• Gov. Mary Fallin signs bills on trying to grab law officers' weapons, laser pointers

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday signed a measure designed to crack down on those who attempt to grab the weapon of a law enforcement officer. Senate Bill 55, by Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, and Rep. Lisa Billy, R-Lindsay, would make attempting to reach or gain control of a law officer’s weapon assault and battery. It would make the act aggravated assault and battery if the person made physical contact with the officer. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Bills on brewery sales, refrigerated beer pass committee on National Beer Day

    BY TOM GILBERT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Oklahomans saw progress on two beer-related bills on Tuesday, National Beer Day. Senate Bills 424 and 383 went through the Alcohol, Tobacco and Controlled Substances Committee, so they could go up for a vote on the House floor in the next three weeks. SB 424 would allow beer in excess of 3.2 percent alcohol by weight to be sold at a brewery. Breweries currently can sell only 3.2 ABW and below at their locations; for higher-point beer, they must go through a wholesaler, distributor and then liquor store (who all get cuts). Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • 5-year-old dies in Tulsa after being run over by neighbor

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    A 5-year-old boy was pronounced dead Tuesday morning at Saint Francis Hospital after being hit by his neighbor's Jeep. Tulsa police said the neighbor who was supposed to take Jarden Ber-Morgan to Bunche ECDC, a preschool at 2703 N. Yorktown Place, backed over the boy about 8 a.m. No wrongdoing is suspected in the accident, which occurred near 48th Street North and Elwood Avenue. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Sheriff's Office: Reserve deputy who fired fatal shot was among 'lots of' wealthy donors in reserve program

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Robert Bates, the reserve Tulsa County deputy who fatally shot a man who was in a physical altercation with another deputy last week, has donated thousands of dollars worth of items to the Sheriff’s Office since becoming a reserve deputy in 2008. Bates, 73, accidentally shot Eric Harris on Thursday, according to Maj. Shannon Clark, after Bates — the subject of an undercover gun and ammunition buy by the Sheriff’s Office’s Violent Crimes Task Force — fled from arrest and then fought with a deputy who tackled him. Bates, Clark said, thought he was holding a stun gun when he pulled the trigger. Bates is not an active member of the task force but donates his hours there as a highly regarded member of the Reserve Deputy Program, Clark said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • CDC recommends people not eat ice cream products from Broken Arrow Blue Bell facility

    BY LAURIE WINSLOW, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people not eat Blue Bell products that were produced at a Broken Arrow facility after some ice cream products were found to be contaminated with listeria. Blue Bell products made at the Broken Arrow facility can be identified by checking for letters “O,” “P,” “Q,” “R,” “S,” and “T” located at the end of the code date printed on the bottom of the product package, according to a Blue Bell release. "We are voluntarily withdrawing these products from stores. If you have purchased any of these products, either discard or return it to the retailer for a full refund," the company states. "It is important to note that these products have not been recalled; however, some retailers have decided to remove products from their shelves." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tank unit commander Larry Lantow was lone survivor of three WWII brothers

    BY TIM STANLEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Whenever one of his men was killed in action, it was Larry Lantow’s job to write to their families. But unlike many things done over and over, he said, it never got easier. “I hated it,” added Lantow, who commanded a tank company during World War II. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa doctor's license suspended after dangerous prescribing methods found

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    A Tulsa doctor had her license suspended during an emergency hearing last week, after an investigation found she was prescribing large amounts of narcotics to patients without doing exams or keeping adequate records. Dr. Tamerlane Rozsa also was abusing substances while practicing medicine and prescribing controlled dangerous substances to herself, according to a complaint from the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. She apparently slept in her office at 2301 S. Sheridan Road, which investigators described as “filthy.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • See which county soared above the state in household income

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    MEDFORD — Gary Aebi’s timing couldn’t have been any better when he decided three years ago to open an RV park in the Grant County town of Medford in northern Oklahoma. Business took off, thanks largely to the energy boom that sprung from new horizontal drilling and fracking techniques being employed in the area. With 21 stalls, the small RV park was pretty full by 2013, Aebi said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • BOK Center misses out on possible top 10 venue rank because of Garth Brooks' request

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The BOK Center ranked in the top 80 for arenas worldwide in the industry-tracking magazine Pollstar’s quarterly report; however, about 122,000 asterisks kept it from the top 10, BOK Center officials said. BOK Center officials said they were asked by Garth Brooks’ tour management to not report the numbers for his seven-show run at the arena in January. The roughly 17,500 tickets each night would have added 122,500 tickets to the BOK Center’s total, putting it in or near the top 10 of the worldwide rankings of arena venues. Ranked high this quarter was Cain’s Ballroom, which reached No. 17 in the first quarter, with 27,670 tickets sold in the first quarter of 2015. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Judge in Creek Nation embezzlement case marvels at lack of tribal fund oversight

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    A federal judge questioned the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s fiscal controls during a sentencing hearing Thursday for a tribal officer who has pleaded guilty to embezzlement. Chief U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell described as “amazing” the apparent lack of accounting oversight that prosecutors say enabled Second Chief Roger Dana Barnett, 53, to steal about $150,000 from the tribe. “It boggles the mind,” Frizzell said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Answers may be hard to find in triple murder-suicide of Tulsa family

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM and JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    As police comb through evidence at a triple murder-suicide discovered Wednesday afternoon, others — those who lived nearby, worked with the parents or knew them through their children — will be left to search for the “why.” Often, there is no answer. That’s the hard part in understanding these tragedies, said Mike Brose, executive director of Mental Health Association Oklahoma. “In one way, each situation is a little unique, a little different,” Brose said. “But sometimes in the aftermath, we don’t really know because we don’t have anyone to talk to.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Pearl Harbor survivor Allen Clinkscales of Tulsa dies

    BY TIM STANLEY, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    While tailor-made for the classical songs he loved, Allen Clinkscales' Irish tenor voice had other good uses, as well. Like telling war stories. "Since he was a teacher, he was often asked to share his memories and experiences with school classes," said Karen Forehand, Clinkscales' daughter. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Ginnie Graham: Miss Oklahoma talking sense about teen pregnancy

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    A teenage girl approached Miss Oklahoma Alex Eppler at a school event with a secret she had yet to share with anyone. "She told me she was pregnant and I was the first person she told," Eppler said. The girl felt more comfortable telling a pageant winner about her situation than other adults in her life. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • 5-year-old shot at Tulsa hotel in what police say was gang-related encounter

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

    A 5-year-old child was shot in the leg Thursday evening in what police described as a gang-related encounter at a Tulsa hotel. The shooting occurred shortly after 7 p.m. at America's Best Value Inn, 3509 S. 79th East Ave., just off the Broken Arrow Expressway at Interstate 44. Capt. Mike Williams said only the child and his mother were staying in a third-floor room at the hotel when the boy was shot by a man. The wound wasn't life-threatening, police said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa police captain's lawsuit over MLK parade participation survives procedural challenge

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    A Tulsa police captain who sued the city and his superiors after he says he was forced to march in the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade has won a key procedural ruling in his federal court case, clearing the way for his lawsuit to go to a trial. U.S. District Judge John Dowdell ruled Monday against the city of Tulsa’s request that Capt. Walter Busby’s case be dismissed in its entirety through summary judgment, keeping key provisions in the case alive. “What the court has determined is the two sides have a different view of the case, and if the jury believes the facts as put forth by Capt. Busby, that Capt. Busby can win the case,” said Louis Bullock, Busby’s attorney. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Undercover reserve deputy fatally shoots man during gun buy

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH and COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    A Tulsa County Sheriff's Office reserve deputy shot a 44-year-old man Thursday morning in north Tulsa who later died, authorities said. The Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Eric Courtney Harris. Capt. Bill McKelvey said the reserve deputy was unharmed. A media release by the sheriff's office said Harris was a "known, convicted felon" who the reserve deputy — assigned to the Violent Crimes Task Force — was attempting to take into custody. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • In Sand Springs' tornado's wake, damaged tree farm, leveled doughnut shop face uncertain futures

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

    The first thing Diane Hardy identified as she and her husband emerged from a storm shelter last week was a towering hackberry tree that had been uprooted. Wandering in shock, she then realized that the roof of a nearby workshop had been torn off and thrown down next to the shelter. Not 10 minutes beforehand, the couple — with three wiener dogs in tow — had hunkered down amid howling winds and swirling debris at Tanglewood Nurseries, the business the two own just west of Sand Springs at U.S. 412 and 177th West Avenue. The tornado that struck a week ago isn’t the first obstacle they’ve encountered in trying to coax their fledgling tree nursery into a profitable venture. Between a two-year drought and a blood infection that sidelined her husband for a year, Hardy said the tornado likely set back the young business a few more years from producing numbers in the black. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers seem reluctant to face Indiana-style backlash on anti-LGBT bills

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Oklahoma started the legislative session with more than a dozen proposed laws targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents. Now the number is whittled down to three. Two of those proposals deal with the same issue — reiterating that clergy cannot be forced to marry anyone. The other bill would end the practice of marriage licenses being issued by court clerks. When called to ask why the other bills — including one that would amend the state’s existing Religious Freedom Act , enacted in 2000 — have been set aside or laid dormant, lawmakers are not eager — or willing — to talk. Their reluctance could be attributed to the backlash Indiana has experienced with the recent passage of its Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Samson Resource makes dramatic moves; analyst predicts bankruptcy

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

    One Samson Resource Co. official put it this way: The company has "somewhat of a runway" to elevate from its financial struggles, "but it's not very long." A Tulsa money manager put it more bluntly: Samson is probably headed for bankruptcy. Tulsa-based Samson not only is laying off one-third of its workforce, but also has stopped all drilling operations and has an amended deal with lenders that gives it very little financial flexibility in the short-term. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Two adults, two children found dead in apparent murder-suicide at east Tulsa home

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    They were found Wednesday afternoon.




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