• Hoover Crips investigation results in 51 people charged

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER and CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    An investigation focused on the Hoover Crips street gang has resulted in charges against 51 people, federal and state authorities announced Tuesday. At a press conference this afternoon, U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said multiple agencies focused on the gang because of its criminal impact on Tulsa. Williams said with the indictment, "we are going to decapitate" the gang. The gang brought $10 million worth of cocaine through Tulsa or more than 600 kilos, Williams said. He said the drugs came from cartels in Mexico and made their way through Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa as they moved toward Ohio and the northeastern United States. Among those indicted was OU and NFL star De'Mond Parker, aka "Running Back," who is listed in the indictment as Demonn Parker. Also indicted was gang leader Donald Walters, who Williams said had 40 people working for him.  Of the 52 people named in the indictment, 23 have been arrested, authorities said. Read the rest of this story at Tulsa World.com .

  • Officer pleads not guilty in 19-year-old's death

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    TULSA — A Tulsa police officer has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter's boyfriend.

  • Man shot to death in early morning burglary attempt

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    A 44-year-old man is city's latest homicide victim after he was fatally shot inside a north Tulsa home during an attempted burglary early Tuesday. Officers were called about 3 a.m. to a home in the 6300 block of North Elwood Avenue and discovered the body of a man inside a bedroom who had been wounded in the torso, Cpl. Mark Sheldon said. The homeowner told police that he confronted a man outside the residence who was reportedly trying to break into a Honda Prelude, he said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Second alleged victim added to lawsuit against OHP trooper

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    A lawsuit accusing an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper of raping a woman last month during a traffic stop was amended on Monday to include a second alleged victim. Tulsa attorney Kevin Adams filed the lawsuit last week, accusing Trooper Eric Roberts of raping a Tulsa woman July 22 during a traffic stop in Creek County. Roberts, who was suspended with pay on July 24, is assigned to the Turner Turnpike and is a 16-year veteran of the OHP. Capt. George Brown said last week that Roberts has no disciplinary history within the department. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa police officer charged with first-degree murder in Jeremey Lake slaying

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Charges were filed Monday against a Tulsa police officer accused of fatally shooting his adopted daughter's boyfriend while off-duty Aug. 5. Shannon Kepler, 54, was charged with first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill. Kepler is accused of killing 19-year-old Jeremey Lake and firing shots at Lisa Kepler as she ran from the scene. Kepler and his wife, Gina Kepler, both of whom are Tulsa police officers, were arrested hours after the shooting.

  • Man arrested in fatal stabbing in east Tulsa

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    A 19-year-old man is in custody after reportedly fatally stabbing another teenager during an east Tulsa back-to-school party, police said Sunday night. Officers received a call around 9:20 p.m. at the 11500 block of East 38th Street indicating a man was lying on the ground with multiple stab wounds, Tulsa police spokesman Craig Johnson said. When police and paramedics arrived, they saw he had three stab wounds to his torso and immediately transported him to a nearby hospital, where Johnson said he died. The suspect and victim, who is also 19, had a prior history of conflict, Johnson said. The suspect initially left the scene but returned just after officers began investigating, and he was detained without a struggle, he

  • UPDATE: Silver Alert canceled for Bixby man

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Police have canceled a Silver Alert for Don Doshier, 78, of Bixby, who was reported missing Friday evening.

  • Members named to Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum's 2014-15 Teen Board.

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Twenty-three high school students will serve on the teen board of the Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum.

  • Oklahoma religion news in brief

    Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Religion briefs for Aug. 16.

  • Oklahoma City area real estate briefs, Aug. 16

    Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Oklahoma City area real estate briefs, Aug. 16

  • Tulsa Public Schools see sharp declines in reading, math proficiency rates

    By ANDREA EGER & KIM ARCHER - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Tulsa Public Schools’ elementary and middle school sites saw sharp declines in student proficiency rates in reading and math on 2013-14 Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests, while many suburban districts also posted significant decreases. While they are still analyzing the test results, school officials throughout the area said they think the slide in proficiency rates is largely related to a new state requirement to give the vast majority of special education students the same exam as non-disabled students, rather than an alternative assessment.

  • QuikTrip responds to St. Louis riot damage

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    The riot that enveloped a suburban St. Louis neighborhood and destroyed a local QuikTrip store has forced the Tulsa-based company to focus on two priorities, spokesman Michael Thornbrugh said Thursday. No. 1, make sure all the store's employees are safe and have access to counseling. And No. 2, offer them jobs at the other dozens of QuikTrips nearby but outside of that danger zone. "Honestly, the only focus we have is we're taking care of employees and customers at other locations," Thornbrugh said. "We're been unable to even go in and do anything else at the location. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • George Kaiser Foundation makes record donation to River Parks for A Gathering Place

    By KEVIN CANFIELD - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    The River Parks Board of Trustees this morning voted unanimously to accept what is believed to be the largest gift to a public park in the history of the United States. "It will make a huge and wonderful difference to Tulsa," Board Chairwoman Robin Ballenger said before the vote. In the small boardroom of River Parks Authority, officials from the George Kaiser Family Foundation will donate A Gathering Place for Tulsa to the authority. The gift is estimated at $350 million, including approximately $50 million for operations and maintenance. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Greg Winters receives career excellence award from Oklahoma CareerTech

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Greg Winters, the superintendent of Canadian Valley Technology Center, was given the Francis Tuttle Career Excellence Award from Oklahoma CareerTech.

  • Oklahoma minister indicted in scheme that stole nearly $1M from his nonprofit

    BY COREY JONES and MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    A minister and former executive director of a Tulsa nonprofit organization has been indicted on three counts of wire fraud in a scheme that prosecutors say diverted nearly $1 million from a community center he founded. Willard Lenord Jones, pastor of Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church and former executive director of the Greater Cornerstone Community Center, is alleged to have used community center funds for personal expenses and luxury items that include hotel stays, restaurants, casinos, liquor and automobiles, according to the indictment. He also is accused of failing to report almost $400,000 in income on a 2011 tax form. “This case is about a man who abused his position and misappropriated funds belonging to the community center project,” U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. “Mr. Jones failed to honor the trust of the community.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Jenks schools pulls film deemed Islamophobic

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Jenks Public Schools will no longer show a documentary film that suggests Islamic terrorists might have been behind the Oklahoma City bombing, after a complaint from a Muslim parent. The History Channel film, “Conspiracy: Oklahoma City Bombing,” examines a variety of conspiracy theories about the 1995 Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing, which killed 168 people. "We're very happy about the decision," said Adam Soltani, executive director of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which worked with the parent in filing the complaint.

  • Bridenstine blames Obama for problems in Iraq and on Texas' border

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    Problems in Iraq and on Texas’ border with Mexico are the fault of President Barack Obama, and he’s also partly responsible for conflict in eastern Europe, First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine said Tuesday. “The American public is waking up,” said Bridenstine. “What I will tell you, what a lot of folks in this room have been waiting for, is that the American public is looking at what the Democrat Party and this president have done on the southern border and they are not approving of it.” “His foreign policy has been an utter failure. His domestic policy has been an utter failure.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Woman who filed OHP rape lawsuit was charged previously with making a false rape report

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The woman who filed a federal lawsuit alleging that an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper raped her last month is wanted in another county on an allegation that she falsely reported a rape in 2009. The woman, identified in the lawsuit only by her initials, is linked through public records to that Cherokee County charge as well as to an outstanding arrest warrant in Oklahoma County on charges of second-degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property. Gary James, an attorney for Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Roberts and the Oklahoma State Highway Troopers Association, said the allegations of rape "are unequivocally untrue." <a href="http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/crimewatch/woman-who-filed-ohp-rape-lawsuit-was-charged-previously-with/article_a9842c47-efc4-5e20-8bc2-62b0cd8a4891.html">Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com</a>.

  • Arraignments reset in Tulsa officers’ shooting case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    TULSA — Arraignments have been rescheduled for two married Tulsa police officers arrested last week in connection with the off-duty fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man who was walking with their adopted daughter. Shannon Kepler and Gina Kepler will be arraigned Aug. 19. They had been scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. Shannon Kepler was arrested on a complaint of first-degree murder and Gina Kepler was arrested on a complaint of accessory to murder after the fact. Gina Kepler is free on bond. Prosecutors have not filed formal charges in the case. The shooting victim, Jeremey Lake, was found shot to death last week on a street near downtown. Shannon Kepler’s attorney said Tuesday that his client is innocent.

  • Lawsuit alleges OHP trooper raped Tulsa woman during traffic stop

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    A lawsuit filed Monday accuses an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper of pulling a woman over last month, making her perform sexual acts while he drove his patrol vehicle, then stopping and raping her at a secluded location. The trooper named in the lawsuit, Eric Roberts, was identified by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol last week as having been suspended on July 24 for allegations of misconduct, Capt. George Brown said. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Tulsa asks for a jury trial, noting that Roberts, who is being investigated by members of OHP's Troop Z, the investigative division, has not yet been charged.