• Apparently intoxicated man crashes through fences at Tulsa International Airport, leads police on chase

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    An apparently intoxicated motorist crashed through multiple fences Wednesday at the Tulsa International Airport but was apprehended after a brief chase and without disruption to air traffic. Alexis Higgins, the airport's marketing director, said the incident unfolded around noon. Higgins said a man drove through a fence on the southwest end of the airport near Legacy Aviation, which reported the breach. The man drove north on the airfield and again crashed through a fence, exiting the airfield on the northwest side but not before airport police spotted the vehicle and pursued, Higgins said. She said the chase went on public roads that access businesses on the northern end of the property before the driver barreled through a fence on the northeast side of the airport near the air traffic control tower and again entered the airfield. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Most Tulsans at public meeting oppose proposed outlet mall near Turkey Mountain

    BY KEVIN CANFIELD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    City Councilor Jeannie Cue began Tuesday night’s public meeting on a proposed outlet mall by saying she thinks the developer of the project doesn’t realize how important the Turkey Mountain wilderness area is to Tulsans. Now they do. About 200 people filled a ballroom at the Marriott Tulsa Hotel Southern Hills, with most of the applause saved for those who spoke against the project. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Survivors of fatal flight that killed former OU quarterback Steve Davis file lawsuit

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Two survivors on a 2013 plane crash that killed former University of Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis and businessman Wes Caves have filed a lawsuit in connection with the accident. Jim Rodgers, a retired Tulsa firefighter and Christopher Evans have jointly filed a lawsuit, along with their spouses, Sheryll Rodgers and Jill Evans, in Tulsa federal court against two companies associated with the crashed jet. The complaint, filed Monday, makes similar allegations contained in a lawsuit filed earlier by Caves’ widow, Regina Caves. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Center of the Universe Festival in Tulsa announces main stage headliners

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    The countdown is on: The Center of the Universe Festival will mark its third year in the Brady Arts District on July 24 and 25 with the first round of bands playing the festival’s Main Stage. Headlining the Main Stage on July 24 is Panic! At the Disco, with MisterWives and American Authors opening the festival. The rock band Three Days Grace will headline Saturday night, with Kongos playing before. Three more Main Stage bands will be announced soon, including the two Main Stage after-party groups. “We aim to give our festivalgoers what they want. We are excited to incorporate feedback from our followers in order to deliver a quality, fun-filled arts experience for music lovers and art fanatics alike,” festival co-founder Philip Kaiser said. “In addition to a solid, outstanding music lineup, this year’s festival will also emphasize all types of art including a variety of vendors and street artists.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Execution records pierce veil of secrecy surrounding process

    BY CARY ASPINWALL and ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    There was so much secrecy surrounding the rush to develop a new execution drug protocol in Oklahoma last spring that even the director of the Department of Corrections didn’t know the state had found a new source for drugs. Director Robert Patton told state investigators that he learned...

  • Tulsa man reportedly stabs brother in argument over wheelchair-bound sister

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    A 36-year-old Tulsa man is accused of stabbing his brother during an disagreement over who would care for their wheelchair-bound sister. About 11:30 p.m. Sunday, police arrived to a home the 1500 block of North Knoxville Avenue and discovered a 37-year-old man laying in the front porch with a stab wound to his left leg, according to a police report. The man told detectives that his brother, Marvin Covington, stabbed him with a knife as they argued over who would be the caretaker for a younger sister recently was released from an area hospital after being in a coma. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • World War II veterans remember: Roland Powell fought with segregated Army unit in the Philippines

    BY TIM STANLEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    One thing about mortars: They don’t discriminate. Roland Powell learned that early on in his combat experience, observing how the shells cut down everyone, race or skin color notwithstanding. The sound of them being fired in the distance “was an eerie feeling,” recalled Powell, who served in a segregated Army unit for black soldiers. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Records reveal lack of protocol in Clayton Lockett's Oklahoma execution

    BY CARY ASPINWALL and ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Those in charge of carrying out the execution of Clayton Lockett on April 29, 2014, knew it wasn’t going well, documents released Friday to the Tulsa World show. A paramedic and doctor were rapidly trying to find a vein on Clayton Lockett and start an IV to deliver his lethal injection. On that evening, inside the death chamber at Oklahoma State Penitentiary, officials were feeling the pressure with another execution scheduled to start in less than two hours. After numerous failed attempts in Lockett’s arms, neck and feet, the team reluctantly decided to start an IV in Lockett’s femoral vein, near the groin. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • One year later: Hawthorne Elementary still struggling with teacher retention

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Tulsa World editor's Note: One year ago, the Tulsa World spent the better part of a month inside Hawthorne Elementary School for the series Inside an "F" School, exploring why it and so many other inner-city schools are receiving failing grades from the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Our journalists recently revisited Hawthorne and found that a few new bright spots of hope exist, but the most serious challenges remain exactly as they found them earlier.  Estella Bitson thought things would be much different by now. Now in her fourth year as principal at one of the city’s most at-risk schools, Bitson says she is beginning to accept that Hawthorne Elementary School’s reality is one of relentless challenge. Some, like the extreme poverty and high-crime neighborhoods in which students live, are beyond the school system’s control. But Bitson says other challenges are not. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Full of promise: Many of Tulsa's empty buildings ripe for renewal

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Numerous redevelopment projects are underway in Tulsa, but plenty of empty buildings remain. Many of these have crumbling paint, boards in their windows and signs of vandalism. Some have been vacant for decades. It’s tempting to consider them irredeemable eyesores that should be bulldozed to clear the way for something new. But others see opportunities to preserve their classic architecture while giving the structure a new purpose. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Crowne Plaza Tulsa sells yet again for $8.5 million

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The Crowne Plaza Tulsa Southern Hills has found a third owner in less than a year. Lewis Avenue Hotels, a Texas-based investment group, sold the 286-room hotel at 7902 S. Lewis Ave. to Delaware-based Tulsa Lewis Hotel Venture for $8.5 million, Tulsa County land records indicate. A receptionist at the Crowne Plaza, who declined to be identified, said the hotel is now operated by Pacific Pearl Hotels. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Creek chief: 'My business agreement with a Kialegee business client was never a secret'

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Muscogee (Creek) Nation Chief George Tiger said Friday his contract with a casino developer was not improper and he is not resigning from office. In a written statement, Tiger said the consulting contract he signed in 2009 with developer Shane Rolls was proper because he had not been sworn into office when it was signed. "I can state categorically that I have acted at all times in accordance with our constitution and the best interests of ALL Creek citizens." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • New Tulsa energy company springs to life

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    From where they are standing, striking out on your own to form an oil and gas company in the middle of a downtown is a pretty smart idea. It's all in how you see it. Newly formed Atalaya Resources LLC is the brainchild of longtime Apache Corp. officer Rob Johnston and four of his closest colleagues. Together, they have more than 160 years experience and all have been through the booms and busts. "We, from our vantage point, look at things differently from others," Johnston said from Atalaya's 11th-floor office of the First Place building in downtown Tulsa. "In my time we've experienced about six corrections. There's always an up following a down." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa apartment dweller kills two men during early-morning home invasion; third man sought

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL and COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Police are looking for a person of interest in a break-in at an east Tulsa apartment complex where two people were fatally shot early Thursday. Police said three men — one of them armed — forced their way into a unit at the Suzanne Apartments in the 9900 block of East 12th Street about 12:30 a.m. Kejuan Shields, 22, and Demario Harris, 33, were shot to death by a 26-year-old resident of the apartment in a wheelchair. A third man fled through a bedroom window. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • 8 things you should know about Ed Harris and Oklahoma ties

    BY MICHAEL SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Ed Harris has had a long career playing morally questionable guys, in movies including “The Truman Show,” “Places in the Heart” and “Pollock.” The intense actor has played more than his share of flat-out bad guys, like the mob boss he plays in the new crime drama “Run All Night,” opening in theaters on Friday. Harris has been the good guy, too, with his portrayal of astronaut John Glenn in “The Right Stuff” being one of the most true-blue Americans in film history. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • DNA evidence links Tulsa man to October rape

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Tulsa police used DNA evidence to arrest a sex offender who reportedly raped a 33-year-old woman last October. Terrell James Littlejohn, 31, is accused of confronting a woman with a knife outside her home in the 3600 block of South Maplewood Avenue on Oct. 11, 2014 and forced her to perform sex acts at gunpoint, police said. Littlejohn later left the home with cash and several personal belongings following the attack, police said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa police say 2 shot, killed while breaking into home

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    TULSA — Police in Tulsa say two men were shot and killed after they broke into an apartment on the city’s east side. Police told reporters that a resident of the apartment told investigators three men broke into his apartment about 2:30 a.m. and that he opened fire. Police say 22-year-old Kejuan Shields and 34-year-old Demario Harris were dead at the scene while the third man escaped through a window in the apartment. The apartment resident’s name was not immediately released. Police say two people live in the apartment and both were questioned and released.

  • Say No To Hate coalition speaks against racist video featuring OU fraternity members

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Long before two University of Oklahoma students sang and were later expelled for a racist chant in which they gleefully described never allowing a black person into their fraternity, Tulsa's Say No To Hate coalition was formed. And, nearly 30 years after the coalition of Tulsa's civic leaders was organized as a way to protest a Ku Klux Klan rally in the city, its members are "dumbfounded" they are still fighting the same battle. "I've been with the group for 15 years," said Toby Jenkins, the director of Oklahomans for Equality. "And there hasn't been a year in which we didn't have to come together two or three times to combat some form of hate. It's embarrassing." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Donations are needed for prom attire giveaway in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Bartlesville

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Prom wear will be given away in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Bartlesville.

  • Naked man found hiding in garage captured by Tulsa police

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    A Tulsa man was arrested by police after he was found naked outside a Tulsa home. Shawn Ray Miller, 30, was discovered about 10:40 p.m. Monday by a woman who was walking to her garage in the 1500 block of North Florence Place, police said.  Miller, who was inside the garage wearing only cowboy boots, ran after the woman screamed, police said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .




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