• Police: Woman killed at Tulsa apartment complex

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa police are searching for a man who they say fatally shot a woman outside of an apartment complex. Police responded Wednesday to reports of gunfire at the Colonial Park Apartments. They say the woman was found dead in a grassy area near a vending machine. Witnesses tell police the man grabbed a gun out of a truck and shot the woman several times after they argued. The woman’s identity hasn’t been released. The man left in a red Toyota Tacoma. Police say he is between 20 and 30 years old.

  • Police: Armed man fatally shot by Tulsa officers

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa police say officers have fatally shot an armed man at a home while his children were nearby. Officer Demita Kenard tells a local television station the man pulled out a weapon near officers who were investigating a domestic violence case. She says officers weren’t there to serve a warrant or arrest him. Police say the man was outside the home and two children were inside. Kenard says about four shots were fired after the man drew his weapon and at least one hit him. It’s unclear if the man shot at police. The man was taken to an area hospital, where he later died. His identity hasn’t been released. No other injuries were reported. Police haven’t said how many officers were

  • Guilty plea out in rape case

    By BILL BRAUN - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    A man who was sentenced to 40 years in prison on counts of raping two mentally challenged people at a Tulsa hotel is entitled to withdraw his guilty plea, a Tulsa County judge has decided. Brandon Alexander Brady, 22, will be allowed to withdraw those pleas based on evidence that they were influenced by Brady’s belief that if he pleaded guilty without a deal with prosecutors, then District Judge Kurt Glassco would ‘’cap’’ the sentence at 25 years in prison, according to the findings of District Judge James Caputo, who is now handling the case and who reviewed the circumstances regarding the plea matter. In findings of fact issued Monday, Caputo wrote that the 40-year prison term imposed by Glassco is vacated and

  • Tulsa Co. Sheriff's Office announces synthetic drugs sweep

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    Local authorities announced Tuesday morning a "widespread and sweeping" effort to clear Tulsa of synthetic drugs. Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin said about 150 law enforcement officers are serving search warrants this morning at 13 convenience stores and one residence. The theory, Albin said, is that at least some of the stores are connected to each other. The drugs, commonly called "spice" or "synthetic marijuana" are actually a mix of dangerous, unpredictable, chemicals sprayed on something that is then smoked to produce a high. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • REVIEW: Katy Perry at the BOK Center

    By JERRY WOFFORD - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    From the opening rumbles of the lion to the blasting fireworks at the end, Katy Perry put on a show for her fans at the BOK Center Monday night. The show was fun, funny, a trip to watch and Perry's voice was no joke. For the fans in the sold-out crowd, it was just what they expected. Everyone seemed to be in a festive mood, even Perry herself who was bubbly, hilarious and very talented. Tulsa has seen its share of pop stars comes through the BOK Center, but Perry's show stands out. It's eccentric, bright and colorful while toeing the line of over the top. It's (mostly) age appropriate for her teenage fans, especially considering some of her peers. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Man killed pizza shop worker after she rejected relationship, police and friends say

    By SAMANTHA VICENT AND KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    A man who police said killed an east Tulsa pizza parlor employee was upset that she rejected his attempts to pursue a romantic relationship, police and friends of the woman said Monday. Joshua Silkey, 24, was found about 11 a.m. Monday in a wooded area behind Grace Church, 9610 S. Garnett Road, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Tulsa Police Department spokeswoman Jill Roberson said. Hours earlier, police identified Griselda Gallardo, 20, as the woman who was shot to death inside Papa John’s Pizza, 10829 E. 31st St., about 2 p.m. Sunday. Officer Leland Ashley said Gallardo, a Papa John’s employee, was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Other same-sex couples taking the plunge in Tulsa County

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    When Josh McCormick and Bill Owens went to work Monday, they didn't expect to rush down to the Tulsa County Courthouse at lunchtime to get a marriage license. The couple has been together for seven years and have been talking about making it legal for the past four years. They were just waiting for the chance. "It's great to see this happen in our own state," said McCormick, 42. "I knew this would happen eventually. I just thought it'd be 10 or 20 years. I figured Oklahoma would be the last state to approve it." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa police identify woman fatally shot inside pizza restaurant

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    Tulsa police have identified the woman who was shot and killed at an east Tulsa pizza restaurant Sunday.

  • Dorman more definitive than Fallin on fracking-earthquake link

    By BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma State University student Kathryn Tipton raised perhaps one of the more timely questions in Thursday’s debate between Gov. Mary Fallin and state Rep. Joe Dorman, Tulsa World reports. Tipton, a junior studying strategic communications, is from Plattsburgh, New York, according to the Tulsa World. Earthquakes are a new phenomenon to her, she said.

  • Attorneys seek contempt ruling against Tulsa DA in murder case

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Attorneys for a woman who was exonerated in a 20-year-old murder case have asked a judge to find Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris in contempt of court on an allegation that he withheld evidence that could have proved her innocence years ago. The motion by attorneys Richard O’Carroll and Sharisse O’Carroll asks Tulsa County District Judge William Kellough to hold Harris in contempt of court for his conduct in the prosecution of Michelle Murphy. Murphy was freed from prison this summer based on newly discovered evidence after serving nearly 20 years for the murder of her infant son. Earlier this month, Kellough declared her innocent, and all charges were dropped. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Fairland School, parents reach deal in teen's death

    BY SHEILA STOGSDILL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Duane and Donna Kerns filed a civil suit in Ottawa County District Court in April 2013 against the Fairland school board after their son, Colton Kerns, died in a drunken-driving accident in 2011.

  • U.S. Supreme Court to hear Tulsa head scarf case

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Supreme Court Justices will determine whether clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Tulsa teen who was rejected for a job after wearing her hijab to the interview.

  • Semitrailer spills 6,000 gallons of oil near Tulsa

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    TULSA — A truck driver has been critically burned after his semitrailer overturned and spilled 6,000 gallons of hot oil. Tulsa Fire Department Capt. Stan May says emergency crews worked for hours on Wednesday to contain and clear the asphalt oil. The liquid is stored at 800 degrees. It spilled onto the Creek Turnpike near Tulsa and ran down the grassy median. May says responders cleared away as much of the oil as they could and will dig up contaminated dirt as needed. A state trooper says 70-year-old Larry Crossland of Poteau passed out while driving the truck and that cable barriers prevented the semitrailer from traveling into oncoming traffic. Crossland was flown to an area hospital in critical condition.

  • Motorcyclist dies after Tulsa County accident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Joe Brooks Jr., 39, of Catoosa, died Tuesday on the Creek Turnpike, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Lemonade stand sparks big dreams for Tulsa boy with special needs

    By Heather Warlick, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    Oklahoman Keith Boyd, 10, is the CEO of “Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stands,” which raised $150,000 this summer for charity. Keith has cerebral palsy and relies on a power wheelchair to get around and a special computer to communicate. His next business plan is to start a line of packaged drinks called “Keith’s Ice Cold Beverages.”

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin kicks off food drive

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin kicked off a food drive on behalf of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and their partner agencies across the state.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Experts, advocates in Oklahoma grapple with youth delinquency cases

    BY CLIFTON ADCOCK, Oklahoma Watch | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Oklahoma Watch: It’s not clear exactly how many juvenile delinquency cases would be affected if Oklahoma had a law allowing for juvenile competency determinations.

  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper accused of rape resigns

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Eric Roberts, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper arrested earlier this month on accusations that he raped and sexually assaulted three women during traffic stops, has resigned from the patrol, according to OHP Capt. George Brown. Brown said Roberts' resignation letter arrived late Thursday and was processed Friday. Roberts has not been charged, though a document released this month by the Creek County District Attorney's Office outlined three traffic stops that Roberts made this summer where he allegedly sexually assaulted women. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • More than 8,000 take part in Tulsa's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure downtown

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    This year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Tulsa on Saturday morning drew more than 8,000 walkers and runners from throughout northeast Oklahoma — and the cause was important both to runners and organizers, Tulsa World reports. "I've been coming out here since the first (Race for the Cure) to support my mom, who's a 27-year survivor," said Christy Southard, executive director of the Tulsa affiliate of Susan G. Komen, who is coordinating her ninth race. "She was a runner and I didn't run, so I would stand and cheer her on from the side(line.)"

  • Oklahoma religion briefs

    Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Religion briefs for Sept. 27