• UPDATED: District attorney Steve Kunzweiler charges reserve deputy with second-degree manslaughter

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    A reserve deputy who fatally shot a man during an undercover drug sting was charged with second-degree manslaughter Monday, according to a press release from the Tulsa County district attorney's office.  “Mr. Bates is charged with Second-Degree Manslaughter involving culpable negligence. Oklahoma law defines culpable negligence as ‘the omission to do something which a reasonably careful person would do, or the lack of the usual ordinary care and caution in the performance of an act usually and ordinarily exercised by a person under similar circumstances and conditions,’” District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said in the press release. “The defendant is presumed to be innocent under the law but we will be prepared to present evidence at future court hearings."

  • ORU marks memory of Oral Roberts' healing with tent crusade on campus

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Close to 2,000 people filled a large tent on the Oral Roberts University campus Wednesday for the opening night of a healing revival that was part of a weeklong ORU Celebration of Healing. The week included a two-day academic conference on the subject of healing on Monday and Tuesday, and healing services Wednesday through Friday. ORU President William Wilson said after the Wednesday service that the tent meetings were a nod to ORU’s roots as the university celebrates its 50th anniversary. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa police Special Operations Team destroys office building from inside as part of training

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Tulsa police Cpl. Jason Muse held a heavy tool in a south Tulsa office building littered with broken glass and debris, demonstrating how to effectively break a window for gaining access during an emergency. “You swing it just like a baseball bat,” Muse told a group of Special Operations Team members while taking a careful practice swing. An officer then grabbed the tool and promptly shattered the window. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa Public Schools releases footage of school bus rollover that injured students, driver

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Tulsa Public Schools released dashboard camera footage of the Tulsa school bus wreck that injured four elementary school students after it slid off U.S. 75 Wednesday. The brief video shows the 21 seconds leading up to the wreck when the school bus swerves between southbound lanes before veering off U.S. 75, slamming through a guardrail, hitting a light pole then turning over onto its side and careening down an embankment. Students can be heard screaming in the background on the bus. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Gale force: Storm chaser rides with 'serendipitous luck' on quest for tornadoes

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    It started in 1993 for Greg McLaughlin after witnessing the destruction left by an F4 tornado in Catoosa that left dozens injured and seven dead. He was 12 when it hit, and he wanted to know more. He found out all a library card could tell him, and then he got his driver’s license and took to the road. He wanted to see his passion in its raw form, he said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Family of man killed by undercover reserve deputy asks Sheriff's Office to release video

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    The family of Eric Harris, who was fatally shot last week by a Tulsa County reserve deputy during an undercover operation, gathered Thursday to ask the Sheriff’s Office to release video of Harris’ death. The video of reserve deputy Robert Bates shooting Harris was recorded via sunglass cameras, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Shannon Clark said earlier this week. Bates, Clark told reporters, believed he was holding a Taser and intended to incapacitate Harris, who the Sheriff’s Office said was wrestling with another deputy. Video also exists which was captured from a nearby business, attorney Dan Smolen said at a news conference Thursday. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Timothy McVeigh lawyer Stephen Jones reflects on Oklahoma City bombing

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Stephen Jones was Oklahoma’s patron saint of unpopular causes long before he became Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh’s lawyer. He probably would not have been asked to defend McVeigh if he hadn’t already represented the likes of mass murderers Roger Dale Stafford and Bobby Wayne Collins. Jones represented McVeigh from May 6, 1995, after two other defense attorneys asked to be removed from the case, until after McVeigh’s conviction in June 1997. On Wednesday, with the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing approaching on April 19, Jones reflected on the experience during an appearance at the Rotary Club of Tulsa. He read the first network news bulletin on the attack, recited statistics related to it and said, “We all remember what we were doing. It is the Pearl Harbor Day of Oklahoma. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • 'Dancing is lust of the flesh,' Oklahoma pastor warned school board

    BY DEBBIE JACKSON and HILARY PITTMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Throughout history, it seems that Oklahomans have had to fight for the right to boogie. In the early 1940s, a proposal by the Parent-Teacher Association to allow “social dancing” in Tulsa Public Schools erupted into a fight with several local pastors. The Sunday before the school board vote, the pastors preached that anyone supporting the use of school buildings for social dancing would “answer to the Lord on Judgment Day.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Broken Arrow man jailed after peeping Tom complaint in University of Tulsa locker rooms

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    A Broken Arrow man was arrested by Tulsa police after he was caught using a camera to record men in locker rooms at the University of Tulsa campus. Isaac Samuel Spengler, 34, was booked Wednesday into the Tulsa Jail on a peeping Tom complaint, jail records show. Spengler was captured after police were notified by campus security that they found a micro card in a restroom containing video footage of men changing inside a campus locker room, according to an arrest report. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa school board strikes $855,000 three-year contract deal with next superintendent

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Tulsa’s next superintendent got a three-year contract worth up to $855,000 in base salary and bonuses alone on Wednesday. At a special meeting that lasted nearly four hours, the school board voted 6-0 to approve Deborah Gist’s employment contract. But board member Gary Percefull left the meeting 15 minutes before the vote was taken. “I can’t speak for him,” Board President Lana Turner-Addison said of Percefull, who did not return the Tulsa World’s calls seeking comment. “My primary concern was going through the contract with our board attorney present. Everybody had an opportunity to speak because it is the most important duty of the board. I’m not going to read anything into it.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Home care agency offers respite grants to Oklahoma families

    By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Grants from Home Instead Senior Care can be used for respite for Oklahoma caregivers.

  • Blue Bell recall expanded

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Bad news continued for Blue Bell Thursday as the Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries expanded its recall of products made at its now-closed plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

  • Tulsa school bus carrying elementary students rolls over on U.S. 75

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Four elementary school students and a bus driver were taken to the hospital after a Tulsa Public Schools bus rolled over Wednesday afternoon and came to rest on its side on a steep embankment along U.S. 75. Tulsa Police spokesman Leland Ashley said there were 10 students on the bus and four were transported to the hospital. The driver also was taken to the hospital after the crash that sent the bus off the roadway and down an embankment in the 3900 block of southbound U.S. 75. An EMSA spokeswoman said the injuries were not life threatening. She said EMSA transported three students from the scene. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Wal-Mart associates in Oklahoma are now earning higher wages and will see bigger paychecks on April 23

    BY LAURIE WINSLOW, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    More than 16,700 Wal-Mart associates in Oklahoma have begun earning higher wages and can expect to see bigger paychecks on April 23. As of April 4, all Wal-Mart associates started earning at least $9 per hour, which is above the federal and state minimum wage of $7.25. By February 2016, all current associates will earn at least $10 per hour. Wal-Mart is giving pay raises to 16,740 associates in Oklahoma as part of an additional $1 billion investment in its workers this year. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • REVIEW: Nickelback at the BOK Center is 'endurance challenge'

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    I never really thought Nickelback deserved all the hate and bad jokes thrown their way. Yeah, their songs can be generic and underwhelming, especially some of their earlier work. But I guarantee you know at least some of the words to “Photograph.” After seeing them play the BOK Center on Tuesday night, I take it back. It was an hour and 50 minute-long endurance challenge, an assault that left me battered. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Three charged with murder in connection with possible gang-related homicide in north Tulsa

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Three people were charged with first-degree murder Tuesday and another faces an accessory charge in connection with a fatal shooting last month that appeared to be gang-related. John Waldon, 29; Willie Stanley, 30; and 25-year-old Diamond Reed are accused of killing Antaun Turner after an argument at the Obsessions Sports Bar, at 3205 N. Peoria Ave., on March 27. Turner’s body was found in the parking lot of the nearby Soul Brothers Car Wash, police said. Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said Turner had been loud, intoxicated and danced in a way that offended some people inside the bar. He was in the process of being escorted from the building when he was shot, Walker said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • CAP Tulsa ranked No. 4 among best large nonprofit employers in U.S.

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    A local anti-poverty organization was named one of the top nonprofit employers in the country in a recent report by the NonProfit Times. The publication’s 2015 Best Places to Work report ranks CAP Tulsa No. 4 among large agencies — those with 250 or more employees — and No. 43 overall. “We were humbled and excited simultaneously that we were able to make such a prestigious list,” Executive Director Steven Dow said. “We’re in the human service business, and as an organization focused on working with people, the most important piece of our success is the quality of people we are able to hire and support.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • 5-year-old dies in Tulsa after being run over by neighbor

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    A 5-year-old boy was pronounced dead Tuesday morning at Saint Francis Hospital after being hit by his neighbor's Jeep. Tulsa police said the neighbor who was supposed to take Jarden Ber-Morgan to Bunche ECDC, a preschool at 2703 N. Yorktown Place, backed over the boy about 8 a.m. No wrongdoing is suspected in the accident, which occurred near 48th Street North and Elwood Avenue. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • 5-year-old dies in Tulsa after being run over by neighbor

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    A 5-year-old boy was pronounced dead Tuesday morning at Saint Francis Hospital after being hit by his neighbor's car. Tulsa police said the neighbor, who was supposed to take the child to school, backed over the boy about 8 a.m. No wrongdoing is suspected in the accident, which occurred near 48th Street North and Elwood Avenue.

  • Tulsa woman jailed on manslaughter complaint in husband's shooting death

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    A Tulsa woman who was recently charged with second-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting her husband during a domestic dispute was arrested by Tulsa County sheriff's deputies. Carolyn Harring, 64, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on Monday in lieu of $25,000 bond, to jail records show. She is accused of killing Charles Harring at the Melrose Apartments in the 6300 block of Ninth Street on Jan. 31.




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