There were no burglaries reported in November and our total for the year to date stands at four. The last time that Nichols Hills only had four burglaries in one year was 1959.
On November 2nd an officer was involved in a traffic accident while in pursuit of a traffic offender at the intersection of 63rd and Grand. The police vehicle sustained substantial damage but there were no serious injuries.
There was one felony arrest during the month and that involved illegal narcotics and concealing stolen property. There were six DUI arrests, one involving as hit and run where a Nichols Hills Police Officer had just left work and was returning home when his personal vehicle was struck by a drunk driver at 63rd and Western, who then left the scene. The officer followed the vehicle in his personal car until the suspect drove back into Nichols Hills, where he was arrested and charged with DUI, Leaving the scene of an accident, and resisting arrest. He is currently residing in the Oklahoma County Jail.
On November 28th, the police department received complaints of a loud juvenile party at 6902 Avondale Drive and on arrival found several juveniles in the back yard of the residence and determined that several people, who appeared to be under age, were consuming alcohol. The homeowner was located and the party dispersed.
The police department has hired Mr. Steven Haga as a part time communications officer, effective November 28th. Mr. Haga has dispatcher experience at both the Blanchard and Yukon police departments.
Our officers are concentrating on inner-city patrol during the holidays and have had several complaints on solicitors claiming to be affiliated with an organization called Restoration Church. Even though our permission to solicit is not required and no permit is issued, this organization often tells residents that the police department has approved their actions. No approval has been requested nor has it been given. They must abide by our ordinance concerning hours they can solicit and they cannot solicit where the property is clearly marked "No Solicitors". We are providing free "No Solicitors" signs to any and all residents who are interested. The officers now carry a 'supply in their cars.
Chief Richard Mask