• Man is hospitalized after being shot Monday morning in Muskogee

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    A man was shot in Muskogee on Monday. Police have not made any arrests in the case.

  • Man who crashed plane in Wagoner County identified

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, May 29, 2014

    Authorities have identified the pilot of an ultralight plane that crashed near the Wagoner airport Wednesday. Marvin McGrath, 54, of Wagoner called the Wagoner County dispatch to report a problem with the plane about 8:30 p.m. before it crashed near the Hefner-Easley Airport. Wagoner County Emergency Management Director Heath Underwood said McGrath was the lone occupant on the single-engine plane. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Hearings set for brother, sister in 1992 Oklahoma deaths: 3 bodies found in septic tank hole

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, May 29, 2014

    SAPULPA — A brother and sister accused in the 1992 deaths of two women and a girl whose bodies were dumped in a hole dug for a septic tank are scheduled to appear in court. Online court records indicate Grover Prewitt Jr. and Beverly Noe have hearings set at separate times Thursday in Creek County District Court. Prewitt is charged with being an accessory after the fact of first-degree murder in the deaths of Wendy Camp; her 6-year-old daughter, Cynthia Britto; and Camp’s sister-in-law, Lisa Kregear. Noe is charged with three counts of first-degree murder. Both siblings have pleaded not guilty. Investigators found the bodies last year buried on land that Prewitt and his late mother owned at separate times

  • Cherokee students to retrace Trail of Tears

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    TAHLEQUAH — A dozen Cherokee students plan to depart from the Cherokee Nation on Wednesday to retrace the path their ancestors took during their forced removal from the southeastern United States to present-day Oklahoma. The journey will take the students more than 950 miles across seven states on bicycles. The group will start in New Echota, Georgia, and spend three weeks retracing the northern route of removal. The Cherokee Nation students will be joined by six riders from the Eastern band of Cherokee Indians. The Eastern Band are descendants of a small group of Cherokees who evaded the removal order and remained in North Carolina. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and other tribal leaders will hold a

  • Bartlesville woman accused of sexually abusing 4-year-old son

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, TULSA WORLD | Published: Fri, May 23, 2014

    Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents assisted in the arrest of a Bartlesville woman accused of sexually abusing her son. Sara Marie Garoutee, 32, was booked into the Washington County Jail on distribution of child pornography, manufacturing child pornography, sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 by a parent and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crime Act complaints. Acting on a tip submitted by the Moore Police Department that a woman had sexually abused a child and transmitted explicit photos to another person, OSBI agents questioned Garoutee at her Bartlesville home in the 400 block of North Woodrow Avenue Thursday night.

  • Wildlife officials search for black bear that wandered from Broken Arrow residential neighborhood

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, TULSA WORLD | Published: Fri, May 23, 2014

    The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Wagoner County authorities are searching for a black bear that had been spotted in a tree in a residential backyard Thursday. Craig Endicott, a wildlife supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said a 2 1/2-year-old, 120-pound male black bear climbed down from a cottonwood tree outside a home near Oklahoma 51 and Oneta Road early Friday. A barrel bear trap was set up under the tree and filled with food in an attempt to lure the bear down.

  • Depew woman dies after traffic accident, Oklahoma City woman killed in Arkansas

    FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014

    A Depew woman died after a traffic accident on a state highway in Payne County, and an Oklahoma City woman died after an accident in southwestern Arkansas, authorities reported.

  • Authorities recover 'items of interest' during dig in northeast Oklahoma

    BY SHEILA STOGSDILL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, May 21, 2014

    Residence where dig occured belonged to person of interest in disapprearance case

  • OSBI asked to help investigate Porum area shooting

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, May 20, 2014

    PORUM — Muskogee County authorities have asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to help investigate the shooting death of a man near Porum. Authorities say 24-year-old Jesse Lee Taylor died at a Tulsa hospital where he was taken after being shot Sunday outside the home of James Hines. Sheriff’s investigator Bert Poole told a local newspaper that Hines told investigators he found Taylor inside Hines’ truck with a pistol he had taken from another vehicle on the property. Poole says Taylor pointed the gun at Hines and demanded the keys to the truck. Hines said he went inside the home and got the keys and a shotgun — then went back outside and the two opened fire. Hines was not wounded.

  • Parents pull Spiro students out of school in protest over fight

    By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    “We have had some parents pull some students,” Spiro Superintendent Don Atkinson confirmed Wednesday. Spiro is in eastern Oklahoma.

  • 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.