• Oklahoma 16-year-old to be charged as adult in stabbings

    By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Associated Press | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma 16-year-old will be charged as an adult alongside his older brother in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings at a suburban Tulsa home, authorities said Saturday. The suspect will face the same counts as his 18-year-old brother, Robert Bever, who is accused in a booking document of five counts of first-degree murder and a count of aggravated assault in the Wednesday night attack in Broken Arrow. Police have not released the 16-year-old's name, but Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler confirmed Saturday both siblings have been booked on first-degree murder complaints. It wasn't immediately clear in jail records when

  • Tulsa woman faces murder, assault charges in fatal double stabbing

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    A 33-year-old who turned herself in to authorities after being named a suspect in a fatal stabbing was charged with murder Friday. Latoya Willis was charged with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Tulsa County District Court in a double stabbing that left one woman dead. Amber McBroom, 31, was stabbed shortly before 12:45 a.m. July 13 in the 700 block of North Kingston Avenue. She died about an hour later at a hospital.

  • Man who likely shot NFL's Pat Tillman to speak about guilt, road to recovery in Tulsa

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    No one knows who shot and killed Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals safety who became a national hero when he turned down a lucrative NFL contract to fight the Taliban in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But the probability is high that it was former Army Ranger Steven Elliott, Kansas native and Oral Roberts University graduate who was on patrol with Tillman when he died 11 years ago in a rugged mountain pass in Afghanistan. Military and congressional investigations concluded that Tillman was shot three times in the forehead by friendly fire during an intense firefight. The Army originally reported that Tillman was killed by enemy fire.

  • Everything you need to know to prep for Tulsa's Center of the Universe Festival this weekend

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Tulsa ventures to the Center of the Universe this weekend, a universe full of music, art, food, heat, dancing and fun. The third Center of the Universe Festival kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday in the middle of the Brady Arts District and runs until the early morning hours. It picks back up at the same time Saturday. More than 110 bands will play over the two days for the tens of thousands of people expected to flock to downtown Tulsa for the festival.

  • Blue Bell Creameries hasn't set a date yet for resuming production in Broken Arrow

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama, but hasn't determined when it will begin production at its Broken Arrow plant. "We are making good progress on our facility in Broken Arrow, but have not confirmed a date to resume production," said Jenny Van Dorf, a public relations market specialist with Blue Bell Advertising Associates, in an email. Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales. The Texas-based company said it's evaluating the enhanced production processes at its plant in Sylacauga, Alabama.Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama, but hasn't determined when it will begin production at its Broken Arrow plant. "We are making good progress on our facility in Broken Arrow, but have not confirmed a date to resume production," said Jenny Van Dorf, a public relations market specialist with Blue Bell Advertising Associates, in an email. Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales. The Texas-based company said it's evaluating the enhanced production processes at its plant in Sylacauga, Alabama.Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama, but hasn't determined when it will begin production at its Broken Arrow plant. "We are making good progress on our facility in Broken Arrow, but have not confirmed a date to resume production," said Jenny Van Dorf, a public relations market specialist with Blue Bell Advertising Associates, in an email. Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales. The Texas-based company said it's evaluating the enhanced production processes at its plant in Sylacauga, Alabama.

  • 'It’s almost impossible to get your head around:' BA brothers arrested in fatal stabbings of parents, three siblings

    By COREY JONES & KENDRICK MARSHALL | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    BROKEN ARROW — Two teenage brothers were accused of stabbing to death three younger siblings and both of their parents late Wednesday in what police have termed an “unprecedented” family tragedy in a quiet community. Robert Bever, 18, and a 16-year-old brother were taken into custody after a search near the family home, Broken Arrow Police Cpl. Leon Calhoun said. An open line on an emergency phone call led Broken Arrow police to the grisly scene, where the bloodied bodies of the five victims were found inside the house. A critically wounded sixth victim — a 13-year-old girl — was pulled outside and whisked away to a hospital. A 2-year-old girl was located inside but uninjured. Read the full story at

  • Tulsa's Humane Society seeks help for 24 rescued dogs, mostly greyhounds

    BY HANNAH COVINGTON, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Evan Fadem ran from room to room at the Tulsa Humane Society on Wednesday afternoon, helping volunteers leash up dogs for walks or hoist them into sinks for baths. It’s the most care any of the 24 recently rescued dogs has ever been given, and the Humane Society is looking for extra hands to help until they are adopted. The dogs came from an animal cruelty case in Grant County, about two hours northwest of Tulsa.

  • Two brothers in custody in fatal stabbings of parents, three siblings in Broken Arrow home

    BY COREY JONES and KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    BROKEN ARROW —Two teenage brothers allegedly stabbed to death three younger siblings and both of their parents late Wednesday in what police have termed an "unprecedented" family tragedy in a quiet community. An open line on an emergency phone call led Broken Arrow police to the grisly scene, where the bloodied bodies of the five victims were found inside the home. A critically wounded sixth victim — a 13-year-old girl — was pulled outside and whisked away to a hospital. A 2-year-old girl was located inside but uninjured. Police identified the parents as David Bever, 52, and his wife, April, 44. The names of the children were not released.

  • ORU professor says finely-tuned universe points to creator

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    As director of the Oral Roberts University Center for Faith and learning, Professor Dominic Halsmer helps students and faculty integrate academics with a Christian worldview. A tall order in an era when people of faith and people of science often view each other with suspicion. But Halsmer couldn't contain his excitement about his work this week when we sat down at Panera Bread to talk about such subjects as the age of the Earth, evolution and scientific evidence in nature that suggests a creator.

  • WNBA approves Tulsa Shock relocation to Dallas-Fort Worth

    Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    WNBA owners unanimously approved the relocation of the Tulsa Shock to the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area on Thursday, according to a release posted to the league's site. The team will finish the current season in Tulsa before beginning play in Arlington in 2016, the release states. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Abercrombie hijab lawsuit final chapter written

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Tulsa Muslim woman against Abercrombie & Fitch is effectively over after the store dropped its appeal . The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit in 2009 against Abercrombie & Fitch after the store’s Woodland Hills outlet refused to hire then teenager Samantha Elauf because she wears a religiously-mandated hijab, or head covering. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled June 1 in Elauf’s favor, and sent it back to the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver for further resolution.

  • After chase, crash, Tulsa police arrest woman wanted in July homicide

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL and SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Tulsa police arrested a woman Wednesday who had been wanted on an accessory charge in the shooting death of a Tulsa man this month following a midtown police chase. Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said Sarah Nicole Helton, 32, was being sought in the July 5 shooting of Craig Wingard, 33. Wingard was killed during an altercation outside a home in the 3100 block of East Woodrow Place. A warrant for her arrest was filed July 8, the same day Wingard died, records show.

  • Police arrest woman wanted in July homicide after chase

    FROM STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A woman wanted on an accessory charge in the shooting death of a Tulsa man earlier this month was arrested in midtown Tulsa after a police pursuit, officials said. Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said Sarah Nicole Helton, 32, was being sought in the July 5 shooting of Craig Wingard, 33. Wingard was killed during an altercation outside a home in the 3100 block of East Woodrow Place. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • New developments in Blake Shelton-Miranda Lambert divorce revealed

    BY RITA SHERROW, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    All it took was $193.70 in court fees (not counting legal fees) and a prenup to end the four-year marriage of country music superstars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, according to Intouchweekly.com . The website obtained and posted a copy of reported court filings that show B.T.S. (Blake Tollison Shelton) filed for divorce from M.L.S. (Miranda Lambert Shelton) on July 6, and the decree of dissolution of their marriage was was completed July 20 in Pottawatomie County. The actual records of the divorce have been sealed. The couple lived in Johnson County, but the divorce was transferred to Pottawatomie County in Oklahoma. The case entries also show “The Voice” coach Shelton filed “a petition for protective order” on July 6, which was granted the same day.

  • 'America's Got Talent' winner coming to Oklahoma

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Comedian Terry Fator, an “America’s Got Talent” winner known for his range of celebrity impressions, is set to perform in Tulsa this fall. Fator will perform Oct. 9 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Tickets start at $50 and go on sale Aug. 6. Fator is known for his work in imitations, with more than 100 in his repertoire. He also works extensively with puppets to create a dynamic and interactive show.

  • Patriotism led Tulsa's Estelle Harrington to join Navy WAVES

    BY TIM STANLEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Estelle Harrington thought she had her mind made up: After reviewing the options, she was going with the Marine Corps. “The Lady Marines had such cute hats,” she said. But the Navy, it turned out, had something going for it, too. Namely, a stronger sales pitch.

  • Man accused of giving HIV to 15-year-old he met at mentoring program set for jury trial

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    A jury trial has been set for a man accused of knowingly spreading HIV to a minor he met while mentoring at a Tulsa youth program. Elton Howland Rhoades, 24, is set for jury trial Nov. 2 in front of District Judge William LaFortune. Rhoades, who also goes by Keaton Zane Page, is charged with three counts of second-degree rape and three counts of exposing others to HIV, which he allegedly committed in March against a 15-year-old he met while mentoring at a Tulsa youth outreach program.

  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine formally endorses Ted Cruz for president

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine has formally endorsed U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Bridenstine, who has been closely associated with Cruz since the two arrived in Washington 2½ years ago, made the announcement on Breitbart.com over the weekend. Cruz attended a fundraising event for Bridenstine in Tulsa last month, and the two have been allies on several maneuvers in Congress, some of which have irked their Republican colleagues.

  • Grand jury selection in Sheriff's Office inquiry begins; heavy-lifting to come Tuesday

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Six prospective jurors were excused by the judge Monday morning during early stages of the impaneling of a grand jury to probe the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. Tulsa County District Court Presiding Judge Rebecca Nightingale listened to 26 potential jurors offer personal reasons why they shouldn't be on the grand jury. The conversations lasted about 75 minutes and were one-on-one, not allowing the gallery to hear discussions. Nightingale ruled six of them could be excused. Much of the heavy-lifting in convening the grand jury now will take place Tuesday when the jury pool is questioned and whittled down to the necessary 12 members and three alternates.

  • Attorneys say Tulsa convicts in 1994 drive-by slaying have waited long enough for response to innocence petitions

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Almost a year and a half since two convicts serving life sentences filed applications for post-conviction relief, one defendant’s attorneys say they’ve waited long enough for the case to move forward. The attorneys for convict Malcolm Scott filed a motion on Wednesday opposing the state’s requests for more time to respond to their client’s application. The motion states that Scott objects to any further delays and asks the court to set a date for an evidentiary hearing. Almost 20 years ago, a jury found Scott and De’Marchoe Carpenter guilty of first-degree murder and related counts in a drive-by shooting that killed 19-year-old Karen Summers in 1994. Scott and Carpenter, who were 17 at the time of the crime, were sentenced to life plus 170 years in prison.




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