• 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.

  • Cherokee Nation donates $4.7 million to 106 districts for Public School Appreciation Day

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    The Cherokee Nation celebrated its annual Public School Appreciation Day on Friday by announcing a record $4.7 million in donations to 106 school districts. Thirty-eight percent of the revenue from sales of tribal car tags is used for education, the tribe said in a news release. The first full year that Cherokee Nation car tags were sold statewide was in 2015. Since 2002, the Cherokee Nation has donated $40.1 million to school districts in northeast Oklahoma.

  • ACLU of Oklahoma challenges abortion ban petition

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    A legal challenge was filed Friday against a proposed initiative petition to outlaw abortion. The ACLU of Oklahoma filed the protest in the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The challenge says the petition would criminalize abortion in all cases, without exception.

  • Pioneer Woman announces possible opening date for Pawhuska project

    BY JESSICA RODRIGO, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    After a few years of renovations on her deli/restaurant, Ree Drummond has penciled in August as an opening date. Drummond, famously known for her Pioneer Woman blog that chronicles her ranch life in Osage County and cooking adventures as a mom, cookbook writer and Food Network show host, and her husband have been rebuilding the Osage Mercantile Building on Kihekah Avenue in Pawhuska. She announced the project in 2012. In 2014, the first phase of the project was completed and included the ranch’s office. Drummond wrote that the office made up only one-quarter of the building, and the rest of it would be dedicated to the retail end of the business. She writes that she’s happy they haven’t rushed through the process.

  • 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.

  • Oologah High School employee placed on leave amid investigation involving student

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

    OOLOGAH — An Oologah High School employee has been placed on administrative leave amid allegations of inappropriate contact with a student. Superintendent Max Tanner said the district immediately notified law enforcement after learning of the allegations and is cooperating fully in the investigation. "The Oologah school district takes the safety of its students very seriously and does everything it can to provide a safe learning environment," he said.

  • 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.

  • Lawmakers say budget squeeze could knock 111,000 Oklahomans off Medicaid rolls

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    More than 110,000 Oklahomans would lose Medicaid coverage under legislation that advanced Wednesday in the House of Representatives. Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove, said he offered House Bill 2665 “with a heavy heart” in an attempt to give the state more flexibility in dealing with a general revenue drop expected to exceed $1 billion. The bill directs the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which administers the state’s Medicaid program, to seek a federal waiver to allow it to exclude able-bodied adults younger than 65 from Medicaid benefits.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Investment expert tells Tulsa crowd $100 oil was an 'anomaly'

    BY SAMUEL HARDIMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    A Boston-based financial adviser told a packed room of Tulsa business leaders Wednesday that oil would be replaced over the next 50 years. They didn’t seem too worried. Burt White, chief investment officer at LPL Financial — an organization that supports thousands of independent financial advisers, pegged the odds of the U.S. economy entering a recession at about 30 percent, partly due to low oil prices. He said he didn’t think it was likely, but added that he would’ve put those odds even lower — 10 percent — six months ago.

  • 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.

  • State investigators, forensic accountant to probe 'irregularities' in account holding Tulsa Jail inmates' funds

    Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    A "discrepancy" or "irregularities" in the account holding funds for Tulsa Jail inmates will be investigated by the state auditor and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, officials confirmed Tuesday. The state auditor will bring in a forensic accountant to conduct an audit into the "discrepancy" that was first discovered in 2012 and which the Sheriff's Office has been unable to rectify internally, spokesman Justin Green said. In a letter Tuesday, District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler asked the OSBI to assist with the state auditor's "special audit" that is "examining the books and accounts" of the inmate trust account.

  • Video shows Owasso man's apparently drunken antics inside trooper's car

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    An apparently drunken Owasso man appears to ramble about Republicans, kicks a trooper's patrol vehicle numerous times and asks the trooper if he's going to kill him in newly released dash-cam footage. Justin David Corley, 28, was arrested Jan. 15 following a high-speed pursuit that started in Tulsa and ended near Sapulpa. He faces multiple charges, including assault and battery upon a police officer, DUI – second offense, eluding a police officer, and transporting an open container of liquor, court records show. A trooper had to ram Corley's vehicle to get him to stop along Interstate 44 into Creek County after he evaded stop sticks and headed toward a construction site with workers present, according to an arrest report.

  • Senate panel kills bill that would allow use of religion to discriminate

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    A Senate panel on Tuesday killed a measure that would have allowed religion to be used as justification for discrimination. Senate Bill 1328 by Sen. Joseph Silk, R-Broken Bow, failed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 4-5. Members of the LGBT community sought to have the measure killed. LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Dubbed the “Oklahoma Right of Conscience Act,” the measure would have let individuals refuse service based on religious beliefs or conscience concerning marriage, lifestyle or behavior.

  • WPX Energy announces sale of Colorado assets, plans for staff reduction

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    WPX Energy announced Tuesday a $910 million sale of its business line in Colorado's Piceance basin and plans for staff reductions, including some layoffs in Tulsa, company spokesman Kelly Swan said. "We will be a smaller organization this year, but the process is just beginning," Swan said during a phone interview Tuesday morning. WPX CEO and President Rick Muncrief announced the asset sale and staff reductions to employees in an email sent early Tuesday morning titled "Our Industry's Changing Environment."

  • Proposed mental health cut would affect some children getting therapy through SoonerCare

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Mental health professionals are feeling just how painful upcoming budget cuts could get. The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse has proposed eliminating Medicaid reimbursements to individual therapists serving children on SoonerCare. The move is expected to save the state about $1.2 million the rest of this fiscal year and as much as $17 million the next; however, that amount would most likely be about $8.5 million.

  • Misdemeanors re-filed in sex case against OHP trooper

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    SAPULPA — Two misdemeanors were re-filed Tuesday against a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper accused of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior against three women motorists. Former OHP Trooper Eric William Roberts, 43, of Bristow, entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday to charges of soliciting an act of lewdness or prostitution and embezzlement in connection with a traffic stop of a then 36-year-old woman on June 15, 2014. Special Judge Richard Woolery scheduled Roberts' next court date in the matter for April 5, court records show. As a legal housekeeping measure, the charges were re-filed Tuesday under a misdemeanor heading after prosecutors withdrew a felony sexual battery charge against Roberts in November.