• Judge assigned Eric Harris case weighs recusal because of ties to Sheriff's Office

    By COREY JONES - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    A Tulsa County District Court judge who is a former deputy sheriff in Tulsa County is weighing recusal after he was randomly assigned the Eric Harris fatal shooting case that has drawn national scrutiny. Judge James Caputo on Wednesday said no one has asked for his recusal. However, Caputo is pondering the possibility in an effort to do what is best for the case and community, which he said is important to him. “There’s a lot of perceptions out there, and I don’t want to be one of them,” he said by telephone with the Tulsa World. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • ​Tulsa Sheriff's Office had investigated Robert Bates in 2009

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    TULSA, Okla . -- CBS News has learned that a 2009 investigation by the Tulsa Sheriff's Office concluded that there were concerns over Robert Bates behavior in the field. Bates, a 73-year-old reserve deputy, pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of Eric Harris. Bates says he shot and killed Harris by mistake after pulling his gun instead of his taser. Since the incident there have been allegations that Bates was not properly trained. CBS News learned that in 2009, the Tulsa Sheriff's Office launched an internal investigation to find out if Bates received special treatment during training and while working as a reserve deputy. They also investigated whether supervisors pressured training officers on Bates' behalf. The investigation concluded Bates' training was questionable and that he was given preferential treatment.

  • Oklahoma attorney surrenders law license amid bar association probe

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    A Tulsa attorney has surrendered his law license, effectively halting an Oklahoma Bar Association probe into allegations involving his acceptance of over $1 million in gifts and loans from an elderly client. Jasen Elias, who also goes by the name Jasen Corns, surrendered his law license and resigned from the bar March 13, according to an Oklahoma Supreme Court order published April 11 in the Oklahoma Bar Journal. The resignation came about two years after a guardian for Elizabeth Stambaugh filed a complaint with the Bar Association claiming that Elias violated his professional duties and his oath as an attorney, records show. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Marilyn Manson visits Oklahoma skating rink

    Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    What did  Marilyn Manson  do this weekend? He just went roller skating in Oklahoma ... naturally. The goth rocker showed up at Skateland in Tulsa on Friday night, TMZ reports. Manson is in town filming a movie where he plays a hitman, and they were shooting at the rink. According to the manager, Manson's character wasn't in the scene, but he came along for the ride so he could get his skate on.

  • Baker Hughes laying off 3,500 more people to reach layoff total of 10,500 employees

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Oilfield services giant Baker Hughes is laying off another 3,500 employees companywide, bringing its total reduction to 10,500 people. Baker Hughes CEO Martin Craighead announced the deeper reduction during the Houston-based company's first-quarter earnings release Tuesday. An earlier layoff of 7,000 people was announced in January. "During the first quarter we took necessary actions to reduce our cost base and resize our footprint to mitigate current market conditions," Craighead said in a statement. "These actions include the closure and consolidation of approximately 140 facilities worldwide along with the idling or impairment of excess assets and inventory.

  • Man jailed after allegedly pulling gun during midtown road rage confrontation

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    A 24-year-old Tulsa man was taken into custody by Tulsa police after he was accused of pointing a gun at a motorist during a confrontation. Randy Glen Grutze, 24, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on a complaint of pointing a deadly weapon, jail records show. Officers were called about 6:25 p.m. Monday to the area of 15th Street and Yale Avenue after Grutze was accused by a motorist of pointing a gun at him after he inadvertently cut in front of Grutze's vehicle, police said. Read the rest of this story Tulsa World.com.

  • Tulsa police investigate shots fired into home of Legislature candidate

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Police are investigating after someone fired shots at the north Tulsa home of a state House candidate. Jonathan Townsend, a member of the Young Adults Committee of the state’s NAACP branch and a candidate for the House District 73 seat, was at his home in the 3900 block of North Lansing Avenue with his girlfriend, mother, father and brother when he heard shots about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Charity Marcus, Townsend's campaign manager. Townsend said the home's occupants dived to the floor after a bullet entered the living room.  A second shot, he said, went through a bedroom window, narrowly missing his brother. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma reserve deputy pleads not guilty in fatal shooting

    By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, AP | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    TULSA — A 73-year-old Oklahoma reserve deputy who fatally shot a suspect who was pinned down by officers on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge. Robert Bates declined to comment to reporters as he made his initial court appearance in Tulsa district court. His next court date is scheduled for July 2. The Tulsa County volunteer has said he shot Eric Harris on April 2 after confusing his stun gun and handgun. The 44-year-old suspect died after running from a sting operation involving gun sales. The district attorney charged Bates in the death after the sheriff’s office released video of shooting in which Bates is overheard apologizing for shooting the suspect.

  • Tulsa Jail breaks ground on pods for inmates with mental health needs, juveniles

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    A little upturned dirt signifies change for the Tulsa Jail, especially for those with mental health disorders. County commissioners, sheriff’s officials and a host of other dignitaries watched as ground was broken Monday on a jail addition that includes specially designed pods for people suffering from mental illness. “Nationally, jails have become the largest facilities for mental health institutions,” County Commissioner Ron Peters said. “We are dedicated to helping those with mental health issues improve.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Deputy's gun not on approved list or qualifying logs

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Training records released Saturday do not show that Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Robert Bates qualified on a revolver he carried during a fatal shooting and his gun was not on the list of firearms deputies can carry on duty. New training records for Bates surfaced Saturday, when his attorney gave 65 pages of records to national media outlets. Many of the new training records are time sheets signed by Maj. Tom Huckeby, who supervises the Violent Crimes Task Force that Bates served on. Huckeby’s son, Deputy Michael Huckeby, can be seen kneeling on Eric Harris’ head after Bates shot Harris April 2 following an undercover gun buy. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz says two deputies reassigned after fatal shooting

    FROM STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Sheriff Stanley Glanz said at a Monday morning press conference that two deputies involved in the undercover sting that led to a fatal shooting have been reassigned. He said the deputies and their families have received threats. "The deputies have been reassigned for their safety," Glanz said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Sheriff, attorney to address public about Tulsa shooting

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    TULSA — The Tulsa County Sheriff is set to speak publicly for the first time since a volunteer deputy on his force fatally shot a restrained suspect after confusing his stun gun and handgun. Sheriff Stanley Glanz will speak in Tulsa on Monday morning about 73-year-old reserve deputy Robert Bates, who is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the April 2 death of Eric Harris. The news conference follows the release on Saturday of official records detailing Bates' training and certification. Calls to Glanz's office seeking details were not returned early Monday. Bates served as Glanz's re-election campaign manager in 2012 and has donated cars and equipment to the sheriff's office.

  • Deputy's gun not on approved list or qualifying logs

    By ZIVA BRANSTETTER - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Training records released Saturday do not show that Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Robert Bates qualified on a revolver he carried during a fatal shooting and his gun was not on the list of firearms deputies can carry on duty. New training records for Bates surfaced Saturday, when his attorney gave 65 pages of records to national media outlets. Many of the new training records are time sheets signed by Maj. Tom Huckeby, who supervises the Violent Crimes Task Force that Bates served on. Huckeby’s son, Deputy Michael Huckeby, can be seen kneeling on Eric Harris’ head after Bates shot Harris April 2 following an undercover gun buy. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

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    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

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  • Body found in SUV parked at Wal-Mart may have been there for months

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    A body found Thursday in an SUV parked at a southeast Tulsa Wal-Mart Supercenter might have been there since February, police said. A passer-by reported an odor from a white Mitsubishi Endeavor in the parking lot of the store at 6625 S. Memorial Drive around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Police Sgt. Robert Rohloff said the body is that of a man believed to have been homeless. Security video footage from the store going back to March 15 shows the vehicle in the parking lot that long. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Sheriff's spokesman: Parts of Tulsa reserve deputy's training requirements might have been waived

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Whether a Tulsa County reserve deputy’s training records even exist — let alone whether they can be found — might be irrelevant due to an exemption Sheriff Stanley Glanz could have granted his friend, a Sheriff’s Office official said Thursday night. That reserve deputy, Robert Charles Bates, 73, thought he was holding a Taser when he fatally shot 44-year-old Eric Harris on April 2, according to a statement he gave the Sheriff’s Office four days after the shooting. Bates was charged Monday with second-degree manslaughter, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday morning, posted $25,000 bond, and was released. Sheriff’s Maj. Shannon Clark flatly denied allegations that training records for Bates, a longtime friend of Sheriff Stanley Glanz, had been falsified, but he said the records of Bates’ training could not be provided until a number of things happened. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa roommates jailed after fight over Android vs. Apple smartphones

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    A pair of roommates were jailed early Friday after they reportedly fought each other when an argument that began over smartphones escalated, police said. Tulsa police were called about 1 a.m. to the Evergreen Apartments in the 8400 block of East 25th Place to investigate a stabbing. At the scene officers found Jiro Mendez covered in blood with cuts to his head and body, according to a police report. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Life sentence recommended for Hank Laird in mother's murder

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    A jury recommended a life sentence with the possibility of parole Friday afternoon for Henry "Hank" Laird, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the beating death of his mother. Linda Laird, 56, suffered fatal injuries as she was assaulted with both ends of a shotgun between Jan. 21 and 22, 2013. The same jury deliberated two hours before finding Hank Laird guilty Thursday and one hour during the sentencing phase Friday. Prosecutors asked for the stricter of their two options, life without the possibility of parole, for the victim's murder, which Assistant District Attorney Julie Doss called "so brutal, so heinous and so awful." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma volunteer deputy disputes claim he lacked training

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    TULSA — A 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged in the fatal shooting of a suspect in Tulsa went on national television Friday to counter criticisms of his qualifications. Speaking publicly for the first time since the April 2 shooting, Robert Bates told NBC's "Today" show that characterizations of himself as a wealthy donor who paid to join the force are "unbelievably unfair." The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office volunteer also disputed anonymously sourced comments in the Tulsa World newspaper that sheriff's office supervisors were ordered to falsify his training records. Bates previously said he received active shooter training from Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, but a spokeswoman said Thursday the

  • Tulsa Reserve Deputy Robert Bates apologizes to Eric Harris' family

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Speaking publicly for the first time since he shot and killed an unarmed man during a police raid earlier this month in Oklahoma, 73-year-old reserve deputy Robert Bates apologized to the family of Eric Harris on the 'Today' show and dismissed reports that supervisors falsified his training records.




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