• Tulsa, area schools cancel Tuesday classes

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    A number of area schools canceled classes Tuesday after weather experts said snowfall that accumulated early Monday was expected to refreeze overnight. Tulsa Public Schools announced at 4 p.m. Monday that Tuesday classes were canceled, and other school systems, like Jenks, Union, Sand Springs and Sapulpa, soon followed suit.  Union Public Schools spokeswoman Gretchen Haas-Bethel said neighborhood streets were expected to still be "slick and too dangerous for our school buses." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Former Tulsa County sheriff's deputy bound over for trial on sexual battery, indecent exposure charges

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    A former Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy was bound over for trial on four criminal counts Friday for alleged sex crimes involving two women he encountered while on duty. Gerald Nuckolls, 26, was scheduled for district court arraignment on two counts each of sexual battery and indecent exposure at his preliminary hearing, presided over by Special Judge Cliff Smith. At the hearing, prosecutors dropped one count of sexual battery involving a third woman who failed to appear for court but added another involving a different alleged victim. They also dropped a charge of outraging public decency against Nuckolls. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • WPX Energy cuts capital spending plan by half to $725 million midpoint

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    WPX Energy Inc. is cutting its expected capital spending budget this year by 50 percent, focusing nearly all of that on its core areas of the San Juan, Piceance and Willison basins, the Tulsa-based oil and gas producer revealed this week. All three of those plays are part of WPX's long-term strategy. WPX has sold off other assets, including the Apco interests in South America and in the Marcellus Shale of the eastern U.S. This year's capital spending range has a midpoint of $725 million, compared with $1.5 billion in 2014. Many oil and gas companies have cut expenditures or laid off employees in response to the seven-month decline in crude oil prices. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Bob Dylan adds Tulsa show to spring tour

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    Bob Dylan is hitting the road with three stops now set for Oklahoma. Dylan will perform at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on May 9. Tickets start at $115 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 26, The Joint confirmed Friday. Dylan announced a spring tour earlier this week, but Tulsa was not on the initial release. The Joint show popped up on Dylan's website Friday morning.

  • Second man arrested in Tulsa barber shop homicide; gang connection revealed

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    A second man was arrested Thursday evening in connection with a gang-related north Tulsa barber shop shooting that police said killed an unintended target and wounded four others. Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker identified the man arrested Thursday as Dezmen Smith, 24. Walker said detectives believe Smith was the gunman, while Chadrick Colbert — arrested the day after the shootings — helped Smith enter Gifted Hands Barber & Beauty Shop to carry out the shooting on Feb. 6. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Massive new apartment complex begins construction in Tulsa's East Village

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    So far, the majority of new living options in downtown Tulsa have come through the renovation of older buildings. That’s not the case with Hartford Commons. When finished approximately 14 months from now, the new building being constructed at 215 S. Greenwood Ave. will add a whopping 162 apartment units to the East Village portion of downtown. The $26 million project is a partnership between restaurateur Elliot Nelson and investor Casey Stowe, who are redeveloping several other downtown buildings as Nelson Stowe, as well as local apartment developer American Residential Group. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Former Tulsa, state FOP treasurer charged with embezzling $470,000

    BY COREY JONES and JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    The former longtime treasurer of the state and Tulsa Fraternal Orders of Police was charged Wednesday with embezzling $470,000 from the two organizations. Lorna Jean Vanlandingham, 71, is charged in Tulsa federal court with two counts of wire fraud. She is accused of stealing $403,126.98 from the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 93 and $67,278.53 from the Oklahoma State Fraternal Order of Police over a four-year period. Clay Ballenger, Tulsa FOP president, said Vanlandingham was immediately removed as treasurer when the organization discovered in April 2014 what it believed were “misappropriations of funds.” The local FOP quickly filed a report with the Tulsa Police Department and notified the state FOP, Ballenger said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Former Tulsa, state FOP treasurer charged with embezzling $470,000

    By COREY JONES & JARREL WADE - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    The former longtime treasurer of the state and Tulsa Fraternal Orders of Police was charged Wednesday with embezzling $470,000 from the two organizations. Lorna Jean Vanlandingham, 71, is charged in Tulsa federal court with two counts of wire fraud. She is accused of stealing $403,126.98 from the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 93 and $67,278.53 from the Oklahoma State Fraternal Order of Police over a four-year period. Clay Ballenger, Tulsa FOP president, said Vanlandingham was immediately removed as treasurer when the organization discovered in April 2014 what it believed were “misappropriations of funds.” The local FOP quickly filed a report with the Tulsa Police Department and notified the state FOP,

  • HIV-infected man jailed on rape, spreading infectious disease complaints

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    A Tulsa man remains jailed on allegations that he raped a 16-year-old girl at a Tulsa apartment complex even though he was knowingly HIV-positive. Calvin Ezekiel Hill, 19, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on first-degree rape, forcible oral sodomy and spreading an infectious disease complaints, according to an arrest report. Police were called Tuesday about 7:45 a.m. to the Canyon Creek Apartments in the 2000 block of East 53rd Street by a 16-year-old girl claiming Hill demanded sex and when she refused, forcibly removed her pants and raped her, the report said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Four men charged with murder in east Tulsa motel shooting

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Four men, including a former Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy, were charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, two weeks after a man died in a shooting at an east Tulsa motel. Warren Crittenden, 44; Kendrick Logan, 27; Jerome Hardaway, 28; and Dustin Ward, 24, are accused of killing 33-year-old Michael Jones at the Super 8 motel near 31st Street and Memorial Drive on Jan. 27. All four are in the Tulsa Jail without bail. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Jury recommends life without parole in 'cultlike' Tulsa murder, kidnapping case

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    A jury convicted a 54-year-old Tulsa man of eight felony charges including murder, kidnapping and assault on Tuesday. George Emile July, whose first name is listed in some records as Emile or Emil, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old Quinton Shaver, as well as three counts of kidnapping, two counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and one count each of drug possession and possessing a firearm after a former felony conviction. Closing arguments were held Tuesday after witness testimony concluded late Friday afternoon. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa woman jailed for reportedly stabbing boyfriend during argument

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    A 41-year-old woman who confessed to stabbing her boyfriend during an argument was arrested at an east Tulsa hotel late Monday, police said. Jodie Mae Wood told officers that she stabbed the man in the stomach about 11:55 p.m. in a room at the Executive Inn, 11328 E. 11th St., an arrest report said. The report indicated that Wood admitted to attacking the man during an argument after becoming angry about another woman. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa-area apartments become more popular, more expensive

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Apartment-dwellers might not have to deal with property taxes and lawn care, but they got hit with a near-record increase in rent last year. Overall, rents at Tulsa-area apartments increased 6.4 percent, according to a year-end apartment survey by CB Richard Ellis. David Forrest, co-author of the report along with Brian Donahue, said the jump tied the records in recent years. “I’ve been doing this survey since 1998, and there’s only been two other years we’ve had increases in six percent," he said. "Those were 1998 and 2007." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Plane evacuated after making emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    An American Eagle plane traveling from Dallas-Fort Worth to Iowa made an emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport on Monday evening after the crew reported fumes in the cockpit, officials said. The airport reported the incident just after 6 p.m., a Tulsa Fire Department dispatcher said. After the plane landed, its passengers were evacuated on the runway, she said. American Airlines spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said Flight 3235 had 63 passengers and four crew members on board for a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, when a crew member reported an odor. No injuries were reported. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Death Cab for Cutie to play Tulsa

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    To celebrate the station’s 20th birthday, Z104.5 The Edge is bringing in several big-name acts for a show at the Brady Theater. Death Cab for Cutie will headline the April 24 show with AWOLNATION and Robert DeLong performing. Tickets are $42.50 plus fees for general admission pit and $39.50 plus fees for general admission seating in the theater. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Death Cab is renowned for its creative brand of indie rock with vocalist Ben Gibbard’s distinct voice creating a unique sound that’s driven the band since 1997. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Quake Debate: Scientists warn of potential for 'large earthquake' as injection well discussion continues

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    The warning may have seemed a little dramatic at the time, but OSU geology professor Todd Halihan wanted to get lawmakers’ attention about the risk of a damaging earthquake. “We knew the dust bowl would happen scientifically, but as scientists we did not communicate it effectively to the people of the state; I don’t want to do it again with a large earthquake,” states a slide in Halihan's presentation to an interim study committee last October. “If a damaging earthquake occurs, do the right people foot the bill or do the taxpayers or the companies who are taking the proper precautions foot the bill?” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Ed Sheeran announces Tulsa tour stop

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Fresh off big performances at Sunday night's Grammy Awards, British pop singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran announced a North American tour that includes a stop in Tulsa.

  • Oilfield equipment maker Team Oil Tools closing Tulsa plant, laying off 95

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    The modern day oil bust has claimed another employer in Tulsa. Team Oil Tools has informed the Oklahoma Department of Commerce that it will permanently close its manufacturing facility and lay off 95 workers. The facility is at 10557 East Ute St., just east of downtown Tulsa. The WARN notice that Team Oil Tools sent to the Commerce Department indicated that the closing will happen April 3. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Georgia inmate charged with 1997 Tulsa murder after cold-case leads tracked

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    In a cold case dating back nearly two decades, prosecutors Friday charged a man who is imprisoned in Georgia after police re-examined a fatal shooting in a west Tulsa park. Irving Dwayne Stewart, 49, is charged with first-degree murder in Tulsa County District Court. Prosecutors allege that he shot Deon Mack multiple times June 28, 1997, at Schlegel Park, 5200 S. 40th West Ave. Eddie Majors, the Tulsa police detective assigned to cold-case homicides, said he began looking into the case a few weeks ago. After he had pored through evidence and statements, Majors underwent the difficult task of getting back in touch with witnesses, along with reconstructing the scene, despite the park's having been renovated since the killing. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Free dental clinic in Tulsa expects to see about 2,400 people this weekend

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    The Oklahoma Mission of Mercy free dental clinic began early Friday and was expected to see about 1,200 patients before the end of day. It will continue at 6 a.m. Saturday at the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa. People began lining up nearly 24 hours before the event started. Read the rest fo this story at TulsaWorld.com .




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