• Prosecutors: Three used BB gun to rob, kidnap man who responded to escort ad

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    A man and two women face multiple charges on accusations that they used a BB gun to kidnap, rob and intimidate a man who responded to an online escort advertisement. April Pless, Lucas Daniel Scott and Emily Charissa Judd — also identified as Emily Charissa Scott — were charged Monday with robbery with a firearm and kidnapping, according to court records. Pless, 27, was also charged with larceny of an automobile and an additional count of kidnapping, court documents indicate.

  • Indian Women's Pocahontas Club works to preserve Cherokee culture

    Published: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    Club president Debra West said organizations such as Cherokee Nation Businesses, the Oklahoma Pork Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council have supported the Indian Women's Pocahontas Club and helped it achieve its goals

  • Internal review finds DHS had three referrals from parents before 5-year-old was slain

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    In a volatile divorce that ended with the shooting death of a 5-year-old last year, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services had three prior referrals from the parents. An internal review found caseworkers did not follow protocol in one of those situations. On March 19, Bryon Creech began a 17-hour police standoff with his son, Braydon, at the RiverChase apartments near 81st Street and Riverside Drive. The next day, he surrendered, and police found the child dead from gunshot wounds to the neck and chest. The Medical Examiner’s Office ruled it a homicide. Bryon Creech faces charges of first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill, kidnapping, child abuse by injury, child neglect, second-degree burglary and violation of a protective order. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and an arraignment is set for Feb. 16.

  • Family of Tulsa man not satisfied, year after his killing

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    On Jan. 16, 2015, rush-hour traffic in downtown Tulsa was busier than usual. Thousands of people were traveling to the BOK Center to wait for the doors to open for the sixth of Garth Brooks’ seven concerts at the arena, and that meant slow-moving vehicles and longer waits at traffic lights, sometimes extending for a mile or more along Denver Avenue. Among the would-be concert attendees was 34-year-old Edmond resident Andrew Bryiant, a Department of Veterans Affairs police officer who worked in Oklahoma City. Tulsan Rodney Walker wasn’t attending the show but lived in the Renaissance Uptown apartments at 11th Street and Denver Avenue, which Bryiant had to pass on his way to the arena. But Bryiant never made it to the performance that night. Walker, 21, had been arguing with his girlfriend of two months outside the complex that evening, and Bryiant said he stopped to intervene because it turned physical against the woman.

  • Man accused of kidnapping woman while hiding from police in north Tulsa

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    A homeless man hiding from police who were investigating a stolen car was arrested after allegedly forcing his way inside a woman's apartment and holding her against her will Sunday night. David Constancio, 49, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of kidnapping and possession of a stolen vehicle. His bail was set at $27,000. Officers were driving through the parking lot of the Tudor House Inn near East Archer Street and North Sheridan Road about 10:30 p.m. when they spotted a vehicle reported stolen from Catoosa, according to an arrest report. The vehicle did not have a license plate. 

  • Witnesses describe laser-based cancer treatment in fraud trial of former clinic owner

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    About a year after paying $10,000 in 2008 and undergoing what she believed to be a life-saving treatment for her breast cancer, the tumor broke through Cynthia Babecka’s skin. Bob Babecka, her husband, recalled Friday the conversation he had with Antonella Carpenter when they contacted her about the new development in Cynthia’s health. Carpenter, who has no formal medical training, had treated Cynthia’s cancerous tumor with a homemade laser at her office in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Carpenter assured the Babeckas that the tumor’s movement was what she expected.

  • Off-duty Tulsa corporal under personnel investigation for dustup with NASCAR star

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office on Friday afternoon issued a brief statement regarding the dustup between one of its off-duty corporals and racing legend Tony Stewart at the Chili Bowl in Tulsa a week ago. Cpl. Kyle Hess and Stewart got into a confrontation in the Expo Square grandstands the night of Jan. 15. Cellphone video depicts the two men locking arms or hands and exchanging words, eventually ending with shoving. Spokesman Justin Green said Hess remains at work but is under a personnel investigation. Green said such an investigation can take no longer than 30 days, at which point a decision on how to handle the matter as far as possible discipline will be made.

  • Tulsa-area high schoolers among protesters booted from Trump rally

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    With their protest sign — a sheet carrying the words “Trump Makes America Hate Again” — tucked away deep in one of their shoes, a group of high school students nervously made their way into the center pit at the Mabee Center for Donald Trump’s rally on Wednesday. More than a dozen students from Booker T. Washington, Edison and Bishop Kelley high schools were among the protestors who showed up at the rally. Noah Miracle, a Booker T. junior, said the group went because they think it is important to stand up for what they believe in.

  • A Way Home for Tulsa surpasses goal of housing 290 homeless veterans

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    A collaboration of 23 area agencies working to house and provide support services to those in need surpassed its goal of housing 290 homeless veterans last year. Working as A Way Home for Tulsa, the agencies spearheaded Zero:2016 Tulsa, part of a national effort to end veteran and chronic homelessness. The collaboration was able to house 298 veterans and 78 chronically homeless.

  • When the Ku Klux Klan tried to arrest the cast of ‘Hair’ in Tulsa

    BY DEBBIE JACKSON and HILARY PITTMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    What happens when the Klan barges on-stage and grabs a naked woman while trying to make a citizens arrest during a performance of “Hair” on a cold winter night in Tulsa? The audience erupts in a chorus of “boos,” of course. Four men claiming to be associated with the Ku Klux Klan tried to stop the show on Jan. 30, 1972, during the last of six performances attended by some 10,000 people at the Tulsa Municipal Theater, now the Brady Theater.

  • Tulsa now has the lowest average fuel price in the nation

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Even with an overnight increase in fuel prices, Tulsa now has the lowest average gasoline cost among the nation's major metro areas, according to a AAA report Wednesday morning. Tulsa's average gasoline price now stands at $1.435. Oklahoma as a whole was slightly higher at $1.576, although it's also the lowest average among the 50 states. Missouri is now the second-lowest at $1.60.

  • Court schedules hearing in Tulsa sheriff's effort to have Robert Bates-related charge dismissed

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Stanley Glanz's contention that the 2009 internal investigation involving Robert Bates is a personnel record which should not have been released "completely misses the mark," according to court documents filed Wednesday by prosecutors. The former Tulsa County sheriff appeared Wednesday in Presiding District Judge Rebecca Nightingale's court, where she scheduled a 2 p.m. Feb. 26 hearing on Glanz's motion to dismiss one of two misdemeanors he faces. Glanz is charged with willful violation of the law and refusal to perform official duty after grand jurors indicted him Sept. 30 on those two counts .

  • VIDEO: U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin criticizes Trump, says 'Barney' Sanders is a 'puppet'

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin on Wednesday criticized GOP presidential front runner Donald Trump as an "I, I, I" candidate. "The problem I have with Trump ... is when the individual gets up there and says I, I, I ..." it is not representative of getting things done because "along the way there were people helping that individual."

  • In Tulsa, Donald Trump embraces anger critics say is foundation for his popularity

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump embraced the anger his critics say is the foundation for his popularity during his appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Mabee Center. "People are sick and tired, and yes, we're angry," Trump said after greeting a near-capacity crowd of about 9,000, some of whom waited five hours or more to see him. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin sounded a similar tone in her warm-up remarks.

  • Sarah Palin to appear with Donald Trump at Tulsa appearance Wednesday

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will appear with billionaire Donald Trump when he brings his Republican presidential campaign to the Mabee Center on the Oral Roberts University campus at noon Wednesday. Palin, former governor of Alaska, announced Tuesday that she was endorsing Trump for president. Trump campaigned Tuesday in Winterset, Altoona, and Ames, Iowa, and will be in Norwalk, Iowa, for an event tomorrow, before traveling to Tulsa for a rally that his campaign said is expected to draws thousands.

  • High-speed pursuit ends with trooper ramming DUI suspect's vehicle

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    A Broken Arrow man accused of driving under the influence of drugs was arrested after leading state troopers on a high-speed pursuit from Tulsa to Bixby that concluded when a trooper intentionally rammed the man's vehicle early Tuesday. A trooper attempted to pull over a vehicle driven by Taylor David Kazmierczak, 19, that was speeding eastbound on the Creek Turnpike near South Memorial Drive about 12:45 a.m. The vehicle was going 11 miles over the speed limit, Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Dwight Durant said. Instead of stopping, the vehicle exited the highway at South Mingo Road and headed north while pursued by troopers. The suspect eventually turned around and drove south, speeding past stop signs and county roads, Durant said. 

  • Former University of Tulsa student sues after suspension for alleged social media harassment

    BY SAMANTH VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    A former University of Tulsa student who was suspended in 2014 for an alleged violation of the school’s harassment policy has filed a lawsuit claiming that his dismissal was unfair and was a breach of the institution’s commitment to due process for students accused of misconduct. George “Trey” Barnett III, who was studying theater at TU, was suspended from Oct. 24, 2014, until Jan. 1, 2016, after another student and two professors complained about a series of Facebook posts created by Barnett’s husband, Christopher Mangum, who was his fiance at the time and was not a student. Barnett’s lawsuit alleges negligence on the part of the university in large part because school officials refused to allow him a hearing to defend himself. It asks for more than $75,000 in damages.

  • Tony Stewart - off-duty Tulsa County deputy altercation under investigation

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS and JOHN RITTENOURE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a corporal’s conduct after a video shows the officer and NASCAR driver Tony Stewart involved in an altercation at the Chili Bowl. The video surfaced late Friday and appears to show Stewart, who went into the grandstands Friday night at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals inside the River Spirit Expo Center, confronting a heckler. Fans pulled out their cell phones to video, and the incident quickly flooded social media. Deputy Justin Green identified the man in the video as Cpl. Kyle Hess, who was off duty during the incident. Green said the Sheriff’s Office is investigating Hess’s conduct at the event to determine if he acted inappropriately.

  • Tulsa man arrested in death of girlfriend's infant under his care

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    Tulsa police have arrested a man whose girlfriend's 6-month-old son died while under his supervision this weekend. Kevin Lee Crawford, 52, was booked early Monday into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of child neglect after former conviction of a felony, possession of a controlled drug and possession of paraphernalia. His bail was set at $60,250. Officers, along with paramedics and firefighters, arrived at the home in the 340 block of South Zunis Avenue about 4 p.m. Saturday in response to an infant suffering from cardiac arrest, police said. The boy was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

  • Aryan Brotherhood member from Tulsa sentenced for racketeering

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    A Tulsa man with ties to the Universal Aryan Brotherhood prison gang was sentenced Friday in federal court to nearly five years in prison. Robert Allen Paul Bryan, 41, pleaded guilty June 4 to a charge of violence committed in aid of racketeering. He was sentenced Friday to 57 months in prison, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Danny Williams Sr. of the Northern District of Oklahoma.