• Dash cam footage shows Tulsa minister charging at OHP trooper before fatal shooting

    By KYLE HINCHEY and SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    A portion of a dash cam video that appears to show a Tulsa minister attacking a state trooper moments before he was fatally shot was released by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Monday. Mark Southall, a Highway Patrol trooper for eight years, and Michael Taylor, with one year on the force, were the troopers involved in an encounter late Friday that left the Rev. Nehemiah Fischer dead and his brother Brandon Fischer in jail, OHP spokesman Capt. Paul Timmons confirmed. Timmons said the Highway Patrol received a call about 9:25 p.m. Friday regarding a possible stranded motorist in the area of Hectorville Road (221st Street) and Bixby Road (Memorial Drive) south of Bixby. Southall arrived about 9:35 p.m. and saw the brothers

  • We the People Oklahoma taking vocal stand against Sheriff Stanley Glanz, police brutality

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    We the People Oklahoma began modestly enough in Tulsa. The activist group took shape a summer ago as unrest exploded in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, Missouri, and Jeremey Lake’s killing in Tulsa. From a handful of people up to two or three dozen attended its first rallies, including a “die-in” protest during Winterfest in which participants acted as if they had been shot and lay on the ground. Organizer Marq Lewis said a core of 20 people are leading the local charge against police brutality in a broad sense because other activist organizations have become “complacent.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Apache Corp. closing Tulsa regional office

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Houston-based oil and gas producer Apache Corp., which has maintained a robust presence in Tulsa for six decades, announced Monday morning that it is closing that office which employs 160 people. The Tulsa regional office is shutting down permanently as part of a company-wide restructuring. New CEO John Christmann, who came in earlier this  year, has completed a full review of operations and decided that the firm needed to consolidate from seven regional offices to three. The Tulsa office oversaw Apache drilling in the Anadarko Basin of western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. The site, which employed over 200 people at one point before the downturn in crude oil prices, has been in place since the mid-1950s. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Another Sheriff's Office official placed on administrative leave

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The Tulsa County Sheriff's office has placed a fourth top official on administrative leave in the aftermath of a controversy related to the April 2 death of Eric Harris. Tulsa County Sheriff's Capt. Billy McKelvey was placed on administrative leave Monday, pending an internal investigation into "personnel issues," Sheriff Stanley Glanz said. "We're doing an internal affairs investigation on him, like we did on Maj. Shannon Clark," Glanz said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Father of Tulsa man killed by trooper seeks answers in son's death; OHP shows portion of video

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Monday showed a portion of a trooper dash cam video that appears to show Nehemiah Fischer attacking a trooper. The video was shown during a brief news conference on Monday in which OHP spokesman Capt. Paul Timmons said Nehemiah Fischer and Brandon Fischer spoke in "loud, agitated voices" to the troopers and that Nehemiah Fisher grabbed a trooper before he was shot. "Come out of that water! State troopers! Settle down, you understand me? Settle down," shouted a trooper before Nehemiah Fischer charged at him, the video shows. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • OSBI announces investigation of possible 'misconduct' in Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

    By JARREL WADE - Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has officially opened an investigation into the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, according to a statement from the state agency Monday. The investigation will look at "allegations of misconduct" and Okmulgee County District Attorney O.R. Barris will determine if any violations of state law occurred.  Numerous allegations have surfaced in the wake of the the April 2 fatal shooting of Eric Harris by Reserve Deputy Robert Bates, who is charged in Tulsa County District Court with manslaughter.

  • Oklahoma high school principal discovered dead inside home Sunday

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The principal at Haskell High School found dead inside her home Sunday. Erin Jones, 38, had worked at Bixby Middle School before her tenure as principal at Haskell High School, where she worked for the last four years. "She will be a great loss and be sorely missed by the students and the community," Haskell Superintendent Sharon Herrington said.

  • Father of Tulsa man killed by trooper seeks answers in son's death

    By KYLE HINCHEY - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The father of a Tulsa assistant pastor who was killed by a state trooper while trying to free his truck from a flooded road Friday night said his son was a law-abiding citizen who deeply respected authorities. “I’m just heartbroken,” said J.R. Fischer, father of Nehemiah Fischer, who was an assistant pastor at Faith Bible Church. “If it was going to happen to anybody, it should have happened to me because all my boys are twice the man that I am. I always said if any of my children were killed before me I don’t know if I would make it. Well, I guess the test is on.” Nehemiah Fischer, 35, and his brother, Brandon Fischer, 41, were fishing on their father’s property in rural Mounds in Okmulgee County about 9

  • Man found shot to death inside west Tulsa apartment complex

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    A 25-year-old man was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound inside of a west Tulsa apartment Monday morning. Tulsa police discovered Wayne Squires inside the Brightwater Apartments in the 2200 block of South Phoenix Avenue just before 3 a.m., Sgt. August Terbrock said. Investigators said Squires died of a single gunshot wound. It is unclear how long Squires had been dead before his body was located, Terbrock said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma Democrats select new party chairman

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 31, 2015

    Mark Hammons, an Oklahoma City attorney, was elected Saturday as the new chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

  • Security guard who paralyzed Tulsa man in shooting charged with drug possession

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    A drug possession charge was filed against a security officer who shot and paralyzed a man during a confrontation outside a south Tulsa apartment in February.  According to Tulsa County District Court records, Ricky Leroy Stone, 57, was charged Friday with a single count of drug possession. Stone, a security guard, told Tulsa police that he shot 21-year-old Monroe Bird III in the neck Feb. 4 at Deerfield Estates, 8812 S. Delaware Place, after Bird attempted to back a car into him. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Shannon Clark terminated

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that its longtime spokesman has been relieved of his duties. Sheriff Stanley Glanz said in a brief statement that Maj. Shannon Clark was no longer employed following a three-week performance evaluation. "Effective today Mr. Shannon Clark is no longer an employee of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office," the statement said.

  • Tulsa Health Department detects West Nile virus mosquitoes

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    TULSA — Officials with the Tulsa Health Department say a sampling of mosquitoes from Tulsa County has tested positive for West Nile virus. The months of July through October are typically the highest risk months for exposure to West Nile in Oklahoma, but the Health Department begins a mosquito surveillance program each May. And although there have been no confirmed cases of West Nile in humans, officials say it’s important for residents to take precautions against the potentially deadly virus. West Nile is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, which feeds on infected birds and then transmits the virus when biting humans, horses, and some other mammals. Symptoms include fever, headache, dizziness and

  • Ex-Miss America's divorce case scandalized Tulsa in '34

    BY DEBBIE JACKSON and HILARY PITTMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Two weeks of racy divorce court testimony filled with revelry, adultery and a tipsy toddler, shattered in 1934 the demure image most Tulsans had of our very own Miss America, who had married oilman Thomas Gilcrease. The crowning of Norma Des Cygne Smallwood was hailed as an anti-flapper victory by the Tulsa World. Smallwood didn’t bob her long, chestnut hair but wore it rolled into buns on either side of her face, somewhat like Princess Leia in “Star Wars.” “Chosen for beauty, intelligence and personality, Miss Tulsa … is a type entirely apart from the bobbed-haired, boyish flapper popularly acclaimed as the exponent of American girlhood,” read the Associated Press story bannered on the front page of the Tulsa World on Sept. 11, 1926. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oprah Winfrey Network miniseries on Tulsa Race Riot hopes to begin filming in September

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    The creative team behind a proposed miniseries set during the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot hope to begin shooting in September, executive producer Nancy Miller said Wednesday.

  • WPX Energy completes $200 million sale of Marcellus Shale assets

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Tulsa-based WPX Energy Inc. divested another property by completing the $200 million-plus sale of a package of Marcellus Shale marketing contracts and the release of pipeline transportation capacity to an undisclosed buyer. The sales are part of WPX's long-term plan to focus on core properties and cut debt. The company received more than $200 million in cash on the natural gas purchase and sales agreements and was released from approximately $390 million in future demand payment obligations connected to 135 million British thermal units per day of firm transportation capacity commitment on Williams' Transco Northeast Supply link project. The company's third divestiture of the year was originally announced earlier this month. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Claremore fire chief releases new details in flood-related death of Capt. Jason Farley

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    VERDIGRIS — Less than a day after personnel from more than 100 agencies and thousands of community members lined the streets to pay their respects to the family of Claremore Fire Department Capt. Jason Farley, one of the firefighters who tried to save him was readmitted to the hospital. Lt. Zane James had been released Monday in time to join the evening procession with Farley’s family from Tulsa International Airport to outside Verdigris High School. He had been hospitalized early Sunday after floodwater pulled him into a drainage pipe and ejected him into a fence, Claremore Fire Chief Sean Douglas said in a Tuesday news release. Farley, a 19-year veteran of the department, fell into the area around a storm drain after rescuing Shannon Roberts and six small children from a duplex in Archer Court, which flooded during a fifth birthday sleepover party for Roberts’ daughter. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Skiatook Lake update; Oklahoma records wettest month ever

    BY ALTHEA PETERSON, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    We have a new rainfall record for Oklahoma. Oklahoma Climatological Survey state climatologist Gary McManus reports that as of May 26, the state average rainfall is 12.93 inches. This is the wettest month on record. The previous record was 10.74 inches in October 1941. The previous May record was 10.54 in 1957. Read my previous entry by clicking here for how OCS calculates the statewide average. Read the rest of this story on TulsaWorld.com.

  • Jenks man jailed after failing to pay for dinner at Tulsa restaurant

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Police arrested a Jenks man who reportedly was involved in a crash after failing to pay for a meal at a Tulsa seafood restaurant. Zachery Regier, 27, was booked into the Tulsa Jail Monday on driving under the influence and defrauding an innkeeper complaints, jail records show. Police were called to Joe's Crab Shack, 7646 E. 61st St., about 9:30 p.m. after Regier wrecked his motorcycle shortly after leaving the restaurant. Officers at the scene said he was not injured in the wreck. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Sheriff's Office beginning resignation process for Maj. Tom Huckeby

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    The gears are turning ahead of Tulsa County Sheriff's Office Maj. Tom Huckeby's expected resignation and retirement. On Tuesday, the Tulsa County Board of Commissioners approved Huckeby's retention of his peace officer status, which allows retirees to keep their firearm into retirement, Sheriff Stanley Glanz said. Huckeby was approved to use vacation time he had accrued ahead of his Aug. 1 resignation and retirement,  as previously reported .