• Center of the Universe Festival announces more bands

    BY NICOLE MARSHALL MIDDLETON, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    More bands were announced Thursday for the 2015 Center of the Universe Festival. The lineup will play on the Oklahoma Stage, presented by the Hardesty Family Foundation, in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District on July 24-25. Previously announced and included in the schedule below are artists for the Main Stage, Main Stage After Parties and the Bank of Oklahoma Stage at Guthrie Green. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa cold-case murder suspect arrested in Texas more than year after DNA connection found

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    A Texas man who is implicated by recent DNA tests in a Tulsa cold-case homicide was arrested on murder charges Thursday evening. Leroy Edward Gilbert Jr., who had been pinned as the suspect early last year, was arrested in Bonham, Texas, in connection with the slaying of Erma Jean Goodou, who was 32 when she died more than two decades ago. Goodou’s body was found on the morning of July 30, 1994, in the kitchen of her home at 820 E. 51st Place North. Police said she apparently had struggled with an assailant. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oops, wrong date: State prosecutors fail to show up in embezzlement case against former Rogers County commissionerer

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    CLAREMORE — The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office failed to show up Friday for the initial court appearance of a former Rogers County commissioner the attorney general had charged with embezzlement last month. After announcing the case of Kirt Lannon Thacker shortly after 1:30 p.m., Rogers County Special Judge Terrell Crosson took about a five-minute recess and returned to open court, where he reached Senior Assistant Attorney General Charles Rogers via speaker phone. Rogers told the judge he thought the court date was May 29. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Student loses again on bid to wear eagle feather in cap during graduation ceremony

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    A Tulsa federal judge has rejected a high school senior’s request to wear an eagle feather during her high school graduation this evening. Chief U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell accepted a magistrate’s recommendation to deny Hayden Griffith’s request for a preliminary injunction that would allow her to wear a sacred eagle feather during her Caney Valley High School graduation. Frizzell, in his written ruling, said since Griffith failed to demonstrate a violation of the Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act or her rights to free speech or the free exercise of religion, she subsequently failed to “carry her burden of showing she will suffer irreparable harm if an injunction is not issued, or that the threatened injury would outweigh the harm an injunction may cause.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Topgolf looking to tee off in Tulsa

    BY JACK MONEY, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Topgolf International is teeing up to develop its first location in the Tulsa area, it announced on Wednesday. The company said it actively is seeking potential sites for an operation while it wraps up its efforts to open its first location within the Sooner State in Oklahoma City. “We are incredibly grateful and excited for the support and anticipation the Oklahoma market has shown for Topgolf,” Zach Shor, the firm’s real estate vice president, said as part of the announcement. “Tulsa is a vibrant and fast-growing city with a great history, so it is a natural fit for a potential Topgolf location.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Sand Springs man among 170 arrested in Waco shootout

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    A Sand Springs man was among the 170-some bikers arrested after a melee Sunday at a Texas restaurant. Ronald Warren, 55, remained locked up Wednesday afternoon at the McLennan County Jail, according to records. A jail official said Warren is being held on a $1 million bond on a felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity. Warren is the only one of the suspects who has an address outside of Texas, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald . Each person is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and is being held on $1 million bond. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Caney Valley student in bid to wear eagle feather to graduation

    BY MICHAEL OVERALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    A Native American student failed to convince a federal magistrate Tuesday that she should be allowed to wear an eagle feather to her high school graduation near Tulsa later this week. As an expression of her tribal religious beliefs, 18-year-old Hayden Griffith, a member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians, wants to wear the feather to Thursday’s commencement at Caney Valley High School, 30 minutes north of Tulsa. Given to her by a Delaware elder, the feather would be attached to the graduation cap’s tassel in recognition of her academic achievements, Griffith told the court Tuesday. “A feather for me is not decoration,” she told a federal court Tuesday. “It’s sacred, like a symbol of God.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • District Attorney requests appointment of another prosecutor for Sheriff's Office investigation

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler announced Wednesday that he asked to be recused from the investigation into the Sheriff's Office. Kunzweiler said the request was made "in order to protect the integrity of the investigative process." Attorney General Scott Pruitt said he has appointed the office of Okmulgee County District Attorney Rob Barris to oversee the investigation. 

  • Women-owned businesses grow nearly 48 percent in Oklahoma from 1997-2015

    BY LAURIE WINSLOW, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    A few years ago, Elizabeth "Liz" Whitehead started a fashion boutique that has steadily grown. Her shop, Amaranth Collection at 8007 S. Sheridan Road, carries apparel, jewelry and accessories, and caters to a wide age range. The 27-year-old said she loves working for herself. Even though she's young and it can be difficult to start a business, she has enjoyed the challenge of building something. Whitehead said she's also passionate about delivering quality, trendy clothing that a lot of different women can wear because so many boutiques only carry for certain body types, she said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Shia LaBeouf, film company in Muskogee 'trying to keep a low profile'

    BY MICHAEL SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Shia LaBeouf has been seen here, and he’s been seen there, and if you judged by social media buzz alone, people in Muskogee are looking for the actor everywhere. A few have been fortunate enough to have their “brush with fame” and bump into LaBeouf, who has been shooting an independent drama in the Muskogee area. In turn, he’s been accommodating enough to grant a few photo requests, such as in a store while shopping or when he visited the Castle of Muskogee’s annual Renaissance festival. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • And the fittest city in the USA is ..

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Access to parks and paths for jogging, walking and biking helped make the Washington, D.C., area the fittest of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to a study out Tuesday. USA TODAY reports Oklahoma City ranked 48th and is building new trail routes and improving sidewalks to boost recreation and safety, and a new public park is planned for the downtown area. Although the city already ranked high for having more parkland per capita, it ranked low for its expenditures on parks. Its residents also ranked low on all measures for all types of exercise.

  • Bond increased for Oklahoma woman accused of mutilating corpse

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    A woman who is accused of removing a toe and the breasts of a dead woman during a viewing at a Tulsa funeral home was returned to jail after a bond hearing Monday afternoon. Shaynna Lauren Sims had posted bond and was released from jail last week, but a judge increased her bail by $10,000 Monday, and she was put back in the Tulsa Jail. She is expected to post bond on that amount and be released again Tuesday. Sims, 26, was charged Thursday with unlawful removal of a deceased person’s body part, a felony. The charge was added to three other felonies — first-degree burglary, larceny from a person and knowingly concealing stolen property — and misdemeanor counts of unauthorized dissection and disruption of a funeral, with all the allegations stemming from events of April 30. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Big 12 baseball tournament expected to have nearly $5.6 million economic impact on Tulsa

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Tulsa's first Big 12 championship baseball tournament begins on Wednesday, and the five days of competition are expected to be exciting for more than just college sports fans. According to the Tulsa Regional Chamber, the Big 12 Baseball Championship is expected to have a total economic impact of close to $5.6 million in revenue.  The Tulsa Sports Commission's budget to put on the event was just less than $800,000, said Ray Hoyt, president of VisitTulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Coffee Bunker buries Tulsa veteran with honors who likely died in sleep in parking lot

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    For one airman, his military brethren were able to step in and offer a final goodbye when his family couldn’t. His body was found inside his SUV in April after several weeks parked at a south Tulsa Wal-Mart. Presumed dead of natural causes, he was a veteran and regular of the Coffee Bunker. Ronald Ralph Marcussen had fallen on hard times, but life was on the upswing for the 48-year-old before his death. After being homeless, Marcussen had recently found an apartment on the west side of Tulsa. He held a job as a pizza delivery man on the other side of town, and had just purchased the white Mitsubishi Endeavor where his body would later be discovered on a mattress in the back seat . Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Ginnie Graham: Food stamps recipients are not eating more candy or lobster

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    The stories are common: Someone saw (or heard of) a person buying cakes, sodas, chips, steak and lobster with their food-stamp benefits. A version of that anecdote is usually cited when backing laws to restrict items bought with food stamps, a program now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Or, lawmakers argue they are looking out for the poor to make sure they eat healthy, which is pretty condescending. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Residents clean up following tornadoes, severe storms

    BY COREY JONES and MICHAEL DEKKER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    BROKEN ARROW — A pair of strong tornadoes that appeared to hopscotch from southeast of Broken Arrow to Inola and beyond tore the roofs off homes, uprooted trees and damaged power lines early Sunday morning. There were no reports of injuries. “Oh my gosh, all of the roof is gone. All of it,” said Carol Cole, who lives in the unincorporated community of Oneta, southeast of Broken Arrow. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Police follow slippery trail to deep fryer bandits

    Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Chickasha Police located two alleged thieves by following a trail of dried grease. 

  • Business booming for Cherokee Nation: Report shows $1.55 billion impact

    BY MICHAEL OVERALL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    CATOOSA — To reach Friday’s luncheon, guests walked through the Hard Rock Hotel’s busy lobby, with tourists lining up to check in, then across the casino floor, crowded with noontime gamblers. So it was obvious, even before Cherokee Nation officials handed out this year’s Economic Impact Report, that business is booming for the tribe. But the financial numbers from 2014 were so high, they surprised even the people who calculated them. The Cherokee Nation had a $1.55 billion economic impact last year on northeast Oklahoma, including a $460 million impact on Tulsa County alone, according to an analysis performed for the tribe by economists at Oklahoma City University. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds possible with Saturday storms in eastern Oklahoma

    BY ALTHEA PETERSON, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Saturday storms across eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas will have the potential to produce tornadoes, large hail, and damaging winds, according to the National Weather Service. An upper-level storm system is expected to move northeast into the central Plains region late Saturday into Sunday, according to the weather service. Severe thunderstorms will likely develop Saturday afternoon, and move east Saturday night across eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. In addition to tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds, locally heavy rainfall may result in both flash flooding and river flooding, according to the weather service. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Hanson fans from around the world bond in Tulsa

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    People from all corners of the world converge on Tulsa each year for one reason: Hanson. The band’s annual Hanson Day weekend has turned into a sort of Hanson-Con, drawing fans of the band from everywhere to hear from the band and get a personal experience. Hanson may be the initiation for the gathering, yet the experience for fans is much richer. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.