• Police: Man arrested on suspicion of assaulting neighbor

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    COLLINSVILLE — Collinsville police say they’ve arrested a man who told them he assaulted a neighbor when he was bored. A local television station reports the 50-year-old man was arrested Saturday afternoon after several people called 911. He was booked in the Tulsa County jail on a complaint of assault with a deadly weapon by a felon. It’s unclear if he has been charged. The man tells police he was bored with watching television so he went outside. They say the man used a mirror to reflect sunlight into his neighbor’s house. Police say the men began arguing after the neighbor told the man to stop. They say the man grabbed a tool that looked like an ice pick and chased his neighbor while threatening to stab

  • Two pregnant women shot outside Oklahoma bar

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    MUSKOGEE — Officials are looking for a man they allege shot two pregnant women outside a bar just north of the Muskogee city limits early Sunday. Around 1:30 a.m., Muskogee County sheriff’s deputies received several calls about a group who got into an argument at the Frog Wild Saloon, about a half-mile north of Muskogee, Sheriff Charles Pearson said. They began fighting inside the bar about a shooting that took place a couple of weeks prior, and Pearson said witnesses allege Donte Lamonte Edwards, 26, shot two women in the parking lot. “One woman was eight months pregnant and the other found out she was seven weeks pregnant,” Pearson said. “One was shot four or five times and the other was shot twice.”

  • Van strikes Oklahoma turnpike toll booth, attendant injured

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    MUSKOGEE (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a toll booth attendant on the Muskogee Turnpike is hospitalized after a van crashed into the booth south of Muskogee. The OHP says 59-year-old Gail Estep of Oktaha was taken to a Tulsa hospital in stable condition following the crash about 12:15 a.m. Thursday. An OHP report says the van was southbound on the turnpike at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the toll booth. The report says the driver of the van was uncooperative and refused to provide correct identification and that investigators are trying to verify his identity. The driver was also taken to a Tulsa hospital in stable condition.

  • Oklahoma man pleads guilty in Grand Lake houseboat crash that killed two

    By SHEILA STOGSDILL - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    JAY — A Tulsa man pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in connection with a Grand Lake boat crash that killed a Cascia Hall graduate and her fellow college student. John DeSelms, 22, entered the “blind plea” in Delaware County District Court in Jay. DeSelms appeared before District Judge Robert Haney and testified to “driving the boat” and “being intoxicated” when it crashed into an unoccupied 96-foot docked houseboat on May 14, 2013, killing Rachel Nicole Swetnam, 21, of Grove, and William Lewis “Trey” Varner III, 21, of Texarkana, Arkansas. The two University of Arkansas students were seated at the bow of the boat; they were pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Keystone Dam bridge to open in November

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    TULSA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the bridge over the Keystone Dam is expected to open by the end of November. Crews are rebuilding the Highway 151 bridge over the dam because of safety concerns with the 50-year-old span. Work has been ongoing since October 2013, when the bridge was closed. The Corps says there have been some delays with the $15.6 million project, but that officials are working closely with the contractor to ensure the quality and safety of the bridge. The bridge is being paid for with a combination of state and federal funding.

  • Oklahoma woman gets 22 years in child abuse case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    CLAREMORE — An Oklahoma woman has been sentenced to 22 years in prison on child abuse charges for locking her 4-year-old son in a dog cage. A district judge in Claremore handed down the punishment Thursday to a 34-year-old Chelsea woman. She pleaded guilty without a sentencing agreement in May to child abuse by injury and child neglect. Court documents say the boy was held in the cage last year an estimated 14 hours each day. Her co-defendant and common-law husband was sentenced last month to 27 years in prison for child abuse and sexually abusing a different child. He told authorities they kept the boy in the cage for discipline and protection.

  • Oklahoma physician's assistant charged with second-degree murder ordered to wear ankle monitor

    By SHANNON MUCHMORE - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    CLAREMORE — A Rogers County district judge granted a motion Tuesday to impose further bond sanctions on a physician’s assistant who is charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of two residents of the Claremore Veterans Center. The judge did not grant the state’s request to revoke bond, but did require Kenneth A. Adams to wear an ankle monitor and ordered him not to travel outside the contiguous 48 states. Adams is accused of neglecting his medical duties and not caring for 83-year-old Jay Minter, who was scalded in a whirlpool and later died. He is also accused of arranging a sexual liaison instead of treating Louis Arterberry, 86, who had a stroke and later died. Read the full story at

  • Services pending for Tulsa author Billie Letts

    FROM STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Billie Letts, author of several novels, including “Where the Heart Is,” died Saturday. She was 76. Services are pending with Mallett Funeral Home in Wagoner. Letts was a native Tulsan and retired teacher of English and creative writing at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. Her husband, Dennis Letts, was an actor and also taught English at Southeastern. He died in 2008. Her son Tracy Letts is a playwright who won a Pulitzer Prize for his play “August: Osage County.” Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Judge: Claremore must pay $41,000 in dash-cam case

    By RHETT MORGAN - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A Vinita law firm in a state Open Records Act case relating to dash-cam video is owed more than $41,000 by the City of Claremore, a Rogers County judge has ruled. The city must pay attorneys from Ward & Lee PLC, of Vinita (now Ward, Lee & Coats), a total of $41,324.25 in fees ($39,931.25) and costs ($1,393), Associate District Judge Sheila Condren wrote in an order filed Friday. In October, the Oklahoma Supreme Court declined to hear a City of Claremore appeal to a state appellate court ruling that states dash-cam video made by the Claremore Police Department in 2011 does constitute a public record under the Oklahoma Open Records Act. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Spavinaw police chief arrested on lewd molestation complaints

    By SHEILA STOGSDILL, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Spavinaw Police Chief Clarence Gregory Sr. was arrested Thursday morning on lewd molestation complaints, said Jessica Brown, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman.

  • NewsOn6: Man Electrocuted While Mowing Field In Bartlesville

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    BARTLESVILLE - A Nowata County man is dead after an accident involving electrical lines in Bartlesville Thursday, NewsOn6 reports. Two men were mowing a field with a tractor when the accident occurred on ..

  • Muskogee police shooting ruled justified

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    MUSKOGEE — A prosecutor says three Muskogee police officers were justified in a shooting that wounded a man earlier this month. Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore says nothing should prevent Officers Chansey McMillan, Nick Ford and Jason Steele from returning to work. All three had been on paid leave since the July 9 shooting of Angel Cerda. Authorities say McMillan shot Cerda in the legs and abdomen after Cerda allegedly lunged at the officers with a knife. Cerda was treated and released for his injuries and remains in the Muskogee County jail. According to a local newspaper, the prosecutor praised McMillan for his response, noting that lethal force would often be used in such a situation.

  • Three die in crashes on Oklahoma roads Thursday and Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports the death of a 94-year-old man who was in a crash early Friday in Wagoner County.

  • State Supreme Court will hear case of terminated Owasso police officer

    By RHETT MORGAN - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    OWASSO — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has agreed to review the case of a terminated Owasso police officer who was ordered reinstated by the state appellate court. Former police Lt. Mike Denton was fired in 2011 because he violated the department’s use-of-force policy. The state Supreme Court recently granted a request by the city to examine the appellate court’s ruling. “I was surprised but pleased,” City Attorney Julie Lombardi said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “Knowing their backlog ... it probably will at least take a year.” Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma National Guard downplays Camp Gruber talk

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Guard spokesman Max Moss says there have been no discussions between the Oklahoma National Guard and any federal agencies about housing children at the training camp southeast of Muskogee. As many as 1,200 mostly teenagers from Central America are being housed at troop barracks at Fort Sill near Lawton, and President Barack Obama is seeking emergency funding to pay for additional shelters for children. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, about 1,500 evacuees from Louisiana were housed at Camp Gruber.

  • Budget cuts to close Walnut Creek State Park at Keystone Lake

    By MICHAEL OVERALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Last year at Walnut Creek State Park, 30 minutes west of Tulsa on Keystone Lake, revenues hit $51,000. But expenses were nearly three times higher, at $150,000. With a budget deficit that large, and the much more popular Keystone State Park less than 20 miles away, Walnut Creek became a luxury the state of Oklahoma could no longer afford, officials announced this week. The park may close Sept. 1, when the state will terminate its lease with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lease would have expired in 2015 anyway, and the state had no plan to renew it, officials said. But ending the lease early will save the state $100,000. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Prosecutors: Kevin Sweat threatened to kill girlfriend one month before Weleetka girls' deaths

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    OKEMAH — Prosecutors are seeking to present evidence at trial that Kevin Sweat abused and threatened to kill his girlfriend one month before he allegedly gunned down two Weleetka girls in 2008. At a hearing Wednesday in Okfuskee County District Court, District Judge Lawrence Parish said he would consider whether that evidence could be allowed at trial in addition to several other pre-trial matters at a July 16 hearing. Now that Sweat has waived his right to a jury trial and the state is no longer seeking the death penalty, Parish said Wednesday that he expects both sides to be ready for the Aug. 4 trial date “absent some calamity.” Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • OHP trooper threatened suicide, ran from authorities before being arrested, records show

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper arrested last week for DUI after a single-vehicle, on-duty crash threatened to kill himself and had to be wrestled to the ground by other troopers prior to his arrest, according to a probable cause affidavit released Wednesday. Joshua Eli Davies, 33, was arrested July 3 following the crash, which occurred near U.S. 59 south of Sallisaw in Sequoyah County. The probable cause affidavit for Davies’ arrest was released Wednesday by the Sequoyah County District Attorney’s Office, which charged him with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor. Davies is on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation.

  • Muskogee man is arrested in shooting death of woman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Police have arrested a man in the death of a woman. A woman was shot to death last week in Muskogee.

  • Name of girl, 2, who drowned is released

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    SAND SPRINGS — Sand Springs police have released the name of a 2-year-old girl who drowned in a family swimming pool and say she was the foster child of a Sand Springs police officer and his wife. Police say Mia Teaff died Tuesday after being found in the family’s swimming pool by her foster mother. Police say the girl’s foster parents are police Sgt. Kyle Alexander and his wife, Amber. Deputy Police Chief Mike Carter told reporters that Sand Springs police and the state Department of Human Services are investigating the drowning.