• WPX Energy reports $67 million first quarter 2015 profit

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    WPX Energy reported Tuesday a $67 million profit for first quarter 2015, or earnings of 32 cents per diluted share. First-quarter 2015 results mark WPX Energy’s third consecutive quarterly profit and more than triples the $18 million that the Tulsa-based oil and gas company earned during the first quarter of last year. WPX Energy said that its operational and financial focus on margins helped overcome commodity prices that drove product revenues down $220 million, or 42 percent, compared to a year ago. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Investigation at Tulsa County Sheriff's Office focusing on training of other reserve deputies

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz on Monday said the suspension of all upper-level functions of the office’s reserve deputy program last week was directly related to an investigation of all reserve-deputy training records. “We’re looking to find out exactly what we have and what we don’t have and correct that,” Glanz said. “Some of them you can’t correct.” The investigation began soon after allegations surfaced that training documents were falsified to elevate Reserve Deputy Robert Bates, who is charged with manslaughter in the April 2 shooting and death of Eric Harris. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa man accused of stabbing woman in domestic dispute

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    A woman was taken to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition after she was reportedly stabbed in the neck during a domestic dispute late Monday, Tulsa police said. Officers arrested 28-year-old Adam Allen at the scene without incident. Officers were dispatched about 11:45 p.m. to the Royal Oaks Condos in the 2200 block of East 67th Street after a woman calling from a cellphone said "she was bleeding to death," according to a police report. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Former Creek Nation deputy chief sentenced in embezzlement case

    BY LENZY KREHBIEL-BURTON, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    More than six months after pleading guilty to federal embezzlement charges, a former second chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation now knows his fate. On Tuesday morning, Roger Barnett was sentenced to 33 months in jail, plus an additional three years of probation and $211,880.76 in restitution. Barnett pleaded guilty in October after being accused of taking more than $200,000 in tribal funds between April 3, 2013, and April 29, 2014, through frequent withdrawals at area ATMs. His sentencing was originally scheduled for early April but was postponed due to delayed paperwork. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin signs bill outlawing texting while driving

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, TULSA WORLD | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday signed a measure to ban texting while driving after years of failed attempts by legislators to make it a law. The measure, House Bill 1965, is named after Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers Nicholas Dees and Keith Burch, who were struck by a vehicle earlier this year while investigating an accident in Seminole County. Dees died at the scene. Burch was hospitalized. The driver of the vehicle was reportedly updating a social media page at the time of the accident.

  • Tulsa man accused of stabbing woman, leaving her in critical condition

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    A woman was taken to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition after she was reportedly stabbed in the neck during a domestic dispute late Monday, Tulsa police said. Officers were dispatched about 11:45 p.m. to the Royal Oaks Condos in the 2200 block of East 67th Street after a woman calling from a cellphone said "she was bleeding to death," according to a police report. A pedestrian told detectives at the scene that he saw the woman being attacked inside the residence, the report said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa Community College offers a greenhouse in offender education program

    By Nicole Burgin, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    The Second Chance Greenhouse at the Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy is part of the Tulsa Community College Corrections Education program where offenders, while in prison, can take college courses and earn certificates of achievement and/or an associate’s degree.

  • WPX Energy gaining more than $200 million cash by selling Marcellus Shale marketing contracts

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    WPX Energy, the Tulsa-based oil and gas producer which is working to trim down to core assets and cut debt, announced Monday it is selling some Marcellus Shale natural gas marketing contracts and pipeline capacity in that region of the eastern U.S. An undisclosed buyer will pay WPX in excess of $200 million cash in the deal. The two parties have signed an agreement and the deal is expected to close in the second quarter. The sale includes long-term natural gas purchase and sales agreements, as well as 135 million British thermal units in daily capacity on the Transco pipeline's Northeast Supply Link project. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa police arrest accused serial shoplifter

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    A man who reportedly is a serial shoplifter was arrested after he was caught stealing from an area department store late Sunday, according to Tulsa police.  Clint McConaghie, 37, of Tulsa was observed taking merchandise by a security officer at the Kohl's in the 11000 block of East 71st Street about 11 p.m.,  police said. McConaghie, who was recognized from previous thefts, left the area in a black sport utility vehicle and was stopped by police on U.S. 169 near 71st Street, the arrest report said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • NewsOn6: Arson Investigation Underway At Tulsa Islamic School

    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    TULSA - Tulsa Fire Department said a building fire at the Tulsa Islamic Center school has been ruled arson, NewsOn6 reports. The principal, Zaheer Arastu, wouldn't show the surveillance video but said the juvenile vandals trashed six classrooms, threw paper and paint down the hall, tried setting the science lab on fire and even broke specimens being preserved in formaldehyde ...

  • Tulsa woman jailed on report of vandalizing corpse

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    A Tulsa woman remained in custody Sunday night after being arrested late Thursday on suspicion of illegally cutting a woman's corpse at a Tulsa funeral home. Shaynna Lauren Sims, who also goes by Shaynna Smith, is held in lieu of $20,000 bond on a misdemeanor complaint of illegal dissection, jail records show. Police received a report from the Moore Funeral Home in the 1900 block of East Memorial Drive around 5 p.m. Thursday, where a manager reported the family of a woman whose body was waiting to be interred there claimed the body had been vandalized. Officers reported seeing the woman's hair on the floor near her casket and that makeup on her face had been smeared, according to Sims' arrest report. Read the full

  • Tulsa Public Schools assistant coach suspended after domestic assault arrest

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    A Tulsa Public Schools assistant wrestling coach was arrested early Sunday on a complaint of domestic assault and battery by strangulation. Timothy Aaron Littrell, 36, was booked at the Tulsa Jail just before 5:45 a.m., jail records show. A Tulsa Public Schools agenda from November 2013 indicates Littrell was hired as an assistant wrestling coach at Memorial High School on Aug. 22 of that year. An arrest report alleges that officers received a domestic disturbance report from a woman in east Tulsa who said she got into an argument with Littrell while at a bar in downtown Tulsa and that he attempted to push her out of a vehicle while they were traveling on the Broken Arrow Expressway. Read the full story at

  • Two Tulsa teachers suspended amid cheating allegations; students may be retested

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Cheating allegations could soon cost two sixth-grade teachers at Skelly Elementary School their jobs and teaching certificates plus require students to be retested. Jo Dawn Sallee, 38, and Rebecca W. McCall, 43, were suspended April 24, and Tulsa Public Schools has begun termination proceedings against them, said Chris Payne, a district spokesman. TPS officials say they launched an investigation amid reports that written study guides with actual state test questions taken from earlier testing sessions were being sent home with students, and they immediately reported the allegations to the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

  • Testimony heard in trial of mentally ill Tulsan who fatally stabbed his mother

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    A man charged with murdering his mother was “not in his right mind” that day and remained in a psychotic state for at least several days afterward, according to witnesses at his nonjury trial Thursday. William Matthew “Matt” Stick, 22, is charged with the first-degree murder of Veronica Stick. The 43-year-old woman was found dead outside her home near 23rd Street and Harvard Avenue on Oct. 5, 2012. Prosecutors allege that Stick knew what he was doing during the four hours between when he fatally stabbed his mother and when he arrived at All Souls Unitarian Church, where he and his mother both worked. During that time, he “ditched” the murder weapon, his getaway vehicle and his identification, they said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Man gets life without parole in shooting death of ex-girlfriend in front of her children

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    A man accused of murdering a woman in front of their son and her two other children pleaded guilty to the crime Friday morning and received a sentence of life without parole. Robert Julius Tillotson III, 32, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Beverly Stratton; three counts of feloniously pointing a firearm; and possession of a firearm after the conviction of a felony. Stratton was 32 when Tillotson fatally shot her inside their home near 46th Street North and Martin Luther King Boulevard on Oct. 25, 2014. He pleaded guilty in September to two misdemeanor counts of domestic assault and battery that named Stratton and one of her sons as the victims. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Leaked document: Wal-Mart tells employees of closed stores to avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Leaked handouts indicate the "plumbing issues" that closed the Admiral Place and Memorial Drive Wal-Mart, along with four others across the nation, did not pose health or safety concerns. The handouts, originally posted on the website Gawker and given to the 2,200 furloughed employees at the time of the stores' sudden closure, also is worried about its employees' health habits. The documents suggest they avoid caffeine, chocolate and alcohol. Gawker said the documents were given to them by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which also operates OUR Walmart, an organization that advocates for improved treatment of Wal-Mart employees. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol finds body in trunk of car submerged in Caney River

    FROM STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and area first responders are attempting to retrieve a vehicle that was found submerged in the Caney River near Collinsville Friday morning. A truck driver traveling on U.S. 169 contacted OHP about 6:30 a.m. after spotting the vehicle in the river, a dispatcher said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Former Tulsa Tech pre-engineering student launches NASA career

    By Joe Payne, Tulsa Tech | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    A young engineer, whose desire to reach for the stars got started at Tulsa Tech, is ready to launch his career at NASA. Lucas Kinion began preparing for his successful launch back in middle school, when his eighth grade class attended a presentation about careers in engineering. He still credits this presentation for his path to a desired position with NASA.

  • Autopsy finds man died of cardiac arrest after being immobilized with stun gun

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    An Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office autopsy report indicates that a 41-year-old man who was shocked with a stun gun during an altercation with Osage Nation police officers in February died of cardiac arrest. The autopsy report released Wednesday states that Terry Price of Tulsa “became reportedly unresponsive after being tased.” “The cause of death is sudden cardiac death associated with physical restraint in prone position with hands cuffed behind back, multiple electroshock weapon discharge,” the report says. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Woman killed in drive-by shooting near convention center in downtown Tulsa

    By SHANNON MUCHMORE - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    A woman was killed in a shooting between vehicles in downtown Tulsa late Thursday. The woman was driving north on Houston Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets when someone in another northbound vehicle shot her shortly after 9 p.m., police said. Cpl. Darin Filak said multiple shots were fired from the driver's side of the other car through the passenger side of the victim's car. The woman's boyfriend was a passenger in her car, but he was not injured and called 911, an officer said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.




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