• Broken Arrow woman jailed after her husband is shot at

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    BROKEN ARROW — A Broken Arrow woman was arrested and her husband was hospitalized after he was shot at during an argument Sunday night. The man told police he and his wife, Melissa Lorene Williams, 45, were arguing in their home in the 600 block of Fairway Drive when she punched him twice, Cpl. Leon Calhoun said. The husband, whose name was not released, reportedly decided to leave and got into his vehicle parked in the driveway. He said he noticed his wife leave the residence holding a handgun, and he put the vehicle in reverse.

  • KFOR: Detectives say Oklahoma man admits to stabbing wife with screwdriver, setting home on fire

    Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    LITTLE AXE, Okla. - After being arrested for arson, authorities say an Oklahoma husband admitted to killing his wife and setting their home on fire, KFOR reports.

  • Did Oklahoma Wesleyan president berate a student?

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    Did Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Everett Piper verbally smack down a student in a  blog  that went viral over the Thanksgiving holiday? Not really, Piper told me this afternoon, although the headlines on various news media that covered the story suggested otherwise. Piper wrote about a student who came up after a chapel service at the Bartlesville campus and complained that the sermon about love was offensive because it made him feel uncomfortable about not being a more loving person.

  • Two men arrested in violent east Tulsa home invasion

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    Police have arrested two men in connection with an east Tulsa home invasion in July in which one person was shot in the mouth, another was pistol-whipped and a family dog was fatally shot. Christopher Adam Hicks, 35, and Joseph Winningham, 34, are accused of breaking into a residence in the 1900 block of South 117th East Avenue and taking control of a family of five on July 28, according to their arrest reports. The two reportedly made their way into the home by shattering the glass door in the back. The suspects bound the family — three adults and two small children — with duct tape before ransacking the house and stealing money, the report states. One man was armed with what appeared to be an assault rifle. The other had a handgun.

  • USGS upgrades early-morning earthquake to 4.7 magnitude; tied for state's largest since 2011

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 4.7 earthquake in Grant County on Monday morning, the state's largest in a little over a week. The temblor was recorded at 3:49 a.m. about 16 miles west-southwest of Medford with a depth of 3 miles.  The quake could be felt as far as Coweta to the east and central Kansas to the north. The USGS indicates its received numerous reports from residents in the Tulsa area.

  • Tulsa police working with Texas to apprehend fourth defendant in kidnapping-murder case

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    Tulsa police are working with Texas authorities to find and apprehend a fourth man who was charged last week in the death of a Talala man who was found deceased alongside a highway in July. James Vasco Jones, 42, was charged Nov. 23, joining defendants Vernon LeeMountel Smith, 27, Sidney Aaron Randall, 19, and William Earl Garrett II, 26. The four are charged with felony first-degree murder in the June 21 death of Chazz Holly, 27, who had cerebral palsy and was found alongside the Indian Nation Turnpike in Pushmataha County July 19.

  • Evidence room breach, theft at Tulsa County Sheriff's Office went uninvestigated for months

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Three months elapsed between an inmate worker’s alleged theft of K2 from a Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office evidence overflow area and the start of an Internal Affairs investigation because of miscommunication, acting Sheriff Rick Weigel told the Tulsa World. Weigel also revealed the suspect didn’t actually enter the locked area, which is protected by a chain-link fence. Weigel said the unsupervised trusty simply reached his fingers through the fencing to grab the K2 — a problem that since has been remedied in part by putting plywood up along the fence. General counsel Meredith Baker said the grand jury that investigated former Sheriff Stanley Glanz and operations of his office was made aware of the matter and didn’t return an indictment.

  • Stillwater Medical Center: No hospital bills for homecoming crash victims' initial treatment

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    STILLWATER — Patients treated at Stillwater Medical Center in the wake of October's deadly homecoming crash will not be billed by the hospital, officials announced Wednesday. The Stillwater Medical Center administration and Board of Trustees decided that victims of the  Oct. 24 crash  who were treated at the hospital's emergency room or were admitted for treatment won't have to pay hospital bills, according to a news release. On the day of the crash, the hospital reported treating 40 people ranging in age from 2 to 65.

  • $5,000 reward offered for info in slaying of Beggs woman

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    The Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office has announced a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction in the murder of a Beggs woman. Up to $5,000 will be offered to anyone who can provide information that will help solve the case and convict the murderer. Rebecca Hamilton, 62, was killed Oct. 17 after finding an intruder in her home in the 5000 block of Herreld Road in Beggs.

  • Woman leaves newborn with umbilical cord still attached at Tulsa urgent care facility

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    An unknown woman left a newborn whose umbilical cord was still attached at a midtown urgent care facility Tuesday night. Tulsa police were summoned at 9:14 p.m. to Access Urgent Care, 1623 S. Utica Ave., on a report of an abandoned infant. Dispatchers reported the newborn’s umbilical cord was still attached. A nurse told officers a woman approached her holding an infant wrapped in a towel, saying she was homeless and unable to care for the child. The woman handed over the baby and left, police said.

  • Tulsa County deputy takes cover as man fires 10 shots at him during traffic stop

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    A Tulsa County sheriff's deputy ducked for cover behind his patrol SUV to evade a barrage of bullets fired by a passenger of a vehicle he had pulled over early Wednesday southwest of downtown. Capt. Melissa Tapper said Deputy Leighton Boyd avoided injury and the gunman escaped on foot despite a perimeter being established, along with a Tulsa police helicopter and K-9 units attempting to locate the man. The encounter unfolded just after midnight in the 1700 block of Southwest Boulevard. Tapper said Boyd initiated the traffic stop after he spotted a Ford Escape with a license plate and tag that didn't match the vehicle.

  • $250,000 bond set for man accused of sending email threatening mass shooting at Copan school

    BY LAURA SUMMERS, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    BARTLESVILLE — A $250,000 bond was set Tuesday for a 23-year-old Washington County man who is charged with planning a mass shooting at Copan High School. Associate District Judge Russell Vaclaw set the bond on a felony charge of planning, conspiring or endeavoring to perform an act of violence filed against Kyle James Benefiel, who appeared in court Tuesday afternoon. Vaclaw forbid Benefiel to be within 1,000 feet of any Copan school and ordered him to avoid possession of firearms.

  • Former nurse sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping 84-year-old resident of Tulsa assisted living center

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    A 63-year-old man was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for committing sexual acts with a resident at an assisted living center in Tulsa where he was a nurse. A Tulsa County judge sentenced Stephen Craig Reed of Claremore to 20 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised probation. On Oct. 26, Reed entered a guilty plea without a recommendation from the state to one count of first-degree rape for having sexual intercourse with a woman who was incapable of giving legal consent due to dementia in December 2013.

  • 4.4, 3.0 magnitude Oklahoma earthquakes recorded Monday near site of Thursday's 4.7

    BY ALTHEA PETERSON, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    The U.S. Geological Survey recorded two more Oklahoma earthquakes earlier today. First, a 3.0 magnitude temblor recorded 12:31 p.m. about 9 miles south-southwest of Cherokee in Alfalfa County. The epicenter was a few miles south of Thursday's 4.7 magnitude quake, which was the state's largest recorded since 2011.

  • Two inmates apparently walk away from minimum-security Vinita prison

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Police are searching for two convicts who escaped early Monday from a minimum-security prison in Vinita. John J. Shepherd Jr., 37, and Jason Pedro, 33, walked away from the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center sometime between 6 and 8 a.m., Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Alex Gerszewski said. The facility is a minimum-security prison without a fence, meaning when inmates go outside for work duty or any other reason, they can walk off the premises, Gerszewski said.

  • Sand Springs school district dealing with racist remarks made by students after football game with Booker T.

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Racist comments from a Twitter account called "@SandSandite" after a high school football game between Sand Springs and Booker T. Washington on Friday have caused a stir in both communities. Screenshots of tweets from the account, which has been suspended, show that @SandSandite tweeted at the accounts of several Booker T. students, calling them n-----. There have also been reports of racist tweets from other Sand Springs students, as well as a racist text message sent to a Booker T. student.

  • Man arrested in connection with mass shooting threat at Copan Public Schools

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    A Washington County man was arrested one day before he reportedly planned a mass shooting at Copan Public Schools. Kyle Benefiel, 23, was arrested Monday morning on complaints of threatening to perform an act of violence and assault on a police officer, Sheriff Rick Silver said. Deputies discovered the mass shooting plan when the City of Bartlesville forwarded the Sheriff's Department an email outlining the plot, Silver said.

  • USGS: Oklahoma has 'unheard of' seismicity that might produce 6.0 quake, but Cushing efforts indicate problem is manageable

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Oklahoma’s surge in seismic activity has cultivated a swath of land with earthquake sequences “unheard of” in any other comparably sized area of the globe and may also produce a 6.0 temblor, according to a U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist. But some efforts to mitigate quakes that rattled Cushing a year ago — through more stringent wastewater disposal regulations — have yielded positive empirical results, and it’s a clear indicator that  the issue of induced seismicity  is manageable. That’s according to Daniel McNamara, a USGS research geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center. Oklahomans remain shaken up as the state blasts through its earthquake record from only a year ago . In August Oklahoma surpassed 2014’s banner year of 584 earthquakes of 3.0 magnitude or greater. In 2015, Oklahoma Geological Survey data show a staggering 802 quakes of those magnitudes through Sunday afternoon.

  • Ex-Tulsa County deputy gets eight-year sentence on indecent exposure, sexual battery convictions

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    A Tulsa County judge on Monday sentenced a former sheriff's deputy to eight years in prison after being convicted last month of groping a woman and exposing himself to her while on duty in September 2014. Gerald Nuckolls, 27, appeared in District Judge Bill LaFortune's courtroom just before noon Monday, handcuffed and in a Tulsa Jail uniform. He and his attorney, Terry Funk, asked LaFortune to sentence him to probation or a short Department of Corrections term despite a jury's Oct. 16 recommendation that he receive four years imprisonment on sexual battery and indecent exposure convictions. Funk said Nuckolls intends to appeal.

  • Four-day school weeks: Districts weighing benefits, but Hofmeister says it's bad for kids

    BY ANDREA EGER and NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    A sudden surge in public schools looking to entice teachers and squeeze more out of limited budgets by moving to a four-day week could change the way thousands of Oklahoma students learn. But State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister isn’t pulling punches on the subject — she says any benefits are questionable at best and believes the scheme is detrimental to academic instruction. “I think this is certainly being amplified in local school districts because of the teacher shortage. Frankly, I think it’s a short-term, promotional tactic to attract teachers at the expense of kids,” she said.