• Tulsa library space serves as a sacred place for seekers

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Space really is the final frontier when it’s library space: the ever-shifting border between ignorance and knowledge, presupposition and enlightenment, the unseen and revelation. And when it’s seminary library space, it’s all that and more.

  • Jury recommends life for Tulsa man convicted of murder, child abuse in death of girlfriend's toddler

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Jurors recommended life in prison Friday for a Tulsa man they convicted of murder and child abuse in connection with the death of a 19-month-old girl. The jury found Scott Allen Bolden, 27, guilty of first-degree murder and child abuse by injury and recommended life sentences on both counts.  Prosecutors maintained that Bolden used unreasonable force upon Angel Benjamin, which caused her to sustain bruises all over her body and to die of subdural hemorrhaging. She also had extensive retinal hemorrhages.

  • QuikTrip again lands on Forbes' list of the biggest private businesses

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    QuikTrip again earned a high spot on Forbes' yearly ranking of the  country's largest private companies . The Tulsa-based convenience store chain generated yearly revenues of $10.96 billion, good enough to place the company at No. 28 on the rankings. That performance marked a slight decline from its No. 27 spot last year with a yearly revenue of $11.45 billion. The report also noted QuikTrip now has 19,800 employees.

  • Tulsa World: Judge removes himself from Robert Bates case after conflicts revealed

    Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Court minutes indicate that Judge James Caputo has removed himself from presiding over Robert Bates' case after conflicts were revealed Friday morning. The attorney for the estate of Eric Harris, who was fatally shot by Bates in a Violent Crimes Task Force operation in April, sent a letter to District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler citing Caputo's relationship with key people in the case in calling for the judge's recusal. The letter dated Thursday says "Judge Caputo has had close business and familial ties with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office ("TCSO"), including ties with individuals who are key witnesses in the Bates case."

  • Man electrocuted after dump truck knocks down power line

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    A man in Tulsa was electrocuted after the bucket of a dump truck knocked down a power line Thursday. Authorities shortly before 1 p.m. were called to the 7000 block of North Oakcliff Drive, where a man was using a dump truck to unload rocks. After the truck's bucket knocked down a nearby power line, the electricity caused a tire on the vehicle to catch fire, officials said.

  • Tulsa's Veterans Day Parade participant calls Muslim group's involvement 'atrocious'

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    For the first time, Oklahoma Muslims will have a float in the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Tulsa on Nov. 11, and not all parade participants are happy about it. “It’s something we have been wanting to do for years,” said Adam Soltani, executive director of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, based in Oklahoma City. Soltani said the float is sponsored by CAIR-Oklahoma but will “represent the Oklahoma Muslim community, which is a very diverse community of people from all walks of life, immigrants, indigenous people.”

  • Evidence missing in case of former Tulsa police officer accused of murder, attorney says

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    A defense attorney for the former Tulsa police officer set to stand trial in the fatal shooting of his daughter’s boyfriend says missing evidence is impeding his case. Shannon Kepler, 55, appeared Wednesday for a status conference in District Judge Sharon Holmes’ court with his attorney, Richard O’Carroll, who is accusing District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler of intentionally withholding evidence. “The rest of this man’s life is in my hands, and I want this game to be fair,” O’Carroll said.

  • Local drone enthusiasts say FAA registration is inevitable, needed

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    Burt Witaschek can be found about once a week at a Tulsa park with a remote control in his hand, guiding a small quadcopter buzzing overhead. Witaschek has collected about half a dozen of the flying robots — often called drones — since he took off work in January to treat a cumulative neck injury he developed while working as an aircraft mechanic for 18 years. “I had a lot of time around the house, doing a lot of Internet surfing, and came across a little baby drone for about $15 and bought that one, started flying it, fell in love with it, bought another one, got a little bigger, a little bigger, and here we are,” he said.

  • Tulsa standoff ends with arrest of stabbing suspect; wounded man hospitilized

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    A Tulsa man accused of stabbing his nephew several times was arrested after police surrounded his home in north Tulsa late Tuesday. Police learned of a reported stabbing in the 1100 block of North Florence Place about 11:45 p.m. and found a man lying on the street covered in blood. He had been stabbed at least four times in the back. Officers attempted to stem the bleeding, but the man was having trouble breathing and began to lose consciousness, police said. While officers treated him, a woman exited a nearby residence and told them the man was stabbed by his uncle during a fight, according to an arrest report.

