• Man convicted of beating grandmother to death while high on PCP

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    A jury on Friday recommended a Tulsa man serve a life sentence with the possibility of parole for the first-degree murder of his 78-year-old grandmother. Antione Jermaine Jackson was found guilty of killing Arlevia Jackson in her house in the 3200 block of North Wheeling Place on Jan. 29, 2013. Jail records list Antione Jackson's address at the time of his arrest as the same residence. Jackson sighed after the verdict was read and requested through his public defender, David Phillips, that a presentencing investigation be conducted. District Judge William Musseman passed formal sentencing to Dec. 22. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • CAIR-Oklahoma shocked by terrorist designation

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma said Wednesday that he was surprised and shocked to learn that the United Arab Emirates had designated CAIR a terrorist organization. State Rep. John Bennett, chairman of the Oklahoma Counterterrorism Caucus, immediately called for the Oklahoma attorney general to investigate both CAIR and the Islamic Society of North America, which also was on the terrorist list. Adam Soltani, executive director of CAIR-Oklahoma, said, “It was bizarre and a shock that it (the designation) would happen in the first place, and even more bizarre that Rep. Bennett is getting involved and calling for the Oklahoma attorney general to investigate after the U.S. State Department has already rejected this labeling.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • KFOR: A deeper look into the history of Optima Lake

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    TEXAS COUNTY - Have you been to the best tourist attraction in the Panhandle? 2014 promised to be the top year for Optima Lake, KFOR says. But what was made to be a boater’s destination is now a walk through the grass ...

  • Tulsa teachers refuse to give student tests; Superintendent: That's not an option

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Two Tulsa teachers who have vowed not to subject their first-graders to any more student surveys or high-stakes tests for the purposes of teacher performance evaluations are getting a national audience for their concerns. But Superintendent Keith Ballard pushed back immediately, sending out a letter to all employees Tuesday evening stating that opting out of tests is not an option in Tulsa Public Schools. Skelly Elementary School first-grade teachers Nikki Jones and Karen Hendren were first featured in a Sunday Tulsa World story about the new use of K-12 student surveys in teacher performance evaluations. They are among dozens of local teachers who have been writing emails to district officials and contacting principals and the local teachers union to raise red flags about the new surveys.

  • Arvest report shows Oklahoma consumers less positive about economy

    BY LAURIE WINSLOW, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Oklahomans, particularly families with children, were more negative about the economy in October than their neighbors regionally, according to the Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey. The current consumer sentiment index for Oklahoma is 72.6, down from 76.4 in June’s inaugural survey, according to the latest survey results released Tuesday. The report is based on 1,200 phone surveys in September and October. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Garth Brooks breaks record, sells more than 108,000 tickets for 7 Tulsa shows

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Garth Brooks had planned three shows at the BOK Center in January. It wasn't enough. He added four more shows within an hour of the on-sale date Friday morning. Now there are seven — including a 10:30 p.m. Saturday night concert. He also broke his Tulsa record with more than 105,000 tickets sold. All with in two hours. His previous record was 79,855 tickets over five shows during July 17-21 at Driller Park in 1997. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • The New York Times visits downtown Tulsa

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The New York Times saw fit today to publish an 1,126-word look at recent developments in downtown Tulsa, noting the reopening of the historic Mayo Hotel and public projects like the 19,200-seat BOK Center. Give  it a read! It's really good.

  • Duncan city attorney clears officer who didn't spot Alan Hruby day of homicides

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    DUNCAN — The officer who pulled over Alan Hruby hours before the teenager allegedly killed his family will not be reprimanded by the Duncan Police Department for failing to realize that Hruby had given him a false name, according to a city attorney. In addition, the police department in the town of about 20,000 willl not change its procedure for writing tickets after the officer failed to notice the 6-inch, 145-pound difference between Hruby and the person he claimed to be, said Assistant City Attorney Lawrence M. Wheeler. Hruby, 19, was pulled over for speeding at 1 a.m. Oct. 9 about a mile from the home where John, Tinker and Katherine Hruby lived, according to documents released last month by Wheeler. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Hofmeister to work with state leaders to raise teacher pay

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    State Superintendent-elect Joy Hofmeister isn’t wasting any time preparing to take statewide office in January. The Tulsan has just nine weeks before being sworn in and she has already named a transition team, and later this week she is headed to a meeting of state education department heads from across the country. Hofmeister has said she wants to work with education leaders and state lawmakers to develop an eight-year plan that she hopes will include a dedicated funding source to continue to help improve teacher pay. But not everything will wait for that. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Police arrest boyfriend in triple stabbing at Tulsa apartment

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    A Tulsa man was jailed in a triple stabbing that left his live-in girlfriend in critical condition, police said. Chuck Davis, 26, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of assault with intent to kill, maiming, assault with a dangerous weapon, and domestic assault and battery, jail records show. Police responded to the Greens of Bedford apartments, 10620 E. 66th St., just before noon Tuesday after a caller reported that several people had been stabbed, said Tulsa Police Officer Leland Ashley. A 43-year-old woman and 22-year-old woman were taken from the scene in critical condition, according to an EMSA representative. A 19-year-old man was transported with stab wounds to the back of his head. The 43-year-old woman was stabbed in the forehead and in the chest, police said. Ashley said Davis is the boyfriend of the 22-year-old woman. The woman’s mother and brother were the other victims in the attack, Ashley said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa Health Department monitoring recent traveler for Ebola virus

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    The Tulsa Health Department is monitoring a person who recently traveled to West Africa and reported developing a fever for further signs of contracting the Ebola virus, officials said Thursday. The Oklahoma State Department of Health earlier this week implemented a post-arrival Ebola virus monitoring protocol, and the individual - who is classified as "low risk" - traveled to either Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone withing the past 21 days but didn't have any known exposure to the virus. "THD staff has been in contact with the person daily over the 21 day surveillance period to monitor for symptoms and report their measured body temperature, as recommended by the OSDH and CDC’s guidance of active monitoring of low risk individuals," the release states. "The individual informed health officials late this evening that they had developed a fever. THD officials immediately implemented an isolation and evaluation plan in conjunction with the Regional Medical Response System following appropriate protocols to limit exposure." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa woman indicted on fraud charges in cancer treatment scheme

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    A Tulsa woman who formerly ran two cancer treatment clinics in the Tulsa area was in federal court Thursday to face 41 counts of fraud. Antonella Carpenter, 70, entered a plea of not guilty to all charges. A federal grand jury had indicted her Oct. 15. Carpenter, who is not a doctor, ran the Lase Med clinics in Owasso and Broken Arrow from November 2006 to December 2012. She claimed to be able to cure cancer with a treatment method she called Light Induced Enhanced Selective Hyperthermia. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Attorney General Scott Pruitt tells Tulsa group that religious freedom at risk in U.S.

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Religious freedom in the United States is under attack, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Wednesday. “I’m very concerned. I cut my teeth on religious liberty issues,” Pruitt said during the Oilfield Christian Fellowship’s 10th anniversary celebration at First Baptist Church in downtown Tulsa. Pruitt made a distinction between what he called the free exercise of religion and freedom of worship. People in China have the freedom to worship, he said, but the government licenses and oversees their churches. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa County hires IT director who told employees to destroy public document

    BY KEVIN CANFIELD, Tulsa Wrold | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Less than two weeks after instructing county employees that a public document should be "shredded, destroyed and deleted," Dan Pease on Wednesday was named Tulsa County's information technology director. Pease begins his new job Nov. 1. He is currently employed by a private company, Nomerel, and works on a contract basis for the county as its interim IT director. He will no longer work for Nomerel once he begins his new post, county spokesman Michael Willis said. <a href="http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/government/tulsa-county-hires-it-director-who-told-employees-to-destroy/article_4ae55124-a3eb-5419-8ea9-894e20b8c2aa.html">Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com</a>.

  • Former Tulsa County deputy jailed on new sexual battery charge

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    A Tulsa County deputy who resigned after he was arrested and eventually charged with the on-duty sexual battery of two women in September was re-jailed Tuesday after another sex charge was filed against him. Gerald Nuckolls now faces three counts of sexual battery, one count of indecent exposure and one count of outraging public decency. Court documents show the new allegation against Nuckolls is from an incident in March. When first arrested in September, the former deputy had told investigators he had engaged in sexual activity with about six women and exchanged nude photos with them, according to his arrest report. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Emails reveal Tulsa Public Schools officials knew top administrator lacked master's degree

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Internal communications reveal Tulsa Public Schools leaders went to great lengths trying to help one of their administrators obtain a master’s degree before state accreditation officials or her own colleagues learned of the compliance violation. Late last week, TPS turned over public records about former Instructional Leadership Director Tracee Frazier-Branch that the Tulsa World had sought through multiple Open Records Act requests since late August. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Claremore couple arrested on bestiality complaints after woman-dog sex video discovered

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    CLAREMORE — A Claremore couple was arrested last week on bestiality complaints after police found at their home a video showing a sex act between the wife and the dog. Brenda Mettler, 42, and Robert S. Mettler, 44, were jailed Thursday on complaints of crimes against nature/sodomy, cruelty to animals and distributing obscene material. The pair each posted $60,000 bail and were released from jail Friday, said Investigator Kyle Baker of the Rogers County Sheriff's Office. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Education Department budget request includes $2,500 salary bump for teachers

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    The Oklahoma State Department of Education’s budget request for the 2016 fiscal year includes additional funds to cover $2,500 across-the-board salary increases for teachers in exchange for five additional instructional days. State education officials told the state board of education that the increases on the state’s minimum salary schedule for teachers would also represent a “first step” in addressing the statewide teacher shortage. State Superintendent Janet Barresi called the initial request to state lawmakers a “strong step in the right direction.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • NTSB: Perry Inhofe 'did not appropiately manage' engine shutdown before fatal crash

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    A final report on the plane crash that killed Perry Dyson Inhofe II says he “did not appropriately manage” the aircraft having to fly on just one engine before it went down near Owasso last fall. The probable cause report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board said Inhofe, the plane’s sole occupant, reported a “control problem” and “left engine shutdown” moments before the Mitsubishi MU-2 twin-engine plane crashed on Nov. 10. Investigators said the plane should have been flyable in a one-engine-inoperative condition, as weather did not impact its performance. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Father who reportedly gave children prescription drugs jailed on neglect charge

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    A Tulsa father accused of giving his three children unauthorized prescription medication to control their behavior was arrested on Tuesday. Charles Wayne Gillum, 24, was taken to the Tulsa Jail on a child neglect charge filed July 23. A Tulsa police affidavit filed Aug. 7 indicated that Gillum repeatedly gave his children — ages 1, 2 and 3 — Clonidine and Daytrana, which are commonly prescribed to individuals dealing with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .