• Three hospitalized, one critical, after Monday night shooting in north Tulsa

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Three people were hospitalized, one in critical condition, Monday night after being shot in a car in what a Tulsa police officer said was an attempt to “make a statement” against the victims. Cpl. Dan Miller said police received calls around 9:20 p.m. about people transporting bodies from the intersection of Cincinnati Avenue and Woodrow Place. Ten minutes later, they learned that three people with gunshot wounds had been driven by a Good Samaritan to Hillcrest Medical Center, Miller said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Bond increased for Oklahoma woman accused of mutilating corpse

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    A woman who is accused of removing a toe and the breasts of a dead woman during a viewing at a Tulsa funeral home was returned to jail after a bond hearing Monday afternoon. Shaynna Lauren Sims had posted bond and was released from jail last week, but a judge increased her bail by $10,000 Monday, and she was put back in the Tulsa Jail. She is expected to post bond on that amount and be released again Tuesday. Sims, 26, was charged Thursday with unlawful removal of a deceased person’s body part, a felony. The charge was added to three other felonies — first-degree burglary, larceny from a person and knowingly concealing stolen property — and misdemeanor counts of unauthorized dissection and disruption of a funeral, with all the allegations stemming from events of April 30. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Coffee Bunker buries Tulsa veteran with honors who likely died in sleep in parking lot

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    For one airman, his military brethren were able to step in and offer a final goodbye when his family couldn’t. His body was found inside his SUV in April after several weeks parked at a south Tulsa Wal-Mart. Presumed dead of natural causes, he was a veteran and regular of the Coffee Bunker. Ronald Ralph Marcussen had fallen on hard times, but life was on the upswing for the 48-year-old before his death. After being homeless, Marcussen had recently found an apartment on the west side of Tulsa. He held a job as a pizza delivery man on the other side of town, and had just purchased the white Mitsubishi Endeavor where his body would later be discovered on a mattress in the back seat . Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Ginnie Graham: Food stamps recipients are not eating more candy or lobster

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    The stories are common: Someone saw (or heard of) a person buying cakes, sodas, chips, steak and lobster with their food-stamp benefits. A version of that anecdote is usually cited when backing laws to restrict items bought with food stamps, a program now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Or, lawmakers argue they are looking out for the poor to make sure they eat healthy, which is pretty condescending. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa man jailed after shooting at vehicle on Gilcrease Expressway, police say

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Tulsa police arrested a man who is believed to have shot at a vehicle on the Gilcrease Expressway and another vehicle in a north Tulsa neighborhood. Willie Henderson, 39, was arrested late Sunday on a shooting with intent to kill complaint, Tulsa Jail records show. About 5:53 p.m. Sunday, police were dispatched to the Gilcrease Expressway after a man reported his vehicle's rear window had been shattered by a bullet while traveling westbound near the Tisdale exit, a police report indicates. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds possible with Saturday storms in eastern Oklahoma

    BY ALTHEA PETERSON, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Saturday storms across eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas will have the potential to produce tornadoes, large hail, and damaging winds, according to the National Weather Service. An upper-level storm system is expected to move northeast into the central Plains region late Saturday into Sunday, according to the weather service. Severe thunderstorms will likely develop Saturday afternoon, and move east Saturday night across eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. In addition to tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds, locally heavy rainfall may result in both flash flooding and river flooding, according to the weather service. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Man survives after pickup falls off Tulsa bridge following crash

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    A man sustained minor injuries after his pickup careened off a Tulsa bridge Friday morning, police said. The Dodge pickup was traveling westbound on the 23rd Street bridge just west of Southwest Blvd. about 6:59 a.m. when it was struck by a Honda Accord that had changed lanes, knocking it through a guardrail and over the bridge, Officer Leland Ashley said. The driver of the pickup, a 47-year-old man, was not seriously injured in the crash, Ashley said. He was transported by EMSA to Saint Francis Hospital for treatment for injures that were not considered life-threatening. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Blue Bell to furlough and layoff more than one-third of its workforce

    BY LAURIE WINSLOW, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Blue Bell will reduce the size of its work force and take other cost-cutting measures, including furloughs and salary reductions, the company announced Friday.

  • Charge added for removal of toe, breasts in corpse vandalism case

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    A Tulsa woman charged with vandalizing a corpse and burglarizing the dead woman's residence is now facing a fourth felony of unlawful removal of a deceased person's body part. Prosecutors added the charge against Shaynna Lauren Sims, also known as Shaynna Smith, on Thursday.  She's now accused of removing both breasts and a toe from the woman during a viewing at Moore Funeral Home Eastlawn Chapel, 1908 S. Memorial Drive, on April 30. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa's Greenwood District in the midst of physical, cultural rebirth

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    On Halloween night in 2003, Dewey Morrow packed up everything he owned, got in his car and made the long trip from his home in Nebraska to Tulsa to be part of history. The goal was to open a business in the historic Greenwood District where Black Wall Street once was the beacon of African-American wealth and entrepreneurship nearly a century ago. Morrow, 56, has operated D&F Mini-Mart, at 104 N. Greenwood Ave., for 12 years. In that time, he’s seen the Greenwood District slowly transform from a remnant of what it once was to a section of the city surrounded by ONEOK Field, the Brady Arts District and the Blue Dome District. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • OSBI considering possible investigation into Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation on Thursday morning announced it has been officially asked to probe allegations of misconduct within the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office but hasn't opened a case yet. The news release states the OSBI is "conferring with other investigative and prosecutorial entities with jurisdiction in this case to determine the best and most efficient course of action." The Tulsa County District Attorney's Office made the formal request May 6, said Jessica Brown, OSBI spokeswoman. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • OSBI asked to investigate Tulsa County sheriff's office

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The Tulsa County district attorney has asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to investigate allegations of misconduct within the Tulsa County sheriff’s office, the OSBI reported Thursday. The OSBI has not yet made a decision about whether to open a case.

  • City demands county cease and desist connecting TPD chief to Robert Bates

    By JARREL WADE - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    A Monday letter from City Attorney David O’Meilia to Tulsa County officials demanded an immediate cease and desist regarding the county’s recently suspended spokesman connecting the city’s police chief to former Reserve Deputy Robert Bates. Bates is a 73-year-old reserve deputy charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Eric Harris on April 2. The incident has unfolded into a controversy that has thus far resulted in two resignations from top officials at the Sheriff’s Office. Bates had a personal relationship with Sheriff Stanley Glanz and other Sheriff’s Office officials. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • WPX Energy moving jobs to Tulsa

    BY JOHN STANCAVAGE, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Tulsa-based WPX Energy confirmed Wednesday it is adding jobs in Tulsa. The move, which comes after a layoff of 44 local (83 companywide) employees in March, should result in a net gain for the company at its headquarters. WPX is relocating 53 people to Tulsa from its office in Denver. In addition, it also plans to hire 40 to 50 more workers locally, spokesman Kelly Swan told the Tulsa World in an exclusive interview. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tempers flare at arraignment in animal cruelty case

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    A Tulsa man accused of leaving a dog to starve to death clashed with animal rights advocates after he appeared in court Wednesday for an arraignment. Rodney Michael Thomas, who also uses the last names Jones and Carpenter, was charged March 11 with a felony count of cruelty to animals and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Thomas was apprehended April 8 and bonded out the following day.  Prosecutors allege Thomas, 24, failed to provide necessary food and water to the dog, causing his death. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Controversial preacher returns to Oklahoma, begins monthly discussion series

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Bishop Carlton Pearson, long one of Tulsa’s highest profile and most controversial ministers, is back in town after living for several years in Chicago. He will hold a discussion Thursday in downtown Tulsa before a live audience with Neale Donald Walsch, author of the mega-best-selling nine-book series, “Conversations With God.” Pearson is a difficult man to put in a box. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Parent of molested child files lawsuit against Tulsa Public Schools, three staff members

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Staff members at Thoreau Demonstration Academy knew a fellow teacher was acting inappropriately with one of his students but failed to report it, according to a lawsuit filed by the child’s parent. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Tulsa federal court, claims Tulsa Public Schools and three Thoreau employees recognized the inappropriate actions of Brian Christian Drabek but failed to take corrective action. The lawsuit was filed by the mother on behalf of her daughter, who was 12 years old when Drabek molested her between December 2013 and April 2014. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • New coalition to submit open letter to Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz with four demands

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    A newly formed coalition rallied at the courthouse plaza over the lunch hour Wednesday and announced it was submitting an open letter to Sheriff Stanley Glanz with four demands, including his resignation and a federal investigation. The United League for Social Action — or TULSA — formed after a meeting at a north-side church in April amid the fallout of former Reserve Deputy Robert Bates fatally shooting Eric Harris during an undercover gun deal. A member of the group read the open letter aloud to an enthusiastic group of around 75 people. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Game change: Scholarships covering the full cost of attendance mean less stress for athletes, but another expense for universities

    BY MARK COOPER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    R yan Simmons’ budget is typically tight. Simmons, a rising senior at Oklahoma State and linebacker on the football team, has a full scholarship that covers his tuition, room and board and books. But he still faces financial stress when it comes to food, personal expenses and his desire to help his family back in Cibolo, Texas. “You’re really living almost check to check,” he said. Soon, a monumental change will alleviate some of the worry. This fall, scholarship athletes in the so-called “Power 5” conferences — and at other schools that opt to participate, like Tulsa — will receive the full cost of attendance in their scholarships. The landmark legislation was passed at the NCAA Convention in Washington, D.C., in January, by the newly autonomous Power 5. The proposal passed with a 79-1 vote; Boston College was the lone dissenter. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Cinemark 8 theater's closing leaves one 'dollar' theater remaining in Tulsa

    BY MICHAEL SMITH, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Sunday saw the “last picture show” screen at Cinemark 8 movie theater, located across Memorial Drive from Woodland Hills Mall, where the company had operated a theater since 1989.




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