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  • UPDATE: Silver Alert canceled for Bixby man

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Police have canceled a Silver Alert for Don Doshier, 78, of Bixby, who was reported missing Friday evening.

  • Members named to Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum's 2014-15 Teen Board.

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Twenty-three high school students will serve on the teen board of the Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum.

  • Oklahoma religion news in brief

    Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Religion briefs for Aug. 16.

  • Oklahoma City area real estate briefs, Aug. 16

    Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Oklahoma City area real estate briefs, Aug. 16

  • Tulsa Public Schools see sharp declines in reading, math proficiency rates

    By ANDREA EGER & KIM ARCHER - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Tulsa Public Schools’ elementary and middle school sites saw sharp declines in student proficiency rates in reading and math on 2013-14 Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests, while many suburban districts also posted significant decreases. While they are still analyzing the test results, school officials throughout the area said they think the slide in proficiency rates is largely related to a new state requirement to give the vast majority of special education students the same exam as non-disabled students, rather than an alternative assessment.

  • QuikTrip responds to St. Louis riot damage

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    The riot that enveloped a suburban St. Louis neighborhood and destroyed a local QuikTrip store has forced the Tulsa-based company to focus on two priorities, spokesman Michael Thornbrugh said Thursday. No. 1, make sure all the store's employees are safe and have access to counseling. And No. 2, offer them jobs at the other dozens of QuikTrips nearby but outside of that danger zone. "Honestly, the only focus we have is we're taking care of employees and customers at other locations," Thornbrugh said. "We're been unable to even go in and do anything else at the location. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • George Kaiser Foundation makes record donation to River Parks for A Gathering Place

    By KEVIN CANFIELD - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    The River Parks Board of Trustees this morning voted unanimously to accept what is believed to be the largest gift to a public park in the history of the United States. "It will make a huge and wonderful difference to Tulsa," Board Chairwoman Robin Ballenger said before the vote. In the small boardroom of River Parks Authority, officials from the George Kaiser Family Foundation will donate A Gathering Place for Tulsa to the authority. The gift is estimated at $350 million, including approximately $50 million for operations and maintenance. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Greg Winters receives career excellence award from Oklahoma CareerTech

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Greg Winters, the superintendent of Canadian Valley Technology Center, was given the Francis Tuttle Career Excellence Award from Oklahoma CareerTech.

  • Oklahoma minister indicted in scheme that stole nearly $1M from his nonprofit

    BY COREY JONES and MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    A minister and former executive director of a Tulsa nonprofit organization has been indicted on three counts of wire fraud in a scheme that prosecutors say diverted nearly $1 million from a community center he founded. Willard Lenord Jones, pastor of Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church and former executive director of the Greater Cornerstone Community Center, is alleged to have used community center funds for personal expenses and luxury items that include hotel stays, restaurants, casinos, liquor and automobiles, according to the indictment. He also is accused of failing to report almost $400,000 in income on a 2011 tax form. “This case is about a man who abused his position and misappropriated funds belonging to the community center project,” U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. “Mr. Jones failed to honor the trust of the community.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Jenks schools pulls film deemed Islamophobic

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Jenks Public Schools will no longer show a documentary film that suggests Islamic terrorists might have been behind the Oklahoma City bombing, after a complaint from a Muslim parent. The History Channel film, “Conspiracy: Oklahoma City Bombing,” examines a variety of conspiracy theories about the 1995 Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing, which killed 168 people. "We're very happy about the decision," said Adam Soltani, executive director of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which worked with the parent in filing the complaint.

  • Bridenstine blames Obama for problems in Iraq and on Texas' border

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    Problems in Iraq and on Texas’ border with Mexico are the fault of President Barack Obama, and he’s also partly responsible for conflict in eastern Europe, First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine said Tuesday. “The American public is waking up,” said Bridenstine. “What I will tell you, what a lot of folks in this room have been waiting for, is that the American public is looking at what the Democrat Party and this president have done on the southern border and they are not approving of it.” “His foreign policy has been an utter failure. His domestic policy has been an utter failure.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Woman who filed OHP rape lawsuit was charged previously with making a false rape report

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The woman who filed a federal lawsuit alleging that an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper raped her last month is wanted in another county on an allegation that she falsely reported a rape in 2009. The woman, identified in the lawsuit only by her initials, is linked through public records to that Cherokee County charge as well as to an outstanding arrest warrant in Oklahoma County on charges of second-degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property. Gary James, an attorney for Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Roberts and the Oklahoma State Highway Troopers Association, said the allegations of rape "are unequivocally untrue." <a href="http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/crimewatch/woman-who-filed-ohp-rape-lawsuit-was-charged-previously-with/article_a9842c47-efc4-5e20-8bc2-62b0cd8a4891.html">Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com</a>.

  • Arraignments reset in Tulsa officers’ shooting case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    TULSA — Arraignments have been rescheduled for two married Tulsa police officers arrested last week in connection with the off-duty fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man who was walking with their adopted daughter. Shannon Kepler and Gina Kepler will be arraigned Aug. 19. They had been scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. Shannon Kepler was arrested on a complaint of first-degree murder and Gina Kepler was arrested on a complaint of accessory to murder after the fact. Gina Kepler is free on bond. Prosecutors have not filed formal charges in the case. The shooting victim, Jeremey Lake, was found shot to death last week on a street near downtown. Shannon Kepler’s attorney said Tuesday that his client is innocent.

  • Lawsuit alleges OHP trooper raped Tulsa woman during traffic stop

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    A lawsuit filed Monday accuses an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper of pulling a woman over last month, making her perform sexual acts while he drove his patrol vehicle, then stopping and raping her at a secluded location. The trooper named in the lawsuit, Eric Roberts, was identified by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol last week as having been suspended on July 24 for allegations of misconduct, Capt. George Brown said. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Tulsa asks for a jury trial, noting that Roberts, who is being investigated by members of OHP's Troop Z, the investigative division, has not yet been charged.

  • Tulsa officer accused in killing released on bond

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    TULSA — An off-duty Tulsa police officer accused of being an accessory to murder in the shooting of her daughter’s boyfriend has been released on $25,000 bond. A local television station reports First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond says Gina Kepler is not considered a flight risk or public safety concern. Jeremey Lake was shot to death Tuesday. Gina Kepler and her husband, Shannon, were arrested not long after in connection with the killing. Police say Shannon Kepler shot the 19-year-old Lake after an argument. Lake had been walking with the Keplers’ daughter. Shannon Kepler is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder. Kepler’s attorney says he should qualify for release. The

  • Officer accused of killing daughter's boyfriend had never been disciplined in 24-year career

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    The police officer who was arrested on an allegation that he shot his daughter’s boyfriend to death had never been disciplined in his 24-year career with the Tulsa Police Department, records released Thursday show. Shannon Kepler, 54, was arrested early Wednesday after his daughter, Lisa Kepler, told police her father had approached her and her boyfriend, 19-year-old Jeremey Lake, argued with her, then shot Lake multiple times, killing him. Kepler was jailed along with his wife, Gina Kepler, 48, who police accuse of helping to hide her husband following the shooting. The Keplers joined the police force on the same day in 1990 and were married two years later.

  • Candlelight vigil for slain Tulsa teen draws crowd

    By COREY JONES - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    On a bridge pillar near where more than 150 people gathered Thursday night to hold candles in memory of Jeremey Lake was a partially finished tribute for the victim of Tuesday night’s homicide. “RIP Jere” stood out in black spray paint, almost as if the crude memorial symbolized the life cut short by gunfire. A candlelight vigil in the 19-year-old’s memory took place near an Inner Dispersal Loop overpass adjacent to Lake’s home in the 200 block of North Maybelle Avenue just northwest of downtown. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma teen pleads guilty in 2013 shooting death of pizza truck driver, gets life

    By BILL BRAUN - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    A Tulsa man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the murder of a truck driver outside a Tulsa pizza restaurant last year. Jermaine Savory, 18, pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder for his involvement in the shooting death of Robert Horton, 53, of Arlington, Texas, on the morning of March 23, 2013, outside a Papa John’s Pizza location. Tulsa County District Judge Tom Gillert sentenced Savory to life in prison with possibility of parole, but Savory must serve 85 percent of his sentence, or 38 years in prison, before becoming eligible for parole. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa police dispute media report about no investigation of gay man's death

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    The death of a Tulsa man in his apartment in June was not suspicious despite a Dallas media report claiming foul play could be involved, the Tulsa Police Department announced Wednesday. The Dallas Voice, an LGBT-oriented website, published an article Tuesday stating that Benny Longoria, 40, was found dead and naked in his Tulsa apartment on June 20. Longoria, who was gay and was HIV positive, was cremated, and no autopsy was performed, according to the article. Among other allegations, the publication claimed that Tulsa police homicide detective Sgt. Dave Walker refused to fully investigate Longoria’s death and that Walker hung up on people seeking more information as to how and why he died.

  • Daughter hopes arrested Tulsa police officers will 'rot in prison' for fatal shooting of boyfriend

    BY COREY JONES and KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Tears fell freely down Lisa Kepler’s face as the teen wondered aloud Wednesday morning why her father would fatally shoot her boyfriend and then turn his gun on her. Lisa Kepler was seated on the front porch steps of a house near the northwest corner of downtown. Its occupants had recently taken her in after her parents — two Tulsa police officers who are implicated in the Tuesday night homicide — had kicked her out of her home, she said. Shannon James Kepler, 54, was booked into the Tulsa Jail early Wednesday on complaints of first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill. Tulsa police said Kepler, a 24-year veteran of the department, works at the Police Academy. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .