• Tulsa Muslims begin Ramadan fast under shadow of ISIS

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Umbrellas stood beside the shoes outside of the prayer hall at the Al Salam Mosque Wednesday night, as more than 1,000 Muslim worshipers participated in the first Taraweeh service of Ramadan. Muslims worldwide do not eat or drink from dawn to sunset during 29-day lunar month of Ramadan, which began at sunset Wednesday. Sheryl Siddiqui, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Muslim community, said the mosque received a few phone calls asking if the service would be cancelled because of flooding concerns, but that was never considered.

  • Tulsa-area foreclosures in May rise significantly from last year

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Though fewer people in the Tulsa area faced foreclosure in May than in April, the overall level of foreclosures was significantly higher than last year. Approximately 484 foreclosures were filed in the metro area last month, according to statistics from real estate data service RealtyTrac. The resulting foreclosure rate of one for every 852 households was down 43.3 percent from the previous year, though up 58.7 percent from the previous May.

  • Sand Springs man found guilty of murder in 2013 fatal stabbing

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Jurors found a Sand Springs man guilty of first-degree murder and recommended a sentence of life without parole on Thursday in the 2013 fatal stabbing of a man in west Tulsa. After about 30 minutes of deliberation, jurors found Ronnie Dean Haskins II, 41, guilty of first-degree felony murder in the fatal stabbing of Zachary Montgomery on Aug. 31, 2013. They also found Haskins guilty of possession of a firearm after two or more previous convictions, for which they also recommended a life sentence. On the eve of his 40th birthday, Haskins and his friend Rodney Lee Broomhall, 38, went to Montgomery’s home to confront the 24-year-old about making inappropriate comments and patting the buttocks of Haskins’ 17-year-old daughter and her younger friends, Haskins testified on Thursday.

  • Full lineup released for Tulsa's Center of the Universe Festival

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    It’s finally here: All of the more than 110 bands set to play the Center of the Universe Festival next month have been announced. Organizers on Thursday released the lineup for the festival’s 10 club venues, featuring an additional 87 bands, bringing the total for the July 24-25 event to 113. About 50 of the club venue bands are Oklahoma natives with more bands coming to Tulsa from across the country.

  • Bond revoked for alleged corpse mutilator after she goes near home of deceased woman's family

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Handcuffs returned to the wrists of a Tulsa woman accused of mutilating a corpse at a funeral home after a judge revoked her bond Wednesday. Tulsa County Special Judge Cliff Smith ordered Shaynna Lauren Sims, 26, who also goes by Shaynna Smith, to be held without bond after hearing evidence that, while free on bond, she went to the apartment complex where the family of the deceased person lives. Sims was first released from jail on bond May 12, and an additional $10,000 was added to her bail May 18, according to court documents. Sims was released on bond again June 1 on the conditions that she wear a GPS ankle monitor and not leave Muskogee County or enter Tulsa County except for medical appointments or similar emergencies.

  • Suspended Owasso police officer is same one fired in 2011 for excessive force

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    OWASSO — An Owasso police officer fired in 2011 for violating the department's use-of-force policy — and later reinstated — is again the target of excessive force allegations, the officer's attorney said Wednesday. Mike Denton, who rejoined the force in September,  has been placed on paid administrative leave while the police department conducts its probe, Denton's attorney, Pat Hunt, said. Owasso police officers participated in a vehicle pursuit that ended near Nowata on Sunday, and the department is looking into whether excessive force was used against the driver of the vehicle, Owasso Police Chief Scott Chambless said Tuesday in a statement. Chambless didn't identify the suspended officer and said he would not comment further on the matter until the investigation is completed.

  • Jail authority approves budget despite Tulsa mayors' opposition

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    The Tulsa County Criminal Justice Authority on Wednesday approved next year's jail budget despite objections from three mayors who sit on the authority. A 40-page letter that reads like a lawsuit originated from Mayor Dewey Bartlett on Monday and was signed by three of the four mayors who sit on the authority, alleging a lack of oversight and misspending of funds attached to the jail should delay budget approval. But facing the beginning of the fiscal year in two weeks, Tulsa County Criminal Justice Authority members moved ahead anyway with guarantees from legal counsel that the budget may be changed at any time through the year.

  • Modest Mouse to play Tulsa show

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    It’s been more than 10 years since they last played Cain’s Ballroom, but the band Modest Mouse is set to return in October. The show is set for Oct. 9. Tickets for the show are $45 plus fees in advance go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. The indie/alt rock band has performed since 1993 and has released six full studio albums since its debut in 1996. The band’s most recent album, “Strangers to Ourselves,” was released in March, eight years after the release of their previous album.

  • Grand jurors can expand probe if petition to investigate Sheriff's Office is accepted

    BY COREY JONE | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Should a petition seeking to oust Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz be accepted as valid, grand jurors will be able to probe not only the 20 areas of inquiry listed in the petition but any other issues they might turn up. The petition — expected to be submitted by Friday — has gathered more than 6,000 signatures, according to Marq Lewis, founder of We the People Oklahoma and the petition’s organizer. The Court Clerk’s Office will send the document to the Tulsa County Election Board for verification within seven business days of its receipt. If the threshold of 5,000 verified signatures is satisfied, the petition will go to the Tulsa County District Court presiding judge for review before summoning prospective jurors within 30 days.

  • Cousins arrested after overnight homicide in north Tulsa; third suspect sought

    BY KYLE HINCHEY and KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Two cousins were arrested on first-degree murder complaints after a 31-year-old man was found shot to death in a north Tulsa apartment early Tuesday, minutes after his wife called police to report a break-in. Brandy Jordan, 23, and Xavier Jordan, 22, were booked into the Tulsa Jail on Tuesday afternoon. Police were still searching for a third suspect, Jerrick Washington, 18, who lives in the same complex as the Jordans and the victim. Officers were called to the Comanche Park Apartments, 3608 N. Quaker Ave., about 2 a.m. by a woman who apparently ran from the apartment with her children — ages 1 and 5 — after a group of men broke in and shot her husband, Sgt. Dave Walker said.

  • Tulsa murder trial begins for alleged Universal Aryan Brotherhood members

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Jury selection began Monday for the trial of two alleged Universal Aryan Brotherhood members who are charged in the 2013 fatal stabbing of a man in Tulsa. Ronnie Dean Haskins III, 41, is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of possession of a firearm as a felon in the fatal stabbing of 24-year-old Zachary Hank Montgomery on Aug. 31, 2013. Rodney Lee Broomhall, 38, is charged as an accessory to first-degree murder on an allegation that he “willfully and knowingly” aided Haskins by booking a motel room at the Economy Inn in Chouteau, where Haskins stayed immediately following the homicide.

  • Man found dead inside north Tulsa apartment minutes after wife reported burglary

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    The Tulsa Police Department is investigating Tuesday morning after the body of a 31-year-old man was found shot to death inside a north Tulsa apartment complex just minutes after his wife called police to report a burglary. Officers were called about 2 a.m. by a woman to the Comanche Park Apartments, 3608 N. Quaker Ave., after she apparently ran from a unit with her children because someone was reportedly trying to break in, Cpl. Dan Miller said. During an investigation, detectives discovered her husband's body inside the apartment.

  • Former Osage Nation police officer charged in fatal hit-and-run

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    A former Osage Nation police officer who reportedly hit and killed a homeless man with his vehicle in May was charged Monday. An arrest warrant had been issued for Corey Blake Stewart, who was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and obstructing an officer. Stewart, 26, was off-duty when his car fatally struck 55-year-old Shawn Watashe in the 6700 block of East Admiral Place on the evening of May 1, Tulsa police reported. Watashe died at the hospital. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • The 15 worst states for women

    Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    WalletHub has ranked states based on women's economic and social well-being (taking into account such data as median earnings, unemployment and poverty) as well as on women's health issues (such as life expectancy at birth and the proportion of uninsured women). WalletHub's state rankings for  working moms , for  having a baby , and  for women's equality  were also a factor. Oklahoma falls at No. 4. WalletHub reports Oklahoma is where the wind comes sweeping down the plain, which apparently clears out most of the medical professionals concerned with women's health. The state ranks third to last in number of OB-GYNs, midwives and pediatricians per capita, and it places in the worst five states for female life expectancy at birth. Political participation is also lower for women in Oklahoma than in almost any other state, with roughly one female member for every eight state legislators and with less than 55 percent of eligible female voters having cast ballots in the 2012 presidential race.

  • Tulsa Tough was "unquestionably" best in its 10-year history, organizers say

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Now officially 10 years old, last weekend’s Saint Francis Tulsa Tough was, according to event organizers, “unquestionably” the best one in its history. “Overall, I’d say the event went very well,” Tulsa Tough Executive Director Malcolm McCollam said Monday afternoon. “I don’t have all the final numbers yet, but ... there’s no doubt in my mind that there were a record number of spectators.” More than 2,200 criterium racers and 1,850 Gran Fondo long-distance riders took part in Tulsa Tough between Friday and Sunday. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Glenpool man arrested after 45-minute chase by multiple police agencies, helicopter

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    A Glenpool man was arrested by Tulsa police after he led officers on a 45-minute pursuit that ended in Nowata County. Cody Mathews, 25, fled from police who attempted to stop a stolen 2014 Ford F-150 pickup about 7:35 p.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of North New Haven Avenue, Cpl. Greg Smith said. A Tulsa police helicopter joined the pursuit that also involved Collinsville police, the Rogers County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Owasso police. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa police arrest man accused of attacking mother with meat cleaver

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    A Tulsa man was jailed late Sunday after his mother told police that he cut her neck with a meat cleaver.  William Asay, 25, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on a complaint of domestic assault with a deadly weapon, jail records show. Police were called just before 7 p.m. to a home in the 1100 block of North New Haven Avenue to investigate a reported stabbing. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa police officer becomes local celebrity after reviving Tulsa Tough rider who collapsed

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Tulsa Police officer Don Holloway was standing outside his patrol car along Cry Baby Hill when he noticed a bicyclist acting strangely during the second race of the day. The man, appearing fatigued, pulled over to the side of the road. People gave him water, but it wasn’t helping. About five minutes later, he collapsed. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Embezzlement allegations tarnish stellar reputation of state Sen. Rick Brinkley

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    On social media, state Sen. Rick Brinkley pokes fun at himself. He posts conversations with God and pictures of his family. He comments on sporting events and talks about performing weddings and funerals. In an April 10 Facebook post, he took a picture of Krispy Kreme doughnuts with the note: “Dear Lord, please let me make it to the office with all 24 of these…or 23… or 21.5.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Gas price in Tulsa shoots up to another 2015 high

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Lower gas prices finally seem to have led to higher gas prices. Demand fueled by the year-long collapse in crude oil and refined fuels prices has spiked what may be a short-term jump in gasoline at the pump. Many QuikTrip stations lifted their price of regular unleaded by 12 cents to $2.599 per gallon late this weekend. Some stations were still lower, but overall the Tulsa average is hovering nearer to $2.60 per gallon for the first time since December 2014. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.




Advertisement