• Bartlesville woman accused of sexually abusing 4-year-old son

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, TULSA WORLD | Published: Fri, May 23, 2014

    Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents assisted in the arrest of a Bartlesville woman accused of sexually abusing her son. Sara Marie Garoutee, 32, was booked into the Washington County Jail on distribution of child pornography, manufacturing child pornography, sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 by a parent and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crime Act complaints. Acting on a tip submitted by the Moore Police Department that a woman had sexually abused a child and transmitted explicit photos to another person, OSBI agents questioned Garoutee at her Bartlesville home in the 400 block of North Woodrow Avenue Thursday night.

  • Wildlife officials search for black bear that wandered from Broken Arrow residential neighborhood

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, TULSA WORLD | Published: Fri, May 23, 2014

    The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Wagoner County authorities are searching for a black bear that had been spotted in a tree in a residential backyard Thursday. Craig Endicott, a wildlife supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said a 2 1/2-year-old, 120-pound male black bear climbed down from a cottonwood tree outside a home near Oklahoma 51 and Oneta Road early Friday. A barrel bear trap was set up under the tree and filled with food in an attempt to lure the bear down.

  • Depew woman dies after traffic accident, Oklahoma City woman killed in Arkansas

    FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014

    A Depew woman died after a traffic accident on a state highway in Payne County, and an Oklahoma City woman died after an accident in southwestern Arkansas, authorities reported.

  • Authorities recover 'items of interest' during dig in northeast Oklahoma

    BY SHEILA STOGSDILL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, May 21, 2014

    Residence where dig occured belonged to person of interest in disapprearance case

  • OSBI asked to help investigate Porum area shooting

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, May 20, 2014

    PORUM — Muskogee County authorities have asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to help investigate the shooting death of a man near Porum. Authorities say 24-year-old Jesse Lee Taylor died at a Tulsa hospital where he was taken after being shot Sunday outside the home of James Hines. Sheriff’s investigator Bert Poole told a local newspaper that Hines told investigators he found Taylor inside Hines’ truck with a pistol he had taken from another vehicle on the property. Poole says Taylor pointed the gun at Hines and demanded the keys to the truck. Hines said he went inside the home and got the keys and a shotgun — then went back outside and the two opened fire. Hines was not wounded.

  • Parents pull Spiro students out of school in protest over fight

    By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    “We have had some parents pull some students,” Spiro Superintendent Don Atkinson confirmed Wednesday. Spiro is in eastern Oklahoma.

  • Hearing set for man charged in NSU prof’s death

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, May 9, 2014

    TAHLEQUAH — A judge has scheduled a July 9 preliminary hearing for an Oklahoma man accused of killing a Northeastern State University professor last year. Joshua John Schneider is charged with first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree arson and three counts of larceny. He’s accused in the death of chemistry professor Tiffany Maher. A probable cause affidavit alleges that Schneider met Maher through an online dating website. The affidavit claims that Schneider killed Maher, then set her body and house on fire. A local newspaper reports that Schneider entered a not guilty plea to the charges Wednesday. Schneider was brought to Tahlequah from his state prison cell in Holdenville, where he’s serving a 15-year

  • Reporter: Don't lose the victims looking for the fiasco

    By GINNIE GRAHAM - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, May 7, 2014

    My hometown doesn't mess around when it comes to exacting swift and stiff justice. It's also protective of its daughters and sons. That's why Perry has circled around a longtime family as the national media pound the pavement around the town square. Murder doesn't happen in Perry. It's so rare that my family still remembers details of one from the 1960s. That's why the death of 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman in 1999 was and still is a big deal. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Bartlesville fire victims died of smoke inhalation, ME's Office reports

    By LAURA SUMMERS - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, May 7, 2014

    BARTLESVILLE — Autopsy reports released Tuesday for five people who died in a Bartlesville house fire raise more questions about what transpired during the Jan. 4 blaze. The reports from the state Medical Examiner's Office list the victims' cause of death as smoke and soot inhalation. The manner of their deaths is listed as unknown because the cause of the fire is unknown and arson has not been excluded. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Stranger abduction: Tulsa girl was among few who survive them, Amber Alert official says

    By DYLAN GOFORTH and KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, May 6, 2014

    Experts will tell you that when a child is abducted by a stranger, every second that passes makes it less likely that the case will have a positive outcome. About 25,000 seconds — not quite seven hours — passed between the abduction of an 8-year-old Tulsa girl Sunday evening and the arrest of her alleged abductor, yet the girl was reunited with her family before the sun rose Monday. Michael David Slatton was arrested in Sapulpa at 2:12 a.m. Monday, about 20 miles southwest of the abduction site. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Muskogee teen struck, killed by train

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Apr 28, 2014

    Marco Antonio Torres, 17, of Muskogee, was hit by a train Sunday night and died, a Muskogee police officer said.

  • Oklahoma dad jailed after child found living in filthy conditions, police say

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL, TULSA WORLD | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A Tulsa father was jailed when authorities discovered he housed his 18-month-old child in filthy living conditions, police said. Detectives arrived at the residence of Damien Hamilton about 5:44 p.m. Wednesday to conduct a scheduled well-being on a child. Officers observed piles of trash, soiled diapers and empty alcohol bottles in the living room, an arrest report said.

  • Appeals court rules in favor of fired Oklahoma police officer

    BY RHETT MORGAN, TULSA WORLD | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    A veteran Owasso police officer fired in 2011 because he violated the department’s use-of-force policy has won an appeal that asked the city to enforce an arbitrator’s decision to reinstate him. In a decision filed Tuesday, the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals reversed a January 2013 Tulsa County decision by Associate District Judge Dana Kuehn, who found that reinstating Mike Denton would pose “a special risk of injury, physical and psychological, to citizens and, if he is allowed reinstatement, the department will be faced with explaining why Owasso allows abusive conduct by its officers, which is against the law.” Presiding Judge Larry Joplin wrote the majority opinion for the appellate court. Judge Robert Bell concurred and William C. Hetherington Jr. dissented.

  • Life sentences handed out in Oklahoma child abuse murder

    Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    A Tulsa County judge on Monday formally sentenced two women to consecutive life prison sentences for the neglect and murder of a 19-month-old boy. Last month, a jury found Jazmin Williams and Mica Shoate, both 24, guilty of the 2012 child abuse murder of Zamontay Green. Jurors imposed a no-parole life prison term for each defendant on the murder count, which was based on allegations that the defendants used unreasonable force on the boy, causing a subdural hemorrhage to his brain, abdominal trauma, broken ribs and multiple bruises and marks.

  • Cockfight found in progress during drug and weapons bust in Colcord

    By SHEILA STOGSDILL - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    COLCORD – A cockfight was found in progress when Delaware County deputies intercepted a parcel at a Colcord residence Wednesday and seized several pounds of crystal methamphetamine with a street value over a quarter of a million dollars, the Sheriff's Office reported. Amber Kent, 34, and Al Seastrom, 37, both of Colcord, were taken into custody on drug and weapon complaints as well as on cockfighting allegations. Deputies also found 20 game birds being kept and trained for illegal cockfighting and a cockfight in progress, said Sheriff Harlan Moore.

  • Oklahoma couple charged after baby hospitalized with burns

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, TULSA WORLD | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    An eastern Oklahoma couple faces felony charges after a 7-month-old baby was hospitalized with second-degree burns March 30. Morgan Crow, 23, of Moffett, and Alexander Turner, 26, of Poteau, were charged Tuesday with child endangerment and child abuse by injury, respectively. Crow was arrested on the complaint March 31, and Turner was arrested April 1, records show. Around 7:15 p.m. March 30, Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputies were notified the child was admitted to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark., with severe burns on her face and bruises on her arms, legs and feet. The person who reported the incident said Crow was the child’s mother.

  • Oklahoma church members give donation a new meaning

    By Bill Sherman - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    OWASSO —— A local church has redefined the meaning of making a donation. When Heather Manuel went into renal failure just one year after losing her husband, members of her church lined up to give her a kidney. After a kidney transplant last fall, the 37-year-old mother of three now feels great. She went hiking Thursday with her children at Turkey Mountain in west Tulsa, an activity that would have been impossible last year.

  • Jenks teen pleads to murder in 2012 slaying

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    A Jenks teenager charged with first-degree murder accepted a plea deal on Friday that will send him to prison until he’s at least 54 years old. Joshua Mooney was 14 when he fatally shot Mary Brice Escue, 47, of Reno, Nev., at her parents’ home in Jenks on Dec. 17, 2012. The plea agreement stipulates that Mooney, who turned 16 on Friday, will serve a life sentence with the possibility of parole. Mooney told authorities he had broken into the house in the 400 block of East 111th Street to steal money, then held Escue at gunpoint before killing her. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • State audits find fraud in Rogers County

    By RHETT MORGAN - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    A commissioner's district in Rogers County submitted a fraudulent invoice for more than $36,000 for a FEMA expenditure and overcharged FEMA for claims in excess of $250,000, according to a pair of state audit reports released this week. The reports, which detailed a period from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2012, found 12 "items of interest," including more than $5.524 million in questioned costs throughout the entirety of a Federal Emergency Management Agency project, the reports state. The costs, related to a major disaster declaration for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in April 2008, consisted of expenditures claimed without sufficient documentation, invoices submitted twice for reimbursement and incorrect charges

  • Oklahoma grade school student taken into custody after threatening teacher

    By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Colcord Police Chief Lenden Woodruff said Colcord Schools remained on lockdown for almost an hour after a grade school student threatened to shoot a teacher.