It was another interesting year in Edmond, our fair city of about 83,000. The Sun reported on a wide variety of cases related to cops and courts and to the Edmond Fire Department.
Police Department officers served the community as they engaged in high-speed pursuits, investigated incidents at public schools, drug activity across the city, home invasions, robberies, sexual offenses, burglaries, the discovery of explosive-making materials at an Edmond apartment complex, child pornography allegations, embezzlement allegations, assaults, homicides and alleged arsons.
The Edmond Fire Department trained personnel in a variety of ways, witnessed the retirement of its longtime fire chief and the hiring of his replacement, advertised its desire to hire more firefighters, responded to incidents involving structure fires, grass fires, fuel spills and alleged arson, delivered some holiday cheer to young cancer patients and offered residents fire safety advice.
Oklahoma County and federal courts were busy throughout the year hearing a wide variety of cases with Edmond connections.
Here’s our list of the top crime, court and Fire Department stories for 2012.
No. 10: Judge gives Edmond man 139-year sentence
In July, Oklahoma County District Judge Ray Elliott sentenced a 22-year-old Edmond man to 139 years in prison for the 2011 rape of a 28-year-old woman.
Among those who heard the verdict was the victim, who now knows the offender will not walk the streets again, said Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater. Jeremy Michael Scrivener, who maintains his innocence, was appealing the decision.
Prater said thanks to the good work of Edmond Police Detective Mark Oak and the victim’s courageous cooperation throughout the process, justice was served. Suzanne Lavenue was the assistant district attorney in the case.
No. 9: Fight continues to free convicted Edmond soldier
In July, The Edmond Sun reported that the mother of an Edmond soldier convicted of killing an unarmed Iraqi may appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after a setback from a military appeals court.
In a 3-2 opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the military’s highest court, upheld 1st Lt. Michael Behenna’s 2009 conviction for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone.
Behenna is serving a 15-year sentence in the Fort Leavenworth, Kan., military prison for the 2008 shooting.