• State briefs

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Oklahoma news briefs for Aug. 5, 2015

  • Tulsa man arrested on 19 complaints after high-speed pursuit

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    A man who reportedly led authorities on a high-speed chase through Tulsa overnight was arrested Tuesday on 19 complaints, jail records show. The list of accusations against Tico Arnelius Woods, 34, include driving under the influence, eluding, reckless driving, assault with a dangerous weapon and interfering with a police officer. He is being held in the Tulsa Jail on $32,000 bond. Around 11:55 p.m. Monday, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a Chevrolet Yukon traveling west on 11th Street near Sheridan Road for swerving, according to an arrest report. The driver, identified as Woods, told the trooper he left his driver’s license at his house. After reportedly smelling an odor of alcohol from inside the vehicle, the trooper asked Woods to exit the Yukon.

  • Federal lawsuit filed against Sapulpa Public Schools in connection with rape allegation against former softball coach

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Sapulpa Public Schools faces a federal lawsuit in connection with the alleged rape of a female softball player by her high school coach. The mother of the alleged victim filed the complaint last week in U.S. District Court in Tulsa. The document claims that the school district violated the student-athlete’s rights under Title IX by subjecting her to discrimination in the form of sexual harassment and a hostile educational environment, documents show. The girl’s coach, Brad Alan Evans, 38, of Sapulpa, died of a suicidal gunshot wound to the head March 5, according to the state Medical Examiner’s Office. Prosecutors had charged him earlier that day with two counts of second-degree rape in connection with the girl, who was 16 to 17 at the time of the alleged assaults, according to the lawsuit.

  • Norman teacher resigns after sex crimes arrest

    BY JANE GLENN CANNON STAFF WRITER jcannon@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    A first-year teacher at a Norman middle school has resigned after being accused in a sex crime case.

  • State transportation department backhoe stolen

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    A $66,000 backhoe belonging to the state transportation department was taken from a work site near State Highway 102 and State Highway west of Tecumseh in Pottawatomie County.

  • Former OHP trooper sentenced in DUI crash that destroyed patrol boat

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    SALLISAW — A former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper charged with drunken driving last year after causing about $65,000 in damage to a patrol vehicle, boat and trailer during a collision while on-duty pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors Friday. Joshua Eli Davies, 34, received a two-year deferred sentence on charges of driving under the influence, carrying a firearm while intoxicated and transporting an open container of liquor, court records updated Tuesday show. He was ordered to pay a $300 fine and $125 to the victims' compensation fund plus court costs, as well as complete a drug and alcohol assessment, Judge Matthew Orendorff decided during the Friday court appearance. Davies was a trooper for eight years before resigning on Aug. 26 of last year after being suspended with pay upon his arrest, according to Tulsa World archives.

  • Attorneys say security guard who shot Tulsa man was under influence of drugs

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Attorneys representing the family of Monroe Bird III, who died last month after being shot and paralyzed by a security guard outside an area apartment complex, said a toxicology report showed the guard was under influence of drugs. Gathered inside a downtown Tulsa law office on Tuesday, attorneys Benjamin Crump and Damario Solomon-Simmons, cited a toxicology report that indicated Ricky Stone had 6.8 nanograms of marijuana in his system when he shot Bird on Feb. 4 during an encounter at Deerfield Estates Apartments, 8812 S. Delaware Place, after Bird allegedly attempted to back a car into him. "We have a hard time understanding why the (Tulsa County) District Attorney's Office is not looking at this information like we are," Solomon-Simmons said.  "We know Ricky Stone was intoxicated the night he unjustly shot Monroe Bird."

  • Norman teacher accused of using Craigslist to solicit sex with child

    Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    A Norman teacher was arrested by an undercover officer after allegedly posting an ad soliciting for sex with a child on Craigslist.

  • KFOR: Reports: Domestic shooting in northwest Oklahoma City

    Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    There have been reports of a shooting in the 500 block of N.W. 113th. Police responded to a domestic shooting call near Hefner and Western just after 9 p.m. Police have not been able to locate a victim.

  • Oklahoma County prosecutors will seek execution of convicted child abuser in infant's death

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Oklahoma City resident Brandon Lamont Ross was convicted of shaking his 2-month-old daughter in 2009, and was recently arrested in connection with the shaking death of a 3-month-old boy. An Oklahoma County assistant district attorney has filed a court document announcing he will seek the death penalty against Ross.

  • Crime on the decline in Tulsa Housing Authority housing complexes

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Since the height of criminal activity in Tulsa Housing Authority-run complexes in the early 1990s, crime in public housing has seen a dramatic decrease. In fact, in the last couple of years, crime in public housing has made up only about 1 percent of crime in the city of Tulsa. “People can develop stereotypes of what life is really like in public housing and it can actually be very different than what their stereotype may lead them to believe it is,” said Chea Redditt, president and CEO of the Tulsa Housing Authority.

  • Enid church knows pain, promise in aftermath of 1996 arson

    BY CARLA HINTON Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Recent church burnings brought back memories for Enid church.

  • Oklahoma City police investigating shooting at apartment complex

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Police are investigating a fight between several men at an apartment complex near SW 59 and Lee that escalated into a shooting, injuring a bystander.

  • KOCO: Man hit by stray bullet at Southwest Oklahoma City apartment complex

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Oklahoma City police said an argument broke out at the Oak Creek Apartments early Monday morning. During the argument near Southwest 59th Street and Lee, gunfire erupted. A stray bullet hit a man who was not involved in the fight.

  • KFOR: Train travel suspended in OKC's downtown after rider jumps from train

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Train service in Oklahoma City was stopped today after a man jumped off and injured himself. Officials say the man was never supposed to be on the train in the first place. He told officials that he jumped on the train at 29th and Santa Fe, riding the train to Bricktown, where he tried to jump off near the Amtrak station.

  • KFOR: Abandoned apartment complex known for catching fire sets ablaze again

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Fire crews responded to a fire at an apartment complex in northwest Oklahoma City. The fire started blazing at N.W. 10th St. and Greenvale, near Rockwell and Council, around 12:30 p.m. Sunday. When crews arrived, they said there were “heavy flames,” so they immediately took a defensive approach.

  • KFOR: Police say Tulsa man survives after being shot in the face

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. — Police say a man was shot in the face Saturday. Officers responded to the Conway Park Apartments in the 4500 block of E. 33rd St. around 5 p.m. They say the victim remained conscious after being shot in the face, and stumbled across the street for help.

  • Edmond man, 65, receives 90 days in jail for a deadly blow that killed ailing man

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Walter Garrison, 65, of Edmond, was sentenced to 90 days in jail in Alford plea after punching an ailing man in the face who later died. Robert Hirsch, 47, suffering from end-stage liver failure.

  • Checotah officer arrested Friday on drug complaint

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    A Checotah officer was arrested Friday on a drug complaint, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

  • Norman man is arrested on child pornography complaints

    BY JANE GLENN CANNON STAFF WRITER jcannon@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    An investigation by law officers led them to a Norman residence Wednesday where they arrested a man and seized computers and drugs, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced. James Russell Clark, 29, was booked into the Cleveland County jail on complaints of distribution of child pornography.