• Throwback Tulsa: After midway complaints, Tulsa State Fair hired famed stripper

    BY DEBBIE JACKSON and HILARY PITTMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Complaints about tawdry midway shows and gambling at the Tulsa State Fair were boiling over in 1949, so the fair manager had no choice – she brought in the world’s most famous strip-tease artist as a headliner. The Rev. J.W. Storer, pastor of Tulsa’s First Baptist Church, had complained about the “gyp joints and off-color” carnival shows following the 1948 fair and called for a boycott. “If every church member of every church in Tulsa County would just stay away from the fair in 1949, there would be a fair to behold in 1950,” Storer wrote in a church newsletter. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Cherokee Nation, The Woodmont Co. plan $80M shopping center at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Cherokee Nation Businesses has agreed to lease property west of the casino to Woodmont Outlets, an affiliate of The Woodmont Co. The company plans to develop an outlet mall with 300,000-square-feet of leasable space called Cherokee Outlets in Catoosa.

  • Trooper accused of rape remains on paid leave nearly two months later; motion filed to dismiss civil suit against him

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper accused of raping two women during traffic stops in July remains on administrative leave with pay while the investigation into those allegations nears its second month. Eric Roberts, a 16-year veteran of the OHP, was listed in a lawsuit filed last month accusing him of raping two women during traffic stops in July. OHP Capt. George Brown said Wednesday the department’s investigation into the allegations is ongoing. Meanwhile, the civil suit filed against Roberts that first brought the claims to light hangs in the balance, as well. A motion filed this week by the state Attorney General’s Office asks to have the lawsuit dismissed as currently filed, since it names Roberts as a defendant in both his individual capacity and official capacity. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Police: Man shot by Tulsa officer after he rams police vehicles in attempt to flee

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    A man was shot in the leg by a Tulsa police officer as he tried to flee from authorities after reportedly attempting to rob a local pharmacy Tuesday. Delricko Smart, 33, was shot once in the leg about 8:10 a.m. in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy at 2110 South Harvard Ave. The man is believed to have been involved in a series of pharmacy robberies, and the Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force received an anonymous tip that the suspect might be attempting to rob the CVS, TPD spokeswoman Demita Kinard said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • 1 found dead after fire at west Tulsa house

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    TULSA — Authorities in Tulsa are investigating after one person was found dead in a house fire. Authorities say the fire was reported Tuesday morning at a home in west Tulsa. Once there, firefighters found a person dead in a bed in the back of the house. Fire officials say the utilities had been shut off at the home, and authorities are investigating the fire as suspicious. Authorities have not yet released the name of the person who died.

  • Tulsa school guard charged with sexual abuse

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa police have arrested a school security guard who they say sexually abused a female relative. Authorities charged the 42-year-old man on Monday with four counts of sexually abusing a minor. Court documents indicate the victim is a 13-year-old girl. The Associated Press isn’t naming him to protect the identity of the girl. The Tulsa Public Schools superintendent says the man is an employee of a contractor used to provide security guards. The man was hired in August. He is being held in the Tulsa County Jail on $150,000 bond.

  • Broken Arrow police: Boy, 13, stabs man in self-defense; man arrested in Tulsa Monday afternoon

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    BROKEN ARROW — The stabbing of a man by a teenager at a Broken Arrow home Monday afternoon appears to be a case of self-defense, police say. Officers were called to a home at the 4300 block of South Birch Avenue around noon Monday, where they were told Noah Blacketer, 31, left the scene with a stab wound to the back after an altercation with a 13-year-old boy and his family, Broken Arrow Cpl. Leon Calhoun said. "Officers had been out there before for issues between (Blacketer) and his neighbors directly to the south," Calhoun said. "He apparently went over and confronted the family while they unloaded groceries from their van." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Cities prepare for warm climate without saying so

    By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — With climate change still a political minefield across the nation despite the strong scientific consensus that it’s happening, some community leaders have hit upon a way of preparing for the potentially severe local consequences without triggering explosions of partisan warfare: Just change the subject. Big cities and small towns are shoring up dams and dikes, using roof gardens to absorb rainwater or upgrading sewage treatment plans to prevent overflows. Others are planting urban forests, providing more shady relief from extreme heat. Extension agents are helping farmers deal with an onslaught of newly arrived crop pests.

  • OKC, Tulsa superintendents weigh in on teacher shortage

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Oklahoma City superintendent Rob Neu, Tulsa superintendent Keith Ballard say higher pay and better training are among keys to putting effective teachers in classrooms.

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  • Police: Oklahoma man dies after police shooting

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    TULSA (AP) — Tulsa police have identified a 45-year-old man who was shot to death Tuesday morning by police officers. Police spokeswoman Jillian Roberson says officers responded to a home Tuesday morning after receiving a call that a man had stabbed himself. She says police found the man standing in the driveway holding a knife. Roberson says the man ignored instructions to drop the knife, and three officers opened fire. She says he was shot multiple times after officers became concerned he would approach nearby businesses. The man was transported to St. John Medical Center, where he later died. Tulsa police have identified him as 45-year-old Mark Allen Kelley.

  • Police: Tulsa man dies after police shooting

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa police say a 45-year-old man has died in an officer-involved shooting. Police spokeswoman Jill Roberson says officers responded to a home Monday morning after receiving a call that a man had stabbed himself. She says police found the man standing in the driveway holding a knife. Roberson says the man ignored instructions to drop the knife. She says he was shot multiple times after officers became concerned he would approach nearby businesses. She says three officers were involved in the shooting. The man was transported to St. John Medical Center, where he later died. His name and cause of death have not been released. Roberson says the officers are expected to be placed on routine

  • Nonsurgical heart treatment helps seniors in Oklahoma City

    By Jim Killackey, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Integris Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City, and other state hospitals, offer a heart procedure for people including older men who may not be candidates for surgery.

  • American Airlines introduces combined LGBT employee group

    By CASEY SMITH - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    In some ways, American Airlines is all-inclusive. American Airlines used social media Wednesday evening to introduce Pride, its newly combined LGBT — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender — employee resource group with US Airways. On its corporate Twitter and Facebook accounts, the airline posted a photo of a rainbow flag flying from a window in the pilot’s cabin of a parked passenger plane. With the hashtag #NowArriving, the company emphasized its continued support to equality, diversity and inclusion following the merger with US Airways. American Airlines has boasted it was the first major airline to have a company-recognized LGBT employee resource group, the Gay Lesbian Employees of American, or GLEAM.

  • Suspect in Wednesday death of former Tulsan killed in Dallas officer-involved shooting

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    DALLAS — An 18-year-old accused of fatally shooting a former Tulsan during an early Wednesday robbery attempt was killed in a shooting involving an off-duty Dallas police officer shortly afterward, authorities said. Officer Jose Gamez, a five-year-veteran of the department, fatally shot Sergio Ramos after Ramos reportedly killed 25-year-old Joseph Roling during a robbery at a local Walmart Supercenter, at 13739 North Central Expressway, around 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, the Dallas Police Department said in a release. A 2001 Holland Hall cross country invitational list indicates Roling spent time at the preparatory school. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Woman loses appeal in high rise death case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected the appeal of a woman convicted of killing her husband by pushing him through a 25th-floor window in a Tulsa high-rise apartment. Twenty-two-year-old Amber Hilberling was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 2011 death of Joshua Hilberling. The court on Wednesday rejected her appeals — including lack of evidence, improper evidence, prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective counsel. Hilberling testified during her trial that she and her husband were arguing and that she feared for her safety as the dispute escalated.

  • Oklahoma blood donors can get free hotdogs, T-shirts Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Oklahoma Blood Institute will offer free hotdogs to blood donors on Friday, courtesy of the Oklahoma Beef Council and Bar S Foods. Donors also will receive their choice of an Oklahoma State University or University of Oklahoma T-shirt, along with a chance to win tickets to the 2014 Bedlam football game.

  • Tulsa police chief says collection for Ferguson officer was desire to 'seek justice'

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan stated Tuesday that an attempt to collect money at a police station for the legal fund of an embattled Ferguson, Missouri, police officer was not appropriate but was to “seek justice.” Jordan told the Tulsa World that the officer, Darren Wilson, had essentially been publicly convicted before an investigation into his shooting of an unarmed teenager had even begun. The situation could fracture relationships between officers and the public they serve across the country, Jordan said, not just in Ferguson. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa man sentenced to four years in rape case

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    A Tulsa man accused of raping a 15-year-old girl pleaded guilty to an amended charge on Monday and was sentenced to more than four years in prison. Jerry Tyrone Leblanc, 60, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape — which was amended from first-degree rape — and furnishing an alcoholic beverage to a minor. Charges of kidnapping and possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony against him in the case were dismissed. He was arrested within hours of an alleged assault on a 15-year-old girl in December. At the time, the victim told police Leblanc approached her in his sport utility vehicle and abducted her at gunpoint near 1700 N. Sheridan Road in December. He allegedly took her to a hotel, forced her to drink

  • Oklahoma helicopters accidentally coated in foam

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    TULSA — Cleanup has finished on 10 Black Hawk helicopters that were accidently bathed in fire suppression foam at an Oklahoma National Guard base. Col. Max Moss says a Simplex Grinnell company representative triggered the fire suppression system Monday at the Tulsa base during a routine maintenance check. He says the system was installed a few months ago. Photos and videos released by the National Guard show the UH-60 model helicopters slathered in the substance. The foam reached helicopters both inside and outside of the hangar. Moss says the chemicals aren’t dangerous to humans or the environment and have already been cleaned up. He says officials will inspect the helicopters before using them for flights.