• Two die after vehicle accidents in Oklahoma

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sat, Sep 12, 2015

    John H. Green, 83, of Pawnee, and Velma Dickerson, 84, of Adair, died after vehicle accidents, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • OSU's fall garden concert series begins Friday in Stillwater

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Sep 5, 2015

    The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University’s fall concert series will include concerts on Friday, Sept. 18 and Sept. 23 in Stillwater.

  • Two die after accidents on Oklahoma roads

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Mark E. Alderman, 52, of Broken Arrow, and Jimmy R. Ross, 49, of Glencoe, died after separate crashes, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Three teenagers die Saturday after LeFlore County wreck

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    Three teenagers died and two others were injured early Saturday after a vehicle wreck near Shady Point, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Former OHP trooper ordered to stand trial in Creek County sexual assault case

    By RHETT MORGAN - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    SAPULPA — A former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper accused of sexual attacks on three female motorists he pulled over was ordered to stand trial on five charges connected to the traffic stops, a judge ruled Monday. Eric William Roberts, 42, of Bristow, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on counts of rape by instrumentation, forcible sodomy, sexual battery, officer asking for/receiving a bribe, and embezzlement. Creek County Special Judge Richard Woolery set Roberts’ arraignment on the charges for July 21 before District Judge Douglas Golden. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Broken Arrow man gets life without parole in 2013 slaying of NSU professor

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    TAHLEQUAH — A Broken Arrow man convicted by a jury May 29 in the 2013 death of a Northeastern State University professor will spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge ruled Monday. Joshua John Schneider was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of Tiffany Rene Maher, an assistant professor of chemistry at the university. Schneider was also charged with larceny of a house and first-degree arson in the case and received life sentences on those counts, a Cherokee County District Court clerk told the Tulsa World. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • VIDEO: Tahlequah police chief on fatal officer-involved shooting: 'They acted decisively in a … rapidly escalating situation'

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    TAHLEQUAH — The Tahlequah Police Department identified a 15-year department veteran on Tuesday as the officer who fatally shot a 35-year-old man during an altercation that was captured on another officer’s body camera Saturday morning. Randy Tanner, the agency’s range master, remains on administrative leave while the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation completes an inquiry into the death of Joshua P. Crittenden, Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King said at a news conference. Around 11:50 a.m. Saturday, officers went to a home in the 500 block of South Mission Avenue in response to a call indicating that two men had at least one gun in a white pickup that had been reported stolen, King said. The caller reported that

  • 'They bum rushed us': OHP releases full dash-cam videos from fatal Okmulgee County shooting

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    A Tulsa minister and his brother ignored more than five minutes of calls from Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers to get out of rushing flood water in Okmulgee County before one of them attacked one of the troopers, resulting in the minister’s death, new video footage released by the OHP shows. More than an hour and a half of footage from OHP Troopers Mark Southall’s and Michael Taylor’s dash cameras, which showed the May 29 altercation between them and brothers Nehemiah and Brandon Fischer, were released to the Tulsa World on Thursday following an open records request filed earlier this month. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Missing Okmulgee man's mother says she believes he and friend are alive

    By BILL HAISTEN - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The mother and a cousin of Benjamin Baber expressed their belief Wednesday that Baber and his best friend, Cody Parrick, are alive. Baber and Parrick, each of whom is 20 and an Okmulgee resident, have been missing since they attended the Rocklahoma music festival near Pryor on May 22. Baber was driving a silver 2005 Pontiac Montana minivan. The vehicle has a Muscogee (Creek) Nation license plate with the number B8E23. Volunteers and various law enforcement officers have searched flooded areas along U.S. 69 between Chouteau and Wagoner several times. On Wednesday, with water having receded about 2 feet during the past three days, there was another flyover search of the U.S. 69 area, and civilian drones were deployed,

  • Search for missing Okmulgee men includes stretch of U.S. 69

    By BILL HAISTEN - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    The search for two Okmulgee men who haven’t been seen since Rocklahoma’s opening day seems to be centered primarily on a stretch of highway between Pryor and Wagoner. On Saturday, a group of about 40 volunteers conducted a 16-mile search of ditches and wooded areas near U.S. 69, hoping to find the missing 20-year-olds, Benjamin Baber and Cody Parrick. On Sunday, while in a Cessna 210 at an altitude of about 500 feet, former Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Howard got striking photographs that reveal the extent to which the highway is flanked by high flood water. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Third suspect in shooting of police officer, motorist in Nowata area, captured in Kansas

    By COREY JONES & KYLE HINCHEY - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    COFFEYVILLE, Kan. — A man authorities had sought in connection with the shooting of an Oologah, Oklahoma police officer and motorist in northeastern Oklahoma was captured in Kansas early Friday following a lengthy manhunt. Montgomery County Kansas sheriff's deputies arrested 30-year old Alejandro Garcia about 7 a.m. east of Liberty, Kan., a dispatcher said. Authorities also arrested 20-year-old Roxanne Mendoza and 22-year-old late Thursday.

  • 2 Okmulgee men still missing; OSBI to assist in investigation

    By BILL HAISTEN - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    After Mayes County law enforcement officials and concerned citizens conducted a Wednesday search of more than 400 acres at the Rocklahoma music festival site near Pryor, two Okmulgee men remained classified as missing on Thursday. Benjamin Baber and Cody Parrick, each of whom is 20, attended Rocklahoma last Friday but haven’t been seen or heard from since, said Brandy Baber, the 19-year-old sister of Benjamin. “We don’t know if they were (at Rocklahoma) on Saturday or Sunday,” Brandy Baber said on Thursday. “As of today, we have no clue where they’re at.” Okmulgee County Sheriff Eddy Rice told the Tulsa World that his agency has enlisted the assistance of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

  • More than 1,000 turn out to honor Claremore firefighter who died in flood rescue

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    CLAREMORE -- On Sunday, the Claremore Fire Department was in shock over Capt. Jason Farley's death after a water rescue, the city's first firefighter fatality in the line of duty in about three decades. The next night, Farley's family received a strong message from the community: they wouldn't have to grieve alone. More than 1,000 people and representatives of fire departments from Barnsdall to Grove gathered along Route 66 from Tulsa International Airport to outside Verdigris High School Sunday night to escort Farley's wife of more than 20 years Shelli, 15-year-old daughter Hannah and Farley's parents to their home. They returned to Tulsa just after 10:20 p.m., only two days after arriving in Ireland for what should have been a

  • Jenks is fastest-growing city in Oklahoma

    By CURTIS KILLMAN -- Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    The Jenks population grew by 6.8 percent during the one-year period ending July 1, 2014, according to the Census Bureau’s annual city population estimates report. The city, located on the west bank of the Arkansas River in southwest Tulsa County, grew by 1,264 people to 19,951 residents during the one-year period. For perspective, Jenks added about the same number of residents during the one-year period as Tulsa, Owasso and Broken Arrow, all of which have larger populations, according to the Census report, so Jenks’ percentage increase was higher. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • 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.