• EnergyWire stands by story questioning OU, Oklahoma Geological Survey

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    A Washington, D.C., reporter who questioned the integrity of the University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Geological Survey in a story last week said Monday that he stands by his reporting. In a story published Sunday in the Tulsa World, OU President David Boren said it is “a bald-faced lie and some of the most inaccurate reporting I’ve ever seen in my life.” The story, published June 23 by Mike Soraghan of EnergyWire, said the OGS, which is a state agency administered by the university, waffled on its findings concerning uncharacteristic earthquakes while OU fundraisers pitched a $25 million construction project to billionaire Harold Hamm, founder of Continental Resources. In an email to the Tulsa World on Monday, Soraghan said he stands by the story.

  • State lauds historic preservation work

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editorrichardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The Oklahoma Historic Society's Citation of Merit awards honor preservation of nonresidential properties.

  • Serial tree-killer ordered to pay $83,000 in restitution

    By ARIANNA PICKARD - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    A Tulsa chiropractor pleaded guilty to poisoning several south Tulsa families’ lawns and was sentenced to 30 months’ probation Thursday. James Dohnalek, 63, pleaded guilty to malicious injury to property and was sentenced by District Judge William LaFortune to serve 30 months of probation and to pay restitution of $83,157.16. Dohnalek was also ordered to stay at least 1,000 feet away from the victims’ residences. Phyllece and Patrick Clare watched a large healthy oak tree, as well as multiple crape myrtles, a redbud tree, a Japanese maple and multiple hedges and flowers, die in their front yard near 111th Street and Sheridan Road in 2013 and 2014, according to a police affidavit.

  • Man sentenced to life without parole in 2013 fatal stabbing

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    A man convicted of fatally stabbing a man in his home in 2013 was sentenced to life without parole Thursday in Tulsa County District Court. Ronnie Dean Haskins II, 41, was sentenced by District Judge William LaFortune to two consecutive life sentences, following the recommendation of the jury that found him guilty a week before. Haskins was charged with first-degree murder and two counts of possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony in the stabbing and killing of Zachary Hank Montgomery at a home on the 6100 block of West 8th Street in Tulsa.

  • Fortune ranks Tulsa-based QuikTrip high among desirable jobs for millennials

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Brittney Ogens first started working at QuikTrip ten years ago just as she finished college. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology, and had originally planned to pursue that new field. But she soon realized her original job was better. "QuikTrip was more fun than what my degree was offering at the time, and the pay was better," she said.

  • Tulsa service offers prayer for families of Charleston shooting victims

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    The First Presbyterian Church held a city-wide service Tuesday evening to pray for racial peace in the nation and for the families of the nine people who were shot to death last week in the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. It was at least the third public prayer service held in Tulsa churches and one of hundreds held across the nation in response to what one security expert called the worst attack on an American congregation in history. Countless congregations offered special prayers in their regular Sunday services. The Rev. James Miller, pastor of the host church in downtown Tulsa, said he organized the event because what happened in Charleston “causes people to want to uplift each other in prayer and to pray for courage and for strength and for hope.”

  • More than enough Tulsa Sheriff's Office petition signatures verified; grand jury to be convened

    BY COREY JONES and SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    More than 6,600 signatures on a grassroots petition seeking a probe of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were verified Tuesday — more than enough to convene a grand jury. The Tulsa County Election Board verified 6,647 signatures of registered Tulsa County voters, well in excess of the 5,000-signature requirement. About a quarter of the 8,952 submitted signatures were deemed invalid. Presiding Judge Rebecca Nightingale said Tuesday that there is no reason to think the grand jury process won’t proceed because every step taken “has been solid.”

  • Brother of Tulsa minister shot by OHP troopers charged with threatening violent act

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    The brother of a Tulsa minister who died after being shot by two Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers earlier this month was charged in Okmulgee County on Wednesday, a county clerk employee confirmed. Brandon Anthony Fischer, 41, faces one count each of threatening an act of violence and public intoxication, which stem from a May 29 altercation between Fischer, his brother Nehemiah and OHP Troopers Mark Southall and Michael Taylor near the intersection of Hectorville and Bixby roads. He was originally held at the Okmulgee County Jail on a complaint of assault and battery against an officer, but was released around 5:20 p.m. June 1 after appearing in court and posting bail. Nehemiah Fischer was an assistant pastor at Faith Bible Church, where he had been a member for about 15 years, family members have said. Brandon Fischer is set to appear again in court Thursday afternoon.

  • Tulsa County Sheriff's Office files motion to dismiss grand jury petition

    By COREY JONES - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    A legal challenge of the verified petition calling for a grand jury investigation into the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office has been filed, according to the Sheriff's Office. Spokesman Terry Simonson said attorney John Carwile filed the motion to dismiss the petition Wednesday morning on behalf of the Sheriff's Office. Simonson, also an attorney, said they don't believe Marq Lewis and We the People Oklahoma followed law. On Tuesday, the Tulsa County Election Board verified 6,647 signatures of registered Tulsa County voters, well in excess of the 5,000-signature requirement. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • More mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in Tulsa County

    By SHANNON MUCHMORE - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Five mosquito samples in Tulsa County have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Tulsa Health Department. Bernard Dindy, manager of environmental services for THD, said it is early in the season for that many traps to be testing positive. Recent rains have likely led to an increased mosquito population in the area, he said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Energy Transfer Equity LP is not giving up its $53 billion bid for Williams Cos. despite lack of 'meaningful response'

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Energy Transfer Equity LP waited almost six months to hear back from Williams Cos. Inc. about its unsolicited buyout offer, but now the rival natural gas infrastructure firms are talking plenty, if not to each other. Williams revealed Sunday night it would review “strategic alternatives” after received an acquisition bid from an undisclosed entity. Those alternatives, whichever is seen to benefit shareholders the most, could include a sale, merger or continuing the present course. Energy Transfer Equity LP later confirmed it was the suitor offering $64 per share to buy Williams. A letter by ETE CEO Kelcy Warren seems to indicate his Dallas company was taken aback when Williams put the news out.

  • One of Texas' Most Wanted, convicted sex offender, arrested in Tulsa

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas — Three men on the Texas 10 Most Wanted lists have been captured in the past two weeks. The Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday announced a convicted sex offender was caught Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Authorities say 43-year-old Jerry Don Holmes faces assault charges and failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements. DPS says 35-year-old Rodney Dewayne Wynn was arrested June 12 at a residence in Dallas. Wynn's record includes convictions for aggravated assault and robbery. He was on probation in 2012 and 2013 when warrants were issued on aggravated kidnapping and family violence charges.

  • Tulsa woman who won Supreme Court head-scarf case meets President Obama at White House dinner

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    President Barack Obama had kind words Monday night for Tulsan Samantha Elauf, who sat at his table at a Muslim Ramadan Iftar dinner in the East Room of the White House. Elauf recently won a U.S. Supreme Court case that developed when the Woodland Hills Abercrombie & Fitch store denied her a job because she wears a head scarf mandated by her Muslim faith. "Our Iftar is also a reminder of the freedoms that bind us together as Americans, including the freedom of religion — that inviolable right to practice our faiths freely," Obama said, according to a White House transcript of his comments.

  • Former Tulsa police officer gets 33 months in prison for FOP embezzlement

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    A retired Tulsa police officer was sentenced Monday to two years and nine months in federal prison after pleading guilty earlier to embezzling more than $400,000 from the state and Tulsa fraternal orders of police. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Gregory Frizzell sentenced Lorna Jean VanLandingham to prison after hearing requests from her attorney to grant her probation. VanLandingham, 71, pleaded guilty March 25 to two counts of wire fraud. She could have faced up to 40 years in prison and a fine of more than $940,000.

  • Tulsa woman arrested in fatal wreck involving 1920s Ford

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    A Tulsa woman was arrested on a manslaughter complaint after a man was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Sunday night, according to police. Gregory Bush, 68, was driving along East 51st Street near the South Harvard Avenue intersection about 8 p.m. when his 1920 Ford Model A was rear-ended by A 2007 Jeep Liberty driven by 41-year-old Whitney Wheeler, police said. Bush was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Investigators said alcohol played a role in the fatal crash.

  • Oklahoma on record earthquake pace, up 90 percent from over a year ago

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    The ground is trembling underneath the feet of Oklahomans at a record pace this year and by a wide margin, but the jury remains out on whether recent mitigation measures on injection wells will curtail the troubling trend. Through April 2015, the seismically active region centered in Oklahoma has notched 468 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater. That figure is a leap of nearly 90 percent more than the 248 temblors of that strength experienced in the first four months of 2014, which went on to become the state’s most seismically active year by far, with 997 quakes. The 2014 final figure was a leap of nearly 500 percent from 2013’s record total of 172 temblors of magnitude 3.0 or more.

  • Energy Transfer Equity's $53 billion bid for Tulsa-based Williams shows history, future of natural gas industry

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Nearly four years ago, Energy Transfer Equity LP and Tulsa-based Williams Cos. were duking it out over their shared desire for buying Southern Union Co.'s natural gas pipeline system. Williams lost that battle, although the company has been on a successful buying spree since then. Now the two are squared off again, but this time it's Williams that ETE is trying to acquire. On Sunday, Williams revealed that it was exploring "strategic alternatives" after receiving an unsolicited takeover offer.

  • Just how American are OKC and Tulsa?

    Richard Hall | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Independence Day is coming, which means Americans across the world will celebrate our nation's sovereignty. But just how American is Oklahoma City and Tulsa? According to WalletHub.com, pretty American! They compiled a bunch of data about both city's ethnic makeup, household characteristics and educational attainment, and compared it to the reference value for the entire nation. Then they put together this nifty map detailing more than 380 cities: <iframe src="//d2e70e9yced57e.cloudfront.net/wallethub/embed/6109/geochart-resemble.html" width="556" height="347" frameBorder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> <div style="width:556px;font-size:12px;color:#888;">Source: <a

  • Judge rejects Tulsa group's request to keep petition signatures private

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    A Tulsa County district judge has rejected a group's request to keep private the names of people who signed a petition in an effort to have a grand jury investigate the sheriff's office. District Judge Rebecca Nightingale denied a motion on Friday by We the People Oklahoma to seal the names of signatures gathered during a petition drive in recent weeks. The organization sought to have the signatures kept private because of fears of harassment of those who signed.

  • Second defendant convicted of murder in 2013 shooting of Papa John's truck driver sentenced to life

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    One of two 19-year-olds convicted of first-degree murder in the 2013 fatal shooting of a Papa John’s truck driver was sentenced to life in prison Friday in Tulsa County District Court. Frankie Jackson Jr. is sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole after serving 85 percent, or 38 years, of his sentence, District Judge William LaFortune ruled Friday. The state dismissed Jackson’s additional charge of attempted robbery with a firearm. A jury convicted Jackson of first-degree murder and attempted robbery with a firearm on June 12.