• 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.

  • Oklahoma police officer charged with accepting bribes

    Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    TULSA (AP) — A Tulsa police officer has been charged with receiving bribes and attempting to deliver cocaine. The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office charged 40-year-old Tyrone Jenkins on Thursday with two counts of receiving brides, two counts of violating the Computer Crimes Act and one count of attempting to deliver an illegal narcotic. Prosecutors accuse Jenkins of receiving two payments totaling $3,100 in exchange for the officer’s agreement to provide confidential information from a Tulsa police computer database. Prosecutors also allege that Jenkins attempted to deliver cocaine. Jenkins was arrested after Tulsa police conducted a sting operation. Online court records don’t list an attorney

  • Oklahoma man arrested in rape at assisted living facility

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL, TULSA WORLD | Published: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    A Claremore man charged in the reported rape of an 80-year-old woman at a Tulsa assisted living facility in February was arrested Tuesday. The Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Stephen Craig Reed, 62, on charges of first-degree rape of a mentally incapacitated victim and first-degree rape by force or fear. The Tulsa Police Department's Sex Crimes Unit was contacted Feb. 25 after someone representing the Autumn Leaves Memory Care Assisted Living Center reported that Reed, who worked as a caretaker, sexually assaulted an 80-year-old female resident, authorities said.

  • Search near Fort Gibson for man missing since 2004

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    FORT GIBSON— Authorities searching for a Tahlequah man who disappeared nearly 10 years ago are digging on property near Fort Gibson. The search for Stephen Mitchell Adams — who was last seen Dec. 13, 2004 — began Monday at the site of an old cistern following a recent tip to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation led them to the field. Ground-penetrating radar revealed what investigators call “anomalies” under the surface. No remains were found Monday and the search resumed Tuesday. Adams was last seen after taking a final exam at Northeastern State University. He called his girlfriend about 11:30 a.m. that day to say he was taking an unidentified man to the Keys area.

  • Cats rescued in Oklahoma after caretaker found dead

    Published: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    BROKEN ARROW -- Dozens of cats were rushed from a Wagoner County trailer home into a waiting Humane Society of Tulsa mobile triage unit to be examined. Some were suffering from dehydration. Others had immune system problems. Many more were weak from a lack of food. "This one is critical," shouted one animal rescue volunteer as she hurried from the small home with a sick cat in tow.

  • 8 batteries stolen from Muskogee school buses

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    MUSKOGEE — Officials in Muskogee are seeking the public’s help after thieves took eight batteries from school buses. Muskogee Public Schools spokeswoman Wendy Burton says the theft occurred early Tuesday from a bus lot. Burton says each school bus has three batteries that weigh about 50 to 60 pounds apiece. Burton tellsa local newspaper that the culprits tried to steal an ninth battery but it was dropped on the ground and left behind. Burton says damage is estimated at $1,300 to $1,500. She says the thieves cut a hole in a fence to access the buses and that police are reviewing surveillance video in search of suspects.

  • OSU newspaper officially changes name to O’Colly

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    STILLWATER — The student newspaper at Oklahoma State University is changing its name and dropping its print publication to three days a week instead of five. The Oklahoma State University Student Media Board voted this week to accept The Daily O’Collegian’s request to reduce the paper’s print publication to Monday, Wednesday and Friday instead of five days a week. The board also approved the newspaper’s request to change the publication’s name to the O’Colly and move from a broadsheet to a tabloid format. The changes go into effect this fall. O’Colly editor-in-chief Kyle Hinchey says the change allows the staff to transition toward becoming a “24/7 media company” rather than a five-day-a-week newspaper.

  • 1 dead, 1 hurt in Claremore Lake boating accident

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    CLAREMORE — Authorities say one man drowned after he was thrown from his fishing boat on Claremore Lake. The Rogers County Sheriff’s Office say two men were fishing Thursday when their boat starting spinning out of control. Police say both men were thrown from the boat. Authorities say one man was rescued but the second man drowned. Investigators are now trying to determine what caused the boat to spin out of control. Rogers County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Coy Jenkins says investigators don’t yet know whether there was a mechanical failure or if the boat ran into something in the water. The man who survived is in stable condition at a Claremore hospital.

  • Physician's assistant trial ordered in deaths of Oklahoma VA patients

    By SHANNON MUCHMORE - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    CLAREMORE — The physician's assistant charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of two residents of the Claremore Veterans Center was bound over for trial after a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Kenneth A. Adams will have a district court arraignment on two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of caretaker neglect on April 10. Adams is accused of neglecting his medical duties, leading to the deaths of Louis Arterberry, 86, and Jay Minter, 85, in 2012. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Rogers County sheriff dropped from libel lawsuit

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Mar 12, 2014

    CLAREMORE — The Rogers County sheriff and two others have been dropped as defendants in a defamation lawsuit filed by District Attorney Janice Steidley. Steidley and two assistants sued last fall over a failed petition drive aimed at removing Steidley from office. The lawsuit alleges libel and defamation after the petition accused Steidley and others of witness tampering, wiretapping and other crimes. A judge dismissed the petition in October, saying organizers used unauthorized paperwork while gathering signatures. A local newspapeer reports the plaintiffs were dismissed this week as result of a mediated agreement calling for Walton and two others to pay a portion of Steidley’s legal fees in exchange for being

  • Bodies found in Tulsa home; deaths apparent murder-suicide

    Published: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    A man and woman were found dead inside a home Tuesday in the 900 block of Richmond Avenue, police said. The couple appeared to have died from a murder-suicide, Cpl. Kurt Gardner said. The bodies were found in a bedroom, with a handgun nearby. Gardner did not say yet who appeared to have been behind the gun. The couple's identity has not yet been released, but Gardner said they appeared to be in their 50s or 60s.

  • OSBI releases name of man killed in Okmulgee police shooting Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

    James E. Stutchman, 28, was shot and killed after he tried to elude Okmulgee police, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations officials said.

  • Three 1992 deaths in Oklahoma ruled homicides

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

    The deaths of two women and a girl who went missing in 1992 were ruled homicides, officials announced Friday. The remains of Wendy Camp, Lisa Kregear and Cynthia Britto were found in a grave in Pawnee County in April. The trio had been missing since May 29, 1992. Officials with the state medical examiner’s office ruled Camp, 23, died from gunshot and sharp force injuries and Kregear, 23, died from gunshot wounds to the torso, according to an autopsy report. Britto’s cause of death is listed in an autopsy report as “homicidal violence by unspecified means.” The three disappeared in 1992 after leaving Oklahoma City on a trip to visit Camp's son, who lived in Shamrock with his father, Chad Noe.

  • Man shot and killed by Okmulgee police Thursday, Oklahoma authorities report

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    A deadly shooting involving police was reported in Okmulgee. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has not released the names of those involved.

  • New evidence leads to change in Oklahoma murder case

    BY SHEILA STOGSDIL | Published: Mon, Mar 3, 2014

    Delaware County district attorney drops charges against man accused of killing woman

  • Inmate dies at Washington County detention center

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    BARTLESVILLE — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says an inmate has died at the county jail. Sheriff Rick Silver says jail employees found an unresponsive inmate at about 2 a.m. Wednesday in a holding cell. Authorities say the man did not have a pulse and wasn’t breathing. The sheriff says the employees immediately began to administer CPR, but the inmate was pronounced dead once emergency responders arrived. Authorities say the man may have suffered some type of medical distress leading to his death. The state medical examiner’s office will determine the official cause of death. The inmate’s name hasn’t been released, pending notification of his relatives.

  • Wagoner County prosecutor reopens 2006 cold case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    WAGONER — Authorities in Wagoner County are asking the public for tips in the case of a Broken Arrow teenager found dead in a lake in 2006. Jarret Clark’s body was found May 18, 2006, in Fort Gibson Lake. Clark’s family has maintained he was killed, but authorities have not arrested or charged anyone in the teen’s death. Two grand juries considered the case but no indictments were issued. The 18-year-old disappeared while camping with friends and his body was discovered four days later. An autopsy found that Clark’s probable cause of death was drowning. Wagoner County District Attorney Brian Kuester announced Monday that a tip line has been set up to help investigators gather more details about the case.

  • Update: All Kellyville students accounted for; Creek County officials still investigating

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    The Creek County Sheriff's Office is actively searching for a girl who was reportedly kidnapped from a school bus stop in Kellyville Tuesday morning. Authorities said the girl was forced into a gray Ford extended cab pickup truck featuring a dent at a nearby school bus stop about 6:50 a.m. Witnesses said the alleged abductor is described as a white male, wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and Oklahoma baseball cap, authorities said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.