• Crime on the decline in Tulsa Housing Authority housing complexes

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Since the height of criminal activity in Tulsa Housing Authority-run complexes in the early 1990s, crime in public housing has seen a dramatic decrease. In fact, in the last couple of years, crime in public housing has made up only about 1 percent of crime in the city of Tulsa. “People can develop stereotypes of what life is really like in public housing and it can actually be very different than what their stereotype may lead them to believe it is,” said Chea Redditt, president and CEO of the Tulsa Housing Authority.

  • Puzzling area between Edmond, Guthrie illustrates one of many challenges facing earthquake experts

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    A perplexing swath of land between Edmond and Guthrie illustrates one of many challenges scientists and industry experts face in better understanding connections between wastewater disposal and Oklahoma’s surge in seismicity. The area doesn’t have the high-volume, deep-injection wells the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is targeting as the most likely to induce earthquakes, according to spokesman Matt Skinner. Back-to-back weekends of “very strong seismic activity” in June helped prompt the commission to ask operators of three wells in the area to halt, as well as a fourth not to restart operations, Skinner said.

  • Father of slain girl pleads for peace, unity at north Tulsa anti-gang rally

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Someone once asked Thomas Landrum whether he thought the boy accused of gunning down his 16-year-old daughter in north Tulsa last month deserved the death penalty. A lot of emotions have swirled through Landrum’s head since Deouijanae Terry was killed in a drive-by shooting on July 17 near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 46th Street North. Police believe Deouijanae was a victim of gang violence — which recently has seen an upsurge in north Tulsa — and was not the intended target. Out of all those emotions, revenge was never a priority for Landrum. Not when he heard the news that his daughter was dead and not when 14-year-old James Edward Knapper was charged with her slaying weeks later.

  • Charter schools surging in Oklahoma amid calls for greater accountability

    BY ANDREA EGER and NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Tulsa is on the verge of a charter school explosion. Over the past five years, charter school enrollment in the city has doubled to 2,400 students, and this month alone, it will expand by another 25 percent. Three new Tulsa Public Schools-sponsored charters are opening, and an existing one is adding a second site. Plus, a Langston University-sponsored charter high school is planning to open in north Tulsa.

  • KFOR: Ada woman accused of illegally euthanizing neighbor's dog

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    ADA, Okla. — A former animal welfare employee is accused of animal cruelty, after allegedly euthanizing her neighbor’s dog without their knowledge. Marteen Silas, of Ada, became a Certified Animal Euthanasia Technician last August. She was an employee at the Pontotoc Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) when she allegedly killed the animal. According to court records, Silas took her neighbor’s dog because it was chasing her livestock.

  • KFOR: Confession leads to arrest of Oklahoma pastor accused of sex crimes against children

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY,Okla. — A shocking confession led to the arrest of a Quail Springs Baptist Church pastor accused of sex crimes against children at his former church. Brian Burchfield was arraigned in Pottawatomie county Thursday morning, accused of sending inappropriate text messages to teenage boys. We tried to get answers from Burchfield himself. He was not at his Edmond home, but neighbors we talked to say they were surprised by his confession.

  • ONEOK Partners to invest up to $100 million to expand capacity in Permian Basin

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    ONEOK Partners LP announced Thursday plans to invest between $70 million and $100 million to expand the ONEOK WesTex Transmission intrastate natural gas pipeline system. The expansion project is located in the Texas Panhandle and the Permian Basin in West Texas. Plans would increase the system’s natural gas capacity by 260 million cubic feet per day by the first quarter of 2017. The expansion includes the construction of two new compressor stations and upgrades or expansions to three existing compressor stations.

  • Broken Arrow residents hold vigil for slain, surviving Bever family members

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    BROKEN ARROW — Before hearing news of the stabbing deaths of five members of the Bever family July 22, Broken Arrow residents Glenna Parkman and Cindy Rigney had no connection with any of those who died. But once news broke that the family’s relatives lived mostly out of state and that the five wouldn’t have a memorial service in the immediate future, the women wanted to do something to show their support for the two who survived the attack inside their home: 13-year-old Crystal Bever and 2-year-old Autumn Bever. So Parkman and Rigney decided to hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening in front of the Bevers’ home in the 700 block of Magnolia Court, inside the Indian Springs III neighborhood.

  • Raid at Tulsa hotel believed to be site of drug and prostitution operation yields 6 arrests so far

    BY KYLE HINCHEY and SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Six people were arrested and at least a dozen others were detained Wednesday night after Tulsa police and the FBI conducted a room-to-room raid at a Tulsa motel believed to be the home of a large-scale drug and prostitution operation. The Tulsa Police Department's Special Operations Team executed warrants at the Tonight Inn & Suites, 8833 E. Admiral Place, beginning around 8 p.m. Sniper teams took position on the roofs of the motel buildings, and a mobile command center was brought to the scene. The sweep was part of a joint investigation involving Tulsa police and the FBI.

  • QEP Resources to shut down Tulsa office; approximately 70 jobs affected

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Denver-based QEP Resources announced Thursday that it will be shutting down its regional office in Tulsa. Around 70 employees, most of them in technical jobs, work in the company's Tulsa office, said Brent Rockwood, a spokesman for the company. Approximately half of those employees will be given relocation offers at the crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company's headquarters in Denver. Others will be laid off.

  • Talala mother arrested after child left in hot vehicle at Owasso Wal-Mart

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A Talala woman is accused of leaving her 1-year-old child in a hot vehicle for nearly an hour while she shopped inside an area Wal-Mart, Owasso police said. Hannah Victoria Secondi, 38, was taken into custody about 6 p.m. Tuesday after pedestrians saw the child inside her parked vehicle outside the Wal-Mart in the 12100 block of East 96th Street North. Secondi told police that she forgot the child was in the vehicle when she went inside the store, according to a police report. 

  • Bison herd at Tallgrass Prairie Preserve rebounds from deadly disease scare

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    PAWHUSKA — It’s mating season on the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, and the boys are showing off for the girls. A bull bison wallows in the dirt. Another kicks at the sod. From the rear of the herd trots more beefcake, and two more males lock horns in a dust-up that lasts several minutes. A window of his pickup rolled down, Preserve Director Bob Hamilton takes in the sights — and the come-hither roars of the males — from only a few feet away.

  • Bridenstine may join effort to oust Speaker John Boehner

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A spokeswoman for First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine said Wednesday there is a good chance the Tulsa Republican will join the most recent effort to oust U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner. Sheryl Kaufman said Bridenstine "absolutely supports new leadership" in the House, and noted he has twice voted for someone other than Boehner for speaker. Kaufman said Bridenstine is "reviewing" a resolution filed Tuesday by North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows to declare the speakership vacant.

  • Oklahomans for Equality to establish Cub Scouts pack

    BY STACEY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Fresh off the heels of the Boy Scouts of America’s decision Monday to end its ban on gay adult leaders,  Oklahomans for Equality has announced its intention to form a local Cub Scouts pack. Operating out of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. Fourth St., the organization will charter the troop through Tulsa’s Boy Scouts chapter, the  Indian Nations Council . The interest is there — both from youth participants and adults taking part in its leadership — and now it’s just a matter of getting all the paperwork in order and approval from the local council, said Andrew Grimes, who will serve as cubmaster.

  • Tulsa man accused of killing the father of his ex-girlfriend's child bound for jury trial

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A Tulsa man accused of murdering the father of his ex-girlfriend's child was arraigned in district court Tuesday. Cameron Jerel Hendrick, 28, pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony before District Judge Caroline Wall, who bound him over for jury trial on Jan. 11. Wall also denied a motion filed by Hendrick's public defender, Gregg Graves, to reduce the charge to manslaughter.

  • WPX Energy CEO gives U.S. Senate hearing testimony supporting end of crude oil export ban

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    WPX Energy President and CEO Rick Muncrief spoke Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., voicing the domestic oil and gas producer's "strong support" for lifting the United States government's four-decades old ban on the export of crude oil. Among other benefits, Muncrief said WPX Energy believes lifting the ban would boost the U.S. economy as well as strengthen the country's national security. Muncrief's testimony was part of a full committee hearing held by the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on "Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban." The ban has been in place since the Energy Policy and Conservation Act became law in 1975.

  • Delaware County water district manager accused of embezzling more than $100,000

    BY SHEILA STOGSDIL, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    JAY — A Delaware County water district manager was arrested on complaints he stole more than $100,000 from a rural water district, said Jay Police Chief Mike Shambaugh on Monday. Jacob Wiese, 31, of Jay was arrested Wednesday by the Jay Police Department on 18 complaints of embezzlement and 11 complaints of fraud, according to a probable cause arrest affidavit. No charges have been filed against Wiese, the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office said.

  • State Sen. Rick Brinkley acknowledges criminal investigation in court filing

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Attorneys for state Sen. Rick Brinkley acknowledge in court documents that Brinkley is the subject of criminal investigations related to his alleged embezzlement of more than $1 million from the Better Business Bureau. “One or more criminal investigations are pending relating to the same subject matter” as the alleged embezzlement, according to a motion to stay civil proceedings against Brinkley. Brinkley’s attorney in the matter is Joel Wohlgemuth of Tulsa. In his motion, Wohlgemuth argues that a stay is justified because continuing the civil proceedings could jeopardize Brinkley’s defense against the possible criminal charges.

  • Tulsa woman faces murder, assault charges in fatal double stabbing

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    A 33-year-old who turned herself in to authorities after being named a suspect in a fatal stabbing was charged with murder Friday. Latoya Willis was charged with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Tulsa County District Court in a double stabbing that left one woman dead. Amber McBroom, 31, was stabbed shortly before 12:45 a.m. July 13 in the 700 block of North Kingston Avenue. She died about an hour later at a hospital.

  • Man who likely shot NFL's Pat Tillman to speak about guilt, road to recovery in Tulsa

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    No one knows who shot and killed Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals safety who became a national hero when he turned down a lucrative NFL contract to fight the Taliban in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But the probability is high that it was former Army Ranger Steven Elliott, Kansas native and Oral Roberts University graduate who was on patrol with Tillman when he died 11 years ago in a rugged mountain pass in Afghanistan. Military and congressional investigations concluded that Tillman was shot three times in the forehead by friendly fire during an intense firefight. The Army originally reported that Tillman was killed by enemy fire.