• Tulsa's 'most violent and dangerous' gang taken down by phone calls

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Last week’s indictment against 51 people outlines the alleged drug-ring activity of Donald Walters, 34, who had at least 40 underlings, including members of the Hoover Crips. Among the men indicted on drug charges was De’Mond Parker, a former University of Oklahoma football star who played in the NFL. U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said what he deemed Tulsa’s “most violent and dangerous gang” brought an estimated $10 million worth of cocaine — more than 600 kilograms — and marijuana through the city over a three-year period. Authorities allege the drugs came from cartels in Mexico and made their way through Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa en route to Ohio and the northeastern United States.

  • Tulsa dentist accused of unsanitary practices surrenders license to state board

    By GINNIE GRAHAM - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    A Tulsa oral surgeon found to have possibly exposed up to 5,000 patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C may be permanently barred from practicing as of Friday.

  • Bond hearing set for accused Tulsa officer

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    TULSA — A veteran Tulsa police officer charged in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter’s boyfriend earlier this month is set to ask a judge that he be released on bond. Court records indicate attorneys for Shannon Kepler are scheduled to ask a district judge Friday to set bond, saying Kepler is not a flight risk. Kepler pleaded not guilty earlier this week in the Aug. 5 shooting death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake. Kepler has been held without bond since the shooting and his case is set for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 22. Kepler’s attorney, Richard O’Carroll, said earlier this week that there isn’t one credible witness to the event. Prosecutors countered that it’s improper for attorneys to try

  • West Nile case confirmed in Tulsa County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    A Tulsa County resident has contracted West Nile virus, the second Oklahoman sickened by the virus this season.

  • Tulsa minister charged in $930,000 scheme might have embezzled more

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    A Tulsa minister's alleged siphoning off of nearly $1 million from a nonprofit organization he founded is among the largest embezzlements of its kind that area federal prosecutors have seen in the past few years, U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said. And the total sum the minister is charged with embezzling — $933,507 — might have been more if not for the statute of limitations, Williams said. Willard Lenord Jones, pastor of Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church and former executive director of the Greater Cornerstone Community Center, was charged last week with three counts of wire fraud and a single count of filing a false tax return. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Former OU football star De'Mond Parker released on bond in gang case

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Former OU running back De'Mond Parker was allowed to appear before a federal magistrate Tuesday and released on an unsecured bond for his role in a drug conspiracy, though records do not indicate he was arrested. Parker, 37, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank McCarthy Tuesday, the day federal authorities announced a 51-count indictment against members of the Hoover Crips gang and their associates. Parker, whose first name is spelled Demonn in the indictment, is named in 11 drug-related counts. U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said the investigation found that the Hoover Crips brought $10 million worth of cocaine — more than 600 kilograms — and marijuana through Tulsa over a three-year period, Williams said. He said the drugs came from cartels in Mexico and made their way through Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa as they moved toward Ohio and the northeastern United States. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Hoover Crips investigation results in 51 people charged

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER and CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    An investigation focused on the Hoover Crips street gang has resulted in charges against 51 people, federal and state authorities announced Tuesday. At a press conference this afternoon, U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said multiple agencies focused on the gang because of its criminal impact on Tulsa. Williams said with the indictment, "we are going to decapitate" the gang. The gang brought $10 million worth of cocaine through Tulsa or more than 600 kilos, Williams said. He said the drugs came from cartels in Mexico and made their way through Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa as they moved toward Ohio and the northeastern United States. Among those indicted was OU and NFL star De'Mond Parker, aka "Running Back," who is listed in the indictment as Demonn Parker. Also indicted was gang leader Donald Walters, who Williams said had 40 people working for him.  Of the 52 people named in the indictment, 23 have been arrested, authorities said. Read the rest of this story at Tulsa World.com .

  • Officer pleads not guilty in 19-year-old's death

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    TULSA — A Tulsa police officer has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter's boyfriend.

  • Man shot to death in early morning burglary attempt

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    A 44-year-old man is city's latest homicide victim after he was fatally shot inside a north Tulsa home during an attempted burglary early Tuesday. Officers were called about 3 a.m. to a home in the 6300 block of North Elwood Avenue and discovered the body of a man inside a bedroom who had been wounded in the torso, Cpl. Mark Sheldon said. The homeowner told police that he confronted a man outside the residence who was reportedly trying to break into a Honda Prelude, he said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Second alleged victim added to lawsuit against OHP trooper

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    A lawsuit accusing an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper of raping a woman last month during a traffic stop was amended on Monday to include a second alleged victim. Tulsa attorney Kevin Adams filed the lawsuit last week, accusing Trooper Eric Roberts of raping a Tulsa woman July 22 during a traffic stop in Creek County. Roberts, who was suspended with pay on July 24, is assigned to the Turner Turnpike and is a 16-year veteran of the OHP. Capt. George Brown said last week that Roberts has no disciplinary history within the department. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa police officer charged with first-degree murder in Jeremey Lake slaying

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Charges were filed Monday against a Tulsa police officer accused of fatally shooting his adopted daughter's boyfriend while off-duty Aug. 5. Shannon Kepler, 54, was charged with first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill. Kepler is accused of killing 19-year-old Jeremey Lake and firing shots at Lisa Kepler as she ran from the scene. Kepler and his wife, Gina Kepler, both of whom are Tulsa police officers, were arrested hours after the shooting.

  • Man arrested in fatal stabbing in east Tulsa

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    A 19-year-old man is in custody after reportedly fatally stabbing another teenager during an east Tulsa back-to-school party, police said Sunday night. Officers received a call around 9:20 p.m. at the 11500 block of East 38th Street indicating a man was lying on the ground with multiple stab wounds, Tulsa police spokesman Craig Johnson said. When police and paramedics arrived, they saw he had three stab wounds to his torso and immediately transported him to a nearby hospital, where Johnson said he died. The suspect and victim, who is also 19, had a prior history of conflict, Johnson said. The suspect initially left the scene but returned just after officers began investigating, and he was detained without a struggle, he

  • UPDATE: Silver Alert canceled for Bixby man

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Police have canceled a Silver Alert for Don Doshier, 78, of Bixby, who was reported missing Friday evening.

  • Members named to Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum's 2014-15 Teen Board.

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Twenty-three high school students will serve on the teen board of the Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum.

  • Oklahoma religion news in brief

    Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Religion briefs for Aug. 16.

  • Oklahoma City area real estate briefs, Aug. 16

    Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Oklahoma City area real estate briefs, Aug. 16

  • Tulsa Public Schools see sharp declines in reading, math proficiency rates

    By ANDREA EGER & KIM ARCHER - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Tulsa Public Schools’ elementary and middle school sites saw sharp declines in student proficiency rates in reading and math on 2013-14 Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests, while many suburban districts also posted significant decreases. While they are still analyzing the test results, school officials throughout the area said they think the slide in proficiency rates is largely related to a new state requirement to give the vast majority of special education students the same exam as non-disabled students, rather than an alternative assessment.

  • QuikTrip responds to St. Louis riot damage

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    The riot that enveloped a suburban St. Louis neighborhood and destroyed a local QuikTrip store has forced the Tulsa-based company to focus on two priorities, spokesman Michael Thornbrugh said Thursday. No. 1, make sure all the store's employees are safe and have access to counseling. And No. 2, offer them jobs at the other dozens of QuikTrips nearby but outside of that danger zone. "Honestly, the only focus we have is we're taking care of employees and customers at other locations," Thornbrugh said. "We're been unable to even go in and do anything else at the location. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • George Kaiser Foundation makes record donation to River Parks for A Gathering Place

    By KEVIN CANFIELD - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    The River Parks Board of Trustees this morning voted unanimously to accept what is believed to be the largest gift to a public park in the history of the United States. "It will make a huge and wonderful difference to Tulsa," Board Chairwoman Robin Ballenger said before the vote. In the small boardroom of River Parks Authority, officials from the George Kaiser Family Foundation will donate A Gathering Place for Tulsa to the authority. The gift is estimated at $350 million, including approximately $50 million for operations and maintenance. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Greg Winters receives career excellence award from Oklahoma CareerTech

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Greg Winters, the superintendent of Canadian Valley Technology Center, was given the Francis Tuttle Career Excellence Award from Oklahoma CareerTech.