• Multicounty grand jury seeks ouster of Rogers County commissioner

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The state's multicounty grand jury on Thursday returned an accusation for removal against Rogers County Commissioner Mike Helm, further requesting that the district court order his immediate suspension, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced. The 15th multicounty grand jury also on Thursday issued two indictments against Helm, charging one count of embezzlement exceeding $1,000 and one count of embezzlement exceeding $500 for allegedly selling a county pickup truck and never turning over the proceeds of that sale to Rogers County, as required by law. For the indictment returned Thursday, Helm faces up to five years in prison and a fine up to $5,000 for the embezzlement count exceeding $1,000, and up to one year in prison and a fine up to $5,000 for the embezzlement count exceeding $500.

  • Game warden won't be charged in April Adair County shooting

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    BUNCH — An Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation game warden who fatally shot an Arkansas man in Adair County following an altercation in April will not face criminal charges, the Adair County District Attorney's Office said Thursday. Assistant District Attorney Jack Thorp said game warden Jared Cramer was ruled to be justified in his actions when he fatally shot Billy Joe Patrick in the area of Bunch on the morning of April 26. Patrick, 29, was accused of attacking Cramer around 11:10 a.m. that day after Cramer approached Patrick and two other people while they were fishing. Cramer asked to see the group's fishing licenses and discovered Patrick had a warrant from Arkansas for violating the terms of his parole, according to a release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation at the time.

  • Gym teacher charged with sexual battery bound for district court arraignment

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    After hearing testimony from the victim and a witness, a Tulsa County judge found that there was probable cause to bind a Booker T. Washington High School teacher over for district court arraignment on a sexual battery charge. Wade Weller, 50, appeared in Tulsa County District Court Thursday for a preliminary hearing, where two students testified on the allegations. A female Booker T. Washington High School student testified that Weller hugged her from behind and grabbed her buttocks in the school’s gym on April 17 while other students were present. The student said she was 17 at the time.

  • Woman tries to stop suspected thief by jumping into his vehicle, Tulsa police say

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A "concerned citizen" who jumped into a vehicle in an attempt to stop a man who reportedly stole $579 in merchandise from a Lowe's Home Improvement store was pushed out by the driver, according to police. Shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday, a father and his daughter witnessed a man stealing merchandise from Lowe's near 71st Street and Garnett Road and tried to confront him in the parking lot, police said. The suspected thief got into his vehicle, and the father approached the driver's side door, Officer Leland Ashley said. The daughter then entered the vehicle and tossed the stolen merchandise out, Ashley said.

  • Sapulpa police chief sends scathing letter to Tulsa sheriff

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A name gaffe in a condolence letter from Sheriff Stanley Glanz to the Sapulpa Police Department after an officer’s recent death elicited a scathing written response from the police chief. The chief also took issue at telephone comments he said were made by a Tulsa County sheriff’s major who reportedly refused to have the Sheriff’s Office handle the investigation at a homicide scene in Sapulpa while all Sapulpa police officers were at the officer’s burial. In his letter, Glanz misidentified the fallen Sapulpa officer, instead using the name of one of the suspects arrested in connection with the lieutenant’s slaying.

  • Australian government considers chemically castrating paedophiles

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A police task force in New South Wales, Australia is debating using drugs to ‘chemically castrate’ child sex offenders. The state already uses the controversial drugs on a voluntary basis – but the new move would mean judges would be able to sentence paedophiles to have to take the drugs. The anti-libido drugs reduce sexual desire and can remove the ability to perform sexually.

  • Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos Were Altered, Analysis Finds

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood on Thursday gave congressional leaders and a committee that is investigating allegations of criminality at its clinics an analysis it commissioned concluding that “manipulation” of undercover videos by abortion opponents make those recordings unreliable for any official inquiry. “A thorough review of these videos in consultation with qualified experts found that they do not present a complete or accurate record of the events they purport to depict,” said the analysis of a private research company. Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, underscored that message in a cover letter to the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, and House Speaker John A. Boehner, both Republicans, and to Senator Harry Reid and Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leaders.

  • Oxford Dictionaries Adds 'Fat-Shame,' 'Butthurt,' 'Redditor'

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Oxford Dictionaries announced its latest additions on Wednesday, highlighting the things we were talking about in the summer of ’15—like angry Internet commenters, gender identity and what a sweet time of day “beer o’clock” is. Oxford Dictionaries is the branch of the Oxford family that focuses on modern language—words that people are using now and how they’re using them—which makes their barriers to entry different than the venerable, historical Oxford English Dictionary. Their new words often arise from fresh technology and pop culture and might include Internet slang (like new entry pwnage) that would get laughed out of the OED’s admittance office.

  • India just turned off mobile internet for 63 million citizens

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Mobile internet services have been blocked in the Indian state of Gujarat (home to nearly 63 million people), following violent protests led by the Patel community after one of its leaders was detained by local police in Ahmedabad. 22-year-old politician Hardik Patel, the convener of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, led a rally to demand Other Backward Class (OBC) status for members of the Patidar community, in order to level the playing field in the competition for enrollment at universities and jobs in government organizations.

