• Former Edison choir teacher sentenced to seven years in prison for sexual battery

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    A former Edison High School choir teacher accused of sex crimes against two of his students pleaded guilty Friday to six criminal charges. Prosecutors had charged Bradley Hart Morris, 45, of Tulsa with four counts of sexual battery, three counts of forcible sodomy and a single count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in October 2013 after allegations surfaced that he had groped two students, ages 16 and 18, between August 2010 and June 2011.  The charges also alleges he engaged in oral sex with one student in the parking lot of a church and gave the other vodka. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa city workers rescue shivering puppy from watery depths of storm drain

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    A puppy that was stuck in a cold, watery labyrinth of pipes and drains was saved by city of Tulsa workers Thursday and later named to commemorate the rescue. The Lab-mix puppy was pulled from the depths of the storm drain after she had crawled some 200 feet up a network of pipes, said Jean Letcher, city of Tulsa Animal Welfare manager. "We've named her Stormy," Letcher said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa man convicted of rape lured possible victims with fake Facebook profile

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    A Tulsa man accused of sexually assaulting as many as 11 women was convicted of first-degree rape by a narcotic or anesthetic agent on Thursday. The jury deliberated two hours before returning a guilty verdict against Ashley Reed Pullen, 31, of Tulsa and recommending a life sentence. He cast his eyes down at the defense table before him as the verdict was read. After hearing the decision, he nodded, looked upward and appeared to mouth a prayer. Pullen declined to undergo a presentencing investigation, which would have required him to return to court at a later date for sentencing. District Judge William Musseman then imposed the jury's recommendation. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa State Fair makes record-breaking $2 million in 2014

    BY KEVIN CANFIELD, Tulsa Wrold | Published: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    The Tulsa State Fair has now made money seven straight years, and 2014 was the best year ever. County officials on Tuesday announced last year’s fair made more than $2.1 million, up from $1.8 million in 2013. The estimated attendance was 1.1 million, putting the Tulsa State Fair among the 15 largest in the country, according to fairgrounds officials. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • 5 things about Oklahoma's civil rights movement you should know

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    When most people think about the movement they think about states like Alabama and Mississippi, but Oklahoma played a large role in the movement’s development throughout the mid 1900s.

  • Former Arrow Trucking CEO Doug Pielsticker pleads guilty to tax evasion, fraud

    BY CARY ASPINWALL and COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    Former Arrow Trucking Co. CEO James Douglas “Doug” Pielsticker, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of tax evasion and conspiracy to commit tax fraud. He could face up to five years in prison on each count. Pielsticker could also face fines on each count of up to $250,000. He could also be given an alternative fine that could be double the gross amount of the losses to victims, which is at least $25.6 million. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Naked body found floating in Tulsa pond investigated as homicide

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Tulsa police believe the death of a man whose naked body was found in a pond just northwest of downtown Tuesday was a homicide. The body was discovered just after noon by George Hickle, who was walking his dog in Owen Park, 506 N. Maybelle Ave. Hickle said he saw the body at the north end of the pond but assumed it was a mannequin. "I thought it was maybe somebody playing a joke or something," Hickle said. "There was a big stick floating next to it, and I was going to get the stick and maybe poke at the body to see, but when I looked closer I could see it was a real body." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Williams Cos. completes $6 billion mega-merger of Williams Partners, Access Midstream

    By Rod Walton - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Williams Cos. Inc. has closed on what one energy industry group called “deal of the year” in 2014 by completing its merger of natural gas pipeline entities Williams Partners LP and Access Midstream Partners LP. Tulsa-based Williams announced the closing Monday, putting the finishing touches on a $6 billion transaction that began when it acquired control of Oklahoma City-based Access Midstream Partners last summer. Access Midstream was originally part of Chesapeake Energy Corp. before being spun off and sold several years ago. Under the complex deal, William Partners merged into the Access Midstream, but Access is changing its name to Williams Partners and trades under the “WPZ” ticker symbol.

  • Teachers walk out in protest as Tulsa school board names Deborah Gist superintendent

    By ANDREA EGER - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Deborah Gist is the Tulsa school board’s unanimous pick for superintendent. The Tulsa native currently serving as Rhode Island’s education commissioner accepted the board’s job offer via telephone during a special board meeting late Monday. The selection does not come without controversy. After school board members expressed their support for Gist one by one, the roughly two dozen teachers in attendance all walked out of the meeting room before the vote was taken. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Pastor Joel Osteen bringing 'A Night of Hope' to BOK Center

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Renowned pastor and author Joel Osteen is bringing his message of hope to Tulsa in April. Osteen is set to speak at 7:30 p.m. April 24 at the BOK Center. Tickets are $15 plus fees and go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday. Tickets to the show can be purchased at bokcenter.com, at the BOK Center box office at the corner of Third Street and Frisco Avenue, or by calling 866-7-BOKCTR. Through his numerous books and weekly television broadcasts, Osteen has become one of the best-known pastors in the country, with one of the largest congregations in the country, as well. According to a release, Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston hosts a congregation of 52,000.

  • Oil price slide corrodes all cylinders in Oklahoma economy

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Oklahoma real estate market braces for the impact of oil’s decline.

  • Defendant in jailer groping case pleads guilty to lesser charge

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    A Tulsa man who is accused of ripping out a jailer's body piercing when he groped her pleaded guilty to an amended charge of outraging public decency. Special Judge Cliff Smith sentenced Gus Figures III, 22, to one year in jail on the count, which was reduced from sexual battery. A charge of assault and battery upon a detention officer was dismissed. Last March, Figures was arrested on a warrant and booked into the Tulsa Jail on a charge of obstructing an officer as well as court costs owed in two other cases. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Gilcrease copy of Declaration of Independence moved to new research center

    By JAMES D. WATTS JR. - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Moving a few pieces of paper from one secluded place to another usually doesn’t require the presence of armed guards. But when the pages in question happen to be the only certified copy of the “birth certificate” of the United States of America known to exist, extra care is taken. On Thursday, Gilcrease Museum transferred its certified copy of the Declaration of Independence, signed by Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane and Charles Thompson, from the documents area of the museum, along the Groenendyke Corridor — which is lined with paintings by George Catlin, past Gilcrease Rendezvous artists and memorabilia from the 101 Ranch — to its new home in the most secure section of Gilcrease’s recently opened Helmerich

  • Police identify victim, arrest three suspects in fatal motel shooting

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Three people, including a former Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy, were arrested in connection with Tuesday’s fatal shooting of a man at an east Tulsa motel. Warren Crittenden, 44, of Stroud, and Pamela Taylor, 27, were arrested by Tulsa police on first-degree murder complaints late Tuesday. Kendrick Logan, 27, was arrested at an apartment at 5500 E. 47th Place around 4 p.m. Wednesday, homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said in a release. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Kristin Chenoweth returning to Broken Arrow for performance, class

    BY JAMES D. WATTS JR., Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth will return to Broken Arrow this August to conduct her second annual Kristin Chenoweth Master Class for young singers. The master class, which will be open to the public, will likely include Chenoweth performing a brief concert, as she did at the inaugural event last year. This summer will also be the first season for Kristin Chenoweth's Broadway Boot Camp, a week-long event for high school performers June 22-26 at the Broken Arrow PAC.

  • Former Tulsa County deputy, woman arrested in east Tulsa motel homicide

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Tulsa police arrested two people and are searching for three others in the fatal shooting of a man at an east Tulsa motel. Warren Crittenden, 44, and Pamela Taylor, 27, were arrested by Tulsa police on first-degree murder complaints late Tuesday. A 32-year-old man old was found dead about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday inside the Super 8 Motel near 31st Street and Memorial Drive, homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Man killed at east Tulsa motel

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    A man was found shot to death at an east Tulsa motel Tuesday morning, police said. The man was believed to be 25-35 years old, Sgt. Dave Walker said. An emergency dispatcher said a shooting call was received at 9:49 a.m. The motel — a Super 8 near 31st Street and Memorial Drive — is the same motel where a man from Inola was found shot to death last week. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa man jailed, accused of raping 13-year-old girl he met on Facebook

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    A 19-year-old Tulsa man was arrested early Monday after reportedly raping a 13-year-old girl he met on Facebook the previous day. Tulsa police received a call around 9:10 p.m. Sunday from Hillcrest Medical Center, where they spoke to the girl’s older sister, who alleged that Abraham Bucio-Bucio had committed that rape. Police reported the girl was “in a catatonic state” at the hospital, according to Bucio-Bucio’s arrest report. While at the hospital, investigators were told the girl met Bucio-Bucio, also known as “King Pekas,” on Facebook, and that he went to the girl’s north Tulsa home and asked her to have sex with him. The girl reportedly declined, and she claims Bucio-Bucio grabbed her, tore her pants off and sexually assaulted her, according to the report. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Love story: Tulsa couple married 68 years dies within hours of each other

    By TIM STANLEY - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    In Nancy Appleby, Jack Gatewood had found the apple of his eye. Of that, he had no doubt. But making it permanent would have to wait. There were the Japanese to deal with first. With World War II raging in the Pacific, the recent high school graduate volunteered for the Navy, thus beginning a two-year stint of service to his country. In the end, though, Jack came home to stay, and he and his high school sweetheart were married. Two weeks ago, 68 years after their exchange of vows — and within just a few hours of each other — Jack and Nancy Gatewood died, she on Jan. 15, he the following morning. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Griffin Communications reaches agreement with Dish Network

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Griffin Communications announced Saturday it reached an agreement with satellite TV provider Dish Network to resume broadcasting KWTV-9 in Oklahoma City and KSBI-6 in Tulsa, as well as CBS programming.