Claremore Daily Progress

Top Stories

October 2, 2013

UPDATE: 7,711 signatures filed for Grand Jury probe

Judge Van Dyck seals signers names, verification process begins

(Continued)

CLAREMORE —

She said the names will be turned over immediately to the Rogers County Election Board for verification.
The election board has seven days to determine if the signatures meet legal requirements to convene a grand jury.
“We are planning to stop everything and devote our time to doing the verification,” said Julie Dermody, election board secretary. “We will be thorough and complete to get them done in a timely manner.”
State law requires the election board to give the “benefit of the doubt” to petition signers when close-call questions arise. Signatures must be counted if the signers are registered voters in Rogers County, even if addresses are not correct or they are omitted. 
If sufficient signatures are validated, Judge Van Dyck will order a grand jury to convene within 30 days to begin inquiry into the issues of corruption and other wrongdoing raised in the petition.
Judge Van Dyck was assigned to review the legality of the citizens petition by the chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court because the presiding judge of the Rogers County District Court, Dwayne Steidley, is the first-cousin of DA Steidley’s husband.. 
Joining Sheriff Walton and Singer in sponsoring the petition for a grand jury investigation were Claremore Police Lt. Steve Cox; local businessmen Russell Guilfoyle and Myron Grubowski; and Billy D. Jones, the father of two juvenile rape victims.
Jones is one of many volunteers who collected signatures at the Rogers County Fair, local football games, public events, petition headquarters, as well as, at the drive-thru petition stop along J.M. Davis Boulevard.
“It is great to see the people take an interest in what is taking place,” Jones said. 
“It was hard work, but I am proud of the people of Rogers County for speaking out and saying they want change.”

Text Only
Top Stories
  • New Programs hosted in Foyil

    The Foyil Community Organization was launched in January with the purpose of providing residents with community events.

    July 30, 2014

  • Gutierrez awarded Health Foundation scholarship

    Evelyn Gutierrez of Claremore was recently awarded a scholarship from United Health Foundation’s Diverse Scholars Initiative to pursue a career in primary health care.

    July 30, 2014

  • Medical marijuana petition signing up thousands of new voters

    Medical marijuana may be the state’s newest gateway drug — to voting.
    Oklahomans for Health is spearheading a ballot drive to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The group has collected about 100,000 of the 156,000 signatures of registered voters it needs to get the issue on the ballot, according to its chairman, Chip Paul.

    July 30, 2014

  • City open records dispute continues

    The city of Claremore will pay $41,324.25 in attorney fees to the Vinita law firm who challenged their compliance with the Oklahoma Open Records Act.

     

    July 29, 2014

  • Claremore sisters featured on talk show

    During their recent trip to Los Angeles, Claremore sisters Lindsey and Whitney Martin made the most of their time in the city of angels, spending time with family, visiting several beaches, restaurants and Hollywood attractions.

    July 29, 2014 1 Link

  • Elementary students learn to bid at Zebra Stripes auction

    Claremore elementary students in the Zebra Stripes summer care program participated in a student-friendly auction Friday at Roosa Elementary. The auction was presented by Daneen Shepherd, realtor/broker and auctioneer of Tulsa, who taught the children how to bid on items efficiently and effectively.

    July 29, 2014 1 Link

  • Treasurer issues tax warrants

    For the first time, tax warrants are being issued in Rogers County to collect unpaid personal property taxes.
    This week, some local business owners should expect to be served by the Rogers County Sheriff’s office.
    Personal tax warrants have been issued to three local companies, who owe a total of approximately $38,000 in past due taxes.

    July 29, 2014

  • No evidence or human remains found

    Rogers County Sheriff’s deputies and assisting agencies vacated a Tiawah property Friday, after no evidence or human remains were found in connection to the disappearance of a local resident that went missing in 1996.

    July 27, 2014

  • RCLC launches letter campaign

    The Rogers County Literacy Council, RCLC, is launching their annual letter writing campaign.
     A United Way Organization, the council is asking for community support to help promote literacy in the English language.

    July 27, 2014

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Inequality crisis shot with factual problems, hypocrisy

    President Obama, various media and political liberals say inequality, of all things, is the defining issue of our times. Yet this message is delivered by multimillionaires and a president who jets from tee time to stump speech on the taxpayer's dime.
     

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo