Police investigate death
NORMAN — Police are investigating an in-custody death after a naked man was shocked with a Taser on Sunday near Interstate 35. Police were called to assist the Oklahoma Highway Patrol about 2 a.m. Sunday, said Capt. Tom Easley, a spokesman for Norman police. Police found a naked man refusing to communicate with officers after a traffic accident. The man was identified as George S. Morris, 66, of Oklahoma City. Officers used a Taser to subdue Morris after he ignored repeated commands to stop attempting to cross I-35 on foot, Easley said. Morris was taken to Norman Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Easley said. Morris' death is being investigated as an in-custody death by the Norman police criminal investigations division and the state medical examiner's office, Easley said. The officers involved are on administrative assignment (Easley said Norman prefers it to be called assignment instead of leave)with pay. The officers' names will be released at a later date, Easley said.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Victim's name released
Police have made no arrests after the owner of an Oklahoma City motel was found dead in an apparent homicide. Bipinchandra Patel, 61, was found dead about 10:15 p.m. Saturday in the office of the Oxford Inn, 5301 N Lincoln Blvd. His death was ruled a homicide, but the medical examiner has not determined the cause of his death, and police have not said how he was killed. No arrests have been made, and police have not named any suspect. Anyone with information can call the homicide tip line at 297-1200. Callers can remain anonymous. Patel's death marks the 96th homicide in Oklahoma City in 2012. The all-time record for homicides in Oklahoma City in one year is 102, set in 1979.
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Man, 53, is fatally shot
HINTON — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting death of a man Saturday night in Caddo County. Caddo County sheriff's deputies found Bob Bailey, 53, of Hinton, shot multiple times about a quarter-mile south of Interstate 40 on Bethel Road. “The person who fired the fatal shots has been interviewed,” an OSBI spokeswoman said in a statement. “The Caddo County district attorney will determine if that person is arrested or charged with any crime.” Copies of the investigative report will be given to the district attorney's office and the sheriff's office when it is finished, OSBI reported. Caddo County District Attorney Jason Hicks said he has not yet received a report from the OSBI about the case. “My understanding was the person was not taken into custody that night, and that was a decision made by OSBI,” Hicks said.
LEIGHANNE MANWARREN, Staff Writer
Bethany's water tested
BETHANY — The state Department of Environmental Quality is investigating an area of contaminated groundwater in Bethany, agency officials said. The agency is investigating whether the contaminated water is present in private wells. Officials said no contaminants have been detected in Bethany's drinking water and said the contamination is linked to cleaning chemicals used at a former Aero Commander facility at Wiley Post Airport. They do not yet know the extent of the contamination, and department Officials want to identify and sample any existing private wells in an area extending from N Thompkins Avenue to Canal Road and between NW 39 Expressway and NW 50. Officials said contaminant levels are relatively low, but in some areas may exceed safe levels for drinking water.
Water conservation is goal
BROKEN ARROW — City officials are asking Broken Arrow residents to conserve water Tuesday and Wednesday. Officials said the measure will allow crews to move into the next phase of a water treatment plant construction. The city's ability to pump water to storage tanks will be limited for 12 hours beginning Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning because of the construction, officials said. “During construction of our new state-of-the-art water treatment facility, there are certain planned aspects and elements where the contractor will have to make a critical connection to the existing waterline system at the plant,” said Kenny Schwab, director of engineering in a news release. The $57 million facility will replace the existing the city's current plant constructed in 1966. Its completion is set for July 2014.