• Woman jailed after children seen wandering on expressway

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    A Tulsa woman was arrested around noon Monday on two child abuse complaints after police spotted two small children wandering on the Broken Arrow Expressway. Lindze Nellie-Nicole Harper, whose last name is Arrington in jail logs, is accused of leaving the children, ages 2 and 4, alone in the area for an hour before looking for them, police said. Officers reported recognizing the children along the Broken Arrow Expressway near the Yale Avenue exit and transported them to Arrington’s home, but she was not there at the time, according to an arrest report. Police eventually found Arrington, 23, at the 2500 block of South Florence Avenue and arrested her on two complaints of failure to provide for a child, saying the children were “inches” from expressway traffic. A later arrest report added two complaints of child neglect to Arrington’s case after child crisis detectives investigated further, but jail logs list both as possible child abuse charges. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Keith Ballard tells thousands rallying at Capitol for education that not all legislators 'get it'

    BY NOUR HABIB and ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Educators and parents who didn’t get what they came for at a historic 2014 rally returned Monday to the state Capitol with renewed demands. More than 7,000 gathered on the south steps of the statehouse to support calls for more money for education and fewer tests in schools. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister told the crowd that public education should be the first priority of state government. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa man charged with murder in death of 5-year-old son during standoff

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    A man who police allege killed his 5-year-old son during a 17-hour standoff was charged with multiple felonies on Tuesday. Bryon Creech faces charges of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his son, Braydon Creech, as well as shooting with intent to kill, kidnapping, child abuse, child neglect, second-degree burglary and violating a protective order. Creech and his son were in his estranged wife's apartment at the RiverChase complex, near 81st Street and Riverside Drive, on March 19, and his wife, Laurel Creech, called the police after seeing him via surveillance equipment, Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said at the time. Laurel and Bryon Creech are in divorce proceedings, according to court documents, and he had visitation rights with his son at the time. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Costco, which is known to sell the cheapest gas in the U.S., is adding pumps to its planned Tulsa location

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Work has begun on Tulsa’s first Costco, which will come complete with a gasoline station. The long-awaited members-only warehouse store took another step toward reality with a series of building permits approved by the city, as well as the start of earthwork on the site at the northwest corner of 103rd Street and Memorial Drive. The building permits, filed last week, also confirmed the store will sell gasoline at its future location. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • ConocoPhillips latest oil company to lay off employees due to oil bust

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    BARTLESVILLE — ConocoPhillips, the nation's largest independent oil and gas producer which employs more than 2,000 people at its former corporate home in Bartlesville, has begun laying employees off there due to the persistent fall in crude oil prices, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday. The company would not confirm how many workers are caught up in the reduction, but various estimates put it in the dozens. ConocoPhillips is laying people off companywide, including at its Houston base. "We have announced that we will have some workforce reductions, and the ones that are made will be driven by lower activity levels as well as the findings of a cost structure review," a company spokesman based in Bartlesville said Tuesday. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa eighth-grader gets letter from Duke basketball 'Coach K'

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The impact of "Coach K," also known as Mike Krzyzewski, is far-reaching. Just ask Clinton Middle School eighth-grader Julian Smith, who was recently touched by a letter from the Hall of Fame basketball coach from Duke University. "We presented the letter to him and he shook his head," said Tara Harris, individual giving and communications manager for City Year Americorps. "He said, 'I can't believe that this is real.' He was really speechless. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Man convicted of murder in shooting over gold necklace sentenced to life

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    At a formal sentencing hearing for convicted murderer Randle Raymond Lockett, his victim's mother told him "no amount of sorries will do." District Judge James Caputo on Monday followed a February jury's recommendation, sentencing Lockett to a life term for the first-degree murder of 21-year-old Charles Edward "C.J." Johnson. A 10-year sentence was also imposed for possession of a firearm after the former conviction of a felony, of which the jury also found the 44-year-old guilty. Caputo ordered the terms be served consecutively, despite a public defender's request for concurrent sentences. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Gov. Mary Fallin not at Capitol during education rally — again

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Monday marked the second year in a row that Gov. Mary Fallin was absent as educators rallied at the state Capitol. “The governor had a prior scheduling commitment and was unable to attend,” said Alex Weintz, a Fallin spokesman. The governor was in private meetings in Oklahoma City, Weintz said, but he declined to be more specific. “The governor made it clear she was excited to have them at the Capitol,” her spokesman said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Attorney who represented family of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, retained in Tulsa shooting case

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    An attorney who represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown has been hired by a Tulsa family after their son was shot and paralyzed by a security guard earlier this year. The family of Monroe Bird III, who has been paralyzed since being shot in the neck in February following an encounter with an apartment security guard, gathered at a north Tulsa Church on Monday with attorneys Benjamin Crump and Damario Solomon-Simmons. Crump is a Florida-based attorney who represented Martin's family following his death at the hands of George Zimmerman in 2012 in Sanford, Florida, as well as Brown's family following his death in Ferguson, Missouri, last year. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Listen to Claremore girl's roadside 911 call after her mother passes out

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    CLAREMORE — Rogers County 911 on Monday released the emergency call of a 10-year-old Claremore girl who summoned help for her unconscious mother last week. During the roughly 11-minute, 30-second call, Madison Anderson calmly relays important information about her mother's condition and nearby landmarks, leading emergency personnel to the family's location on the shoulder of Oklahoma 88. You can listen to the 911 call audio and read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • From 'Hound Dog' to top dog: Oklahomans enter Elvis tribute competition in Branson

    BY JIMMIE TRAMEL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    I n an Elvis tournament, are there hound dogs instead of underdogs? The ninth annual Branson Elvis Festival is taking place this weekend in Branson, Missouri. The festival’s centerpiece will be an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at 7 p.m. Saturday in Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater. Among 16 Elvis Presley tribute artists (don’t call them impersonators) vying for the king’s throne are two Oklahomans — EJ Sharp of Claremore and Brent Giddens of Okmulgee. Competitors from London and Canada also are in the field for one of the few Elvis contests sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Claremore girl, 10, aids unconscious mother by calling 911

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    CLAREMORE — A 10-year-old girl from Rogers County is being hailed for her composure for calling 911 to help her mother, who had passed out after pulling to the side of a highway. Recovering Friday at Saint Francis Hospital, Brandy Lee, 38, praised her daughter, Madison Anderson. "I'm very proud of her," said Lee, who suffers from hypoglycemia, a condition characterized by abnormally low blood glucose (blood sugar) levels. "She's my little hero. She did what she was supposed to do." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Conflict between board of education members, Superintendent Joy Hofmeister erupts during meeting

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    A behind-the-scenes tug of war between the state board of education and State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister boiled over at a public meeting Thursday. At issue is the board members’ ability to add items for consideration to the board meeting agendas. Members say they need that ability in order to hire their own secretary and to consider a resolution of support for a pending piece of legislation that one board member requested but Hofmeister has publicly opposed. At the conclusion of three hours dominated by the board’s consideration of routine rule-setting, Hofmeister adjourned the meeting with the bang of a gavel and was met with angry objections by three board members. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Mother of local man who committed suicide says marijuana candy in Colorado led to his death

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The mother of a 22-year-old Tulsa area man believes the ingestion of marijuana candies led to his apparent suicide in Colorado. Luke Gregory Goodman, a recent graduate of Oral Roberts University, died Monday after shooting himself Saturday at a ski resort in Keystone, Colorado, authorities said. A toxicology test could determine whether the drug factored into his death. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Randy Krehbiel: U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says Bergdahl case ought to send Obama administration to the stockade

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe isn't mad about a former combat soldier faces life behind bars. He's mad that someone in the Obama administration isn't staring at the same sort of penalty. Inhofe doesn't need much encouragement to go off on Obama, so it isn't surprising he had plenty to say after former U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was brought up on charges in connection with his 2009 disappearance in Afghanistan. After apparently leaving his post voluntarily, allegedly to seek out a senior officer, Bergdahl fell under the control of a terrorist network that held him for five years before exchanging him for five Guantanamo Bay terror suspects. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Officials tour Sand Springs tornado damage that resulted in one death

    BY MICHAEL OVERALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    SAND SPRINGS — Rescue crews swept through the River Oaks trailer park three times Wednesday night, leaving behind color-coded ribbons to mark where they had been. It was the third search that found a fatality, in a section of the park so devastated that the trailer home was no longer recognizable, reduced to just a pile of twisted debris. "I thought, 'Oh, my God, we're going to find a lot of people under here,'" said Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin. "We were lucky." The search ended with only that one death and two serious injuries, he said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa school district cancels 'snow day' for rally, will hold classes Monday

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Tulsa Public Schools will hold classes Monday, reversing the decision to cancel school to allow teachers, parents and students to attend an education rally at the state Capitol, Superintendent Keith Ballard announced Thursday. Principals will work to identify two to three teachers from each site who want to take leave to attend rally on Monday, officials said. The plan was to use the distict's remaining snow day for the rally, but Wednesday's severe weather caused TPS to cancel classes Thursday after 10 schools were left without power Wednesday night. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Ginnie Graham: Visit Oklahoma to avoid the presidential campaign, says a national blogger

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Oklahomans are so disengaged and vote in lock step that it's a paradise for non-politicos wanting to avoid the chaos of presidential campaign advertising, visits and debates, says a national reporter. In a blog by Washington Post writer Niraj Chokshi, Oklahoma is touted as the No. 1 spot to get away from the crush of all things related to the presidential race. "Escape to Oklahoma, the best state to get away from the political circus," Chokshi said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Samson Resources laying off 196 local workers

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Samson Resource Co., the privately held Tulsa oil and gas giant beset by huge debt leverage and falling crude oil prices, is laying off one-third of its Tulsa workforce, the company confirmed Thursday morning. Samson is letting go of 196 employees at the Tulsa headquarters and 270 companywide. The reduction will drop Samson's local workforce below 400 people. "As has been previously communicated, Samson Resources is currently in the process of evaluating restructuring alternatives to address the sharp decline in oil and natural gas prices, which have posed huge challenges to the company and to the broader industry," company spokesman Brian Maddox said in a statement. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Business arm of Cherokee Nation approves $6.9 million in Hard Rock renovations

    BY LENZY KREHBIEL-BURTON, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    CATOOSA — Starting this spring, changes are coming to Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. At its March meeting Wednesday morning, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ board of directors unanimously approved a three-phase $6.9 million capitol project that will launch in May. The first phase is a $2.1 million renovation of the hotel’s lobby, which will add more space to the hotel’s check-in area, currently designed to accommodate about one-fourth of the facility’s hotel rooms. CNB officials anticipate starting the lobby work on May 10 and completing it within 100 days. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .