• Samson Resource makes dramatic moves; analyst predicts bankruptcy

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    One Samson Resource Co. official put it this way: The company has "somewhat of a runway" to elevate from its financial struggles, "but it's not very long." A Tulsa money manager put it more bluntly: Samson is probably headed for bankruptcy. Tulsa-based Samson not only is laying off one-third of its workforce, but also has stopped all drilling operations and has an amended deal with lenders that gives it very little financial flexibility in the short-term. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa police release names of family in murder-suicide

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    TULSA — Police say a man apparently shot his wife and two young sons, then killed himself at the family’s home in Tulsa.

  • Judge denies motion to disqualify DA in former Tulsa police officer's murder case

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    A motion to find that then-District Attorney-Elect Steve Kunzweiler committed prosecutorial misconduct in a preliminary hearing was denied Tuesday, along with a motion to dismiss the case against a former Tulsa police officer who is charged with murdering his daughter’s boyfriend. Defense attorney Richard O’Carroll argued that Kunzweiler failed to “clear the air” after the victim’s younger brother testified at a preliminary hearing in December that he’d spoken with Kunzweiler about the case prior to that proceeding. O’Carroll represents 54-year-old Shannon James Kepler, a former Tulsa police officer who retired from the force after being arrested and charged with the murder of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake on

  • Tulsa woman charged with manslaughter in shooting death of husband

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    A Tulsa woman who police allege fatally shot her husband during a domestic dispute in January was charged with second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday. Carolyn Janetta Gist, who also goes by Carolyn Harring, is accused of killing 61-year-old Charles Harring at the Melrose Apartments, 6309 E. Ninth St., around 2:15 a.m. Jan. 31. Tulsa police Sgt. Dave Walker said at the time that Harring had been shot in the stomach and died at a hospital.

  • Two adults, two children found dead in apparent murder-suicide at east Tulsa home

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    They were found Wednesday afternoon.

  • Woman jailed after children seen wandering on expressway

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    A Tulsa woman was arrested around noon Monday on two child abuse complaints after police spotted two small children wandering on the Broken Arrow Expressway. Lindze Nellie-Nicole Harper, whose last name is Arrington in jail logs, is accused of leaving the children, ages 2 and 4, alone in the area for an hour before looking for them, police said. Officers reported recognizing the children along the Broken Arrow Expressway near the Yale Avenue exit and transported them to Arrington’s home, but she was not there at the time, according to an arrest report. Police eventually found Arrington, 23, at the 2500 block of South Florence Avenue and arrested her on two complaints of failure to provide for a child, saying the children were “inches” from expressway traffic. A later arrest report added two complaints of child neglect to Arrington’s case after child crisis detectives investigated further, but jail logs list both as possible child abuse charges. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa man charged with murder in death of 5-year-old son during standoff

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    A man who police allege killed his 5-year-old son during a 17-hour standoff was charged with multiple felonies on Tuesday. Bryon Creech faces charges of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his son, Braydon Creech, as well as shooting with intent to kill, kidnapping, child abuse, child neglect, second-degree burglary and violating a protective order. Creech and his son were in his estranged wife's apartment at the RiverChase complex, near 81st Street and Riverside Drive, on March 19, and his wife, Laurel Creech, called the police after seeing him via surveillance equipment, Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said at the time. Laurel and Bryon Creech are in divorce proceedings, according to court documents, and he had visitation rights with his son at the time. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Costco, which is known to sell the cheapest gas in the U.S., is adding pumps to its planned Tulsa location

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Work has begun on Tulsa’s first Costco, which will come complete with a gasoline station. The long-awaited members-only warehouse store took another step toward reality with a series of building permits approved by the city, as well as the start of earthwork on the site at the northwest corner of 103rd Street and Memorial Drive. The building permits, filed last week, also confirmed the store will sell gasoline at its future location. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • ConocoPhillips latest oil company to lay off employees due to oil bust

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    BARTLESVILLE — ConocoPhillips, the nation's largest independent oil and gas producer which employs more than 2,000 people at its former corporate home in Bartlesville, has begun laying employees off there due to the persistent fall in crude oil prices, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday. The company would not confirm how many workers are caught up in the reduction, but various estimates put it in the dozens. ConocoPhillips is laying people off companywide, including at its Houston base. "We have announced that we will have some workforce reductions, and the ones that are made will be driven by lower activity levels as well as the findings of a cost structure review," a company spokesman based in Bartlesville said Tuesday. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Girls club in Edmond, Oklahoma, does project for Lent

    By Mary Smail, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Edmond Challenge is affiliated with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

  • Man convicted of murder in shooting over gold necklace sentenced to life

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    At a formal sentencing hearing for convicted murderer Randle Raymond Lockett, his victim's mother told him "no amount of sorries will do." District Judge James Caputo on Monday followed a February jury's recommendation, sentencing Lockett to a life term for the first-degree murder of 21-year-old Charles Edward "C.J." Johnson. A 10-year sentence was also imposed for possession of a firearm after the former conviction of a felony, of which the jury also found the 44-year-old guilty. Caputo ordered the terms be served consecutively, despite a public defender's request for concurrent sentences. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Attorney who represented family of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, retained in Tulsa shooting case

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    An attorney who represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown has been hired by a Tulsa family after their son was shot and paralyzed by a security guard earlier this year. The family of Monroe Bird III, who has been paralyzed since being shot in the neck in February following an encounter with an apartment security guard, gathered at a north Tulsa Church on Monday with attorneys Benjamin Crump and Damario Solomon-Simmons. Crump is a Florida-based attorney who represented Martin's family following his death at the hands of George Zimmerman in 2012 in Sanford, Florida, as well as Brown's family following his death in Ferguson, Missouri, last year. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Owasso man dies in Tulsa County crash on wet roadway

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    An Owasso man, Brandon Jonjock, 29, was killed in a crash in Tulsa County late Wednesday. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports the crash.

  • Randy Krehbiel: U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says Bergdahl case ought to send Obama administration to the stockade

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe isn't mad about a former combat soldier faces life behind bars. He's mad that someone in the Obama administration isn't staring at the same sort of penalty. Inhofe doesn't need much encouragement to go off on Obama, so it isn't surprising he had plenty to say after former U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was brought up on charges in connection with his 2009 disappearance in Afghanistan. After apparently leaving his post voluntarily, allegedly to seek out a senior officer, Bergdahl fell under the control of a terrorist network that held him for five years before exchanging him for five Guantanamo Bay terror suspects. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa school district cancels 'snow day' for rally, will hold classes Monday

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Tulsa Public Schools will hold classes Monday, reversing the decision to cancel school to allow teachers, parents and students to attend an education rally at the state Capitol, Superintendent Keith Ballard announced Thursday. Principals will work to identify two to three teachers from each site who want to take leave to attend rally on Monday, officials said. The plan was to use the distict's remaining snow day for the rally, but Wednesday's severe weather caused TPS to cancel classes Thursday after 10 schools were left without power Wednesday night. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Samson Resources laying off 196 local workers

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Samson Resource Co., the privately held Tulsa oil and gas giant beset by huge debt leverage and falling crude oil prices, is laying off one-third of its Tulsa workforce, the company confirmed Thursday morning. Samson is letting go of 196 employees at the Tulsa headquarters and 270 companywide. The reduction will drop Samson's local workforce below 400 people. "As has been previously communicated, Samson Resources is currently in the process of evaluating restructuring alternatives to address the sharp decline in oil and natural gas prices, which have posed huge challenges to the company and to the broader industry," company spokesman Brian Maddox said in a statement. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Demolition starts at future Trader Joe's site in Brookside

    BY KEVIN CANFIELD, Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The demolition of the buildings along Peoria Avenue between 37th Street and 37th Place began Wednesday morning to clear the way for a Trader Joe's on the site. "It breaks my heart," said longtime Brookside resident Shelly Murphy. Rebecca Barker waved down members of the demolition crew to try to retrieve several doors she hoped to save.

  • Tulsa motorcyclist Dane Westby, who died after Monday night crash, was 'rising star' in pro racing

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    A professional motorcycle racer and Holland Hall alumnus who died Monday night was a “true champion” and “one of the brightest stars in his paddock,” popular with fans and competitors alike, friends and racing officials said Tuesday. Dane “The Wolverine” Westby, 28, died at a Tulsa hospital around 9 p.m. after the motorcycle he was operating crashed in the 1400 block of South Peoria Avenue. Tulsa Police Cpl. Ross Williams said Westby was riding north around 8:25 p.m. when his motorcycle veered off the right side of the street, crashed into a curb, a concrete wall and a utility pole, and then hit another concrete wall and metal pole. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa police probing origin of gun used in death of 5-year-old boy

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Tulsa police are seeking the origin of the gun they believe was used to kill 5-year-old Braydon Creech during a protracted standoff in south Tulsa last week. Bryon Creech, Braydon’s father, was arrested Friday morning after a 17-hour standoff at the RiverChase apartments, near 81st Street and Riverside Drive. Creech has not been charged but remains jailed on complaints of first-degree murder, kidnapping, shooting with intent to kill, second-degree burglary and violation of a protective order. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Former Sen. Tom Coburn urges Oklahomans to call for convention to amend U.S. Constitution

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    JENKS — Show some courage, former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn told about 250 people at the Jenks Performing Arts Center on Monday night. Show some courage, he said, and do something that’s never been done in the history of the United States — or at least the United States as we know it. Since leaving Congress in January, Coburn has been lending his considerable reputation to promoting what supporters call an Article V convention of the states. The purpose of this convention would be to amend the U.S. Constitution, something that has been done 27 times since the document was ratified in 1788, but never by a convention of the states. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .