• Former University of Tulsa student sues after suspension for alleged social media harassment

    BY SAMANTH VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    A former University of Tulsa student who was suspended in 2014 for an alleged violation of the school’s harassment policy has filed a lawsuit claiming that his dismissal was unfair and was a breach of the institution’s commitment to due process for students accused of misconduct. George “Trey” Barnett III, who was studying theater at TU, was suspended from Oct. 24, 2014, until Jan. 1, 2016, after another student and two professors complained about a series of Facebook posts created by Barnett’s husband, Christopher Mangum, who was his fiance at the time and was not a student. Barnett’s lawsuit alleges negligence on the part of the university in large part because school officials refused to allow him a hearing to defend himself. It asks for more than $75,000 in damages.

  • Tony Stewart - off-duty Tulsa County deputy altercation under investigation

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS and JOHN RITTENOURE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a corporal’s conduct after a video shows the officer and NASCAR driver Tony Stewart involved in an altercation at the Chili Bowl. The video surfaced late Friday and appears to show Stewart, who went into the grandstands Friday night at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals inside the River Spirit Expo Center, confronting a heckler. Fans pulled out their cell phones to video, and the incident quickly flooded social media. Deputy Justin Green identified the man in the video as Cpl. Kyle Hess, who was off duty during the incident. Green said the Sheriff’s Office is investigating Hess’s conduct at the event to determine if he acted inappropriately.

  • Tulsa man arrested in death of girlfriend's infant under his care

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    Tulsa police have arrested a man whose girlfriend's 6-month-old son died while under his supervision this weekend. Kevin Lee Crawford, 52, was booked early Monday into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of child neglect after former conviction of a felony, possession of a controlled drug and possession of paraphernalia. His bail was set at $60,250. Officers, along with paramedics and firefighters, arrived at the home in the 340 block of South Zunis Avenue about 4 p.m. Saturday in response to an infant suffering from cardiac arrest, police said. The boy was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

  • Aryan Brotherhood member from Tulsa sentenced for racketeering

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    A Tulsa man with ties to the Universal Aryan Brotherhood prison gang was sentenced Friday in federal court to nearly five years in prison. Robert Allen Paul Bryan, 41, pleaded guilty June 4 to a charge of violence committed in aid of racketeering. He was sentenced Friday to 57 months in prison, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Danny Williams Sr. of the Northern District of Oklahoma.

  • Mother, grandfather arrested after 4 children apparently left alone in house that caught fire

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    The mother and grandfather of four children who apparently were left alone at a north Tulsa residence that caught fire Friday afternoon have been arrested. Krystal and Lee Snell each were arrested on a complaint of child neglect, according to Tulsa police Sgt. Ken Simpson. A police officer driving by the residence in the 4800 block of North Lewis Avenue just after 1 p.m. saw the flames and called for firefighters, Officer Brandon Smith said.

  • Petitioners seek to ban Trump from ORU campus

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    An online  petition  was started this week to keep Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from speaking next week at the Mabee Center on the Oral Roberts University campus. A Facebook post under the name Vianey Gonzalez stated: “Hi everyone! Donald Trump is  coming next Wednesday  to the Mabee Center. I just made a petition against this to show (ORU) President (William) Wilson if we get enough signatures. I would like to say that I am not doing this out of political reasons, but rather I would like to keep our school as free of discrimination as possible.” The ORU petition is not the only one seeking to ban Trump.

  • Madonna fans turn out in droves for icon's first Oklahoma show

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    As teenagers, Chanci Kasper and her friends looked at Madonna as an icon. “She was a rebel. She was different,” said Kasper, of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Thursday night, just in time for a birthday milestone, the four friends reunited at the BOK Center to finally experience Madonna in person.

  • Former Tulsa officer's murder trial delayed again as defense fights for judge's recusal

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    An extended delay in court proceedings was granted Friday morning for a former Tulsa police officer accused of murdering his daughter's boyfriend. The stay was granted after Shannon Kepler verified he has filed an appeal as he continues to challenge a judge's refusal to remove herself from trying his case. Kepler is charged in the Aug. 5, 2014, death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake, who was shot outside his aunt’s residence in the 200 block of North Maybelle Avenue. Kepler also faces two counts of shooting with intent to kill pertaining to his adopted daughter, Lisa Kepler, and Lake’s younger brother, Michael Hamilton.

  • Bill Hickman talks about the Warren Spahn Award Gala and Dallas Keuchel on Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    [brightcove]4703904190001[/brightcove] Bill Hickman, Chairman of the Warren Spahn Awards Gala, tells us about the best left-handed pitcher in baseball! Mike Sherman, Emily Lang, Bill Hickman. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

  • Oklahoma Housing Hall of Fame gains first two inductees

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    The late Mark Dale of Edmond and Joe Robson of Tulsa were the first Hall of Fame inductees.

  • Police arrest man who allegedly pointed shotgun at officers in midtown Tulsa

    BY KYLE HINCEY, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    Officers investigating reports of suspicious activity at a midtown apartment complex arrested a man who pointed a shotgun at them early Thursday, according to police. William Langenheim, 50, is accused of pointing a deadly weapon and reckless handling of a firearm. He had not yet been booked into the Tulsa Jail as of 10 a.m., records show. Police received a call regarding suspicious activity at the Harvard Terrace Apartments near 25th Street and South Harvard Avenue shortly before 5 a.m. While responding, officers were alerted to reports of shots fired in the same area and someone screaming for help, police said.

  • Energy loan impairment likely to deliver challenges for BOK

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    BOK Financial Corp. warned Wednesday that it will face higher-than-expected credit losses after an energy company failed to meet its obligations under a loan.

  • Two men charged with murder, attempted robbery in fatal shooting during apparent drug deal

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    Two men were charged Tuesday with first-degree felony murder and attempted robbery with a firearm in connection with Tulsa’s first homicide of 2016. Devan Laurence Mitchell, 23, and Jeremy Lee Sykes, 24, are charged in the death of 19-year-old Kyle Stapleton, who was shot Jan. 3 at Cobblestone Apartments, 4949 S. 76th East Ave. The charge alleges Stapleton was killed while Mitchell and Sykes were attempting to steal marijuana from him.

  • Fraud trial begins for Oklahoma woman who claimed to kill cancer tumors with laser

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    A 71-year-old woman accused of injecting cancer patients with green food coloring as part a treatment that she claimed killed cancerous tumors went on trial Monday in Tulsa federal court. Antonella Carpenter faces 41 counts of fraud in connection with a clinic she ran that involved her utilizing a process involving a laser. In 2012, investigators with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raided an Owasso clinic Carpenter operated, seizing computer and financial records, patient files and $7,800 in cash.

  • Donald Trump rally scheduled for ORU's Mabee Center

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will make a campaign appearance at the Oral Roberts University Mabee Center on Jan. 20, according to a press release from the Trump campaign. Doors for the event will open at 10 a.m., the release says.

  • Education bloggers call for Oklahomans to donate newest tax cut to schools

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    Educators across the state have taken to social media to react to the budget cut approved by the State Board of Education last week. The board  voted to cut nearly $47 million from school districts  in the wake of a revenue failure for the current fiscal year. Sand Springs Assistant Superintendent Rob Miller and several other state education advocates, including Mid-Del Superintendent Rick Cobb, launched a grass-roots campaign on social media last weekend encouraging people to give back the money they’d get through a new 0.25 percent reduction in Oklahoma’s income-tax rate.

  • Tulsa doctor pleads guilty to federal child porn charge in Missouri

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Tulsa doctor pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to using a minor to produce child pornography. Shelby J. Coleman, 38, whom federal officials identified as a partner of Tulsa Women’s Health Center, pleaded guilty to the sexual exploitation of a child in connection with sexual communications he had with a 16-year-old Laclede County, Missouri, boy. In his plea, Coleman admitted to communicating with the minor, who sent multiple sexually explicit images of himself at the request of the Tulsa doctor, according to a news release from Tammy Dickinson, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

  • Undersheriff, chief deputy unexpectedly retiring from Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    Acting Undersheriff Rick Weigel and Chief Deputy John Bowman unexpectedly announced Tuesday morning they are retiring from the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. Weigel assumed duties and responsibilities of the sheriff after Stanley Glanz resigned at the end of September following a grand jury inquiry into the Sheriff's Office. Bowman told the Tulsa World his last day is Tuesday, but he will use vacation days until Feb. 23 when his retirement will take effect. He said Weigel's last day will be Wednesday. Weigel then will take about two weeks of vacation before his retirement is official, Bowman said.

  • Oklahoma City will not be a future venue for a Tulsa-based producer of Broadway-style shows

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton ruled against Celebrity Attractions, the longtime presenter of the "Best of Broadway" series in Oklahoma City that was denied a permit to put on shows at the Oklahoma City Civic Center in 2016-17.

  • Man arrested for hit-and-run allegedly tells police he drank '10 beers'

    BY KYLE HINCEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    A man accused of rear-ending a vehicle in east Tulsa and leaving the scene reportedly told police he consumed 10 beers before the crash. Jose Francisco Rodriguez-Nieto, 23, allegedly crashed into a vehicle near 31st Street and Garnett Road on Saturday and left the scene. The driver of the other vehicle complained of a neck injury, according to an arrest report. Investigators identified Rodriguez-Nieto as the driver of the vehicle that caused the crash. When police interviewed him, he reportedly had red, watery eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. An open beer container was found inside his vehicle, officers reported.