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Two men arrested under OU campus
The Norman Transcript ^ | October 21, 2005 | Transcript Staff

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."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: biologicthreat; boyce; burglary; domesticterrorism; eldridge; normanbombing; ou; oubombing; schoolthreat
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This was in the police briefs section. I have left out information regarding 2 other felony arrests in Norman, OK on Thursday - they are unrelated to this particular story.
1 posted on 10/21/2005 2:40:31 AM PDT by LibertyRocks
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To: indcons; nw_arizona_granny; PhiKapMom; backhoe; Cindy

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.


2 posted on 10/21/2005 2:42:46 AM PDT by LibertyRocks (OU Bombing Summary (updated 10/20) - http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: LibertyRocks

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."


3 posted on 10/21/2005 2:51:09 AM PDT by Treader (Hillary's dark smile is reminiscent of Stalin's inhuman grin...)
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To: LibertyRocks
Biological Station
Richards Hall
730 Van Vleet Oval
Norman, OK 73019-6121

The University of Oklahoma Biological Station (UOBS)

4 posted on 10/21/2005 2:54:58 AM PDT by Flyer (My FReeper Friends ROCK!)
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To: All; Treader; Cindy

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!


5 posted on 10/21/2005 2:54:59 AM PDT by LibertyRocks (OU Bombing Summary (updated 10/20) - http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: LibertyRocks

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.


6 posted on 10/21/2005 2:55:09 AM PDT by razorback-bert
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To: Flyer

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 >


7 posted on 10/21/2005 2:55:51 AM PDT by LibertyRocks (OU Bombing Summary (updated 10/20) - http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: LibertyRocks

Well that is interesting.
I wonder what the zoology department was working on?


8 posted on 10/21/2005 2:56:17 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: razorback-bert

Thank you very much for the info razorback. Much appreciated!


9 posted on 10/21/2005 2:58:14 AM PDT by LibertyRocks (OU Bombing Summary (updated 10/20) - http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: Cindy

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...


10 posted on 10/21/2005 2:59:16 AM PDT by LibertyRocks (OU Bombing Summary (updated 10/20) - http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: LibertyRocks

Thank you Liberty Rocks.


11 posted on 10/21/2005 3:02:50 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Kermit the Frog Does theWatusi

re: Zoology

Monkey virus? Ketamine? Or bufotenine?

12 posted on 10/21/2005 3:03:44 AM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: LibertyRocks
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.

Hmmm. . .

Glad they were caught!

13 posted on 10/21/2005 3:04:10 AM PDT by Flyer (My FReeper Friends ROCK!)
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To: LibertyRocks

First cop on scene: "Here, let me see that!" (Opens vial and sniffs to identify contents).


14 posted on 10/21/2005 3:13:32 AM PDT by Socratic (Liberal's motto: Capio ergo sum.)
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To: All; razorback-bert

Here's the URL for the complete article about Distinguished Professor Emeritus Cluff Hopla...

Sooner Spotlight:
http://www.oufoundation.org/sm/winter2003/story3.asp?ID=45

Much thanks to Razorback-bert for finding this article...


15 posted on 10/21/2005 3:14:46 AM PDT by LibertyRocks (OU Bombing Summary (updated 10/20) - http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: All
The two men are STUDENTS at OU...

From my blog entry:
Two students charged with stealing vial from OU Biological Station

Chris Thomas Boyce is listed as a Senior in the OU College of Arts & Sciences. James Kent Eldridge is listed as a Junior in the OU College of Arts & Sciences.
16 posted on 10/21/2005 3:28:58 AM PDT by LibertyRocks (OU Bombing Summary (updated 10/20) - http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: pepperdog

Do you get the idea that we have heard these stories before (re: KKM and bros.)??????


17 posted on 10/21/2005 4:15:08 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, Over there, we will be there until it is Over there.")
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To: LibertyRocks

The OU branch of AQ.


18 posted on 10/21/2005 4:47:07 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta
****OU George Lynn Cross Research---Zoology***

***He (Hopla) 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.****----Question: Who owns and funds the research at this particular lab since it is separate from Oklahoma University? Or is it separate? I'll have to wait until after work to search...
19 posted on 10/21/2005 4:56:43 AM PDT by jer33 3
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To: LibertyRocks
...interested in what was in that vial!

I have seen hydrochloric, acetic, and sulfuric acid stored in glass vials with ground glass stoppers. The concentrated stuff is usually locked in a storage cabinet and so this stuff might have been diluted
20 posted on 10/21/2005 5:30:24 AM PDT by carumba
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To: Socratic
First cop on scene: "Here, let me see that!" (Opens vial and sniffs to identify contents).

That might be why police officers are called 'blue canaries'. My EMT-in-training daughter learned the term from a trained EMT.

21 posted on 10/21/2005 5:40:15 AM PDT by magslinger (At the end of the day the only truly educated people are autodidacts.)
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To: magslinger

"Blue canaries" too funny! Don't they get training in this day and age to NOT smell stuff?


22 posted on 10/21/2005 5:47:46 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: LibertyRocks

Nothing to see here, just a couple of college kids caught trying to cheat on mid-terms.


23 posted on 10/21/2005 5:50:32 AM PDT by OKSooner
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

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.


24 posted on 10/21/2005 5:58:05 AM PDT by magslinger (At the end of the day the only truly educated people are autodidacts.)
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To: LibertyRocks

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.


25 posted on 10/21/2005 6:00:37 AM PDT by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: LibertyRocks

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.


26 posted on 10/21/2005 6:03:16 AM PDT by Royal Wulff
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To: LibertyRocks
Christopher Boyce?
27 posted on 10/21/2005 6:17:07 AM PDT by metesky (This land was your land, this land is MY land; I bought the rights from a town selectman!)
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To: LibertyRocks

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.


28 posted on 10/21/2005 6:40:53 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: jer33 3; nw_arizona_granny; Cindy; LibertyRocks
****OU George Lynn Cross Research---Zoology***

George Cross. Duly noted.

Thanks for the thread, LibertyRocks.

29 posted on 10/21/2005 7:59:47 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Rte66; nw_arizona_granny; Cindy; jer33 3

Very interesting, Rte66.

Pinging others to your post #28.


30 posted on 10/21/2005 8:00:52 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Cindy
I wonder what the zoology department was working on?

I hope it was Steroids for the team. (They need it)

31 posted on 10/21/2005 8:03:31 AM PDT by kjam22
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To: Rte66

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 mwabnitz@normantranscript.com


32 posted on 10/21/2005 8:07:47 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (Undocumented border patrol agent.)
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To: Velveeta

Hi Velveeta! :)


33 posted on 10/21/2005 8:08:21 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (Undocumented border patrol agent.)
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

Hey, GMO!

Nice to see you. :-)


34 posted on 10/21/2005 8:25:19 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta; LibertyRocks; jer33 3; Calpernia

This thread has it all:

Manhole cover
tunnel
mystery chemical
explosives
airplanes
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.


35 posted on 10/21/2005 10:06:45 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (You say that you have prayed about your problem! Now, shut up and listen to God's answer.)
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To: nw_arizona_granny

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...
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1506485/posts


36 posted on 10/21/2005 12:37:32 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (OU Bombing Summary (updated 10/20) - http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: carumba; All

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?


37 posted on 10/21/2005 12:41:26 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (OU Bombing Summary (updated 10/20) - http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: Rte66

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).


38 posted on 10/21/2005 12:42:36 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (OU Bombing Summary (updated 10/20) - http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: Cindy

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.


39 posted on 10/21/2005 12:43:50 PM PDT by TravisBickle
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To: metesky

Yeah, I wonder if he was named after the guy or just a coincidence. Christopher is a popular name after all...


40 posted on 10/21/2005 12:43:51 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (OU Bombing Summary (updated 10/20) - http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: LibertyRocks
I didn't realize that Normans were on the Homeland Security list for profiling...

\Oo/

Never mind!

41 posted on 10/21/2005 12:44:40 PM PDT by BoneHead
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To: doc30; Royal Wulff

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.


42 posted on 10/21/2005 12:45:35 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (OU Bombing Summary (updated 10/20) - http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: TravisBickle

I understand.


43 posted on 10/21/2005 1:00:55 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta; Calpernia; Cindy
Man Arrested at Will Rogers World Airport

Former Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys speaks in Oklahoma City, on behalf of the family of Charles Alfred Dreyling Jr.
44 posted on 10/21/2005 1:05:13 PM PDT by jer33 3
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To: PhiKapMom

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?


45 posted on 10/21/2005 1:10:05 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: LibertyRocks
It just struck me as odd that the name of an old enemy of the U.S. should pop up in these troubled times.

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.

46 posted on 10/21/2005 1:44:48 PM PDT by metesky (This land was your land, this land is MY land; I bought the rights from a town selectman!)
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To: nw_arizona_granny

Eldridge Cleaver perhaps. He was a co-founder of the Black Panthers.


47 posted on 10/21/2005 1:55:34 PM PDT by brf1
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To: All; jer33 3
Thanks for that link re: the Dreyling case. I had to chuckle when I read the following sentence.

"No apparent connection between Dreyling and any terrorist group or activity has been found, Johnson said."

People investigating things down in OK must love that little statement... I've heard it so many times this month!
48 posted on 10/21/2005 2:00:26 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (OU Bombing Summary (updated 10/20) - http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: Calpernia

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.


49 posted on 10/21/2005 2:06:07 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (AOII MOM -- Allen in 2008!)
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To: Calpernia

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....


50 posted on 10/21/2005 2:12:58 PM PDT by BoneHead
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