• OU Football: Spencer Tillman joins the Baker Mayfield-Johnny Manziel comparision chorus

    BY MEL BRACHT | Updated: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    New OU quarterback Baker Mayfield drew comparisons to a former Texas A&M quarterback — John Manziel — from FS1 analyst Spencer Tillman on the network's play of the game, a remarkable scramble by Mayfield before finding an open tight end Mark Andrews for a touchdown.  "It was a Johnny Manzielesque effort on that particular play to find him in the end zone in a Johnny Manziel manner," said Tillman, a former Sooner running back calling his first OU game for FS1. Andrews actually caught it near the 5 before running in for the score. Later in Oklahoma 52-38 victory over Tulsa, Tillman told play-by-play colleague, "Tim Brando, he looked like a candidate.

  • Spokesman: Tulsa sheriff "misconstrued" information about alleged threats

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz "misconstrued" information from an earlier briefing when he said Thursday night that threats had been made against his office, according to a Sheriff's Office spokesman. Glanz made the comment before a packed house at Tulsa Tech's Health Science Center, where 21 cadets representing the Sheriff's Office and other agencies celebrated their completion of a 240-hour Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training reserve officer academy. After shaking each cadet's hand, Glanz turned to the crowd, saying: "There's a few things we're still trying to work through. There's a lot of threats. I was talking to an FBI agent today — the Black Lives Matter have been doing demonstrations at state fairs, so one of the things we're … not going to do this year is use you in the fair like we have (in the past)."

  • New movie 'Black Mass' raises memories of 1981 Tulsa mob hit

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    "Black Mass," starring Johnny Depp and opening Friday, tells the story of Whitey Bulger, the Boston mob boss who orchestrated the killing of a Tulsa businessman.

  • Retired detective recalls career-long obsession pursuing Whitey Bulger for Tulsa mob hit

    Published: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    Retired detective Mike Huff won’t be first in line to see “Black Mass,” a movie depicting the life of mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger. Huff already has an insider’s perspective as an investigator on the case that became an obsession for him until the Boston mobster’s arrest in 2011. But the Tulsa Police Department’s former lead homicide investigator is interested in seeing the storyline and how characters are portrayed. Huff said it will be a challenge for the movie to capture the Winter Hill Gang’s evil, which persisted for decades and bled into Tulsa in May 1981 with the brutal slaying of businessman Roger Wheeler. But Huff, 60, said he will venture out to see the film. “Black Mass” opens in theaters nationwide Friday with Johnny Depp starring as Whitey Bulger.

  • Tulsa startup Big Elk Energy Systems thrives as first anniversary approaches

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    Big Elk, the surname the 19th-century Osage leader gave to his descendants, has since been lost as the family’s last name. But last year, Geoff Hager, Chief Big Elk’s great-great-great grandson, brought the family name back in a different way. Hager is founder and general manager of the new west Tulsa-based pipeline equipment manufacturing company Big Elk Energy Systems LLC.

  • Parents at Tulsa elementary raise money to keep fourth-grade teacher

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    Parents at Eliot Elementary are working to raise $38,877 to keep a fourth-grade teacher at their site to prevent growing class sizes. Through Tulsa Public Schools’ rebalancing process, Kristen Nicholson’s position was identified as one of 26 positions that would have to be reassigned. That would leave only two fourth-grade classes at Eliot. “By keeping Ms. Nicholson, we will not only retain a valued teacher, but also maintain class sizes near 20 instead of close to 30,” according to a message on the school’s website.

  • Report: Company could purchase Williams Cos. within two weeks

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg issued a  report Wednesday  stating that Energy Transfer Equity LP could announce a takeover of Williams Cos. within 7 to 10 days. According to the anonymous sources in the Bloomberg story, ETE and Williams are in “advanced talks about a deal that could be announced in the next week and a half.” No deal has been finalized and could still fall through, the sources said.

  • Tulsa's Most Wanted fugitive arrested in shooting death of 16-year-old girl

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    A teenager named by the Tulsa Police Department as its Most Wanted fugitive has been arrested in the fatal drive-by shooting of a 16-year-old girl in July. Donavan Armand Wimberly, 18, was booked into the Tulsa Jail about 11:35 p.m. Tuesday on charges of first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon. A warrant was issued for his arrest last month, and police declared him  Tulsa’s Most Wanted fugitive  Aug. 17.

  • OU football: Five things to know about Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    Montgomery, 43, replaced Bill Blankenship as Tulsa’s head coach in December and has the Golden Hurricane off to a 2-0 start. Tulsa currently ranks fifth in total offense and 10th in passing offense in the country through two weeks.

  • Woman freed after serving 20 years in prison sues Tulsa, former district attorney, officers

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    A woman who served nearly 20 years in prison before being freed and declared innocent of murdering her son has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against those associated with her prosecution. Michelle Dawn Murphy filed the lawsuit in Tulsa federal court, claiming prosecutors, police and the city of Tulsa committed various wrongful acts during her prosecution and subsequent efforts to be freed from prison. “Ms. Murphy’s wrongful arrest, detention, prosecution, conviction, and imprisonment were the result of egregious misconduct by law enforcement officers, forensic analysts and their supervisors, acting individually and in concert to use any means necessary to obtain a conviction,” Murphy states in her complaint, filed Monday.

  • Cold beer at liquor stores, 6-point beer and wine at gas stations closer to reality

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    Liquor store retailers reached a major decision Tuesday that will likely lead to a vote for cold beer in Oklahoma liquor stores and 6-point beer and wine available at convenience and grocery stores. The Retail Liquor Association of Oklahoma announced its support of proposed legislation to modernize Oklahoma liquor stores to join 45 other states that allow "single-strength refrigerated beer" statewide. "What it means is maybe — just maybe — prohibition is going to be over in Oklahoma," said Mike Thornbrugh, spokesman for QuikTrip.

  • Evidence room breach at Tulsa County Sheriff's Office under investigation

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    A breach of security in an evidence surplus room that contained the synthetic drug K2 is the latest in a line of problems plaguing the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. Spokesman Justin Green on Monday confirmed that the breach took place and that a joint investigation between the Sheriff’s Office and the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office is underway. Green said it was his understanding that a jail inmate worker committed the breach.

  • Pep rally skit turns violent, leaves Memorial student injured after kicks to the head

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    A Memorial High School student was attacked at a pep rally Friday before a football game between Memorial and Edison.

  • Houston company reportedly no longer interested in Williams Cos.

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    Well, scratch that. In case you missed it, late Friday afternoon Reuters reported that Spectra Energy is  no longer trying to buy Tulsa-based Williams Cos .   The Reuters reporter who  broke the story last month  that Spectra had joined the ring to buy Williams released Friday's article stating that's no longer the case. Both reports cite "people familiar" with the matter. According to the new report, the exit of Houston-based Spectra increases the likelihood that Energy Transfer Equity could succeed in buying Williams.

  • Two Oklahoma students have their photographs on display at the Louvre

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    Two Booker T. Washington seniors have their photographs on display at the Louvre museum in Paris. Gaby Lawson and Caty Sack, who are both enrolled in the school’s photography program, entered a contest over the summer and had photographs selected out of their portfolios for the honor. Robert Wakeley, their photography teacher, said the two entered the competition on their own.

  • Tulsa man threatened officers with tire iron; reportedly intended to ram car into police station

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    A man who threatened police officers with a tire iron and said he intended to ram his car into a Tulsa police station was taken into custody after a two-hour standoff in east Tulsa on Friday morning. During the standoff, police fired pepper balls and used shields as protection before Gentry Miller, 35, surrendered peacefully from inside a silver Chevy Impala. Miller’s plan was to ram his car into the Mingo Valley Division police station and force officers to kill him, according to a police report. After receiving a call, police arrived to find a car stopped at 9776 E. 11th St. at 8:07 a.m. A woman who identified herself as Miller’s wife was outside the vehicle and told police that Miller was suicidal and had weapons in the car.

  • Tulsa man allegedly sold crack to undercover officers, tried to hire them as prostitutes

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    A Tulsa man released from prison less than a month ago has been arrested after allegedly selling crack cocaine to undercover officers and trying to hire them as prostitutes, according to police. Alfonzo Lamonse Vineyard, 35, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on Wednesday night on four complaints: two for delivery of a controlled drug and two for pandering after former conviction of a felony. His bond was set at $40,000. Around 9 p.m., undercover officers with the Tulsa Police Department set up a sting in the area of 11th Street and Garnett Road.

  • Appeals court turns away portion of Tulsa County appeal in jail death lawsuit

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    DENVER — A federal lawsuit that includes evidence of state procedural violations at the Tulsa Jail and allegations of collusion by jail workers has survived a legal procedural challenge. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Monday found that Sheriff Stanley Glanz could not be held personally liable in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man who hung himself in the Tulsa Jail, although the case against him in his official capacity could resume at the district court level. The lawsuit was filed in 2011 by Carolyn Cox on behalf of Charles Jernegan, who committed suicide in 2009 while being incarcerated in the Tulsa Jail.

  • Gender pay gap: Tulsa among bottom 10 metro areas for equitable income

    BY JOHN STANCAVAGE, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    Tulsa’s primary business — energy — hasn’t changed much over the past few decades, and apparently neither has its pay practices for men and women. A new study ranks Tulsa among the bottom 10 metro areas in the nation for equitable pay for both sexes. In 2013, the median earnings of Tulsa women ($23,684) were only 65.5 percent of what area men took home, the 89th worst comparison  in a report by storage solutions firm   SpareFoot.com .

  • Sen. Jim Inhofe an 'animal serial killer,' SHARK spokesman says

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is an "animal terrorist" and "animal serial killer" whose planned pigeon shoot in southwest Oklahoma this weekend violates state animal abuse laws, self-described animal protection advocate Steve Hindi said Thursday morning in Tulsa. "There are so many things Sen. Inhofe could do for the people of Oklahoma," Hindi said during a press conference outside the Utica Square-area building that houses Inhofe's local office. "Instead, he and his sick, twisted guests are going to blast pigeons." Hindi said Inhofe "says he's a Christian, but he's a Christian in the same way Osama bin Laden claimed to be a Muslim."