• QuikTrip ranked first among convenience stores

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    For the second year in a row, Quik-Trip has placed first in a nationwide study of customer satisfaction with convenience stores. The study, conducted by Market Force Information, polled 5,000 shoppers and ranked 83 convenience store chains. Market Force Information first conducted the study last year. Chet Cadieux, QuikTrip’s chairman and CEO, said in a press release he’s thrilled at the company’s second top honor, and said much of the credit goes to the retailer’s employees. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Allegations against OHP trooper accused of sexual assault detailed in report released Tuesday

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Specific allegations of a sexual assault by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper of a woman he pulled over in June were detailed for the first time Tuesday in documents released by the Creek County District Attorney’s Office. Eric Roberts, a 16-year OHP trooper, stopped the 36-year-old woman on Interstate 44 in Creek County just after 2 p.m. June 15, offered her $20 for a lap dance and then instructed her “to use a U-Haul truck to move, so he could stop her and they could have sexual intercourse in the back” of the truck, an affidavit states. The document does not state whether intercourse occurred during the stop, only that Roberts “intentionally touched” the woman’s shoulder while making sexual advances. He also asked the woman about her tattoos and “reached over and moved her shirt around to expose a tattoo on her shoulder,” the document claims. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Man arrested on arson complaint for Tulsa fire

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    TULSA — Authorities in Tulsa have arrested a man on an arson complaint in connection with a house fire that injured three children, including a 5-year-old boy who is critical condition. The fire was reported early Tuesday in midtown Tulsa. Fire Department Capt. Stan May says firefighters found an 11-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy outside the burning home. May says firefighters also found a 5-year-old boy in a back bedroom, and pulled him to safety through a window. The children were all taken to a Tulsa hospital, along with an 18-year-old who was also at the home. Authorities say they believe the fire was set intentionally by a man who lives at the home. Police haven’t identified that man but say he’s been

  • Skunks are plentiful and raising a stink in central Oklahoma this year

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Oklahoma’s rainfall and cooler temperatures have been good for skunks this year. More skunks are roaming urban areas.

  • University of Tulsa student charged with murder in death of 6-week-old baby

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    A University of Tulsa student reportedly shook his 6-week-old son to death last weekend because he wanted the infant to stop crying, police said Monday. Sebastian Aguirre Jr., 22, was charged Monday with child abuse murder in the death of Etienne Aguirre, who suffered a traumatic brain injury. The child was hospitalized Thursday at St. John Medical Center, but he was later transferred to Saint Francis Hospital, authorities said. Tulsa Police Cpl. Greg Smith, who heads the department's child crisis unit, said the baby was pronounced dead at 7:28 p.m. Friday after being taken off life support. The injuries were consistent with the baby being violently shaken, Smith said, adding that both detectives and hospital staff determined the injuries could not have been accidental in nature.

  • Police say uncle of child in Amber Alert made false report to more quickly recover stolen vehicle

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    A Tulsa man is in custody Sunday after police alleged he falsely reported his 5-year-old nephew was abducted so he could more quickly find his stolen vehicle late Saturday. William Edward Johnson Jr., 32, is held in lieu of $5,000 bail, Tulsa Jail records show. Officers responded to a call around 9:15 p.m. at the BN Mart gas station, at 4826 E. 33rd St., where they claim Johnson said his nephew was in the back seat of his 1990 Chevrolet Suburban that someone stole from the area. Nearly 70 Tulsa police officers, as well as Tulsa County and Creek County sheriff’s deputies worked for three hours to find the boy, along with Sapulpa and Kiefer police officers and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, according to a booking report.

  • Tulsa exorcist facing increasing 'demonic activity'; Black Mass Sunday

    By Bill Sherman - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    The Satanic Black Mass scheduled for Sunday at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall has drawn attention to a little-known but rapidly growing ministry in the Catholic Church: exorcism. Tulsa is one of three cities in the United States where Roman Catholic priests meet regularly to be trained to cast out demons — training that is part of a recent movement in Catholicism to expand that ancient ministry. Exorcism conferences have been held quietly each winter for three years at an undisclosed chapel in Tulsa, following a decision by U.S. bishops in 2010 to greatly increase the number of exorcists in America, at that time thought to be about 50. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Police: Tulsa man pours lighter fluid on woman

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa police have arrested a man who they say squirted lighter fluid into his girlfriend’s eyes and told officers it was an accident. Police arrested 55-year-old Bennie Coman on Sunday and charged him with first-degree arson, domestic assault and threatening violence. They say he called paramedics to help the woman. Coman tells police he unintentionally covered her in the accelerant while preparing to grill. The girlfriend told them he poured lighter fluid all over her head and torso after they argued. She says he lit a lighter and threatened her with it. Coman is being held at the Tulsa County jail on $75,000 bond. Online jail records didn’t indicate an attorney.

  • UPDATE: Amber Alert from Tulsa canceled; 5-year-old found safe

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    Tulsa police issued an Amber Alert for Javion Johnson, 5, of Tulsa, who was reported to be in a car when it was stolen Saturday night. The alert was canceled about 1 a.m. Sunday, and police said the boy was not in the car and he was safe.

  • Tulsa woman convicted of murdering infant son 20 years ago ruled innocent

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL and AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    A 20-year-old murder case was dismissed Friday after prosecutors said they would not attempt to retry Michelle Murphy, who was freed this summer after spending nearly two decades in prison for the murder of her infant son. Twenty years to the day after Murphy's 15-week-old son, Travis Wood, was found nearly decapitated in Murphy's home, Tulsa County District Judge William Kellough told her, "This court finds you, Miss Murphy, innocent." Outside the courtroom, a tearful Murphy told reporters that "it meant the world to me to finally hear that it’s been acknowledged — something I’ve been trying to prove for 20 years, something I’ve known in my heart." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Oklahoma City church to host free screening of Tulsa Race Riots documentary at Oklahoma History Center

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Northeast Church of Christ will host a free screening of the documentary “Hate Crimes in the Heartland” on Saturday at the Oklahoma History Center. The film explores U.S. hate crimes through the lens of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots and the 2012 “Good Friday murders” in Tulsa.

  • Woman found innocent in 20-year-old murder case

    By RANDY KREHBIEL - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    A judge on Friday dismissed a 20-year-old murder charge against a woman who had served prison time in the death of her infant son. Prosecutors said they will not pursue a new trial against Michelle Murphy, who was found guilty in the case in 1995 but had her conviction vacated by Tulsa County Judge William Kellough earlier this year. District Attorney Tim Harris said he didn't have enough evidence in the 20-year-old case to try her again. The judge found her innocent in the case, which would allow her to file a tort claim against the state. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Giraffe calf dies after being born on exhibit at Tulsa Zoo

    BY STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    A giraffe born on exhibit at the Tulsa Zoo late Thursday afternoon died despite efforts from the facility’s staff, according to a post on the zoo’s Facebook page Thursday evening. Lexi, a 7-year-old Rothschild giraffe, gave birth to a calf around 5 p.m. The post says the calf was born weak and that life-saving measures performed by animal health and animal care staff were unsuccessful. “We are heartbroken to say that the calf did not survive,” the post reads. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Throwback Tulsa: After midway complaints, Tulsa State Fair hired famed stripper

    BY DEBBIE JACKSON and HILARY PITTMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Complaints about tawdry midway shows and gambling at the Tulsa State Fair were boiling over in 1949, so the fair manager had no choice – she brought in the world’s most famous strip-tease artist as a headliner. The Rev. J.W. Storer, pastor of Tulsa’s First Baptist Church, had complained about the “gyp joints and off-color” carnival shows following the 1948 fair and called for a boycott. “If every church member of every church in Tulsa County would just stay away from the fair in 1949, there would be a fair to behold in 1950,” Storer wrote in a church newsletter. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Cherokee Nation, The Woodmont Co. plan $80M shopping center at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Cherokee Nation Businesses has agreed to lease property west of the casino to Woodmont Outlets, an affiliate of The Woodmont Co. The company plans to develop an outlet mall with 300,000-square-feet of leasable space called Cherokee Outlets in Catoosa.

  • Trooper accused of rape remains on paid leave nearly two months later; motion filed to dismiss civil suit against him

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper accused of raping two women during traffic stops in July remains on administrative leave with pay while the investigation into those allegations nears its second month. Eric Roberts, a 16-year veteran of the OHP, was listed in a lawsuit filed last month accusing him of raping two women during traffic stops in July. OHP Capt. George Brown said Wednesday the department’s investigation into the allegations is ongoing. Meanwhile, the civil suit filed against Roberts that first brought the claims to light hangs in the balance, as well. A motion filed this week by the state Attorney General’s Office asks to have the lawsuit dismissed as currently filed, since it names Roberts as a defendant in both his individual capacity and official capacity. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Police: Man shot by Tulsa officer after he rams police vehicles in attempt to flee

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    A man was shot in the leg by a Tulsa police officer as he tried to flee from authorities after reportedly attempting to rob a local pharmacy Tuesday. Delricko Smart, 33, was shot once in the leg about 8:10 a.m. in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy at 2110 South Harvard Ave. The man is believed to have been involved in a series of pharmacy robberies, and the Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force received an anonymous tip that the suspect might be attempting to rob the CVS, TPD spokeswoman Demita Kinard said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • 1 found dead after fire at west Tulsa house

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    TULSA — Authorities in Tulsa are investigating after one person was found dead in a house fire. Authorities say the fire was reported Tuesday morning at a home in west Tulsa. Once there, firefighters found a person dead in a bed in the back of the house. Fire officials say the utilities had been shut off at the home, and authorities are investigating the fire as suspicious. Authorities have not yet released the name of the person who died.

  • Tulsa school guard charged with sexual abuse

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa police have arrested a school security guard who they say sexually abused a female relative. Authorities charged the 42-year-old man on Monday with four counts of sexually abusing a minor. Court documents indicate the victim is a 13-year-old girl. The Associated Press isn’t naming him to protect the identity of the girl. The Tulsa Public Schools superintendent says the man is an employee of a contractor used to provide security guards. The man was hired in August. He is being held in the Tulsa County Jail on $150,000 bond.

  • Broken Arrow police: Boy, 13, stabs man in self-defense; man arrested in Tulsa Monday afternoon

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    BROKEN ARROW — The stabbing of a man by a teenager at a Broken Arrow home Monday afternoon appears to be a case of self-defense, police say. Officers were called to a home at the 4300 block of South Birch Avenue around noon Monday, where they were told Noah Blacketer, 31, left the scene with a stab wound to the back after an altercation with a 13-year-old boy and his family, Broken Arrow Cpl. Leon Calhoun said. "Officers had been out there before for issues between (Blacketer) and his neighbors directly to the south," Calhoun said. "He apparently went over and confronted the family while they unloaded groceries from their van." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .