• Students mourn Skiatook cheerleader killed in vehicle crash

    By Rhett Morgan - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Nov 12, 2013

    SKIATOOK — About 400 students mourned a Skiatook High School cheerleader Monday by wearing purple, the favorite color of the senior who died from injuries suffered in a traffic accident, the principal said. Mallory Brooke Winegarten, 17, died Sunday at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa after the Friday crash, according to an online death notice posted by the Sien-Shelton Funeral Home. “She was an excellent student who made very good grades,” Principal Will Parker said. “She was one of those kids that every teacher dreamed of having in class. She had a bright smile, vivacious, smart.” Click here to read the complete article at tulsaworld.

  • Clyde Stacy, early rocker, killed in Muskogee, Oklahoma car crash Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Nov 7, 2013

    Clyde Stacy, known for his early rock song “Hoy Hoy” died in a crash. The crash was Wednesday in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

  • Cherokee Nation AG criticizes bid to collect legal fees in Baby Veronica case

    By MICHAEL OVERALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Nov 7, 2013

    Trying to collect legal fees from the Cherokee Nation in the Baby Veronica case, adoption attorneys are sending a message to other tribes, too, an official said Wednesday. "It seems to be a warning to fathers and to tribes," said Chrissi Nimmo, an assistant attorney general for the Cherokees. " 'Don't fight for your children, or we will ruin you financially.' " Eight weeks after taking custody of Veronica, Matt and Melanie Capobianco have filed an action in Oklahoma to collect more than $1 million in attorneys fees and other costs. Click here to read the complete article at tulsaworld.

  • Man who led police on chase pleads guilty in Tulsa

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Nov 7, 2013

    TAHLEQUAH — A man accused in the killing of a Northeastern State University professor has pleaded guilty to separate charges in Tulsa County.

  • 'Baby Veronica' case attorneys seek payment

    By MICHAEL OVERALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Nov 6, 2013

    Victorious in the Baby Veronica custody battle, attorneys for the adoptive parents now want to collect more than $1 million in legal fees from the losing side. With a blue collar job in the construction industry, Veronica's biological father, Dusten Brown of Nowata, doesn't have that kind of money. But the Cherokee Nation does. Click here to read the complete article at tulsaworld.

  • Maximum sentence urged for Bartlesville school-shooting plotter

    By LAURA SUMMERS - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Nov 5, 2013

    BARTLESVILLE —- Community members are urging a judge to mete out the maximum sentence possible to a 19-year-old former Bartlesville High School student who was convicted of planning a mass school shooting and bombing. A 32-page presentence investigation report includes victim impact statements from 23 people who urged District Judge Curtis DeLapp to impose against Sammie Eaglebear Chavez the maximum allowable 10-year prison term. A Washington County jury found Chavez guilty Sept. 24 and recommended a 2 1/2-year prison term. His formal sentencing is set for Nov. 12. Click here to read the complete article at tulsaworld.

  • OKlahoma 'Sasquatch' hunt ends with three charged in shooting

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, TULSA WORLD | Updated: Mon, Nov 4, 2013

    CLAREMORE -— The hunt for "Sasquatch" in a section of woods in Rogers County sent one man to the hospital and three people to jail after what they told deputies was an "accidental shooting" Saturday night. Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said the sheriff's office received word of the shooting about 10 p.m., but preliminary investigation revealed conflicting stories. Walton said investigators are still sifting through information, but the group first told them they had been shot at out in the woods. Read the complete article at tulsaworld.com.

  • Hearing delayed for man charged in Oklahoma deaths

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Nov 1, 2013

    CLAREMORE — A judge has delayed the preliminary hearing for a former physician assistant charged in the deaths of two patients at the Claremore Veterans Center.

  • Osage chief: Panel's action an overreach of power

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Thu, Oct 31, 2013

    PAWHUSKA — The Osage Nation principal chief has fired back at allegations made by a tribal congressional committee recommending his ouster, saying that the panel's actions were an overreach of power.

  • Osage Congress panel recommends chief's removal

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Wed, Oct 30, 2013

    PAWHUSKA — An Osage Nation congressional committee tasked with investigating allegations of wrongdoing by the tribe's principal chief found evidence to seven of the 15 charges, including six that are serious enough to warrant his ouster.

  • Cherokee County fires deputy after indictment

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Oct 30, 2013

    PEGGS — Authorities say a Cherokee County sheriff's deputy has been fired after he was indicted on forgery and embezzlement charges.

  • Adoptive parents in Baby Veronica case speak on 'Dr. Phil' show

    By MICHAEL OVERALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Oct 30, 2013

    Speaking publicly for the first time since winning custody, Baby Veronica's adoptive parents promised Tuesday to keep her biological family a part of her life. Appearing briefly on national television, Matt and Melanie Capobianco confirmed that they have stayed in touch with Dusten Brown and other members of Veronica's Cherokee family. "It's been positive," Melanie Capobianco said, "and we feel really good about it." Click here to read the complete article at tulsaworld.

  • Sapulpa man jailed wrongly for 12 weeks on child-rape allegation sues sheriff

    By DAVID HARPER - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Oct 23, 2013

    A Sapulpa man who was in jail for 12 weeks before court-approved DNA evidence cleared him in the rape of his then-girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter filed a lawsuit this week against Creek County Sheriff John Davis alleging wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution. Tommy Braden, 26, was arrested four days after the April 6, 2012, rape and was not released until defense attorney Lowell Howe got a judge to approve a DNA test, which cleared Braden on July 3, 2012. The DNA evidence indicated a match for Patrick Edward Misner, 28, who lived in the same mobile home park as the victim. Click here to read the complete article at tulsaworld.

  • Oklahoma man charged in rape now faces robbery count

    Published: Wed, Oct 23, 2013

    GANS — A man already in the Sequoyah County Jail on rape charges now stands accused of a March convenience store robbery.

  • Oklahoma couple found dead in plane wreck

    Published: Tue, Oct 22, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a husband and wife were found dead in a plane crash in western Arkansas. Crews had been searching for the single-engine plane since it disappeared from radar on Monday afternoon. The Civil Air Patrol says the crashed plane was located Tuesday morning in rural western Arkansas. Madison County Sheriff Phillip Morgan says the husband and wife were found dead at the scene of the crash. Their names have not yet been released, pending notification of relatives. The Civil Air Patrol says the plane only had two people on board. It wasn't immediately clear who owned the aircraft. Tulsa, Okla., television station KJRH reports that the Piper Saratoga was headed to Claremore, Okla., from

  • Search for missing plane bound for Oklahoma to resume early Tuesday in Arkansas

    FROM STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Oct 22, 2013

    Arkansas authorities said a ground search for a plane bound for Claremore that crashed in Madison County, Ark. will resume early Tuesday. KFSM TV in Arkansas said crews halted the search Monday after looking between Mountain Road and Ball Creek Road, near Saint Paul, Ark., about 60 miles northeast of Fort Smith. The single-engine plane’s operator told air-traffic controllers that the plane was experiencing problems, and was never heard from again, the TV station reported. It is believed there were two people on the plane. Click here to read the complete article at tulsaworld.

  • Hearing set for Oklahoma junior high baseball coach

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Oct 21, 2013

    DURANT — A judge has scheduled a preliminary hearing for an Oklahoma junior high baseball coach accused of throwing baseballs at players as punishment.

  • One dead in Bixby house fire

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Oct 21, 2013

    BIXBY -- Officials responding to a Sunday morning house fire at 171st Street and South Memorial Drive discovered a body in the rubble, Tulsa County Sheriffs Office Det. Sgt. Eric Kitch said. Kitch said the fire appears to have begun in the living room near a gas heater, but the official cause would be determined by the state fire marshal. The body was in such a state Kitch said they weren't able to determine a gender. Family at the scene declined to identify the deceased person, but did say that it was a woman. Click here to read the complete article at tulsaworld.