• Tulsa woman jailed on report of vandalizing corpse

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    A Tulsa woman remained in custody Sunday night after being arrested late Thursday on suspicion of illegally cutting a woman's corpse at a Tulsa funeral home. Shaynna Lauren Sims, who also goes by Shaynna Smith, is held in lieu of $20,000 bond on a misdemeanor complaint of illegal dissection, jail records show. Police received a report from the Moore Funeral Home in the 1900 block of East Memorial Drive around 5 p.m. Thursday, where a manager reported the family of a woman whose body was waiting to be interred there claimed the body had been vandalized. Officers reported seeing the woman's hair on the floor near her casket and that makeup on her face had been smeared, according to Sims' arrest report. Read the full

  • Tulsa Public Schools assistant coach suspended after domestic assault arrest

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    A Tulsa Public Schools assistant wrestling coach was arrested early Sunday on a complaint of domestic assault and battery by strangulation. Timothy Aaron Littrell, 36, was booked at the Tulsa Jail just before 5:45 a.m., jail records show. A Tulsa Public Schools agenda from November 2013 indicates Littrell was hired as an assistant wrestling coach at Memorial High School on Aug. 22 of that year. An arrest report alleges that officers received a domestic disturbance report from a woman in east Tulsa who said she got into an argument with Littrell while at a bar in downtown Tulsa and that he attempted to push her out of a vehicle while they were traveling on the Broken Arrow Expressway. Read the full story at

  • Two Tulsa teachers suspended amid cheating allegations; students may be retested

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Cheating allegations could soon cost two sixth-grade teachers at Skelly Elementary School their jobs and teaching certificates plus require students to be retested. Jo Dawn Sallee, 38, and Rebecca W. McCall, 43, were suspended April 24, and Tulsa Public Schools has begun termination proceedings against them, said Chris Payne, a district spokesman. TPS officials say they launched an investigation amid reports that written study guides with actual state test questions taken from earlier testing sessions were being sent home with students, and they immediately reported the allegations to the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

  • Testimony heard in trial of mentally ill Tulsan who fatally stabbed his mother

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    A man charged with murdering his mother was “not in his right mind” that day and remained in a psychotic state for at least several days afterward, according to witnesses at his nonjury trial Thursday. William Matthew “Matt” Stick, 22, is charged with the first-degree murder of Veronica Stick. The 43-year-old woman was found dead outside her home near 23rd Street and Harvard Avenue on Oct. 5, 2012. Prosecutors allege that Stick knew what he was doing during the four hours between when he fatally stabbed his mother and when he arrived at All Souls Unitarian Church, where he and his mother both worked. During that time, he “ditched” the murder weapon, his getaway vehicle and his identification, they said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Man gets life without parole in shooting death of ex-girlfriend in front of her children

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    A man accused of murdering a woman in front of their son and her two other children pleaded guilty to the crime Friday morning and received a sentence of life without parole. Robert Julius Tillotson III, 32, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Beverly Stratton; three counts of feloniously pointing a firearm; and possession of a firearm after the conviction of a felony. Stratton was 32 when Tillotson fatally shot her inside their home near 46th Street North and Martin Luther King Boulevard on Oct. 25, 2014. He pleaded guilty in September to two misdemeanor counts of domestic assault and battery that named Stratton and one of her sons as the victims. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Leaked document: Wal-Mart tells employees of closed stores to avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Leaked handouts indicate the "plumbing issues" that closed the Admiral Place and Memorial Drive Wal-Mart, along with four others across the nation, did not pose health or safety concerns. The handouts, originally posted on the website Gawker and given to the 2,200 furloughed employees at the time of the stores' sudden closure, also is worried about its employees' health habits. The documents suggest they avoid caffeine, chocolate and alcohol. Gawker said the documents were given to them by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which also operates OUR Walmart, an organization that advocates for improved treatment of Wal-Mart employees. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol finds body in trunk of car submerged in Caney River

    FROM STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and area first responders are attempting to retrieve a vehicle that was found submerged in the Caney River near Collinsville Friday morning. A truck driver traveling on U.S. 169 contacted OHP about 6:30 a.m. after spotting the vehicle in the river, a dispatcher said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Autopsy finds man died of cardiac arrest after being immobilized with stun gun

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    An Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office autopsy report indicates that a 41-year-old man who was shocked with a stun gun during an altercation with Osage Nation police officers in February died of cardiac arrest. The autopsy report released Wednesday states that Terry Price of Tulsa “became reportedly unresponsive after being tased.” “The cause of death is sudden cardiac death associated with physical restraint in prone position with hands cuffed behind back, multiple electroshock weapon discharge,” the report says. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Woman killed in drive-by shooting near convention center in downtown Tulsa

    By SHANNON MUCHMORE - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    A woman was killed in a shooting between vehicles in downtown Tulsa late Thursday. The woman was driving north on Houston Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets when someone in another northbound vehicle shot her shortly after 9 p.m., police said. Cpl. Darin Filak said multiple shots were fired from the driver's side of the other car through the passenger side of the victim's car. The woman's boyfriend was a passenger in her car, but he was not injured and called 911, an officer said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa, OKC school superintendents talk funding with lawmakers

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Superintendents of the state’s two largest school districts discussed myriad issues with lawmakers Thursday during a breakfast at the Capitol. Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard covered finances, third-grade reading skills and his opposition to the possible expansion of charter school sponsorships to cities. Meanwhile, Oklahoma City Public Schools Rob Neu discussed “The Great Commitment,” a seven-point plan for improving the district. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Trial begins for man with mental illness accused of killing his mother

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    A man charged with murdering his mother was "not in his right mind" that day and remained in a psychotic state for at least several days afterward, according to witnesses at his nonjury trial Thursday. William Matthew "Matt" Stick is charged with the first-degree murder of 43-year-old Veronica Stick, who was found dead outside her home on Oct. 5, 2012. District Judge William LaFortune will decide the case. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa County Sheriff names new undersheriff, also announces other personnel moves

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Chief Deputy Rick Weigel will replace outgoing Undersheriff Tim Albin, who is resigning this week in the wake of a 2009 internal report alleging falsified records and special treatment pertaining to Reserve Deputy Robert Bates. Tulsa County sheriff's Maj. Shannon Clark confirmed the promotion Wednesday afternoon, while also announcing two other personnel moves. Weigel had a 35-year career with the Tulsa Police Department that came to a close in 2007, according to his biography on the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office website. He worked from 2007 to 2008 for the Department of Homeland Security before then joining the Sheriff's Office. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa sheriff limits volunteers’ duties after fatal shooting

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    TULSA — An Oklahoma sheriff is temporarily prohibiting volunteer deputies from patrolling alone following the fatal shooting of an unarmed man. Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Shannon Clark said Thursday that the office is auditing the training records of its approximately 130 reserve deputies. The review follows the release of internal memos indicating that officers were worried that some of reserve deputy Robert Bates’ training records were falsified. Bates has pleaded not guilty to a manslaughter charge in the April 2 killing of Eric Harris. Clark says advanced reserves can no longer patrol alone but will participate in other law enforcement work. Most of the force’s volunteers have advanced

  • After Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin's resignation, protesters call for Sheriff Stanley Glanz, Maj. Tom Huckeby to follow suit

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin will vacate his post effective Friday after being implicated in a 2009 internal affairs report that alleged he allowed former reserve deputy Robert Bates to receive special treatment during his training. But Albin's departure, according to protesters who gathered again outside the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office Wednesday evening, is just one of multiple that should take place as a result of the fallout that occurred after Bates fatally shot Eric Harris April 2 after video captured Harris running from deputies during an undercover gun buy. "I don't get the opportunity to come to every one of 'em, but it lifts my spirits and puts a big smile on my face because these are the citizens of Tulsa that are crying out against this injustice," Harris' brother Andre Harris said of the numerous protests held by local activist group We The People Oklahoma. "I knew some resignations would come and some people would jump ship, but I also knew there would be a lot of people that would still be here at this point." Andre Harris was among about 100 people who marched from the Tulsa County courthouse to the sheriff's office to demand that Sheriff Stanley Glanz and Maj. Tom Huckeby resign, chanting "Glanz Gotta Go" and "No justice, no peace, no racist police" outside the facility's gate. Huckeby and Albin were accused in the report of pressuring and bullying subordinates and coworkers to sign off on training Bates never completed, and reportedly helped facilitate transfers of deputies who refused to do so. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Highest-ranking classification in TCSO reserve program suspended amid investigation

    BY JARREL WADE and COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The highest-ranking classification in the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office's reserve program has been temporarily suspended as an investigation into records of its members is undertaken. Tulsa County Maj. Shannon Clark said a records audit of each reserve's training file is being conducted, resulting in the postponement of the auxiliary program's advanced status that allows reserves to patrol on their own. "Reserve deputies will still be utilized for law-enforcement purposes as long as they are partnered with a certified deputy," Clark said in a statement. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa County Commissioners awaiting investigation at Sheriff's Office before taking any action

    BY JARREL WADE and COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    County Commissioners said Tuesday they are waiting for an investigation to conclude before weighing in on the controversy surrounding Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz and his office. The agency that would conduct an investigation, or the scope of any investigation, is unknown. However, a county official on Tuesday suggested the FBI may currently be conducting an investigation into the Sheriff’s Office. “We’ve heard that they’ve reached out and talked to some people,” said Terry Simonson, intergovernmental affairs and contract administrator for the Sheriff’s Office. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • BOK Financial nets $75 million profit on the strength of record fees and commission

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Increased loan growth and a record quarter for fees and commissions drove Tulsa-based BOK Financial Corp. to $74.8 million in net income for the three months ending March 31. Overall net revenue totaled $167.7 million, down $2 million from the fourth quarter of 2014. Company CEO Steven Bradshaw also noted that the mortgage business posted its best quarter in two years and rose 31 percent above the previous three months. "The year is off to an excellent start, with continued double-digit annualized loan growth and a record quarter from our fee-generating businesses, combined with careful expense controls," Bradshaw said in the earnings report released Wednesday morning. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • County Commissioners awaiting investigation at Sheriff's Office before taking any action

    By COREY JONES & JARREL WADE - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    County Commissioners said Tuesday they are waiting for an investigation to conclude before weighing in on the controversy surrounding Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz and his office. The agency that would conduct an investigation, or the scope of any investigation, is unknown. However, a county official on Tuesday suggested the FBI may currently be conducting an investigation into the Sheriff’s Office. “We’ve heard that they’ve reached out and talked to some people,” said Terry Simonson, intergovernmental affairs and contract administrator for the Sheriff’s Office. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Ginnie Graham: Bruce Jenner, the undersheriff and why reporters are like wild dogs

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    In the whirlwind of the investigations into the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, somehow Bruce Jenner gets a shout out. The Sheriff's Office has been getting national attention and criticism after reserve officer Robert Bates shot and killed Eric Harris, who was being subdued after running away from an undercover sting. With the resignation of Undersheriff Tim Albin Monday, he gave an interview to KOTV. He spoke about the media emphasis on the 2009 internal affairs report questioning Bates' training requirements and professional conduct. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • WalletHub ranks Tulsa No. 2 city nationally to start a business

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Access to capital, quarters and encouragement apparently make Tulsa an ideal location for entrepreneurs. The city ranked as the second-best place in the U.S. to start a business, according to an analysis by financial website WalletHub released Monday. The report, which ranks 150 cities on factors such as access to resources and business environment, ranked Shreveport, Louisiana, at the top of the list. In the top five behind Tulsa were Springfield, Missouri; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Jackson, Mississippi. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.




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