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In brief: OKC tree trimmer sues over firing

Oklahoman Published: January 22, 2009

Tree trimmer sues over firing
A Pawnee man has sued a former employer, claiming he was fired when he refused to allow the company unlimited access to his medical records. Mark A. Gambill, 46, worked as a tree trimmer for Central Rural Electric Cooperative for about five years before he was terminated in February. Gambill alleges the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act because he was fired while battling depression. According to the lawsuit, on Dec. 16, 2007, Gambill joked to manager Bob Blair about ending his life and was ordered to check into a hospital. Four days later, he was cleared by a doctor to return to work. He worked for about a month before Blair sought a second medical release and asked Gambill to sign a blanket authorization allowing unlimited access to his medical records, the lawsuit states. Gambill alleges he was fired because he declined.

Hit-run victim identified
Police identified Rodney Lee Alsup, 39, as the pedestrian killed in a fatal hit-and-run accident Tuesday in Oklahoma City. Investigators still are looking for the driver of the minivan that sped away from the scene. The accident occurred about 6:20 p.m. in the 3500 block of S Western Avenue, police said. Alsup was either crossing the street or walking in southbound lanes when he was struck first by the minivan, described as a 1990s model and dark-colored, and then by a sport utility vehicle. The SUV stopped, but the minivan sped away, police said. Those with information are asked to call Oklahoma City Crime Stoppers at 235-7300.

Crash kills Lone Grove man
A Lone Grove man died Saturday from injuries suffered in a single-vehicle accident east of Lone Grove, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. Bobby Gene Friemel, 71, was driving on a county road when his car left the right side, struck a concrete culvert and rolled. He was first taken to an Ardmore hospital and later died at OU Medical Center.

Two bridges have reopened
A Czech Hall Road bridge south of SW 15th Street and a NE 178th Street bridge east of Choctaw Road have been reopened, Oklahoma City officials announced Wednesday. Erosion caused by last spring’s heavy rains caused the closing of the Czech Hall Road bridge in May. The NE 178 bridge was a $300,000 project.

Birds to get special treats
Martin Park Nature Center is calling on nature enthusiasts to help feed the park’s feathered friends on Valentine’s Day. Participants will make special treats for the birds using pinecones, birdseed and other natural materials, and then take an educational hike. has disabled the comments for this article.


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