• Woman killed in drive-by shooting near convention center in downtown Tulsa

    By SHANNON MUCHMORE - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    A woman was killed in a shooting between vehicles in downtown Tulsa late Thursday. The woman was driving north on Houston Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets when someone in another northbound vehicle shot her shortly after 9 p.m., police said. Cpl. Darin Filak said multiple shots were fired from the driver's side of the other car through the passenger side of the victim's car. The woman's boyfriend was a passenger in her car, but he was not injured and called 911, an officer said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa, OKC school superintendents talk funding with lawmakers

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Superintendents of the state’s two largest school districts discussed myriad issues with lawmakers Thursday during a breakfast at the Capitol. Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard covered finances, third-grade reading skills and his opposition to the possible expansion of charter school sponsorships to cities. Meanwhile, Oklahoma City Public Schools Rob Neu discussed “The Great Commitment,” a seven-point plan for improving the district. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Next stunt? Wheelchair daredevil boosts kids' spirits at hospital

    BY JIMMIE TRAMEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Aaron Fotheringham, 23, has been in a wheelchair since he was 8. Look up next month and you’ll see him. Up? Fotheringham (“People call me Wheelz”) doesn’t like to keep his wheels on the ground. What’s the fun in that? Never mind the chair, he’s part of the Nitro Circus Live daredevil troupe, which is booked for a May 21 performance at the BOK Center. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Trial begins for man with mental illness accused of killing his mother

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    A man charged with murdering his mother was "not in his right mind" that day and remained in a psychotic state for at least several days afterward, according to witnesses at his nonjury trial Thursday. William Matthew "Matt" Stick is charged with the first-degree murder of 43-year-old Veronica Stick, who was found dead outside her home on Oct. 5, 2012. District Judge William LaFortune will decide the case. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa County Sheriff names new undersheriff, also announces other personnel moves

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Chief Deputy Rick Weigel will replace outgoing Undersheriff Tim Albin, who is resigning this week in the wake of a 2009 internal report alleging falsified records and special treatment pertaining to Reserve Deputy Robert Bates. Tulsa County sheriff's Maj. Shannon Clark confirmed the promotion Wednesday afternoon, while also announcing two other personnel moves. Weigel had a 35-year career with the Tulsa Police Department that came to a close in 2007, according to his biography on the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office website. He worked from 2007 to 2008 for the Department of Homeland Security before then joining the Sheriff's Office. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa sheriff limits volunteers’ duties after fatal shooting

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    TULSA — An Oklahoma sheriff is temporarily prohibiting volunteer deputies from patrolling alone following the fatal shooting of an unarmed man. Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Shannon Clark said Thursday that the office is auditing the training records of its approximately 130 reserve deputies. The review follows the release of internal memos indicating that officers were worried that some of reserve deputy Robert Bates’ training records were falsified. Bates has pleaded not guilty to a manslaughter charge in the April 2 killing of Eric Harris. Clark says advanced reserves can no longer patrol alone but will participate in other law enforcement work. Most of the force’s volunteers have advanced

  • After Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin's resignation, protesters call for Sheriff Stanley Glanz, Maj. Tom Huckeby to follow suit

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin will vacate his post effective Friday after being implicated in a 2009 internal affairs report that alleged he allowed former reserve deputy Robert Bates to receive special treatment during his training. But Albin's departure, according to protesters who gathered again outside the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office Wednesday evening, is just one of multiple that should take place as a result of the fallout that occurred after Bates fatally shot Eric Harris April 2 after video captured Harris running from deputies during an undercover gun buy. "I don't get the opportunity to come to every one of 'em, but it lifts my spirits and puts a big smile on my face because these are the citizens of Tulsa that are crying out against this injustice," Harris' brother Andre Harris said of the numerous protests held by local activist group We The People Oklahoma. "I knew some resignations would come and some people would jump ship, but I also knew there would be a lot of people that would still be here at this point." Andre Harris was among about 100 people who marched from the Tulsa County courthouse to the sheriff's office to demand that Sheriff Stanley Glanz and Maj. Tom Huckeby resign, chanting "Glanz Gotta Go" and "No justice, no peace, no racist police" outside the facility's gate. Huckeby and Albin were accused in the report of pressuring and bullying subordinates and coworkers to sign off on training Bates never completed, and reportedly helped facilitate transfers of deputies who refused to do so. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Highest-ranking classification in TCSO reserve program suspended amid investigation

    BY JARREL WADE and COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The highest-ranking classification in the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office's reserve program has been temporarily suspended as an investigation into records of its members is undertaken. Tulsa County Maj. Shannon Clark said a records audit of each reserve's training file is being conducted, resulting in the postponement of the auxiliary program's advanced status that allows reserves to patrol on their own. "Reserve deputies will still be utilized for law-enforcement purposes as long as they are partnered with a certified deputy," Clark said in a statement. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Cirque du Soleil takes flight in Tulsa next year

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The latest show from Cirque du Soleil will land in the BOK Center next year, the venue announced Wednesday. Inspired by the hit epic "Avatar," "TORUK - The First Flight" is set for March 25-27, 2016, in the BOK Center. Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. May 8. Tickets will be available at bokcenter.com , by phone at 866-7-BOKCTR or at the BOK Center box office at Third Street and Frisco Avenue. The 2009 blockbuster "Avatar" dazzled audiences with its special effects and design. TORUK hopes to do the same, bringing the audience to a world thousands of years before the film is set. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa County Commissioners awaiting investigation at Sheriff's Office before taking any action

    BY JARREL WADE and COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    County Commissioners said Tuesday they are waiting for an investigation to conclude before weighing in on the controversy surrounding Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz and his office. The agency that would conduct an investigation, or the scope of any investigation, is unknown. However, a county official on Tuesday suggested the FBI may currently be conducting an investigation into the Sheriff’s Office. “We’ve heard that they’ve reached out and talked to some people,” said Terry Simonson, intergovernmental affairs and contract administrator for the Sheriff’s Office. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • BOK Financial nets $75 million profit on the strength of record fees and commission

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Increased loan growth and a record quarter for fees and commissions drove Tulsa-based BOK Financial Corp. to $74.8 million in net income for the three months ending March 31. Overall net revenue totaled $167.7 million, down $2 million from the fourth quarter of 2014. Company CEO Steven Bradshaw also noted that the mortgage business posted its best quarter in two years and rose 31 percent above the previous three months. "The year is off to an excellent start, with continued double-digit annualized loan growth and a record quarter from our fee-generating businesses, combined with careful expense controls," Bradshaw said in the earnings report released Wednesday morning. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Partnership with Tulsa Tech helps growing Oklahoma company become national player

    By Joe Payne, Tulsa Tech | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    In January 1997, Quinn and Swanson Bierman decided to form a new local business known as Air Hygiene International, Inc. The name chosen by the two brothers reflected their primary industry goal of air pollution reduction through emissions testing.  Even though the company’s headquarters were made up of a back bedroom and a garage in the beginning, Air Hygiene’s mission was to utilize cutting-edge computer and instrument technology to perform at a level of excellence typically associated with larger stack testing companies.  Located in the center of the nation's oil and gas reserves, the company began testing natural gas fired engines across Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Colorado, and Wyoming.

  • County Commissioners awaiting investigation at Sheriff's Office before taking any action

    By COREY JONES & JARREL WADE - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    County Commissioners said Tuesday they are waiting for an investigation to conclude before weighing in on the controversy surrounding Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz and his office. The agency that would conduct an investigation, or the scope of any investigation, is unknown. However, a county official on Tuesday suggested the FBI may currently be conducting an investigation into the Sheriff’s Office. “We’ve heard that they’ve reached out and talked to some people,” said Terry Simonson, intergovernmental affairs and contract administrator for the Sheriff’s Office. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Ginnie Graham: Bruce Jenner, the undersheriff and why reporters are like wild dogs

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    In the whirlwind of the investigations into the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, somehow Bruce Jenner gets a shout out. The Sheriff's Office has been getting national attention and criticism after reserve officer Robert Bates shot and killed Eric Harris, who was being subdued after running away from an undercover sting. With the resignation of Undersheriff Tim Albin Monday, he gave an interview to KOTV. He spoke about the media emphasis on the 2009 internal affairs report questioning Bates' training requirements and professional conduct. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • WalletHub ranks Tulsa No. 2 city nationally to start a business

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Access to capital, quarters and encouragement apparently make Tulsa an ideal location for entrepreneurs. The city ranked as the second-best place in the U.S. to start a business, according to an analysis by financial website WalletHub released Monday. The report, which ranks 150 cities on factors such as access to resources and business environment, ranked Shreveport, Louisiana, at the top of the list. In the top five behind Tulsa were Springfield, Missouri; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Jackson, Mississippi. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma teacher follows through on vow to not test first-graders, risks termination

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Judgment day has come for a first-grade teacher who made national headlines in the fall for calling out Tulsa Public Schools on the use of high-stakes student surveys and tests. Skelly Elementary School’s Nikki Jones penned a blog on Monday about her final showdown with her superiors over the issue. “In January, they docked me for not giving the test. I got a second chance, and I didn’t give the test Monday, so they could terminate me,” Jones told the Tulsa World after school ended. “The retaliation began right away last fall from my principal and ILD (instructional leadership director).” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa reserve deputy Robert Bates boasts of connections in secret recording

    By SEAN MURPHY, AP | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Embroiled in a legal battle over the sale of his insurance company, Robert Bates met a former colleague at a restaurant to discuss the court case over drinks. But Bates, the volunteer Tulsa County deputy now facing a manslaughter charge for shooting an unarmed suspect, did not know the 2012 conversation was being secretly recorded by his companion, Bryan Berman, the company’s new president. During the exchange, Bates boasted of his connections in the sheriff’s department and the U.S. attorney’s office and suggested he could make life miserable for the plaintiffs.

  • 2 Oklahoma cities where it's best to start a business

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Internet high-five coming your way, Tulsa, because you’re one of the best cities to start a business in!

  • Former pastor sentenced to 23 years in lewd molestation case

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    A district judge told a former Tulsa pastor convicted of lewd molestation that he found no reason to change a jury’s recommendation of 23 years in prison and sentenced him accordingly on Monday. The jury, which convened earlier this month, found 33-year-old Damien Keith Bonner Sr. guilty of two of nine molestation counts filed against him. He was convicted of having sex with a parishioner of Galilee Baptist Church, 721 E. Pine St., after he took over leadership of the congregation in 2013 when the girl was 14 to 15 years old. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Undersheriff Tim Albin resigns following release of report on Reserve Deputy Robert Bates

    By JARREL WADE - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz announced Monday the resignation of Undersheriff Tim Albin in the wake of documents released that allege Albin intimidated employees to elevate a reserve deputy in the program. "Given the gravity of the current situation ... he agreed that maybe it's time for a change," Glanz said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.




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