• Family of man killed by undercover reserve deputy asks Sheriff's Office to release video

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    The family of Eric Harris, who was fatally shot last week by a Tulsa County reserve deputy during an undercover operation, gathered Thursday to ask the Sheriff’s Office to release video of Harris’ death. The video of reserve deputy Robert Bates shooting Harris was recorded via sunglass cameras, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Shannon Clark said earlier this week. Bates, Clark told reporters, believed he was holding a Taser and intended to incapacitate Harris, who the Sheriff’s Office said was wrestling with another deputy. Video also exists which was captured from a nearby business, attorney Dan Smolen said at a news conference Thursday. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Timothy McVeigh lawyer Stephen Jones reflects on Oklahoma City bombing

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

    Stephen Jones was Oklahoma’s patron saint of unpopular causes long before he became Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh’s lawyer. He probably would not have been asked to defend McVeigh if he hadn’t already represented the likes of mass murderers Roger Dale Stafford and Bobby Wayne Collins. Jones represented McVeigh from May 6, 1995, after two other defense attorneys asked to be removed from the case, until after McVeigh’s conviction in June 1997. On Wednesday, with the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing approaching on April 19, Jones reflected on the experience during an appearance at the Rotary Club of Tulsa. He read the first network news bulletin on the attack, recited statistics related to it and said, “We all remember what we were doing. It is the Pearl Harbor Day of Oklahoma. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Broken Arrow man jailed after peeping Tom complaint in University of Tulsa locker rooms

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    A Broken Arrow man was arrested by Tulsa police after he was caught using a camera to record men in locker rooms at the University of Tulsa campus. Isaac Samuel Spengler, 34, was booked Wednesday into the Tulsa Jail on a peeping Tom complaint, jail records show. Spengler was captured after police were notified by campus security that they found a micro card in a restroom containing video footage of men changing inside a campus locker room, according to an arrest report. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa school board strikes $855,000 three-year contract deal with next superintendent

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Tulsa’s next superintendent got a three-year contract worth up to $855,000 in base salary and bonuses alone on Wednesday. At a special meeting that lasted nearly four hours, the school board voted 6-0 to approve Deborah Gist’s employment contract. But board member Gary Percefull left the meeting 15 minutes before the vote was taken. “I can’t speak for him,” Board President Lana Turner-Addison said of Percefull, who did not return the Tulsa World’s calls seeking comment. “My primary concern was going through the contract with our board attorney present. Everybody had an opportunity to speak because it is the most important duty of the board. I’m not going to read anything into it.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Home care agency offers respite grants to Oklahoma families

    By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Grants from Home Instead Senior Care can be used for respite for Oklahoma caregivers.

  • Blue Bell recall expanded

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Bad news continued for Blue Bell Thursday as the Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries expanded its recall of products made at its now-closed plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

  • Tulsa school bus carrying elementary students rolls over on U.S. 75

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Four elementary school students and a bus driver were taken to the hospital after a Tulsa Public Schools bus rolled over Wednesday afternoon and came to rest on its side on a steep embankment along U.S. 75. Tulsa Police spokesman Leland Ashley said there were 10 students on the bus and four were transported to the hospital. The driver also was taken to the hospital after the crash that sent the bus off the roadway and down an embankment in the 3900 block of southbound U.S. 75. An EMSA spokeswoman said the injuries were not life threatening. She said EMSA transported three students from the scene. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Wal-Mart associates in Oklahoma are now earning higher wages and will see bigger paychecks on April 23

    BY LAURIE WINSLOW, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    More than 16,700 Wal-Mart associates in Oklahoma have begun earning higher wages and can expect to see bigger paychecks on April 23. As of April 4, all Wal-Mart associates started earning at least $9 per hour, which is above the federal and state minimum wage of $7.25. By February 2016, all current associates will earn at least $10 per hour. Wal-Mart is giving pay raises to 16,740 associates in Oklahoma as part of an additional $1 billion investment in its workers this year. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Three charged with murder in connection with possible gang-related homicide in north Tulsa

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Three people were charged with first-degree murder Tuesday and another faces an accessory charge in connection with a fatal shooting last month that appeared to be gang-related. John Waldon, 29; Willie Stanley, 30; and 25-year-old Diamond Reed are accused of killing Antaun Turner after an argument at the Obsessions Sports Bar, at 3205 N. Peoria Ave., on March 27. Turner’s body was found in the parking lot of the nearby Soul Brothers Car Wash, police said. Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said Turner had been loud, intoxicated and danced in a way that offended some people inside the bar. He was in the process of being escorted from the building when he was shot, Walker said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • CAP Tulsa ranked No. 4 among best large nonprofit employers in U.S.

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    A local anti-poverty organization was named one of the top nonprofit employers in the country in a recent report by the NonProfit Times. The publication’s 2015 Best Places to Work report ranks CAP Tulsa No. 4 among large agencies — those with 250 or more employees — and No. 43 overall. “We were humbled and excited simultaneously that we were able to make such a prestigious list,” Executive Director Steven Dow said. “We’re in the human service business, and as an organization focused on working with people, the most important piece of our success is the quality of people we are able to hire and support.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • 5-year-old dies in Tulsa after being run over by neighbor

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    A 5-year-old boy was pronounced dead Tuesday morning at Saint Francis Hospital after being hit by his neighbor's Jeep. Tulsa police said the neighbor who was supposed to take Jarden Ber-Morgan to Bunche ECDC, a preschool at 2703 N. Yorktown Place, backed over the boy about 8 a.m. No wrongdoing is suspected in the accident, which occurred near 48th Street North and Elwood Avenue. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • 5-year-old dies in Tulsa after being run over by neighbor

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    A 5-year-old boy was pronounced dead Tuesday morning at Saint Francis Hospital after being hit by his neighbor's car. Tulsa police said the neighbor, who was supposed to take the child to school, backed over the boy about 8 a.m. No wrongdoing is suspected in the accident, which occurred near 48th Street North and Elwood Avenue.

  • Tulsa woman jailed on manslaughter complaint in husband's shooting death

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    A Tulsa woman who was recently charged with second-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting her husband during a domestic dispute was arrested by Tulsa County sheriff's deputies. Carolyn Harring, 64, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on Monday in lieu of $25,000 bond, to jail records show. She is accused of killing Charles Harring at the Melrose Apartments in the 6300 block of Ninth Street on Jan. 31.

  • Sheriff's Office: Reserve deputy who fired fatal shot was among 'lots of' wealthy donors in reserve program

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Robert Bates, the reserve Tulsa County deputy who fatally shot a man who was in a physical altercation with another deputy last week, has donated thousands of dollars worth of items to the Sheriff’s Office since becoming a reserve deputy in 2008. Bates, 73, accidentally shot Eric Harris on Thursday, according to Maj. Shannon Clark, after Bates — the subject of an undercover gun and ammunition buy by the Sheriff’s Office’s Violent Crimes Task Force — fled from arrest and then fought with a deputy who tackled him. Bates, Clark said, thought he was holding a stun gun when he pulled the trigger. Bates is not an active member of the task force but donates his hours there as a highly regarded member of the Reserve Deputy Program, Clark said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • CDC recommends people not eat ice cream products from Broken Arrow Blue Bell facility

    BY LAURIE WINSLOW, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people not eat Blue Bell products that were produced at a Broken Arrow facility after some ice cream products were found to be contaminated with listeria. Blue Bell products made at the Broken Arrow facility can be identified by checking for letters “O,” “P,” “Q,” “R,” “S,” and “T” located at the end of the code date printed on the bottom of the product package, according to a Blue Bell release. "We are voluntarily withdrawing these products from stores. If you have purchased any of these products, either discard or return it to the retailer for a full refund," the company states. "It is important to note that these products have not been recalled; however, some retailers have decided to remove products from their shelves." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa doctor's license suspended after dangerous prescribing methods found

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    A Tulsa doctor had her license suspended during an emergency hearing last week, after an investigation found she was prescribing large amounts of narcotics to patients without doing exams or keeping adequate records. Dr. Tamerlane Rozsa also was abusing substances while practicing medicine and prescribing controlled dangerous substances to herself, according to a complaint from the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. She apparently slept in her office at 2301 S. Sheridan Road, which investigators described as “filthy.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • BOK Center misses out on possible top 10 venue rank because of Garth Brooks' request

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The BOK Center ranked in the top 80 for arenas worldwide in the industry-tracking magazine Pollstar’s quarterly report; however, about 122,000 asterisks kept it from the top 10, BOK Center officials said. BOK Center officials said they were asked by Garth Brooks’ tour management to not report the numbers for his seven-show run at the arena in January. The roughly 17,500 tickets each night would have added 122,500 tickets to the BOK Center’s total, putting it in or near the top 10 of the worldwide rankings of arena venues. Ranked high this quarter was Cain’s Ballroom, which reached No. 17 in the first quarter, with 27,670 tickets sold in the first quarter of 2015. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa doctor's license suspended after dangerous prescribing methods found

    By SHANNON MUCHMORE - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    A Tulsa doctor had her license suspended during an emergency hearing last week, after an investigation found she was prescribing large amounts of narcotics to patients without doing exams or keeping adequate records. Dr. Tamerlane Rozsa also was abusing substances while practicing medicine and prescribing controlled dangerous substances to herself, according to a complaint from the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. She apparently slept in her office at 2301 S. Sheridan Road, which investigators described as “filthy.” Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Judge in Creek Nation embezzlement case marvels at lack of tribal fund oversight

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    A federal judge questioned the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s fiscal controls during a sentencing hearing Thursday for a tribal officer who has pleaded guilty to embezzlement. Chief U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell described as “amazing” the apparent lack of accounting oversight that prosecutors say enabled Second Chief Roger Dana Barnett, 53, to steal about $150,000 from the tribe. “It boggles the mind,” Frizzell said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Answers may be hard to find in triple murder-suicide of Tulsa family

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM and JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    As police comb through evidence at a triple murder-suicide discovered Wednesday afternoon, others — those who lived nearby, worked with the parents or knew them through their children — will be left to search for the “why.” Often, there is no answer. That’s the hard part in understanding these tragedies, said Mike Brose, executive director of Mental Health Association Oklahoma. “In one way, each situation is a little unique, a little different,” Brose said. “But sometimes in the aftermath, we don’t really know because we don’t have anyone to talk to.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.




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