• 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.

  • 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.