• Car believed used in Tulsa slayings is found

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    TULSA — Police in Tulsa say they’ve found the car believed to have been used in the shooting deaths of two women at an apartment complex on the city’s east side. Sgt. Dave Walker says the stolen 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix was found last week at another east side apartment complex after police received a tip to Crime Stoppers. Police say the car was reported stolen the day before 26-year-old Amanda Marie Douglas and 37-year-old Jennifer Sudar Sanders were found shot to death in the parking lot of Bristol Park Apartments. Police say they believe the car was used to carry the gunman both to and from the scene of the shooting.

  • Pruitt re-election campaign raised $300,000 after it learned it would have no opponent

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s re-election campaign has raised more than $300,000 — and spent almost $160,000 — since he learned in mid-April that he would not have an opponent this election cycle. Oklahoma Ethics Commission records show Pruitt not only continued to receive campaign contributions but actively raised funds through the Nov. 4 general election, even though he had no opponent and cannot seek re-election in 2018. While it is not unusual for term-limited officials with no opponents to continue fundraising, the extent of Pruitt’s activity is. By comparison, state Treasurer Ken Miller, who was also re-elected without opposition and is term-limited in 2018, has raised less than $2,000 since the filing period for this year’s elections ended on April 11. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Botched execution described as 'a bloody mess,' court filing shows

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER and CARY ASPINWALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    When Oklahoma investigators issued a report on what went wrong with the April execution of Clayton Lockett, they downplayed and omitted disturbing details from witnesses and officials, records filed in federal court show. During interviews with state investigators, the warden at Oklahoma State Penitentiary recalled the scene inside the execution chamber on April 29 as “a bloody mess,” according to a motion filed Friday by attorneys for death-row inmates. Another witness said the scene “was like a horror movie” as Lockett was bucking and attempting to raise himself off the gurney when he was supposed to be unconscious and dying. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com . Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Some Oklahoma teachers leaving the state, profession

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Jamie Christian is where she belongs — in the classroom. Christian was hired at Broken Arrow’s Oliver Middle School last month as a long-term substitute, until she gets her certification from the state. She officially graduates from Northeastern State University this month. Christian, who out of high school had originally considered becoming a teacher before entering the computer science field instead, made the decision to return to education three years ago. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa physician keeps his medical license after four-hour hearing

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Dr. David Moon, a pain management doctor based in Tulsa and Las Vegas, was given three years probation and will be required, among other things, to complete a substance abuse assessment; check the state’s prescription drug monitoring system on every patient who receives prescription for a scheduled drug; and complete educational courses on record keeping and also on prescribing narcotic painkillers and other scheduled drugs.

  • AP source: Baylor offensive coordinator Phillip Montgomery to become Tulsa head coach

    By RALPH D. RUSSO , AP College Football Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that Tulsa is close to an agreement to hire Baylor offensive coordinator Phillip Montgomery as its head coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because a deal had not been completed. Montgomery has been calling the plays for one of the most prolific offenses in college football. Baylor is the only team in FBS to be ranked in the top four in the country in total offense each of the last four seasons. The 42-year-old Texan has spent most of his career as an assistant to Baylor coach Art Briles, first at Stephenville (Texas) High School and then at Houston (2003-07) and Baylor. Tulsa fired Bill Blankenship earlier this month after the Golden

  • Injection wells in faults could trigger earthquakes, Devon executive chairman says

    By ZIVA BRANSTETTER - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Although Devon Energy’s Larry Nichols said Wednesday that he doesn’t think fracking causes earthquakes, he said he believes that injecting the resulting wastewater into existing faults could trigger them. Speaking to the Tulsa Rotary Club, the co-founder and executive chairman of Devon Energy Corp. was asked whether fracking, or hydraulic fracturing during drilling, causes earthquakes. The $32 billion company is one of the largest natural gas and oil producers and independent processors of natural gas in North America. Nichols, who has a bachelor’s degree in geology from Princeton University, responded that “there’s no logical way” fracking could cause an earthquake. Read the full story at

  • CAIR files U.S. Supreme Court brief in Oklahoma head scarf case

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving a retailer that denied employment to an Oklahoman after she wore a religious head scarf to a job interview. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that an applicant or employee must provide direct, explicit notice of their religious observance or practice to trigger protections under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 2008, Samantha Elauf, 17, applied for a job at the Abercrombie Kids store in a Tulsa shopping mall. She didn’t get the job after she wore a black hijab to the interview.

  • Man sends text message to wife, jumps to death from Mayo Hotel, police say

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    A man sent a text message to his wife and then jumped to his death from the top of the Mayo Hotel in downtown Tulsa on Wednesday, police said. Police were called to Fifth Street and Cheyenne Avenue about 7 a.m. after pedestrians spotted the body of a man in the street near the hotel. Tulsa Police Sgt. Dave Walker said investigators believe the 43-year-old man jumped from the building and suffered “massive injuries” to several parts of his body in the fall. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • QuikTrip ranked 21st nationally among best places to work by employees

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    QuikTrip's reputation for taking care of its employees keeps growing stronger. The Tulsa-based convenience store chain made yet another list of best places to work for Wednesday. Glassdoor's 7th annual Employee Choice Awards ranked QuikTrip 21st nationally among best places to work, according to those who work at these firms. The company already has made Fortune magazine's annual list of "100 Best Companies to Work for" 12 years in a row. This time is different, spokesman Michael Thornbrugh said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Police: Man found dead in downtown street fell from Mayo Hotel

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    A dead body was found lying in the middle of a downtown Tulsa street Wednesday morning, and police believe the man died after falling from the Mayo Hotel. Police were called to West Fifth Street and South Cheyenne Avenue about 7 a.m. after pedestrians spotted what appeared to be the body of a man in the street, near Mayo Hotel. Tulsa Police Capt. Steve Odom said homicide and traffic officers are conducting an investigation, and detectives are confident the unidentified man fell from the top of the Mayo Hotel, resulting in what were described as "massive injuries" to several parts of his body. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa young adult population sees vast demographic changes

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Isaac Rocha always figured he’d be long gone from Oklahoma by now. “I kinda joke around and say, ‘I’ve been trying to get out of Oklahoma my entire life,’ ” Rocha said. It’s somewhat understandable. After all, the 31-year-old has seen many of his friends make the leap. “I’ve lost a lot of my friends to other states,” Rocha said. But opportunities have managed to keep Rocha here. As chairman of Tulsa’s Young Professionals, he is one of the biggest advocates for retaining and attracting young talent to Tulsa. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Corrected report pushes Tulsa even lower in rankings for teachers' lifetime earnings

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    In a report released last week, a miscalculation by researchers at the National Council on Teacher Quality ranked Tulsa teachers' lifetime earnings, adjusted for cost-of-living differences between states, as higher than they actually were. The corrected numbers, which were released Saturday, push Tulsa's down ranking to 109 out of 125, from  102. Oklahoma City's ranking dropped to 117, rather than 113. The National Council on Teacher Quality used a standard measure to calculate a typical teacher’s expected lifetime earnings — the salary of a 30-year veteran teacher who earned a master’s degree after working five years, adding an additional 30 credits after 10 years and an additional 30 credits after 15 years. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Sperry man, 78, arrested in overnight Tulsa County homicide

    Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    A 78-year-old man was booked at the Tulsa Jail Sunday morning in connection with an overnight homicide in Sperry. Tulsa County sheriff's deputies reporting receiving a shots fired call from a warehouse at the 4100 block of East 86th Street North around 2:10 a.m. Sunday, and detectives arrived soon after "due to the nature of the scene," Maj. Shannon Clark said in a release. William Kelley, 42, died there from what appeared to be a gunshot wound, but the State Medical Examiner's Office will make a final determination on his cause of death, Clark said.

  • Tulsa resident befuddled after police officer kills family dog

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    A Tulsa police officer shot a loose dog outside a midtown home Thursday evening, leaving the animal's owner questioning whether the shooting was necessary. Matthew Belanger and his wife were sitting in their home in the 1100 block of South Atlanta Place when an officer knocked on their door, saying police had shot a dog and asking them to see whether it belonged to them. "I thought, 'Surely that's not my dog,'" Belanger said. "But I went outside, and there he was." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Former CEO of bankrupt Oklahoma company arrested in Dallas

    By COREY JONES - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    A former executive of a Tulsa-based trucking company that closed unexpectedly and went into bankruptcy is behind bars in Dallas, online jail records indicate. James Douglas “Doug” Pielsticker, 46, was booked into a Dallas jail at 4:18 p.m. Thursday on a hold for the FBI, the jail records indicate. It wasn’t immediately clear why Pielsticker was arrested or exactly what the FBI had been investigating. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Bar-hopping driver gets four years for manslaughter

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    A Tulsa man was convicted of second-degree manslaughter Thursday in the death of a passenger in his vehicle with whom he’d been bar-hopping. Prosecutors charged Brian Christopher Cripps, 30, with first-degree manslaughter in the death of 28-year-old Samuel Joseph Dash, who died on March 25, 2012, when Cripps’ SUV rolled “due to excessive speed” during a single-vehicle crash on the Broken Arrow Expressway, police said. Cripps blood-alcohol content was three times the legal limit, documents show. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Man dies after being dragged under Tulsa Transit bus

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    A pedestrian was killed Wednesday evening when he was struck by a Tulsa Transit bus. Tulsa Police Sgt. Mark Mackenzie said the man, who appeared to be in his 50s, apparently was trying to catch the attention of a Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority bus driver while running south alongside the bus on Harvard Avenue just south of 31st Street around 6:35 p.m. Wednesday. Police don't know whether he stumbled while running alongside the Route 222 bus, but they think his arm got caught in a bus wheel, and he was dragged under it, Mackenzie said. The man died at the scene. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa police officer awaiting trial on murder charge retires, seeks lump sum pension payout

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    A Tulsa police officer charged in the murder of his daughter’s boyfriend retired last month and collected a lump sum pension payout of more than $160,000, records show. While a state law prevents officers convicted of felonies from collecting their monthly pensions, Officer Shannon Kepler gets to keep the lump sum even if convicted in the case, said Steven Snyder, executive director of the state Police Pension and Retirement board. However, Kepler would forfeit monthly pension benefits if convicted of a felony not resulting in a deferred sentence, Snyder said. Records show that during its meeting Nov. 19, the state Police Pension and Retirement Board approved Kepler’s request to retire and collect his pension payments. His retirement date was listed as Nov. 1. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Survey respondents: Addressing problems with testing first priority for Hofmeister

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    State Superintendent-elect Joy Hofmeister on Tuesday released the results of an unscientific poll conducted by her transition team that identified testing, teacher pay and overall funding as the top three priorities identified by more than 10,000 respondents. “The survey found that the first priority of parents, teachers, principals and superintendents is addressing problems with testing,” Hofmeister said. “We must stop over-testing our students, and instead reach a balance where assessments are aligned to the goal and inform instruction.” Increased teacher compensation and overall funding were also mentioned frequently as goals for her first 90 days in office, which begins Jan. 12. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .