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April 4, 2014

Crime briefs

NORMAN — School lockdown

Highland East Middle School in Moore was on lockdown for about 30 minutes Thursday morning after police received a report involving shots fired in a nearby neighborhood.

Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said a man claimed another man had jumped his fence with a gun, so he fired at the trespasser, at which point the trespasser ran off.

“There was no evidence of what happened,” Lewis said.

Moore Public Schools Public Information Officer Jimi Fleming said the lockdown was just a precaution.

Propane explosion

The Norman Fire Department and EMSStat responded to a burn or explosion at 5:42 p.m. Wednesday at 3000 E. Robinson St. after a propane tank exploded.

Police Capt. Tom Easley said a man had been welding when a propane tank exploded on him. The man tried to drive himself to the hospital but couldn’t make it, Easley said.

According to records, the reporting party said they were stopped by a female in the middle of the road asking for an ambulance, saying her son had his legs burned, Easley said. The man was reported to be in a truck on the side of the road near the water treatment plant.

The fire department treated the man’s injuries for about 10 minutes, Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey said.

Norman Regional Hospital spokesperson Kelly Wells said the man was transported by EMSStat to the Integris Baptist Medical Center’s burn unit.

Officials have not identified the man and his condition remains unknown.

Pool of trooper candidates may expand

A measure changing the qualifications to become a commissioned officer in the state Department of Public Safety easily passed, 96-0, Thursday out of the House.

Senate Bill 1372 amends previous language on the listed requirements needed to become a trooper for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. It lowers the minimum hiring age from 23 to 21. It also modifies other requirement language pertaining to education and prior law enforcement/military service.

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