• 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.

  • 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.