• Attorneys say Tulsa convicts in 1994 drive-by slaying have waited long enough for response to innocence petitions

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Almost a year and a half since two convicts serving life sentences filed applications for post-conviction relief, one defendant’s attorneys say they’ve waited long enough for the case to move forward. The attorneys for convict Malcolm Scott filed a motion on Wednesday opposing the state’s requests for more time to respond to their client’s application. The motion states that Scott objects to any further delays and asks the court to set a date for an evidentiary hearing. Almost 20 years ago, a jury found Scott and De’Marchoe Carpenter guilty of first-degree murder and related counts in a drive-by shooting that killed 19-year-old Karen Summers in 1994. Scott and Carpenter, who were 17 at the time of the crime, were sentenced to life plus 170 years in prison.

  • Outlet mall zoning plans scrapped for Tulsa-area site

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The plans to rezone private property near Turkey Mountain were officially taken off the table Monday morning, apparently locking in the developer's previously announced plans to build in Jenks.  Representatives of Simon Property Group had requested several delays for Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission meeting discussion on rezoning the property near Turkey Mountain.  TMAPC Chairman Michael Covey said the developer's attorney Louis Reynolds emailed commission members Monday morning, asking them to remove the zoning change from consideration.

  • Popping up to say 'I do' is a popular trend

    Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    From set-up to tear down, it lasted no more than an hour, says the Tulsa World. That’s all the time Brittany Murphy of Hitched Wedding Co. needed Wednesday afternoon to arrange the decor, ready the champagne and coordinate an elopement-style ceremony for a couple wanting a no-fuss way to commit their lives to each other. “Usually it only takes me about two weeks to plan this,” Murphy said. “I actually only ask for a seven-day notice.” This style of ceremony, already popular in places like Washington, D.C., is called a pop-up, or flash-mob, wedding. Consider it a planned elopement with more scenic surroundings than City Hall, Murphy said.

  • Oklahoma City police officers may start carrying naloxone

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Naloxone is a medication called an "opioid antagonist" used to counter the effects of overdose from opioids, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and heroin.

  • Williams and pursuer Energy Transfer Equity come to agreement on confidentiality pact

    By Rod Walton - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Energy Transfer Equity, which has made a $53 billion unsolicited bid for Tulsa-based Williams Cos. Inc. and hinted at threats of a hostile takeover, has come to a confidentiality pact with its natural gas infrastructure target. Williams confirmed the pact in its own statement. "We are pleased that ETE has signed a confidentiality agreement," the statement reads. "The Williams Board and management team are committed to acting in the best interests of shareholders, and we believe a robust, competitive process with all interested parties is the best way to maximize shareholder value." The deal paves the way for both companies to look at each other's books while exploring the idea of a merger.

  • Tulsa man jailed for reportedly shooting daughter during domestic dispute

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    A Tulsa man was jailed late Tuesday after reportedly shooting his daughter while firing rounds at her boyfriend's car, police said. Paul McCleallan, 54, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on an assault with a deadly weapon complaint, jail records show. About 10:30 p.m., McCleallan's daughter, Brittani McCleallan, showed up at OSU Medical Center to be treated for a gunshot wound she sustained while sitting in her boyfriend's vehicle, police said.

  • Tulsa Shock's Glory Johnson pleads not guilty in domestic violence case

    BY CLIFF BRUNT, AP | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Glory Johnson's attorney says she has entered a not guilty plea in Surprise, Arizona, court in her domestic violence case involving fellow WNBA star Brittney Griner. Johnson, an All-Star last season with the Tulsa Shock, and Griner, an All-Star this season for the Phoenix Mercury, were arrested on April 22 at their home in Goodyear, Arizona, on misdemeanor charges of assault and disorderly conduct. Prosecutors in both Goodyear and Maricopa County, Arizona, dismissed the case against Johnson. Brian Russo, Johnson's attorney, said the prosecutor in Surprise picked up the case and filed the charges.

  • For sale: One Miss America trophy — mystery included

    BY HANNAH COVINGTON, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    A trophy that once belonged to the most beautiful woman in the nation can be yours for the starting price of $5,000. It seems simple: the historic cup awarded to Miss America 1926 , a former Miss Tulsa and ex-wife of oilman Thomas Gilcrease, is up for online auction. But what’s baffling for the beauty queen’s surviving relatives is not that the trophy has survived this long but that it exists at all.

  • WPX Energy makes $2.75 billion move into oil-rich Permian Basin

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Tulsa-based WPX Energy Inc., which has been remaking itself from a natural gas firm to more of an oil producer, took a big leap in that direction by announcing a $2.75 billion acquisition in the Permian Basin of west Texas and eastern New Mexico. The announcement Tuesday indicated that WPX is acquiring RKI Exploration and Production LLC for $2.35 billion plus assumption of $400 million in debt. The move taps WPX into 92,000 net acres and an average 22,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in existing production — half of that in oil. The buy also expands WPX’s strategic focus to four basins in the western U.S. The others are the Williston in North Dakota, the Piceance in Colorado and the San Juan in New Mexico. The company has been working to divest itself from holdings in the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale of the eastern U.S.

  • Body found in Arkansas River

    FROM STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Tulsa police are on the scene where a body was discovered Wednesday morning in the Arkansas River. Police said a pedestrian spotted the body about 7:30 a.m. today near 15th Street and Riverside Drive. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa officer who saved baby from burning home: 'You just act'

    BY STACEY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    When K-9 officer Brandon Jarrett saw a 10-month-old baby crawling to him from inside a burning home on Saturday, he had just one thought: Get her some air. Jarrett, 32, responded after a fire broke out in the kitchen of a home in the 2100 block of North Xanthus Avenue, where officers were planning to make an arrest. Shortly before that, police had responded to an assault call about 3 miles away on East Independence Street. A woman had received three puncture wounds from a small knife. Officers learned that the suspect, later identified as Montrenique Morris, 24, lived in the neighborhood on Xanthus.

  • Man accused of giving 15-year-old HIV while mentoring for Tulsa youth program bound for trial

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    A man accused of knowingly spreading HIV to a minor he met while mentoring at a Tulsa youth program is bound for trial in Tulsa County District Court. Elton Howland Rhoades, 24, is charged with three counts of second-degree rape and three counts of exposing others to HIV, which he allegedly committed against a single juvenile victim between March 1 and March 8. Rhoades, who also goes by Keaton Zane Paige, is employed part time as a cheerleading coach by Muskogee Public Schools and met the juvenile victim while he was mentoring at a Tulsa youth outreach program.

  • Attempted robber who tried to climb through Taco Bell window sought by Tulsa police

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Tulsa police continue to search for a man who attempted to rob an east Tulsa fast-food restaurant last month by entering the drive-through window.  On June 23, a man in a vehicle went to the drive-through window at Taco Bell, 1810 S. Garnett Road, and demanded cash from the register, police said. Believing that he was joking, the cashier refused to hand over any money before the man attempted to climb through the window.

  • Mice, cockroaches and drug pushers weren't the only things living in Tulsa's Towerview

    BY MICHAEL OVERALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    An occasional breeze came through the open windows, but even past midnight the air was too hot and too unbearably humid to bring much relief. The Tulsa skyline, with scattered lights left on overnight, was casting eerie shadows across the room, just bright enough to see a cobweb in the corner and wires dangling from the ceiling. The room had a bed, the kind that folds down out of the wall. But the mattress was thin and stained and smelled like sweat and urine. And there was a threadbare couch, too, but the cushions were infested with fleas. So I was sitting in a lawn chair that I brought from home with my feet propped up on a rickety old coffee table.

  • Williams-Williams Partners deal includes $410 million breakup fee if merger is squashed

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Williams Cos. has 410 million other reasons not to approve of Energy Transfer Equity's unsolicited bid to buy the Tulsa-based natural gas infrastructure firm. In addition to saying that ETE's $53 billion all-stock offer undervalues their company, Williams' management and board is putting some serious earnest money down on their own $14 billion plan of merging with Williams Partners LP. The federal regulatory filing issued in May, when Williams announced the  foldup of Williams Partners, also includes one financial detail which has gone relatively unnoticed: Williams will pay Williams Partners $410 million if the deal is shut down.

  • Janet Jackson tour coming to BOK Center

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Pop sensation Janet Jackson is set to bring her tour to Tulsa early next year. It was one of the concert announcements Tulsa venues made Monday. Jackson is set to perform at the BOK Center on Jan. 27. Tickets start at $35 plus fees and go on sale at 10 a.m. July 20.

  • Woman dies in early morning double stabbing; Tulsa police name suspect

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    A Tulsa woman died Monday morning after she and another woman were stabbed while inside a vehicle in a north Tulsa neighborhood. A 31-year-old woman was taken to St. John Medical center, where she died at 1:46 a.m., Tulsa police said. Her name has not been released. About 12:44 a.m., police were called to the 700 block of North Kingston Avenue in response to a stabbing. The 31-year-old woman and a 37-year-old both had been stabbed during an altercation inside a vehicle with a woman, Tulsa police homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said.

  • Former Reserve Deputy Robert Bates enters not guilty plea, bound over for February trial

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD and COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Former Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Robert Bates pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter during his district court arraignment Monday morning. Tulsa County District Judge James Caputo ordered Bates bound over for trial, which has been set for Feb. 8. Caputo, who was a Tulsa County deputy sheriff before Bates joined as a reserve deputy, said at the arraignment that despite comments from the public about possible conflicts arising from his overseeing the case, he doesn’t see any reason to recuse himself.

  • Former Reserve Deputy Robert Bates enters not guilty plea, bound over for February trial

    FROM STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Former Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Robert Bates pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter during his district court arraignment Monday morning. The 73-year-old insurance executive is charged in the April 2 killing of Eric Harris. Bates has stated he mistakenly fired his revolver instead of Taser as deputies subdued Harris on the ground after a brief foot pursuit during an undercover gun deal. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Woman dies in early morning double stabbing; Tulsa police name suspect

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    A Tulsa woman died Monday morning after she and another woman were stabbed while inside a vehicle in a north Tulsa neighborhood. A 31-year-old woman was taken to St. John Medical center, where she died at 1:46 a.m., Tulsa police said. Her name has not been released. About 12:44 a.m., police were called to the 700 block of North Kingston Avenue in response to a stabbing. The 31-year-old woman and a 37-year-old both had been stabbed during an altercation inside a vehicle with a woman, Tulsa police homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.




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