Dog left in car, hit and run, car fire reported on campus

August 7, 2015 Crime, News Print Print
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occcpoliceCampus police responded to a number of reports recently including an injury accident involving an OCCC box truck and a vehicle fire.

An OCCC box truck driven by Film and Video Production Equipment Coordinator Sean Lynch was rear ended by a semi truck on Interstate 44, near the SW 15th Street exit at around 3:45 p.m. July 17. The impact of the collision caused a load in the back of the truck to slide forward, hitting the front of the storage cabin and breaking the window into the passenger cabin, according to a report by OCCC Officer Jeremy Bohannon.

The shattered window showered Lynch and passenger Erin Brinkworth with glass. Lynch sustained cuts on his right arm, while Brinkworth suffered a small cut on her right hand, a cut on her left foot when glass fell into her shoe, and glass down the back of her shirt.

Brinkworth said, after the accident, the semi turned on its hazard lights and slowed down, but then continued driving. She said she wrote down the vehicle’s license plate number.

Once they arrived at the college, Lynch and Brinkworth met OCCC Officers Jeremy Bohannon and Daniel Piazza outside the Visual and Performing Arts Center, where their injuries were photographed.

Officer Zachary Andrews then escorted Lynch and Brinkworth to the nearby Oklahoma Highway Patrol station to file an accident report. They returned to the VPAC with Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officer Bryce Stout, who conducted his investigation and assigned a case number to his report.

Both Lynch and Brinkworth declined EMSA treatment.

A report of a car fire brought OCCC Officer Ronald Ventresca to Parking Lot A where he found an Oldsmobile with smoke coming out from under the hood the morning of July 14.

When Ventresca arrived, he said he noticed the vehicle smoking heavily. He approached student Justin Cheek, the person who had made the call to campus police. Cheek told Ventresca he noticed the smoke coming out of the vehicle after he had pulled into a nearby parking spot. Cheek also called the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

The report shows that firefighters were able to extinguish the fire. During that time, the owner of the car, student Adam Bilby, arrived at the scene. Bilby said the vehicle would be removed from the parking lot as soon as arrangements could be made with a salvage yard.

On July 15, at approximately 3:07 p.m., OCCC Officer Gordon Nelson was dispatched to parking lot A, in response to a call of a dog left alone in a car.

Upon arriving at the scene, Nelson reported he found the vehicle, a red Chevrolet Tahoe, parked in the first handicapped spot with its windows rolled down two inches. Inside the vehicle was what appeared to be a small terrier. Nelson reported the temperature outside at the time was more than 90 degrees fahrenheit.

Nelson told police dispatch to attempt to locate the owner of the vehicle. At approximately 3:21 p.m., a man approached Nelson and asked him what was wrong. Nelson told the man that he was going to issue the man a citation for leaving his dog in the hot car and he would need his driver’s license.

“So what? The windows are cracked,” the man replied, according to the police report. When Nelson repeated his instructions, the man complied and said, “It’s only a dog, man.”

The man was identified by his Oklahoma State driver’s license as Mario Olguin. He was issued a citation for animal cruelty. Olguin signed the citation, received a copy and was released from the scene.

On July 16, at approximately 1:03 p.m., OCCC Officers Daniel Piazza and Gordon Nelson were dispatched to the Pioneer office in response to a call of trespassing.

They made contact with Pioneer Lab Director Ronna Austin, who told them a former student had entered the lab without permission and was using a student computer. Austin said the man had been told in the past he was not able to use the lab which can only be accessed by current OCCC students.

Piazza and Nelson informed the man he could only use the public computers in the library and Welcome Center. He was told if he was found in an OCCC lab again without permission, he would be removed from campus. The man then left the campus.

OCCC Officer Zachary Andrews responded to a call from the Visual and Performing Arts Center concerning the theft of school property at around 1:50 p.m. July 16.

Cultural Programs Assistant Director Richard Charnay told Andrews a radio and its charging station had been stolen from his office. Charnay said he last saw the radio and charging station when he left for vacation on June 26.

The radio’s distributor Bolay Mobilcom was provided with the model and serial numbers. The company said if the radio is ever serviced or turned in, OCCC would be notified. The value of the items are approximately $218.

Some information was redacted from the reports under the direction of Marketing and Public Relations Director Cordell Jordan who said names are redacted “according to OCCCPD Standard Operating Procedures involving information released and information withheld.”

To obtain a copy of the procedure, email cjordan@occc.edu.

To contact campus police, call 405-682-1611, ext. 7747.

For an emergency, use one of the call boxes located inside and outside on campus or call 405-682-7872.

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