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  • Man arrested after shooting at children with air soft gun

    Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    BARTLESVILLE — A 19-year-old Bartlesville man was charged in Washington County District Court with assault with a dangerous weapon after allegedly shooting at children with an airsoft gun as they went past his home. Christopher Lee Gosch appeared in court this week on the felony charge after being arrested on a warrant. Associate District Judge Russell Vaclaw set bond at $2,000 and ordered Gosch to have no contact with the victim. He returns to court June 13. Bartlesville Police Department was called several times about recurring problems with shooting in the neighborhood, according to a court affidavit. The incident upon which the charge against Gosch was filed occurred April 23 when a 9-year-old girl reported he fired at her from his front porch. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Black bear found in tree in Broken Arrow

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 22, 2014

    BROKEN ARROW — Members of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office are monitoring a black bear that’s been found in a tree in a residential backyard. Craig Endicott, a wildlife supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said the bear appears to be a 2½ year, 120 pound male black bear. “Typically, they get run off by their parents and try to find new territory” before mating season in June and July, Endicott said. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Device explodes in mailbox of Tulsa-area district attorney

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 21, 2014

    CLAREMORE — An explosive device placed in the mailbox of District Attorney Janice Steidley’s home detonated on Tuesday, she said during a news conference Wednesday. The blast damaged the mailbox and the mail inside it but did not cause any injuries, she said. Steidley said remnants of the device were recovered but did not say what type of device was used. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Affidavit: Tulsa pastor charged with lewd molestation gave victim pill to prevent pregnancy

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 16, 2014

    A Tulsa County judge has denied a request to reduce the bail amount for a minister who was charged with lewd molestation and arrested Wednesday. Damien Keith Bonner, 32, was charged with six counts of lewd molestation and was arrested by the Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force following an investigation by the Owasso Police Department. He remains in the Tulsa Jail with bail set at $300,000. Bonner's attorney, Stan Monroe, filed a motion for bond reduction in the case on Thursday. Tulsa County Special Judge David Youll denied the motion Friday at a 3 p.m. hearing, which Bonner did not attend, court records show. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Boy who shot grandmother in custody on shooting with intent to kill complaint

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 13, 2014

    An 11-year-old boy who police say shot his grandmother was booked into a juvenile detention center Tuesday on a shooting with intent to kill complaint. The shooting occurred about 4 p.m. Monday at an apartment complex in the 7900 block of South Sheridan Avenue, police said. Investigators said the boy and his grandmother, Annie Mougell, had been arguing about a discipline report he received from school, Officer Jill Roberson said. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Man arrested after allegedly setting women's bathroom on fire

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 13, 2014

    A Tulsa man was jailed Tuesday after he reportedly attempted to set a women's bathroom on fire. Billy Shane Hamblin, 34, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on a first-degree arson complaint, jail records show. About 4 a.m., Turley firefighters were called to a convenience store in the 6400 block of North Peoria Avenue to investigate an arson. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Kellyville teacher arrested on rape complaint

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 12, 2014

    SAPULPA — A Kellyville High School teacher is being held on $35,000 bond on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old male student, according to court documents. Kalyn Darby Thompson, 25, of Glenpool was arrested on Friday on a complaint of second-degree rape. Court documents state Kellyville High School officials met in April after discovering Thompson had been having an inappropriate relationship with a junior at the school. Kellyville Principal Danny Woods told authorities that Thompson had resigned from her teaching position on April 16, stating she and the teen had been texting each other and that some of the texts had been sexual in nature. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Inmate featured in World article approved for parole

    BY CARY ASPINWALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 12, 2014

    The governor has tentatively approved parole for an inmate who has spent much of his life in prison for a murder that occurred when he was 13. Jesil Wilson, whose case was detailed in a 2012 Tulsa World article, was convicted of a murder in which he was not the shooter. Wilson received a life sentence for the 1997 murder of 18-year-old Mitchell Knighten of Tulsa. Last year, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted to recommend Wilson for parole, provided that he complete a vo-tech training program and serve 180 days in a work-release center. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Tulsa man arrested in Craigslist robberies

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 12, 2014

    A Tulsa man was arrested after police say he used Craigslist contacts to commit a pair of area robberies. Teangelo Trevon Cherry, 19, was picked up by police about 10:35 p.m. Sunday in the 4000 block of South Memorial Drive in connection with a robbery that took place in the 800 block of North Florence Place. The victim told police that he was attacked and had his 2003 red Honda Civic stolen by a man he met on Cragislist, an arrest report said.

  • Church youth leader charged with distributing child porn, lewd acts

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 6, 2014

    PONCA CITY – A volunteer church youth leader was arrested and charged Tuesday with producing and distributing child pornography, as well as with committing lewd or indecent acts with a child younger than 16, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced. Joel David Bolay, 28, was arrested after an investigation that began Friday when OSBI investigators received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, spokeswoman Jessica Brown said in a release. Bolay was a volunteer youth leader at the Foursquare Gospel Church in Ponca City. The child is not a member of that church, Brown said. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Gov. Fallin issues stay of execution, orders evaluation of lethal dosage protocol

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Apr 29, 2014

    Governor Mary Fallin late Tuesday issued a stay of execution for one inmate after prison officials said another inmate’s veins collapsed during an earlier execution procedure . “I have asked the Department of Corrections to conduct a full review of Oklahoma’s execution procedures to determine what happened and why during this evening’s execution of Clayton Derrell Lockett,” Fallin said in a statement. “I have issued an executive order delaying the execution of Charles Frederick Warner for 14 days to allow for that review to be completed.” Warner was scheduled to be executed two hours after Lockett’s procedure began. Warner’s execution is now scheduled for May 13. Lockett was convicted of the 1999 murder of Stephanie Neiman, 19, in Perry. Warner was convicted of killing his girlfriend’s baby daughter in 1997.

  • Two former school bus drivers charged in alleged sexual contact with young girls

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 28, 2014

    Two former school bus drivers jailed earlier this month on sexual assault allegations was were charged in Wagoner County District Court on Monday. Eugene Burchett, 71, was arrested April 18 after the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Coweta police revealed two parents provided tips to officers, which alleged Burchett was sending harassing text messages to their daughter. The Department of Human Services received a simultaneous anonymous tip indicating Burchett was running an unauthorized daycare center in Coweta, according to a release at the time. Burchett, who authorities have said was a bus driver at the time of his arrest, was charged with eight counts of lewd molestation and one count of making a lewd proposal to a minor, and attorneys say more charges could be filed. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Teacher arrested on molestation complaints involving 12-year-old student

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

    A Thoreau Demonstration Academy sixth-grade teacher was arrested Thursday on four complaints of lewd molestation of a minor involving a student. Brian Drabek, 41, is accused of inappropriate sexual activity with a 12-year-old female student at Thoreau, 7370 E. 71st St., said Tulsa Police Cpl. Greg Smith. Police picked him up at the school, interviewed him and then arrested him, Smith said. He was arrested at 3 p.m. and was booked into the Tulsa Jail on the complaints about 7:30 p.m., according to jail records. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Sixth-grade teacher arrested on sexual-assault complaint

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    A Thoreau Demonstration Academy sixth-grade teacher has been arrested on a sexual-assault complaint, according to a letter the school's principal sent to parents Thursday afternoon. Brian Drabek, who has been employed with Tulsa Public Schools since August 2001, has been placed on paid suspension until further notice, Thoreau Principal Tom Padalino said in the letter. "Please know that we take charges like this very seriously, and are doing everything we can to cooperate with the authorities," he said. Read the rest of this story at .

  • CTB/McGraw-Hill executives apologize for testing problems

    BY KIM ARCHER, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Ellen Haley, president of testing vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill, apologized Thursday to the state Board of Education for Monday's widespread disruptions in state online testing. "We know how important tests are in the state, so even one child disrupted is not what we intended to happen," she told board members during their monthly meeting. This is the second consecutive year that state online testing in Oklahoma has been disrupted due to technical issues by CTB, which is in the second year of its contract with Oklahoma. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Authorities: Dozen arrested in Oklahoma ranch meth lab investigation

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Rogers County sheriff's deputies arrested a dozen people who had been operating a meth lab from their rural private ranch following a months long investigation. Authorities recovered large amounts of pseudoephedrine Saturday from the Foyil home just north of Claremore, Rogers County Sheriff's Capt. Jerry Smittle said. Led by the Sheriff Office's Thug Task Force, authorities had been tracking activity at the ranch for the last six months, Smittle said. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Repeat DUI driver gets 40-year sentence in fatal crash

    BY BILL BRAUN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    A Tulsa woman with a prior record for driving under the influence of alcohol was sentenced Monday to 40 years in prison for a "felony murder" conviction tied to a fatal traffic collision. In accordance with jury verdicts, a judge sentenced Marquita Littlebear to consecutive prison terms totaling 54 years, connected to a Feb. 12, 2012, crash that police categorized as a hit-and-run collision that claimed the life of Susan Mamary, a teacher at Marquette Catholic School. Mamary, 60, was fatally injured when two vehicles collided at 51st Street and Hudson Place, police said. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Barresi opposes bill to cut state testing in social studies

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The Oklahoma State Department of Education issued a statement Tuesday announcing State Superintendent Janet Barresi’s opposition to legislation that would eliminate three state tests in social studies and geography. Authored by State Senators Mark Allen, R-Spiro, and Tom Ivester, D-Elk City, Senate Bill 1654 would prohibit the state Board of Education from developing and administering tests for grades 3-8 not required by federal law and remove the requirement for social studies testing in grades five and eight, as well as geography testing in grade seven. In the press statement, state education officials said that while the high stakes, end-of-instruction exam in U.S. History would remain in place for high schoolers, eliminating the assessments would “de-emphasize” social studies instruction in elementary and middle schools. Read the rest of this story at .

  • U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine re-elected without opposition

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine will serve a second term after drawing no challengers during the three-day filing period that ended Friday. The 1st District Republican, a Navy Reserve pilot and business consultant from Tulsa, ousted 10-year incumbent John Sullivan in 2012. Bridenstine has become a rising celebrity among some conservatives, appearing on national radio and television programs and getting one of the conservative PAC Heritage Action's highest ratings. Read the rest of this story at .

  • ThinkProgress calls Shawnee 'The Worst City In America To Be Homeless'

    Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    News and opinion website ThinkProgess published a lengthy reported feature Tuesday under the headline "Welcome To Shawnee, Oklahoma: The Worst City In America To Be Homeless." It's a little over 5,000 words in length but the evidence it offers — which includes interviews with most of the people in the story, findings from city deeds and other public records — is compelling enough to validate the concern raised by the headline. Give it a read here .