The Norman Transcript


November 29, 2012

NORCE employee found dead inside campus gymnasium

ENID — A 43-year-old Northern Oklahoma Resource Center of Enid employee apparently hanged himself Tuesday morning on the campus located in the northeast part of town, police said.

Enid Police Department received a 9:55 a.m. non-emergency call from a Department of Human Services employee concerning an “unattended death” on the NORCE campus, 2600 E. Willow, according to an EPD press release.

Officers arrived and found a man in the gymnasium who appeared to have succumbed to “self-inflicted asphyxiation,” according to the release. The man was identified as Sean Stopp, of Covington.

“The investigation is ongoing at this time, and the body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Oklahoma City for an autopsy,” EPD Capt. Jack Morris said. “Preliminary findings do not suspect foul play.”

Morris said no further information would be released Tuesday.

Oklahoma Commission for Human Services voted Nov. 1 to close NORCE and Southern Oklahoma Resource Center, a facility in Pauls Valley that provides similar services. NORCE and SORC serve developmentally disabled clients.

The nine-member commission voted 6-3 to shut down SORC by April 2014 and NORCE by August 2015. The centers’ 231 residents will be transitioned to community-based homes.

There was no indication from police that Stopp’s death was related to the decision to close the facility.

NORCE Director Sally Randall called Stopp’s death a tragedy.

“This is a most unfortunate situation, and our condolences go out to Sean’s family,” she said.

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • movieposter Movie about Moore tornado survivors premieres May 16

    MOORE — Exploring ideas of faith and hope, an Oklahoma faith-based documentary on the May 20, 2013, EF-5 Moore tornado is scheduled to premiere at the Moore Warren Theatre May 16....

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Survivors observe 19th anniversary

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Survivors, rescue workers and the family members of victims of the Oklahoma City bombing have observed the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attack....

    April 20, 2014

  • Police arrest man connected to homicide

    Norman Police have arrested Abid Sandhu, 37 years old, of Norman, on a complaint of Murder in the First Degree. Formal charges have yet to be filed. At approximately 3:35 a.m. Saturday, the Norman Police Communications Center received a ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Cody’s Run raises $14,000

    Cody Ponder’s positive attitude was infectious even while he struggled with esophageal cancer. He always worked to help others and his giving spirit inspired a 5k race to benefit struggling patients. Last year Cody’s family organized a run ...

    April 20, 2014

  • State budget talks center on cuts

    OKLAHOMA CITY — With six weeks left in the 2014 session, behind-the-scenes negotiations among the House, Senate and governor’s office are ramping up on how to plug a $188 million hole in the budget and fund programs for education, public ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Dental groups oppose measure

    TULSA — Some Oklahoma dental groups are opposing a bill in the state Legislature, proposed as a reaction to the case of an oral surgeon accused of maintaining filthy office conditions, that deals with training requirements for oral surgery ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Former mayor files for county office

    Local physician and former Norman Mayor Harold Haralson recently filed his candidacy for the Cleveland County Commission District 3 seat....

    April 20, 2014

  • Selling Norman is love at first sight

    Meeting planners who make a site visit to Norman tend to fall in love, convention and hospitality experts said this week. The staff of the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau are commissioned with the job of promoting tourism and selling ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Green House is a homegrown business

    Nancy Muenzler was a banker in her previous life. That was before the Green House, 1708 SW 24th Street, became her passion....

    April 20, 2014

  • Conan’s martial arts moves downtown

    Conan’s Kickboxing, Karate, Boxing, Jujitsu, MMA Academy is celebrating the grand opening of a new facility right in the heart of downtown Norman at 310 E. Main St. Founded in 1996 by four-time World Kickboxing Champion Scott “Conan” ...

    April 20, 2014