• Oklahoma poll: Fallin out front; state superintendent race still close

    Published: Sun, Nov 2, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin leads Democratic challenger Joe Dorman by 11 percentage points as Tuesday’s voting deadline nears, and the contest for state superintendent of schools remains neck and neck, according to the latest Oklahoma Poll, Tulsa World reports. The telephone survey of 404 likely voters was conducted Oct. 25-29 by SoonerPoll, and has a 4.87 percent margin of error, according to Tulsa World

  • UPDATE: Officials say Tulsa hospital patient with fever has malaria, not Ebola

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    A person who was admitted to a Tulsa hospital with a fever after recently traveling to West Africa has tested positive for malaria, according the Tulsa City-County Health Department. The person, who hasn’t been identified, was at OSU Medical Center as of Thursday night for evaluation and was being monitored for possible Ebola, Marketing Coordinator Jamie Calkins said. "The individual was being monitored daily by public health personnel because the person had traveled to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone within the previous 21 days," the Tulsa Health Department said in a statement. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa man gets 12-year prison term in child pornography case

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    A man charged with five counts of aggravated possession of child pornography was sentenced to concurrent 12-year prison terms on Wednesday. Howard David Shelton, 52, was arrested by Tulsa police in May after a sting operation led to his employer's business in the 2500 block of East Admiral Place. An investigator located a video of an unknown-age man fondling and raping a girl between 9 and 12 years old on a file-sharing service from the business' Internet protocol address in late October 2013 and a file containing 97 sexual images of a girl between 11 and 13 six days later. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa Health Department monitoring recent traveler for Ebola virus

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    The Tulsa Health Department is monitoring a person who recently traveled to West Africa and reported developing a fever for further signs of contracting the Ebola virus, officials said Thursday. The Oklahoma State Department of Health earlier this week implemented a post-arrival Ebola virus monitoring protocol, and the individual - who is classified as "low risk" - traveled to either Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone withing the past 21 days but didn't have any known exposure to the virus. "THD staff has been in contact with the person daily over the 21 day surveillance period to monitor for symptoms and report their measured body temperature, as recommended by the OSDH and CDC’s guidance of active monitoring of low risk individuals," the release states. "The individual informed health officials late this evening that they had developed a fever. THD officials immediately implemented an isolation and evaluation plan in conjunction with the Regional Medical Response System following appropriate protocols to limit exposure." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa woman indicted on fraud charges in cancer treatment scheme

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    A Tulsa woman who formerly ran two cancer treatment clinics in the Tulsa area was in federal court Thursday to face 41 counts of fraud. Antonella Carpenter, 70, entered a plea of not guilty to all charges. A federal grand jury had indicted her Oct. 15. Carpenter, who is not a doctor, ran the Lase Med clinics in Owasso and Broken Arrow from November 2006 to December 2012. She claimed to be able to cure cancer with a treatment method she called Light Induced Enhanced Selective Hyperthermia. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Attorney General Scott Pruitt tells Tulsa group that religious freedom at risk in U.S.

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Religious freedom in the United States is under attack, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Wednesday. “I’m very concerned. I cut my teeth on religious liberty issues,” Pruitt said during the Oilfield Christian Fellowship’s 10th anniversary celebration at First Baptist Church in downtown Tulsa. Pruitt made a distinction between what he called the free exercise of religion and freedom of worship. People in China have the freedom to worship, he said, but the government licenses and oversees their churches. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa County hires IT director who told employees to destroy public document

    BY KEVIN CANFIELD, Tulsa Wrold | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Less than two weeks after instructing county employees that a public document should be "shredded, destroyed and deleted," Dan Pease on Wednesday was named Tulsa County's information technology director. Pease begins his new job Nov. 1. He is currently employed by a private company, Nomerel, and works on a contract basis for the county as its interim IT director. He will no longer work for Nomerel once he begins his new post, county spokesman Michael Willis said. <a href="http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/government/tulsa-county-hires-it-director-who-told-employees-to-destroy/article_4ae55124-a3eb-5419-8ea9-894e20b8c2aa.html">Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com</a>.

  • Tulsa police investigating possible homicide after finding body downtown

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Tulsa police are asking for witnesses to come forward after a man’s body was found on the south edge of downtown Tuesday afternoon. A city of Tulsa security guard working near 13th Street and Boston Avenue called police just before 4 p.m. to report that a man was dead under an Inner Dispersal Loop bridge near Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said. Police arrived to find the man, believed to be about 40 years old and homeless, dead with blood on his face on a piece of cardboard under the Cincinnati Avenue bridge over the Broken Arrow Expressway, where he apparently had slept, Walker said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • OKC, Tulsa among most affordable big cities in nation

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Kiplinger ranking reflects cheaper-than-average costs for state’s two largest cities.

  • Former Tulsa County deputy jailed on new sexual battery charge

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    A Tulsa County deputy who resigned after he was arrested and eventually charged with the on-duty sexual battery of two women in September was re-jailed Tuesday after another sex charge was filed against him. Gerald Nuckolls now faces three counts of sexual battery, one count of indecent exposure and one count of outraging public decency. Court documents show the new allegation against Nuckolls is from an incident in March. When first arrested in September, the former deputy had told investigators he had engaged in sexual activity with about six women and exchanged nude photos with them, according to his arrest report. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Emails reveal Tulsa Public Schools officials knew top administrator lacked master's degree

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Internal communications reveal Tulsa Public Schools leaders went to great lengths trying to help one of their administrators obtain a master’s degree before state accreditation officials or her own colleagues learned of the compliance violation. Late last week, TPS turned over public records about former Instructional Leadership Director Tracee Frazier-Branch that the Tulsa World had sought through multiple Open Records Act requests since late August. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa man kills mother of 3, shoots himself, police say

    Updated: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    TULSA — A man was hospitalized after police say he shot and killed the mother of his child and then turned the gun on himself late Saturday. Police responded around 11:30 p.m. Saturday to a call in the 600 block of East 45th Place North, where a 12-year-old told dispatchers his father had shot his mother, Sgt. Dave Walker said. First responders found Beverly Stratton, 32, dead at the scene. Robert Tillotson, 31, was taken to St. John Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the head and is expected to survive. Walker said he will be arrested on a murder complaint when he is released from the hospital.

  • Tulsa doctors help Iraqis displaced by ISIS

    Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    A team of Tulsa doctors from In His Image Family Medicine Residency returned Monday from a 10-day medical missions trip to Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq, where they helped people displaced by the Islamic State, Tulsa World reports. The team partnered with World Compassion, a Tulsa-based ministry that has had a long history of providing humanitarian relief in Kurdistan, according to the Tulsa World.

  • Real estate briefs for Oct. 25, 2014

    Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Real estate briefs for Oct. 25, 2014

  • Tulsa man gets no-parole life term for 2013 stabbing death

    By BILL BRAUN - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    A prior felon faces a no-parole life prison sentence upon being convicted of murder Thursday in a fatal stabbing. Tulsa County jurors found Dennis Daney, 57, guilty of first-degree murder in the January 2013 killing of Justin Jay Todd. Todd, 31, was stabbed in the chest in the 1300 block of East Haskell Street, police said. He died at a hospital. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • First flu cases of the season confirmed in Oklahoma

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Health officials announced Thursday the first laboratory-confirmed cases of flu in Oklahoma. One case is in an Oklahoma County resident younger than 5, and the child was not hospitalized for influenza. The other case is a Tulsa County resident also younger than 5 who was hospitalized.

  • NTSB: Perry Inhofe 'did not appropiately manage' engine shutdown before fatal crash

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    A final report on the plane crash that killed Perry Dyson Inhofe II says he “did not appropriately manage” the aircraft having to fly on just one engine before it went down near Owasso last fall. The probable cause report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board said Inhofe, the plane’s sole occupant, reported a “control problem” and “left engine shutdown” moments before the Mitsubishi MU-2 twin-engine plane crashed on Nov. 10. Investigators said the plane should have been flyable in a one-engine-inoperative condition, as weather did not impact its performance. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Man pleads guilty to second-degree murder of friend

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    A Tulsa judge sentenced a man to 20 years in prison on Monday in the shooting death of his friend on the victim’s 26th birthday. Judah Orlando Cumminsky, 23, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree murder, amended from first-degree murder, before District Judge Mark Barcus. Prosecutors said he fatally shot Isaac A. Wogu on March 17. Homicide investigators told the Tulsa World that Wogu was shot during an altercation at Cumminsky’s home in the 3800 block of East Xyler Street in a disagreement over the loot from a burglary Wogu, Cumminsky and others were alleged to have committed. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Man fatally shot while backing out of Tulsa driveway

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    A man was fatally shot Wednesday evening while in a sedan that appeared to have been backing out of a Tulsa driveway, police said. Investigators recovered drugs from the car, an officer at the scene said, but it was not immediately clear whether those drugs played a role in why the man was shot. The victim, who is believed to be in his late 20s, was shot multiple times and died at the scene, police said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Father who reportedly gave children prescription drugs jailed on neglect charge

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    A Tulsa father accused of giving his three children unauthorized prescription medication to control their behavior was arrested on Tuesday. Charles Wayne Gillum, 24, was taken to the Tulsa Jail on a child neglect charge filed July 23. A Tulsa police affidavit filed Aug. 7 indicated that Gillum repeatedly gave his children — ages 1, 2 and 3 — Clonidine and Daytrana, which are commonly prescribed to individuals dealing with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .