• Congressional delegation urges Air Force to base new fighter jets in Tulsa

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Dec 21, 2015

    All seven members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation have formally asked the Air Force to assign its next generation of fighter planes to the Oklahoma Air National Guard base at Tulsa International Airport. In a letter to Air Force Secretary Debra Lee James, the delegation says the OANG's 138th Fighter Wing has the experience, training, facilities and community support to "make the best beddown for the F-35A." The F-35A is replacing the F-16 over the next decade as the U.S. military's primary fighting aircraft. The F-35A cost $400 billion and more than 15 years to develop, and will cost about $130 million each to produce, making it the military's most expensive weapons system.

  • Tulsa energy firm files for bankruptcy protection

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Dec 17, 2015

    Tulsa-based energy company New Gulf Resources filed Thursday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the oil and natural gas company said. Creditors agreed to provide at least $125 million in new funding to help the company reorganize.

  • Anonymous donor pays off layaway items for 114 at south Tulsa Wal-Mart

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Dec 17, 2015

    Tonya Ramsey teared up a little when someone asked her how Christmas was shaping up before she got the call. Ramsey of Tulsa had put some presents on layaway at a local Wal-Mart but was having trouble paying for them. “I was going to put back money, put back money and bills kept coming, kept coming, kept coming ... I didn’t think I was going to be able to do it,” Ramsey said.

  • Three arrested in prostitution sting at Tulsa hotel

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Dec 17, 2015

    A prostitution sting yielded three arrests Wednesday evening after an undercover Tulsa police officer responded to an ad on a classified advertisement website. The ad was posted on  Backpage.com  and offered a "date" with two women for $260, according to an arrest report. The officer contacted the seller and agreed to meet at the Tulsa Inn & Suites near 27th Street and East Skelly Drive just north of Interstate 44. At the hotel, the two women "agreed to a sexual act," the report alleges. Rai-Lynne Dyer, 24, and Hayley Renee Wolken, 23, were arrested and booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church. The hotel is located near Skelly Drive Baptist Church.

  • REI store in Tulsa may hinge on community support

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Dec 15, 2015

    The development along the Arkansas River targeting Oklahoma’s first REI sporting-goods store may hinge on community support in an issue that is giving city officials flashbacks to previously stalled developments. Recent opposition to the agreement to sell land on the southwest corner of 71st Street and Riverside Drive for development now has the targeted anchor tenant, Recreational Equipment Inc., asking for a resolution. “REI has not signed a lease in Tulsa and will not do so until the city has resolved its discussion of the development with the community,” according to a statement from Bethany Hawley, manager of REI communications and public affairs.

  • Company sold Tulsa campus for $23 million, records show

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Dec 15, 2015

    Hilti sold its former Tulsa campus to children's book publisher Educational Development Corporation for $23 million, according to Tulsa County land records. The sale was announced earlier this month, along with Hilti's intention to lease back 180,000 square feet of the 401,000-square-foot campus. Though the move came just months after the Lichtenstein-based tool-maker moved its U.S. headquarters and 250 jobs to Plano, Hilti remains committed to Tulsa, said Hilti spokesperson Leah Kelso.

  • Candidacy challenges mark volatile start to Tulsa County sheriff election

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Dec 14, 2015

    Twenty-four hours hadn’t elapsed after the filing deadline when a Tulsa County sheriff hopeful challenged the candidacies of three others in the super-sized field of 13 candidates. The next day a fourth candidate’s eligibility to run was challenged. Welcome to life in the aftermath of the nearly 27-year reign of former Sheriff Stanley Glanz — the county’s longest-serving sheriff. Glanz’s resignation in November after a grand jury investigation has prompted a special election to finish his seventh term. Ten Republicans, two Democrats and a Democrat who filed as an Independent have entered the fray to bridge the gap until the next four-year term begins January 2017.

  • Tulsa man gets two life sentences for death of girlfriend's toddler

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Dec 14, 2015

    A Tulsa man convicted of murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend's daughter was sentenced Monday to back-to-back life sentences. A Tulsa County judge gave Scott Allen Bolden, 27, consecutive life sentences for counts of first-degree murder and child abuse by injury in the death of 19-month-old Angel Benjamin. District Judge William LaFortune's sentencing came a month and a half after a  jury convicted Bolden  and recommended life sentences for each count.

  • Man allegedly stabbed by girlfriend after argument over jewelry, Kool-Aid in south Tulsa

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    A man reportedly told police an argument concerning jewelry and Kool-Aid resulted in him being stabbed by his girlfriend early Friday at a condominium in south Tulsa. Officers responded to a reported stabbing at the Brandy Chase condominiums, 6707 S. Peoria Ave., about 2 a.m. and made contact with the caller, whose back was bleeding.

  • Concerts on sale Friday include Carly Rae Jepsen, Animal Collective in Tulsa

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    Several upcoming shows at Cain’s Ballroom went on sale Friday morning, featuring hot pop and fresh bluegrass. First is the roots rock group  Uncle Lucius , performing Feb. 19. Tickets are $13 plus fees in advance or $15 plus fees the day of the show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. A few weeks later on March 7, Carly Rae Jepsen brings her “Gimmie Love Tour” to Cain’s. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets for the all-ages show start at $20 plus fees in advance.

  • In Tulsa, Hillary Clinton says she will work for comprehensive immigration, criminal justice reform

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    The line at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame was already at least a block long by the time the doors opened Friday morning for spectators hopeful to see presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak. The former first lady seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2016 election is making a public appearance ahead of a private fundraising event. The majority of those gathered outside the downtown Jazz Hall were wearing Clinton's campaign logo stickers and buttons. As they walked forward into the building, they were met with a group of people holding signs and shouting "Feel the Bern!" in support of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is Clinton's primary rival for the Democratic nomination.

  • Oklahoma Muslims, supporters respond to Trump's call to ban Islamic immigrants

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Dec 10, 2015

    Islamic State-inspired terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernadino, California, and a proposal by presidential hopeful Donald Trump to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, have Oklahoma Muslims on edge. Trump’s proposal Monday to halt Muslim travel to the U.S. “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on” set off a global firestorm of condemnation from all corners of the political arena, including a petition that Trump be banned from entering the United Kingdom. Oklahoma Muslims and their supporters joined the condemnation.

  • Former Tulsa police officer has paid more than $306,000 in embezzlement restitution, fines

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Dec 8, 2015

    A former Tulsa police officer who was sentenced to 33 months in prison for embezzling from the state and local Fraternal Orders of Police has paid more than $306,000 in restitution and fines, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma announced Tuesday. Lorna Jean Vanlandingham, former treasurer for the Fraternal Order of Police Oklahoma State Lodge and the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police, had been charged with  embezzling $419,092  from the organizations. She pleaded guilty on March 25 to two counts of wire fraud, admitting having stolen $500 from the state FOP and $5,000 from the Tulsa FOP.

  • Dan Keating to co-chair Donald Trump's Oklahoma campaign

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Dec 8, 2015

    Tulsan Dan Keating was announced Tuesday as a co-chairman for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s efforts in Oklahoma. Keating is president of Summit Consolidated Group. He is the brother of former Gov. Frank Keating. In 2006, Dan Keating made a failed run for state treasurer. Keating said he is supporting Trump because he believes the country is in big trouble.

  • Tulsa judge reduces manslaughter convict's prison sentence from life to five years

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    A Tulsa judge on Monday reduced a life sentence to five years in prison for a man convicted of manslaughter in an alcohol-related fatal car crash. John Michael Freeman, 27, is now sentenced to five years of incarceration plus 10 years of probation in connection with a March 26, 2014, wrong-way vehicle collision that killed 63-year-old O.Z. Walker. District Judge James Caputo, who  sentenced Freeman to life in prison on Dec. 9  after Freeman pleaded no contest to first-degree manslaughter, modified the sentence at a judicial review hearing Monday.

  • Despite new legislation, some family caregivers in Oklahoma worry they don't have necessary skills

    By Jim Killackey For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Dec 5, 2015

    In August 2010, Doug Mercer was in a motorcycle crash that left him in a coma for seven weeks and hospitalized three months. When he went home, his wife was not prepared to care for him. They think Oklahoma's CARE law, passed in 2014, should help people in their situation, but its implementation remains a work in progress.

  • Tulsa County sergeant overseeing inmate workers disciplined for evidence breach

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Dec 4, 2015

    The Tulsa County sheriff's sergeant overseeing jail trusties was disciplined this week for an unsupervised inmate's breach of an evidence surplus room involving K2 in June, general counsel Meredith Baker said Friday. A pre-action hearing for Sgt. Chris Pierce took place Thursday, after which his discipline was handed down, Baker said. The punishment didn't involve loss of pay, suspension, demotion or termination, she said. Jesse James Preibe, 22, was  charged Nov. 5  with possession of contraband in jail, destroying evidence, assault on a police officer and threatening an act of violence. Court documents allege that on June 17 an unsupervised Preibe breached the evidence surplus room and stole packets of K2, including squirreling away some of the drugs in his rectal cavity.

  • Williams Cos. could owe ETE $1.48 billion if merger agreement is terminated

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    Williams Cos. may be on the hook to Energy Transfer Equity for nearly $1.5 billion if the merger agreement between the two companies falls through, according to a disclosure filing. The document outlining the benefits and risks of the proposed merger agreement between the two energy companies states that if the merger isn’t consummated, Williams may be required to pay ETE a termination fee of $1.48 billion or reimburse the Dallas-based business for up to $100 million of its expenses. Williams would only owe the $1.48 billion penalty to ETE if the merger was terminated under certain circumstances.

  • Three masked robbers hold up midtown Tulsa bank

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    Three people carried out a "takeover-style" robbery at a midtown Tulsa bank Thursday afternoon. Tulsa Police Department public information officer Jeanne MacKenzie said three people dressed in black and wearing masks entered the IBC Bank at 5302 E. Skelly Drive around 1 p.m. and began giving orders to employees and customers. The robbery was reported at 1:12 p.m., she said.

  • Police: Tulsa infant dies on 1st birthday after apparently being shaken

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    An infant who was was taken to a hospital in "extremely critical" condition on Tuesday has died. Nevaeh Brookens-Roldan, whose 1st birthday was Thursday, was declared brain dead at 3:04 p.m. Thursday, according to Cpl. Greg Smith with the Tulsa Police Department Child Crisis Unit. Police arrested Nathaniel Jamal Watkins, 25, on Tuesday on a child-abuse complaint. Navaeh's mother, Hallelujah Brookens, 21, was arrested that day on a complaint of permitting child abuse, jail records indicate.