The Edmond Sun

Local News

December 29, 2012

Murder trial among 2012's top police, fire stories

EDMOND — 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.

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  • Oklahoma History Center new home for Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame

    The Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame has a new home at the Oklahoma History Center. Created in 1999, the hall of fame, operated by the Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation, has been housed the past several years at Oklahoma Christian University but there was no available space to display photographs and information on the inductees.
    During the past year, the foundation had an opportunity to become part of the Oklahoma History Center where there is a place to display the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame and its inductees, said Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Bradley Gambill, president of the foundation.

    April 18, 2014

  • Oak Tree Official offers glowing update on Senior Open

    An official who has been in charge of tournaments since 2001 said the 2014 U.S. Senior Open is probably the best city event partnership he has seen.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Edmond soldier settles in housing benefits case

    U.S. Attorney Sanford C. Coats said Thursday a U.S. Army reserve soldier from Edmond has agreed to pay the government $20,000 to settle civil claims related to obtaining fraudulent housing benefits.

    April 17, 2014

  • Stevenson 1 Oklahoman returns home focused on pro-gay agenda

    Troy Stevenson remembers the day when football players discovered him and his boyfriend holding hands behind an Edmond high school. After they had been chased off school property, Stevenson, called to check on his boyfriend.
    “He was in hysterics,” Stevenson said. “… Like me, I thought he was scared. Did people see us? What would people think?”

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lawn Experts’ tips can help your lawn bounce back

    Chances are your lawn is looking a bit bedraggled after this rough winter.
    That’s not surprising. Between brutally cold temperatures and drying winds, turf took a beating this year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gracelawn grows larger

    The Edmond City Council voted 5-0 in favor of the city purchasing 20.5 acres of land immediately to the north of Gracelawn Cemetery. Purchasing the property is needed for future expansion of the cemetery, Mayor Charles Lamb, said.
    Gracelawn Cemetery is owned and operated by the city and is located on the northwest corner of Danforth and Boulevard.

    April 17, 2014

  • Warmth needed to grow tomatoes

    The time for those growing tomatoes in their garden is when the soil temperature is above 60°F and fear of frost has past. We are generally safe from frosts after April 5.  However, frosts have occurred as late as May 1 in the Oklahoma City area. If you planted your tomatoes on or before April 5 last year you would have covered them several times as there were several late frosts. If you plant early, be ready to cover your plants during nighttime frosts.

    April 17, 2014

  • Debate Senate hopefuls meet in first debate

     Accountability to the American people and the $17.5 trillion debt continues to be a major issue in the race for U.S. Senate office being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.
    The Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee hosted a debate Wednesday for three of the seven Republicans running for the U.S. Senate seat that is being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Oklahoma City FC invites fans to design club scarf

    Oklahoma’s top-tier soccer club, Oklahoma City FC, invites soccer fanatics across Oklahoma to be a part of its future by designing its scarf.
    Scarves are a tradition among soccer clubs and are typically a team’s most recognizable accessory. Scarves are a matter of pride for hard-core supporters and feature team colors, logo and inspiring slogans. Scarves are a part of a team’s identity.

    April 16, 2014

  • MS_injection well.jpg Agency clarifies earthquake-related misinformation

    A state agency says misinformation related to the debate about the cause of more earthquakes across Central Oklahoma includes oil well types, well numbers and injection pressure.
    The Prague sequence of 2011 along the Wilzetta Fault zone included a significant foreshock, a main shock of magnitude 5.7 and numerous aftershocks. It has been suggested that this sequence represents tremors triggered by fluid injection.
    More recently, earthquakes have been recorded in the vicinity of Jones, Arcadia Lake, Edmond, Guthrie, Langston and Crescent. Regulators and scientists are working together to better understand what’s causing all the shaking.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

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