• Mayes County tech center locked down while deputies search for possible suicidal subject

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    The Northeast Technology Center in Pryor is on lock down as Mayes County Sheriff's deputies search the area for a man authorities believe to be suicidal, according to a post on the center's  Facebook page . The Mayes County Sheriff's Office confirmed a manhunt going on near the campus, located near 6195 Oklahoma 20 in Pryor Creek. Deputies said they had no further information about the man at this time. The Sheriff's Office requested the school lock down about 2 p.m., according to an earlier post. Osage Public School, about 1.5 miles from the technology center, is also under lock down, a school official said.

  • Corey Kent White to lead benefit concert for OSU homecoming crash victims

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    STILLWATER — An Oklahoma State University student and former contestant on “The Voice” will lead a benefit concert Tuesday after a memorial service for those affected by the Oct. 24 homecoming parade crash. Bixby High School alumnus Corey Kent White will perform in a free concert starting at 7:30 p.m. at Gallagher-Iba Arena, the same site as the memorial service, OSU officials announced in a news release. White made it to the top eight on season eight of “The Voice” and was part of fellow Oklahoman Blake Shelton’s team before being eliminated April 28.

  • Broken Arrow father arrested after 4-month-old found with fractured skull, ribs

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    BROKEN ARROW — A Broken Arrow man is accused of abusing his 4-month-old daughter after firefighters found her with severe injuries, including skull and rib fractures, on Halloween. Kenneth Donald Knox, 23, was booked into the Tulsa Jail about 1 a.m. on complaint of child abuse by injury. His bond was set at $50,000. The Broken Arrow Fire Department responded to a reported medical problem at a residence in the 4400 block of West Oakland Street about 10:35 p.m. Saturday and found the infant breathing but unresponsive, according to an arrest report.

  • Former Tulsa sheriff acknowledged Robert Bates carried unapproved firearm, wasn't qualified with it

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015

    Former Sheriff Stanley Glanz acknowledged to a law enforcement accrediting agency that former Reserve Deputy Robert Bates was carrying an unapproved firearm that he hadn’t qualified with when he fatally shot Eric Harris. The Tulsa World used an open records request to obtain correspondence between the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in the wake of Harris’ killing April 2. The acknowledgement is documented within Glanz’s response to a lengthy series of inquiries from CALEA. The response discloses that Bates wasn’t disciplined administratively in the Harris shooting because the Sheriff’s Office couldn’t take action after he resigned.

  • Pew study: Most secularists see conflict between religion, science

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015

    People without a religious affiliation are more likely than people of faith to see a conflict between religion and science, according to a recent  Pew Research Center poll . The poll of 2,002 adults found that half of Americans who attend religious services at least weekly said science and religion are often in conflict, but three-fourths of people who seldom or never attend services thought so. Oral Roberts University biology professor John Korstad said when he first saw the study, he was surprised.

  • Records database lapse greatly underreported hours Robert Bates logged on Drug Task Force

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015

    Records now show that former reserve deputy Robert Bates reported 2,040 hours of work on a drug task force after the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office found a lapse involving missing records for its volunteer reserve deputies. Logs documenting the reserves’ work weren’t all kept in a central hub, the Sheriff’s Office discovered recently while fulfilling a Tulsa World open records request. So 1,975 hours that Bates submitted weren’t cataloged on a network and made available to the World in a June open records request. The original request turned up 730 hours overall for the 74-year-old insurance executive, 325 of which were on the Drug Task Force. Two more databases recently were found on individual computers that included additional hours for Bates — 1,715 with the Drug Task Force — not previously released. The hours are self-reported and not required by the Sheriff’s Office.

  • News9: Lahoma mayor's husband part of 'disturbing Halloween KKK prank'

    Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015

    A disturbing picture surfaced on social media of what appears to be inspired by the Ku Klux Klan. The Garfield County sheriff said it was part of a "Halloween prank" in the town of Lahoma.

  • Broken Arrow art students design Andy Warhol-inspired labels for canned soup to be donated

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Bright colors and eye-catching designs filled Amanda Latta's class on Thursday. The art teacher at Broken Arrow's Wolf Creek Elementary has been spotlighting Andy Warhol's work for the past two weeks, to coincide with a Philbrook Museum exhibit focusing on the well-known pop artist. This week, all 560 students at Wolf Creek are designing Andy Warhol-inspired Campbell's soup labels, which are being affixed to canned soup that the school is collecting and will donate to the nonprofit Broken Arrow Neighbors next month.

  • Guts Church pastor did a 180-turn in his 20s

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Guts Church founding pastor Bill Scheer was preaching in jeans and cowboy boots when most preachers were still wearing suits and ties. The church he founded 23 years ago is now one of Tulsa’s largest and most engaged in the community. “I wanted to start a church for people who don’t like church,” said Scheer, whose love of leather and motorcycles tells something about his past.

  • Jury recommends life for Tulsa man convicted of murder, child abuse in death of girlfriend's toddler

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Jurors recommended life in prison Friday for a Tulsa man they convicted of murder and child abuse in connection with the death of a 19-month-old girl. The jury found Scott Allen Bolden, 27, guilty of first-degree murder and child abuse by injury and recommended life sentences on both counts.  Prosecutors maintained that Bolden used unreasonable force upon Angel Benjamin, which caused her to sustain bruises all over her body and to die of subdural hemorrhaging. She also had extensive retinal hemorrhages.

  • Lawmakers get update on earthquakes as Oklahoma on pace for 1,000 quakes this year

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    The 90-day average of earthquakes has dropped, but the state still could see up to 1,000 temblors this year, a legislative panel was told Friday. The presentation was part of an interim study on earthquakes. Jeremy Boak, Oklahoma Geological Survey director, said the 90-day average for earthquakes in July began to go down. It dropped from about 5.0 per day to 3.5 per day, he said.

  • Bever case: Appeals court sets argument date for 16-year-old accused of slaying his Broken Arrow family

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has scheduled a date to hear arguments in the case of a 16-year-old Broken Arrow boy who is challenging state law mandating he be prosecuted as an adult in the stabbing deaths of five family members. Oral arguments in the case of Michael Bever will be heard in Oklahoma City at 10 a.m. Jan. 21, one day before Michael and his 18-year-old brother, Robert Bever, are set for a preliminary hearing in Tulsa County District Court. The brothers face five counts of first-degree murder in the July 22 deaths of their parents David Bever, 52, and April Bever, 44, as well as their siblings Daniel Bever, 12; Christopher Bever, 7; and Victoria Bever, 5, inside their Broken Arrow home.

  • QuikTrip again lands on Forbes' list of the biggest private businesses

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    QuikTrip again earned a high spot on Forbes' yearly ranking of the  country's largest private companies . The Tulsa-based convenience store chain generated yearly revenues of $10.96 billion, good enough to place the company at No. 28 on the rankings. That performance marked a slight decline from its No. 27 spot last year with a yearly revenue of $11.45 billion. The report also noted QuikTrip now has 19,800 employees.

  • Meet the couple behind one of Tulsa's best Halloween party houses

    BY JESSICA RODRIGO, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    For the past seven years, Emily and Richard Bolusky's home has become the Halloween headquarters for their friends and family. Their home on Owasso Avenue is hard to miss with its faux gravestones, giant spiders and inflatable Halloween decorations. It's not the only house on the block decked out with things that go bump in the night, but it is definitely one of the most popular on the spooky holiday. "It's just so fun, and the kids get so excited," Emily Bolusky said. "We get about 800 to 1,000 kids who visit our house for Halloween."

  • Mobile home in Turley destroyed by fire

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    No injuries were reported after a mobile home burned down in Turley on Thursday morning, according to the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. Cpl. Tracy McCall said he was driving when he spotted billows of smoke coming from a residential area in Turley, an unincorporated community in far north Tulsa, shortly after 10 a.m. Turley's volunteer fire department, assisted by the Sheriff's Office, responded and found a mobile home burning in the 6300 block of North Trenton Avenue.

  • Judge OKs PSO plans for smart meter opt-out program

    BY JACK MONEY, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    Some Oklahomans who don’t want digital smart meters to measure electricity usage at their homes and communicate that data with the power provider using cellular technology could be allowed to opt out of the program — if they are willing to pay to make that choice. A proposal by Public Service Co. of Oklahoma to allow for that option cleared a hurdle this week when an administrative law judge at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission recommended its approval. Next, the judge’s recommendation will be reviewed by the commission’s elected three-person board.

  • Muskogee County sheriff: Man to face charges after 56 cattle found dead, hundreds of others emaciated

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    MUSKOGEE — A man who owns property near the Muskogee-McIntosh county line likely will face charges after dozens of cattle were found dead and many more emaciated this week. Muskogee County deputies responded Tuesday after two ranchers from Iowa told them that Rudy Fulton, who owns more than 1,000 acres just north of Warner, had neglected to take care of the cattle they own, Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson said. Deputies have found 56 carcasses, with more than 200 additional cattle in very poor shape, Pearson said, adding that about 75 are unaccounted for.

  • Mother: Skiatook man may have spared kindergarten OSU crash victim from further harm

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    One moment, sisters Hadley and Mia Wyatt were holding hands and eating candy with their cousins as they watched the parade go by. In the blink of an eye, 6-year-old Hadley just vanished from 8-year-old Mia’s sight. “She said she felt something hit her hand to knock Hadley’s hand out of hers. She came away with nothing,” said their mother, Sara Wyatt.

  • Man electrocuted after dump truck knocks down power line

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    A man in Tulsa was electrocuted after the bucket of a dump truck knocked down a power line Thursday. Authorities shortly before 1 p.m. were called to the 7000 block of North Oakcliff Drive, where a man was using a dump truck to unload rocks. After the truck's bucket knocked down a nearby power line, the electricity caused a tire on the vehicle to catch fire, officials said.

  • Tulsa's Veterans Day Parade participant calls Muslim group's involvement 'atrocious'

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    For the first time, Oklahoma Muslims will have a float in the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Tulsa on Nov. 11, and not all parade participants are happy about it. “It’s something we have been wanting to do for years,” said Adam Soltani, executive director of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, based in Oklahoma City. Soltani said the float is sponsored by CAIR-Oklahoma but will “represent the Oklahoma Muslim community, which is a very diverse community of people from all walks of life, immigrants, indigenous people.”