• Man allegedly chokes Owasso police dog after crashing during high-speed pursuit

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    OWASSO — A Claremore man who reportedly tried ramming Owasso police vehicles during a high-speed chase also is accused of choking a police dog as officers attempted to arrest him Thursday night. Owasso police dog Samson appears to have no serious injuries or lasting effects from the encounter, Deputy Chief Jason Woodruff said in a news release. The suspect — Myron Dee Sanders, 51 — was treated for minor injuries at a hospital before being taken to the Owasso Jail. Woodruff said an officer tried to pull over a blue sedan driving more than 80 mph in a construction zone on U.S. 169 about 11 p.m. The driver, later identified as Sanders, increased his speed, exceeding 90 mph.

  • Investigators say Friday fire at Oklahoma City business intentionally set

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Investigators say a Friday fire at a northwest Oklahoma City restaurant was intentionally set and caused thousands of dollars in damage.

  • Families of Americans killed by Mexican cartels sue HSBC for laundering billions

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Four families of Americans killed by Mexican drug cartels are suing British banking giant HSBC for allegedly contributing to their deaths by allowing the gangs to launder billions of dollars. It is a fresh setback for the bank, whose operations in Mexico have been under scrutiny by US authorities for years. The bank processed at least $881m in cash for Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, regarded as the most powerful drug gang in the world, according to US authorities. The suit claims that HSBC “knowingly provided continuous and systematic material support to the cartels and their acts of terrorism by laundering billions of dollars for them. As a proximate result of HSBC’s material support to the Mexican drug cartels, numerous lives, including those of the Plaintiffs, have been destroyed”.

  • Defendant in Moore beheading repeats request for death penalty; judge holds off

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    A murder defendant told a judge Thursday he still wants to plead guilty and be given a death sentence for beheading a co-worker at a Moore food distribution plant.

  • Tulsa man charged as peeping Tom; police say he spied on neighbors from attic

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    A man who reportedly told police upon his arrest that he crawled through his attic and spied on neighbors at his southeast Tulsa apartment complex was charged Thursday. Kamran Cody Peeler, 25, faces a felony charge of second-degree burglary and a misdemeanor charge of being a peeping Tom. He was arrested Jan. 21 and has since been released from the Tulsa Jail on $3,500 bond, records indicate. During a police interview, Peeler told officers that he had been climbing into the attic at his apartment complex near 61st Street and Mingo Road repeatedly for about two months, according to an arrest report.

  • Parents see south Tulsa Waffle House robber on local news, turn in their son

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    A man accused of robbing a south Tulsa Waffle House restaurant after eating breakfast there was arrested Thursday after his parents recognized him on TV news. Andrew Nicholas Deweese, 36, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on a complaint of first-degree robbery by force or fear, jail records indicate. A man alleged to be Deweese went into the Waffle House at 7022 S. Mingo Road and ordered a meal just after 3 a.m. Thursday. He ate his breakfast and then approached the cash register, according to an arrest report.

  • Broken Arrow man allegedly spits at deputy, threatens 'I'm a trained MMA fighter'

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    A Broken Arrow man accused of attacking a pedestrian and spitting at a deputy while drunk allegedly threatened he was a trained MMA fighter while being arrested west of downtown Tulsa. Tulsa County deputies reportedly saw Evan Lloyd Bates, 18, "charge" a man near Third Street and South 48th West Avenue about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. An arrest report states Bates punched the man in the jaw and continued swinging while ignoring deputies.  One deputy "performed a leg sweep" on the alleged assailant, knocking him to the ground. Bates reportedly pulled away from deputies as they placed him in handcuffs.

  • Man accused of decapitating his grandmother and her husband makes first court appearance Thursday

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    A 20-year-old man police say admitted to shooting and decapitating his grandmother and her husband in their Oklahoma City home remained mostly silent during his first court appearance.

  • Arraignment set for Oklahoma man in co-worker's beheading

    AP | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man charged with beheading a co-worker with a butcher knife at an Oklahoma food processing plant is scheduled to formally enter a plea to first-degree murder. Alton Nolen is set to be arraigned in a Cleveland County courtroom Thursday for the September 2014 attack at the Vaughan Foods plant in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. The 31-year-old Nolen has entered an initial plea of not guilty. Investigators say Nolen had just been suspended from his job when he walked into the company's administrative office and attacked 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, severing her head. They say he also stabbed another co-worker, who survived, before he was shot by a company executive.

