• US official: Debris in photo belongs to same type of aircraft as missing Malaysia Airlines plane

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, according to a U.S. official said Wednesday.

  • Talala mother arrested after child left in hot vehicle at Owasso Wal-Mart

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A Talala woman is accused of leaving her 1-year-old child in a hot vehicle for nearly an hour while she shopped inside an area Wal-Mart, Owasso police said. Hannah Victoria Secondi, 38, was taken into custody about 6 p.m. Tuesday after pedestrians saw the child inside her parked vehicle outside the Wal-Mart in the 12100 block of East 96th Street North. Secondi told police that she forgot the child was in the vehicle when she went inside the store, according to a police report. 

  • Bison herd at Tallgrass Prairie Preserve rebounds from deadly disease scare

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    PAWHUSKA — It’s mating season on the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, and the boys are showing off for the girls. A bull bison wallows in the dirt. Another kicks at the sod. From the rear of the herd trots more beefcake, and two more males lock horns in a dust-up that lasts several minutes. A window of his pickup rolled down, Preserve Director Bob Hamilton takes in the sights — and the come-hither roars of the males — from only a few feet away.

  • Bridenstine may join effort to oust Speaker John Boehner

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A spokeswoman for First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine said Wednesday there is a good chance the Tulsa Republican will join the most recent effort to oust U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner. Sheryl Kaufman said Bridenstine "absolutely supports new leadership" in the House, and noted he has twice voted for someone other than Boehner for speaker. Kaufman said Bridenstine is "reviewing" a resolution filed Tuesday by North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows to declare the speakership vacant.

  • Authorities capture man suspected of running over Lincoln County deputy's arm

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Authorities have captured a man in Lincoln County suspected of running over a deputy's arm.

  • American dentist said to have paid $55K to kill beloved lion in Africa

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A Minnesota dentist who caused an international uproar when he reportedly paid $55,000 to kill Cecil, an iconic lion in Zimbabwe, issued a statement late Tuesday saying he regretted the animal's death, but thought he was acting legally. Walter Palmer, who was included in a 2009 New York Times feature on big game hunting, said that he had "hired several professional guides, and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled."

  • KFOR: Oklahoma City attorney charged with federal sex crimes wants children allowed in his home

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    An Oklahoma City attorney accused of federal sex crimes wants a judge to change his bond conditions. Michael Billings is accused of traveling to Peru to have sex with underage girls. Billings has been under house arrest, but now he’s requesting for children other than his own to be allowed in his home. A judge let him out of jail on bond last year, but because he’s an alleged sex offender, he’s not allowed to be around children.

  • Being topless in public is legal, woman reminds others after police encounter

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    If you're topless in any part of British Columbia and a police officer tells you to put a shirt on, you don't have to obey. That's the message a Kelowna woman wants to deliver to anyone who doesn't realize being topless in B.C. is legal. Susan Rowbottom says she was at a local beach last week, sunbathing without a top on, when an RCMP officer approached her and told her to cover up. Rowbottom said she did as she was told at the time, though she was fairly certain it was legal for both men and women to be bare-chested in public.

  • Naked, knife-wielding suspect serenades police with banjo

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) - A Vancouver man was taken into police custody after a standoff that featured the suspect serenading officers with a banjo. Officers were called to the 8500 block of NE 36th Circle after reports of a naked man walking around with a knife.  When they arrived at the man’s home, he refused to surrender. Neighbors saw the man, identified by police as Andrew Helmsworth, yelling at officers, and said at one point, Helmsworth walked outside with a banjo, which he played for the officers.

  • Oklahomans for Equality to establish Cub Scouts pack

    BY STACEY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Fresh off the heels of the Boy Scouts of America’s decision Monday to end its ban on gay adult leaders,  Oklahomans for Equality has announced its intention to form a local Cub Scouts pack. Operating out of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. Fourth St., the organization will charter the troop through Tulsa’s Boy Scouts chapter, the  Indian Nations Council . The interest is there — both from youth participants and adults taking part in its leadership — and now it’s just a matter of getting all the paperwork in order and approval from the local council, said Andrew Grimes, who will serve as cubmaster.

  • Tulsa man accused of killing the father of his ex-girlfriend's child bound for jury trial

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A Tulsa man accused of murdering the father of his ex-girlfriend's child was arraigned in district court Tuesday. Cameron Jerel Hendrick, 28, pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony before District Judge Caroline Wall, who bound him over for jury trial on Jan. 11. Wall also denied a motion filed by Hendrick's public defender, Gregg Graves, to reduce the charge to manslaughter.

  • WPX Energy CEO gives U.S. Senate hearing testimony supporting end of crude oil export ban

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    WPX Energy President and CEO Rick Muncrief spoke Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., voicing the domestic oil and gas producer's "strong support" for lifting the United States government's four-decades old ban on the export of crude oil. Among other benefits, Muncrief said WPX Energy believes lifting the ban would boost the U.S. economy as well as strengthen the country's national security. Muncrief's testimony was part of a full committee hearing held by the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on "Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban." The ban has been in place since the Energy Policy and Conservation Act became law in 1975.

  • Delaware County water district manager accused of embezzling more than $100,000

    BY SHEILA STOGSDIL, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    JAY — A Delaware County water district manager was arrested on complaints he stole more than $100,000 from a rural water district, said Jay Police Chief Mike Shambaugh on Monday. Jacob Wiese, 31, of Jay was arrested Wednesday by the Jay Police Department on 18 complaints of embezzlement and 11 complaints of fraud, according to a probable cause arrest affidavit. No charges have been filed against Wiese, the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office said.

  • State Sen. Rick Brinkley acknowledges criminal investigation in court filing

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Attorneys for state Sen. Rick Brinkley acknowledge in court documents that Brinkley is the subject of criminal investigations related to his alleged embezzlement of more than $1 million from the Better Business Bureau. “One or more criminal investigations are pending relating to the same subject matter” as the alleged embezzlement, according to a motion to stay civil proceedings against Brinkley. Brinkley’s attorney in the matter is Joel Wohlgemuth of Tulsa. In his motion, Wohlgemuth argues that a stay is justified because continuing the civil proceedings could jeopardize Brinkley’s defense against the possible criminal charges.

  • College sophomore charged after dumping newborn in trash

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A 20-year-old former college student was arrested and charged in the death of a newborn baby after the baby was found in a trash bin outside of her sorority, police said. Emile Weaver, a former member of Delta Gamma Theta at Muskingum University in Zanesville, Ohio, allegedly put the newborn girl in a plastic bag while still alive and dumped her in a trashcan, the Columbus Dispatch reported. The infant died of asphyxiation, the coroner said. Ohio has had a Safe Haven law since 2001, meaning mothers don't face prosecution if they leave a newborn up to 30 days old at a fire station, with police or medical personnel, as long as the child was not abused. The children dropped off anonymously are placed in the care of child services.

  • Cincinnati man shoots at 1-year-old boy, is shot by man with concealed carry permit

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A 62-year-old man faces several charges after Cincinnati police say he fired at four people, including a 1-year-old boy. Thomas McCary was then shot by one of the victims, who has a permit to carry a concealed license, Cincinnati police said. He is held without bond at the Hamilton County jail on four counts of felonious assault. He faces a judge at 9 a.m. Monday. According to police, McCary argued with a woman on Holland Drive about 7:30 p.m. Sunday night.

  • Gruesome Find: 100 Bodies Stuffed into Ancient House

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The remains of 97 human bodies have been found stuffed into a small 5,000-year-old house in a prehistoric village in northeast China, researchers report in two separate studies. The bodies of juveniles, young adults and middle-age adults were packed together in the house — smaller than a modern-day squash court — before it burnt down. Anthropologists who studied the remains say a "prehistoric disaster," possibly an epidemic of some sort, killed these people. The site, whose modern-day name is "Hamin Mangha," dates back to a time before writing was used in the area, when people lived in relatively small settlements, growing crops and hunting for food. The village contains the remains of pottery, grinding instruments, arrows and spearheads, providing information on their way of life.

  • Mississippi school district fined $7500 for opening assembly with prayer

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Allowing a school assembly honoring high-achievers to open with a prayer made one Mississippi school district $7,500 poorer - and a student who sued $2,500 richer. The Rankin, Miss., public school district was hit with the fine after U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said it defied his prior order barring prayers school events. According to the judge, the prayer violated a 2013 court settlement that ordered the district to stop "proselytizing Christianity." The alleged violation, which came at an assembly last year for students who scored above 22 on their ACT college admissions test, prompted the judge to apply fines for that and another incident, in which Gideons International was permitted to hand out Bibles to elementary school students.

  • Coast Guard Expands Search for Florida Teenagers Missing at Sea

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The Coast Guard has searched 27,000 square miles for two teenagers believed to be lost at sea off the coast of Florida. An area roughly the size of West Virginia had been searched for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen as of early this morning. The two 14-year-olds were last seen Friday when they left Jupiter, Florida, for a fishing trip.

  • Cop caught on dash cam threatening to ‘blow a hole’ through driver’s head

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A Medford police detective has been placed on administrative leave after he was caught on video threatening to “blow a hole through your f---ing head” while pulling over a driver who drove the wrong way at a traffic circle. Medford Police Chief Leo Sacco confirmed to Boston.com that the man in the video was Medford Police Detective Stephen Lebert.