• Hofmeister to work with state leaders to raise teacher pay

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    State Superintendent-elect Joy Hofmeister isn’t wasting any time preparing to take statewide office in January. The Tulsan has just nine weeks before being sworn in and she has already named a transition team, and later this week she is headed to a meeting of state education department heads from across the country. Hofmeister has said she wants to work with education leaders and state lawmakers to develop an eight-year plan that she hopes will include a dedicated funding source to continue to help improve teacher pay. But not everything will wait for that. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Police arrest boyfriend in triple stabbing at Tulsa apartment

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    A Tulsa man was jailed in a triple stabbing that left his live-in girlfriend in critical condition, police said. Chuck Davis, 26, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of assault with intent to kill, maiming, assault with a dangerous weapon, and domestic assault and battery, jail records show. Police responded to the Greens of Bedford apartments, 10620 E. 66th St., just before noon Tuesday after a caller reported that several people had been stabbed, said Tulsa Police Officer Leland Ashley. A 43-year-old woman and 22-year-old woman were taken from the scene in critical condition, according to an EMSA representative. A 19-year-old man was transported with stab wounds to the back of his head. The 43-year-old woman was stabbed in the forehead and in the chest, police said. Ashley said Davis is the boyfriend of the 22-year-old woman. The woman’s mother and brother were the other victims in the attack, Ashley said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa Health Department monitoring recent traveler for Ebola virus

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    The Tulsa Health Department is monitoring a person who recently traveled to West Africa and reported developing a fever for further signs of contracting the Ebola virus, officials said Thursday. The Oklahoma State Department of Health earlier this week implemented a post-arrival Ebola virus monitoring protocol, and the individual - who is classified as "low risk" - traveled to either Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone withing the past 21 days but didn't have any known exposure to the virus. "THD staff has been in contact with the person daily over the 21 day surveillance period to monitor for symptoms and report their measured body temperature, as recommended by the OSDH and CDC’s guidance of active monitoring of low risk individuals," the release states. "The individual informed health officials late this evening that they had developed a fever. THD officials immediately implemented an isolation and evaluation plan in conjunction with the Regional Medical Response System following appropriate protocols to limit exposure." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa woman indicted on fraud charges in cancer treatment scheme

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    A Tulsa woman who formerly ran two cancer treatment clinics in the Tulsa area was in federal court Thursday to face 41 counts of fraud. Antonella Carpenter, 70, entered a plea of not guilty to all charges. A federal grand jury had indicted her Oct. 15. Carpenter, who is not a doctor, ran the Lase Med clinics in Owasso and Broken Arrow from November 2006 to December 2012. She claimed to be able to cure cancer with a treatment method she called Light Induced Enhanced Selective Hyperthermia. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Attorney General Scott Pruitt tells Tulsa group that religious freedom at risk in U.S.

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Religious freedom in the United States is under attack, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Wednesday. “I’m very concerned. I cut my teeth on religious liberty issues,” Pruitt said during the Oilfield Christian Fellowship’s 10th anniversary celebration at First Baptist Church in downtown Tulsa. Pruitt made a distinction between what he called the free exercise of religion and freedom of worship. People in China have the freedom to worship, he said, but the government licenses and oversees their churches. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa County hires IT director who told employees to destroy public document

    BY KEVIN CANFIELD, Tulsa Wrold | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Less than two weeks after instructing county employees that a public document should be "shredded, destroyed and deleted," Dan Pease on Wednesday was named Tulsa County's information technology director. Pease begins his new job Nov. 1. He is currently employed by a private company, Nomerel, and works on a contract basis for the county as its interim IT director. He will no longer work for Nomerel once he begins his new post, county spokesman Michael Willis said. <a href="http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/government/tulsa-county-hires-it-director-who-told-employees-to-destroy/article_4ae55124-a3eb-5419-8ea9-894e20b8c2aa.html">Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com</a>.

  • Former Tulsa County deputy jailed on new sexual battery charge

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    A Tulsa County deputy who resigned after he was arrested and eventually charged with the on-duty sexual battery of two women in September was re-jailed Tuesday after another sex charge was filed against him. Gerald Nuckolls now faces three counts of sexual battery, one count of indecent exposure and one count of outraging public decency. Court documents show the new allegation against Nuckolls is from an incident in March. When first arrested in September, the former deputy had told investigators he had engaged in sexual activity with about six women and exchanged nude photos with them, according to his arrest report. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Emails reveal Tulsa Public Schools officials knew top administrator lacked master's degree

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Internal communications reveal Tulsa Public Schools leaders went to great lengths trying to help one of their administrators obtain a master’s degree before state accreditation officials or her own colleagues learned of the compliance violation. Late last week, TPS turned over public records about former Instructional Leadership Director Tracee Frazier-Branch that the Tulsa World had sought through multiple Open Records Act requests since late August. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Claremore couple arrested on bestiality complaints after woman-dog sex video discovered

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    CLAREMORE — A Claremore couple was arrested last week on bestiality complaints after police found at their home a video showing a sex act between the wife and the dog. Brenda Mettler, 42, and Robert S. Mettler, 44, were jailed Thursday on complaints of crimes against nature/sodomy, cruelty to animals and distributing obscene material. The pair each posted $60,000 bail and were released from jail Friday, said Investigator Kyle Baker of the Rogers County Sheriff's Office. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Education Department budget request includes $2,500 salary bump for teachers

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    The Oklahoma State Department of Education’s budget request for the 2016 fiscal year includes additional funds to cover $2,500 across-the-board salary increases for teachers in exchange for five additional instructional days. State education officials told the state board of education that the increases on the state’s minimum salary schedule for teachers would also represent a “first step” in addressing the statewide teacher shortage. State Superintendent Janet Barresi called the initial request to state lawmakers a “strong step in the right direction.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • NTSB: Perry Inhofe 'did not appropiately manage' engine shutdown before fatal crash

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    A final report on the plane crash that killed Perry Dyson Inhofe II says he “did not appropriately manage” the aircraft having to fly on just one engine before it went down near Owasso last fall. The probable cause report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board said Inhofe, the plane’s sole occupant, reported a “control problem” and “left engine shutdown” moments before the Mitsubishi MU-2 twin-engine plane crashed on Nov. 10. Investigators said the plane should have been flyable in a one-engine-inoperative condition, as weather did not impact its performance. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Father who reportedly gave children prescription drugs jailed on neglect charge

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    A Tulsa father accused of giving his three children unauthorized prescription medication to control their behavior was arrested on Tuesday. Charles Wayne Gillum, 24, was taken to the Tulsa Jail on a child neglect charge filed July 23. A Tulsa police affidavit filed Aug. 7 indicated that Gillum repeatedly gave his children — ages 1, 2 and 3 — Clonidine and Daytrana, which are commonly prescribed to individuals dealing with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Parents enter pleas after 2-year-old starved 'literally, almost to death'

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The parents of a 2-year-old girl hospitalized in critical condition last year entered blind guilty pleas on a neglect charge Tuesday in lieu of a scheduled jury trial. The girl, who was two months from her third birthday at the time of her parents’ arrest, had been left lying in a crib most of her life, weighed 13 pounds and couldn’t walk, talk or chew, authorities said. She was later diagnosed with leukemia, but since her parents did not seek medical care before her hospitalization they were unaware of her having the blood disorder, said Assistant District Attorney Sarah McAmis. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa County officials told to delete documents, text indicates

    BY KEVIN CANFIELD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Tulsa County’s interim information technology director on Saturday instructed at least four county employees to shred, destroy and delete a document critical of his role in selecting an IT management company for the county, records indicate. Dan Pease’s text message was sent at 7:27 a.m., less than 24 hours after the county received an anonymous “citizen request” stating that Pease has a conflict of interest because he works for one of the firms being considered to operate the county’s Information Technology Department full-time. The “ citizen request” link on the Tulsa County website’s Contact Us section allows residents to request information and/or action from the county. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • KSWO: Woman arrested in Lawton claimed Jesus Christ will pay her restaurant tab

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Police say a woman in Lawton ordered food and alcoholic drinks at a restaurant in Lawton and told managers that her husband, Jesus Christ, would pay for them, KSWO reports . Kristi Rhines was booked into the Lawton City Jail on a complaint of fraud. Read the rest of this story at KSWO.com .

  • Social media posts detail spending habits of Duncan triple-homicide suspect

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Hours before he allegedly gunned down his parents and sister, Alan Hruby snapped a photo of OU's football stadium from his dorm room window and posted it on social media. "You could say we have a good view," his post on Instagram and Twitter says. The time was 12:41 a.m. Thursday, the same day Hruby, 19, allegedly left his cell phone in his dorm room at OU's Headington Hall and drove to his family's upscale neighborhood in Duncan. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Fallin declines invitation for second debate

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday declined an invitation for a second debate to be held at the University of Oklahoma. Her opponent, Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, had accepted the offer made earlier this week in an editorial in the campus newspaper. “We are disappointed,” said OU Daily editor Blayklee Buchanan, 21. “We really hope to see the candidates come debate on our campus and give students that direct access to the candidates so they can vote from an educated standpoint.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Aerospace company announces contract that will eventually bring 300 jobs to state

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    NORDAM announced Wednesday that a contract signed in 2010 will eventually bring approximately 300 new jobs to Tulsa. The aerospace company has designed, engineered, developed and manufactured an integrated powerplant system for two Pratt & Whitney Canada engines, PW814GA and PW815GA. The integrated powerplant system and engines will be used on the Gulfstream G500 and G600 aircraft, the new family of business jets that Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced Tuesday in Savannah, Ga. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Hilti moving North American headquarters from Tulsa to Dallas area

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Hilti North America announced Tuesday it will move its corporate headquarters from Tulsa to the Dallas-Fort Worth area by next summer. The Liechtenstein-based international tool company will maintain its operations center in Tulsa once the move is completed in June 2015. The Tulsa facility will employ about 425 people at that time. About 250 positions will move to the Dallas area, Hilti reported. The $26 billion complex will house the company's headquarters, test lab, repair service and distribution centers, according to the release. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Records show mistakes, questionable evidence in woman's overturned murder case

    BY CARY ASPINWALL and ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Prosecutor Tim Harris stood before jurors deciding Michelle Murphy’s fate and told them police found someone’s blood near her slain baby’s body — blood he implied could be hers. “Ladies and gentleman, beyond a reasonable doubt this woman killed her child,” he told them. What Harris didn’t tell jurors is that as the trial started Nov. 14, 1995, he possessed a report from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation that said Murphy’s blood type was different than the type found at the scene. That test determined DNA found at the scene was not hers, contradicting Harris’ implication to jurors about what the Tulsa police lab tests showed. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .