• Because I Said So: My five days on the SNAP Challenge were not fun

    BY ADAM DAIGLE, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    I thought I knew hunger. We all think we do, right? You get in a situation where you don’t have time to eat, find yourself hungrier than you thought you’d be and you can’t go on without something to eat. Is that hunger to you? Hunger is worse than that. My only experience with real hunger was years ago when my pay at one newspaper job didn’t go far enough. But last week when my wife and I accepted the SNAP Challenge from the good people at Restore Hope Ministries for five days, I quickly realized my only experience with hunger was nothing. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Deputies' use of force in Turley arrest unjustified, mother says

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT and KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    The use of force in the arrest Monday of a man who reportedly attempted to rob a convenience store appears to be justified, despite his mother's claims that deputies went too far in their efforts, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. Paul Wallace Richardson, 26, is in the Tulsa Jail on complaints of attempted robbery and resisting arrest in connection with an incident Monday night at the Maverick Mini-Mart in the 6400 block of North Peoria Avenue in Turley. Tulsa County Sheriff's Maj. Shannon Clark said surveillance footage shows Richardson's mother, Charlene Richardson, stop him from stealing a cash register he had grabbed after climbing onto the counter. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Barresi hires husband of Ed Department general counsel to oversee investigations into accreditation

    BY ANDREA EGER and KIM ARCHER, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    Outgoing State Superintendent Janet Barresi has created a new assistant state superintendent position and hired the husband of a top Education Department official to fill it, raising questions about cronyism. State Rep. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud, called it "a good ol’ boy hire” and is calling for the immediate resignation of Barresi, her general counsel Kim Richey and Richey's husband and the new assistant state superintendent Larry Birney. Smalley also called for an immediate hiring and firing freeze to take effect at the Oklahoma State Department of Education because Barresi was defeated in June's primary election.

  • Osage Nation to boycott FedEx due to association with Washington Redskins

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    Osage Nation Chief Geoffrey M. Standing Bear issued a directive Tuesday telling all employees to "refrain from using FedEx" when possible due to its relationship with the Washington Redskins National Football League team. The directive states that Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder "chooses to stick with a brand which dictionaries define as disparaging and offensive. FedEx chose to endorse that brand through their sponsorship of Mr. Snyder's organization." Standing Bear encouraged other tribal nations to "consider similar actions." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Sex crime charges filed against former Tulsa County sheriff's deputy

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Prosecutors on Monday filed charges against a former Tulsa County Sheriff's Office deputy who is accused of committing sexual misconduct while on duty last week. Gerald Nuckolls, 26, faces two counts of sexual battery and one count each of indecent exposure and outraging public decency, which stem from claims he assaulted two women while following up on a 911 hangup call early Tuesday at the 5600 block of North Utica Place. Court records indicate the sexual battery charges involve conduct reportedly committed against both women.

  • Satanic black mass seeks to free people from influence of God, organizer says

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Sunday’s upcoming Satanic black mass in the Oklahoma City Civic Center may be attracting national media attention, but it is not a publicity stunt, says Adam Daniels, the self-avowed devil worshipper who organized it. “This is not a game. It’s very serious to us,” Daniels said in a phone conversation this week. “This will be held as a real black mass, altered to follow state laws,” he said.

  • Map reveals the most educated town in every state

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Business Insider recently looked at the most affluent towns in every U.S. state. Now they're turning their attention to educational achievement. The American Community Survey is an annual survey run by the Census Bureau to allow the government, corporate and academic researchers, and anyone who is curious about demographics to better understand the population of the U.S. Among many other subjects, the ACS includes questions about respondents' education levels. So, what's the most educated town in Oklahoma? Nichols Hills.

