• Ginnie Graham: Children of imprisoned mothers have unique challenges, study shows

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Children with mothers in prison are more likely to have outside caregivers play a prominent role in their lives than those with an imprisoned father, according to research from Cornell University . Oklahoma has been No. 1 in female incarceration for many years, according to the U.S. Bureau for Justice Statistics . Researchers Allison Dwyer Emory and Sherry Zhang compared the experiences in childhood and young adulthood of boys and girls who experienced one of four scenarios before their 18th birthdays. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • William Shatner making pit stop in Oklahoma City during cycle ride

    BY JIMMIE TRAMEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    “Star Trek” actor William Shatner will ride a futuristic motorcycle from Chicago to Los Angeles later this month, and his eight-day ride will include a pit stop in Oklahoma City. Shatner will arrive in Oklahoma City on June 25 if the ride schedule is maintained, according to a spokesperson. He will not be passing through Tulsa, according to a travel route that was included in a press release about the cycle trek. Although the ride was initially believed to be a Route 66 journey, it became a “mostly” Route 66 venture. Shatner will make stops in St. Louis; Kansas City; Oklahoma City; Amarillo, Texas; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Las Vegas on the way to L.A. The ride will begin June 23 from the American Wrench shop outside of Chicago. Shatner teamed with American Wrench to create the first-of-its-kind Rivet motorycle. The cross-country ride will coincide with the release of the Rivet. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa man jailed after leading police on high-speed chase in stolen vehicle

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Tulsa police arrested a man who reportedly led officers on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle Tuesday morning. About 1:20 a.m., police observed Antonio Monroy in blue minivan speeding through a stop sign in the area of North Yorktown Avenue and East Pine Street. An officer pursued the minivan as it approached speeds upwards of 80 mph along Apache and Lewis. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Dash cam footage shows Tulsa minister charging at OHP trooper before fatal shooting

    BY KYLE HINCHEY and SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    A portion of a dash cam video that appears to show a Tulsa minister attacking a state trooper moments before he was fatally shot was released by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Monday. Mark Southall, a Highway Patrol trooper for eight years, and Michael Taylor, with one year on the force, were the troopers involved in an encounter late Friday that left the Rev. Nehemiah Fischer dead and his brother Brandon Fischer in jail, OHP spokesman Capt. Paul Timmons confirmed. Timmons said the Highway Patrol received a call about 9:25 p.m. Friday regarding a possible stranded motorist in the area of Hectorville Road (221st Street) and Bixby Road (Memorial Drive) south of Bixby. Southall arrived about 9:35 p.m. and saw the brothers trying to push a pickup through high water, he said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Voting open for additional Oklahoma Showcase band at Center of the Universe Festival

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    One more band is yet to be announced to play the Oklahoma Showcase at the Center of the Universe Festival, and organizers need your help to figure out who. There are 45 bands vying for the spot, with voting now open through midnight Friday. To vote, go to surveymonkey.com/s/2015COUFEST . The Center of the Universe Festival is set for July 24-25 in the Brady Arts District. Single-night tickets are $40, and a weekend pass is $70. A VIP option is also available. Ticket prices increase July 1. Tickets can be purchased at centeroftheuniversefestival.com . Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • We the People Oklahoma taking vocal stand against Sheriff Stanley Glanz, police brutality

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    We the People Oklahoma began modestly enough in Tulsa. The activist group took shape a summer ago as unrest exploded in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, Missouri, and Jeremey Lake’s killing in Tulsa. From a handful of people up to two or three dozen attended its first rallies, including a “die-in” protest during Winterfest in which participants acted as if they had been shot and lay on the ground. Organizer Marq Lewis said a core of 20 people are leading the local charge against police brutality in a broad sense because other activist organizations have become “complacent.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Apache Corp. closing Tulsa regional office

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Houston-based oil and gas producer Apache Corp., which has maintained a robust presence in Tulsa for six decades, announced Monday morning that it is closing that office which employs 160 people. The Tulsa regional office is shutting down permanently as part of a company-wide restructuring. New CEO John Christmann, who came in earlier this  year, has completed a full review of operations and decided that the firm needed to consolidate from seven regional offices to three. The Tulsa office oversaw Apache drilling in the Anadarko Basin of western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. The site, which employed over 200 people at one point before the downturn in crude oil prices, has been in place since the mid-1950s. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Another Sheriff's Office official placed on administrative leave

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The Tulsa County Sheriff's office has placed a fourth top official on administrative leave in the aftermath of a controversy related to the April 2 death of Eric Harris. Tulsa County Sheriff's Capt. Billy McKelvey was placed on administrative leave Monday, pending an internal investigation into "personnel issues," Sheriff Stanley Glanz said. "We're doing an internal affairs investigation on him, like we did on Maj. Shannon Clark," Glanz said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Father of Tulsa man killed by trooper seeks answers in son's death; OHP shows portion of video

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Monday showed a portion of a trooper dash cam video that appears to show Nehemiah Fischer attacking a trooper. The video was shown during a brief news conference on Monday in which OHP spokesman Capt. Paul Timmons said Nehemiah Fischer and Brandon Fischer spoke in "loud, agitated voices" to the troopers and that Nehemiah Fisher grabbed a trooper before he was shot. "Come out of that water! State troopers! Settle down, you understand me? Settle down," shouted a trooper before Nehemiah Fischer charged at him, the video shows. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • OSBI announces investigation of possible 'misconduct' in Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

    By JARREL WADE - Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has officially opened an investigation into the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, according to a statement from the state agency Monday. The investigation will look at "allegations of misconduct" and Okmulgee County District Attorney O.R. Barris will determine if any violations of state law occurred.  Numerous allegations have surfaced in the wake of the the April 2 fatal shooting of Eric Harris by Reserve Deputy Robert Bates, who is charged in Tulsa County District Court with manslaughter.

  • Third suspect in Montgomery County shootout captured in Kansas

    BY COREY JONES and KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    COFFEYVILLE, Kan. — A man authorities had sought in connection with the shooting of an Oologah, Oklahoma police officer and motorist was captured in Kansas early Friday following a lengthy manhunt. Montgomery County Kansas sheriff's deputies arrested 30-year old Alejandro Garcia about 7 a.m. east of Liberty, Kan., a dispatcher said. Authorities said officers forced entry into a house east of U.S. 169 at County Road 3420 to apprehend Garcia after obtaining a search warrant. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Security guard who paralyzed Tulsa man in shooting charged with drug possession

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    A drug possession charge was filed against a security officer who shot and paralyzed a man during a confrontation outside a south Tulsa apartment in February.  According to Tulsa County District Court records, Ricky Leroy Stone, 57, was charged Friday with a single count of drug possession. Stone, a security guard, told Tulsa police that he shot 21-year-old Monroe Bird III in the neck Feb. 4 at Deerfield Estates, 8812 S. Delaware Place, after Bird attempted to back a car into him. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Shannon Clark terminated

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that its longtime spokesman has been relieved of his duties. Sheriff Stanley Glanz said in a brief statement that Maj. Shannon Clark was no longer employed following a three-week performance evaluation. "Effective today Mr. Shannon Clark is no longer an employee of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office," the statement said.

  • Anheuser-Busch Halts Beer Production to Provide Water for Texas, Oklahoma Storm Victims

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Beer giant Anheuser-Busch stopped production at its Georgia brewery this week to instead produce drinking water for those affected by a deadly bout of historic flooding and storms in Texas and Oklahoma. Anheuser-Busch said it had stopped beer production at its Cartersville brewery in Georgia late Wednesday night to produce 50,000 cans of water for the American Red Cross. "Right now our production line is running emergency drinking water instead of beer," Cartersville brewery manager Rob Haas told NBC News.

  • Police officer shot in Nowata area; manhunt ensues north of Kansas border

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Nowata police have requested OSBI assistance after an officer was shot, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Thursday evening. Across the Kansas border, just north of Nowata, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said authorities found body armor and an assault rifle inside an abandoned vehicle and were searching for the driver. The vehicle was found just off U.S. 169 about half a mile north of the state line. It was unclear whether the vehicle was connected to the officer-involved shooting. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • The Oklahoma Derby: How Tulsa Roughnecks FC and OKC Energy FC's rivalry was heated from the beginning

    BY MARK COOPER, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Megaphone in his right hand, imaginary baton in his left, Mason Robbins stood with his back to the field and faced his fellow Roustabouts. He wore a throwback, red-and-white Tulsa Roughnecks jersey. On the back, it read “Capo” — an Italian word that is now synonymous with the chant-leaders for supporter groups of American soccer clubs. On top of Robbins’ matted hair was an orange, metal hard hat he found in a barn in southern Oklahoma. When the 28-year-old entered ONEOK Field and marched with the Roustabouts around the concourse, he carried a large, orange wrench he purchased at Harbor Freight Tools. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Ex-Miss America's divorce case scandalized Tulsa in '34

    BY DEBBIE JACKSON and HILARY PITTMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Two weeks of racy divorce court testimony filled with revelry, adultery and a tipsy toddler, shattered in 1934 the demure image most Tulsans had of our very own Miss America, who had married oilman Thomas Gilcrease. The crowning of Norma Des Cygne Smallwood was hailed as an anti-flapper victory by the Tulsa World. Smallwood didn’t bob her long, chestnut hair but wore it rolled into buns on either side of her face, somewhat like Princess Leia in “Star Wars.” “Chosen for beauty, intelligence and personality, Miss Tulsa … is a type entirely apart from the bobbed-haired, boyish flapper popularly acclaimed as the exponent of American girlhood,” read the Associated Press story bannered on the front page of the Tulsa World on Sept. 11, 1926. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Keystone Lake nearing flood stage

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    MANNFORD — The town administrator from Mannford is seeking to ease fears of flooding in a city that sits alongside ever-rising Keystone Lake. City hall took an estimated 300 calls Wednesday from people worried about water overtaking the community, Town Administator Mike Nunneley said. Sand bags four to five feet high have been placed around the doors of Mannford High School gymnasium, whose floor sits at 754 feet, he said. At 2 p.m. Thursday, the lake measured at 751.37 which is roughly three feet below flood stage. Keystone has a surcharge (above flood pool) of 757 feet. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Assistant AG denies conflict of interest in prosecuting former Rogers County commissioner

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    CLAREMORE — A prosecutor with the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office said Wednesday that the AG's prosecution of a former Rogers County commissioner represents no conflict of interest. Attorneys for Kirt Thacker, 45, of Inola, have filed a motion to disqualify the Attorney General's Office, which in April filed two counts of embezzlement against Thacker. In their motion, the ex-commissioner's attorneys cite a period in late 2014 when Senior Assistant Attorney General Charles Rogers provided legal advice to the Rogers County Board of Commissioners. "I have represented the government of Rogers County," Rogers said Wednesday outside a Rogers County courtroom. "I have never represented the individual of Kirt Thacker. I have never given him any legal counsel in regard to this case. I have no professional conflict, whatsoever." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • WPX Energy completes $200 million sale of Marcellus Shale assets

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Tulsa-based WPX Energy Inc. divested another property by completing the $200 million-plus sale of a package of Marcellus Shale marketing contracts and the release of pipeline transportation capacity to an undisclosed buyer. The sales are part of WPX's long-term plan to focus on core properties and cut debt. The company received more than $200 million in cash on the natural gas purchase and sales agreements and was released from approximately $390 million in future demand payment obligations connected to 135 million British thermal units per day of firm transportation capacity commitment on Williams' Transco Northeast Supply link project. The company's third divestiture of the year was originally announced earlier this month. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.