  • Man who spent $100K to look like Justin Bieber found dead

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Botched reality TV personality Tobias Strebel, known for his similar appearance to Justin Bieber, was found dead in a Motel 6 room on Aug. 21 in North Hills, Calif., The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was 35. Strebel died Aug. 21 at 5 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Coroner's Office. An autopsy was conducted Wednesday, and the cause of death has not yet been determined. TMZ broke the news of Strebel's death. Strebel was reported missing earlier this month, having last been seen in West Hollywood on Aug. 18.

  • Porn star reveals Duggar had affair while wife was pregnant

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Just when you think the news about Josh Duggar can't get any more sordid, a recent report reveals that he had an affair with porn star by day, stripper by night, Danica Dillon. Danica told In Touch Weekly, under a lie detector no less, so it's gotta be true, that Josh visited her at her place of work— Philadelphia's Gold Club—and paid her thousands of dollars to spend two beautiful nights together. This was back in March. Anna Duggar gave birth to their daughter Meredith Grace in July, which after a quick calculation shows that she was five months pregnant when her husband strayed.

  • Officers remove activists' tent after clash at Denver courthouse

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A group of activists shouted profanities at Denver police officers Wednesday morning as they removed a tent that had been set up in front of a Denver courthouse. The clash between the activists and the police came less than 24 hours after a federal judge issued an injunction that trumped a Denver judge's order barring public demonstrations at the Lindsey-Flanigan courthouse. Within hours of the clash, civil rights attorney David Lanefiled a motion in federal court asking the judge to find Denver Police Chief Robert White in contempt of court for violating the injunction.

  • Ashley Madison was a bunch of dudes talking to each other, data analysis suggests

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The Ashley Madison hack has revealed a lot of interesting things about the men who used the extramarital affair-finding site, like which cities, states, and universities they're from. But what about the women? Turns out, there may not have been very many women. As in, almost none. Gizmodo writer Annalee Newlitz analyzed the data from the site's user database and found a lot of suspicious stuff that suggest nearly all the female accounts were fake, maintained by the company's employees.

  • Man arrested in Sapulpa on child porn complaints

    BY STEVEN JAMES, Sand Springs Leader | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A 30-year-old man with Sand Springs ties was arrested Wednesday in Sapulpa for possession of child pornography and making lewd proposals online to a person he thought was a 10-year-old girl. Justin DeTar, whose Google+ page indicates he attended Charles Page High School, had been under investigation since Monday, when the girl's uncle arranged the meeting at a restaurant in Sapulpa, according to an affidavit. The girl's aunt and uncle had borrowed their 11-year-old niece's cell phone and received a Facebook message from DeTar late Sunday. The uncle, Jarrod Ketcher, started a conversation with DeTar while posing as his niece "to get him caught," the affidavit states.

  • Labor Commissioner Mark Costello Oklahoma's first elective state officer killed in office

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Labor Commissioner Mark Costello is Oklahoma’s 14th elective state officer to die in office, but the first to be killed. Violent attacks on American public officials in general are relatively rare. Costello’s case is particularly unusual in that it involved a close family member and was unrelated to his position in government. Only one state governor — Kentucky’s William Goebel — has been killed in office. Goebel was shot from a distance outside the Kentucky statehouse one day before his inauguration in January 1900. Goebel was sworn in the next day and died four days later. A man convicted of the assassination was pardoned in 1908.

  • Mother's boyfriend charged with murder in Owasso infant's death arrested (OWR)

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    OWASSO — A man sought by police in the July death of an Owasso infant whose first birthday would have been Thursday, has been arrested. Brandon Wade Nordstedt, 22, was arrested late Thursday in Hutchinson, Kansas on child abuse murder, or first-degree murder by statute, in the  July 12 death  of 10-month-old Emmerson “Emmy” O’Rourke . On July 12, Owasso police were called to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa after the infant was admitted with an apparent brain injury.

  • Donald Trump's continued popularity baffles Sen. Jim Inhofe

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says he's the wrong guy to ask about the continued popularity of billionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump. "I thought it would last about three days and be over," Inhofe said Wednesday. "People are really wanting something different," Inhofe said during a visit to the Tulsa World. "A group of them likes the things he's saying — and he'll say anything."

  • Police seize 22 pounds of meth at Tulsa traffic stop

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Police seized 22 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop Tuesday near Interstate 44 and South Yale Avenue. Felipe Angel Sanchez, 35, and Veridzanna Carranco-Hernandez, 32, were arrested on complaints of trafficking methamphetamine and are being held at the Tulsa Jail with no bond, jail records indicate. Sanchez also was cited for speeding and having no driver's license. Carranco-Hernandez also was booked on a complaint of possession of a controlled substance. Both have holds placed with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to jail records.

  • Dog found in Oklahoma City with rubber band around its snout

    Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Animal welfare officials want to find the person who is responsible for abusing a schnauzer-poodle mix.

  • SWAT team raids wrong home, keeps woman naked for 10 minutes

    Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    WORCESTER, Mass. — A woman said police and a SWAT team mistakenly raided her Worcester apartment and that she was frisked by an officer before being allowed to put clothes on. Marianne Diaz told the Telegram & Gazette she awoke to state police detectives and a SWAT team breaking down her door on Wednesday morning. The 23-year-old Diaz said she knelt with her frightened daughters beside her as police officers with shields pointed guns in her direction.