  • QuikTrip ranked first among convenience stores

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    For the second year in a row, Quik-Trip has placed first in a nationwide study of customer satisfaction with convenience stores. The study, conducted by Market Force Information, polled 5,000 shoppers and ranked 83 convenience store chains. Market Force Information first conducted the study last year. Chet Cadieux, QuikTrip’s chairman and CEO, said in a press release he’s thrilled at the company’s second top honor, and said much of the credit goes to the retailer’s employees. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Allegations against OHP trooper accused of sexual assault detailed in report released Tuesday

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Specific allegations of a sexual assault by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper of a woman he pulled over in June were detailed for the first time Tuesday in documents released by the Creek County District Attorney’s Office. Eric Roberts, a 16-year OHP trooper, stopped the 36-year-old woman on Interstate 44 in Creek County just after 2 p.m. June 15, offered her $20 for a lap dance and then instructed her “to use a U-Haul truck to move, so he could stop her and they could have sexual intercourse in the back” of the truck, an affidavit states. The document does not state whether intercourse occurred during the stop, only that Roberts “intentionally touched” the woman’s shoulder while making sexual advances. He also asked the woman about her tattoos and “reached over and moved her shirt around to expose a tattoo on her shoulder,” the document claims. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • University of Tulsa student charged with murder in death of 6-week-old baby

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    A University of Tulsa student reportedly shook his 6-week-old son to death last weekend because he wanted the infant to stop crying, police said Monday. Sebastian Aguirre Jr., 22, was charged Monday with child abuse murder in the death of Etienne Aguirre, who suffered a traumatic brain injury. The child was hospitalized Thursday at St. John Medical Center, but he was later transferred to Saint Francis Hospital, authorities said. Tulsa Police Cpl. Greg Smith, who heads the department's child crisis unit, said the baby was pronounced dead at 7:28 p.m. Friday after being taken off life support. The injuries were consistent with the baby being violently shaken, Smith said, adding that both detectives and hospital staff determined the injuries could not have been accidental in nature.

  • Throwback Tulsa: After midway complaints, Tulsa State Fair hired famed stripper

    BY DEBBIE JACKSON and HILARY PITTMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Complaints about tawdry midway shows and gambling at the Tulsa State Fair were boiling over in 1949, so the fair manager had no choice – she brought in the world’s most famous strip-tease artist as a headliner. The Rev. J.W. Storer, pastor of Tulsa’s First Baptist Church, had complained about the “gyp joints and off-color” carnival shows following the 1948 fair and called for a boycott. “If every church member of every church in Tulsa County would just stay away from the fair in 1949, there would be a fair to behold in 1950,” Storer wrote in a church newsletter. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Trooper accused of rape remains on paid leave nearly two months later; motion filed to dismiss civil suit against him

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper accused of raping two women during traffic stops in July remains on administrative leave with pay while the investigation into those allegations nears its second month. Eric Roberts, a 16-year veteran of the OHP, was listed in a lawsuit filed last month accusing him of raping two women during traffic stops in July. OHP Capt. George Brown said Wednesday the department’s investigation into the allegations is ongoing. Meanwhile, the civil suit filed against Roberts that first brought the claims to light hangs in the balance, as well. A motion filed this week by the state Attorney General’s Office asks to have the lawsuit dismissed as currently filed, since it names Roberts as a defendant in both his individual capacity and official capacity. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • 'Cherokee Outlets' to bring 1,000 jobs to Catoosa

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    CATOOSA — A partnership announced Wednesday could bring premium outlet shopping, a new entertainment district and an estimated 1,000 permanent jobs to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Cherokee Nation Businesses has leased property west of the casino to commercial real estate developer Woodmont Outlets for a potential upscale retail development, officials announced at a news conference. Woodmont Outlets, an affiliate of Fort Worth-based The Woodmont Co., plans to invest $80 million into a development to be called “Cherokee Outlets.” Read the rest of this story at Tulsa World.com .

  • Oklahoma woman sues Dallas Cowboys owner over alleged sexual assault

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    A 27-year-old Oklahoma woman is suing the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones for sexual assault over a 2009 encounter that has already made national headlines, Culture Map Dallas reports . According to her attorney Thomas Bowers, Jana Weckerly was the person behind the camera when Jones posed provocatively with several women in an undisclosed Dallas hotel's bathroom.

  • Police: Man shot by Tulsa officer after he rams police vehicles in attempt to flee

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    A man was shot in the leg by a Tulsa police officer as he tried to flee from authorities after reportedly attempting to rob a local pharmacy Tuesday. Delricko Smart, 33, was shot once in the leg about 8:10 a.m. in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy at 2110 South Harvard Ave. The man is believed to have been involved in a series of pharmacy robberies, and the Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force received an anonymous tip that the suspect might be attempting to rob the CVS, TPD spokeswoman Demita Kinard said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Broken Arrow police: Boy, 13, stabs man in self-defense; man arrested in Tulsa Monday afternoon

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    BROKEN ARROW — The stabbing of a man by a teenager at a Broken Arrow home Monday afternoon appears to be a case of self-defense, police say. Officers were called to a home at the 4300 block of South Birch Avenue around noon Monday, where they were told Noah Blacketer, 31, left the scene with a stab wound to the back after an altercation with a 13-year-old boy and his family, Broken Arrow Cpl. Leon Calhoun said. "Officers had been out there before for issues between (Blacketer) and his neighbors directly to the south," Calhoun said. "He apparently went over and confronted the family while they unloaded groceries from their van." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Woman given home detention, probation after frauding FEMA of $31K

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    A Mannford woman has been given home detention and probation for fraudulently obtaining more than $30,000 in federal disaster relief made available to wildfire victims, according to a news release Friday from U.S. Attorney Danny Williams. Kerry Lynn Rowell, 42, was sentenced in federal court in Tulsa to six months of home detention with electronic monitoring, which will be followed by a five-year probation period. The sentenced comes on the heels of Rowell in May pleading guilty to fraudulently obtaining FEMA disaster assistance benefits that were made available to victims of the August 2012 Mannford wildfires. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Broken Arrow couple jailed on homicide, abuse complaints after death of foster child

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    BROKEN ARROW — A married couple was arrested Tuesday on complaints of abusing two foster children, one of whom police allege died while in the pair's care last week, Broken Arrow police announced. Mallory Krajian, 25, will be transported to the Tulsa County Jail Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of child abuse murder, and her husband Peter, 44, is in custody on a claim of child abuse, Broken Arrow Sgt. Mark Irwin said in a release. A male foster child in the Krajians' care arrived at a Tulsa hospital with a head injury Wednesday, and the child's condition worsened throughout the past week, Irwin said. The 3-year-old boy died Sunday afternoon, and Irwin said Mallory Krajian's explanation of what happened to the child wasn't consistent with their evidence. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Kansas City's Oklahoma Joe's restaurant taking state out of name

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The popular Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Que in Kansas City will lose Oklahoma in its name by the end of the year. The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that the new name will be Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que. Co-owner Jeff Stehney told the newspaper the change will happen by the end of the year. “It’s not a knock on Oklahoma or the Oklahoma name,” Stehney told the Star. “We are super proud of our Oklahoma beginnings. But it has been 17 years that it has been one hundred percent Kansas City owned. This will better represent the city as one of the top — I think it’s the best — barbecue destinations.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Former prison warden present at botched execution in Arizona hired by OK DOC

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER and CARY ASPINWALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Oklahoma's Department of Corrections has hired the former warden of an Arizona prison where a lengthy botched execution occurred last month, records show. Lance Hetmer has been hired as special assistant to DOC Director Robert Patton, a newly created position. Hetmer was the warden at Arizona’s Florence Prison complex. On July 23, the Florence prison was the site of the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, which took nearly two hours while the inmate snorted and gasped for breath, witnesses said. Records show Wood was injected 15 times with an experimental combination of drugs, including midazolam. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .