• Man pleads guilty in death of Bartlesville man

    | Published: Thu, Dec 5, 2013

    PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2012 slaying of a Bartlesville man. Rusty Boyd Petty was initially charged with first-degree murder in the August 2012 killing of 61-year-old Timothy Hauser. The Examiner-Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/1eSjPzr ) that Petty pleaded guilty to the reduced charge Tuesday and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Authorities say Hauser went missing after leaving Osage Casino near Bartlesville. His body was discovered several months later in a rural area of Osage County. Petty's alleged accomplice, 29-year-old Trysta Alberta Eileen Shaffer, faces first-degree murder charges in the death. Shaffer is due in court Dec. 13 for an

  • Okla. court: Couple due $3.1 million from Jenks

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Dec 3, 2013

    JENKS — An Oklahoma appeals court says a jury was correct to award two landowners $3.1 million for 12.7 acres of undeveloped land acquired for a school expansion.

  • Warner police chief shoots reportedly suicidal man

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Dec 3, 2013

    WARNER — The Warner police chief shot a man who reportedly was suicidal Monday evening, Muskogee County authorities said. Police had responded to a call about a suicidal man with a knife, Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office investigator Richard Slader said. It’s not clear at this point whether the man attacked Chief Terry Thompson with the knife or whether Thompson shot the man to keep him from committing suicide, Slader said. Click here to read the complete article at tulsaworld.

  • Two die in separate Oklahoma traffic incidents

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Nov 29, 2013

    Saunsarae Hall, 26, of Muskogee, and October French, 1, of Tahlequah, died in separate incidents, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Livestock expert criticizes Okfuskee hog farm practices

    BY RHETT MORGAN - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Nov 29, 2013

    Recently released video of workers striking pigs at an Okfuskee County farm illustrates poor methods of animal handling, an animal welfare expert from Oklahoma State University said. "It appears that those workers were either not trained well or efficiently or accurately," said Michelle Calvo-Lorenzo, an assistant professor in OSU's Department of Animal Science. She specializes in livestock well-being and environmental management. Click here to read the complete article at tulsaworld.

  • Muskogee woman dies after jumping from vehicle

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Nov 29, 2013

    MUSKOGEE — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Muskogee woman was killed on Thanksgiving after she jumped from a moving vehicle.

  • Hanging dummy catches attention of motorists on Cherokee Turnpike

    By SHEILA STOGSDILL - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Nov 27, 2013

    LOCUST GROVE —- A stuffed dummy with a noose around its neck as it hung from a tree limb has caused a stir with passing motorists along the Cherokee Turnpike this month. The dummy was dressed in a plaid shirt over a black hooded shirt, jeans and black gloves. Its face was white, but the black hood nearly covered its face, causing some passing motorists to assume the display was a depiction of the lynching of a black man. Click here to read the complete article at tulsaworld.

  • Ex-Pawhuska coach seeks dismissal of charges

    Published: Mon, Nov 25, 2013

    PAWHUSKA — A judge is considering a request to dismiss embezzlement charges filed against a former football coach at Pawhuska High School. Attorneys for Scotty Ray Gilkey have filed a motion of dismissal, arguing that Osage County doesn't have jurisdiction to prosecute the case because Gilkey is one-quarter Pawnee Indian. Gilkey's attorneys submitted a Certificate of Indian Blood last week, but prosecutors say it's not enough to prove tribal citizenship. The Examiner-Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/1ckOS5l ) that the motion hearing began last week and is set to resume at 9 a.m. on Jan. 17. Prosecutors accuse Gilkey of embezzling more than $2,500 from a fireworks stand that was supposed to benefit the

  • Three die in Grand Lake after car careens off bluff

    BY SHEILA STOGSDILL | Updated: Fri, Nov 22, 2013

    Officials say the driver of a vehicle that ended up in Grand Lake in Oklahoma failed to negotiate a curve. One body was pulled from the lake about 5:30 p.m.

  • Small quake near Stillwater, Oklahoma Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Nov 22, 2013

    A small earthquake was recorded near Stillwater. A 3.7 magnitude quake was felt at 8:34 a.m. Friday.

  • Claremore woman dies in Rogers County crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Nov 21, 2013

    A Claremore woman was killed Wednesday in an accident in Rogers County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported the Thursday fatality.

  • Perry woman's body found 4 days after car crash

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Nov 21, 2013

    STILLWATER — Authorities say they've discovered the body of a Perry woman four days after her car struck a concrete wall and fell into a creek bed.

  • Two people die on Oklahoma roadways

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Nov 20, 2013

    A Stillwater man was struck by a car and killed in Lincoln County. He was wearing all black clothing when he tried to cross a highway. A Perry woman was found Wednesday after being killed in a traffic accident Saturday, troopers said.

  • 2 arrested in death of 3-year-old Tahlequah boy

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Wed, Nov 20, 2013

    TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah police have arrested two people on first-degree murder complaints in the death of a 3-year-old boy. Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King says the child was found dead Tuesday at The Stepping Stone Rooming House. King says the death was "a heinous crime" that rattled veteran police officers. A local newspaper reports the medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death, but King says investigators believe the boy was strangled or suffocated. Police arrested the boy's mother, Jeri Danyce Sanders, and Buford Lee Ellison, with whom Sanders had been living. Both are jailed on murder complaints and are due in court Wednesday. It wasn't immediately clear whether Sanders or Ellison had

  • Aunt arrested after 2 girls die in Tulsa fire

    Published: Tue, Nov 19, 2013

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police have arrested the aunt of two young girls who died in an apartment fire. Cpl. Greg Smith with the department's Child Crisis Unit says 23-year-old Miashah (my-AY'-shuh) Moses was arrested Tuesday on two complaints of child neglect. Smith says Moses left the children unattended in an apartment on Monday while food cooked on the stove. Smith says Moses told police she was gone from the apartment for about eight to 10 minutes. Jail records do not list an attorney for her. Police say the girls were 4 and 18 months old. Officials had initially put the ages at 2 and 6. Capt. Stan May said that the blaze on the city's south side was probably due to a cooking fire, and that the

  • NTSB: Oklahoma senator's son noted engine trouble

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Nov 19, 2013

    OWASSO — The son of Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe reported his small plane was experiencing engine trouble shortly before he died in a crash near Tulsa. That's according to a preliminary report released Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Dr. Perry Inhofe was the only person aboard the twin-engine plane when it crashed Nov. 10 near Owasso. The NTSB report says Inhofe took an unexpected turn and told air traffic control that he had "a control problem," then reported that his left engine had shut down. It was the last communication between the pilot and controllers. Witnesses told investigators that one engine propeller appeared to not be rotating shortly before the crash.

  • Tahlequah pulls proposed e-cigarette ban

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Mon, Nov 18, 2013

    TAHLEQUAH — Backers of a ban on electronic cigarettes on Tahlequah city property have pulled their request for the city council to consider the measure this week.

  • Small earthquake near Stillwater Monday morning

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Nov 18, 2013

    A small earthquake was reported east of Stillwater. There are no reports of damage.

  • Sapulpa man killed in Tulsa County interstate shoulder accident Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Nov 15, 2013

    A Sapulpa man struck a vehicle parked behind a dump truck with a flat tire Thursday night. He was killed by the impact, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

  • Oklahoma authorities seek man accused of indecent exposure

    FROM STAFF REPORTS/TULSA WORLD | Updated: Wed, Nov 13, 2013

    The Tulsa police sex crimes detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying a man accused of indecent exposure. According to police, a man entered a Lacy Park gymnasium in the 2100 block of north Madison Avenue where a woman was exercising at about 8 a.m. Friday. The man reportedly sat down on the bleachers, where he removed his pants and exposed himself to the victim, according to police. Read the complete article at tulsaworld.com.