• Neglect charge stands against mother who told emergency personnel her newborn was an alien

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    A Tulsa woman who reportedly referred to her newborn infant as an alien to emergency personnel was bound over for trial on a child neglect charge alleging she abused several drugs while pregnant. Special Judge Cliff Smith found prosecutors had enough evidence against Candace Marie Stanley, 21, to support the charge at a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Blood tests found the baby, born at approximately 36 weeks gestation, tested positive for methamphetamine, marijuana and Xanax shortly after its birth. Stanley's blood tested positive for amphetamine use, documents show. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Newly elected Coweta school board member banned from school property

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    The superintendent of Coweta Public Schools has taken the extraordinary step of banning a man recently elected to the school board from setting foot on school property, and the man is now appealing that decision. Doyle Burress defeated incumbent Ward 5 board member Brian Baysinger in a Feb. 10 election, 212 votes to 145 votes. Burress, the former Coweta High School principal, is slated to be sworn in at Monday’s board meeting, set for 7 p.m. at Coweta Intermediate High School. According to the agenda, which was posted Friday, the second order of business is for the board to hear Burress’ appeal of Superintendent Jeff Holmes’ “decision to restrict Mr. Burress’ access to school district property on the grounds that Mr. Burress’ presence interferes with the peaceful conduct of school business and class.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Broken Arrow casino developer says project will resume at undisclosed Tulsa County location

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER and CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    A developer who partnered with a small Indian tribe that tried unsuccessfully to build a casino in Broken Arrow is not giving up on the project. Developer Shane Rolls, in an interview with the Tulsa World, said he hopes to announce sometime this year where a new casino will be built in Tulsa County. He declined to provide details. Rolls partnered with the Kialegee Tribal Town, a federally recognized tribe based in Wetumka, as part of an effort in 2011 to build a casino at Florence (111th) Street and Olive (129th East) Avenue in Broken Arrow. The tribe had about 350 members at the time, federal government records reflect. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Former oil executive in Oklahoma deal sued by SEC for insider trading while with another oil company

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    A former executive with a Houston energy firm that bought Oklahoma oil and gas assets from a Tulsa company last year has been sued again by federal regulators in an alleged insider trading scheme involving one of his earlier employers. Gary Williky, who was Petro River Oil Corp.’s executive vice president as of a July 2014 Tulsa World story, is charged with nine counts by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He was dismissed from Petro River shortly after that deal was announced. None of the federal counts has anything to do with that company nor its Tulsa transactions. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • TPS Superintendent Keith Ballard asks legislators to spike voucher bill

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard used Friday morning's Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast to lobby Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, on a school voucher bill expected to be heard next week. "For the life of me," Ballard said near the end of a question and answer period with Bingman and other legislators, "I cannot understand why … at a time when we're talking about a huge (state revenue) shortfall, why are we shoveling money at private schools." Ballard was referring to Senate Bill 609, by Rep. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, and a projected $611 million reduction in general revenue for the budget year that begins July 1. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa Jail: Detention officer numbers rise, inmate count at lowest in years

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    As Detention Officer Melissa James walks through a restrictive housing unit where some of the most violent offenders in the Tulsa Jail are housed, she makes sure each inmate there is accounted for. While she makes the rounds, many of the inmates, who get out of their cells for only 30 minutes each day, respond to her presence with a simple, “Hello, Miss James.” When James started working at the jail about 18 months ago, that type of interaction was rare, she said. There were upwards of 1,900 inmates, compared to a total of 250 to 280 jailers. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Throwback Tulsa: B-47 jet broke apart, raining debris on east Tulsa in '58

    BY DEBBIE JACKSON and HILARY PITTMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Mrs. R.L. Sewell was in her Tulsa kitchen when a neighbor shouted to her. She ran outside and saw an airplane wing and two parachutes falling above her. “I ran back into the house, grabbed up the baby and held her to me when the part hit in our front yard,” Mrs. Sewell told Tulsa World reporter Bill Butler. “I didn’t know what to think, except that I was scared to death.” What scared Sewell and many others on March 13, 1958, was the explosion and crash of an Air Force B-47 jet bomber, killing one crew member, injuring two others, and scattering debris over a 6-square-mile area southeast of 21st Street and Yale Avenue. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • 'Extraordinary denial rate' of 9 in 10 earthquake claims rattles Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak has issued “a loud and clear” message for the insurance industry to handle claims appropriately in response to indications of an “extraordinary denial rate” of nine out of 10 earthquake claims filed in 2014. In a bulletin sent to insurance companies on Tuesday, Doak warned against basing earthquake claim denials on assertions that the quakes were man-made, calling a link between injection wells and earthquakes “unsettled science,” despite several studies to the contrary. The state Insurance Department gathered information from “larger earthquake insurance companies” that indicates that only eight of about 100 earthquake claims filed in 2014 were paid. In the bulletin, Doak noted that he is considering an examination of market conduct “to ascertain the facts surrounding the extraordinary denial rate of earthquake claims that the preliminary data seems to indicate.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Trader Joe's confirms new Tulsa store

    FROM TULSA WORLD REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Trader Joe's on Thursday confirmed it will open a new store in Brookside in Tulsa. The Tulsa store will be Oklahoma’s first Trader Joe’s and is scheduled to open in late 2015. It will be located in Brookside at the intersection of 37th Street and Peoria Avenue and will be approximately 9,500 square feet, the company said in a news release. Trader Joe's is "a unique, neighborhood grocery store with foods and beverages ranging from the everyday to the exotic," the company said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • DA's Office: Shooting by security guard Ricky Stone that left Tulsan Monroe Bird III paralyzed was justified

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office ruled Wednesday that a shooting by a security guard that left a 21-year-old man paralyzed last month was justified, First Assistant DA John David Luton said. Monroe Bird III was shot Feb. 4 while in a car at an apartment complex in the 8800 block of South Delaware Avenue. Tulsa police said Bird was in the vehicle with a teenage girl when a security guard approached the car and asked for their identification. The guard, identified by the District Attorney’s Office as Ricky Stone, told police he believed that the couple were “engaged in sexual activity.

  • Bartlesville man sentenced to prison for feeding child marijuana

    BY LAURA SUMMERS, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    BARTLESVILLE — A 31-year-old Bartlesville man is headed to prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in Washington County District Court to child neglect and drug possession charges involving a case in which he attempted to feed marijuana to his 9-year-old. District Judge Curtis Delapp ordered Carl Justin Holder to serve seven years in prison and pay $1,500 in fines. Holder was arrested in April when Bartlesville police encountered him sitting in a vehicle with marijuana and a pipe on the dashboard and a child in the backseat, a court affidavit stated. When police interviewed the child in the vehicle and two siblings, one of the kids told officers that Holder was trying to feed the child marijuana. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Midstates Petroleum opts to delay release of fourth quarter and full 2014 results

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Midstates Petroleum Co., the oil and gas producer that moved its headquarters from Houston to Tulsa late last year, has delayed the earnings report that was due out Tuesday. The company also will put off its conference call which was scheduled for Wednesday. Midstates delayed those releases “to allow for more time to finalize its year-end financial results,” according to a statement on its website. “A press release will be forthcoming about its rescheduled earnings date.” The downturn in crude oil prices has hit Midstates Petroleum particularly hard in what was already a difficult time for the producer. Midstates’ stock value has dropped down nearly to $1 per share as of Tuesday, compared with a year-long high of $7.16 in June. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • John Stancavage: What's driving the price of gasoline?

    BY JOHN STANCAVAGE, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    The retail gasoline market is entering its annual crazy period where prices spike no matter what crude prices and drivers are doing. A recent 10-cent rise in pump prices in Tulsa reinforced the suspicion that such times are here again, and we're just going to have to ride them out, so to speak, until the summer driving season arrives. Gasoline here jumped to $2.25 at many retailers to start the week, while crude remained below $50 a barrel and oil supplies were at a high level. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • One dead, one injured in Tulsa apartment shooting

    BY COREY JONES,Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    One man was found dead and another hospitalized Tuesday in a shooting at a Tulsa apartment complex in which the allegedly intoxicated caller didn't realize he had been shot. Police responded about 12:30 p.m. to the 600 block of East Newton Place where officers said they found a 26-year-old man dead inside the front room area in a single-story unit of a building at the Jordan Plaza Apartments. Officers said the man died of a severe beating and/or gunshot. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Pastor seeks treatment, not prison, for mentally ill son accused in mother's death

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Pastor Michael Stick represents both the family of a murder victim and defendant. He lost his wife and is now trying to save his son. William Matthew Stick — called Matthew, or Matt — was 20 when he allegedly stabbed his mother to death in October 2012 at their Tulsa home. Veronica Stick, 43, died at St. John Medical Center, and her son was arrested later that day, wandering in the Brookside area with blood on his jeans. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • One dead in U.S. 75 crash that sent seven others to Tulsa hospitals

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    One person died in a three-vehicle crash that sent seven other people to Tulsa hospitals Monday night, officials said. The wreck occurred around 10:15 p.m. on U.S. 75 at the Interstate 44 junction in southwest Tulsa. One person was pronounced dead at the scene; seven people were taken by ambulance to hospitals — one in serious condition; and one person did not require medical treatment, an EMSA spokeswoman said late Monday. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • WPX Energy cutting its workforce by 83 positions systemwide, including 44 in Tulsa

    BY LAURIE WINSLOW, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    WPX Energy is cutting its companywide workforce by 83 employees, including 44 in Tulsa. The latest moves for the energy company, however, actually could result in an overall net gain for Tulsa, officials said. The cuts affect approximately 8 percent of its staff. The company also is consolidating most of its regional office employees in Denver with personnel at the company’s Tulsa headquarters, WPX reported Monday. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa police seek man accused to exposing himself, touching 9-year-old girl at Wal-Mart

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Tulsa police are seeking the identity of a man who allegedly exposed himself to and touched a young girl at an area Wal-Mart last month. A release from the Tulsa Police Department's Sex Crimes unit said the man, whose image was capture by a store security camera, allegedly touched the 9-year-old girl just after 11 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the Wal-Mart at 207 S. Memorial Drive. The man, described as being Hispanic and between 20-35 years old, with short black hair, allegedly touched the girl and exposed himself inside the store's toy department. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa's movie theaters have changed dramatically in 20 years and are set to change again

    BY MICHAEL SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The summer of 1997 was just six months ahead of the opening of the AMC Southroads 20-screen theater, and Tulsa’s theaters included the Park Lane Twin, Fox 4, Fontana 6 and Annex 7. Little more than a year later, those theaters were gone, and in the fall of 1998, theaters at Eastland Mall and outside of Woodland Hills Mall were slowly moving toward closing as the theater-building rage continued. While Tulsa Promenade’s theater expanded to become a 12-screen “Palace,” new megaplexes were built like the Cinemark “Tulsa” in southeast Tulsa and the Starworld 20, constructed so far south that its Tulsa location was just across the street from Bixby’s city limits. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Complaint: Tulsa oral surgeon pulls wrong teeth, operates under influence of medications

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    A Tulsa oral surgeon has surrendered his license after being found to have operated while under the influence of medications, including extracting the wrong teeth and operating on the wrong side of the mouth. Dr. Gary Dean Burnidge, 75, has sold his practice at 6565 S. Yale Ave. after voluntarily surrendering his license to the Oklahoma State Board of Dentistry in January. The board began investigating after an internal complaint filed in October. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .