5. OMHOF gets a reprieve
A $209,000 grant to the city of Muskogee gave the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame a break from its money troubles.
OMHOF briefly closed its doors in February after announcing financial issues had led to staff cuts. But in June, the city received a grant, $160,000 of which was used to buy land that had been donated to OMHOF. That money was used to pay off a $35,000 debt for the museum’s children’s exhibit and the organization’s operations.
OMHOF’s governing board had requested $205,000 to fund operations, upgrades and marketing, but that request had been denied.
4. Ronald Sanders’ body discovered
Man’s best friend helped bring the story of a missing man turned fugitive to a gruesome end.
In the span of less than two months Ronald Sanders, 46, went from being a missing person, to a missing fugitive, to a deceased person after a dog dragged Sanders’ decomposed arm and dropped it on a section of 12th Street in October. The complete body, later identified by dental records as that of Sanders, was found a block away in a wooded area.
Sanders walked out of a house at 1611 Fairmont St. on Aug. 2. Muskogee County Sheriff’s Investigator Faye Banks spent a handful of days getting information and looking for Sanders before officially asking for the public’s assistance Aug. 10.
The story took a twist the next week when officials discovered Sanders was wanted. He had allegedly entered a house in 2009 and beaten a teenager with a baseball bat.
Sanders had moved to Florida after the alleged attack and had returned to Muskogee in August to visit family. The search for Sanders, who was wanted on a $100,000 arrest warrant, switched gears from a missing-person search to a manhunt.
No cause of death has been determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.