• Other same-sex couples taking the plunge in Tulsa County

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    When Josh McCormick and Bill Owens went to work Monday, they didn't expect to rush down to the Tulsa County Courthouse at lunchtime to get a marriage license. The couple has been together for seven years and have been talking about making it legal for the past four years. They were just waiting for the chance. "It's great to see this happen in our own state," said McCormick, 42. "I knew this would happen eventually. I just thought it'd be 10 or 20 years. I figured Oklahoma would be the last state to approve it." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Bennett doubles down on anti-Muslim vitriol at Muskogee tea party event

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    MUSKOGEE — If it wasn’t clear already, it should be now. State Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, is not going to back down on his criticism of Muslims and the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Speaking to about 25 members of the Muskogee Patriot Group at the town’s public library on Thursday, Bennett doubled down on statements he’s made that have garnered national attention in the last few weeks, covering a variety of topics but saving some especially vicious vitriol for CAIR. Bennett told the tea party group that there’s “no difference between moderate Islam and extreme Islam” and said CAIR might have been lying to promote its pro-Muslim agenda when it denounced the actions of Alton Nolen, who is accused of beheading a woman in Moore last week. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Attorneys seek contempt ruling against Tulsa DA in murder case

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Attorneys for a woman who was exonerated in a 20-year-old murder case have asked a judge to find Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris in contempt of court on an allegation that he withheld evidence that could have proved her innocence years ago. The motion by attorneys Richard O’Carroll and Sharisse O’Carroll asks Tulsa County District Judge William Kellough to hold Harris in contempt of court for his conduct in the prosecution of Michelle Murphy. Murphy was freed from prison this summer based on newly discovered evidence after serving nearly 20 years for the murder of her infant son. Earlier this month, Kellough declared her innocent, and all charges were dropped. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper accused of rape resigns

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Eric Roberts, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper arrested earlier this month on accusations that he raped and sexually assaulted three women during traffic stops, has resigned from the patrol, according to OHP Capt. George Brown. Brown said Roberts' resignation letter arrived late Thursday and was processed Friday. Roberts has not been charged, though a document released this month by the Creek County District Attorney's Office outlined three traffic stops that Roberts made this summer where he allegedly sexually assaulted women. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Oklahoma PTA calls for State Superintendent Janet Barresi to step down

    BY KIM ARCHER, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    The Oklahoma Parent Teacher Association is joining the chorus of calls for state Superintendent Janet Barresi to resign from office immediately. Barresi has "continued to erode the relationship between the state Department of Education and the school boards, administrators, teachers and parents of Oklahoma public schools," Oklahoma PTA President Jeffery Corbett said in a statement Friday. The call comes a day after Lee Baxter, a member of the Oklahoma State Board of Education, demanded at the end of the board's regular meeting that Barresi step down immediately rather than wait until her term is over in January. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • 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 .