  • Police lab analyst defended in cases where convicted men were later exonerated

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    Attorneys for a wrongly convicted Tulsa man have called for an audit of all cases worked by a crime lab analyst who retired 18 years ago, saying she provided testimony in two cases of men who were convicted and later exonerated. City officials are balking at the request, citing truthful testimony by the analyst and unfair criticism of science standards in old cases based on modern technology. Last week, the city of Tulsa agreed to pay Sedrick Courtney $8 million for a wrongful conviction that led to him spending 16 years in prison. He was convicted in 1996 in the 1995 robbery of a woman in her Tulsa apartment and was paroled in 2011. He later was exonerated.

  • Bristow man charged with Tulsa County cattle thefts

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    A Bristow man has been jailed on charges that he stole 12 head of cattle from two Tulsa County ranchers. Jimmy Lee Manley, 51, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on two counts of larceny of domestic animals and one count of second-degree burglary. He was arrested Tuesday in Sand Springs, records indicate. Manley is accused of using a stock trailer that he stole July 19 from Wagoner County to load and steal six cows and one steer calf from a rancher near Broken Arrow, according to a news release from the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

  • Bethany man arrested in fatal shooting in northwest Tulsa; more arrests possible

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    Police arrested a Bethany man Tuesday in the death of a man who was found shot outside a west Tulsa house allegedly used for prostitution and the illegal drug trade. Ike Nicholson, 48, was arrested by Bethany police on a first-degree murder complaint in the death of Vallon Broadus, 44, Tulsa Police Department homcide Sgt. Dave Walker said in a news release. Broadus was found dead in a crashed car in the 4100 block of West Independence Street about 3 a.m. on Oct. 21. He had been shot multiple times by someone outside the vehicle, police said.

  • Oklahoma crime briefs for Oct. 28, 2015

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    Oklahoma crime briefs for Oct. 28, 2015

  • Opponents of PSO smart meters want program halted

    BY JACK MONEY, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    As they wait for an administrative law judge to rule on opt-out fees for new smart meters, opponents continue to push for PSO to halt its meter installation program and to suspend using the technology. A conservative, grass-roots organization, Tulsa 9.12 Project, recently called for Oklahoma’s attorney general to bar further installations of smart meters while a variety of issues are evaluated. Those include whether the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has the authority to allow smart meter installations.

  • Arkansas police looking for Tulsa man in August homicide

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    Police in Blytheville, Ark. are looking for Billy Dee Williams, 27. Williams, of Tulsa, is wanted in an Aug. 8 homicide.

  • Oklahoma 4-year-old dies after being struck by driverless vehicle in 'weird' accident

    Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    Officials administered emergency medical treatment and transported the boy to Saint Francis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:04 p.m., Peters said.

  • Charges filed against three men in connection with Tulsa K2-related overdoses

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Three men were charged Monday with several counts of drug possession stemming from last week’s string of possible K2-related overdoses. Abdur Rahim, 47, Bamf Okeith Hunter, 29, and Thomas John Collishaw, 21, are all charged with various drug possession counts in relation to the rash of overdoses that had hospitalized 19 people by the end of the day Oct. 20. Authorities got their first indication of the K2-related outbreak early on Oct. 20 when  10 people collapsed  outside a downtown Tulsa soup kitchen.

  • About space

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, Oct 24, 2015

    Oklahoma real estate news in brief for Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015.

  • Tulsa to pay $8 million to exonerated man in wrongful conviction lawsuit

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 22, 2015

    The city of Tulsa is paying out a settlement of $8 million to Sedrick Courtney, a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 16 years before being cleared of wrongdoing. Councilors agreed to the amount already approved by Mayor Dewey Bartlett in an executive session Thursday afternoon. City officials have been negotiating the settlement for weeks along with oversight from the city council and mayor, who are required to approve any settlement agreement that exceeds $1 million.

  • Nearly 70 percent of Tulsa Public Schools get failing grade

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Oct 22, 2015

    The Oklahoma State Department of Education on Thursday released the 2015 A-F school grade cards. The  state's website,  afreportcards.ok.gov , allows people to view grade cards searchable by school.  More than two-thirds of Tulsa Public Schools sites have failing grades. About 44 percent of Oklahoma City schools had failing grades for 2015.