The Norman Transcript


February 18, 2013

Norman trying to win back a neighborhood from crime



“We thought we had a partnership with the owner of the house,” Norman Police Chief Keith Humphrey said. “She said she’s afraid of her son. She’s been assaulted. She feels like she has no control. She doesn’t even live at the residence.”

Price and Humphrey told city council members that Feaver said her son and other occupants had taken possession of the house. Even after it was declared unfit for human habitation and closed, people continued to break in and use the property for what neighbors believe is often criminal activity.

“We’re at a point where we can’t arrest our way out of anything,” Humphrey said. “There’s a potential for these crimes to become more violent.”

Norman municipal court records document the citations charged against James Clayton Feaver including possession of drug paraphernalia, nuisance party and disturbing the peace on two dates in July and another in September. Also at the address, Jesse Beaty pleaded guilty to obstructing an officer in September.

On various dates, people at the residence were picked up on warrants — some from other counties.

Electrical wiring in the home is not safe, Price said and much of the flooring has been ripped up.

On different dates in December, people were arrested for warrants and domestic abuse. Police reports indicate a call Jan. 24, 2013, regarding a possible aggravated assault and battery that describes a victim as badly beaten and unconscious on the ground. On Jan. 25, a subject was arrested for outstanding warrants. In February, a person was arrested for trespassing.

Neighbors said they did not feel safe and that they would not let their children play unsupervised in their yards or ride bikes in the neighborhood.

Nearly all of the neighbors expressed concerns. Most met with police, city staff and Ward 2 Council member Tom Kovach about the problem recently.

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