• Attorneys say security guard who shot Tulsa man was under influence of drugs

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Attorneys representing the family of Monroe Bird III, who died last month after being shot and paralyzed by a security guard outside an area apartment complex, said a toxicology report showed the guard was under influence of drugs. Gathered inside a downtown Tulsa law office on Tuesday, attorneys Benjamin Crump and Damario Solomon-Simmons, cited a toxicology report that indicated Ricky Stone had 6.8 nanograms of marijuana in his system when he shot Bird on Feb. 4 during an encounter at Deerfield Estates Apartments, 8812 S. Delaware Place, after Bird allegedly attempted to back a car into him. "We have a hard time understanding why the (Tulsa County) District Attorney's Office is not looking at this information like we are," Solomon-Simmons said.  "We know Ricky Stone was intoxicated the night he unjustly shot Monroe Bird."

  • Crime on the decline in Tulsa Housing Authority housing complexes

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Since the height of criminal activity in Tulsa Housing Authority-run complexes in the early 1990s, crime in public housing has seen a dramatic decrease. In fact, in the last couple of years, crime in public housing has made up only about 1 percent of crime in the city of Tulsa. “People can develop stereotypes of what life is really like in public housing and it can actually be very different than what their stereotype may lead them to believe it is,” said Chea Redditt, president and CEO of the Tulsa Housing Authority.

  • Father of slain girl pleads for peace, unity at north Tulsa anti-gang rally

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Someone once asked Thomas Landrum whether he thought the boy accused of gunning down his 16-year-old daughter in north Tulsa last month deserved the death penalty. A lot of emotions have swirled through Landrum’s head since Deouijanae Terry was killed in a drive-by shooting on July 17 near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 46th Street North. Police believe Deouijanae was a victim of gang violence — which recently has seen an upsurge in north Tulsa — and was not the intended target. Out of all those emotions, revenge was never a priority for Landrum. Not when he heard the news that his daughter was dead and not when 14-year-old James Edward Knapper was charged with her slaying weeks later.

  • Charter schools surging in Oklahoma amid calls for greater accountability

    BY ANDREA EGER and NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Tulsa is on the verge of a charter school explosion. Over the past five years, charter school enrollment in the city has doubled to 2,400 students, and this month alone, it will expand by another 25 percent. Three new Tulsa Public Schools-sponsored charters are opening, and an existing one is adding a second site. Plus, a Langston University-sponsored charter high school is planning to open in north Tulsa.

  • Oklahoma website tries to keep gamblers from getting lonely

    BY MICHAEL OVERALL, Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    It happens to be 2 o’clock on a Friday afternoon in late summer, with a scorching sun that could fry an egg in the parking lot. But it could just as well be a Tuesday morning in mid-winter with five inches of snow. The casino is always busy. Always. The slots are singing, and a lively crowd has gathered around one particular blackjack table, rumored to be “hot” at the moment, when a waitress comes by with a tray full of cocktails. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • KFOR: Police say Tulsa man survives after being shot in the face

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. — Police say a man was shot in the face Saturday. Officers responded to the Conway Park Apartments in the 4500 block of E. 33rd St. around 5 p.m. They say the victim remained conscious after being shot in the face, and stumbled across the street for help.

  • ONEOK Partners to invest up to $100 million to expand capacity in Permian Basin

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    ONEOK Partners LP announced Thursday plans to invest between $70 million and $100 million to expand the ONEOK WesTex Transmission intrastate natural gas pipeline system. The expansion project is located in the Texas Panhandle and the Permian Basin in West Texas. Plans would increase the system’s natural gas capacity by 260 million cubic feet per day by the first quarter of 2017. The expansion includes the construction of two new compressor stations and upgrades or expansions to three existing compressor stations.

  • Raid at Tulsa hotel believed to be site of drug and prostitution operation yields 6 arrests so far

    BY KYLE HINCHEY and SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Six people were arrested and at least a dozen others were detained Wednesday night after Tulsa police and the FBI conducted a room-to-room raid at a Tulsa motel believed to be the home of a large-scale drug and prostitution operation. The Tulsa Police Department's Special Operations Team executed warrants at the Tonight Inn & Suites, 8833 E. Admiral Place, beginning around 8 p.m. Sniper teams took position on the roofs of the motel buildings, and a mobile command center was brought to the scene. The sweep was part of a joint investigation involving Tulsa police and the FBI.

  • QEP Resources to shut down Tulsa office; approximately 70 jobs affected

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Denver-based QEP Resources announced Thursday that it will be shutting down its regional office in Tulsa. Around 70 employees, most of them in technical jobs, work in the company's Tulsa office, said Brent Rockwood, a spokesman for the company. Approximately half of those employees will be given relocation offers at the crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company's headquarters in Denver. Others will be laid off.

  • Oklahoma seeks to be home for F-35 Lightning II

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin is seeking to make sure Oklahoma is one of the homes for the U.S. Air Force's next generation of fighter jet. Fallin is convening a task force to promote the Oklahoma Air National Guard's 138th Fighter Wing as a candidate for the fifth or sixth operational location to receive the F-35 Lightning II. If the campaign is successful, Oklahoma would receive its first F-35s by 2023. Oklahoma National Guard officials are set to announce details of the plan during a press conference Friday in Tulsa. The Tulsa-based 138th Fighter Wing has flown F-16 Fighting Falcon jets since 1993. The U.S. Air Force plans to remove the nearly 1,200 F-16s in service sometime between 2026 and 2030 and replace them with

  • Bridenstine may join effort to oust Speaker John Boehner

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A spokeswoman for First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine said Wednesday there is a good chance the Tulsa Republican will join the most recent effort to oust U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner. Sheryl Kaufman said Bridenstine "absolutely supports new leadership" in the House, and noted he has twice voted for someone other than Boehner for speaker. Kaufman said Bridenstine is "reviewing" a resolution filed Tuesday by North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows to declare the speakership vacant.

  • OMRF lab lures students from the beach

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Several students have been chosen as part of the 60th group of Fleming Scholars, a program offered by the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

  • Oklahomans for Equality to establish Cub Scouts pack

    BY STACEY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Fresh off the heels of the Boy Scouts of America’s decision Monday to end its ban on gay adult leaders,  Oklahomans for Equality has announced its intention to form a local Cub Scouts pack. Operating out of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. Fourth St., the organization will charter the troop through Tulsa’s Boy Scouts chapter, the  Indian Nations Council . The interest is there — both from youth participants and adults taking part in its leadership — and now it’s just a matter of getting all the paperwork in order and approval from the local council, said Andrew Grimes, who will serve as cubmaster.

  • Tulsa man accused of killing the father of his ex-girlfriend's child bound for jury trial

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A Tulsa man accused of murdering the father of his ex-girlfriend's child was arraigned in district court Tuesday. Cameron Jerel Hendrick, 28, pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony before District Judge Caroline Wall, who bound him over for jury trial on Jan. 11. Wall also denied a motion filed by Hendrick's public defender, Gregg Graves, to reduce the charge to manslaughter.

  • WPX Energy CEO gives U.S. Senate hearing testimony supporting end of crude oil export ban

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    WPX Energy President and CEO Rick Muncrief spoke Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., voicing the domestic oil and gas producer's "strong support" for lifting the United States government's four-decades old ban on the export of crude oil. Among other benefits, Muncrief said WPX Energy believes lifting the ban would boost the U.S. economy as well as strengthen the country's national security. Muncrief's testimony was part of a full committee hearing held by the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on "Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban." The ban has been in place since the Energy Policy and Conservation Act became law in 1975.

  • State Sen. Rick Brinkley acknowledges criminal investigation in court filing

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Attorneys for state Sen. Rick Brinkley acknowledge in court documents that Brinkley is the subject of criminal investigations related to his alleged embezzlement of more than $1 million from the Better Business Bureau. “One or more criminal investigations are pending relating to the same subject matter” as the alleged embezzlement, according to a motion to stay civil proceedings against Brinkley. Brinkley’s attorney in the matter is Joel Wohlgemuth of Tulsa. In his motion, Wohlgemuth argues that a stay is justified because continuing the civil proceedings could jeopardize Brinkley’s defense against the possible criminal charges.

  • Oklahoma 16-year-old to be charged as adult in stabbings

    By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Associated Press | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma 16-year-old will be charged as an adult alongside his older brother in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings at a suburban Tulsa home, authorities said Saturday. The suspect will face the same counts as his 18-year-old brother, Robert Bever, who is accused in a booking document of five counts of first-degree murder and a count of aggravated assault in the Wednesday night attack in Broken Arrow. Police have not released the 16-year-old's name, but Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler confirmed Saturday both siblings have been booked on first-degree murder complaints. It wasn't immediately clear in jail records when

  • Tulsa woman faces murder, assault charges in fatal double stabbing

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    A 33-year-old who turned herself in to authorities after being named a suspect in a fatal stabbing was charged with murder Friday. Latoya Willis was charged with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Tulsa County District Court in a double stabbing that left one woman dead. Amber McBroom, 31, was stabbed shortly before 12:45 a.m. July 13 in the 700 block of North Kingston Avenue. She died about an hour later at a hospital.

  • Man who likely shot NFL's Pat Tillman to speak about guilt, road to recovery in Tulsa

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    No one knows who shot and killed Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals safety who became a national hero when he turned down a lucrative NFL contract to fight the Taliban in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But the probability is high that it was former Army Ranger Steven Elliott, Kansas native and Oral Roberts University graduate who was on patrol with Tillman when he died 11 years ago in a rugged mountain pass in Afghanistan. Military and congressional investigations concluded that Tillman was shot three times in the forehead by friendly fire during an intense firefight. The Army originally reported that Tillman was killed by enemy fire.

  • Blue Bell Creameries hasn't set a date yet for resuming production in Broken Arrow

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama, but hasn't determined when it will begin production at its Broken Arrow plant. "We are making good progress on our facility in Broken Arrow, but have not confirmed a date to resume production," said Jenny Van Dorf, a public relations market specialist with Blue Bell Advertising Associates, in an email. Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales. The Texas-based company said it's evaluating the enhanced production processes at its plant in Sylacauga, Alabama.Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama, but hasn't determined when it will begin production at its Broken Arrow plant. "We are making good progress on our facility in Broken Arrow, but have not confirmed a date to resume production," said Jenny Van Dorf, a public relations market specialist with Blue Bell Advertising Associates, in an email. Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales. The Texas-based company said it's evaluating the enhanced production processes at its plant in Sylacauga, Alabama.Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama, but hasn't determined when it will begin production at its Broken Arrow plant. "We are making good progress on our facility in Broken Arrow, but have not confirmed a date to resume production," said Jenny Van Dorf, a public relations market specialist with Blue Bell Advertising Associates, in an email. Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales. The Texas-based company said it's evaluating the enhanced production processes at its plant in Sylacauga, Alabama.




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