• One dead in head-on crash in Broken Arrow

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    BROKEN ARROW — One person died in a head-on collision in Broken Arrow on Wednesday night, Broken Arrow police said. A car and a pickup collided in 2500 block of South Aspen Avenue just before 9 p.m., police said. The driver of a 2002 Cadillac Escalade was conscious and able to communicate with officers before being taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, police said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Former Thoreau teacher gets 10 years in prison for molesting 12-year-old student

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    ,p>A Tulsa teacher who resigned after he was charged with molesting a 12-year-old student was sentenced Wednesday to five concurrent 20-year sentences, with nearly one decade of the time to be served in prison. District Judge James Caputo imposed upon Brian Christian Drabek, 42, concurrent split sentences of 10 years of incarceration and 10 years of probation. In April, Drabek pleaded no contest to four counts of lewd molestation and one count of making a lewd proposal to a child. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Owasso man dies after accidental shooting, police say

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    The 28-year-old man who was shot in the head when another man accidentally discharged a rifle inside an Owasso apartment has died, police said Tuesday. Robert D. Sapp died Tuesday morning at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Owasso Deputy Police Chief Jason Woodruff said. Sapp was shot at about 1:25 a.m. Monday at the Brookwood Apartments in the 1400 block of North Birch Street. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Owasso man wounded in head during apparent accidental shooting

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    First responders were called about 1:25 a.m. to the Brookwood Apartments in the 1400 block of North Birch Street. Owasso Deputy Police Chief Jason Woodruff said the man was taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa in critical condition. The alleged shooter, a 26-year-old man, told...

  • Sand Springs police: Man caused deadly shooting with officer

    Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Police in Sand Springs say a man killed by an officer during the weekend caused the deadly shooting. Deputy Police Chief Mike Carter told reporters Monday that 66-year-old Donald Allen was shot by Officer Bryan Barnett on Saturday when Allen strode toward the officer with a loaded pistol pointed at Barnett. Carter said Barnett was investigating reports of a man shooting a weapon in his backyard when he encountered Allen. Carter says Allen cursed and threatened the officer before retreating into his home. Barnett called for assistance and a police negotiator called the home to talk to Allen.

  • Nine Bartlesville residents arrested in drug sting at motel

    By LAURA SUMMERS - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    BARTLESVILLE — A Washington County judge has set bond for nine Bartlesville residents who were arrested in a drug bust at Traveler’s Motel in which police confiscated amphetamines, paraphernalia, weapons and a stolen vehicle. Court affidavits released Monday show the arrests were made during a sting operation conducted Thursday night by officers who obtained search warrants to investigate suspected drug activity at the motel, located on a busy stretch of Frank Phillips Boulevard. “This is part of an ongoing criminal investigation into illegal drug activity occurring in Bartlesville,” Police Capt. Jay Hastings said in a news release. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma woman dies in Delaware County crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    A woman from Kansas, OK, was killed in a single-vehicle crash Thursday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center hosts job fair in Choctaw

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    About 30 businesses are scheduled to take part in the annual job fair at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center in Choctaw.

  • Sapulpa softball coach charged with rape found dead

    By ANDREA EGER - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    A Sapulpa High School athletic coach under investigation for allegations that he raped a student has been found dead of an apparent suicide. Brad Evans, the head softball coach and assistant baseball coach, was fired Tuesday after law enforcement officials notified the school district about their investigation. Evans, 38, was charged Thursday in Creek County with two counts of second-degree rape, according to court records. Creek County District Attorney Max Cook said Friday morning he had filed paperwork to dismiss the charges due to Evans' death. Evans was found dead Thursday night. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Authorities find 'possible human remains' in Bristow

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Authorities are investigating possible human remains that were found in Bristow, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported.

  • Preteen sets Sapulpa elementary school playground on fire, police say

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    SAPULPA — An elementary school playground was severely damaged after being intentionally set on fire by a preteen Sunday night, a Sapulpa police official said. Sapulpa firefighters were called to Holmes Park Elementary, 1231 E. Dewey Ave., around 9 p.m. for a "pretty substantial fire" on the playground that had flames surpass the height of the school building, Lt. Jim Madden said. The fire began while a small girl was playing on playground equipment, but she was unharmed in the blaze, Madden said. "After reviewing video, we have a juvenile that we believe is the primary cause of that fire," he said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Woman's car hit by train at Claremore rail crossing

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    CLAREMORE — A 56-year-old woman was described by Claremore police as fortunate to be alive after her car was struck by a train Wednesday morning. Claremore Deputy Police Chief Charles Downum said the woman reported being distracted when she drove through the railroad crossing gates along J.M. Davis Boulevard. The woman’s car was hit from the rear by an oncoming train, Downum said. She was not harmed. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Muskogee police release video, 911 call of officer-involved shooting

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Police in Muskogee, Oklahoma, have released video in a recent officer-involved shooting. Investigators say the man made threats against someone at a wedding party.

  • Oklahoma teacher loses job after fake joint photo circulates

    By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    A first-year teacher from the Miami, OK, school district has been dismissed after a photo appearing to depict him rolling a fake marijuana joint circulated online. Assistant Superintendent Randy Darr declined to identify the teacher, but did acknowledge he has seen the photograph.

  • Four people die in separate accidents in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Tyler Avard, 19, of Broken Arrow; Quinton Grissom, 23, of Oklahoma City, an unidentifed 16-year-old male, of Stigler, and Michael Holcomb, 45, of Sperry, died after vehicle accidents on state roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Answers unlikely soon in Oologah kindergartner's death

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    OOLOGAH — More than a week has passed since Jenny Yang died at a hospital hours after leaving her Oologah classroom with a fever, and no one has been able to determine what killed the 6-year-old. Oklahoma State Department of Health epidemiologist Kristy Bradley said Thursday that investigators have not been able to find any evidence that the girl died from an infectious disease. Thus, it may be months until an answer emerges. The kindergartner died Jan. 5, and her death caused confusion and worry in Oologah, where residents still remember a 2010 meningitis outbreak that killed two children and injured others. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • One person killed in early morning Bixby house fire

    FROM STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    One person is dead after a fire engulfed a Bixby home early Friday. Bixby Fire Chief Bryan Wood said the fire happened about 3 a.m. in the 7300 block of East 118th Street. Fire investigators did not reveal the identity of the person who died in the blaze. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Man killed in Ottawa County house fire

    By SHEILA STOGSDILL - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    MIAMI. — A 52-year-old Ottawa County man died in a residential fire early Wednesday, Miami Fire Chief Ronnie Kline said. The man who died was identified as Dennis Joe Gower. His body was discovered about two feet from the back door, Kline said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma man gets 15 years in prison in child sex abuse case

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    A 61-year-old Broken Arrow man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to two counts of child sexual abuse. Robert Wayne Crow was charged in November after the victim's mother contacted Broken Arrow police. Crow waived his right to a trial before District Judge William Musseman on Monday and received concurrent 25-year split sentences. Musseman ordered Crow to serve 15 years in prison with the remaining 10 years suspended. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.