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BPD sees rise in residential burglaries

The Bartlesville Police Department is reporting an increase in residential burglaries in the southern portion of downtown over the past three months, Capt. Jay Hastings said this week. The burglaries have occurred south of Adams Boulevard between the railroad tracks and Cherokee Avenue.

Twenty burglaries were reported as of Dec. 17, 27 by Jan. 18 and another 19 were reported in the first 20 days of February.

“It started south of 14th Street but has now moved north a little further,” Hastings said. “Most are vacant houses or houses being remodeled. Tools are some of the items being stolen. Some of the victims’ property has been found hidden close by where the burglary occurs.”

Hastings said the suspect(s) may be returning later in a vehicle to retrieve the stolen items.

“We do not have a time of day that these are occurring since most are unoccupied residences,” he said. “We ask that citizens in this area be on the look-out for any suspicious traffic in their neighborhoods and contact police immediately.”

Hastings offered the following tips to help keep your residence and neighborhood protected:

  • Most residential burglaries occur during daytime hours, when home owners are away at work.
  • Pick up your newspapers and mail daily.
  • Communicate with your neighbors, exchange cell phone numbers.
  • Report suspicious activity or persons to neighbors and police.
  • Have someone check on your house if you are out of town. Leave lights on or use a timer.
  • Keep bushes and trees trimmed so there are no places for someone to hide next to your house.
  • Keep garage doors shut, lock car doors and try to park off of the street.
  • Install exterior motion lights.
  • Install alarm systems and cameras.
  • Burglars love privacy fences, because once they are inside your back yard they can’t be seen as easily by neighbors.
  • Remember: A police officer driving through residential neighborhoods relies on local neighbors to report and communicate what looks out of place.

To report a burglary, contact the Police Department at 918-338-4001 or call 911 for an emergency.

Hensley Boulevard closure to facilitate CMT-City project

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 20, Hensley Boulevard will be closed from Tuxedo Boulevard to Wyandotte Avenue to facilitate a joint project between the City of Bartlesville and Children’s Musical Theater, located at 101 S. Wyandotte.

Street Department crews will extend Wyandotte from Hensley to Tuxedo in a project coordinated with CMT to expand the theater’s parking lot. The project is a cooperative effort in which City crews will construct the roadway and funding will be provided by CMT.

This portion of Wyandotte and Hensley will be closed to traffic for the duration of the project. The project is estimated to be complete by the end of April, pending weather conditions.

Volunteers needed for Operation Clean House on April 21

“Operation Clean House” — a multi-agency event that gives Washington County residents an opportunity to dispose of hazardous household items in an environmentally responsible manner free of charge — is seeking volunteers for this year’s event, set for April.

The event will be held this year from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, in conjunction with Earth Day.

Drop-off locations are the Phillips 66 parking lot west of the railroad tracks on Adams Boulevard and Washington County District 2 Barn, 399000 W. 1500 Road in Dewey.

Volunteers are needed to help offload and organize waste from participating vehicles. Workers can earn a free t-shirt and lunch by volunteering one shift.

To sign up or for more information, email Liz.E.Brittain@p66.com or sign up at www.surveymonkey.com/r/OperationCleanHouse2018.


There are no announcements at this time.

Utility issues/outages

There are no utility issues or outages at this time.

Road closings

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 20, Hensley Boulevard will be closed from Tuxedo Boulevard to Wyandotte Avenue. The project is expected to be complete by the end of April.

Around Town

Submitted articles about the Bartlesville community.


Project Narcan: BPD officers equipped with life-saving rescue drug

Unintentional opioid drug poisoning has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., with thousands of Americans dying from overdose each year. Combined with methamphetamine, the drugs were to blame for 899 deaths in Oklahoma in 2016 alone, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. Thirteen of those deaths were in Washington County.

In an effort to help stop the death toll from climbing, all Bartlesville Police Department officers were recently issued naloxone kits — a life-saving rescue drug that voids the effects of opioid-based drugs in the body.

Project Narcan: BPD officers equipped with life-saving rescue drug

Bartlesville Fire Department marks 112 years of service

According to records from the Bartlesville Area History Museum, the Bartlesville volunteer fire department, organized by the Bartlesville Commercial Club, made its first fire run on Jan. 31, 1905, to the Piazza Hotel, located at Third Street and Keeler Avenue.

Despite its 12 volunteer members, including “experienced” firemen Chief F.N. Buck and Capt. Eli Spayd, things didn’t go well as hoped on that first run, records show.

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Ted Lockin may be giving up his seat on the Bartlesville City Council when his term ends next month, but the long-time councilor and former mayor says he won’t stop working for Bartlesville.

Long-time councilor retires seat, vows to keep working for Bartlesville

‘On the Job’ with Kim Inman

At first glance, White Rose Cemetery looks like any other cemetery: a mausoleum, rows of graves, flowers, flags and headstones marking the lives of those buried here. But talk to Cemetery Relations Coordinator Kim Inman for just a minute and you’ll see there is more to the City of Bartlesville-owned cemetery than meets the eye. Everything here, from the flowers on the graves to the symbols on the stones, helps tell the stories of the past — a past that Inman is dedicated to preserving.

Story available at On the Job with Kim Inman

‘On the Job’ with Mike Wickham: Success story

Mike Wickham’s career with the City of Bartlesville is often referred to as a “success story.” From his early days as an abatement officer — the person responsible for mowing too-tall grass and weeds, picking up junk, trash and rubbish and hauling it off — to his current role as senior Neighborhood Services officer, Wickham has worked about every aspect of “codes enforcement.”

Story available at On the Job with Mike Wickham

‘On the Job’ with SRO Korie Plummer: Relationships matter

School Resource Officer Korie Plummer seems born to do the job she has chosen. With just the right mix of “mom” and “cop,” she is as at home in her role as informal counselor and mentor to students as she is peace keeper at the Bartlesville High School campus.

Story available at COB Korie Plumber SRO press release

Studies & Reports

2017 Waste Water Facilities and Water Re-Use Report

This report contains information about the City’s Waste Water facilities and Water Re-Use Plan.

2009 Park and Recreation Master Development Plan

This citizen-driven development plan looks at long-range goals for the City of Bartlesville’s parks and recreation system.

General Obligation Bond Report 2017

This report contains information about the City’s bonding capacity, it’s G.O. bond history and general information.

Capital Needs Report

This report summarizes the City’s capital needs, current and into the foreseeable future.

Water Quality Report 2016

This annual report gives the most recent status of the City’s potable water system.

2016 Bartlesville Fire Department Report

This annual report contains the most recent information on incidents responded to by the Bartlesville Fire Department.