• Bone-chilling temperatures expected Wednesday in Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    High temperatures in the lower 20s are expected in areas across the state, with wind chill values falling below zero, according to the National Weather Service’s Norman office. Wind chill advisories are in effect until 10 a.m. Wednesday for counties across northern and northeastern Oklahoma, including Woodward, Enid, Bartlesville, Muskogee and the Tulsa metro area.

  • Oklahoma community colleges embark on new completion efforts

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    Fourteen institutions statewide have joined the Community College Completion Corps, C4, as part of a nationwide initiative to increase student completion rates.

  • Number of female homicide victims, domestic violence-related deaths up in Tulsa in 2014

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    Still wearing blood-covered clothes as he sat on his front porch, Arthur Devaughn told Tulsa police on a cold February night that he had stabbed and killed his mother, Glenda Castaneda, during a dispute over her prescription medication. Castaneda’s body, with injuries to her face and head, was found in a pool of her own blood in her home in the 6200 block of North Cheyenne Avenue on Feb. 9, 2014. Castaneda’s killing was the first of 12 homicides the Tulsa Police Department classified as resulting from domestic violence last year. The majority of those victims were women, and the total number of women killed in Tulsa last year — 20 — was a 26-year high, an ignominious figure for a city that’s seen at least 10 women killed in each of the last four years. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Casady School hosts debate tournament

    Provided by Casady School office of communications | Published: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    Members of Casady’s varsity debate teams ran the tournament last month.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for Jan. 3

    Published: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    Oklahoma news briefs for Jan. 3, 2015

  • Woman accused of stabbing neighbor over DVD player

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    A Tulsa woman was arrested early Friday after police say she stabbed another woman during an argument over a DVD player. LaTroya Marie Grayson, 31, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on a complaint of assault with a deadly weapon, records show. Police were called about 12:30 a.m. to the Fairmont Terrace Apartments in the 1000 block of East 60th Street to investigate a reported stabbing. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Former Oklahoma legislator arrested after seven-hour Tulsa standoff

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    A man Tulsa police said was responsible for a seven-hour standoff Tuesday night after threatening to kill his ex-wife is a former member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and a licensed Tulsa attorney. John “Chris” Hastings, 59, was arrested just before midnight Tuesday inside his home in the 6800 block of East 65th Street. According to Hastings’ arrest report, the former legislator pointed a loaded firearm at his ex-wife’s head, asking her “if she wanted to be shot in the head or stomach.” According to the report, Hastings also told his ex-wife “you are going to die today.” Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Why some major retailers pick Tulsa over Oklahoma City

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 1, 2015

    Demographics and location are key to decision of selecting one Oklahoma metropolitan area over the other.

  • Tulsa basketball: Edmond Memorial's James Woodard's heroics lift Tulsa over UCF, 56-54

    Published: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    ORLADO, Fla. — Shaquille Harrison scored 22 points while James Woodard added some late heroics and Tulsa topped UCF 56-54 on Wednesday. Woodard, who played high school basketball at Edmond Memorial, broke a tie game with 3:29 left with a 3-pointer, then his jumper with 1:49 sealed the win. Adonys Henriquez’s three-point play drew UCF to within two with 1:23 left, but Daiquan Walker’s jumper with one second left missed and Tulsa hung on. Tulsa (8-5, 1-0 American Conference) scored the first eight points of the game, and another 8-0 run later in the half helped them build a 36-21 lead at intermission.

  • Tulsa man receives year in prison, 14 years' probation, in boating deaths

    BY SHEILA STOGSDIL | Published: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    JAY — A Tulsa man was sentenced to a year in prison and 14 years’ probation in connection with a Grand Lake boating accident that claimed the lives of two friends. John DeSelms, 22, pleaded no contest in August to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in Delaware County District Court. He appeared Tuesday for the second day of his sentencing hearing. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Former Oklahoma police officer jailed Monday, ordered to repay $2,300 in bribery case

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    A former Tulsa police officer who was sentenced to four years in prison on bribery, computer crimes and drug charges will also be required to pay $2,300 in restitution, a Tulsa judge said Monday. District Judge William Kellough ordered Tyrone Jenkins, 41, to repay the sum, which is consistent with the amount a confidential informant admitted to paying Jenkins in return for the address of a jailed couple’s residence where a large sum of money was being stored. Jenkins, who resigned after an 18-year career with the Tulsa Police Department in August, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on Monday and is awaiting transport to a Department of Corrections facility. The current address listed on his booking documents is a home in

  • Oklahoma Project Woman has expanded from Tulsa beginnings

    By Sarah Lobban, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    Oklahoma Project Woman helps women get mammograms and breast cancer treatment.

  • Former Arrow Trucking CEO pleads not guilty to banking and tax fraud charges

    By Curtis Killman - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    The owner of a failed trucking company was formally arraigned Monday in Tulsa federal court on banking and tax fraud charges. James Douglas “Doug” Pielsticker, 46, entered a not guilty plea to a 23-count indictment that claims he defrauded the Internal Revenue Service and a Utah bank of $24 million while he was chief executive officer of the now-closed Arrow Trucking Co. He remained free on a $50,000 unsecured appearance bond following the brief hearing held at U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Pielsticker declined through an attorney to comment on the case following the hearing.

  • Tulsa World sues Fallin, DPS over execution records

    BY CARY ASPINWALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The Tulsa World has filed a lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma seeking release of records related to the botched execution of Clayton Lockett. The lawsuit was filed by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on behalf of BH Media Group Inc., which owns the World, and Enterprise Editor Ziva Branstetter. It seeks the immediate release of documents and emails the World requested from Gov. Mary Fallin's office and the Department of Public Safety through mulitple Open Records Act requests since May. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa police arrest pair after gun goes off during foot pursuit

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Two Tulsa men were arrested late Sunday after a gun apparently was fired during a foot pursuit. Timothy Marion Tiger, 35, and Joshua Boffer, 30, were arrested about 9:20 p.m., according to their arrest reports, about 15 minutes after police attempted to stop a vehicle they were in near East Pine Street and Irvington Avenue. The vehicle attempted to elude police for a bit, then slowed down around the 5700 block of East Pine Street, the report states, where Boffer exited, kicking off the foot pursuit. Boffer, according to the report, ran northbound from Pine Street, but tripped and fell. The officer involved in the chase said he "heard a sound consistent with a gun shot." Boffer, the report states, continued to run,

  • Driver is arrested after tractor-trailer rig overturns near Vinita, Oklahoma

    By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    A truck overturned on U.S. 60 near Vinita and spilled candy on the highway. The truck’s driver was arrested on a drunken-driving complaint.

  • Ex-Oklahoma police officer charged with killing daughter's boyfriend in court Thursday

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    TULSA — A former Tulsa police officer charged with killing his daughter’s boyfriend is due back in court. Court records show a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Tulsa County District Court for 54-year-old Shannon Kepler. Kepler is charged with first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill in the Aug. 5 shooting death of 19-year-old Jeremy Lake. Kepler has pleaded not guilty. Kepler was off-duty when police say he shot Lake while Lake was walking with Kepler’s daughter. An autopsy report says Lake was shot once in the neck and once in the chest.

  • Tulsa secret Santa pays off Wal-Mart layaways, hands out gift cards

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Just as Wal-Mart was about to put the layaway items for 127 families back on the shelf if a payment wasn’t made Wednesday, a secret Santa stepped in. The mysterious donor, working through The Salvation Army, paid off all of the delinquent layaway bills at the Wal-Mart at 207 S. Memorial Drive. Then he added a $100 gift card for each family. “This gift to others is really my Christmas present to myself,” the secret Santa said through the Salvation Army. “I wanted to help people who work hard to provide Christmas for their family. Those who start layaways months before Christmas are doing so because they want to be able to give to others, their families and friends at Christmas, even if they have to pay it off slowly and work hard to make it happen. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Cuban-born Tulsans have different perspectives on policy shift

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Tulsa neurologist Jorge Gonzalez left Cuba at age 5 and hasn’t been back since. And he won’t return, Gonzalez said Wednesday, until the Castro regime is replaced by a democratic government. “(Fidel) Castro has a narcissistic and sociopathic personality, and so does his brother (Raul),” Gonzalez said following the Obama administration’s announcement that it intends to normalize relations with Cuba after more than 50 years. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Car believed used in Tulsa slayings is found

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    TULSA — Police in Tulsa say they’ve found the car believed to have been used in the shooting deaths of two women at an apartment complex on the city’s east side. Sgt. Dave Walker says the stolen 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix was found last week at another east side apartment complex after police received a tip to Crime Stoppers. Police say the car was reported stolen the day before 26-year-old Amanda Marie Douglas and 37-year-old Jennifer Sudar Sanders were found shot to death in the parking lot of Bristol Park Apartments. Police say they believe the car was used to carry the gunman both to and from the scene of the shooting.