• Former Tulsa officer's murder trial delayed again as defense fights for judge's recusal

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    An extended delay in court proceedings was granted Friday morning for a former Tulsa police officer accused of murdering his daughter's boyfriend. The stay was granted after Shannon Kepler verified he has filed an appeal as he continues to challenge a judge's refusal to remove herself from trying his case. Kepler is charged in the Aug. 5, 2014, death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake, who was shot outside his aunt’s residence in the 200 block of North Maybelle Avenue. Kepler also faces two counts of shooting with intent to kill pertaining to his adopted daughter, Lisa Kepler, and Lake’s younger brother, Michael Hamilton.

  • Oklahoma Housing Hall of Fame gains first two inductees

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    The late Mark Dale of Edmond and Joe Robson of Tulsa were the first Hall of Fame inductees.

  • Police arrest man who allegedly pointed shotgun at officers in midtown Tulsa

    BY KYLE HINCEY, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    Officers investigating reports of suspicious activity at a midtown apartment complex arrested a man who pointed a shotgun at them early Thursday, according to police. William Langenheim, 50, is accused of pointing a deadly weapon and reckless handling of a firearm. He had not yet been booked into the Tulsa Jail as of 10 a.m., records show. Police received a call regarding suspicious activity at the Harvard Terrace Apartments near 25th Street and South Harvard Avenue shortly before 5 a.m. While responding, officers were alerted to reports of shots fired in the same area and someone screaming for help, police said.

  • Energy loan impairment likely to deliver challenges for BOK

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    BOK Financial Corp. warned Wednesday that it will face higher-than-expected credit losses after an energy company failed to meet its obligations under a loan.

  • Two men charged with murder, attempted robbery in fatal shooting during apparent drug deal

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    Two men were charged Tuesday with first-degree felony murder and attempted robbery with a firearm in connection with Tulsa’s first homicide of 2016. Devan Laurence Mitchell, 23, and Jeremy Lee Sykes, 24, are charged in the death of 19-year-old Kyle Stapleton, who was shot Jan. 3 at Cobblestone Apartments, 4949 S. 76th East Ave. The charge alleges Stapleton was killed while Mitchell and Sykes were attempting to steal marijuana from him.

  • Fraud trial begins for Oklahoma woman who claimed to kill cancer tumors with laser

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    A 71-year-old woman accused of injecting cancer patients with green food coloring as part a treatment that she claimed killed cancerous tumors went on trial Monday in Tulsa federal court. Antonella Carpenter faces 41 counts of fraud in connection with a clinic she ran that involved her utilizing a process involving a laser. In 2012, investigators with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raided an Owasso clinic Carpenter operated, seizing computer and financial records, patient files and $7,800 in cash.

  • Donald Trump rally scheduled for ORU's Mabee Center

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will make a campaign appearance at the Oral Roberts University Mabee Center on Jan. 20, according to a press release from the Trump campaign. Doors for the event will open at 10 a.m., the release says.

  • Education bloggers call for Oklahomans to donate newest tax cut to schools

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    Educators across the state have taken to social media to react to the budget cut approved by the State Board of Education last week. The board  voted to cut nearly $47 million from school districts  in the wake of a revenue failure for the current fiscal year. Sand Springs Assistant Superintendent Rob Miller and several other state education advocates, including Mid-Del Superintendent Rick Cobb, launched a grass-roots campaign on social media last weekend encouraging people to give back the money they’d get through a new 0.25 percent reduction in Oklahoma’s income-tax rate.

  • Tulsa doctor pleads guilty to federal child porn charge in Missouri

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Tulsa doctor pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to using a minor to produce child pornography. Shelby J. Coleman, 38, whom federal officials identified as a partner of Tulsa Women’s Health Center, pleaded guilty to the sexual exploitation of a child in connection with sexual communications he had with a 16-year-old Laclede County, Missouri, boy. In his plea, Coleman admitted to communicating with the minor, who sent multiple sexually explicit images of himself at the request of the Tulsa doctor, according to a news release from Tammy Dickinson, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

  • Undersheriff, chief deputy unexpectedly retiring from Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    Acting Undersheriff Rick Weigel and Chief Deputy John Bowman unexpectedly announced Tuesday morning they are retiring from the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. Weigel assumed duties and responsibilities of the sheriff after Stanley Glanz resigned at the end of September following a grand jury inquiry into the Sheriff's Office. Bowman told the Tulsa World his last day is Tuesday, but he will use vacation days until Feb. 23 when his retirement will take effect. He said Weigel's last day will be Wednesday. Weigel then will take about two weeks of vacation before his retirement is official, Bowman said.

  • Oklahoma City will not be a future venue for a Tulsa-based producer of Broadway-style shows

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton ruled against Celebrity Attractions, the longtime presenter of the "Best of Broadway" series in Oklahoma City that was denied a permit to put on shows at the Oklahoma City Civic Center in 2016-17.

  • Man arrested for hit-and-run allegedly tells police he drank '10 beers'

    BY KYLE HINCEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    A man accused of rear-ending a vehicle in east Tulsa and leaving the scene reportedly told police he consumed 10 beers before the crash. Jose Francisco Rodriguez-Nieto, 23, allegedly crashed into a vehicle near 31st Street and Garnett Road on Saturday and left the scene. The driver of the other vehicle complained of a neck injury, according to an arrest report. Investigators identified Rodriguez-Nieto as the driver of the vehicle that caused the crash. When police interviewed him, he reportedly had red, watery eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. An open beer container was found inside his vehicle, officers reported.

  • Pursuit leads to arrests of two teens who allegedly attacked, robbed churchgoer in midtown Tulsa

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    Two female teenagers who led police on a pursuit were arrested after reportedly attacking a woman in the parking lot of a midtown Catholic church and stealing her vehicle Sunday evening. The woman told police she was sitting in her 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe in the Church of St. Mary parking lot near 49th Place and Quincy Avenue about 7 p.m. after attending a service. Two teenage girls reportedly opened the driver’s side door, punched the woman in the face and pulled her out of the SUV. The girls entered the vehicle and drove away, police said.

  • Officials say state shelter's closing resulting in children waiting in offices, police cars, for hours

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    The closure of the Laura Dester Shelter has caused some foster children to be removed from their homes to wait for hours in office buildings and cars at odd times while placements can be found, say Tulsa police and prosecutors. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services agreed to shutter the state’s two emergency shelters for abused and neglected children as part of the Pinnacle Plan, which is the improvement plan from a negotiated settlement agreement to a federal lawsuit approved in 2011. It began implementation the following year in many areas such as caseloads, worker pay, shelter use and number of child transitions. Oklahoma City’s shelter officially closed in November.

  • Tulsa man convicted of child sex abuse for second time gets life sentence

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    A Tulsa County judge on Monday sentenced a man to life in prison without parole for sexually abusing a 14-year-old family member while he was on probation for sexually abusing a minor child. District Judge Sharon Holmes’ sentence for Jimmy Lee Fields, 70, followed the recommendation of a jury that  convicted him  Dec. 4 of one count of child sex abuse after a previous conviction of the same crime. Fields’ second child sex abuse charge was filed when a 14-year-old family member reported in November 2014 that Fields had inappropriately touched her on multiple occasions over the course of the summer, according to an affidavit.

  • Tulsa County Sheriff's Office has same 'political patronage' appraisers months after Glanz resignation

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office said no changes or new appointments have been made to the agency’s assessors appointed by former Sheriff Stanley Glanz, who dubbed his appointments “political patronage” before leaving office. It’s been eight months since the Tulsa World first reported friends and family of Glanz had earned up to $51,000 per year for the equivalent of one day of work per week appraising foreclosed property. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Justin Green said Undersheriff Rick Weigel, who has helmed the office since Glanz’s departure in September, has made no changes to the appraiser staff and doesn’t plan to before an April special election to select a new sheriff.

  • Cain's Ballroom breaks sales record in 2015

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Cain’s Ballroom held on to its place in the top 20 club venues in the world in 2015, selling a record number of tickets in the last year. The BOK Center also ranked among the top arena venues in the world, according to data released by the concert industry trade publication Pollstar. Pollstar reported Friday that Cain’s sold 130,641 tickets in 2015, putting it at 17th in the world among venues with a capacity of 3,000 or fewer. Cain’s capacity is 1,800.

  • Judge vacates first-degree manslaughter conviction against Steven Jameson

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    A Tulsa County judge on Friday ruled in favor of a man seeking relief from a 24-year prison sentence for a manslaughter conviction stemming from a 2009 triple-fatality car crash. Though District Judge James Caputo ruled to vacate Steven Wade Jameson’s conviction and sentence, the 26-year-old will remain in custody pending an appeal from prosecutors. Jameson was convicted of manslaughter in the deaths of Michael Mulanax, 42; Angela Mulanax, 41; and their son, James Mulanax, who were killed in a two-vehicle collision Dec. 24, 2009.

  • Delay granted in former Tulsa police officer's murder trial

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Days before his murder trial was scheduled to begin, a former Tulsa police officer was granted a delay Thursday as he seeks a new judge to try the case. Shannon James Kepler, 55, was scheduled to begin trial Monday but was granted the delay to allow time to challenge a judge’s refusal to step down from the case. Kepler is charged in the Aug. 5, 2014, death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake, who was shot outside his aunt’s residence in the 200 block of North Maybelle Avenue. Kepler also faces two counts of shooting with intent to kill pertaining to his adopted daughter, Lisa Kepler, and Lake’s younger brother, Michael Hamilton.

  • Former Tulsa high school gym teacher convicted of outraging public decency

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jan 7, 2016

    A former high school gym teacher and coach who was accused of inappropriately touching a female student has surrendered his teaching license and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor outraging public decency. Wade Weller, 51, was initially charged in Tulsa County District Court with sexual battery, but prosecutors dropped the felony charge Wednesday in exchange for the plea. "After speaking with the victim and after discussing the case, we felt that the conditions of this plea were in the best interest of justice, given the facts of the case and the condition of his resignation of the teaching license," said Assistant District Attorney Ben Fu.