Police say an 83-year-old man killed in a home invasion robbery may have known his killer. Kenneth Cooper died Saturday night after being wounded in the chest Wednesday during the robbery. Authorities say about $10,000 was taken in the robbery and Cooper was known to keep large amounts of cash in his home. Cooper's grandson, Brandon James, said his grandfather was badly beaten before being shot. He also said his grandfather was robbed about a month before. Cooper was able to call 911 after being shot.
The former director of a Grand Lake assisted-living center accused of using a patient's debit card at several casinos received a 15-year suspended sentence and was ordered to pay restitution, a prosecutor said Monday. Elaine Marie Elcyzyn, 38, of Grove, pleaded no contest to financial exploitation by caretaker Thursday in Delaware County District Court. She was ordered to pay $4,680 plus a $1,000 fine and court costs, said Nick Lelecas, assistant district attorney. Elcyzyn, the former director of Grand Wood Assisted Living, was charged after bank statements of a dementia patient showed numerous ATM withdraws amounting to over $2,743 were withdrawn at the Grand Lake Casino in Grove, Turtle Stop Casino in Wyandotte and Cherokee Casino in Watts, according to an arrest affidavit. “There were so many ATM withdrawals that the account became overdrawn,” the affidavit states. Elcyzyn had her name on the patient's checkbook and debit card, the affidavit states.
SHEILA STOGSDILL, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN
A person's curiosity led to an Oklahoma City man being charged with stealing a computer from the Midwest City-Del City Public Schools. Frank David Isham, 31, was charged Monday with grand larceny. Del City police received a call July 26 from a citizen stating concerns about a man wearing a white hat and a yellow vest walking on a street and carrying a TV. A police officer talked with the man, later identified as Isham, who said he worked construction at Epperly Heights Elementary School and discovered a computer monitor by a trash can. The officer noticed a school property tag on the monitor; a school official later confirmed the monitor, valued at $2,500, belonged to the school, according to an affidavit filed in Oklahoma County District Court. A search of Isham's backpack showed it contained an Apple keyboard and a mouse that matched the monitor, according to the affidavit.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, STAFF WRITER