Claremore Daily Progress

Breaking News

October 4, 2013

DA files motion to stop grand jury petition certification

CLAREMORE —

A motion to stay the certification of the petition in the pending Rogers County Grand Jury was filed Friday by attorney Joel Wohlgemuth on behalf of District Attorney Janice Steidley and her two assistants.

Steidley, Bryce Lair and David Iski are asking the court to rule on a pending motion to unseal the petition signatures and to reassign the case to a different judge.

They want the certification procedure halted until the court issues a ruling claiming their ability to challenge the validity of signatures is being lost.

Wohlgemuth, a criminal defense attorney based in Tulsa, is also representing the DAs in two civil actions.

Grady County District Judge Richard Van Dyck, has been asked to step down in the case due to a claim he had no governmental authority to seal the signatures and accuses the judge of collaborating with Claremore Police Detective John Singer.

The petition requests a grand jury investigation into Steidley, Lair, Iski and two Rogers County Commissioners, Mike Helm and Kirt Thacker.

Petitioners filed the 7,711 signatures Wednesday and the Rogers County Election Board began verification Thursday.

Election Board Secretary Julie Dermody said her staff is working hard to complete the task.

As of Friday, 3,271 signatures have been checked and verified as valid, according to Dermody.

At least 400 pages of 648 total pages remain to be checked, Dermody said.

The election board has seven working days to verify and certify the signatures.

Once complete, if the minimum 4,487 signatures are certified as registered voters, the judge will rule a grand jury be convened in 30 days.

The grand jury petition makes numerous allegations against Rogers County officials and DA Steidley, Lair and Iski, including charges of witness tampering, wiretapping, threats, false reporting of criminal activity and fraud.

1
Text Only
Breaking News
  • Jason Tinsley set to take over NSU men's basketball program

    Jack Dobbins handed Northeastern State basketball over to Ken Hayes. Larry Gipson later took over for Hayes.

    Those three were the faces of NSU basketball for more than half a century.

    Now it's Jason Tinsley's turn to take over.

    April 8, 2014

  • Blue Starr closing Portion of Blue Starr Drive closes for rail repairs Monday and Tuesday

    A portion of Blue Starr Drive in Claremore will be closed Monday and Tuesday to allow for track repairs, according to a City of Claremore employee.

     

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • County officials 2012 audit repeats 2011 findings

    Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones released the 2012 audit Thursday for Rogers County listing repeated findings from the 2011 audit that was released Wednesday.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Report on Audit State auditor reveals possible fraud

    Oklahoma State Auditor Gary Jones determined officials in Rogers County violated state law, submitted fictitious invoices, back dated records and failed to properly document $5 million in federal FEMA funds.

    April 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • AMYWILLIAMSMUGweb.jpg NCAA WOMEN'S BB TOURNEY: Ex-RSU coach Amy Williams, South Dakota fall to Stanford

    Stanford is halfway home.
    With Chiney Ogwumike leading the way, as usual, the Cardinal opened the NCAA women's tournament with an 81-62 victory over gritty South Dakota at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday night. They need another win Monday against Florida State to play in the Sweet 16 on its home court at Maples Pavilion.

    March 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • OSTERMANweb.jpg SOFTBALL: Former Olympic pitcher Cat Osterman visits Claremore

    Former US Olympics and Texas Longhorns pitcher Cat Osterman visits Claremore today for a Heartland Conference softball game against Rogers State University.

    Osterman is the pitching coach for St. Edward's, who faces the Hillcats at 4 p.m. in a doubleheader at Diamond Sports Complex.

    March 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Boating accident Boating accident: 1 drowns, 1 rescued

    A boating accident claimed the life of a 19-year-old man Thursday at Claremore Lake.

    March 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 30-day burn ban issued by county

    Rogers County is now under a 30-day burn ban due to near record-breaking drought conditions.

    February 18, 2014

  • Claremore-Collinsville basketball games cancelled

    The Claremore-Collinsville varsity and junior varsity basketball games for tonight have been cancelled, according to Claremore athletic director Brent Payne.

    The Metro Lakes Conference showdown between the two rival schools will be resume at a time and date to be determined in Collinsville.

    Claremore will return to Metro Lakes Conference play on Friday during Homecoming against Skiatook. The Zebras will play at 6 p.m., followed by the Lady Zebras at 7:30 p.m.

     

    February 4, 2014

  • Verdigris-Claremore Sequoyah basketball games moved to 5 p.m.

    The Verdigris-Claremore Sequoyah varsity basketball games will still take place tonight in Verdigris.

    The Lady Cardinals will battle the Lady Eagles at 5 p.m., followed by the Cardinals and Eagles at 6:45 p.m.

    There will be no JV games, according to the Verdigris Lady Cardinals Basketball Facebook Page.

    February 4, 2014