• Tulsa officer who saved baby from burning home: 'You just act'

    BY STACEY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    When K-9 officer Brandon Jarrett saw a 10-month-old baby crawling to him from inside a burning home on Saturday, he had just one thought: Get her some air. Jarrett, 32, responded after a fire broke out in the kitchen of a home in the 2100 block of North Xanthus Avenue, where officers were planning to make an arrest. Shortly before that, police had responded to an assault call about 3 miles away on East Independence Street. A woman had received three puncture wounds from a small knife. Officers learned that the suspect, later identified as Montrenique Morris, 24, lived in the neighborhood on Xanthus.

  • Man accused of giving 15-year-old HIV while mentoring for Tulsa youth program bound for trial

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    A man accused of knowingly spreading HIV to a minor he met while mentoring at a Tulsa youth program is bound for trial in Tulsa County District Court. Elton Howland Rhoades, 24, is charged with three counts of second-degree rape and three counts of exposing others to HIV, which he allegedly committed against a single juvenile victim between March 1 and March 8. Rhoades, who also goes by Keaton Zane Paige, is employed part time as a cheerleading coach by Muskogee Public Schools and met the juvenile victim while he was mentoring at a Tulsa youth outreach program.

  • Attempted robber who tried to climb through Taco Bell window sought by Tulsa police

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Tulsa police continue to search for a man who attempted to rob an east Tulsa fast-food restaurant last month by entering the drive-through window.  On June 23, a man in a vehicle went to the drive-through window at Taco Bell, 1810 S. Garnett Road, and demanded cash from the register, police said. Believing that he was joking, the cashier refused to hand over any money before the man attempted to climb through the window.

  • Mice, cockroaches and drug pushers weren't the only things living in Tulsa's Towerview

    BY MICHAEL OVERALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    An occasional breeze came through the open windows, but even past midnight the air was too hot and too unbearably humid to bring much relief. The Tulsa skyline, with scattered lights left on overnight, was casting eerie shadows across the room, just bright enough to see a cobweb in the corner and wires dangling from the ceiling. The room had a bed, the kind that folds down out of the wall. But the mattress was thin and stained and smelled like sweat and urine. And there was a threadbare couch, too, but the cushions were infested with fleas. So I was sitting in a lawn chair that I brought from home with my feet propped up on a rickety old coffee table.

  • Williams-Williams Partners deal includes $410 million breakup fee if merger is squashed

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Williams Cos. has 410 million other reasons not to approve of Energy Transfer Equity's unsolicited bid to buy the Tulsa-based natural gas infrastructure firm. In addition to saying that ETE's $53 billion all-stock offer undervalues their company, Williams' management and board is putting some serious earnest money down on their own $14 billion plan of merging with Williams Partners LP. The federal regulatory filing issued in May, when Williams announced the  foldup of Williams Partners, also includes one financial detail which has gone relatively unnoticed: Williams will pay Williams Partners $410 million if the deal is shut down.

  • Janet Jackson tour coming to BOK Center

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Pop sensation Janet Jackson is set to bring her tour to Tulsa early next year. It was one of the concert announcements Tulsa venues made Monday. Jackson is set to perform at the BOK Center on Jan. 27. Tickets start at $35 plus fees and go on sale at 10 a.m. July 20.

  • Woman dies in early morning double stabbing; Tulsa police name suspect

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    A Tulsa woman died Monday morning after she and another woman were stabbed while inside a vehicle in a north Tulsa neighborhood. A 31-year-old woman was taken to St. John Medical center, where she died at 1:46 a.m., Tulsa police said. Her name has not been released. About 12:44 a.m., police were called to the 700 block of North Kingston Avenue in response to a stabbing. The 31-year-old woman and a 37-year-old both had been stabbed during an altercation inside a vehicle with a woman, Tulsa police homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said.

  • Former Reserve Deputy Robert Bates enters not guilty plea, bound over for February trial

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD and COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Former Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Robert Bates pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter during his district court arraignment Monday morning. Tulsa County District Judge James Caputo ordered Bates bound over for trial, which has been set for Feb. 8. Caputo, who was a Tulsa County deputy sheriff before Bates joined as a reserve deputy, said at the arraignment that despite comments from the public about possible conflicts arising from his overseeing the case, he doesn’t see any reason to recuse himself.

  • Former Reserve Deputy Robert Bates enters not guilty plea, bound over for February trial

    FROM STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Former Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Robert Bates pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter during his district court arraignment Monday morning. The 73-year-old insurance executive is charged in the April 2 killing of Eric Harris. Bates has stated he mistakenly fired his revolver instead of Taser as deputies subdued Harris on the ground after a brief foot pursuit during an undercover gun deal. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Woman dies in early morning double stabbing; Tulsa police name suspect

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    A Tulsa woman died Monday morning after she and another woman were stabbed while inside a vehicle in a north Tulsa neighborhood. A 31-year-old woman was taken to St. John Medical center, where she died at 1:46 a.m., Tulsa police said. Her name has not been released. About 12:44 a.m., police were called to the 700 block of North Kingston Avenue in response to a stabbing. The 31-year-old woman and a 37-year-old both had been stabbed during an altercation inside a vehicle with a woman, Tulsa police homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Gloves could come off in Williams-ETE saga soon

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    The battle in Energy Transfer Equity’s $53 billion bid for Tulsa-based Williams Cos. so far has been mainly behind the scenes, but it could spill out into a Wall Street fight in the coming weeks or months. The relationship between the two natural gas infrastructure giants has not gone officially hostile yet, but it’s no courtship either. Dallas-based Energy Transfer’s unsolicited offer, and Williams’ decision to reject it and seek strategic alternatives, has let the cat out of the bag, opened Pandora’s box and a can of worms. Pick your metaphor. The world for 108-year-old Williams has changed, analysts say.

  • Murder charge filed in apparent death of Tulsa businessman missing since 2008

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    A murder charge in the presumed death of a Tulsa man whose body hasn’t been found since he disappeared seven years ago was filed Friday. Gregory Jerome Epperson, 39, is charged in Tulsa County District Court with first-degree murder in the death of Ray Nathaniel Johnson, who was last seen Sept. 11, 2008. A warrant has been issued for Epperson’s arrest. Johnson was a 34-year-old car lot owner when he disappeared. He’d been at work that day and called his wife, Adrienne Wherry, that night to say he was going to tow a vehicle with his wrecker and then go home, Wherry told police at the time.

  • North Tulsa childcare center severely damaged by fire

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    A north Tulsa childcare center was severely damaged by Friday morning in what firefighters say was a blaze that burned for at least two hours before being reported. Tulsa fire crews were called to A Loving Environment Childcare, 2424 E. 30th St. North, around 6 a.m. and saw "heavy smoke" through trees toward the back of the structure, District 4 Chief Bennie Harring said. Firefighters attempted to fight the fire from the interior but the roof began to collapse shortly after, causing crews to switch to a defensive approach, Harring said. Once the fire was under control, firefighters searched the affected area for occupants, with Harring saying no one was inside at the time. No injuries have been reported.

  • Tulsa city councilors blast mayor over tense relationship with county

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Tulsa city councilors on Thursday blamed Mayor Dewey Bartlett’s ongoing contentious dealings over jail issues for damaging the city’s relationship with county leadership. Tulsa County commissioners said this week that they have been intentionally left out of the process of discussing the renewal of Vision 2025 funds, which would generate more than $600 million in sales tax funds in the next decade. Councilor G.T. Bynum said county leaders have been welcome to attend many of the discussions over the tax packages and that it wasn’t the intention of the council to leave them out.

  • Kidnapping defendant who attacked prosecutors in Tulsa County court found competent to stand trial

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Jurors found the defendant in a kidnapping case competent to stand trial Friday after he threw a water pitcher at his prosecutors in court Wednesday. Michael Slatton, 34, is competent to undergo further criminal proceedings, jurors told Special Judge Martha Rupp Carter in court Friday. Slatton’s competency trial resulted from his contesting two consecutive evaluations, which both concluded that he was competent.

  • Alleged Tulsa corpse mutilator found competent at hearing

    Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    A woman accused of vandalizing a corpse at a Tulsa funeral home has been found mentally capable of continuing criminal proceedings. Shaynna Lauren Sims, who also goes by the last name Smith, was found not mentally ill after her mental health was evaluated over a one-month period, Special Judge David Youll ruled at a post-evaluation hearing Wednesday. Sims, 27, is charged in Tulsa County District Court with larceny from a person, concealing stolen property, first-degree burglary, unauthorized dissection , disturbing or interrupting a funeral and unlawful removal of a body part from a deceased person.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin visits affordable housing complexes, speaks to Tulsa Regional Chamber

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin got a new lapel pin on Wednesday. It was given to her by someone who not so long ago might well have been homeless. The pin — an American flag, of course — was made for Fallin by Lisa Wilson, a resident of Hudson Villas, one of two affordable housing facilities the governor visited Wednesday afternoon. “I’m amazed at all the great work being done here to help veterans and help the homeless,” Fallin said after spending a little more than an hour at Hudson Villas, 727 S. Hudson Ave., and Yale Apartments, 4650 E. Admiral Place.

  • Energy Transfer CEO, still pursuing Williams Cos., buys another million units in his own company

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Regardless of what happens with his company's $53 billion unsolicited bid for Tulsa-based Williams Cos., Kelcy Warren certainly has skin in the game at Energy Transfer Equity LP. In what was called the biggest insider purchase reported to federal regulators Wednesday, ETE CEO Warren revealed he bought one million units in the Dallas-based natural gas pipeline firm. The buy, at $62.63 to $63.94 per unit, pushes Warren's stake in ETE up to nearly 37 million units, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. At Thursday's market value of nearly $65 per unit, Warren's stake in ETE is now worth about $2.46 billion. He is still pushing hard on the Dallas firm's six-month-old bid to buy Williams despite the Tulsa-based pipeliner's rejection of the original offer.

  • New York firm acquires Tulsa aerospace parts maker

    BY JOHN STANCAVAGE, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Rift Valley Equity Partners LLC, a private investment firm based in New York, announced it has acquired the assets of Tulsa-based M&M Manufacturing Inc. M&M operates a 50,000-square-foot plant that makes precision-machined components for aerospace, defense and industrial applications. The deal by Rift involved affiliated entity M&M Precision Components LLC. The price was not disclosed.

  • Child kidnapping defendant attacks Tulsa County prosecutor at competency trial

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    A defendant in a child kidnapping case threw a water pitcher at prosecutors Wednesday in Tulsa County District Court, splitting an assistant district attorney's lip and breaking her tooth. Michael Slatton, 34, was heading back to his seat after testifying in the jury trial to determine his competency when he picked up a plastic water pitcher from the judge’s stand and threw it at his prosecutors, said Justin Green, reserve coordinator for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. The pitcher hit Assistant District Attorney Katie Koljack in the face, causing injuries that required medical care, said Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler. Tulsa County Sheriff’s deputies subdued Slatton, and the jury was removed from the courtroom.




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