• Owasso police officer charged with felony, misdemeanor in Nowata County

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    A suspended Owasso police officer was charged Friday with assault in connection with actions he took against a man in Nowata County following a high-speed pursuit in June. Nowata County prosecutors charged Lt. Michael Dwain Denton, 49, with assault and battery with a deadly weapon, a felony, and reckless conduct with a firearm, a misdemeanor, stemming from  the arrest of Cody Mathews of Glenpool on June 14 . The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation conducted the criminal probe. Denton used a shotgun  to beat Mathews with "unlawful and felonious intent," prosecutors claim in the information. He demonstrated a "conscious disregard" for the safety of other law enforcement officers and created a "situation of unreasonable risk" by striking a uniformed Nowata police officer and Mathews with the end of a shotgun, according to the charges.

  • Couple bets big on Tulsa-to-OKC transit

    BY SAMUEL HARDIMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    A Tulsa couple wants to start a commuter bus route from Tulsa to Oklahoma City, and they're using the Oklahoma City Thunder's upcoming season as a test drive. Jen and Adam Doverspike are proponents of a more-walkable, less vehicle-driven community in Tulsa, Jen Doverspike said, and that's why the two are investing their own money to start MotherRoad Travel LLC. The company, partnering with Kincaid Coach Lines, will provide service from two locations — Foolish Things at 10th and Main streets and Hardesty Regional Library — for weekday games and leave from Tulsa Spine and Specialty Hospital for weekend games. For Wednesday games, it will use  LifeChurch.tv Jenks campus. Tickets are  available online  for $40.

  • Cherokee County officials seek reconsideration of ruling on jail video showing attack on inmate

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Cherokee County officials are contesting a judge’s ruling that determined jail video recordings that are the subject of an excessive force civil rights lawsuit were improperly destroyed. Attorneys for the Cherokee County Governmental Building Authority have requested that U.S. District Judge James Payne reconsider his Aug. 31 ruling to impose sanctions related to the deleted video recordings or at least allow the county time to appeal the issue to a higher court. Payne found that the authority that oversees the operation of the Cherokee County Detention Center and one of its employees were responsible for the destruction of video recordings made during the booking of Daniel Bosh, according to court records in a lawsuit subsequently filed by Bosh in Muskogee federal court.

  • Tulsa could become home to national BMX headquarters

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    The city and county are coming together on a project to land an Olympics BMX training facility, and their eyes are on Expo Square offices and the old Drillers Stadium. “Just the simple fact that there’s an opportunity for the city and county to partner on this sets a good example,” City Councilor Blake Ewing said at a Thursday morning meeting. “What a strange concept,” County Commissioner Ron Peters replied.

  • Vision 2025 sparked nearly $1B in downtown Tulsa real estate development, report says

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Approximately $254 million of Vision 2025 funds went to downtown Tulsa. That was in September 2003. Since the BOK Center arena and other projects were finished in 2008, they have been joined by an additional $921 million in planned or completed private real estate developments that are bringing living options, shops, restaurants, bars and other attractions to the area, according to a new report from CB Richard Ellis. Of that $921 million, $400 million are completed projects, $321 million are projects that have been announced or are currently under construction and $200 million are in the conceptual stages.

  • Broken Arrow killings: Attorney challenges state law mandating younger Bever brother be charged as adult

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    The younger of two brothers charged in the deaths of five family members is challenging the constitutionality of the Oklahoma law that denies him the option of certification as a juvenile or youthful offender. Tulsa County Public Defender Rob Nigh filed the motion for his 16-year-old client Michael Bever on Thursday. The motion states that the statute “creates an unconstitutional classification of adult status from the mere accusation by the state of murder in the first degree.” Michael and his 18-year-old brother, Robert Davis Bever, face five counts of first-degree murder and one count of assault and battery with intent to kill in the deaths of David Bever, 52; April Bever, 44; Daniel Bever, 12; Christopher Bever, 7; and Victoria Bever, 5, and the stabbing of their 13-year-old sister, who survived the July 22 attack inside the Bevers’ Broken Arrow home.

  • Embattled Tulsa sheriff makes his first appearance in court

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Sheriff Stanley Glanz made his first appearance in court Thursday morning on two misdemeanor criminal indictments that grand jurors returned against him a day ago. Online court minutes indicate he appeared with attorney Scott Wood in front of Presiding Judge Rebecca Nightingale, who has handled the grand jury proceedings. The court released Glanz on his own recognizance with instructions to reappear at a hearing 2 p.m. Nov. 10.

  • Alleged meth trafficker arrested after police pursuit

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    A convicted felon is accused of trafficking drugs after police reportedly recovered nearly 29 grams of methamphetamine from his car and on his person following a pursuit through north Tulsa late Tuesday. James Howard Reed, 35, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on 10 complaints, including trafficking a controlled drug after former conviction of a felony, possessing a firearm in commission of a felony, possessing marijuana and eluding police. He also did not have a driver’s license or insurance, according to jail records. His bond was set at $85,500. An officer attempted to pull over a vehicle for having an expired tag and not using a proper turn signal in the 2400 block of East Independence Street around 8:50 p.m., according to the arrest report. The vehicle initially stopped but then sped away, police said.

  • Aunt charged with murder in apartment fire gets new trial date; defendant's mother says ‘bring it'

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    A woman charged in the apartment-fire deaths of her two nieces came to court Wednesday expecting to take a plea deal but left with another trial date. Miashah Moses, who is charged with two counts of second-degree murder while in the commission of child neglect, is now set for trial on May 9. Moses, 25, lived with her nieces and their mother, her sister, at the London Square Apartments, at 59th Street and Lewis Avenue, and was watching them when a fire destroyed their unit on Nov. 18, 2013.

  • Grand jury: Tulsa sheriff told subordinates not to talk, benefited financially from county purchases

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    The nine-week grand jury process resulted in eight allegations for the removal of Sheriff Stanley Glanz, with testimony indicating that Glanz told key figures to “keep your mouth shut” and “if I was you, I wouldn’t talk about this,” according to the court record. One allegation is that Glanz's actions created a potentially dangerous environment for others at the firing range. After then-Reserve Deputy Robert Bates was reprimanded for unsafely handling his gun at the range, he refused to complete the course and received a failing grade, the grand jury report says. Glanz then contacted instructors and told them to "take it easy" and "pass him," the document says. Allegations were also made that Glanz profited personally from Sheriff’s Office purchases.

  • Bartlesville woman sentenced in child neglect involving death of 3-month-old

    BY LAURA SUMMERS, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    BARTLESVILLE — A Bartlesville woman was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to a child neglect charge filed after police investigated a case involving a lifeless 3-month-old that had become food for roaches. Brittany Cherokee Dawn Bell, 27, waived her right to a jury trial in the case earlier this month and entered a plea of guilty to the neglect charge that was filed against her after police were called Jan. 8 to an apartment where the baby was found deceased. Bell told authorities she fell asleep on the couch while watching a movie and woke up to find the deceased infant lying on the floor, a police affidavit stated. 

  • Police arrest Tulsa's Most Wanted fugitive

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    A man who is charged with raping and beating his ex-girlfriend and who was recently named Tulsa’s Most Wanted fugitive was arrested Tuesday afternoon. Tulsa police arrested Jaune Antonio Johnson, 40, at 9 a.m. and booked him into the Tulsa Jail on charges of domestic assault and battery resulting in great bodily harm, domestic assault and battery — second offense, domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping and first degree rape, court records indicate. Johnson’s charges stem from a July incident in which he allegedly punched the woman, bit her wrist, struck her with a two-by-four and then raped her, according to court records.

  • Glossip appeals to U.S. Supreme Court after state appeals court won't reconsider execution decision

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Almost immediately after the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals declined to reconsider its  decision not to stop  Richard Glossip's upcoming execution, Glossip's attorneys filed for a stay with the U.S. Supreme Court. Glossip, 52, is set to die at 3 p.m. Wednesday after being convicted in two separate trials in the 1997 beating death of his boss, Barry Van Treese. Prosecutors maintained throughout both trials that Glossip hired Justin Sneed, a maintenance worker at the Best Budget Inn in Oklahoma City, to kill Van Treese because he feared being terminated after Van Treese realized about $6,000 was missing from the motel's books. Tuesday afternoon, Glossip's attorneys said in their Supreme Court petition that the case against Glossip depended solely on Sneed's testimony and alleged newly discovered evidence they filed with the Oklahoma court "completely undermines" Sneed's credibility. The Supreme Court filing came around the same time the Court of Criminal Appeals announced it would not reconsider its Monday decision to deny a stay of execution and order a hearing to discuss the new evidence.

  • Williams Cos. sold in $37.7 billion deal; ETE says it will keep a 'meaningful presence' of jobs in Tulsa

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    With more than 1,000 employees in Tulsa, the fate of Williams Cos. has been the source of much speculation since Dallas-based Energy Transfer Equity began pursuing it this summer. On Monday morning, ETE announced that it would buy Williams in a $37.7 billion deal. Energy Transfer Equity LP will pay $43.50 per share, a 4.6 percent premium to Williams’ Friday closing price of $41.60. Williams shares plummeted more than 12 percent Monday.

  • DHS foster child deported within months of aging out of system

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Foster mother Tylisha Oliver drove pregnant, 18-year-old Gabriella Portillo to a meeting asked by her foster daughter’s parole officer. She had a feeling something wasn’t right because it was an unusual request. But meeting all the sentence stipulations on a youthful offender guilty plea was part of getting Portillo on the right track. After surviving being forced into El Salvador’s sex trade as a child and spending five years in Oklahoma’s foster care, the girl finally seemed ready to accept help. “When we got there, we were surrounded by seven armed federal agents, and then they had handcuffs on her,” Oliver recalls. “It was a calm scene, though. They expected her to be angry and aggressive. She wasn’t. She’s pregnant, she’s tired and she’s 18. They think she was a bigger threat than what she is.”

  • Former Tulsa police officer appears before new judge, could see murder trial delayed

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    The judge now assigned to a former Tulsa police officer’s murder case asked for more time to review his case when he appeared in her court for the first time Monday for a scheduling conference. Former Tulsa Police Officer Shannon Kepler appeared in front of District Judge Sharon Holmes for the first time since the previous judge asked to remove herself from the case. District Judge Caroline Wall asked to recuse herself Aug. 21 due to an “unavoidable conflict,” court records show.

  • Tulsa police officer arrested on DUI complaint in Owasso this weekend

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    A Tulsa police officer with 10 years on the force has been placed on desk duty after she was arrested on a DUI complaint in Owasso on Saturday morning. Officer Shea Jojane Duff, 41 — also listed as Shea McClung — was arrested by Owasso police at 2:10 a.m. She was booked into the Tulsa Jail around 8:50 a.m. on complaints of DUI and changing lanes unsafely, according to jail records. She was released on $1,100 bond at 9:41 a.m. Tulsa police spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie could not comment on the details of the arrest, citing an internal investigation, though she did say Duff was off-duty at the time.

  • Williams, ETE announce acquisition in $37.7 billion deal

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Dallas-based Energy Transfer Equity announced Monday morning that it would buy Tulsa-based Williams Cos. in a $37.7 billion merger deal. Energy Transfer Equity LP will pay $43.50 per share, a 4.6 percent premium to Williams' Friday closing price of $41.60. Williams' stockholders can choose shares of Energy Transfer Equity affiliate Energy Transfer Corp., cash or a combination of both. Williams' stockholders will also receive a one-time special dividend of 10 cents per share that will be paid immediately before the acquisition closes.

  • Superintendent Joy Hofmeister describes educational initiatives at Sand Springs meeting

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    SAND SPRINGS — State Superintendent of Education Joy Hofmeister spoke to a crowd of about 75 people at a Sand Springs Parent Action and Advocacy Team meeting Thursday evening. “We want to champion excellence at the state department, and when we think about that, we think about ensuring that all kids in Oklahoma have a high-quality education, and one that leads to success for them,” Hofmeister said. “And I think we get there by having leadership, engagement, and inspiring service.” Hofmeister said that goal will be reached through three initiatives in her department: to build a culture of trust and respect, to work toward academic excellence, and to create capacity at the state, district and classroom levels.

  • City of Tulsa could pay in excess of $1 million in wrongful conviction lawsuit

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    A settlement from the city of Tulsa could exceed $1 million for a former Tulsa man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 16 years and later cleared of wrongdoing.  City officials are set to meet Federal Magistrate Judge T. Lane Wilson in court on Tuesday to discuss the case of Sedrick Courtney, who was exonerated based on newly discovered DNA evidence. Courtney, who now lives in Stephens County, filed a federal suit against the city in June 2014 alleging city officials used manufactured evidence to convict him of robbery and burglary and then obstructed his exoneration efforts while in prison and on parole. Courtney, 42, was convicted of robbing a woman at her Tulsa apartment in February 1996 and was sentenced to 60 years in prison, but he was paroled in 2011.