• TV vs. reality: What's being a private eye really like?

    By JIMMIE TRAMEL, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    Television viewers have been in love with private eyes since the screen crackled in black and white. In the fall of 1949, “Martin Kane Private Eye” debuted on NBC, and “Man Against Crime” was launched on CBS. (Kane’s adventures had previously aired on radio.) The genre proved popular. From the safety of their living rooms, viewers were treated to the high-risk drama of detective work. A parade of PIs have entertained viewers in decades since. Maybe you’ll recognize the names. Mike Hammer. Peter Gunn. Mannix. Jim Rockford. Dan Tanna. Thomas Magnum. Maddy Hayes. David Addison. Remington Steele. Adrian Monk.

  • Tulsa pop culture museum is still a long way from realization

    By RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    The first step in the design and construction of the Oklahoma Popular Culture Museum — a letter to the Office of Management and Enterprise Services seeking guidance on a “request for qualifications” — was taken this month by the Oklahoma Historical Society. Within a few months, said Historical Society Executive Director Bob Blackburn, he hopes to firm up the project’s construction budget and financing. But the doors of OKPOP won’t open for at least three years, and that’s if Blackburn can raise $15 million and figure out how to go about building the 600-space parking garage he says is necessary for the downtown Tulsa museum to succeed financially.

  • Three endangered tiger cubs celebrate first birthday at Tulsa Zoo

    By Kyle Hinchey, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    Feasting on ice cakes and toy zebras, three critically endangered tiger cubs celebrated their first birthday at the Tulsa Zoo on Saturday morning. Dozens gathered at the tiger exhibit to watch Henry, Leon and Ava play with their gifts — which included ice cakes made with fish — and, ultimately, throw what couldn’t be eaten into their pond. Less than 30 minutes into the party, the trio took solace from the scorching heat by chilling in the water. The Malayan tiger cubs were born to mother Jin and father Gahara at the zoo as part of the Species Survival Plan, which aids species in Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoos around the country, said Stephanie Kain, zoological manager of large carnivores and sea lions.

  • 'Orange is the New Black' actor coming to Tulsa

    BY JIMMIE TRAMEL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    Orange is the new black. And Taryn Manning is the newest Wizard World Tulsa celebrity guest. Manning, alias Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett in the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” will appear the final two days of Tulsa’s Wizard World pop culture convention, scheduled Oct. 23-25 at Cox Business Center. A singer, actor and fashion designer, Manning is the vocalist for the electronic duo Boomkat and is co-owner of the fashion line Born Uniqorn.

  • Tulsa Sheriff's Office official 'glad I've done my part' in front of grand jury

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    A key official interviewed in a 2009 internal investigation involving former Reserve Deputy Robert Bates says he is happy to have “done my part” before a grand jury and wants to move forward. Grand jurors investigating the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office met Thursday for a second consecutive full day of testimony, though most witnesses haven’t confirmed they were questioned. The panel also met Tuesday but spent part of the day touring the Tulsa Jail. Capt. Eric Kitch got his turn late Thursday afternoon. He was an integral part of the internal investigation that alleged falsified records, intimidation of subordinates and special treatment that benefited Bates.

  • Broken Arrow killings: 911 transcript released; 'Someone is attacking her family'

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    The City of Broken Arrow released nearly 50 pages of documents Thursday in response to open records requests filed by the Tulsa World and other media outlets, which provide additional detail into the July 22 slayings of five members of the Bever family, reportedly at the hands of 18-year-old Robert Bever and his 16-year-old brother Michael. The newly released documents shed light on the phone call that led Broken Arrow police officers to the bodies of parents David and April Bever, as well as three of their children — Daniel Bever, 12; Christopher Bever, 7; and Victoria Bever, 5 — inside their Broken Arrow home. The computer-aided dispatch transcript of the call began at 11:33 p.m. that day, and it notes the dispatcher could hear a lot of screaming in the background and that she could hear "someone trying to be quiet and crying." Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Body of swimmer missing in Arkansas River found

