• Damage to vehicles causes more questions than answers at Vinita car dealership

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    VINITA — What has been tearing up cars in Vinita? The staff at Green Country Ford intends to find out. For more than a week, something has been entering the business’ lot at 225 W. Dwain Willis Ave. overnight and ripping apart pieces of the vehicles up for sale. So far, nine vehicles have been damaged on four occasions, general sales manager Freddy Griffin said.

  • Cain's Ballroom announces wide variety of new shows

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    There's something for just about everybody in the latest slate of new concert announcements from Cain's Ballroom. Four new shows include Metric, the Texas Hippie Coalition, Jamey Johnson, Brillz and Kevin Gates. Tickets for all new shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. The shows announced Wednesday add even more indie rock, country, hip hop and metal to Cain's already diverse fall lineup.

  • Woman freed after serving 20 years in prison sues Tulsa, former district attorney, officers

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    A woman who served nearly 20 years in prison before being freed and declared innocent of murdering her son has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against those associated with her prosecution. Michelle Dawn Murphy filed the lawsuit in Tulsa federal court, claiming prosecutors, police and the city of Tulsa committed various wrongful acts during her prosecution and subsequent efforts to be freed from prison. “Ms. Murphy’s wrongful arrest, detention, prosecution, conviction, and imprisonment were the result of egregious misconduct by law enforcement officers, forensic analysts and their supervisors, acting individually and in concert to use any means necessary to obtain a conviction,” Murphy states in her complaint, filed Monday.

  • Cold beer at liquor stores, 6-point beer and wine at gas stations closer to reality

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    Liquor store retailers reached a major decision Tuesday that will likely lead to a vote for cold beer in Oklahoma liquor stores and 6-point beer and wine available at convenience and grocery stores. The Retail Liquor Association of Oklahoma announced its support of proposed legislation to modernize Oklahoma liquor stores to join 45 other states that allow "single-strength refrigerated beer" statewide. "What it means is maybe — just maybe — prohibition is going to be over in Oklahoma," said Mike Thornbrugh, spokesman for QuikTrip.

  • Evidence room breach at Tulsa County Sheriff's Office under investigation

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    A breach of security in an evidence surplus room that contained the synthetic drug K2 is the latest in a line of problems plaguing the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. Spokesman Justin Green on Monday confirmed that the breach took place and that a joint investigation between the Sheriff’s Office and the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office is underway. Green said it was his understanding that a jail inmate worker committed the breach.

  • Ticket prices announced for Madonna show in Tulsa

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    Tickets for Madonna's first appearance in Tulsa go on sale next week, the BOK Center announced Tuesday. Tickets are $42-$357 plus fees and go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. Tickets will be available at  bokcenter.com , by phone at 866-7-BOKCTR or at the BOK Center box office at Third Street and Frisco Avenue. Madonna is set to perform Jan. 14, one of fewer than 30 North American tour dates on her 64-city world tour, which kicked off last week in Canada.

  • Remains exhumed in Osage County grave identified as Pawhuska oilman

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    PAWHUSKA — A body found in a shallow grave in rural Osage County last week has been identified as a Pawhuska oilman who disappeared after returning home from a local country club the previous weekend. The Osage County Sheriff's Office confirmed Tuesday that the remains belong to Ricky Holt, 46.  Two brothers — Jeremy Keith Reece, 31, and Tyler Wayne Reece, 18 — were arrested and charged in his death after the grave was found.

  • Pep rally skit turns violent, leaves Oklahoma high school student injured after kicks to the head

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    A Memorial High School student was attacked at a pep rally Friday before a football game between Memorial and Edison. The student was selected by the student council to dress as the Edison Eagle mascot for a skit, said Tulsa Public Schools spokesman Chris Payne. As part of the skit, the student was wearing a chicken head instead of an eagle head. Payne said the football players then dog-piled on top of this student, which was not a planned part of the skit. A student who is not on the team then “jumped into the fray” and delivered a “couple of strong blows” to the student in the mascot suit, including kicks to the face, he said.

  • Prosecutor: Richard Glossip’s attorney using ‘bulls--- public relations campaign‘ to prevent execution

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater on Monday accused attorneys for a man facing a Wednesday execution of playing games. Prater’s comments came following a Capitol press conference that lasted more than an hour in which Richard Glossip's new attorney, Don R. Knight of Colorado, said the defense team has new evidence. Prater attended the press conference. “This is crap,” Prater said. “This is a bulls--- public relations campaign. That is all it is.”

  • Houston company reportedly no longer interested in Williams Cos.

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    Well, scratch that. In case you missed it, late Friday afternoon Reuters reported that Spectra Energy is  no longer trying to buy Tulsa-based Williams Cos .   The Reuters reporter who  broke the story last month  that Spectra had joined the ring to buy Williams released Friday's article stating that's no longer the case. Both reports cite "people familiar" with the matter. According to the new report, the exit of Houston-based Spectra increases the likelihood that Energy Transfer Equity could succeed in buying Williams.

  • Two Oklahoma students have their photographs on display at the Louvre

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    Two Booker T. Washington seniors have their photographs on display at the Louvre museum in Paris. Gaby Lawson and Caty Sack, who are both enrolled in the school’s photography program, entered a contest over the summer and had photographs selected out of their portfolios for the honor. Robert Wakeley, their photography teacher, said the two entered the competition on their own.

  • Fatal shootings by police eclipse 2014 total

    Published: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    The number of fatal shootings by police continues to climb in Oklahoma, with some saying the state is an extreme example of a host of cultural issues being experienced across the country. The shooting death of a man by Cushing police Aug. 30 marked the 26th time this year that law enforcement officers in Oklahoma have fatally shot someone, according to a database of deadly incidents compiled by the Tulsa World. A Cushing police officer shot Shawn Allen Hall, 20, of Ripley after he pointed a gun at others and did not follow commands by the officer to drop his weapon, according to law enforcement officials.

  • 'Duck Dynasty' member to speak in Oklahoma

    BY RITA SHERROW, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Alan Robertson, oldest son of reality show “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson, will speak at the Park Plaza Church of Christ on Oct. 4. The church made the announcement Friday. Robertson, whose family was featured in the hit reality TV show, is the “self-described Jacob in a family of Esaus” and will speak at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Plaza Church of Christ Central, 5925 E. 51st St.; at 10 a.m. at Park Plaza Church of Christ — Jenks at Jenks West Elementary, 1251 W. 91st St., and on video at 10 a.m. at Park Plaza Church of Christ — Brookside, 3810 S. Peoria Ave. The latter will be taped at the 8:30 a.m. event. The events are free and open to the public.

  • Visitors to Tulsa's Big Splash can take one last ride on Silver Bullet

    BY JIMMIE TRAMEL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Miss any long-gone Tulsa treasures? Examples: Bell’s Amusement Park. Crystal’s Pizza. The Williams Center Forum skating rink. Wish you could turn back the clock and sneak in one last visit?

  • Tulsa man threatened officers with tire iron; reportedly intended to ram car into police station

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    A man who threatened police officers with a tire iron and said he intended to ram his car into a Tulsa police station was taken into custody after a two-hour standoff in east Tulsa on Friday morning. During the standoff, police fired pepper balls and used shields as protection before Gentry Miller, 35, surrendered peacefully from inside a silver Chevy Impala. Miller’s plan was to ram his car into the Mingo Valley Division police station and force officers to kill him, according to a police report. After receiving a call, police arrived to find a car stopped at 9776 E. 11th St. at 8:07 a.m. A woman who identified herself as Miller’s wife was outside the vehicle and told police that Miller was suicidal and had weapons in the car.

  • Tulsa man allegedly sold crack to undercover officers, tried to hire them as prostitutes

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    A Tulsa man released from prison less than a month ago has been arrested after allegedly selling crack cocaine to undercover officers and trying to hire them as prostitutes, according to police. Alfonzo Lamonse Vineyard, 35, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on Wednesday night on four complaints: two for delivery of a controlled drug and two for pandering after former conviction of a felony. His bond was set at $40,000. Around 9 p.m., undercover officers with the Tulsa Police Department set up a sting in the area of 11th Street and Garnett Road.

  • Oilman's apparent slaying leaves Pawhuska residents looking for answers

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    PAWHUSKA — The apparent slaying of a prominent oilman has left close friends desperate for answers and a tight-knit community in rural Osage County in shambles. Investigators with the Osage County Sheriff's Office spent Thursday exhuming a body from a shallow grave found the day before on private property near Pawhuska. Deputies are hesitant to speculate on the identify of the buried remains, but those close to the case are confident that the body belongs to Ricky Holt, a lifelong resident of Pawhuska who vanished over the weekend.

  • Mob-style murder at posh golf course shocked Tulsa in 1981

    BY DEBBIE JACKSON and HILARY PITTMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    Tulsa businessman Roger Wheeler finished his usual Wednesday round of golf at Southern Hills Country Club at about 4:30 p.m. on May 27, 1981, took a shower and walked to his black Cadillac near the exclusive club’s swimming pool. As Wheeler sat in his car, a man walked up and stuck a 38-caliber revolver in the driver’s window and shot him in the face at close range. Wheeler tried to fend off his assailant, the autopsy report showed, leaving abrasions and soot deposits on his left hand. The barrel of the killer’s pistol was so close that the fatal gunshot left no powder burns on Wheeler’s face, but shattered his eyeglasses and embedded fragments in his eyes, the report said.

  • Appeals court turns away portion of Tulsa County appeal in jail death lawsuit

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    DENVER — A federal lawsuit that includes evidence of state procedural violations at the Tulsa Jail and allegations of collusion by jail workers has survived a legal procedural challenge. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Monday found that Sheriff Stanley Glanz could not be held personally liable in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man who hung himself in the Tulsa Jail, although the case against him in his official capacity could resume at the district court level. The lawsuit was filed in 2011 by Carolyn Cox on behalf of Charles Jernegan, who committed suicide in 2009 while being incarcerated in the Tulsa Jail.

  • Gender pay gap: Tulsa among bottom 10 metro areas for equitable income

    BY JOHN STANCAVAGE, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    Tulsa’s primary business — energy — hasn’t changed much over the past few decades, and apparently neither has its pay practices for men and women. A new study ranks Tulsa among the bottom 10 metro areas in the nation for equitable pay for both sexes. In 2013, the median earnings of Tulsa women ($23,684) were only 65.5 percent of what area men took home, the 89th worst comparison  in a report by storage solutions firm   SpareFoot.com .