• Tulsa police identify woman fatally shot inside pizza restaurant

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    Tulsa police have identified the woman who was shot and killed at an east Tulsa pizza restaurant Sunday.

  • Attorneys seek contempt ruling against Tulsa DA in murder case

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Attorneys for a woman who was exonerated in a 20-year-old murder case have asked a judge to find Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris in contempt of court on an allegation that he withheld evidence that could have proved her innocence years ago. The motion by attorneys Richard O’Carroll and Sharisse O’Carroll asks Tulsa County District Judge William Kellough to hold Harris in contempt of court for his conduct in the prosecution of Michelle Murphy. Murphy was freed from prison this summer based on newly discovered evidence after serving nearly 20 years for the murder of her infant son. Earlier this month, Kellough declared her innocent, and all charges were dropped. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Fairland School, parents reach deal in teen's death

    BY SHEILA STOGSDILL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Duane and Donna Kerns filed a civil suit in Ottawa County District Court in April 2013 against the Fairland school board after their son, Colton Kerns, died in a drunken-driving accident in 2011.

  • U.S. Supreme Court to hear Tulsa head scarf case

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Supreme Court Justices will determine whether clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Tulsa teen who was rejected for a job after wearing her hijab to the interview.

  • Semitrailer spills 6,000 gallons of oil near Tulsa

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    TULSA — A truck driver has been critically burned after his semitrailer overturned and spilled 6,000 gallons of hot oil. Tulsa Fire Department Capt. Stan May says emergency crews worked for hours on Wednesday to contain and clear the asphalt oil. The liquid is stored at 800 degrees. It spilled onto the Creek Turnpike near Tulsa and ran down the grassy median. May says responders cleared away as much of the oil as they could and will dig up contaminated dirt as needed. A state trooper says 70-year-old Larry Crossland of Poteau passed out while driving the truck and that cable barriers prevented the semitrailer from traveling into oncoming traffic. Crossland was flown to an area hospital in critical condition.

  • Motorcyclist dies after Tulsa County accident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Joe Brooks Jr., 39, of Catoosa, died Tuesday on the Creek Turnpike, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Lemonade stand sparks big dreams for Tulsa boy with special needs

    By Heather Warlick, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    Oklahoman Keith Boyd, 10, is the CEO of “Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stands,” which raised $150,000 this summer for charity. Keith has cerebral palsy and relies on a power wheelchair to get around and a special computer to communicate. His next business plan is to start a line of packaged drinks called “Keith’s Ice Cold Beverages.”

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin kicks off food drive

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin kicked off a food drive on behalf of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and their partner agencies across the state.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Experts, advocates in Oklahoma grapple with youth delinquency cases

    BY CLIFTON ADCOCK, Oklahoma Watch | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Oklahoma Watch: It’s not clear exactly how many juvenile delinquency cases would be affected if Oklahoma had a law allowing for juvenile competency determinations.

  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper accused of rape resigns

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Eric Roberts, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper arrested earlier this month on accusations that he raped and sexually assaulted three women during traffic stops, has resigned from the patrol, according to OHP Capt. George Brown. Brown said Roberts' resignation letter arrived late Thursday and was processed Friday. Roberts has not been charged, though a document released this month by the Creek County District Attorney's Office outlined three traffic stops that Roberts made this summer where he allegedly sexually assaulted women. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

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  • Police: Tulsa couple sexually abused boy

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    TULSA — Police have arrested a Tulsa couple who they say sexually abused a 10-year-old relative of the woman. A local television station reports Wednesday that the man and woman were arrested after the boy told his father he was abused. Police say the abuse happened at multiple locations. They say the male suspect admitted that his girlfriend had sex with the boy while he was present. The Associated Press is not naming the couple to protect the child’s identity. The woman is jailed on five counts of sexual abuse of a child on $2.5 million bond. The man is jailed on two counts and his bond is $1 million bond.

  • Ex-Tulsa sheriff’s deputy due in district court

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    TULSA — A former Tulsa sheriff’s deputy is due in court on charges of sexually assaulting two women while he was on duty. Former Deputy Gerald Nuckolls is to be arraigned Thursday in Tulsa County District Court. Prosecutors charged him Monday with sexual battery, indecent exposure and outraging public decency. Nuckolls remains jailed and it’s unclear whether he has an attorney. An arrest report states Nuckolls exposed himself to one woman inside his patrol vehicle and asked another woman at a house about her tattoos and if she was wearing a bra, then reached up and pulled her dress down. Nuckolls later told detectives that “he has a problem for pretty women” and that “sexual type activity has

  • Because I Said So: My five days on the SNAP Challenge were not fun

    BY ADAM DAIGLE, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    I thought I knew hunger. We all think we do, right? You get in a situation where you don’t have time to eat, find yourself hungrier than you thought you’d be and you can’t go on without something to eat. Is that hunger to you? Hunger is worse than that. My only experience with real hunger was years ago when my pay at one newspaper job didn’t go far enough. But last week when my wife and I accepted the SNAP Challenge from the good people at Restore Hope Ministries for five days, I quickly realized my only experience with hunger was nothing. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Deputies' use of force in Turley arrest unjustified, mother says

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT and KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    The use of force in the arrest Monday of a man who reportedly attempted to rob a convenience store appears to be justified, despite his mother's claims that deputies went too far in their efforts, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. Paul Wallace Richardson, 26, is in the Tulsa Jail on complaints of attempted robbery and resisting arrest in connection with an incident Monday night at the Maverick Mini-Mart in the 6400 block of North Peoria Avenue in Turley. Tulsa County Sheriff's Maj. Shannon Clark said surveillance footage shows Richardson's mother, Charlene Richardson, stop him from stealing a cash register he had grabbed after climbing onto the counter. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Police: Tulsa man arrested after stealing presents

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa police have arrested a man who they say was transporting methamphetamine and stolen Christmas presents. Authorities say the 50-year-old man was pulled over Tuesday after reports that his car was slowing the flow of traffic. They say an officer found meth, a bottle of vodka and about $15,000 worth of jewelry and wrapped presents. The gifts had been reported stolen from a Tulsa home and the officer says the man admitted he stole them. Police haven’t said what they contained. He was booked into the Tulsa jail on charges including second-degree burglary, possession of a controlled substance and transporting an open liquor container.

  • Osage Nation to boycott FedEx due to association with Washington Redskins

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    Osage Nation Chief Geoffrey M. Standing Bear issued a directive Tuesday telling all employees to "refrain from using FedEx" when possible due to its relationship with the Washington Redskins National Football League team. The directive states that Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder "chooses to stick with a brand which dictionaries define as disparaging and offensive. FedEx chose to endorse that brand through their sponsorship of Mr. Snyder's organization." Standing Bear encouraged other tribal nations to "consider similar actions." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Sheriff's office, police armored vehicles should be fully operational in 30-60 days

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    Armored vehicles purchased this summer by Tulsa police and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office are each expected to be operational within the next 30 to 60 days. The vehicles are sturdy Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) transports purchased by the agencies as part of a government program that cheaply sells decommissioned military vehicles to law enforcement agencies. Maj. Shannon Clark said the sheriff’s office vehicle — purchased in June for $2,500 — is technically operational now, though some outfitting remains to be done. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Sex crime charges filed against former Tulsa County sheriff's deputy

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Prosecutors on Monday filed charges against a former Tulsa County Sheriff's Office deputy who is accused of committing sexual misconduct while on duty last week. Gerald Nuckolls, 26, faces two counts of sexual battery and one count each of indecent exposure and outraging public decency, which stem from claims he assaulted two women while following up on a 911 hangup call early Tuesday at the 5600 block of North Utica Place. Court records indicate the sexual battery charges involve conduct reportedly committed against both women.

  • Tulsa officer shoots pit bulls attacking man

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    TULSA — A Tulsa police officer has fatally shot one of two pit bulls who mauled a man.