• Tulsa city councilors blast mayor over tense relationship with county

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Tulsa city councilors on Thursday blamed Mayor Dewey Bartlett’s ongoing contentious dealings over jail issues for damaging the city’s relationship with county leadership. Tulsa County commissioners said this week that they have been intentionally left out of the process of discussing the renewal of Vision 2025 funds, which would generate more than $600 million in sales tax funds in the next decade. Councilor G.T. Bynum said county leaders have been welcome to attend many of the discussions over the tax packages and that it wasn’t the intention of the council to leave them out.

  • Kidnapping defendant who attacked prosecutors in Tulsa County court found competent to stand trial

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Jurors found the defendant in a kidnapping case competent to stand trial Friday after he threw a water pitcher at his prosecutors in court Wednesday. Michael Slatton, 34, is competent to undergo further criminal proceedings, jurors told Special Judge Martha Rupp Carter in court Friday. Slatton’s competency trial resulted from his contesting two consecutive evaluations, which both concluded that he was competent.

  • Alleged Tulsa corpse mutilator found competent at hearing

    Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    A woman accused of vandalizing a corpse at a Tulsa funeral home has been found mentally capable of continuing criminal proceedings. Shaynna Lauren Sims, who also goes by the last name Smith, was found not mentally ill after her mental health was evaluated over a one-month period, Special Judge David Youll ruled at a post-evaluation hearing Wednesday. Sims, 27, is charged in Tulsa County District Court with larceny from a person, concealing stolen property, first-degree burglary, unauthorized dissection , disturbing or interrupting a funeral and unlawful removal of a body part from a deceased person.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin visits affordable housing complexes, speaks to Tulsa Regional Chamber

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin got a new lapel pin on Wednesday. It was given to her by someone who not so long ago might well have been homeless. The pin — an American flag, of course — was made for Fallin by Lisa Wilson, a resident of Hudson Villas, one of two affordable housing facilities the governor visited Wednesday afternoon. “I’m amazed at all the great work being done here to help veterans and help the homeless,” Fallin said after spending a little more than an hour at Hudson Villas, 727 S. Hudson Ave., and Yale Apartments, 4650 E. Admiral Place.

  • Energy Transfer CEO, still pursuing Williams Cos., buys another million units in his own company

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Regardless of what happens with his company's $53 billion unsolicited bid for Tulsa-based Williams Cos., Kelcy Warren certainly has skin in the game at Energy Transfer Equity LP. In what was called the biggest insider purchase reported to federal regulators Wednesday, ETE CEO Warren revealed he bought one million units in the Dallas-based natural gas pipeline firm. The buy, at $62.63 to $63.94 per unit, pushes Warren's stake in ETE up to nearly 37 million units, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. At Thursday's market value of nearly $65 per unit, Warren's stake in ETE is now worth about $2.46 billion. He is still pushing hard on the Dallas firm's six-month-old bid to buy Williams despite the Tulsa-based pipeliner's rejection of the original offer.

  • New York firm acquires Tulsa aerospace parts maker

    BY JOHN STANCAVAGE, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Rift Valley Equity Partners LLC, a private investment firm based in New York, announced it has acquired the assets of Tulsa-based M&M Manufacturing Inc. M&M operates a 50,000-square-foot plant that makes precision-machined components for aerospace, defense and industrial applications. The deal by Rift involved affiliated entity M&M Precision Components LLC. The price was not disclosed.

  • Child kidnapping defendant attacks Tulsa County prosecutor at competency trial

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    A defendant in a child kidnapping case threw a water pitcher at prosecutors Wednesday in Tulsa County District Court, splitting an assistant district attorney's lip and breaking her tooth. Michael Slatton, 34, was heading back to his seat after testifying in the jury trial to determine his competency when he picked up a plastic water pitcher from the judge’s stand and threw it at his prosecutors, said Justin Green, reserve coordinator for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. The pitcher hit Assistant District Attorney Katie Koljack in the face, causing injuries that required medical care, said Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler. Tulsa County Sheriff’s deputies subdued Slatton, and the jury was removed from the courtroom.

  • Prison inmate faces murder charge in 2013 Tulsa slaying

    By KYLE HINCHEY - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    A man serving time in prison for several drug convictions was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday in the 2013 slaying of a Tulsa man. Antonio Deondre Smith, 28, is accused of fatally shooting Christopher Williams at the Garden Courtyard apartment complex on Jan. 7, 2013, according to Tulsa County District Court documents. Williams, 52, was visiting his sister at the complex in the 4300 block of South Garnett Road when a man attacked him in the parking lot, according to police. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Sheriff Stanley Glanz asks state Supreme Court to block grand jury probe

    By COREY JONES - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    In a last-second rush of district court filings before a three-day holiday weekend, the Tulsa County sheriff has mounted a second legal challenge to a petition calling for a grand jury inquiry into his office. Attorneys for Sheriff Stanley Glanz filed documents Friday showing that a state Supreme Court referee has scheduled an expedited hearing on the sheriff’s request that the court block Tulsa County Presiding Judge Rebecca Nightingale’s order impaneling a grand jury to investigate the Sheriff’s Office. A courier who was sent to file the documents told employees of the Tulsa County Court Clerk’s Office that she couldn’t give the filings to them until 5 p.m., a clerk told the Tulsa World. There were four

  • BOK Financial names new mortgage executive

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Glenn Brunker has been selected to lead BOK Financial Mortgage. He will replace Ben Cowen, who resigned to pursue other opportunities.

  • Tulsa sheriff asks state Supreme Court to block grand jury probe

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    In a last-minute rush of district court filings before a three-day holiday weekend, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office has mounted a second legal challenge to a petition calling for a grand jury inquiry. Attorneys for Sheriff Stanley Glanz filed documents Friday showing that a state Supreme Court referee has scheduled an expedited hearing on the sheriff's request that the court block Tulsa County Presiding Judge Rebecca Nightingale's order impaneling a grand jury to investigate the Sheriff's Office. A courier who was sent to file the documents told employees of the Tulsa County Court Clerk's Office that she couldn't give the filings to them until 5 p.m., a clerk told the Tulsa World. There were four filings totaling 27 pages.

  • Man sought in Tulsa motel slaying arrested in Chicago, along with girlfriend

    By COREY JONES - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    A couple were arrested in Chicago within 24 hours of each other this week in the June 6 slaying of a man at a Tulsa hotel party, Tulsa police homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said Wednesday. A third man also is being sought on a felony murder warrant, and pending DNA tests may link a fourth suspect to the scene as a lookout in the shooting, police said. Rodrick Latour Whiteside Jr. — or Roderick — was apprehended Tuesday night by fugitive task forces at his girlfriend’s Chicago apartment, according to a news release from Walker. The girlfriend, Jasmine Coleman, was arrested Wednesday in Chicago. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa man shot and paralyzed by security guard dies

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Monroe Bird III, the Tulsa man who was paralyzed after being shot by a security guard at a Tulsa apartment complex in February, has died family members confirmed. Bird's mother, Zondra Magness, posted her son's picture on her Facebook page early Wednesday morning and was receiving condolences from friends and relatives. According to Bird's stepfather, Johnny Magness, Bird was hospitalized Tuesday morning after a blood clot in his leg caused a pulmonary thromboembolism. Bird, 21, was taken to Saint Francis Hospital for treatment, where he later died.

  • Tulsa man shot by security guard reportedly dies

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Monroe Bird III, the Tulsa man who was paralyzed after being shot by a security guard at a Tulsa apartment complex in February, has reportedly died. Bird's mother, Zondra Magness, posted her son's picture on her Facebook page early Wednesday morning and was receiving condolences from friends and relatives. Ricky Leroy Stone, 57, the security guard who shot Bird at the Deerfield Apartments on Feb. 4, told Tulsa police that he shot Bird in the neck Feb. 4 at Deerfield Estates, 8812 S. Delaware Place, after Bird attempted to back a car into him. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Grand jury to be convened after Sheriff's Office motion to dismiss petition fails

    By COREY JONES - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Presiding Judge Rebecca Nightingale ordered that a grand jury be convened after hearing three hours of arguments and testimony and ruling against a motion to dismiss the petition calling for an investigation of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. After court adjourned Tuesday afternoon, We the People Oklahoma supporters greeted the group’s founder, Marq Lewis, and attorney, Laurie Phillips, with smiles and congratulations. Petition quadrant leader Ali Canada — a witness in the hearing — walked out the courtroom doors with a raised fist, shouting, “Yes!” Lewis and Phillips soon followed.

  • County OKs Tulsa Sheriff's Office use of outside counsel to fight grand jury petition

    BY COREY JONES and JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    A challenge to the Sheriff's request to county commissioners for outside counsel to fight a grand jury petition went largely unheard Monday as the request received approval. County Commissioner Karen Keith said after the meeting that accepting public comment should have been reconsidered, but the time element factored into the vote on Sheriff Stanley Glanz's behalf. "I had some extensive conversations because I had concerns, but I think there is a need to get counsel in place and going," Keith said after the unanimous vote.

  • EnergyWire stands by story questioning OU, Oklahoma Geological Survey

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    A Washington, D.C., reporter who questioned the integrity of the University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Geological Survey in a story last week said Monday that he stands by his reporting. In a story published Sunday in the Tulsa World, OU President David Boren said it is “a bald-faced lie and some of the most inaccurate reporting I’ve ever seen in my life.” The story, published June 23 by Mike Soraghan of EnergyWire, said the OGS, which is a state agency administered by the university, waffled on its findings concerning uncharacteristic earthquakes while OU fundraisers pitched a $25 million construction project to billionaire Harold Hamm, founder of Continental Resources. In an email to the Tulsa World on Monday, Soraghan said he stands by the story.

  • State lauds historic preservation work

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editorrichardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The Oklahoma Historic Society's Citation of Merit awards honor preservation of nonresidential properties.

  • Serial tree-killer ordered to pay $83,000 in restitution

    By ARIANNA PICKARD - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    A Tulsa chiropractor pleaded guilty to poisoning several south Tulsa families’ lawns and was sentenced to 30 months’ probation Thursday. James Dohnalek, 63, pleaded guilty to malicious injury to property and was sentenced by District Judge William LaFortune to serve 30 months of probation and to pay restitution of $83,157.16. Dohnalek was also ordered to stay at least 1,000 feet away from the victims’ residences. Phyllece and Patrick Clare watched a large healthy oak tree, as well as multiple crape myrtles, a redbud tree, a Japanese maple and multiple hedges and flowers, die in their front yard near 111th Street and Sheridan Road in 2013 and 2014, according to a police affidavit.

  • Man sentenced to life without parole in 2013 fatal stabbing

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    A man convicted of fatally stabbing a man in his home in 2013 was sentenced to life without parole Thursday in Tulsa County District Court. Ronnie Dean Haskins II, 41, was sentenced by District Judge William LaFortune to two consecutive life sentences, following the recommendation of the jury that found him guilty a week before. Haskins was charged with first-degree murder and two counts of possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony in the stabbing and killing of Zachary Hank Montgomery at a home on the 6100 block of West 8th Street in Tulsa.




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