Tree trimmer sues over firingA 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 identifiedPolice 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 manA 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 reopenedA 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 treatsMartin 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. The program kicks off at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 and is $2 per person. Registration is required by calling 755-0676. NORMAN
Technology to be discussedThe University of Oklahoma K20 Center is accepting registrations for its Winter Institute on Jan. 29, a conference for people of any background to learn how technology is used to boost learning at the school, university and community levels. The institute is set for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman. The $25 cost includes lunch. To register or for information, go to k20winterinstitute.com or call the K20 Center at 325-1267.
State delays I-35 work forumA meeting to discuss proposals for widening Interstate 35 through south Norman has been postponed to allow state Transportation Department officials more time to prepare. The meeting originally was scheduled for today. It has been tentatively rescheduled to 6 p.m. Feb. 26, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 2501 Conference Drive, Norman. MCALESTER
Plea entered in dog killingsA man pleaded guilty Wednesday to animal cruelty charges and was sentenced to six months in jail, District Attorney Jim Bob Miller said. Wesley Sharp, 28, of McAlester pleaded guilty to three counts of felony animal cruelty. Miller said Sharp killed three dogs by hitting them on the head with a log and then cut their throats. BUFFALO VALLEY
Funds offered for death cluesState officials and the family of a woman slain last summer in her Latimer County home are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of her killer, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said. Latimer County sheriff’s deputies found Marie Dighton, 67, dead in her bedroom with her throat slit on June 5 at her Buffalo Valley home, officials said. Authorities ask anyone with information to call (800) 522-8017. FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS