Skip to comments.Two men arrested under OU campus
Posted on 10/21/2005 2:40:31 AM PDT by LibertyRocks
Two Norman men face felony charges after allegedly breaking into a tunnel under the University of Oklahoma campus to get into a building on the South Oval.
Christopher Thomas Boyce, 24, and James Kent Eldridge, 20, were charged Thursday in Cleveland County District Court with conspiracy to commit burglary and second-degree burglary.
According to an affidavit, a witness saw Boyce and Eldridge entering an underground tunnel system by cutting the locks to a manhole cover in the 1100 block of Asp Avenue. Police said the pair then opened a perimeter door and entered Richards Hall, where they removed a "stoppered glass vial."
Probably unrelated to OU Bombing, but interesting and worth noting anyway... The men arrested stole a "stoppered glass vial" from Richards Hall. No mention of what was in the vial, or what is housed in this particular building.
Yes, no reason to be alarmed. Most jackazz'd burglars steal vials of anything handy- just for kicks. You know, "see how stupid you folks are being, we love this Country- big time- long time- no zzhitt."
Yep... move along...
ALL: Did a quick google and found out that Richards Hall houses the Zoology Dept. at OU... Very interested in what was in that vial!
The walls of Hopla's office in Richards Hall are lined with wooden boxes that hold the more than 50,000 flea specimens the OU George Lynn Cross Research Professor Emeritus of Zoology has collected and studied during most of his 50-plus-year career.
An internationally known expert in zoonotic diseases-those transmitted from animals to humans-Hopla, at age 85, still travels the world to participate in medical conferences, sharing his vast and always-expanding body of knowledge. In December, he chaired a session and moderated another at a conference in Bangkok, Thailand, where a decade ago he helped establish a comparative medicine program at one of that country's leading universities.
He also continues his research, mostly in Caddo Canyon, Oklahoma, approximately 60 miles west of Norman, where he has converted a 1930s farmhouse and some acreage into a field laboratory. While the flea is his primary subject these days, Hopla also studies diseases transmitted to mammals by the cliff swallow, a single-brooded bird that migrates to South America each winter and back to North America each spring. In collaboration with scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Infection in Atlanta, he has isolated a virus transmitted by the cliff swallow that is very similar to the West Nile virus, as well as a handful of others that he is trying to fully identify.
Thanks Flyer - on the OU Map it just said Zoology. This makes it even more suspicious.
< sarcasm > Wonder if they'll cover this in the MSM??? < /sarcasm >
Well that is interesting.
I wonder what the zoology department was working on?
Thank you very much for the info razorback. Much appreciated!
It gets worse... check up the thread from your post - they study zoonotic diseases in Richards Hall. It's also listed as the University Biological Station...
Thank you Liberty Rocks.
Monkey virus? Ketamine? Or bufotenine?
Hmmm. . .
Glad they were caught!
First cop on scene: "Here, let me see that!" (Opens vial and sniffs to identify contents).
Here's the URL for the complete article about Distinguished Professor Emeritus Cluff Hopla...
Much thanks to Razorback-bert for finding this article...
Do you get the idea that we have heard these stories before (re: KKM and bros.)??????
The OU branch of AQ.
That might be why police officers are called 'blue canaries'. My EMT-in-training daughter learned the term from a trained EMT.
"Blue canaries" too funny! Don't they get training in this day and age to NOT smell stuff?
Nothing to see here, just a couple of college kids caught trying to cheat on mid-terms.
I don't know what the police are trained, if anything, about how to handle scenarios like that. I do know EMT's are trained in safety first.
Dead EMT's don't save lives.
They may have been the eco-terrorist ELF or ALF types that wanted to do an animal liberation or vandalize research labs that may use animals in research. Dounbt if it was related to the bombing.
I suspect an animal rights activist angle on this. Perhaps they stole samples of, say, hoof and mouth disease cultures with a view toward infecting cattle.
Ummm, I don't want to jump the gun before I get a chance to check him out, BUT ... the second name you posted, what was it, Thomas Kent Eldridge?
It may just be a coincidence, but I went to OU with Kent Eldridge, and I'm wondering if this is his son. Does it say? Because if it is Kent's son, that would have some significance.
Kent was the attorney for the pipe-bomb-on-the-plane OU student from summer, who was convicted or plead out about 3-4 days before Hinrichs blew himself up! Can't recall his name right at the moment.
George Cross. Duly noted.
Thanks for the thread, LibertyRocks.
Very interesting, Rte66.
Pinging others to your post #28.
I hope it was Steroids for the team. (They need it)
Are you referring to this?
OU student faces Aug. 31 hearing on federal charges
Dreyling still enrolled, has commercial pilot's license
The Norman Transcript
By Melissa A. Wabnitz
Transcript Staff Writer
A University of Oklahoma student accused of transporting an explosive device into Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City last week is still enrolled and could begin classes at the Norman campus next Monday.
OU public affairs vice president Catherine Bishop confirmed Tuesday aviation senior Charles Alfred Dreyling Jr. is still a student. Dreyling is one semester away from completing an aviation management degree, according to his lawyer Kent Eldridge.
Bishop would not comment on whether the university was instituting its own disciplinary proceedings against Dreyling, as outlined in the OU student code handbook.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security documents obtained by The Transcript detail on Aug. 11, federal agents searched Dreyling's Norman residence. In the residence, the memo states, agents found "gunpowder, carbon dioxide cartridges and wires" as well as a computer with a video of detonation of a device similar to the one transported into the airport Aug. 10.
Norman Police Lt. Tom Easley confirmed the department's participation in the search but said he would not comment on the nature of the items removed from Dreyling's Norman residence, nor would FBI spokesperson Gary Johnson. One charge of attempting to carry an explosive or incendiary device was filed against Dreyling in the Western District of Federal Court in the State of Oklahoma. Eldridge said as far as he knows, prosecutors are not planning to file new charges against Dreyling.
Though an unidentified Homeland Security official wrote in the Aug. 12 memo the Transportation Security Administration is proceeding with a recommendation that the FAA revoke Dreyling's commercial license, no such actions have taken place said FAA spokesperson Roland Herwig. Dreyling received the license May 5.
"We have not performed any actions against (Dreyling)," Herwig said.
U.S. Attorney Robert McCampbell said "he was unable to comment on the matter."
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 31. Until that point, Eldridge said his client will continue to abide by the terms of his release, as he is "representing a fine young man."
"This has been quite a shock to him," Eldridge said. "He's never been in any kind of trouble before and we are waiting for the preliminary hearing."
Eldridge said the government is "admittedly, very concerned about what happened" at the airport and that his client has, and will continue to, cooperate with prosecutors and investigators.
Melissa A. Wabnitz 366-3550 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Velveeta! :)
Nice to see you. :-)
This thread has it all:
names you may or may not know
The 'E' name, Eldridge (?) reminds me of the 1970's
terrorist, think the name was Etheridge, a black panther?
It is all way too much to digest before the coffee is ready.
A good plot for a story. Or a jehad cell in Oklahoma.
LOL Don't forget the "Christopher Boyce" name connection... Mr. Boyce (not the guy arrested here) was the "Falcon" - the spy... Found that out doing a quick google - I remembered the movie from when I was growing up but wasn't familiar with the story.
IMHO, there are just too many weird things going on in Norman, OK for this all to be just "school violence" as Professor Sloan suggested in another article I posted today regarding security at the OU campus...
One can only hope it was something that innocuous... Even though acid can be dangerous.
I find it interesting that the paper didn't mention they were students, and there was no mention of what the vial contained - that's all pretty relevant to this story, IMHO. Don't know if it was just bad reporting or if they didn't want to call attention to the events - if they didn't want the attention though why report it at all?
Well that would be interesting. I can't find anything on Mr. Eldridge, and barely anything on Boyce using google. No student webpages (unless they've been taken down).
My daughter is a zoology major at OU. I'll have to
find out what's going on. She was kind of freaked out by the bombing a few weeks ago.
Yeah, I wonder if he was named after the guy or just a coincidence. Christopher is a popular name after all...
That is definitely a possibility as well. I guess finding out what was in the vial would be necessary to narrow down reasons for this particular incident.
When you get to this thread, please ping me back.
I would love for you to shed light on this tunnel system.
What is it?
My wife was amazed that I pulled the name "out of my a$$", as she so kindly put it.
Even though The Falcon isn't due for release until he's 98, the time frame is right for this to be his spaleen.
Eldridge Cleaver perhaps. He was a co-founder of the Black Panthers.
There are a series of old tunnels underneath OU that have been closed off for a long time. They are considered hazardous to your health due to dampness and mold. Some idiot at my son's fraternity wanted to jackhammer the concrete that was at their house as one of the tunnel entrances was there as they have the oldest house on campus.
If it's anything like the tunnels at Cal State Fullerton it's just water/elect/communication access between the buildings. I was young and stupid once too....