Burn ban breakers burned by law


NORMAN, Okla. — The wildfires that burned through Cleveland County have left their mark.

Now Cleveland County deputies say they’ll leave their mark on your legal record if you disobey the burn ban.

The sheriff’s department is cracking down on law breakers.  

They’ve arrested three men in Cleveland County for burning under burn ban conditions and have issued a warrant for a fourth person.

Authorities have arrested 22-year-old Nickalous Vanslyke of Norman, 26-year-old Richard Denney of Noble and 65-year-old Rickey Calkins also of Noble.

Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Meghan McCormick said the cases were similar.

“We have people that are knowingly burning trash and when our deputies have approached them about the burn ban they have admitted to knowing about the burn ban and ignored the law,” she said.

McCormick said as long as the burn ban is in effect, deputies will be on high alert.

“We’re actually letting people know that if they’re disobeying the burn ban here in Cleveland Country you will be arrested,” she said.

The charges are misdemeanors that can cost up to $1,000 in fines and/or up to one year in jail.