    BY RACHEL SNYDER, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol found the body of the 36-year-old Sand Springs man who was swimming in the Arkansas River when he was apparently swept away yesterday evening. Kevin Wayne Womack was found two miles east of State Highway 97 in four feet of water at 1:48 p.m. Thursday. Womack and his girlfriend were under the bridge in the 2500 block of State Highway 97 and attempted to swim across the river, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

  • Tulsa County judge refuses to shorten 35-year prison sentence for former Tulsa police officer

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    A former Tulsa police officer sentenced to 35 years in prison for stealing money from drivers during traffic stops was denied a request to shorten his sentence Wednesday after seven people, including a state senator, testified on his behalf. After almost two years in prison, Marvin Blades Jr. requested judicial review to modify his sentence after the Department of Corrections recommended cutting 15 years off his prison time and adding it to his time on probation. District Judge William LaFortune refused to modify the sentence in a courtroom with more than 15 people present on Blades’ behalf and after hearing testimony from seven people, including Blades’ family members, former fellow police officers and State Sen. Kevin Matthews.

  • American Conference desperately needs notable victories

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    You think the Big 12 has trouble? The American Athletic Conference — which includes Tulsa — wants to return to the major status some of its members enjoyed when they were in the Big East. American commissioner Mike Aresco said Tuesday in Newport, R.I., that his league needs to be a “challenger brand ... if we look and act like the so-called Power 5, we will be in the conversation, and eventually ‘Power 6’ will enter the media and public lexicon and perceptions.” Aresco’s plan? Win ballgames, when the American is matched against teams from the SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12 and ACC.

  • Judge: Audio of 911 call in Broken Arrow slaying case won't be released, but transcript will

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015


  • Federal charges filed against two men arrested last week in raid at Tulsa motel

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Federal charges have been filed against two men believed to have been heavily involved in a large-scale drug enterprise operating out of a Tulsa motel that was the center of a police and FBI raid last week. A federal grand jury on Tuesday charged Vysean Leandre Embry, 31, and Jermaine Autumn Mayes, 31, with drug conspiracy, distributing crack cocaine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. If convicted, the men face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for the drug charges and a minimum of five years and up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine for the firearm charge. Embry and Mayes are two of six people who were arrested in a massive room-to-room raid at Tonight Inn & Suites, 8833 E. Admiral Place, on the night of July 29. Snipers took positions on the roofs of the motel buildings, and a mobile command center was brought to the scene.

  • Vacancies shrink as some new retail concepts choose Tulsa over OKC

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    It’s a big time for new retail concepts in Tulsa — Urban Outfitters, Main Event and Noodles and Company have opened up in recent months, and Trader Joe’s will soon be here. Their arrival demonstrates the strength of the area’s retail activities, especially since some chose Tulsa as their first Oklahoma location over Oklahoma City, said Ben Ganzkow, a retail broker with CB Richard Ellis. “It’s a strong sign that these national retailers put a lot of value in the Tulsa market,” he said. “They see they have more opportunities to grow in this region.”

  • Tulsa man arrested on 19 complaints after high-speed pursuit

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    A man who reportedly led authorities on a high-speed chase through Tulsa overnight was arrested Tuesday on 19 complaints, jail records show. The list of accusations against Tico Arnelius Woods, 34, include driving under the influence, eluding, reckless driving, assault with a dangerous weapon and interfering with a police officer. He is being held in the Tulsa Jail on $32,000 bond. Around 11:55 p.m. Monday, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a Chevrolet Yukon traveling west on 11th Street near Sheridan Road for swerving, according to an arrest report. The driver, identified as Woods, told the trooper he left his driver’s license at his house. After reportedly smelling an odor of alcohol from inside the vehicle, the trooper asked Woods to exit the Yukon.

  • Did Sen. James Lankford fall into the 'man trap' on abortion?

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World columnist | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    A brief exchange Monday between U.S. senators James Lankford and Barbara Boxer touched one of the rawest nerves laid bare by discussions of abortion rights: How much moral authority do men have to tell women what to do when it comes to reproductive rights and abortion? "I gave birth to two premature children and I just don't like lectures by men about what it's like," Boxer said after Lankford laid out his case for shifting federal contracts with Planned Parenthood to federally qualified community health centers.

  • Attorneys say security guard who shot Tulsa man was under influence of drugs

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Attorneys representing the family of Monroe Bird III, who died last month after being shot and paralyzed by a security guard outside an area apartment complex, said a toxicology report showed the guard was under influence of drugs. Gathered inside a downtown Tulsa law office on Tuesday, attorneys Benjamin Crump and Damario Solomon-Simmons, cited a toxicology report that indicated Ricky Stone had 6.8 nanograms of marijuana in his system when he shot Bird on Feb. 4 during an encounter at Deerfield Estates Apartments, 8812 S. Delaware Place, after Bird allegedly attempted to back a car into him. "We have a hard time understanding why the (Tulsa County) District Attorney's Office is not looking at this information like we are," Solomon-Simmons said.  "We know Ricky Stone was intoxicated the night he unjustly shot Monroe Bird."

  • Crime on the decline in Tulsa Housing Authority housing complexes

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Since the height of criminal activity in Tulsa Housing Authority-run complexes in the early 1990s, crime in public housing has seen a dramatic decrease. In fact, in the last couple of years, crime in public housing has made up only about 1 percent of crime in the city of Tulsa. “People can develop stereotypes of what life is really like in public housing and it can actually be very different than what their stereotype may lead them to believe it is,” said Chea Redditt, president and CEO of the Tulsa Housing Authority.

  • Father of slain girl pleads for peace, unity at north Tulsa anti-gang rally

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Someone once asked Thomas Landrum whether he thought the boy accused of gunning down his 16-year-old daughter in north Tulsa last month deserved the death penalty. A lot of emotions have swirled through Landrum’s head since Deouijanae Terry was killed in a drive-by shooting on July 17 near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 46th Street North. Police believe Deouijanae was a victim of gang violence — which recently has seen an upsurge in north Tulsa — and was not the intended target. Out of all those emotions, revenge was never a priority for Landrum. Not when he heard the news that his daughter was dead and not when 14-year-old James Edward Knapper was charged with her slaying weeks later.

  • Charter schools surging in Oklahoma amid calls for greater accountability

    BY ANDREA EGER and NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Tulsa is on the verge of a charter school explosion. Over the past five years, charter school enrollment in the city has doubled to 2,400 students, and this month alone, it will expand by another 25 percent. Three new Tulsa Public Schools-sponsored charters are opening, and an existing one is adding a second site. Plus, a Langston University-sponsored charter high school is planning to open in north Tulsa.

  • Oklahoma website tries to keep gamblers from getting lonely

    BY MICHAEL OVERALL, Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    It happens to be 2 o’clock on a Friday afternoon in late summer, with a scorching sun that could fry an egg in the parking lot. But it could just as well be a Tuesday morning in mid-winter with five inches of snow. The casino is always busy. Always. The slots are singing, and a lively crowd has gathered around one particular blackjack table, rumored to be “hot” at the moment, when a waitress comes by with a tray full of cocktails. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Broken Arrow killings: Not guilty plea entered for brothers accused of stabbing family

    Samantha Vicent, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    A Tulsa County judge entered a not-guilty plea during the arraignment of two Broken Arrow brothers accused of fatally stabbing their parents and three siblings. Robert Bever, 18, and Michael Bever, 16, both face first-degree murder charges. They were not in the courthouse before the judge but appeared via video, which is a common practice for arraignments. Neither of the brothers' attorneys commented after the arraignment, which lasted less than five minutes as the charges were read against them.