• ORU professor says finely-tuned universe points to creator

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    As director of the Oral Roberts University Center for Faith and learning, Professor Dominic Halsmer helps students and faculty integrate academics with a Christian worldview. A tall order in an era when people of faith and people of science often view each other with suspicion. But Halsmer couldn't contain his excitement about his work this week when we sat down at Panera Bread to talk about such subjects as the age of the Earth, evolution and scientific evidence in nature that suggests a creator.

  • Satanic monument headed for Oklahoma or Arkansas to be unveiled in Detroit

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    The Satanic Temple on Saturday will unveil its Baphomet monument in Detroit in hopes it will find a home at the Capitol in Oklahoma or Arkansas. The action comes after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in June that a privately funded Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma Capitol violated the state constitution and must be removed. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to revisit its decision, putting it on hold pending the outcome.

  • State Sen. Rick Brinkley wants civil suit put on hold, asks to file reasons in secret

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Sen. Rick Brinkley has asked a judge to file under seal a request to stay proceedings in a civil suit filed against him. The Better Business Bureau of Tulsa filed a civil suit against Brinkley, R-Owasso, on June 5 alleging that as an executive with the organization he embezzled more than $1 million over 15 years. The organization alleged that he used its money to pay “his mortgage, pool cleaner, personal credit card invoices, and to support a hidden gambling habit.”

  • Abercrombie hijab lawsuit final chapter written

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Tulsa Muslim woman against Abercrombie & Fitch is effectively over after the store dropped its appeal . The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit in 2009 against Abercrombie & Fitch after the store’s Woodland Hills outlet refused to hire then teenager Samantha Elauf because she wears a religiously-mandated hijab, or head covering. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled June 1 in Elauf’s favor, and sent it back to the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver for further resolution.

  • Tishomingo hit hard by news of Blake Shelton-Miranda Lambert divorce

    BY RITA SHERROW, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    The news of the Blake Shelton-Miranda Lambert divorce probably hit nowhere harder than in their adopted hometown of Tishomingo. Ray Lokey, publisher and managing editor of the Johnston County Capital-Democrat , reportedly told people.com that the community is "in a state of shock." "We love them both to pieces," he is quoted on the website. "We're so grateful to both of them, especially Miranda. She's turned our local economy around."

  • After chase, crash, Tulsa police arrest woman wanted in July homicide

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL and SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Tulsa police arrested a woman Wednesday who had been wanted on an accessory charge in the shooting death of a Tulsa man this month following a midtown police chase. Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said Sarah Nicole Helton, 32, was being sought in the July 5 shooting of Craig Wingard, 33. Wingard was killed during an altercation outside a home in the 3100 block of East Woodrow Place. A warrant for her arrest was filed July 8, the same day Wingard died, records show.

  • Fired, then reinstated Owasso police officer to receive $35K+ in interest on back pay

    BY JOSH BURTON, Owasso Reporter | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    A police officer who was fired and then reinstated after a nearly four-year court battle will receive a payment for interest of $35,772. Lt. Michael Denton, who is on paid administrative leave in an unrelated case, was fired in November 2011 for violating the Owasso Police Department’s use-of-force policy. After a lengthy court battle, Denton was ordered reinstated by the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals in April 2014.

  • New developments in Blake Shelton-Miranda Lambert divorce revealed

    BY RITA SHERROW, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    All it took was $193.70 in court fees (not counting legal fees) and a prenup to end the four-year marriage of country music superstars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, according to Intouchweekly.com . The website obtained and posted a copy of reported court filings that show B.T.S. (Blake Tollison Shelton) filed for divorce from M.L.S. (Miranda Lambert Shelton) on July 6, and the decree of dissolution of their marriage was was completed July 20 in Pottawatomie County. The actual records of the divorce have been sealed. The couple lived in Johnson County, but the divorce was transferred to Pottawatomie County in Oklahoma. The case entries also show “The Voice” coach Shelton filed “a petition for protective order” on July 6, which was granted the same day.

  • Rogers County Sheriff's Office seek man in Collinsville rape

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    The Rogers County Sheriff's Office is seeking a man for questioning in connection with a rape that occurred earlier this month. Authorities said the reported assault and rape happened in Collinsville on July 13. The man sought for questioning is described as 45 years old, white, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 170 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes, authorities said.

  • 'America's Got Talent' winner coming to Oklahoma

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Comedian Terry Fator, an “America’s Got Talent” winner known for his range of celebrity impressions, is set to perform in Tulsa this fall. Fator will perform Oct. 9 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Tickets start at $50 and go on sale Aug. 6. Fator is known for his work in imitations, with more than 100 in his repertoire. He also works extensively with puppets to create a dynamic and interactive show.

  • Patriotism led Tulsa's Estelle Harrington to join Navy WAVES

    BY TIM STANLEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Estelle Harrington thought she had her mind made up: After reviewing the options, she was going with the Marine Corps. “The Lady Marines had such cute hats,” she said. But the Navy, it turned out, had something going for it, too. Namely, a stronger sales pitch.

  • Man accused of giving HIV to 15-year-old he met at mentoring program set for jury trial

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    A jury trial has been set for a man accused of knowingly spreading HIV to a minor he met while mentoring at a Tulsa youth program. Elton Howland Rhoades, 24, is set for jury trial Nov. 2 in front of District Judge William LaFortune. Rhoades, who also goes by Keaton Zane Page, is charged with three counts of second-degree rape and three counts of exposing others to HIV, which he allegedly committed in March against a 15-year-old he met while mentoring at a Tulsa youth outreach program.

  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine formally endorses Ted Cruz for president

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine has formally endorsed U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Bridenstine, who has been closely associated with Cruz since the two arrived in Washington 2½ years ago, made the announcement on Breitbart.com over the weekend. Cruz attended a fundraising event for Bridenstine in Tulsa last month, and the two have been allies on several maneuvers in Congress, some of which have irked their Republican colleagues.

  • Grand jury selection in Sheriff's Office inquiry begins; heavy-lifting to come Tuesday

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Six prospective jurors were excused by the judge Monday morning during early stages of the impaneling of a grand jury to probe the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. Tulsa County District Court Presiding Judge Rebecca Nightingale listened to 26 potential jurors offer personal reasons why they shouldn't be on the grand jury. The conversations lasted about 75 minutes and were one-on-one, not allowing the gallery to hear discussions. Nightingale ruled six of them could be excused. Much of the heavy-lifting in convening the grand jury now will take place Tuesday when the jury pool is questioned and whittled down to the necessary 12 members and three alternates.

  • Arbitrator awards interest payment of more than $35,000 to terminated-then-reinstated Owasso police officer

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    OWASSO — City of Owasso staffers have recommended approving more than $35,000 in back-pay interest to a police officer who was reinstated after being fired. The city council is scheduled to vote on the $35,772 interest award to Lt. Mike Denton at its regular meeting Tuesday night. In February, the City Council OK’d a budget supplement to extend $283,420 in back payments to Denton. Denton, reinstated by an appeals court after being fired in November 2011 for violating the Owasso Police Department’s use-of-force policy, went back to work in September, the city has said.

  • Attorneys say Tulsa convicts in 1994 drive-by slaying have waited long enough for response to innocence petitions

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Almost a year and a half since two convicts serving life sentences filed applications for post-conviction relief, one defendant’s attorneys say they’ve waited long enough for the case to move forward. The attorneys for convict Malcolm Scott filed a motion on Wednesday opposing the state’s requests for more time to respond to their client’s application. The motion states that Scott objects to any further delays and asks the court to set a date for an evidentiary hearing. Almost 20 years ago, a jury found Scott and De’Marchoe Carpenter guilty of first-degree murder and related counts in a drive-by shooting that killed 19-year-old Karen Summers in 1994. Scott and Carpenter, who were 17 at the time of the crime, were sentenced to life plus 170 years in prison.

  • Outlet mall zoning plans scrapped for Tulsa-area site

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The plans to rezone private property near Turkey Mountain were officially taken off the table Monday morning, apparently locking in the developer's previously announced plans to build in Jenks.  Representatives of Simon Property Group had requested several delays for Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission meeting discussion on rezoning the property near Turkey Mountain.  TMAPC Chairman Michael Covey said the developer's attorney Louis Reynolds emailed commission members Monday morning, asking them to remove the zoning change from consideration.

  • Bixby man arrested on charges of sexual assault against 10-year-old Illinois girl

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    A Bixby man wanted in Illinois on allegations of raping a 10-year-old girl was arrested in Tulsa on Thursday. Gary M.J. Grodin, 32, was booked into the Tulsa Jail just after 4 p.m. on a complaint of being a fugitive of justice. Grodin was wanted by the Swansea Police Department after being charged with 15 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and 18 counts of possession of child pornography.

  • Rogers County officials indicted on charges of embezzlement, conspiracy

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A current and former Rogers County commissioner have been indicted by a state multicounty grand jury on charges of embezzlement and conspiracy, Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced Thursday. Commissioner Michael Earl Helm and former commissioner Kirt Lannon Thacker each was indicted on one count of conspiracy for selecting a private contractor to perform highway improvements in excess of $2,500 without going through the public bidding process. Helm also was charged with one count of embezzlement exceeding $1,000 for selling scrap metal belonging to the county but failing to deposit the cash into county accounts or otherwise account for the proceeds of the sale of the scrap metal, as required by law.

  • Tulsa man jailed for reportedly shooting daughter during domestic dispute

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    A Tulsa man was jailed late Tuesday after reportedly shooting his daughter while firing rounds at her boyfriend's car, police said. Paul McCleallan, 54, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on an assault with a deadly weapon complaint, jail records show. About 10:30 p.m., McCleallan's daughter, Brittani McCleallan, showed up at OSU Medical Center to be treated for a gunshot wound she sustained while sitting in her boyfriend's vehicle, police said.