• Tulsa's embrace of Tulsa Tough continues to grow after 10 years

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Dozens of cyclists crowd together, moving as a pack and turning together, speeding down the last hill just inches from one another as they whiz past screaming spectators. Tulsa Tough is chaos, it’s thrilling and, now in its 10th year, it’s grown to be not just a must-see for anyone with a pulse, but also a must-stop for racers on the cycling circuit each year. “It’s a bike party. There’s nothing like it,” said Bryan DuVall, a racer with Tulsa’s own Team Soundpony and the winner of last year’s Blue Dome Criterium Men’s Cat. I/II. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Legally insane: A son talks about his actions, feelings about his mother's death

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Matt Stick and his mom were watching the apocalypse-based television show “Revolution” in October 2012 when a character’s weapon triggered a hunch that evil was lurking. The 20-year-old jumped into action, his brain working on instinct to save his mother, Veronica Stick, from the demons. After stabbing her with a knife he thought was blessed by God, he believed that her gasps indicated a monster leaving. He then grabbed a walking stick to take on a spiritual journey. Covered in blood, he headed to his job at All Souls Unitarian Church, eventually abandoning his car in a Brookside neighborhood and walking to the church. He was disoriented but not fleeing. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Blue Bell may have identified the source of listeria at its Broken Arrow plant

    BY LAURIE WINSLOW, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries has pledged to “reassess everything" about the operations at its three ice cream facilities, including its Broken Arrow plant. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported Wednesday that Blue Bell Creameries told the U.S. Food and Drug Administration it has likely identified the source of listeria in its Broken Arrow plant, where ice cream might have been contaminated by equipment and sealed-ingredient buckets stored in a non-sanitary room. The FDA also has confirmed a surface area at Blue Bell's plant in Alabama tested positive for listeria. Blue Bell has not pinpointed a contamination source at its Texas plant, according to the AP article. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa neighbors upset after city cuts down 200-year-old tree

    By JARREL WADE - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    A tree in the Maple Ridge neighborhood area was cut down Monday, and neighbors are angry at the city for not letting them intervene. City of Tulsa officials and a local carpenter estimated the tree, a black walnut, may have been close to 200 years old. It was toppled after a complaint from a neighbor next to the property, which is a city of Tulsa-owned vacant lot near 17th Street and Detroit Avenue. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Legally insane: A son talks about his actions, feelings about his mother's death

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Matt Stick and his mom were watching the apocalypse-based television show “Revolution” in October 2012 when a character’s weapon triggered a hunch that evil was lurking. The 20-year-old jumped into action, his brain working on instinct to save his mother, Veronica Stick, from the demons. After stabbing her with a knife he thought was blessed by God, he believed that her gasps indicated a monster leaving. He then grabbed a walking stick to take on a spiritual journey. Covered in blood, he headed to his job at All Souls Unitarian Church, eventually abandoning his car in a Brookside neighborhood and walking to the church. He was disoriented but not fleeing. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Advocacy group says it has 6,000 signatures on Tulsa sheriff grand jury petition

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    An advocacy group announced Tuesday that it has more than enough signatures on a petition requesting a grand jury investigation into the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. We the People Oklahoma organizer Marq Lewis said the group has gathered 6,000 signatures so far in its effort to remove Sheriff Stanley Glanz from office. The group needs 5,000 valid signatures and plans to turn its petition in to the Tulsa County Election Board June 19 to begin the certification process. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Forfeiture complaint seeks $1.7 million in assets tied to Tulsa 'alternative' cancer clinic

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    A civil forfeiture complaint involving three properties, two bank accounts and other assets tied to the controversial Camelot Cancer Care clinic was filed Monday in Tulsa federal court. The assets total more than $1.7 million, according to court documents and appraisal records. The forfeiture filing in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma alleges a wire fraud scheme and money laundering violations as basis for forfeiture of the assets. Maureen Long, founder and administrator of Camelot Cancer Care, is considered a fugitive by the government after apparently leaving the country when a December federal indictment came down in the District of Kansas charging her with 13 counts of wire fraud. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa zookeepers eliminated, former OU gymnast advances on 'American Ninja Warrior'

    BY RITA SHERROW, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Three Tulsa Zoo zookeepers were defeated by the same mighty obstacle, but a former University of Oklahoma gymnast did advance on Monday’s episode of “American Ninja Warrior.” Jonathan Horton, a 29-year-old USA silver medal-winning gymnast who competed in Beijing, China, made a record-setting run on the Houston qualifying round for the show and finished in 3:30. The 5-foot-1, 125-pound athlete is continuing his training for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Despite all their training, friends Tom Mortimer, CJ Maico and Evan Newpher — who care for birds, primates and pachyderms, respectively — were eliminated on the same obstacle and weren’t among the top 30 qualifiers to move on to the next round of competition in NBC’s reality TV series. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • The dos and don'ts of Tulsa Tough's Cry Baby Hill

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    After a year of training our minds and bodies, Cry Baby Hill calls. The best party of the year in Tulsa is back in the quiet neighborhood near Riverside Drive for the toughest day of racing at the Tulsa Tough. Those who have been to the hill before get it: The festival atmosphere coupled with the excitement of a high-speed and grueling race make Sunday a thrill. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa mother of 12 charged with child neglect after 33 DHS referrals and investigations

    By ARIANNA PICKARD - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    A Tulsa woman with at least 33 prior DHS referrals and investigations has been arrested on allegations that she neglected her children and provided them with inadequate shelter. She and four of her children were found living in a home with no running water; feces and trash covering the floor; no sleeping area; and methamphetamine buried in the backyard, court documents allege. Kodi Faircloth, 38, was arrested Thursday after officers searched her house at 1603 N. Columbia Ave. and found trash littered feet-deep in some areas and piles of what appeared to be human fecal matter in the bathroom and in a corner of a room, according to an affidavit for a search warrant of the residence. Read the full story at

  • Tulsa Catholic diocese drops out of OCCJ over Pride parade participation

    By RANDY KREHBIEL - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    The Catholic Diocese of Tulsa has resigned from membership in the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice because of the organization’s involvement in last Saturday’s Tulsa Pride parade, according to a letter from the Rev. Msgr. Patrick Gaalaas to OCCJ President and Chief Executive Officer Jayme Cox and Board of Directors Chairman Russ Florence. Tulsa Pride is billed as the longest-running gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender festival in Oklahoma. It is the first such festival since various court decisions made same-sex marriage legal in Oklahoma. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Three Tulsa zookeepers compete on NBC's 'American Ninja Warrior' Monday

    BY RITA SHERROW, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    When Tulsa’s “American Ninja Warrior” contestants say they face the beast, they aren’t talking about the heart-racing, mental and physical challenges on the TV’s show’s obstacle course. They mean real beasts. Tom Mortimer, CJ Maico and Evan Newpher are zookeepers at the Tulsa Zoo caring for, respectively, birds, primates and pachyderms. Turns out working at the zoo is good training for NBC’s reality competition show, they said in a recent interview. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa Navy pilot Leo Haas flew bombing raids on Japanese ships

    BY TIM STANLEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Leo Haas made one attempt at keeping a diary during the war. But after his first entry, he put away his pen. “It was bad enough to be fighting — I didn’t want to write about it,” said Haas, who 70 years later still has his old diary, most of its discolored pages blank. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Outside assessment of Tulsa Sheriff's Office approved

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    A top-down assessment of the Sheriff's Office was given the go-ahead Monday morning for a study that the sheriff hopes will find solutions to fix his agency. "I'm sure they'll look at what I've done and some of the decisions I've made and how we handled the latest tragic incident that occurred," Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz said. "I want them to look at the agency in whole." The Tulsa County Board of County Commissioners on Monday accepted a $75,000 bid to conduct the study from the Texas-based Community Safety Institute, which Sheriff's Office officials had initially reached out to for an assessment. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • ORU graduate Georgia Frazier is crowned as Miss Oklahoma 2015

    Published: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    TULSA -- Georgia Frazier, competing as Miss Ada, was crowned Miss Oklahoma 2015 at Oral Roberts University’s Mabee Center Saturday night. Frazier graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2014 and now works in marketing at Celebrity Attractions in Tulsa. “I have competed in this pageant organization for five years now, and this is just very exciting and so rewarding,” Frazier, 23, said after being crowned.

  • Oklahoma senator accused in lawsuit of embezzling more than $1 million from Better Business Bureau

    BY NOLAN CLAY

    Staff Writer

    nclay@theoklahoman.com

    | Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    State Sen. Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso, worked for the Better Business Bureau in Tulsa for more than 15 years.

  • Former employer claims state Sen. Rick Brinkley stole $1 million over 15 years

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    State Sen. Rick Brinkley embezzled more than $1 million during his 15 years as president and chief operating officer of the Better Business Bureau of Tulsa, the organization alleges in court documents filed Friday. The BBB says Brinkley set up corporate entities to receive payments for phony credit card accounts and other alleged business expenses. The suit, filed in Tulsa County District Court, alleges Brinkley used the embezzled funds to "pay his mortgage, pool cleaner, personal credit card invoices, and to support a hidden gambling habit." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Popping the question: What will be in OKPOP museum?

    BY JIMMIE TRAMEL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    The Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, also known as OKPOP, will graduate from Senate Bill 829 to reality in 2018, when the facility is expected to open in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District. In the meanwhile, here’s a question: What’s going to be in it? “The wrong perception has been assumed by a lot of people because they think it’s a music museum,” said Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Veteran and chronic homelessness in Tulsa targeted for elimination by 2016

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    Efforts to end veteran and chronic homelessness within two years were announced Thursday by Tulsa community leaders and elected officials. Tulsa is one of 75 communities throughout the country participating in Zero:2016, a national initiative to end veteran homelessness by the end of this year and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. Locally, the initiative will be led by A Way Home for Tulsa, a collective of 24 Tulsa-area service agencies that are working together to end homelessness. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • OHP: One dead, one injured in Rogers County hit-and-run Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers confirmed that one person died in a Friday morning hit-and-run. Troopers said it happened at about 6 a.m. near 520 S. Meadowridge Road in Rogers County. Medics transported another person injured at the scene, whose condition has not been released by officials.




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