Claremore Daily Progress

January 23, 2014

Felony charges filed against former county commissioner Baldridge

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter


Former Rogers County commissioner Randy Baldridge, 45, was charged with two felony counts Tuesday, including distributing controlled dangerous substance to a minor and possession of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of school. 
Baldridge was also charged with harboring a runaway child, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of minors, all misdemeanors.
He was arraigned Wednesday in Rogers County District Court.
Baldridge was arrested Jan. 8 after Rogers County deputies received information from witnesses who said he had been harboring male juvenile runaways from Tulsa at a Tiawah residence.
According to the affidavit, deputies made contact with Baldridge and a 16-year-old juvenile runaway at the residence where deputies found syringes in the bottom of the boy’s backpack that field tested positive for meth.
When asked about the syringes, Baldridge admitted that he had been supplying multiple runaways with methamphetamine. 
In a search of his vehicle, deputies located additional syringes, a glass smoking device and other paraphernalia that also field tested positive for meth, according to the report.
The juvenile was placed in restraints and escorted back to Tulsa. 
At the time, investigators were advised that a second male juvenile, who had been staying with Baldrige, was dropped off at a house in Tulsa.
The residence where Baldridge was located is less than 200 feet from Tiawah Elementary.
In 2007, Baldridge was convicted by a federal jury on charges of conspiracy, fraud, mail fraud and money laundering while serving in the District 2 Rogers County commissioner seat. 
He was sentenced to three years and one month in prison.