• Trial set for man accused in Oklahoma church plot

    Published: Fri, Jan 17, 2014

    TULSA — An Illinois man charged with plotting to blow up dozens of northeast Oklahoma churches is set to go on trial. Gregory Arthur Weiler II of Elk Grove Village, Ill., is due in court Friday to stand trial on a charge of possessing an unregistered, destructive device. Weiler elected to have his case heard by a federal judge rather than a jury. Prosecutors accused Weiler of plotting to bomb 48 churches in Ottawa County, though no explosives were set off and no one was injured. Weiler was found mentally incompetent last April and was committed to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility, but a judge this month found him mentally competent to stand trial. Weiler's defense attorney has said his client was

  • Tulsa homicide suspect arrested in Muskogee

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jan 15, 2014

    A man who allegedly shot another man at a Tulsa apartment Tuesday and left with an 11-year-old girl was arrested in Muskogee about four hours after the homicide, police said. Marquis Morris, 31, was arrested there about 10:30 p.m., Tulsa police officer Leland Ashley said. Morris allegedly shot and killed the boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend at the Fairview Apartments, 215 W. Fairview St., Ashley said. The girl Morris was said by police to have taken from the scene of the shooting was located by police at a QuikTrip at 7600 E. 61st Street. It was not clear if Morris had dropped the girl off or if someone else had left her there. Click here to read the complete article at tulsaworld.

  • Oklahoman gives camouflage pew to 'Duck Dynasty' family

    By BILL SHERMAN - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jan 14, 2014

    When Rex Blisard built a camo-covered church pew to give to "Duck Dynasty," his favorite TV show, he had no idea his gift would result in a lengthy visit with "Duck Dynasty" family members and an appearance on national television. "We love that show. We never miss it," Blisard said of cable TV's top-rated reality show, with some 13 million viewers. Blisard is founder of Born Again Pews, a church furniture company in Leach, about 60 miles east of Tulsa on U.S. 412. Click here to read the complete article at tulsaworld.

  • Oklahoman given 'atomic wedgie' died from asphyxiation, trauma to head

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY rmedley@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Jan 8, 2014

    A man has been arrested in a Pottawatomie County, OK, homicide. The man said he gave his stepfather, who died from asphyxiation and trauma, an “atomic wedgie,” officials said.

  • UPDATE: Shooting reported in Stroud, Oklahoma Wednesday morning

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jan 8, 2014

    Authorities are investigating a reported shooting in Stroud. The shooting happened early Wednesday, a dispatcher said.

  • Stillwater man pleads guilty to manslaughter

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Jan 7, 2014

    STILLWATER — A Stillwater man has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter in the October 2012 beating death of another Stillwater man.

  • Three teens among five dead in Oklahoma house fire

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, THE TULSA WORLD | Updated: Mon, Jan 6, 2014

    BARTLESVILLE -- Three teenagers are among the five people who died in a house fire Saturday in Bartlesville. Authorities on Monday released the identities of the victims and said preliminary investigation has shown no foul play involved in the deaths.

  • Lone survivor in deadly Bartlesville fire describes escape

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jan 6, 2014

    BARTLESVILLE —- The lone survivor of a fire that claimed five lives in Bartlesville stood outside the charred wreckage Sunday, hugged his father and counted his blessings. "I'm blessed," Dakota Jackson said. "I'm blessed to be alive." Jackson said he was the only person inside the residence who made it out alive. He woke up to "smoke and screaming," he said, but was calm enough to stay low, to get oxygen. He finally found a window and punched it out — scars were visible on his knuckles — then ran for help, before passing out in a ditch, he said. Click here to read the complete article at tulsaworld.

  • Muskogee man found competent to face murder trial

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Jan 3, 2014

    MUSKOGEE — A Muskogee man has been found competent to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge.

  • Man shot by Muskogee police identified

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Jan 3, 2014

    MUSKOGEE — Authorities say a Muskogee man is hospitalized after being shot by a Muskogee police officer while trying to grab another officer's gun.

  • Mayes County deputy fatally shoots man

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jan 1, 2014

    CHELSEA — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a deputy in Mayes County fatally shot a man early New Year's Day.

  • Man charged in Oklahoma boating death waives hearing

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Dec 18, 2013

    JAY— A Tulsa man has waived his preliminary hearing on two manslaughter charges in connection with a boating accident that killed two people on Grand Lake.

  • Macy's distribution center to bring up to 1,500 jobs to Owasso area

    By RHETT MORGAN - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Dec 18, 2013

    The announcement Tuesday that Macy's Inc. is building a 1.3 million-square-foot distribution center north of Tulsa was big. So big that company executive Frank Julian described it in sporting terms. "To put that in perspective, I know Oklahoma plays a little bit of football every now and then," said Julian, vice president of legislative affairs. "You could fit 46 football fields inside of this facility." Click here to read the complete article at tulsaworld.

  • Bartlesville woman sentenced to 25 years in prison

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Dec 16, 2013

    PAWHUSKA — An Oklahoma woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty in last year's beating death of a 61-year-old Bartlesville man.

  • Woman dies after vehicle is cut off, flips on U.S. 169

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Dec 16, 2013

    A 20-year-old woman died Sunday afternoon after the vehicle she was in flipped four times on U.S. 169 near 51st Street, Tulsa police said. Samantha Ruvalcaba was killed in the crash, which happened about 1:13 p.m., said Officer Craig Murray, the Tulsa Police Department's traffic safety coordinator. Ruvalcaba was a passenger in the vehicle, which was cut off by another vehicle, causing the driver to overcorrect, Murray said. The driver of the vehicle Ruvalcaba was in is being treated at Saint Francis Hospital and is expected to be OK, police said. Click here to read the complete article at tulsaworld.

  • Bartlesville employees plead guilty to misdemeanor

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Dec 13, 2013

    BARTLESVILLE — Eight city of Bartlesville water department employees have pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges.

  • Hearing scheduled in Oklahoma cold case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Dec 13, 2013

    BRISTOW — An Oklahoma man charged with being an accessory after the fact of first-degree murder in the 1992 disappearance and deaths of two women and a girl is due in court.

  • Oklahoma department's fire truck stolen, set ablaze

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Dec 12, 2013

    AVANT — Authorities in northeast Oklahoma are investigating after someone stole a rural department's fire truck and set it on fire.

  • Oklahoma teen's body pulled from pond

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL and DYLAN GOFORTH, TULSA WORLD | Updated: Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    CLAREMORE - The body of a Claremore teen was pulled from an icy pond about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. "We are saddened at the news we can't bring James home to his family. No parent should have to hear anything like this," Claremore Assistant Police Chief Charles Downum said. Claremore police and Tulsa County deputies had been searching two days for the body of 15-year-old Keith James Chambers, who went missing Sunday. Read the cxomplete article at tulsaworld.com.

  • Eastern Oklahoma County offers holiday events

    BY SCOTT AMUNDSON | Published: Sat, Dec 7, 2013

    Luther, Arcadia and Choctaw are among the communities that will hold holiday activities.