• Man bound over for trial in Owasso infant's death

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    OWASSO — A man who is charged with killing a 10-month-old baby was bound over for trial Friday at a preliminary hearing in Tulsa County District Court. Brandon Wade Nordstedt, 22, of Jennings  was charged  in August with child-abuse murder in the  July 12 death  of 10-month-old Emmerson "Emmy" O'Rourke of Owasso. Five witnesses testified during Friday's preliminary hearing. Nordstedt's arraignment is set for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 30 before District Judge Doug Drummond, court records indicate.

  • Eufaula woman reported missing since Monday

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    EUFAULA — A Eufaula woman who was last seen dropping off her child at school Monday has been reported missing. Peggy McGuire, 27, was reported missing by her family on Wednesday afternoon. She had last spoken to a friend or a family member over the phone on Monday morning, McIntosh County Sheriff Kevin Ledbetter said. Deputies found McGuire's pickup in the parking lot of T&J's Ice House, a bar in Eufaula, on Tuesday morning. An unidentified man could be seen on surveillance video driving the pickup to that location and leaving it there, Ledbetter said.

  • Victim follows stolen trailer in north Tulsa, leading to suspect's arrest

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Officers arrested a man accused of stealing a trailer after the victim reportedly followed the suspect through north Tulsa and gave police his location. The victim reported to police Thursday that his trailer was stolen, and he was driving behind a truck that was towing it near Third and East Pine streets. Police were given a detailed description of the trailer and truck, which they later learned also had been reported stolen. Officers located the trailer on East Pine Street near 129th East Avenue, according to police. The suspect, Jonathan Barger, 29, reportedly told the officers he was not driving the truck and that the real driver fled when he saw police.

  • Police investigating allegations of inappropriate photos taken at Owasso school

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    OWASSO — Police are investigating a report made last week that a staff member at the Owasso Eighth Grade Center had taken inappropriate pictures of a student. Detectives informed Owasso Public Schools administrators after learning of the allegations on Nov. 13., according to a news release from Owasso Police Department Deputy Chief Jason Woodruff. The department declined to elaborate on what the allegations entailed. “The incident is currently under investigation by detectives, and the school administration is aware of the allegation,” Woodruff stated. “Due to the ongoing criminal investigation, the sensitive nature of the allegation and the age of the alleged victim, it would be inappropriate for the Owasso Police Department to make further comments at this time.”

  • Attorney for former Tulsa police officer charged with murder maintains that prosecutors are withholding evidence

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    The January trial date for a former Tulsa police officer charged with murder still stands, but prosecutors and the defense have a new deadline by which to complete their exchange of documents and other items -- a procedure that has been prolonged for months. A hearing Thursday was the fourth that has been held concerning the exchange of information each party is obligated to turn over to the other prior to Shannon Kepler's trial, District Judge Sharon Holmes said at the hearing. Kepler’s trial remains scheduled for Jan. 11. Before setting the new deadline, Holmes said she had asked the parties to complete their exchange in time for Thursday’s hearing. Instead, she was met with allegations of withheld evidence.

  • Officers find marijuana operation after girl's report that dad grows strawberries in closet, Owasso police say

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    An Owasso man accused of growing marijuana inside his home was arrested after his 7-year-old daughter said he was growing strawberries in his closet, according to police. Officers joined a Department of Human Services agent in performing a welfare check at Richard Eric Reyes' residence in the 11800 block of East 80th Street on Tuesday afternoon. The check was in response to Reyes's daughter reporting he was growing strawberries, and the agent suspected he was actually cultivating marijuana, according to an arrest report. Upon arrival, police reportedly found two shop lights with red bulbs and a small fan, both in plain view. Officers asked Reyes, 32, if he was growing marijuana, to which he allegedly responded that he was. The report states Reyes led the officers to a back bedroom, where they found a small table with a "loose green leafy substance on top of it."

  • KOCO: Enid police investigating multiple drive-by shootings

    Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Enid police are investigating close to 20 drive-by shootings Wednesday, KOCO reports.

  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine joins move to suspend all refugee resettlement in U.S.

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine said Wednesday that he wants to suspend federal funding for all refugee resettlement, a move that apparently would bring all or most such activity in the United States to a halt. In a news release, Bridenstine and three other Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives said they are calling for a temporary suspension of resettlement assistance through Office of Refugee Resettlement. They say the ban would apply to “all refugees, as well as individuals not in a legitimate lawful status.” The four say they will attempt to include the provision in an appropriations bill.

  • Syrian-Lebanese influence historically prevalent in Bristow, Creek County

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    BRISTOW — The headline-dominating stories of Syria and its struggling people may seem worlds away to many Oklahomans. But not to Vicki Calvin. She’s been immersed in that culture her whole life.

  • Arkansas child-sex suspect now also faces Tulsa County molestation, child porn charges

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    A northwest Arkansas man who faces charges there on accusations of sex crimes against a minor was accused of similar crimes in Tulsa on Wednesday. Stephen James Duwel, 50, of Rogers, is charged with lewd molestation and soliciting child pornography regarding two incidents involving a 15-year-old Oklahoma boy, according to court records. Duwel’s charges in Tulsa stem from accusations that he sent a video of himself masturbating to the boy on April 27 and that he engaged in sexual activities with the teenager at a Tulsa hotel on May 15.

  • 'Inspirational' VP Joe Biden lifts Oklahoma Democrats' spirits

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Vice President Joe Biden may never be president, but it seems he will always be popular. “He was so encouraging, so warm,” Tulsa County Democratic Party Chairwoman Jo Glenn said after Biden’s Tuesday afternoon speech at a DNC fundraiser in the Summit Club. “I wish he had announced he was running for president,” said state Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City. “He would have brought a middle-class slant with him. People just instinctively like him.”

  • Robert Bates hearing postponed due to absence of new judge assigned to case

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Former Tulsa County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Robert Bates appeared in court Wednesday for a hearing that was postponed until next month. Assistant District Attorney John David Luton said the hearing had to be rescheduled due to the absence of the judge who is now presiding over Bates' case. The judge initially assigned to the case  agreed to remove himself  on Oct. 30 due to apparent conflicts of interest.

  • Coalition announces opposition to 'Right to Farm' state question

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    A newly formed coalition announced Tuesday that it is opposing a state question that would enshrine the rights of farmers in the state Constitution. The Oklahoma Stewardship Council is urging voters to reject State Question 777, called the “Right to Farm” by supporters and “Right to Harm” by critics. Former state attorney general Drew Edmondson is chairman of group.

  • 4 charged by state in massive identity theft and forgery scheme

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    The state has brought multiple charges against four individuals accused of taking part in a massive identify theft and forgery scheme. Frank Patrick Seigler, 43, was charged with two counts of manufacturing Oklahoma driver's licenses, conspiracy to commit a felony, harboring a fugitive from justice and knowingly concealing/receiving stolen property, according to court records. Nicholas Orlando Russell, 37,  and Courtney Megan Chadwick, 36, were charged with manufacturing Oklahoma driver's licenses, two counts of possession of a controlled drug, conspiracy to commit a felony, knowingly concealing/receiving stolen property and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, court records indicate.

  • What parents need to know about changing cell phone policies in Oklahoma schools

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Students in Joshua Suber’s math classes are usually welcome to use their cellphones in his classroom. Sometimes it’s for academic purposes — to complete quizzes, use online graphing calculators or work on educational apps. But sometimes, it’s simply to check for a text. And Suber is OK with that. Suber, 24, is the one who sets the rules in his class. He’s in his second year of teaching at Union High School.

  • Legislators gear up for another run at alcohol laws 'modernization'

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Legislators are ready to take another stab at changing the way alcohol is sold in Oklahoma. State Rep. Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa, and Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, told the Tulsa’s Young Professionals group Monday night that they will begin working out the version of Bice’s Senate Bill 383 that will emerge from conference committee when the Legislature convenes in February. A concurrent resolution proposing a constitutional amendment will also have to be written, members of TYPros were told. The amendment would require a vote of the people.

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court hands down landmark ruling on same-sex parenting

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a landmark ruling increasing the rights of non-custodial parents who have been in same-sex relationships. The decision acknowledged the rights of a non-biological parent in a same-sex relationship who has acted as a parent. The state’s high court ruled that an Oklahoma County judge improperly dismissed the case of Charlene Ramey. The court reversed that decision and remanded the case for further proceedings so Ramey could pursue a hearing on custody and visitation of the child, who was born in 2005.

  • Oil industry study indicates few Oklahoma wells are linked to earthquakes; USGS geophysicist thinks percentage is larger

    By COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    A report on earthquakes released Tuesday by the oil and natural gas industry seeks to highlight that a relatively minute number of wastewater-disposal wells in Oklahoma and nationwide can be linked to induced seismisity. However, a spokeswoman for the group acknowledges that many of the studies cited in the report use models rather than actual wells, making such figures “speculative.” While scientists tend to agree that a small number of wells probably contributes to earthquakes, a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey said the report understates how many wells probably are involved but can’t yet be scientifically proven to be due to lack of resources and the complexity of the problem. Energy In Depth, a campaign of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, produced the report.

  • Man arrested in Jenks after allegedly having sex with minor while having STD

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    JENKS — A Tulsa man is accused of performing oral sex on a 14-year-old boy in Jenks while having a sexually transmitted disease, according to police. Johnathan Leon Solomon, 40, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of attempted lewd molestation of a minor, spreading an infectious disease and soliciting sexual conduct with a minor by use of a telecommunication device. His bail was set at $65,000. Jenks police responded to a report of lewd acts to a minor at an unspecified location in the city about midnight Sunday and learned the suspect was sitting in his car near the youth’s home with his parking lights on, according to an arrest report. Officers detained Solomon while they investigated the report.

  • Energy Transfer Partners, Sunoco LP announce $2.2 billion drop-down deal

    Published: Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    Energy Transfer Partners announced a $2.2 billion so-called drop-down deal Monday that will complete the strategy announced last fall of transferring its high quality retail and field distribution assets to Sunoco LP. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners announced Monday that it will sell to Sunoco LP its remaining 68.42 percent interest in Sunoco LLC and 100 percent interest in the legacy Sunoco retail business.  The approximately $2.226 billion transaction will be effective as of Jan. 1, 2016, and is expected to close in February 2016, according to the company.