• Former Tulsa County sheriff's deputy bound over for trial on sexual battery, indecent exposure charges

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    A former Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy was bound over for trial on four criminal counts Friday for alleged sex crimes involving two women he encountered while on duty. Gerald Nuckolls, 26, was scheduled for district court arraignment on two counts each of sexual battery and indecent exposure at his preliminary hearing, presided over by Special Judge Cliff Smith. At the hearing, prosecutors dropped one count of sexual battery involving a third woman who failed to appear for court but added another involving a different alleged victim. They also dropped a charge of outraging public decency against Nuckolls. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Friction between sheriffs, prison officials reignites

    By SEAN MURPHY, The Associated Press | Updated: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Friction between the state's new prisons director and some county sheriffs over how quickly the Department of Corrections is picking up inmates from county jails is flaring up again this session over a pair of bills moving through the Legislature. DOC Director Robert Patton began pulling more inmates out of county jails shortly after he started at the department about a year ago, a move that angered sheriffs who counted on the $27-per-day price the state paid for inmates to help maintain jail operations. Now corrections officials are pushing two bills that would delay when the department starts paying county jails for an inmate, measures that are drawing fierce resistance from county sheriffs and

  • WPX Energy cuts capital spending plan by half to $725 million midpoint

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    WPX Energy Inc. is cutting its expected capital spending budget this year by 50 percent, focusing nearly all of that on its core areas of the San Juan, Piceance and Willison basins, the Tulsa-based oil and gas producer revealed this week. All three of those plays are part of WPX's long-term strategy. WPX has sold off other assets, including the Apco interests in South America and in the Marcellus Shale of the eastern U.S. This year's capital spending range has a midpoint of $725 million, compared with $1.5 billion in 2014. Many oil and gas companies have cut expenditures or laid off employees in response to the seven-month decline in crude oil prices. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Second man arrested in Tulsa barber shop homicide; gang connection revealed

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    A second man was arrested Thursday evening in connection with a gang-related north Tulsa barber shop shooting that police said killed an unintended target and wounded four others. Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker identified the man arrested Thursday as Dezmen Smith, 24. Walker said detectives believe Smith was the gunman, while Chadrick Colbert — arrested the day after the shootings — helped Smith enter Gifted Hands Barber & Beauty Shop to carry out the shooting on Feb. 6. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Prisons beyond overflowing, corrections officials say

    BY CARY ASPINWALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    BOLEY — At least one Oklahoma prison is at more than double its capacity and most others are crammed with about 20 percent more inmates than they were designed to hold, corrections officials said Thursday. Monday is scheduled for the first meeting of a panel of state officials tasked with re-examining Oklahoma’s stalled Justice Reinvestment Initiative, and based on the state’s prison population, that meeting can’t come soon enough for Oklahoma Department of Corrections officials. Getting the state’s prison population down to the facilities’ capacity is a top priority, DOC Director Robert Patton said Thursday during a Board of Corrections meeting at John Lilley Correctional Center. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Massive new apartment complex begins construction in Tulsa's East Village

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    So far, the majority of new living options in downtown Tulsa have come through the renovation of older buildings. That’s not the case with Hartford Commons. When finished approximately 14 months from now, the new building being constructed at 215 S. Greenwood Ave. will add a whopping 162 apartment units to the East Village portion of downtown. The $26 million project is a partnership between restaurateur Elliot Nelson and investor Casey Stowe, who are redeveloping several other downtown buildings as Nelson Stowe, as well as local apartment developer American Residential Group. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Former Tulsa, state FOP treasurer charged with embezzling $470,000

    BY COREY JONES and JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    The former longtime treasurer of the state and Tulsa Fraternal Orders of Police was charged Wednesday with embezzling $470,000 from the two organizations. Lorna Jean Vanlandingham, 71, is charged in Tulsa federal court with two counts of wire fraud. She is accused of stealing $403,126.98 from the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 93 and $67,278.53 from the Oklahoma State Fraternal Order of Police over a four-year period. Clay Ballenger, Tulsa FOP president, said Vanlandingham was immediately removed as treasurer when the organization discovered in April 2014 what it believed were “misappropriations of funds.” The local FOP quickly filed a report with the Tulsa Police Department and notified the state FOP, Ballenger said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Oklahoma bill would allow property owners to shoot down drones without civil liability

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    A Senate panel on Tuesday passed a measure that would let property owners shoot down drones and not be held civilly liable for monetary damages. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 492 by a vote of 6-4. The measure heads to the full Senate for consideration. Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, said the measure was needed to protect property owners from cattle thieves who are using drones with recording devices to track herds and their owners. He is the author of the bill. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • HIV-infected man jailed on rape, spreading infectious disease complaints

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    A Tulsa man remains jailed on allegations that he raped a 16-year-old girl at a Tulsa apartment complex even though he was knowingly HIV-positive. Calvin Ezekiel Hill, 19, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on first-degree rape, forcible oral sodomy and spreading an infectious disease complaints, according to an arrest report. Police were called Tuesday about 7:45 a.m. to the Canyon Creek Apartments in the 2000 block of East 53rd Street by a 16-year-old girl claiming Hill demanded sex and when she refused, forcibly removed her pants and raped her, the report said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Two would-be burglars critically hurt in crash fleeing failed car break-in, authorities say

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    BROKEN ARROW — A man and woman were critically injured Wednesday morning fleeing the scene of a failed vehicle break-in by crashing into a car and rolling, authorities said. The Tulsa Police Department said the wrecked SUV fled from an attempted auto burglary in the 3100 block of South 147th East Avenue in Tulsa. The collision took place around 9:50 a.m. in the 5000 block of North 145th East Avenue in Broken Arrow. Broken Arrow Police Cpl. Leon Calhoun said the adult male driver and adult female passenger were ejected after the SUV rolled at least once. Both were taken to an area hospital in critical condition. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Four men charged with murder in east Tulsa motel shooting

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Four men, including a former Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy, were charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, two weeks after a man died in a shooting at an east Tulsa motel. Warren Crittenden, 44; Kendrick Logan, 27; Jerome Hardaway, 28; and Dustin Ward, 24, are accused of killing 33-year-old Michael Jones at the Super 8 motel near 31st Street and Memorial Drive on Jan. 27. All four are in the Tulsa Jail without bail. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Jury recommends life without parole in 'cultlike' Tulsa murder, kidnapping case

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    A jury convicted a 54-year-old Tulsa man of eight felony charges including murder, kidnapping and assault on Tuesday. George Emile July, whose first name is listed in some records as Emile or Emil, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old Quinton Shaver, as well as three counts of kidnapping, two counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and one count each of drug possession and possessing a firearm after a former felony conviction. Closing arguments were held Tuesday after witness testimony concluded late Friday afternoon. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa woman jailed for reportedly stabbing boyfriend during argument

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    A 41-year-old woman who confessed to stabbing her boyfriend during an argument was arrested at an east Tulsa hotel late Monday, police said. Jodie Mae Wood told officers that she stabbed the man in the stomach about 11:55 p.m. in a room at the Executive Inn, 11328 E. 11th St., an arrest report said. The report indicated that Wood admitted to attacking the man during an argument after becoming angry about another woman. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa-based Williams Partners has restarted Geismar plant damaged in 2013 explosion

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    A Geismar, Louisiana chemical plant which was nearly destroyed in a deadly June 2013 explosion and fire is rebuilt and producing ethylene for sale, Tulsa-based Williams Partners announced Tuesday. The new production comes after several delays while Williams worked at rebuilding and expanding the Geismar plant. Ethylene is used in petrochemical production for things like plastic and paint. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa-area apartments become more popular, more expensive

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Apartment-dwellers might not have to deal with property taxes and lawn care, but they got hit with a near-record increase in rent last year. Overall, rents at Tulsa-area apartments increased 6.4 percent, according to a year-end apartment survey by CB Richard Ellis. David Forrest, co-author of the report along with Brian Donahue, said the jump tied the records in recent years. “I’ve been doing this survey since 1998, and there’s only been two other years we’ve had increases in six percent," he said. "Those were 1998 and 2007." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Plane evacuated after making emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    An American Eagle plane traveling from Dallas-Fort Worth to Iowa made an emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport on Monday evening after the crew reported fumes in the cockpit, officials said. The airport reported the incident just after 6 p.m., a Tulsa Fire Department dispatcher said. After the plane landed, its passengers were evacuated on the runway, she said. American Airlines spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said Flight 3235 had 63 passengers and four crew members on board for a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, when a crew member reported an odor. No injuries were reported. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Student sets Holmes Park Elementary School playground on fire, Sapulpa police say

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    SAPULPA — An elementary school playground was severely damaged after a fifth-grader set it on fire Sunday night, the Sapulpa Public Schools superintendent's office confirmed Monday. Firefighters were called to Holmes Park Elementary School, 1231 E. Dewey Ave., around 9 p.m. Sunday for a "pretty substantial fire" on the playground that had flames higher than the school building, police Lt. Jim Madden said. The fire began while a girl was playing on the playground equipment, but she was unharmed, Madden said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Muskogee man charged with phoning in bomb threat involving company at Tulsa Port of Catoosa

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    CLAREMORE — A Muskogee man has been charged with telephoning a bomb threat involving a company at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. Prosecutors filed a felony count of making a telephone bomb threat Friday against Robert Dwayne Perry Jr., 41. His bond was set at $500,000 and his initial court appearance was Monday before District Judge Dwayne Steidley. On Jan. 29, Perry reportedly stated in a 911 call that "there is a bomb at the Linde Corporation in the Port of Catoosa and will go off in an hour," according to an arrest affidavit. The call originated from a facility within Linde Process Plants Inc., which has expertise in gas processing, refining and deep cryogenics, records show. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • 47 more traffic monitoring cameras coming to Tulsa-area highways

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    State transportation officials announced plans Monday to add more traffic monitoring cameras at up to 47 locations along Tulsa area highways. The cameras purchases, approved by the state Transportation Commission during its monthly meeting, will be acquired with $2.5 million in federal funds and should be installed by the end of 2016. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Death Cab for Cutie to play Tulsa

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    To celebrate the station’s 20th birthday, Z104.5 The Edge is bringing in several big-name acts for a show at the Brady Theater. Death Cab for Cutie will headline the April 24 show with AWOLNATION and Robert DeLong performing. Tickets are $42.50 plus fees for general admission pit and $39.50 plus fees for general admission seating in the theater. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Death Cab is renowned for its creative brand of indie rock with vocalist Ben Gibbard’s distinct voice creating a unique sound that’s driven the band since 1997. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .