• Suspect in massive 2012 Creek County cigarette-caused wildfire arrested nearly 4 years later

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    SAPULPA — A Bristow man who is accused of flicking a lit cigarette that ignited nearly 60,000 acres in Creek County in 2012, destroying hundreds of homes, has been arrested. Billy Cloud, 40, was booked into the Creek County Jail about 4:30 a.m. on a charge of third-degree arson, or, in the alternative, unlawful burning of grass and woodlands during a burn ban. His bail is set at $40,000, jail records indicate. Creek County Sheriff’s Sgt. Les Vaughan said Cloud was arrested during a warrants sweep Wednesday, along with suspects in several unrelated cases.

  • T. Boone Pickens says America’s oil industry is ‘dead in the water’

    Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    The legendary oilman told the Washington Post that the U.S. oil industry won't recover quickly from low prices.

  • Tuesday’s severe weather ‘bust’ is a communication wake-up call

    Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    We need to dial down the noise and dial up a more consistent and accurate message on uncertainty, writes the Washington Post's Angela Fritz. 

  • Union Public Schools sixth-grader receives handwritten letter from President Obama

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Before Union Public Schools sixth-grader Vivian Torres began kindergarten, authorities in New Mexico arrested her father, Juvencio Torres-Montoro, in 2006 after pulling him over for a traffic stop. Torres-Montoro is a Mexican national, and he was held for about a year before being transferred to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s facility in El Paso, Texas. A judge in 2008 ordered that Vivian’s father be deported, with a lifetime ban on re-entry to the U.S. That left Vivian, her mother, Heather Druktenis, and her brother, Sam Torres — who was born while his father was in custody — with little choice but to move back to Tulsa with Druktenis’ family. So when Vivian’s geography teacher at Union asked students to write letters to President Barack Obama a few months ago, Vivian decided to ask the president, who also grew up without his father present, for personal advice on how to succeed in a single-parent household and to name one thing in his life he would change.

  • How Muskogee police took $53,000 from a Christian band, an orphanage and a church

    By CHRISTOPHER INGRAHAM, Washington Post | Published: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    A Texas man who is a refugee from Burma was carrying the cash in his car when he was stopped by Oklahoma police. They took the money under a "civil forfeiture" law.

  • Former ORU student says school is blocking her re-admission over her marriage to a woman

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    A former Oral Roberts University student says she has been barred from re-enrolling at the school to complete her final semester after administrators became aware that she married a woman, and she alleges school officials encouraged her to terminate her marriage in exchange for re-admission. Sabrina Bradford, 30, and 54-year-old Ophelia Bradford received a Tulsa County marriage license on Jan. 29, 2015, more than three years after Bradford enrolled at ORU to pursue a social work degree. Before she began her studies at the university in 2011, Bradford — known as Sabrina McGhie at that time — signed ORU’s Code of Honor Pledge, which among other rules states that students agree to refrain from engaging in “unscriptural sexual acts,” including homosexual activity, same-sex marriage and premarital sex. According to Sabrina Bradford and her attorney, Alyssa Bryant, ORU learned of the marriage on Aug. 25, 2015, after Bradford submitted a financial aid application for her final semester, which indicated she was married. Two days later, they said, Vice President for Student Life Daniel Guajardo and Dean of Women Lori Cook met with her and told her she could not enroll.

  • KFSM: Carl Albert State College suspends basketball programs amid budget cuts

    Published: Tue, Apr 12, 2016

    Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Oklahoma announced Tuesday (April 12) it will be suspending its men’s and women’s basketball programs amid state budget cuts, according to KFSM in Poteau.

  • Okla. Authorities Have or Use Controversial Cellphone Tracker

    By CLIFTON ADCOCK, Oklahoma Watch | Published: Mon, Apr 11, 2016

    At least two Oklahoma law enforcement agencies possess or have used a controversial device, shrouded in secrecy, to track and collect information from cellphones, an Oklahoma Watch investigation found. The devices, often referred to as “cell site simulators,” are controversial because they collect information not only from criminal suspects, but also potentially from scores of other surrounding cellphone owners who have no idea the data is being gathered. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs has owned such a device for years but said it has never been used. The Oklahoma City Police Department has borrowed one from the FBI but refused to release any details about its use. Civil rights advocates argue the simulators, also called “stingrays” after the most well-known brand, pose a threat to privacy and are being used with little or no judicial oversight and no public disclosure. Nationally, local law enforcement agencies often sign non-disclosure agreements with federal agencies to not reveal the existence or use of these devices, thwarting efforts by civil rights organizations to monitor their usage. The devices sell under brand names such as StingRay, Triggerfish or Gossamer. A similar device, known as a “Dirtbox” from the maker’s acronym, is used in law enforcement aircraft during cellphone location operations.

  • Tulsa added to Coldplay tour, BOK Center show set for August

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 7, 2016

    Coldplay will make a stop at the BOK Center this August as part of the band's summer stadium tour. Tulsa is one of a handful of arenas the band is scheduled to play this summer on their "A Head Full of Dreams North American Tour." Twelve additional dates were announced Thursday afternoon. The show is set for Aug. 25. Tickets start at $29.50 plus fees and go on sale at 10 a.m. April 15.

  • Authorities seek second suspect in Bartlesville-area homicide

    BY LAURA SUMMERS, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 4, 2016

    BARTLESVILLE — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a 21-year-old Dewey man charged with first-degree murder in the March 31 slaying of a Bartlesville man. The sheriff’s office was joined by other law enforcement personnel and prosecutors in a news conference Monday asking for help in locating Derek Marcus May Hamblin, who is charged in Washington County District Court with killing Kyler Holeman. Scott Offutt, 21, of Dewey, was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Holeman, who authorities say was shot three times and stabbed more than 60 times.

  • Tulsa to host four-day Route 66 music and film festival

    Updated: Mon, Apr 4, 2016

    Jason Isbell will perform at the first Mother Road Revival Weekend in September at the BOK Center. The four-day festival — Sept. 8-11 — also will feature Shakey Graves and Lucero at the BOK Center show, film screenings and discussions on Route 66 and Woody Guthrie and free concerts at Guthrie Green. "This is what we hope will be the beginning of an annual event," said Jeff Nickler, general manager of SMG Tulsa, which manages the BOK Center. "It celebrates two things that have deep roots in Tulsa: Folk music and Route 66."

  • National Weather Services rates tornadoes through Tulsa, Claremore as EF2s

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Mar 31, 2016

    Storm surveyors have determined that two EF2 tornadoes rolled through northeastern Oklahoma along a line starting in the north Tulsa-Turley area and stretching just past Claremore. The first tornado, which surveyors are referring to as the Tulsa tornado, started southwest of Turley at 7:13 p.m. and traveled a continuous 20-mile path just east of Verdigris, National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Piltz said. The second tornado, referred to as the Claremore tornado, started shortly after that southwest of Claremore and went about 8 miles to the east, Piltz said.

  • 7 injured in Tulsa as storm spins up tornadoes

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Mar 30, 2016

    Seveb people were reportedly injured and more than 5,000 were without power in Tulsa after a storm system spun up tornadoes that caused damage from the northern part of the city eastward through Owasso, Verdigris and Claremore. The storm first developed near Westport in far eastern Pawnee County and went due east across the southern part of Osage County. It traveled north of Sand Springs, where it turned northeast and went south of Owasso and north of Verdigris. From there the storm went through Claremore and weakened as it entered Mayes County, National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Jankowski said. The city activated its Emergency Operation Center in response to the tornado that touched down in north Tulsa.




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