• Michigan homicide suspect arrested in south Tulsa

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    A Michigan man wanted for multiple felony charges including murder was arrested Wednesday in south Tulsa after police discovered he was living with a Tulsa resident. Dominick Wright, 37, had an outstanding felony warrant for murder out of Michigan, as well as an outstanding federal warrant for murder, assault with intent to murder, possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and possession of ammo after a felony conviction, according to Wright's arrest report. Police made contact with Wright around noon near 5400 E. 71st Street, near the apartment complex where he was reportedly living with Tulsan Allen Brown, 39, according to their arrest reports.

  • Production grows at WPX Energy, but losses mount

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    Although WPX Energy reported record liquids production for their third quarter, losses at the Tulsa-based company continue to grow. WPX reported third-quarter revenue of $537 million, compared to $747 million in the third quarter of 2014. The company also reported a net loss of $234 million, or a loss of 93 cents per share, compared to net income of $62 million, or 30 cents per share, in the previous year. Losses have continued to mount, as the second-quarter loss was $30 million, and the first quarter had net income of $67 million. The company noted that significantly lower commodity costs decreased revenue by $159 million in the third quarter.

  • Magellan Midstream Partners posts solid gains, stock soars

    BY SAMUEL HARDIMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    Magellan Midstream Partners attributed its third-quarter success to high gasoline demand that drove volume through the company’s pipelines, as well as some issues at refineries that forced more product into Magellan pipes. The company posted earnings per share of $0.86 in the third quarter, which a sizable increase from the $0.68 a share guidance the company offered in August. Magellan’s stock rose on the good earnings news, up to $69.14 at the end of the day from $66.94 at the market’s opening.

  • Defendant in Tulsa apartment shooting gets 20 years after murder charge reduced to manslaughter

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    A man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to manslaughter and burglary charges in connection with a fatal shooting near downtown. Marquis Morris, 33, took a plea deal in the death of Lemont Raymond Watson, who died from a gunshot wound to the throat on Jan. 14, 2014. Watson was found dead at the Fairview Apartments, now called the Gotham Apartments, 215 W. Fairview St. Tulsa County District Judge William LaFortune sentenced Morris to three concurrent 20-year sentences for first-degree manslaughter, burglary and possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction.

  • Revenue drops sharply at ONEOK Partners, but profits outpace 2014

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    Revenue declined sharply year-over-year during ONEOK Partners' third quarter, but that didn't stop the company from boosting its profits. The Tulsa-based natural gas company reported third quarter revenue of $1.5 billion, down from $2.8 billion during the third quarter of 2014. However, net income rose to $226.9 million for the quarter, or 45 cents per share, up from $167.2 million, or 32 cents per share, the same time last year.

  • Mayes County tech center locked down while deputies search for possible suicidal subject

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    The Northeast Technology Center in Pryor is on lock down as Mayes County Sheriff's deputies search the area for a man authorities believe to be suicidal, according to a post on the center's  Facebook page . The Mayes County Sheriff's Office confirmed a manhunt going on near the campus, located near 6195 Oklahoma 20 in Pryor Creek. Deputies said they had no further information about the man at this time. The Sheriff's Office requested the school lock down about 2 p.m., according to an earlier post. Osage Public School, about 1.5 miles from the technology center, is also under lock down, a school official said.

  • Oklahoma's Har-Ber Village acquires frontier log cabin

    By Sheila Stogsdill For The Oklahoman | Updated: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    The 1900s-era frontier museum in Grove, Oklahoma, is filled with authentic log cabins, mostly from Arkansas and Missouri.

  • Former Tulsa sheriff acknowledged Robert Bates carried unapproved firearm, wasn't qualified with it

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015

    Former Sheriff Stanley Glanz acknowledged to a law enforcement accrediting agency that former Reserve Deputy Robert Bates was carrying an unapproved firearm that he hadn’t qualified with when he fatally shot Eric Harris. The Tulsa World used an open records request to obtain correspondence between the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in the wake of Harris’ killing April 2. The acknowledgement is documented within Glanz’s response to a lengthy series of inquiries from CALEA. The response discloses that Bates wasn’t disciplined administratively in the Harris shooting because the Sheriff’s Office couldn’t take action after he resigned.

  • Pew study: Most secularists see conflict between religion, science

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015

    People without a religious affiliation are more likely than people of faith to see a conflict between religion and science, according to a recent  Pew Research Center poll . The poll of 2,002 adults found that half of Americans who attend religious services at least weekly said science and religion are often in conflict, but three-fourths of people who seldom or never attend services thought so. Oral Roberts University biology professor John Korstad said when he first saw the study, he was surprised.

  • Blue Bell ice cream back on store shelves Monday morning

    BY KYLE HINCHEY and ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015

    Ice cream lovers throughout the Tulsa area can rejoice now that Blue Bell has returned to store shelves Monday morning. A Blue Bell truck departed from the company's Broken Arrow plant about 3:30 a.m. and headed for its first destination of the day, Petty's Fine Foods, at 1910 Utica Square. In a matter of minutes, shelves were stocked and the crew was ready to move on to the next store — Reasor's. This is the first time Blue Bell's ice cream has been available locally since its products were removed from stores in April due to a listeria outbreak that killed three people in Kansas.

  • Records database lapse greatly underreported hours Robert Bates logged on Drug Task Force

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015

    Records now show that former reserve deputy Robert Bates reported 2,040 hours of work on a drug task force after the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office found a lapse involving missing records for its volunteer reserve deputies. Logs documenting the reserves’ work weren’t all kept in a central hub, the Sheriff’s Office discovered recently while fulfilling a Tulsa World open records request. So 1,975 hours that Bates submitted weren’t cataloged on a network and made available to the World in a June open records request. The original request turned up 730 hours overall for the 74-year-old insurance executive, 325 of which were on the Drug Task Force. Two more databases recently were found on individual computers that included additional hours for Bates — 1,715 with the Drug Task Force — not previously released. The hours are self-reported and not required by the Sheriff’s Office.

  • Seattle Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett enjoys homecoming of sorts in Dallas victory

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Reporter kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas — The drive from Tulsa to AT&T Stadium is about 300 miles south. Nearly five hours in the car is a long trip for some, but not for the Lockett family. At least, not on Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys' late afternoon kickoff. That's because Tyler Lockett — the Tulsa Washington, turned Kansas State, turned Seattle Seahawks football standout — was about as close to playing at “home” as he will this entire NFL season. So, how much family was in the crowd when the Seahawks handed the Cowboys a 13-12 defeat? “Too much,” Lockett said, then laughed. “Thank God for StubHub.” Lockett, a third-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, is off to a fast start in his first eight NFL games.

  • Tulsa County sheriff candidates make their cases at public forum

    JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Repairing the struggling Tulsa County Sheriff's Office was the main topic for candidates for the soon-to-be vacant sheriff's seat when they met for the first time in a public forum Friday night. The official filing period isn't until December, but seven candidates have already declared their intentions to run. They had a variety of takes on longtime Sheriff Stanley Glanz's departure and how to move the law enforcement agency forward. Glanz's resignation is effective Nov. 1, prompting the special election to fill the remainder of his term through Dec. 31, 2016. His resignation immediately followed a grand jury’s return of two misdemeanor criminal indictments against him, as well as eight allegations for his removal from office.

  • Tulsa library space serves as a sacred place for seekers

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Space really is the final frontier when it’s library space: the ever-shifting border between ignorance and knowledge, presupposition and enlightenment, the unseen and revelation. And when it’s seminary library space, it’s all that and more.

  • Guts Church pastor did a 180-turn in his 20s

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Guts Church founding pastor Bill Scheer was preaching in jeans and cowboy boots when most preachers were still wearing suits and ties. The church he founded 23 years ago is now one of Tulsa’s largest and most engaged in the community. “I wanted to start a church for people who don’t like church,” said Scheer, whose love of leather and motorcycles tells something about his past.

  • Jury recommends life for Tulsa man convicted of murder, child abuse in death of girlfriend's toddler

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Jurors recommended life in prison Friday for a Tulsa man they convicted of murder and child abuse in connection with the death of a 19-month-old girl. The jury found Scott Allen Bolden, 27, guilty of first-degree murder and child abuse by injury and recommended life sentences on both counts.  Prosecutors maintained that Bolden used unreasonable force upon Angel Benjamin, which caused her to sustain bruises all over her body and to die of subdural hemorrhaging. She also had extensive retinal hemorrhages.

  • QuikTrip again lands on Forbes' list of the biggest private businesses

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    QuikTrip again earned a high spot on Forbes' yearly ranking of the  country's largest private companies . The Tulsa-based convenience store chain generated yearly revenues of $10.96 billion, good enough to place the company at No. 28 on the rankings. That performance marked a slight decline from its No. 27 spot last year with a yearly revenue of $11.45 billion. The report also noted QuikTrip now has 19,800 employees.

  • Meet the couple behind one of Tulsa's best Halloween party houses

    BY JESSICA RODRIGO, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    For the past seven years, Emily and Richard Bolusky's home has become the Halloween headquarters for their friends and family. Their home on Owasso Avenue is hard to miss with its faux gravestones, giant spiders and inflatable Halloween decorations. It's not the only house on the block decked out with things that go bump in the night, but it is definitely one of the most popular on the spooky holiday. "It's just so fun, and the kids get so excited," Emily Bolusky said. "We get about 800 to 1,000 kids who visit our house for Halloween."

  • Tulsa World: Judge removes himself from Robert Bates case after conflicts revealed

    Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Court minutes indicate that Judge James Caputo has removed himself from presiding over Robert Bates' case after conflicts were revealed Friday morning. The attorney for the estate of Eric Harris, who was fatally shot by Bates in a Violent Crimes Task Force operation in April, sent a letter to District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler citing Caputo's relationship with key people in the case in calling for the judge's recusal. The letter dated Thursday says "Judge Caputo has had close business and familial ties with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office ("TCSO"), including ties with individuals who are key witnesses in the Bates case."

  • Man electrocuted after dump truck knocks down power line

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    A man in Tulsa was electrocuted after the bucket of a dump truck knocked down a power line Thursday. Authorities shortly before 1 p.m. were called to the 7000 block of North Oakcliff Drive, where a man was using a dump truck to unload rocks. After the truck's bucket knocked down a nearby power line, the electricity caused a tire on the vehicle to catch fire, officials said.