• Decade-old shooting had officials pointing to earlier problems with Tulsa reserve deputy program

    By JARREL WADE - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, May 11, 2015

    The shooting of a suspect by a reserve deputy in 2005 bears a resemblance to the recent controversy surrounding Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz and former Reserve Deputy Robert Bates, and indicates that some of the same issues existed in the Sheriff’s Office a decade ago. The 2005 incident, in which Tulsa County Assessor Ken Yazel — acting as a reserve sheriff’s deputy — shot a man while authorities were trying to serve an arrest warrant, is mentioned in a Tulsa County District Court petition calling for a grand jury to investigate the Sheriff’s Office. The 2005 shooting occurred in Okmulgee County, and the Okmulgee County sheriff subsequently demanded a review of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office reserve

  • Oklahoma Youth Orchestras to hold auditions at Oklahoma City University

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    Oklahoma Youth Orchestras auditions are set at Oklahoma City University

  • UPDATED: Millions paid to Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz supporters he appointed as appraisers

    By COREY JONES & JARREL WADE - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Some friends and supporters of Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz — including the daughter of former Reserve Deputy Robert Bates — have received up to $51,000 a year from what the sheriff acknowledges are “political patronage” positions, according to court records. Glanz, in an interview with the Tulsa World on Thursday, said he appoints sheriff’s appraisers as a reward for support to him and for service to the community. “It’s a political patronage job that I didn’t create,” Glanz said. “I think their income is around $30,000 or $40,000 a year for working one day a week, 12 months a year, which is a hell of a job.” Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma judge allows group to call for grand jury probe

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    TULSA — An Oklahoma judge says a civil rights group can collect signatures for a grand jury investigation of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office following the shooting of an unarmed man by a volunteer deputy who is the sheriff’s friend. Presiding District Judge Rebecca Nightengale on Friday approved We The People Oklahoma’s petition. It asks for an investigation into whether Sheriff Stanley Glanz neglected his duties and whether reservists who gave gifts to Glanz were given special treatment. Robert Bates, a longtime friend of Glanz, is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the April 2 shooting death of Eric Harris. The group has 45 days to collect 5,000 signatures from county voters to authorize an order

  • 11 Booker T. Washington students suspended after social media post of vandalism, gay slur

    By ANDREA EGER - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 8, 2015

    The Booker T. Washington High School community has been grappling with controversy after a poster to promote awareness about bullying and harassment of LGBTQ students was defaced and nearly a dozen students were suspended as a result. One student recorded another student vandalizing the poster on school property. The images were then posted to a social media website called Phhhoto with the caption including a gay slur, “Don’t tread on me, f-----,” and nine additional students recorded “likes” on the post. “Booker T. has a pretty long history of being diverse, and (the principal) thought it was important to send a strong message about hate speech and how we’re not going to tolerate it,” said Chris Payne, a

  • Dean selected for School of Community Medicine in Tulsa

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    Dr. James M. Herman was selected as dean of the School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, following an extensive national search, University of Oklahoma President David Boren said Thursday. Herman’s appointment is pending approval of the OU Board of Regents.

  • Petition filed for grand jury investigation in effort to remove Tulsa County Sheriff from office

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    The leader of an advocacy group filed a petition Wednesday requesting a grand jury investigation into the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to remove Sheriff Stanley Glanz from office. In the event the petition is approved by a district judge, We the People Oklahoma will have 45 days to gather 5,000 signatures of registered Tulsa County voters. The request was filed with District Judge Carlos Chappelle, who has until Tuesday to review the petition. The 17-page filing (not including exhibits) lists 20 areas to be probed, as well as numerous allegations that conclude with a statement that Glanz has demonstrated habitual and willful neglect of duty, gross partiality, oppression, corruption and willful maladministration while in office. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • ORU professor loses job after Dr. Phil appearance

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    An Oral Roberts University professor has lost his job after facing accusations from three women in a heated discussion April 29 on the “ Dr. Phil” show. “Winston Frost is no longer an employee of Oral Roberts University,” said ORU spokesman Jeremy Burton. Frost could not be reached for comment. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Millions paid to Stanley Glanz supporters he appointed as appraisers

    BY JARREL WADE and COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    Friends and supporters of Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz have received up to $50,000 a year from what the sheriff acknowledges are "political patronage" positions, according to court records.  Glanz, in an interview with the Tulsa World on Thursday, said he appoints sheriff's appraisers as a reward for support to him and for service to the community. "It's a political patronage job that I didn't create," Glanz said. "I think their income is around $30,000 or $40,000 a year for working one day a week, 12 months a year, which is a hell of a job." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Rock of ages: Older artists still viable for BOK Center dates, but the party won’t last forever

    BY BILL HAISTEN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    On Aug. 25, 1972 — only a few months after having played a gig at Pancho’s Cafeteria in Tyler, Texas — ZZ Top made its first Tulsa appearance. When that show occurred at the Convention Center (with Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show as the opening act), ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons’ age was 22. It was the first live rock show for Greg Buchanan, then 15 and a Vinita High School junior. “On the floor,” Buchanan recalls. “Third row from the stage.” Today, at 65, Gibbons continues to tour with ZZ Top (and does so with the band’s original bassist, 65-year-old Dusty Hill; and original drummer, 65-year-old Frank Beard). Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Judge awards nearly $300,000 in attorney fees in same-sex marriage case

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Tulsa County will be on the hook for nearly $300,000 in attorney fees that were incurred during its unsuccessful defense of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge Terence Kern awarded attorneys for a lesbian couple $298,742.77 in fees and costs related to the county’s appeal of the lower court ruling. Kern found that the attorneys for Mary and Sharon Bishop-Baldwin “expended reasonable hours on the appeal” and “exercised sound billing judgment.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa man sentenced to 25 years in child sex-abuse case

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    A Tulsa man charged with sexually abusing a girl over a four-year period from the time she was 3 pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The four counts of child sexual abuse filed against Jimmy Earnest Hill, 58, alleged that he sodomized the girl, performed other sex acts on her and forced her to perform other sex acts on him. Prosecutors charged Hill in March, and the initial filing against him shows a date range for the crimes from 2010 to July 2014, during which time the victim would have been 3 to 7 years old. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • WPX Energy reports $67 million first quarter 2015 profit

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    WPX Energy reported Tuesday a $67 million profit for first quarter 2015, or earnings of 32 cents per diluted share. First-quarter 2015 results mark WPX Energy’s third consecutive quarterly profit and more than triples the $18 million that the Tulsa-based oil and gas company earned during the first quarter of last year. WPX Energy said that its operational and financial focus on margins helped overcome commodity prices that drove product revenues down $220 million, or 42 percent, compared to a year ago. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Investigation at Tulsa County Sheriff's Office focusing on training of other reserve deputies

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz on Monday said the suspension of all upper-level functions of the office’s reserve deputy program last week was directly related to an investigation of all reserve-deputy training records. “We’re looking to find out exactly what we have and what we don’t have and correct that,” Glanz said. “Some of them you can’t correct.” The investigation began soon after allegations surfaced that training documents were falsified to elevate Reserve Deputy Robert Bates, who is charged with manslaughter in the April 2 shooting and death of Eric Harris. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa man accused of stabbing woman in domestic dispute

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    A woman was taken to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition after she was reportedly stabbed in the neck during a domestic dispute late Monday, Tulsa police said. Officers arrested 28-year-old Adam Allen at the scene without incident. Officers were dispatched about 11:45 p.m. to the Royal Oaks Condos in the 2200 block of East 67th Street after a woman calling from a cellphone said "she was bleeding to death," according to a police report. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Former Creek Nation deputy chief sentenced in embezzlement case

    BY LENZY KREHBIEL-BURTON, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    More than six months after pleading guilty to federal embezzlement charges, a former second chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation now knows his fate. On Tuesday morning, Roger Barnett was sentenced to 33 months in jail, plus an additional three years of probation and $211,880.76 in restitution. Barnett pleaded guilty in October after being accused of taking more than $200,000 in tribal funds between April 3, 2013, and April 29, 2014, through frequent withdrawals at area ATMs. His sentencing was originally scheduled for early April but was postponed due to delayed paperwork. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa man accused of stabbing woman, leaving her in critical condition

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    A woman was taken to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition after she was reportedly stabbed in the neck during a domestic dispute late Monday, Tulsa police said. Officers were dispatched about 11:45 p.m. to the Royal Oaks Condos in the 2200 block of East 67th Street after a woman calling from a cellphone said "she was bleeding to death," according to a police report. A pedestrian told detectives at the scene that he saw the woman being attacked inside the residence, the report said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa Community College offers a greenhouse in offender education program

    By Nicole Burgin, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    The Second Chance Greenhouse at the Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy is part of the Tulsa Community College Corrections Education program where offenders, while in prison, can take college courses and earn certificates of achievement and/or an associate’s degree.

  • WPX Energy gaining more than $200 million cash by selling Marcellus Shale marketing contracts

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    WPX Energy, the Tulsa-based oil and gas producer which is working to trim down to core assets and cut debt, announced Monday it is selling some Marcellus Shale natural gas marketing contracts and pipeline capacity in that region of the eastern U.S. An undisclosed buyer will pay WPX in excess of $200 million cash in the deal. The two parties have signed an agreement and the deal is expected to close in the second quarter. The sale includes long-term natural gas purchase and sales agreements, as well as 135 million British thermal units in daily capacity on the Transco pipeline's Northeast Supply Link project. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa police arrest accused serial shoplifter

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    A man who reportedly is a serial shoplifter was arrested after he was caught stealing from an area department store late Sunday, according to Tulsa police.  Clint McConaghie, 37, of Tulsa was observed taking merchandise by a security officer at the Kohl's in the 11000 block of East 71st Street about 11 p.m.,  police said. McConaghie, who was recognized from previous thefts, left the area in a black sport utility vehicle and was stopped by police on U.S. 169 near 71st Street, the arrest report said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.




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