The Norman Transcript

May 6, 2014

Crime briefs


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Two face fugitive from justice charges

Two men were charged separately Monday in Cleveland County District Court for being a fugitive from justice.

Jake Colby McCall, 23, of Norman, was charged for being a fugitive of Missouri, according to information filed with the felony. McCall was charged in Washington County, Mo., with aggravated assault, impairing the operation of a vital public facility, third-degree battery and possession of marijuana.

Michael Gerald Veloz, 52, of Noble, was charged for being a fugitive of California, records show. Veloz was charged in Los Angeles County, Calif., with illegal possession of ammunition.

Norman police hosting community events

The Norman Police Department is hosting a Police Community Partnership Day next week, featuring several events for residents to participate in.

Events will run 9 a.m. to noon May 17 at the Norman Police Department, 201-B West Gray St., directly south of Andrews Park.

The first event is a “Shred-A-Thon” in partnership with Absolute Data Shredding and Republic Bank and Trust.

Police said they hope disposing of documents by shredding will reduce resident’s chances of becoming victims of identity theft by keeping sensitive information out of criminals’ hands. Each resident can bring up to five boxes of items to shred at no charge and watch its destruction.

The second event is a Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program in partnership with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Residents are encouraged to properly dispose of unused and unneeded prescription drugs in an environmentally responsible way. The police are asking residents to not bring syringes, liquids or inhalers.

The third event is an opportunity to drop off old or unwanted ammunition. The only restriction is no explosives.

The fourth event, which will be hosted on the west side of the police department, is a CarFit Event in partnership with AAA. In CarFit, older drivers bring their automobiles to designated sites, where a trained staff member or volunteer asks each driver a series of simple questions and completes a 12-point checklist checking the driver and the vehicle.

The driver leaves with recommended car adjustments and adaptations, a list of resources, such as local occupational therapy and driver-safety courses, and greater peace of mind. The most typical adjustment is to position the mirrors correctly.

This inspection is done with the senior sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle with the gear shift in “park.”

At no time does staff or volunteers do any tests while the vehicle is in motion. They will not test any driver’s ability to drive, nor do they attempt to gauge anyone’s driving skill behind-the-wheel in any form or fashion.

Police said they just want to make sure the senior can use his or her vehicle’s safety equipment to its maximum benefit.

Inspections take 12 to 15 minutes per car and involve using trained CarFit technicians as well as occupational therapists.

For more information, contact MPO Teddy Wilson at 366-5438 or MPO Thomas Zermeno at 366-5267.

— Transcript Staff

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