• Tulsa boy, 13, charged with child abuse murder in death of 2-year-old

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    A 13-year-old Tulsa boy has been charged with child abuse murder in the death of his 2-year-old cousin after he reportedly was seen knocking on neighbors’ doors to get her help before she died. Dinero M. Reddick was charged Tuesday in the June death of Charity Simmons after a police investigation of medical evidence, surveillance video, phone records and other evidence linked him to the case, Assistant District Attorney Sarah McAmis said. Any person who is 13 or 14 years old can be charged as an adult in criminal proceedings so long as they are certified as a youthful offender, according to the Oklahoma Juvenile Code.

  • KOTV: Man accidentally shoots self while guarding 'Muslim-free' Oktaha gun store

    Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    The Muskogee County sheriff said a member of the group guarding an Oktaha gun shop accidentally shot himself Tuesday, Tulsa's KOTV reports . Sheriff Charles Pearson told KOTV the man dropped his gun and a bullet hit him in the arm. The sheriff did not identify the man or offer any other details about what happened. NewsOK's Brianna Bailey reported last week that that the Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a complaint with the U.S. Deptartment of Justice regarding the Save Yourself Survival and Tactical gear store in Oktaha, which has displayed a sign declaring itself a "Muslim-free" business. 

  • Broken Arrow man charged in death of 3-year-old arrested

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    A Broken Arrow man who is charged in the death of a 3-year-old boy who was in his care has been arrested. Jon Brandon Scarce, 34, was arrested in Tulsa around 7:15 p.m. Monday. He was booked into the Tulsa Jail without bail. Scarce was charged Friday with child-abuse murder in the death of Chance Trepp, 3, of Broken Arrow.

  • Two more charged in kidnapping-homicide of Talala man whose body was found alongside highway

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Two more men have been charged in connection with the kidnapping and death of a Talala man whose body was found alongside a highway near Antlers about a month after he disappeared. Sidney Aaron Randall, 19, and William Earl Garrett II, 26, were added to a first-degree murder charge against Vernon Lee-Mountel Smith, 27. The charge alleges that they kidnapped and inflicted wounds that caused Chazz Holly, 27 — who had cerebral palsy and delayed cognitive reasoning — to die on June 21. Randall and Garrett are both from Texas, according to court records.

  • Reports say Spectra Energy to enter arena for Williams Cos.

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Williams Cos.' shares  rose more than 4 percent  to around $54.40 Monday following an exclusive  Reuters article  published Friday evening that reports Spectra Energy is going to make a bid to buy Williams in its entirety. Houston-based Spectra operates in three key areas of the natural gas industry — transmission and storage; gathering and processing; and distribution. Tulsa-based Williams announced in June that it was opening itself up to a "strategic alternatives" process that could include, among other things, a merger, a sale or continuing to pursue the company's existing growth plan.

  • More than a year later, Tulsa police officer charged with killing daughter's boyfriend still awaits trial

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Jeremey Lake and Lisa Kepler were walking from the Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa. They were going to Lake’s aunt Pam Wilkins’ home, where they both lived, situated just outside the northwest boundary of the Inner Dispersal Loop on the night of Aug. 5, 2014. Once the couple arrived at the residence in the 200 block of North Maybelle Avenue, Lisa Kepler’s adoptive father — now-retired Tulsa Police Officer Shannon Kepler — reportedly drove up to them.

  • Tulsa councilors discuss settlement payment for firefighter candidate in nude-photo discrimination case

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    City attorneys discussed a lawsuit settlement Thursday with city councilors, rebutting allegations in the discrimination case involving nude photos of a female firefighter candidate. The candidate and the city of Tulsa have reached a $35,000 settlement based on discrimination allegations in the lawsuit, which originally took aim at Tulsa Fire Chief Ray Driskell. Driskell was dismissed as a defendant in the lawsuit but was the main figure in allegations within the amended complaint, court records show.

  • U.S. Sen. James Lankford: Middle East war more likely with Iran agreement than without

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    BROKEN ARROW — A Middle East war is more likely with the Obama administration-backed Iran nuclear arms agreement than without, U.S. Sen. James Lankford said Friday. "There are aspects of the agreement that I think push us closer to war rather than further away from it," Lankford said in response to questions at the end of a meeting on manufacturing at Tulsa Technology Center's Broken Arrow campus. "The reason I say that," said Lankford, "is because Iran will continue to accelerate toward a nuclear device, which will then cause a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

  • Aretha Franklin coming to Oklahoma

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    The Queen of Soul is bringing a little respect to Tulsa. Aretha Franklin is set to play The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on Oct. 22, the venue announced Friday. Tickets start at $75 and go on sale Aug. 27. Franklin is one of the best-selling artists of all time, with more than 75 million records sold worldwide and 18 Grammy Awards over her more than 50-year career.

  • Sen. Rick Brinkley to forfeit campaign fund balance, ending Ethics Commission probe

    By BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY — State Sen. Rick Brinkley will forfeit thousands of dollars from his campaign account under a settlement agreement reached Friday with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. The Owasso Republican faces a criminal investigation for embezzlement. His former employer, the Better Business Bureau in Tulsa, in June filed a civil lawsuit alleging Brinkley embezzled more than $1.8 million. Brinkley was fired from the Better Business Bureau in April. He has not been charged and has denied wrongdoing.

  • Audit concludes Wagoner County Sheriff's Office used county funds for self-promotion

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    The Wagoner County Sheriff's Office spent more than $7,000 personalizing items such as coins, hats and service handguns to promote Sheriff Bob Colbert, a practice that a state audit released Thursday deemed an abuse of county funds. The audit results  also concluded inventory records are not kept up-to-date, which resulted in noncompliance with state law and may have resulted in misappropriation of sheriff's office firearms. Money for undercover operations also was not maintained properly, leaving $450 of $2,500 in drug buy money unaccounted for, auditors found. The results of the inquiry into the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, address expenditures made by the sheriff's office that auditors found concerning while completing a routine countywide audit. State Auditor Gary Jones told the Tulsa World the report focused at least partially on allegations the sheriff's office used county funds for self-promotion and personal use, and the report called the customization expenses "not a necessary expenditure."

  • Reports: Tulsa energy company more than $4 billion in debt, expected to file bankruptcy soon

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Reports are pegging this as the week that Samson Resources will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a move that insiders say the exploration and production company will make before a substantial interest payment comes due Saturday. Tulsa-based Samson is more than $4 billion in debt. The company must pay a $110 million interest payment on its bonds Aug. 15, but according to  a story from Business Insider , Samson “doesn’t have the money, can’t pay, and won’t pay.” Charles Schusterman founded Samson Resources during the 1970s.

  • Tulsa City Council to consider settling lawsuit involving fire chief, nude photo

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    City councilors on Thursday are scheduled to consider a resolution to pay $35,000 to a woman who alleged she was singled out by Tulsa Fire Department Chief Ray Driskell and not hired due to nude pictures that surfaced during the hiring process. Jessica Chance, a former firefighter candidate, alleged in a federal lawsuit against the city that Driskell received nude photos of her from an unnamed Tulsa Police Department officer, who had been in a relationship with Chance. Chance’s lawsuit alleged Driskell singled her out from other candidates to take a photo of her that was to be used for comparison to the nude photo.

  • State Sen. Kim David says Republican women should speak up

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Donald Trump’s bombastic remarks about women may set the Internet ablaze and do wonders for cable news ratings, but Republican women should have more fundamental concerns, a GOP state senator said Tuesday. “People think the Republican Party has a war on women because we let the men speak for us too often,” Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, said during a meeting of the Republican Women’s Club of Tulsa County. “They don’t say it quite the way we would say it. Women have to be the ones standing up and putting the message out about what our values are.” Later, David said Trump’s famously ribald comments about women don’t bother her.

  • Better Business Bureau ups amount it says state Sen. Rick Brinkley embezzled

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    The amount believed embezzled from a nonprofit agency by state Sen. Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso, has increased from $1 million to more than $1.8 million, according to a document filed Tuesday in Tulsa County District Court. The Better Business Bureau of Tulsa, which Brinkley headed for 15 years, uses the higher figure without explanation in a response to Brinkley’s request to stay a civil suit brought by the BBB in early June. Kirk Turner, the organization’s attorney, declined comment on the matter.

  • Tahlequah police officer involved in fatal shooting returns to duty

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    The Tahlequah police officer who fatally shot a man in June during an altercation has been cleared to return to duty. Randy Tanner, who was placed on administrative leave during an investigation by the Tahlequah Police Department and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation  after the death of Joshua P. Crittenden on June 27 , was found to have acted appropriately within the guidelines of the department's use-of-force operating procedures in conjunction with Deadly Force Review Board, Police Chief Nate King said Wednesday. Crittenden was shot shortly after officers went to a home in the 500 block of South Mission Avenue in response to a call that two men had at least one gun in a white pickup that had been reported stolen.

  • New scoop: Blue Bell ice cream headed to stores again; no date yet for Broken Arrow plant's startup

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Blue Bell Creameries announced Tuesday on Facebook  and  Twitter  that it was again shipping its ice cream to stores. “Our trucks are on the road again… And yes, they are filled with Blue Bell Ice Cream! We’ll let you know soon when and where you can find our products in stores,” according to its Facebook post. Blue Bell spokeswoman Kelli Remmert said that the trucks are headed from Sylacauga, Alabama, to a limited number of distribution centers to start building inventory.

  • Judge halts new regulations on Osage County oil production

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    A judge issued an injunction Monday preventing a series of new federal regulations governing oil production in Osage County from taking effect. U.S. Chief District Judge Gregory Frizzell granted the preliminary injunction following a hearing Monday in Tulsa federal court. Groups representing the Osage Nation and oil producers operating in Osage County sued the federal government in early July, claiming new rules about to take effect would lead to decreased production and royalties and effectively kill the oil industry in the largest county in the state.

  • Target working to remove gender labels from toy, bedding aisles

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    National retailer Target announced in a  blog post  Friday that it is removing gender-based signage from some of the departments in its stores across the country. “Over the past year, guests have raised important questions about a handful of signs in our stores that offer product suggestions based on gender,” the retailer’s announcement says. “In some cases, like apparel, where there are fit and sizing differences, it makes sense. In others, it may not.”

  • Tulsa police officers save man bleeding profusely from punctured artery

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    The quick thinking of two Tulsa police officers may have saved the life of a man who was bleeding from a punctured artery early Saturday. Police received a call around 12:25 a.m. regarding a man who had broken through the glass door of his apartment in west Tulsa, fallen down a flight of stairs and was yelling for help, according to a news release. Officers Charles Ramsey and Kevin Tally responded to the call and found an unconscious man lying in a large pool of blood at the bottom of a staircase. Several bystanders had attempted to stop the heavy bleeding with towels but were unable to do so.