  • Prosecutors say man accused in 1997 cold case has history of sexual assaults

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Prosecutors in a cold case are alleging the murder defendant accused in the 1997 disappearance of an 8-year-old Midwest City girl committed sex crimes against two other girls and tried to rape his landlady. Prosecutors filed a notice this week that they intend to offer evidence of the other crimes to a jury if Anthony Joseph Palma goes to trial. Palma's attorney said he will fight to keep the information away from the jurors. Palma was convicted of one crime, but was never charged in the other incidents. Palma, 57, of Midwest City, was charged in October in Oklahoma County District Court with first-degree murder and kidnapping. The victim, Kirsten Renee Hatfield, vanished after her mother put her to bed May 13, 1997,

  • Tennessee hunters banned for life in 44 states

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Two La Vergne residents have been banned from hunting in Tennessee and 43 other states after they illegally killed as many as 40 deer, and then took photos and videos mocking the animals, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Densibel Calzada, 23, and Eddy Albert, 21, received the harshest penalty ever issued by the TWRA. “We will never know how many deer these two killed, but we believe they could have poached at least 40,” said TWRA Sgt. Matt Brian, who is assigned to Rutherford County. “We charged them with violations based on the strongest evidence we found showing the seriousness of their poaching crimes. Their actions were among the worst I have seen for their lack of respect to our landowners and to our wildlife.”

  • Oklahoma panel approves bill to raise threshold for property crimes to be felonies

    By TIM TALLEY Associated Press | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    The Oklahoma House Criminal Justice and Corrections Committee on Wednesday passed a bill backed by Gov. Mary Fallin that would raise the threshhold to $1,000 before some property crimes can be prosecuted as felonies.

  • OKC police say man, 20, admits killing, decapitating grandmother, her husband

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Quinton D. Laster, 20, was being held Wednesday night after Oklahoma City police said he "fully confessed" to shooting and decapitating his grandmother and her husband.

  • OHP releases dash cam footage from chase that ended with death of Eufaula robbery suspect

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper chased Eufaula bank robbery suspect Cedric Norris on U.S. 69 northbound for only three minutes on Jan. 21 before tapping Norris' vehicle with his cruiser, causing it to crash, newly released dash-cam video footage shows. Twelve seconds after his SUV ran off Onapa Road, Norris and authorities from three law enforcement agencies — Eufaula police, the McIntosh County Sheriff's Office and the Highway Patrol — began to exchange a minute's worth of gunfire. More than 40 shots can be heard on the video, but it's still not clear how many officers fired shots at Norris. The Highway Patrol on Wednesday released copies of dash-cam videos from the trooper who led the chase and from another trooper who arrived on the scene as backup. The backup trooper's video reveals troopers received their first notice of the robbery at the Bank of Eufaula about five minutes before the first shot was fired.

  • Possible 'meth dog' being treated in Bixby for severe chemical burns

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    BIXBY — Zorro has had a rough go of it, but thanks to the efforts of employees at Horizon Animal Hospital in Bixby, he just might make it. The 6-month-old puppy was dropped off at the animal hospital late Monday after Bixby police found him in a ditch. He had burns to half his body, including his eyes and tongue, appeared to have mange and had an odd, purple tint on the fur that was still there. Clinic staff diagnosed the mange right away. But further examination revealed that Zorro was suffering from much more than that, rescue group Horizon Animal Heroes President Joleen Hansen said.

  • Muldrow man sentenced to 13-months in federal prison for bomb threat

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    A Muldrow man who pleaded guilty in October to making a bomb threat over the telephone was sentenced to just over a year in federal prison plus multiple years of supervised release Wednesday. Eric Wayne Lockhart, 30, will serve a nonparolable 13-month sentence at a federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office news release. U.S. District Judge Ronald A. White presided over the sentencing hearing in Muskogee, according to the release.

  • Tulsa woman found guilty on 29 counts of fraud in case of laser treatment of cancer patients

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    A Tulsa federal jury on Wednesday found a 71-year-old woman accused of criminal fraud in connection with laser treatments she performed on cancer patients guilty on 29 counts. The trial began Jan. 11, and the jury began deliberating late on Feb. 3. Antonella Carpenter, a physicist with no formal medical training, was charged with 41 counts of fraud in connection with a business she ran called Lase Med Inc.

  • UPDATE: Police investigating woman's death in northwest Oklahoma City early Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    A woman's body was found on a front porch near NW 6 and N Douglas Avenue early Wednesday. Investigators are on the scene.

  • Teens as young as 14 rescued from sexual exploitation during Super Bowl, FBI says

    Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Seven teenagers, some as young as 14 years old, were rescued from forced prostitution in the San Francisco Bay Area during Super Bowl week, authorities announced Tuesday. Some of the victims had previously been reported missing by their parents, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said. They ranged in age from 14 to 17. More than a dozen pimps and their associates were arrested in multiagency sweeps intended to crackdown on sex trafficking, the FBI said.

  • Special counsel: Manslaughter charge possible in Flint

    Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Lansing — Todd Flood, special counsel for the state attorney general’s office investigation into the Flint water crisis, said Tuesday the probe could lead to a variety of criminal charges or civil actions. “We’re here to investigate what possible crimes there are, anything to the involuntary manslaughter or death that may have happened to some young person or old person because of this poisoning, to misconduct in office,” he said. “We take this very seriously.” Flood joined Attorney General Bill Schuette, chief investigator Andrew Arena and deputy chief investigator Ellis Stafford for a media round table Tuesday in Lansing, where they provided an update on the investigation launched last month.