• Williams' success leads to takeover

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    One of the few energy-related financial success stories over the past year propelled Tulsa-based Williams Cos. Inc. near the top of Oklahoma Inc., but also made it an irresistible target for Dallas-based Energy Transfer Equity LP.

  • Orchids Paper is on a roll

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    Orchids Paper is rolling from coast to coast. The tissue and paper towel manufacturer in Pryor landed at No. 8 in this year's Oklahoma Inc. — the eighth-best publicly traded stock in the state.

  • Oklahoma Democrats call for investigation into Fallin's intervention into doctor's discipline issues

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    The Oklahoma Democratic Party on Thursday called for an investigation of Republican Gov. Mary Fallin. The action came a day after the Dallas Morning News and Tulsa-based The Frontier reported that Fallin’s general counsel, Steve Mullins, intervened in an Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision investigation of Tulsa spine surgeon Dr. Steven Constantine Anagnost. The news organizations reported that former Texas Gov. Rick Perry called Fallin’s office on behalf of the doctor, a donor, after the panel leveled several charges at Anagnost and undertook a lengthy investigation.

  • Police arrest Tulsa's Most Wanted fugitive outside restaurant

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Nov 5, 2015

    A Tulsa man named the police department’s Most Wanted fugitive after allegedly shooting two people during a robbery outside an east Tulsa restaurant in March has been arrested. Glendell Dewayne Lee — also spelled Glendale in some reports — was booked Tuesday afternoon into the Tulsa Jail on two counts of shooting with intent to kill, robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony. A warrant was issued for his arrest in May, and he was named the Tulsa Police Department’s Most Wanted fugitive in July.

  • Sperry man allegedly caught with drugs while trying to use restroom at active crime scene

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Nov 5, 2015

    Tulsa County sheriff's deputies investigating an armed robbery at a Turley gas station arrested a man who reportedly was found with drugs after asking to use the restroom inside the building Wednesday night. Fred Eugene Holmes, 35, of Sperry, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of possession of drug paraphernalia and destroying evidence. Deputies responded to a reported armed robbery at the Phillips 66 gas station near 64th Street North and Peoria Avenue about 11 p.m., Deputy Justin Green said.

  • Tulsa City Council tax discussion turns to criticism of David Boren's education proposal

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Nov 5, 2015

    A Thursday Tulsa City Council discussion about the city's reliance on sales tax revenue turned to criticism of an education proposal that would raise sales taxes statewide by 1 percent.  "Just because something is a major, pressing need doesn't mean that we come up with ridiculous, half-cocked solutions to solve problems because our state legislators are too inept to solve it themselves," Councilor Blake Ewing said as a final statement in the meeting. "We are adjourned." His comments came during a meeting of a Ewing-led task force, which focused Thursday on a discussion about other sources of revenue available to the city to fund needs that have been refined during the Vision renewal process.

  • Michigan homicide suspect arrested in south Tulsa

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    A Michigan man wanted for multiple felony charges including murder was arrested Wednesday in south Tulsa after police discovered he was living with a Tulsa resident. Dominick Wright, 37, had an outstanding felony warrant for murder out of Michigan, as well as an outstanding federal warrant for murder, assault with intent to murder, possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and possession of ammo after a felony conviction, according to Wright's arrest report. Police made contact with Wright around noon near 5400 E. 71st Street, near the apartment complex where he was reportedly living with Tulsan Allen Brown, 39, according to their arrest reports.

  • Production grows at WPX Energy, but losses mount

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    Although WPX Energy reported record liquids production for their third quarter, losses at the Tulsa-based company continue to grow. WPX reported third-quarter revenue of $537 million, compared to $747 million in the third quarter of 2014. The company also reported a net loss of $234 million, or a loss of 93 cents per share, compared to net income of $62 million, or 30 cents per share, in the previous year. Losses have continued to mount, as the second-quarter loss was $30 million, and the first quarter had net income of $67 million. The company noted that significantly lower commodity costs decreased revenue by $159 million in the third quarter.

  • Magellan Midstream Partners posts solid gains, stock soars

    BY SAMUEL HARDIMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    Magellan Midstream Partners attributed its third-quarter success to high gasoline demand that drove volume through the company’s pipelines, as well as some issues at refineries that forced more product into Magellan pipes. The company posted earnings per share of $0.86 in the third quarter, which a sizable increase from the $0.68 a share guidance the company offered in August. Magellan’s stock rose on the good earnings news, up to $69.14 at the end of the day from $66.94 at the market’s opening.

  • Defendant in Tulsa apartment shooting gets 20 years after murder charge reduced to manslaughter

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    A man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to manslaughter and burglary charges in connection with a fatal shooting near downtown. Marquis Morris, 33, took a plea deal in the death of Lemont Raymond Watson, who died from a gunshot wound to the throat on Jan. 14, 2014. Watson was found dead at the Fairview Apartments, now called the Gotham Apartments, 215 W. Fairview St. Tulsa County District Judge William LaFortune sentenced Morris to three concurrent 20-year sentences for first-degree manslaughter, burglary and possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction.

  • Revenue drops sharply at ONEOK Partners, but profits outpace 2014

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    Revenue declined sharply year-over-year during ONEOK Partners' third quarter, but that didn't stop the company from boosting its profits. The Tulsa-based natural gas company reported third quarter revenue of $1.5 billion, down from $2.8 billion during the third quarter of 2014. However, net income rose to $226.9 million for the quarter, or 45 cents per share, up from $167.2 million, or 32 cents per share, the same time last year.

  • Mayes County tech center locked down while deputies search for possible suicidal subject

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    The Northeast Technology Center in Pryor is on lock down as Mayes County Sheriff's deputies search the area for a man authorities believe to be suicidal, according to a post on the center's  Facebook page . The Mayes County Sheriff's Office confirmed a manhunt going on near the campus, located near 6195 Oklahoma 20 in Pryor Creek. Deputies said they had no further information about the man at this time. The Sheriff's Office requested the school lock down about 2 p.m., according to an earlier post. Osage Public School, about 1.5 miles from the technology center, is also under lock down, a school official said.

  • Oklahoma's Har-Ber Village acquires frontier log cabin

    By Sheila Stogsdill For The Oklahoman | Updated: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    The 1900s-era frontier museum in Grove, Oklahoma, is filled with authentic log cabins, mostly from Arkansas and Missouri.

  • Former Tulsa sheriff acknowledged Robert Bates carried unapproved firearm, wasn't qualified with it

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015

    Former Sheriff Stanley Glanz acknowledged to a law enforcement accrediting agency that former Reserve Deputy Robert Bates was carrying an unapproved firearm that he hadn’t qualified with when he fatally shot Eric Harris. The Tulsa World used an open records request to obtain correspondence between the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in the wake of Harris’ killing April 2. The acknowledgement is documented within Glanz’s response to a lengthy series of inquiries from CALEA. The response discloses that Bates wasn’t disciplined administratively in the Harris shooting because the Sheriff’s Office couldn’t take action after he resigned.

  • Pew study: Most secularists see conflict between religion, science

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015

    People without a religious affiliation are more likely than people of faith to see a conflict between religion and science, according to a recent  Pew Research Center poll . The poll of 2,002 adults found that half of Americans who attend religious services at least weekly said science and religion are often in conflict, but three-fourths of people who seldom or never attend services thought so. Oral Roberts University biology professor John Korstad said when he first saw the study, he was surprised.

  • Blue Bell ice cream back on store shelves Monday morning

    BY KYLE HINCHEY and ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015

    Ice cream lovers throughout the Tulsa area can rejoice now that Blue Bell has returned to store shelves Monday morning. A Blue Bell truck departed from the company's Broken Arrow plant about 3:30 a.m. and headed for its first destination of the day, Petty's Fine Foods, at 1910 Utica Square. In a matter of minutes, shelves were stocked and the crew was ready to move on to the next store — Reasor's. This is the first time Blue Bell's ice cream has been available locally since its products were removed from stores in April due to a listeria outbreak that killed three people in Kansas.

  • Records database lapse greatly underreported hours Robert Bates logged on Drug Task Force

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015

    Records now show that former reserve deputy Robert Bates reported 2,040 hours of work on a drug task force after the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office found a lapse involving missing records for its volunteer reserve deputies. Logs documenting the reserves’ work weren’t all kept in a central hub, the Sheriff’s Office discovered recently while fulfilling a Tulsa World open records request. So 1,975 hours that Bates submitted weren’t cataloged on a network and made available to the World in a June open records request. The original request turned up 730 hours overall for the 74-year-old insurance executive, 325 of which were on the Drug Task Force. Two more databases recently were found on individual computers that included additional hours for Bates — 1,715 with the Drug Task Force — not previously released. The hours are self-reported and not required by the Sheriff’s Office.

  • Seattle Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett enjoys homecoming of sorts in Dallas victory

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Reporter kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas — The drive from Tulsa to AT&T Stadium is about 300 miles south. Nearly five hours in the car is a long trip for some, but not for the Lockett family. At least, not on Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys' late afternoon kickoff. That's because Tyler Lockett — the Tulsa Washington, turned Kansas State, turned Seattle Seahawks football standout — was about as close to playing at “home” as he will this entire NFL season. So, how much family was in the crowd when the Seahawks handed the Cowboys a 13-12 defeat? “Too much,” Lockett said, then laughed. “Thank God for StubHub.” Lockett, a third-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, is off to a fast start in his first eight NFL games.

  • Tulsa library space serves as a sacred place for seekers

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Space really is the final frontier when it’s library space: the ever-shifting border between ignorance and knowledge, presupposition and enlightenment, the unseen and revelation. And when it’s seminary library space, it’s all that and more.

  • Jury recommends life for Tulsa man convicted of murder, child abuse in death of girlfriend's toddler

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Jurors recommended life in prison Friday for a Tulsa man they convicted of murder and child abuse in connection with the death of a 19-month-old girl. The jury found Scott Allen Bolden, 27, guilty of first-degree murder and child abuse by injury and recommended life sentences on both counts.  Prosecutors maintained that Bolden used unreasonable force upon Angel Benjamin, which caused her to sustain bruises all over her body and to die of subdural hemorrhaging. She also had extensive retinal hemorrhages.