• Man found shot to death in east Tulsa apartment

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Tulsa police have "limited information" to go on after finding a man dead inside an east Tulsa apartment late Sunday. Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said officers responded to the Bristol Park Apartments, 11114 E. 44th St., about 11:24 p.m. Sunday after receiving a call of shots being fire din the area. Witnesses, Walker said, reported seeing several masked males running from the area. An apartment in the complex had several bullet holes through the door, and when police entered, they found a 46-year-old black male, dead from a gunshot wound. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Family ties link shooting suspect to Tulsa's gang history

    By ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    The family photo in the yellowed 1976 Tulsa World news clipping shows Charles Ruble Sr. and his wife in their living room, surrounded by 17 smiling children.

  • New Miss Oklahoma gets her crown

    By MURPHY MITCHELL, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    TULSA — Alexandra Eppler, competing as Miss Enid, won the Miss Oklahoma title Saturday night at Oral Roberts University’s Mabee Center. Eppler, of Enid, is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor of science degree. For the talent competition, Eppler did an interpretive dance to “Wonderland.” “I kind of feel like I'm floating right now,” she said. “I actually had two people just pinch me because I didn’t think this was real life — I'm elated. “I know that through this system and this organization, they will give me the opportunity to impact lives all across the state,” Eppler said. “Each one of those girls came up to me and wanted to hug me — their support is the greatest

  • Barresi campaign says rival would deprive Oklahoma children with special needs of education opportunities

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    In a television ad that aired Thursday, state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi’s campaign accuses Republican opponent Joy Hofmeister of conspiring with “education bureaucrats” to deprive children with special needs of learning opportunities.

  • Corrections Board discusses Clayton Lockett execution during executive session

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    STRINGTOWN – The state Corrections Board met in executive session for nearly 45 minutes Thursday to discuss an investigation into a botched execution, with Director Robert Patton and the board’s chairman promising a full public discussion as soon as a state investigation is complete. “I’ve been informed the DPS (Department of Public Safety) investigation is making very good progress on the investigation. When it’s done, I will be making a full statement and answering your questions,” he told a Tulsa World reporter following the meeting. The board also discussed the execution of Clayton Lockett in executive session during its meeting last month. In both cases, the agenda cited pending or expected legal action as the reason to meet in executive session. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Man found dead in field is Tulsa's latest homicide

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    A 27-year-old man who was found shot to death late Wednesday is Tulsa's 21st homicide of the year, police said. Charles Rapheal Dews was found about 11:30 p.m. in a field in the 500 block of East Ute Street, Sgt. Dave Walker said. First responders at the scene observed Christopher McCain hiding in nearby bushes just east of the location and alerted police. McCain then ran from the scene and was captured by officers after a short chase, he said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Up to 10 inches of rain possible in areas of northeast Oklahoma during next week

    By ALTHEA PETERSON, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    The Weather Prediction Center's outlook for northeast Oklahoma during the next seven days is filled with rain, the Tulsa World reports. A Weather Prediction Center map released today shows a "quantitative precipitation forecast" of up to 10.7 inches of rain during the next 7 days for the far northeast corner of Oklahoma. Other areas of northeast Oklahoma, including Tulsa, could record up to 4-5 inches of rain, according to the WPC.

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    Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

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  • Oklahoma woman arrested after allegedly slamming hot grits in daughter's face

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    A Sand Springs woman was arrested by Sand Springs police after she was accused of slamming a bowl of hot grits over the head of her young daughter, police said. Arayanna Charnaye Gordon, 23, was jailed on child abuse and resisting arrest complaints, Tulsa Jail records show. According to an arrest report, police were called to the Day Spring Villa women's shelter about 1 p.m. Sunday after residents of the facility observed Gordon go on an expletive-filled tirade and smash a Styrofoam bowl containing hot grits into the side of the her 2-year-old daughter's head during lunch in the dining room.

  • Man arrested in shooting outside Tulsa Wal-Mart

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    TULSA — Police have arrested a suspect in a fatal shooting outside of a Wal-Mart in Tulsa. Authorities arrested 20-year-old Eric Santeliz early Tuesday for the Monday night shooting in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart. Santeliz is being held at the Tulsa County jail on a first-degree murder complaint, and court records don’t list an attorney. Tulsa Police Sgt. Dave Walker says the shooting was the result of a failed robbery or drug deal. Police allege that Santeliz and another suspect were involved in an altercation with the victim, and a gunfight broke out. Police say Santeliz was shot in the arm and the other suspect was shot in the leg. Authorities have not yet released the name of the second suspect. The

  • Three shot, one dies at Tulsa Walmart

    By SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    Two men were shot in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter at 207 S Memorial Drive about 10:25 p.m., and another was found just inside the sliding doors at the store’s entrance, Tulsa police Capt. Laurel Ledbetter said.

  • Pregnant woman wounded in early morning Oklahoma shooting

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    A 20-year-old pregnant woman was hospitalized after she was shot Monday morning near an east Tulsa convenience store, Tulsa police said. First responders were called to a QuikTrip at 4106 S. Garnett Road about 6:30 a.m. in response to a report that a woman had been shot in the neck, Officer Jill Robertson said. She was located in a silver car in the parking lot, and EMSA medics attempted to revive the woman, who is pregnant, Robertson said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • UPDATE: Two in custody in drive-by shooting death of 14-year-old girl

    Updated: Sun, Jun 1, 2014

    Homicide detectives announced late Saturday that David Ruble II, 19, had been arrested and was being questioned in connection with the death of April Montano. Early Sunday, police announced that Demonte Wayne Rushing, 21, also had been arrested.

  • ‘Felony murder’ suspect taken into custody

    By Corey Jones, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 30, 2014

    TULSA — A Tulsa “felony murder” suspect was taken into custody Friday evening after he tried to run over a police officer, prompting the officer to fire a single shot at the vehicle, authorities allege. The shooting occurred along U.S. 75 between Tulsa and Okmulgee near the Duck Creek Casino, according to information from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the matter. The suspect was identified by a Tulsa Police Department official as Thomas Martin Debrosse, 35, of Claremore, who was wanted on charges of first-degree felony murder, first-degree burglary and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. Those accusations stem from the Feb. 15 fatal shooting of Michael Walton at an

  • New evidence may bring release of Oklahoma mom convicted of killing child

    By BILL BRAUN - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 30, 2014

    A woman who has spent 20 years in prison on a conviction in the murder of her infant son at her Tulsa apartment could be on the verge of being released from custody. Based on forensic analysis of blood evidence, the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion Thursday requesting that Michelle Murphy’s murder conviction and no-parole life term be vacated, meaning her case would not be dismissed but she could pursue a new trial or some other resolution of her case. A bond hearing is scheduled for Friday before District Judge William Kellough, and defense attorney Richard O’Carroll anticipated that Murphy, who is now 37, will be released on bond that day. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • 14-year-old girl dies after being shot on Gilcrease Expressway

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 30, 2014

    A 14-year-old girl who was wounded during a drive-by shooting on the Gilcrease Expressway Thursday night has died, Tulsa police said. Tulsa police Sgt. Dave Walker said the girl, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead about 2:38 a.m. Friday at Saint Francis Hospital. First responders were called about 9:30 p.m. Thursday to the Gilcrease Expressway just east of North Peoria Avenue and Mohawk Boulevard. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Food news briefs

    Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

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  • Northeast Oklahoma towns begin cleaning up from Monday's floods.

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, May 27, 2014

    Rain quickly overwhelmed ditches and drainage systems, flooded low-lying areas and blocked streets in parts of northeastern Oklahoma.

  • Girl Scouts from Oklahoma to meet Obama at White House

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, May 27, 2014

    TULSA — Five girl scouts from Tulsa will meet President Barack Obama to present their plan for a flood-proof bridge at the White House Science Fair. The girls, 6-year-old Avery Dodson and 8-year-olds Natalie Hurley, Miriam Schaffer, Claire Winton and Lucy Claire Sharp of Girl Scout Troop 2612 built a model for the bridge based on the recent damaging floods in Estes Park, Colorado. The girls are the only girl scouts in the nation at the fair. The flood-proof bridge model the girls designed mechanizes the bridge with motors and gears in the correct ratios. A computer program developed by the girls would cause the bridge to retract when flood conditions set in through a motion sensor in the river bed.

  • Tulsa Zoo will debut two rescued sea lions

    By The Associated Press | Published: Tue, May 27, 2014

    The Tulsa Zoo plans to debut two rescued California sea lions this week.