• ‘Felony murder’ suspect taken into custody

    By Corey Jones, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 30, 2014

    TULSA — A Tulsa “felony murder” suspect was taken into custody Friday evening after he tried to run over a police officer, prompting the officer to fire a single shot at the vehicle, authorities allege. The shooting occurred along U.S. 75 between Tulsa and Okmulgee near the Duck Creek Casino, according to information from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the matter. The suspect was identified by a Tulsa Police Department official as Thomas Martin Debrosse, 35, of Claremore, who was wanted on charges of first-degree felony murder, first-degree burglary and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. Those accusations stem from the Feb. 15 fatal shooting of Michael Walton at an

  • New evidence may bring release of Oklahoma mom convicted of killing child

    By BILL BRAUN - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 30, 2014

    A woman who has spent 20 years in prison on a conviction in the murder of her infant son at her Tulsa apartment could be on the verge of being released from custody. Based on forensic analysis of blood evidence, the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion Thursday requesting that Michelle Murphy’s murder conviction and no-parole life term be vacated, meaning her case would not be dismissed but she could pursue a new trial or some other resolution of her case. A bond hearing is scheduled for Friday before District Judge William Kellough, and defense attorney Richard O’Carroll anticipated that Murphy, who is now 37, will be released on bond that day. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • 14-year-old girl dies after being shot on Gilcrease Expressway

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 30, 2014

    A 14-year-old girl who was wounded during a drive-by shooting on the Gilcrease Expressway Thursday night has died, Tulsa police said. Tulsa police Sgt. Dave Walker said the girl, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead about 2:38 a.m. Friday at Saint Francis Hospital. First responders were called about 9:30 p.m. Thursday to the Gilcrease Expressway just east of North Peoria Avenue and Mohawk Boulevard. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

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  • Northeast Oklahoma towns begin cleaning up from Monday's floods.

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, May 27, 2014

    Rain quickly overwhelmed ditches and drainage systems, flooded low-lying areas and blocked streets in parts of northeastern Oklahoma.

  • Girl Scouts from Oklahoma to meet Obama at White House

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, May 27, 2014

    TULSA — Five girl scouts from Tulsa will meet President Barack Obama to present their plan for a flood-proof bridge at the White House Science Fair. The girls, 6-year-old Avery Dodson and 8-year-olds Natalie Hurley, Miriam Schaffer, Claire Winton and Lucy Claire Sharp of Girl Scout Troop 2612 built a model for the bridge based on the recent damaging floods in Estes Park, Colorado. The girls are the only girl scouts in the nation at the fair. The flood-proof bridge model the girls designed mechanizes the bridge with motors and gears in the correct ratios. A computer program developed by the girls would cause the bridge to retract when flood conditions set in through a motion sensor in the river bed.

  • Tulsa Zoo will debut two rescued sea lions

    By The Associated Press | Published: Tue, May 27, 2014

    The Tulsa Zoo plans to debut two rescued California sea lions this week.

  • Bartlesville woman accused of sexually abusing 4-year-old son

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, TULSA WORLD | Published: Fri, May 23, 2014

    Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents assisted in the arrest of a Bartlesville woman accused of sexually abusing her son. Sara Marie Garoutee, 32, was booked into the Washington County Jail on distribution of child pornography, manufacturing child pornography, sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 by a parent and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crime Act complaints. Acting on a tip submitted by the Moore Police Department that a woman had sexually abused a child and transmitted explicit photos to another person, OSBI agents questioned Garoutee at her Bartlesville home in the 400 block of North Woodrow Avenue Thursday night.

  • First Blue Whale Comedy Festival announces lineup

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    The Blue Whale Comedy Festival will bring a range of comedians to its first event June 13-15. Headlining the inaugural event is Judah Friedlander, best known for his role on the hit sitcom "30 Rock" as Frank Rossitano. Also featured is one of the founding members of the well-known sketch comedy group Upright Citizens Brigade, Matt Besser.

  • Wildlife officials search for black bear that wandered from Broken Arrow residential neighborhood

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, TULSA WORLD | Published: Fri, May 23, 2014

    The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Wagoner County authorities are searching for a black bear that had been spotted in a tree in a residential backyard Thursday. Craig Endicott, a wildlife supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said a 2 1/2-year-old, 120-pound male black bear climbed down from a cottonwood tree outside a home near Oklahoma 51 and Oneta Road early Friday. A barrel bear trap was set up under the tree and filled with food in an attempt to lure the bear down.

  • Mother of Tulsa police shooting victim says son likely suffered from PTSD

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    The mother of a 22-year-old man who died this week after exchanging gunfire with Tulsa police says her son was a military veteran whose behavior likely was the result of post-traumatic stress disorder. Cody W. Young, 22, was shot by Officer Gene Hogan about 6 a.m. Wednesday at an apartment building on Rockford Avenue near 11th Street. Officers had been dispatched to the location about 1 a.m. and observed Young standing in a second-story window armed with a shotgun, police said. Investigators said officers could hear Young mumbling something but were unable to make out what he was saying. Police said Young pointed the gun at officers, firing at least one round. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Police: Child dies in morning wreck on U.S. 169 in Owasso

    BY KENDRICK MARSHAL - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014

    A child was killed in an early morning wreck on southbound U.S. 169 in Owasso, police said. The Owasso Police Department is currently working the scene of the multivehicle accident after a collision at about 7 a.m. on southbound U.S. 169 between 76th and 86th Street North. The child's identity has not been released. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Device explodes in mailbox of Tulsa-area district attorney

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 21, 2014

    CLAREMORE — An explosive device placed in the mailbox of District Attorney Janice Steidley’s home detonated on Tuesday, she said during a news conference Wednesday. The blast damaged the mailbox and the mail inside it but did not cause any injuries, she said. Steidley said remnants of the device were recovered but did not say what type of device was used. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Man dead after early morning standoff in Tulsa

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa | Updated: Wed, May 21, 2014

    Tulsa police fatally shot a man who reportedly fired a rifle at them Wednesday morning. Officers were called to an apartment building on Rockford Avenue near 11th Street around 1:30 a.m., said Officer Jill Roberson. They arrived to see an armed man standing in a second-story window and several bullet holes in a vehicle parked in an alley nearby, she said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma ROTC students earn commissions

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 21, 2014

    Five Oklahoma students have received military commissions after graduating from OU.

  • Oklahoma man arrested in parents' beating

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, TULSA WORLD | Published: Tue, May 20, 2014

    A Tulsa man was taken into custody Monday night after police say he beat up his parents. Kevin Rash, 43, sits in the Tulsa Jail on two domestic assault and battery resulting in great bodily harm, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license complaints, jail records show. An arrest report indicates Rash, who lives with his parents — 67 and 71 — at a home in 400 block of West 67th Street, became angry when he was told leave because he was drunk.

  • Judge sets jury trials in 2013 killings of 4 Tulsa women

    Published: Mon, May 19, 2014

    TULSA — A Tulsa judge has set separate jury trials for two men accused of shooting four women to death at a run-down apartment complex last year. Judge William Kellough on Monday set a Jan. 12 trial for James Poore and a Feb. 9 trial for Poore’s brother, Cedric Poore. Both men have pleaded not guilty to killing 23-year-old twins Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 55-year-old Julie Jackson. The four women were discovered around midday in a back bedroom of Powell’s apartment. All four had their hands tied behind their backs with blue or pink fabric and gunshots to the head.

  • Oklahoma man jailed in sexual assault of 5-year-old: 'I have a demon in me'

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    A registered sex offender from Creek County was in the Tulsa Jail Sunday in connection with the rape of a 5-year-old girl in east Tulsa early Saturday, police said. A woman woke to a disturbance in her daughter’s room around 4 a.m. Saturday and entered the room to find a man, identified as Kyle Duane Hancock, on top of the girl, Tulsa Police Cpl. Greg Smith said Sunday. The girl’s mother grabbed Hancock’s arm and tried to detain him, but he fled through a kitchen window and escaped detectives for about 12 hours, Smith said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Three die after crashes on Oklahoma roads

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, May 17, 2014

    Joshua Laughlin, 31, of Tulsa; Jacob Davis, 18, of Chelsea, and Shaun Bartels, 27, of Muskogee, died in separate accidents on Oklahoma roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Affidavit: Tulsa pastor charged with lewd molestation gave victim pill to prevent pregnancy

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 16, 2014

    A Tulsa County judge has denied a request to reduce the bail amount for a minister who was charged with lewd molestation and arrested Wednesday. Damien Keith Bonner, 32, was charged with six counts of lewd molestation and was arrested by the Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force following an investigation by the Owasso Police Department. He remains in the Tulsa Jail with bail set at $300,000. Bonner's attorney, Stan Monroe, filed a motion for bond reduction in the case on Thursday. Tulsa County Special Judge David Youll denied the motion Friday at a 3 p.m. hearing, which Bonner did not attend, court records show. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .