Ex-trooper set for trial
A trial date for a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper has been set. The trial for Patrick Venable will begin at 9 a.m. June 3, Logan County District Court officials said. Venable, who resigned from the patrol, is accused of taking a woman into custody on June 20, 2011, on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, and then taking her to her house in Guthrie to have sex. Venable said the sexual contact was “100 percent consensual,” according to court records. The victim claims she does not remember much from the night except a few details.
Streets chief is named
Randy Moulder has been named superintendent of streets, traffic and drainage maintenance for Oklahoma City. The 30-year city employee was assistant superintendent under Mike DeGiacomo, who died in September. Moulder has been acting superintendent. His new job will pay $98,303 a year. He oversees about 220 employees who patch potholes, clean and repair culverts, and maintain traffic signals. They also keep the Oklahoma River clean, and plow and salt streets during winter storms.
Freshmen get quick start
St. Gregory's University is offering incoming freshmen a chance to earn college credit early as part of its Quick Start program. Students can earn up to six hours of credit while sharpening their writing, critical thinking and mathematics skills. The program is Monday through Thursdays from June 3-27. It costs $500, including lunch each day. For more information, call Soumitra Ghosh at 878-5315 or Valerie Plaus at 878-5193.
FROM STAFF REPORTS