 2011, photo, then-U.S. envoy Chris Stevens attends meetings at a hotel where an African Union delegation was meeting with opposition leaders in Benghazi, Libya. AP PHOTOS

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it does not consider vital to its operations. “These transactions are significant steps in the transformation of our company’s asset base to a more balanced portfo-

lio,” CEO Aubrey McClendon said. Chesapeake plans to raise at least $1.4 billion more before the end of the year to offset a projected budget shortfall. The com-

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Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons sat on a bar stool with a mic, talking to about 350 students at John Marshall High School like they were his personal friends. He talked to them about all kinds of things — the music industry, fashion, Occupy Wall Street, veganism, modern day slavery and the death of the U.S. ambassador in Libya. He talked about giving back to the community. But mostly, he talked to them about determination and making good decisions. “You are who you hang with,” Simmons said. “If your friends are gangsters, you’re a gangster, like it or not.” Simmons said he was a in a gang, but he was lucky enough to escape. He had friends who weren’t as lucky, and he told the students they’ll have friends who go down the

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U.S. would “work with the Libyan government to bring to justice” those who killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, information manager Sean Smith and two other Americans who were not identified. Three other Americans were wounded. Stevens was the first U.S. ambassador killed in the line of duty in 30 years. “We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but there is absolutely no justification for this type of senseless violence. None,” said Obama, who also ordered increased security at U.S. diplomatic posts abroad. The mob attack was initially presumed to have been a spontaneous act triggered by outrage over a movie mocking Islam’s Prophet Muhammad that was produced in the U.S. and excerpted on YouTube. The video also drew protests in Cairo, where angry ultraconservatives climbed the U.S. Embassy’s walls, tore down an American flag and replaced it with an Islamic banner. But a U.S. counterterrorism official said the Benghazi violence was “too coordinated or professional” to be spontaneous. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly. The FBI was sending evidence teams to Libya, a law enforcement official said.

Finding the culprits

Libya’s new leadership — scrambling to preserve ties with Washington after U.S. help to overthrow former dictator Moammar Gadhafi — vowed to find those behind the attack. Interim President Mohammed el-Megarif apologized to the United States for what he called the “cowardly” assault, which also killed several Libyan security guards at the consulate in the eastern city. Parliament speaker Omar al-Houmidan suggested the attack might

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, accompanied by President Barack Obama, meets with State Department personnel Wednesday in Washington after the president spoke at the White House concerning the deaths of Americans in Libya. AP PHOTO

have been planned, saying the mob “may have had foreign loyalties” — an apparent reference to international terrorists. “We are not sure. Everything is possible,” he said. About 50 U.S. Marines were sent to Libya to guard U.S. diplomatic facilities. The Marines are members of an elite group known as a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team, or FAST, whose role is to respond on short notice to terrorism threats and to reinforce security at embassies. The Marines, sent from a base in Spain, were headed initially to the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, not to Benghazi, according to U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. The consulate attack illustrated the breakdown in security in Libya, where the government is still trying to establish authority months after Gadhafi’s fall.

Unclear details

Details of how the Americans were killed were still unclear. Stevens, 52, and a consulate staffer who had stayed behind in the building died in the initial attack, el-Sharef said. The rest of the staff successfully evacuated to a nearby building, preparing to move to Benghazi Airport after daybreak to fly to the capital of Tripoli, he said. Hours after the storming of the consulate, a separate group of gunmen attacked the other building, open-

ing fire on the more than 30 Americans and Libyans inside. Two more Americans were killed, he said. Dr. Ziad Abu Zeid, who treated Stevens, told The Associated Press that he died of asphyxiation, apparently from smoke. In a sign of the chaos, Stevens was brought by Libyans to the Benghazi Medical Center with no other Americans, and no one at the facility knew who he was, Abu Zeid said. He said he tried to revive Stevens for about 90 minutes “with no success.” The ambassador was bleeding in his stomach because of the asphyxiation but had no other injuries, the doctor said.

Egyptian protests

In Cairo, about 200 Islamists staged a second day of protest outside the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, but there were no more attempts to scale the embassy walls. After nightfall, the group dwindled and some protesters scuffled with police, who fired tear gas and dispersed them, emptying the streets. In a statement on his official Facebook page, Egypt’s Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, condemned the movie, saying the government was responsible for protecting diplomatic missions, as well as the freedom of speech and peaceful protest. But, he added, authorities “will confront with full determination any irresponsible attempt to break the law.”

Chris Stevens was effective U.S. envoy to the Arab world BY BRADLEY KLAPPER Associated Press

WASHINGTON — At the height of Libya’s

civil war, Chris Stevens dashed off to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi by cargo boat to help shape an assortment of Libyan politicians and militias into the cohesive unit that would defeat Moammar Gadhafi. A year-and-a-half later, the 52year-old ambassador died as Islamists attacked a U.S. consulate in the same city. Stevens’ death deprives the United States of someone widely regarded as one of the most effective American envoys to the Arab world. In his unfailingly polite and friendly manner, Stevens brokered tribal disputes and conducted U.S. outreach efforts in Jerusalem, Cairo, Damascus and Riyadh. As a rising star in U.S. foreign policy, he cheerily retuned to Libya four months ago, determined to see a democracy rise where Gadhafi’s dictatorship for four decades flourished. “It’s especially tragic that Chris Stevens died in Benghazi because it is a city that he helped to save,” President Barack Obama said Wednesday. “With characteristic skill, courage and resolve he built partnerships with Libyan revolutionaries and helped them as they planned to build a new Libya.” Stevens was among four Americans who died Tuesday night after the consulate was attacked by gunfire and rocketpropelled grenades. A native of Northern California, he was dispatched to Benghazi in the midst of heavy fighting in April 2011 to set up America’s central office for coordinating military strategy, financial assistance and political work with the Libyan opposition. Security was a constant concern, he recounted in an August 2011 news confer-

In this photo posted on the U.S. Embassy Tripoli Facebook page on Aug. 27, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, left, shakes hands with a Libyan man in Tripoli, Libya. AP PHOTO

ence, but he stressed that Gadhafi’s time was running out. He was right. The war ended shortly after an angry mob killed Gadhafi in late October 2011, but not before Stevens played a critical role in coaxing Libya’s disparate rebel and opposition groups into becoming the cohesive military and political force that the world would recognize as Libya’s legitimate government. Colleagues and foreign officials recalled a polite and good-natured diplomat with an uncanny ability for winning friends. “He was loved by everybody,” said Ahmed al-Abbar, a Libyan opposition leader during the revolution. Stevens came from a family of doctors and lawyers, but showed an early interest in foreign policy. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982, then volunteered for the Peace Corps as an English teacher for two years in a remote village in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains — “and quickly fell in love with this part of the world.” He earned a law degree from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law in 1989 and joined the Foreign Service in 1991. Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state, called Stevens a “wonderful officer and a terrific diplomat who was dedicated to the cause of freedom. ... His service in the Middle East throughout his career was legendary.”

WASHINGTON — Republican challenger Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama’s administration on Wednesday of showing weakness in the face of tumultuous events that left four U.S. diplomats dead in the Middle East and jolted the race for the White House. Obama retorted that his rival “seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.” Even some Republicans questioned Romney’s handling of the issue, calling it hasty. Top GOP leaders in Congress pointedly declined to endorse his criticism of the president. Said Obama: “It’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts. And that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make ’em.” Obama-the-political-candidate’s unusually personal criticism, which came in an interview with CBS, stood in contrast to his appearance outside the White House earlier in the day. Then, he somberly mourned the deaths and announced the deployment of additional Marines at diplomatic posts overseas in his capacity as commander in chief. “And make no mistake. Justice will be done,” he declared, referring to those responsible for the deaths of Chris Stevens, U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three others. The four diplomats were killed Tuesday as protesters overran and burned the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. In a separate incident, the American Embassy in Cairo was breached by protesters, and the nation’s flag was ripped down, although no deaths were reported there.

Amateur film, or anniversary?

The political fallout came as U.S. officials investigated whether the attack in Libya was a terrorist strike planned to mark the 11th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Initial reports were that both the Libya and Egypt events had been motivated by anger over an amateur film made in the United States that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Either way, some Republicans joined Democrats in questioning Romney’s decision to inject himself into the situation thousands of miles away with his critical statement Tuesday night. He followed up with morning remarks

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney makes comments Wednesday on the killing of U.S. embassy officials in Benghazi, Libya. AP PHOTO

in which he blasted the administration’s initial statement from Cairo as disgraceful and “akin to apology.” He added, “It’s never too early for the United States government to condemn attacks on Americans and to defend our values.” The events unfolded with less than eight weeks remaining in the race for the White House, a campaign that has been close for months and appears likely to be settled in fewer than 10 battleground states. Romney, on Wednesday, defended his decision to issue his criticism Tuesday night, at a time it was not yet known that Stevens had been killed. Asked if he would have done so had he known about the deaths, he said, “I’m not going to take hypotheticals about what would have been known and so forth.” While Obama initially chose not to respond to Romney, he shed his reluctance later in the day and compared Romney’s reaction unfavorably to the way many other Republicans responded. “And so I think if you look at how most Republicans have reacted, most elected officials, they reacted responsibly,” Obama said. “Waiting to find out the facts before they talked, making sure that our No. 1 priority is the safety, the security of American personnel. It appears that Gov. Romney didn’t have his facts right.” Top Republican leaders in Congress did not come to Romney’s defense as they — like the GOP challenger and the president — mourned the deaths of the fallen diplomats.

Inhofe slams Obama policy after deadly attack in Libya BY CHRIS CASTEEL Washington Bureau ccasteel@opubco.com

WASHINGTON — In the wake of an attack in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, Sen. Jim Inhofe said Wednesday that the United States had suffered because of President Barack Obama’s “failed foreign policy of appeasement and apology.” Inhofe, R-Tulsa, called on the Defense and Foreign Relations committees to hold hearings on the attack. “We mourn the tragic murder of (U.S. Ambassador to Libya) John Christopher Stevens, a friend whom I met with in February of this year, and the three others,” Inhofe said. “These individuals lost their lives in service to their country, and Ambassador Stevens was a brave American who was acting to protect his fellow citizens. “These attacks, the murder of our ambassador, and the disgraceful treatment of his body must have consequences. The timing of this on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 is more than just coincidence. Sadly, America has suffered as a result of President Obama’s failure to lead and his failed foreign policy of appeasement and apology. The world must know beyond doubt that America will not allow these types of attacks on our people.” The White House declined Wednesday to respond directly to Inhofe’s remarks.

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Rep. Tom Cole, RMoore, said, “The Libyan government owes its freedom in large measure to U.S. men and women in uniform, and Libya’s complete cooperation is demanded to bring swift and

sure punishment to those responsible.” Cole, a member of the subcommittees that oversee spending on defense and foreign operations, said, “These tragic events raise serious questions about U.S. involvement in Libya. The manner in which Libyan officials respond will impact whatever support they can expect from the U.S. Congress going forward.” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters, “I’m not going to speculate about what action might be taken under hypothetical circumstances. I would say that it’s important to note that we have a close, cooperative relationship with the government in Libya, the interim government. “I would note that they were very quick to condemn the attack. And Libyans both assisted Americans in trying to repel the attack and assisted American personnel in trying to keep them safe during the attacks.” Rep. James Lankford, ROklahoma City, said, “The heinous murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans inside our consulate in Libya last night was an attack on America and our American value of liberty. “This senseless assault on freedom demonstrates a complete lack of respect for our values and signifies that the terrorists responsible want us to capitulate

to their aggressive demands,” Lankford said. “We grieve with all of the families affected, and we owe them a unified requirement for justice on the perpetrators of this attack.”

Muslims revile attacks

Adam Soltani, executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of The Council on American-Islamic Relations, said, “We strongly condemn the unacceptable killings of the American diplomats in Libya. We also condemn the attack on our nation’s diplomatic facilities in Libya and Egypt. The actions of the attackers are completely inexcusable and not rooted in the teachings of Islam.” Sheryl Siddiqui, spokeswoman for the Islamic Council of Oklahoma, said, “Oklahoma Muslims strongly condemn the actions of the mob that took the lives of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and his staff based on our shared humanity and Islamic teachings. Prophet Muhammad consistently sought and upheld treaties with everyone of every religion. Killing ambassadors who work for peace and the empowerment of the people is clearly forbidden. Muslims send our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and are grateful for their sacrifices on behalf of Libyans and Americans alike.”


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A legislator continued his scrutiny Wednesday of corporate tax credits after lawmakers earlier this year rejected measures intended to put more controls on the economic incentives. “Tax credits are some of the biggest sacred cows in Oklahoma as we learned last spring,” Rep. David Dank told members of a special House committee formed to review corporate tax credits and incentives. “And it is time for this committee to begin slaying some sacred cows. “I know the lobbyists are already circling,” he said. “You are going to come under a lot of pressure to just leave things as they are.” Dank, R-Oklahoma City, last year headed up an interim House of Representatives task force that met for five months and developed proposals outlawing transferable tax credits and developing criteria for tax credits to meet. All failed to advance during this year’s session. “Our task force said Oklahoma has handed out hundreds of millions of dollars every year to businesses and industries that didn’t deserve them, did little to justify them and often manipulated them by such practices as selling the ones they didn’t need,”

was fine but so many people on the task force didn’t have a vote in the Legislature.” Dank’s committee plans to meet three more times to review economic tax credits and incentives claimed by business entities. It will not review personal tax credits or incentives that are claimed by individuals. Dank next year is losing a key backer of his efforts with the departure of House Speaker Kris Steele, who cannot seek re-election because of the 12-year legislative term limit. Steele supported the laws proposed by Dank’s task force. “As legislators our main charge is to responsibly manage the tax dollars that have been entrusted to our responsibility,” Steele, RShawnee, told members of the House Tax Credit and Economic Incentive Oversight Committee. “And sadly with regard to corporate tax credits we often come up short. And in so doing I believe that we’re shortchanging the entire state. Every dollar that’s lost to an ineffective tax credit is a dollar that’s not eligible to go to a core function of government services.” This year’s failure to eliminate or reduce the tax credits also harmed attempts to lower the state’s personal income tax rate. Four proposals introduced

Dank said. “We’ve got tax credits on coal in the east, wind power in the west and old buildings in between. We found industries gaming the system. Our task force found that the real losers were the taxpayers who had to make up the difference.”

Credit changes failed

Dank said various pieces of legislation to change the way tax credits are issued were killed in committees on bipartisan votes. For example, legislation to end the transferability of tax credits failed by a 6-3 vote in the House budget subcommittee on revenue and taxation. Five Republicans and one Democrat voted against it. Another bill in a House budget committee that would have extended the existing moratorium on tax credits failed. Seven Republicans agreed, but five Republicans and four Democrats voted no. “The lobbyists swarmed, and many of them were former legislators from both parties,” Dank said. “Sometimes bad policy is bipartisan.” Dank said having a legislative panel instead of a task force, which is made up of several members in addition to lawmakers, gives him optimism that recommendations will have better luck next year. “We’re going to have more legislators involved,” he said. “The task force

IN BRIEF TREASURER’S OFFICE TO BE AT THIS YEAR’S STATE FAIR

SENATE EXPANDS STREAMING VIDEO

A visit to the state treasurer’s booth at the Oklahoma State Fair could pay off for some Oklahomans. State Treasurer Ken Miller and his staff will help Oklahomans find out if they are due any unclaimed property. The treasurer’s office has a program that lists the names of people whose unclaimed property has been held by Miller’s office. The treasurer’s office has about $350 million that belongs to an estimated 600,000 Oklahomans. Last year, almost $350,000 was found for 552 people at the state fair. The treasurer’s booth is in the Cox Pavilion and will be open throughout the fair, which starts Thursday and runs through Sept. 23. Examples of unclaimed property include bank accounts, security deposits, uncashed paychecks, royalties, rebates, and stocks and bonds. The contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes are also included. The cash and property are turned over to the treasurer’s office when the businesses holding them lose track of the owners.

Oklahomans interested in keeping up with legislative action in the Senate will soon be able to access streaming video from all committee rooms. The Senate has offered streaming video from the chamber and rooms 419C and 511A for several years; now the service is being expanded to rooms 534, 419A and 419B, making it possible to view all committee meetings. In addition, video monitors are being installed in the meeting rooms to show votes as they occur and enable those to be available online in real time. MICHAEL MCNUTT,

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Low energy prices diminish state’s general revenue fund BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Capitol Bureau mmcnutt@opubco.com

Low energy prices dragged down tax collections to Oklahoma’s main operating fund in August, but finance officials said the state’s economy still has vitality. “It’s too early to proclaim a slowdown in the Oklahoma economy, which has had an incredible rebound from the recession over the past two years,” state Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger said Wednesday. “Sales tax growth is perhaps the leading indicator of our economic strength, our corporate taxes are up and our 4.9 percent unemployment rate is the envy of neighboring states.” Overall collections to the state’s general revenue fund have been diminished by low energy prices in the final months of the last fiscal year, plus refunds made to energy companies during the first two months of this fiscal year, he said. Total collections to the general revenue fund for August were $386.4 million, down $28.4 million, or 6.8 percent, from the same month a year ago. The amount was $17 million, or 4.2 percent, lower than the estimate. It was only the third time since April 2010 that monthly general revenue

BY THE NUMBERS

Oklahoma tax collections Net income tax

$143.9M $161.6M

Aug. ’12 Aug. ’11

11%

Gross production tax Aug. ’12 Aug. ’11

$0.2M $36.1M

99.6%

Sales tax

$162.8M $145.3M

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Motor vehicle tax Aug. ’12 Aug. ’11 Aug. ’12 Aug. ’11 Aug. ’12 Aug. ’11

$19.6M $19.9M

1.8%

Other sources $60M $51.9M

15.6%

Total

6.8%

$386.4M $414.8M

Numbers are rounded: Percent change based on unrounded numbers.

SOURCE: STATE FINANCE OFFICE

fund collections were below both prior year receipts and the estimate used by legislators to craft this fiscal year’s budget. Despite the lull in personal income and oil and natural gas tax receipts, total collections for July and August were still above the estimate by 0.4 percent, finance officials said. Sales tax collections beat the estimate by 4.1 percent in July and by 6.3 percent in August. Sales tax receipts in August also exceeded the amount collected last year by 12.1 percent, Doerflinger said. Doerflinger said he is concerned that financial troubles abroad and the failure of the president and Congress to reach an

agreement on the federal budget could adversely affect the state’s economy. “I hope another national financial calamity does not happen, but it’s critical to be prepared, just in case,” he said. Automatic federal budget cuts are scheduled to take effect in January unless Congress does something to delay or alter them. Doerflinger has asked agencies to notify state finance officials of possible cuts in federal money. “That will give us a sense of which programs will be subject to cuts if the federal budget issues are not resolved and automatic reductions are triggered,” he said.

Rep. David Dank R-Oklahoma City

during the session basically called for cutting the top personal income tax rate of 5.25 percent by more than half, but the proposals depended on eliminating virtually all tax credits and deductions to help make up for the lost revenue. “If you’re not successful in cleaning up and reforming our corporate tax code, it’s going to be awfully hard to responsibly reduce our income tax rates,” Steele said.

Revisiting credits plan

Dank, who has been looking at tax credits and incentives for six years, said he plans to seek passage this year of the measures that failed, including one that would have called for a two-year moratorium on nearly 30 of the state’s 41 corporate tax credits and another that would have limited the total tax credits allowed to insurance companies that establish a home office in Oklahoma. Another bill would have

outlawed transferable tax credits, which is estimated to save the state nearly $30 million a year. The transferable tax credits selected for elimination were those for coal, wind power, manufacturing small wind turbines, restoring historical buildings, constructing energy efficient homes, and railroads. All six were suspended for two years in 2010 as lawmakers struggled with revenue shortfalls. The moratorium expires Dec. 31. When companies receive more credits than they owe in state taxes, they use the transferability feature, which allows them to sell their surplus credits to other corporations or individuals, usually for about 80 cents on the dollar. The buyers use the credits to reduce their own tax bills.

A House study last year showed the average annual total of tax credits transferred in calendar years 2008 and 2009 was $26.8 million. About $16.2 million was transferred to insurance premium tax remitters and about $10.6 million to income tax filers. Tony Mastin, administrator of the Oklahoma Tax Commission, told committee members his staff is working on compiling figures for 2010 and would present them later. State Commerce Secretary Dave Lopez told committee members that Oklahoma gained about 37,000 new jobs in the past year. He said it is hard to tell how many were the result of corporate tax credits or incentives. “Some would have occurred without incentives,” he said.


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OUR VIEWS | BACKLOG SHOULD BE ERASED BY 2020

Bridge repair schedule something to celebrate O

KLAHOMA lawmak“It’s taking us from an ers tend to get raked unmanageable system, toover the coals for tally unmanageable, to a what transpires at the Cappoint now where we actually itol, often for good reason. can manage our program ... We come today with nothand really provide a much ing but praise for those who better place to live, to work, saw the need to properly to have a business, to be able fund transportation, and to move freight,” ODOT Dicontinue to do so. rector Gary Ridley said in an The news Monday that State road commissioners have approved an interview Tuesday. “It’s exstate road commissioners eight-year plan to repair or replace Oklahoma’s tremely gratifying to see that had approved an eight- 634 structurally deficient state bridges. the state has moved in that year work plan that will redirection. It’s almost overTULSA WORLD FILE PHOTO pair or replace Oklahoma’s whelming, really.” remaining structurally deficient state bridges — 634 of Ridley’s perspective is significant. He joined the dethem — was truly cause for celebration. partment in 1965 and worked his way through the ranks Only eight years ago, the state had 1,168 structurally to the top spot, which he’s held since 2001. His guidance deficient bridges. We led the nation in that dubious cat- has been integral in this process, although in typical egory. Before that time, it was nigh impossible to make fashion he deflects any praise to his staff, the Legislaa dent in reducing that number because of inadequate ture and the governor’s office. funding from the Legislature. ODOT — using private contractors, Ridley is quick to For two decades beginning in the mid-1980s, law- point out — will now be able to repair the remaining makers each year appropriated the same amount of bridges that need it, and also put in place a plan to deal state money to the Oklahoma Department of Transpor- in a timely manner with state bridges that will become tation. After inflation, this equaled a 45 percent reduc- structurally deficient in the future. After so many years tion in appropriations. ODOT’s first eight-year work of running in place and indeed losing ground, steady plan came in 2002 and totaled $1.8 billion, all of which progress is being made. was to be paid for with federal dollars. Whether he’s still in the director’s chair or not when Not until 2006 were state funds appropriated for the it happens, Ridley looks forward to the day when Oklaeight-year plan. Republican-backed legislation signed homa is at the bottom of the list of states with the most by Democratic Gov. Brad Henry called for gradually and bad bridges, instead of near the top as it was for so many consistently increasing ODOT’s state appropriation. years. And he wants taxpayers and others to make sure This year legislators approved, and Gov. Mary Fallin it happens. signed, a bill that further bumps the amount of money “We need to show progress,” he said. “The agency that goes annually to a special Transportation Depart- needs to show the Legislature, the governor and the ment fund for the eight-year plan. public every year what our accomplishments are and Now the amount of state money going toward repair how much we’ve gotten done, what we intend to do and replacement of bridges nearly equals the amount next year and in the years thereafter,” he said. “The coming from the federal government. The latest eight- public should demand it.” year plan totals about $5.5 billion for highway and For now, though, they should celebrate a real success bridge improvements from now until 2020. story.

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WASHINGTON EXAMINER ON NEW YORK TIMES OP-ED

For author, ‘blame Bush’ extends to 9/11 attacks O

N Tuesday, as Americans remembered the 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center and consoled their families, The New York Times published an op-ed criticizing President George W. Bush for gross negligence in failing to act more aggressively on intelligence leading up to the attacks. The article was written by Kurt Eichenwald to promote his new book, “500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars.” Though it may have been effective at generating controversy, Eichenwald’s piece didn’t substantively add to what we already knew about the months before the attacks. It was written in a way to stir up those who would like to blame Bush for 9/11, even while acknowledging he may not have been able to prevent it anyway. Eichenwald’s supposedly major revelation is that Bush received warnings about al-Qaida months before the infamous Aug. 6 briefing, “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” He writes: “While those documents are still not public, I have read excerpts from many of them, along with other recently declassified records, and come to an inescapable conclusion: the administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed. In other words, the Aug. 6 document, for all of the controversy it provoked, is not nearly as shocking as the briefs that came before it.” He goes on to note that “The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001.” Eichenwald goes on to quote bits and pieces of these early intelligence briefings, but he doesn’t fundamentally add to what the 9/11 Commission Report stated in 2004: “In the spring of 2001, the level of reporting on terrorist threats and planned attacks increased dramat-

ically ...” The report noted that reports “were made available to President Bush in morning intelligence briefings with (Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet), usually attended by Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Advisor Rice.” Nothing in Eichenwald’s reporting suggests Bush had actionable intelligence about a specific plot. He reported that “By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that ‘a group presently in the United States’ was planning a terrorist operation.” What was Bush supposed to do with such information? Eichenwald is vague on that point. Over the course of the piece, he lamented that Bush “failed to take significant action” and that “the alarm bells didn’t sound.” He wrote that, “Throughout that summer, there were events that might have exposed the plans, had the government been on high alert.” Throughout the post-9/11 portion of Bush’s presidency, his critics complained about him taking preemptive actions on limited evidence that trampled on civil liberties in the name of counterterrorism. What tangible actions would these critics have allowed or approved of in the run-up to 9/11? Eichenwald ended his op-ed with a whimper: “Could the 9/11 attack have been stopped, had the Bush team reacted with urgency to the warnings contained in all of those daily briefs? We can’t ever know.” There’s no doubt that there was a regrettable failure of cooperation between law enforcement and the intelligence community in the run-up to 9/11. That failure should be studied carefully to make sure such an attack doesn’t happen again. But it’s counterproductive to feed the “blame Bush” crowd without good reason. — The Washington Examiner

There’s a referee strike in the NFL right now. They’re demanding more money and silly shirts.” JIMMY KIMMEL

“JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!”

Piercing the fog of revolution WASHINGTON — What’s happening on the ground in Cairo and Benghazi appears to be a case of political opportunism — no, not by Mitt Romney, though there was some of that Wednesday — but by Salafist Islamic extremists who are unhappy with the success the more moderate Islamist and secularist parties in Egypt and Libya have had in building political support. We’re still in what I like to call the “fog of revolution” in both countries, where it’s hard to know for sure what’s happening and who benefits. But based on conversations with sources who were on the streets Tuesday in the midst of the Cairo demonstration, and who have been following events in Libya closely, David it’s possible to pierce Ignatius the fog a bit and offer some basic analysis. First, the situation in Cairo: The Arabic banners of the proCOMMENTARY testers moving toward the U.S. embassy identified them as members of the Nour Party and the Asala Party, the two leading Salafist groups that have competed in the Egyptian elections. The Salafists are more conservative and less pragmatic than the Muslim Brotherhood that is now ruling Egypt. An analyst who was in the midst of that crowd Tuesday told me he thinks the Salafist demonstrators were using the pretext of a supposedly antiIslamic American film to send two messages: the first was obviously anti-Americanism, which is potent in today’s Egypt; the second and more interesting message was a challenge by the Salafists to their rivals in the Muslim Brotherhood government of President Mohamed Morsi. The Cairo uproar appears to be partly a case of radicals wanting to undermine a more moderate governing party. The Salafist demonstrators’ threat was augmented by violent hooligans, who are often described as soccer fans but increasingly are inflammatory anarchists. A similar process of post-revolutionary jockeying is going on in Libya, and it tragically led to the death Tuesday of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The Salafists’ assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi at first appeared to be a “copycat” attack like the one in Cairo, but U.S. officials said it may have been planned by extremists linked to al-Qaeda. They were augmented by a well-armed Islamic militia. Their anger, again, is mixed between a baseline anti-Americanism and a challenge to Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib and the secularist parties that are the backbone of the new Libyan government. Does America have an interest in the internal fights taking place in these countries still quaking from the Arab uprisings? Yes, of course it does. But this isn’t really about America. It’s about different factions battling for power in a fluid political situation.

Tehran offers a parallel

Unfortunately, the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979 is an apt parallel. That was the work of a group of extremist Iranian “students” who were unhappy that the post-revolutionary government of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini wasn’t proving radical enough. They captured the revolution when they seized the embassy. The lesson of that disaster is that local security authorities must quickly restore order — and if they can’t or won’t, then Americans must move out of harm’s way. The delicate political balance in Egypt and Libya makes the blunderbuss campaign rhetoric of Romney especially unfortunate. It makes this crisis more “about America” than it needs to be. Let’s return to the main trigger for these events: It’s the success of the tolerably non-extremist governments in Egypt and Libya in consolidating power, and the anger of the more radical Salafists at this success. Morsi, for example, has just won pledges of billions in financial support from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The Gulf Arabs are making a bet that over the next year, Morsi can stabilize Egypt and get the economy moving again. Despite Tuesday’s tragic events, the U.S. should make the same bet. WASHINGTON POST WRITERS GROUP


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NATION | WORLD Investigation faults judges in disability case reviews BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHER

worked Social Security officials often award disability benefits without adequately reviewing claims, potentially adding to the financial problems of the cash-strapped system, congressional investigators said in a report released Wednesday. Investigators reviewed 300 randomly selected cases from Virginia, Alabama and Oklahoma in which people were awarded disability benefits. In more than a quarter of the cases, decisions to award benefits “failed to properly address insufficient, contradictory, or incomplete evidence.” In many cases, officials approved disability benefits without citing adequate medical evidence to support the finding or without explaining the medical basis for the decision, according to the report by the Republican staff of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. “The administrative law judges are not looking at the cases because the pressure from Social Secu-

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn

rity is to get the cases out,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, RMuskogee, the top Republican on the subcommittee. “I think you could flip a coin for anybody that came before the Social Security commission for disability and get it right just as often as the (judges) do.” The subcommittee released the report ahead of a hearing on the issue scheduled for Thursday morning. The investigation was done by both Republican and Democratic staff members. However, subcommittee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., did not sign off on the final report because he disagreed with some of its recommendations. Social Security has been working for years to reduce a huge backlog of disability claims. “We share the subcom-

Applicants start by filing claims with state agencies that are overseen by Social Security. Most initial claims are denied, but applicants in most states can appeal the decision to the same state agency. If they are denied again, applicants can appeal to an administrative law judge. As a group, the judges decide about 700,000 cases a year, the report said, with each judge expected to process at least 500 cases a year. One judge in Oklahoma City decided 5,401 cases in three years, from 2007 to 2009, according to the report.

mittee’s concern that a small number of judges have failed our expectations with regard to a balanced application of the law, proper documentation, proper hearings and proper judicial conduct,” said Social Security spokesman Mark Hinkle. “We have undertaken a vigorous set of quality initiatives since the time most of these cases were filed about five years ago and data indicates that we have made substantial progress.” Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers have been flooding Social Security’s disability program with benefit claims since the economy tanked in 2008, straining the agen-

Andrea Hebert protests during a “Million Gulp” demonstration in July against New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to prohibit licensed food establishments from using containers larger than 16 ounces to serve high-calorie drinks. AP PHOTO

Doctors say ban on big, sugary drinks could help BY DAVID B. CARUSO AND JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press

NEW YORK — The era of the supersized cola may come to an end in New York City on Thursday, when health officials are expected to approve an unprecedented 16-ounce limit on sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, delis and movie theaters. But will it actually translate into better health? Doctors and nutrition experts said the regula-

tion’s success or failure may hinge on whether the first-in-the-nation rule starts a conversation that changes attitudes nationwide toward overeating. “Ultimately it does come down to culture, and it comes down to taking some first steps,” said Dr. Jeffrey Mechanick, a professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine who has studied the effect of government regulation on the obesity epidemic. “There are so many factors that are acting in this complex disease. Obesity

is not just a disease simply of people drinking too much sugary soft drink,” he said. “Just attacking one thing, individually, isn’t going to do much.” But if the rule is part of a broader social and scientific assault on the dangers of too much sugar, he said, it could be tremendously effective. “People talk about it. ... All of a sudden, you have an awareness.” Restaurants with selfserve soda fountains will be restricted to giving out 16-ounce cups, but free refills will still be allowed.

Bones may be King Richard III’s BY ROBERT BARR Associated Press

LONDON — Archaeologists searching for the grave of King Richard III say they have found bones consistent with the 15th century monarch’s physical abnormality and of a man who died in battle. A team from the University of Leicester said Wednesday the bones were beneath the site of the Grey Friars church in Leicester, central England, where contemporary accounts say Richard was

buried following his death in the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. Richard Buckley, codirector of the university’s Archaeological Services, said the bones are a “prime candidate” to be Richard’s. The team hopes that DNA can be recovered to aid identification. “We are not saying today that we have found King Richard III,” Richard Taylor, the university’s director of corporate affairs, told a news conference. “(But) this skeleton certainly has characteristics

that warrant extensive, further detailed examination.” William Shakespeare, writing more than a century after Richard’s death, described the king as “deform’d, unfinished,” a monster with a deformed conscience who murdered his nephews in the Tower of London in order to gain the throne. The murder charge is a matter of historical dispute. The official royal website says the young princes “disappeared” while under his protection.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES TRAINER ACQUITTED IN ASSAULT HOUSTON — In the unfolding sex scandal at San

Antonio’s Lackland Air Force Base, an instructor, Staff Sgt. Kwinton Estacio, was acquitted of sexually assaulting a boot camp graduate and now awaits sentencing on a lesser charge, wrongful sexual contact, a military spokesman said. A military judge ruled Tuesday that military prosecutors lacked sufficient evidence to support the original sexual assault charge. Prosecutors have investigated 17 instructors at the busiest Air Force training ground in the country, and charged six. Three have pleaded guilty or been convicted, two of unprofessional relationships and a third of rape.

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cy’s resources. Without congressional action, Social Security’s disability trust fund will run out of money in 2016, leaving the program unable to pay full benefits, according to the trustees who oversee the program. About 11 million people receive disability benefits from Social Security, an increase of more than 23 percent over the past five years. Benefits average a little less than $1,000 a month. About 8.2 million people receive Supplemental Security Income, a disability program for poor people who don’t have substantial work histories. SSI benefits average a little more than $500 a month.

ty has formed off the Mexico coast and, if it deviates north, the southern tip of the Baja, Calif., may be in its path. Kristy was about 380 miles south-southeast of the southern tip of California and moving northwest. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Nadine has strengthened in the Atlantic and could become a hurricane, but is still far from land.

TAINTED LIQUOR KILLS CZECHS PRAGUE, Czech Republic — At least 19 people are dead and 24 others hospitalized. Some of them have been blinded, while others have been induced into comas in the hope that doctors can save them. All had drunk cheap vodka and rum laced with methanol, a toxic substance used to stretch alcohol on the black market and guarantee high profits. The Czech Republic announced emergency measures Wednesday as the death toll mounted. Kiosks and markets were banned from selling spirits with more than 30 percent alcohol content and police raided outlets nationwide. At 410 sites, they found 70 cases of illegal alcohol.

HUNDREDS DIE IN FACTORY FIRES KARACHI, Pakistan — Fires at two clothing factories

in Pakistan left 283 people dead — many trapped behind locked doors and barred windows — workplace perils in a country where many buildings lack basic safety equipment and owners often bribe officials to ignore violations. The blazes broke out Tuesday night at a garment factory in Karachi and a shoe manufacturer in Lahore. At least 258 people died in the fire in Karachi, where rescue workers were still searching Wednesday for bodies in the charred building. Another 25 perished in Lahore. Workers in Karachi had only one way out since all the other exit doors were locked in response to a recent theft, officials said. FROM WIRE REPORTS


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TIMELINE HISTORY OF HOBBY LOBBY 1972

I Hobby Lobby founded by David Green.

1981

I Son Mart Green founds Mardel, a Christian book and educational supplies store.

1997

I Began an annual Easter Sunday tradition of placing a full-page ad delivering Christian messages in all newspapers the company advertises in.

2007 Hobby Lobby CEO David Green speaks March 1, 2010, at the unveiling of Hobby Lobby’s new health clinic for employees. Workers with insurance receive free treatment, others receive care at a reduced cost. PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES

Greens: Lawsuit draws ire, praise FROM PAGE 1A

“Our family is now being forced to choose between following the laws of the land that we love or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful and supported our family and thousands of our employees and their families,” Green said Wednesday during a conference call. “We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.” The lawsuit claims the U.S. Health and Human Services mandate, part of the Affordable Care Act adopted in 2010, violates the business owners’ freedoms of religion and speech. The Green family’s operation of Hobby Lobby and Mardel retail stores has long reflected their evangelical Christian beliefs. The business closes its shops on Sundays, annually buys full-page religious newspaper ads on Easter and Christmas, and employs full-time chaplains to minister to workers. The Greens regularly funnel corporate profits to Christian ministries and missions.

Injunction sought

The Affordable Care Act, labeled Obamacare by opponents, requires insurers to offer several preventive care services, including contraception to women, at no cost. The rule took effect Aug. 1, and the requirement would kick in with Hobby Lobby on Jan. 1. The lawsuit is seeking an injunction to allow the company to avoid potential penalties of more than $1 million a day beginning in January, said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents Hobby Lobby in the case. The lawsuit also seeks a permanent injunction prohibiting the mandate’s enforcement against the Green family and its businesses, “and other individuals and organizations that object on religious grounds to providing insurance coverage for abortion-causing drugs and devices, and related education and counseling.” Duncan said the Greens are not opposed to all forms of birth control, only emergency contraception such as the “morning-after” or “week-after” pills. The lawsuit refers to contraception methods such as Plan B, Ella and some intrauterine devices as “abortioncausing drugs and devices.”

Reaction

Leila Abolfazli, an attorney with the National Women’s Law Center, said Hobby Lobby’s challenge could open up some undesirable outcomes, includ-

ing employers potentially objecting to the manner in which workers’ spend their salaries on health care. “What if a company decided not to cover vaccines because of a religious objection to vaccines?” Abolfazli said. “This line is a very dangerous line to go down when you’re talking about refusing coverage of health care that the women need.” However, Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit prompted praise from some members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, said he supports Green and his family. “I’m all for him. I think it’s a religious liberty issue, and I think they overstepped it, and I think they’re going to lose in a court case. And I’m glad he did it,” Coburn said. Rep. James Lankford, ROklahoma City, said he was proud that a state company took a stand against the mandate that “requires business owners to surrender their values and change to the administration’s values or face a huge federal fine.” “Federal coercion to require businesses to provide free drugs that render abortions clearly violates the religious beliefs and moral practice of hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans,” Lankford said.

More about lawsuit

The lawsuit states that the Greens’ “commitment to Jesus Christ and to Biblical principles is what gives their business endeavors meaning and purpose.” “The Green family’s religious beliefs forbid them from participating in, providing access to, paying for, training others to engage in, or otherwise supporting abortion-causing drugs and devices,” the lawsuit states. Duncan said 27 lawsuits, including actions by 22 nonprofit religious organizations, have been filed against the federal mandate, but Hobby Lobby is the largest, and first nonCatholic-owned business to challenge the law. Hobby Lobby and Mardel operate more than 500 stores and employ more than 22,000 people across the country. A much smaller Colorado company has obtained an injunction preventing it from being penalized while its case is heard, Duncan said. The lawsuit names three federal agencies and their Cabinet-level leaders as defendants: the Department of Health and Human Services and Kathleen Sebelius; the Labor Department and Hilda Solis; and the Treasury Department and Timothy Geithner.

I The Green family pledges $70 million to help Oral Roberts University pay its debt and remain open. Mart Green becomes a chairman of the university’s board.

2010

I Hobby Lobby opens a health care clinic at its corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City. I The Green family announces plans to open a Bible museum.

2011

I Passages, a traveling exhibit of the Green family’s private collection of rare biblical manuscripts and artifacts, opens at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

2012

I 500th Hobby Lobby store opens in Las Vegas.

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Faith leaders show support for lawsuit BY CARLA HINTON Religion Editor chinton@opubco.com

Wednesday, leaders in the Oklahoma Christian faith community shared their views concerning Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit against the U.S. Health and Human Services mandate requiring businesses to pay for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs for their employees. Loren Gresham, president of Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, said he was not surprised that the Green family of Hobby Lobby decided to take their opposition to the mandate to court. “I know that company and the family that owns it,” Gresham said. “They are people of deep faith, they respect life and I think they are representative of millions of people across the country who are deeply offended by this mandate.” Gresham said his Church of the Nazarene university hopes to join with several other Oklahoma faith-affiliated colleges and universities to file their own suit against the mandate. He said having a Christianowned business of Hobby Lobby’s prominence among fellow dissenters is advantageous. “I don’t know how many will come forward and take on a plaintiff’s role,” he said of other like-minded businesses. “Our part of the faith community is looking for allies wherever we can find them. Hobby Lobby certainly is one of those types.” Meanwhile, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has arguably been the most vocal faith organization to express outrage

Paul S. Coakley

over the mandate and an ongoing commitment to see it quashed. The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, a USCCB member, gave his views about Hobby Lobby’s legal news Wednesday, though he said he had not seen the lawsuit’s specifics. “I have not read the pleadings associated with the Hobby Lobby lawsuit involving the HHS mandate,” Coakley said. “However, I am pleased to see that Christian business leaders are joining the USCCB and many of our Catholic institutions throughout the United States in opposing the HHS mandate’s unprecedented assault on conscience rights and religious liberty.” The Rev. Anthony Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, also shared his comments. “I wholeheartedly support the action taken by Hobby Lobby,” Jordan said in a statement. The convention is the state affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention. Southern Baptists represent the state’s largest denomination. “No person or organization should be forced to violate deeply held religious convictions in order to uphold an unjust government

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regulation, especially one that so clearly threatens the rights to life and religious liberty,” Jordan said. “We applaud and stand with the Green family, whom I know to be people of deep faith.” The Rev. Frank Cargill, superintendent of the Oklahoma District Council of the Assemblies of God, said he also applauded Hobby Lobby for taking a stand against a mandate that he feels exceeds legislative authority. “No act of human governance should be respected if it attempts to redefine or to restrict the moral issue associated with our basic right to life — from conception to natural death,” Cargill said. He said he believes that the nation appears to have forgotten its foundational cornerstones. “Anytime that our government attempts to legislate morality, such action violates our reason for existence,” Cargill said. “God defines morality — not government.”


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Fundraiser set for girl

TU fires president

Parents of Truman Elementary School students have organized a fundraiser for Erika Ramirez, a fifth-grader who has kidney failure.

Just 74 days into his tenure, the University of Tulsa has fired Geoffrey Orsak.

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Defense attorney tests positive for alcohol in court BY TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@opubco.com

A veteran defense attorney tested positive for alcohol use and removed himself from a case after prosecutors complained that he came to court with alcohol on his breath.

State fair officials gear up for launch

Prosecutors accused attorney John Thomas Hall of being under the influence on Monday and Tuesday while Hall was in court representing a man accused of assault and battery. “It was undeniable today,” a prosecutor said Tuesday. “The smell lingered.” Hall took a breath test at the re-

quest of prosecutors and tested positive for alcohol use, according to results obtained by The Oklahoman. Hall’s breath contained at least 0.02 percent alcohol, but the test did not measure an exact level. District Judge Glenn M. Jones said Tuesday there was “insufficient evidence” to find Hall was under the influence of alcohol.

“No judicial determination was made at all,” Jones said. Hall, though, took himself off the case, which was continued until November. He did not return calls for comment Tuesday and Wednesday. Oklahoma City attorney SEE ATTORNEY, BACK PAGE

ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OUT DRAWS NEIGHBORS OUTSIDE

WOMAN CAUSE OF DEATH TOLD A woman found dead in a car in a southwest Oklahoma City ravine died from injuries suffered in the wreck, the state medical examiner reports. Donna Mae Bartlett, 85, of Yukon, was found Tuesday in a car at the bottom of a ravine along S Council Road near SW 119. She had been reported missing from her home Monday night. The car plunged about 20 to 30 feet into the ravine, police said. A state medical examiner’s spokesman said Bartlett died of multiple blunt force trauma in the accident. She was not wearing a seat belt. FROM STAFF REPORTS

ELSEWHERE POLICE SEEK DOG THIEVES Detectives in Missoula County are searching for two people with Oklahoma ties who reportedly took a deaf couple’s service dog from a campground near Lolo. The couple said their 18month-old husky/ wolf mix named Jalita, who responds to sign language commands, was taken over Labor Day weekend. Missoula County detectives said the suspects’ names are Sam and Kim Goodwin. A Craigslist ad about the missing dog says the Goodwins were driving a 1993 blue Chevy pickup with an Oklahoma license plate.

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As opening day of the Oklahoma State Fair arrives, a few fair executives looked back in order to truly appreciate what the 2012 fair offers. Bill Allen remembers when it was necessary to plan ahead for towing numerous stuck vehicles out of unpaved parking lots. Scott Munz can recall nights when band members for headliners would be “along the edges” of a crowded flatbed trailer/ stage as they performed before rodeo crowds. And Tim O’Toole thinks back to when he wondered how the change to an 11day schedule would be received by fairgoers. Gates open at 8 a.m. Thursday for the 2012 Oklahoma State Fair, It runs through Sept. 23. Some fairgoers think about the rides and the food and the entertainment that awaits them. Others think of the various exhibits and competitions. But Allen, Munz and O’Toole think of all the improvements. This is the 30th Oklahoma State Fair for Allen, vice president of State Fair Park. “When I first started we didn’t have hardly any paved parking spots, and there were puddles almost big enough for ducks,” he said. “Now we have many lots that are paved and well lit. We used to have to worry about towing a lot of cars out, and now that would be limited to a few cars.”

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Osei Bandele, vice president of the John F. Kennedy Neighborhood Association, rides his bike during National Night Out in the Oklahoma City neighborhood. PHOTOS BY GARETT FISBECK, THE OKLAHOMAN FROM STAFF REPORTS

Residents of the John F. Kennedy Neighborhood in Oklahoma City took to the streets and their front yards to participate in National Night Out. Tuesday’s annual gathering is designed to help foster a sense of community. At JFK, kids rode their bikes and one man set up a grill to make food for his neighbors. Right: Brianna Young, 9, and Josiah Owens, 1, take a ride in a batterypowered car during a National Night Out event the John F. Kennedy neighborhood.


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Above: A carnival ride operator and an inspector from the Oklahoma Labor Department check the sky tram towers and cables Wednesday while setting up for Oklahoma State Fair. The 10-day event begins Thursday and ends Sept. 23. Right: A carnival worker sets up prizes Wednesday afternoon at State Fair Park. PHOTOS BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

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Munz thinks back to when a tractor would pull a flatbed trailer out into the rodeo arena. That was the stage. Conditions were snug, especially the night a country music singer had a 12-member band. “That was interesting,” said Munz, vice president

of marketing and public relations, who is beginning his 25th Oklahoma State Fair. “Now, we have all moving lights in there and the stage is lowered down from the ceiling. It’s a first-class sound and light production in the arena for the concerts at the PRCA Xtreme Bulls. “And, the same thing is

true out on the Chesapeake Energy Stage. It’s a safe, first-class outdoor stage.” This is the ninth Oklahoma State Fair for O’Toole, president and CEO of Oklahoma State Fair Inc. He remembers the first one well. “I came on in January 2004 and the board had made the decision prior to that to reduce the fair from

17 days to 11 days,” O’Toole said. “That was a learning curve for all of us. “And we were cautiously optimistic about how the public would receive it. It’s continued to grow every year and has been wellreceived by the public.” Reaction is something O’Toole eagerly awaits each year.

This year, he awaits the response to Barn 4. In all, the $90 million projects include quality arenas, stalls and meeting areas, he said. Fair Park is home not only to the Oklahoma State Fair, but many state, regional, national and international equestrian shows. “Barn 4 is the completion of our original barn

and equine projects that we embarked on in 2005,” he said. “It’s just part of the continuing upgrades that we’ve done to all of our equine and livestock facilities. “So I’m always pleased when people get the chance to see that and experience it. We want them to see the quality of it all.”

WELL-ROUNDED TROOPS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND BY JERRY WOFFORD Tulsa World jerry.wofford@tulsaworld.com

BRAGGS — Tech. Sgt. Brandon White is a chameleon. As a Joint Terminal Attack Controller in the Air National Guard, he coordinates strikes and surveillance between forces on the ground and forces in the air, but it requires him to be on the ground with those soldiers or Marines, to see what they see. He has to blend his tactical skills with his communication expertise. “Whatever they do, we do,” White said. “If they’re jumping out of Blackhawks, we’re jumping out of Blackhawks.” Now, White and 11 other members of the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing, based in Tulsa, are training Air National Guard airmen from 14 states to eventually become JTACs, a position that is in increasing demand as technology increases their ability to provide more support on the battlefield. The 138th Combat Training Flight, a detachment of the Tulsa unit based at Camp Gruber, will graduate its first class next week with four more eight-week sessions scheduled for next year. The first class from Camp Gruber marks a shift in how the Air National Guard trains airmen to eventually become JTACs. Lt. Col. Rustan Schwichtenberg, commander of the 138th Combat Training Flight, said that each of the operational units around the country trained their own JTACs, which distracted from their main ongoing missions. In the cases of some National Guard units doing the training one weekend a month, it could

Training instructor Oklahoma Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Brandon White gets the go-ahead to demonstrate rappelling during training Wednesday on one of the towers at Camp Gruber near Braggs. PHOTO BY MICHAEL WYKE, TULSA WORLD

These guys are just the right mix of bravado, technical savvy, knowledge levels; all these things together for that right guy to be on the ground. They’re a mixture of this real tactical dude, and all these command and control functions.” LT. COL. RUSTAN SCHWICHTENBERG

COMMANDER OF THE 138TH COMBAT TRAINING FLIGHT

Air National Guard members practice rappelling Wednesday on one of the towers at Camp Gruber near Braggs. PHOTO BY MICHAEL WYKE, TULSA WORLD

take more than a year to complete. “We are relieving the operational units of all that pressure,” Schwichtenberg said. The airmen are trained first as communication experts. They relay pertinent battlefield information back to those controlling aircraft, artillery or missiles related to targets, other targets that should be surveilled and conduct reconnaissance on forward positions. Being in the

battlefield embedded with other troops on the ground gives the best perspective, White said. Being in the battlefield, sometimes embedded with troops on the forward line, requires the airmen to keep up. That makes the JTACs one of the Air Force’s more elite, fit and diversely skilled forces, Schwichtenberg said. “These guys are just the right mix of bravado, technical savvy, knowledge levels; all these things to-

gether for that right guy to be on the ground,” Schwichtenberg said. “They’re a mixture of this real tactical dude, and all these command and control functions.” The 138th Combat Training Flight was approved to do the training last December after their former training mission in Fort Sill had ended. In six months, the staff moved their operations to facilities at Camp Gruber and developed the broad curriculum.

“It was a perfect fit,” Schwichtenberg said. “The timing was right, the cost was right and we were able to make it happen in rapid fashion.” The training provided by the 138th Combat Training Flight will make the airmen eligible to be JTACs-in-waiting, Schwichtenberg said. The home commander must sign off on the training and they must work with other JTACs and complete other training before being fully complete. But the new training path by the 138th will aim to cut the time it takes to complete that process from about five years to

two, Schwichtenberg said. That will put more of the JTACs in the field quicker with more standardized training, fulfilling the increasing need for JTACs in the field. “Just because the wars are drawing down, the requirement for how many JTACs are needed in the force overall is actually increasing,” Schwichtenberg said. “They’ve seen the effectiveness of having an embedded Air Force controller in the Army’s scheme of maneuver on the ground. How we fight and use these maneuvers is only become more in vogue for how we use these on the ground.”

West Nile will stick around until weather cools BY JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@opubco.com

Phil Maytubby, chief of public health protection at the Oklahoma CityCounty Health Department, chatted with readers Wednesday on NewsOK about West Nile virus, safety precautions and cases in Oklahoma. Below are highlights from the Q&A. Q: How long is West Nile virus season? A: The season may last as long as mosquitoes are

active, especially through the hot summer months. As the weather cools, mosquito activity level will decline, but they’ll be around until we get a good freeze. Q: What is the Oklahoma City-County Health Department doing to combat mosquitoes? A: We use an integrated pest management approach. That includes mosquito habitat reduction and removal, mosquito larvicide application and foremost, educating

the public about how to protect themselves from mosquitoes. Q: Some parts of Texas have used aerial spraying. Could you discuss its effectiveness versus other approaches to prevention? A: Aerial spraying is sometimes seen as a last resort when mosquito numbers are very high and other methods are ineffective in reducing mosquito populations. Other methods we’re currently using are working well.

Q: What type of bird carries the virus? A: Several types of birds may carry the disease. It was originally reported in crows. One of the theories about the emergence of West Nile during a time of drought is that birds are using water sources that are smaller and more stagnant, and those are areas where mosquitoes are breeding. Q: What can parents use to prevent toddlers from getting bitten when playing outside?

A: It’s important to use insect repellent on areas of exposed skin. Long sleeves and long pants are a good idea in dusk to dawn times. We recommend DEET, picaridin and oil of eucalyptus repellents, but always read the label for instructions before applying to young children. It may be comforting to know that few young children develop serious cases of West Nile virus. In Oklahoma there are no cases of the virus in children younger than nine, but they should always be protected from mosquitoes.

Q: Why is there a vaccine for horses and not humans? A: That’s a complicated question. When the virus first emerged it was very hard on the horse population and there was great demand for a vaccine. Humans have the ability to use repellent or to dress appropriately. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with vaccine manufacturers and researchers to determine if it’s feasible to produce a West Nile vaccine for humans.


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Witness says testimony was not swayed BY TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@opubco.com

A key witness in the state’s case against a man charged with murder reversed his testimony Wednesday after admitting he talked to the victim’s father the day before taking the stand. But Eric P. Thrower denied being told what to say by Phil Ingersoll, the father of shooting victim Jonathan Phillip Ingersoll, 21. Phil Ingersoll is a former Oklahoma City School District athletic director who won five state basketball championships as a

Man with branch is arrested at store BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Staff Writer lmanwarren@opubco.com

A man was arrested after he threatened a convenience store employee with a 4-foot tree branch, Oklahoma City police said. Marvin Glenn Jones, 53, was arrested on an assault and battery complaint Tuesday at 7-Eleven, 1101 NW 10. Police were called to the scene and encountered a man who called himself “General Jones” who verbally abused the officers, according to the police report. The 7-Eleven employee told police Jones was banned from the store Tuesday after making death threats against the store’s manager but re-

coach at Douglass and Northeast high schools. Jonathan Ingersoll died March 22, 2009, from a gunshot wound to the head. He and Thrower were riding in a car on N MacArthur Boulevard near NW 23 when another vehicle pulled alongside and a person inside fired into the car, police said. Thrower testified calling the victim’s father Tuesday “to see how court was going.” Thrower said Ingersoll told him to “tell the truth.” But the attorney representing defendant Kenneth Wayne Thompson III, accused Thrower of lying

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A missing woman was found alive Wednesday morning in a freezer, and Tulsa police say the incident doesn’t appear to be suspicious. First responders were called about 10:30 a.m. to an apartment in the 2200 block of S Nogales Avenue where a woman was found by family members inside a chest-type deep freezer, police said. The woman, identified by her son as 59-year-old Theresa Christian, was conscious but incoherent as medics treated her at the scene, Cpl. Daisy Vallely said. She was transported to St. John Medical Center with “severe freezing-type injuries” to her legs, Valle-

Kenneth Wayne Thompson III, 23

ber who told the court he had received death threats for testifying. Thrower also testified smoking marijuana the night of the shooting, but said it didn’t affect his

ability to recall the events surrounding Ingersoll’s slaying. He also admitted smoking pot before testifying Tuesday afternoon and said he lied under oath during cross-examination. “Yeah, I was stoned,” Thrower testified Wednesday. “But I was still functionable.” Thompson, 23, is the brother of Kendal Laron Richardson, 22, a co-defendant who was acquitted of Ingersoll’s murder in November. Thrower testified at Richardson’s trial that Richardson leaned out of his car and fired the shot

that killed Ingersoll, which contradicted his testimony from Tuesday. Richardson’s trial was plagued by several delays, allegations of jury intimidation and uncooperative witnesses, many of whom testified reluctantly or refused to testify altogether. At least four prosecution witnesses, including two serving time in unrelated cases, testified they lied during interviews with homicide detectives because they were threatened with jail time if they didn’t cooperate. Thompson’s trial is expected to go to the jury Thursday.

GALLERY TO HOST OPENING RECEPTION DURING ART WALK Marvin Glenn Jones Arrested on Tuesday

turned that evening. The employee told Jones to leave and refused to serve him. Jones went outside and came back inside with a tree branch, according to the report. The employee told police Jones raised the branch and approached him, saying, “Come here, man. I’m going to use this on you.” Police said Jones tried to light himself on fire while in the back of the patrol car and said, “A bomb is about to go off in this (obscenity).” He was taken to Oklahoma County jail, where it took three or four detention officers to process him, police said. Police took the tree branch as evidence.

Missing Tulsa woman found alive in freezer BY AMANDA BLAND AND MATT BARNARD

about his conversation with Phil Ingersoll. “He told you you needed to identify Mr. Thompson this morning, didn’t he?” defense attorney Redmond Kemether asked Thrower. “No,” Thrower said. Earlier Wednesday, Thrower identified Thompson as the driver of the car, a day after testifying he didn’t see who was driving or who fired the fatal shot. “Why didn’t you sit there and tell the truth yesterday?” Kemether asked the witness. “I was threatened,” said Thrower, a felon and admitted former gang mem-

ly said. EMSA reported that the woman was admitted in serious condition. Family members reported the woman missing Saturday after they were unable to contact her, officers said. Jermal Stewart, Christian’s son, entered his mother’s apartment Wednesday and heard her moaning in the freezer, Vallely said. She said it appeared Christian had tried to climb out of the freezer at some point. Stewart said the lid to the appliance was open when he found her. Police believe the woman may have had a reaction to medication, which could have affected her cognitive abilities, and sought shelter in the freezer during last week’s storms.

Johanna Bales and Alex Elmore, with Gray Street Band, perform Aug. 10 at the Kid’s Corner event during the Second Friday Circuit of Art in Norman. PHOTOS BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Dreamer Concepts, 324 E Main St., will reopen Friday after a three-month hiatus with a reception celebrating its newest exhibit, “Dreamer 44: Dose of Dynamite.” The reception is just one of a series of activities planned for the monthly Second Friday Circuit of Art event, which begins at 6 p.m. “Doses of Dynamite” will feature works by Travis Brassfield and Kellen Carter, Norman natives and longtime friends. Brassfield received classical training in studio art at Rose State College and the University of Oklahoma. He primarily works in acrylic, though his favorite medium is a combination of pencil and ink. Carter works with acrylic paint, ink, spray paint and pen to create paintings and graffiti stenciling.

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Juliana Gifford, 6, tosses water balloons Aug. 10 during the Kid’s Corner event, a new addition to the Second Friday Circuit of Art in Norman.

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SIDEWALK ART CONTEST SET FOR FOOD DRIVE

BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@opubco.com

EDMOND — Bicyclists on Edmond streets now have a defense if they are caught running a red light when the signal light doesn’t change to green. City council members amended an ordinance this week, allowing bicyclists to continue if they meet certain conditions outlined in the new law. Often the weight of the bicycle and rider do not trigger the sensor embedded in the street and the signal light will not change to green, said City Attorney Steve Murdock. Fred Richard, a local cycling instructor, told the council that situation happened to him on his way to the meeting where the ordinance amendment was being considered on Monday. “I encountered the same situation on Littler,” Richard said. He said he had to ask the car behind him to drive up closer to his bicycle so the light would change. The amendment was recommended by the Edmond Bicycle Committee after a woman was cited for running a red light.

This month’s art walk will include a Live Paint at Bigfoot Creative, 315 E Main, featuring some of the participating artists from a new pop culture exhibit, “Zombie Skins: Salon de la Vie Morte.” “Zombie Skins” just finished a successful run in Santa Fe, N.M., and features artists America Meredith, Daniel McCoy, Bryon Archuleta, Tom Farris, April Holder, Bob Haozous, Chris Pappan, Topaz Jones and Cannupa Hansk Luger. The Live Paint will feature Farris, Holder and artists Hoka Skenandore and Micah Wesley, who will each create a work of art in front of an audience. The two-hour session will begin at 7:30 p.m. and conclude with a live auction of the works created. For a complete schedule of events planned for this month’s art walk, go to www.2ndfriday norman.com.

The Cleveland County CROP Walk to Stop Hunger will hold a sidewalk chalk art contest for children Saturday outside the Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Ave. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The contest is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Entry fee is a donation of peanut butter or tuna. Prizes will be awarded. The annual CROP Walk will be Oct. 7. Joanie Serrano rides at Edmond’s J.L. Mitch Park in May. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES

The conditions are: I The bicycle had been brought to a complete stop. I The traffic control signal continued to show a red light for two complete cycles. I No motor vehicle was approaching on the street or highway to be crossed or entered, or was so far away from the intersection it did not constitute an immediate hazard as the bicyclist entered or crossed the intersection against a red light. The new ordinance goes into effect in 30 days.

PALEONTOLOGIST TO VISIT SAM NOBLE MUSEUM Paul Sereno, known for his discoveries of ancient creatures such as “SuperCroc” and “Raptorex,” will give a free presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave. The event will be preceded by a dessert reception at 6:30 p.m.

LIBRARY HOSTS GARDEN WORKSHOP The Norman Public Library, 225 N Webster Ave., will host a garden workshop at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the library. Norm Park will discuss the benefits to soil of cover crops. Participants can bring seeds and plants to swap. A monarch butterfly exhibit created by Annie Hart will be featured.

MUSEUM HOSTS FOSSIL FIELD TRIP THIS WEEKEND The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History will sponsor an adult fossil field trip Friday and Saturday. Paleontology curator Steve Westrop will meet with participants at 7 p.m. Friday at the museum for a pre-field trip presentation. The group departs from the museum at 9 a.m. Saturday to a dig site to collect marine fossils. Transportation is provided. Bring a sack lunch. Cost is $60 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Call 325-1008. FROM STAFF REPORTS

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TU fires head after 74 days in the post BY WAYNE GREENE Tulsa World wayne.greene@tulsaworld.com

The University of Tulsa fired Geoffrey Orsak as president of the institution Wednesday evening, 74 days after he took office. The school’s announcement gave no reason for the termination but said it is effective immediately. TU Executive Vice President Kevan Buck has been authorized by the TU Board of Trustees to manage the day-to-day operations of the university. The school announced Tuesday that Orsak had been granted a leave of absence “to attend to a very serious health matter of his father in Dallas.” TU Vice President for Public Relations Kayla Acebo said she couldn’t comment on either of the two announcements. “This is a personnel matter, and we cannot comment on personnel matters,” Acebo said. She also declined to say whether Orsak and his family are still living in the school’s new presidential residence, the Skelly Mansion at 21st Street and Madison Avenue. Calls to Orsak’s cellphone Wednesday were not returned. Acebo said the process for selecting a permanent successor to Orsak will be up to the school’s Board of Trustees, but no details have been announced. The TU board named Orsak, 49, the school’s 18th president in May, and

he took office July 1. Previously, he had been dean of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University. He announced that his goal was to put the University of Tulsa among the elite colleges and universities in the nation. “All of the ingredients are here for this university to emerge as a true superstar in American higher education,” Orsak said at the news conference announcing his hiring. “I feel that the best days for TU are still ahead,” he said. “We’re just absolutely excited to get started.” Orsak said college — he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University — transformed his life. As a researcher, Orsak specialized in mathematics that set the stage for the wireless revolution. In 1997, he began a transition into collegiate administration. He was appointed in 2008 by the Secretary of Energy to the National Petroleum Council. He has served on study groups and panels for the National Academy of Engineering and has served as a Department of Defense science and engineering adviser through his participation on the Defense Science Study Group. Orsak is married to Dr. Catherine Orsak. They have two children, Mary Elizabeth, 12, and Peter, 8.

Funds needed to reach degree goals BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@opubco.com

Oklahoma’s top higher education official said he’s optimistic about the state’s college completion goals — but only if lawmakers find money to get the job done. Glen Johnson, chancellor of Oklahoma’s higher education system, said Wednesday that higher education officials would need to make a pitch in the upcoming session for increased funding. Johnson and Gov. Mary Fallin have made college completion a high priority in recent years, setting a statewide goal of an additional 20,400 degrees and certificates awarded in Oklahoma over 12 years. “We can’t do that with budget reductions or even flat budgets,” Johnson said. Speaking Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s 2012 Legislative Forum, Johnson said the state is on track to meet that goal, having surpassed the goal of 1,700 degrees and certificates in the past academic year. At a state regents meeting last week, officials announced public colleges and universities in Oklahoma had more than 1,900 more graduates during the 2011-12 academic year than during the previous year. But Johnson said last year was likely one of the state’s easiest in the initiative. Officials expected the best results in the first year because the agency begun engaging potential students who had received little attention. The higher education budget is roughly the same as the system’s budget for the previous year, and is based on a $955.26 million allocation for higher education that was included in the state’s budget for fiscal year 2013.

The budget is $34.7 million less than Johnson requested at the beginning of the last legislative session. Of that amount, $27.8 million would have gone toward mandatory cost increases, such as rising insurance premiums and utility costs. Between fiscal years 2009 and 2012, the system saw its budget slashed by 9.4 percent. During the forum, Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, said he hopes to see higher education align itself with industry needs. Higher education officials generally do a good job of laying out a legislative agenda and usually are successful in pushing that agenda through the legislature, Shannon said. But Shannon, the speakerdesignate of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, said he’d like to see leaders give lawmakers more information on the impact higher education has on the business community. The link between higher education and private industry in Oklahoma represents one of the state’s strongest public-private partnerships, Shannon said. But many lawmakers are unaware of the importance of that partnership. In many cases, Shannon said, that lack of awareness is due to high turnover. Because state legislators work under term limits, each new session brings a new set of lawmakers who may not understand the higher education system’s mission. Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, said he was concerned about the issue of student debt upon graduation. He said, he hopes to see schools do a better job of giving students information on the salaries they can reasonably expect to earn after graduation, and how large a loan they could expect to pay off on that income.

Deaths

Services pending (Integrity, Henryetta).

MCALESTER

AGRA

Meyers, Jorge Ezra, 36, information technology worker, died Sept. 8. Services 1 p.m. Saturday (Palmer & Marler, Stillwater).

ALTUS

Lockwood, James W., 83, business owner, died Sunday. Graveside services 10 a.m. Thursday, Altus City Cemetery (Kincannon, Altus).

ALVA

Ingraham, Leona, 89, died Wednesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Church of God (Marshall, Alva).

BARNSDALL

Grim, Mary Ann, 82, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, First Christian Church (Stumpff, Barnsdall).

BARTLESVILLE

Bade, Robert Keith “Bob,” 68, retired Siemens chemist and chromatographer, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Christian Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Bates, Marjorie Mae, 91, died Tuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Saturday, First Presbyterian Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Holt, Jackie Lee, 84, farmer, died Wednesday. Services pending (Walker-Brown, Bartlesville).

Dakil, Sam M.D., 90, physician, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Presbyterian Church of McAlester (Brumley-Mills, McAlester). Robins, Alta, 94, licensed practical nurse, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday (Chaney-Harkins, McAlester).

MIDWEST CITY

Kerns, Janice Carolyn, 92, retired from Tinker Air Force Base, died Tuesday. Services pending (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City). Seidel, Roger L., 76, special education teacher, died Wednesday. Services pending (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City).

MOORE

Privett, Della Gene, 85, St. Anthony Hospital medical records department employee, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, Resurrection Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Oklahoma City (John M. Ireland, Moore). Reeves, Donald Ray, 74, mechanic, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (John M. Ireland, Moore).

BETHANY

Meador, Jan Pearce, 66, died Sunday. No services (Cremation Society, Oklahoma City).

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BLAIR

Coker, Brantley Gage, infant son of Brandon Coker and Autumn Roberts, died Sunday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, First Baptist Church (Kincannon, Altus).

CHOCTAW

Abel, David Roy, 75, retired from Air Force, died Aug. 28. Graveside services 10 a.m. Friday, Elmwood Cemetery (Hibbs, Choctaw).

CLINTON

Brown, Margie Belle, 80, retired Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. engineer, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, First United Methodist Church (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton). Goucher, Kenneth, 68, security guard, died Sept. 10. Services 2 p.m. Monday, Free-Will Baptist Church (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton).

DEL CITY

Misenheimer, Maudella, 89, died Sunday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Bill Eisenhour, Del City). Woodard, Earl Stanley “Stan,” 85, retired from Air Force, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Ford, Midwest City).

EDMOND

Bell, Brandy S., 33, homemaker, died Tuesday. Services pending (Matthews, Edmond). Ford, Michael James Sr., 24, independent contractor, died Sunday. Services pending (Crawford, Edmond). Jenkins, Carlos Randall, 64, physician, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Monday, First Christian Church (Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). Patatanian, Heriknaz, 88, homemaker, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Buchanan, Oklahoma City).

EL RENO

Finley, Ernestine Magpie, 52, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Huber-Benson, El Reno).

GLENCOE

Bower, Bryant Lee, 52, Boeing Aircraft tool builder, died Aug. 27. Graveside services 10 a.m. Friday, South Glencoe Cemetery (Poteet, Pawnee).

GUTHRIE

Powell, Johnny Vaughn, 63, retired private security guard, died Aug. 28. Services pending (Smith-Gallo, Guthrie).

HENRYETTA

Boyles, Joseph Kenneth, 75, retired glass plant operator, died Tuesday.

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MARRIAGE LICENSES Anthony O’Dell Carr, 54, and Karen Rae Johnson, 54. Bobby Dwayne Brown, 41, and Kylee Beth Kizziar, 24. Rick Lee Evans, 30, and Kimberly Dawn Jacques, 24. Nicolas Gonzalez Lopez, 22, and Patricia Hilburn, 43. Rickey Dewayne Dixie Jr., 28, and Syreeta Jeane Hill, 35. Matthew Eugene Stiger, 36, and Rachel Diane Samuel, 34. Olusegun Damilola Fajolu, 27, and Kenesha Renee Adair, 22. Patrick Wayne Johnson, 24, and Petra Michellle Bergamini, 25. Jason David Leehan, 28, and Christine A. Tucker, 27. Joseph Stalyn Matias Moris, 28, and Jennifer Joy Hermansen, 26. Cory Blade Northern, 35, and Alicia Brooke Hugo, 24. David Wayne Mackey, 43, and Jennifer Kyle Retherford, 40. Christopher Lee Martin, 28, and Hillary Daniele Finch, 25. Shannon Ulrich Donahue, 32, and Robin Louise Langdale, 32. Mohammed Bunyamin Oladiran Karim, 24, and Christina Nicole Stanzione, 22. Austin Grant Maxwell, 28, and Pamela Dawn Lay, 29. Kelly Don Corcoran, 37, and Kimberli Anne Hatch, 33. Jeremy Michael Pollock, 28, and Elizabeth Hoang Nguyen, 28. Daniel Riley Grissom, 28, and Tara Ann Lisle, 32. Gregory Allen Greer, 43, and Nita Wyoma Charlotte Lilley, 29. Christopher Brandon Alexander, 28, and Stacey Jo Smith, 27. William Robert Blevins, 33, and Dawrung Khanasa, 30. Joseph Roger Blake, 69, and Sally C. Royse, 66. Johnnie Scott Loudermilk, 29, and Deondra Rae Davis, 27. Eric James Bertolasio, 23, and Nikki

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City). West, Melvia E., 79, died Wednesday. Services pending (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Wilder, Wilma Mary, 85, retired supervisory nurse, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Sept. 20, Crossings Community Church (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma).

OLIVE

Doty, Jackie Lou Sr., 59, carpenter, died Sunday. Services 1 p.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church (Michael’s, Drumright).

PAWNEE

Brien, Leota Faye, 86, homemaker, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Poteet, Pawnee).

PERRY

Gleason, Ted Wayne, 60, roustabout, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Grace Hill Cemetery (Brown Dugger, Perry).

PONCA CITY

Seward, Earnest Lee, 46, construction laborer, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Monday (Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City).

Artherton, Carolyn, 74, AT&T computer technician, died Monday. Services pending (Buchanan, Oklahoma City). Bowie, Leland, 45, died Sept. 4. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Siloam Missionary Baptist Church (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Brainard, Melba Delberta, 89, homemaker, died Wednesday. Services pending (Buchanan, Oklahoma City). Carrillo, Margaret Walton, 62, homemaker, died Saturday. Mass 1 p.m. Thursday, Resurrection Cemetery Chapel (Smith and Kernke NW 23 Street, Oklahoma City). Dean, James, 69, died Wednesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Smith & Kernke N. May, Oklahoma City). Foust, Donny Venoy, 56, welder, died Tuesday. Services pending (John M. Ireland, Moore). Gibbs, Trish, 63, retired nurse, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Forest Hill Christian Church (Cremation Society, Oklahoma City). Harris, Georgia, 97, died Monday. Services pending (Rolfe, Oklahoma City). Hawkins, Betty, 75, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Wildewood Baptist Church (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Henderson, Delbert, 50, died Tuesday. Services pending (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Hohstadt, Edith, 84, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Knob Hill Baptist Church (Advantage, Oklahoma City). Jacobs, Jesse Franklin Jr., 54, died Sept. 5. Services 11 a.m. Saturday (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Kane, Sharon, 57, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Ford, Midwest City). Pease, Alan Richard, 61, factory worker, died Friday. No services (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma). Popejoy, Justin Nolan, 29, painter, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Highway of Holiness Church (John M. Ireland, Moore). Russell, Carolyn, 54, died Sunday. Services 1 p.m. Saturday, New Hope Baptist Church (Howard-Harris, Oklahoma City). Tacker, Todd Russell, 43, died Monday. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Smith & Kernke N. May, Oklahoma City). Timmons, Joel Jr., 39, butcher, died Sept. 4. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Rolfe, Oklahoma City). Towery, Clyde D., 86, petroleum engineer, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, Westminster Presbyterian Chapel (Hahn-Cook/ Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). Washington, Phillip Ray, 33, died Sept. 1. Services 11 a.m. Sept. 15, St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, Arcadia (Pollard, Oklahoma Jo Ann Burgett, 19. Kevin Lavel Burton, 29, and Darianna Angelic Dawson, 27. Michael Gerard Hardt, 53, and Jennifer Kay Harrison, 44. Brandon Morrison, 31, and Amanda Dawn Perry, 27. James Allen Stroud, 26, and Ashley Colvin, 25. Jose Antonia Villa Ayala, 20, and Cecilia Edith Gomez Cruz, 19. Sean Ryan Eldridge, 26, and Joanna Marzec, 24. Michael L. Reale, 48, and Cindy Lou White, 46. Inmar Eriberto Cardona Guerra, 25, and Rosa Oliva Pina Martinez, 20. Adolfo Montes Valenzuela, 30, and Patricia Atilano Ambriz, 25. Glen Dean Pipkin, 33, and Tiffany Elizabeth Smith, 23. David Earnest Hash, 49, and Kathy Lynn Owens, 53.

DIVORCES ASKED Bogard, David v. Emiko Chaney, Gypsy C. v. Miles W. Cowan, Eric v. Jessica Edwards, Zara Shadae v. Erik Steven Gonzalez, Lisa v. Richard Grimes, Matthew v. Brittany Holmes, Jennifer L. v. William R. Hunter, Sofia Sabrin v. Verdugo, Alexander Johnson, Kelly v. Mark Lantz, Carol v. Mackey Lowe, Stefanie Michelle v. Hensley, James Everette Maddex, Eric Dwayne v. Oliphant, Jasmine R. Martinez, Maria D. v. Gerardo Melvin, Hailey v. Anthony Mooney, Kristy Renee v. Paul Justin Varnum Olivas, Jorge Franco v. Trejo, Martha Ruiz Pearson, John Michael v. Leshia McKay Pevehouse, Whitney Anne v. Eric Paul Randall-Phillips, Patricia A. v. Phillips, Eugene Ranger, Michael L. v. Leonore M. Reese, Hope Elayne v. Elijah Kareem Rodriguez, Efrain v. Teresa Ross, Amy Smith v. Jeffrey Landon Russell, Garland v. Elizabeth I. Schmitz, Juliana Bruns v. John William Smith, Lindsay Michelle v. Robert Steven Vanzant, Aubrey v. Joshua Vargas, Linda v. Martin Villanueva Colchado, Jose A. v. Banda, Celia Barron Voigtschild, April Michel v. Chris Jon Walters, Laura L v. James K.

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Wasson, Thelma I. “Ginny,” 84, died Aug. 31. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Albright United Methodist Church (Trout, Ponca City).

RAMONA

Owens, Billy W., 63, auto mechanic, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, Wesleyan Holiness Church, Ochelata (Walker-Brown, Bartlesville).

RENTIESVILLE

Miller, Lula Mae, 87, retired postmaster, died Tuesday. Services pending (Ragsdale, Muskogee).

SPIRO

Underwood, Eunice Ferrall, 86, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Mallory-Martin, Spiro).

TULSA

Nickles, Coeweene, 89, died Tuesday. Services pending (Trout, Ponca City).

YUKON

Bartlett, Donna, 85, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Saturday (Bill Merritt, Bethany). Organ donor

Lt. Col. David Roy Abel October 12, 1936 - August 28, 2012

NORMAN

Hinkle, Charles Ray, 63, truck driver, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, Lynlee Mae Chapel (John M. Ireland, Moore). Winters, Sandra, 69, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. Monday (Havenbrook, Norman).

Brown, Morris Jr., 96, died Tuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church (Roberts and Son, Blackwell).

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CHOCTAW Lt. Col. David Roy Abel, 75, of Choctaw, took his final flight and most important mission August 28, 2012, after a 3-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his bride of 34 years, Claudine Abel of Choctaw; his daughter, Cynthia Pearson and son-in-law, Tom Pearson and grandchildren Connor and Madison of Edmond, OK; and two cousins, Edward and Melvin Ward. David is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Edith Abel, and sister, Donna Rapp. His family wishes to thank all those who helped and Good Shepherd Hospice for their care and support. Contributions to a favorite charity in lieu of flowers. Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 10:00 am at Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of Hibbs Funeral Home.

Denie Cupples

March 21, 1964 - Sept 2, 2012

MORGAN HILL, CA Denie Cupples, 48, passed away on September 2, 2012, in San Francisco, CA. She was born in Oklahoma City, OK to Eddie & Karen Miller. Denie attended high school in Yukon, OK, graduating in 1982. While working in the retail and insurance field, Denie attended the University of Central Oklahoma for two years and was well-known in her community. In the late 1980s, Denie briefly lived in Amarillo, TX, where she was a Store Manager at Limited, Inc. She met her husband, Tom, in 1990 as she was also working in sales, and they later moved to California in 1992. Denie remained in sales until 1997, then she cared for her children and the home full time. Denie was preceded in death by her mother, Karen; and nephew, Zack Thurston. Denie is survived by her husband of 18 years, Tom; daughters, Madison and Taylor; father, Eddy; stepfather, Carl Lane; sisters, Edie Thurston and Lanie Harryman; brother, Shawn Miller; and many other loving family members and numerous dear, loving friends. A Memorial Service to celebrate Denie’s life will be held on Friday, September 14th at 4 p.m. at Good News Church, 1054 East Main Street, Yukon, Oklahoma.

Terrinda J. Stewart Oct. 29, 1955 - Sept. 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Terrinda J. Stewart, 56, joined her Heavenly Father on Sept. 10, 2012. Terrinda was born in Gainesville, TX to Tom and Betty (Seeley) Stradley. She dedicated her life to taking care of her family and providing them a warm and loving home. She loved going to church and writing poetry, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren; all of whom she loved dearly. Terrinda will be greatly missed by her family and countless friends. She leaves cherished memories with her loving husband Don Stewart; daughters Amber Moore and husband Nelson, Erin Melton and husband Mike; brother Kevin Stradley; sister Torrie Smith; and her seven grandchildren. Viewing will be today from 4-8 PM at the funeral home. Services to celebrate her life will be 2:00 PM Friday at Jernigan Memorial Church of the Nazarene, 3200 N. Hammond, Bethany, OK. Interment will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Wheatland, OK. Friends may leave condolences at www.vondelsmithmortuary.com

Todd Russell Tacker Nov. 12, 1968 - Sept. 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Todd was born 11-12-68 in OKC. He died 9-10-12. He was an avid OU fan and loved NASCAR. Todd attended Casady School, graduated from John Marshall and De Anza College, Cupertino, CA. Todd was preceded in death by grandparents John and Christine Mailer, Ft. Smith, AR, Jack and Laura Tacker, Lake Tenkiller, OK; cousin Jeff Shipley of Ft. Smith; and service dogs ‘Hercules’ and ‘Wiley Post’. He is survived by mother Tina Mailer (Fred Welborn); father Ron Tacker (Linda); aunts Cathey White (Waldo), Joanne Phillips (David), uncle John Mailer (Janet) all of Ft. Smith; seven very dear cousins, roommate Sherri Wise and beloved service dog, Vince Gill. Read more about Todd’s wonderful life by becoming a ‘Friend” at bmshrr@aol.com (in sub line: Todd’s obit). Memorial Service on 9-14-12 at 1:00pm, Smith and Kernke Chapel, 14624 N. May, OKC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Dan Lutz Foundation, 2404 Valleybrook Dr., Edmond, OK 73034, or donor’s choice.

Mary "Mag" Stine

October 9, 1925 - September 11, 2012

CHOCTAW Mary Magdalene Stine went to be with the Lord September 11, 2012. She was born October 9, 1925 in Octavia, OK. She met her future husband Harle Stine while employed at McDonnell Douglas. They married in 1949 and resided in Nicoma Park. She had 3 children, 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous in-laws. She was loved by all. Mary had been a member of Nicoma Park Baptist Church, Hillcrest Baptist Church and at the time of her death was a member of Open Door Baptist Church. Her career of choice was stay at home mom & homemaker. Mary’s life changing event, at 36, was her personal encounter with Christ and her desire was that all come to know and love Him who gave her life purpose and meaning. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at Barnes Friederich Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Arlington Memory Gardens.


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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

Stephen James Lawler

Merilyn Jane Olaker

Martha Ellen Berniece ''Bea'' Pritchett Shepherd

BETHANY On September 9, 2012, Stephen James Lawler drew his final earthly breath and awoke at his Savior’s feet. Steve was born on April 2, 1948, to Billy Joe and Billy Jane Wolfram Lawler in McAllen, Texas. Two years after graduating from high school in Atwater, California, Steve met the love of his life, Diana Lynn Jacques, on Labor Day weekend of 1968. They married on May 3, 1969, and celebrated 43 years of marriage. As a man with a strong sense of right and wrong, Steve served the community of Atwater as a police officer from 1969 to 1981. Steve then moved his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to pursue a degree in business, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Oral Roberts University in 1984. He went on to receive a Master's in Accounting from the University of Tulsa with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude in 1985. He was the recipient of both the F.B. Perriott Educational Scholarship for the TU Graduate Business School and the Junior Achievement Award in Community Service. His lifelong pursuit of education was evident as he attained certifications as CPA (1986), CIA (1989), and CFA (2010). While in Tulsa, Steve enjoyed his work, service to and time with friends at First Christian Church, TU football games, and the Tulsa music scene. His professional career began as an internal auditor at Williams Companies of Tulsa in 1985. In 1999, he and Diana embarked on an adventure when he accepted the opportunity to transfer to the WorldCom offices in Hong Kong. A true survivor of the business world, Steve worked through the Telecoms crash and the WorldCom fraud and bankruptcy to become the Director of Operations for Asia-Pacific for Verizon. During their 12 years in Hong Kong, Steve and Diana hosted numerous US servicemen and women in port through the Meals in Homes Programs associated with the American Women’s Association, the US Navy 7th Fleet, and the US Consulate in Hong Kong. He could count among his acquaintances or friends generals, admirals, consular officers, political, military, and religious leaders in Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, China, and Japan, but his favorite people were the many chaplains, Master Chiefs, and crew members received in his home for a family meal and laugh around his table. Because of his health, Steve and Diana retired to Bethany in 2011 to spend time with their grandsons, in whom he delighted and was most proud. His joy came from helping others and knowing that he did something good to make another’s life better. He is remembered as a kind and gentle giant, mentor, and friend to many around the world. Steve was preceded in death by his parents and youngest son, Stephen James “Jimmy” Lawler, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Diana of the home; two sisters, Janice Meadows of San Antonio, TX, and Linda Hanford of Ontario, CA; two brothers, Paul Lawler of Aurora, CO, and Danny Lawler of Greencastle, IN; his daughter, Elizabeth and husband Richard Brookhart of Bethany; his son, Will and wife Kathryn Parrott Lawler of Norman; and his grandsons, Andrew “A.J.” Brookhart, James Lawler, and Ryan Lawler. Steve suggested that his memory might be honored by planting a tree. Donations may also be made to: Integris Hospice House, 13920 Quailbrook Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73134. Arrangements are under the direction of Floral Haven in Broken Arrow. Viewing will be on Thursday from 2-9 pm with the family greeting friends from 6-9 pm. Services will be held on Friday at 12:30 pm in the Floral Haven Chapel. Online condolences may be shared at www.floralhaven.com

OKLAHOMA CITY Merilyn Jane Olaker (Thompson), 50, passed away Sunday evening, August 5, 2012, in Macon, Georgia. Merilyn, who was surrounded by family in her last hours, is survived by her immediate family: husband, Gene Olaker; brother, Mack Thompson; and sister, Glenda Lee Nutting. She is also survived by extended family, including her aunt, Mary Jane Courtney, for whom she was named. Merilyn, born and raised in Oklahoma City, was living in Georgia at the time of her death. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery, 13400 N. Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY/SHAWNEE, KS Martha Ellen Berniece Pritchett Shepherd was born on February 22, 1923, in Sparks, Oklahoma, and peacefully left her earthly family to join her loved ones in Heaven on September 7, 2012. She was the seventh and youngest child of William Edward Pritchett, Sr., and Ruth Ann Tague Pritchett. The Pritchett family was a very loving family with all three sisters, three brothers and their spouses best friends for life. “Bea,” as she was called by her husband and friends, was an all-around American girl, being a good student, good athlete, and talented singer. She completed business school at Hills Business College in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then worked for medical practices in Oklahoma City. Under the Lord’s guidance, she met a young Army Air Corps officer, C.B. “Buzz” Shepherd, Jr., stationed at the then Will Rogers Army Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. They married shortly thereafter on February 8, 1946. Bea and Buzz had an exceptional marriage lasting more than 66 years, with each one unconditionally dedicated to the other. They were often found in each other’s embrace up through the time of Bea’s passing. Bea was a stay-at-home wife and mother, raising two daughters, Suzanne and Cynthia, and participating in a myriad of organizations to support both their development and her husband’s career. Among her many accomplishments, she served as President of her cherished PEO Chapter and as President of the PTA Chapter where her daughters attended school. She was known as an excellent hostess, cook, and the “life of the party,” always putting first the needs and comfort of others. Bea was also known for her “flair,” possessing an amazing sense of style, design, and immaculate beauty, both in her home and person. She greatly enjoyed traveling to various parts of the world with Buzz as her constant companion. Known as “Mimi,” first to her beloved nephews and nieces and then to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Bea is survived by her husband Buzz; her two daughters Suzanne and husband Richard Discenza of Shawnee, KS, and Cynthia and husband Kent Yoesting of Houston, TX; and her grandchildren Matthew (Michele) Streeter and their children Aidan and Clara of McGaheysville, VA, Julie (John) Fortenbery and their children Connor and Addison of Owings, MD, Amanda (Jake) Hendrix of Pearland, TX, Tyler Yoesting of Dallas, TX, and Travis Yoesting of Tyler, TX. She is also survived by two step-grandsons Dean (Pam) and their children Peter and Clara of Rochester, NY, and Ryan (Jennifer) of Norman OK, as well as may special nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, W.E. and Ruth Ann Pritchett; her six siblings, Daniel Ellsworth Pritchett, Clarence Ollie Pritchett, Mary Anna Mae Pritchett Hall Tope, William Edward Pritchett, Jr., Vera Alice Pritchett Harrison, and Ruth Lorena Pritchett. Memorial services will be held in Bea’s honor at the Amos Family Memorial Chapel at 10901 Johnson Drive in Shawnee, Kansas, at 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 14, with viewing at 2:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held in Oklahoma City, OK, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15, at Rose Hill Cemetery, 6001 Northwest Grand Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73118. Contributions in Bea’s memory may be made to your local Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of flowers.

April 2, 1948 - September 9, 2012

Raymond E. Johnson Feb 29, 1924 - Sept 9, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Raymond Eugene Johnson, age 88, died Sunday, September 9, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, after suffering a stroke. A Leap Year baby, he was born February 29, 1924, on his family farm in Crescent, OK to Ivan Carl and Edith Bachelor Johnson. Raymond attended Guthrie High School, during which time he played basketball, served in ROTC and designed the Blue Jays' ROTC logo, which is still in use today. He graduated in 1943, and married his high school sweetheart, Wanda Jean Bates, in 1944, moving to Bethany and then Oklahoma City shortly thereafter. The epitome of the American Dream, Raymond was a self-made man, becoming a successful commercial builder. His myriad of building accomplishments include some of the first hotels and motels in Oklahoma, schools, armories, shopping centers, including the Village Shopping Center on May Avenue (which he also owned), as well as donating his services to aid in the building of his family’s church, the Village Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Active in the community he helped build, Raymond was a 30+ year member of the Oklahoma Executive Success Club (aka “Tip Club”), as well as serving on the Board of Silver Lake, Inc., where he built the home that he and Wanda lived in for over 40 years. Raymond loved the outdoors, whether as an avid bow, rifle and black powder hunter and fisherman, as an accomplished gardener (with some of his banana trees still growing in the Myriad Botanical Gardens), or as an ice skater, building a safe skating area in his neighborhood lake and owning over 20 pairs of ice skates so anyone could join. As a gifted artist, he also loved to paint the outdoors. Raymond also traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, the Pacific and Middle East, with his wife, Wanda. A well-respected and Godly man, Raymond was always willing to help anyone in need. Devoted to his family, they could always count on him in whatever they chose to do. Although slowed by age in recent years, “Papa” remained physically active, whether helping someone with a fix-it project, teaching his great-grandchildren to fish, or enjoying his recent “22nd Leap Birthday.” He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan Carl Johnson, Edith Bachelor Johnson King, and stepfather, Shirley Malcom King; and sister, Loreta Johnson Novak. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Bates Johnson; daughter, Rae Jean Johnson; son, Ivan Johnson; granddaughters, Beth Brown Bonilla and her husband Mike, Tori Johnson Richmond and her husband Steve, and Alisa Johnson Beck and her husband Chris; grandson, Scott Brown; great-grandchildren, Garrett and Raymond Bonilla, States and Satchel Beck, and Nimue Richmond; and countless other loving family and friends. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Village Christian Church (http://villagechristianokc.org). Memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 13 at 1 p.m. at The Village Christian Church, 9401 Ridgeview Drive, Oklahoma City (The Village), Oklahoma 73120. Interment will be at the Summit View Cemetery in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Arrangements for Raymond and his family have been placed in the care of Vondel Smith & Son Mortuary.

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Imogene Christner Carter

Carmen Jo (Turner) Hall

April 23, 1925 - Sept. 9, 2012

June 9, 1924 - Sept 11, 2012

BOTHELL, WA Imogene Carter, beloved and loving Wife, Mom, Grandma and Friend, died Sept. 9, 2012, in Everett, WA. She was born to Ermit and Nora Christner on April 23, 1925, in Lockridge, OK. Imogene worked in the family grocery store growing up in Minco, OK. Graduating from Minco High School, she exceled at The Univ. of Okla., graduating with a Bachelor's of Science Degree. She found the love of her life, Mabry James Carter, Jr. and married July 27, 1947, a union that lasted 49 years, until Mabry's death. She helped raise three boys while maintaining a successful career at Kerr McGee Corporation, which spanned over 30 years. Imogene enriched the lives of everyone around her with her cheerful smile and a bright greeting, regardless of the occasion. Her strong moral compass never wavered, her love always present, a guiding example for her children, grandchildren, family and peers. She moved to Mill Creek, WA, in 1998, two years after Mabry's death, to be with her son's family. Her personal interests were her grandchildren and family, socializing with neighbors and friends, and attended the United Methodist Church in Bothell, WA. Active in Red Hats and Senior Clubs, she was an enthusiastic fan of the Seattle Mariners, Sonics, and forever rooted for her Oklahoma Sooners. Her real passion lay with her involvement with her children & grandchildren's lives. She reveled in any and every event that involved family. She is preceded by Orville Christner, brother; Ermit Christner, father; Nora Christner, mother; Mark Carter, son; and Katherine Christner Carter, granddaughter; Hubert Murphy, brother-in-law, Aledamae Foree, sister-in-law, & LC Foree, brother-in-law. She will be forever cherished and missed by surviving son's Barry and Bart Carter; grandchildren Brett Carter, Morgan Carter, Mallory Carter, Bryce Tillet and Mark Carter; daughters-in-law Candiss Carter and Lori Carter; great granddaughter Aiden Tillett; nephews Jimmy Murphy, Carter Foree; niece Sandra Wyatt; and all her special friends, neighbors and relatives. After a memorial service at Bothell United Methodist Church in WA, Imogene's final resting place will be with her beloved husband, Mabry, and son, Mark, in Oklahoma City. A memorial and burial service will be held Sat. 9/15, 2pm, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 8702 NW Expressway, Okla. City.

OKLAHOMA CITY Carmen Jo (Turner) Hall was born June 9, 1924, in Navina, Oklahoma, the third child of V.B. and Christina Maple. She graduated Guthrie HS in 1942 and married Wilbur Turner the same year. They moved to Oklahoma City at the end of WWII, where she was employed at various departments stores selling women’s shoes or baby clothing, and then at OTASCO. She died at Integris Hospice September 11. She was preceded in death by her parents, both siblings and two husbands. Wilbur died on September 10, 1982; she then married Eldon Hall, who died June 14, 2012. She is survived by her son, Alvin and his wife Carmelita, of Norman; daughter, Linda Jo Judkins and her husband Dallas, of Conroe, TX; grandchildren, Dallas Gene Judkins, Megan McClintock, Nathan Turner and Christina Cranston, and their spouses; and seven great-grandchildren, plus the Hall children and spouses, grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Rancho Village Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2012, where she has been a member for more than 60 years.

Gerald Ray Story Nov. 26, 1934 - Sept. 8, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Gerald Ray Story went to be with his Lord on Sept. 8, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Verna, son, Lloyd Story, and daughters, Julia Scott and Mary Crockett and their spouses. in death by his daughter, Vickie Captain. He was blessed with many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Gerald was retired from the Air Force and Frisbee Foods. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends and grandsons. He was admired and loved by many friends and family. He will be missed. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. Memorial Services will be held 10:30 am Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Forest Hill Christian Church, 2121 N. MacArthur, OKC 73127.

Aug 25, 1961 - Aug 5, 2012

Minerva Massad Cohlmia

January 22, 1920 - Sept. 12, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Minerva Massad Cohlmia was born January 22, 1920, in Drumright, Oklahoma, to Very Reverend George and Bedyah Massad. Her parents immigrated to this country from Lebanon early in the 20th century, both arriving as teenagers and without their parents, meeting and marrying in Steele, Missouri, in 1916. Minerva was raised in Drumright until 1938, when her father was appointed the Priest at St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church in OKC and she graduated from Classen High School. Minerva was instrumental in starting Alpha Malachi Sorority, and was the editor of the News Bits, a monthly newsletter sent to Lebanese-American soldiers during World War II. After high school, she worked at Nissen's Shoes in downtown OKC until marrying Gorden Cohlmia on March 7, 1948, at which time they moved to Fairview, Oklahoma, and opened Gorden's Market. She worked in the grocery store until it was sold in 1974, and shortly thereafter started the Meals on Wheels Program in Fairview. Minerva was an active member of Central Christian Church in Fairview, where she served on the Board and chaired the committee to assist grieving families. She also served on the boards of Fairview Hospital Foundation and Fairview Lakeside Country Club, in addition to volunteering at the Fairview Hospital and Nursing Home, Fly-In, Threshing Bee, and just about everything else that took place in her community. Minerva was so involved that she was named the 1988 Volunteer of the Year in Fairview for her many years of service to her community. In addition to starting her days with her daily devotional, Bible readings, and exercise routines, she always told her family that “your week won’t start out right if you don’t go to church” always leading by example, exhibiting the poise, grace and dignity expected of a lady. Always a willing & gracious hostess, she was an excellent mother, Sitty, relative, neighbor and friend. Minerva was predeceased by her husband, Gorden, two brothers, Alex and Omar Massad, and one sister, Esther Samara, and many in-laws on the Cohlmia side of her family. Survived by daughter Leyla Cohlmia and husband Girard Kinney of Austin, TX; daughter Mona and Mike Spivey, OKC; and son George and Karla Cohlmia, Oklahoma City; grandchildren Adam and Kasey Cohlmia, Oklahoma City; brother Mike Massad, Dallas, TX; sistersin-law Dee Massad, Austin, TX, Jacque Massad, OKC, Elsie Simon, Clinton, OK, Phyllis Cohlmia, OKC; brother-in-law Dr. Ray & Sameera Cohlmia, OKC; plus a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. The family also thanks Mom’s caregivers, Bobbie Weehunt, Jeannie Coleman and Mercy Hospice, for their kind, loving and tender care. Thanks for treating her as if she were your mother. Services will be Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to: The Flowers That Do Not Wither Fund, St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church, 15000 N. May Avenue, OKC 73134.

February 22, 1923 - September 7, 2012

Barbara Ann ''Bobbie'' Robeson May 13, 1938 - September 11, 2012

YUKON A Celebration of Life for Bobbie, 74, of Yukon, Oklahoma, will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 2:00pm at Covenant Community Church, Yukon, OK. Bobbie passed away September 11, 2012, in Oklahoma City, at Deaconess Hospital. Bobbie was born May 13, 1938 in Prairie Grove, Arkansas to Melvin and Margaret Bristo. Bobbie married Jack A. Hyatt and three children came from their union, Jack Hyatt Jr., Brenda Ann Hyatt and Marty Lee Hyatt. They later divorced and Bobbie married Dennis Ray Robeson in 1969. He was the ''Love of her Life.'' They were married until Dennis passed away in 2006. During their marriage they were wheat & cattle farmers in Banner, Oklahoma until declining health and then moved to Yukon where they ran and owned Robeson Jewelers. Survivors include: Brenda Ann Hyatt of Yukon, Oklahoma, Jack Hyatt Jr. and wife AnnaLeigh of Oklahoma City, Marty Lee Hyatt of Alex Oklahoma, Christy Hawk and husband Jason of Hennessey, Oklahoma, Debbie and Rex Matthews of Hennessey, Oklahoma and so many great nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren and her dog Scooter, not to mention Bobbie was preceded in death by Dennis Robeson her husband, Carolyn Harris her sister, Archie Harris her brother-in-law, Margaret and JD Smith her parents. Bobbie's favorite hobbies were playing pool, spending time with family and friends and having get togethers with family and friends on the farm, as well as tending to her garden and fishing. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Dr. Elwood Williams, Dr. Ba, Dr. Kent Studebaker & the staff at Deaconess Hospital and Crossroads Hospice and the Daily Living Center in Bethany for the past two years of her life. ''Those who live and love in the Lord never see each other for the last time.''

Michael J. Ford, Sr. Mar. 21, 1988 - Sept. 9, 2012

EDMOND Michael James Ford, Sr. was born on March 21, 1988 and died September 9, 2012 in Edmond. He is survived by his wife, Christine Ford, son, Michael James Ford, Jr., both of the home; parents, Larry and Pam Ford of Edmond; sister & brother-inlaw, Elizabeth & Jason Hedgecock, niece and nephew, Madilyn & Porter of Mustang; and brothers, Timothy Campbell of Tucson, AZ and Joshua Ford of Edmond. He also leaves behind grandparents, Jack & Mary Ford of Bethany and Marilyn Midgett of Oklahoma City, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, William Ambrose Midgett, Jr. Michael was loved and cherished by all. Services will be at 10:00am, on Friday, September 14, 2012, at Chisholm Creek Baptist Church, 17600 N. Western, under the direction of Crawford Family Funeral Service of Edmond with interment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery. To make online condolences visit www.crawfordcares.com

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Skiatook to require students to pay fee BY RHETT MORGAN Tulsa World rhett.morgan@tulsaworld.com

SKIATOOK — Skiatook Public Schools has introduced a mandatory class fee for high school students in its district. The Board of Education last month approved the measure, which requires all students in grades 9 to 11 to pay the annual $25 fee by Dec. 16. Seniors are exempt for this year only, but the fee will affect all high school students during the 2013-14 school year. Superintendent Rick Thomas said the district made the move to reduce the inordinate number of fundraisers.

“It’s not a fee to graduate,” Thomas said. “It’s not a fee to go to school. It’s a fee that’s being handled just like any other activity fee. “ ... More than anything, it was meant to be a benefit to parents because everybody gets tired of fundraisers.” The fee will reduce the prom ticket to $30 each year, according to the district’s website. If a student doesn’t pay the class fee for one or more years, it will be added to the cost of the student’s prom ticket. If the student doesn’t attend the prom, the unpaid fee will be considered a debt that must be paid by the end of the school year to receive a report card.

If a senior fails to pay one or more class fees by the end of the first semester, the student will not be allowed to participate in graduation activities, the policy states. Damon Gardenhire, a spokesman for the state Education Department, said he is aware of no other district other than Skiatook that is implementing a mandatory fee. But Gardenhire added, “There is nothing in state law that would prohibit a district from doing that.” The state Constitution declares that the legislature “shall establish and maintain a system of free public schools wherein all the children of the State may be

educated.” Oklahoma, however, is a “local-control” state, meaning that its Education Department deals primarily with accreditation, implementing statewide testing and setting academic standards, Gardenhire said. “The day-to-day management decisions, the operational decisions, most policy and procedure, are something that is decided on the district level by the local superintendent and local school board,” he said. Peggy Surritte has two sons, a senior and a freshman, in Skiatook High School. “I have zero problem with it,” she said of the policy. “In Skiatook and I’m sure every other

school, you get bombarded with fundraising.” Last semester, she said she paid $120 for prom tickets for her son and a date. “It’s always a certain few who are always doing all the work in fundraising,” Surritte said. “You can only ask your friends and family to buy so much stuff. You can only buy so much cookie dough.” Tiffany Brummett, who has a son in ninth grade, also supports the policy. “I don’t think the $25 is too much to ask,” she said. “Paying that fee instead of having to run around and do all these fundraisers is well worth it.”

Skating fundraiser to benefit School promotions announced girl, 10, who needs a kidney

The Oklahoma City School Board approved three administrator promotions at its meeting this week, and Superintendent Karl Springer also announced a promotion Monday night:

BY HENRY DOLIVE For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Parents of Truman Elementary School students have organized a fundraiser for Erika Ramirez, a fifthgrade student who has kidney failure. Debi Nelson, whose daughter is a fifth-grader at Truman, said “Skate for Erika” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Star Skate, 2020 W Lindsey St. Admission will be $5 per participant, and donation boxes will be set up inside the skating rink. Nelson said organizers hope to raise up to $50,000 for Erika through the skating event. “Every cent we raise

goes to Erika,” she said. Erika, 10, became ill in May. Doctors have told her parents that to survive, she will need a kidney transplant. Costs for a transplant were estimated at $250,000, her father, Carlos Guerra, said in July. She began attending fifth-grade classes in August but is receiving dialysis three times a week, said Blanca Rangel, Erika’s godmother. Erika is on a transplant waiting list, Rangel said. A fund was established at BancFirst to cover the transplant cost. Erika’s family is receiving assistance with her medical and prescription medicine bills through a program at St. Joseph Ca-

tholic Church, which the family attends. Jeff Willard, pastoral associate at the church, said this week the Deeds of Love program there has accumulated about $4,700 since donations began to be accepted for Erika’s care. The Deeds of Love program is funded by donations and fundraisers church members conduct periodically.

How to help

Donations toward Erika’s care can be sent to Deeds of Love, P.O. Box 1227, Norman, OK 73070. For information about donating to the Erika Ramirez Kidney Transplant Fund at BancFirst, call 360-6061.

Rental car fee change meets no resistance from OKC Council BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Staff Writer mkimball@opubco.com

On- and off-airport car rental companies will likely soon be subject to the same fees for Will Rogers World Airport customers after a public hearing regarding the proposed change met no resistance from the Oklahoma City Council this week. The proposed ordinance will impose the same 10 percent commission fee for airport customers to any rental car company within a 10-mile radius of the airport. Only rental car companies with offices at the airport are subject to the fee now, but companies that use shuttle buses and other methods to access airport customers will have to pay when the new ordinance takes effect.

No one spoke up against the ordinance during Tuesday’s city council meeting. The public hearing for the item lasted only about three minutes, and only one council member asked a question. Councilman Larry McAtee asked city Airports Department Director Mark Kranenburg why the radius was set at 10 miles. Kranenburg responded that it seemed to be a reasonable distance and that the rental car companies agreed to it.

‘Very common’

Kevin Hutchins, a regional manager of the Avis Budget Group that operates the Avis and Budget car rental brands, agreed with Kranenburg’s contention that adding the off-airport companies to the list is in line with what

most other communities are doing. “It’s very common. The vast majority of airports have an off-airport concession fee ordinance,” Hutchins said. “It’s fair (and) levels the playing field for all players.” City officials estimate about 2 percent of airport car rental customers use off-site companies, representing about $123,000 in potential commission fee revenue. The ordinance will also ensure rental car companies subject to the fee now still must pay it if they choose not to use the consolidated rental car facility planned for the airport. The $39 million facility will be paid for by $4.50 fees charged to airport car rental customers. A vote on the ordinance is set for Sept. 25.

Attorney: No judicial determination in matter FROM PAGE 9A

Michael M. Arnett said he will be making all further court appearances in the case of Robert D. Wright, 47, of Oklahoma City, who is accused of beating a man with a board. “I have taken what I believe to be the appropriate actions to not only take care of the case but to provide some assistance to Mr. Hall,” Arnett said. He declined to elaborate.

Hall shares office space with Arnett but is not employed by Arnett. Hall had made all previous court appearances on behalf of Wright, Arnett said. “I think the judge was very fair, and I believe that the case is well on its way to being resolved to everyone’s satisfaction,” he said. Hall has been a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association since 1977 and is a member in good standing, according to the asso-

ciation website. In August 1989, Hall was suspended for one year by the state Supreme Court for knowingly making a false statement of law or fact, court records show. At the time, he was suffering from manic depression and self-treating the depression with alcohol, according to an order imposing discipline. He was being treated for manic depression at the time, the order shows.

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I Mark Waldrip was sworn in as the board treasurer Monday night. Waldrip is the district’s director of revenue. The spot had been vacant for six months. State law requires every school board have a treasurer.

I Julie Roach was named an assistant principal at Roosevelt Middle School. Roach succeeds Tim Young, who resigned.

I Kevin Garcia was named an assistant principal at Webster Middle School. Garcia succeeds Joey Slate, who accepted a job outside the district.

ED GODFREY I Natalie JohnsonPapageorge was named associate director of elementary education on Monday. She was the director of professional growth and development for the school district. CARRIE COPPERNOLL,

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Parents of Truman Elementary School students have organized a fundraiser for Erika Ramirez, a fifth-grader who has kidney failure.

Just 74 days into his tenure, the University of Tulsa has fired Geoffrey Orsak.

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Defense attorney tests positive for alcohol in court BY TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@opubco.com

A veteran defense attorney tested positive for alcohol use and removed himself from a case after prosecutors complained that he came to court with alcohol on his breath.

State fair officials gear up for launch

Prosecutors accused attorney John Thomas Hall of being under the influence on Monday and Tuesday while Hall was in court representing a man accused of assault and battery. “It was undeniable today,” a prosecutor said Tuesday. “The smell lingered.” Hall took a breath test at the re-

quest of prosecutors and tested positive for alcohol use, according to results obtained by The Oklahoman. Hall’s breath contained at least 0.02 percent alcohol, but the test did not measure an exact level. District Judge Glenn M. Jones said Tuesday there was “insufficient evidence” to find Hall was under the influence of alcohol.

“No judicial determination was made at all,” Jones said. Hall, though, took himself off the case, which was continued until November. He did not return calls for comment Tuesday and Wednesday. Oklahoma City attorney SEE ATTORNEY, BACK PAGE

ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OUT DRAWS NEIGHBORS OUTSIDE

WOMAN CAUSE OF DEATH TOLD A woman found dead in a car in a southwest Oklahoma City ravine died from injuries suffered in the wreck, the state medical examiner reports. Donna Mae Bartlett, 85, of Yukon, was found Tuesday in a car at the bottom of a ravine along S Council Road near SW 119. She had been reported missing from her home Monday night. The car plunged about 20 to 30 feet into the ravine, police said. A state medical examiner’s spokesman said Bartlett died of multiple blunt force trauma in the accident. She was not wearing a seat belt. FROM STAFF REPORTS

ELSEWHERE POLICE SEEK DOG THIEVES Detectives in Missoula County are searching for two people with Oklahoma ties who reportedly took a deaf couple’s service dog from a campground near Lolo. The couple said their 18month-old husky/ wolf mix named Jalita, who responds to sign language commands, was taken over Labor Day weekend. Missoula County detectives said the suspects’ names are Sam and Kim Goodwin. A Craigslist ad about the missing dog says the Goodwins were driving a 1993 blue Chevy pickup with an Oklahoma license plate.

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BY BRYAN PAINTER

As opening day of the Oklahoma State Fair arrives, a few fair executives looked back in order to truly appreciate what the 2012 fair offers. Bill Allen remembers when it was necessary to plan ahead for towing numerous stuck vehicles out of unpaved parking lots. Scott Munz can recall nights when band members for headliners would be “along the edges” of a crowded flatbed trailer/ stage as they performed before rodeo crowds. And Tim O’Toole thinks back to when he wondered how the change to an 11day schedule would be received by fairgoers. Gates open at 8 a.m. Thursday for the 2012 Oklahoma State Fair, It runs through Sept. 23. Some fairgoers think about the rides and the food and the entertainment that awaits them. Others think of the various exhibits and competitions. But Allen, Munz and O’Toole think of all the improvements. This is the 30th Oklahoma State Fair for Allen, vice president of State Fair Park. “When I first started, we didn’t have hardly any paved parking spots, and there were puddles almost big enough for ducks,” he said. “Now we have many lots that are paved and well lit. We used to have to worry about towing a lot of cars out, and now that would be limited to a few cars.”

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Osei Bandele, vice president of the John F. Kennedy Neighborhood Association, rides his bike during National Night Out in the Oklahoma City neighborhood. PHOTOS BY GARETT FISBECK, THE OKLAHOMAN FROM STAFF REPORTS

Residents of the John F. Kennedy Neighborhood in Oklahoma City took to the streets and their front yards to participate in National Night Out. Tuesday’s annual gathering is designed to help foster a sense of community. At JFK, kids rode their bikes and one man set up a grill to make food for his neighbors. Right: Brianna Young, 9, and Josiah Owens, 1, take a ride in a batterypowered car during a National Night Out event in the John F. Kennedy neighborhood.


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Fair: Millions have been spent on improvements FROM PAGE 9A

Munz thinks back to when a tractor would pull a flatbed trailer out into the rodeo arena. That was the stage. Conditions were snug, especially the night a country music singer had a 12-member band. “That was interesting,” said Munz, vice president of marketing and public relations, who is beginning his 25th Oklahoma State Fair. “Now, we have all moving lights in there, and the stage is lowered down from the ceiling. It’s a first-class sound and light production in the arena for the concerts at the PRCA Xtreme Bulls. “And, the same thing is true out on the Chesapeake Energy Stage. It’s a safe, first-class outdoor stage.” This is the ninth Oklahoma State Fair for O’Toole, president and CEO of Oklahoma State Fair Inc. He remembers the first one well. “I came on in January 2004, and the board had made the decision prior to that to reduce the fair from

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A carnival worker sets up prizes Wednesday afternoon at State Fair Park. PHOTOS BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

Above left: A carnival ride operator and an inspector from the Oklahoma Labor Department check the sky tram towers and cables Wednesday while setting up for Oklahoma State Fair. The 11-day event begins Thursday and ends Sept. 23.

17 days to 11 days,” O’Toole said. “That was a learning curve for all of us. “And we were cautiously optimistic about how the public would receive it. It’s continued to grow every year and has been wellreceived by the public.” Reaction is something O’Toole eagerly awaits each year. This year, he awaits the response to Barn 4. In all, the $90 million projects include quality arenas, stalls and meeting areas, he said. Fair Park is home not only to the Oklahoma State Fair, but many state, regional, national and international equestrian shows. “Barn 4 is the completion of our original barn and equine projects that we embarked on in 2005,” he said. “It’s just part of the continuing upgrades that we’ve done to all of our equine and livestock facilities. “So I’m always pleased when people get the chance to see that and experience it. We want them to see the quality of it all.”

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as required by title 19, United States Code, section 1607 et seq of seizure at Oklahoma, on the dates specified below, of the following merchandise, liable to forfeiture to the United States under provisions of various statutes cited. Any person claiming such property is hereby notified to file his claim at the Customhouse, 7501 Esters Blvd., Suite 160, Irving, Texas 75063 (or by mail to P.O. Box 619050, D/FW Airport, Texas 75261), within 20 days (or 35 days if case if denoted as C.A.F.R.A.) after the first publication of this notice together with a bond in the amount of $5000 or 10% of the value of the claimed proper$ ty, whichever is lower, but not less than $250, with approved sureties as provided for in title 19, United States Code, section 1608. The cost bond amount, if required, is specified below for each referenced case. Once the cost bond and/or claim to the merchandise has been filed, the case will be forwarded to the United States Attorney for the institution of forfeiture proceedings in federal district court. If you are indigent (needy and poor) you may not be required to post the bond. If no claim is filed or bond given as provided in the aforesaid statute, the property herein described will be declared forfeited to the Government of the United States and disposed of in conformity with the laws and regulations of the Secretary of the Treasury: 2012550400007401: 422 pieces of U.S. Currency converted into Cashier’s Check #225950 in the amount of $7,332.00 valued at $7,332.00 - in violation of 18USC981 & 18USC1956, because the property was involved in $ $ transactions that involved the proceeds of drug sales and /or represents the proceeds of specified unlawful activity related to the smuggling of controlled substances into the United States, in that it facilitated the carrying on of the illicit transportation, sale, receipt, and/or possession of controlled substances - seized on May 21, 2011 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (CAFRA - No Cost Bond Required) 2012550400006301: 304 pieces of U.S. Currency valued at $7,406.00 - in violation of 18USC981 & 18USC1956, because the property was involved in transactions that involved the proceeds of drug sales and /or represents the proceeds of specified unlawful activity related to the smuggling of controlled substances into the United States, in that it facilitated the carrying on of the illicit transportation, sale, receipt, and/or possession of controlled substances - seized on May 03, 2012 at Yukon, Oklahoma (CAFRA - No Cost Bond Required) 2012550400008001: 141 Pieces of U.S. Currency ($10,029.00), 72 Tablets of Suspected Adderall, 743 Tablets of Suspected Alprazolam, 2,774 Tablets of Suspected Ambien, 9,301 Tablets of Suspected Ativan 2mg, 12,430 Tablets of Suspected Clonazepam, 6,970 Tablets of Suspected Lortab, 152 Tablets of Suspected Oxycodone, 164 Tablets of Suspected Oxycontin, 160 Tablets of Suspected Oxycodone, 713 Tablets of Suspected Percocet, 10,997 Tablets of Suspected Phentermine, 3,775 Tablets of Suspected Ritalin, 5,236 Tablets of Suspected Valium, 6,175 Tablets of Suspected Viagra, 2,669 Tablets of Suspected Vicodin, 3,429 Tablets of Suspected Xanax 1.0, 10,457 Tablets of Suspected Xanax 2.0, 1,259 Purple Oval Pills, 161 White Oval Pills, 942 White Round Pills, 2,879 Pink Oval Pills with “A”, Four Hundred Forty Eight (448) White Rectangular Pills with “M2MG”, 4,979 White Oval Pills with “Safe”, Dell XPS Laptop, Gateway Laptop, USB Drive, Magic Jack and HTC Cell Phone – in violation of 19USC 1595a(c), 18USC545 & 21USC 952, because it is unlawful to introduce or attempt to introduce into the United States from any place outside thereof any controlled substances contrary to law that was smuggled into domestic commerce and 18USC981 & 18USC 1956, because the property was involved in transactions that involved the proceeds of drug sales and /or represents the proceeds of specified unlawful activity related to the smuggling of controlled substances into the United States, in that it facilitated the carrying on of the illicit transportation, sale, receipt, and/or possession of controlled substances - seized on May 30, 2012 at Yukon, Oklahoma (CAFRA - No Cost Bond Required)

Notice of Sale: Security Self Storage 1606 24th Ave. S.W. Norman, Ok will accept sealed bids for the dispersal of personal property and/or household goods to satisfy rent in arrears and/or delinquent storage fees. Bids will be accepted on the entire contents of storage unit(s). No individual items or partial unit bids will be accepted. Sale will start at 3:00pm on 09/21/12 no late bids will be considered. The following units are scheduled to be sold: Unit# 2107 Name: Nathan Gaines Address: 1901 Tiffany Dr Norman, Ok 73071 Unit# 1621 Name: Jose Esobedo Address: 1224 SW 55th St Norman, Ok 73109 Unit# 1614 Name: Early Browning Address: 1958 Fillmore Ave Apt C Norman, Ok 73072 Unit# 1139 Name: Michael Ross Address: 3953 24th Ave. SE Apt 7 Norman, Ok 73071 Unit# 1205 Name: Betsy Brown Address: 3000 S. Berry #100 Norman, Ok. 73072 Unit# 1108 Name: Wayne

Copeland Address: P.O. Box 721207 Norman, Ok. 73070 Unit# 1149 Name: Keith DeHass Address: 2215 Iowa Norman, Ok. 73069 U-Haul Co. of OKC Notice of Public Sale Notice is hereby given that on or after September 27th 2012, UHaul will be offering for sale under the judicial lien process by public auction, to the highest bidder, the following storage units. The goods are generally described as miscellaneous household and personal, unless otherwise indicated. The terms of the sale will be cash only. All tax exemptions will need to bring a copy of their certificate for our records, U-Haul reserves the right to refuse any bids and to collect a deposit pending the removal of ALL items from the storage units. All rooms listed will not necessarily be auctioned. The sales will be held at the following locations starting at or after 7:30 AM and will proceed In the order listed.

Quail Springs U-Haul, 721 W. Memorial Rd: 0073 R. Sheppard, 0338 L.A. Greer, 0346 R. Shirley, 1118 K. Simpson, 1208 J. Anderson, 1605 K. Simpson, 1716 B. Reed, 1786 L. K. Powell, 1798 D. Franklin, 2423 J. Rowton, and 2755 A. Lime. MacArthur Park U-Haul, 6500 NW Expwy: A205 K. Haley, B134 R. Askew, B145 R. Johnson, B159 T. Jackson, B160 D. Battle, B191 B. Mccoy, B194 F. Black, B245 J. Branch, B270 A. Deline, B272 A, Deline, B297 L. Taylor, B348 S. Norris, B352 G, Jackson, B366 C. Hall, E103 F. Flemmmg, and E106 T. Rogers. Bethany U-Haul, 2425 N. MacArthur: A07 K. Turley, B01 M. A. Benavente, D02 D. Johnson, D24 L. Gray, D26 T. Mccarthy,, E05 W. Battle, F36 J. R, Mcelroy, F39 C. Briggs, H02 T- Murphy, L05 M. Moore, N02 M. Silguero, N10 A. Horner, P06 K. Mathess, R10 J. Love, S06 D. P. Sacotte, and T02 D. Counterman.

Bricktown U-Haul, 100 SE 2nd St: 1D136 K. E. Rivas, 1F143 T. Hightower, 1F146 T.A. Sullivan-Kemp, 1G149 C. Hollenbeck, 2A103 M. Zacker, 2A148 M. Special, 2A204 J. J. Dugger, 2B157 A. J. Head, 2B159 C. D. Grimes, 2B191 M. J. Asberry, 2B194 M. E. Mcdonald, 2B258 J. R. Watts, 3al32 S. Clower, 3A139 R. W. Russell, 3A191 R.W. Russell, 3A198 L. J. Ganaway, 4A104 S. Caporal, and 4A136 F.D. Jones. PUBLIC AUCTION - ABANDONED PROPERTY IN UNPAID STORAGE UNITS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 10:00 AM AT VILLAGE AT SOUTHCREEK SELF STORAGE 1011 SW 134TH ST. OKLA. CITY, OK. 73170 405-735-3889. CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNITS SCHEDULED FOR SALE: #2527 JAY BRANNON, 216 SW 147TH, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #2228 APRIL JOHNSON, 1513 SW 23RD, MOORE, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS

#2031/1003 BRIAN HAIDLE, 1333 SW 62ND, OKC, OK 73159 MISC ITEMS #933 KARINA JUVERA, 2225 SW 135TH PLACE, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #2311/2320 PATRICK MCCAIN, 12208 LORIEN WAY, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #705/716 JODE PAGE, 1012 SW 99TH STREET, OKC, OK 73139 MISC ITEMS #2507/2510 MATT PETKER, 401 S DALLAS, MOORE, OK 73160 MISC ITEMS #211 RHODA ARYIKU, 528 CYPRESS DR, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #308/309 RICK PARKER, 11505 MACKEL, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #922 NANCY MACIAS, 411 W WATERFRONT DR, TUTTLE, OK 73089 MISC ITEMS #2420/2411 MICHAEL HALE, 1968 ELDORADO CT, POWELL, OH 43065 MISC ITEMS #2106 JOSHUA ELLER, 518 S 5TH STREET, VANDALIA, IL 62471 MISC ITEMS

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The Oklahoma Foundation For The Disabled, Inc. announces its participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). All participants in attendance are served meals, at no extra charge to the parents. In accordance with federal law and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, participating institutions are prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 202509410, or call toll-free 866-6329992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing-impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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TU fires head after 74 days in the post BY WAYNE GREENE Tulsa World wayne.greene@tulsaworld.com

The University of Tulsa fired Geoffrey Orsak as president of the institution Wednesday evening, 74 days after he took office. The school’s announcement gave no reason for the termination but said it is effective immediately. TU Executive Vice President Kevan Buck has been authorized by the TU Board of Trustees to manage the day-to-day operations of the university. The school announced Tuesday that Orsak had been granted a leave of absence “to attend to a very serious health matter of his father in Dallas.” TU Vice President for Public Relations Kayla Acebo said she couldn’t comment on either of the two announcements. “This is a personnel matter, and we cannot comment on personnel matters,” Acebo said. She also declined to say whether Orsak and his family are still living in the school’s new presidential residence, the Skelly Mansion at 21st Street and Madison Avenue. Calls to Orsak’s cellphone Wednesday were not returned. Acebo said the process for selecting a permanent successor to Orsak will be up to the school’s Board of Trustees, but no details have been announced. The TU board named Orsak, 49, the school’s 18th president in May, and

he took office July 1. Previously, he had been dean of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University. He announced that his goal was to put the University of Tulsa among the elite colleges and universities in the nation. “All of the ingredients are here for this university to emerge as a true superstar in American higher education,” Orsak said at the news conference announcing his hiring. “I feel that the best days for TU are still ahead,” he said. “We’re just absolutely excited to get started.” Orsak said college — he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University — transformed his life. As a researcher, Orsak specialized in mathematics that set the stage for the wireless revolution. In 1997, he began a transition into collegiate administration. He was appointed in 2008 by the Secretary of Energy to the National Petroleum Council. He has served on study groups and panels for the National Academy of Engineering and has served as a Department of Defense science and engineering adviser through his participation on the Defense Science Study Group. Orsak is married to Dr. Catherine Orsak. They have two children, Mary Elizabeth, 12, and Peter, 8.

Funds needed to reach degree goals BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@opubco.com

Oklahoma’s top higher education official said he’s optimistic about the state’s college completion goals — but only if lawmakers find money to get the job done. Glen Johnson, chancellor of Oklahoma’s higher education system, said Wednesday that higher education officials would need to make a pitch in the upcoming session for increased funding. Johnson and Gov. Mary Fallin have made college completion a high priority in recent years, setting a statewide goal of an additional 20,400 degrees and certificates awarded in Oklahoma over 12 years. “We can’t do that with budget reductions or even flat budgets,” Johnson said. Speaking Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s 2012 Legislative Forum, Johnson said the state is on track to meet that goal, having surpassed the goal of 1,700 degrees and certificates in the past academic year. At a state regents meeting last week, officials announced public colleges and universities in Oklahoma had more than 1,900 more graduates during the 2011-12 academic year than during the previous year. But Johnson said last year was likely one of the state’s easiest in the initiative. Officials expected the best results in the first year because the agency began engaging potential students who had received little attention. The higher education budget is roughly the same as the system’s budget for the previous year, and is based on a $955.26 million allocation for higher education that was included in the state’s budget for fiscal year 2013.

The budget is $34.7 million less than Johnson requested at the beginning of the last legislative session. Of that amount, $27.8 million would have gone toward mandatory cost increases, such as rising insurance premiums and utility costs. Between fiscal years 2009 and 2012, the system saw its budget slashed by 9.4 percent. During the forum, Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, said he hopes to see higher education align itself with industry needs. Higher education officials generally do a good job of laying out a legislative agenda and usually are successful in pushing that agenda through the legislature, Shannon said. But Shannon, the speakerdesignate of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, said he’d like to see leaders give lawmakers more information on the impact higher education has on the business community. The link between higher education and private industry in Oklahoma represents one of the state’s strongest public-private partnerships, Shannon said. But many lawmakers are unaware of the importance of that partnership. In many cases, Shannon said, that lack of awareness is due to high turnover. Because state legislators work under term limits, each new session brings a new set of lawmakers who may not understand the higher education system’s mission. Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, said he was concerned about the issue of student debt upon graduation. He said he hopes to see schools do a better job of giving students information on the salaries they can reasonably expect to earn after graduation, and how large a loan they could expect to pay off on that income.

Deaths

Services pending (Integrity, Henryetta).

MCALESTER

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Meyers, Jorge Ezra, 36, information technology worker, died Sept. 8. Services 1 p.m. Saturday (Palmer & Marler, Stillwater).

ALTUS

Lockwood, James W., 83, business owner, died Sunday. Graveside services 10 a.m. Thursday, Altus City Cemetery (Kincannon, Altus).

ALVA

Ingraham, Leona, 89, died Wednesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Church of God (Marshall, Alva).

BARNSDALL

Grim, Mary Ann, 82, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, First Christian Church (Stumpff, Barnsdall).

BARTLESVILLE

Bade, Robert Keith “Bob,” 68, retired Siemens chemist and chromatographer, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Christian Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Bates, Marjorie Mae, 91, died Tuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Saturday, First Presbyterian Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Holt, Jackie Lee, 84, farmer, died Wednesday. Services pending (Walker-Brown, Bartlesville).

Dakil, Sam M.D., 90, physician, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Presbyterian Church of McAlester (Brumley-Mills, McAlester). Robins, Alta, 94, licensed practical nurse, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday (Chaney-Harkins, McAlester).

MIDWEST CITY

Kerns, Janice Carolyn, 92, retired from Tinker Air Force Base, died Tuesday. Services pending (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City). Seidel, Roger L., 76, special education teacher, died Wednesday. Services pending (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City).

MOORE

Privett, Della Gene, 85, St. Anthony Hospital medical records department employee, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, Resurrection Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Oklahoma City (John M. Ireland, Moore). Reeves, Donald Ray, 74, mechanic, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (John M. Ireland, Moore).

BETHANY

Meador, Jan Pearce, 66, died Sunday. No services (Cremation Society, Oklahoma City).

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OKLAHOMA CITY

BLAIR

Coker, Brantley Gage, infant son of Brandon Coker and Autumn Roberts, died Sunday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, First Baptist Church (Kincannon, Altus).

CHOCTAW

Abel, David Roy, 75, retired from Air Force, died Aug. 28. Graveside services 10 a.m. Friday, Elmwood Cemetery (Hibbs, Choctaw).

CLINTON

Brown, Margie Belle, 80, retired Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. engineer, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, First United Methodist Church (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton). Goucher, Kenneth, 68, security guard, died Sept. 10. Services 2 p.m. Monday, Free-Will Baptist Church (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton).

DEL CITY

Misenheimer, Maudella, 89, died Sunday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Bill Eisenhour, Del City). Woodard, Earl Stanley “Stan,” 85, retired from Air Force, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Ford, Midwest City).

EDMOND

Bell, Brandy S., 33, homemaker, died Tuesday. Services pending (Matthews, Edmond). Ford, Michael James Sr., 24, independent contractor, died Sunday. Services pending (Crawford, Edmond). Jenkins, Carlos Randall, 64, physician, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Monday, First Christian Church (Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). Patatanian, Heriknaz, 88, homemaker, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Buchanan, Oklahoma City).

EL RENO

Finley, Ernestine Magpie, 52, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Huber-Benson, El Reno).

GLENCOE

Bower, Bryant Lee, 52, Boeing Aircraft tool builder, died Aug. 27. Graveside services 10 a.m. Friday, South Glencoe Cemetery (Poteet, Pawnee).

GUTHRIE

Powell, Johnny Vaughn, 63, retired private security guard, died Aug. 28. Services pending (Smith-Gallo, Guthrie).

HENRYETTA

Boyles, Joseph Kenneth, 75, retired glass plant operator, died Tuesday.

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MARRIAGE LICENSES Anthony O’Dell Carr, 54, and Karen Rae Johnson, 54. Bobby Dwayne Brown, 41, and Kylee Beth Kizziar, 24. Rick Lee Evans, 30, and Kimberly Dawn Jacques, 24. Nicolas Gonzalez Lopez, 22, and Patricia Hilburn, 43. Rickey Dewayne Dixie Jr., 28, and Syreeta Jeane Hill, 35. Matthew Eugene Stiger, 36, and Rachel Diane Samuel, 34. Olusegun Damilola Fajolu, 27, and Kenesha Renee Adair, 22. Patrick Wayne Johnson, 24, and Petra Michellle Bergamini, 25. Jason David Leehan, 28, and Christine A. Tucker, 27. Joseph Stalyn Matias Moris, 28, and Jennifer Joy Hermansen, 26. Cory Blade Northern, 35, and Alicia Brooke Hugo, 24. David Wayne Mackey, 43, and Jennifer Kyle Retherford, 40. Christopher Lee Martin, 28, and Hillary Daniele Finch, 25. Shannon Ulrich Donahue, 32, and Robin Louise Langdale, 32. Mohammed Bunyamin Oladiran Karim, 24, and Christina Nicole Stanzione, 22. Austin Grant Maxwell, 28, and Pamela Dawn Lay, 29. Kelly Don Corcoran, 37, and Kimberli Anne Hatch, 33. Jeremy Michael Pollock, 28, and Elizabeth Hoang Nguyen, 28. Daniel Riley Grissom, 28, and Tara Ann Lisle, 32. Gregory Allen Greer, 43, and Nita Wyoma Charlotte Lilley, 29. Christopher Brandon Alexander, 28, and Stacey Jo Smith, 27. William Robert Blevins, 33, and Dawrung Khanasa, 30. Joseph Roger Blake, 69, and Sally C. Royse, 66. Johnnie Scott Loudermilk, 29, and Deondra Rae Davis, 27. Eric James Bertolasio, 23, and Nikki

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City). West, Melvia E., 79, died Wednesday. Services pending (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Wilder, Wilma Mary, 85, retired supervisory nurse, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Sept. 20, Crossings Community Church (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma).

OLIVE

Doty, Jackie Lou Sr., 59, carpenter, died Sunday. Services 1 p.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church (Michael’s, Drumright).

PAWNEE

Brien, Leota Faye, 86, homemaker, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Poteet, Pawnee).

PERRY

Gleason, Ted Wayne, 60, roustabout, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Grace Hill Cemetery (Brown Dugger, Perry).

PONCA CITY

Seward, Earnest Lee, 46, construction laborer, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Monday (Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City).

Artherton, Carolyn, 74, AT&T computer technician, died Monday. Services pending (Buchanan, Oklahoma City). Bowie, Leland, 45, died Sept. 4. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Siloam Missionary Baptist Church (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Brainard, Melba Delberta, 89, homemaker, died Wednesday. Services pending (Buchanan, Oklahoma City). Carrillo, Margaret Walton, 62, homemaker, died Saturday. Mass 1 p.m. Thursday, Resurrection Cemetery Chapel (Smith and Kernke NW 23 Street, Oklahoma City). Dean, James, 69, died Wednesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Smith & Kernke N. May, Oklahoma City). Foust, Donny Venoy, 56, welder, died Tuesday. Services pending (John M. Ireland, Moore). Gibbs, Trish, 63, retired nurse, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Forest Hill Christian Church (Cremation Society, Oklahoma City). Harris, Georgia, 97, died Monday. Services pending (Rolfe, Oklahoma City). Hawkins, Betty, 75, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Wildewood Baptist Church (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Henderson, Delbert, 50, died Tuesday. Services pending (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Hohstadt, Edith, 84, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Knob Hill Baptist Church (Advantage, Oklahoma City). Jacobs, Jesse Franklin Jr., 54, died Sept. 5. Services 11 a.m. Saturday (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Kane, Sharon, 57, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Ford, Midwest City). Pease, Alan Richard, 61, factory worker, died Friday. No services (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma). Popejoy, Justin Nolan, 29, painter, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Highway of Holiness Church (John M. Ireland, Moore). Russell, Carolyn, 54, died Sunday. Services 1 p.m. Saturday, New Hope Baptist Church (Howard-Harris, Oklahoma City). Tacker, Todd Russell, 43, died Monday. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Smith & Kernke N. May, Oklahoma City). Timmons, Joel Jr., 39, butcher, died Sept. 4. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Rolfe, Oklahoma City). Towery, Clyde D., 86, petroleum engineer, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, Westminster Presbyterian Chapel (Hahn-Cook/ Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). Washington, Phillip Ray, 33, died Sept. 1. Services 11 a.m. Sept. 15, St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, Arcadia (Pollard, Oklahoma Jo Ann Burgett, 19. Kevin Lavel Burton, 29, and Darianna Angelic Dawson, 27. Michael Gerard Hardt, 53, and Jennifer Kay Harrison, 44. Brandon Morrison, 31, and Amanda Dawn Perry, 27. James Allen Stroud, 26, and Ashley Colvin, 25. Jose Antonia Villa Ayala, 20, and Cecilia Edith Gomez Cruz, 19. Sean Ryan Eldridge, 26, and Joanna Marzec, 24. Michael L. Reale, 48, and Cindy Lou White, 46. Inmar Eriberto Cardona Guerra, 25, and Rosa Oliva Pina Martinez, 20. Adolfo Montes Valenzuela, 30, and Patricia Atilano Ambriz, 25. Glen Dean Pipkin, 33, and Tiffany Elizabeth Smith, 23. David Earnest Hash, 49, and Kathy Lynn Owens, 53.

DIVORCES ASKED Bogard, David v. Emiko Chaney, Gypsy C. v. Miles W. Cowan, Eric v. Jessica Edwards, Zara Shadae v. Erik Steven Gonzalez, Lisa v. Richard Grimes, Matthew v. Brittany Holmes, Jennifer L. v. William R. Hunter, Sofia Sabrin v. Verdugo, Alexander Johnson, Kelly v. Mark Lantz, Carol v. Mackey Lowe, Stefanie Michelle v. Hensley, James Everette Maddex, Eric Dwayne v. Oliphant, Jasmine R. Martinez, Maria D. v. Gerardo Melvin, Hailey v. Anthony Mooney, Kristy Renee v. Paul Justin Varnum Olivas, Jorge Franco v. Trejo, Martha Ruiz Pearson, John Michael v. Leshia McKay Pevehouse, Whitney Anne v. Eric Paul Randall-Phillips, Patricia A. v. Phillips, Eugene Ranger, Michael L. v. Leonore M. Reese, Hope Elayne v. Elijah Kareem Rodriguez, Efrain v. Teresa Ross, Amy Smith v. Jeffrey Landon Russell, Garland v. Elizabeth I. Schmitz, Juliana Bruns v. John William Smith, Lindsay Michelle v. Robert Steven Vanzant, Aubrey v. Joshua Vargas, Linda v. Martin Villanueva Colchado, Jose A. v. Banda, Celia Barron Voigtschild, April Michel v. Chris Jon Walters, Laura L v. James K.

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Wasson, Thelma I. “Ginny,” 84, died Aug. 31. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Albright United Methodist Church (Trout, Ponca City).

RAMONA

Owens, Billy W., 63, auto mechanic, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, Wesleyan Holiness Church, Ochelata (Walker-Brown, Bartlesville).

RENTIESVILLE

Miller, Lula Mae, 87, retired postmaster, died Tuesday. Services pending (Ragsdale, Muskogee).

SPIRO

Underwood, Eunice Ferrall, 86, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Mallory-Martin, Spiro).

TULSA

Nickles, Coeweene, 89, died Tuesday. Services pending (Trout, Ponca City).

YUKON

Bartlett, Donna, 85, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Saturday (Bill Merritt, Bethany). Organ donor

Lt. Col. David Roy Abel October 12, 1936 - August 28, 2012

NORMAN

Hinkle, Charles Ray, 63, truck driver, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, Lynlee Mae Chapel (John M. Ireland, Moore). Winters, Sandra, 69, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. Monday (Havenbrook, Norman).

Brown, Morris Jr., 96, died Tuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church (Roberts and Son, Blackwell).

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

CHOCTAW Lt. Col. David Roy Abel, 75, of Choctaw, took his final flight and most important mission August 28, 2012, after a 3-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his bride of 34 years, Claudine Abel of Choctaw; his daughter, Cynthia Pearson and son-in-law, Tom Pearson and grandchildren Connor and Madison of Edmond, OK; and two cousins, Edward and Melvin Ward. David is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Edith Abel, and sister, Donna Rapp. His family wishes to thank all those who helped and Good Shepherd Hospice for their care and support. Contributions to a favorite charity in lieu of flowers. Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 10:00 am at Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of Hibbs Funeral Home.

Denie Cupples

March 21, 1964 - Sept 2, 2012

MORGAN HILL, CA Denie Cupples, 48, passed away on September 2, 2012, in San Francisco, CA. She was born in Oklahoma City, OK to Eddie & Karen Miller. Denie attended high school in Yukon, OK, graduating in 1982. While working in the retail and insurance field, Denie attended the University of Central Oklahoma for two years and was well-known in her community. In the late 1980s, Denie briefly lived in Amarillo, TX, where she was a Store Manager at Limited, Inc. She met her husband, Tom, in 1990 as she was also working in sales, and they later moved to California in 1992. Denie remained in sales until 1997, then she cared for her children and the home full time. Denie was preceded in death by her mother, Karen; and nephew, Zack Thurston. Denie is survived by her husband of 18 years, Tom; daughters, Madison and Taylor; father, Eddy; stepfather, Carl Lane; sisters, Edie Thurston and Lanie Harryman; brother, Shawn Miller; and many other loving family members and numerous dear, loving friends. A Memorial Service to celebrate Denie’s life will be held on Friday, September 14th at 4 p.m. at Good News Church, 1054 East Main Street, Yukon, Oklahoma.

Terrinda J. Stewart Oct. 29, 1955 - Sept. 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Terrinda J. Stewart, 56, joined her Heavenly Father on Sept. 10, 2012. Terrinda was born in Gainesville, TX to Tom and Betty (Seeley) Stradley. She dedicated her life to taking care of her family and providing them a warm and loving home. She loved going to church and writing poetry, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren; all of whom she loved dearly. Terrinda will be greatly missed by her family and countless friends. She leaves cherished memories with her loving husband Don Stewart; daughters Amber Moore and husband Nelson, Erin Melton and husband Mike; brother Kevin Stradley; sister Torrie Smith; and her seven grandchildren. Viewing will be today from 4-8 PM at the funeral home. Services to celebrate her life will be 2:00 PM Friday at Jernigan Memorial Church of the Nazarene, 3200 N. Hammond, Bethany, OK. Interment will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Wheatland, OK. Friends may leave condolences at www.vondelsmithmortuary.com

Todd Russell Tacker Nov. 12, 1968 - Sept. 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Todd was born 11-12-68 in OKC. He died 9-10-12. He was an avid OU fan and loved NASCAR. Todd attended Casady School, graduated from John Marshall and De Anza College, Cupertino, CA. Todd was preceded in death by grandparents John and Christine Mailer, Ft. Smith, AR, Jack and Laura Tacker, Lake Tenkiller, OK; cousin Jeff Shipley of Ft. Smith; and service dogs ‘Hercules’ and ‘Wiley Post’. He is survived by mother Tina Mailer (Fred Welborn); father Ron Tacker (Linda); aunts Cathey White (Waldo), Joanne Phillips (David), uncle John Mailer (Janet) all of Ft. Smith; seven very dear cousins, roommate Sherri Wise and beloved service dog, Vince Gill. Read more about Todd’s wonderful life by becoming a ‘Friend” at bmshrr@aol.com (in sub line: Todd’s obit). Memorial Service on 9-14-12 at 1:00pm, Smith and Kernke Chapel, 14624 N. May, OKC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Dan Lutz Foundation, 2404 Valleybrook Dr., Edmond, OK 73034, or donor’s choice.

Mary "Mag" Stine

October 9, 1925 - September 11, 2012

CHOCTAW Mary Magdalene Stine went to be with the Lord September 11, 2012. She was born October 9, 1925 in Octavia, OK. She met her future husband Harle Stine while employed at McDonnell Douglas. They married in 1949 and resided in Nicoma Park. She had 3 children, 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous in-laws. She was loved by all. Mary had been a member of Nicoma Park Baptist Church, Hillcrest Baptist Church and at the time of her death was a member of Open Door Baptist Church. Her career of choice was stay at home mom & homemaker. Mary’s life changing event, at 36, was her personal encounter with Christ and her desire was that all come to know and love Him who gave her life purpose and meaning. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at Barnes Friederich Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Arlington Memory Gardens.


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Witness says testimony was not swayed BY TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@opubco.com

A key witness in the state’s case against a man charged with murder reversed his testimony Wednesday after admitting he talked to the victim’s father the day before taking the stand. But Eric P. Thrower denied being told what to say by Phil Ingersoll, the father of shooting victim Jonathan Phillip Ingersoll, 21. Phil Ingersoll is a former Oklahoma City School District athletic director who won five state basketball championships as a

coach at Douglass and Northeast high schools. Jonathan Ingersoll died March 22, 2009, from a gunshot wound to the head. He and Thrower were riding in a car on N MacArthur Boulevard near NW 23 when another vehicle pulled alongside and a person inside fired into the car, police said. Thrower testified calling the victim’s father Tuesday “to see how court was going.” Thrower said Ingersoll told him to “tell the truth.” But the attorney representing defendant Kenneth Wayne Thompson III, accused Thrower of lying

about his conversation with Phil Ingersoll. “He told you you needed to identify Mr. Thompson this morning, didn’t he?” defense attorney Redmond Kemether asked Thrower. “No,” Thrower said. Earlier Wednesday, Thrower identified Thompson as the driver of the car, a day after testifying he didn’t see who was driving or who fired the fatal shot. “Why didn’t you sit there and tell the truth yesterday?” Kemether asked the witness. “I was threatened,” said Thrower, a felon and admitted former gang mem-

Kenneth Wayne Thompson III, 23

ber who told the court he had received death threats for testifying. Thrower also testified smoking marijuana the night of the shooting, but said it didn’t affect his

Man with branch arrested at store BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Staff Writer lmanwarren@opubco.com

A man was arrested after he threatened a convenience store employee with a 4-foot tree branch, Oklahoma City police said. Marvin Glenn Jones, 53, was arrested on an assault and battery complaint Tuesday at 7-Eleven, 1101 NW 10. Police were called to the

scene and encountered a man who called himself “General Jones” who verbally abused the officers, according to the police report. The 7-Eleven employee told police Jones was banned from the store Tuesday after making death threats against the store’s manager but returned that evening. The employee told Jones to leave and refused to serve him. Jones went out-

side and came back inside with a tree branch, according to the report. The employee told police Jones raised the branch and approached him, saying, “Come here, man. I’m going to use this on you.” Police said Jones tried to light himself on fire while in the back of the patrol car and said, “A bomb is about to go off in this (obscenity).” He was taken to Oklahoma County jail, where it

NORMAN — Dreamer Concepts, 324 E Main St., will reopen Friday after a three-month hiatus with a reception celebrating its newest exhibit, “Dreamer 44: Dose of Dynamite.” The reception is just one of the activities planned for the monthly Second Friday Circuit of Art event, which begins at 6 p.m. “Doses of Dynamite”

will feature works by Travis Brassfield and Kellen Carter, Norman natives and longtime friends. Brassfield received classical training in studio art at Rose State College and the University of Oklahoma. He primarily works in acrylic, though his favorite medium is a combination of pencil and ink. Carter works with acrylic paint, ink, spray paint and pen to create paintings

and graffiti stenciling. This month’s art walk will include a Live Paint at Bigfoot Creative, 315 E Main, featuring some of the participating artists from a new pop culture exhibit, “Zombie Skins: Salon de la Vie Morte.” “Zombie Skins” just finished a successful run in Santa Fe, N.M., and features artists America Meredith, Daniel McCoy, Bryon Archuleta, Tom Farris,

that killed Ingersoll, which contradicted his testimony from Tuesday. Richardson’s trial was plagued by several delays, allegations of jury intimidation and uncooperative witnesses, many of whom testified reluctantly or refused to testify altogether. At least four prosecution witnesses, including two serving time in unrelated cases, testified they lied during interviews with homicide detectives because they were threatened with jail time if they didn’t cooperate. Thompson’s trial is expected to go to the jury Thursday.

Missing Tulsa woman found alive in freezer BY AMANDA BLAND AND MATT BARNARD Tulsa World

Marvin Glenn Jones Arrested on Tuesday

took three or four detention officers to process him, police said. Police took the tree branch as evidence.

Norman art walk to include opening reception FROM STAFF REPORTS

ability to recall the events surrounding Ingersoll’s slaying. He also admitted smoking pot before testifying Tuesday afternoon and said he lied under oath during cross-examination. “Yeah, I was stoned,” Thrower testified Wednesday. “But I was still functionable.” Thompson, 23, is the brother of Kendal Laron Richardson, 22, a co-defendant who was acquitted of Ingersoll’s murder in November. Thrower testified at Richardson’s trial that Richardson leaned out of his car and fired the shot

April Holder, Bob Haozous, Chris Pappan, Topaz Jones and Cannupa Hansk Luger. The Live Paint will feature Farris, Holder and artists Hoka Skenandore and Micah Wesley, who will each create a work of art in front of an audience. The two-hour session will begin at 7:30 p.m. For a complete schedule of events planned for this month’s walk, go to www. 2ndfridaynorman.com.

A missing woman was found alive Wednesday morning in a freezer, and Tulsa police say the incident doesn’t appear to be suspicious. First responders were called about 10:30 a.m. to an apartment in the 2200 block of S Nogales Avenue where a woman was found by family members inside a chest-type deep freezer, police said. The woman, identified by her son as 59-year-old Theresa Christian, was conscious but incoherent as medics treated her at the scene, Cpl. Daisy Vallely said. She was transported to St. John Medical Center with “severe freezing-type injuries” to her legs, Vallely said. EMSA reported that the woman was admitted in serious condition. Family members report-

ed the woman missing Saturday after they were unable to contact her, officers said. Jermal Stewart, Christian’s son, entered his mother’s apartment Wednesday and heard her moaning in the freezer, Vallely said. She said it appeared Christian had tried to climb out of the freezer at some point. Stewart said the lid to the appliance was open when he found her. Police believe the woman may have had a reaction to medication, which could have affected her cognitive abilities, and sought shelter in the freezer during last week’s storms.

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Merilyn Jane Olaker

Martha Ellen Berniece ''Bea'' Pritchett Shepherd

BETHANY On September 9, 2012, Stephen James Lawler drew his final earthly breath and awoke at his Savior’s feet. Steve was born on April 2, 1948, to Billy Joe and Billy Jane Wolfram Lawler in McAllen, Texas. Two years after graduating from high school in Atwater, California, Steve met the love of his life, Diana Lynn Jacques, on Labor Day weekend of 1968. They married on May 3, 1969, and celebrated 43 years of marriage. As a man with a strong sense of right and wrong, Steve served the community of Atwater as a police officer from 1969 to 1981. Steve then moved his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to pursue a degree in business, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Oral Roberts University in 1984. He went on to receive a Master's in Accounting from the University of Tulsa with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude in 1985. He was the recipient of both the F.B. Perriott Educational Scholarship for the TU Graduate Business School and the Junior Achievement Award in Community Service. His lifelong pursuit of education was evident as he attained certifications as CPA (1986), CIA (1989), and CFA (2010). While in Tulsa, Steve enjoyed his work, service to and time with friends at First Christian Church, TU football games, and the Tulsa music scene. His professional career began as an internal auditor at Williams Companies of Tulsa in 1985. In 1999, he and Diana embarked on an adventure when he accepted the opportunity to transfer to the WorldCom offices in Hong Kong. A true survivor of the business world, Steve worked through the Telecoms crash and the WorldCom fraud and bankruptcy to become the Director of Operations for Asia-Pacific for Verizon. During their 12 years in Hong Kong, Steve and Diana hosted numerous US servicemen and women in port through the Meals in Homes Programs associated with the American Women’s Association, the US Navy 7th Fleet, and the US Consulate in Hong Kong. He could count among his acquaintances or friends generals, admirals, consular officers, political, military, and religious leaders in Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, China, and Japan, but his favorite people were the many chaplains, Master Chiefs, and crew members received in his home for a family meal and laugh around his table. Because of his health, Steve and Diana retired to Bethany in 2011 to spend time with their grandsons, in whom he delighted and was most proud. His joy came from helping others and knowing that he did something good to make another’s life better. He is remembered as a kind and gentle giant, mentor, and friend to many around the world. Steve was preceded in death by his parents and youngest son, Stephen James “Jimmy” Lawler, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Diana of the home; two sisters, Janice Meadows of San Antonio, TX, and Linda Hanford of Ontario, CA; two brothers, Paul Lawler of Aurora, CO, and Danny Lawler of Greencastle, IN; his daughter, Elizabeth and husband Richard Brookhart of Bethany; his son, Will and wife Kathryn Parrott Lawler of Norman; and his grandsons, Andrew “A.J.” Brookhart, James Lawler, and Ryan Lawler. Steve suggested that his memory might be honored by planting a tree. Donations may also be made to: Integris Hospice House, 13920 Quailbrook Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73134. Arrangements are under the direction of Floral Haven in Broken Arrow. Viewing will be on Thursday from 2-9 pm with the family greeting friends from 6-9 pm. Services will be held on Friday at 12:30 pm in the Floral Haven Chapel. Online condolences may be shared at www.floralhaven.com

OKLAHOMA CITY Merilyn Jane Olaker (Thompson), 50, passed away Sunday evening, August 5, 2012, in Macon, Georgia. Merilyn, who was surrounded by family in her last hours, is survived by her immediate family: husband, Gene Olaker; brother, Mack Thompson; and sister, Glenda Lee Nutting. She is also survived by extended family, including her aunt, Mary Jane Courtney, for whom she was named. Merilyn, born and raised in Oklahoma City, was living in Georgia at the time of her death. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery, 13400 N. Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY/SHAWNEE, KS Martha Ellen Berniece Pritchett Shepherd was born on February 22, 1923, in Sparks, Oklahoma, and peacefully left her earthly family to join her loved ones in Heaven on September 7, 2012. She was the seventh and youngest child of William Edward Pritchett, Sr., and Ruth Ann Tague Pritchett. The Pritchett family was a very loving family with all three sisters, three brothers and their spouses best friends for life. “Bea,” as she was called by her husband and friends, was an all-around American girl, being a good student, good athlete, and talented singer. She completed business school at Hills Business College in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then worked for medical practices in Oklahoma City. Under the Lord’s guidance, she met a young Army Air Corps officer, C.B. “Buzz” Shepherd, Jr., stationed at the then Will Rogers Army Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. They married shortly thereafter on February 8, 1946. Bea and Buzz had an exceptional marriage lasting more than 66 years, with each one unconditionally dedicated to the other. They were often found in each other’s embrace up through the time of Bea’s passing. Bea was a stay-at-home wife and mother, raising two daughters, Suzanne and Cynthia, and participating in a myriad of organizations to support both their development and her husband’s career. Among her many accomplishments, she served as President of her cherished PEO Chapter and as President of the PTA Chapter where her daughters attended school. She was known as an excellent hostess, cook, and the “life of the party,” always putting first the needs and comfort of others. Bea was also known for her “flair,” possessing an amazing sense of style, design, and immaculate beauty, both in her home and person. She greatly enjoyed traveling to various parts of the world with Buzz as her constant companion. Known as “Mimi,” first to her beloved nephews and nieces and then to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Bea is survived by her husband Buzz; her two daughters Suzanne and husband Richard Discenza of Shawnee, KS, and Cynthia and husband Kent Yoesting of Houston, TX; and her grandchildren Matthew (Michele) Streeter and their children Aidan and Clara of McGaheysville, VA, Julie (John) Fortenbery and their children Connor and Addison of Owings, MD, Amanda (Jake) Hendrix of Pearland, TX, Tyler Yoesting of Dallas, TX, and Travis Yoesting of Tyler, TX. She is also survived by two step-grandsons Dean (Pam) and their children Peter and Clara of Rochester, NY, and Ryan (Jennifer) of Norman OK, as well as may special nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, W.E. and Ruth Ann Pritchett; her six siblings, Daniel Ellsworth Pritchett, Clarence Ollie Pritchett, Mary Anna Mae Pritchett Hall Tope, William Edward Pritchett, Jr., Vera Alice Pritchett Harrison, and Ruth Lorena Pritchett. Memorial services will be held in Bea’s honor at the Amos Family Memorial Chapel at 10901 Johnson Drive in Shawnee, Kansas, at 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 14, with viewing at 2:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held in Oklahoma City, OK, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15, at Rose Hill Cemetery, 6001 Northwest Grand Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73118. Contributions in Bea’s memory may be made to your local Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of flowers.

April 2, 1948 - September 9, 2012

Raymond E. Johnson Feb 29, 1924 - Sept 9, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Raymond Eugene Johnson, age 88, died Sunday, September 9, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, after suffering a stroke. A Leap Year baby, he was born February 29, 1924, on his family farm in Crescent, OK to Ivan Carl and Edith Bachelor Johnson. Raymond attended Guthrie High School, during which time he played basketball, served in ROTC and designed the Blue Jays' ROTC logo, which is still in use today. He graduated in 1943, and married his high school sweetheart, Wanda Jean Bates, in 1944, moving to Bethany and then Oklahoma City shortly thereafter. The epitome of the American Dream, Raymond was a self-made man, becoming a successful commercial builder. His myriad of building accomplishments include some of the first hotels and motels in Oklahoma, schools, armories, shopping centers, including the Village Shopping Center on May Avenue (which he also owned), as well as donating his services to aid in the building of his family’s church, the Village Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Active in the community he helped build, Raymond was a 30+ year member of the Oklahoma Executive Success Club (aka “Tip Club”), as well as serving on the Board of Silver Lake, Inc., where he built the home that he and Wanda lived in for over 40 years. Raymond loved the outdoors, whether as an avid bow, rifle and black powder hunter and fisherman, as an accomplished gardener (with some of his banana trees still growing in the Myriad Botanical Gardens), or as an ice skater, building a safe skating area in his neighborhood lake and owning over 20 pairs of ice skates so anyone could join. As a gifted artist, he also loved to paint the outdoors. Raymond also traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, the Pacific and Middle East, with his wife, Wanda. A well-respected and Godly man, Raymond was always willing to help anyone in need. Devoted to his family, they could always count on him in whatever they chose to do. Although slowed by age in recent years, “Papa” remained physically active, whether helping someone with a fix-it project, teaching his great-grandchildren to fish, or enjoying his recent “22nd Leap Birthday.” He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan Carl Johnson, Edith Bachelor Johnson King, and stepfather, Shirley Malcom King; and sister, Loreta Johnson Novak. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Bates Johnson; daughter, Rae Jean Johnson; son, Ivan Johnson; granddaughters, Beth Brown Bonilla and her husband Mike, Tori Johnson Richmond and her husband Steve, and Alisa Johnson Beck and her husband Chris; grandson, Scott Brown; great-grandchildren, Garrett and Raymond Bonilla, States and Satchel Beck, and Nimue Richmond; and countless other loving family and friends. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Village Christian Church (http://villagechristianokc.org). Memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 13 at 1 p.m. at The Village Christian Church, 9401 Ridgeview Drive, Oklahoma City (The Village), Oklahoma 73120. Interment will be at the Summit View Cemetery in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Arrangements for Raymond and his family have been placed in the care of Vondel Smith & Son Mortuary.

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Imogene Christner Carter

Carmen Jo (Turner) Hall

April 23, 1925 - Sept. 9, 2012

June 9, 1924 - Sept 11, 2012

BOTHELL, WA Imogene Carter, beloved and loving Wife, Mom, Grandma and Friend, died Sept. 9, 2012, in Everett, WA. She was born to Ermit and Nora Christner on April 23, 1925, in Lockridge, OK. Imogene worked in the family grocery store growing up in Minco, OK. Graduating from Minco High School, she exceled at The Univ. of Okla., graduating with a Bachelor's of Science Degree. She found the love of her life, Mabry James Carter, Jr. and married July 27, 1947, a union that lasted 49 years, until Mabry's death. She helped raise three boys while maintaining a successful career at Kerr McGee Corporation, which spanned over 30 years. Imogene enriched the lives of everyone around her with her cheerful smile and a bright greeting, regardless of the occasion. Her strong moral compass never wavered, her love always present, a guiding example for her children, grandchildren, family and peers. She moved to Mill Creek, WA, in 1998, two years after Mabry's death, to be with her son's family. Her personal interests were her grandchildren and family, socializing with neighbors and friends, and attended the United Methodist Church in Bothell, WA. Active in Red Hats and Senior Clubs, she was an enthusiastic fan of the Seattle Mariners, Sonics, and forever rooted for her Oklahoma Sooners. Her real passion lay with her involvement with her children & grandchildren's lives. She reveled in any and every event that involved family. She is preceded by Orville Christner, brother; Ermit Christner, father; Nora Christner, mother; Mark Carter, son; and Katherine Christner Carter, granddaughter; Hubert Murphy, brother-in-law, Aledamae Foree, sister-in-law, & LC Foree, brother-in-law. She will be forever cherished and missed by surviving son's Barry and Bart Carter; grandchildren Brett Carter, Morgan Carter, Mallory Carter, Bryce Tillet and Mark Carter; daughters-in-law Candiss Carter and Lori Carter; great granddaughter Aiden Tillett; nephews Jimmy Murphy, Carter Foree; niece Sandra Wyatt; and all her special friends, neighbors and relatives. After a memorial service at Bothell United Methodist Church in WA, Imogene's final resting place will be with her beloved husband, Mabry, and son, Mark, in Oklahoma City. A memorial and burial service will be held Sat. 9/15, 2pm, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 8702 NW Expressway, Okla. City.

OKLAHOMA CITY Carmen Jo (Turner) Hall was born June 9, 1924, in Navina, Oklahoma, the third child of V.B. and Christina Maple. She graduated Guthrie HS in 1942 and married Wilbur Turner the same year. They moved to Oklahoma City at the end of WWII, where she was employed at various departments stores selling women’s shoes or baby clothing, and then at OTASCO. She died at Integris Hospice September 11. She was preceded in death by her parents, both siblings and two husbands. Wilbur died on September 10, 1982; she then married Eldon Hall, who died June 14, 2012. She is survived by her son, Alvin and his wife Carmelita, of Norman; daughter, Linda Jo Judkins and her husband Dallas, of Conroe, TX; grandchildren, Dallas Gene Judkins, Megan McClintock, Nathan Turner and Christina Cranston, and their spouses; and seven great-grandchildren, plus the Hall children and spouses, grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Rancho Village Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2012, where she has been a member for more than 60 years.

Gerald Ray Story Nov. 26, 1934 - Sept. 8, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Gerald Ray Story went to be with his Lord on Sept. 8, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Verna, son, Lloyd Story, and daughters, Julia Scott and Mary Crockett and their spouses. in death by his daughter, Vickie Captain. He was blessed with many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Gerald was retired from the Air Force and Frisbee Foods. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends and grandsons. He was admired and loved by many friends and family. He will be missed. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. Memorial Services will be held 10:30 am Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Forest Hill Christian Church, 2121 N. MacArthur, OKC 73127.

Aug 25, 1961 - Aug 5, 2012

Minerva Massad Cohlmia

January 22, 1920 - Sept. 12, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Minerva Massad Cohlmia was born January 22, 1920, in Drumright, Oklahoma, to Very Reverend George and Bedyah Massad. Her parents immigrated to this country from Lebanon early in the 20th century, both arriving as teenagers and without their parents, meeting and marrying in Steele, Missouri, in 1916. Minerva was raised in Drumright until 1938, when her father was appointed the Priest at St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church in OKC and she graduated from Classen High School. Minerva was instrumental in starting Alpha Malachi Sorority, and was the editor of the News Bits, a monthly newsletter sent to Lebanese-American soldiers during World War II. After high school, she worked at Nissen's Shoes in downtown OKC until marrying Gorden Cohlmia on March 7, 1948, at which time they moved to Fairview, Oklahoma, and opened Gorden's Market. She worked in the grocery store until it was sold in 1974, and shortly thereafter started the Meals on Wheels Program in Fairview. Minerva was an active member of Central Christian Church in Fairview, where she served on the Board and chaired the committee to assist grieving families. She also served on the boards of Fairview Hospital Foundation and Fairview Lakeside Country Club, in addition to volunteering at the Fairview Hospital and Nursing Home, Fly-In, Threshing Bee, and just about everything else that took place in her community. Minerva was so involved that she was named the 1988 Volunteer of the Year in Fairview for her many years of service to her community. In addition to starting her days with her daily devotional, Bible readings, and exercise routines, she always told her family that “your week won’t start out right if you don’t go to church” always leading by example, exhibiting the poise, grace and dignity expected of a lady. Always a willing & gracious hostess, she was an excellent mother, Sitty, relative, neighbor and friend. Minerva was predeceased by her husband, Gorden, two brothers, Alex and Omar Massad, and one sister, Esther Samara, and many in-laws on the Cohlmia side of her family. Survived by daughter Leyla Cohlmia and husband Girard Kinney of Austin, TX; daughter Mona and Mike Spivey, OKC; and son George and Karla Cohlmia, Oklahoma City; grandchildren Adam and Kasey Cohlmia, Oklahoma City; brother Mike Massad, Dallas, TX; sistersin-law Dee Massad, Austin, TX, Jacque Massad, OKC, Elsie Simon, Clinton, OK, Phyllis Cohlmia, OKC; brother-in-law Dr. Ray & Sameera Cohlmia, OKC; plus a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. The family also thanks Mom’s caregivers, Bobbie Weehunt, Jeannie Coleman and Mercy Hospice, for their kind, loving and tender care. Thanks for treating her as if she were your mother. Services will be Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to: The Flowers That Do Not Wither Fund, St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church, 15000 N. May Avenue, OKC 73134.

February 22, 1923 - September 7, 2012

Barbara Ann ''Bobbie'' Robeson May 13, 1938 - September 11, 2012

YUKON A Celebration of Life for Bobbie, 74, of Yukon, Oklahoma, will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 2:00pm at Covenant Community Church, Yukon, OK. Bobbie passed away September 11, 2012, in Oklahoma City, at Deaconess Hospital. Bobbie was born May 13, 1938 in Prairie Grove, Arkansas to Melvin and Margaret Bristo. Bobbie married Jack A. Hyatt and three children came from their union, Jack Hyatt Jr., Brenda Ann Hyatt and Marty Lee Hyatt. They later divorced and Bobbie married Dennis Ray Robeson in 1969. He was the ''Love of her Life.'' They were married until Dennis passed away in 2006. During their marriage they were wheat & cattle farmers in Banner, Oklahoma until declining health and then moved to Yukon where they ran and owned Robeson Jewelers. Survivors include: Brenda Ann Hyatt of Yukon, Oklahoma, Jack Hyatt Jr. and wife AnnaLeigh of Oklahoma City, Marty Lee Hyatt of Alex Oklahoma, Christy Hawk and husband Jason of Hennessey, Oklahoma, Debbie and Rex Matthews of Hennessey, Oklahoma and so many great nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren and her dog Scooter, not to mention Bobbie was preceded in death by Dennis Robeson her husband, Carolyn Harris her sister, Archie Harris her brother-in-law, Margaret and JD Smith her parents. Bobbie's favorite hobbies were playing pool, spending time with family and friends and having get togethers with family and friends on the farm, as well as tending to her garden and fishing. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Dr. Elwood Williams, Dr. Ba, Dr. Kent Studebaker & the staff at Deaconess Hospital and Crossroads Hospice and the Daily Living Center in Bethany for the past two years of her life. ''Those who live and love in the Lord never see each other for the last time.''

Michael J. Ford, Sr. Mar. 21, 1988 - Sept. 9, 2012

EDMOND Michael James Ford, Sr. was born on March 21, 1988 and died September 9, 2012 in Edmond. He is survived by his wife, Christine Ford, son, Michael James Ford, Jr., both of the home; parents, Larry and Pam Ford of Edmond; sister & brother-inlaw, Elizabeth & Jason Hedgecock, niece and nephew, Madilyn & Porter of Mustang; and brothers, Timothy Campbell of Tucson, AZ and Joshua Ford of Edmond. He also leaves behind grandparents, Jack & Mary Ford of Bethany and Marilyn Midgett of Oklahoma City, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, William Ambrose Midgett, Jr. Michael was loved and cherished by all. Services will be at 10:00am, on Friday, September 14, 2012, at Chisholm Creek Baptist Church, 17600 N. Western, under the direction of Crawford Family Funeral Service of Edmond with interment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery. To make online condolences visit www.crawfordcares.com

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Skiatook to require students to pay fee BY RHETT MORGAN Tulsa World rhett.morgan@tulsaworld.com

SKIATOOK — Skiatook Public Schools has introduced a mandatory class fee for high school students in its district. The Board of Education last month approved the measure, which requires all students in grades 9 to 11 to pay the annual $25 fee by Dec. 16. Seniors are exempt for this year only, but the fee will affect all high school students during the 2013-14 school year. Superintendent Rick Thomas said the district made the move to reduce the inordinate number of fundraisers.

“It’s not a fee to graduate,” Thomas said. “It’s not a fee to go to school. It’s a fee that’s being handled just like any other activity fee. “ ... More than anything, it was meant to be a benefit to parents because everybody gets tired of fundraisers.” The fee will reduce the prom ticket to $30 each year, according to the district’s website. If a student doesn’t pay the class fee for one or more years, it will be added to the cost of the student’s prom ticket. If the student doesn’t attend the prom, the unpaid fee will be considered a debt that must be paid by the end of the school year to receive a report card.

If a senior fails to pay one or more class fees by the end of the first semester, the student will not be allowed to participate in graduation activities, the policy states. Damon Gardenhire, a spokesman for the state Education Department, said he is aware of no other district other than Skiatook that is implementing a mandatory fee. But Gardenhire added, “There is nothing in state law that would prohibit a district from doing that.” The state Constitution declares that the legislature “shall establish and maintain a system of free public schools wherein all the children of the State may be

educated.” Oklahoma, however, is a “local-control” state, meaning that its Education Department deals primarily with accreditation, implementing statewide testing and setting academic standards, Gardenhire said. “The day-to-day management decisions, the operational decisions, most policy and procedure, are something that is decided on the district level by the local superintendent and local school board,” he said. Peggy Surritte has two sons, a senior and a freshman, in Skiatook High School. “I have zero problem with it,” she said of the policy. “In Skiatook and I’m sure every other

school, you get bombarded with fundraising.” Last semester, she said she paid $120 for prom tickets for her son and a date. “It’s always a certain few who are always doing all the work in fundraising,” Surritte said. “You can only ask your friends and family to buy so much stuff. You can only buy so much cookie dough.” Tiffany Brummett, who has a son in ninth grade, also supports the policy. “I don’t think the $25 is too much to ask,” she said. “Paying that fee instead of having to run around and do all these fundraisers is well worth it.”

Skating fundraiser to benefit School promotions announced girl, 10, who needs a kidney

The Oklahoma City School Board approved three administrator promotions at its meeting this week, and Superintendent Karl Springer also announced a promotion Monday night:

BY HENRY DOLIVE For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Parents of Truman Elementary School students have organized a fundraiser for Erika Ramirez, a fifthgrade student who has kidney failure. Debi Nelson, whose daughter is a fifth-grader at Truman, said “Skate for Erika” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Star Skate, 2020 W Lindsey St. Admission will be $5 per participant, and donation boxes will be set up inside the skating rink. Nelson said organizers hope to raise up to $50,000 for Erika through the skating event. “Every cent we raise

goes to Erika,” she said. Erika, 10, became ill in May. Doctors have told her parents that to survive, she will need a kidney transplant. Costs for a transplant were estimated at $250,000, her father, Carlos Guerra, said in July. She began attending fifth-grade classes in August but is receiving dialysis three times a week, said Blanca Rangel, Erika’s godmother. Erika is on a transplant waiting list, Rangel said. A fund was established at BancFirst to cover the transplant cost. Erika’s family is receiving assistance with her medical and prescription medicine bills through a program at St. Joseph Ca-

tholic Church, which the family attends. Jeff Willard, pastoral associate at the church, said this week the Deeds of Love program there has accumulated about $4,700 since donations began to be accepted for Erika’s care. The Deeds of Love program is funded by donations and fundraisers church members conduct periodically.

How to help

Donations toward Erika’s care can be sent to Deeds of Love, P.O. Box 1227, Norman, OK 73070. For information about donating to the Erika Ramirez Kidney Transplant Fund at BancFirst, call 360-6061.

Rental car fee change meets no resistance from OKC Council BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Staff Writer mkimball@opubco.com

On- and off-airport car rental companies will likely soon be subject to the same fees for Will Rogers World Airport customers after a public hearing regarding the proposed change met no resistance from the Oklahoma City Council this week. The proposed ordinance will impose the same 10 percent commission fee for airport customers to any rental car company within a 10-mile radius of the airport. Only rental car companies with offices at the airport are subject to the fee now, but companies that use shuttle buses and other methods to access airport customers will have to pay when the new ordinance takes effect.

No one spoke up against the ordinance during Tuesday’s city council meeting. The public hearing for the item lasted only about three minutes, and only one council member asked a question. Councilman Larry McAtee asked city Airports Department Director Mark Kranenburg why the radius was set at 10 miles. Kranenburg responded that it seemed to be a reasonable distance and that the rental car companies agreed to it.

‘Very common’

Kevin Hutchins, a regional manager of the Avis Budget Group that operates the Avis and Budget car rental brands, agreed with Kranenburg’s contention that adding the off-airport companies to the list is in line with what

most other communities are doing. “It’s very common. The vast majority of airports have an off-airport concession fee ordinance,” Hutchins said. “It’s fair (and) levels the playing field for all players.” City officials estimate about 2 percent of airport car rental customers use off-site companies, representing about $123,000 in potential commission fee revenue. The ordinance will also ensure rental car companies subject to the fee now still must pay it if they choose not to use the consolidated rental car facility planned for the airport. The $39 million facility will be paid for by $4.50 fees charged to airport car rental customers. A vote on the ordinance is set for Sept. 25.

Attorney: No judicial determination in matter FROM PAGE 9A

Michael M. Arnett said he will be making all further court appearances in the case of Robert D. Wright, 47, of Oklahoma City, who is accused of beating a man with a board. “I have taken what I believe to be the appropriate actions to not only take care of the case but to provide some assistance to Mr. Hall,” Arnett said. He declined to elaborate.

Hall shares office space with Arnett but is not employed by Arnett. Hall had made all previous court appearances on behalf of Wright, Arnett said. “I think the judge was very fair, and I believe that the case is well on its way to being resolved to everyone’s satisfaction,” he said. Hall has been a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association since 1977 and is a member in good standing, according to the asso-

ciation website. In August 1989, Hall was suspended for one year by the state Supreme Court for knowingly making a false statement of law or fact, court records show. At the time, he was suffering from manic depression and self-treating the depression with alcohol, according to an order imposing discipline. He was being treated for manic depression at the time, the order shows.

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I Mark Waldrip was sworn in as the board treasurer Monday night. Waldrip is the district’s director of revenue. The spot had been vacant for six months. State law requires every school board have a treasurer.

I Julie Roach was named an assistant principal at Roosevelt Middle School. Roach succeeds Tim Young, who resigned.

I Kevin Garcia was named an assistant principal at Webster Middle School. Garcia succeeds Joey Slate, who accepted a job outside the district.

ED GODFREY I Natalie JohnsonPapageorge was named associate director of elementary education on Monday. She was the director of professional growth and development for the school district. CARRIE COPPERNOLL,

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Fundraiser set for girl

TU fires president

Parents of Truman Elementary School students have organized a fundraiser for Erika Ramirez, a fifth-grader who has kidney failure.

Just 74 days into his tenure, the University of Tulsa has fired Geoffrey Orsak.

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Defense attorney tests positive for alcohol in court BY TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@opubco.com

A veteran defense attorney tested positive for alcohol use and removed himself from a case after prosecutors complained that he came to court with alcohol on his breath.

State fair officials gear up for launch

Prosecutors accused attorney John Thomas Hall of being under the influence on Monday and Tuesday while Hall was in court representing a man accused of assault and battery. “It was undeniable today,” a prosecutor said Tuesday. “The smell lingered.” Hall took a breath test at the re-

quest of prosecutors and tested positive for alcohol use, according to results obtained by The Oklahoman. Hall’s breath contained at least 0.02 percent alcohol, but the test did not measure an exact level. District Judge Glenn M. Jones said Tuesday there was “insufficient evidence” to find Hall was under the influence of alcohol.

“No judicial determination was made at all,” Jones said. Hall, though, took himself off the case, which was continued until November. He did not return calls for comment Tuesday and Wednesday. Oklahoma City attorney SEE ATTORNEY, BACK PAGE

ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OUT DRAWS NEIGHBORS OUTSIDE

WOMAN CAUSE OF DEATH TOLD A woman found dead in a car in a southwest Oklahoma City ravine died from injuries suffered in the wreck, the state medical examiner reports. Donna Mae Bartlett, 85, of Yukon, was found Tuesday in a car at the bottom of a ravine along S Council Road near SW 119. She had been reported missing from her home Monday night. The car plunged about 20 to 30 feet into the ravine, police said. A state medical examiner’s spokesman said Bartlett died of multiple blunt force trauma in the accident. She was not wearing a seat belt. FROM STAFF REPORTS

ELSEWHERE POLICE SEEK DOG THIEVES Detectives in Missoula County are searching for two people with Oklahoma ties who reportedly took a deaf couple’s service dog from a campground near Lolo. The couple said their 18month-old husky/ wolf mix named Jalita, who responds to sign language commands, was taken over Labor Day weekend. Missoula County detectives said the suspects’ names are Sam and Kim Goodwin. A Craigslist ad about the missing dog says the Goodwins were driving a 1993 blue Chevy pickup with an Oklahoma license plate.

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As opening day of the Oklahoma State Fair arrives, a few fair executives looked back in order to truly appreciate what the 2012 fair offers. Bill Allen remembers when it was necessary to plan ahead for towing numerous stuck vehicles out of unpaved parking lots. Scott Munz can recall nights when band members for headliners would be “along the edges” of a crowded flatbed trailer/ stage as they performed before rodeo crowds. And Tim O’Toole thinks back to when he wondered how the change to an 11day schedule would be received by fairgoers. Gates open at 8 a.m. Thursday for the 2012 Oklahoma State Fair, It runs through Sept. 23. Some fairgoers think about the rides and the food and the entertainment that awaits them. Others think of the various exhibits and competitions. But Allen, Munz and O’Toole think of all the improvements. This is the 30th Oklahoma State Fair for Allen, vice president of State Fair Park. “When I first started, we didn’t have hardly any paved parking spots, and there were puddles almost big enough for ducks,” he said. “Now we have many lots that are paved and well lit. We used to have to worry about towing a lot of cars out, and now that would be limited to a few cars.”

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Osei Bandele, vice president of the John F. Kennedy Neighborhood Association, rides his bike during National Night Out in the Oklahoma City neighborhood. PHOTOS BY GARETT FISBECK, THE OKLAHOMAN FROM STAFF REPORTS

Residents of the John F. Kennedy Neighborhood in Oklahoma City took to the streets and their front yards to participate in National Night Out. Tuesday’s annual gathering is designed to help foster a sense of community. At JFK, kids rode their bikes and one man set up a grill to make food for his neighbors. Right: Brianna Young, 9, and Josiah Owens, 1, take a ride in a batterypowered car during a National Night Out event in the John F. Kennedy neighborhood.


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Munz thinks back to when a tractor would pull a flatbed trailer out into the rodeo arena. That was the stage. Conditions were snug, especially the night a country music singer had a 12-member band. “That was interesting,” said Munz, vice president of marketing and public relations, who is beginning his 25th Oklahoma State Fair. “Now, we have all moving lights in there, and the stage is lowered down from the ceiling. It’s a firstclass sound and light production in the arena for the concerts at the PRCA Xtreme Bulls. “And, the same thing is true out on the Chesapeake Energy Stage. It’s a safe, first-class outdoor stage.” This is the ninth Oklahoma State Fair for O’Toole, president and CEO of Oklahoma State Fair Inc. He remembers the first one well. “I came on in January 2004, and the board had made the decision prior to that

to reduce the fair from 17 days to 11 days,” O’Toole said. “That was a learning curve for all of us. “And we were cautiously optimistic about how the public would receive it. It’s continued to grow every year and has been well-received by the public.” Reaction is something O’Toole eagerly awaits each year. This year, he awaits the response to Barn 4. In all, the $90 million projects include quality arenas, stalls and meeting areas, he said. Fair Park is home not only to the Oklahoma State Fair, but many state, regional, national and international equestrian shows. “Barn 4 is the completion of our original barn and equine projects that we embarked on in 2005,” he said. “It’s just part of the continuing upgrades that we’ve done to all of our equine and livestock facilities. “So I’m always pleased when people get the chance to see that and experience it. We want them to see the quality of it all.”

A carnival worker sets up prizes Wednesday afternoon at State Fair Park. PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

WELL-ROUNDED TROOPS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND BY JERRY WOFFORD Tulsa World jerry.wofford@tulsaworld.com

BRAGGS — Tech. Sgt. Brandon White is a chameleon. As a Joint Terminal Attack Controller in the Air National Guard, he coordinates strikes and surveillance between forces on the ground and forces in the air, but it requires him to be on the ground with those soldiers or Marines, to see what they see. He has to blend his tactical skills with his communication expertise. “Whatever they do, we do,” White said. “If they’re jumping out of Blackhawks, we’re jumping out of Blackhawks.” Now, White and 11 other members of the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing, based in Tulsa, are training Air National Guard airmen from 14 states to eventually become JTACs, a position that is in increasing demand as technology increases their ability to provide more support on the battlefield. The 138th Combat

Training Flight, a detachment of the Tulsa unit based at Camp Gruber, will graduate its first class next week with four more eight-week sessions scheduled for next year. The first class from Camp Gruber marks a shift in how the Air National Guard trains airmen to eventually become JTACs. Lt. Col. Rustan Schwichtenberg, commander of the 138th Combat Training Flight, said that each of the operational units around the country trained their own JTACs, which distracted from their main ongoing missions. In the cases of some National Guard units doing the training one weekend a month, it could take more than a year to complete. “We are relieving the operational units of all that pressure,” Schwichtenberg said. The airmen are trained first as communication experts. They relay pertinent battlefield information back to those controlling aircraft, artillery or missiles related to targets, other targets that should be surveilled and conduct

West Nile will remain until weather cools BY JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@opubco.com

Phil Maytubby, chief of public health protection at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, chatted with readers Wednesday on NewsOK about West Nile virus, safety precautions and cases in Oklahoma. Below are highlights from the Q&A. Q: How long is West Nile virus season? A: The season may last as long as mosquitoes are active, especially through the hot summer months. As the weather cools, mosquito activity level will decline, but they’ll be around until we get a good freeze. Q: What is the Oklahoma City-County Health Department doing to combat mosquitoes? A: We use an integrated pest management approach. That includes mosquito habitat reduction and removal, mosquito larvicide application and foremost, educating the public about how to protect themselves from mosquitoes. Q: Some parts of Texas have used aerial spraying. Could you discuss its effectiveness versus other approaches to prevention? A: Aerial spraying is sometimes seen as a last resort when mosquito numbers are very high and other methods are ineffective in reducing mosquito populations. Other methods we’re currently using are working well. Q: What type of bird

carries the virus? A: Several types of birds may carry the disease. It was originally reported in crows. One of the theories about the emergence of West Nile during a time of drought is that birds are using water sources that are smaller and more stagnant, and those are areas where mosquitoes are breeding. Q: What can parents use to prevent toddlers from getting bitten when playing outside? A: It’s important to use insect repellent on areas of exposed skin. Long sleeves and long pants are a good idea in dusk to dawn times. We recommend DEET, picaridin and oil of eucalyptus repellents, but always read the label for instructions before applying to young children. It may be comforting to know that few young children develop serious cases of West Nile virus. In Oklahoma there are no cases of the virus in children younger than nine, but they should always be protected from mosquitoes. Q: Why is there a vaccine for horses and not humans? A: That’s a complicated question. When the virus first emerged it was very hard on the horse population and there was great demand for a vaccine. Humans have the ability to use repellent or to dress appropriately. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with vaccine manufacturers and researchers to determine if it’s feasible to produce a West Nile vaccine for humans.

Training instructor Oklahoma Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Brandon White gets the go-ahead to demonstrate rappelling during training Wednesday on one of the towers at Camp Gruber near Braggs. PHOTO BY MICHAEL WYKE, TULSA WORLD

reconnaissance on forward positions. Being in the battlefield embedded with other troops on the ground gives the best perspective, White said. Being in the battlefield, sometimes embedded with troops on the forward

line, requires the airmen to keep up. That makes the JTACs one of the Air Force’s more elite, fit and diversely skilled forces, Schwichtenberg said. “These guys are just the right mix of bravado, technical savvy, knowledge

levels; all these things together for that right guy to be on the ground,” Schwichtenberg said. “They’re a mixture of this real tactical dude, and all these command and control functions.” The 138th Combat Training Flight was approved to do the training last December after their former training mission in Fort Sill had ended. In six months, the staff moved their operations to facilities at Camp Gruber and developed the broad curriculum. “It was a perfect fit,” Schwichtenberg said. “The timing was right, the cost was right and we were able to make it happen in rapid fashion.” The training provided by the 138th Combat Training Flight will make the airmen eligible to be JTACs-in-waiting, Schwichtenberg said. The home commander must sign off on the training and

they must work with other JTACs and complete other training before being fully complete. But the new training path by the 138th will aim to cut the time it takes to complete that process from about five years to two, Schwichtenberg said. That will put more of the JTACs in the field quicker with more standardized training, fulfilling the increasing need for JTACs in the field. “Just because the wars are drawing down, the requirement for how many JTACs are needed in the force overall is actually increasing,” Schwichtenberg said. “They’ve seen the effectiveness of having an embedded Air Force controller in the Army’s scheme of maneuver on the ground. How we fight and use these maneuvers is only become more in vogue for how we use these on the ground.”


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Edmond OKs law change for bicyclists BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@opubco.com

Joanie Serrano goes on her daily bike ride on the trails around Edmond’s J.L. Mitch Park in May. Edmond City Council members voted to allow bicyclists to run a red light if the signal won’t change to green. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES

EDMOND — Bicyclists on Edmond streets now have a defense if they are caught running a red light when the signal light doesn’t change to green. City council members amended an ordinance this week, allowing bicyclists to continue if they meet certain conditions outlined in the new law. Often the weight of the bicycle and rider do not trigger the sensor embedded in the street and the signal light will not change to green, said City Attorney Steve Murdock. Fred Richard, a local cy-

cling instructor, told the council that situation happened to him on his way to the meeting where the ordinance amendment was being considered on Monday. “I encountered the same situation on Littler,” Richard said. He said he had to ask the car behind him to drive up closer to his bicycle so the light would change. The amendment was recommended by the Edmond Bicycle Committee after a woman was cited for running a red light. The conditions are: I The bicycle had been brought to a complete stop. I The traffic control signal continued to show a

ANNIVERSARIES

Mary and Jim Davidson, of Edmond, were married Aug. 12, 1962.

Rosella and Herschel House, of Hinton, were married Aug. 12, 1956, in Hinton.

Imogene D. and Jordan K. Knight III, of Oklahoma City, were married Aug. 12, 1962, in Oklahoma City.

Virginia and Lowell Smith, of Oklahoma City, were married Aug. 14, 1952, in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoman will publish free anniversary announcements for couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage. To contribute information:

Leon and Mildred Wade, of Blanchard, were married Aug. 12, 1944, in Oklahoma City.

I Send an email to kburk@opubco.com with “Anniversary” in the subject line. I Send mail to The Oklahoman, Attn.: Kimberly Burk, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. I To contribute a photo, email a JPEG image or mail a good-quality photo — no larger than 5 by 7 inches and no smaller than 2 by 3 inches — with your anniversary information two weeks before the anniversary. The Oklahoman cannot guarantee a specific publication date.

red light for two complete cycles. I No motor vehicle was approaching on the street or highway to be crossed or entered, or was so far away from the intersection it did

not constitute an immediate hazard as the bicyclist entered or crossed the intersection against a red light. The new ordinance goes into effect in 30 days.


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Witness says testimony was not swayed BY TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@opubco.com

A key witness in the state’s case against a man charged with murder reversed his testimony Wednesday after admitting he talked to the victim’s father the day before taking the stand. But Eric P. Thrower denied being told what to say by Phil Ingersoll, the father of shooting victim Jonathan Phillip Ingersoll, 21. Phil Ingersoll is a former Oklahoma City School District athletic director who won five state basketball championships as a

Man with branch is arrested at store BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Staff Writer lmanwarren@opubco.com

A man was arrested after he threatened a convenience store employee with a 4-foot tree branch, Oklahoma City police said. Marvin Glenn Jones, 53, was arrested on an assault and battery complaint Tuesday at 7-Eleven, 1101 NW 10. Police were called to the scene and encountered a man who called himself “General Jones” who verbally abused the officers, according to the police report. The 7-Eleven employee told police Jones was banned from the store Tuesday after making death threats against the store’s manager but re-

coach at Douglass and Northeast high schools. Jonathan Ingersoll died March 22, 2009, from a gunshot wound to the head. He and Thrower were riding in a car on N MacArthur Boulevard near NW 23 when another vehicle pulled alongside and a person inside fired into the car, police said. Thrower testified calling the victim’s father Tuesday “to see how court was going.” Thrower said Ingersoll told him to “tell the truth.” But the attorney representing defendant Kenneth Wayne Thompson III, accused Thrower of lying

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A missing woman was found alive Wednesday morning in a freezer, and Tulsa police say the incident doesn’t appear to be suspicious. First responders were called about 10:30 a.m. to an apartment in the 2200 block of S Nogales Avenue where a woman was found by family members inside a chest-type deep freezer, police said. The woman, identified by her son as 59-year-old Theresa Christian, was conscious but incoherent as medics treated her at the scene, Cpl. Daisy Vallely said. She was transported to St. John Medical Center with “severe freezing-type injuries” to her legs, Valle-

Kenneth Wayne Thompson III, 23

ber who told the court he had received death threats for testifying. Thrower also testified smoking marijuana the night of the shooting, but said it didn’t affect his

ability to recall the events surrounding Ingersoll’s slaying. He also admitted smoking pot before testifying Tuesday afternoon and said he lied under oath during cross-examination. “Yeah, I was stoned,” Thrower testified Wednesday. “But I was still functionable.” Thompson, 23, is the brother of Kendal Laron Richardson, 22, a co-defendant who was acquitted of Ingersoll’s murder in November. Thrower testified at Richardson’s trial that Richardson leaned out of his car and fired the shot

that killed Ingersoll, which contradicted his testimony from Tuesday. Richardson’s trial was plagued by several delays, allegations of jury intimidation and uncooperative witnesses, many of whom testified reluctantly or refused to testify altogether. At least four prosecution witnesses, including two serving time in unrelated cases, testified they lied during interviews with homicide detectives because they were threatened with jail time if they didn’t cooperate. Thompson’s trial is expected to go to the jury Thursday.

GALLERY TO HOST OPENING RECEPTION DURING ART WALK Marvin Glenn Jones Arrested on Tuesday

turned that evening. The employee told Jones to leave and refused to serve him. Jones went outside and came back inside with a tree branch, according to the report. The employee told police Jones raised the branch and approached him, saying, “Come here, man. I’m going to use this on you.” Police said Jones tried to light himself on fire while in the back of the patrol car and said, “A bomb is about to go off in this (obscenity).” He was taken to Oklahoma County jail, where it took three or four detention officers to process him, police said. Police took the tree branch as evidence.

Missing Tulsa woman found alive in freezer BY AMANDA BLAND AND MATT BARNARD

about his conversation with Phil Ingersoll. “He told you you needed to identify Mr. Thompson this morning, didn’t he?” defense attorney Redmond Kemether asked Thrower. “No,” Thrower said. Earlier Wednesday, Thrower identified Thompson as the driver of the car, a day after testifying he didn’t see who was driving or who fired the fatal shot. “Why didn’t you sit there and tell the truth yesterday?” Kemether asked the witness. “I was threatened,” said Thrower, a felon and admitted former gang mem-

ly said. EMSA reported that the woman was admitted in serious condition. Family members reported the woman missing Saturday after they were unable to contact her, officers said. Jermal Stewart, Christian’s son, entered his mother’s apartment Wednesday and heard her moaning in the freezer, Vallely said. She said it appeared Christian had tried to climb out of the freezer at some point. Stewart said the lid to the appliance was open when he found her. Police believe the woman may have had a reaction to medication, which could have affected her cognitive abilities, and sought shelter in the freezer during last week’s storms.

Johanna Bales and Alex Elmore, with Gray Street Band, perform Aug. 10 at the Kid’s Corner event during the Second Friday Circuit of Art in Norman. PHOTOS BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES

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NORMAN — Dreamer Concepts, 324 E Main St., will reopen Friday after a three-month hiatus with a reception celebrating its newest exhibit, “Dreamer 44: Dose of Dynamite.” The reception is just one of a series of activities planned for the monthly Second Friday Circuit of Art event, which begins at 6 p.m. “Doses of Dynamite” will feature works by Travis Brassfield and Kellen Carter, Norman natives and longtime friends. Brassfield received classical training in studio art at Rose State College and the University of Oklahoma. He primarily works in acrylic, though his favorite medium is a combination of pencil and ink. Carter works with acrylic paint, ink, spray paint and pen to create paintings and graffiti stenciling. This month’s art walk will include a Live Paint at Bigfoot Creative, 315 E Main, featuring some of the participating artists from a new pop culture exhibit, “Zombie Skins: Salon de la Vie Morte.” “Zombie Skins” just

finished a successful run in Santa Fe, N.M., and features artists America Meredith, Daniel McCoy, Bryon Archuleta, Tom Farris, April Holder, Bob Haozous, Chris Pappan, Topaz Jones and Cannupa Hansk Luger. The Live Paint will feature Farris, Holder and artists Hoka Skenandore and Micah Wesley, who will each create a work of art in front of an audience. The two-hour session will begin at 7:30 p.m. and conclude with a live auction of the works created. For a complete schedule of events planned for this month’s art walk, go to www.2ndfriday norman.com.

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SIDEWALK ART CONTEST SET FOR FOOD DRIVE The Cleveland County CROP Walk to Stop Hunger will hold a sidewalk chalk art contest for children Saturday outside the Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Ave. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The contest is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Entry fee is a donation of peanut butter or tuna. Prizes will be awarded. The annual CROP Walk will be Oct. 7.

PALEONTOLOGIST TO VISIT SAM NOBLE MUSEUM Paul Sereno, known for his discoveries of ancient creatures such as “SuperCroc” and “Raptorex,” will give a free presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave. The event will be preceded by a dessert reception at 6:30 p.m.

LIBRARY HOSTS GARDEN WORKSHOP The Norman Public Library, 225 N Webster Ave., will host a garden workshop at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the library. Norm Park will discuss the benefits to soil of cover crops. Participants can bring seeds and plants to swap. A monarch butterfly exhibit created by Annie Hart will be featured.

MUSEUM HOSTS FOSSIL FIELD TRIP THIS WEEKEND The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History will sponsor an adult fossil field trip Friday and Saturday. Paleontology curator Steve Westrop will meet with participants at 7 p.m. Friday at the museum for a pre-field trip presentation. The group departs from the museum at 9 a.m. Saturday to a dig site to collect marine fossils. Transportation is provided. Bring a sack lunch. Cost is $60 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Call 325-1008. FROM STAFF REPORTS

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TU fires head after 74 days in the post BY WAYNE GREENE Tulsa World wayne.greene@tulsaworld.com

The University of Tulsa fired Geoffrey Orsak as president of the institution Wednesday evening, 74 days after he took office. The school’s announcement gave no reason for the termination but said it is effective immediately. TU Executive Vice President Kevan Buck has been authorized by the TU Board of Trustees to manage the day-to-day operations of the university. The school announced Tuesday that Orsak had been granted a leave of absence “to attend to a very serious health matter of his father in Dallas.” TU Vice President for Public Relations Kayla Acebo said she couldn’t comment on either of the two announcements. “This is a personnel matter, and we cannot comment on personnel matters,” Acebo said. She also declined to say whether Orsak and his family are still living in the school’s new presidential residence, the Skelly Mansion at 21st Street and Madison Avenue. Calls to Orsak’s cellphone Wednesday were not returned. Acebo said the process for selecting a permanent successor to Orsak will be up to the school’s Board of Trustees, but no details have been announced. The TU board named Orsak, 49, the school’s 18th president in May, and

he took office July 1. Previously, he had been dean of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University. He announced that his goal was to put the University of Tulsa among the elite colleges and universities in the nation. “All of the ingredients are here for this university to emerge as a true superstar in American higher education,” Orsak said at the news conference announcing his hiring. “I feel that the best days for TU are still ahead,” he said. “We’re just absolutely excited to get started.” Orsak said college — he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University — transformed his life. As a researcher, Orsak specialized in mathematics that set the stage for the wireless revolution. In 1997, he began a transition into collegiate administration. He was appointed in 2008 by the Secretary of Energy to the National Petroleum Council. He has served on study groups and panels for the National Academy of Engineering and has served as a Department of Defense science and engineering adviser through his participation on the Defense Science Study Group. Orsak is married to Dr. Catherine Orsak. They have two children, Mary Elizabeth, 12, and Peter, 8.

Funds needed to reach degree goals BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@opubco.com

Oklahoma’s top higher education official said he’s optimistic about the state’s college completion goals — but only if lawmakers find money to get the job done. Glen Johnson, chancellor of Oklahoma’s higher education system, said Wednesday that higher education officials would need to make a pitch in the upcoming session for increased funding. Johnson and Gov. Mary Fallin have made college completion a high priority in recent years, setting a statewide goal of an additional 20,400 degrees and certificates awarded in Oklahoma over 12 years. “We can’t do that with budget reductions or even flat budgets,” Johnson said. Speaking Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s 2012 Legislative Forum, Johnson said the state is on track to meet that goal, having surpassed the goal of 1,700 degrees and certificates in the past academic year. At a state regents meeting last week, officials announced public colleges and universities in Oklahoma had more than 1,900 more graduates during the 2011-12 academic year than during the previous year. But Johnson said last year was likely one of the state’s easiest in the initiative. Officials expected the best results in the first year because the agency began engaging potential students who had received little attention. The higher education budget is roughly the same as the system’s budget for the previous year, and is based on a $955.26 million allocation for higher education that was included in the state’s budget for fiscal year 2013.

The budget is $34.7 million less than Johnson requested at the beginning of the last legislative session. Of that amount, $27.8 million would have gone toward mandatory cost increases, such as rising insurance premiums and utility costs. Between fiscal years 2009 and 2012, the system saw its budget slashed by 9.4 percent. During the forum, Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, said he hopes to see higher education align itself with industry needs. Higher education officials generally do a good job of laying out a legislative agenda and usually are successful in pushing that agenda through the legislature, Shannon said. But Shannon, the speakerdesignate of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, said he’d like to see leaders give lawmakers more information on the impact higher education has on the business community. The link between higher education and private industry in Oklahoma represents one of the state’s strongest public-private partnerships, Shannon said. But many lawmakers are unaware of the importance of that partnership. In many cases, Shannon said, that lack of awareness is due to high turnover. Because state legislators work under term limits, each new session brings a new set of lawmakers who may not understand the higher education system’s mission. Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, said he was concerned about the issue of student debt upon graduation. He said he hopes to see schools do a better job of giving students information on the salaries they can reasonably expect to earn after graduation, and how large a loan they could expect to pay off on that income.

Deaths

Services pending (Integrity, Henryetta).

MCALESTER

AGRA

Meyers, Jorge Ezra, 36, information technology worker, died Sept. 8. Services 1 p.m. Saturday (Palmer & Marler, Stillwater).

ALTUS

Lockwood, James W., 83, business owner, died Sunday. Graveside services 10 a.m. Thursday, Altus City Cemetery (Kincannon, Altus).

ALVA

Ingraham, Leona, 89, died Wednesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Church of God (Marshall, Alva).

BARNSDALL

Grim, Mary Ann, 82, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, First Christian Church (Stumpff, Barnsdall).

BARTLESVILLE

Bade, Robert Keith “Bob,” 68, retired Siemens chemist and chromatographer, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Christian Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Bates, Marjorie Mae, 91, died Tuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Saturday, First Presbyterian Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Holt, Jackie Lee, 84, farmer, died Wednesday. Services pending (Walker-Brown, Bartlesville).

Dakil, Sam M.D., 90, physician, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Presbyterian Church of McAlester (Brumley-Mills, McAlester). Robins, Alta, 94, licensed practical nurse, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday (Chaney-Harkins, McAlester).

MIDWEST CITY

Kerns, Janice Carolyn, 92, retired from Tinker Air Force Base, died Tuesday. Services pending (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City). Seidel, Roger L., 76, special education teacher, died Wednesday. Services pending (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City).

MOORE

Privett, Della Gene, 85, St. Anthony Hospital medical records department employee, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, Resurrection Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Oklahoma City (John M. Ireland, Moore). Reeves, Donald Ray, 74, mechanic, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (John M. Ireland, Moore).

BETHANY

Meador, Jan Pearce, 66, died Sunday. No services (Cremation Society, Oklahoma City).

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BLAIR

Coker, Brantley Gage, infant son of Brandon Coker and Autumn Roberts, died Sunday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, First Baptist Church (Kincannon, Altus).

CHOCTAW

Abel, David Roy, 75, retired from Air Force, died Aug. 28. Graveside services 10 a.m. Friday, Elmwood Cemetery (Hibbs, Choctaw).

CLINTON

Brown, Margie Belle, 80, retired Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. engineer, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, First United Methodist Church (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton). Goucher, Kenneth, 68, security guard, died Sept. 10. Services 2 p.m. Monday, Free-Will Baptist Church (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton).

DEL CITY

Misenheimer, Maudella, 89, died Sunday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Bill Eisenhour, Del City). Woodard, Earl Stanley “Stan,” 85, retired from Air Force, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Ford, Midwest City).

EDMOND

Bell, Brandy S., 33, homemaker, died Tuesday. Services pending (Matthews, Edmond). Ford, Michael James Sr., 24, independent contractor, died Sunday. Services pending (Crawford, Edmond). Jenkins, Carlos Randall, 64, physician, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Monday, First Christian Church (Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). Patatanian, Heriknaz, 88, homemaker, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Buchanan, Oklahoma City).

EL RENO

Finley, Ernestine Magpie, 52, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Huber-Benson, El Reno).

GLENCOE

Bower, Bryant Lee, 52, Boeing Aircraft tool builder, died Aug. 27. Graveside services 10 a.m. Friday, South Glencoe Cemetery (Poteet, Pawnee).

GUTHRIE

Powell, Johnny Vaughn, 63, retired private security guard, died Aug. 28. Services pending (Smith-Gallo, Guthrie).

HENRYETTA

Boyles, Joseph Kenneth, 75, retired glass plant operator, died Tuesday.

Records Editor’s note: The Oklahoman will publish free birth and adoption announcements as space permits. Include full names of parents, sex of child, and hospital or county of adoption. You can mail the information to The Oklahoman, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. The Oklahoman has discontinued publishing birth announcements from hospitals that do not provide full names of parents.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Anthony O’Dell Carr, 54, and Karen Rae Johnson, 54. Bobby Dwayne Brown, 41, and Kylee Beth Kizziar, 24. Rick Lee Evans, 30, and Kimberly Dawn Jacques, 24. Nicolas Gonzalez Lopez, 22, and Patricia Hilburn, 43. Rickey Dewayne Dixie Jr., 28, and Syreeta Jeane Hill, 35. Matthew Eugene Stiger, 36, and Rachel Diane Samuel, 34. Olusegun Damilola Fajolu, 27, and Kenesha Renee Adair, 22. Patrick Wayne Johnson, 24, and Petra Michellle Bergamini, 25. Jason David Leehan, 28, and Christine A. Tucker, 27. Joseph Stalyn Matias Moris, 28, and Jennifer Joy Hermansen, 26. Cory Blade Northern, 35, and Alicia Brooke Hugo, 24. David Wayne Mackey, 43, and Jennifer Kyle Retherford, 40. Christopher Lee Martin, 28, and Hillary Daniele Finch, 25. Shannon Ulrich Donahue, 32, and Robin Louise Langdale, 32. Mohammed Bunyamin Oladiran Karim, 24, and Christina Nicole Stanzione, 22. Austin Grant Maxwell, 28, and Pamela Dawn Lay, 29. Kelly Don Corcoran, 37, and Kimberli Anne Hatch, 33. Jeremy Michael Pollock, 28, and Elizabeth Hoang Nguyen, 28. Daniel Riley Grissom, 28, and Tara Ann Lisle, 32. Gregory Allen Greer, 43, and Nita Wyoma Charlotte Lilley, 29. Christopher Brandon Alexander, 28, and Stacey Jo Smith, 27. William Robert Blevins, 33, and Dawrung Khanasa, 30. Joseph Roger Blake, 69, and Sally C. Royse, 66. Johnnie Scott Loudermilk, 29, and Deondra Rae Davis, 27. Eric James Bertolasio, 23, and Nikki

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City). West, Melvia E., 79, died Wednesday. Services pending (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Wilder, Wilma Mary, 85, retired supervisory nurse, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Sept. 20, Crossings Community Church (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma).

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Doty, Jackie Lou Sr., 59, carpenter, died Sunday. Services 1 p.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church (Michael’s, Drumright).

PAWNEE

Brien, Leota Faye, 86, homemaker, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Poteet, Pawnee).

PERRY

Gleason, Ted Wayne, 60, roustabout, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Grace Hill Cemetery (Brown Dugger, Perry).

PONCA CITY

Seward, Earnest Lee, 46, construction laborer, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Monday (Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City).

Artherton, Carolyn, 74, AT&T computer technician, died Monday. Services pending (Buchanan, Oklahoma City). Bowie, Leland, 45, died Sept. 4. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Siloam Missionary Baptist Church (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Brainard, Melba Delberta, 89, homemaker, died Wednesday. Services pending (Buchanan, Oklahoma City). Carrillo, Margaret Walton, 62, homemaker, died Saturday. Mass 1 p.m. Thursday, Resurrection Cemetery Chapel (Smith and Kernke NW 23 Street, Oklahoma City). Dean, James, 69, died Wednesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Smith & Kernke N. May, Oklahoma City). Foust, Donny Venoy, 56, welder, died Tuesday. Services pending (John M. Ireland, Moore). Gibbs, Trish, 63, retired nurse, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Forest Hill Christian Church (Cremation Society, Oklahoma City). Harris, Georgia, 97, died Monday. Services pending (Rolfe, Oklahoma City). Hawkins, Betty, 75, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Wildewood Baptist Church (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Henderson, Delbert, 50, died Tuesday. Services pending (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Hohstadt, Edith, 84, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Knob Hill Baptist Church (Advantage, Oklahoma City). Jacobs, Jesse Franklin Jr., 54, died Sept. 5. Services 11 a.m. Saturday (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Kane, Sharon, 57, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Ford, Midwest City). Pease, Alan Richard, 61, factory worker, died Friday. No services (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma). Popejoy, Justin Nolan, 29, painter, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Highway of Holiness Church (John M. Ireland, Moore). Russell, Carolyn, 54, died Sunday. Services 1 p.m. Saturday, New Hope Baptist Church (Howard-Harris, Oklahoma City). Tacker, Todd Russell, 43, died Monday. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Smith & Kernke N. May, Oklahoma City). Timmons, Joel Jr., 39, butcher, died Sept. 4. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Rolfe, Oklahoma City). Towery, Clyde D., 86, petroleum engineer, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, Westminster Presbyterian Chapel (Hahn-Cook/ Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). Washington, Phillip Ray, 33, died Sept. 1. Services 11 a.m. Sept. 15, St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, Arcadia (Pollard, Oklahoma Jo Ann Burgett, 19. Kevin Lavel Burton, 29, and Darianna Angelic Dawson, 27. Michael Gerard Hardt, 53, and Jennifer Kay Harrison, 44. Brandon Morrison, 31, and Amanda Dawn Perry, 27. James Allen Stroud, 26, and Ashley Colvin, 25. Jose Antonia Villa Ayala, 20, and Cecilia Edith Gomez Cruz, 19. Sean Ryan Eldridge, 26, and Joanna Marzec, 24. Michael L. Reale, 48, and Cindy Lou White, 46. Inmar Eriberto Cardona Guerra, 25, and Rosa Oliva Pina Martinez, 20. Adolfo Montes Valenzuela, 30, and Patricia Atilano Ambriz, 25. Glen Dean Pipkin, 33, and Tiffany Elizabeth Smith, 23. David Earnest Hash, 49, and Kathy Lynn Owens, 53.

DIVORCES ASKED Bogard, David v. Emiko Chaney, Gypsy C. v. Miles W. Cowan, Eric v. Jessica Edwards, Zara Shadae v. Erik Steven Gonzalez, Lisa v. Richard Grimes, Matthew v. Brittany Holmes, Jennifer L. v. William R. Hunter, Sofia Sabrin v. Verdugo, Alexander Johnson, Kelly v. Mark Lantz, Carol v. Mackey Lowe, Stefanie Michelle v. Hensley, James Everette Maddex, Eric Dwayne v. Oliphant, Jasmine R. Martinez, Maria D. v. Gerardo Melvin, Hailey v. Anthony Mooney, Kristy Renee v. Paul Justin Varnum Olivas, Jorge Franco v. Trejo, Martha Ruiz Pearson, John Michael v. Leshia McKay Pevehouse, Whitney Anne v. Eric Paul Randall-Phillips, Patricia A. v. Phillips, Eugene Ranger, Michael L. v. Leonore M. Reese, Hope Elayne v. Elijah Kareem Rodriguez, Efrain v. Teresa Ross, Amy Smith v. Jeffrey Landon Russell, Garland v. Elizabeth I. Schmitz, Juliana Bruns v. John William Smith, Lindsay Michelle v. Robert Steven Vanzant, Aubrey v. Joshua Vargas, Linda v. Martin Villanueva Colchado, Jose A. v. Banda, Celia Barron Voigtschild, April Michel v. Chris Jon Walters, Laura L v. James K.

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Wasson, Thelma I. “Ginny,” 84, died Aug. 31. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Albright United Methodist Church (Trout, Ponca City).

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Owens, Billy W., 63, auto mechanic, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, Wesleyan Holiness Church, Ochelata (Walker-Brown, Bartlesville).

RENTIESVILLE

Miller, Lula Mae, 87, retired postmaster, died Tuesday. Services pending (Ragsdale, Muskogee).

SPIRO

Underwood, Eunice Ferrall, 86, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Mallory-Martin, Spiro).

TULSA

Nickles, Coeweene, 89, died Tuesday. Services pending (Trout, Ponca City).

YUKON

Bartlett, Donna, 85, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Saturday (Bill Merritt, Bethany). Organ donor

Lt. Col. David Roy Abel October 12, 1936 - August 28, 2012

NORMAN

Hinkle, Charles Ray, 63, truck driver, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, Lynlee Mae Chapel (John M. Ireland, Moore). Winters, Sandra, 69, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. Monday (Havenbrook, Norman).

Brown, Morris Jr., 96, died Tuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church (Roberts and Son, Blackwell).

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

CHOCTAW Lt. Col. David Roy Abel, 75, of Choctaw, took his final flight and most important mission August 28, 2012, after a 3-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his bride of 34 years, Claudine Abel of Choctaw; his daughter, Cynthia Pearson and son-in-law, Tom Pearson and grandchildren Connor and Madison of Edmond, OK; and two cousins, Edward and Melvin Ward. David is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Edith Abel, and sister, Donna Rapp. His family wishes to thank all those who helped and Good Shepherd Hospice for their care and support. Contributions to a favorite charity in lieu of flowers. Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 10:00 am at Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of Hibbs Funeral Home.

Denie Cupples

March 21, 1964 - Sept 2, 2012

MORGAN HILL, CA Denie Cupples, 48, passed away on September 2, 2012, in San Francisco, CA. She was born in Oklahoma City, OK to Eddie & Karen Miller. Denie attended high school in Yukon, OK, graduating in 1982. While working in the retail and insurance field, Denie attended the University of Central Oklahoma for two years and was well-known in her community. In the late 1980s, Denie briefly lived in Amarillo, TX, where she was a Store Manager at Limited, Inc. She met her husband, Tom, in 1990 as she was also working in sales, and they later moved to California in 1992. Denie remained in sales until 1997, then she cared for her children and the home full time. Denie was preceded in death by her mother, Karen; and nephew, Zack Thurston. Denie is survived by her husband of 18 years, Tom; daughters, Madison and Taylor; father, Eddy; stepfather, Carl Lane; sisters, Edie Thurston and Lanie Harryman; brother, Shawn Miller; and many other loving family members and numerous dear, loving friends. A Memorial Service to celebrate Denie’s life will be held on Friday, September 14th at 4 p.m. at Good News Church, 1054 East Main Street, Yukon, Oklahoma.

Terrinda J. Stewart Oct. 29, 1955 - Sept. 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Terrinda J. Stewart, 56, joined her Heavenly Father on Sept. 10, 2012. Terrinda was born in Gainesville, TX to Tom and Betty (Seeley) Stradley. She dedicated her life to taking care of her family and providing them a warm and loving home. She loved going to church and writing poetry, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren; all of whom she loved dearly. Terrinda will be greatly missed by her family and countless friends. She leaves cherished memories with her loving husband Don Stewart; daughters Amber Moore and husband Nelson, Erin Melton and husband Mike; brother Kevin Stradley; sister Torrie Smith; and her seven grandchildren. Viewing will be today from 4-8 PM at the funeral home. Services to celebrate her life will be 2:00 PM Friday at Jernigan Memorial Church of the Nazarene, 3200 N. Hammond, Bethany, OK. Interment will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Wheatland, OK. Friends may leave condolences at www.vondelsmithmortuary.com

Todd Russell Tacker Nov. 12, 1968 - Sept. 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Todd was born 11-12-68 in OKC. He died 9-10-12. He was an avid OU fan and loved NASCAR. Todd attended Casady School, graduated from John Marshall and De Anza College, Cupertino, CA. Todd was preceded in death by grandparents John and Christine Mailer, Ft. Smith, AR, Jack and Laura Tacker, Lake Tenkiller, OK; cousin Jeff Shipley of Ft. Smith; and service dogs ‘Hercules’ and ‘Wiley Post’. He is survived by mother Tina Mailer (Fred Welborn); father Ron Tacker (Linda); aunts Cathey White (Waldo), Joanne Phillips (David), uncle John Mailer (Janet) all of Ft. Smith; seven very dear cousins, roommate Sherri Wise and beloved service dog, Vince Gill. Read more about Todd’s wonderful life by becoming a ‘Friend” at bmshrr@aol.com (in sub line: Todd’s obit). Memorial Service on 9-14-12 at 1:00pm, Smith and Kernke Chapel, 14624 N. May, OKC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Dan Lutz Foundation, 2404 Valleybrook Dr., Edmond, OK 73034, or donor’s choice.

Mary "Mag" Stine

October 9, 1925 - September 11, 2012

CHOCTAW Mary Magdalene Stine went to be with the Lord September 11, 2012. She was born October 9, 1925 in Octavia, OK. She met her future husband Harle Stine while employed at McDonnell Douglas. They married in 1949 and resided in Nicoma Park. She had 3 children, 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous in-laws. She was loved by all. Mary had been a member of Nicoma Park Baptist Church, Hillcrest Baptist Church and at the time of her death was a member of Open Door Baptist Church. Her career of choice was stay at home mom & homemaker. Mary’s life changing event, at 36, was her personal encounter with Christ and her desire was that all come to know and love Him who gave her life purpose and meaning. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at Barnes Friederich Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Arlington Memory Gardens.


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Elks schedule golf tournament

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Lodge #1890 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has scheduled its annual Billy R. Perry Memorial Golf Tournament for Sept. 29 at Trosper Golf

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Course, 2301 SE 29. Tee times will start at 10 a.m. Cost of the tournament is $60, which includes: green fee and cart, Friday night chicken dinner, cold cuts on Saturday after the tournament and three drink tick-

ets. Players can bring guests to the Friday dinner. The cost is $10 for each guest. Deadline for entries is Sept. 26. Entry forms can be picked up at the lodge or call Ron Hancock at 455-3077 or Perralyne Perry at 677-6270.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as required by title 19, United States Code, section 1607 et seq of seizure at Oklahoma, on the dates specified below, of the following merchandise, liable to forfeiture to the United States under provisions of various statutes cited. Any person claiming such property is hereby notified to file his claim at the Customhouse, 7501 Esters Blvd., Suite 160, Irving, Texas 75063 (or by mail to P.O. Box 619050, D/FW Airport, Texas 75261), within 20 days (or 35 days if case if denoted as C.A.F.R.A.) after the first publication of this notice together with a bond in the amount of $5000 or 10% of the value of the claimed proper$ ty, whichever is lower, but not less than $250, with approved sureties as provided for in title 19, United States Code, section 1608. The cost bond amount, if required, is specified below for each referenced case. Once the cost bond and/or claim to the merchandise has been filed, the case will be forwarded to the United States Attorney for the institution of forfeiture proceedings in federal district court. If you are indigent (needy and poor) you may not be required to post the bond. If no claim is filed or bond given as provided in the aforesaid statute, the property herein described will be declared forfeited to the Government of the United States and disposed of in conformity with the laws and regulations of the Secretary of the Treasury: 2012550400007401: 422 pieces of U.S. Currency converted into Cashier’s Check #225950 in the amount of $ $7,332.00 valued at $7,332.00 $ - in violation of 18USC981 & 18USC1956, because the property was involved in transactions that involved the proceeds of drug sales and /or represents the proceeds of specified unlawful activity related to the smuggling of controlled substances into the United States, in that it facilitated the carrying on of the illicit transportation, sale, receipt, and/or possession of controlled substances - seized on May 21, 2011 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (CAFRA - No Cost Bond Required) 2012550400006301: 304 pieces of U.S. Currency valued at $7,406.00 - in violation of 18USC981 & 18USC1956, because the property was involved in transactions that involved the proceeds of drug sales and /or represents the proceeds of specified unlawful activity related to the smuggling of controlled substances into the United States, in that it facilitated the carrying on of the illicit transportation, sale, receipt, and/or possession of controlled substances - seized on May 03, 2012 at Yukon, Oklahoma (CAFRA - No Cost Bond Required) 2012550400008001: 141 Pieces of U.S. Currency ($10,029.00), 72 Tablets of Suspected Adderall, 743 Tablets of Suspected Alprazolam, 2,774 Tablets of Suspected Ambien, 9,301 Tablets of Suspected Ativan 2mg, 12,430 Tablets of Suspected Clonazepam, 6,970 Tablets of Suspected Lortab, 152 Tablets of Suspected Oxycodone, 164 Tablets of Suspected Oxycontin, 160 Tablets of Suspected Oxycodone, 713 Tablets of Suspected Percocet, 10,997 Tablets of Suspected Phentermine, 3,775 Tablets of Suspected Ritalin, 5,236 Tablets of Suspected Valium, 6,175 Tablets of Suspected Viagra, 2,669 Tablets of Suspected Vicodin, 3,429 Tablets of Suspected Xanax 1.0, 10,457 Tablets of Suspected Xanax 2.0, 1,259 Purple Oval Pills, 161 White Oval Pills, 942 White Round Pills, 2,879 Pink Oval Pills with “A”, Four Hundred Forty Eight (448) White Rectangular Pills with “M2MG”, 4,979 White Oval Pills with “Safe”, Dell XPS Laptop, Gateway Laptop, USB Drive, Magic Jack and HTC Cell Phone – in violation of 19USC 1595a(c), 18USC545 & 21USC 952, because it is unlawful to introduce or attempt to introduce into the United States from any place outside thereof any controlled substances contrary to law that was smuggled into domestic commerce and 18USC981 & 18USC 1956, because the property was involved in transactions that involved the proceeds of drug sales and /or represents the proceeds of specified unlawful activity related to the smuggling of controlled substances into the United States, in that it facilitated the carrying on of the illicit transportation, sale, receipt, and/or possession of controlled substances - seized on May 30, 2012 at Yukon, Oklahoma (CAFRA - No Cost Bond Required)

Notice of Sale: Security Self Storage 1606 24th Ave. S.W. Norman, Ok will accept sealed bids for the dispersal of personal property and/or household goods to satisfy rent in arrears and/or delinquent storage fees. Bids will be accepted on the entire contents of storage unit(s). No individual items or partial unit bids will be accepted. Sale will start at 3:00pm on 09/21/12 no late bids will be considered. The following units are scheduled to be sold: Unit# 2107 Name: Nathan Gaines Address: 1901 Tiffany Dr Norman, Ok 73071 Unit# 1621 Name: Jose Esobedo Address: 1224 SW 55th St Norman, Ok 73109 Unit# 1614 Name: Early Browning Address: 1958 Fillmore Ave Apt C Norman, Ok 73072 Unit# 1139 Name: Michael Ross Address: 3953 24th Ave. SE Apt 7 Norman, Ok 73071 Unit# 1205 Name: Betsy Brown Address: 3000 S. Berry #100 Norman, Ok. 73072 Unit# 1108 Name: Wayne

Copeland Address: P.O. Box 721207 Norman, Ok. 73070 Unit# 1149 Name: Keith DeHass Address: 2215 Iowa Norman, Ok. 73069 U-Haul Co. of OKC Notice of Public Sale Notice is hereby given that on or after September 27th 2012, UHaul will be offering for sale under the judicial lien process by public auction, to the highest bidder, the following storage units. The goods are generally described as miscellaneous household and personal, unless otherwise indicated. The terms of the sale will be cash only. All tax exemptions will need to bring a copy of their certificate for our records, U-Haul reserves the right to refuse any bids and to collect a deposit pending the removal of ALL items from the storage units. All rooms listed will not necessarily be auctioned. The sales will be held at the following locations starting at or after 7:30 AM and will proceed In the order listed.

Quail Springs U-Haul, 721 W. Memorial Rd: 0073 R. Sheppard, 0338 L.A. Greer, 0346 R. Shirley, 1118 K. Simpson, 1208 J. Anderson, 1605 K. Simpson, 1716 B. Reed, 1786 L. K. Powell, 1798 D. Franklin, 2423 J. Rowton, and 2755 A. Lime. MacArthur Park U-Haul, 6500 NW Expwy: A205 K. Haley, B134 R. Askew, B145 R. Johnson, B159 T. Jackson, B160 D. Battle, B191 B. Mccoy, B194 F. Black, B245 J. Branch, B270 A. Deline, B272 A, Deline, B297 L. Taylor, B348 S. Norris, B352 G, Jackson, B366 C. Hall, E103 F. Flemmmg, and E106 T. Rogers. Bethany U-Haul, 2425 N. MacArthur: A07 K. Turley, B01 M. A. Benavente, D02 D. Johnson, D24 L. Gray, D26 T. Mccarthy,, E05 W. Battle, F36 J. R, Mcelroy, F39 C. Briggs, H02 T- Murphy, L05 M. Moore, N02 M. Silguero, N10 A. Horner, P06 K. Mathess, R10 J. Love, S06 D. P. Sacotte, and T02 D. Counterman.

Bricktown U-Haul, 100 SE 2nd St: 1D136 K. E. Rivas, 1F143 T. Hightower, 1F146 T.A. Sullivan-Kemp, 1G149 C. Hollenbeck, 2A103 M. Zacker, 2A148 M. Special, 2A204 J. J. Dugger, 2B157 A. J. Head, 2B159 C. D. Grimes, 2B191 M. J. Asberry, 2B194 M. E. Mcdonald, 2B258 J. R. Watts, 3al32 S. Clower, 3A139 R. W. Russell, 3A191 R.W. Russell, 3A198 L. J. Ganaway, 4A104 S. Caporal, and 4A136 F.D. Jones. PUBLIC AUCTION - ABANDONED PROPERTY IN UNPAID STORAGE UNITS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 10:00 AM AT VILLAGE AT SOUTHCREEK SELF STORAGE 1011 SW 134TH ST. OKLA. CITY, OK. 73170 405-735-3889. CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNITS SCHEDULED FOR SALE: #2527 JAY BRANNON, 216 SW 147TH, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #2228 APRIL JOHNSON, 1513 SW 23RD, MOORE, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS

#2031/1003 BRIAN HAIDLE, 1333 SW 62ND, OKC, OK 73159 MISC ITEMS #933 KARINA JUVERA, 2225 SW 135TH PLACE, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #2311/2320 PATRICK MCCAIN, 12208 LORIEN WAY, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #705/716 JODE PAGE, 1012 SW 99TH STREET, OKC, OK 73139 MISC ITEMS #2507/2510 MATT PETKER, 401 S DALLAS, MOORE, OK 73160 MISC ITEMS #211 RHODA ARYIKU, 528 CYPRESS DR, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #308/309 RICK PARKER, 11505 MACKEL, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #922 NANCY MACIAS, 411 W WATERFRONT DR, TUTTLE, OK 73089 MISC ITEMS #2420/2411 MICHAEL HALE, 1968 ELDORADO CT, POWELL, OH 43065 MISC ITEMS #2106 JOSHUA ELLER, 518 S 5TH STREET, VANDALIA, IL 62471 MISC ITEMS

#2515 GINA SPEEDY, 905 CITY AVE APT 146, MOORE, OK 73160 MISC ITEMS #1408 RHONDA FORD, 517 CASS AVE, MOORE, OK 73160 MISC ITEMS #1601 JADE GILBERT, 13236 S ROBINSON AVE, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #2603 CAROL HARTLINE, P.O. BOX 45, NINNEKAH, OK 73067 MISC ITEMS

The Oklahoma Foundation For The Disabled, Inc. announces its participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). All participants in attendance are served meals, at no extra charge to the parents. In accordance with federal law and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, participating institutions are prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 202509410, or call toll-free 866-6329992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing-impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

NOTICE OF SALE 1998 CHEVROLET C/K1500 VIN# 2GCEC19R8W1185903 IS BEING OFFERED FOR PUBLIC SALE CONTACT TY’S TOWING 405-205-7369 PUBLIC AUCTION ANYONE HOLDING A LEGAL OR FINANCIAL INTEREST IN ONE 2000 PALM HARBOR MOBILE HOME WITH VIN# PH0515616AB CONTACT TERRY @ (405) 227-9046


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Stephen James Lawler

Merilyn Jane Olaker

Martha Ellen Berniece ''Bea'' Pritchett Shepherd

BETHANY On September 9, 2012, Stephen James Lawler drew his final earthly breath and awoke at his Savior’s feet. Steve was born on April 2, 1948, to Billy Joe and Billy Jane Wolfram Lawler in McAllen, Texas. Two years after graduating from high school in Atwater, California, Steve met the love of his life, Diana Lynn Jacques, on Labor Day weekend of 1968. They married on May 3, 1969, and celebrated 43 years of marriage. As a man with a strong sense of right and wrong, Steve served the community of Atwater as a police officer from 1969 to 1981. Steve then moved his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to pursue a degree in business, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Oral Roberts University in 1984. He went on to receive a Master's in Accounting from the University of Tulsa with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude in 1985. He was the recipient of both the F.B. Perriott Educational Scholarship for the TU Graduate Business School and the Junior Achievement Award in Community Service. His lifelong pursuit of education was evident as he attained certifications as CPA (1986), CIA (1989), and CFA (2010). While in Tulsa, Steve enjoyed his work, service to and time with friends at First Christian Church, TU football games, and the Tulsa music scene. His professional career began as an internal auditor at Williams Companies of Tulsa in 1985. In 1999, he and Diana embarked on an adventure when he accepted the opportunity to transfer to the WorldCom offices in Hong Kong. A true survivor of the business world, Steve worked through the Telecoms crash and the WorldCom fraud and bankruptcy to become the Director of Operations for Asia-Pacific for Verizon. During their 12 years in Hong Kong, Steve and Diana hosted numerous US servicemen and women in port through the Meals in Homes Programs associated with the American Women’s Association, the US Navy 7th Fleet, and the US Consulate in Hong Kong. He could count among his acquaintances or friends generals, admirals, consular officers, political, military, and religious leaders in Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, China, and Japan, but his favorite people were the many chaplains, Master Chiefs, and crew members received in his home for a family meal and laugh around his table. Because of his health, Steve and Diana retired to Bethany in 2011 to spend time with their grandsons, in whom he delighted and was most proud. His joy came from helping others and knowing that he did something good to make another’s life better. He is remembered as a kind and gentle giant, mentor, and friend to many around the world. Steve was preceded in death by his parents and youngest son, Stephen James “Jimmy” Lawler, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Diana of the home; two sisters, Janice Meadows of San Antonio, TX, and Linda Hanford of Ontario, CA; two brothers, Paul Lawler of Aurora, CO, and Danny Lawler of Greencastle, IN; his daughter, Elizabeth and husband Richard Brookhart of Bethany; his son, Will and wife Kathryn Parrott Lawler of Norman; and his grandsons, Andrew “A.J.” Brookhart, James Lawler, and Ryan Lawler. Steve suggested that his memory might be honored by planting a tree. Donations may also be made to: Integris Hospice House, 13920 Quailbrook Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73134. Arrangements are under the direction of Floral Haven in Broken Arrow. Viewing will be on Thursday from 2-9 pm with the family greeting friends from 6-9 pm. Services will be held on Friday at 12:30 pm in the Floral Haven Chapel. Online condolences may be shared at www.floralhaven.com

OKLAHOMA CITY Merilyn Jane Olaker (Thompson), 50, passed away Sunday evening, August 5, 2012, in Macon, Georgia. Merilyn, who was surrounded by family in her last hours, is survived by her immediate family: husband, Gene Olaker; brother, Mack Thompson; and sister, Glenda Lee Nutting. She is also survived by extended family, including her aunt, Mary Jane Courtney, for whom she was named. Merilyn, born and raised in Oklahoma City, was living in Georgia at the time of her death. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery, 13400 N. Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY/SHAWNEE, KS Martha Ellen Berniece Pritchett Shepherd was born on February 22, 1923, in Sparks, Oklahoma, and peacefully left her earthly family to join her loved ones in Heaven on September 7, 2012. She was the seventh and youngest child of William Edward Pritchett, Sr., and Ruth Ann Tague Pritchett. The Pritchett family was a very loving family with all three sisters, three brothers and their spouses best friends for life. “Bea,” as she was called by her husband and friends, was an all-around American girl, being a good student, good athlete, and talented singer. She completed business school at Hills Business College in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then worked for medical practices in Oklahoma City. Under the Lord’s guidance, she met a young Army Air Corps officer, C.B. “Buzz” Shepherd, Jr., stationed at the then Will Rogers Army Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. They married shortly thereafter on February 8, 1946. Bea and Buzz had an exceptional marriage lasting more than 66 years, with each one unconditionally dedicated to the other. They were often found in each other’s embrace up through the time of Bea’s passing. Bea was a stay-at-home wife and mother, raising two daughters, Suzanne and Cynthia, and participating in a myriad of organizations to support both their development and her husband’s career. Among her many accomplishments, she served as President of her cherished PEO Chapter and as President of the PTA Chapter where her daughters attended school. She was known as an excellent hostess, cook, and the “life of the party,” always putting first the needs and comfort of others. Bea was also known for her “flair,” possessing an amazing sense of style, design, and immaculate beauty, both in her home and person. She greatly enjoyed traveling to various parts of the world with Buzz as her constant companion. Known as “Mimi,” first to her beloved nephews and nieces and then to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Bea is survived by her husband Buzz; her two daughters Suzanne and husband Richard Discenza of Shawnee, KS, and Cynthia and husband Kent Yoesting of Houston, TX; and her grandchildren Matthew (Michele) Streeter and their children Aidan and Clara of McGaheysville, VA, Julie (John) Fortenbery and their children Connor and Addison of Owings, MD, Amanda (Jake) Hendrix of Pearland, TX, Tyler Yoesting of Dallas, TX, and Travis Yoesting of Tyler, TX. She is also survived by two step-grandsons Dean (Pam) and their children Peter and Clara of Rochester, NY, and Ryan (Jennifer) of Norman OK, as well as may special nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, W.E. and Ruth Ann Pritchett; her six siblings, Daniel Ellsworth Pritchett, Clarence Ollie Pritchett, Mary Anna Mae Pritchett Hall Tope, William Edward Pritchett, Jr., Vera Alice Pritchett Harrison, and Ruth Lorena Pritchett. Memorial services will be held in Bea’s honor at the Amos Family Memorial Chapel at 10901 Johnson Drive in Shawnee, Kansas, at 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 14, with viewing at 2:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held in Oklahoma City, OK, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15, at Rose Hill Cemetery, 6001 Northwest Grand Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73118. Contributions in Bea’s memory may be made to your local Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of flowers.

April 2, 1948 - September 9, 2012

Raymond E. Johnson Feb 29, 1924 - Sept 9, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Raymond Eugene Johnson, age 88, died Sunday, September 9, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, after suffering a stroke. A Leap Year baby, he was born February 29, 1924, on his family farm in Crescent, OK to Ivan Carl and Edith Bachelor Johnson. Raymond attended Guthrie High School, during which time he played basketball, served in ROTC and designed the Blue Jays' ROTC logo, which is still in use today. He graduated in 1943, and married his high school sweetheart, Wanda Jean Bates, in 1944, moving to Bethany and then Oklahoma City shortly thereafter. The epitome of the American Dream, Raymond was a self-made man, becoming a successful commercial builder. His myriad of building accomplishments include some of the first hotels and motels in Oklahoma, schools, armories, shopping centers, including the Village Shopping Center on May Avenue (which he also owned), as well as donating his services to aid in the building of his family’s church, the Village Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Active in the community he helped build, Raymond was a 30+ year member of the Oklahoma Executive Success Club (aka “Tip Club”), as well as serving on the Board of Silver Lake, Inc., where he built the home that he and Wanda lived in for over 40 years. Raymond loved the outdoors, whether as an avid bow, rifle and black powder hunter and fisherman, as an accomplished gardener (with some of his banana trees still growing in the Myriad Botanical Gardens), or as an ice skater, building a safe skating area in his neighborhood lake and owning over 20 pairs of ice skates so anyone could join. As a gifted artist, he also loved to paint the outdoors. Raymond also traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, the Pacific and Middle East, with his wife, Wanda. A well-respected and Godly man, Raymond was always willing to help anyone in need. Devoted to his family, they could always count on him in whatever they chose to do. Although slowed by age in recent years, “Papa” remained physically active, whether helping someone with a fix-it project, teaching his great-grandchildren to fish, or enjoying his recent “22nd Leap Birthday.” He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan Carl Johnson, Edith Bachelor Johnson King, and stepfather, Shirley Malcom King; and sister, Loreta Johnson Novak. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Bates Johnson; daughter, Rae Jean Johnson; son, Ivan Johnson; granddaughters, Beth Brown Bonilla and her husband Mike, Tori Johnson Richmond and her husband Steve, and Alisa Johnson Beck and her husband Chris; grandson, Scott Brown; great-grandchildren, Garrett and Raymond Bonilla, States and Satchel Beck, and Nimue Richmond; and countless other loving family and friends. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Village Christian Church (http://villagechristianokc.org). Memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 13 at 1 p.m. at The Village Christian Church, 9401 Ridgeview Drive, Oklahoma City (The Village), Oklahoma 73120. Interment will be at the Summit View Cemetery in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Arrangements for Raymond and his family have been placed in the care of Vondel Smith & Son Mortuary.

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Carmen Jo (Turner) Hall

April 23, 1925 - Sept. 9, 2012

June 9, 1924 - Sept 11, 2012

BOTHELL, WA Imogene Carter, beloved and loving Wife, Mom, Grandma and Friend, died Sept. 9, 2012, in Everett, WA. She was born to Ermit and Nora Christner on April 23, 1925, in Lockridge, OK. Imogene worked in the family grocery store growing up in Minco, OK. Graduating from Minco High School, she exceled at The Univ. of Okla., graduating with a Bachelor's of Science Degree. She found the love of her life, Mabry James Carter, Jr. and married July 27, 1947, a union that lasted 49 years, until Mabry's death. She helped raise three boys while maintaining a successful career at Kerr McGee Corporation, which spanned over 30 years. Imogene enriched the lives of everyone around her with her cheerful smile and a bright greeting, regardless of the occasion. Her strong moral compass never wavered, her love always present, a guiding example for her children, grandchildren, family and peers. She moved to Mill Creek, WA, in 1998, two years after Mabry's death, to be with her son's family. Her personal interests were her grandchildren and family, socializing with neighbors and friends, and attended the United Methodist Church in Bothell, WA. Active in Red Hats and Senior Clubs, she was an enthusiastic fan of the Seattle Mariners, Sonics, and forever rooted for her Oklahoma Sooners. Her real passion lay with her involvement with her children & grandchildren's lives. She reveled in any and every event that involved family. She is preceded by Orville Christner, brother; Ermit Christner, father; Nora Christner, mother; Mark Carter, son; and Katherine Christner Carter, granddaughter; Hubert Murphy, brother-in-law, Aledamae Foree, sister-in-law, & LC Foree, brother-in-law. She will be forever cherished and missed by surviving son's Barry and Bart Carter; grandchildren Brett Carter, Morgan Carter, Mallory Carter, Bryce Tillet and Mark Carter; daughters-in-law Candiss Carter and Lori Carter; great granddaughter Aiden Tillett; nephews Jimmy Murphy, Carter Foree; niece Sandra Wyatt; and all her special friends, neighbors and relatives. After a memorial service at Bothell United Methodist Church in WA, Imogene's final resting place will be with her beloved husband, Mabry, and son, Mark, in Oklahoma City. A memorial and burial service will be held Sat. 9/15, 2pm, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 8702 NW Expressway, Okla. City.

OKLAHOMA CITY Carmen Jo (Turner) Hall was born June 9, 1924, in Navina, Oklahoma, the third child of V.B. and Christina Maple. She graduated Guthrie HS in 1942 and married Wilbur Turner the same year. They moved to Oklahoma City at the end of WWII, where she was employed at various departments stores selling women’s shoes or baby clothing, and then at OTASCO. She died at Integris Hospice September 11. She was preceded in death by her parents, both siblings and two husbands. Wilbur died on September 10, 1982; she then married Eldon Hall, who died June 14, 2012. She is survived by her son, Alvin and his wife Carmelita, of Norman; daughter, Linda Jo Judkins and her husband Dallas, of Conroe, TX; grandchildren, Dallas Gene Judkins, Megan McClintock, Nathan Turner and Christina Cranston, and their spouses; and seven great-grandchildren, plus the Hall children and spouses, grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Rancho Village Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2012, where she has been a member for more than 60 years.

Gerald Ray Story Nov. 26, 1934 - Sept. 8, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Gerald Ray Story went to be with his Lord on Sept. 8, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Verna, son, Lloyd Story, and daughters, Julia Scott and Mary Crockett and their spouses. in death by his daughter, Vickie Captain. He was blessed with many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Gerald was retired from the Air Force and Frisbee Foods. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends and grandsons. He was admired and loved by many friends and family. He will be missed. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. Memorial Services will be held 10:30 am Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Forest Hill Christian Church, 2121 N. MacArthur, OKC 73127.

Aug 25, 1961 - Aug 5, 2012

Minerva Massad Cohlmia

January 22, 1920 - Sept. 12, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Minerva Massad Cohlmia was born January 22, 1920, in Drumright, Oklahoma, to Very Reverend George and Bedyah Massad. Her parents immigrated to this country from Lebanon early in the 20th century, both arriving as teenagers and without their parents, meeting and marrying in Steele, Missouri, in 1916. Minerva was raised in Drumright until 1938, when her father was appointed the Priest at St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church in OKC and she graduated from Classen High School. Minerva was instrumental in starting Alpha Malachi Sorority, and was the editor of the News Bits, a monthly newsletter sent to Lebanese-American soldiers during World War II. After high school, she worked at Nissen's Shoes in downtown OKC until marrying Gorden Cohlmia on March 7, 1948, at which time they moved to Fairview, Oklahoma, and opened Gorden's Market. She worked in the grocery store until it was sold in 1974, and shortly thereafter started the Meals on Wheels Program in Fairview. Minerva was an active member of Central Christian Church in Fairview, where she served on the Board and chaired the committee to assist grieving families. She also served on the boards of Fairview Hospital Foundation and Fairview Lakeside Country Club, in addition to volunteering at the Fairview Hospital and Nursing Home, Fly-In, Threshing Bee, and just about everything else that took place in her community. Minerva was so involved that she was named the 1988 Volunteer of the Year in Fairview for her many years of service to her community. In addition to starting her days with her daily devotional, Bible readings, and exercise routines, she always told her family that “your week won’t start out right if you don’t go to church” always leading by example, exhibiting the poise, grace and dignity expected of a lady. Always a willing & gracious hostess, she was an excellent mother, Sitty, relative, neighbor and friend. Minerva was predeceased by her husband, Gorden, two brothers, Alex and Omar Massad, and one sister, Esther Samara, and many in-laws on the Cohlmia side of her family. Survived by daughter Leyla Cohlmia and husband Girard Kinney of Austin, TX; daughter Mona and Mike Spivey, OKC; and son George and Karla Cohlmia, Oklahoma City; grandchildren Adam and Kasey Cohlmia, Oklahoma City; brother Mike Massad, Dallas, TX; sistersin-law Dee Massad, Austin, TX, Jacque Massad, OKC, Elsie Simon, Clinton, OK, Phyllis Cohlmia, OKC; brother-in-law Dr. Ray & Sameera Cohlmia, OKC; plus a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. The family also thanks Mom’s caregivers, Bobbie Weehunt, Jeannie Coleman and Mercy Hospice, for their kind, loving and tender care. Thanks for treating her as if she were your mother. Services will be Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to: The Flowers That Do Not Wither Fund, St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church, 15000 N. May Avenue, OKC 73134.

February 22, 1923 - September 7, 2012

Barbara Ann ''Bobbie'' Robeson May 13, 1938 - September 11, 2012

YUKON A Celebration of Life for Bobbie, 74, of Yukon, Oklahoma, will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 2:00pm at Covenant Community Church, Yukon, OK. Bobbie passed away September 11, 2012, in Oklahoma City, at Deaconess Hospital. Bobbie was born May 13, 1938 in Prairie Grove, Arkansas to Melvin and Margaret Bristo. Bobbie married Jack A. Hyatt and three children came from their union, Jack Hyatt Jr., Brenda Ann Hyatt and Marty Lee Hyatt. They later divorced and Bobbie married Dennis Ray Robeson in 1969. He was the ''Love of her Life.'' They were married until Dennis passed away in 2006. During their marriage they were wheat & cattle farmers in Banner, Oklahoma until declining health and then moved to Yukon where they ran and owned Robeson Jewelers. Survivors include: Brenda Ann Hyatt of Yukon, Oklahoma, Jack Hyatt Jr. and wife AnnaLeigh of Oklahoma City, Marty Lee Hyatt of Alex Oklahoma, Christy Hawk and husband Jason of Hennessey, Oklahoma, Debbie and Rex Matthews of Hennessey, Oklahoma and so many great nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren and her dog Scooter, not to mention Bobbie was preceded in death by Dennis Robeson her husband, Carolyn Harris her sister, Archie Harris her brother-in-law, Margaret and JD Smith her parents. Bobbie's favorite hobbies were playing pool, spending time with family and friends and having get togethers with family and friends on the farm, as well as tending to her garden and fishing. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Dr. Elwood Williams, Dr. Ba, Dr. Kent Studebaker & the staff at Deaconess Hospital and Crossroads Hospice and the Daily Living Center in Bethany for the past two years of her life. ''Those who live and love in the Lord never see each other for the last time.''

Michael J. Ford, Sr. Mar. 21, 1988 - Sept. 9, 2012

EDMOND Michael James Ford, Sr. was born on March 21, 1988 and died September 9, 2012 in Edmond. He is survived by his wife, Christine Ford, son, Michael James Ford, Jr., both of the home; parents, Larry and Pam Ford of Edmond; sister & brother-inlaw, Elizabeth & Jason Hedgecock, niece and nephew, Madilyn & Porter of Mustang; and brothers, Timothy Campbell of Tucson, AZ and Joshua Ford of Edmond. He also leaves behind grandparents, Jack & Mary Ford of Bethany and Marilyn Midgett of Oklahoma City, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, William Ambrose Midgett, Jr. Michael was loved and cherished by all. Services will be at 10:00am, on Friday, September 14, 2012, at Chisholm Creek Baptist Church, 17600 N. Western, under the direction of Crawford Family Funeral Service of Edmond with interment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery. To make online condolences visit www.crawfordcares.com

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Skiatook to require students to pay fee BY RHETT MORGAN Tulsa World rhett.morgan@tulsaworld.com

SKIATOOK — Skiatook Public Schools has introduced a mandatory class fee for high school students in its district. The Board of Education last month approved the measure, which requires all students in grades 9 to 11 to pay the annual $25 fee by Dec. 16. Seniors are exempt for this year only, but the fee will affect all high school students during the 2013-14 school year. Superintendent Rick Thomas said the district made the move to reduce the inordinate number of fundraisers.

“It’s not a fee to graduate,” Thomas said. “It’s not a fee to go to school. It’s a fee that’s being handled just like any other activity fee. “ ... More than anything, it was meant to be a benefit to parents because everybody gets tired of fundraisers.” The fee will reduce the prom ticket to $30 each year, according to the district’s website. If a student doesn’t pay the class fee for one or more years, it will be added to the cost of the student’s prom ticket. If the student doesn’t attend the prom, the unpaid fee will be considered a debt that must be paid by the end of the school year to receive a report card.

If a senior fails to pay one or more class fees by the end of the first semester, the student will not be allowed to participate in graduation activities, the policy states. Damon Gardenhire, a spokesman for the state Education Department, said he is aware of no other district other than Skiatook that is implementing a mandatory fee. But Gardenhire added, “There is nothing in state law that would prohibit a district from doing that.” The state Constitution declares that the legislature “shall establish and maintain a system of free public schools wherein all the children of the State may be

educated.” Oklahoma, however, is a “local-control” state, meaning that its Education Department deals primarily with accreditation, implementing statewide testing and setting academic standards, Gardenhire said. “The day-to-day management decisions, the operational decisions, most policy and procedure, are something that is decided on the district level by the local superintendent and local school board,” he said. Peggy Surritte has two sons, a senior and a freshman, in Skiatook High School. “I have zero problem with it,” she said of the policy. “In Skiatook and I’m sure every other

school, you get bombarded with fundraising.” Last semester, she said she paid $120 for prom tickets for her son and a date. “It’s always a certain few who are always doing all the work in fundraising,” Surritte said. “You can only ask your friends and family to buy so much stuff. You can only buy so much cookie dough.” Tiffany Brummett, who has a son in ninth grade, also supports the policy. “I don’t think the $25 is too much to ask,” she said. “Paying that fee instead of having to run around and do all these fundraisers is well worth it.”

Skating fundraiser to benefit School promotions announced girl, 10, who needs a kidney

The Oklahoma City School Board approved three administrator promotions at its meeting this week, and Superintendent Karl Springer also announced a promotion Monday night:

BY HENRY DOLIVE For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Parents of Truman Elementary School students have organized a fundraiser for Erika Ramirez, a fifthgrade student who has kidney failure. Debi Nelson, whose daughter is a fifth-grader at Truman, said “Skate for Erika” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Star Skate, 2020 W Lindsey St. Admission will be $5 per participant, and donation boxes will be set up inside the skating rink. Nelson said organizers hope to raise up to $50,000 for Erika through the skating event. “Every cent we raise

goes to Erika,” she said. Erika, 10, became ill in May. Doctors have told her parents that to survive, she will need a kidney transplant. Costs for a transplant were estimated at $250,000, her father, Carlos Guerra, said in July. She began attending fifth-grade classes in August but is receiving dialysis three times a week, said Blanca Rangel, Erika’s godmother. Erika is on a transplant waiting list, Rangel said. A fund was established at BancFirst to cover the transplant cost. Erika’s family is receiving assistance with her medical and prescription medicine bills through a program at St. Joseph Ca-

tholic Church, which the family attends. Jeff Willard, pastoral associate at the church, said this week the Deeds of Love program there has accumulated about $4,700 since donations began to be accepted for Erika’s care. The Deeds of Love program is funded by donations and fundraisers church members conduct periodically.

How to help

Donations toward Erika’s care can be sent to Deeds of Love, P.O. Box 1227, Norman, OK 73070. For information about donating to the Erika Ramirez Kidney Transplant Fund at BancFirst, call 360-6061.

Rental car fee change meets no resistance from OKC Council BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Staff Writer mkimball@opubco.com

On- and off-airport car rental companies will likely soon be subject to the same fees for Will Rogers World Airport customers after a public hearing regarding the proposed change met no resistance from the Oklahoma City Council this week. The proposed ordinance will impose the same 10 percent commission fee for airport customers to any rental car company within a 10-mile radius of the airport. Only rental car companies with offices at the airport are subject to the fee now, but companies that use shuttle buses and other methods to access airport customers will have to pay when the new ordinance takes effect.

No one spoke up against the ordinance during Tuesday’s city council meeting. The public hearing for the item lasted only about three minutes, and only one council member asked a question. Councilman Larry McAtee asked city Airports Department Director Mark Kranenburg why the radius was set at 10 miles. Kranenburg responded that it seemed to be a reasonable distance and that the rental car companies agreed to it.

‘Very common’

Kevin Hutchins, a regional manager of the Avis Budget Group that operates the Avis and Budget car rental brands, agreed with Kranenburg’s contention that adding the off-airport companies to the list is in line with what

most other communities are doing. “It’s very common. The vast majority of airports have an off-airport concession fee ordinance,” Hutchins said. “It’s fair (and) levels the playing field for all players.” City officials estimate about 2 percent of airport car rental customers use off-site companies, representing about $123,000 in potential commission fee revenue. The ordinance will also ensure rental car companies subject to the fee now still must pay it if they choose not to use the consolidated rental car facility planned for the airport. The $39 million facility will be paid for by $4.50 fees charged to airport car rental customers. A vote on the ordinance is set for Sept. 25.

Attorney: No judicial determination in matter FROM PAGE 9A

Michael M. Arnett said he will be making all further court appearances in the case of Robert D. Wright, 47, of Oklahoma City, who is accused of beating a man with a board. “I have taken what I believe to be the appropriate actions to not only take care of the case but to provide some assistance to Mr. Hall,” Arnett said. He declined to elaborate.

Hall shares office space with Arnett but is not employed by Arnett. Hall had made all previous court appearances on behalf of Wright, Arnett said. “I think the judge was very fair, and I believe that the case is well on its way to being resolved to everyone’s satisfaction,” he said. Hall has been a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association since 1977 and is a member in good standing, according to the asso-

ciation website. In August 1989, Hall was suspended for one year by the state Supreme Court for knowingly making a false statement of law or fact, court records show. At the time, he was suffering from manic depression and self-treating the depression with alcohol, according to an order imposing discipline. He was being treated for manic depression at the time, the order shows.

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I Mark Waldrip was sworn in as the board treasurer Monday night. Waldrip is the district’s director of revenue. The spot had been vacant for six months. State law requires every school board have a treasurer.

I Julie Roach was named an assistant principal at Roosevelt Middle School. Roach succeeds Tim Young, who resigned.

I Kevin Garcia was named an assistant principal at Webster Middle School. Garcia succeeds Joey Slate, who accepted a job outside the district.

ED GODFREY I Natalie JohnsonPapageorge was named associate director of elementary education on Monday. She was the director of professional growth and development for the school district. CARRIE COPPERNOLL,

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Fundraiser set for girl

TU fires president

Parents of Truman Elementary School students have organized a fundraiser for Erika Ramirez, a fifth-grader who has kidney failure.

Just 74 days into his tenure, the University of Tulsa has fired Geoffrey Orsak.

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Defense attorney tests positive for alcohol in court BY TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@opubco.com

A veteran defense attorney tested positive for alcohol use and removed himself from a case after prosecutors complained that he came to court with alcohol on his breath.

State fair officials gear up for launch

Prosecutors accused attorney John Thomas Hall of being under the influence on Monday and Tuesday while Hall was in court representing a man accused of assault and battery. “It was undeniable today,” a prosecutor said Tuesday. “The smell lingered.” Hall took a breath test at the re-

quest of prosecutors and tested positive for alcohol use, according to results obtained by The Oklahoman. Hall’s breath contained at least 0.02 percent alcohol, but the test did not measure an exact level. District Judge Glenn M. Jones said Tuesday there was “insufficient evidence” to find Hall was under the influence of alcohol.

“No judicial determination was made at all,” Jones said. Hall, though, took himself off the case, which was continued until November. He did not return calls for comment Tuesday and Wednesday. Oklahoma City attorney SEE ATTORNEY, BACK PAGE

ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OUT DRAWS NEIGHBORS OUTSIDE

WOMAN CAUSE OF DEATH TOLD A woman found dead in a car in a southwest Oklahoma City ravine died from injuries suffered in the wreck, the state medical examiner reports. Donna Mae Bartlett, 85, of Yukon, was found Tuesday in a car at the bottom of a ravine along S Council Road near SW 119. She had been reported missing from her home Monday night. The car plunged about 20 to 30 feet into the ravine, police said. A state medical examiner’s spokesman said Bartlett died of multiple blunt force trauma in the accident. She was not wearing a seat belt. FROM STAFF REPORTS

ELSEWHERE POLICE SEEK DOG THIEVES Detectives in Missoula County are searching for two people with Oklahoma ties who reportedly took a deaf couple’s service dog from a campground near Lolo. The couple said their 18month-old husky/ wolf mix named Jalita, who responds to sign language commands, was taken over Labor Day weekend. Missoula County detectives said the suspects’ names are Sam and Kim Goodwin. A Craigslist ad about the missing dog says the Goodwins were driving a 1993 blue Chevy pickup with an Oklahoma license plate.

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As opening day of the Oklahoma State Fair arrives, a few fair executives looked back in order to truly appreciate what the 2012 fair offers. Bill Allen remembers when it was necessary to plan ahead for towing numerous stuck vehicles out of unpaved parking lots. Scott Munz can recall nights when band members for headliners would be “along the edges” of a crowded flatbed trailer/ stage as they performed before rodeo crowds. And Tim O’Toole thinks back to when he wondered how the change to an 11day schedule would be received by fairgoers. Gates open at 8 a.m. Thursday for the 2012 Oklahoma State Fair, It runs through Sept. 23. Some fairgoers think about the rides and the food and the entertainment that awaits them. Others think of the various exhibits and competitions. But Allen, Munz and O’Toole think of all the improvements. This is the 30th Oklahoma State Fair for Allen, vice president of State Fair Park. “When I first started, we didn’t have hardly any paved parking spots, and there were puddles almost big enough for ducks,” he said. “Now we have many lots that are paved and well lit. We used to have to worry about towing a lot of cars out, and now that would be limited to a few cars.”

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Osei Bandele, vice president of the John F. Kennedy Neighborhood Association, rides his bike during National Night Out in the Oklahoma City neighborhood. PHOTOS BY GARETT FISBECK, THE OKLAHOMAN FROM STAFF REPORTS

Residents of the John F. Kennedy Neighborhood in Oklahoma City took to the streets and their front yards to participate in National Night Out. Tuesday’s annual gathering is designed to help foster a sense of community. At JFK, kids rode their bikes and one man set up a grill to make food for his neighbors. Right: Brianna Young, 9, and Josiah Owens, 1, take a ride in a batterypowered car during a National Night Out event in the John F. Kennedy neighborhood.


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Munz thinks back to when a tractor would pull a flatbed trailer out into the rodeo arena. That was the stage. Conditions were snug, especially the night a country music singer had a 12-member band. “That was interesting,� said Munz, vice president of marketing and public relations, who is beginning his 25th Oklahoma State Fair. “Now, we have all moving lights in there, and the stage is lowered down from the ceiling. It’s a firstclass sound and light production in the arena for the concerts at the PRCA Xtreme Bulls. “And, the same thing is true out on the Chesapeake Energy Stage. It’s a safe, first-class outdoor stage.� This is the ninth Oklahoma State Fair for O’Toole, president and CEO of Oklahoma State Fair Inc. He remembers the first one well. “I came on in January 2004, and the board had made the decision prior to that

to reduce the fair from 17 days to 11 days,� O’Toole said. “That was a learning curve for all of us. “And we were cautiously optimistic about how the public would receive it. It’s continued to grow every year and has been well-received by the public.� Reaction is something O’Toole eagerly awaits each year. This year, he awaits the response to Barn 4. In all, the $90 million projects include quality arenas, stalls and meeting areas, he said. Fair Park is home not only to the Oklahoma State Fair, but many state, regional, national and international equestrian shows. “Barn 4 is the completion of our original barn and equine projects that we embarked on in 2005,� he said. “It’s just part of the continuing upgrades that we’ve done to all of our equine and livestock facilities. “So I’m always pleased when people get the chance to see that and experience it. We want them to see the quality of it all.�

A carnival worker sets up prizes Wednesday afternoon at State Fair Park. PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

WELL-ROUNDED TROOPS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND BY JERRY WOFFORD Tulsa World jerry.wofford@tulsaworld.com

BRAGGS — Tech. Sgt. Brandon White is a chameleon. As a Joint Terminal Attack Controller in the Air National Guard, he coordinates strikes and surveillance between forces on the ground and forces in the air, but it requires him to be on the ground with those soldiers or Marines, to see what they see. He has to blend his tactical skills with his communication expertise. “Whatever they do, we do,� White said. “If they’re jumping out of Blackhawks, we’re jumping out of Blackhawks.� Now, White and 11 other members of the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing, based in Tulsa, are training Air National Guard airmen from 14 states to eventually become JTACs, a position that is in increasing demand as technology increases their ability to provide more support on the battlefield. The 138th Combat

Training Flight, a detachment of the Tulsa unit based at Camp Gruber, will graduate its first class next week with four more eight-week sessions scheduled for next year. The first class from Camp Gruber marks a shift in how the Air National Guard trains airmen to eventually become JTACs. Lt. Col. Rustan Schwichtenberg, commander of the 138th Combat Training Flight, said that each of the operational units around the country trained their own JTACs, which distracted from their main ongoing missions. In the cases of some National Guard units doing the training one weekend a month, it could take more than a year to complete. “We are relieving the operational units of all that pressure,� Schwichtenberg said. The airmen are trained first as communication experts. They relay pertinent battlefield information back to those controlling aircraft, artillery or missiles related to targets, other targets that should be surveilled and conduct

West Nile will remain until weather cools BY JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@opubco.com

Phil Maytubby, chief of public health protection at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, chatted with readers Wednesday on NewsOK about West Nile virus, safety precautions and cases in Oklahoma. Below are highlights from the Q&A. Q: How long is West Nile virus season? A: The season may last as long as mosquitoes are active, especially through the hot summer months. As the weather cools, mosquito activity level will decline, but they’ll be around until we get a good freeze. Q: What is the Oklahoma City-County Health Department doing to combat mosquitoes? A: We use an integrated pest management approach. That includes mosquito habitat reduction and removal, mosquito larvicide application and foremost, educating the public about how to protect themselves from mosquitoes. Q: Some parts of Texas have used aerial spraying. Could you discuss its effectiveness versus other approaches to prevention? A: Aerial spraying is sometimes seen as a last resort when mosquito numbers are very high and other methods are ineffective in reducing mosquito populations. Other methods we’re currently using are working well. Q: What type of bird

carries the virus? A: Several types of birds may carry the disease. It was originally reported in crows. One of the theories about the emergence of West Nile during a time of drought is that birds are using water sources that are smaller and more stagnant, and those are areas where mosquitoes are breeding. Q: What can parents use to prevent toddlers from getting bitten when playing outside? A: It’s important to use insect repellent on areas of exposed skin. Long sleeves and long pants are a good idea in dusk to dawn times. We recommend DEET, picaridin and oil of eucalyptus repellents, but always read the label for instructions before applying to young children. It may be comforting to know that few young children develop serious cases of West Nile virus. In Oklahoma there are no cases of the virus in children younger than nine, but they should always be protected from mosquitoes. Q: Why is there a vaccine for horses and not humans? A: That’s a complicated question. When the virus first emerged it was very hard on the horse population and there was great demand for a vaccine. Humans have the ability to use repellent or to dress appropriately. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with vaccine manufacturers and researchers to determine if it’s feasible to produce a West Nile vaccine for humans.

Training instructor Oklahoma Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Brandon White gets the go-ahead to demonstrate rappelling during training Wednesday on one of the towers at Camp Gruber near Braggs. PHOTO BY MICHAEL WYKE, TULSA WORLD

reconnaissance on forward positions. Being in the battlefield embedded with other troops on the ground gives the best perspective, White said. Being in the battlefield, sometimes embedded with troops on the forward

line, requires the airmen to keep up. That makes the JTACs one of the Air Force’s more elite, fit and diversely skilled forces, Schwichtenberg said. “These guys are just the right mix of bravado, technical savvy, knowledge

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levels; all these things together for that right guy to be on the ground,� Schwichtenberg said. “They’re a mixture of this real tactical dude, and all these command and control functions.� The 138th Combat Training Flight was approved to do the training last December after their former training mission in Fort Sill had ended. In six months, the staff moved their operations to facilities at Camp Gruber and developed the broad curriculum. “It was a perfect fit,� Schwichtenberg said. “The timing was right, the cost was right and we were able to make it happen in rapid fashion.� The training provided by the 138th Combat Training Flight will make the airmen eligible to be JTACs-in-waiting, Schwichtenberg said. The home commander must sign off on the training and

they must work with other JTACs and complete other training before being fully complete. But the new training path by the 138th will aim to cut the time it takes to complete that process from about five years to two, Schwichtenberg said. That will put more of the JTACs in the field quicker with more standardized training, fulfilling the increasing need for JTACs in the field. “Just because the wars are drawing down, the requirement for how many JTACs are needed in the force overall is actually increasing,� Schwichtenberg said. “They’ve seen the effectiveness of having an embedded Air Force controller in the Army’s scheme of maneuver on the ground. How we fight and use these maneuvers is only become more in vogue for how we use these on the ground.�


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BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@opubco.com

EDMOND — Sam’s Club may be coming to Edmond, with a proposed location on Interstate 35 just north of the Walmart Supercenter at 15th Street and the interstate. The first issue before the city is a request for a 500square-foot sign that is 70 feet from the ground, which is larger than Edmond’s code allows. “It is too tall and too big,” City Planner Bob Schiermeyer said. The store and fuel station, to be located on 15 acres in the southwest corner of Fox Lake Plaza, would have a 90-foot frontage onto the interstate. The code allows a 25-foot-tall sign that is 60 square feet. “The property is way off the road, and they think they need that big of a sign,” Schiermeyer said. Fox Lake Lane is west of the proposed 138,000square-foot box building that is proposed to have different elevations and insets in the design. Planning commission members are expected to consider the sign variance at their meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 20 S Littler Ave. City council members will make the final decision on the variance. Zoning for the business on that property is already in place. A site plan for the building has not been turned into the city. City Councilman Nick Massey is a promoter of business growth in Edmond. “Economic growth in Edmond is great,” Massey said about the proposed Sam’s store, the first of its kind in Edmond. The property where Sam’s may be located has been an issue for nearby property owners since

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Sam’s Club is looking to build a new store in Edmond, just north of the Walmart Supercenter at 15th Street and Interstate 35. First request before the city is a variance from the sign code.

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Coppermark banker Darcie Henderson was elected chairwoman of the Junior Achievement of Oklahoma Inc. — Oklahoma City Region board of directors. Henderson has been volunteering and fundraising for Junior Achievement since 2000 and serves on the state board. She has been with Coppermark Bank for 20 years and is senior vice president in the cash management department. Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to plan for their futures and make smart academic and economic choices.

Benton Gifford III, of Purcell, has earned his Eagle Scout rank. Gifford, 17, is a member of Troop 237 in the Last Frontier Council. Gifford’s Eagle Scout project was a renovation of the Lions Club baseball complex. Gifford’s project involved repainting buildings, installing a bench, repairing a urinal, installing new doorknobs and replacing damaged signs. Gifford, along with volunteers, spent 1,500 hours on the project. Gifford is the son of Jennifer and Roger Johnson and a junior at Purcell High School, where he is a member of the National Honor Society and the drum line.

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more than a decade ago, when the Fox Lake Plaza Shopping Center was first proposed by developer Frank Battle. The land has been bare for years, and mounds of dirt have been removed, causing property owners in Fox Lake housing continued problems. A year ago, Jim Tapp, with Fox Lake Invest-

ments, purchased the land from Expressway Development, a company owned by Battle. Expressway Development was in bankruptcy because of two unpaid mortgages for the proposed Fox Lake Plaza. “I am glad to see the property finished. It has been on hold for a long time,” Massey said. “I am glad to see some progress.”

Sam’s Club is looking to build a new store in Edmond, just north of the Walmart Supercenter at 15th Street and Interstate 35.

Edmond council hears Arcadia Lake trail plan BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@opubco.com

EDMOND — City council members voted to spend $200,000 for engineering to design a multipurpose trail around Arcadia Lake as part of a public-private project. David Tew, with the Arcadia Lake Trail Coalition, said in a presentation to the city council this week that they expect the trail to be open by 2014 for walkers, joggers, bicyclists and others. “This is a community resource and a community benefit,” said Tew, Mercy Health’s chief operating officer. A nearby property owner and the equestrian riders aren’t in favor of how the trail is being designed around the lake. John Fitch, a Southlake resident, told council members he is concerned about the safety of Boys Ranch Town because the will bring strangers to the area. “This is a threat to the safety of the boys,” Fitch said. Fitch said he is not opposed to the trail — just a trail all the way around the lake. “I don’t want a 20-mile trail,” Fitch said. “It is ridiculous. We need to be creative with our money. We don’t want to be like Lake Hefner.” Fitch warned the council members that trash associated with the trail would negatively impact the ecological system at the lake. He also said the trail would be closed from Oct. 1to Jan. 15 because of bow hunting season at the lake. Kathryn McKinney, a member of the Friends of Arcadia Lake Equestrian Trails, said they are not opposed to the trail at Arcadia Lake. But, she said they don’t want the two trails to cross or for the jogging trail to be built near the horse trail. “Horses are frightful,” McKinney said. “They are likely to bolt and lose a rider or

The city is designing another trail on the east side of Edmond that would run beneath Interstate 35 and continue east to Spring Creek Park at the lake. crash through to another trail.” Tew said they are working with the surrounding neighbors, the Boys Ranch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others in the design. A community connections meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Downtown Community Center. Tew said he came up with the idea for the trail around the lake a year ago when he was sitting in his recliner with a separated shoulder from a bicycle accident. He said he wanted to come up with a plan where bicyclists didn’t have to compete with vehicles. Tew hopes to have the design completed in a month. Trails are a priority for a number of people living in Edmond. The city is designing another trail on the east side of Edmond that would run beneath Interstate 35 and continue east to Spring Creek Park at the lake. They have budgeted $1.8 million for the trail. The money will come from the 2000 sales tax passed for capital improvements. Design work is expected to be completed by the end of the year. TAPP Development Corp. is considering building a wellness park and trail head on the west side of the interstate that could tie into the city’s new trail. “We hear about it (trails) on a regular basis,” Mayor Charles Lamb said.

IN BRIEF ELKS SET GOLF TOURNAMENT Lodge #1890 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has scheduled its annual Billy R. Perry Memorial Golf Tournament for Sept. 29 at Trosper Golf Course, 2301 SE 29. Perry was a longtime member of the Elks who loved to golf and help with the Christmas Basket program. He was a retired Tinker Air Base employee who died in 2004. Tee times will start at 10 a.m. This will not be a team tournament. Cost of the tournament is $60, which includes: green fee and cart, Friday night chicken dinner, cold cuts on Saturday after the tournament and three drink tickets. Players can bring guests to the Friday dinner. The cost is $10 for each guest. Deadline for entries is Sept. 26. Entry forms can be picked up at the Lodge or call Ron Hancock at 4553077 or Perralyne Perry at 677-6270. FROM STAFF REPORTS

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Witness says testimony was not swayed BY TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@opubco.com

A key witness in the state’s case against a man charged with murder reversed his testimony Wednesday after admitting he talked to the victim’s father the day before taking the stand. But Eric P. Thrower denied being told what to say by Phil Ingersoll, the father of shooting victim Jonathan Phillip Ingersoll, 21. Phil Ingersoll is a former Oklahoma City School District athletic director who won five state basketball championships as a

Man with branch is arrested at store BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Staff Writer lmanwarren@opubco.com

A man was arrested after he threatened a convenience store employee with a 4-foot tree branch, Oklahoma City police said. Marvin Glenn Jones, 53, was arrested on an assault and battery complaint Tuesday at 7-Eleven, 1101 NW 10. Police were called to the scene and encountered a man who called himself “General Jones” who verbally abused the officers, according to the police report. The 7-Eleven employee told police Jones was banned from the store Tuesday after making death threats against the store’s manager but re-

coach at Douglass and Northeast high schools. Jonathan Ingersoll died March 22, 2009, from a gunshot wound to the head. He and Thrower were riding in a car on N MacArthur Boulevard near NW 23 when another vehicle pulled alongside and a person inside fired into the car, police said. Thrower testified calling the victim’s father Tuesday “to see how court was going.” Thrower said Ingersoll told him to “tell the truth.” But the attorney representing defendant Kenneth Wayne Thompson III, accused Thrower of lying

Marvin Glenn Jones Arrested on Tuesday

turned that evening. The employee told Jones to leave and refused to serve him. Jones went outside and came back inside with a tree branch, according to the report. The employee told police Jones raised the branch and approached him, saying, “Come here, man. I’m going to use this on you.” Police said Jones tried to light himself on fire while in the back of the patrol car and said, “A bomb is about to go off in this (obscenity).” He was taken to Oklahoma County jail, where it took three or four detention officers to process him, police said. Police took the tree branch as evidence.

Missing Tulsa woman found alive in freezer BY AMANDA BLAND AND MATT BARNARD Tulsa World

A missing woman was found alive Wednesday morning in a freezer, and Tulsa police say the incident doesn’t appear to be suspicious. First responders were called about 10:30 a.m. to an apartment in the 2200 block of S Nogales Avenue where a woman was found by family members inside a chest-type deep freezer, police said. The woman, identified by her son as 59-year-old Theresa Christian, was conscious but incoherent as medics treated her at the scene, Cpl. Daisy Vallely said. She was transported to St. John Medical Center with “severe freezing-type injuries” to her legs, Valle-

ly said. EMSA reported that the woman was admitted in serious condition. Family members reported the woman missing Saturday after they were unable to contact her, officers said. Jermal Stewart, Christian’s son, entered his mother’s apartment Wednesday and heard her moaning in the freezer, Vallely said. She said it appeared Christian had tried to climb out of the freezer at some point. Stewart said the lid to the appliance was open when he found her. Police believe the woman may have had a reaction to medication, which could have affected her cognitive abilities, and sought shelter in the freezer during last week’s storms.

Gallery to host opening reception during art walk FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Dreamer Concepts, 324 E Main St., will reopen Friday after a three-month hiatus with a reception celebrating its newest exhibit, “Dreamer 44: Dose of Dynamite.” The reception is just one of a series of activities planned for the monthly Second Friday Circuit of Art event, which begins at 6 p.m. “Doses of Dynamite” will feature works by Travis Brassfield and Kellen Carter, Norman natives and longtime friends. Brassfield received classical training in studio art at Rose State College and the University of Oklahoma. He primarily works in acrylic, though his favorite medium is a combination of pencil and ink.

Carter works with acrylic paint, ink, spray paint and pen to create paintings and graffiti stenciling. This month’s art walk will include a Live Paint at Bigfoot Creative, 315 E Main, featuring some of the participating artists from a new pop culture exhibit, “Zombie Skins: Salon de la Vie Morte.” “Zombie Skins” just finished a successful run in Santa Fe, N.M., and features artists America Meredith, Daniel McCoy, Bryon Archuleta, Tom Farris, April Holder, Bob Haozous, Chris Pappan, Topaz Jones and Cannupa Hansk Luger. For a complete schedule of events planned for this month’s art walk, go to www.2ndfriday norman.com.

about his conversation with Phil Ingersoll. “He told you you needed to identify Mr. Thompson this morning, didn’t he?” defense attorney Redmond Kemether asked Thrower. “No,” Thrower said. Earlier Wednesday, Thrower identified Thompson as the driver of the car, a day after testifying he didn’t see who was driving or who fired the fatal shot. “Why didn’t you sit there and tell the truth yesterday?” Kemether asked the witness. “I was threatened,” said Thrower, a felon and admitted former gang mem-

Kenneth Wayne Thompson III, 23

ber who told the court he had received death threats for testifying. Thrower also testified smoking marijuana the night of the shooting, but said it didn’t affect his

ability to recall the events surrounding Ingersoll’s slaying. He also admitted smoking pot before testifying Tuesday afternoon and said he lied under oath during cross-examination. “Yeah, I was stoned,” Thrower testified Wednesday. “But I was still functionable.” Thompson, 23, is the brother of Kendal Laron Richardson, 22, a co-defendant who was acquitted of Ingersoll’s murder in November. Thrower testified at Richardson’s trial that Richardson leaned out of his car and fired the shot

that killed Ingersoll, which contradicted his testimony from Tuesday. Richardson’s trial was plagued by several delays, allegations of jury intimidation and uncooperative witnesses, many of whom testified reluctantly or refused to testify altogether. At least four prosecution witnesses, including two serving time in unrelated cases, testified they lied during interviews with homicide detectives because they were threatened with jail time if they didn’t cooperate. Thompson’s trial is expected to go to the jury Thursday.


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Seasonal favorites available in Norman FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Pansies and other fall bedding plants, as well as sweet potatoes, pumpkins and winter squash, are some of the seasonal offerings available this month at the Norman Farm Market. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 31 at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E Robinson St. People can shop for locally grown fruits, vegetables and plants, along with items such as honey, soap and dairy products. According to the market’s Web page, other offerings in September and October include greens, peppers, pears, straw corn and gourds. For more information, go to www.cleveland countyfair.org or call 3604721.

The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 31.

Dylan Ward assists his grandmother, Betty Groom, as she buys produce from Terresa Peters Wednesday at the Norman Farm Market. PHOTOS BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

Mwena Baker, of Norman, shops for produce Wednesday at the Norman Farm Market.

Terry Nixon with Elam Produce, of Purcell, helps Rita Doussett, of Norman, get produce ready to sell at the Norman Farm Market.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as required by title 19, United States Code, section 1607 et seq of seizure at Oklahoma, on the dates specified below, of the following merchandise, liable to forfeiture to the United States under provisions of various statutes cited. Any person claiming such property is hereby notified to file his claim at the Customhouse, 7501 Esters Blvd., Suite 160, Irving, Texas 75063 (or by mail to P.O. Box 619050, D/FW Airport, Texas 75261), within 20 days (or 35 days if case if denoted as C.A.F.R.A.) after the first publication of this notice together with a bond in the amount of $5000 or 10% of the value of the claimed proper$ ty, whichever is lower, but not less than $250, with approved sureties as provided for in title 19, United States Code, section 1608. The cost bond amount, if required, is specified below for each referenced case. Once the cost bond and/or claim to the merchandise has been filed, the case will be forwarded to the United States Attorney for the institution of forfeiture proceedings in federal district court. If you are indigent (needy and poor) you may not be required to post the bond. If no claim is filed or bond given as provided in the aforesaid statute, the property herein described will be declared forfeited to the Government of the United States and disposed of in conformity with the laws and regulations of the Secretary of the Treasury: 2012550400007401: 422 pieces of U.S. Currency converted into Cashier’s Check #225950 in the amount of $7,332.00 valued at $7,332.00 - in violation of 18USC981 & 18USC1956, because the property was involved in $ $ transactions that involved the proceeds of drug sales and /or represents the proceeds of specified unlawful activity related to the smuggling of controlled substances into the United States, in that it facilitated the carrying on of the illicit transportation, sale, receipt, and/or possession of controlled substances - seized on May 21, 2011 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (CAFRA - No Cost Bond Required) 2012550400006301: 304 pieces of U.S. Currency valued at $7,406.00 - in violation of 18USC981 & 18USC1956, because the property was involved in transactions that involved the proceeds of drug sales and /or represents the proceeds of specified unlawful activity related to the smuggling of controlled substances into the United States, in that it facilitated the carrying on of the illicit transportation, sale, receipt, and/or possession of controlled substances - seized on May 03, 2012 at Yukon, Oklahoma (CAFRA - No Cost Bond Required) 2012550400008001: 141 Pieces of U.S. Currency ($10,029.00), 72 Tablets of Suspected Adderall, 743 Tablets of Suspected Alprazolam, 2,774 Tablets of Suspected Ambien, 9,301 Tablets of Suspected Ativan 2mg, 12,430 Tablets of Suspected Clonazepam, 6,970 Tablets of Suspected Lortab, 152 Tablets of Suspected Oxycodone, 164 Tablets of Suspected Oxycontin, 160 Tablets of Suspected Oxycodone, 713 Tablets of Suspected Percocet, 10,997 Tablets of Suspected Phentermine, 3,775 Tablets of Suspected Ritalin, 5,236 Tablets of Suspected Valium, 6,175 Tablets of Suspected Viagra, 2,669 Tablets of Suspected Vicodin, 3,429 Tablets of Suspected Xanax 1.0, 10,457 Tablets of Suspected Xanax 2.0, 1,259 Purple Oval Pills, 161 White Oval Pills, 942 White Round Pills, 2,879 Pink Oval Pills with “A”, Four Hundred Forty Eight (448) White Rectangular Pills with “M2MG”, 4,979 White Oval Pills with “Safe”, Dell XPS Laptop, Gateway Laptop, USB Drive, Magic Jack and HTC Cell Phone – in violation of 19USC 1595a(c), 18USC545 & 21USC 952, because it is unlawful to introduce or attempt to introduce into the United States from any place outside thereof any controlled substances contrary to law that was smuggled into domestic commerce and 18USC981 & 18USC 1956, because the property was involved in transactions that involved the proceeds of drug sales and /or represents the proceeds of specified unlawful activity related to the smuggling of controlled substances into the United States, in that it facilitated the carrying on of the illicit transportation, sale, receipt, and/or possession of controlled substances - seized on May 30, 2012 at Yukon, Oklahoma (CAFRA - No Cost Bond Required)

Notice of Sale: Security Self Storage 1606 24th Ave. S.W. Norman, Ok will accept sealed bids for the dispersal of personal property and/or household goods to satisfy rent in arrears and/or delinquent storage fees. Bids will be accepted on the entire contents of storage unit(s). No individual items or partial unit bids will be accepted. Sale will start at 3:00pm on 09/21/12 no late bids will be considered. The following units are scheduled to be sold: Unit# 2107 Name: Nathan Gaines Address: 1901 Tiffany Dr Norman, Ok 73071 Unit# 1621 Name: Jose Esobedo Address: 1224 SW 55th St Norman, Ok 73109 Unit# 1614 Name: Early Browning Address: 1958 Fillmore Ave Apt C Norman, Ok 73072 Unit# 1139 Name: Michael Ross Address: 3953 24th Ave. SE Apt 7 Norman, Ok 73071 Unit# 1205 Name: Betsy Brown Address: 3000 S. Berry #100 Norman, Ok. 73072 Unit# 1108 Name: Wayne

Copeland Address: P.O. Box 721207 Norman, Ok. 73070 Unit# 1149 Name: Keith DeHass Address: 2215 Iowa Norman, Ok. 73069 U-Haul Co. of OKC Notice of Public Sale Notice is hereby given that on or after September 27th 2012, UHaul will be offering for sale under the judicial lien process by public auction, to the highest bidder, the following storage units. The goods are generally described as miscellaneous household and personal, unless otherwise indicated. The terms of the sale will be cash only. All tax exemptions will need to bring a copy of their certificate for our records, U-Haul reserves the right to refuse any bids and to collect a deposit pending the removal of ALL items from the storage units. All rooms listed will not necessarily be auctioned. The sales will be held at the following locations starting at or after 7:30 AM and will proceed In the order listed.

Quail Springs U-Haul, 721 W. Memorial Rd: 0073 R. Sheppard, 0338 L.A. Greer, 0346 R. Shirley, 1118 K. Simpson, 1208 J. Anderson, 1605 K. Simpson, 1716 B. Reed, 1786 L. K. Powell, 1798 D. Franklin, 2423 J. Rowton, and 2755 A. Lime. MacArthur Park U-Haul, 6500 NW Expwy: A205 K. Haley, B134 R. Askew, B145 R. Johnson, B159 T. Jackson, B160 D. Battle, B191 B. Mccoy, B194 F. Black, B245 J. Branch, B270 A. Deline, B272 A, Deline, B297 L. Taylor, B348 S. Norris, B352 G, Jackson, B366 C. Hall, E103 F. Flemmmg, and E106 T. Rogers. Bethany U-Haul, 2425 N. MacArthur: A07 K. Turley, B01 M. A. Benavente, D02 D. Johnson, D24 L. Gray, D26 T. Mccarthy,, E05 W. Battle, F36 J. R, Mcelroy, F39 C. Briggs, H02 T- Murphy, L05 M. Moore, N02 M. Silguero, N10 A. Horner, P06 K. Mathess, R10 J. Love, S06 D. P. Sacotte, and T02 D. Counterman.

Bricktown U-Haul, 100 SE 2nd St: 1D136 K. E. Rivas, 1F143 T. Hightower, 1F146 T.A. Sullivan-Kemp, 1G149 C. Hollenbeck, 2A103 M. Zacker, 2A148 M. Special, 2A204 J. J. Dugger, 2B157 A. J. Head, 2B159 C. D. Grimes, 2B191 M. J. Asberry, 2B194 M. E. Mcdonald, 2B258 J. R. Watts, 3al32 S. Clower, 3A139 R. W. Russell, 3A191 R.W. Russell, 3A198 L. J. Ganaway, 4A104 S. Caporal, and 4A136 F.D. Jones. PUBLIC AUCTION - ABANDONED PROPERTY IN UNPAID STORAGE UNITS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 10:00 AM AT VILLAGE AT SOUTHCREEK SELF STORAGE 1011 SW 134TH ST. OKLA. CITY, OK. 73170 405-735-3889. CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNITS SCHEDULED FOR SALE: #2527 JAY BRANNON, 216 SW 147TH, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #2228 APRIL JOHNSON, 1513 SW 23RD, MOORE, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS

#2031/1003 BRIAN HAIDLE, 1333 SW 62ND, OKC, OK 73159 MISC ITEMS #933 KARINA JUVERA, 2225 SW 135TH PLACE, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #2311/2320 PATRICK MCCAIN, 12208 LORIEN WAY, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #705/716 JODE PAGE, 1012 SW 99TH STREET, OKC, OK 73139 MISC ITEMS #2507/2510 MATT PETKER, 401 S DALLAS, MOORE, OK 73160 MISC ITEMS #211 RHODA ARYIKU, 528 CYPRESS DR, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #308/309 RICK PARKER, 11505 MACKEL, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #922 NANCY MACIAS, 411 W WATERFRONT DR, TUTTLE, OK 73089 MISC ITEMS #2420/2411 MICHAEL HALE, 1968 ELDORADO CT, POWELL, OH 43065 MISC ITEMS #2106 JOSHUA ELLER, 518 S 5TH STREET, VANDALIA, IL 62471 MISC ITEMS

#2515 GINA SPEEDY, 905 CITY AVE APT 146, MOORE, OK 73160 MISC ITEMS #1408 RHONDA FORD, 517 CASS AVE, MOORE, OK 73160 MISC ITEMS #1601 JADE GILBERT, 13236 S ROBINSON AVE, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #2603 CAROL HARTLINE, P.O. BOX 45, NINNEKAH, OK 73067 MISC ITEMS

The Oklahoma Foundation For The Disabled, Inc. announces its participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). All participants in attendance are served meals, at no extra charge to the parents. In accordance with federal law and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, participating institutions are prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 202509410, or call toll-free 866-6329992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing-impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

NOTICE OF SALE 1998 CHEVROLET C/K1500 VIN# 2GCEC19R8W1185903 IS BEING OFFERED FOR PUBLIC SALE CONTACT TY’S TOWING 405-205-7369 PUBLIC AUCTION ANYONE HOLDING A LEGAL OR FINANCIAL INTEREST IN ONE 2000 PALM HARBOR MOBILE HOME WITH VIN# PH0515616AB CONTACT TERRY @ (405) 227-9046


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TU fires head after 74 days in the post BY WAYNE GREENE Tulsa World wayne.greene@tulsaworld.com

The University of Tulsa fired Geoffrey Orsak as president of the institution Wednesday evening, 74 days after he took office. The school’s announcement gave no reason for the termination but said it is effective immediately. TU Executive Vice President Kevan Buck has been authorized by the TU Board of Trustees to manage the day-to-day operations of the university. The school announced Tuesday that Orsak had been granted a leave of absence “to attend to a very serious health matter of his father in Dallas.” TU Vice President for Public Relations Kayla Acebo said she couldn’t comment on either of the two announcements. “This is a personnel matter, and we cannot comment on personnel matters,” Acebo said. She also declined to say whether Orsak and his family are still living in the school’s new presidential residence, the Skelly Mansion at 21st Street and Madison Avenue. Calls to Orsak’s cellphone Wednesday were not returned. Acebo said the process for selecting a permanent successor to Orsak will be up to the school’s Board of Trustees, but no details have been announced. The TU board named Orsak, 49, the school’s 18th president in May, and

he took office July 1. Previously, he had been dean of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University. He announced that his goal was to put the University of Tulsa among the elite colleges and universities in the nation. “All of the ingredients are here for this university to emerge as a true superstar in American higher education,” Orsak said at the news conference announcing his hiring. “I feel that the best days for TU are still ahead,” he said. “We’re just absolutely excited to get started.” Orsak said college — he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University — transformed his life. As a researcher, Orsak specialized in mathematics that set the stage for the wireless revolution. In 1997, he began a transition into collegiate administration. He was appointed in 2008 by the Secretary of Energy to the National Petroleum Council. He has served on study groups and panels for the National Academy of Engineering and has served as a Department of Defense science and engineering adviser through his participation on the Defense Science Study Group. Orsak is married to Dr. Catherine Orsak. They have two children, Mary Elizabeth, 12, and Peter, 8.

Funds needed to reach degree goals BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@opubco.com

Oklahoma’s top higher education official said he’s optimistic about the state’s college completion goals — but only if lawmakers find money to get the job done. Glen Johnson, chancellor of Oklahoma’s higher education system, said Wednesday that higher education officials would need to make a pitch in the upcoming session for increased funding. Johnson and Gov. Mary Fallin have made college completion a high priority in recent years, setting a statewide goal of an additional 20,400 degrees and certificates awarded in Oklahoma over 12 years. “We can’t do that with budget reductions or even flat budgets,” Johnson said. Speaking Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s 2012 Legislative Forum, Johnson said the state is on track to meet that goal, having surpassed the goal of 1,700 degrees and certificates in the past academic year. At a state regents meeting last week, officials announced public colleges and universities in Oklahoma had more than 1,900 more graduates during the 2011-12 academic year than during the previous year. But Johnson said last year was likely one of the state’s easiest in the initiative. Officials expected the best results in the first year because the agency began engaging potential students who had received little attention. The higher education budget is roughly the same as the system’s budget for the previous year, and is based on a $955.26 million allocation for higher education that was included in the state’s budget for fiscal year 2013.

The budget is $34.7 million less than Johnson requested at the beginning of the last legislative session. Of that amount, $27.8 million would have gone toward mandatory cost increases, such as rising insurance premiums and utility costs. Between fiscal years 2009 and 2012, the system saw its budget slashed by 9.4 percent. During the forum, Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, said he hopes to see higher education align itself with industry needs. Higher education officials generally do a good job of laying out a legislative agenda and usually are successful in pushing that agenda through the legislature, Shannon said. But Shannon, the speakerdesignate of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, said he’d like to see leaders give lawmakers more information on the impact higher education has on the business community. The link between higher education and private industry in Oklahoma represents one of the state’s strongest public-private partnerships, Shannon said. But many lawmakers are unaware of the importance of that partnership. In many cases, Shannon said, that lack of awareness is due to high turnover. Because state legislators work under term limits, each new session brings a new set of lawmakers who may not understand the higher education system’s mission. Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, said he was concerned about the issue of student debt upon graduation. He said he hopes to see schools do a better job of giving students information on the salaries they can reasonably expect to earn after graduation, and how large a loan they could expect to pay off on that income.

Deaths

Services pending (Integrity, Henryetta).

MCALESTER

AGRA

Meyers, Jorge Ezra, 36, information technology worker, died Sept. 8. Services 1 p.m. Saturday (Palmer & Marler, Stillwater).

ALTUS

Lockwood, James W., 83, business owner, died Sunday. Graveside services 10 a.m. Thursday, Altus City Cemetery (Kincannon, Altus).

ALVA

Ingraham, Leona, 89, died Wednesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Church of God (Marshall, Alva).

BARNSDALL

Grim, Mary Ann, 82, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, First Christian Church (Stumpff, Barnsdall).

BARTLESVILLE

Bade, Robert Keith “Bob,” 68, retired Siemens chemist and chromatographer, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Christian Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Bates, Marjorie Mae, 91, died Tuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Saturday, First Presbyterian Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Holt, Jackie Lee, 84, farmer, died Wednesday. Services pending (Walker-Brown, Bartlesville).

Dakil, Sam M.D., 90, physician, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Presbyterian Church of McAlester (Brumley-Mills, McAlester). Robins, Alta, 94, licensed practical nurse, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday (Chaney-Harkins, McAlester).

MIDWEST CITY

Kerns, Janice Carolyn, 92, retired from Tinker Air Force Base, died Tuesday. Services pending (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City). Seidel, Roger L., 76, special education teacher, died Wednesday. Services pending (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City).

MOORE

Privett, Della Gene, 85, St. Anthony Hospital medical records department employee, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, Resurrection Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Oklahoma City (John M. Ireland, Moore). Reeves, Donald Ray, 74, mechanic, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (John M. Ireland, Moore).

BETHANY

Meador, Jan Pearce, 66, died Sunday. No services (Cremation Society, Oklahoma City).

BLACKWELL

OKLAHOMA CITY

BLAIR

Coker, Brantley Gage, infant son of Brandon Coker and Autumn Roberts, died Sunday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, First Baptist Church (Kincannon, Altus).

CHOCTAW

Abel, David Roy, 75, retired from Air Force, died Aug. 28. Graveside services 10 a.m. Friday, Elmwood Cemetery (Hibbs, Choctaw).

CLINTON

Brown, Margie Belle, 80, retired Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. engineer, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, First United Methodist Church (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton). Goucher, Kenneth, 68, security guard, died Sept. 10. Services 2 p.m. Monday, Free-Will Baptist Church (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton).

DEL CITY

Misenheimer, Maudella, 89, died Sunday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Bill Eisenhour, Del City). Woodard, Earl Stanley “Stan,” 85, retired from Air Force, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Ford, Midwest City).

EDMOND

Bell, Brandy S., 33, homemaker, died Tuesday. Services pending (Matthews, Edmond). Ford, Michael James Sr., 24, independent contractor, died Sunday. Services pending (Crawford, Edmond). Jenkins, Carlos Randall, 64, physician, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Monday, First Christian Church (Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). Patatanian, Heriknaz, 88, homemaker, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Buchanan, Oklahoma City).

EL RENO

Finley, Ernestine Magpie, 52, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Huber-Benson, El Reno).

GLENCOE

Bower, Bryant Lee, 52, Boeing Aircraft tool builder, died Aug. 27. Graveside services 10 a.m. Friday, South Glencoe Cemetery (Poteet, Pawnee).

GUTHRIE

Powell, Johnny Vaughn, 63, retired private security guard, died Aug. 28. Services pending (Smith-Gallo, Guthrie).

HENRYETTA

Boyles, Joseph Kenneth, 75, retired glass plant operator, died Tuesday.

Records Editor’s note: The Oklahoman will publish free birth and adoption announcements as space permits. Include full names of parents, sex of child, and hospital or county of adoption. You can mail the information to The Oklahoman, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. The Oklahoman has discontinued publishing birth announcements from hospitals that do not provide full names of parents.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Anthony O’Dell Carr, 54, and Karen Rae Johnson, 54. Bobby Dwayne Brown, 41, and Kylee Beth Kizziar, 24. Rick Lee Evans, 30, and Kimberly Dawn Jacques, 24. Nicolas Gonzalez Lopez, 22, and Patricia Hilburn, 43. Rickey Dewayne Dixie Jr., 28, and Syreeta Jeane Hill, 35. Matthew Eugene Stiger, 36, and Rachel Diane Samuel, 34. Olusegun Damilola Fajolu, 27, and Kenesha Renee Adair, 22. Patrick Wayne Johnson, 24, and Petra Michellle Bergamini, 25. Jason David Leehan, 28, and Christine A. Tucker, 27. Joseph Stalyn Matias Moris, 28, and Jennifer Joy Hermansen, 26. Cory Blade Northern, 35, and Alicia Brooke Hugo, 24. David Wayne Mackey, 43, and Jennifer Kyle Retherford, 40. Christopher Lee Martin, 28, and Hillary Daniele Finch, 25. Shannon Ulrich Donahue, 32, and Robin Louise Langdale, 32. Mohammed Bunyamin Oladiran Karim, 24, and Christina Nicole Stanzione, 22. Austin Grant Maxwell, 28, and Pamela Dawn Lay, 29. Kelly Don Corcoran, 37, and Kimberli Anne Hatch, 33. Jeremy Michael Pollock, 28, and Elizabeth Hoang Nguyen, 28. Daniel Riley Grissom, 28, and Tara Ann Lisle, 32. Gregory Allen Greer, 43, and Nita Wyoma Charlotte Lilley, 29. Christopher Brandon Alexander, 28, and Stacey Jo Smith, 27. William Robert Blevins, 33, and Dawrung Khanasa, 30. Joseph Roger Blake, 69, and Sally C. Royse, 66. Johnnie Scott Loudermilk, 29, and Deondra Rae Davis, 27. Eric James Bertolasio, 23, and Nikki

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City). West, Melvia E., 79, died Wednesday. Services pending (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Wilder, Wilma Mary, 85, retired supervisory nurse, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Sept. 20, Crossings Community Church (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma).

OLIVE

Doty, Jackie Lou Sr., 59, carpenter, died Sunday. Services 1 p.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church (Michael’s, Drumright).

PAWNEE

Brien, Leota Faye, 86, homemaker, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Poteet, Pawnee).

PERRY

Gleason, Ted Wayne, 60, roustabout, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Grace Hill Cemetery (Brown Dugger, Perry).

PONCA CITY

Seward, Earnest Lee, 46, construction laborer, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Monday (Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City).

Artherton, Carolyn, 74, AT&T computer technician, died Monday. Services pending (Buchanan, Oklahoma City). Bowie, Leland, 45, died Sept. 4. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Siloam Missionary Baptist Church (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Brainard, Melba Delberta, 89, homemaker, died Wednesday. Services pending (Buchanan, Oklahoma City). Carrillo, Margaret Walton, 62, homemaker, died Saturday. Mass 1 p.m. Thursday, Resurrection Cemetery Chapel (Smith and Kernke NW 23 Street, Oklahoma City). Dean, James, 69, died Wednesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Smith & Kernke N. May, Oklahoma City). Foust, Donny Venoy, 56, welder, died Tuesday. Services pending (John M. Ireland, Moore). Gibbs, Trish, 63, retired nurse, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Forest Hill Christian Church (Cremation Society, Oklahoma City). Harris, Georgia, 97, died Monday. Services pending (Rolfe, Oklahoma City). Hawkins, Betty, 75, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Wildewood Baptist Church (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Henderson, Delbert, 50, died Tuesday. Services pending (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Hohstadt, Edith, 84, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Knob Hill Baptist Church (Advantage, Oklahoma City). Jacobs, Jesse Franklin Jr., 54, died Sept. 5. Services 11 a.m. Saturday (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Kane, Sharon, 57, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Ford, Midwest City). Pease, Alan Richard, 61, factory worker, died Friday. No services (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma). Popejoy, Justin Nolan, 29, painter, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Highway of Holiness Church (John M. Ireland, Moore). Russell, Carolyn, 54, died Sunday. Services 1 p.m. Saturday, New Hope Baptist Church (Howard-Harris, Oklahoma City). Tacker, Todd Russell, 43, died Monday. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Smith & Kernke N. May, Oklahoma City). Timmons, Joel Jr., 39, butcher, died Sept. 4. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Rolfe, Oklahoma City). Towery, Clyde D., 86, petroleum engineer, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, Westminster Presbyterian Chapel (Hahn-Cook/ Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). Washington, Phillip Ray, 33, died Sept. 1. Services 11 a.m. Sept. 15, St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, Arcadia (Pollard, Oklahoma Jo Ann Burgett, 19. Kevin Lavel Burton, 29, and Darianna Angelic Dawson, 27. Michael Gerard Hardt, 53, and Jennifer Kay Harrison, 44. Brandon Morrison, 31, and Amanda Dawn Perry, 27. James Allen Stroud, 26, and Ashley Colvin, 25. Jose Antonia Villa Ayala, 20, and Cecilia Edith Gomez Cruz, 19. Sean Ryan Eldridge, 26, and Joanna Marzec, 24. Michael L. Reale, 48, and Cindy Lou White, 46. Inmar Eriberto Cardona Guerra, 25, and Rosa Oliva Pina Martinez, 20. Adolfo Montes Valenzuela, 30, and Patricia Atilano Ambriz, 25. Glen Dean Pipkin, 33, and Tiffany Elizabeth Smith, 23. David Earnest Hash, 49, and Kathy Lynn Owens, 53.

DIVORCES ASKED Bogard, David v. Emiko Chaney, Gypsy C. v. Miles W. Cowan, Eric v. Jessica Edwards, Zara Shadae v. Erik Steven Gonzalez, Lisa v. Richard Grimes, Matthew v. Brittany Holmes, Jennifer L. v. William R. Hunter, Sofia Sabrin v. Verdugo, Alexander Johnson, Kelly v. Mark Lantz, Carol v. Mackey Lowe, Stefanie Michelle v. Hensley, James Everette Maddex, Eric Dwayne v. Oliphant, Jasmine R. Martinez, Maria D. v. Gerardo Melvin, Hailey v. Anthony Mooney, Kristy Renee v. Paul Justin Varnum Olivas, Jorge Franco v. Trejo, Martha Ruiz Pearson, John Michael v. Leshia McKay Pevehouse, Whitney Anne v. Eric Paul Randall-Phillips, Patricia A. v. Phillips, Eugene Ranger, Michael L. v. Leonore M. Reese, Hope Elayne v. Elijah Kareem Rodriguez, Efrain v. Teresa Ross, Amy Smith v. Jeffrey Landon Russell, Garland v. Elizabeth I. Schmitz, Juliana Bruns v. John William Smith, Lindsay Michelle v. Robert Steven Vanzant, Aubrey v. Joshua Vargas, Linda v. Martin Villanueva Colchado, Jose A. v. Banda, Celia Barron Voigtschild, April Michel v. Chris Jon Walters, Laura L v. James K.

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Wasson, Thelma I. “Ginny,” 84, died Aug. 31. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Albright United Methodist Church (Trout, Ponca City).

RAMONA

Owens, Billy W., 63, auto mechanic, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, Wesleyan Holiness Church, Ochelata (Walker-Brown, Bartlesville).

RENTIESVILLE

Miller, Lula Mae, 87, retired postmaster, died Tuesday. Services pending (Ragsdale, Muskogee).

SPIRO

Underwood, Eunice Ferrall, 86, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Mallory-Martin, Spiro).

TULSA

Nickles, Coeweene, 89, died Tuesday. Services pending (Trout, Ponca City).

YUKON

Bartlett, Donna, 85, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Saturday (Bill Merritt, Bethany). Organ donor

Lt. Col. David Roy Abel October 12, 1936 - August 28, 2012

NORMAN

Hinkle, Charles Ray, 63, truck driver, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, Lynlee Mae Chapel (John M. Ireland, Moore). Winters, Sandra, 69, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. Monday (Havenbrook, Norman).

Brown, Morris Jr., 96, died Tuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church (Roberts and Son, Blackwell).

THE OKLAHOMAN | NEWSOK.COM

CHOCTAW Lt. Col. David Roy Abel, 75, of Choctaw, took his final flight and most important mission August 28, 2012, after a 3-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his bride of 34 years, Claudine Abel of Choctaw; his daughter, Cynthia Pearson and son-in-law, Tom Pearson and grandchildren Connor and Madison of Edmond, OK; and two cousins, Edward and Melvin Ward. David is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Edith Abel, and sister, Donna Rapp. His family wishes to thank all those who helped and Good Shepherd Hospice for their care and support. Contributions to a favorite charity in lieu of flowers. Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 10:00 am at Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of Hibbs Funeral Home.

Denie Cupples

March 21, 1964 - Sept 2, 2012

MORGAN HILL, CA Denie Cupples, 48, passed away on September 2, 2012, in San Francisco, CA. She was born in Oklahoma City, OK to Eddie & Karen Miller. Denie attended high school in Yukon, OK, graduating in 1982. While working in the retail and insurance field, Denie attended the University of Central Oklahoma for two years and was well-known in her community. In the late 1980s, Denie briefly lived in Amarillo, TX, where she was a Store Manager at Limited, Inc. She met her husband, Tom, in 1990 as she was also working in sales, and they later moved to California in 1992. Denie remained in sales until 1997, then she cared for her children and the home full time. Denie was preceded in death by her mother, Karen; and nephew, Zack Thurston. Denie is survived by her husband of 18 years, Tom; daughters, Madison and Taylor; father, Eddy; stepfather, Carl Lane; sisters, Edie Thurston and Lanie Harryman; brother, Shawn Miller; and many other loving family members and numerous dear, loving friends. A Memorial Service to celebrate Denie’s life will be held on Friday, September 14th at 4 p.m. at Good News Church, 1054 East Main Street, Yukon, Oklahoma.

Terrinda J. Stewart Oct. 29, 1955 - Sept. 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Terrinda J. Stewart, 56, joined her Heavenly Father on Sept. 10, 2012. Terrinda was born in Gainesville, TX to Tom and Betty (Seeley) Stradley. She dedicated her life to taking care of her family and providing them a warm and loving home. She loved going to church and writing poetry, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren; all of whom she loved dearly. Terrinda will be greatly missed by her family and countless friends. She leaves cherished memories with her loving husband Don Stewart; daughters Amber Moore and husband Nelson, Erin Melton and husband Mike; brother Kevin Stradley; sister Torrie Smith; and her seven grandchildren. Viewing will be today from 4-8 PM at the funeral home. Services to celebrate her life will be 2:00 PM Friday at Jernigan Memorial Church of the Nazarene, 3200 N. Hammond, Bethany, OK. Interment will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Wheatland, OK. Friends may leave condolences at www.vondelsmithmortuary.com

Todd Russell Tacker Nov. 12, 1968 - Sept. 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Todd was born 11-12-68 in OKC. He died 9-10-12. He was an avid OU fan and loved NASCAR. Todd attended Casady School, graduated from John Marshall and De Anza College, Cupertino, CA. Todd was preceded in death by grandparents John and Christine Mailer, Ft. Smith, AR, Jack and Laura Tacker, Lake Tenkiller, OK; cousin Jeff Shipley of Ft. Smith; and service dogs ‘Hercules’ and ‘Wiley Post’. He is survived by mother Tina Mailer (Fred Welborn); father Ron Tacker (Linda); aunts Cathey White (Waldo), Joanne Phillips (David), uncle John Mailer (Janet) all of Ft. Smith; seven very dear cousins, roommate Sherri Wise and beloved service dog, Vince Gill. Read more about Todd’s wonderful life by becoming a ‘Friend” at bmshrr@aol.com (in sub line: Todd’s obit). Memorial Service on 9-14-12 at 1:00pm, Smith and Kernke Chapel, 14624 N. May, OKC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Dan Lutz Foundation, 2404 Valleybrook Dr., Edmond, OK 73034, or donor’s choice.

Mary "Mag" Stine

October 9, 1925 - September 11, 2012

CHOCTAW Mary Magdalene Stine went to be with the Lord September 11, 2012. She was born October 9, 1925 in Octavia, OK. She met her future husband Harle Stine while employed at McDonnell Douglas. They married in 1949 and resided in Nicoma Park. She had 3 children, 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous in-laws. She was loved by all. Mary had been a member of Nicoma Park Baptist Church, Hillcrest Baptist Church and at the time of her death was a member of Open Door Baptist Church. Her career of choice was stay at home mom & homemaker. Mary’s life changing event, at 36, was her personal encounter with Christ and her desire was that all come to know and love Him who gave her life purpose and meaning. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at Barnes Friederich Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Arlington Memory Gardens.


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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

Stephen James Lawler

Merilyn Jane Olaker

Martha Ellen Berniece ''Bea'' Pritchett Shepherd

BETHANY On September 9, 2012, Stephen James Lawler drew his final earthly breath and awoke at his Savior’s feet. Steve was born on April 2, 1948, to Billy Joe and Billy Jane Wolfram Lawler in McAllen, Texas. Two years after graduating from high school in Atwater, California, Steve met the love of his life, Diana Lynn Jacques, on Labor Day weekend of 1968. They married on May 3, 1969, and celebrated 43 years of marriage. As a man with a strong sense of right and wrong, Steve served the community of Atwater as a police officer from 1969 to 1981. Steve then moved his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to pursue a degree in business, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Oral Roberts University in 1984. He went on to receive a Master's in Accounting from the University of Tulsa with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude in 1985. He was the recipient of both the F.B. Perriott Educational Scholarship for the TU Graduate Business School and the Junior Achievement Award in Community Service. His lifelong pursuit of education was evident as he attained certifications as CPA (1986), CIA (1989), and CFA (2010). While in Tulsa, Steve enjoyed his work, service to and time with friends at First Christian Church, TU football games, and the Tulsa music scene. His professional career began as an internal auditor at Williams Companies of Tulsa in 1985. In 1999, he and Diana embarked on an adventure when he accepted the opportunity to transfer to the WorldCom offices in Hong Kong. A true survivor of the business world, Steve worked through the Telecoms crash and the WorldCom fraud and bankruptcy to become the Director of Operations for Asia-Pacific for Verizon. During their 12 years in Hong Kong, Steve and Diana hosted numerous US servicemen and women in port through the Meals in Homes Programs associated with the American Women’s Association, the US Navy 7th Fleet, and the US Consulate in Hong Kong. He could count among his acquaintances or friends generals, admirals, consular officers, political, military, and religious leaders in Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, China, and Japan, but his favorite people were the many chaplains, Master Chiefs, and crew members received in his home for a family meal and laugh around his table. Because of his health, Steve and Diana retired to Bethany in 2011 to spend time with their grandsons, in whom he delighted and was most proud. His joy came from helping others and knowing that he did something good to make another’s life better. He is remembered as a kind and gentle giant, mentor, and friend to many around the world. Steve was preceded in death by his parents and youngest son, Stephen James “Jimmy” Lawler, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Diana of the home; two sisters, Janice Meadows of San Antonio, TX, and Linda Hanford of Ontario, CA; two brothers, Paul Lawler of Aurora, CO, and Danny Lawler of Greencastle, IN; his daughter, Elizabeth and husband Richard Brookhart of Bethany; his son, Will and wife Kathryn Parrott Lawler of Norman; and his grandsons, Andrew “A.J.” Brookhart, James Lawler, and Ryan Lawler. Steve suggested that his memory might be honored by planting a tree. Donations may also be made to: Integris Hospice House, 13920 Quailbrook Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73134. Arrangements are under the direction of Floral Haven in Broken Arrow. Viewing will be on Thursday from 2-9 pm with the family greeting friends from 6-9 pm. Services will be held on Friday at 12:30 pm in the Floral Haven Chapel. Online condolences may be shared at www.floralhaven.com

OKLAHOMA CITY Merilyn Jane Olaker (Thompson), 50, passed away Sunday evening, August 5, 2012, in Macon, Georgia. Merilyn, who was surrounded by family in her last hours, is survived by her immediate family: husband, Gene Olaker; brother, Mack Thompson; and sister, Glenda Lee Nutting. She is also survived by extended family, including her aunt, Mary Jane Courtney, for whom she was named. Merilyn, born and raised in Oklahoma City, was living in Georgia at the time of her death. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery, 13400 N. Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY/SHAWNEE, KS Martha Ellen Berniece Pritchett Shepherd was born on February 22, 1923, in Sparks, Oklahoma, and peacefully left her earthly family to join her loved ones in Heaven on September 7, 2012. She was the seventh and youngest child of William Edward Pritchett, Sr., and Ruth Ann Tague Pritchett. The Pritchett family was a very loving family with all three sisters, three brothers and their spouses best friends for life. “Bea,” as she was called by her husband and friends, was an all-around American girl, being a good student, good athlete, and talented singer. She completed business school at Hills Business College in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then worked for medical practices in Oklahoma City. Under the Lord’s guidance, she met a young Army Air Corps officer, C.B. “Buzz” Shepherd, Jr., stationed at the then Will Rogers Army Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. They married shortly thereafter on February 8, 1946. Bea and Buzz had an exceptional marriage lasting more than 66 years, with each one unconditionally dedicated to the other. They were often found in each other’s embrace up through the time of Bea’s passing. Bea was a stay-at-home wife and mother, raising two daughters, Suzanne and Cynthia, and participating in a myriad of organizations to support both their development and her husband’s career. Among her many accomplishments, she served as President of her cherished PEO Chapter and as President of the PTA Chapter where her daughters attended school. She was known as an excellent hostess, cook, and the “life of the party,” always putting first the needs and comfort of others. Bea was also known for her “flair,” possessing an amazing sense of style, design, and immaculate beauty, both in her home and person. She greatly enjoyed traveling to various parts of the world with Buzz as her constant companion. Known as “Mimi,” first to her beloved nephews and nieces and then to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Bea is survived by her husband Buzz; her two daughters Suzanne and husband Richard Discenza of Shawnee, KS, and Cynthia and husband Kent Yoesting of Houston, TX; and her grandchildren Matthew (Michele) Streeter and their children Aidan and Clara of McGaheysville, VA, Julie (John) Fortenbery and their children Connor and Addison of Owings, MD, Amanda (Jake) Hendrix of Pearland, TX, Tyler Yoesting of Dallas, TX, and Travis Yoesting of Tyler, TX. She is also survived by two step-grandsons Dean (Pam) and their children Peter and Clara of Rochester, NY, and Ryan (Jennifer) of Norman OK, as well as may special nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, W.E. and Ruth Ann Pritchett; her six siblings, Daniel Ellsworth Pritchett, Clarence Ollie Pritchett, Mary Anna Mae Pritchett Hall Tope, William Edward Pritchett, Jr., Vera Alice Pritchett Harrison, and Ruth Lorena Pritchett. Memorial services will be held in Bea’s honor at the Amos Family Memorial Chapel at 10901 Johnson Drive in Shawnee, Kansas, at 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 14, with viewing at 2:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held in Oklahoma City, OK, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15, at Rose Hill Cemetery, 6001 Northwest Grand Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73118. Contributions in Bea’s memory may be made to your local Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of flowers.

April 2, 1948 - September 9, 2012

Raymond E. Johnson Feb 29, 1924 - Sept 9, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Raymond Eugene Johnson, age 88, died Sunday, September 9, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, after suffering a stroke. A Leap Year baby, he was born February 29, 1924, on his family farm in Crescent, OK to Ivan Carl and Edith Bachelor Johnson. Raymond attended Guthrie High School, during which time he played basketball, served in ROTC and designed the Blue Jays' ROTC logo, which is still in use today. He graduated in 1943, and married his high school sweetheart, Wanda Jean Bates, in 1944, moving to Bethany and then Oklahoma City shortly thereafter. The epitome of the American Dream, Raymond was a self-made man, becoming a successful commercial builder. His myriad of building accomplishments include some of the first hotels and motels in Oklahoma, schools, armories, shopping centers, including the Village Shopping Center on May Avenue (which he also owned), as well as donating his services to aid in the building of his family’s church, the Village Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Active in the community he helped build, Raymond was a 30+ year member of the Oklahoma Executive Success Club (aka “Tip Club”), as well as serving on the Board of Silver Lake, Inc., where he built the home that he and Wanda lived in for over 40 years. Raymond loved the outdoors, whether as an avid bow, rifle and black powder hunter and fisherman, as an accomplished gardener (with some of his banana trees still growing in the Myriad Botanical Gardens), or as an ice skater, building a safe skating area in his neighborhood lake and owning over 20 pairs of ice skates so anyone could join. As a gifted artist, he also loved to paint the outdoors. Raymond also traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, the Pacific and Middle East, with his wife, Wanda. A well-respected and Godly man, Raymond was always willing to help anyone in need. Devoted to his family, they could always count on him in whatever they chose to do. Although slowed by age in recent years, “Papa” remained physically active, whether helping someone with a fix-it project, teaching his great-grandchildren to fish, or enjoying his recent “22nd Leap Birthday.” He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan Carl Johnson, Edith Bachelor Johnson King, and stepfather, Shirley Malcom King; and sister, Loreta Johnson Novak. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Bates Johnson; daughter, Rae Jean Johnson; son, Ivan Johnson; granddaughters, Beth Brown Bonilla and her husband Mike, Tori Johnson Richmond and her husband Steve, and Alisa Johnson Beck and her husband Chris; grandson, Scott Brown; great-grandchildren, Garrett and Raymond Bonilla, States and Satchel Beck, and Nimue Richmond; and countless other loving family and friends. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Village Christian Church (http://villagechristianokc.org). Memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 13 at 1 p.m. at The Village Christian Church, 9401 Ridgeview Drive, Oklahoma City (The Village), Oklahoma 73120. Interment will be at the Summit View Cemetery in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Arrangements for Raymond and his family have been placed in the care of Vondel Smith & Son Mortuary.

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Imogene Christner Carter

Carmen Jo (Turner) Hall

April 23, 1925 - Sept. 9, 2012

June 9, 1924 - Sept 11, 2012

BOTHELL, WA Imogene Carter, beloved and loving Wife, Mom, Grandma and Friend, died Sept. 9, 2012, in Everett, WA. She was born to Ermit and Nora Christner on April 23, 1925, in Lockridge, OK. Imogene worked in the family grocery store growing up in Minco, OK. Graduating from Minco High School, she exceled at The Univ. of Okla., graduating with a Bachelor's of Science Degree. She found the love of her life, Mabry James Carter, Jr. and married July 27, 1947, a union that lasted 49 years, until Mabry's death. She helped raise three boys while maintaining a successful career at Kerr McGee Corporation, which spanned over 30 years. Imogene enriched the lives of everyone around her with her cheerful smile and a bright greeting, regardless of the occasion. Her strong moral compass never wavered, her love always present, a guiding example for her children, grandchildren, family and peers. She moved to Mill Creek, WA, in 1998, two years after Mabry's death, to be with her son's family. Her personal interests were her grandchildren and family, socializing with neighbors and friends, and attended the United Methodist Church in Bothell, WA. Active in Red Hats and Senior Clubs, she was an enthusiastic fan of the Seattle Mariners, Sonics, and forever rooted for her Oklahoma Sooners. Her real passion lay with her involvement with her children & grandchildren's lives. She reveled in any and every event that involved family. She is preceded by Orville Christner, brother; Ermit Christner, father; Nora Christner, mother; Mark Carter, son; and Katherine Christner Carter, granddaughter; Hubert Murphy, brother-in-law, Aledamae Foree, sister-in-law, & LC Foree, brother-in-law. She will be forever cherished and missed by surviving son's Barry and Bart Carter; grandchildren Brett Carter, Morgan Carter, Mallory Carter, Bryce Tillet and Mark Carter; daughters-in-law Candiss Carter and Lori Carter; great granddaughter Aiden Tillett; nephews Jimmy Murphy, Carter Foree; niece Sandra Wyatt; and all her special friends, neighbors and relatives. After a memorial service at Bothell United Methodist Church in WA, Imogene's final resting place will be with her beloved husband, Mabry, and son, Mark, in Oklahoma City. A memorial and burial service will be held Sat. 9/15, 2pm, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 8702 NW Expressway, Okla. City.

OKLAHOMA CITY Carmen Jo (Turner) Hall was born June 9, 1924, in Navina, Oklahoma, the third child of V.B. and Christina Maple. She graduated Guthrie HS in 1942 and married Wilbur Turner the same year. They moved to Oklahoma City at the end of WWII, where she was employed at various departments stores selling women’s shoes or baby clothing, and then at OTASCO. She died at Integris Hospice September 11. She was preceded in death by her parents, both siblings and two husbands. Wilbur died on September 10, 1982; she then married Eldon Hall, who died June 14, 2012. She is survived by her son, Alvin and his wife Carmelita, of Norman; daughter, Linda Jo Judkins and her husband Dallas, of Conroe, TX; grandchildren, Dallas Gene Judkins, Megan McClintock, Nathan Turner and Christina Cranston, and their spouses; and seven great-grandchildren, plus the Hall children and spouses, grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Rancho Village Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2012, where she has been a member for more than 60 years.

Gerald Ray Story Nov. 26, 1934 - Sept. 8, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Gerald Ray Story went to be with his Lord on Sept. 8, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Verna, son, Lloyd Story, and daughters, Julia Scott and Mary Crockett and their spouses. in death by his daughter, Vickie Captain. He was blessed with many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Gerald was retired from the Air Force and Frisbee Foods. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends and grandsons. He was admired and loved by many friends and family. He will be missed. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. Memorial Services will be held 10:30 am Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Forest Hill Christian Church, 2121 N. MacArthur, OKC 73127.

Aug 25, 1961 - Aug 5, 2012

Minerva Massad Cohlmia

January 22, 1920 - Sept. 12, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Minerva Massad Cohlmia was born January 22, 1920, in Drumright, Oklahoma, to Very Reverend George and Bedyah Massad. Her parents immigrated to this country from Lebanon early in the 20th century, both arriving as teenagers and without their parents, meeting and marrying in Steele, Missouri, in 1916. Minerva was raised in Drumright until 1938, when her father was appointed the Priest at St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church in OKC and she graduated from Classen High School. Minerva was instrumental in starting Alpha Malachi Sorority, and was the editor of the News Bits, a monthly newsletter sent to Lebanese-American soldiers during World War II. After high school, she worked at Nissen's Shoes in downtown OKC until marrying Gorden Cohlmia on March 7, 1948, at which time they moved to Fairview, Oklahoma, and opened Gorden's Market. She worked in the grocery store until it was sold in 1974, and shortly thereafter started the Meals on Wheels Program in Fairview. Minerva was an active member of Central Christian Church in Fairview, where she served on the Board and chaired the committee to assist grieving families. She also served on the boards of Fairview Hospital Foundation and Fairview Lakeside Country Club, in addition to volunteering at the Fairview Hospital and Nursing Home, Fly-In, Threshing Bee, and just about everything else that took place in her community. Minerva was so involved that she was named the 1988 Volunteer of the Year in Fairview for her many years of service to her community. In addition to starting her days with her daily devotional, Bible readings, and exercise routines, she always told her family that “your week won’t start out right if you don’t go to church” always leading by example, exhibiting the poise, grace and dignity expected of a lady. Always a willing & gracious hostess, she was an excellent mother, Sitty, relative, neighbor and friend. Minerva was predeceased by her husband, Gorden, two brothers, Alex and Omar Massad, and one sister, Esther Samara, and many in-laws on the Cohlmia side of her family. Survived by daughter Leyla Cohlmia and husband Girard Kinney of Austin, TX; daughter Mona and Mike Spivey, OKC; and son George and Karla Cohlmia, Oklahoma City; grandchildren Adam and Kasey Cohlmia, Oklahoma City; brother Mike Massad, Dallas, TX; sistersin-law Dee Massad, Austin, TX, Jacque Massad, OKC, Elsie Simon, Clinton, OK, Phyllis Cohlmia, OKC; brother-in-law Dr. Ray & Sameera Cohlmia, OKC; plus a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. The family also thanks Mom’s caregivers, Bobbie Weehunt, Jeannie Coleman and Mercy Hospice, for their kind, loving and tender care. Thanks for treating her as if she were your mother. Services will be Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to: The Flowers That Do Not Wither Fund, St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church, 15000 N. May Avenue, OKC 73134.

February 22, 1923 - September 7, 2012

Barbara Ann ''Bobbie'' Robeson May 13, 1938 - September 11, 2012

YUKON A Celebration of Life for Bobbie, 74, of Yukon, Oklahoma, will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 2:00pm at Covenant Community Church, Yukon, OK. Bobbie passed away September 11, 2012, in Oklahoma City, at Deaconess Hospital. Bobbie was born May 13, 1938 in Prairie Grove, Arkansas to Melvin and Margaret Bristo. Bobbie married Jack A. Hyatt and three children came from their union, Jack Hyatt Jr., Brenda Ann Hyatt and Marty Lee Hyatt. They later divorced and Bobbie married Dennis Ray Robeson in 1969. He was the ''Love of her Life.'' They were married until Dennis passed away in 2006. During their marriage they were wheat & cattle farmers in Banner, Oklahoma until declining health and then moved to Yukon where they ran and owned Robeson Jewelers. Survivors include: Brenda Ann Hyatt of Yukon, Oklahoma, Jack Hyatt Jr. and wife AnnaLeigh of Oklahoma City, Marty Lee Hyatt of Alex Oklahoma, Christy Hawk and husband Jason of Hennessey, Oklahoma, Debbie and Rex Matthews of Hennessey, Oklahoma and so many great nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren and her dog Scooter, not to mention Bobbie was preceded in death by Dennis Robeson her husband, Carolyn Harris her sister, Archie Harris her brother-in-law, Margaret and JD Smith her parents. Bobbie's favorite hobbies were playing pool, spending time with family and friends and having get togethers with family and friends on the farm, as well as tending to her garden and fishing. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Dr. Elwood Williams, Dr. Ba, Dr. Kent Studebaker & the staff at Deaconess Hospital and Crossroads Hospice and the Daily Living Center in Bethany for the past two years of her life. ''Those who live and love in the Lord never see each other for the last time.''

Michael J. Ford, Sr. Mar. 21, 1988 - Sept. 9, 2012

EDMOND Michael James Ford, Sr. was born on March 21, 1988 and died September 9, 2012 in Edmond. He is survived by his wife, Christine Ford, son, Michael James Ford, Jr., both of the home; parents, Larry and Pam Ford of Edmond; sister & brother-inlaw, Elizabeth & Jason Hedgecock, niece and nephew, Madilyn & Porter of Mustang; and brothers, Timothy Campbell of Tucson, AZ and Joshua Ford of Edmond. He also leaves behind grandparents, Jack & Mary Ford of Bethany and Marilyn Midgett of Oklahoma City, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, William Ambrose Midgett, Jr. Michael was loved and cherished by all. Services will be at 10:00am, on Friday, September 14, 2012, at Chisholm Creek Baptist Church, 17600 N. Western, under the direction of Crawford Family Funeral Service of Edmond with interment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery. To make online condolences visit www.crawfordcares.com

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Skiatook to require students to pay fee BY RHETT MORGAN Tulsa World rhett.morgan@tulsaworld.com

SKIATOOK — Skiatook Public Schools has introduced a mandatory class fee for high school students in its district. The Board of Education last month approved the measure, which requires all students in grades 9 to 11 to pay the annual $25 fee by Dec. 16. Seniors are exempt for this year only, but the fee will affect all high school students during the 2013-14 school year. Superintendent Rick Thomas said the district made the move to reduce the inordinate number of fundraisers.

“It’s not a fee to graduate,” Thomas said. “It’s not a fee to go to school. It’s a fee that’s being handled just like any other activity fee. “ ... More than anything, it was meant to be a benefit to parents because everybody gets tired of fundraisers.” The fee will reduce the prom ticket to $30 each year, according to the district’s website. If a student doesn’t pay the class fee for one or more years, it will be added to the cost of the student’s prom ticket. If the student doesn’t attend the prom, the unpaid fee will be considered a debt that must be paid by the end of the school year to receive a report card.

If a senior fails to pay one or more class fees by the end of the first semester, the student will not be allowed to participate in graduation activities, the policy states. Damon Gardenhire, a spokesman for the state Education Department, said he is aware of no other district other than Skiatook that is implementing a mandatory fee. But Gardenhire added, “There is nothing in state law that would prohibit a district from doing that.” The state Constitution declares that the legislature “shall establish and maintain a system of free public schools wherein all the children of the State may be

educated.” Oklahoma, however, is a “local-control” state, meaning that its Education Department deals primarily with accreditation, implementing statewide testing and setting academic standards, Gardenhire said. “The day-to-day management decisions, the operational decisions, most policy and procedure, are something that is decided on the district level by the local superintendent and local school board,” he said. Peggy Surritte has two sons, a senior and a freshman, in Skiatook High School. “I have zero problem with it,” she said of the policy. “In Skiatook and I’m sure every other

school, you get bombarded with fundraising.” Last semester, she said she paid $120 for prom tickets for her son and a date. “It’s always a certain few who are always doing all the work in fundraising,” Surritte said. “You can only ask your friends and family to buy so much stuff. You can only buy so much cookie dough.” Tiffany Brummett, who has a son in ninth grade, also supports the policy. “I don’t think the $25 is too much to ask,” she said. “Paying that fee instead of having to run around and do all these fundraisers is well worth it.”

Skating fundraiser to benefit School promotions announced girl, 10, who needs a kidney

The Oklahoma City School Board approved three administrator promotions at its meeting this week, and Superintendent Karl Springer also announced a promotion Monday night:

BY HENRY DOLIVE For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Parents of Truman Elementary School students have organized a fundraiser for Erika Ramirez, a fifthgrade student who has kidney failure. Debi Nelson, whose daughter is a fifth-grader at Truman, said “Skate for Erika” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Star Skate, 2020 W Lindsey St. Admission will be $5 per participant, and donation boxes will be set up inside the skating rink. Nelson said organizers hope to raise up to $50,000 for Erika through the skating event. “Every cent we raise

goes to Erika,” she said. Erika, 10, became ill in May. Doctors have told her parents that to survive, she will need a kidney transplant. Costs for a transplant were estimated at $250,000, her father, Carlos Guerra, said in July. She began attending fifth-grade classes in August but is receiving dialysis three times a week, said Blanca Rangel, Erika’s godmother. Erika is on a transplant waiting list, Rangel said. A fund was established at BancFirst to cover the transplant cost. Erika’s family is receiving assistance with her medical and prescription medicine bills through a program at St. Joseph Ca-

tholic Church, which the family attends. Jeff Willard, pastoral associate at the church, said this week the Deeds of Love program there has accumulated about $4,700 since donations began to be accepted for Erika’s care. The Deeds of Love program is funded by donations and fundraisers church members conduct periodically.

How to help

Donations toward Erika’s care can be sent to Deeds of Love, P.O. Box 1227, Norman, OK 73070. For information about donating to the Erika Ramirez Kidney Transplant Fund at BancFirst, call 360-6061.

Rental car fee change meets no resistance from OKC Council BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Staff Writer mkimball@opubco.com

On- and off-airport car rental companies will likely soon be subject to the same fees for Will Rogers World Airport customers after a public hearing regarding the proposed change met no resistance from the Oklahoma City Council this week. The proposed ordinance will impose the same 10 percent commission fee for airport customers to any rental car company within a 10-mile radius of the airport. Only rental car companies with offices at the airport are subject to the fee now, but companies that use shuttle buses and other methods to access airport customers will have to pay when the new ordinance takes effect.

No one spoke up against the ordinance during Tuesday’s city council meeting. The public hearing for the item lasted only about three minutes, and only one council member asked a question. Councilman Larry McAtee asked city Airports Department Director Mark Kranenburg why the radius was set at 10 miles. Kranenburg responded that it seemed to be a reasonable distance and that the rental car companies agreed to it.

‘Very common’

Kevin Hutchins, a regional manager of the Avis Budget Group that operates the Avis and Budget car rental brands, agreed with Kranenburg’s contention that adding the off-airport companies to the list is in line with what

most other communities are doing. “It’s very common. The vast majority of airports have an off-airport concession fee ordinance,” Hutchins said. “It’s fair (and) levels the playing field for all players.” City officials estimate about 2 percent of airport car rental customers use off-site companies, representing about $123,000 in potential commission fee revenue. The ordinance will also ensure rental car companies subject to the fee now still must pay it if they choose not to use the consolidated rental car facility planned for the airport. The $39 million facility will be paid for by $4.50 fees charged to airport car rental customers. A vote on the ordinance is set for Sept. 25.

Attorney: No judicial determination in matter FROM PAGE 9A

Michael M. Arnett said he will be making all further court appearances in the case of Robert D. Wright, 47, of Oklahoma City, who is accused of beating a man with a board. “I have taken what I believe to be the appropriate actions to not only take care of the case but to provide some assistance to Mr. Hall,” Arnett said. He declined to elaborate.

Hall shares office space with Arnett but is not employed by Arnett. Hall had made all previous court appearances on behalf of Wright, Arnett said. “I think the judge was very fair, and I believe that the case is well on its way to being resolved to everyone’s satisfaction,” he said. Hall has been a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association since 1977 and is a member in good standing, according to the asso-

ciation website. In August 1989, Hall was suspended for one year by the state Supreme Court for knowingly making a false statement of law or fact, court records show. At the time, he was suffering from manic depression and self-treating the depression with alcohol, according to an order imposing discipline. He was being treated for manic depression at the time, the order shows.

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I Mark Waldrip was sworn in as the board treasurer Monday night. Waldrip is the district’s director of revenue. The spot had been vacant for six months. State law requires every school board have a treasurer.

I Julie Roach was named an assistant principal at Roosevelt Middle School. Roach succeeds Tim Young, who resigned.

I Kevin Garcia was named an assistant principal at Webster Middle School. Garcia succeeds Joey Slate, who accepted a job outside the district.

ED GODFREY I Natalie JohnsonPapageorge was named associate director of elementary education on Monday. She was the director of professional growth and development for the school district. CARRIE COPPERNOLL,

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Parents of Truman Elementary School students have organized a fundraiser for Erika Ramirez, a fifth-grader who has kidney failure.

Just 74 days into his tenure, the University of Tulsa has fired Geoffrey Orsak.

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Defense attorney tests positive for alcohol in court BY TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@opubco.com

A veteran defense attorney tested positive for alcohol use and removed himself from a case after prosecutors complained that he came to court with alcohol on his breath.

State fair officials gear up for launch

Prosecutors accused attorney John Thomas Hall of being under the influence on Monday and Tuesday while Hall was in court representing a man accused of assault and battery. “It was undeniable today,” a prosecutor said Tuesday. “The smell lingered.” Hall took a breath test at the re-

quest of prosecutors and tested positive for alcohol use, according to results obtained by The Oklahoman. Hall’s breath contained at least 0.02 percent alcohol, but the test did not measure an exact level. District Judge Glenn M. Jones said Tuesday there was “insufficient evidence” to find Hall was under the influence of alcohol.

“No judicial determination was made at all,” Jones said. Hall, though, took himself off the case, which was continued until November. He did not return calls for comment Tuesday and Wednesday. Oklahoma City attorney SEE ATTORNEY, BACK PAGE

ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OUT DRAWS NEIGHBORS OUTSIDE

WOMAN CAUSE OF DEATH TOLD A woman found dead in a car in a southwest Oklahoma City ravine died from injuries suffered in the wreck, the state medical examiner reports. Donna Mae Bartlett, 85, of Yukon, was found Tuesday in a car at the bottom of a ravine along S Council Road near SW 119. She had been reported missing from her home Monday night. The car plunged about 20 to 30 feet into the ravine, police said. A state medical examiner’s spokesman said Bartlett died of multiple blunt force trauma in the accident. She was not wearing a seat belt. FROM STAFF REPORTS

ELSEWHERE POLICE SEEK DOG THIEVES Detectives in Missoula County are searching for two people with Oklahoma ties who reportedly took a deaf couple’s service dog from a campground near Lolo. The couple said their 18month-old husky/ wolf mix named Jalita, who responds to sign language commands, was taken over Labor Day weekend. Missoula County detectives said the suspects’ names are Sam and Kim Goodwin. A Craigslist ad about the missing dog says the Goodwins were driving a 1993 blue Chevy pickup with an Oklahoma license plate.

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As opening day of the Oklahoma State Fair arrives, a few fair executives looked back in order to truly appreciate what the 2012 fair offers. Bill Allen remembers when it was necessary to plan ahead for towing numerous stuck vehicles out of unpaved parking lots. Scott Munz can recall nights when band members for headliners would be “along the edges” of a crowded flatbed trailer/ stage as they performed before rodeo crowds. And Tim O’Toole thinks back to when he wondered how the change to an 11day schedule would be received by fairgoers. Gates open at 8 a.m. Thursday for the 2012 Oklahoma State Fair, It runs through Sept. 23. Some fairgoers think about the rides and the food and the entertainment that awaits them. Others think of the various exhibits and competitions. But Allen, Munz and O’Toole think of all the improvements. This is the 30th Oklahoma State Fair for Allen, vice president of State Fair Park. “When I first started, we didn’t have hardly any paved parking spots, and there were puddles almost big enough for ducks,” he said. “Now we have many lots that are paved and well lit. We used to have to worry about towing a lot of cars out, and now that would be limited to a few cars.”

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Osei Bandele, vice president of the John F. Kennedy Neighborhood Association, rides his bike during National Night Out in the Oklahoma City neighborhood. PHOTOS BY GARETT FISBECK, THE OKLAHOMAN FROM STAFF REPORTS

Residents of the John F. Kennedy Neighborhood in Oklahoma City took to the streets and their front yards to participate in National Night Out. Tuesday’s annual gathering is designed to help foster a sense of community. At JFK, kids rode their bikes and one man set up a grill to make food for his neighbors. Right: Brianna Young, 9, and Josiah Owens, 1, take a ride in a batterypowered car during a National Night Out event in the John F. Kennedy neighborhood.


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Above: A carnival ride operator and an inspector from the Oklahoma Labor Department check the sky tram towers and cables Wednesday while setting up for Oklahoma State Fair. The 11-day event begins Thursday and ends Sept. 23. Right: A carnival worker sets up prizes Wednesday afternoon at State Fair Park. PHOTOS BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

Fair: Millions have been spent on park improvements FROM PAGE 9A

Munz thinks back to when a tractor would pull a flatbed trailer out into the rodeo arena. That was the stage. Conditions were snug, especially the night a country music singer had a 12-member band. “That was interesting,” said Munz, vice president

of marketing and public relations, who is beginning his 25th Oklahoma State Fair. “Now, we have all moving lights in there, and the stage is lowered down from the ceiling. It’s a first-class sound and light production in the arena for the concerts at the PRCA Xtreme Bulls. “And, the same thing is

true out on the Chesapeake Energy Stage. It’s a safe, first-class outdoor stage.” This is the ninth Oklahoma State Fair for O’Toole, president and CEO of Oklahoma State Fair Inc. He remembers the first one well. “I came on in January 2004, and the board had made the decision prior to that to reduce the fair from

17 days to 11 days,” O’Toole said. “That was a learning curve for all of us. “And we were cautiously optimistic about how the public would receive it. It’s continued to grow every year and has been wellreceived by the public.” Reaction is something O’Toole eagerly awaits each year.

This year, he awaits the response to Barn 4. In all, the $90 million projects include quality arenas, stalls and meeting areas, he said. Fair Park is home not only to the Oklahoma State Fair, but many state, regional, national and international equestrian shows. “Barn 4 is the completion of our original barn

and equine projects that we embarked on in 2005,” he said. “It’s just part of the continuing upgrades that we’ve done to all of our equine and livestock facilities. “So I’m always pleased when people get the chance to see that and experience it. We want them to see the quality of it all.”

WELL-ROUNDED TROOPS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND Training instructor Oklahoma Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Brandon White gets the go-ahead to demonstrate rappelling during training Wednesday on one of the towers at Camp Gruber near Braggs. PHOTO BY MICHAEL WYKE, TULSA WORLD

Air National Guard members practice rappelling Wednesday on one of the towers at Camp Gruber near Braggs. PHOTO BY MICHAEL WYKE, TULSA WORLD BY JERRY WOFFORD Tulsa World jerry.wofford@tulsaworld.com

BRAGGS — Tech. Sgt. Brandon White is a chameleon. As a Joint Terminal Attack Controller in the Air National Guard, he coordinates strikes and surveillance between forces on the ground and forces in the air, but it requires him to be on the ground with those soldiers or Marines, to see what they see. He has to blend his tactical skills with his communication expertise. “Whatever they do, we do,” White said. “If they’re jumping out of Blackhawks, we’re jumping out of Blackhawks.” Now, White and 11 other members of the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing, based in Tulsa, are training Air National Guard airmen from 14 states to eventually become JTACs, a position that is in increasing demand as technology increases their ability to provide more support on the battlefield. The 138th Combat Training Flight, a detachment of the Tulsa unit based at Camp Gruber, will graduate its first class next week with four more eight-week sessions scheduled for next year. The first class from Camp Gruber marks a shift in how the Air National Guard trains airmen to eventually become JTACs. Lt. Col. Rustan Schwichtenberg, commander of the

138th Combat Training Flight, said that each of the operational units across the country trained their own JTACs, which distracted from their main ongoing missions. In the cases of some National Guard units doing the training one weekend a month, it could take more than a year to complete. “We are relieving the operational units of all that pressure,” he said. The airmen are trained first as communication experts. They relay pertinent battlefield information back to those controlling aircraft, artillery or missiles related to targets, other targets that should be surveilled and conduct reconnaissance on forward positions. Being in the battlefield embedded with other troops on the ground gives the best perspective, White said. Being in the battlefield, sometimes embedded with troops on the forward line, requires the airmen to keep up. That makes the JTACs one of the Air Force’s more elite, fit and diversely skilled forces, Schwichtenberg said. “These guys are just the right mix of bravado, technical savvy, knowledge levels; all these things together for that right guy to be on the ground,” Schwichtenberg said. “They’re a mixture of this real tactical dude, and all these command and control functions.” The 138th Combat Training Flight was approved to do the training

last December after their former training mission in Fort Sill had ended. In six months, the staff moved their operations to facilities at Camp Gruber and developed the broad curriculum. “It was a perfect fit,” Schwichtenberg said. “The timing was right, the cost was right and we were able to make it happen in rapid fashion.” The training provided by the 138th Combat Training Flight will make the airmen eligible to be JTACs-in-waiting, Schwichtenberg said. The home commander must sign off on the training and they must work with other JTACs and complete other training before being fully complete. But the new training path by the 138th will aim to cut the time it takes to complete that process from about five years to two, Schwichtenberg said. That will put more of the JTACs in the field quicker with more standardized training, fulfilling the increasing need for JTACs in the field. “Just because the wars are drawing down, the requirement for how many JTACs are needed in the force overall is actually increasing,” Schwichtenberg said. “They’ve seen the effectiveness of having an embedded Air Force controller in the Army’s scheme of maneuver on the ground. How we fight and use these maneuvers is only become more in vogue for how we use these on the ground.”


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TU fires head after 74 days in the post BY WAYNE GREENE Tulsa World wayne.greene@tulsaworld.com

The University of Tulsa fired Geoffrey Orsak as president of the institution Wednesday evening, 74 days after he took office. The school’s announcement gave no reason for the termination but said it is effective immediately. TU Executive Vice President Kevan Buck has been authorized by the TU Board of Trustees to manage the day-to-day operations of the university. The school announced Tuesday that Orsak had been granted a leave of absence “to attend to a very serious health matter of his father in Dallas.” TU Vice President for Public Relations Kayla Acebo said she couldn’t comment on either of the two announcements. “This is a personnel matter, and we cannot comment on personnel matters,” Acebo said. She also declined to say whether Orsak and his family are still living in the school’s new presidential residence, the Skelly Mansion at 21st Street and Madison Avenue. Calls to Orsak’s cellphone Wednesday were not returned. Acebo said the process for selecting a permanent successor to Orsak will be up to the school’s Board of Trustees, but no details have been announced. The TU board named Orsak, 49, the school’s 18th president in May, and

he took office July 1. Previously, he had been dean of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University. He announced that his goal was to put the University of Tulsa among the elite colleges and universities in the nation. “All of the ingredients are here for this university to emerge as a true superstar in American higher education,” Orsak said at the news conference announcing his hiring. “I feel that the best days for TU are still ahead,” he said. “We’re just absolutely excited to get started.” Orsak said college — he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University — transformed his life. As a researcher, Orsak specialized in mathematics that set the stage for the wireless revolution. In 1997, he began a transition into collegiate administration. He was appointed in 2008 by the Secretary of Energy to the National Petroleum Council. He has served on study groups and panels for the National Academy of Engineering and has served as a Department of Defense science and engineering adviser through his participation on the Defense Science Study Group. Orsak is married to Dr. Catherine Orsak. They have two children, Mary Elizabeth, 12, and Peter, 8.

Funds needed to reach degree goals BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@opubco.com

Oklahoma’s top higher education official said he’s optimistic about the state’s college completion goals — but only if lawmakers find money to get the job done. Glen Johnson, chancellor of Oklahoma’s higher education system, said Wednesday that higher education officials would need to make a pitch in the upcoming session for increased funding. Johnson and Gov. Mary Fallin have made college completion a high priority in recent years, setting a statewide goal of an additional 20,400 degrees and certificates awarded in Oklahoma over 12 years. “We can’t do that with budget reductions or even flat budgets,” Johnson said. Speaking Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s 2012 Legislative Forum, Johnson said the state is on track to meet that goal, having surpassed the goal of 1,700 degrees and certificates in the past academic year. At a state regents meeting last week, officials announced public colleges and universities in Oklahoma had more than 1,900 more graduates during the 2011-12 academic year than during the previous year. But Johnson said last year was likely one of the state’s easiest in the initiative. Officials expected the best results in the first year because the agency began engaging potential students who had received little attention. The higher education budget is roughly the same as the system’s budget for the previous year, and is based on a $955.26 million allocation for higher education that was included in the state’s budget for fiscal year 2013.

The budget is $34.7 million less than Johnson requested at the beginning of the last legislative session. Of that amount, $27.8 million would have gone toward mandatory cost increases, such as rising insurance premiums and utility costs. Between fiscal years 2009 and 2012, the system saw its budget slashed by 9.4 percent. During the forum, Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, said he hopes to see higher education align itself with industry needs. Higher education officials generally do a good job of laying out a legislative agenda and usually are successful in pushing that agenda through the legislature, Shannon said. But Shannon, the speakerdesignate of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, said he’d like to see leaders give lawmakers more information on the impact higher education has on the business community. The link between higher education and private industry in Oklahoma represents one of the state’s strongest public-private partnerships, Shannon said. But many lawmakers are unaware of the importance of that partnership. In many cases, Shannon said, that lack of awareness is due to high turnover. Because state legislators work under term limits, each new session brings a new set of lawmakers who may not understand the higher education system’s mission. Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, said he was concerned about the issue of student debt upon graduation. He said he hopes to see schools do a better job of giving students information on the salaries they can reasonably expect to earn after graduation, and how large a loan they could expect to pay off on that income.

Deaths

Services pending (Integrity, Henryetta).

MCALESTER

AGRA

Meyers, Jorge Ezra, 36, information technology worker, died Sept. 8. Services 1 p.m. Saturday (Palmer & Marler, Stillwater).

ALTUS

Lockwood, James W., 83, business owner, died Sunday. Graveside services 10 a.m. Thursday, Altus City Cemetery (Kincannon, Altus).

ALVA

Ingraham, Leona, 89, died Wednesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Church of God (Marshall, Alva).

BARNSDALL

Grim, Mary Ann, 82, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, First Christian Church (Stumpff, Barnsdall).

BARTLESVILLE

Bade, Robert Keith “Bob,” 68, retired Siemens chemist and chromatographer, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Christian Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Bates, Marjorie Mae, 91, died Tuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Saturday, First Presbyterian Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Holt, Jackie Lee, 84, farmer, died Wednesday. Services pending (Walker-Brown, Bartlesville).

Dakil, Sam M.D., 90, physician, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Presbyterian Church of McAlester (Brumley-Mills, McAlester). Robins, Alta, 94, licensed practical nurse, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday (Chaney-Harkins, McAlester).

MIDWEST CITY

Kerns, Janice Carolyn, 92, retired from Tinker Air Force Base, died Tuesday. Services pending (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City). Seidel, Roger L., 76, special education teacher, died Wednesday. Services pending (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City).

MOORE

Privett, Della Gene, 85, St. Anthony Hospital medical records department employee, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, Resurrection Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Oklahoma City (John M. Ireland, Moore). Reeves, Donald Ray, 74, mechanic, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (John M. Ireland, Moore).

BETHANY

Meador, Jan Pearce, 66, died Sunday. No services (Cremation Society, Oklahoma City).

BLACKWELL

OKLAHOMA CITY

BLAIR

Coker, Brantley Gage, infant son of Brandon Coker and Autumn Roberts, died Sunday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, First Baptist Church (Kincannon, Altus).

CHOCTAW

Abel, David Roy, 75, retired from Air Force, died Aug. 28. Graveside services 10 a.m. Friday, Elmwood Cemetery (Hibbs, Choctaw).

CLINTON

Brown, Margie Belle, 80, retired Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. engineer, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, First United Methodist Church (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton). Goucher, Kenneth, 68, security guard, died Sept. 10. Services 2 p.m. Monday, Free-Will Baptist Church (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton).

DEL CITY

Misenheimer, Maudella, 89, died Sunday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Bill Eisenhour, Del City). Woodard, Earl Stanley “Stan,” 85, retired from Air Force, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Ford, Midwest City).

EDMOND

Bell, Brandy S., 33, homemaker, died Tuesday. Services pending (Matthews, Edmond). Ford, Michael James Sr., 24, independent contractor, died Sunday. Services pending (Crawford, Edmond). Jenkins, Carlos Randall, 64, physician, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Monday, First Christian Church (Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). Patatanian, Heriknaz, 88, homemaker, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Buchanan, Oklahoma City).

EL RENO

Finley, Ernestine Magpie, 52, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Huber-Benson, El Reno).

GLENCOE

Bower, Bryant Lee, 52, Boeing Aircraft tool builder, died Aug. 27. Graveside services 10 a.m. Friday, South Glencoe Cemetery (Poteet, Pawnee).

GUTHRIE

Powell, Johnny Vaughn, 63, retired private security guard, died Aug. 28. Services pending (Smith-Gallo, Guthrie).

HENRYETTA

Boyles, Joseph Kenneth, 75, retired glass plant operator, died Tuesday.

Records Editor’s note: The Oklahoman will publish free birth and adoption announcements as space permits. Include full names of parents, sex of child, and hospital or county of adoption. You can mail the information to The Oklahoman, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. The Oklahoman has discontinued publishing birth announcements from hospitals that do not provide full names of parents.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Anthony O’Dell Carr, 54, and Karen Rae Johnson, 54. Bobby Dwayne Brown, 41, and Kylee Beth Kizziar, 24. Rick Lee Evans, 30, and Kimberly Dawn Jacques, 24. Nicolas Gonzalez Lopez, 22, and Patricia Hilburn, 43. Rickey Dewayne Dixie Jr., 28, and Syreeta Jeane Hill, 35. Matthew Eugene Stiger, 36, and Rachel Diane Samuel, 34. Olusegun Damilola Fajolu, 27, and Kenesha Renee Adair, 22. Patrick Wayne Johnson, 24, and Petra Michellle Bergamini, 25. Jason David Leehan, 28, and Christine A. Tucker, 27. Joseph Stalyn Matias Moris, 28, and Jennifer Joy Hermansen, 26. Cory Blade Northern, 35, and Alicia Brooke Hugo, 24. David Wayne Mackey, 43, and Jennifer Kyle Retherford, 40. Christopher Lee Martin, 28, and Hillary Daniele Finch, 25. Shannon Ulrich Donahue, 32, and Robin Louise Langdale, 32. Mohammed Bunyamin Oladiran Karim, 24, and Christina Nicole Stanzione, 22. Austin Grant Maxwell, 28, and Pamela Dawn Lay, 29. Kelly Don Corcoran, 37, and Kimberli Anne Hatch, 33. Jeremy Michael Pollock, 28, and Elizabeth Hoang Nguyen, 28. Daniel Riley Grissom, 28, and Tara Ann Lisle, 32. Gregory Allen Greer, 43, and Nita Wyoma Charlotte Lilley, 29. Christopher Brandon Alexander, 28, and Stacey Jo Smith, 27. William Robert Blevins, 33, and Dawrung Khanasa, 30. Joseph Roger Blake, 69, and Sally C. Royse, 66. Johnnie Scott Loudermilk, 29, and Deondra Rae Davis, 27. Eric James Bertolasio, 23, and Nikki

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City). West, Melvia E., 79, died Wednesday. Services pending (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Wilder, Wilma Mary, 85, retired supervisory nurse, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Sept. 20, Crossings Community Church (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma).

OLIVE

Doty, Jackie Lou Sr., 59, carpenter, died Sunday. Services 1 p.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church (Michael’s, Drumright).

PAWNEE

Brien, Leota Faye, 86, homemaker, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Poteet, Pawnee).

PERRY

Gleason, Ted Wayne, 60, roustabout, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Grace Hill Cemetery (Brown Dugger, Perry).

PONCA CITY

Seward, Earnest Lee, 46, construction laborer, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Monday (Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City).

Artherton, Carolyn, 74, AT&T computer technician, died Monday. Services pending (Buchanan, Oklahoma City). Bowie, Leland, 45, died Sept. 4. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Siloam Missionary Baptist Church (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Brainard, Melba Delberta, 89, homemaker, died Wednesday. Services pending (Buchanan, Oklahoma City). Carrillo, Margaret Walton, 62, homemaker, died Saturday. Mass 1 p.m. Thursday, Resurrection Cemetery Chapel (Smith and Kernke NW 23 Street, Oklahoma City). Dean, James, 69, died Wednesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Smith & Kernke N. May, Oklahoma City). Foust, Donny Venoy, 56, welder, died Tuesday. Services pending (John M. Ireland, Moore). Gibbs, Trish, 63, retired nurse, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Forest Hill Christian Church (Cremation Society, Oklahoma City). Harris, Georgia, 97, died Monday. Services pending (Rolfe, Oklahoma City). Hawkins, Betty, 75, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Wildewood Baptist Church (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Henderson, Delbert, 50, died Tuesday. Services pending (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Hohstadt, Edith, 84, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Knob Hill Baptist Church (Advantage, Oklahoma City). Jacobs, Jesse Franklin Jr., 54, died Sept. 5. Services 11 a.m. Saturday (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Kane, Sharon, 57, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Ford, Midwest City). Pease, Alan Richard, 61, factory worker, died Friday. No services (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma). Popejoy, Justin Nolan, 29, painter, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Highway of Holiness Church (John M. Ireland, Moore). Russell, Carolyn, 54, died Sunday. Services 1 p.m. Saturday, New Hope Baptist Church (Howard-Harris, Oklahoma City). Tacker, Todd Russell, 43, died Monday. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Smith & Kernke N. May, Oklahoma City). Timmons, Joel Jr., 39, butcher, died Sept. 4. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Rolfe, Oklahoma City). Towery, Clyde D., 86, petroleum engineer, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, Westminster Presbyterian Chapel (Hahn-Cook/ Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). Washington, Phillip Ray, 33, died Sept. 1. Services 11 a.m. Sept. 15, St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, Arcadia (Pollard, Oklahoma Jo Ann Burgett, 19. Kevin Lavel Burton, 29, and Darianna Angelic Dawson, 27. Michael Gerard Hardt, 53, and Jennifer Kay Harrison, 44. Brandon Morrison, 31, and Amanda Dawn Perry, 27. James Allen Stroud, 26, and Ashley Colvin, 25. Jose Antonia Villa Ayala, 20, and Cecilia Edith Gomez Cruz, 19. Sean Ryan Eldridge, 26, and Joanna Marzec, 24. Michael L. Reale, 48, and Cindy Lou White, 46. Inmar Eriberto Cardona Guerra, 25, and Rosa Oliva Pina Martinez, 20. Adolfo Montes Valenzuela, 30, and Patricia Atilano Ambriz, 25. Glen Dean Pipkin, 33, and Tiffany Elizabeth Smith, 23. David Earnest Hash, 49, and Kathy Lynn Owens, 53.

DIVORCES ASKED Bogard, David v. Emiko Chaney, Gypsy C. v. Miles W. Cowan, Eric v. Jessica Edwards, Zara Shadae v. Erik Steven Gonzalez, Lisa v. Richard Grimes, Matthew v. Brittany Holmes, Jennifer L. v. William R. Hunter, Sofia Sabrin v. Verdugo, Alexander Johnson, Kelly v. Mark Lantz, Carol v. Mackey Lowe, Stefanie Michelle v. Hensley, James Everette Maddex, Eric Dwayne v. Oliphant, Jasmine R. Martinez, Maria D. v. Gerardo Melvin, Hailey v. Anthony Mooney, Kristy Renee v. Paul Justin Varnum Olivas, Jorge Franco v. Trejo, Martha Ruiz Pearson, John Michael v. Leshia McKay Pevehouse, Whitney Anne v. Eric Paul Randall-Phillips, Patricia A. v. Phillips, Eugene Ranger, Michael L. v. Leonore M. Reese, Hope Elayne v. Elijah Kareem Rodriguez, Efrain v. Teresa Ross, Amy Smith v. Jeffrey Landon Russell, Garland v. Elizabeth I. Schmitz, Juliana Bruns v. John William Smith, Lindsay Michelle v. Robert Steven Vanzant, Aubrey v. Joshua Vargas, Linda v. Martin Villanueva Colchado, Jose A. v. Banda, Celia Barron Voigtschild, April Michel v. Chris Jon Walters, Laura L v. James K.

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Wasson, Thelma I. “Ginny,” 84, died Aug. 31. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Albright United Methodist Church (Trout, Ponca City).

RAMONA

Owens, Billy W., 63, auto mechanic, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, Wesleyan Holiness Church, Ochelata (Walker-Brown, Bartlesville).

RENTIESVILLE

Miller, Lula Mae, 87, retired postmaster, died Tuesday. Services pending (Ragsdale, Muskogee).

SPIRO

Underwood, Eunice Ferrall, 86, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Mallory-Martin, Spiro).

TULSA

Nickles, Coeweene, 89, died Tuesday. Services pending (Trout, Ponca City).

YUKON

Bartlett, Donna, 85, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Saturday (Bill Merritt, Bethany). Organ donor

Lt. Col. David Roy Abel October 12, 1936 - August 28, 2012

NORMAN

Hinkle, Charles Ray, 63, truck driver, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, Lynlee Mae Chapel (John M. Ireland, Moore). Winters, Sandra, 69, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. Monday (Havenbrook, Norman).

Brown, Morris Jr., 96, died Tuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church (Roberts and Son, Blackwell).

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

CHOCTAW Lt. Col. David Roy Abel, 75, of Choctaw, took his final flight and most important mission August 28, 2012, after a 3-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his bride of 34 years, Claudine Abel of Choctaw; his daughter, Cynthia Pearson and son-in-law, Tom Pearson and grandchildren Connor and Madison of Edmond, OK; and two cousins, Edward and Melvin Ward. David is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Edith Abel, and sister, Donna Rapp. His family wishes to thank all those who helped and Good Shepherd Hospice for their care and support. Contributions to a favorite charity in lieu of flowers. Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 10:00 am at Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of Hibbs Funeral Home.

Denie Cupples

March 21, 1964 - Sept 2, 2012

MORGAN HILL, CA Denie Cupples, 48, passed away on September 2, 2012, in San Francisco, CA. She was born in Oklahoma City, OK to Eddie & Karen Miller. Denie attended high school in Yukon, OK, graduating in 1982. While working in the retail and insurance field, Denie attended the University of Central Oklahoma for two years and was well-known in her community. In the late 1980s, Denie briefly lived in Amarillo, TX, where she was a Store Manager at Limited, Inc. She met her husband, Tom, in 1990 as she was also working in sales, and they later moved to California in 1992. Denie remained in sales until 1997, then she cared for her children and the home full time. Denie was preceded in death by her mother, Karen; and nephew, Zack Thurston. Denie is survived by her husband of 18 years, Tom; daughters, Madison and Taylor; father, Eddy; stepfather, Carl Lane; sisters, Edie Thurston and Lanie Harryman; brother, Shawn Miller; and many other loving family members and numerous dear, loving friends. A Memorial Service to celebrate Denie’s life will be held on Friday, September 14th at 4 p.m. at Good News Church, 1054 East Main Street, Yukon, Oklahoma.

Terrinda J. Stewart Oct. 29, 1955 - Sept. 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Terrinda J. Stewart, 56, joined her Heavenly Father on Sept. 10, 2012. Terrinda was born in Gainesville, TX to Tom and Betty (Seeley) Stradley. She dedicated her life to taking care of her family and providing them a warm and loving home. She loved going to church and writing poetry, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren; all of whom she loved dearly. Terrinda will be greatly missed by her family and countless friends. She leaves cherished memories with her loving husband Don Stewart; daughters Amber Moore and husband Nelson, Erin Melton and husband Mike; brother Kevin Stradley; sister Torrie Smith; and her seven grandchildren. Viewing will be today from 4-8 PM at the funeral home. Services to celebrate her life will be 2:00 PM Friday at Jernigan Memorial Church of the Nazarene, 3200 N. Hammond, Bethany, OK. Interment will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Wheatland, OK. Friends may leave condolences at www.vondelsmithmortuary.com

Todd Russell Tacker Nov. 12, 1968 - Sept. 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Todd was born 11-12-68 in OKC. He died 9-10-12. He was an avid OU fan and loved NASCAR. Todd attended Casady School, graduated from John Marshall and De Anza College, Cupertino, CA. Todd was preceded in death by grandparents John and Christine Mailer, Ft. Smith, AR, Jack and Laura Tacker, Lake Tenkiller, OK; cousin Jeff Shipley of Ft. Smith; and service dogs ‘Hercules’ and ‘Wiley Post’. He is survived by mother Tina Mailer (Fred Welborn); father Ron Tacker (Linda); aunts Cathey White (Waldo), Joanne Phillips (David), uncle John Mailer (Janet) all of Ft. Smith; seven very dear cousins, roommate Sherri Wise and beloved service dog, Vince Gill. Read more about Todd’s wonderful life by becoming a ‘Friend” at bmshrr@aol.com (in sub line: Todd’s obit). Memorial Service on 9-14-12 at 1:00pm, Smith and Kernke Chapel, 14624 N. May, OKC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Dan Lutz Foundation, 2404 Valleybrook Dr., Edmond, OK 73034, or donor’s choice.

Mary "Mag" Stine

October 9, 1925 - September 11, 2012

CHOCTAW Mary Magdalene Stine went to be with the Lord September 11, 2012. She was born October 9, 1925 in Octavia, OK. She met her future husband Harle Stine while employed at McDonnell Douglas. They married in 1949 and resided in Nicoma Park. She had 3 children, 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous in-laws. She was loved by all. Mary had been a member of Nicoma Park Baptist Church, Hillcrest Baptist Church and at the time of her death was a member of Open Door Baptist Church. Her career of choice was stay at home mom & homemaker. Mary’s life changing event, at 36, was her personal encounter with Christ and her desire was that all come to know and love Him who gave her life purpose and meaning. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at Barnes Friederich Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Arlington Memory Gardens.


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Witness says testimony was not swayed BY TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@opubco.com

A key witness in the state’s case against a man charged with murder reversed his testimony Wednesday after admitting he talked to the victim’s father the day before taking the stand. But Eric P. Thrower denied being told what to say by Phil Ingersoll, the father of shooting victim Jonathan Phillip Ingersoll, 21. Phil Ingersoll is a former Oklahoma City School District athletic director who won five state basketball championships as a

Man with branch is arrested at store BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Staff Writer lmanwarren@opubco.com

A man was arrested after he threatened a convenience store employee with a 4-foot tree branch, Oklahoma City police said. Marvin Glenn Jones, 53, was arrested on an assault and battery complaint Tuesday at 7-Eleven, 1101 NW 10. Police were called to the scene and encountered a man who called himself “General Jones” who verbally abused the officers, according to the police report. The 7-Eleven employee told police Jones was banned from the store Tuesday after making death threats against the store’s manager but re-

coach at Douglass and Northeast high schools. Jonathan Ingersoll died March 22, 2009, from a gunshot wound to the head. He and Thrower were riding in a car on N MacArthur Boulevard near NW 23 when another vehicle pulled alongside and a person inside fired into the car, police said. Thrower testified calling the victim’s father Tuesday “to see how court was going.” Thrower said Ingersoll told him to “tell the truth.” But the attorney representing defendant Kenneth Wayne Thompson III, accused Thrower of lying

about his conversation with Phil Ingersoll. “He told you you needed to identify Mr. Thompson this morning, didn’t he?” defense attorney Redmond Kemether asked Thrower. “No,” Thrower said. Earlier Wednesday, Thrower identified Thompson as the driver of the car, a day after testifying he didn’t see who was driving or who fired the fatal shot. “Why didn’t you sit there and tell the truth yesterday?” Kemether asked the witness. “I was threatened,” said Thrower, a felon and admitted former gang mem-

Kenneth Wayne Thompson III, 23

ber who told the court he had received death threats for testifying. Thrower also testified smoking marijuana the night of the shooting, but said it didn’t affect his

Missing Tulsa woman found alive in freezer BY AMANDA BLAND AND MATT BARNARD Tulsa World

Marvin Glenn Jones Arrested on Tuesday

turned that evening. The employee told Jones to leave and refused to serve him. Jones went outside and came back inside with a tree branch, according to the report. The employee told police Jones raised the branch and approached him, saying, “Come here, man. I’m going to use this on you.” Police said Jones tried to light himself on fire while in the back of the patrol car and said, “A bomb is about to go off in this (obscenity).” He was taken to Oklahoma County jail, where it took three or four detention officers to process him, police said. Police took the tree branch as evidence.

A missing woman was found alive Wednesday morning in a freezer, and Tulsa police say the incident doesn’t appear to be suspicious. First responders were called about 10:30 a.m. to an apartment in the 2200 block of S Nogales Avenue where a woman was found by family members inside a chest-type deep freezer, police said. The woman, identified by her son as 59-year-old Theresa Christian, was conscious but incoherent as medics treated her at the scene, Cpl. Daisy Vallely said. She was transported to St. John Medical Center with “severe freezing-type injuries” to her legs, Valle-

ability to recall the events surrounding Ingersoll’s slaying. He also admitted smoking pot before testifying Tuesday afternoon and said he lied under oath during cross-examination. “Yeah, I was stoned,” Thrower testified Wednesday. “But I was still functionable.” Thompson, 23, is the brother of Kendal Laron Richardson, 22, a co-defendant who was acquitted of Ingersoll’s murder in November. Thrower testified at Richardson’s trial that Richardson leaned out of his car and fired the shot

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ly said. EMSA reported that the woman was admitted in serious condition. Family members reported the woman missing Saturday after they were unable to contact her, officers said. Jermal Stewart, Christian’s son, entered his mother’s apartment Wednesday and heard her moaning in the freezer, Vallely said. She said it appeared Christian had tried to climb out of the freezer at some point. Stewart said the lid to the appliance was open when he found her. Police believe the woman may have had a reaction to medication, which could have affected her cognitive abilities, and sought shelter in the freezer during last week’s storms.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as required by title 19, United States Code, section 1607 et seq of seizure at Oklahoma, on the dates specified below, of the following merchandise, liable to forfeiture to the United States under provisions of various statutes cited. Any person claiming such property is hereby notified to file his claim at the Customhouse, 7501 Esters Blvd., Suite 160, Irving, Texas 75063 (or by mail to P.O. Box 619050, D/FW Airport, Texas 75261), within 20 days (or 35 days if case if denoted as C.A.F.R.A.) after the first publication of this notice together with a bond in the amount of $5000 or 10% of the value of the claimed proper$ ty, whichever is lower, but not less than $250, with approved sureties as provided for in title 19, United States Code, section 1608. The cost bond amount, if required, is specified below for each referenced case. Once the cost bond and/or claim to the merchandise has been filed, the case will be forwarded to the United States Attorney for the institution of forfeiture proceedings in federal district court. If you are indigent (needy and poor) you may not be required to post the bond. If no claim is filed or bond given as provided in the aforesaid statute, the property herein described will be declared forfeited to the Government of the United States and disposed of in conformity with the laws and regulations of the Secretary of the Treasury: 2012550400007401: 422 pieces of U.S. Currency converted into Cashier’s Check #225950 in the amount of $ $7,332.00 valued at $7,332.00 $ - in violation of 18USC981 & 18USC1956, because the property was involved in transactions that involved the proceeds of drug sales and /or represents the proceeds of specified unlawful activity related to the smuggling of controlled substances into the United States, in that it facilitated the carrying on of the illicit transportation, sale, receipt, and/or possession of controlled substances - seized on May 21, 2011 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (CAFRA - No Cost Bond Required) 2012550400006301: 304 pieces of U.S. Currency valued at $7,406.00 - in violation of 18USC981 & 18USC1956, because the property was involved in transactions that involved the proceeds of drug sales and /or represents the proceeds of specified unlawful activity related to the smuggling of controlled substances into the United States, in that it facilitated the carrying on of the illicit transportation, sale, receipt, and/or possession of controlled substances - seized on May 03, 2012 at Yukon, Oklahoma (CAFRA - No Cost Bond Required) 2012550400008001: 141 Pieces of U.S. Currency ($10,029.00), 72 Tablets of Suspected Adderall, 743 Tablets of Suspected Alprazolam, 2,774 Tablets of Suspected Ambien, 9,301 Tablets of Suspected Ativan 2mg, 12,430 Tablets of Suspected Clonazepam, 6,970 Tablets of Suspected Lortab, 152 Tablets of Suspected Oxycodone, 164 Tablets of Suspected Oxycontin, 160 Tablets of Suspected Oxycodone, 713 Tablets of Suspected Percocet, 10,997 Tablets of Suspected Phentermine, 3,775 Tablets of Suspected Ritalin, 5,236 Tablets of Suspected Valium, 6,175 Tablets of Suspected Viagra, 2,669 Tablets of Suspected Vicodin, 3,429 Tablets of Suspected Xanax 1.0, 10,457 Tablets of Suspected Xanax 2.0, 1,259 Purple Oval Pills, 161 White Oval Pills, 942 White Round Pills, 2,879 Pink Oval Pills with “A”, Four Hundred Forty Eight (448) White Rectangular Pills with “M2MG”, 4,979 White Oval Pills with “Safe”, Dell XPS Laptop, Gateway Laptop, USB Drive, Magic Jack and HTC Cell Phone – in violation of 19USC 1595a(c), 18USC545 & 21USC 952, because it is unlawful to introduce or attempt to introduce into the United States from any place outside thereof any controlled substances contrary to law that was smuggled into domestic commerce and 18USC981 & 18USC 1956, because the property was involved in transactions that involved the proceeds of drug sales and /or represents the proceeds of specified unlawful activity related to the smuggling of controlled substances into the United States, in that it facilitated the carrying on of the illicit transportation, sale, receipt, and/or possession of controlled substances - seized on May 30, 2012 at Yukon, Oklahoma (CAFRA - No Cost Bond Required)

Notice of Sale: Security Self Storage 1606 24th Ave. S.W. Norman, Ok will accept sealed bids for the dispersal of personal property and/or household goods to satisfy rent in arrears and/or delinquent storage fees. Bids will be accepted on the entire contents of storage unit(s). No individual items or partial unit bids will be accepted. Sale will start at 3:00pm on 09/21/12 no late bids will be considered. The following units are scheduled to be sold: Unit# 2107 Name: Nathan Gaines Address: 1901 Tiffany Dr Norman, Ok 73071 Unit# 1621 Name: Jose Esobedo Address: 1224 SW 55th St Norman, Ok 73109 Unit# 1614 Name: Early Browning Address: 1958 Fillmore Ave Apt C Norman, Ok 73072 Unit# 1139 Name: Michael Ross Address: 3953 24th Ave. SE Apt 7 Norman, Ok 73071 Unit# 1205 Name: Betsy Brown Address: 3000 S. Berry #100 Norman, Ok. 73072 Unit# 1108 Name: Wayne

Copeland Address: P.O. Box 721207 Norman, Ok. 73070 Unit# 1149 Name: Keith DeHass Address: 2215 Iowa Norman, Ok. 73069 U-Haul Co. of OKC Notice of Public Sale Notice is hereby given that on or after September 27th 2012, UHaul will be offering for sale under the judicial lien process by public auction, to the highest bidder, the following storage units. The goods are generally described as miscellaneous household and personal, unless otherwise indicated. The terms of the sale will be cash only. All tax exemptions will need to bring a copy of their certificate for our records, U-Haul reserves the right to refuse any bids and to collect a deposit pending the removal of ALL items from the storage units. All rooms listed will not necessarily be auctioned. The sales will be held at the following locations starting at or after 7:30 AM and will proceed In the order listed.

Quail Springs U-Haul, 721 W. Memorial Rd: 0073 R. Sheppard, 0338 L.A. Greer, 0346 R. Shirley, 1118 K. Simpson, 1208 J. Anderson, 1605 K. Simpson, 1716 B. Reed, 1786 L. K. Powell, 1798 D. Franklin, 2423 J. Rowton, and 2755 A. Lime. MacArthur Park U-Haul, 6500 NW Expwy: A205 K. Haley, B134 R. Askew, B145 R. Johnson, B159 T. Jackson, B160 D. Battle, B191 B. Mccoy, B194 F. Black, B245 J. Branch, B270 A. Deline, B272 A, Deline, B297 L. Taylor, B348 S. Norris, B352 G, Jackson, B366 C. Hall, E103 F. Flemmmg, and E106 T. Rogers. Bethany U-Haul, 2425 N. MacArthur: A07 K. Turley, B01 M. A. Benavente, D02 D. Johnson, D24 L. Gray, D26 T. Mccarthy,, E05 W. Battle, F36 J. R, Mcelroy, F39 C. Briggs, H02 T- Murphy, L05 M. Moore, N02 M. Silguero, N10 A. Horner, P06 K. Mathess, R10 J. Love, S06 D. P. Sacotte, and T02 D. Counterman.

that killed Ingersoll, which contradicted his testimony from Tuesday. Richardson’s trial was plagued by several delays, allegations of jury intimidation and uncooperative witnesses, many of whom testified reluctantly or refused to testify altogether. At least four prosecution witnesses, including two serving time in unrelated cases, testified they lied during interviews with homicide detectives because they were threatened with jail time if they didn’t cooperate. Thompson’s trial is expected to go to the jury Thursday.

Bricktown U-Haul, 100 SE 2nd St: 1D136 K. E. Rivas, 1F143 T. Hightower, 1F146 T.A. Sullivan-Kemp, 1G149 C. Hollenbeck, 2A103 M. Zacker, 2A148 M. Special, 2A204 J. J. Dugger, 2B157 A. J. Head, 2B159 C. D. Grimes, 2B191 M. J. Asberry, 2B194 M. E. Mcdonald, 2B258 J. R. Watts, 3al32 S. Clower, 3A139 R. W. Russell, 3A191 R.W. Russell, 3A198 L. J. Ganaway, 4A104 S. Caporal, and 4A136 F.D. Jones. PUBLIC AUCTION - ABANDONED PROPERTY IN UNPAID STORAGE UNITS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 10:00 AM AT VILLAGE AT SOUTHCREEK SELF STORAGE 1011 SW 134TH ST. OKLA. CITY, OK. 73170 405-735-3889. CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNITS SCHEDULED FOR SALE: #2527 JAY BRANNON, 216 SW 147TH, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #2228 APRIL JOHNSON, 1513 SW 23RD, MOORE, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS

#2031/1003 BRIAN HAIDLE, 1333 SW 62ND, OKC, OK 73159 MISC ITEMS #933 KARINA JUVERA, 2225 SW 135TH PLACE, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #2311/2320 PATRICK MCCAIN, 12208 LORIEN WAY, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #705/716 JODE PAGE, 1012 SW 99TH STREET, OKC, OK 73139 MISC ITEMS #2507/2510 MATT PETKER, 401 S DALLAS, MOORE, OK 73160 MISC ITEMS #211 RHODA ARYIKU, 528 CYPRESS DR, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #308/309 RICK PARKER, 11505 MACKEL, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #922 NANCY MACIAS, 411 W WATERFRONT DR, TUTTLE, OK 73089 MISC ITEMS #2420/2411 MICHAEL HALE, 1968 ELDORADO CT, POWELL, OH 43065 MISC ITEMS #2106 JOSHUA ELLER, 518 S 5TH STREET, VANDALIA, IL 62471 MISC ITEMS

#2515 GINA SPEEDY, 905 CITY AVE APT 146, MOORE, OK 73160 MISC ITEMS #1408 RHONDA FORD, 517 CASS AVE, MOORE, OK 73160 MISC ITEMS #1601 JADE GILBERT, 13236 S ROBINSON AVE, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #2603 CAROL HARTLINE, P.O. BOX 45, NINNEKAH, OK 73067 MISC ITEMS

The Oklahoma Foundation For The Disabled, Inc. announces its participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). All participants in attendance are served meals, at no extra charge to the parents. In accordance with federal law and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, participating institutions are prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 202509410, or call toll-free 866-6329992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing-impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

Stephen James Lawler

Merilyn Jane Olaker

Martha Ellen Berniece ''Bea'' Pritchett Shepherd

BETHANY On September 9, 2012, Stephen James Lawler drew his final earthly breath and awoke at his Savior’s feet. Steve was born on April 2, 1948, to Billy Joe and Billy Jane Wolfram Lawler in McAllen, Texas. Two years after graduating from high school in Atwater, California, Steve met the love of his life, Diana Lynn Jacques, on Labor Day weekend of 1968. They married on May 3, 1969, and celebrated 43 years of marriage. As a man with a strong sense of right and wrong, Steve served the community of Atwater as a police officer from 1969 to 1981. Steve then moved his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to pursue a degree in business, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Oral Roberts University in 1984. He went on to receive a Master's in Accounting from the University of Tulsa with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude in 1985. He was the recipient of both the F.B. Perriott Educational Scholarship for the TU Graduate Business School and the Junior Achievement Award in Community Service. His lifelong pursuit of education was evident as he attained certifications as CPA (1986), CIA (1989), and CFA (2010). While in Tulsa, Steve enjoyed his work, service to and time with friends at First Christian Church, TU football games, and the Tulsa music scene. His professional career began as an internal auditor at Williams Companies of Tulsa in 1985. In 1999, he and Diana embarked on an adventure when he accepted the opportunity to transfer to the WorldCom offices in Hong Kong. A true survivor of the business world, Steve worked through the Telecoms crash and the WorldCom fraud and bankruptcy to become the Director of Operations for Asia-Pacific for Verizon. During their 12 years in Hong Kong, Steve and Diana hosted numerous US servicemen and women in port through the Meals in Homes Programs associated with the American Women’s Association, the US Navy 7th Fleet, and the US Consulate in Hong Kong. He could count among his acquaintances or friends generals, admirals, consular officers, political, military, and religious leaders in Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, China, and Japan, but his favorite people were the many chaplains, Master Chiefs, and crew members received in his home for a family meal and laugh around his table. Because of his health, Steve and Diana retired to Bethany in 2011 to spend time with their grandsons, in whom he delighted and was most proud. His joy came from helping others and knowing that he did something good to make another’s life better. He is remembered as a kind and gentle giant, mentor, and friend to many around the world. Steve was preceded in death by his parents and youngest son, Stephen James “Jimmy” Lawler, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Diana of the home; two sisters, Janice Meadows of San Antonio, TX, and Linda Hanford of Ontario, CA; two brothers, Paul Lawler of Aurora, CO, and Danny Lawler of Greencastle, IN; his daughter, Elizabeth and husband Richard Brookhart of Bethany; his son, Will and wife Kathryn Parrott Lawler of Norman; and his grandsons, Andrew “A.J.” Brookhart, James Lawler, and Ryan Lawler. Steve suggested that his memory might be honored by planting a tree. Donations may also be made to: Integris Hospice House, 13920 Quailbrook Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73134. Arrangements are under the direction of Floral Haven in Broken Arrow. Viewing will be on Thursday from 2-9 pm with the family greeting friends from 6-9 pm. Services will be held on Friday at 12:30 pm in the Floral Haven Chapel. Online condolences may be shared at www.floralhaven.com

OKLAHOMA CITY Merilyn Jane Olaker (Thompson), 50, passed away Sunday evening, August 5, 2012, in Macon, Georgia. Merilyn, who was surrounded by family in her last hours, is survived by her immediate family: husband, Gene Olaker; brother, Mack Thompson; and sister, Glenda Lee Nutting. She is also survived by extended family, including her aunt, Mary Jane Courtney, for whom she was named. Merilyn, born and raised in Oklahoma City, was living in Georgia at the time of her death. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery, 13400 N. Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY/SHAWNEE, KS Martha Ellen Berniece Pritchett Shepherd was born on February 22, 1923, in Sparks, Oklahoma, and peacefully left her earthly family to join her loved ones in Heaven on September 7, 2012. She was the seventh and youngest child of William Edward Pritchett, Sr., and Ruth Ann Tague Pritchett. The Pritchett family was a very loving family with all three sisters, three brothers and their spouses best friends for life. “Bea,” as she was called by her husband and friends, was an all-around American girl, being a good student, good athlete, and talented singer. She completed business school at Hills Business College in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then worked for medical practices in Oklahoma City. Under the Lord’s guidance, she met a young Army Air Corps officer, C.B. “Buzz” Shepherd, Jr., stationed at the then Will Rogers Army Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. They married shortly thereafter on February 8, 1946. Bea and Buzz had an exceptional marriage lasting more than 66 years, with each one unconditionally dedicated to the other. They were often found in each other’s embrace up through the time of Bea’s passing. Bea was a stay-at-home wife and mother, raising two daughters, Suzanne and Cynthia, and participating in a myriad of organizations to support both their development and her husband’s career. Among her many accomplishments, she served as President of her cherished PEO Chapter and as President of the PTA Chapter where her daughters attended school. She was known as an excellent hostess, cook, and the “life of the party,” always putting first the needs and comfort of others. Bea was also known for her “flair,” possessing an amazing sense of style, design, and immaculate beauty, both in her home and person. She greatly enjoyed traveling to various parts of the world with Buzz as her constant companion. Known as “Mimi,” first to her beloved nephews and nieces and then to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Bea is survived by her husband Buzz; her two daughters Suzanne and husband Richard Discenza of Shawnee, KS, and Cynthia and husband Kent Yoesting of Houston, TX; and her grandchildren Matthew (Michele) Streeter and their children Aidan and Clara of McGaheysville, VA, Julie (John) Fortenbery and their children Connor and Addison of Owings, MD, Amanda (Jake) Hendrix of Pearland, TX, Tyler Yoesting of Dallas, TX, and Travis Yoesting of Tyler, TX. She is also survived by two step-grandsons Dean (Pam) and their children Peter and Clara of Rochester, NY, and Ryan (Jennifer) of Norman OK, as well as may special nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, W.E. and Ruth Ann Pritchett; her six siblings, Daniel Ellsworth Pritchett, Clarence Ollie Pritchett, Mary Anna Mae Pritchett Hall Tope, William Edward Pritchett, Jr., Vera Alice Pritchett Harrison, and Ruth Lorena Pritchett. Memorial services will be held in Bea’s honor at the Amos Family Memorial Chapel at 10901 Johnson Drive in Shawnee, Kansas, at 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 14, with viewing at 2:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held in Oklahoma City, OK, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15, at Rose Hill Cemetery, 6001 Northwest Grand Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73118. Contributions in Bea’s memory may be made to your local Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of flowers.

April 2, 1948 - September 9, 2012

Raymond E. Johnson Feb 29, 1924 - Sept 9, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Raymond Eugene Johnson, age 88, died Sunday, September 9, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, after suffering a stroke. A Leap Year baby, he was born February 29, 1924, on his family farm in Crescent, OK to Ivan Carl and Edith Bachelor Johnson. Raymond attended Guthrie High School, during which time he played basketball, served in ROTC and designed the Blue Jays' ROTC logo, which is still in use today. He graduated in 1943, and married his high school sweetheart, Wanda Jean Bates, in 1944, moving to Bethany and then Oklahoma City shortly thereafter. The epitome of the American Dream, Raymond was a self-made man, becoming a successful commercial builder. His myriad of building accomplishments include some of the first hotels and motels in Oklahoma, schools, armories, shopping centers, including the Village Shopping Center on May Avenue (which he also owned), as well as donating his services to aid in the building of his family’s church, the Village Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Active in the community he helped build, Raymond was a 30+ year member of the Oklahoma Executive Success Club (aka “Tip Club”), as well as serving on the Board of Silver Lake, Inc., where he built the home that he and Wanda lived in for over 40 years. Raymond loved the outdoors, whether as an avid bow, rifle and black powder hunter and fisherman, as an accomplished gardener (with some of his banana trees still growing in the Myriad Botanical Gardens), or as an ice skater, building a safe skating area in his neighborhood lake and owning over 20 pairs of ice skates so anyone could join. As a gifted artist, he also loved to paint the outdoors. Raymond also traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, the Pacific and Middle East, with his wife, Wanda. A well-respected and Godly man, Raymond was always willing to help anyone in need. Devoted to his family, they could always count on him in whatever they chose to do. Although slowed by age in recent years, “Papa” remained physically active, whether helping someone with a fix-it project, teaching his great-grandchildren to fish, or enjoying his recent “22nd Leap Birthday.” He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan Carl Johnson, Edith Bachelor Johnson King, and stepfather, Shirley Malcom King; and sister, Loreta Johnson Novak. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Bates Johnson; daughter, Rae Jean Johnson; son, Ivan Johnson; granddaughters, Beth Brown Bonilla and her husband Mike, Tori Johnson Richmond and her husband Steve, and Alisa Johnson Beck and her husband Chris; grandson, Scott Brown; great-grandchildren, Garrett and Raymond Bonilla, States and Satchel Beck, and Nimue Richmond; and countless other loving family and friends. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Village Christian Church (http://villagechristianokc.org). Memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 13 at 1 p.m. at The Village Christian Church, 9401 Ridgeview Drive, Oklahoma City (The Village), Oklahoma 73120. Interment will be at the Summit View Cemetery in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Arrangements for Raymond and his family have been placed in the care of Vondel Smith & Son Mortuary.

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Imogene Christner Carter

Carmen Jo (Turner) Hall

April 23, 1925 - Sept. 9, 2012

June 9, 1924 - Sept 11, 2012

BOTHELL, WA Imogene Carter, beloved and loving Wife, Mom, Grandma and Friend, died Sept. 9, 2012, in Everett, WA. She was born to Ermit and Nora Christner on April 23, 1925, in Lockridge, OK. Imogene worked in the family grocery store growing up in Minco, OK. Graduating from Minco High School, she exceled at The Univ. of Okla., graduating with a Bachelor's of Science Degree. She found the love of her life, Mabry James Carter, Jr. and married July 27, 1947, a union that lasted 49 years, until Mabry's death. She helped raise three boys while maintaining a successful career at Kerr McGee Corporation, which spanned over 30 years. Imogene enriched the lives of everyone around her with her cheerful smile and a bright greeting, regardless of the occasion. Her strong moral compass never wavered, her love always present, a guiding example for her children, grandchildren, family and peers. She moved to Mill Creek, WA, in 1998, two years after Mabry's death, to be with her son's family. Her personal interests were her grandchildren and family, socializing with neighbors and friends, and attended the United Methodist Church in Bothell, WA. Active in Red Hats and Senior Clubs, she was an enthusiastic fan of the Seattle Mariners, Sonics, and forever rooted for her Oklahoma Sooners. Her real passion lay with her involvement with her children & grandchildren's lives. She reveled in any and every event that involved family. She is preceded by Orville Christner, brother; Ermit Christner, father; Nora Christner, mother; Mark Carter, son; and Katherine Christner Carter, granddaughter; Hubert Murphy, brother-in-law, Aledamae Foree, sister-in-law, & LC Foree, brother-in-law. She will be forever cherished and missed by surviving son's Barry and Bart Carter; grandchildren Brett Carter, Morgan Carter, Mallory Carter, Bryce Tillet and Mark Carter; daughters-in-law Candiss Carter and Lori Carter; great granddaughter Aiden Tillett; nephews Jimmy Murphy, Carter Foree; niece Sandra Wyatt; and all her special friends, neighbors and relatives. After a memorial service at Bothell United Methodist Church in WA, Imogene's final resting place will be with her beloved husband, Mabry, and son, Mark, in Oklahoma City. A memorial and burial service will be held Sat. 9/15, 2pm, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 8702 NW Expressway, Okla. City.

OKLAHOMA CITY Carmen Jo (Turner) Hall was born June 9, 1924, in Navina, Oklahoma, the third child of V.B. and Christina Maple. She graduated Guthrie HS in 1942 and married Wilbur Turner the same year. They moved to Oklahoma City at the end of WWII, where she was employed at various departments stores selling women’s shoes or baby clothing, and then at OTASCO. She died at Integris Hospice September 11. She was preceded in death by her parents, both siblings and two husbands. Wilbur died on September 10, 1982; she then married Eldon Hall, who died June 14, 2012. She is survived by her son, Alvin and his wife Carmelita, of Norman; daughter, Linda Jo Judkins and her husband Dallas, of Conroe, TX; grandchildren, Dallas Gene Judkins, Megan McClintock, Nathan Turner and Christina Cranston, and their spouses; and seven great-grandchildren, plus the Hall children and spouses, grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Rancho Village Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2012, where she has been a member for more than 60 years.

Gerald Ray Story Nov. 26, 1934 - Sept. 8, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Gerald Ray Story went to be with his Lord on Sept. 8, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Verna, son, Lloyd Story, and daughters, Julia Scott and Mary Crockett and their spouses. in death by his daughter, Vickie Captain. He was blessed with many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Gerald was retired from the Air Force and Frisbee Foods. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends and grandsons. He was admired and loved by many friends and family. He will be missed. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. Memorial Services will be held 10:30 am Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Forest Hill Christian Church, 2121 N. MacArthur, OKC 73127.

Aug 25, 1961 - Aug 5, 2012

Minerva Massad Cohlmia

January 22, 1920 - Sept. 12, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Minerva Massad Cohlmia was born January 22, 1920, in Drumright, Oklahoma, to Very Reverend George and Bedyah Massad. Her parents immigrated to this country from Lebanon early in the 20th century, both arriving as teenagers and without their parents, meeting and marrying in Steele, Missouri, in 1916. Minerva was raised in Drumright until 1938, when her father was appointed the Priest at St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church in OKC and she graduated from Classen High School. Minerva was instrumental in starting Alpha Malachi Sorority, and was the editor of the News Bits, a monthly newsletter sent to Lebanese-American soldiers during World War II. After high school, she worked at Nissen's Shoes in downtown OKC until marrying Gorden Cohlmia on March 7, 1948, at which time they moved to Fairview, Oklahoma, and opened Gorden's Market. She worked in the grocery store until it was sold in 1974, and shortly thereafter started the Meals on Wheels Program in Fairview. Minerva was an active member of Central Christian Church in Fairview, where she served on the Board and chaired the committee to assist grieving families. She also served on the boards of Fairview Hospital Foundation and Fairview Lakeside Country Club, in addition to volunteering at the Fairview Hospital and Nursing Home, Fly-In, Threshing Bee, and just about everything else that took place in her community. Minerva was so involved that she was named the 1988 Volunteer of the Year in Fairview for her many years of service to her community. In addition to starting her days with her daily devotional, Bible readings, and exercise routines, she always told her family that “your week won’t start out right if you don’t go to church” always leading by example, exhibiting the poise, grace and dignity expected of a lady. Always a willing & gracious hostess, she was an excellent mother, Sitty, relative, neighbor and friend. Minerva was predeceased by her husband, Gorden, two brothers, Alex and Omar Massad, and one sister, Esther Samara, and many in-laws on the Cohlmia side of her family. Survived by daughter Leyla Cohlmia and husband Girard Kinney of Austin, TX; daughter Mona and Mike Spivey, OKC; and son George and Karla Cohlmia, Oklahoma City; grandchildren Adam and Kasey Cohlmia, Oklahoma City; brother Mike Massad, Dallas, TX; sistersin-law Dee Massad, Austin, TX, Jacque Massad, OKC, Elsie Simon, Clinton, OK, Phyllis Cohlmia, OKC; brother-in-law Dr. Ray & Sameera Cohlmia, OKC; plus a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. The family also thanks Mom’s caregivers, Bobbie Weehunt, Jeannie Coleman and Mercy Hospice, for their kind, loving and tender care. Thanks for treating her as if she were your mother. Services will be Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to: The Flowers That Do Not Wither Fund, St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church, 15000 N. May Avenue, OKC 73134.

February 22, 1923 - September 7, 2012

Barbara Ann ''Bobbie'' Robeson May 13, 1938 - September 11, 2012

YUKON A Celebration of Life for Bobbie, 74, of Yukon, Oklahoma, will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 2:00pm at Covenant Community Church, Yukon, OK. Bobbie passed away September 11, 2012, in Oklahoma City, at Deaconess Hospital. Bobbie was born May 13, 1938 in Prairie Grove, Arkansas to Melvin and Margaret Bristo. Bobbie married Jack A. Hyatt and three children came from their union, Jack Hyatt Jr., Brenda Ann Hyatt and Marty Lee Hyatt. They later divorced and Bobbie married Dennis Ray Robeson in 1969. He was the ''Love of her Life.'' They were married until Dennis passed away in 2006. During their marriage they were wheat & cattle farmers in Banner, Oklahoma until declining health and then moved to Yukon where they ran and owned Robeson Jewelers. Survivors include: Brenda Ann Hyatt of Yukon, Oklahoma, Jack Hyatt Jr. and wife AnnaLeigh of Oklahoma City, Marty Lee Hyatt of Alex Oklahoma, Christy Hawk and husband Jason of Hennessey, Oklahoma, Debbie and Rex Matthews of Hennessey, Oklahoma and so many great nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren and her dog Scooter, not to mention Bobbie was preceded in death by Dennis Robeson her husband, Carolyn Harris her sister, Archie Harris her brother-in-law, Margaret and JD Smith her parents. Bobbie's favorite hobbies were playing pool, spending time with family and friends and having get togethers with family and friends on the farm, as well as tending to her garden and fishing. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Dr. Elwood Williams, Dr. Ba, Dr. Kent Studebaker & the staff at Deaconess Hospital and Crossroads Hospice and the Daily Living Center in Bethany for the past two years of her life. ''Those who live and love in the Lord never see each other for the last time.''

Michael J. Ford, Sr. Mar. 21, 1988 - Sept. 9, 2012

EDMOND Michael James Ford, Sr. was born on March 21, 1988 and died September 9, 2012 in Edmond. He is survived by his wife, Christine Ford, son, Michael James Ford, Jr., both of the home; parents, Larry and Pam Ford of Edmond; sister & brother-inlaw, Elizabeth & Jason Hedgecock, niece and nephew, Madilyn & Porter of Mustang; and brothers, Timothy Campbell of Tucson, AZ and Joshua Ford of Edmond. He also leaves behind grandparents, Jack & Mary Ford of Bethany and Marilyn Midgett of Oklahoma City, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, William Ambrose Midgett, Jr. Michael was loved and cherished by all. Services will be at 10:00am, on Friday, September 14, 2012, at Chisholm Creek Baptist Church, 17600 N. Western, under the direction of Crawford Family Funeral Service of Edmond with interment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery. To make online condolences visit www.crawfordcares.com

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Skiatook to require students to pay fee BY RHETT MORGAN Tulsa World rhett.morgan@tulsaworld.com

SKIATOOK — Skiatook Public Schools has introduced a mandatory class fee for high school students in its district. The Board of Education last month approved the measure, which requires all students in grades 9 to 11 to pay the annual $25 fee by Dec. 16. Seniors are exempt for this year only, but the fee will affect all high school students during the 2013-14 school year. Superintendent Rick Thomas said the district made the move to reduce the inordinate number of fundraisers.

“It’s not a fee to graduate,” Thomas said. “It’s not a fee to go to school. It’s a fee that’s being handled just like any other activity fee. “ ... More than anything, it was meant to be a benefit to parents because everybody gets tired of fundraisers.” The fee will reduce the prom ticket to $30 each year, according to the district’s website. If a student doesn’t pay the class fee for one or more years, it will be added to the cost of the student’s prom ticket. If the student doesn’t attend the prom, the unpaid fee will be considered a debt that must be paid by the end of the school year to receive a report card.

If a senior fails to pay one or more class fees by the end of the first semester, the student will not be allowed to participate in graduation activities, the policy states. Damon Gardenhire, a spokesman for the state Education Department, said he is aware of no other district other than Skiatook that is implementing a mandatory fee. But Gardenhire added, “There is nothing in state law that would prohibit a district from doing that.” The state Constitution declares that the legislature “shall establish and maintain a system of free public schools wherein all the children of the State may be

educated.” Oklahoma, however, is a “local-control” state, meaning that its Education Department deals primarily with accreditation, implementing statewide testing and setting academic standards, Gardenhire said. “The day-to-day management decisions, the operational decisions, most policy and procedure, are something that is decided on the district level by the local superintendent and local school board,” he said. Peggy Surritte has two sons, a senior and a freshman, in Skiatook High School. “I have zero problem with it,” she said of the policy. “In Skiatook and I’m sure every other

school, you get bombarded with fundraising.” Last semester, she said she paid $120 for prom tickets for her son and a date. “It’s always a certain few who are always doing all the work in fundraising,” Surritte said. “You can only ask your friends and family to buy so much stuff. You can only buy so much cookie dough.” Tiffany Brummett, who has a son in ninth grade, also supports the policy. “I don’t think the $25 is too much to ask,” she said. “Paying that fee instead of having to run around and do all these fundraisers is well worth it.”

Skating fundraiser to benefit School promotions announced girl, 10, who needs a kidney

The Oklahoma City School Board approved three administrator promotions at its meeting this week, and Superintendent Karl Springer also announced a promotion Monday night:

BY HENRY DOLIVE For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Parents of Truman Elementary School students have organized a fundraiser for Erika Ramirez, a fifthgrade student who has kidney failure. Debi Nelson, whose daughter is a fifth-grader at Truman, said “Skate for Erika” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Star Skate, 2020 W Lindsey St. Admission will be $5 per participant, and donation boxes will be set up inside the skating rink. Nelson said organizers hope to raise up to $50,000 for Erika through the skating event. “Every cent we raise

goes to Erika,” she said. Erika, 10, became ill in May. Doctors have told her parents that to survive, she will need a kidney transplant. Costs for a transplant were estimated at $250,000, her father, Carlos Guerra, said in July. She began attending fifth-grade classes in August but is receiving dialysis three times a week, said Blanca Rangel, Erika’s godmother. Erika is on a transplant waiting list, Rangel said. A fund was established at BancFirst to cover the transplant cost. Erika’s family is receiving assistance with her medical and prescription medicine bills through a program at St. Joseph Ca-

tholic Church, which the family attends. Jeff Willard, pastoral associate at the church, said this week the Deeds of Love program there has accumulated about $4,700 since donations began to be accepted for Erika’s care. The Deeds of Love program is funded by donations and fundraisers church members conduct periodically.

How to help

Donations toward Erika’s care can be sent to Deeds of Love, P.O. Box 1227, Norman, OK 73070. For information about donating to the Erika Ramirez Kidney Transplant Fund at BancFirst, call 360-6061.

Rental car fee change meets no resistance from OKC Council BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Staff Writer mkimball@opubco.com

On- and off-airport car rental companies will likely soon be subject to the same fees for Will Rogers World Airport customers after a public hearing regarding the proposed change met no resistance from the Oklahoma City Council this week. The proposed ordinance will impose the same 10 percent commission fee for airport customers to any rental car company within a 10-mile radius of the airport. Only rental car companies with offices at the airport are subject to the fee now, but companies that use shuttle buses and other methods to access airport customers will have to pay when the new ordinance takes effect.

No one spoke up against the ordinance during Tuesday’s city council meeting. The public hearing for the item lasted only about three minutes, and only one council member asked a question. Councilman Larry McAtee asked city Airports Department Director Mark Kranenburg why the radius was set at 10 miles. Kranenburg responded that it seemed to be a reasonable distance and that the rental car companies agreed to it.

‘Very common’

Kevin Hutchins, a regional manager of the Avis Budget Group that operates the Avis and Budget car rental brands, agreed with Kranenburg’s contention that adding the off-airport companies to the list is in line with what

most other communities are doing. “It’s very common. The vast majority of airports have an off-airport concession fee ordinance,” Hutchins said. “It’s fair (and) levels the playing field for all players.” City officials estimate about 2 percent of airport car rental customers use off-site companies, representing about $123,000 in potential commission fee revenue. The ordinance will also ensure rental car companies subject to the fee now still must pay it if they choose not to use the consolidated rental car facility planned for the airport. The $39 million facility will be paid for by $4.50 fees charged to airport car rental customers. A vote on the ordinance is set for Sept. 25.

Attorney: No judicial determination in matter FROM PAGE 9A

Michael M. Arnett said he will be making all further court appearances in the case of Robert D. Wright, 47, of Oklahoma City, who is accused of beating a man with a board. “I have taken what I believe to be the appropriate actions to not only take care of the case but to provide some assistance to Mr. Hall,” Arnett said. He declined to elaborate.

Hall shares office space with Arnett but is not employed by Arnett. Hall had made all previous court appearances on behalf of Wright, Arnett said. “I think the judge was very fair, and I believe that the case is well on its way to being resolved to everyone’s satisfaction,” he said. Hall has been a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association since 1977 and is a member in good standing, according to the asso-

ciation website. In August 1989, Hall was suspended for one year by the state Supreme Court for knowingly making a false statement of law or fact, court records show. At the time, he was suffering from manic depression and self-treating the depression with alcohol, according to an order imposing discipline. He was being treated for manic depression at the time, the order shows.

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I Mark Waldrip was sworn in as the board treasurer Monday night. Waldrip is the district’s director of revenue. The spot had been vacant for six months. State law requires every school board have a treasurer.

I Julie Roach was named an assistant principal at Roosevelt Middle School. Roach succeeds Tim Young, who resigned.

I Kevin Garcia was named an assistant principal at Webster Middle School. Garcia succeeds Joey Slate, who accepted a job outside the district.

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Fundraiser set for girl

TU fires president

Parents of Truman Elementary School students have organized a fundraiser for Erika Ramirez, a fifth-grader who has kidney failure.

Just 74 days into his tenure, the University of Tulsa has fired Geoffrey Orsak.

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Defense attorney tests positive for alcohol in court BY TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@opubco.com

A veteran defense attorney tested positive for alcohol use and removed himself from a case after prosecutors complained that he came to court with alcohol on his breath.

State fair officials gear up for launch

Prosecutors accused attorney John Thomas Hall of being under the influence on Monday and Tuesday while Hall was in court representing a man accused of assault and battery. “It was undeniable today,” a prosecutor said Tuesday. “The smell lingered.” Hall took a breath test at the re-

quest of prosecutors and tested positive for alcohol use, according to results obtained by The Oklahoman. Hall’s breath contained at least 0.02 percent alcohol, but the test did not measure an exact level. District Judge Glenn M. Jones said Tuesday there was “insufficient evidence” to find Hall was under the influence of alcohol.

“No judicial determination was made at all,” Jones said. Hall, though, took himself off the case, which was continued until November. He did not return calls for comment Tuesday and Wednesday. Oklahoma City attorney SEE ATTORNEY, BACK PAGE

EDMOND NEIGHBORHOOD MARKS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

WOMAN CAUSE OF DEATH TOLD A woman found dead in a car in a southwest Oklahoma City ravine died from injuries suffered in the wreck, the state medical examiner reports. Donna Mae Bartlett, 85, of Yukon, was found Tuesday in a car at the bottom of a ravine along S Council Road near SW 119. She had been reported missing from her home Monday night. The car plunged about 20 to 30 feet into the ravine, police said. A state medical examiner’s spokesman said Bartlett died of multiple blunt force trauma in the accident. She was not wearing a seat belt. FROM STAFF REPORTS

ELSEWHERE POLICE SEEK DOG THIEVES Detectives in Missoula County are searching for two people with Oklahoma ties who reportedly took a deaf couple’s service dog from a campground near Lolo. The couple said their 18month-old husky/ wolf mix named Jalita, who responds to sign language commands, was taken over Labor Day weekend. Missoula County detectives said the suspects’ names are Sam and Kim Goodwin. A Craigslist ad about the missing dog says the Goodwins were driving a 1993 blue Chevy pickup with an Oklahoma license plate.

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As opening day of the Oklahoma State Fair arrives, a few fair executives looked back in order to truly appreciate what the 2012 fair offers. Bill Allen remembers when it was necessary to plan ahead for towing numerous stuck vehicles out of unpaved parking lots. Scott Munz can recall nights when band members for headliners would be “along the edges” of a crowded flatbed trailer/ stage as they performed before rodeo crowds. And Tim O’Toole thinks back to when he wondered how the change to an 11day schedule would be received by fairgoers. Gates open at 8 a.m. Thursday for the 2012 Oklahoma State Fair, It runs through Sept. 23. Some fairgoers think about the rides and the food and the entertainment that awaits them. Others think of the various exhibits and competitions. But Allen, Munz and O’Toole think of all the improvements. This is the 30th Oklahoma State Fair for Allen, vice president of State Fair Park. “When I first started, we didn’t have hardly any paved parking spots, and there were puddles almost big enough for ducks,” he said. “Now we have many lots that are paved and well lit. We used to have to worry about towing a lot of cars out, and now that would be limited to a few cars.”

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Aleigha Prince, 9, plays basketball Tuesday night during National NIght Out at Parklane Estates in Edmond. FROM STAFF REPORTS

EDMOND — Park Lane Estates in Edmond held its National Night Out festivities Tuesday night. National Night Out’s goal is to get people out of their homes and talking to their neighbors. And that’s what happened at Park Lane Estates as kids and their parents enjoyed the evening complete with food, balloon animals and an inflatable jumper.

Above: Addie Brown, 1, swings during National NIght Out at Parklane Estates on Tuesday in Edmond on Tuesday. Left: Brayden Hock, 3, jumps in a bounce house during National NIght Out. PHOTOS BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN


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Fair: Millions have been spent on park improvements FROM PAGE 9A

Munz thinks back to when a tractor would pull a flatbed trailer out into the rodeo arena. That was the stage. Conditions were snug, especially the night a country music singer had a 12-member band. “That was interesting,” said Munz, vice president of marketing and public relations, who is beginning his 25th Oklahoma State Fair. “Now, we have all moving lights in there, and the stage is lowered down from the ceiling. It’s a firstclass sound and light production in the arena for the concerts at the PRCA Xtreme Bulls. “And, the same thing is true out on the Chesapeake Energy Stage. It’s a safe, first-class outdoor stage.” This is the ninth Oklahoma State Fair for O’Toole, president and CEO of Oklahoma State Fair Inc. He remembers the first one well. “I came on in January 2004, and the

board had made the decision prior to that to reduce the fair from 17 days to 11 days,” O’Toole said. “That was a learning curve for all of us. “And we were cautiously optimistic about how the public would receive it. It’s continued to grow every year and has been well-received by the public.” Reaction is something O’Toole eagerly awaits each year. This year, he awaits the response to Barn 4. In all, the $90 million projects include quality arenas, stalls and meeting areas, he said. Fair Park is home not only to the Oklahoma State Fair, but many state, regional, national and international equestrian shows. “Barn 4 is the completion of our original barn and equine projects that we embarked on in 2005,” he said. “It’s just part of the continuing upgrades that we’ve done to all of our equine and livestock facilities. “So I’m always pleased when people get the chance to see that and experience it. We want them to see the quality of it all.”

A carnival worker sets up prizes Wednesday afternoon at State Fair Park. PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

WELL-ROUNDED TROOPS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND BY JERRY WOFFORD Tulsa World jerry.wofford@tulsaworld.com

BRAGGS — Tech. Sgt. Brandon White is a chameleon. As a Joint Terminal Attack Controller in the Air National Guard, he coordinates strikes and surveillance between forces on the ground and forces in the air, but it requires him to be on the ground with those soldiers or Marines, to see what they see. He has to blend his tactical skills with his communication expertise. “Whatever they do, we do,” White said. “If they’re jumping out of Blackhawks, we’re jumping out of Blackhawks.” Now, White and 11 other members of the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing, based in Tulsa, are training Air National Guard airmen from 14 states to eventually become JTACs, a position that is in increasing demand as technology increases their ability to provide more support on the battlefield. The 138th Combat

Training Flight, a detachment of the Tulsa unit based at Camp Gruber, will graduate its first class next week with four more eight-week sessions scheduled for next year. The first class from Camp Gruber marks a shift in how the Air National Guard trains airmen to eventually become JTACs. Lt. Col. Rustan Schwichtenberg, commander of the 138th Combat Training Flight, said that each of the operational units around the country trained their own JTACs, which distracted from their main ongoing missions. In the cases of some National Guard units doing the training one weekend a month, it could take more than a year to complete. “We are relieving the operational units of all that pressure,” Schwichtenberg said. The airmen are trained first as communication experts. They relay pertinent battlefield information back to those controlling aircraft, artillery or missiles related to targets, other targets that should be surveilled and conduct

West Nile will remain until weather cools BY JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@opubco.com

Phil Maytubby, chief of public health protection at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, chatted with readers Wednesday on NewsOK about West Nile virus, safety precautions and cases in Oklahoma. Below are highlights from the Q&A. Q: How long is West Nile virus season? A: The season may last as long as mosquitoes are active, especially through the hot summer months. As the weather cools, mosquito activity level will decline, but they’ll be around until we get a good freeze. Q: What is the Oklahoma City-County Health Department doing to combat mosquitoes? A: We use an integrated pest management approach. That includes mosquito habitat reduction and removal, mosquito larvicide application and foremost, educating the public about how to protect themselves from mosquitoes. Q: Some parts of Texas have used aerial spraying. Could you discuss its effectiveness versus other approaches to prevention? A: Aerial spraying is sometimes seen as a last resort when mosquito numbers are very high and other methods are ineffective in reducing mosquito populations. Other methods we’re currently using are working well. Q: What type of bird

carries the virus? A: Several types of birds may carry the disease. It was originally reported in crows. One of the theories about the emergence of West Nile during a time of drought is that birds are using water sources that are smaller and more stagnant, and those are areas where mosquitoes are breeding. Q: What can parents use to prevent toddlers from getting bitten when playing outside? A: It’s important to use insect repellent on areas of exposed skin. Long sleeves and long pants are a good idea in dusk to dawn times. We recommend DEET, picaridin and oil of eucalyptus repellents, but always read the label for instructions before applying to young children. It may be comforting to know that few young children develop serious cases of West Nile virus. In Oklahoma there are no cases of the virus in children younger than nine, but they should always be protected from mosquitoes. Q: Why is there a vaccine for horses and not humans? A: That’s a complicated question. When the virus first emerged it was very hard on the horse population and there was great demand for a vaccine. Humans have the ability to use repellent or to dress appropriately. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with vaccine manufacturers and researchers to determine if it’s feasible to produce a West Nile vaccine for humans.

Training instructor Oklahoma Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Brandon White gets the go-ahead to demonstrate rappelling during training Wednesday on one of the towers at Camp Gruber near Braggs. PHOTO BY MICHAEL WYKE, TULSA WORLD

reconnaissance on forward positions. Being in the battlefield embedded with other troops on the ground gives the best perspective, White said. Being in the battlefield, sometimes embedded with troops on the forward

line, requires the airmen to keep up. That makes the JTACs one of the Air Force’s more elite, fit and diversely skilled forces, Schwichtenberg said. “These guys are just the right mix of bravado, technical savvy, knowledge

levels; all these things together for that right guy to be on the ground,” Schwichtenberg said. “They’re a mixture of this real tactical dude, and all these command and control functions.” The 138th Combat Training Flight was approved to do the training last December after their former training mission in Fort Sill had ended. In six months, the staff moved their operations to facilities at Camp Gruber and developed the broad curriculum. “It was a perfect fit,” Schwichtenberg said. “The timing was right, the cost was right and we were able to make it happen in rapid fashion.” The training provided by the 138th Combat Training Flight will make the airmen eligible to be JTACs-in-waiting, Schwichtenberg said. The home commander must sign off on the training and

they must work with other JTACs and complete other training before being fully complete. But the new training path by the 138th will aim to cut the time it takes to complete that process from about five years to two, Schwichtenberg said. That will put more of the JTACs in the field quicker with more standardized training, fulfilling the increasing need for JTACs in the field. “Just because the wars are drawing down, the requirement for how many JTACs are needed in the force overall is actually increasing,” Schwichtenberg said. “They’ve seen the effectiveness of having an embedded Air Force controller in the Army’s scheme of maneuver on the ground. How we fight and use these maneuvers is only become more in vogue for how we use these on the ground.”


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Hail repairs cited for increase in tax collections BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@opubco.com

EDMOND — City officials think materials for roof repairs from the hailstorm that hit Edmond over the summer may be contributing to the large sales tax revenue the city continues to experience. Edmond showed for the last two weeks of July and first half of August an 18.98 percent increase compared to the same month a year ago. The city has experienced a 20 percent growth for the first three months

of this fiscal year compared to last year’s sales tax collections. The city has collected nearly $15.4 million this fiscal year, almost $4.3 million more than projected. City leaders had calculated a 3 percent growth in this year’s fiscal budget.

One-time purchases

“We think it is the reconstruction of new roofs,” City Manager Larry Stevens said. “We think the roof repairs will occur for the next couple of months. We are way above last year.” City leaders attributed

We think it is the reconstruction of new roofs. We think the roof repairs will occur for the next couple of months. We are way above last year.” LARRY STEVENS

EDMOND CITY MANAGER

the revenue increase to one-time purchases related to construction, as well as sales of roofing materials and the opening of two new grocery stores. In addition, the city has

collected since April 1more than $2.9 million for the construction of a new public safety center. Shoppers in Edmond pay an 8.25 percent sales tax on purchases; 4.5 percent goes

to the state and 3.75 percent is returned to the city. Of the city portion, 2 percent goes to the general fund and a half percent goes to construct the public safety center. The re-

maining city sales tax money that does not go into the general fund is divided among firefighters, the police department and capital improvements as designated by voters.


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Witness says testimony was not swayed BY TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@opubco.com

A key witness in the state’s case against a man charged with murder reversed his testimony Wednesday after admitting he talked to the victim’s father the day before taking the stand. But Eric P. Thrower denied being told what to say by Phil Ingersoll, the father of shooting victim Jonathan Phillip Ingersoll, 21. Phil Ingersoll is a former Oklahoma City School District athletic director who won five state basketball championships as a

coach at Douglass and Northeast high schools. Jonathan Ingersoll died March 22, 2009, from a gunshot wound to the head. He and Thrower were riding in a car on N MacArthur Boulevard near NW 23 when another vehicle pulled alongside and a person inside fired into the car, police said. Thrower testified calling the victim’s father Tuesday “to see how court was going.” Thrower said Ingersoll told him to “tell the truth.” But the attorney representing defendant Kenneth Wayne Thompson III, accused Thrower of lying

about his conversation with Phil Ingersoll. “He told you you needed to identify Mr. Thompson this morning, didn’t he?” defense attorney Redmond Kemether asked Thrower. “No,” Thrower said. Earlier Wednesday, Thrower identified Thompson as the driver of the car, a day after testifying he didn’t see who was driving or who fired the fatal shot. “Why didn’t you sit there and tell the truth yesterday?” Kemether asked the witness. “I was threatened,” said Thrower, a felon and admitted former gang mem-

Kenneth Wayne Thompson III, 23

ber who told the court he had received death threats for testifying. Thrower also testified smoking marijuana the night of the shooting, but said it didn’t affect his

Staff Writer lmanwarren@opubco.com

A man was arrested after he threatened a convenience store employee with a 4-foot tree branch, Oklahoma City police said. Marvin Glenn Jones, 53, was arrested on an assault and battery complaint Tuesday at 7-Eleven, 1101 NW 10. Police were called to the

scene and encountered a man who called himself “General Jones” who verbally abused the officers, according to the police report. The 7-Eleven employee told police Jones was banned from the store Tuesday after making death threats against the store’s manager but returned that evening. The employee told Jones to leave and refused to serve him. Jones went outside and

came back inside with a tree branch, according to the report. The employee told police Jones raised the branch and approached him, saying, “Come here, man. I’m going to use this on you.” Police said Jones tried to light himself on fire while in the back of the patrol car and said, “A bomb is about to go off in this (obscenity).” He was taken to Oklahoma County jail, where it

BY AMANDA BLAND AND MATT BARNARD Tulsa World

Marvin Glenn Jones Arrested on Tuesday

took three or four detention officers to process him, police said. Police took the tree branch as evidence.

Norman art walk to include opening reception FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Dreamer Concepts, 324 E Main St., will reopen Friday after a three-month hiatus with a reception celebrating its newest exhibit, “Dreamer 44: Dose of Dynamite.” The reception is just one of a series of activities planned for the monthly Second Friday Circuit of Art event, which begins at 6 p.m. “Doses of Dynamite” will feature works by Travis Brassfield and Kellen Carter, Norman natives and longtime friends. Brassfield received classical training in studio art at Rose State College and the University of Okla-

Johanna Bales and Alex Elmore, with Gray Street Band, perform Aug. 10 at the Kid’s Corner event during the Second Friday Circuit of Art in Norman. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES

homa. He primarily works in acrylic, though his favorite medium is a combi-

nation of pencil and ink. Carter works with acrylic paint, ink, spray paint

and pen to create paintings and graffiti stenciling. This month’s art walk will include a Live Paint at Bigfoot Creative, 315 E Main, featuring some of the participating artists from a new pop culture exhibit, “Zombie Skins: Salon de la Vie Morte.” “Zombie Skins” just finished a successful run in Santa Fe, N.M., and features artists America Meredith, Daniel McCoy, Bryon Archuleta, Tom Farris, April Holder, Bob Haozous, Chris Pappan, Topaz Jones and Cannupa Hansk Luger. For a complete schedule of events planned for this month’s walk, go to www. 2ndfridaynorman.com.

A missing woman was found alive Wednesday morning in a freezer, and Tulsa police say the incident doesn’t appear to be suspicious. First responders were called about 10:30 a.m. to an apartment in the 2200 block of S Nogales Avenue where a woman was found by family inside a chest-type deep freezer, police said. The woman, identified by her son as 59-year-old Theresa Christian, was conscious but incoherent as medics treated her at the scene, Cpl. Daisy Vallely said. She was transported to St. John Medical Center with “severe freezing-type injuries” to her legs, Vallely

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as required by title 19, United States Code, section 1607 et seq of seizure at Oklahoma, on the dates specified below, of the following merchandise, liable to forfeiture to the United States under provisions of various statutes cited. Any person claiming such property is hereby notified to file his claim at the Customhouse, 7501 Esters Blvd., Suite 160, Irving, Texas 75063 (or by mail to P.O. Box 619050, D/FW Airport, Texas 75261), within 20 days (or 35 days if case if denoted as C.A.F.R.A.) after the first publication of this notice together with a bond in the amount of $5000 or 10% of the value of the claimed proper$ ty, whichever is lower, but not less than $250, with approved sureties as provided for in title 19, United States Code, section 1608. The cost bond amount, if required, is specified below for each referenced case. Once the cost bond and/or claim to the merchandise has been filed, the case will be forwarded to the United States Attorney for the institution of forfeiture proceedings in federal district court. If you are indigent (needy and poor) you may not be required to post the bond. If no claim is filed or bond given as provided in the aforesaid statute, the property herein described will be declared forfeited to the Government of the United States and disposed of in conformity with the laws and regulations of the Secretary of the Treasury: 2012550400007401: 422 pieces of U.S. Currency converted into Cashier’s Check #225950 in the amount of $7,332.00 valued at $7,332.00 - in violation of 18USC981 & 18USC1956, because the property was involved in $ $ transactions that involved the proceeds of drug sales and /or represents the proceeds of specified unlawful activity related to the smuggling of controlled substances into the United States, in that it facilitated the carrying on of the illicit transportation, sale, receipt, and/or possession of controlled substances - seized on May 21, 2011 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (CAFRA - No Cost Bond Required) 2012550400006301: 304 pieces of U.S. Currency valued at $7,406.00 - in violation of 18USC981 & 18USC1956, because the property was involved in transactions that involved the proceeds of drug sales and /or represents the proceeds of specified unlawful activity related to the smuggling of controlled substances into the United States, in that it facilitated the carrying on of the illicit transportation, sale, receipt, and/or possession of controlled substances - seized on May 03, 2012 at Yukon, Oklahoma (CAFRA - No Cost Bond Required) 2012550400008001: 141 Pieces of U.S. Currency ($10,029.00), 72 Tablets of Suspected Adderall, 743 Tablets of Suspected Alprazolam, 2,774 Tablets of Suspected Ambien, 9,301 Tablets of Suspected Ativan 2mg, 12,430 Tablets of Suspected Clonazepam, 6,970 Tablets of Suspected Lortab, 152 Tablets of Suspected Oxycodone, 164 Tablets of Suspected Oxycontin, 160 Tablets of Suspected Oxycodone, 713 Tablets of Suspected Percocet, 10,997 Tablets of Suspected Phentermine, 3,775 Tablets of Suspected Ritalin, 5,236 Tablets of Suspected Valium, 6,175 Tablets of Suspected Viagra, 2,669 Tablets of Suspected Vicodin, 3,429 Tablets of Suspected Xanax 1.0, 10,457 Tablets of Suspected Xanax 2.0, 1,259 Purple Oval Pills, 161 White Oval Pills, 942 White Round Pills, 2,879 Pink Oval Pills with “A”, Four Hundred Forty Eight (448) White Rectangular Pills with “M2MG”, 4,979 White Oval Pills with “Safe”, Dell XPS Laptop, Gateway Laptop, USB Drive, Magic Jack and HTC Cell Phone – in violation of 19USC 1595a(c), 18USC545 & 21USC 952, because it is unlawful to introduce or attempt to introduce into the United States from any place outside thereof any controlled substances contrary to law that was smuggled into domestic commerce and 18USC981 & 18USC 1956, because the property was involved in transactions that involved the proceeds of drug sales and /or represents the proceeds of specified unlawful activity related to the smuggling of controlled substances into the United States, in that it facilitated the carrying on of the illicit transportation, sale, receipt, and/or possession of controlled substances - seized on May 30, 2012 at Yukon, Oklahoma (CAFRA - No Cost Bond Required)

Notice of Sale: Security Self Storage 1606 24th Ave. S.W. Norman, Ok will accept sealed bids for the dispersal of personal property and/or household goods to satisfy rent in arrears and/or delinquent storage fees. Bids will be accepted on the entire contents of storage unit(s). No individual items or partial unit bids will be accepted. Sale will start at 3:00pm on 09/21/12 no late bids will be considered. The following units are scheduled to be sold: Unit# 2107 Name: Nathan Gaines Address: 1901 Tiffany Dr Norman, Ok 73071 Unit# 1621 Name: Jose Esobedo Address: 1224 SW 55th St Norman, Ok 73109 Unit# 1614 Name: Early Browning Address: 1958 Fillmore Ave Apt C Norman, Ok 73072 Unit# 1139 Name: Michael Ross Address: 3953 24th Ave. SE Apt 7 Norman, Ok 73071 Unit# 1205 Name: Betsy Brown Address: 3000 S. Berry #100 Norman, Ok. 73072 Unit# 1108 Name: Wayne

Copeland Address: P.O. Box 721207 Norman, Ok. 73070 Unit# 1149 Name: Keith DeHass Address: 2215 Iowa Norman, Ok. 73069 U-Haul Co. of OKC Notice of Public Sale Notice is hereby given that on or after September 27th 2012, UHaul will be offering for sale under the judicial lien process by public auction, to the highest bidder, the following storage units. The goods are generally described as miscellaneous household and personal, unless otherwise indicated. The terms of the sale will be cash only. All tax exemptions will need to bring a copy of their certificate for our records, U-Haul reserves the right to refuse any bids and to collect a deposit pending the removal of ALL items from the storage units. All rooms listed will not necessarily be auctioned. The sales will be held at the following locations starting at or after 7:30 AM and will proceed In the order listed.

Quail Springs U-Haul, 721 W. Memorial Rd: 0073 R. Sheppard, 0338 L.A. Greer, 0346 R. Shirley, 1118 K. Simpson, 1208 J. Anderson, 1605 K. Simpson, 1716 B. Reed, 1786 L. K. Powell, 1798 D. Franklin, 2423 J. Rowton, and 2755 A. Lime. MacArthur Park U-Haul, 6500 NW Expwy: A205 K. Haley, B134 R. Askew, B145 R. Johnson, B159 T. Jackson, B160 D. Battle, B191 B. Mccoy, B194 F. Black, B245 J. Branch, B270 A. Deline, B272 A, Deline, B297 L. Taylor, B348 S. Norris, B352 G, Jackson, B366 C. Hall, E103 F. Flemmmg, and E106 T. Rogers. Bethany U-Haul, 2425 N. MacArthur: A07 K. Turley, B01 M. A. Benavente, D02 D. Johnson, D24 L. Gray, D26 T. Mccarthy,, E05 W. Battle, F36 J. R, Mcelroy, F39 C. Briggs, H02 T- Murphy, L05 M. Moore, N02 M. Silguero, N10 A. Horner, P06 K. Mathess, R10 J. Love, S06 D. P. Sacotte, and T02 D. Counterman.

that killed Ingersoll, which contradicted his testimony from Tuesday. Richardson’s trial was plagued by several delays, allegations of jury intimidation and uncooperative witnesses, many of whom testified reluctantly or refused to testify altogether. At least four prosecution witnesses, including two serving time in unrelated cases, testified they lied during interviews with homicide detectives because they were threatened with jail time if they didn’t cooperate. Thompson’s trial is expected to go to the jury Thursday.

Missing Tulsa woman found alive in freezer

Man with branch arrested at store BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN

ability to recall the events surrounding Ingersoll’s slaying. He also admitted smoking pot before testifying Tuesday afternoon and said he lied under oath during cross-examination. “Yeah, I was stoned,” Thrower testified Wednesday. “But I was still functionable.” Thompson, 23, is the brother of Kendal Laron Richardson, 22, a co-defendant who was acquitted of Ingersoll’s murder in November. Thrower testified at Richardson’s trial that Richardson leaned out of his car and fired the shot

Bricktown U-Haul, 100 SE 2nd St: 1D136 K. E. Rivas, 1F143 T. Hightower, 1F146 T.A. Sullivan-Kemp, 1G149 C. Hollenbeck, 2A103 M. Zacker, 2A148 M. Special, 2A204 J. J. Dugger, 2B157 A. J. Head, 2B159 C. D. Grimes, 2B191 M. J. Asberry, 2B194 M. E. Mcdonald, 2B258 J. R. Watts, 3al32 S. Clower, 3A139 R. W. Russell, 3A191 R.W. Russell, 3A198 L. J. Ganaway, 4A104 S. Caporal, and 4A136 F.D. Jones. PUBLIC AUCTION - ABANDONED PROPERTY IN UNPAID STORAGE UNITS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 10:00 AM AT VILLAGE AT SOUTHCREEK SELF STORAGE 1011 SW 134TH ST. OKLA. CITY, OK. 73170 405-735-3889. CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNITS SCHEDULED FOR SALE: #2527 JAY BRANNON, 216 SW 147TH, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #2228 APRIL JOHNSON, 1513 SW 23RD, MOORE, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS

#2031/1003 BRIAN HAIDLE, 1333 SW 62ND, OKC, OK 73159 MISC ITEMS #933 KARINA JUVERA, 2225 SW 135TH PLACE, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #2311/2320 PATRICK MCCAIN, 12208 LORIEN WAY, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #705/716 JODE PAGE, 1012 SW 99TH STREET, OKC, OK 73139 MISC ITEMS #2507/2510 MATT PETKER, 401 S DALLAS, MOORE, OK 73160 MISC ITEMS #211 RHODA ARYIKU, 528 CYPRESS DR, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #308/309 RICK PARKER, 11505 MACKEL, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #922 NANCY MACIAS, 411 W WATERFRONT DR, TUTTLE, OK 73089 MISC ITEMS #2420/2411 MICHAEL HALE, 1968 ELDORADO CT, POWELL, OH 43065 MISC ITEMS #2106 JOSHUA ELLER, 518 S 5TH STREET, VANDALIA, IL 62471 MISC ITEMS

said. EMSA reported that the woman was admitted in serious condition. Family members reported the woman missing Saturday after they were unable to contact her, officers said. Jermal Stewart, Christian’s son, entered his mother’s apartment Wednesday and heard her moaning in the freezer, Vallely said. She said it appeared Christian had tried to climb out of the freezer at some point. Stewart said the lid to the appliance was open when he found her. Police believe the woman may have had a reaction to medication, which could have affected her cognitive abilities, and sought shelter in the freezer during last week’s storms.

#2515 GINA SPEEDY, 905 CITY AVE APT 146, MOORE, OK 73160 MISC ITEMS #1408 RHONDA FORD, 517 CASS AVE, MOORE, OK 73160 MISC ITEMS #1601 JADE GILBERT, 13236 S ROBINSON AVE, OKC, OK 73170 MISC ITEMS #2603 CAROL HARTLINE, P.O. BOX 45, NINNEKAH, OK 73067 MISC ITEMS

The Oklahoma Foundation For The Disabled, Inc. announces its participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). All participants in attendance are served meals, at no extra charge to the parents. In accordance with federal law and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, participating institutions are prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 202509410, or call toll-free 866-6329992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing-impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

NOTICE OF SALE 1998 CHEVROLET C/K1500 VIN# 2GCEC19R8W1185903 IS BEING OFFERED FOR PUBLIC SALE CONTACT TY’S TOWING 405-205-7369 PUBLIC AUCTION ANYONE HOLDING A LEGAL OR FINANCIAL INTEREST IN ONE 2000 PALM HARBOR MOBILE HOME WITH VIN# PH0515616AB CONTACT TERRY @ (405) 227-9046


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TU fires head after 74 days in the post BY WAYNE GREENE Tulsa World wayne.greene@tulsaworld.com

The University of Tulsa fired Geoffrey Orsak as president of the institution Wednesday evening, 74 days after he took office. The school’s announcement gave no reason for the termination but said it is effective immediately. TU Executive Vice President Kevan Buck has been authorized by the TU Board of Trustees to manage the day-to-day operations of the university. The school announced Tuesday that Orsak had been granted a leave of absence “to attend to a very serious health matter of his father in Dallas.” TU Vice President for Public Relations Kayla Acebo said she couldn’t comment on either of the two announcements. “This is a personnel matter, and we cannot comment on personnel matters,” Acebo said. She also declined to say whether Orsak and his family are still living in the school’s new presidential residence, the Skelly Mansion at 21st Street and Madison Avenue. Calls to Orsak’s cellphone Wednesday were not returned. Acebo said the process for selecting a permanent successor to Orsak will be up to the school’s Board of Trustees, but no details have been announced. The TU board named Orsak, 49, the school’s 18th president in May, and

he took office July 1. Previously, he had been dean of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University. He announced that his goal was to put the University of Tulsa among the elite colleges and universities in the nation. “All of the ingredients are here for this university to emerge as a true superstar in American higher education,” Orsak said at the news conference announcing his hiring. “I feel that the best days for TU are still ahead,” he said. “We’re just absolutely excited to get started.” Orsak said college — he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University — transformed his life. As a researcher, Orsak specialized in mathematics that set the stage for the wireless revolution. In 1997, he began a transition into collegiate administration. He was appointed in 2008 by the Secretary of Energy to the National Petroleum Council. He has served on study groups and panels for the National Academy of Engineering and has served as a Department of Defense science and engineering adviser through his participation on the Defense Science Study Group. Orsak is married to Dr. Catherine Orsak. They have two children, Mary Elizabeth, 12, and Peter, 8.

Funds needed to reach degree goals BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@opubco.com

Oklahoma’s top higher education official said he’s optimistic about the state’s college completion goals — but only if lawmakers find money to get the job done. Glen Johnson, chancellor of Oklahoma’s higher education system, said Wednesday that higher education officials would need to make a pitch in the upcoming session for increased funding. Johnson and Gov. Mary Fallin have made college completion a high priority in recent years, setting a statewide goal of an additional 20,400 degrees and certificates awarded in Oklahoma over 12 years. “We can’t do that with budget reductions or even flat budgets,” Johnson said. Speaking Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s 2012 Legislative Forum, Johnson said the state is on track to meet that goal, having surpassed the goal of 1,700 degrees and certificates in the past academic year. At a state regents meeting last week, officials announced public colleges and universities in Oklahoma had more than 1,900 more graduates during the 2011-12 academic year than during the previous year. But Johnson said last year was likely one of the state’s easiest in the initiative. Officials expected the best results in the first year because the agency began engaging potential students who had received little attention. The higher education budget is roughly the same as the system’s budget for the previous year, and is based on a $955.26 million allocation for higher education that was included in the state’s budget for fiscal year 2013.

The budget is $34.7 million less than Johnson requested at the beginning of the last legislative session. Of that amount, $27.8 million would have gone toward mandatory cost increases, such as rising insurance premiums and utility costs. Between fiscal years 2009 and 2012, the system saw its budget slashed by 9.4 percent. During the forum, Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, said he hopes to see higher education align itself with industry needs. Higher education officials generally do a good job of laying out a legislative agenda and usually are successful in pushing that agenda through the legislature, Shannon said. But Shannon, the speakerdesignate of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, said he’d like to see leaders give lawmakers more information on the impact higher education has on the business community. The link between higher education and private industry in Oklahoma represents one of the state’s strongest public-private partnerships, Shannon said. But many lawmakers are unaware of the importance of that partnership. In many cases, Shannon said, that lack of awareness is due to high turnover. Because state legislators work under term limits, each new session brings a new set of lawmakers who may not understand the higher education system’s mission. Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, said he was concerned about the issue of student debt upon graduation. He said he hopes to see schools do a better job of giving students information on the salaries they can reasonably expect to earn after graduation, and how large a loan they could expect to pay off on that income.

Deaths

Services pending (Integrity, Henryetta).

MCALESTER

AGRA

Meyers, Jorge Ezra, 36, information technology worker, died Sept. 8. Services 1 p.m. Saturday (Palmer & Marler, Stillwater).

ALTUS

Lockwood, James W., 83, business owner, died Sunday. Graveside services 10 a.m. Thursday, Altus City Cemetery (Kincannon, Altus).

ALVA

Ingraham, Leona, 89, died Wednesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Church of God (Marshall, Alva).

BARNSDALL

Grim, Mary Ann, 82, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, First Christian Church (Stumpff, Barnsdall).

BARTLESVILLE

Bade, Robert Keith “Bob,” 68, retired Siemens chemist and chromatographer, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Christian Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Bates, Marjorie Mae, 91, died Tuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Saturday, First Presbyterian Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Holt, Jackie Lee, 84, farmer, died Wednesday. Services pending (Walker-Brown, Bartlesville).

Dakil, Sam M.D., 90, physician, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Presbyterian Church of McAlester (Brumley-Mills, McAlester). Robins, Alta, 94, licensed practical nurse, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday (Chaney-Harkins, McAlester).

MIDWEST CITY

Kerns, Janice Carolyn, 92, retired from Tinker Air Force Base, died Tuesday. Services pending (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City). Seidel, Roger L., 76, special education teacher, died Wednesday. Services pending (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City).

MOORE

Privett, Della Gene, 85, St. Anthony Hospital medical records department employee, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, Resurrection Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Oklahoma City (John M. Ireland, Moore). Reeves, Donald Ray, 74, mechanic, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (John M. Ireland, Moore).

BETHANY

Meador, Jan Pearce, 66, died Sunday. No services (Cremation Society, Oklahoma City).

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OKLAHOMA CITY

BLAIR

Coker, Brantley Gage, infant son of Brandon Coker and Autumn Roberts, died Sunday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, First Baptist Church (Kincannon, Altus).

CHOCTAW

Abel, David Roy, 75, retired from Air Force, died Aug. 28. Graveside services 10 a.m. Friday, Elmwood Cemetery (Hibbs, Choctaw).

CLINTON

Brown, Margie Belle, 80, retired Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. engineer, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, First United Methodist Church (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton). Goucher, Kenneth, 68, security guard, died Sept. 10. Services 2 p.m. Monday, Free-Will Baptist Church (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton).

DEL CITY

Misenheimer, Maudella, 89, died Sunday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Bill Eisenhour, Del City). Woodard, Earl Stanley “Stan,” 85, retired from Air Force, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Ford, Midwest City).

EDMOND

Bell, Brandy S., 33, homemaker, died Tuesday. Services pending (Matthews, Edmond). Ford, Michael James Sr., 24, independent contractor, died Sunday. Services pending (Crawford, Edmond). Jenkins, Carlos Randall, 64, physician, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Monday, First Christian Church (Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). Patatanian, Heriknaz, 88, homemaker, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Buchanan, Oklahoma City).

EL RENO

Finley, Ernestine Magpie, 52, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Huber-Benson, El Reno).

GLENCOE

Bower, Bryant Lee, 52, Boeing Aircraft tool builder, died Aug. 27. Graveside services 10 a.m. Friday, South Glencoe Cemetery (Poteet, Pawnee).

GUTHRIE

Powell, Johnny Vaughn, 63, retired private security guard, died Aug. 28. Services pending (Smith-Gallo, Guthrie).

HENRYETTA

Boyles, Joseph Kenneth, 75, retired glass plant operator, died Tuesday.

Records Editor’s note: The Oklahoman will publish free birth and adoption announcements as space permits. Include full names of parents, sex of child, and hospital or county of adoption. You can mail the information to The Oklahoman, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. The Oklahoman has discontinued publishing birth announcements from hospitals that do not provide full names of parents.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Anthony O’Dell Carr, 54, and Karen Rae Johnson, 54. Bobby Dwayne Brown, 41, and Kylee Beth Kizziar, 24. Rick Lee Evans, 30, and Kimberly Dawn Jacques, 24. Nicolas Gonzalez Lopez, 22, and Patricia Hilburn, 43. Rickey Dewayne Dixie Jr., 28, and Syreeta Jeane Hill, 35. Matthew Eugene Stiger, 36, and Rachel Diane Samuel, 34. Olusegun Damilola Fajolu, 27, and Kenesha Renee Adair, 22. Patrick Wayne Johnson, 24, and Petra Michellle Bergamini, 25. Jason David Leehan, 28, and Christine A. Tucker, 27. Joseph Stalyn Matias Moris, 28, and Jennifer Joy Hermansen, 26. Cory Blade Northern, 35, and Alicia Brooke Hugo, 24. David Wayne Mackey, 43, and Jennifer Kyle Retherford, 40. Christopher Lee Martin, 28, and Hillary Daniele Finch, 25. Shannon Ulrich Donahue, 32, and Robin Louise Langdale, 32. Mohammed Bunyamin Oladiran Karim, 24, and Christina Nicole Stanzione, 22. Austin Grant Maxwell, 28, and Pamela Dawn Lay, 29. Kelly Don Corcoran, 37, and Kimberli Anne Hatch, 33. Jeremy Michael Pollock, 28, and Elizabeth Hoang Nguyen, 28. Daniel Riley Grissom, 28, and Tara Ann Lisle, 32. Gregory Allen Greer, 43, and Nita Wyoma Charlotte Lilley, 29. Christopher Brandon Alexander, 28, and Stacey Jo Smith, 27. William Robert Blevins, 33, and Dawrung Khanasa, 30. Joseph Roger Blake, 69, and Sally C. Royse, 66. Johnnie Scott Loudermilk, 29, and Deondra Rae Davis, 27. Eric James Bertolasio, 23, and Nikki

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City). West, Melvia E., 79, died Wednesday. Services pending (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Wilder, Wilma Mary, 85, retired supervisory nurse, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Sept. 20, Crossings Community Church (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma).

OLIVE

Doty, Jackie Lou Sr., 59, carpenter, died Sunday. Services 1 p.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church (Michael’s, Drumright).

PAWNEE

Brien, Leota Faye, 86, homemaker, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Poteet, Pawnee).

PERRY

Gleason, Ted Wayne, 60, roustabout, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Grace Hill Cemetery (Brown Dugger, Perry).

PONCA CITY

Seward, Earnest Lee, 46, construction laborer, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Monday (Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City).

Artherton, Carolyn, 74, AT&T computer technician, died Monday. Services pending (Buchanan, Oklahoma City). Bowie, Leland, 45, died Sept. 4. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Siloam Missionary Baptist Church (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Brainard, Melba Delberta, 89, homemaker, died Wednesday. Services pending (Buchanan, Oklahoma City). Carrillo, Margaret Walton, 62, homemaker, died Saturday. Mass 1 p.m. Thursday, Resurrection Cemetery Chapel (Smith and Kernke NW 23 Street, Oklahoma City). Dean, James, 69, died Wednesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Smith & Kernke N. May, Oklahoma City). Foust, Donny Venoy, 56, welder, died Tuesday. Services pending (John M. Ireland, Moore). Gibbs, Trish, 63, retired nurse, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Forest Hill Christian Church (Cremation Society, Oklahoma City). Harris, Georgia, 97, died Monday. Services pending (Rolfe, Oklahoma City). Hawkins, Betty, 75, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Wildewood Baptist Church (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Henderson, Delbert, 50, died Tuesday. Services pending (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Hohstadt, Edith, 84, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Knob Hill Baptist Church (Advantage, Oklahoma City). Jacobs, Jesse Franklin Jr., 54, died Sept. 5. Services 11 a.m. Saturday (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Kane, Sharon, 57, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Ford, Midwest City). Pease, Alan Richard, 61, factory worker, died Friday. No services (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma). Popejoy, Justin Nolan, 29, painter, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Highway of Holiness Church (John M. Ireland, Moore). Russell, Carolyn, 54, died Sunday. Services 1 p.m. Saturday, New Hope Baptist Church (Howard-Harris, Oklahoma City). Tacker, Todd Russell, 43, died Monday. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Smith & Kernke N. May, Oklahoma City). Timmons, Joel Jr., 39, butcher, died Sept. 4. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Rolfe, Oklahoma City). Towery, Clyde D., 86, petroleum engineer, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, Westminster Presbyterian Chapel (Hahn-Cook/ Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). Washington, Phillip Ray, 33, died Sept. 1. Services 11 a.m. Sept. 15, St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, Arcadia (Pollard, Oklahoma Jo Ann Burgett, 19. Kevin Lavel Burton, 29, and Darianna Angelic Dawson, 27. Michael Gerard Hardt, 53, and Jennifer Kay Harrison, 44. Brandon Morrison, 31, and Amanda Dawn Perry, 27. James Allen Stroud, 26, and Ashley Colvin, 25. Jose Antonia Villa Ayala, 20, and Cecilia Edith Gomez Cruz, 19. Sean Ryan Eldridge, 26, and Joanna Marzec, 24. Michael L. Reale, 48, and Cindy Lou White, 46. Inmar Eriberto Cardona Guerra, 25, and Rosa Oliva Pina Martinez, 20. Adolfo Montes Valenzuela, 30, and Patricia Atilano Ambriz, 25. Glen Dean Pipkin, 33, and Tiffany Elizabeth Smith, 23. David Earnest Hash, 49, and Kathy Lynn Owens, 53.

DIVORCES ASKED Bogard, David v. Emiko Chaney, Gypsy C. v. Miles W. Cowan, Eric v. Jessica Edwards, Zara Shadae v. Erik Steven Gonzalez, Lisa v. Richard Grimes, Matthew v. Brittany Holmes, Jennifer L. v. William R. Hunter, Sofia Sabrin v. Verdugo, Alexander Johnson, Kelly v. Mark Lantz, Carol v. Mackey Lowe, Stefanie Michelle v. Hensley, James Everette Maddex, Eric Dwayne v. Oliphant, Jasmine R. Martinez, Maria D. v. Gerardo Melvin, Hailey v. Anthony Mooney, Kristy Renee v. Paul Justin Varnum Olivas, Jorge Franco v. Trejo, Martha Ruiz Pearson, John Michael v. Leshia McKay Pevehouse, Whitney Anne v. Eric Paul Randall-Phillips, Patricia A. v. Phillips, Eugene Ranger, Michael L. v. Leonore M. Reese, Hope Elayne v. Elijah Kareem Rodriguez, Efrain v. Teresa Ross, Amy Smith v. Jeffrey Landon Russell, Garland v. Elizabeth I. Schmitz, Juliana Bruns v. John William Smith, Lindsay Michelle v. Robert Steven Vanzant, Aubrey v. Joshua Vargas, Linda v. Martin Villanueva Colchado, Jose A. v. Banda, Celia Barron Voigtschild, April Michel v. Chris Jon Walters, Laura L v. James K.

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Wasson, Thelma I. “Ginny,” 84, died Aug. 31. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Albright United Methodist Church (Trout, Ponca City).

RAMONA

Owens, Billy W., 63, auto mechanic, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, Wesleyan Holiness Church, Ochelata (Walker-Brown, Bartlesville).

RENTIESVILLE

Miller, Lula Mae, 87, retired postmaster, died Tuesday. Services pending (Ragsdale, Muskogee).

SPIRO

Underwood, Eunice Ferrall, 86, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Mallory-Martin, Spiro).

TULSA

Nickles, Coeweene, 89, died Tuesday. Services pending (Trout, Ponca City).

YUKON

Bartlett, Donna, 85, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Saturday (Bill Merritt, Bethany). Organ donor

Lt. Col. David Roy Abel October 12, 1936 - August 28, 2012

NORMAN

Hinkle, Charles Ray, 63, truck driver, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, Lynlee Mae Chapel (John M. Ireland, Moore). Winters, Sandra, 69, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. Monday (Havenbrook, Norman).

Brown, Morris Jr., 96, died Tuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church (Roberts and Son, Blackwell).

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

CHOCTAW Lt. Col. David Roy Abel, 75, of Choctaw, took his final flight and most important mission August 28, 2012, after a 3-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his bride of 34 years, Claudine Abel of Choctaw; his daughter, Cynthia Pearson and son-in-law, Tom Pearson and grandchildren Connor and Madison of Edmond, OK; and two cousins, Edward and Melvin Ward. David is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Edith Abel, and sister, Donna Rapp. His family wishes to thank all those who helped and Good Shepherd Hospice for their care and support. Contributions to a favorite charity in lieu of flowers. Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 10:00 am at Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of Hibbs Funeral Home.

Denie Cupples

March 21, 1964 - Sept 2, 2012

MORGAN HILL, CA Denie Cupples, 48, passed away on September 2, 2012, in San Francisco, CA. She was born in Oklahoma City, OK to Eddie & Karen Miller. Denie attended high school in Yukon, OK, graduating in 1982. While working in the retail and insurance field, Denie attended the University of Central Oklahoma for two years and was well-known in her community. In the late 1980s, Denie briefly lived in Amarillo, TX, where she was a Store Manager at Limited, Inc. She met her husband, Tom, in 1990 as she was also working in sales, and they later moved to California in 1992. Denie remained in sales until 1997, then she cared for her children and the home full time. Denie was preceded in death by her mother, Karen; and nephew, Zack Thurston. Denie is survived by her husband of 18 years, Tom; daughters, Madison and Taylor; father, Eddy; stepfather, Carl Lane; sisters, Edie Thurston and Lanie Harryman; brother, Shawn Miller; and many other loving family members and numerous dear, loving friends. A Memorial Service to celebrate Denie’s life will be held on Friday, September 14th at 4 p.m. at Good News Church, 1054 East Main Street, Yukon, Oklahoma.

Terrinda J. Stewart Oct. 29, 1955 - Sept. 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Terrinda J. Stewart, 56, joined her Heavenly Father on Sept. 10, 2012. Terrinda was born in Gainesville, TX to Tom and Betty (Seeley) Stradley. She dedicated her life to taking care of her family and providing them a warm and loving home. She loved going to church and writing poetry, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren; all of whom she loved dearly. Terrinda will be greatly missed by her family and countless friends. She leaves cherished memories with her loving husband Don Stewart; daughters Amber Moore and husband Nelson, Erin Melton and husband Mike; brother Kevin Stradley; sister Torrie Smith; and her seven grandchildren. Viewing will be today from 4-8 PM at the funeral home. Services to celebrate her life will be 2:00 PM Friday at Jernigan Memorial Church of the Nazarene, 3200 N. Hammond, Bethany, OK. Interment will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Wheatland, OK. Friends may leave condolences at www.vondelsmithmortuary.com

Todd Russell Tacker Nov. 12, 1968 - Sept. 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Todd was born 11-12-68 in OKC. He died 9-10-12. He was an avid OU fan and loved NASCAR. Todd attended Casady School, graduated from John Marshall and De Anza College, Cupertino, CA. Todd was preceded in death by grandparents John and Christine Mailer, Ft. Smith, AR, Jack and Laura Tacker, Lake Tenkiller, OK; cousin Jeff Shipley of Ft. Smith; and service dogs ‘Hercules’ and ‘Wiley Post’. He is survived by mother Tina Mailer (Fred Welborn); father Ron Tacker (Linda); aunts Cathey White (Waldo), Joanne Phillips (David), uncle John Mailer (Janet) all of Ft. Smith; seven very dear cousins, roommate Sherri Wise and beloved service dog, Vince Gill. Read more about Todd’s wonderful life by becoming a ‘Friend” at bmshrr@aol.com (in sub line: Todd’s obit). Memorial Service on 9-14-12 at 1:00pm, Smith and Kernke Chapel, 14624 N. May, OKC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Dan Lutz Foundation, 2404 Valleybrook Dr., Edmond, OK 73034, or donor’s choice.

Mary "Mag" Stine

October 9, 1925 - September 11, 2012

CHOCTAW Mary Magdalene Stine went to be with the Lord September 11, 2012. She was born October 9, 1925 in Octavia, OK. She met her future husband Harle Stine while employed at McDonnell Douglas. They married in 1949 and resided in Nicoma Park. She had 3 children, 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous in-laws. She was loved by all. Mary had been a member of Nicoma Park Baptist Church, Hillcrest Baptist Church and at the time of her death was a member of Open Door Baptist Church. Her career of choice was stay at home mom & homemaker. Mary’s life changing event, at 36, was her personal encounter with Christ and her desire was that all come to know and love Him who gave her life purpose and meaning. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at Barnes Friederich Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Arlington Memory Gardens.


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EDMOND — Bicyclists on Edmond streets now have a defense if they are caught running a red light when the signal light doesn’t change to green. City council members amended an ordinance this week, allowing bicyclists to continue if they meet certain conditions outlined in the new law. Often the weight of the bicycle and rider do not trigger the sensor embedded in the street and the signal light will not change to green, said City Attorney Steve Murdock. Fred Richard, a local cycling instructor, told the council that situation hap-

Often the weight of the bicycle and rider do not trigger the sensor embedded in the street and the signal light will not change to green, said City Attorney Steve Murdock. pened to him on his way to the meeting where the ordinance amendment was being considered on Monday. “I encountered the same situation on Littler,” Richard said. He said he had to ask the car behind him to drive up closer to his bicycle so the light would change. The amendment was recommended by the Edmond Bicycle Committee after a woman was cited for running a red light. The conditions are: I The bicycle had been

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

Stephen James Lawler

Merilyn Jane Olaker

Martha Ellen Berniece ''Bea'' Pritchett Shepherd

BETHANY On September 9, 2012, Stephen James Lawler drew his final earthly breath and awoke at his Savior’s feet. Steve was born on April 2, 1948, to Billy Joe and Billy Jane Wolfram Lawler in McAllen, Texas. Two years after graduating from high school in Atwater, California, Steve met the love of his life, Diana Lynn Jacques, on Labor Day weekend of 1968. They married on May 3, 1969, and celebrated 43 years of marriage. As a man with a strong sense of right and wrong, Steve served the community of Atwater as a police officer from 1969 to 1981. Steve then moved his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to pursue a degree in business, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Oral Roberts University in 1984. He went on to receive a Master's in Accounting from the University of Tulsa with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude in 1985. He was the recipient of both the F.B. Perriott Educational Scholarship for the TU Graduate Business School and the Junior Achievement Award in Community Service. His lifelong pursuit of education was evident as he attained certifications as CPA (1986), CIA (1989), and CFA (2010). While in Tulsa, Steve enjoyed his work, service to and time with friends at First Christian Church, TU football games, and the Tulsa music scene. His professional career began as an internal auditor at Williams Companies of Tulsa in 1985. In 1999, he and Diana embarked on an adventure when he accepted the opportunity to transfer to the WorldCom offices in Hong Kong. A true survivor of the business world, Steve worked through the Telecoms crash and the WorldCom fraud and bankruptcy to become the Director of Operations for Asia-Pacific for Verizon. During their 12 years in Hong Kong, Steve and Diana hosted numerous US servicemen and women in port through the Meals in Homes Programs associated with the American Women’s Association, the US Navy 7th Fleet, and the US Consulate in Hong Kong. He could count among his acquaintances or friends generals, admirals, consular officers, political, military, and religious leaders in Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, China, and Japan, but his favorite people were the many chaplains, Master Chiefs, and crew members received in his home for a family meal and laugh around his table. Because of his health, Steve and Diana retired to Bethany in 2011 to spend time with their grandsons, in whom he delighted and was most proud. His joy came from helping others and knowing that he did something good to make another’s life better. He is remembered as a kind and gentle giant, mentor, and friend to many around the world. Steve was preceded in death by his parents and youngest son, Stephen James “Jimmy” Lawler, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Diana of the home; two sisters, Janice Meadows of San Antonio, TX, and Linda Hanford of Ontario, CA; two brothers, Paul Lawler of Aurora, CO, and Danny Lawler of Greencastle, IN; his daughter, Elizabeth and husband Richard Brookhart of Bethany; his son, Will and wife Kathryn Parrott Lawler of Norman; and his grandsons, Andrew “A.J.” Brookhart, James Lawler, and Ryan Lawler. Steve suggested that his memory might be honored by planting a tree. Donations may also be made to: Integris Hospice House, 13920 Quailbrook Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73134. Arrangements are under the direction of Floral Haven in Broken Arrow. Viewing will be on Thursday from 2-9 pm with the family greeting friends from 6-9 pm. Services will be held on Friday at 12:30 pm in the Floral Haven Chapel. Online condolences may be shared at www.floralhaven.com

OKLAHOMA CITY Merilyn Jane Olaker (Thompson), 50, passed away Sunday evening, August 5, 2012, in Macon, Georgia. Merilyn, who was surrounded by family in her last hours, is survived by her immediate family: husband, Gene Olaker; brother, Mack Thompson; and sister, Glenda Lee Nutting. She is also survived by extended family, including her aunt, Mary Jane Courtney, for whom she was named. Merilyn, born and raised in Oklahoma City, was living in Georgia at the time of her death. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery, 13400 N. Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY/SHAWNEE, KS Martha Ellen Berniece Pritchett Shepherd was born on February 22, 1923, in Sparks, Oklahoma, and peacefully left her earthly family to join her loved ones in Heaven on September 7, 2012. She was the seventh and youngest child of William Edward Pritchett, Sr., and Ruth Ann Tague Pritchett. The Pritchett family was a very loving family with all three sisters, three brothers and their spouses best friends for life. “Bea,” as she was called by her husband and friends, was an all-around American girl, being a good student, good athlete, and talented singer. She completed business school at Hills Business College in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then worked for medical practices in Oklahoma City. Under the Lord’s guidance, she met a young Army Air Corps officer, C.B. “Buzz” Shepherd, Jr., stationed at the then Will Rogers Army Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. They married shortly thereafter on February 8, 1946. Bea and Buzz had an exceptional marriage lasting more than 66 years, with each one unconditionally dedicated to the other. They were often found in each other’s embrace up through the time of Bea’s passing. Bea was a stay-at-home wife and mother, raising two daughters, Suzanne and Cynthia, and participating in a myriad of organizations to support both their development and her husband’s career. Among her many accomplishments, she served as President of her cherished PEO Chapter and as President of the PTA Chapter where her daughters attended school. She was known as an excellent hostess, cook, and the “life of the party,” always putting first the needs and comfort of others. Bea was also known for her “flair,” possessing an amazing sense of style, design, and immaculate beauty, both in her home and person. She greatly enjoyed traveling to various parts of the world with Buzz as her constant companion. Known as “Mimi,” first to her beloved nephews and nieces and then to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Bea is survived by her husband Buzz; her two daughters Suzanne and husband Richard Discenza of Shawnee, KS, and Cynthia and husband Kent Yoesting of Houston, TX; and her grandchildren Matthew (Michele) Streeter and their children Aidan and Clara of McGaheysville, VA, Julie (John) Fortenbery and their children Connor and Addison of Owings, MD, Amanda (Jake) Hendrix of Pearland, TX, Tyler Yoesting of Dallas, TX, and Travis Yoesting of Tyler, TX. She is also survived by two step-grandsons Dean (Pam) and their children Peter and Clara of Rochester, NY, and Ryan (Jennifer) of Norman OK, as well as may special nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, W.E. and Ruth Ann Pritchett; her six siblings, Daniel Ellsworth Pritchett, Clarence Ollie Pritchett, Mary Anna Mae Pritchett Hall Tope, William Edward Pritchett, Jr., Vera Alice Pritchett Harrison, and Ruth Lorena Pritchett. Memorial services will be held in Bea’s honor at the Amos Family Memorial Chapel at 10901 Johnson Drive in Shawnee, Kansas, at 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 14, with viewing at 2:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held in Oklahoma City, OK, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15, at Rose Hill Cemetery, 6001 Northwest Grand Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73118. Contributions in Bea’s memory may be made to your local Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of flowers.

April 2, 1948 - September 9, 2012

Raymond E. Johnson Feb 29, 1924 - Sept 9, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Raymond Eugene Johnson, age 88, died Sunday, September 9, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, after suffering a stroke. A Leap Year baby, he was born February 29, 1924, on his family farm in Crescent, OK to Ivan Carl and Edith Bachelor Johnson. Raymond attended Guthrie High School, during which time he played basketball, served in ROTC and designed the Blue Jays' ROTC logo, which is still in use today. He graduated in 1943, and married his high school sweetheart, Wanda Jean Bates, in 1944, moving to Bethany and then Oklahoma City shortly thereafter. The epitome of the American Dream, Raymond was a self-made man, becoming a successful commercial builder. His myriad of building accomplishments include some of the first hotels and motels in Oklahoma, schools, armories, shopping centers, including the Village Shopping Center on May Avenue (which he also owned), as well as donating his services to aid in the building of his family’s church, the Village Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Active in the community he helped build, Raymond was a 30+ year member of the Oklahoma Executive Success Club (aka “Tip Club”), as well as serving on the Board of Silver Lake, Inc., where he built the home that he and Wanda lived in for over 40 years. Raymond loved the outdoors, whether as an avid bow, rifle and black powder hunter and fisherman, as an accomplished gardener (with some of his banana trees still growing in the Myriad Botanical Gardens), or as an ice skater, building a safe skating area in his neighborhood lake and owning over 20 pairs of ice skates so anyone could join. As a gifted artist, he also loved to paint the outdoors. Raymond also traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, the Pacific and Middle East, with his wife, Wanda. A well-respected and Godly man, Raymond was always willing to help anyone in need. Devoted to his family, they could always count on him in whatever they chose to do. Although slowed by age in recent years, “Papa” remained physically active, whether helping someone with a fix-it project, teaching his great-grandchildren to fish, or enjoying his recent “22nd Leap Birthday.” He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan Carl Johnson, Edith Bachelor Johnson King, and stepfather, Shirley Malcom King; and sister, Loreta Johnson Novak. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Bates Johnson; daughter, Rae Jean Johnson; son, Ivan Johnson; granddaughters, Beth Brown Bonilla and her husband Mike, Tori Johnson Richmond and her husband Steve, and Alisa Johnson Beck and her husband Chris; grandson, Scott Brown; great-grandchildren, Garrett and Raymond Bonilla, States and Satchel Beck, and Nimue Richmond; and countless other loving family and friends. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Village Christian Church (http://villagechristianokc.org). Memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 13 at 1 p.m. at The Village Christian Church, 9401 Ridgeview Drive, Oklahoma City (The Village), Oklahoma 73120. Interment will be at the Summit View Cemetery in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Arrangements for Raymond and his family have been placed in the care of Vondel Smith & Son Mortuary.

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Imogene Christner Carter

Carmen Jo (Turner) Hall

April 23, 1925 - Sept. 9, 2012

June 9, 1924 - Sept 11, 2012

BOTHELL, WA Imogene Carter, beloved and loving Wife, Mom, Grandma and Friend, died Sept. 9, 2012, in Everett, WA. She was born to Ermit and Nora Christner on April 23, 1925, in Lockridge, OK. Imogene worked in the family grocery store growing up in Minco, OK. Graduating from Minco High School, she exceled at The Univ. of Okla., graduating with a Bachelor's of Science Degree. She found the love of her life, Mabry James Carter, Jr. and married July 27, 1947, a union that lasted 49 years, until Mabry's death. She helped raise three boys while maintaining a successful career at Kerr McGee Corporation, which spanned over 30 years. Imogene enriched the lives of everyone around her with her cheerful smile and a bright greeting, regardless of the occasion. Her strong moral compass never wavered, her love always present, a guiding example for her children, grandchildren, family and peers. She moved to Mill Creek, WA, in 1998, two years after Mabry's death, to be with her son's family. Her personal interests were her grandchildren and family, socializing with neighbors and friends, and attended the United Methodist Church in Bothell, WA. Active in Red Hats and Senior Clubs, she was an enthusiastic fan of the Seattle Mariners, Sonics, and forever rooted for her Oklahoma Sooners. Her real passion lay with her involvement with her children & grandchildren's lives. She reveled in any and every event that involved family. She is preceded by Orville Christner, brother; Ermit Christner, father; Nora Christner, mother; Mark Carter, son; and Katherine Christner Carter, granddaughter; Hubert Murphy, brother-in-law, Aledamae Foree, sister-in-law, & LC Foree, brother-in-law. She will be forever cherished and missed by surviving son's Barry and Bart Carter; grandchildren Brett Carter, Morgan Carter, Mallory Carter, Bryce Tillet and Mark Carter; daughters-in-law Candiss Carter and Lori Carter; great granddaughter Aiden Tillett; nephews Jimmy Murphy, Carter Foree; niece Sandra Wyatt; and all her special friends, neighbors and relatives. After a memorial service at Bothell United Methodist Church in WA, Imogene's final resting place will be with her beloved husband, Mabry, and son, Mark, in Oklahoma City. A memorial and burial service will be held Sat. 9/15, 2pm, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 8702 NW Expressway, Okla. City.

OKLAHOMA CITY Carmen Jo (Turner) Hall was born June 9, 1924, in Navina, Oklahoma, the third child of V.B. and Christina Maple. She graduated Guthrie HS in 1942 and married Wilbur Turner the same year. They moved to Oklahoma City at the end of WWII, where she was employed at various departments stores selling women’s shoes or baby clothing, and then at OTASCO. She died at Integris Hospice September 11. She was preceded in death by her parents, both siblings and two husbands. Wilbur died on September 10, 1982; she then married Eldon Hall, who died June 14, 2012. She is survived by her son, Alvin and his wife Carmelita, of Norman; daughter, Linda Jo Judkins and her husband Dallas, of Conroe, TX; grandchildren, Dallas Gene Judkins, Megan McClintock, Nathan Turner and Christina Cranston, and their spouses; and seven great-grandchildren, plus the Hall children and spouses, grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Rancho Village Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2012, where she has been a member for more than 60 years.

Gerald Ray Story Nov. 26, 1934 - Sept. 8, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Gerald Ray Story went to be with his Lord on Sept. 8, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Verna, son, Lloyd Story, and daughters, Julia Scott and Mary Crockett and their spouses. in death by his daughter, Vickie Captain. He was blessed with many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Gerald was retired from the Air Force and Frisbee Foods. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends and grandsons. He was admired and loved by many friends and family. He will be missed. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. Memorial Services will be held 10:30 am Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Forest Hill Christian Church, 2121 N. MacArthur, OKC 73127.

Aug 25, 1961 - Aug 5, 2012

Minerva Massad Cohlmia

January 22, 1920 - Sept. 12, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Minerva Massad Cohlmia was born January 22, 1920, in Drumright, Oklahoma, to Very Reverend George and Bedyah Massad. Her parents immigrated to this country from Lebanon early in the 20th century, both arriving as teenagers and without their parents, meeting and marrying in Steele, Missouri, in 1916. Minerva was raised in Drumright until 1938, when her father was appointed the Priest at St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church in OKC and she graduated from Classen High School. Minerva was instrumental in starting Alpha Malachi Sorority, and was the editor of the News Bits, a monthly newsletter sent to Lebanese-American soldiers during World War II. After high school, she worked at Nissen's Shoes in downtown OKC until marrying Gorden Cohlmia on March 7, 1948, at which time they moved to Fairview, Oklahoma, and opened Gorden's Market. She worked in the grocery store until it was sold in 1974, and shortly thereafter started the Meals on Wheels Program in Fairview. Minerva was an active member of Central Christian Church in Fairview, where she served on the Board and chaired the committee to assist grieving families. She also served on the boards of Fairview Hospital Foundation and Fairview Lakeside Country Club, in addition to volunteering at the Fairview Hospital and Nursing Home, Fly-In, Threshing Bee, and just about everything else that took place in her community. Minerva was so involved that she was named the 1988 Volunteer of the Year in Fairview for her many years of service to her community. In addition to starting her days with her daily devotional, Bible readings, and exercise routines, she always told her family that “your week won’t start out right if you don’t go to church” always leading by example, exhibiting the poise, grace and dignity expected of a lady. Always a willing & gracious hostess, she was an excellent mother, Sitty, relative, neighbor and friend. Minerva was predeceased by her husband, Gorden, two brothers, Alex and Omar Massad, and one sister, Esther Samara, and many in-laws on the Cohlmia side of her family. Survived by daughter Leyla Cohlmia and husband Girard Kinney of Austin, TX; daughter Mona and Mike Spivey, OKC; and son George and Karla Cohlmia, Oklahoma City; grandchildren Adam and Kasey Cohlmia, Oklahoma City; brother Mike Massad, Dallas, TX; sistersin-law Dee Massad, Austin, TX, Jacque Massad, OKC, Elsie Simon, Clinton, OK, Phyllis Cohlmia, OKC; brother-in-law Dr. Ray & Sameera Cohlmia, OKC; plus a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. The family also thanks Mom’s caregivers, Bobbie Weehunt, Jeannie Coleman and Mercy Hospice, for their kind, loving and tender care. Thanks for treating her as if she were your mother. Services will be Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to: The Flowers That Do Not Wither Fund, St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church, 15000 N. May Avenue, OKC 73134.

February 22, 1923 - September 7, 2012

Barbara Ann ''Bobbie'' Robeson May 13, 1938 - September 11, 2012

YUKON A Celebration of Life for Bobbie, 74, of Yukon, Oklahoma, will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 2:00pm at Covenant Community Church, Yukon, OK. Bobbie passed away September 11, 2012, in Oklahoma City, at Deaconess Hospital. Bobbie was born May 13, 1938 in Prairie Grove, Arkansas to Melvin and Margaret Bristo. Bobbie married Jack A. Hyatt and three children came from their union, Jack Hyatt Jr., Brenda Ann Hyatt and Marty Lee Hyatt. They later divorced and Bobbie married Dennis Ray Robeson in 1969. He was the ''Love of her Life.'' They were married until Dennis passed away in 2006. During their marriage they were wheat & cattle farmers in Banner, Oklahoma until declining health and then moved to Yukon where they ran and owned Robeson Jewelers. Survivors include: Brenda Ann Hyatt of Yukon, Oklahoma, Jack Hyatt Jr. and wife AnnaLeigh of Oklahoma City, Marty Lee Hyatt of Alex Oklahoma, Christy Hawk and husband Jason of Hennessey, Oklahoma, Debbie and Rex Matthews of Hennessey, Oklahoma and so many great nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren and her dog Scooter, not to mention Bobbie was preceded in death by Dennis Robeson her husband, Carolyn Harris her sister, Archie Harris her brother-in-law, Margaret and JD Smith her parents. Bobbie's favorite hobbies were playing pool, spending time with family and friends and having get togethers with family and friends on the farm, as well as tending to her garden and fishing. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Dr. Elwood Williams, Dr. Ba, Dr. Kent Studebaker & the staff at Deaconess Hospital and Crossroads Hospice and the Daily Living Center in Bethany for the past two years of her life. ''Those who live and love in the Lord never see each other for the last time.''

Michael J. Ford, Sr. Mar. 21, 1988 - Sept. 9, 2012

EDMOND Michael James Ford, Sr. was born on March 21, 1988 and died September 9, 2012 in Edmond. He is survived by his wife, Christine Ford, son, Michael James Ford, Jr., both of the home; parents, Larry and Pam Ford of Edmond; sister & brother-inlaw, Elizabeth & Jason Hedgecock, niece and nephew, Madilyn & Porter of Mustang; and brothers, Timothy Campbell of Tucson, AZ and Joshua Ford of Edmond. He also leaves behind grandparents, Jack & Mary Ford of Bethany and Marilyn Midgett of Oklahoma City, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, William Ambrose Midgett, Jr. Michael was loved and cherished by all. Services will be at 10:00am, on Friday, September 14, 2012, at Chisholm Creek Baptist Church, 17600 N. Western, under the direction of Crawford Family Funeral Service of Edmond with interment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery. To make online condolences visit www.crawfordcares.com

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Skiatook to require students to pay fee BY RHETT MORGAN Tulsa World rhett.morgan@tulsaworld.com

SKIATOOK — Skiatook Public Schools has introduced a mandatory class fee for high school students in its district. The Board of Education last month approved the measure, which requires all students in grades 9 to 11 to pay the annual $25 fee by Dec. 16. Seniors are exempt for this year only, but the fee will affect all high school students during the 2013-14 school year. Superintendent Rick Thomas said the district made the move to reduce the inordinate number of fundraisers.

“It’s not a fee to graduate,” Thomas said. “It’s not a fee to go to school. It’s a fee that’s being handled just like any other activity fee. “ ... More than anything, it was meant to be a benefit to parents because everybody gets tired of fundraisers.” The fee will reduce the prom ticket to $30 each year, according to the district’s website. If a student doesn’t pay the class fee for one or more years, it will be added to the cost of the student’s prom ticket. If the student doesn’t attend the prom, the unpaid fee will be considered a debt that must be paid by the end of the school year to receive a report card.

If a senior fails to pay one or more class fees by the end of the first semester, the student will not be allowed to participate in graduation activities, the policy states. Damon Gardenhire, a spokesman for the state Education Department, said he is aware of no other district other than Skiatook that is implementing a mandatory fee. But Gardenhire added, “There is nothing in state law that would prohibit a district from doing that.” The state Constitution declares that the legislature “shall establish and maintain a system of free public schools wherein all the children of the State may be

educated.” Oklahoma, however, is a “local-control” state, meaning that its Education Department deals primarily with accreditation, implementing statewide testing and setting academic standards, Gardenhire said. “The day-to-day management decisions, the operational decisions, most policy and procedure, are something that is decided on the district level by the local superintendent and local school board,” he said. Peggy Surritte has two sons, a senior and a freshman, in Skiatook High School. “I have zero problem with it,” she said of the policy. “In Skiatook and I’m sure every other

school, you get bombarded with fundraising.” Last semester, she said she paid $120 for prom tickets for her son and a date. “It’s always a certain few who are always doing all the work in fundraising,” Surritte said. “You can only ask your friends and family to buy so much stuff. You can only buy so much cookie dough.” Tiffany Brummett, who has a son in ninth grade, also supports the policy. “I don’t think the $25 is too much to ask,” she said. “Paying that fee instead of having to run around and do all these fundraisers is well worth it.”

Skating fundraiser to benefit School promotions announced girl, 10, who needs a kidney

The Oklahoma City School Board approved three administrator promotions at its meeting this week, and Superintendent Karl Springer also announced a promotion Monday night:

BY HENRY DOLIVE For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Parents of Truman Elementary School students have organized a fundraiser for Erika Ramirez, a fifthgrade student who has kidney failure. Debi Nelson, whose daughter is a fifth-grader at Truman, said “Skate for Erika” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Star Skate, 2020 W Lindsey St. Admission will be $5 per participant, and donation boxes will be set up inside the skating rink. Nelson said organizers hope to raise up to $50,000 for Erika through the skating event. “Every cent we raise

goes to Erika,” she said. Erika, 10, became ill in May. Doctors have told her parents that to survive, she will need a kidney transplant. Costs for a transplant were estimated at $250,000, her father, Carlos Guerra, said in July. She began attending fifth-grade classes in August but is receiving dialysis three times a week, said Blanca Rangel, Erika’s godmother. Erika is on a transplant waiting list, Rangel said. A fund was established at BancFirst to cover the transplant cost. Erika’s family is receiving assistance with her medical and prescription medicine bills through a program at St. Joseph Ca-

tholic Church, which the family attends. Jeff Willard, pastoral associate at the church, said this week the Deeds of Love program there has accumulated about $4,700 since donations began to be accepted for Erika’s care. The Deeds of Love program is funded by donations and fundraisers church members conduct periodically.

How to help

Donations toward Erika’s care can be sent to Deeds of Love, P.O. Box 1227, Norman, OK 73070. For information about donating to the Erika Ramirez Kidney Transplant Fund at BancFirst, call 360-6061.

Rental car fee change meets no resistance from OKC Council BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Staff Writer mkimball@opubco.com

On- and off-airport car rental companies will likely soon be subject to the same fees for Will Rogers World Airport customers after a public hearing regarding the proposed change met no resistance from the Oklahoma City Council this week. The proposed ordinance will impose the same 10 percent commission fee for airport customers to any rental car company within a 10-mile radius of the airport. Only rental car companies with offices at the airport are subject to the fee now, but companies that use shuttle buses and other methods to access airport customers will have to pay when the new ordinance takes effect.

No one spoke up against the ordinance during Tuesday’s city council meeting. The public hearing for the item lasted only about three minutes, and only one council member asked a question. Councilman Larry McAtee asked city Airports Department Director Mark Kranenburg why the radius was set at 10 miles. Kranenburg responded that it seemed to be a reasonable distance and that the rental car companies agreed to it.

‘Very common’

Kevin Hutchins, a regional manager of the Avis Budget Group that operates the Avis and Budget car rental brands, agreed with Kranenburg’s contention that adding the off-airport companies to the list is in line with what

most other communities are doing. “It’s very common. The vast majority of airports have an off-airport concession fee ordinance,” Hutchins said. “It’s fair (and) levels the playing field for all players.” City officials estimate about 2 percent of airport car rental customers use off-site companies, representing about $123,000 in potential commission fee revenue. The ordinance will also ensure rental car companies subject to the fee now still must pay it if they choose not to use the consolidated rental car facility planned for the airport. The $39 million facility will be paid for by $4.50 fees charged to airport car rental customers. A vote on the ordinance is set for Sept. 25.

Attorney: No judicial determination in matter FROM PAGE 9A

Michael M. Arnett said he will be making all further court appearances in the case of Robert D. Wright, 47, of Oklahoma City, who is accused of beating a man with a board. “I have taken what I believe to be the appropriate actions to not only take care of the case but to provide some assistance to Mr. Hall,” Arnett said. He declined to elaborate.

Hall shares office space with Arnett but is not employed by Arnett. Hall had made all previous court appearances on behalf of Wright, Arnett said. “I think the judge was very fair, and I believe that the case is well on its way to being resolved to everyone’s satisfaction,” he said. Hall has been a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association since 1977 and is a member in good standing, according to the asso-

ciation website. In August 1989, Hall was suspended for one year by the state Supreme Court for knowingly making a false statement of law or fact, court records show. At the time, he was suffering from manic depression and self-treating the depression with alcohol, according to an order imposing discipline. He was being treated for manic depression at the time, the order shows.

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I Mark Waldrip was sworn in as the board treasurer Monday night. Waldrip is the district’s director of revenue. The spot had been vacant for six months. State law requires every school board have a treasurer.

I Julie Roach was named an assistant principal at Roosevelt Middle School. Roach succeeds Tim Young, who resigned.

I Kevin Garcia was named an assistant principal at Webster Middle School. Garcia succeeds Joey Slate, who accepted a job outside the district.

ED GODFREY I Natalie JohnsonPapageorge was named associate director of elementary education on Monday. She was the director of professional growth and development for the school district. CARRIE COPPERNOLL,

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Fundraiser set for girl

TU fires president

Parents of Truman Elementary School students have organized a fundraiser for Erika Ramirez, a fifth-grader who has kidney failure.

Just 74 days into his tenure, the University of Tulsa has fired Geoffrey Orsak.

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Defense attorney tests positive for alcohol in court BY TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@opubco.com

A veteran defense attorney tested positive for alcohol use and removed himself from a case after prosecutors complained that he came to court with alcohol on his breath.

State fair officials gear up for launch

Prosecutors accused attorney John Thomas Hall of being under the influence on Monday and Tuesday while Hall was in court representing a man accused of assault and battery. “It was undeniable today,” a prosecutor said Tuesday. “The smell lingered.” Hall took a breath test at the re-

quest of prosecutors and tested positive for alcohol use, according to results obtained by The Oklahoman. Hall’s breath contained at least 0.02 percent alcohol, but the test did not measure an exact level. District Judge Glenn M. Jones said Tuesday there was “insufficient evidence” to find Hall was under the influence of alcohol.

“No judicial determination was made at all,” Jones said. Hall, though, took himself off the case, which was continued until November. He did not return calls for comment Tuesday and Wednesday. Oklahoma City attorney SEE ATTORNEY, BACK PAGE

SEASONAL FAVORITES ABOUND AT THE NORMAN FARM MARKET

A woman found dead in a car in a southwest Oklahoma City ravine died from injuries suffered in the wreck, the state medical examiner reports. Donna Mae Bartlett, 85, of Yukon, was found Tuesday in a car at the bottom of a ravine along S Council Road near SW 119. She had been reported missing from her home Monday night. The car plunged about 20 to 30 feet into the ravine, police said. A state medical examiner’s spokesman said Bartlett died of multiple blunt force trauma in the accident. She was not wearing a seat belt. FROM STAFF REPORTS

ELSEWHERE POLICE SEEK DOG THIEVES Detectives in Missoula County are searching for two people with Oklahoma ties who reportedly took a deaf couple’s service dog from a campground near Lolo. The couple said their 18month-old husky/ wolf mix named Jalita, who responds to sign language commands, was taken over Labor Day weekend. Missoula County detectives said the suspects’ names are Sam and Kim Goodwin. A Craigslist ad about the missing dog says the Goodwins were driving a 1993 blue Chevy pickup with an Oklahoma license plate.

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MISSOULA, Mont. —

BY BRYAN PAINTER

As opening day of the Oklahoma State Fair arrives, a few fair executives looked back in order to truly appreciate what the 2012 fair offers. Bill Allen remembers when it was necessary to plan ahead for towing numerous stuck vehicles out of unpaved parking lots. Scott Munz can recall nights when band members for headliners would be “along the edges” of a crowded flatbed trailer/ stage as they performed before rodeo crowds. And Tim O’Toole thinks back to when he wondered how the change to an 11day schedule would be received by fairgoers. Gates open at 8 a.m. Thursday for the 2012 Oklahoma State Fair, It runs through Sept. 23. Some fairgoers think about the rides and the food and the entertainment that awaits them. Others think of the various exhibits and competitions. But Allen, Munz and O’Toole think of all the improvements. This is the 30th Oklahoma State Fair for Allen, vice president of State Fair Park. “When I first started, we didn’t have hardly any paved parking spots, and there were puddles almost big enough for ducks,” he said. “Now we have many lots that are paved and well lit. We used to have to worry about towing a lot of cars out, and now that would be limited to a few cars.”

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Dylan Ward assists his grandmother, Betty Groom, as she buys produce from Terresa Peters on Wednesday at the Norman Farm Market. PHOTOS BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Pansies and other fall bedding plants, as well as sweet potatoes, pumpkins and winter squash, are some of the seasonal offerings available this month at the Norman Farm Market. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 31 at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E Robinson St. People can shop for locally grown fruits, vegetables and plants, along with items such as honey, soap and dairy products. According to the market’s Web page, other offerings in September and October include greens, peppers, pears, straw, corn and gourds. For more information, go to www.clevelandcountyfair.org or call 360-4721.

Terry Nixon with Elam Produce, of Purcell, helps Rita Doussett, of Norman, get produce ready to sell at the Norman Farm Market.


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Above: A carnival ride operator and an inspector from the Oklahoma Labor Department check the sky tram towers and cables Wednesday while setting up for Oklahoma State Fair. The 11-day event begins Thursday and ends Sept. 23. Right: A carnival worker sets up prizes Wednesday afternoon at State Fair Park. PHOTOS BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

Fair: Millions have been spent on park improvements FROM PAGE 9A

Munz thinks back to when a tractor would pull a flatbed trailer out into the rodeo arena. That was the stage. Conditions were snug, especially the night a country music singer had a 12-member band. “That was interesting,” said Munz, vice president

of marketing and public relations, who is beginning his 25th Oklahoma State Fair. “Now, we have all moving lights in there, and the stage is lowered down from the ceiling. It’s a first-class sound and light production in the arena for the concerts at the PRCA Xtreme Bulls. “And, the same thing is

true out on the Chesapeake Energy Stage. It’s a safe, first-class outdoor stage.” This is the ninth Oklahoma State Fair for O’Toole, president and CEO of Oklahoma State Fair Inc. He remembers the first one well. “I came on in January 2004, and the board had made the decision prior to that to reduce the fair from

17 days to 11 days,” O’Toole said. “That was a learning curve for all of us. “And we were cautiously optimistic about how the public would receive it. It’s continued to grow every year and has been wellreceived by the public.” Reaction is something O’Toole eagerly awaits each year.

This year, he awaits the response to Barn 4. In all, the $90 million projects include quality arenas, stalls and meeting areas, he said. Fair Park is home not only to the Oklahoma State Fair, but many state, regional, national and international equestrian shows. “Barn 4 is the completion of our original barn

and equine projects that we embarked on in 2005,” he said. “It’s just part of the continuing upgrades that we’ve done to all of our equine and livestock facilities. “So I’m always pleased when people get the chance to see that and experience it. We want them to see the quality of it all.”

WELL-ROUNDED TROOPS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND BY JERRY WOFFORD Tulsa World jerry.wofford@tulsaworld.com

BRAGGS — Tech. Sgt. Brandon White is a chameleon. As a Joint Terminal Attack Controller in the Air National Guard, he coordinates strikes and surveillance between forces on the ground and forces in the air, but it requires him to be on the ground with those soldiers or Marines, to see what they see. He has to blend his tactical skills with his communication expertise. “Whatever they do, we do,” White said. “If they’re jumping out of Blackhawks, we’re jumping out of Blackhawks.” Now, White and 11 other members of the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing, based in Tulsa, are training Air National Guard airmen from 14 states to eventually become JTACs, a position that is in increasing demand as technology increases their ability to provide more support on the battlefield. The 138th Combat Training Flight, a detachment of the Tulsa unit based at Camp Gruber, will graduate its first class next week with four more eight-week sessions scheduled for next year. The first class from Camp Gruber marks a shift in how the Air National Guard trains airmen to eventually become JTACs. Lt. Col. Rustan Schwichtenberg, commander of the 138th Combat Training Flight, said that each of the

These guys are just the right mix of bravado, technical savvy, knowledge levels; all these things together for that right guy to be on the ground. They’re a mixture of this real tactical dude, and all these command and control functions.” LT. COL. RUSTAN SCHWICHTENBERG

COMMANDER OF THE 138TH COMBAT TRAINING FLIGHT

Air National Guard members practice rappelling Wednesday on one of the towers at Camp Gruber near Braggs. PHOTO BY MICHAEL WYKE, TULSA WORLD

operational units around the country trained their own JTACs, which distracted from their main ongoing missions. In the cases of some National Guard units doing the training one weekend a month, it could take more than a year to complete. “We are relieving the operational units of all that pressure,” he said. The airmen are trained first as communication experts. They relay pertinent battlefield information back to those con-

trolling aircraft, artillery or missiles related to targets, other targets that should be surveilled and conduct reconnaissance on forward positions. Being in the battlefield embedded with other troops on the ground gives the best perspective, White said. Being in the battlefield, sometimes embedded with troops on the forward line, requires the airmen to keep up. That makes the JTACs one of the Air Force’s more elite, fit and diversely skilled forces,

Schwichtenberg said. “These guys are just the right mix of bravado, technical savvy, knowledge levels; all these things together for that right guy to be on the ground,” Schwichtenberg said. “They’re a mixture of this real tactical dude, and all these command and control functions.” The 138th Combat Training Flight was approved to do the training last December after their former training mission in Fort Sill had ended. In six

West Nile will stick around until weather cools BY JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@opubco.com

Phil Maytubby, chief of public health protection at the Oklahoma CityCounty Health Department, chatted with readers Wednesday on NewsOK about West Nile virus, safety precautions and cases in Oklahoma. Below are highlights from the Q&A. Q: How long is West Nile virus season? A: The season may last as long as mosquitoes are active, especially through the hot summer months. As the weather cools, mosquito activity level will decline, but they’ll be around until we get a good freeze. Q: What is the Oklahoma City-County Health Department do-

ing to combat mosquitoes? A: We use an integrated pest management approach. That includes mosquito habitat reduction and removal, mosquito larvicide application and foremost, educating the public about how to protect themselves from mosquitoes. Q: Some parts of Texas have used aerial spraying. Could you discuss its effectiveness versus other approaches to prevention? A: Aerial spraying is sometimes seen as a last resort when mosquito numbers are very high and other methods are ineffective in reducing mosquito populations. Other methods we’re currently using are working well. Q: What type of bird

carries the virus? A: Several types of birds may carry the disease. It was originally reported in crows. One of the theories about the emergence of West Nile during a time of drought is that birds are using water sources that are smaller and more stagnant, and those are areas where mosquitoes are breeding. Q: What can parents use to prevent toddlers from getting bitten when playing outside? A: It’s important to use insect repellent on areas of exposed skin. Long sleeves and long pants are a good idea in dusk to dawn times. We recommend DEET, picaridin and oil of eucalyptus repellents, but always read the label for instructions before applying to

young children. It may be comforting to know that few young children develop serious cases of West Nile virus. In Oklahoma there are no cases of the virus in children younger than 9, but they should always be protected from mosquitoes. Q: Why is there a vaccine for horses and not humans? A: That’s a complicated question. When the virus first emerged, it was very hard on the horse population and there was great demand for a vaccine. Humans have the ability to use repellent or to dress appropriately. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with vaccine manufacturers and researchers to determine if it’s feasible to produce a West Nile vaccine for humans.

months, the staff moved their operations to facilities at Camp Gruber and developed the broad curriculum. “It was a perfect fit,” Schwichtenberg said. “The timing was right, the cost was right and we were able to make it happen in rapid fashion.” The training provided by the 138th Combat Training Flight will make the airmen eligible to be JTACs-in-waiting, Schwichtenberg said. The home commander must sign off on the training and they must work with other JTACs and complete other training before being fully complete. But the new training path by the 138th will aim to cut the time it takes to

complete that process from about five years to two, Schwichtenberg said. That will put more of the JTACs in the field quicker with more standardized training, fulfilling the increasing need for JTACs in the field. “Just because the wars are drawing down, the requirement for how many JTACs are needed in the force overall is actually increasing,” Schwichtenberg said. “They’ve seen the effectiveness of having an embedded Air Force controller in the Army’s scheme of maneuver on the ground. How we fight and use these maneuvers is only become more in vogue for how we use these on the ground.”


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Witness says testimony was not swayed BY TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@opubco.com

A key witness in the state’s case against a man charged with murder reversed his testimony Wednesday after admitting he talked to the victim’s father the day before taking the stand. But Eric P. Thrower denied being told what to say by Phil Ingersoll, the father of shooting victim Jonathan Phillip Ingersoll, 21. Phil Ingersoll is a former Oklahoma City School District athletic director who won five state basketball championships as a

coach at Douglass and Northeast high schools. Jonathan Ingersoll died March 22, 2009, from a gunshot wound to the head. He and Thrower were riding in a car on N MacArthur Boulevard near NW 23 when another vehicle pulled alongside and a person inside fired into the car, police said. Thrower testified calling the victim’s father Tuesday “to see how court was going.” Thrower said Ingersoll told him to “tell the truth.” But the attorney representing defendant Kenneth Wayne Thompson III, accused Thrower of lying

about his conversation with Phil Ingersoll. “He told you you needed to identify Mr. Thompson this morning, didn’t he?” defense attorney Redmond Kemether asked Thrower. “No,” Thrower said. Earlier Wednesday, Thrower identified Thompson as the driver of the car, a day after testifying he didn’t see who was driving or who fired the fatal shot. “Why didn’t you sit there and tell the truth yesterday?” Kemether asked the witness. “I was threatened,” said Thrower, a felon and admitted former gang mem-

Kenneth Wayne Thompson III, 23

ber who told the court he had received death threats for testifying. Thrower also testified smoking marijuana the night of the shooting, but said it didn’t affect his

ability to recall the events surrounding Ingersoll’s slaying. He also admitted smoking pot before testifying Tuesday afternoon and said he lied under oath during cross-examination. “Yeah, I was stoned,” Thrower testified Wednesday. “But I was still functionable.” Thompson, 23, is the brother of Kendal Laron Richardson, 22, a co-defendant who was acquitted of Ingersoll’s murder in November. Thrower testified at Richardson’s trial that Richardson leaned out of his car and fired the shot

that killed Ingersoll, which contradicted his testimony from Tuesday. Richardson’s trial was plagued by several delays, allegations of jury intimidation and uncooperative witnesses, many of whom testified reluctantly or refused to testify altogether. At least four prosecution witnesses, including two serving time in unrelated cases, testified they lied during interviews with homicide detectives because they were threatened with jail time if they didn’t cooperate. Thompson’s trial is expected to go to the jury Thursday.

ART WALK TO INCLUDE Man with branch is arrested at store OPENING RECEPTION BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Staff Writer lmanwarren@opubco.com

A man was arrested after he threatened a convenience store employee with a 4-foot tree branch, Oklahoma City police said. Marvin Glenn Jones, 53, was arrested on an assault and battery complaint Tuesday at 7-Eleven, 1101 NW 10. Police were called to the scene and encountered a man who called himself “General Jones” who verbally abused the officers, ac-

Johanna Bales and Alex Elmore, with Gray Street Band, perform Aug. 10 at the Kid’s Corner event during the Second Friday Circuit of Art in Norman. PHOTOS BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Dreamer Concepts, 324 E Main St., will reopen Friday after a three-month hiatus with a reception celebrating its newest exhibit, “Dreamer 44: Dose of Dynamite.” The reception is just one of a series of activities planned for the monthly Second Friday Circuit of Art event, which begins at 6 p.m. “Doses of Dynamite” will feature works by Travis Brassfield and Kellen Carter, Norman natives and longtime friends. Brassfield received clas-

sical training in studio art at Rose State College and the University of Oklahoma. He primarily works in acrylic, though his favorite medium is a combination of pencil and ink. Carter works with acrylic paint, ink, spray paint and pen to create paintings and graffiti stenciling. This month’s art walk will include a Live Paint at Bigfoot Creative, 315 E Main, featuring some of the participating artists from a new pop culture exhibit, “Zombie Skins: Salon de la Vie Morte.” “Zombie Skins” just finished a successful run in

Santa Fe, N.M., and features artists America Meredith, Daniel McCoy, Bryon Archuleta, Tom Farris, April Holder, Bob Haozous, Chris Pappan, Topaz Jones and Cannupa Hansk Luger. The Live Paint will feature Farris, Holder and artists Hoka Skenandore and Micah Wesley, who will each create a work of art in front of an audience. The two-hour session will begin at 7:30 p.m. and conclude with a live auction of the works created. For a complete schedule of events planned for this month’s walk, go to www. 2ndfridaynorman.com.

cording to the police report. The 7-Eleven employee told police Jones was banned from the store Tuesday after making death threats against the store’s manager but returned that evening. The employee told Jones to leave and refused to serve him. Jones went outside and came back inside with a tree branch, according to the report. The employee told police Jones raised the branch and approached him, saying, “Come here, man. I’m going to use this on you.” Police said Jones tried to

Marvin Glenn Jones Arrested on Tuesday

light himself on fire while in the back of the patrol car and said, “A bomb is about to go off in this (obscenity).” He was taken to Oklahoma County jail, where it took three or four detention officers to process him, police said. Police took the tree branch as evidence.

Missing Tulsa woman, 59, found alive inside freezer at her home BY AMANDA BLAND AND MATT BARNARD Tulsa World

A missing woman was found alive Wednesday morning in a freezer, and Tulsa police say the incident doesn’t appear to be suspicious. First responders were called about 10:30 a.m. to an apartment in the 2200 block of S Nogales Avenue where a woman was found by family members inside a chest-type deep freezer, police said. The woman, identified by her son as 59-year-old Theresa Christian, was conscious but incoherent as medics treated her at

the scene, Cpl. Daisy Vallely said. She was transported to St. John Medical Center with “severe freezing-type injuries” to her legs, Vallely said. EMSA reported that the woman was admitted in serious condition. Family members reported the woman missing Saturday after they were unable to contact her, officers said. Jermal Stewart, Christian’s son, entered his mother’s apartment

Wednesday and heard her moaning in the freezer, Vallely said. She said it appeared Christian had tried to climb out of the freezer at some point. Stewart said the lid to the appliance was open when he found her. Police believe the woman may have had a reaction to medication, which could have affected her cognitive abilities, and sought shelter in the freezer during last week’s storms.

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TU fires head after 74 days in the post BY WAYNE GREENE Tulsa World wayne.greene@tulsaworld.com

The University of Tulsa fired Geoffrey Orsak as president of the institution Wednesday evening, 74 days after he took office. The school’s announcement gave no reason for the termination but said it is effective immediately. TU Executive Vice President Kevan Buck has been authorized by the TU Board of Trustees to manage the day-to-day operations of the university. The school announced Tuesday that Orsak had been granted a leave of absence “to attend to a very serious health matter of his father in Dallas.” TU Vice President for Public Relations Kayla Acebo said she couldn’t comment on either of the two announcements. “This is a personnel matter, and we cannot comment on personnel matters,” Acebo said. She also declined to say whether Orsak and his family are still living in the school’s new presidential residence, the Skelly Mansion at 21st Street and Madison Avenue. Calls to Orsak’s cellphone Wednesday were not returned. Acebo said the process for selecting a permanent successor to Orsak will be up to the school’s Board of Trustees, but no details have been announced. The TU board named Orsak, 49, the school’s 18th president in May, and

he took office July 1. Previously, he had been dean of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University. He announced that his goal was to put the University of Tulsa among the elite colleges and universities in the nation. “All of the ingredients are here for this university to emerge as a true superstar in American higher education,” Orsak said at the news conference announcing his hiring. “I feel that the best days for TU are still ahead,” he said. “We’re just absolutely excited to get started.” Orsak said college — he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University — transformed his life. As a researcher, Orsak specialized in mathematics that set the stage for the wireless revolution. In 1997, he began a transition into collegiate administration. He was appointed in 2008 by the Secretary of Energy to the National Petroleum Council. He has served on study groups and panels for the National Academy of Engineering and has served as a Department of Defense science and engineering adviser through his participation on the Defense Science Study Group. Orsak is married to Dr. Catherine Orsak. They have two children, Mary Elizabeth, 12, and Peter, 8.

Funds needed to reach degree goals BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@opubco.com

Oklahoma’s top higher education official said he’s optimistic about the state’s college completion goals — but only if lawmakers find money to get the job done. Glen Johnson, chancellor of Oklahoma’s higher education system, said Wednesday that higher education officials would need to make a pitch in the upcoming session for increased funding. Johnson and Gov. Mary Fallin have made college completion a high priority in recent years, setting a statewide goal of an additional 20,400 degrees and certificates awarded in Oklahoma over 12 years. “We can’t do that with budget reductions or even flat budgets,” Johnson said. Speaking Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s 2012 Legislative Forum, Johnson said the state is on track to meet that goal, having surpassed the goal of 1,700 degrees and certificates in the past academic year. At a state regents meeting last week, officials announced public colleges and universities in Oklahoma had more than 1,900 more graduates during the 2011-12 academic year than during the previous year. But Johnson said last year was likely one of the state’s easiest in the initiative. Officials expected the best results in the first year because the agency began engaging potential students who had received little attention. The higher education budget is roughly the same as the system’s budget for the previous year, and is based on a $955.26 million allocation for higher education that was included in the state’s budget for fiscal year 2013.

The budget is $34.7 million less than Johnson requested at the beginning of the last legislative session. Of that amount, $27.8 million would have gone toward mandatory cost increases, such as rising insurance premiums and utility costs. Between fiscal years 2009 and 2012, the system saw its budget slashed by 9.4 percent. During the forum, Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, said he hopes to see higher education align itself with industry needs. Higher education officials generally do a good job of laying out a legislative agenda and usually are successful in pushing that agenda through the legislature, Shannon said. But Shannon, the speakerdesignate of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, said he’d like to see leaders give lawmakers more information on the impact higher education has on the business community. The link between higher education and private industry in Oklahoma represents one of the state’s strongest public-private partnerships, Shannon said. But many lawmakers are unaware of the importance of that partnership. In many cases, Shannon said, that lack of awareness is due to high turnover. Because state legislators work under term limits, each new session brings a new set of lawmakers who may not understand the higher education system’s mission. Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, said he was concerned about the issue of student debt upon graduation. He said he hopes to see schools do a better job of giving students information on the salaries they can reasonably expect to earn after graduation, and how large a loan they could expect to pay off on that income.

Deaths

Services pending (Integrity, Henryetta).

MCALESTER

AGRA

Meyers, Jorge Ezra, 36, information technology worker, died Sept. 8. Services 1 p.m. Saturday (Palmer & Marler, Stillwater).

ALTUS

Lockwood, James W., 83, business owner, died Sunday. Graveside services 10 a.m. Thursday, Altus City Cemetery (Kincannon, Altus).

ALVA

Ingraham, Leona, 89, died Wednesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Church of God (Marshall, Alva).

BARNSDALL

Grim, Mary Ann, 82, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, First Christian Church (Stumpff, Barnsdall).

BARTLESVILLE

Bade, Robert Keith “Bob,” 68, retired Siemens chemist and chromatographer, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Christian Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Bates, Marjorie Mae, 91, died Tuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Saturday, First Presbyterian Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Holt, Jackie Lee, 84, farmer, died Wednesday. Services pending (Walker-Brown, Bartlesville).

Dakil, Sam M.D., 90, physician, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Presbyterian Church of McAlester (Brumley-Mills, McAlester). Robins, Alta, 94, licensed practical nurse, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday (Chaney-Harkins, McAlester).

MIDWEST CITY

Kerns, Janice Carolyn, 92, retired from Tinker Air Force Base, died Tuesday. Services pending (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City). Seidel, Roger L., 76, special education teacher, died Wednesday. Services pending (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City).

MOORE

Privett, Della Gene, 85, St. Anthony Hospital medical records department employee, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, Resurrection Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Oklahoma City (John M. Ireland, Moore). Reeves, Donald Ray, 74, mechanic, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (John M. Ireland, Moore).

BETHANY

Meador, Jan Pearce, 66, died Sunday. No services (Cremation Society, Oklahoma City).

BLACKWELL

OKLAHOMA CITY

BLAIR

Coker, Brantley Gage, infant son of Brandon Coker and Autumn Roberts, died Sunday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, First Baptist Church (Kincannon, Altus).

CHOCTAW

Abel, David Roy, 75, retired from Air Force, died Aug. 28. Graveside services 10 a.m. Friday, Elmwood Cemetery (Hibbs, Choctaw).

CLINTON

Brown, Margie Belle, 80, retired Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. engineer, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, First United Methodist Church (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton). Goucher, Kenneth, 68, security guard, died Sept. 10. Services 2 p.m. Monday, Free-Will Baptist Church (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton).

DEL CITY

Misenheimer, Maudella, 89, died Sunday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Bill Eisenhour, Del City). Woodard, Earl Stanley “Stan,” 85, retired from Air Force, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Ford, Midwest City).

EDMOND

Bell, Brandy S., 33, homemaker, died Tuesday. Services pending (Matthews, Edmond). Ford, Michael James Sr., 24, independent contractor, died Sunday. Services pending (Crawford, Edmond). Jenkins, Carlos Randall, 64, physician, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Monday, First Christian Church (Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). Patatanian, Heriknaz, 88, homemaker, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Buchanan, Oklahoma City).

EL RENO

Finley, Ernestine Magpie, 52, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Huber-Benson, El Reno).

GLENCOE

Bower, Bryant Lee, 52, Boeing Aircraft tool builder, died Aug. 27. Graveside services 10 a.m. Friday, South Glencoe Cemetery (Poteet, Pawnee).

GUTHRIE

Powell, Johnny Vaughn, 63, retired private security guard, died Aug. 28. Services pending (Smith-Gallo, Guthrie).

HENRYETTA

Boyles, Joseph Kenneth, 75, retired glass plant operator, died Tuesday.

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MARRIAGE LICENSES Anthony O’Dell Carr, 54, and Karen Rae Johnson, 54. Bobby Dwayne Brown, 41, and Kylee Beth Kizziar, 24. Rick Lee Evans, 30, and Kimberly Dawn Jacques, 24. Nicolas Gonzalez Lopez, 22, and Patricia Hilburn, 43. Rickey Dewayne Dixie Jr., 28, and Syreeta Jeane Hill, 35. Matthew Eugene Stiger, 36, and Rachel Diane Samuel, 34. Olusegun Damilola Fajolu, 27, and Kenesha Renee Adair, 22. Patrick Wayne Johnson, 24, and Petra Michellle Bergamini, 25. Jason David Leehan, 28, and Christine A. Tucker, 27. Joseph Stalyn Matias Moris, 28, and Jennifer Joy Hermansen, 26. Cory Blade Northern, 35, and Alicia Brooke Hugo, 24. David Wayne Mackey, 43, and Jennifer Kyle Retherford, 40. Christopher Lee Martin, 28, and Hillary Daniele Finch, 25. Shannon Ulrich Donahue, 32, and Robin Louise Langdale, 32. Mohammed Bunyamin Oladiran Karim, 24, and Christina Nicole Stanzione, 22. Austin Grant Maxwell, 28, and Pamela Dawn Lay, 29. Kelly Don Corcoran, 37, and Kimberli Anne Hatch, 33. Jeremy Michael Pollock, 28, and Elizabeth Hoang Nguyen, 28. Daniel Riley Grissom, 28, and Tara Ann Lisle, 32. Gregory Allen Greer, 43, and Nita Wyoma Charlotte Lilley, 29. Christopher Brandon Alexander, 28, and Stacey Jo Smith, 27. William Robert Blevins, 33, and Dawrung Khanasa, 30. Joseph Roger Blake, 69, and Sally C. Royse, 66. Johnnie Scott Loudermilk, 29, and Deondra Rae Davis, 27. Eric James Bertolasio, 23, and Nikki

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City). West, Melvia E., 79, died Wednesday. Services pending (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Wilder, Wilma Mary, 85, retired supervisory nurse, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Sept. 20, Crossings Community Church (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma).

OLIVE

Doty, Jackie Lou Sr., 59, carpenter, died Sunday. Services 1 p.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church (Michael’s, Drumright).

PAWNEE

Brien, Leota Faye, 86, homemaker, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Poteet, Pawnee).

PERRY

Gleason, Ted Wayne, 60, roustabout, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Grace Hill Cemetery (Brown Dugger, Perry).

PONCA CITY

Seward, Earnest Lee, 46, construction laborer, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Monday (Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City).

Artherton, Carolyn, 74, AT&T computer technician, died Monday. Services pending (Buchanan, Oklahoma City). Bowie, Leland, 45, died Sept. 4. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Siloam Missionary Baptist Church (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Brainard, Melba Delberta, 89, homemaker, died Wednesday. Services pending (Buchanan, Oklahoma City). Carrillo, Margaret Walton, 62, homemaker, died Saturday. Mass 1 p.m. Thursday, Resurrection Cemetery Chapel (Smith and Kernke NW 23 Street, Oklahoma City). Dean, James, 69, died Wednesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Smith & Kernke N. May, Oklahoma City). Foust, Donny Venoy, 56, welder, died Tuesday. Services pending (John M. Ireland, Moore). Gibbs, Trish, 63, retired nurse, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Forest Hill Christian Church (Cremation Society, Oklahoma City). Harris, Georgia, 97, died Monday. Services pending (Rolfe, Oklahoma City). Hawkins, Betty, 75, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Wildewood Baptist Church (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Henderson, Delbert, 50, died Tuesday. Services pending (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Hohstadt, Edith, 84, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Knob Hill Baptist Church (Advantage, Oklahoma City). Jacobs, Jesse Franklin Jr., 54, died Sept. 5. Services 11 a.m. Saturday (Temple and Sons, Oklahoma City). Kane, Sharon, 57, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Ford, Midwest City). Pease, Alan Richard, 61, factory worker, died Friday. No services (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma). Popejoy, Justin Nolan, 29, painter, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Highway of Holiness Church (John M. Ireland, Moore). Russell, Carolyn, 54, died Sunday. Services 1 p.m. Saturday, New Hope Baptist Church (Howard-Harris, Oklahoma City). Tacker, Todd Russell, 43, died Monday. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Smith & Kernke N. May, Oklahoma City). Timmons, Joel Jr., 39, butcher, died Sept. 4. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Rolfe, Oklahoma City). Towery, Clyde D., 86, petroleum engineer, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, Westminster Presbyterian Chapel (Hahn-Cook/ Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). Washington, Phillip Ray, 33, died Sept. 1. Services 11 a.m. Sept. 15, St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, Arcadia (Pollard, Oklahoma Jo Ann Burgett, 19. Kevin Lavel Burton, 29, and Darianna Angelic Dawson, 27. Michael Gerard Hardt, 53, and Jennifer Kay Harrison, 44. Brandon Morrison, 31, and Amanda Dawn Perry, 27. James Allen Stroud, 26, and Ashley Colvin, 25. Jose Antonia Villa Ayala, 20, and Cecilia Edith Gomez Cruz, 19. Sean Ryan Eldridge, 26, and Joanna Marzec, 24. Michael L. Reale, 48, and Cindy Lou White, 46. Inmar Eriberto Cardona Guerra, 25, and Rosa Oliva Pina Martinez, 20. Adolfo Montes Valenzuela, 30, and Patricia Atilano Ambriz, 25. Glen Dean Pipkin, 33, and Tiffany Elizabeth Smith, 23. David Earnest Hash, 49, and Kathy Lynn Owens, 53.

DIVORCES ASKED Bogard, David v. Emiko Chaney, Gypsy C. v. Miles W. Cowan, Eric v. Jessica Edwards, Zara Shadae v. Erik Steven Gonzalez, Lisa v. Richard Grimes, Matthew v. Brittany Holmes, Jennifer L. v. William R. Hunter, Sofia Sabrin v. Verdugo, Alexander Johnson, Kelly v. Mark Lantz, Carol v. Mackey Lowe, Stefanie Michelle v. Hensley, James Everette Maddex, Eric Dwayne v. Oliphant, Jasmine R. Martinez, Maria D. v. Gerardo Melvin, Hailey v. Anthony Mooney, Kristy Renee v. Paul Justin Varnum Olivas, Jorge Franco v. Trejo, Martha Ruiz Pearson, John Michael v. Leshia McKay Pevehouse, Whitney Anne v. Eric Paul Randall-Phillips, Patricia A. v. Phillips, Eugene Ranger, Michael L. v. Leonore M. Reese, Hope Elayne v. Elijah Kareem Rodriguez, Efrain v. Teresa Ross, Amy Smith v. Jeffrey Landon Russell, Garland v. Elizabeth I. Schmitz, Juliana Bruns v. John William Smith, Lindsay Michelle v. Robert Steven Vanzant, Aubrey v. Joshua Vargas, Linda v. Martin Villanueva Colchado, Jose A. v. Banda, Celia Barron Voigtschild, April Michel v. Chris Jon Walters, Laura L v. James K.

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Wasson, Thelma I. “Ginny,” 84, died Aug. 31. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Albright United Methodist Church (Trout, Ponca City).

RAMONA

Owens, Billy W., 63, auto mechanic, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, Wesleyan Holiness Church, Ochelata (Walker-Brown, Bartlesville).

RENTIESVILLE

Miller, Lula Mae, 87, retired postmaster, died Tuesday. Services pending (Ragsdale, Muskogee).

SPIRO

Underwood, Eunice Ferrall, 86, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Mallory-Martin, Spiro).

TULSA

Nickles, Coeweene, 89, died Tuesday. Services pending (Trout, Ponca City).

YUKON

Bartlett, Donna, 85, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Saturday (Bill Merritt, Bethany). Organ donor

Lt. Col. David Roy Abel October 12, 1936 - August 28, 2012

NORMAN

Hinkle, Charles Ray, 63, truck driver, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Friday, Lynlee Mae Chapel (John M. Ireland, Moore). Winters, Sandra, 69, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. Monday (Havenbrook, Norman).

Brown, Morris Jr., 96, died Tuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church (Roberts and Son, Blackwell).

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CHOCTAW Lt. Col. David Roy Abel, 75, of Choctaw, took his final flight and most important mission August 28, 2012, after a 3-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his bride of 34 years, Claudine Abel of Choctaw; his daughter, Cynthia Pearson and son-in-law, Tom Pearson and grandchildren Connor and Madison of Edmond, OK; and two cousins, Edward and Melvin Ward. David is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Edith Abel, and sister, Donna Rapp. His family wishes to thank all those who helped and Good Shepherd Hospice for their care and support. Contributions to a favorite charity in lieu of flowers. Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 10:00 am at Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of Hibbs Funeral Home.

Denie Cupples

March 21, 1964 - Sept 2, 2012

MORGAN HILL, CA Denie Cupples, 48, passed away on September 2, 2012, in San Francisco, CA. She was born in Oklahoma City, OK to Eddie & Karen Miller. Denie attended high school in Yukon, OK, graduating in 1982. While working in the retail and insurance field, Denie attended the University of Central Oklahoma for two years and was well-known in her community. In the late 1980s, Denie briefly lived in Amarillo, TX, where she was a Store Manager at Limited, Inc. She met her husband, Tom, in 1990 as she was also working in sales, and they later moved to California in 1992. Denie remained in sales until 1997, then she cared for her children and the home full time. Denie was preceded in death by her mother, Karen; and nephew, Zack Thurston. Denie is survived by her husband of 18 years, Tom; daughters, Madison and Taylor; father, Eddy; stepfather, Carl Lane; sisters, Edie Thurston and Lanie Harryman; brother, Shawn Miller; and many other loving family members and numerous dear, loving friends. A Memorial Service to celebrate Denie’s life will be held on Friday, September 14th at 4 p.m. at Good News Church, 1054 East Main Street, Yukon, Oklahoma.

Terrinda J. Stewart Oct. 29, 1955 - Sept. 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Terrinda J. Stewart, 56, joined her Heavenly Father on Sept. 10, 2012. Terrinda was born in Gainesville, TX to Tom and Betty (Seeley) Stradley. She dedicated her life to taking care of her family and providing them a warm and loving home. She loved going to church and writing poetry, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren; all of whom she loved dearly. Terrinda will be greatly missed by her family and countless friends. She leaves cherished memories with her loving husband Don Stewart; daughters Amber Moore and husband Nelson, Erin Melton and husband Mike; brother Kevin Stradley; sister Torrie Smith; and her seven grandchildren. Viewing will be today from 4-8 PM at the funeral home. Services to celebrate her life will be 2:00 PM Friday at Jernigan Memorial Church of the Nazarene, 3200 N. Hammond, Bethany, OK. Interment will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Wheatland, OK. Friends may leave condolences at www.vondelsmithmortuary.com

Todd Russell Tacker Nov. 12, 1968 - Sept. 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Todd was born 11-12-68 in OKC. He died 9-10-12. He was an avid OU fan and loved NASCAR. Todd attended Casady School, graduated from John Marshall and De Anza College, Cupertino, CA. Todd was preceded in death by grandparents John and Christine Mailer, Ft. Smith, AR, Jack and Laura Tacker, Lake Tenkiller, OK; cousin Jeff Shipley of Ft. Smith; and service dogs ‘Hercules’ and ‘Wiley Post’. He is survived by mother Tina Mailer (Fred Welborn); father Ron Tacker (Linda); aunts Cathey White (Waldo), Joanne Phillips (David), uncle John Mailer (Janet) all of Ft. Smith; seven very dear cousins, roommate Sherri Wise and beloved service dog, Vince Gill. Read more about Todd’s wonderful life by becoming a ‘Friend” at bmshrr@aol.com (in sub line: Todd’s obit). Memorial Service on 9-14-12 at 1:00pm, Smith and Kernke Chapel, 14624 N. May, OKC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Dan Lutz Foundation, 2404 Valleybrook Dr., Edmond, OK 73034, or donor’s choice.

Mary "Mag" Stine

October 9, 1925 - September 11, 2012

CHOCTAW Mary Magdalene Stine went to be with the Lord September 11, 2012. She was born October 9, 1925 in Octavia, OK. She met her future husband Harle Stine while employed at McDonnell Douglas. They married in 1949 and resided in Nicoma Park. She had 3 children, 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous in-laws. She was loved by all. Mary had been a member of Nicoma Park Baptist Church, Hillcrest Baptist Church and at the time of her death was a member of Open Door Baptist Church. Her career of choice was stay at home mom & homemaker. Mary’s life changing event, at 36, was her personal encounter with Christ and her desire was that all come to know and love Him who gave her life purpose and meaning. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at Barnes Friederich Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Arlington Memory Gardens.


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Merilyn Jane Olaker

Martha Ellen Berniece ''Bea'' Pritchett Shepherd

BETHANY On September 9, 2012, Stephen James Lawler drew his final earthly breath and awoke at his Savior’s feet. Steve was born on April 2, 1948, to Billy Joe and Billy Jane Wolfram Lawler in McAllen, Texas. Two years after graduating from high school in Atwater, California, Steve met the love of his life, Diana Lynn Jacques, on Labor Day weekend of 1968. They married on May 3, 1969, and celebrated 43 years of marriage. As a man with a strong sense of right and wrong, Steve served the community of Atwater as a police officer from 1969 to 1981. Steve then moved his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to pursue a degree in business, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Oral Roberts University in 1984. He went on to receive a Master's in Accounting from the University of Tulsa with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude in 1985. He was the recipient of both the F.B. Perriott Educational Scholarship for the TU Graduate Business School and the Junior Achievement Award in Community Service. His lifelong pursuit of education was evident as he attained certifications as CPA (1986), CIA (1989), and CFA (2010). While in Tulsa, Steve enjoyed his work, service to and time with friends at First Christian Church, TU football games, and the Tulsa music scene. His professional career began as an internal auditor at Williams Companies of Tulsa in 1985. In 1999, he and Diana embarked on an adventure when he accepted the opportunity to transfer to the WorldCom offices in Hong Kong. A true survivor of the business world, Steve worked through the Telecoms crash and the WorldCom fraud and bankruptcy to become the Director of Operations for Asia-Pacific for Verizon. During their 12 years in Hong Kong, Steve and Diana hosted numerous US servicemen and women in port through the Meals in Homes Programs associated with the American Women’s Association, the US Navy 7th Fleet, and the US Consulate in Hong Kong. He could count among his acquaintances or friends generals, admirals, consular officers, political, military, and religious leaders in Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, China, and Japan, but his favorite people were the many chaplains, Master Chiefs, and crew members received in his home for a family meal and laugh around his table. Because of his health, Steve and Diana retired to Bethany in 2011 to spend time with their grandsons, in whom he delighted and was most proud. His joy came from helping others and knowing that he did something good to make another’s life better. He is remembered as a kind and gentle giant, mentor, and friend to many around the world. Steve was preceded in death by his parents and youngest son, Stephen James “Jimmy” Lawler, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Diana of the home; two sisters, Janice Meadows of San Antonio, TX, and Linda Hanford of Ontario, CA; two brothers, Paul Lawler of Aurora, CO, and Danny Lawler of Greencastle, IN; his daughter, Elizabeth and husband Richard Brookhart of Bethany; his son, Will and wife Kathryn Parrott Lawler of Norman; and his grandsons, Andrew “A.J.” Brookhart, James Lawler, and Ryan Lawler. Steve suggested that his memory might be honored by planting a tree. Donations may also be made to: Integris Hospice House, 13920 Quailbrook Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73134. Arrangements are under the direction of Floral Haven in Broken Arrow. Viewing will be on Thursday from 2-9 pm with the family greeting friends from 6-9 pm. Services will be held on Friday at 12:30 pm in the Floral Haven Chapel. Online condolences may be shared at www.floralhaven.com

OKLAHOMA CITY Merilyn Jane Olaker (Thompson), 50, passed away Sunday evening, August 5, 2012, in Macon, Georgia. Merilyn, who was surrounded by family in her last hours, is survived by her immediate family: husband, Gene Olaker; brother, Mack Thompson; and sister, Glenda Lee Nutting. She is also survived by extended family, including her aunt, Mary Jane Courtney, for whom she was named. Merilyn, born and raised in Oklahoma City, was living in Georgia at the time of her death. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery, 13400 N. Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY/SHAWNEE, KS Martha Ellen Berniece Pritchett Shepherd was born on February 22, 1923, in Sparks, Oklahoma, and peacefully left her earthly family to join her loved ones in Heaven on September 7, 2012. She was the seventh and youngest child of William Edward Pritchett, Sr., and Ruth Ann Tague Pritchett. The Pritchett family was a very loving family with all three sisters, three brothers and their spouses best friends for life. “Bea,” as she was called by her husband and friends, was an all-around American girl, being a good student, good athlete, and talented singer. She completed business school at Hills Business College in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then worked for medical practices in Oklahoma City. Under the Lord’s guidance, she met a young Army Air Corps officer, C.B. “Buzz” Shepherd, Jr., stationed at the then Will Rogers Army Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. They married shortly thereafter on February 8, 1946. Bea and Buzz had an exceptional marriage lasting more than 66 years, with each one unconditionally dedicated to the other. They were often found in each other’s embrace up through the time of Bea’s passing. Bea was a stay-at-home wife and mother, raising two daughters, Suzanne and Cynthia, and participating in a myriad of organizations to support both their development and her husband’s career. Among her many accomplishments, she served as President of her cherished PEO Chapter and as President of the PTA Chapter where her daughters attended school. She was known as an excellent hostess, cook, and the “life of the party,” always putting first the needs and comfort of others. Bea was also known for her “flair,” possessing an amazing sense of style, design, and immaculate beauty, both in her home and person. She greatly enjoyed traveling to various parts of the world with Buzz as her constant companion. Known as “Mimi,” first to her beloved nephews and nieces and then to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Bea is survived by her husband Buzz; her two daughters Suzanne and husband Richard Discenza of Shawnee, KS, and Cynthia and husband Kent Yoesting of Houston, TX; and her grandchildren Matthew (Michele) Streeter and their children Aidan and Clara of McGaheysville, VA, Julie (John) Fortenbery and their children Connor and Addison of Owings, MD, Amanda (Jake) Hendrix of Pearland, TX, Tyler Yoesting of Dallas, TX, and Travis Yoesting of Tyler, TX. She is also survived by two step-grandsons Dean (Pam) and their children Peter and Clara of Rochester, NY, and Ryan (Jennifer) of Norman OK, as well as may special nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, W.E. and Ruth Ann Pritchett; her six siblings, Daniel Ellsworth Pritchett, Clarence Ollie Pritchett, Mary Anna Mae Pritchett Hall Tope, William Edward Pritchett, Jr., Vera Alice Pritchett Harrison, and Ruth Lorena Pritchett. Memorial services will be held in Bea’s honor at the Amos Family Memorial Chapel at 10901 Johnson Drive in Shawnee, Kansas, at 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 14, with viewing at 2:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held in Oklahoma City, OK, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15, at Rose Hill Cemetery, 6001 Northwest Grand Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73118. Contributions in Bea’s memory may be made to your local Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of flowers.

April 2, 1948 - September 9, 2012

Raymond E. Johnson Feb 29, 1924 - Sept 9, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Raymond Eugene Johnson, age 88, died Sunday, September 9, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, after suffering a stroke. A Leap Year baby, he was born February 29, 1924, on his family farm in Crescent, OK to Ivan Carl and Edith Bachelor Johnson. Raymond attended Guthrie High School, during which time he played basketball, served in ROTC and designed the Blue Jays' ROTC logo, which is still in use today. He graduated in 1943, and married his high school sweetheart, Wanda Jean Bates, in 1944, moving to Bethany and then Oklahoma City shortly thereafter. The epitome of the American Dream, Raymond was a self-made man, becoming a successful commercial builder. His myriad of building accomplishments include some of the first hotels and motels in Oklahoma, schools, armories, shopping centers, including the Village Shopping Center on May Avenue (which he also owned), as well as donating his services to aid in the building of his family’s church, the Village Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Active in the community he helped build, Raymond was a 30+ year member of the Oklahoma Executive Success Club (aka “Tip Club”), as well as serving on the Board of Silver Lake, Inc., where he built the home that he and Wanda lived in for over 40 years. Raymond loved the outdoors, whether as an avid bow, rifle and black powder hunter and fisherman, as an accomplished gardener (with some of his banana trees still growing in the Myriad Botanical Gardens), or as an ice skater, building a safe skating area in his neighborhood lake and owning over 20 pairs of ice skates so anyone could join. As a gifted artist, he also loved to paint the outdoors. Raymond also traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, the Pacific and Middle East, with his wife, Wanda. A well-respected and Godly man, Raymond was always willing to help anyone in need. Devoted to his family, they could always count on him in whatever they chose to do. Although slowed by age in recent years, “Papa” remained physically active, whether helping someone with a fix-it project, teaching his great-grandchildren to fish, or enjoying his recent “22nd Leap Birthday.” He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan Carl Johnson, Edith Bachelor Johnson King, and stepfather, Shirley Malcom King; and sister, Loreta Johnson Novak. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Bates Johnson; daughter, Rae Jean Johnson; son, Ivan Johnson; granddaughters, Beth Brown Bonilla and her husband Mike, Tori Johnson Richmond and her husband Steve, and Alisa Johnson Beck and her husband Chris; grandson, Scott Brown; great-grandchildren, Garrett and Raymond Bonilla, States and Satchel Beck, and Nimue Richmond; and countless other loving family and friends. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Village Christian Church (http://villagechristianokc.org). Memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 13 at 1 p.m. at The Village Christian Church, 9401 Ridgeview Drive, Oklahoma City (The Village), Oklahoma 73120. Interment will be at the Summit View Cemetery in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Arrangements for Raymond and his family have been placed in the care of Vondel Smith & Son Mortuary.

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Imogene Christner Carter

Carmen Jo (Turner) Hall

April 23, 1925 - Sept. 9, 2012

June 9, 1924 - Sept 11, 2012

BOTHELL, WA Imogene Carter, beloved and loving Wife, Mom, Grandma and Friend, died Sept. 9, 2012, in Everett, WA. She was born to Ermit and Nora Christner on April 23, 1925, in Lockridge, OK. Imogene worked in the family grocery store growing up in Minco, OK. Graduating from Minco High School, she exceled at The Univ. of Okla., graduating with a Bachelor's of Science Degree. She found the love of her life, Mabry James Carter, Jr. and married July 27, 1947, a union that lasted 49 years, until Mabry's death. She helped raise three boys while maintaining a successful career at Kerr McGee Corporation, which spanned over 30 years. Imogene enriched the lives of everyone around her with her cheerful smile and a bright greeting, regardless of the occasion. Her strong moral compass never wavered, her love always present, a guiding example for her children, grandchildren, family and peers. She moved to Mill Creek, WA, in 1998, two years after Mabry's death, to be with her son's family. Her personal interests were her grandchildren and family, socializing with neighbors and friends, and attended the United Methodist Church in Bothell, WA. Active in Red Hats and Senior Clubs, she was an enthusiastic fan of the Seattle Mariners, Sonics, and forever rooted for her Oklahoma Sooners. Her real passion lay with her involvement with her children & grandchildren's lives. She reveled in any and every event that involved family. She is preceded by Orville Christner, brother; Ermit Christner, father; Nora Christner, mother; Mark Carter, son; and Katherine Christner Carter, granddaughter; Hubert Murphy, brother-in-law, Aledamae Foree, sister-in-law, & LC Foree, brother-in-law. She will be forever cherished and missed by surviving son's Barry and Bart Carter; grandchildren Brett Carter, Morgan Carter, Mallory Carter, Bryce Tillet and Mark Carter; daughters-in-law Candiss Carter and Lori Carter; great granddaughter Aiden Tillett; nephews Jimmy Murphy, Carter Foree; niece Sandra Wyatt; and all her special friends, neighbors and relatives. After a memorial service at Bothell United Methodist Church in WA, Imogene's final resting place will be with her beloved husband, Mabry, and son, Mark, in Oklahoma City. A memorial and burial service will be held Sat. 9/15, 2pm, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 8702 NW Expressway, Okla. City.

OKLAHOMA CITY Carmen Jo (Turner) Hall was born June 9, 1924, in Navina, Oklahoma, the third child of V.B. and Christina Maple. She graduated Guthrie HS in 1942 and married Wilbur Turner the same year. They moved to Oklahoma City at the end of WWII, where she was employed at various departments stores selling women’s shoes or baby clothing, and then at OTASCO. She died at Integris Hospice September 11. She was preceded in death by her parents, both siblings and two husbands. Wilbur died on September 10, 1982; she then married Eldon Hall, who died June 14, 2012. She is survived by her son, Alvin and his wife Carmelita, of Norman; daughter, Linda Jo Judkins and her husband Dallas, of Conroe, TX; grandchildren, Dallas Gene Judkins, Megan McClintock, Nathan Turner and Christina Cranston, and their spouses; and seven great-grandchildren, plus the Hall children and spouses, grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Rancho Village Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2012, where she has been a member for more than 60 years.

Gerald Ray Story Nov. 26, 1934 - Sept. 8, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Gerald Ray Story went to be with his Lord on Sept. 8, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Verna, son, Lloyd Story, and daughters, Julia Scott and Mary Crockett and their spouses. in death by his daughter, Vickie Captain. He was blessed with many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Gerald was retired from the Air Force and Frisbee Foods. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends and grandsons. He was admired and loved by many friends and family. He will be missed. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. Memorial Services will be held 10:30 am Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Forest Hill Christian Church, 2121 N. MacArthur, OKC 73127.

Aug 25, 1961 - Aug 5, 2012

Minerva Massad Cohlmia

January 22, 1920 - Sept. 12, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY Minerva Massad Cohlmia was born January 22, 1920, in Drumright, Oklahoma, to Very Reverend George and Bedyah Massad. Her parents immigrated to this country from Lebanon early in the 20th century, both arriving as teenagers and without their parents, meeting and marrying in Steele, Missouri, in 1916. Minerva was raised in Drumright until 1938, when her father was appointed the Priest at St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church in OKC and she graduated from Classen High School. Minerva was instrumental in starting Alpha Malachi Sorority, and was the editor of the News Bits, a monthly newsletter sent to Lebanese-American soldiers during World War II. After high school, she worked at Nissen's Shoes in downtown OKC until marrying Gorden Cohlmia on March 7, 1948, at which time they moved to Fairview, Oklahoma, and opened Gorden's Market. She worked in the grocery store until it was sold in 1974, and shortly thereafter started the Meals on Wheels Program in Fairview. Minerva was an active member of Central Christian Church in Fairview, where she served on the Board and chaired the committee to assist grieving families. She also served on the boards of Fairview Hospital Foundation and Fairview Lakeside Country Club, in addition to volunteering at the Fairview Hospital and Nursing Home, Fly-In, Threshing Bee, and just about everything else that took place in her community. Minerva was so involved that she was named the 1988 Volunteer of the Year in Fairview for her many years of service to her community. In addition to starting her days with her daily devotional, Bible readings, and exercise routines, she always told her family that “your week won’t start out right if you don’t go to church” always leading by example, exhibiting the poise, grace and dignity expected of a lady. Always a willing & gracious hostess, she was an excellent mother, Sitty, relative, neighbor and friend. Minerva was predeceased by her husband, Gorden, two brothers, Alex and Omar Massad, and one sister, Esther Samara, and many in-laws on the Cohlmia side of her family. Survived by daughter Leyla Cohlmia and husband Girard Kinney of Austin, TX; daughter Mona and Mike Spivey, OKC; and son George and Karla Cohlmia, Oklahoma City; grandchildren Adam and Kasey Cohlmia, Oklahoma City; brother Mike Massad, Dallas, TX; sistersin-law Dee Massad, Austin, TX, Jacque Massad, OKC, Elsie Simon, Clinton, OK, Phyllis Cohlmia, OKC; brother-in-law Dr. Ray & Sameera Cohlmia, OKC; plus a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. The family also thanks Mom’s caregivers, Bobbie Weehunt, Jeannie Coleman and Mercy Hospice, for their kind, loving and tender care. Thanks for treating her as if she were your mother. Services will be Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to: The Flowers That Do Not Wither Fund, St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church, 15000 N. May Avenue, OKC 73134.

February 22, 1923 - September 7, 2012

Barbara Ann ''Bobbie'' Robeson May 13, 1938 - September 11, 2012

YUKON A Celebration of Life for Bobbie, 74, of Yukon, Oklahoma, will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 2:00pm at Covenant Community Church, Yukon, OK. Bobbie passed away September 11, 2012, in Oklahoma City, at Deaconess Hospital. Bobbie was born May 13, 1938 in Prairie Grove, Arkansas to Melvin and Margaret Bristo. Bobbie married Jack A. Hyatt and three children came from their union, Jack Hyatt Jr., Brenda Ann Hyatt and Marty Lee Hyatt. They later divorced and Bobbie married Dennis Ray Robeson in 1969. He was the ''Love of her Life.'' They were married until Dennis passed away in 2006. During their marriage they were wheat & cattle farmers in Banner, Oklahoma until declining health and then moved to Yukon where they ran and owned Robeson Jewelers. Survivors include: Brenda Ann Hyatt of Yukon, Oklahoma, Jack Hyatt Jr. and wife AnnaLeigh of Oklahoma City, Marty Lee Hyatt of Alex Oklahoma, Christy Hawk and husband Jason of Hennessey, Oklahoma, Debbie and Rex Matthews of Hennessey, Oklahoma and so many great nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren and her dog Scooter, not to mention Bobbie was preceded in death by Dennis Robeson her husband, Carolyn Harris her sister, Archie Harris her brother-in-law, Margaret and JD Smith her parents. Bobbie's favorite hobbies were playing pool, spending time with family and friends and having get togethers with family and friends on the farm, as well as tending to her garden and fishing. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Dr. Elwood Williams, Dr. Ba, Dr. Kent Studebaker & the staff at Deaconess Hospital and Crossroads Hospice and the Daily Living Center in Bethany for the past two years of her life. ''Those who live and love in the Lord never see each other for the last time.''

Michael J. Ford, Sr. Mar. 21, 1988 - Sept. 9, 2012

EDMOND Michael James Ford, Sr. was born on March 21, 1988 and died September 9, 2012 in Edmond. He is survived by his wife, Christine Ford, son, Michael James Ford, Jr., both of the home; parents, Larry and Pam Ford of Edmond; sister & brother-inlaw, Elizabeth & Jason Hedgecock, niece and nephew, Madilyn & Porter of Mustang; and brothers, Timothy Campbell of Tucson, AZ and Joshua Ford of Edmond. He also leaves behind grandparents, Jack & Mary Ford of Bethany and Marilyn Midgett of Oklahoma City, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, William Ambrose Midgett, Jr. Michael was loved and cherished by all. Services will be at 10:00am, on Friday, September 14, 2012, at Chisholm Creek Baptist Church, 17600 N. Western, under the direction of Crawford Family Funeral Service of Edmond with interment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery. To make online condolences visit www.crawfordcares.com

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NORMAN | STATE

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

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Skiatook to require students to pay fee BY RHETT MORGAN Tulsa World rhett.morgan@tulsaworld.com

SKIATOOK — Skiatook Public Schools has introduced a mandatory class fee for high school students in its district. The Board of Education last month approved the measure, which requires all students in grades 9 to 11 to pay the annual $25 fee by Dec. 16. Seniors are exempt for this year only, but the fee will affect all high school students during the 2013-14 school year. Superintendent Rick Thomas said the district made the move to reduce the inordinate number of fundraisers.

“It’s not a fee to graduate,” Thomas said. “It’s not a fee to go to school. It’s a fee that’s being handled just like any other activity fee. “ ... More than anything, it was meant to be a benefit to parents because everybody gets tired of fundraisers.” The fee will reduce the prom ticket to $30 each year, according to the district’s website. If a student doesn’t pay the class fee for one or more years, it will be added to the cost of the student’s prom ticket. If the student doesn’t attend the prom, the unpaid fee will be considered a debt that must be paid by the end of the school year to receive a report card.

If a senior fails to pay one or more class fees by the end of the first semester, the student will not be allowed to participate in graduation activities, the policy states. Damon Gardenhire, a spokesman for the state Education Department, said he is aware of no other district other than Skiatook that is implementing a mandatory fee. But Gardenhire added, “There is nothing in state law that would prohibit a district from doing that.” The state Constitution declares that the legislature “shall establish and maintain a system of free public schools wherein all the children of the State may be

educated.” Oklahoma, however, is a “local-control” state, meaning that its Education Department deals primarily with accreditation, implementing statewide testing and setting academic standards, Gardenhire said. “The day-to-day management decisions, the operational decisions, most policy and procedure, are something that is decided on the district level by the local superintendent and local school board,” he said. Peggy Surritte has two sons, a senior and a freshman, in Skiatook High School. “I have zero problem with it,” she said of the policy. “In Skiatook and I’m sure every other

school, you get bombarded with fundraising.” Last semester, she said she paid $120 for prom tickets for her son and a date. “It’s always a certain few who are always doing all the work in fundraising,” Surritte said. “You can only ask your friends and family to buy so much stuff. You can only buy so much cookie dough.” Tiffany Brummett, who has a son in ninth grade, also supports the policy. “I don’t think the $25 is too much to ask,” she said. “Paying that fee instead of having to run around and do all these fundraisers is well worth it.”

Skating fundraiser to benefit School promotions announced girl, 10, who needs a kidney

The Oklahoma City School Board approved three administrator promotions at its meeting this week, and Superintendent Karl Springer also announced a promotion Monday night:

BY HENRY DOLIVE For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Parents of Truman Elementary School students have organized a fundraiser for Erika Ramirez, a fifthgrade student who has kidney failure. Debi Nelson, whose daughter is a fifth-grader at Truman, said “Skate for Erika” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Star Skate, 2020 W Lindsey St. Admission will be $5 per participant, and donation boxes will be set up inside the skating rink. Nelson said organizers hope to raise up to $50,000 for Erika through the skating event. “Every cent we raise

goes to Erika,” she said. Erika, 10, became ill in May. Doctors have told her parents that to survive, she will need a kidney transplant. Costs for a transplant were estimated at $250,000, her father, Carlos Guerra, said in July. She began attending fifth-grade classes in August but is receiving dialysis three times a week, said Blanca Rangel, Erika’s godmother. Erika is on a transplant waiting list, Rangel said. A fund was established at BancFirst to cover the transplant cost. Erika’s family is receiving assistance with her medical and prescription medicine bills through a program at St. Joseph Ca-

tholic Church, which the family attends. Jeff Willard, pastoral associate at the church, said this week the Deeds of Love program there has accumulated about $4,700 since donations began to be accepted for Erika’s care. The Deeds of Love program is funded by donations and fundraisers church members conduct periodically.

How to help

Donations toward Erika’s care can be sent to Deeds of Love, P.O. Box 1227, Norman, OK 73070. For information about donating to the Erika Ramirez Kidney Transplant Fund at BancFirst, call 360-6061.

Rental car fee change meets no resistance from OKC Council BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Staff Writer mkimball@opubco.com

On- and off-airport car rental companies will likely soon be subject to the same fees for Will Rogers World Airport customers after a public hearing regarding the proposed change met no resistance from the Oklahoma City Council this week. The proposed ordinance will impose the same 10 percent commission fee for airport customers to any rental car company within a 10-mile radius of the airport. Only rental car companies with offices at the airport are subject to the fee now, but companies that use shuttle buses and other methods to access airport customers will have to pay when the new ordinance takes effect.

No one spoke up against the ordinance during Tuesday’s city council meeting. The public hearing for the item lasted only about three minutes, and only one council member asked a question. Councilman Larry McAtee asked city Airports Department Director Mark Kranenburg why the radius was set at 10 miles. Kranenburg responded that it seemed to be a reasonable distance and that the rental car companies agreed to it.

‘Very common’

Kevin Hutchins, a regional manager of the Avis Budget Group that operates the Avis and Budget car rental brands, agreed with Kranenburg’s contention that adding the off-airport companies to the list is in line with what

most other communities are doing. “It’s very common. The vast majority of airports have an off-airport concession fee ordinance,” Hutchins said. “It’s fair (and) levels the playing field for all players.” City officials estimate about 2 percent of airport car rental customers use off-site companies, representing about $123,000 in potential commission fee revenue. The ordinance will also ensure rental car companies subject to the fee now still must pay it if they choose not to use the consolidated rental car facility planned for the airport. The $39 million facility will be paid for by $4.50 fees charged to airport car rental customers. A vote on the ordinance is set for Sept. 25.

Attorney: No judicial determination in matter FROM PAGE 9A

Michael M. Arnett said he will be making all further court appearances in the case of Robert D. Wright, 47, of Oklahoma City, who is accused of beating a man with a board. “I have taken what I believe to be the appropriate actions to not only take care of the case but to provide some assistance to Mr. Hall,” Arnett said. He declined to elaborate.

Hall shares office space with Arnett but is not employed by Arnett. Hall had made all previous court appearances on behalf of Wright, Arnett said. “I think the judge was very fair, and I believe that the case is well on its way to being resolved to everyone’s satisfaction,” he said. Hall has been a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association since 1977 and is a member in good standing, according to the asso-

ciation website. In August 1989, Hall was suspended for one year by the state Supreme Court for knowingly making a false statement of law or fact, court records show. At the time, he was suffering from manic depression and self-treating the depression with alcohol, according to an order imposing discipline. He was being treated for manic depression at the time, the order shows.

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I Mark Waldrip was sworn in as the board treasurer Monday night. Waldrip is the district’s director of revenue. The spot had been vacant for six months. State law requires every school board have a treasurer.

I Julie Roach was named an assistant principal at Roosevelt Middle School. Roach succeeds Tim Young, who resigned.

I Kevin Garcia was named an assistant principal at Webster Middle School. Garcia succeeds Joey Slate, who accepted a job outside the district.

ED GODFREY I Natalie JohnsonPapageorge was named associate director of elementary education on Monday. She was the director of professional growth and development for the school district. CARRIE COPPERNOLL,

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Holiday sales gains ahead?

Airfare deals

After wrapping up a decent back-to-school shopping season, merchants are expected to see healthy sales gains for the critical winter holidays, though the pace should be slightly below last year. PAGE 2B

Airlines are offering more deals to passengers who book flights directly on their websites. It’s an effort to steer people away from online travel agencies, which charge the carriers commissions of roughly $10 to $25 a ticket. PAGE 3B

BUSINESS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

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Chesapeake announces $6.9 billion in asset sales BY JAY F. MARKS Business Writer jmarks@opubco.com

Chesapeake Energy Corp. is moving closer to its goal of selling up to $14 billion worth of assets this

year. The Oklahoma City oil and natural gas company on Wednesday announced deals worth about $6.9 billion, including the sale of most of its midstream assets and a large portion

of its holdings in the oilrich Permian Basin in west Texas and New Mexico. Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon said the deals bring Chesapeake’s 2012 asset sales to about $11.6 billion, or about 85

percent of its stated goal for the year. The company is seeking to raise as much as $14 billion this year to offset an expected budget shortfall. “These transactions are significant steps in the

transformation of our company’s asset base to a more balanced portfolio among oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas resources and production by SEE ASSETS, PAGE 4B

The Oklahoma Real Estate Commission has launched a national search for a new executive director after Anne W. Woody announced her upcoming retirement after 38 years with the state agency. PAGE 4B

IN BRIEF

MARKETS Coverage, 5B X DOW JONES 9.99, 13,333.35 X NASDAQ 9.78, 3,114.31 [ OIL $0.16, $97.01 X NATURAL GAS $0.071, $3.063 X CATTLE $0.77, $128.47 X WHEAT $0.081⁄2, $9.121⁄2

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks on stage Wednesday during the introduction of the new iPhone 5 in San Francisco. AP PHOTO

iPhone 5 to be in stores Sept. 21

BANKRUPTCY JUDGE OKS LABOR DEALS

BY MICHAEL LIEDTKE AND PETER SVENSSON Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple on Wednesday revealed that the new iPhone 5 will be in stores in the U.S. and several other countries on Sept. 21. The other launch countries are Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the U.K. A week later, the phone will be available in 22 more countries, including Italy, Poland and Spain. In the U.S., pre-orders will start this Friday. The phone is thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4S and a third of an inch taller. That provides room for a taller screen, as expected. That means another row of icons will fit on the screen, but the phone isn’t wider than its predecessors. The iPhone 5 is the year’s most eagerly awaited phone launch, and analysts expect Apple Inc. to sell tens of millions of units before the year is out. The phone will cost the same as the iPhone 4S did when it debuted, starting at $199 with a two-year SEE IPHONE, BACK PAGE

The panorama feature of the Apple iPod touch is shown Wednesday on display following the introduction of new Apple products in San Francisco. AP PHOTO

Eskimo Joe’s founder Stan Clark started Eskimo Joe’s Promotional Products printing facility in Stillwater as a way to keep the printing presses busy when Eskimo Joe’s T-shirts were not being made. PHOTOS BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

ESKIMO JOE’S BRANDING SHOP MARKS 10 YEARS IN BUSINESS BY JENNIFER PALMER Business Writer jpalmer@opubco.com

STILLWATER — Eskimo Joe’s founder Stan Clark never meant to start a Tshirt company. He just wanted to open a bar. But as the business of that little juke joint (which is still jumpin’ near the Oklahoma State University campus) evolved, so did Clark’s companies. And one that doesn’t serve food, Eskimo Joe’s Promotional Products Group, which is 10 years old, is now poised to surpass the others in annual sales and become the most profitable. Clark often explains the company to potential clients like this: we do our branding for your company. They design logos and print T-shirts and other clothes for businesses, organizations, restaurants and retailers. It seems like a natural progression for Eskimo Joe’s, which has arguably the most recognizable and popular logo of any holein-the-wall eatery around. But it was still a gamble for Clark, who at one point during construction of the 35,000-square-foot warehouse and printing facility in an industrial ar-

DALLAS — A federal bankruptcy judge has approved three labor contracts that were ratified by union workers at American Airlines. The judge on Wednesday approved deals with flight attendants, mechanics and maintenance clerks. The pilots rejected a company contract offer last month, and American was expected to begin imposing pay and work terms on them. The company is declining to comment. American and parent AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in November. US Airways Group Inc. is trying to force a merger, but AMR has resisted overtures from its smaller rival. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Shirts lined up to enter the dryer after they are removed from the presses at Eskimo Joe’s Promotional Products Group.

ea near Stillwater Regional Airport, sat in the parking lot and thought: what am I doing? But he knows. He gives tours of the presses with gusto, explaining each step in the T-shirt printing process, from burning the screens to applying color after color and finishing with a retail fold, something their clients appreciate immensely. Clients are welcomed to the facility with a personalized graphic displayed on a flat screen monitor inside the showroom, which

shelves hundreds of products that can be printed with the company’s name like high-end, name brand polos and jackets to pens, cups and other useful trinkets.

How it began

Many people have heard the story of Eskimo Joe’s, which was founded by Clark and his business partner, Steve File, in 1975. They enlisted the help of an art student to design the logo (paid him $35) and started selling T-shirts featuring a toothy Eskimo

named Joe and his dog, Buffy, on opening day. When Oklahoma’s drinking age was raised to 21 in 1983, Eskimo Joe’s began serving food and converted the bar to a full-service restaurant. The shirts’ popularity continued. But in 1995, Eskimo Joe’s created a slam dunk. The Oklahoma State University basketball team had just earned a spot in the Final Four by defeating UMass in a physical game that left Cowboy player Scott SEE JOE’S, PAGE 2B

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MCDONALD’S TO POST CALORIE COUNT

FORECAST POINTS TO 3.3 PERCENT GROWTH IN RETAIL REVENUE AT YEAR’S END

Shoppers carry their purchases at a Target in Chicago.

Solid holiday growth possible for retailers

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WINDOW SHOPPING

BY ANNE D’INNOCENZIO

MALL SHOPPERS CAN GET GIFT CARD

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Quail Springs Mall is giving shoppers who spend at least $75 in the mall on Saturday a gift card. Receipts totaling $75 can be submitted between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to the redemption zone in Macy’s Court to receive a $10 gift card.

NEW YORK — After wrap-

ping up a decent back-toschool shopping season, merchants are expected to see healthy sales gains for the critical winter holidays, though the pace should be slightly below last year, according to one of the first forecasts issued for the holiday sales season. Retail revenue in November and December should be up 3.3 percent during what’s traditionally the biggest shopping period of the year, Chicagobased research firm ShopperTrak said Wednesday. The sales prediction from ShopperTrak would be below last year’s pace of 3.7 percent and the more than 5 percent gains seen during the boom economic times. But it would be respectable given that shoppers are still grappling with high unemployment and other financial challenges Another encouraging sign from the ShopperTrak holiday forecast: customer traffic should be up 2.8 percent compared with the 2.2 percent drop during the year-ago period. That reverses declines seen for the past four holiday periods and extends the gains in foot traffic posted earlier this year, according to ShopperTrak founder Bill Martin. That influx of foot traffic should offer retailers the opportunity to convert browsers into buyers. The retail industry is still waiting for a widely watched holiday forecast from the National Retail

MICROSOFT PLANS HOLIDAYS SHOPS Penn Square Mall and Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa will host Microsoft holiday shops opening this fall. The stores will give shoppers an opportunity to experience Microsoft’s products and services and are opening in select markets.

WHOLE FOODS TO HOLD FESTIVAL

A woman walks into a Lane Bryant store in San Jose, Calif.

People shop for televisions at a Best Buy in Glendale, Calif. AP PHOTO

Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, which will be issuing its report early October. But the figures from ShopperTrak, which counts foot traffic at 50,000 stores and blends it with government figures and its own proprietary sales numbers from stores, offer one of

the first insights into how shoppers might spend during the season. The period accounts for up to 40 percent of stores’ annual revenue. “Retailers have reason to be optimistic,” Martin said. “We see shoppers visiting more stores, but they’re still not frivolously

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spending. They’re still buying needs, instead of wants.” That consumers are spending is an encouraging sign. But how freely they spend is something retailers and economists will be watching closely heading into the winter holidays. In August, for example, many back-toschool shoppers opened their wallets, despite concerns about the slow economic recovery and surging gas prices. “Spending is targeted around specific m ` ust spend’ periods and trusted stores, instead of willy-nilly swiping of debit cards,” said Brian Sozzi, chief equities analyst for research firm NBG Productions. Sozzi and others say that trend is expected to hold as shoppers grapple with a yo-yo economic recovery.

Joe’s: Printing logos for companies FROM PAGE 1B

Pierce missing a tooth. The staff designed “Toothless in Seattle,” depicting Joe mid-dunk with his signature smile minus a tooth. Stillwater was ecstatic with the win and the shirts were so successful Eskimo Joe’s couldn’t keep up. People were waiting in line for shirts coming off the printing press, which were sold while they were still warm. From the success of that shirt, Clark began building the printing plant at a cost of about $2.5 million. “They say you don’t build the church for Easter Sunday,” Clark said. “We built this facility for another success like that (Toothless in Seattle.) It never came.” So to utilize the creative staff and printing presses

NEW YORK — McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. will soon get a new menu addition: The number of calories in the chain’s burgers and fries. The world’s biggest hamburger chain said Wednesday that it will post calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus nationwide starting Monday. The move comes ahead of a regulation that could require major chains to post the information as early as next year. “We want to voluntarily do this,” said Jan Fields, president of McDonald’s USA. “We believe it will help educate customers.” In cities such as New York and Philadelphia where posting calorie information is already required, however, Fields notes that the information has not changed what customers choose to order. “When it’s all said and done, the menu mix doesn’t change,” she said. “But I do think people feel better knowing this information.” The chain also plans to announce that its restaurants in Latin America will start providing calorie information on menus in the spring. McDonald’s, based in Oak Brook, Ill., already posts calorie information in Australia, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The decision to post calorie information in the U.S. follows the Supreme Court’s decision this summer to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, which includes a regulation that would require restaurant chains with more than 20 locations to post calorie information. The timetable for carrying out that requirement is being worked out. Corporate Accountability International, which has urged McDonald’s to stop marketing its food to children, notes that the chain has fought efforts to institute menu labeling in the past and said its latest move was “certainly not voluntary.”

Shirts in production at Eskimo Joe’s Promotional Products in Stillwater. PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

when they weren’t working on Joe’s Clothes, Clark had the idea to extend their services to other companies. Eskimo Joe’s Promotional Products Group was formed in 2001. This spring, they hit a milestone by printing

more shirts for other companies than their own, though they are now back to ramping up production of Joe’s Clothes to stock the holiday shops they’ll have in malls across the state. Recent orders include

tank tops for a new club the Chickasaw Nation is opening, Eskimo Joe’s cobranded shirts for the Girl Scouts’ centennial celebration and logo shirts for Chaps My Ass motorcycle accessories shop in Medicine Park (which have been so popular, sales of the shirts are now covering the shop’s overhead, Clark says.) Jaimie Siegal, director of collaborations for the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, said they jumped at the chance to have their 100th anniversary shirts feature “the most recognizable T-shirt design around.” “It’s a wonderful opportunity to have partners in our community,” she said. “And an opportunity for them to give back.” The design has been a great seller, she added.

A community event is planned this weekend at Whole Foods Market, 6001 N Western. On Friday, guests can see pairings of organic dishes and a children’s organic class will be held at 4 p.m. A 1960s costume contest will be held Saturday, and chefs will compete in a cook-off on Sunday. A reading of “The Lorax” is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Shoppers can enjoy samples throughout the event, which lasts from noon to 5 p.m. each day.

NW CHAMBER TO HOST FOOD FEST The Northwest Chamber hosts its “Taste of Northwest” auction and food fest from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25. Attendees can sample dishes from area restaurants, including Castle Falls, Vito’s Ristorante, Hefner Grill, Zorba’s, Running Wild Catering, Casa Perico, Swadley’s Bar-B-Q, Interurban, Gopuram, The Sweetery Eatery, Irma’s Burger Shack, Louie’s Grill & Bar, Green & Grilled, Big Sky Bread Co. and Mama Roja. Auction items include a pair of OU-Texas football tickets, a wine and cheese party and more. The event will be held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Tickets start at $40; for more information, visit www.nwokc.com.

FUNDRAISER TO FIGHT HUNGER A fundraiser for children’s hunger relief will be held at Raising Cane’s locations nationwide. Diners will be invited donate to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign Saturday through Sept. 22 at all Raising Cane’s restaurants. For every $1 donated, Raising Cane’s will give the customer a buy one, get one free coupon for their next visit. FROM STAFF REPORTS

IN STOCK DOLE Dole says it’s in advanced talks to sell its packaged foods and Asia fresh businesses to Japanese trading company Itochu Corp. The news sent the Westlake Village, Calif.based fruit and vegetable company’s shares up nearly 10 percent in afternoon trading. Dole Food Co. officials said Wednesday that no deals have been signed and it continues to talk with several other parties regarding those assets and others.

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AGENCY TO CONCLUDE TWO-DAY MEETING ON THURSDAY

Expectations high for Fed to announce major action BY MARTIN CRUTSINGER Associated Press

WASHINGTON — If the world’s investors are right, the Federal Reserve is about to take a bold new step to try to invigorate the U.S. economy. And many expect the Fed to unleash its most potent weapon: a third round of bond purchases meant to ease long-term interest rates and spur borrowing and spending. It’s called “quantitative easing,” or QE. Others foresee a more measured response when the Fed ends a two-day policy meeting Thursday. They think it will extend its timetable for any rise in record-low short-term rates beyond the current target of late 2014.

Fed officials began their discussions Wednesday and will end with an announcement of any decision around 11:30 p.m. Central time. Later, Chairman Ben Bernanke will hold his quarterly news conference.

Market response

The stock market edged higher Wednesday, partly in anticipation of Fed action and after the highest court in Germany cleared the way for that country to contribute to Europe’s rescue fund to help indebted governments. The Fed is facing pressure to act now because the U.S. economy is still growing too slowly to reduce high unemployment. The unemployment rate has topped 8 percent every

month since the Great Recession officially ended more than three years ago. In August, job growth slowed sharply. The unemployment rate did fall to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent. But that was because many Americans stopped looking for work. Chronic high unemployment was a theme Bernanke spotlighted in a speech to an economic conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., last month. Higher stock prices increase Americans’ wealth and confidence and typically lead individuals and businesses to spend more. In his speech, Bernanke cited research showing that the two previous rounds of QE had created 2 million jobs and accelerated economic growth. Still,

he said persistently weak hiring remains “a grave concern” that inflicts “enormous suffering.” His remarks sent a clear signal that the Fed will do more. “He had a sense of urgency in that Jackson Hole speech,” said David Jones, chief economist at DMJ Advisors. “I think he is convinced that there is a need to do something.” Some critics, inside and outside the Fed, remain opposed to further bond buying. They fear that by pumping so much cash into the financial system, the Fed is raising the risk of high inflation in the future. And many don’t think more bond purchases would help anyway because interest rates are already near record lows.

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GAS STATION OWNERS PROTEST SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. — More than 50 Lukoil gas

stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania jacked up prices to more than $8 a gallon Wednesday to protest what they say are unfair pricing practices by Lukoil North America that leave them at a competitive disadvantage. Dozens of Lukoil franchise owners also gathered to protest at a station in this central New Jersey town where the posted prices were an eye-popping $8.99 a gallon. The owners and the New Jersey Gasoline, Convenience, Automotive Association said the one-day protest was aimed at raising consumer awareness about the challenges facing Lukoil dealers and getting the company to respond to dealer grievances.

EGG FARM MANAGER PLEADS GUILTY IOWA CITY, Iowa — A manager at the Iowa egg

farms linked to the nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010 pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in a conspiracy to bribe a federal inspector to allow the sale of unapproved eggs. Former DeCoster Farms manager Tony Wasmund acknowledged he conspired with at least one other person to bribe a public official in order to sell restricted eggs and misbranded food during a plea hearing in Sioux City, federal prosecutors said. Wasmund, 61, of Wilmar, Minn., is a former manager in the network of companies owned by Jack DeCoster, whose huge egg production operations in rural northern Iowa were blamed for the outbreak that caused the recall of 550 million eggs and sickened roughly 2,000.

WHOLESALERS’ SALES DOWN

CHEAPEST AIRFARE MIGHT BE ON AIRLINES’ OWN WEBSITE

WASHINGTON — U.S. wholesalers increased their

stockpiles in July from June, but sales fell for a third straight month. Declining sales could force companies to cut inventories in coming months, a troubling sign that economic growth could weaken. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that wholesale stockpiles grew 0.7 percent in July, the biggest increase in five months. Sales fell 0.1 percent following declines of 1.4 percent in June and 1.1 percent in May. That marked the longest stretch of weakness since seven straight monthly declines ending in January 2009, a period when the country was in recession. The slump in sales means it will take wholesalers longer to clear out their stockpiles and could result in cutbacks in orders to factories. That would mean less production and weaker economic growth.

BY SCOTT MAYEROWITZ Associated Press

NEW YORK — Some airlines are making travelers work harder to find a deal. Carriers are offering more deals to passengers who book flights directly on their websites. It’s an effort to steer people away from online travel agencies such as Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity, which charge the carriers commissions of roughly $10 to $25 a ticket. While travelers save money, they also must do without the convenience of one-stop shopping. Frontier Airlines is the latest carrier to jump into the fight, announcing Wednesday that it will penalize passengers who don’t book directly with the airline. Those fliers won’t be able to get seat assignments until checkin. And they’ll pay more in fees while earning half as many frequent flier miles. “Particularly for families, it provides an incentive to book directly,” said Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s senior vice president, commercial. “There is no logical reason for our customers to want to book anywhere else.” Contracts with the online travel agencies prohibit airlines from offering lower fares on their sites. Instead, airlines such as JetBlue Airways Corp., Spirit Airlines Inc. and Virgin America often provide discount codes in emails to their frequent fliers or through Facebook and Twitter. The savings for booking directly can be significant. Toronto-based Porter Airlines frequently offers codes that save travelers up to 50 percent. A recent

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A Frontier Airlines jetliner arrives at Denver International Airport. Carriers are offering more deals to passengers who book flights directly on their websites. AP PHOTO

search of flights from Chicago to Toronto for November produced an airfare of $249.61 using a code at flyporter.com. The same flights would have cost $404.38 through Travelocity.

A delicate balance

The airlines face a delicate balance. The online travel agencies account for the lion’s share of ticket sales. But the airlines want to trim the fees that eat into their profit margins. Besides the discounts, the airlines say their sites offer passengers a better experience, providing upto-date seat maps, details about in-flight entertainment and more seamless booking. Henry Harteveldt, cofounder Atmosphere Research Group, said the airlines and travel sites have “a very, very dysfunctional business relationship.” The travel sites treat all flights equally. Price is the only differentiator. “The online travel agencies either won’t or can’t

talk about how an airline might have Wi-Fi on a plane or extra legroom seats available,” he said. The online agencies say they provide travelers with several advantages, including comparison shopping and the ability to mix and match airlines for a single trip. “That’s something you can’t do on an airline’s site,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, president and CEO of Expedia, Inc. Simon Bramely, vice president of transportation and lodging for Travelocity, part of Sabre Holdings, noted that “the flight is one element of the trip.” He said online travel agencies can save travelers hassle and money by creating packages that include hotel rooms and car rentals. The battle is not new. Southwest Airlines Co. was a pioneer in cutting out the middleman. The airline does not list its fares on third party sites. That means travelers have to search both southwest-

.com and then elsewhere to compare fares. Southwest hopes fliers will never make it to another site. “We think we can have better control over the customer experience by dealing directly with them,” said Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz. Most of the big carriers have remained quiet. American Airlines, part of AMR Corp., was the exception. In December 2010, American cut off Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. from displaying its fares and selling its tickets to protest the commissions and the failure to displays extras like seat upgrades. The site had been selling about 3 percent of the airline’s overall tickets. Expedia joined the fight by making American’s fares harder to find. All sides eventually settled their disputes. Frontier, part of Republic Airways Holdings Inc., is making its changes specifically to cut the commissions.

Farm linked to salmonella pulls watermelons BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

OWENSVILLE, Ind. — A southwestern Indiana farm linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella in cantaloupes said Wednesday it had voluntarily withdrawn its watermelons from the market and was working with state and federal officials to find the source of the foodborne illness in the larger fruits. Chamberlain Farm Produce Inc., of Owensville, issued a statement saying it was unaware of anyone becoming ill from eating any of its watermelons. “We are continuing to cooperate fully with authorities at the FDA and the Indiana State Department of Health to determine the full facts about the source of the salmonella found on our watermelon,” the statement said. U.S. Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Shelly Burgess confirmed her agency was investigating watermelon from Chamberlain, located about 20 miles north of

Evansville. Indiana State Department of Health spokeswoman Amy Reel wrote in an email to the Evansville Courier & Press that the watermelon investigation was unrelated to the cantaloupe investigation. “The strain and DNA fingerprinting on the salmonella found in the watermelon are different from the salmonella connected with the cantaloupe,” the email said. “We are not aware of any illnesses directly linked to watermelon at Chamberlain Farms at this time,” it said.

St. Louis-based grocery chain Schnucks said it removed Chamberlain Farms watermelons from all of its stores after being contacted by the farm. “We’re erring on the side of caution,” said Schnucks spokeswoman Lori Willis. On Aug. 28, the FDA confirmed that cantaloupe samples from Chamberlain Farms showed evidence of salmonella matching the strain associated with a multistate outbreak. That outbreak affected 204 people in 22 states, including Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two of those people died and 78 were hospitalized. Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The FDA had announced a recall of Chamberlain Farms’ cantaloupes on Aug. 22, though the farm had already voluntarily removed its cantaloupes from the marketplace.

tion’s air traffic control system is mostly on track to completion, but has yet to produce the benefits that airlines and passengers were told to expect, federal investigators said. Progress in moving from preparation to execution has been slow as the Federal Aviation Administration replaces its World War II-era radar technology with a GPSbased system, Transportation Department inspector general Calvin Scovel told a House subcommittee Wednesday. Lacking return on their investment, airlines are reluctant to continue making the multibillion-dollar equipment upgrades needed for the new system to work.

MADOFF ACCOMPLICE TO PLEAD GUILTY NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors say one of Wall

Street swindler Bernard Madoff’s former controllers will plead guilty in New York to conspiracy charges in history’s largest Ponzi scheme. Prosecutors said in a letter to a judge late Tuesday that Irwin Lipkin will plead guilty at a court appearance Thursday. The letter says the charges include a conspiracy to falsify records in a fraud that started in the early 1970s and ran through December 2008. The charges carry a potential penalty of 10 years in prison.

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CANADA STRIKE COULD HIT BIG 3 HARD DETROIT — If Canadian Auto Workers go on strike

against Detroit’s three automakers next week, the impact will be felt quickly in the U.S. Negotiations between the CAW and Chrysler, General Motors and Ford have hit a rough patch with less than a week to go before contracts expire on Monday night. The companies are trying to cut costs and the union is refusing their demands for concessions. On Wednesday, the union told workers to prepare for a strike and said negotiations haven’t been going well. GM, Chrysler and Ford manufacture popular models at Canadian plants that would soon be in short supply. CAW workers also make key engine parts and other components for U.S.-built cars.

OIL WELL ORDERED TO STOP DRILLING BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil’s top appeals court has

upheld an order for Chevron Corp. and driller Transocean Ltd. to suspend their petroleum drilling and transportation operations in the country pending an investigation into two oil spills. Last month, a Rio de Janeiro court ordered the suspension and said the two companies would be fined about $244 million for each day they failed to comply with it, but Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency later appealed. Wednesday’s decision by a judge at the Superior Court of Justice to uphold the suspension is the latest chapter in legal wrangling that has followed the November 2011 and March leaks at a Chevron well off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Some 155,000 gallons of crude were thought to have been released in the November spill.

EXEC FINED FOR BANK’S COLLAPSE LONDON — A former executive of Halifax Bank of

Scotland was fined $805,000 by Britain’s financial services regulator on Wednesday for his role in the bank’s collapse. The Financial Services Authority also barred Peter Cummings from holding any senior banking position in Britain. Cummings was head of corporate banking at HBOS during a period of rapid — and little regulated — expansion that preceded the global banking crisis of 2008. FSA director of enforcement Tracey McDermott said Wednesday that Cummings “presided over a culture of aggressive growth without the controls in place to manage the risks associated with that strategy.” FROM WIRE REPORTS


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Q&A WITH MARGARET MILLIKIN

Real estate commission seeks executive director BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@opubco.com

The Oklahoma Real Estate Commission has launched a national search for a new executive director after Anne W. Woody announced her upcoming retirement after 38 years with the state agency. Woody started working for the agency as a receptionist in her teens, said business manager Lisa G. Hays. Commission member Mike Cassidy said Woody had planned to retire next year but that she chose to leave earlier for personal reasons. The commission has had just four executive directors since its creation by the Oklahoma Legislature in 1950. Woody has been a mainstay at the commission for more than a gener-

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ation of people in the real estate business in Oklahoma, as executive secretary to the commission, then deputy director and executive director since 2001. She could not be reached Wednesday. “I have really enjoyed working with Anne. She is often my go-to person whenever I get an obscure real estate question,” said Charla Slabotsky, vice president of government affairs for the Oklahoma

AT A GLANCE PERMIAN DEALS Chesapeake Energy Corp. is selling a chunk of its holdings in the Permian Basin in three separate deals. Chesapeake announced the deals Wednesday without providing any specific details beyond identifying the buyers, who will pay a total of about $3.3 billion. A subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell is acquiring Chesapeake’s assets in the southern Delaware Basin. Shell said it is looking to increase its industryleading holdings in liquids-rich shale plays with the $1.935 billion deal. Chevron Corp. is buying Chesapeake’s acreage in the northern part of that basin. The purchase price was not disclosed, but Chevron said it is acquiring about 246,000 net acres. “This acquisition in a premier emerging play in the Permian Basin grows our significant leasehold position there,” said George Kirkland, Chevron’s vice chairman. “These early-in-life, liquids-rich unconventional assets have the potential to be significant future contributors to Chevron’s robust North American operations.” The third buyer is Houstonbased Enervest Ltd, which is acquiring producing assets in the Midland Basin. That deal was disclosed in Chesapeake’s Aug. 7 earnings call. Chesapeake, which holds about 1.5 million acres in the Permian, will retain about 470,000 net acres after the deals for future sale or development, according to Wednesday’s announcement.

OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $93.50 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $81.50 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted Aug. 20: COMPLETION Creek: Dexxon Inc.; Yarhola Royalty Unit No. 2-19 Well; S1⁄2 SE1⁄4 SE1⁄4 SW1⁄4 of 09-17N-07E; 240 barrels oil per day, 60,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 3,156. Ellis: Chaparral Energy LLC; Lorene No. 3H-1 Well; NE1⁄4 NW1⁄4 NE1⁄4 NW1⁄4 (BHL) of 01-20N-26W; 412 barrels oil per day; TD 13,258. Garvin: B B R Oil Corp.; Sims No. 1 Well; C SW1⁄4 SE1⁄4 NE1⁄4 of 35-04N-01E; Dry TD 3,729. Ranken Energy Corp.; Guthrie No. 1-17 Well; NE1⁄4 SW1⁄4 NE1⁄4 NW1⁄4 (SL) of 17-03N-02W; Dry TD 7,715. Logan: Crown Energy Co.; Wilson No. 1-1H Well; C N1⁄2 SE1⁄4 SE1⁄4 (SL) of 01-19N-03W; 129 barrels oil per day, 113,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 8,348. Oklahoma: Glacier Petroleum Co. Okla Inc.; Eden No. 1-13 Well; NW1⁄4 SE1⁄4 NE1⁄4 SW1⁄4 of 13-12N-01E; 13 barrels oil per day, 90,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 5,733. Roger Mills: Panther Energy Co. LLC; Slash No. 5-3H Well; SW1⁄4 SE1⁄4 SW1⁄4 SW1⁄4 (SL) of 05-17N-21W; 1,858,000 cu-ft gas per day, 108 barrels oil per day; TD 12,637. Woods: Chaparral Energy LLC; Elsie No. 5H-25A Well; NE1⁄4 SW1⁄4 SW1⁄4 SE1⁄4 (SL) of 25-26N-13W; 168 barrels oil per day; TD 10,191. INTENT TO DRILL Canadian: Devon Energy Produciton Co. LP; Voorhies 34-12-9 No. 1H Well; SE1⁄4 SE1⁄4 SE1⁄4 SW4/ (SL) of 34-12N-09W; TD 17,498. QEP Energy Co.; Virgie No. 5-13H Well; NE1⁄4 NW1⁄4 NE1⁄4 NW1⁄4 (SL) of 13-14N-10W; TD 16,569. Creek: Trilliant Energy Texas Ltd.; Tiger No. 1-22 Well; NW1⁄4 SE1⁄4 NE1⁄4 NE1⁄4 of 22-18N-09E; TD

Association of Realtors. “Her vast knowledge of Oklahoma’s real estate industry has been such a great resource, and I will miss working with her.” The seven-member commission licenses and regulates real estate licensees and activities in Oklahoma. The offices are in the Denver N. Davison Building, 1915 N Stiles Ave., Suite 200. Among other things, the executive director: I Maintains a permanent record of all proceedings of the commission. I Employs and maintains staff as authorized in an approved budget and manages the commission offices. I Coordinates hearing dockets, notices of hearings and issues orders of decisions relating to

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hearings. I Supervises budget programs and requests and monthly financial reports. I Recommends policies, rules and statutes to the commission. I Directs investigations of questionable licensee activity and refer results of investigations to commission. I Pursues legislation in coordination with the state Senate and House of Representatives. I Speaks before legislative committees, makes public speaking appearances and speaks with the media on behalf of the commission. Those interested in applying for the position can see the job posting at www.orec.ok.gov or at www.jobaps.com/ok/ under Executive Recruitment.

Assets: Sales to offset likely budget shortfall a day during the second quarter. That price is well below earlier estimates of as much as $6 billion for the Permian sale, although Chesapeake will retain about 470,000 net acres for future sale or development. “I attribute the shortfall to the buyers’ awareness of CHK’s situation more than anything else,” Weiss said.

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focusing on developing and harvesting the value embedded in the 10 core plays in which Chesapeake has built a No. 1 or No. 2 position,” McClendon said in a news release. News of the sales failed to impress investors, as Chesapeake’s stock dipped 21 cents on Wednesday. It closed at $19.89 a share. Argus Research analyst Phil Weiss said the sales are not enough to raise his confidence in Chesapeake, which has been beset with questions about McClendon’s personal finances and allegations of collusion with competitor Encana Corp. in a 2010 Michigan land sale, but they should improve the company’s financial situation. “It does move them a little higher up the walls in the hole they’ve been trying to climb out of,” Weiss said. Chesapeake is facing budget shortfalls estimated at as much as $22 billion by the end of 2013 as it aims to diversify its operations by reducing its focus on natural gas. A portion of the proceeds from Wednesday’s sales will be used to repay a $4 billion unsecured loan from Goldman Sachs Bank USA and Jefferies Group Inc. during the fourth quarter. Chesapeake’s holdings in the Permian Basin had been identified as one of the plum assets it had offered for sale. Three companies, including industry giants Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron Corp., will pay about $3.3 billion for acreage that produced about 21,000 barrels of liquids and 90 million cubic feet of natural gas

3,250. Ellis: Mewbourne Oil Co.; Bobwhite 14 No. 1H Well; NW1⁄4 SE1⁄4 SW1⁄4 SW1⁄4 (SL) of 14-18N-26W; TD 12,044. Grant: Devon Energy Production Co. LP; Dewey No. 1-7MH Well; NE1⁄4 SE1⁄4 SE1⁄4 SE1⁄4 (SL) of 07-26N-05W; TD 9,895. Equal Energy US Inc.; Collie No. 2-18H Well; NE1⁄4 NW1⁄4 NE1⁄4 NE1⁄4 (SL) of 18-25N-08W; TD 10,121. Kay: PetroQuest Energy LLC; Adobe No. 1-10 SWD Well; SE1⁄4 SW1⁄4 SE1⁄4 SE1⁄4 of 10-27N-02W; TD 6,280. Range Production Co.; Tyr No. 24-8N Well; NW1⁄4 NE1⁄4 NE1⁄4 NE1⁄4 (BHL) of 24-25N-01W; TD 9,600. Logan: Cirrus Production Co.; Ralph No. 1-30 Well; W1⁄2 W1⁄2 W1⁄2 SW1⁄4 of 30-16N-02W; TD 6,150. Noble: Davis Garry Oil LLC; Schultz No. 1 Well; S1⁄2 SE1⁄4 SE1⁄4 NE1⁄4 of 20-22N-02W; TD 5,500. Palm Oil & Gas Co.; Deal No. 2-24 Well; C N1⁄2 S1⁄2 NW1⁄4 of 24-23N-02W; TD 4,975. SandRidge Exploration & Production LLC; Sparks 2402 No. 1-8H Well; S1⁄2 S1⁄2 SW1⁄4 SE1⁄4 (SL) of 08-24N-02W; TD 10,136. Pawnee: Cimarron River Operating Co.; Mary B No. 6 Well; C SE1⁄4 SW1⁄4 NW1⁄4 of 07-20N-06E; TD 3,586. Seminole: Ruffel Lance Oil & Gas Corp.; Coleman No. 1-8A Well; C N1⁄2 SE1⁄4 NW1⁄4 of 08-09N-07E; TD 4,710. SOURCE: OIL-LAW RECORDS CORP. LIVESTOCK Wednesday’s livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Feeder Receipts: 1,014; Last Tuesday: 404; Year ago: 2,505 Compared to last week: Slaughter cows $1-$2 higher. Slaughter bulls $1 higher. Packer demand good. Supply included several fleshier type cows as well as several cows in gaunt conditions. Total of 478 cows and bulls sold with 65 percent going to packers. Slaughter Cows: 1,000-1,650 lbs. Average dressing all grades $74-$81.50; High dressing $79 $87, very high dressing

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Chesapeake also is selling midstream assets in deals expected to net about $3 billion. Global Infrastructure Partners — which bought Chesapeake’s stake in former pipeline subsidiary Access Midstream Partners LP for $2 billion in July — will pay an additional $2.7 billion for more of Chesapeake’s pipeline holdings, with three other midstream deals expected to net Chesapeake another $300 million. The other sales announced Wednesday are four transactions involving noncore acreage in Ohio’s Utica Shale and various other areas. Chesapeake will earn about $600 million on those deals. McClendon acknowledged the deals could result in some employees leaving Chesapeake. “We very much appreciate the skill, effort and dedication of our midstream and Permian employees over the years, and we look forward to their continued success as they are either reassigned inside Chesapeake or pursue new opportunities with the buyers of our assets or elsewhere in the industry,” McClendon said.

$88-$91.50; Low dressing $69$75.75. 800-975 lbs. Light weight cows Average dressing $68-$71.50; High dressing $73.50-$77; Low dressing $62-$67. Slaughter Bulls: 1,375-2,275 lbs. Average dressing $95-$98.50; High dressing $99.50-$106, very high dressing $112.50; Low dressing $87- $94. The estimated dressed cost at the Oklahoma National Stockyards; Lean $164.45; Boners $159.25; Breakers $145.90; Lightweight carcasses $147.70; Bulls $174.80. Replacement Cows: Pre-tested for pregnancy and age. Medium and Large No. 1-2: 3-6 year old 1,000-1,325 lb. cows 4-7 months bred high quality black $1,000-$1,150/head; 4-8 year old 1,000-1,250 lb. cows 3-7 months

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Q: Were you surprised at the outcome? A: The jury found in Apple’s favor on almost every issue and awarded the largest jury verdict in history — $1.05 billion, an amount that raised the eyebrows of many who have been following the case. The jury determined that Samsung infringed all but one of the Apple patents asserted in the lawsuit and that the infringement was willful in some instances, which led to the large verdict. They also found Apple’s patents were valid, and that Samsung’s patents were not infringed. Q: What effect do you expect Apple’s win to have on consumers? A: Samsung has been the leader in smartphone sales over the past several years, so the verdict may swing the balance of competitive power to Apple, which is what a patent is supposed to do for the patentee. A patent gives the owner the right to exclude others from practicing the invention for a period of years, and in exchange the patentee makes public the technology. With the verdict, Apple could seek import bans on Samsung phones and tablets utilizing Apple technology. However, not all of Samsung’s products are affected by the ruling. In the main, Samsung’s older model phones are enjoined, but newer products are exempt from the ruling. These newer, flashier models are still available for sale in the U.S. Q: Can Samsung appeal this decision? Do you expect that it will? A: Samsung can to appeal the decision through the federal appellate court system all the way to the Supreme Court, and most expect that they will. The appeal will pend for several years before final decisions are made. In the meantime, the parties may decide that settlement is a better solution. The dispute is ongoing in various countries of the world, and Apple filed a new suit against Samsung based on other products. In a parallel case between Samsung and Apple in South Korea, the court basically found that both parties infringed each other’s South Korean patents. Looking at overall global competition, the parties may investigate a global cross-licensing scheme, which is a legal arrangement sometimes used to settle patent infringement disputes. However, the U.S. case is the center of the dispute and likely will have more impetus in forging any licensing relationship between the parties. Some believe the dispute is really aimed at Google, which developed the Android operating system that Samsung products use. Apple has been waging a proxy war against hardware manufacturers whose products use the Android system, which is now the world leader in OS sales. It’s rumored that Apple and Google managements recently engaged in confidential talks to discuss a wide range of intellectual property matters. We may see these companies share their technologies through licensing arrangements. DON MECOY, BUSINESS WRITER

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Q: What were the key issues in the patent case that Apple brought against Samsung? A: The case is a legal war over patent rights in smartphone and tablet technology. Apple sued Samsung for infringing three utility patents and four design patents, which cover Apple products. A utility patent protects the utilitarian Margaret aspect of an invention — the Millikin way it operates or the new combination of elements that Director with comprise it. A design patent Crowe & Dunleprotects the unique, ornavy and co-chair mental features of invention of the Intellec— the way it looks. Apple’s tual Property iPhone smartphone is proand Technology tected by both types of patGroup ents. Apple accused Samsung of willfully copying iPhone technology, such as double tapping an image to zoom, and incorporating it into Android smartphones and tablets. In response, Samsung claimed that Apple’s patents were invalid and accused Apple of infringing Samsung’s patents.

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Devon Energy Corp. will pay a quarterly cash dividend of 20 cents per share, the company announced Wednesday. The dividend will be paid on Dec. 31.

BANK TO HOST VOTER DRIVE Oklahomans can stop by any of Bank of Oklahoma’s 33 Oklahoma City metro banking center locations on Thursday to register to vote, update personal information or change party affiliation. Registration cards will be available at each location and Bank of Oklahoma will return forms to election boards for the registrants. The voter registration drive is timed so that citizens can register in advance of the Oct. 12 deadline for voting in the November presidential election. For a list of Bank of Oklahoma locations, visit www.bankof oklahoma.com/locations. Traditional banking centers, banks that are stand-alone buildings or within office buildings, are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instore banking centers within grocery stores are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. FROM STAFF REPORTS

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The monetary policymaking body of the Federal Reserve Economists expect that applications for unemployment benefits ticked up last week. Weekly claims for jobless benefits have been up and down in recent weeks, reflecting weaker job growth. In August, job growth slowed sharply. Unemployment fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent, but that was because many Americans stopped looking for work.

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.6223 .9733 6.3363

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$10.57

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5

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est. $0.19

$0.14

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2Q ’12

16

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based on past 12 months’ results

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4.9%

Source: FactSet

FuturesTrading EXP.

1YR AGO 2.97 5.01 2.31 8.72 4.06 3.64 37.34

OPEN

CLOSE

LIGHT SWEET CRUDE (NYMX) 1,000 bbl.- dollars per bbl. Oct 12 96.85 97.01 Nov 12 97.27 97.34

Est. sales 495,432 Tue's. sales 537,652 Tue's open int 1,585,806 up 20521.00

NATURAL GAS (NYMX) 10,000 mm btu's, $ per mm btu Oct 12 3.001 3.063 Nov 12 3.110 3.191

Est. sales 447,980 Tue's. sales 666,980 Tue's open int 1,133,496 up 11619.00

CH. -.16 -.16

+.071 +.087

GOLD (COMX) 100 troy oz.- dollars per troy oz. Sep 12 1742.20 1730.60 -1.20 Oct 12 1731.90 1731.10 -1.20 Est. sales 344,747 Tue's. sales 118,628 Tue's open int 460,531 up 3618.00

CBOT SILVER 5000 oz. (CBOT) 5000 troy oz- dollars per troy oz Sep 12 33.231 33.231 -.291 Oct 12 33.236 33.236 -.291 Est. sales 3 Tue's. sales 6 Tue's open int 516 up 3.00

ForeignExchange CLOSE

$19.55

10

1.99 3.32

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PIR

-1.20

15

.01 .04 .10 .20 .88

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$20

5B

.

q

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+.0034

1YR AGO

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PVS .7776 77.78 13.0008

Est. sales 173,958 Tue's. sales 92,780 Tue's open int 292,397 off 662.00

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LAST

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14.64 22.50 1.90 36.98 50.42 15.17 43.82 30.50 4.95 13.32 17.37 11.25 42.43 50.74 50.94 3.75 0.71 0.28 15.79 1.95 35.58 24.85

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LAST

CH.

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17.25 57.38 7.34 19.46 45.70 31.21 42.10 11.36 24.16 1.33 19.00 4.55 18.76 14.88 18.34 6.35 3.75 0.58 32.08 13.22 17.88 48.28

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%YTD -73.0 +151.8 -44.9 -4.5 +1.1 +12.6 +19.6 -3.1 +7.5 +8.6 +14.6 -2.8 +22.9 -28.8 +10.5 +15.1 +9.0 +21.1 -20.4 +9.0

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10.87 14.80 29.03 2.74 26.23 18.90

8.30 9.19 14.20 6.12 22.57 12.59

3.73 2.49 6.19 -0.71 3.49 3.52

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8.09 9.00 9.80

10.50 11.78 13.01

7.94 8.39 8.78

1.97 1.57 1.49

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9.30 14.15 13.89 11.53 11.34 15.72 10.39 8.77 12.00

2.35 15.30 9.08 12.75 11.00 12.03 13.45 9.09 14.75

5.16 3.63 4.50 3.03 6.02 9.41 1.82 7.54 7.63

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YLD

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Stocks of Local Interest

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Div. yield: 3.1%

SOURCES: Morningstar; FactSet

Close: $10.68 0.55 or 5.4% An analyst at B. Riley & Co. initiated coverage of the Internet publisher’s stock with a “Buy” rating, citing its improving content. $12

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.76 percent Wednesday. Yields affect interest rates on consumer loans.

TREASURIES

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Pier 1 Imports’ earnings

seasonally adjusted, thousands

370

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5YR

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15.1 23.5 14.3 3.5

5.35 2.37 10.87 11.22 4.07 7.01 1.43

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A cold front moving into the area will bring a cooler day with periods of rain and a thunderstorm today. Tonight will be breezy and cool with periods of rain. Winds: N 7-14 mph.

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What’s ahead for Oklahoma City Friday 67/58

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Saturday 76/61

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ENE 3-6 mph

Sunday 83/64

Monday 85/58

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Major lake levels

For the record

Arkansas: Partly sunny today; a shower or thunderstorm in spots; however, dry in the north and east. Texas: A shower or thunderstorm today. Not as hot in the north, panhandle, Permian Basin and Transpecos; hot in South Texas. New Mexico: Rain and a thunderstorm today; arriving during the afternoon in the south. A shower or thunderstorm around tonight. Kansas: Cooler today. Rain in the north, south and central parts of the state; a couple of showers and a thunderstorm in the east and northeast. Missouri: Partly sunny today. A shower or thunderstorm around, except dry in the south and east; cooler in the west and north. Colorado: A shower in the south today; partly sunny in the north and central parts. Sunny in the west. Clouds breaking in the east.

As of 7 a.m. yesterday Lake Normal Altus 1,559.0 Arbuckle 872.0 Arcadia 1,006.0 Brok. Bow 599.5 Canton 1,615.4 Copan 710.0 Eufaula 585.0 Ft. Cobb 1,342.0 Ft. Gibson 554.0 Ft. Supply 2,004.0 Foss 1,642.0 Grand 745.0 Hudson 619.0 Hulah 733.0 Kaw 1,009.1 Kerr 460.0 Keystone 723.0 Oologah 638.0 Salt Plains 1,125.0 Skiatook 714.0 Tenkiller 632.0 Texoma 615.0 Thunderbird 1,039.0 Webb. Falls 490.0 Wister 478.0

Yesterday in Oklahoma City:

Yesterday’s pollen

Current 1,533 868.75 1,004 592.19 1,607 708.54 580.74 1,337 552.24 2,001 1,632 742.17 620.13 730.62 1,008 459.75 719.24 635.43 1,123 705.25 623.61 614.49 1,033 489.99 476.59

Total Precipitation Mold and pollen counts courtesy of the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic.

IPHONES TO GET NEW SOFTWARE SAN FRANCISCO — Not ready for a new iPhone?

Don’t worry. Many software features are coming to older iPhones as well. Apple has said that its iOS 6 software will sport more than 200 new features, though some won’t be available on all devices. The new features include an updated mapping service and better integration with Facebook. On Wednesday, Apple showed off the virtual assistant Siri giving driving directions. Siri will also let you post Facebook status updates you speak out to her. There’s also an enhancement to email, so you can deem certain people “VIPs” and locate emails from them more easily. As announced in June, iOS 6 will be a free upgrade for iPhones released since 2009 — the 3GS, 4 and 4S models. It will also be available on last year’s and this year’s iPad models and newer iPod Touch devices. The update for older devices will be available starting next Wednesday. The software will ship with the iPhone 5 out on Sept. 21 in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the U.K. Advance orders will begin this Friday Here are some highlights of iOS 6: I Maps Apple’s mobile devices will have a mapping program, built in-house. Apple’s new Maps application will have a voice navigation feature. It will have real-time traffic data and offer alternative routes as traffic conditions change. I Facebook The new software promises better integration with Facebook. The upgrade will enable you to log into Facebook just once, and then you will be able to post to the social network from a variety of apps. You can also post about websites directly from Apple’s Safari browser. Siri will be there to post status updates you dictate to her. Siri will show you what she’s going to post so you can correct typos before you approve it. I Siri IOS 6 will have enhancements to Siri, which interprets voice commands and talks back to the user. It is also coming to the iPad for the first time. Siri, introduced last October with the iPhone 4S, is supposed to get better at fielding questions about movies, restaurants and other things. I Calls Don’t want to be disturbed? Apple’s new software will give you more options for preventing messages and text notifications from disturbing you at night, for instance. I Passbook Apple’s new Passbook feature will be a central place to keep your boarding passes, tickets and gift cards. When you get to a Starbucks, for instance, the device will bring up your gift card if you have one and if you have the location feature turned on. Likewise, when you get to a movie theater or baseball stadium, the ticket will pop up. Passbook will also alert you to gate changes and flight delays once you have a boarding pass stored. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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H L Prc. 95 68 .00 Midnight 74 Enid 1 a.m. 71 Gage 95 68 .00 2 a.m. 70 Guymon 82 66 .00 3 a.m. 69 Hobart 96 68 .00 4 a.m. 66 McAlester 90 68 .00 5 a.m. 68 Ponca City 95 71 .00 6 a.m. 68 91 70 .00 7 a.m. 67 Tulsa 8 a.m. 68 Chickasha 96 64 .00 92 63 .00 9 a.m. 73 Durant 10 a.m. 78 El Reno 93 65 .00 11 a.m. 83 Guthrie 95 70 .00 Noon 86 Idabel 90 61 .00 1 p.m. 90 Miami 90 64 .00 2 p.m. 92 Norman 92 66 .00 3 p.m. 92 92 66 .00 4 p.m. 92 OKC Shawnee 93 68 .00 5 p.m. 91 6 p.m. 90 Stillwater 95 69 .00 7 p.m. 87 Woodward 95 72 .00 One year ago in Oklahoma City: 100/58 Normal high/low in Oklahoma City: 86/65 Record high/low: 102 in 1930/45 in 1898 National extremes yesterday: Laredo, TX, 101; Stanley, ID, 16

Jan. 1 - This date in 2009 ....................... 24.57 Jan. 1 - This date in 2010 ........................ 30.19 Jan. 1 - This date in 2011 ......................... 18.88

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Tuesday 75/51

Jan. 1 - This date in 2012 ......................... 21.77 Normal Jan. 1 - This date ........................ 26.56 Oklahoma City annual precip. is ....... 35.85

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iPhone: Device is thinner, lighter FROM PAGE 1B

contract in the U.S. Meanwhile, the price for the iPhone 4S will drop to $99 for new contract signers, and the iPhone 4 will be free. The iPhone 5 will come with the capability to connect to the fastest new wireless data networks, both in the U.S. and overseas. That’s another feature that was widely expected. Some competing phones in the U.S. have had this ability for a year and an half. The bigger screen moves Apple somewhat closer to competing smartphones, but the iPhone is still small compared with its main rivals. Samsung Electronics Co., Apple’s biggest competitor, has increased the screen size of its flagship phone line every year, and it’s now 4.8 inches on the diagonal, about 45 percent larger than the one on the new iPhone. The new iPhone is lighter than Samsung’s new Galaxy S III. With the new model, Apple is ditching the connection port it’s used for iPods, iPhones and iPads for nearly a decade in favor of a smaller, narrower one. That means Apple is still the holdout in an industry where other manufacturers have settled on a standard connector for charging and computer backups. There will be adapters available so that the new phone will be able to connect to sound docks and other accessories designed for the old phones. Thanks to new technology that eliminates a separate touch-sensing layer in the screen, the phone is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter, said Apple marketing head Phil Schiller at an Apple event in San Francisco. The camera on the back of the iPhone 5 has the same resolution as the one on the iPhone 4S, but takes

The Apple iPhone 5 is shown on display Wednesday following the introduction of new Apple products in San Francisco. AP PHOTOS

pictures faster and works better in low light, Apple said. The front-facing camera is getting an upgrade to high-definition, letting users take advantage of the faster data networks for videoconferencing. The iPhone 5 will arrive with a new version of Apple’s operating system, iOS. It will be available for download to older phones on Sept. 19. One feature missing from the new phone is a chip for near-field communications, or NFC. Other top-of-the-line phones are incorporating such chips, which let phones work as credit cards at some store payment terminals. They also enable phones to share data when “bumped” into each other. Apple also announced a new iPod Touch model that brings over the changes applied to the iPhone 5, including the bigger screen and smaller connection port. For the first time, Apple’s voicecontrolled personal assistant software, Siri, will be available on the iPod. Apple is also updating

The new colored iPod touch is shown on display following the introduction of Apple products in San Francisco.

A rows of colored iPod nano’s are shown on display following the introduction of new Apple products.

its iTunes software for the Mac and PC. It will be available as a free download in October. In another audio-related update, the white earbuds that ship with all of Apple’s portable devices are getting an update. Now

called “earpods,” they’re tube-shaped, which Apple says will help meld them to the shape of your ear. They’ll go on sale Wednesday as a stand-alone accessory, but will be included free with new devices out in October.


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Notre Dame headed to ACC

Edmond North runner a contender

Notre Dame is moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference — yet keeping its football independence. The school will play five football games annually against the ACC. PAGE 2C

Sophomore Jaci Smith has emerged as a serious contender for this year’s title after beating the defending 6A champion. PAGE 6C

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Perkins on Harden deal: ‘We’re getting close’ With the deadline fast approaching for the Thunder to come to terms on a contract extension for shooting guard James Harden, a potential sliver of hope was heard Wednesday afternoon. Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, speaking after an appearance at a Thunder Fit event at a local middle school, said the two sides are “getting close” on a deal that would

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keep the reigning Sixth Man of the Year in Oklahoma City. “We’re doing good. We’re making positive

steps going forward,” Perkins said of the organization’s offseason. “We got coach (Scott) Brooks locked in. We got Serge (Ibaka) locked in. And we’re getting close with James, and we’re getting close to keeping our unit together. And we’re still hungry.” Harden is eligible to receive an extension of up to four years. Harden is believed to be seeking a con-

tract worth the maximum allowable amount, which could be $58 million. But with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook already inked to maximum deals, as well as Ibaka and Perkins recently signing highdollar extensions, the Thunder might not be able to afford to keep Harden, with more severe penalties for teams that exceed the SEE HARDEN, PAGE 5C

UNPREPARED FOR ARIZONA Savannah State provided opportunity for OSU players who seldom get to play. But the game didn’t prepare the Cowboys in any way for Arizona. And it showed. PAGE 3C

James Harden is eligible to receive an extension of up to four years. PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN

Big House awaits

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MICHIGAN T-SHIRT FLAP | OKLAHOMA FAMILY HEADED TO WATCH WOLVERINES

OU, FOX forge TV partnership NORMAN — Rather than establish its own 24/7 television presence — a la the controversial Longhorn Network — the University of Oklahoma will show its athletic programming through already existing outlets. OU and FOX Sports announced Wednesday the creation of “Sooner Sports TV,” blocks of OU sports programming totaling at least 1,000 hours annually across various FOX Sports outlets, including Fox Sports Oklahoma/Fox Sports Southwest, Fox College Sports and Fox Sports Plus. The 10-year deal means the programming — coaches’ shows, game replays, press conferences and more — is immediately available to 9 million homes in the OklahomaTexas-Arkansas-Louisiana region. Select programming from Sooner Sports TV will be made available nationally, on Fox College Sports through cable providers or via satellite on out-of-market regional sports packages. The initiative launched Sept. 1, before OU’s first football game of the 2012 season at UTEP. The partnership will also include an online, “all-access” component featuring more, untelevised content, such as live streaming and archived games. “We examined the amount of programming that we would have available to us, so getting at least 1,000 hours of programming in a multi-platform network was really exciting for us,” said OU athletic director Joe Castiglione. “This is at least 10 times the amount of programming OU has been able to offer previously to our fans.” Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed. “We know it’s enough to make Sooner Sports TV sustainable for the foreseeable future,” Castiglione said. “It allows us to SEE SOONERS, PAGE 2C

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he phone inside the white two-story house with the maize and blue flag on the porch would start ringing at 5 a.m. Everyone wanted to talk to the Oklahoma City kid who had been told he couldn’t wear his Michigan shirt to school. Cooper Barton’s story went viral. His family’s world went crazy. “We were amazed the story left the neighborhood really,” Cooper’s father, Chris, said. Sitting in the living room of the now-quiet house in Mesta Park, Chris shook his head. “We had no idea.” They had no idea Cooper having to turn his blue Big House shirt inside out because it was breaking the district’s dress code would become such a big deal. No idea it would land them on ABC News and Yahoo! Sports. No idea it would make headlines in England and Mexico. Almost as surprising, though, has been the outpouring of support. There have been let-

Cooper Barton was asked to turn his University of Michigan T-shirt inside out when a teacher at Wilson Elementary School noticed he was breaking the district dress code policy. PHOTO PROVIDED

ters. There have been calls. There have been shipments of Michigan gear. As the Bartons — Cooper along with dad, Chris; mom, Shannon; and brother, Nathan — prepare for an all-expensespaid trip to see Michigan play this weekend, they can’t help but marvel at the kindness of strangers.

Cooper, after all, was just doing something he’s done for a long time. Wearing Michigan apparel is nothing new for the Barton brothers. “We started them out in onesies when they were babies,” Shannon said. Chris and Shannon are lifelong Wolverine fans. He grew up in the southern part of Ontario, Canada, where Michigan was the closest college football team. She grew up in Clarkston, Mich., which is less than an hour from Ann Arbor. They were living and working in Oklahoma when they met, and when they married and started a family, they passed on their love of maize and blue to their boys. For years, they never had a problem being a Wolverine family in a Sooner and Cowboy state. They even went to an Oklahoma State football game once decked out in their Michigan gear and heard nary a disparaging word. So, when Shannon went to pick up Cooper at Wilson Elementary last month, she was shocked when he told her why his shirt was inside out. “What did you do?” she asked, figuring the kindergartner had spilled lunch on it. “I had to turn my shirt inside out because it said Michigan,” he told her. SEE CARLSON, PAGE 4C

The Barton family will get to experience Michigan Stadium this Saturday, when the Wolverines host Massachusetts. AP PHOTO

HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK

D.J. WARD: “I’M NOT PLAYING FOOTBALL THIS YEAR” OU commitment D.J. Ward said on Twitter that he won’t be playing football this season. Ward, rated as the No. 1 recruit in the 2013 recruiting class, has been mired in an eligibility controversy since moving from Lawton to Oklahoma City. PAGE 6C

ONLINE LIVE CHAT WITH JOHN HELSLEY Join OSU beat writer John Helsley at 11 a.m. on Thursday for the Power Lunch live chat. Get your Cowboys questions ready and log on at NewsOK.com/sports to join in.

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Sooners: Infrastructure is in place FROM PAGE 1C

invest in the type of equipment and production necessary to produce over 1,000 hours of specific OU programming.” The 13-month old Longhorn Network, which is owned and operated by ESPN, has had major distribution problems; it recently announced a deal with cable provider AT&T U-Verse, but still isn’t shown on other, larger cable and satellite entities. “We did have a chance to examine several different options, including stand alone, 24/7 type of channel,” Castiglione said. “But this really gives us the best of all possible worlds. We have substantial OU branding and programming, along with immediate and full distribution throughout Oklahoma, Texas and our region.

“We thought this approach would serve our fans the best way possible.” Most of the content will be produced by SoonerVision, which has expanded to a staff of 95 and grown substantially over the past five years. “We made a substantial investment initially, and then incrementally since to acquire state-of-theart, high-definition equipment when it was developing in the marketplace, but at the same time we were changing out the video boards at our various competition venues,” Castiglione said. “We had the thought that this equipment could be used in many more ways than game day. “Those production facilities have developed over the past four or five years with an eye on this

particular day coming.” Jon Heidtke, FOX Sports Southwest’s senior vice president and general manager, said the infrastructure OU already had in place made the deal especially attractive. “When we first took some of our production people up there, they were jealous of the facility versus some of the things that we’re doing at FOX Sports Southwest,” Heidtke said, adding that his group was also excited about the historical archives at OU’s disposal. “They have a tremendous amount of archival footage going back into the ’30s and ’40s and Bud Wilkinson days. The OU fans are really going to enjoy when we bring that to life, but college football fans in general will like taking a walk down memory lane and reliving those

great moments of college football past.” During a teleconference with reporters announcing the new initiative, Castiglione frequently spoke of continued growth. “We really are talking about doing the best we can getting to people right now, but also with an eye on our vision for the future,” Castiglione said. “We have the opportunity to grow the number of hours of programming, as we develop the attractive type of programming people will want and our network partner will want.”

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SOONER FOOTBALL WITH BOB STOOPS The 60-minute show, airing on Sundays after OU football games, features highlights from the game along with analysis and commentary from head coach Bob Stoops.

OU FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE Stoops and select players are shown live during OU’s weekly press conference on Mondays.

SOONER SPORTS GAME DAY This OU pregame show airs live each Saturday from the SoonerVision studios.

SOONER SPORTS OVERTIME Football postgame show airs after home games only, offering highlights and live look-ins at the postgame press conference.

SOONER SPORTS TALK Each Tuesday during football season and Thursday during basketball season, this one-hour call-in show provides fans an opportunity to talk directly to OU’s head coaches.

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For all the talking and effort, the Big 12 never got close to the deal-making stage with Notre Dame. The Atlantic Coast Conference landed the biggest expansion prize Wednesday, proving the Fighting Irish are still special even if their football program isn’t. Notre Dame will leave the Big East for the ACC in all their sports except football and ice hockey. The football team will play five ACC teams each year and even be a part of the ACC bowl lineup outside of the BCS. ACC commissioner John Swofford will reportedly reopen an underwhelming TV deal with ESPN. “We never got to the point where we were talking about, ‘This is what it will cost,’ or ‘This is what our concerns are,’ ” said Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, an old friend of Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick.

Four LSU football players have been declared academically ineligible for the 2012 football season, a source close to the program told the Times-Picayune of New Orleans on Wednesday. According to the report, linebacker Tahj Jones, tight end Tyler Edwards, linebacker D.J. Welter and offensive lineman Evan Washington are done for the year. Jones was the only one of the four who was a starter. He has been replaced in the lineup by junior Luke Muncie for the Tigers’ first two games.

ARKANSAS UNSURE AT QB Arkansas faces uncertain-

ty at quarterback this week as it prepares to host No. 1 Alabama on Saturday. The Razorbacks (1-1) lost starting quarterback Tyler Wilson with a head injury in last week’s stunning loss to Louisiana-Monroe. Coach John L. Smith said the first-team All-Southeastern Conference quarterback still had “grogginess” two days later and hasn’t been cleared by doctors yet to practice. The Razorbacks are likely to turn to either junior Brandon Mitchell or redshirt freshman Brandon Allen.

PENN STATE FACING MORE ROADBLOCKS Injuries could leave Penn State (0-2) without its starting left tackle and top two running backs when Navy (0-1) visits Beaver Stadium this weekend. And

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