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October 19, 2017

The old lawsuit against the school


A lot of news gathering involves checking files, making calls, verifying information, and waiting for return calls and email replies. Then there’s time to write. It always takes longer than I think it should. But it’s a necessary part of the process. Agencies that utilize the internet make it easier to check court records and ensure compliance with Open Records Laws.

While cruising around OSCN today, checking on various court cases involving Luther, some movement was found on the 2013 case against Luther Public Schools from neighbor Zella Holder.

When the high school was being constructed, she sued the school district in April, 2013, alleging “construction was done in a negligent manner” and that caused “excessive water run-off” to her property which is a “commercial recreational vehicle park for which it is zoned.” The park is across the street from Wilson Field on Hogback Road.

The case has snaked its way through the system and was slated for a court date in March 2017. However, a motion was filed for a continuance just last week.

Seems Holder’s attorney no longer practices law. So a new attorney, David Ogle, filed for the extension saying there is more “outstanding discovery to be completed.”

The motion indicates that the school’s attorney, from Tulsa, agrees to the continuance. The school district did try to get the case tossed out of court in 2015, because of “unreasonable neglect in proceeding.” Denied.

The new court date: July 12, 2017.

Holder is also involved in another neighbor dispute. This one is with Ron Henry, the Town Trustee. He was charged with trespassing in a ruckus over their adjoining land. Henry has a brief court date Tuesday on those charges, and voter fraud charges, all of which he denies.

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