• $5,000 reward offered for info in slaying of Beggs woman

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    The Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office has announced a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction in the murder of a Beggs woman. Up to $5,000 will be offered to anyone who can provide information that will help solve the case and convict the murderer. Rebecca Hamilton, 62, was killed Oct. 17 after finding an intruder in her home in the 5000 block of Herreld Road in Beggs.

  • Tulsa County deputy takes cover as man fires 10 shots at him during traffic stop

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    A Tulsa County sheriff's deputy ducked for cover behind his patrol SUV to evade a barrage of bullets fired by a passenger of a vehicle he had pulled over early Wednesday southwest of downtown. Capt. Melissa Tapper said Deputy Leighton Boyd avoided injury and the gunman escaped on foot despite a perimeter being established, along with a Tulsa police helicopter and K-9 units attempting to locate the man. The encounter unfolded just after midnight in the 1700 block of Southwest Boulevard. Tapper said Boyd initiated the traffic stop after he spotted a Ford Escape with a license plate and tag that didn't match the vehicle.

  • Oklahoma City man dies after being stabbed in early November

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    An Oklahoma City man has died from injuries suffered in a stabbing that happened earlier this month. About 6:20 p.m. on Nov. 6, officers responding to an assault call at 320 NW 29 found Darryl Eugene Hillard, 56, with stab wounds. Hillard was taken to a local hospital and died Wednesday, police said. Officers investigating the incident said Hillard had been in an argument with Gary Clodfelter, 71, of St. Louis, Mo., and Clodfelter stabbed Hillard. Clodfelter was arrested at the time on a complaint of assault with a dangerous weapon. He  remains in the Oklahoma County jail pending the district attorney's decision on whether to amend the charge, police said.

  • Arrest made in Cleveland County arson fire

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    An arrest has been made in connection with an arson fire. Authorities have not released the name of the woman whose body was found in a burning mobile home near Newalla

  • Updates: Daniel Holtzclaw trial - Day 14

    By Kyle Schwab | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Read updates below from the trial of Daniel Ken Holtzclaw. The Oklahoman's Kyle Schwab will be providing updates from the courtroom.

  • Pastor among seven charged with murder of teen in New York church

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    The pastor of an insular New York church was one of seven people charged on Tuesday with the murder of a young man who wanted to leave the congregation and the assault of his brother. Lucas Leonard, 19, was beaten to death in October over 10 hours during a “spiritual counselling” session at the Word of Life Church in the town of Chadwicks, New York State. His brother, Christopher, 17, received blunt force injuries when he was repeatedly struck during the same session, which was being held because Lucas Leonard wanted to leave the congregation, prosecutors said.

  • Banned pesticide found in Colorado marijuana

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    (CNN)It's been nearly two years since recreational pot was legalized in Colorado and the thriving pot industry has hit some hurdles in the form of potential dangers to consumers. Pesticides that are illegal to use on marijuana plants in Colorado are being found in some recreational and medical pot products being marketed and sold to the public -- leading to product recalls, plant quarantines and even a class-action lawsuit involving people who say they would not have inhaled the product had they known illegal pesticides were used on them. Pesticide testing is not mandatory for pot businesses in Colorado, nor are they subject to random pesticide testing, as are other crops, according to Mitch Yergert of the state's agriculture department. Pot businesses generally are left to self-regulate pesticides use, though officials say they are working to come up with a plan for better oversight.

  • Museum, library staff members collect items left at OSU parade crash site

    By Darla Slipke Staff Writer dslipke@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Representatives from the OSU library and the Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History have been working to preserve items left at the site of the OSU homecoming parade crash.

  • Ninth accuser testifies in sex crimes case against fired Oklahoma City police officer

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: 18 hr ago

    The ninth accuser to testify against a former OKC police officer charged with sex crimes told Oklahoma County District Court jurors that Daniel Holtzclaw made her perform a sex act after he found a crack pipe in her purse.

  • Oklahoma judge lifts gag order in Oklahoma State University homecoming parade crash case

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    A gag order that barred victims, family members and others from discussing the deadly Oct. 24 homecoming parade crash was lifted Tuesday.

  • Two more women testify in former Oklahoma City police officer's trial

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: 23 hr ago

    Prosecutors on Monday introduced testimony from two more women who claim they were forced to have sex with a former Oklahoma City police officer after he stopped them while he was on duty. Daniel Holtzclaw, 28, faces accusations that he sexually abused 13 women while he was an officer.

  • Yukon man arrested, accused of receiving 8 pounds of marijuana by mail

    From Staff Reports | Yesterday

    A woman holding an infant signed for a package of marijuana delivered to an address in Yukon, according to the Canadian County Sheriff's office.

  • $250,000 bond set for man accused of sending email threatening mass shooting at Copan school

    BY LAURA SUMMERS, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    BARTLESVILLE — A $250,000 bond was set Tuesday for a 23-year-old Washington County man who is charged with planning a mass shooting at Copan High School. Associate District Judge Russell Vaclaw set the bond on a felony charge of planning, conspiring or endeavoring to perform an act of violence filed against Kyle James Benefiel, who appeared in court Tuesday afternoon. Vaclaw forbid Benefiel to be within 1,000 feet of any Copan school and ordered him to avoid possession of firearms.

  • Woman found dead in Cleveland County fire

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    A woman was found dead Monday night in a Cleveland County fire. The fire was near Newalla, authorities said.

  • Names of man, woman, dead in Moore murder and suicide released

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    The state medical examiner's office has released the identities of a man and a woman found dead in a murder and suicide case in Moore. The bodies were found in an apartment Sunday.

  • Updates: Daniel Holtzclaw trial - Day 13

    By Kyle Schwab | Yesterday

    Read updates below from the trial of Daniel Ken Holtzclaw. The Oklahoman's Kyle Schwab will be providing updates from the courtroom.

  • Ahmed Mohamed demands $15m compensation and written apology for homemade clock arrest

    Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    The family of Ahmed Mohamed, the Texan schoolboy who was arrested after taking a homemade clock to school, has demanded $15m in compensation and written apologies from the local mayor and police chief. In letters sent on Monday, the lawyers said if the City of Irving and Irving School District did not agree to the apologies and compensation, they would file a civil action. “Ahmed never threatened anyone, never caused harm to anyone, and never intended to. The only one who was hurt that day was Ahmed, and the damages he suffered were not because of oversight or incompetence,” said the letter to the city authorities.

  • Former nurse sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping 84-year-old resident of Tulsa assisted living center

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    A 63-year-old man was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for committing sexual acts with a resident at an assisted living center in Tulsa where he was a nurse. A Tulsa County judge sentenced Stephen Craig Reed of Claremore to 20 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised probation. On Oct. 26, Reed entered a guilty plea without a recommendation from the state to one count of first-degree rape for having sexual intercourse with a woman who was incapable of giving legal consent due to dementia in December 2013.

  • Two inmates apparently walk away from minimum-security Vinita prison

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Police are searching for two convicts who escaped early Monday from a minimum-security prison in Vinita. John J. Shepherd Jr., 37, and Jason Pedro, 33, walked away from the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center sometime between 6 and 8 a.m., Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Alex Gerszewski said. The facility is a minimum-security prison without a fence, meaning when inmates go outside for work duty or any other reason, they can walk off the premises, Gerszewski said.

  • Suspect, 32, faces charges in slaying, dismemberment of Norman man

    By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Roy Lewis Workman, 32, is accused of shooting to death Corey Maxwell, who was reported missing to police Sept. 17. A Cleveland County District Court affidavit says Workman used a chainsaw to dismember Maxwell's body and try to hide it in a dump near Tribbey.