• Donations are needed for prom dress giveaways in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Bartlesville

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    A nonprofit organization will give away prom dresses in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Bartlesville. Donations of dresses are being accepted.

  • The 'Black Robe Regiment': History, law professors counter Oklahoma lawmaker who targeted AP history

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Oklahoma State University history professor James Cooper has spent a decade restoring Colonial-era documents from historic New England churches and a career writing academic papers on the role of religion in the founding of America. Nearly all of his published work has been on the impact religious leaders had on the country’s independence from England. “The time of the American Revolution was during a religious age, and people were religious,” Cooper said. “Preachers were successful in a call to arms on the basis that it is a sin not to resist and fight against tyranny. Historians will not argue religion did not play a role. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Owner of Tulsa custom tire shop arrested in citywide wheel theft conspiracy

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The owner of a custom tire and wheel shop was arrested Friday after investigators uncovered a conspiracy to steal tires and wheels across Tulsa, particularly auto businesses, Tulsa police said. Cpl. Jerrod Hart identified the man as David Madison Jones Jr., owner of Dave's Custom Wheel and Tire at 10705 E. 11th St. Hart said investigators in fall 2014 began looking into a series of tire and wheel thefts that spanned the city, many of which took place at car dealerships or rental car businesses. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Downtown Tulsa's East Village development is connecting the dots of 'stand-alone' districts

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Developers and city leaders say the vision for downtown’s East Village isn’t to make it the next Brady Arts District or Blue Dome District. Instead, they hope building south and east of the Blue Dome District will better connect downtown’s existing entertainment districts. “It just makes sense that as things continue to grow and develop that things just flow together, and it becomes just, ‘downtown Tulsa,’ ” said City Councilor Blake Ewing. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa man gets probation for pointing laser at police helicopter

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    A federal judge on Friday sentenced a Tulsa man to three years of probation after he admitted to pointing a laser at a police helicopter about a year ago. U.S. District Judge Claire Eagan imposed the probated sentence on Carl Don Floyd following a short hearing in Tulsa federal court, saying she considered both the nature of the offense as well as his criminal history. In November, Floyd entered a guilty plea on the eve of his second jury trial on the matter. As part of an agreement, prosecutors agreed to support a probationary sentence. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt tells Tulsa GOP that federal government putting liberty, freedom at risk

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, protect states from executive actions on immigration and prevent a federal agency from expanding its reach will shape the relationship between the executive and legislative branch for generations to come, said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. “I never thought we’d be in a situation where rule of law, fundamental structures of government… would be under such assault, but it is,” he said. “As a result, your liberty, your freedom, my liberty, my freedom is at risk.” Pruitt, while speaking to the Republican Club of Tulsa Friday at the Summit Club, said that the cases he is involved in as the state's attorney general “go to the heart of that very simple concept of checks and balances." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Age of the Earth controversy heating up as 'young Earthers' speak out

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Four out of 10 Americans believe the Earth is less than 10,000 years old, despite overwhelming acceptance in the scientific and academic communities that the planet is some 4.5 billion years old. “Young Earthers,” as they are sometimes called, tend to take the biblical story of the creation literally. While an ancient Earth is considered settled science in academic circles, it has been discussed and debated for decades in some evangelical churches and schools and in some conservative Christian colleges. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • 5 reasons the Tulsa Race Riot should always be remembered

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The Tulsa Race Riot is an example of humanity at its worst, and is one of the darkest moments in Oklahoma's history. And that's one reason why it should always be remembered.

  • Two charged with murder in Tulsa barber shop shootings

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Two people arrested earlier this month in connection with a gang-related shooting at a north Tulsa barber shop were charged with first-degree murder on Thursday. Chadrick Colbert and Dezmen "Dash" Smith also face three counts each of assault and battery with a deadly weapon in the death of Keith Liggins, who was a barber at the Gifted Hands Barber & Beauty Shop, and the wounding of four others there on Feb. 6. Tulsa Police Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker has said detectives believe that Smith was the shooter and that Colbert helped Smith get inside the business, at 1219 N. Sheridan Road, as it was closing around 9 p.m. that day. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Lawmaker who targeted AP history works to bring back the Black Robed Regiment

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    For several years, state Rep. Dan Fisher has been giving public presentations in costume with his version of American history, which centers on the role pastors played in American independence. Fisher, R-Yukon, is part of a group called the "Black Robe Regiment." It is a call for religious leaders to challenge politicians for Christian-based governance. The group formed the Salt and Light Institute . Its goal is to promote Christian themes in education including history, civics and economics. It is unknown if other state lawmakers are part of the organization. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Customers flock to Oklahoma's first Urban Outfitters for opening day

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Fifteen minutes before the staff at Tulsa's Urban Outfitters opened their doors for the store's first day of business, a nervous energy could be felt inside and outside. Jeremy Johnston, the store's manager, had about a dozen employees doing a little last-minute hyping, getting them pumped up for the opening. Outside the store, shoppers began to crowd around, peeking into the windows and taking selfies with the Urban Outfitters sign in the background. And not everyone in that crowd was from Tulsa, a fact Urban Outfitters officials likely planned on when they decided upon the city. The store, at 3340 S. Peoria Ave., is the only location in about a 4½-hour radius. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa man Dale Childress named in November double homicide investigation found dead in Kansas

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    A man sought by Tulsa police for possible involvement in the shooting deaths of two women in east Tulsa last year was found shot to death in Kansas, authorities confirmed Wednesday. Sedgwick County, Kansas, sheriff’s deputies found the body of Dale Childress, 56, of Tulsa, on Sunday in an unincorporated area of the county, the sheriff’s office stated in a release. A preliminary investigation concluded that Childress was shot in the area where deputies found him, and they are looking for anyone who may have been in the area between 5 and 6 p.m. Sunday, the release states. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • HIV-infected man charged with rape, exposing 16-year-old to AIDS

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Tulsa County prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against a man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl while he was knowingly HIV-positive.  Calvin Ezekiel Hill, 19, was charged in Tulsa County District Court with first-degree rape, forcible sodomy and exposing others to AIDS. Hill was arrested by Tulsa police Feb. 10 after the girl reported that he raped her at the Canyon Creek Apartments after she refused to have sex with him, court documents show. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com . 3570972

  • ONE Gas surpasses $100 million in profit in first year after ONEOK separation

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    The first full year ONE Gas Inc. had as an independent company was a good one, as the yearly income increased significantly over the previous year’s operations. The ONEOK spinoff made $109.8 million in profit, or $2.07 cents per share, on revenue of $1.82 billion, the company reported Wednesday. That compares to income of $99.2 million, or $1.90 cents per share, on revenue of $1.69 billion in 2013. The yearly total was helped along by a strong fourth quarter, which saw earnings of $36.6 million, or 69 cents per share, on revenue of $514.4 million. The fourth quarter of 2013 had $30.3 million in profit, or 58 cents per share, on revenue of $522.7 million. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Justified or not? Tulsa sees rash of self-defense shootings this year

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Dale Long died in the same red car he used to run into an apartment security guard on a cold night in early January. Long, who had been arrested in Tulsa nearly a dozen times since the early 1990s, was spotted by security officers who recognized him not only as the source of the disturbance to which they were responding but also as someone who had been banned from the property.  Tulsa police homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said Long was shot in the torso when the security officer he ran into pushed away from the vehicle and fired a single bullet. The 40-year-old continued to drive away, eventually crashing his car into a tree south of the shooting scene. Long was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to chest while still in the car. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Urban Outfitters opening in Tulsa this week

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Brookside businesses are about to welcome a new neighbor. The highly anticipated opening of the first Urban Outfitters store in Oklahoma is set for Thursday with a big grand-opening party. The store, 3340 S. Peoria Ave., will host the opening party from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. On hand will be the Clean Hands Arms with screenprinting, painting and more on display. Food will be available from Lone Wolf Banh Mi (free options available with Urban Outfitters purchase) and drinks from Prairie Artisan Ales. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa police arrest Henryetta man who led officers on chase in stolen vehicle

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    A Henryetta man was captured early Tuesday after he fled officers in a stolen car, Tulsa police said. Brenten Boswell, 18, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on possession of a stolen vehicle, eluding and other traffic complaints, jail records show. Police attempted to stop Boswell's 2002 Pontiac about 1 a.m. after the vehicle was observed "acting suspicious" in the 2500 block of South Garnett Road. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Ora Holland, oldest known living Oklahoman and former Tulsan, dies at 114

    BY TIM STANLEY, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Ora Holland never had a birth certificate. At least, if she did, she never saw it. But if she ever wanted independent verification of her birthday, it was written down in an old family Bible: Dec. 24, 1900. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • 'It's absolutely ridiculous': Tulsa police frustrated by larcenies at east Tulsa Wal-Mart

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Tulsa police officer Emily Michie had just started her afternoon shift when she was sent to respond to a larceny call at the Wal-Mart just east of Admiral Place and Memorial Drive. According to the call, two women had filled up their carts with items and were attempting to just push them right out the front doors when they were confronted by loss prevention officers. Michie sighed as she entered the area just inside the store’s front doors that house Wal-Mart’s security-camera footage. Officers in the Mingo Valley Division that patrols east Tulsa had been known to respond to a call at that Wal-Mart and then be stuck there for hours, she said, fielding one larceny complaint after the other. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Police: Domestic incident leads to shooting death of 27-year-old man

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL and SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Tulsa police arrested a suspect Monday afternoon in the shooting death of a 27-year-old man killed at an east Tulsa apartment complex. Police were called to the Silverwoods Apartments in the 2800 block of South 87th East Avenue about 10:30 a.m. in response to reports of shots being fired, Officer Jill Roberson said. A man was found lying in the courtyard of the complex, Roberson said, shot several times. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .