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					A 18                                                                                                          TULSA WORLD
                                                                                                                  A                                                                                               Thursday, June 15, 2006


Interim                                                                                                              Man found dead                                                                 Concrete canoe
TCC plan                                                                                                                                                                                            competition set
approved                                                                                                             with head injury                                                               to sail at OSU
                                                                                                                                                                                                       RENO, Nev. (AP) — It’s what-
                                                                                                                        His body was on                      ‘We’re going to work                   ever floats your boat — even if
B Y A PRIL M ARCISZEWSKI                                                                                                                                                                            it’s a concrete canoe.
World Staff Writer                                                                                                   the floor of his                        it like a homicide.’                      Engineering students at the
   Tulsa Community College’s                                                                                         bedroom. Police are                                                            University of Nevada, Reno
board of regents adopted a                                                                                                                                                                          shoved 217 pounds of it into the
temporary budget Wednesday                                                                                           treating the death as a                                                        lake at Sparks Marina Park, then
                                                                                                                                                             C pl. G e n e W a t k i n s            took turns paddling it across the
and voted to let President Tom                                                                                       homicide but say it                     on the death of Alonzo Tibbs Jr., 68   water.
McKeon decide tuition levels
in case of a time crunch. The                                                                                        could be from natural                                                             Floating concrete?
Legislature has yet to appropri-                                                                                     causes.                                                                           It’s simple physics.
ate money to state agencies.                                                                                                                                borhood looking for people                 “The unit weight of our con-
   TCC will use last year’s bud-                                                                                                                            who may have seen anything,             crete is 61 pounds per cubic
                                                                                                                     B Y M ATT E LLIOTT                                                             foot,” said Kelly Doyle, a May
get until it receives its state al-                                                                                  World Staff Writer                     but Blair said that proved fruit-
location. The college will use                                                                                                                              less.                                   graduate in civil engineering at
local property tax revenue and                                                                                          Police are investigating the                                                UNR. “Water’s unit weight is 62
                                                                                                                     suspicious death of a man                The home did not look ran-            pounds per cubic foot. That’s
tuition to operate, thus avoid-
                                                                                                                     found inside his home Wednes-          sacked, Blair said.                     why our canoe floats.” It’s ligh-
ing shutting down if the Legis-
lature does not approve a bud-                                                                                       day night with a head injury.            The victim’s son Larry Tibbs          ter than water.
get before June 30.                                                                                                     Officers were called about          said Wednesday night that he               Doyle is part of a 10-student
   Money from the state makes                                                                                        7:30 p.m. to a house in the            had last spoken with his father         crew that will haul the concrete
up about 30 percent of TCC’s                                                                                         4600 block of North Hartford           Tuesday about Father’s Day.             canoe “Euphoria” to Stillwater
budget, McKeon said.                                                                                                 Avenue after the fiancee of the        He said he believed that his fa-        for the National Concrete Canoe
   Regents also decided to al-                                                                                       victim, Alonzo Tibbs Jr., 68,          ther was murdered.                      Competition that starts Thurs-
low McKeon to set TCC’s in-                                                                                          found him lying next to a bed-                                                 day.
                                                                                                                     room window, police said.                “I was teasing him about Fa-
state tuition and fee increase                                                                                                                              ther’s Day, and I wasn’t going             It’s the first time UNR has
between 3.5 percent and 9 per-                                                                                          Police noticed that the win-                                                qualified a canoe for the contest
                                                                                                                                                            to get him nothing this year,”
cent, and its out-of-state tuition                                                                                   dow’s screen had been pushed                                                   that includes 22 other U.S. col-
                                                                                                                                                            Tibbs said. “Just teasing him.
and fee increase between 4.8                                                                                         out and was in the grass out-                                                  leges and features races and
                                                                                                                                                            Boy, I feel bad. I feel bad.
percent and 12.3 percent.                                                                                            side, Cpl. Brian Blair said.                                                   technical presentations. Clemson
                                                                                                                                                            Sometimes, it ain’t good to
   McKeon would consult with                                                                                            Tibbs could have knocked            joke.”                                  University of South Carolina is
the regents’ finance committee                                                                                       the screen out of the window                                                   the defending champion.
and make the decision himself                                                                                        when he fell after suffering a           Larry Tibbs is one of 11 chil-           The UNR canoe, which has
only if necessary, he said. Pub-                                                                                     natural death, or it could have        dren, he said.                          room for eight, is 22 feet long
lic colleges are to present their                                                                                    been removed by an escaping              Alonzo Tibbs was a retired            and 217 pounds. The frame is
tuition and fee proposals to                                                                                         killer, Blair said.                    American Airlines employee              Plexiglas with a quarter-inch of
                                                                                       JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World
state regents June 28.                                                                                                  Cpl. Gene Watkins said,             and was recovering from knee            concrete spread like cake frost-
   This time of year, the board                                                                                      “We’re going to work it like a         surgery.                                ing over the outside and a quar-
typically approves any employ-           Flag Day rite                                                               homicide.”
                                                                                                                        Detectives were examining             “He was willing to do any-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ter inch covering the inside.
ee raises, the president said.                                                                                                                                                                         The crew will find out how
We can’t even begin to think             Rick Alfaro, past commander of American Legion Post No. 1,                  blood patterns in the house and        thing for anybody,” said his            fast it goes later this week. But
about that until we know what            burns an American flag during a flag retirement ceremony at the             will await a ruling from the           niece, Mayola Wade.                     the engineers know one thing
our allocation is,” he said.             post, 1120 E. Eighth St., in Tulsa on Wednesday, which was Flag             state medical examiner on the                                                  for sure. Their concrete boat
                                         Day.                                                                        cause of death, Watkins said.                Matt Elliott 581-8366             floats. “It certainly does,” Doyle
   “It makes planning on our
side extremely difficult,” he                                                                                           Officers canvassed the neigh-           matt.elliott@tulsaworld.com         said.
said. “We have students who
are enrolling for the fall se-
mester right now, and we can’t
tell them what tuition is.”
   The college has prepared
three budgets and will use one
                                      Felon given three life sentences in rape, robbery case
as the basis for its final bud-       B Y B ILL B RAUN                         sentences and $30,000 in fines.          Her 12-year-old daughter was         Assistant District Attorney Mick-      Sept. 26, 2003, in their house on
get, McKeon said.                     World Staff Writer                          A prosecutor said he will urge     asleep in another bedroom.              ey Hawkins introduced records          East Seventh Street.
   Also at the meeting, regents                                                District Judge Tom Thornbrugh,           When questioned by detec-            indicating that Dawson has a
approved $42,506 in extra                A repeat felon who already            at formal sentencing, to order all    tives, Dawson denied the allega-        1981 conviction for second-              Two years ago, Thornbrugh
costs to the $6.98 million            faced sentences totaling 180             three terms to run consecutively      tions. He also smoked a ciga-           degree rape, a 1991 conviction         sentenced Dawson in that case
Southeast Campus Medical and          years in prison for a Tulsa home         with one another and consecu-         rette which he discarded in the         for possessing a firearm as a fel-     to consecutive prison terms of
Biotechnology Learning Center         invasion picked up three life            tively with the punishment Daw-       presence of police, and an inves-       on and a 1992 conviction for rob-      100 years for attempted robbery
contract, which is financed by        terms Wednesday for raping and           son incurred in 2004.                 tigator recovered the cigarette         bery.                                  and 80 years for burglary.
Vision 2025. The additions in-        robbing a woman in her own                  This week’s trial focused on a     butt.                                     Dawson, 41, is a “career crimi-
                                      home.                                                                                                                                                           The state Court of Criminal
cluded a clock system, worth                                                   Sept. 22, 2003, break-in and as-         DNA retrieved from the ciga-         nal” who picked up a rape con-
                                         Tulsa County jurors found                                                                                                                                  Appeals affirmed that outcome,
$18,000, and rerouted power                                                    sault at a residence on East          rette matched DNA recovered             viction as a teenager and has
                                      Richard Dawson guilty of three                                                                                                                                but under the law this week’s ju-
and data outlets in three class-                                               Fifth Street.                         from the woman’s panties, ac-           been “compiling his resume ever
                                      felonies — first-degree rape,                                                                                                                                 ry could not hear evidence of
rooms at a cost of $12,000.                                                       A 54-year-old woman said she       cording to testimony.                   since,” Hawkins said.
                                      first-degree burglary and robbery                                                                                                                             those convictions.
   Regents approved a pay poli-                                                was awakened and raped by an             Dawson — identified in some            In 2004, another jury convicted
cy, previously nonexistent, that      with a dangerous weapon.                 intruder who held a box knife,        records as Richard Dawson Jr.           Dawson of first-degree burglary
McKeon said allows for pay               Jurors imposed the maximum            wore panty hose over his face         — did not testify.                      and attempted robbery in a case                  Bill Braun 581-8455
competitive in the market and         punishment of three life prison          and robbed her of jewelry.               In the trial’s sentencing stage,     where a couple were attacked                 bill.braun@tulsaworld.com
allows TCC to reward employ-
ees’ work and contributions.
   The board also approved
new officers for the coming fis-
cal year: Larry Leonard as                                                                Your Glass
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