• 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.

  • City of Miami begins process to fire 4 officers

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    MIAMI — The Miami city manager says he’s begun termination proceedings against four officers on the town’s police force. Three of the officers had been on paid leave since October over the arrest of Jerry Dean Payne on suspicion of driving under the influence. Criminal charges against Payne were later dismissed, and Payne has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city, alleging the use of excessive force during the traffic stop. City Manager Jeff Bishop tells a local newspaper that termination proceedings have begun, but the officers will have 10 days to appeal the decision before it’s final. Bishop did not release the names of the officers being fired. Bishop says the terminations are for “violations of

  • Driver dies after pursuit by Tahlequah police

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    TAHLEQUAH— Authorities say a man in Tahlequah was killed after crashing his car during a pursuit by police. Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King says the chase began after the driver went through a four-way stop at about 70 miles mph early Thursday. He says a police officer witnessed the incident and attempted to pull over the car, which then sped away. King tells a local television station that the officer eventually backed off from his pursuit because of lo w visibility. A few minutes later, the officer discovered the car rolled over and the driver ejected from it. An investigation into the crash is underway.

  • Muskogee police release name of man killed in Sunday shooting

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Police are investigating a Sunday shooting death in Muskogee. The man has been identified.

  • Gore man jailed without bond on 17 sexual assault complaints

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    MULDROW — A Gore resident is being held in the Sequoyah County jail without bail Sunday on accusations he raped and molested two young girls during a two-year period. An investigation began in March, when the mother of a 10-year-old girl told police Troy Sands, 32, raped the girl several times when she was 6 years old. In a forensic interview in Sallisaw, the girl told officials Sands raped her for the first time at her family’s home in Muldrow and that he would do it again if she told anyone, according to a probable cause affidavit. The girl said Sands raped her several more times in two different houses in Muldrow and that she saw Sands rape her older sister. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Muskogee woman convicted in alleged murder plot

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    MUSKOGEE — A jury in Muskogee County has convicted a 31-year-old woman of solicitation of first-degree murder for attempting to arrange the killing of her ex-boyfriend. The jury deliberated about an hour Tuesday before convicting Kenna Lee Morrison. Prosecutors allege that Morrison recruited three others in a plot to kill her ex-boyfriend, who was not harmed. A local newspaper reports that jurors were unable to agree on a recommended sentence for Morrison. District Judge Mike Norman said he will determine Morrison’s sentence after a presentence investigation is completed. Prosecutors alleged that Morrison asked three others to kill her ex-boyfriend because he had kicked her out of the home they shared. Morrison

  • Third arrest in 2006 drowning death of Broken Arrow teenager

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    WAGONER — Bob Colbert said he was two hours into his first day as Wagoner County sheriff when he began working on the case of Jarret Austin Clark, a Broken Arrow 18-year-old whose body was pulled from Fort Gibson Lake on May 18, 2006. Clark had just graduated from high school and had gone camping to celebrate. His death, his family maintained, was no accident. They alleged Clark had been beaten and dumped in the lake — alive but unconscious — and had drowned. The state medical examiner’s report agreed, listing Clark’s cause of death not as blunt force trauma but as drowning.

  • 6 Oklahoma State grad students named NSF fellows

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    STILLWATER — Six Oklahoma State University students have been selected for the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The program is one of the oldest and most prestigious graduate fellowship programs in the United States. The fellowship is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research and provides three years of financial support to pursue graduate work. Three of the fellows, Ashley Love, Katharina Schreier and Michael Powers, will pursue their graduate degrees at OSU.

  • Man is hospitalized after being shot Monday morning in Muskogee

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    A man was shot in Muskogee on Monday. Police have not made any arrests in the case.

  • Man who crashed plane in Wagoner County identified

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, May 29, 2014

    Authorities have identified the pilot of an ultralight plane that crashed near the Wagoner airport Wednesday. Marvin McGrath, 54, of Wagoner called the Wagoner County dispatch to report a problem with the plane about 8:30 p.m. before it crashed near the Hefner-Easley Airport. Wagoner County Emergency Management Director Heath Underwood said McGrath was the lone occupant on the single-engine plane. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Hearings set for brother, sister in 1992 Oklahoma deaths: 3 bodies found in septic tank hole

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, May 29, 2014

    SAPULPA — A brother and sister accused in the 1992 deaths of two women and a girl whose bodies were dumped in a hole dug for a septic tank are scheduled to appear in court. Online court records indicate Grover Prewitt Jr. and Beverly Noe have hearings set at separate times Thursday in Creek County District Court. Prewitt is charged with being an accessory after the fact of first-degree murder in the deaths of Wendy Camp; her 6-year-old daughter, Cynthia Britto; and Camp’s sister-in-law, Lisa Kregear. Noe is charged with three counts of first-degree murder. Both siblings have pleaded not guilty. Investigators found the bodies last year buried on land that Prewitt and his late mother owned at separate times

  • Cherokee students to retrace Trail of Tears

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    TAHLEQUAH — A dozen Cherokee students plan to depart from the Cherokee Nation on Wednesday to retrace the path their ancestors took during their forced removal from the southeastern United States to present-day Oklahoma. The journey will take the students more than 950 miles across seven states on bicycles. The group will start in New Echota, Georgia, and spend three weeks retracing the northern route of removal. The Cherokee Nation students will be joined by six riders from the Eastern band of Cherokee Indians. The Eastern Band are descendants of a small group of Cherokees who evaded the removal order and remained in North Carolina. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and other tribal leaders will hold a

  • 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.