• Evidence room breach at Tulsa County Sheriff's Office under investigation

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    A breach of security in an evidence surplus room that contained the synthetic drug K2 is the latest in a line of problems plaguing the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. Spokesman Justin Green on Monday confirmed that the breach took place and that a joint investigation between the Sheriff’s Office and the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office is underway. Green said it was his understanding that a jail inmate worker committed the breach.

  • Ticket prices announced for Madonna show in Tulsa

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    Tickets for Madonna's first appearance in Tulsa go on sale next week, the BOK Center announced Tuesday. Tickets are $42-$357 plus fees and go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. Tickets will be available at  bokcenter.com , by phone at 866-7-BOKCTR or at the BOK Center box office at Third Street and Frisco Avenue. Madonna is set to perform Jan. 14, one of fewer than 30 North American tour dates on her 64-city world tour, which kicked off last week in Canada.

  • Pep rally skit turns violent, leaves Memorial student injured after kicks to the head

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    A Memorial High School student was attacked at a pep rally Friday before a football game between Memorial and Edison.

  • Pep rally skit turns violent, leaves Oklahoma high school student injured after kicks to the head

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    A Memorial High School student was attacked at a pep rally Friday before a football game between Memorial and Edison. The student was selected by the student council to dress as the Edison Eagle mascot for a skit, said Tulsa Public Schools spokesman Chris Payne. As part of the skit, the student was wearing a chicken head instead of an eagle head. Payne said the football players then dog-piled on top of this student, which was not a planned part of the skit. A student who is not on the team then “jumped into the fray” and delivered a “couple of strong blows” to the student in the mascot suit, including kicks to the face, he said.

  • Houston company reportedly no longer interested in Williams Cos.

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    Well, scratch that. In case you missed it, late Friday afternoon Reuters reported that Spectra Energy is  no longer trying to buy Tulsa-based Williams Cos .   The Reuters reporter who  broke the story last month  that Spectra had joined the ring to buy Williams released Friday's article stating that's no longer the case. Both reports cite "people familiar" with the matter. According to the new report, the exit of Houston-based Spectra increases the likelihood that Energy Transfer Equity could succeed in buying Williams.

  • Two Oklahoma students have their photographs on display at the Louvre

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    Two Booker T. Washington seniors have their photographs on display at the Louvre museum in Paris. Gaby Lawson and Caty Sack, who are both enrolled in the school’s photography program, entered a contest over the summer and had photographs selected out of their portfolios for the honor. Robert Wakeley, their photography teacher, said the two entered the competition on their own.

  • Police: Tulsa teen accidentally shoots himself in leg second time in three months

    Published: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    A 16-year-old boy is in serious condition after accidentally shooting himself in the leg for the second time in a three-month period, according to police. Officers responded to a residence in the 7300 block of East Jasper Street around 3:25 a.m. and found the teen suffering from a single gunshot wound to his left leg. The victim was conscious, police said, but he was incoherent, and there was a large amount of blood on his bed sheet. Police feared the victim had severed an artery, and an officer applied a tourniquet to the teen's leg to stem the bleeding.

  • One dead, another hospitalized after equipment malfunction at Tulsa fairgrounds

    Published: Sat, Sep 12, 2015

    One worker is dead and another transported to an area hospital after they fell from a ride at the Tulsa fairgrounds Saturday morning while doing routine maintenance. The men were working on the Skyride, a cable car type ride that goes over the fairgrounds, when an equipment malfunction caused them to fall, Tulsa Fire’s district chief Lee Horst said.

  • 'Duck Dynasty' member to speak in Oklahoma

    BY RITA SHERROW, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Alan Robertson, oldest son of reality show “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson, will speak at the Park Plaza Church of Christ on Oct. 4. The church made the announcement Friday. Robertson, whose family was featured in the hit reality TV show, is the “self-described Jacob in a family of Esaus” and will speak at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Plaza Church of Christ Central, 5925 E. 51st St.; at 10 a.m. at Park Plaza Church of Christ — Jenks at Jenks West Elementary, 1251 W. 91st St., and on video at 10 a.m. at Park Plaza Church of Christ — Brookside, 3810 S. Peoria Ave. The latter will be taped at the 8:30 a.m. event. The events are free and open to the public.

  • Visitors to Tulsa's Big Splash can take one last ride on Silver Bullet

    BY JIMMIE TRAMEL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Miss any long-gone Tulsa treasures? Examples: Bell’s Amusement Park. Crystal’s Pizza. The Williams Center Forum skating rink. Wish you could turn back the clock and sneak in one last visit?

  • Tulsa man threatened officers with tire iron; reportedly intended to ram car into police station

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    A man who threatened police officers with a tire iron and said he intended to ram his car into a Tulsa police station was taken into custody after a two-hour standoff in east Tulsa on Friday morning. During the standoff, police fired pepper balls and used shields as protection before Gentry Miller, 35, surrendered peacefully from inside a silver Chevy Impala. Miller’s plan was to ram his car into the Mingo Valley Division police station and force officers to kill him, according to a police report. After receiving a call, police arrived to find a car stopped at 9776 E. 11th St. at 8:07 a.m. A woman who identified herself as Miller’s wife was outside the vehicle and told police that Miller was suicidal and had weapons in the car.

  • Tulsa man allegedly sold crack to undercover officers, tried to hire them as prostitutes

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    A Tulsa man released from prison less than a month ago has been arrested after allegedly selling crack cocaine to undercover officers and trying to hire them as prostitutes, according to police. Alfonzo Lamonse Vineyard, 35, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on Wednesday night on four complaints: two for delivery of a controlled drug and two for pandering after former conviction of a felony. His bond was set at $40,000. Around 9 p.m., undercover officers with the Tulsa Police Department set up a sting in the area of 11th Street and Garnett Road.

  • Madonna coming to Oklahoma

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    Take some time to celebrate, Madonna fans: The pop star is coming to Tulsa. A BOK Center spokeswoman confirmed the show, set for Jan. 14 at the downtown arena. Ticket information has not yet been released. The announcement was initially in a press release Thursday morning from Madonna’s camp, which included Tulsa and the BOK Center on a run of North American tour dates. However, a revised release sent about an hour later did not include any of the dates for the “Rebel Heart Tour.”

  • Mob-style murder at posh golf course shocked Tulsa in 1981

    BY DEBBIE JACKSON and HILARY PITTMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    Tulsa businessman Roger Wheeler finished his usual Wednesday round of golf at Southern Hills Country Club at about 4:30 p.m. on May 27, 1981, took a shower and walked to his black Cadillac near the exclusive club’s swimming pool. As Wheeler sat in his car, a man walked up and stuck a 38-caliber revolver in the driver’s window and shot him in the face at close range. Wheeler tried to fend off his assailant, the autopsy report showed, leaving abrasions and soot deposits on his left hand. The barrel of the killer’s pistol was so close that the fatal gunshot left no powder burns on Wheeler’s face, but shattered his eyeglasses and embedded fragments in his eyes, the report said.

  • Appeals court turns away portion of Tulsa County appeal in jail death lawsuit

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    DENVER — A federal lawsuit that includes evidence of state procedural violations at the Tulsa Jail and allegations of collusion by jail workers has survived a legal procedural challenge. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Monday found that Sheriff Stanley Glanz could not be held personally liable in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man who hung himself in the Tulsa Jail, although the case against him in his official capacity could resume at the district court level. The lawsuit was filed in 2011 by Carolyn Cox on behalf of Charles Jernegan, who committed suicide in 2009 while being incarcerated in the Tulsa Jail.

  • Gender pay gap: Tulsa among bottom 10 metro areas for equitable income

    BY JOHN STANCAVAGE, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    Tulsa’s primary business — energy — hasn’t changed much over the past few decades, and apparently neither has its pay practices for men and women. A new study ranks Tulsa among the bottom 10 metro areas in the nation for equitable pay for both sexes. In 2013, the median earnings of Tulsa women ($23,684) were only 65.5 percent of what area men took home, the 89th worst comparison  in a report by storage solutions firm   SpareFoot.com .

  • Sen. Jim Inhofe an 'animal serial killer,' SHARK spokesman says

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is an "animal terrorist" and "animal serial killer" whose planned pigeon shoot in southwest Oklahoma this weekend violates state animal abuse laws, self-described animal protection advocate Steve Hindi said Thursday morning in Tulsa. "There are so many things Sen. Inhofe could do for the people of Oklahoma," Hindi said during a press conference outside the Utica Square-area building that houses Inhofe's local office. "Instead, he and his sick, twisted guests are going to blast pigeons." Hindi said Inhofe "says he's a Christian, but he's a Christian in the same way Osama bin Laden claimed to be a Muslim."

  • Hero in any language: Tulsa 10-year-old whose translation skills helped save sister receives awards

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 9, 2015

    Not every 10-year-old gets recognized by his city for bravery, and not every person stays calm in a dire situation. Jaime Torres Jr. has done both. On July 5, Jaime’s 3-year-old sister, Maria, suddenly passed out and stopped breathing. Jaime took it upon himself to call 911, and while on the line, he translated the EMSA dispatcher’s instructions to his parents, Elsa and Jaime Torres Sr.

  • U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine continues push to defund Planned Parenthood

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 9, 2015

    First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine is among almost 30 House Republicans who say they won't vote for any budget bill that doesn't cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, Bridenstine confirmed Wednesday. "The continued funding of Planned Parenthood is an example of the flawed (legislative) process," Bridenstine said in a written statement. "A majority of the representatives of the people would like to see it defunded." The Huffington Post reported Tuesday that Bridenstine was one of 28 GOP lawmakers, all male, to sign a letter pledging opposition to any spending authorization that allows federal funds to go to Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that provides abortions and other health services to low-income women.

  • Cain's Ballroom announces four new shows

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 8, 2015

    Four more shows were added to the lineup at Cain's Ballroom, including the return of a big Halloween dance party. Also announced Tuesday were details on the upcoming show at Brady Theater featuring Arlo Guthrie performing a show to mark the 50th anniversary of his work "Alice's Restaurant." Tickets for the Feb. 14. show go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 18. Tickets are $39.50-$79.50. The upcoming shows at Cain's include the Josh Abbott Band on Oct. 23, The Floozies on Oct. 31, Gogol Bordello on Nov. 9 and Corey Smith on Jan. 14. Tickets for all four shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.