Eight county employees were recognized for outstanding safety records during Monday morning’s meeting of the Stephens County commissioners.

Larry Culberson topped the list with an unblemished 30-year safety record. Cindy Kaiser and Jim Wooten received certificates for 25 years, and all three received new jackets.

Earning pins along with certificates were Dick Miller and Peggy Winton, for 15-year records, and Joe Alsobrook, Richard Kevin Eaglin and Charles Johnson for five years each.

In other business, commissioners listened to a brief report by Fair and Expo Manager Danny Lowrance. The new roof for the OSU Extension Office Building is finished, said Lowrance, and now all that is needs to be done are repairs to the inside of the building. New ceiling tiles and carpet cleaning should be finished soon, he said.

Lowrance also reported that county crews had begun cleaning up the old Conservation District barn to convert it back into a shop for the county workers, along with preparing the fairgrounds for the county fair set for Aug. 23-26.

Commissioners rejected a claim by Anthony Fiorillo, 45, of Duncan, requesting in excess of $100,000 in compensation for mental and physical injuries, loss of reputation, attorney’s fees and punitive damages stemming from his arrest for driving under the influence nine months ago in Duncan.

Also named as responsible parties in the claim were the City of Duncan and Duncan Police Department.

Fiorillo was arrested at his home around 11 p.m. on Oct. 21, 2005, after police were contacted by a citizen who reported following a car that was driving erratically. According to the arrest affidavit, officers watched Fiorillo exit the vehicle and hurriedly enter his home, where they made the arrest. According to court records, Fiorillo was taken to Stephens County Jail, where he was also charged with DUI and an additional count of resisting arrest.

Preparations were under way for a jury trial in April, but the charges were dismissed by the district attorney’s office in February of 2006.

According to the claim submitted by attorney Monty Cain of Foshee and Yaffe Law Firm of Oklahoma City, Fiorillo is seeking compensation for damages as a result of wrongful arrest, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, assault and battery, use of excessive force, trespass and violation of his constitutional rights.

According to the county commissioners, claims filed against the county jail are few.

“From this point on, our insurance provider will handle it,” said Commission Chair Dee Bowen.

The next meeting of the Stephens County commissioners will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the conference room of the commissioners’ office in the Stephens County Courthouse.

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