• Tulsa woman faces murder, assault charges in fatal double stabbing

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    A 33-year-old who turned herself in to authorities after being named a suspect in a fatal stabbing was charged with murder Friday. Latoya Willis was charged with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Tulsa County District Court in a double stabbing that left one woman dead. Amber McBroom, 31, was stabbed shortly before 12:45 a.m. July 13 in the 700 block of North Kingston Avenue. She died about an hour later at a hospital.

  • Man who likely shot NFL's Pat Tillman to speak about guilt, road to recovery in Tulsa

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    No one knows who shot and killed Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals safety who became a national hero when he turned down a lucrative NFL contract to fight the Taliban in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But the probability is high that it was former Army Ranger Steven Elliott, Kansas native and Oral Roberts University graduate who was on patrol with Tillman when he died 11 years ago in a rugged mountain pass in Afghanistan. Military and congressional investigations concluded that Tillman was shot three times in the forehead by friendly fire during an intense firefight. The Army originally reported that Tillman was killed by enemy fire.

  • Blue Bell Creameries hasn't set a date yet for resuming production in Broken Arrow

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama, but hasn't determined when it will begin production at its Broken Arrow plant. "We are making good progress on our facility in Broken Arrow, but have not confirmed a date to resume production," said Jenny Van Dorf, a public relations market specialist with Blue Bell Advertising Associates, in an email. Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales. The Texas-based company said it's evaluating the enhanced production processes at its plant in Sylacauga, Alabama.Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama, but hasn't determined when it will begin production at its Broken Arrow plant. "We are making good progress on our facility in Broken Arrow, but have not confirmed a date to resume production," said Jenny Van Dorf, a public relations market specialist with Blue Bell Advertising Associates, in an email. Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales. The Texas-based company said it's evaluating the enhanced production processes at its plant in Sylacauga, Alabama.Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama, but hasn't determined when it will begin production at its Broken Arrow plant. "We are making good progress on our facility in Broken Arrow, but have not confirmed a date to resume production," said Jenny Van Dorf, a public relations market specialist with Blue Bell Advertising Associates, in an email. Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales. The Texas-based company said it's evaluating the enhanced production processes at its plant in Sylacauga, Alabama.

  • 'It’s almost impossible to get your head around:' BA brothers arrested in fatal stabbings of parents, three siblings

    By COREY JONES & KENDRICK MARSHALL | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    BROKEN ARROW — Two teenage brothers were accused of stabbing to death three younger siblings and both of their parents late Wednesday in what police have termed an “unprecedented” family tragedy in a quiet community. Robert Bever, 18, and a 16-year-old brother were taken into custody after a search near the family home, Broken Arrow Police Cpl. Leon Calhoun said. An open line on an emergency phone call led Broken Arrow police to the grisly scene, where the bloodied bodies of the five victims were found inside the house. A critically wounded sixth victim — a 13-year-old girl — was pulled outside and whisked away to a hospital. A 2-year-old girl was located inside but uninjured. Read the full story at

  • Tulsa's Humane Society seeks help for 24 rescued dogs, mostly greyhounds

    BY HANNAH COVINGTON, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Evan Fadem ran from room to room at the Tulsa Humane Society on Wednesday afternoon, helping volunteers leash up dogs for walks or hoist them into sinks for baths. It’s the most care any of the 24 recently rescued dogs has ever been given, and the Humane Society is looking for extra hands to help until they are adopted. The dogs came from an animal cruelty case in Grant County, about two hours northwest of Tulsa.

  • Two brothers in custody in fatal stabbings of parents, three siblings in Broken Arrow home

    BY COREY JONES and KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    BROKEN ARROW —Two teenage brothers allegedly stabbed to death three younger siblings and both of their parents late Wednesday in what police have termed an "unprecedented" family tragedy in a quiet community. An open line on an emergency phone call led Broken Arrow police to the grisly scene, where the bloodied bodies of the five victims were found inside the home. A critically wounded sixth victim — a 13-year-old girl — was pulled outside and whisked away to a hospital. A 2-year-old girl was located inside but uninjured. Police identified the parents as David Bever, 52, and his wife, April, 44. The names of the children were not released.

  • WNBA approves Tulsa Shock relocation to Dallas-Fort Worth

    Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    WNBA owners unanimously approved the relocation of the Tulsa Shock to the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area on Thursday, according to a release posted to the league's site. The team will finish the current season in Tulsa before beginning play in Arlington in 2016, the release states. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Abercrombie hijab lawsuit final chapter written

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Tulsa Muslim woman against Abercrombie & Fitch is effectively over after the store dropped its appeal . The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit in 2009 against Abercrombie & Fitch after the store’s Woodland Hills outlet refused to hire then teenager Samantha Elauf because she wears a religiously-mandated hijab, or head covering. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled June 1 in Elauf’s favor, and sent it back to the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver for further resolution.

  • After chase, crash, Tulsa police arrest woman wanted in July homicide

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL and SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Tulsa police arrested a woman Wednesday who had been wanted on an accessory charge in the shooting death of a Tulsa man this month following a midtown police chase. Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said Sarah Nicole Helton, 32, was being sought in the July 5 shooting of Craig Wingard, 33. Wingard was killed during an altercation outside a home in the 3100 block of East Woodrow Place. A warrant for her arrest was filed July 8, the same day Wingard died, records show.

  • Police arrest woman wanted in July homicide after chase

    FROM STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A woman wanted on an accessory charge in the shooting death of a Tulsa man earlier this month was arrested in midtown Tulsa after a police pursuit, officials said. Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said Sarah Nicole Helton, 32, was being sought in the July 5 shooting of Craig Wingard, 33. Wingard was killed during an altercation outside a home in the 3100 block of East Woodrow Place. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Man accused of giving HIV to 15-year-old he met at mentoring program set for jury trial

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    A jury trial has been set for a man accused of knowingly spreading HIV to a minor he met while mentoring at a Tulsa youth program. Elton Howland Rhoades, 24, is set for jury trial Nov. 2 in front of District Judge William LaFortune. Rhoades, who also goes by Keaton Zane Page, is charged with three counts of second-degree rape and three counts of exposing others to HIV, which he allegedly committed in March against a 15-year-old he met while mentoring at a Tulsa youth outreach program.

  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine formally endorses Ted Cruz for president

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine has formally endorsed U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Bridenstine, who has been closely associated with Cruz since the two arrived in Washington 2½ years ago, made the announcement on Breitbart.com over the weekend. Cruz attended a fundraising event for Bridenstine in Tulsa last month, and the two have been allies on several maneuvers in Congress, some of which have irked their Republican colleagues.

  • Grand jury selection in Sheriff's Office inquiry begins; heavy-lifting to come Tuesday

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Six prospective jurors were excused by the judge Monday morning during early stages of the impaneling of a grand jury to probe the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. Tulsa County District Court Presiding Judge Rebecca Nightingale listened to 26 potential jurors offer personal reasons why they shouldn't be on the grand jury. The conversations lasted about 75 minutes and were one-on-one, not allowing the gallery to hear discussions. Nightingale ruled six of them could be excused. Much of the heavy-lifting in convening the grand jury now will take place Tuesday when the jury pool is questioned and whittled down to the necessary 12 members and three alternates.

  • Attorneys say Tulsa convicts in 1994 drive-by slaying have waited long enough for response to innocence petitions

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Almost a year and a half since two convicts serving life sentences filed applications for post-conviction relief, one defendant’s attorneys say they’ve waited long enough for the case to move forward. The attorneys for convict Malcolm Scott filed a motion on Wednesday opposing the state’s requests for more time to respond to their client’s application. The motion states that Scott objects to any further delays and asks the court to set a date for an evidentiary hearing. Almost 20 years ago, a jury found Scott and De’Marchoe Carpenter guilty of first-degree murder and related counts in a drive-by shooting that killed 19-year-old Karen Summers in 1994. Scott and Carpenter, who were 17 at the time of the crime, were sentenced to life plus 170 years in prison.

  • Outlet mall zoning plans scrapped for Tulsa-area site

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The plans to rezone private property near Turkey Mountain were officially taken off the table Monday morning, apparently locking in the developer's previously announced plans to build in Jenks.  Representatives of Simon Property Group had requested several delays for Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission meeting discussion on rezoning the property near Turkey Mountain.  TMAPC Chairman Michael Covey said the developer's attorney Louis Reynolds emailed commission members Monday morning, asking them to remove the zoning change from consideration.

  • Oklahoma City police officers may start carrying naloxone

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Naloxone is a medication called an "opioid antagonist" used to counter the effects of overdose from opioids, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and heroin.

  • Tulsa man jailed for reportedly shooting daughter during domestic dispute

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    A Tulsa man was jailed late Tuesday after reportedly shooting his daughter while firing rounds at her boyfriend's car, police said. Paul McCleallan, 54, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on an assault with a deadly weapon complaint, jail records show. About 10:30 p.m., McCleallan's daughter, Brittani McCleallan, showed up at OSU Medical Center to be treated for a gunshot wound she sustained while sitting in her boyfriend's vehicle, police said.

  • Tulsa Shock's Glory Johnson pleads not guilty in domestic violence case

    BY CLIFF BRUNT, AP | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Glory Johnson's attorney says she has entered a not guilty plea in Surprise, Arizona, court in her domestic violence case involving fellow WNBA star Brittney Griner. Johnson, an All-Star last season with the Tulsa Shock, and Griner, an All-Star this season for the Phoenix Mercury, were arrested on April 22 at their home in Goodyear, Arizona, on misdemeanor charges of assault and disorderly conduct. Prosecutors in both Goodyear and Maricopa County, Arizona, dismissed the case against Johnson. Brian Russo, Johnson's attorney, said the prosecutor in Surprise picked up the case and filed the charges.

  • WPX Energy makes $2.75 billion move into oil-rich Permian Basin

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Tulsa-based WPX Energy Inc., which has been remaking itself from a natural gas firm to more of an oil producer, took a big leap in that direction by announcing a $2.75 billion acquisition in the Permian Basin of west Texas and eastern New Mexico. The announcement Tuesday indicated that WPX is acquiring RKI Exploration and Production LLC for $2.35 billion plus assumption of $400 million in debt. The move taps WPX into 92,000 net acres and an average 22,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in existing production — half of that in oil. The buy also expands WPX’s strategic focus to four basins in the western U.S. The others are the Williston in North Dakota, the Piceance in Colorado and the San Juan in New Mexico. The company has been working to divest itself from holdings in the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale of the eastern U.S.

  • Body found in Arkansas River

    FROM STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Tulsa police are on the scene where a body was discovered Wednesday morning in the Arkansas River. Police said a pedestrian spotted the body about 7:30 a.m. today near 15th Street and Riverside Drive. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.




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