• Two people killed in separate Oklahoma crashes; five others critically injured

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    A woman was killed after driving her vehicle into a ditch near Castle, and a Tahlequah man was killed in a head-on crash in Wagoner County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Silver Alert issued for missing 77-year-old man

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing 77-year-old man, Sand Springs police reported.

  • Woman charged in locking child in dog pen waives second day of hearing

    By SHEILA STOGSDILL - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    JAY — A day after listening to hours of damaging testimony from her teen daughter and a Department of Human Services caseworker a Delaware County woman accused locking a child in a dog pen and forcing children to go without food and water waived the second day of her preliminary hearing on Wednesday. Deidre Matthews, 46, and Jerry Dean Matthews, 63, both of Jay are charged in Delaware County District Court with 10 counts of child abuse, seven counts of child neglect, enabling child abuse. Deidre Matthews also faces four more counts of child abuse and child endangerment. She remains jailed on $100,000 bail. If convicted Matthews could face a life sentence. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Sand Springs city worker killed in trash truck accident

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    A Sand Springs city worker was killed when he was run over by a trash truck Wednesday morning, police said. The accident happened about 7:30 a.m. in the area of 41st Street and Rustic Road, Sand Springs Deputy Police Chief Mike Carter said. Carter said the man and his co-workers were on the truck collecting trash during their normal route when he somehow fell off and was crushed by the wheels. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • 3 stabbed, 2 die in Oklahoma domestic dispute

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Two people were found dead and a teenage girl was stabbed during an apparent domestic dispute, Bartlesville police said. About 11:46 p.m. Wednesday, police were called to a home in the 500 block of North Sooner Road to investigate a stabbing. A 23-year-old man who was found lying in the front yard with stab wounds was pronounced dead at the scene. A 41-year-old woman who also had been stabbed was transported from the home to an area hospital, where she later died, police said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma teen charged with manslaughter in fatal fight at party

    By COREY JONES - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    A Glenpool man was charged Thursday with first-degree manslaughter stemming from a fatal fight at a party in east Tulsa less than two weeks ago. Austin DeWayne Nation, 19, is accused of stabbing to death Fernando Torres with a knife in the “heat of passion” on Aug. 17 in the 11500 block of East 38th Street. Torres had three stab wounds in his chest and shortly thereafter was pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said. A preliminary investigation indicated that Austin stabbed Torres, 20, during a fight after Austin became angry that he wasn’t allowed into a party at a residence, police said, adding that the two had a history of conflict. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Beggs police chief given deferred sentence in domestic assault

    By SHEILA STOGSDILL - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    TAHLEQUAH — The Beggs police chief pleaded no contest to domestic abuse charges and was sentenced to a five-year deferred sentence, court officials said Tuesday. Wesley Fish has been on administrative leave without pay for several months, city officials said. Fish entered the plea on Monday in Cherokee County District Court in Tahlequah to a reduced misdemeanor charge of domestic assault and battery and felonious pointing a firearm. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Bartlesville woman arrested in series of neighborhood fires

    By LAURA SUMMERS - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    BARTLESVILLE — A 47-year-old woman was jailed in Washington County after a series of fires were set in a downtown neighborhood. City Fire Investigator Bill Hollander on Friday arrested Cindy Gail Daniel — who has previous convictions in Tulsa, Creek and Okmulgee counties — on arson complaints involving fires at two homes, a church, two businesses and a telephone pole. The fire reports started Aug. 3, when a homeowner in the 300 block of Seneca Avenue discovered three small fires had been set using newspaper advertising fliers, a court affidavit states. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • UPDATE: Man, 91, missing in Muskogee, Oklahoma found Monday; Silver Alert canceled

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    A 91-year-old man missing from a Muskogee care center has been located. Police report he has been foundn Monday.

  • Police: Man arrested on suspicion of assaulting neighbor

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    COLLINSVILLE — Collinsville police say they’ve arrested a man who told them he assaulted a neighbor when he was bored. A local television station reports the 50-year-old man was arrested Saturday afternoon after several people called 911. He was booked in the Tulsa County jail on a complaint of assault with a deadly weapon by a felon. It’s unclear if he has been charged. The man tells police he was bored with watching television so he went outside. They say the man used a mirror to reflect sunlight into his neighbor’s house. Police say the men began arguing after the neighbor told the man to stop. They say the man grabbed a tool that looked like an ice pick and chased his neighbor while threatening to stab

  • Two pregnant women shot outside Oklahoma bar

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    MUSKOGEE — Officials are looking for a man they allege shot two pregnant women outside a bar just north of the Muskogee city limits early Sunday. Around 1:30 a.m., Muskogee County sheriff’s deputies received several calls about a group who got into an argument at the Frog Wild Saloon, about a half-mile north of Muskogee, Sheriff Charles Pearson said. They began fighting inside the bar about a shooting that took place a couple of weeks prior, and Pearson said witnesses allege Donte Lamonte Edwards, 26, shot two women in the parking lot. “One woman was eight months pregnant and the other found out she was seven weeks pregnant,” Pearson said. “One was shot four or five times and the other was shot twice.”

  • Van strikes Oklahoma turnpike toll booth, attendant injured

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    MUSKOGEE (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a toll booth attendant on the Muskogee Turnpike is hospitalized after a van crashed into the booth south of Muskogee. The OHP says 59-year-old Gail Estep of Oktaha was taken to a Tulsa hospital in stable condition following the crash about 12:15 a.m. Thursday. An OHP report says the van was southbound on the turnpike at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the toll booth. The report says the driver of the van was uncooperative and refused to provide correct identification and that investigators are trying to verify his identity. The driver was also taken to a Tulsa hospital in stable condition.

  • Oklahoma man pleads guilty in Grand Lake houseboat crash that killed two

    By SHEILA STOGSDILL - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    JAY — A Tulsa man pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in connection with a Grand Lake boat crash that killed a Cascia Hall graduate and her fellow college student. John DeSelms, 22, entered the “blind plea” in Delaware County District Court in Jay. DeSelms appeared before District Judge Robert Haney and testified to “driving the boat” and “being intoxicated” when it crashed into an unoccupied 96-foot docked houseboat on May 14, 2013, killing Rachel Nicole Swetnam, 21, of Grove, and William Lewis “Trey” Varner III, 21, of Texarkana, Arkansas. The two University of Arkansas students were seated at the bow of the boat; they were pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Keystone Dam bridge to open in November

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    TULSA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the bridge over the Keystone Dam is expected to open by the end of November. Crews are rebuilding the Highway 151 bridge over the dam because of safety concerns with the 50-year-old span. Work has been ongoing since October 2013, when the bridge was closed. The Corps says there have been some delays with the $15.6 million project, but that officials are working closely with the contractor to ensure the quality and safety of the bridge. The bridge is being paid for with a combination of state and federal funding.

  • Oklahoma woman gets 22 years in child abuse case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    CLAREMORE — An Oklahoma woman has been sentenced to 22 years in prison on child abuse charges for locking her 4-year-old son in a dog cage. A district judge in Claremore handed down the punishment Thursday to a 34-year-old Chelsea woman. She pleaded guilty without a sentencing agreement in May to child abuse by injury and child neglect. Court documents say the boy was held in the cage last year an estimated 14 hours each day. Her co-defendant and common-law husband was sentenced last month to 27 years in prison for child abuse and sexually abusing a different child. He told authorities they kept the boy in the cage for discipline and protection.

  • Oklahoma physician's assistant charged with second-degree murder ordered to wear ankle monitor

    By SHANNON MUCHMORE - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    CLAREMORE — A Rogers County district judge granted a motion Tuesday to impose further bond sanctions on a physician’s assistant who is charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of two residents of the Claremore Veterans Center. The judge did not grant the state’s request to revoke bond, but did require Kenneth A. Adams to wear an ankle monitor and ordered him not to travel outside the contiguous 48 states. Adams is accused of neglecting his medical duties and not caring for 83-year-old Jay Minter, who was scalded in a whirlpool and later died. He is also accused of arranging a sexual liaison instead of treating Louis Arterberry, 86, who had a stroke and later died. Read the full story at

  • Services pending for Tulsa author Billie Letts

    FROM STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Billie Letts, author of several novels, including “Where the Heart Is,” died Saturday. She was 76. Services are pending with Mallett Funeral Home in Wagoner. Letts was a native Tulsan and retired teacher of English and creative writing at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. Her husband, Dennis Letts, was an actor and also taught English at Southeastern. He died in 2008. Her son Tracy Letts is a playwright who won a Pulitzer Prize for his play “August: Osage County.” Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Judge: Claremore must pay $41,000 in dash-cam case

    By RHETT MORGAN - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A Vinita law firm in a state Open Records Act case relating to dash-cam video is owed more than $41,000 by the City of Claremore, a Rogers County judge has ruled. The city must pay attorneys from Ward & Lee PLC, of Vinita (now Ward, Lee & Coats), a total of $41,324.25 in fees ($39,931.25) and costs ($1,393), Associate District Judge Sheila Condren wrote in an order filed Friday. In October, the Oklahoma Supreme Court declined to hear a City of Claremore appeal to a state appellate court ruling that states dash-cam video made by the Claremore Police Department in 2011 does constitute a public record under the Oklahoma Open Records Act. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Spavinaw police chief arrested on lewd molestation complaints

    By SHEILA STOGSDILL, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Spavinaw Police Chief Clarence Gregory Sr. was arrested Thursday morning on lewd molestation complaints, said Jessica Brown, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman.

  • NewsOn6: Man Electrocuted While Mowing Field In Bartlesville

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    BARTLESVILLE - A Nowata County man is dead after an accident involving electrical lines in Bartlesville Thursday, NewsOn6 reports. Two men were mowing a field with a tractor when the accident occurred on ..