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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Officers commended

  • Officers perform duties in an exceptional manner.
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  • Officers commended for performing duties
    in such an exceptionally professional way
     
    My wife Pat and I were in a local eating establishment and store earlier this week and we observed two Shawnee police officers perform their duties in an exceptionally professional manner.
     
    Lt. Scott Hill, Officer Michael Myers were the officers we observed inside this restaurant. Reportedly, Cpl. Cody Gibson was also on this call, we just didn’t happen to observe him.
     
    In contacting Police Chief Russell Frantz a little later that evening, we learned the officers had received a call of a drunk subject inside the eating establishment. We first noticed Lt. Hill (because I knew him) visiting with a subject near a booth.
     
    Apparently, a couple of people there sitting in a booth nearby had tried to visit with the subject and seemed concerned. Lt. Hill took the subject quietly to an area where there were no customers so he could visit with him.
     
    The subject was crying and upset. As Lt. Hill talked with the subject he did so quietly. Officer Myers showed up a few minutes later and he and Hill continued to visit with the subject. They appeared to try and have someone contacted who knew the subject, but apparently were unable to do so.
     
    Had you not been near the area as my wife and I were where this was taking place, you never would really have known this subject was apparently drunk which was the reason for the call.
     
    In a short time, Hill and Myers began to escort the subject towards the door. It wasn’t until the subject bucked up on them did they apply handcuffs, and again, it was done so quietly you had to be nearby to see what was actually taking place.
     
    They then escorted the subject from the store and this all was done without creating any kind of incident or spectacle.
     
    We want to commend these officers and want the public to know about this act of professionalism. We already let Chief Frantz know about this and asked him to pass this on to the officers.
     
    The public should be proud of these officers and the eating establishment which called the police in the first place should be pleased how this incident was handled.
     
    A wonderful job Lt. Hill and Officer Myers and Cpl. Gibson.
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    Page 2 of 3 - Randy Gilbert, of Tecumseh, has been reappointed to a six-year term on the State Board of Career and Technology Education
    He is operations manager and vice-president of Gilbert and Sons Trucking Co. in Tecumseh. He previously worked as an agriculture teacher at Lawton High School, where he received the Oklahoma Agricultural Education Teacher Association Outstanding Cooperation Award in 2010.
    Gilbert currently serves as vice chairman of the Tecumseh Growth and Development board, a member of the board of directors of the Oklahoma Youth Expo and a lifetime member of the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association.
    He received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. Gilbert has been reappointed to a six-year term beginning in April 2014. Gilbert will serve as a member of business or industry and represents the 5th Congressional District. Senate confirmation is required for his appointment.
    He and his wife Suzanne have two daughters, Dustie Baker and Amy Jo Gilbert.
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    This is some of the action and business conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Commission recently.
     
    • The Commission approved a resolution that sets the individual annual paddlefish harvest limit of two per angler and requires anglers to report their paddlefish harvest online through the Wildlife Department's e-check program. Last month, the Commission approved emergency rules that allow the Commission to set annual paddlefish harvest limits by resolution. Though the emergency rules are in effect, they must pass through a public comment period and be signed into law by the Governor before becoming permanent. According to Jason Schooley, paddlefish biologist for the Wildlife Department, the rule changes are important for conserving paddlefish in the Grand River system that largely supports the state's - and some would argue the nation's - most popular paddlefish fishery.
    • Keith Thomas, central region fisheries biologist, gave a presentation on the Wildlife Department's Close to Home Fishing Program. Through the program, the Wildlife Department partners with municipalities to offer fishing opportunities in metro areas. Over 30 ponds, lakes and other waters in more than a dozen Oklahoma cities and towns are available to public fishing through the program. Fishing opportunities include channel catfish, sunfish, largemouth bass and, in some areas, rainbow trout.
    • Sponsors for the wintertime trout programs at Dolese Youth Park Pond in Oklahoma City and Jenks' Veterans' Pond were recognized. Thanks to sponsorships from the 89er Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Dolese Brothers, trout are stocked in Dolese Youth Park Pond from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28. The pond is located near 50th and Meridian in Oklahoma City. Charles Kaminski with the 89er Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Kermit Frank with Dolese Brothers were on hand to receive the recognition on behalf of their groups. The fishery at Veteran's Pond, located at 101st and South Elm in Jenks, is new this year and is sponsored by BancFirst and the Oklahoma Chapter 420 of Trout Unlimited. The pond replaces the trout fishing opportunity previously available at a smaller pond at LaFortune Park. Jay Hannah, executive vice president at BancFirst, and David Games with the Oklahoma Chapter 420 of Trout Unlimited were both in attendance as well.
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