• Tulsa sheriff asks state Supreme Court to block grand jury probe

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    In a last-minute rush of district court filings before a three-day holiday weekend, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office has mounted a second legal challenge to a petition calling for a grand jury inquiry. Attorneys for Sheriff Stanley Glanz filed documents Friday showing that a state Supreme Court referee has scheduled an expedited hearing on the sheriff's request that the court block Tulsa County Presiding Judge Rebecca Nightingale's order impaneling a grand jury to investigate the Sheriff's Office. A courier who was sent to file the documents told employees of the Tulsa County Court Clerk's Office that she couldn't give the filings to them until 5 p.m., a clerk told the Tulsa World. There were four filings totaling 27 pages.

  • Group commits more than $300M to form new midstream company

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Two veterans of Hiland Partners are reunited to form a new Tulsa-based oil and gas pipeline, storage and processing firm.  Joseph Griffin and Derek Gipson are founding Intensity Midstream LLC. The plan is to build or acquire and develop energy transportation, terminal and treatment assets connected to North America basins. The new company is stepping in the midst of an industry-wide downturn, with oil prices falling 50 percent over the past year. Griffin said Intensity was launched with the knowledge that some companies may be willing to sell assets in the near future.

  • State Senate Democrats toss minority leader for John Sparks

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Senate Democrats this week tapped Sen. John Sparks as the minority leader. The change in leadership left former Minority Leader Sen. Randy Bass, D-Lawton, surprised. Bass said five of the eight members of the caucus met and named Sparks as the new leader. Bass said he was upset that the normal practice, a caucus meeting, was not used, saying the vote happened in a “back room.”

  • State auditor investigating possible misuse of funds by Wagoner County Sheriff's Office

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector's Office confirmed Thursday it is investigating possible improper use of public funds by the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office after finding areas of concern during the process of completing a three-year countywide audit. State Auditor Gary Jones told the Tulsa World the report focuses at least partially on allegations Sheriff Bob Colbert used county funds for self-promotion purposes and personal use. Those claims are corroborated by documents and receipts obtained by the Tulsa World from the Wagoner Tribune, a partner newspaper, which indicated Wagoner County authorized the purchase of more than $4,500 in hats and engraved medallions with Colbert's name on them that were distributed and sold during events, $185 for a cowboy hat classified as "work wear," 1,000 coloring books and a $330 GPS monitor that is reportedly not in the county's inventory.

  • Oklahoma Girl Scouts camp on White House lawn, meet the Obamas

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Talking with people she doesn’t know very well doesn’t come easy for Daphnye Shell. “Even with family, I have to try my hardest,” she said. Still, she wasn’t going to let that get in the way of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

  • Denver company buys $840 million worth of Chesapeake assets

    BY JOHN STANCAVAGE, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Denver-based FourPoint Energy LLC announced Wednesday it is buying $840 million in oil and gas  assets from Chesapeake Exploration LLC, CHK Cleveland Tonkawa LLC and others in three related transactions. Chesapeake Exploration and CHK Cleveland's preferred interest owners are funds managed by GSO Capital Partners LP. The deal also includes transactions with other third party investors and common interest owner CEX. The assets to be acquired include an interest in approximately 1,500 producing wells primarily in the Cleveland, Tonkawa and Marmaton formations with average daily net production of approximately 21,500 Boed over the 12-month period ended in April 2015.

  • Tulsa man shot and paralyzed by security guard dies

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Monroe Bird III, the Tulsa man who was paralyzed after being shot by a security guard at a Tulsa apartment complex in February, has died family members confirmed. Bird's mother, Zondra Magness, posted her son's picture on her Facebook page early Wednesday morning and was receiving condolences from friends and relatives. According to Bird's stepfather, Johnny Magness, Bird was hospitalized Tuesday morning after a blood clot in his leg caused a pulmonary thromboembolism. Bird, 21, was taken to Saint Francis Hospital for treatment, where he later died.

  • Wagoner County sheriff: Training records not falsified

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    WAGONER — Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert on Wednesday said no training records in his department were falsified, despite a CLEET and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation probe of "official misconduct" within the sheriff's office. "I never use county funds or anything" for personal use, Colbert said during a news conference. Colbert said he is not resigning and said no records had been falsified.

  • Mother recalls night her 18-year-old daughter was killed by hit-and-run driver near Verdigris

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    CLAREMORE — As young teens about four years ago, Noelle New and her best friend, Maranda Talley, sneaked out of the house in the middle of the night to walk to a nearby QuikTrip store, says New’s mother, Brandy Whitmire. “That was the only thing Noelle had ever done to get in trouble,” Whitmire said, recalling that the girls were picked up by Verdigris police and returned home. This year, in the wee hours of June 5, New and Talley attempted the trek again.

  • Meet the brave singers who tried out for 'American Idol' in Tulsa

    BY HANNAH COVINGTON and JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    For those who always wanted to try out for “American Idol” but never did, the chances were running out. Tulsa was one of those last chances. The show is set to end after its upcoming season, so when auditions came to Tulsa on Monday, it brought people from across the region to show their talent and hopefully land a spot on the series finale. Several had auditioned for the show before and hoped that after lots of practice and dedication, this year would be different. Others had always wanted to try out but couldn’t travel or couldn’t break through the nerves.

  • OSBI to investigate Wagoner County Sheriff's Office for misconduct

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has accepted a request from The Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training to investigate the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office, an OSBI spokesman confirmed Tuesday. Special Agent Charlie Mackey said the agency received a letter from CLEET on Wednesday that asked investigators to look into "official misconduct" within the sheriff's office. Mackey said the letter from CLEET, which provides training and licensing for Oklahoma law enforcement officers and security guards, did not provide details of what may have occurred and did not name anyone as the focus of its prior inquiry. Although OSBI accepted CLEET's request, Mackey said an agent has not yet been assigned to the case.

  • VIDEO: Tahlequah PD chief on fatal officer shooting: '... they acted decisively in a very dangerous and in a rapidly escalating situation'

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    TAHLEQUAH — The Tahlequah Police Department on Tuesday identified a 15-year department veteran as the officer who fatally shot a 35-year-old man during an altercation Saturday morning that was captured on another officer's body camera. A portion of the video can be seen at the bottom of this story . Randy Tanner, the agency's range master, remains on administrative leave while the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation completes an inquiry into the death of Joshua P. Crittenden, Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King said at a press conference. Officers responded to a call at a home in the 500 block of South Mission Street around 11:50 a.m. Saturday, which indicated two men had at least one gun inside a white pickup truck that had been reported stolen, King said during the conference.

  • County OKs Tulsa Sheriff's Office use of outside counsel to fight grand jury petition

    BY COREY JONES and JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    A challenge to the Sheriff's request to county commissioners for outside counsel to fight a grand jury petition went largely unheard Monday as the request received approval. County Commissioner Karen Keith said after the meeting that accepting public comment should have been reconsidered, but the time element factored into the vote on Sheriff Stanley Glanz's behalf. "I had some extensive conversations because I had concerns, but I think there is a need to get counsel in place and going," Keith said after the unanimous vote.

  • EnergyWire stands by story questioning OU, Oklahoma Geological Survey

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    A Washington, D.C., reporter who questioned the integrity of the University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Geological Survey in a story last week said Monday that he stands by his reporting. In a story published Sunday in the Tulsa World, OU President David Boren said it is “a bald-faced lie and some of the most inaccurate reporting I’ve ever seen in my life.” The story, published June 23 by Mike Soraghan of EnergyWire, said the OGS, which is a state agency administered by the university, waffled on its findings concerning uncharacteristic earthquakes while OU fundraisers pitched a $25 million construction project to billionaire Harold Hamm, founder of Continental Resources. In an email to the Tulsa World on Monday, Soraghan said he stands by the story.

  • Glenpool man who led police on lengthy chase charged with kidnapping, other counts in Rogers County

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    CLAREMORE — A Glenpool man who led police on a 45-minute pursuit that ended along U.S. 169 in Nowata County earlier this month was charged with kidnapping and 11 other counts Monday. Cody Robert Mathews, 25, is being prosecuted in Rogers County, where much of the chase took place. Prosecutors also charged Mathews with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, unauthorized use of a vehicle, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and seven counts of running a roadblock.

  • Tulsa crowds line up to try out for 'American Idol'

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Song broke out all over Guthrie Green Monday morning as hundreds lined up for their chance to be an idol. The line to audition for the last season of "American Idol" circled the downtown park Monday morning, with lines forming late Sunday night and growing as the morning went on. They were waiting for their chance to sing for one of the show's producers, hoping they have what it takes to move on to the later rounds.

  • Man sentenced to life without parole in 2013 fatal stabbing

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    A man convicted of fatally stabbing a man in his home in 2013 was sentenced to life without parole Thursday in Tulsa County District Court. Ronnie Dean Haskins II, 41, was sentenced by District Judge William LaFortune to two consecutive life sentences, following the recommendation of the jury that found him guilty a week before. Haskins was charged with first-degree murder and two counts of possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony in the stabbing and killing of Zachary Hank Montgomery at a home on the 6100 block of West 8th Street in Tulsa.

  • Man charged in crash that killed woman, 5-year-old girl, commits suicide

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    GLENPOOL — A 23-year-old man who was charged with manslaughter after a DUI-related crash that killed a woman and her 5-year-old daughter has committed suicide, according to Glenpool police. James Goblet — who pleaded not guilty earlier this month in the deaths of McKala Miner, 29, of Pawnee, and her daughter, Halli — hanged himself in a shed outside his home in Glenpool on Friday night, a police report states. On the night of Oct. 24, 2014, Goblet was under the influence of alcohol when he drove his pickup west in the eastbound lanes of Oklahoma 51 just east of Stillwater, striking a Volkswagen head-on, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol accident report.

  • Fortune ranks Tulsa-based QuikTrip high among desirable jobs for millennials

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Brittney Ogens first started working at QuikTrip ten years ago just as she finished college. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology, and had originally planned to pursue that new field. But she soon realized her original job was better. "QuikTrip was more fun than what my degree was offering at the time, and the pay was better," she said.

  • Tulsa service offers prayer for families of Charleston shooting victims

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    The First Presbyterian Church held a city-wide service Tuesday evening to pray for racial peace in the nation and for the families of the nine people who were shot to death last week in the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. It was at least the third public prayer service held in Tulsa churches and one of hundreds held across the nation in response to what one security expert called the worst attack on an American congregation in history. Countless congregations offered special prayers in their regular Sunday services. The Rev. James Miller, pastor of the host church in downtown Tulsa, said he organized the event because what happened in Charleston “causes people to want to uplift each other in prayer and to pray for courage and for strength and for hope.”