• Man convicted in 'cult-like' murder case given eight consecutive life sentences

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    A district judge sentenced a Tulsa man convicted of murder, kidnapping and other crimes to life without parole and seven additional consecutive life sentences Wednesday. District Judge James Caputo imposed upon George Emile July the sentences in accordance with a jury's recommendation submitted at the end of his trial on Feb. 11. The 54-year-old was found guilty of first-degree murder, three counts of kidnapping, two counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and one count each of drug possession and possessing a firearm after a former felony conviction. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Contamination continues to plague Tulsa recycling efforts

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa | Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    It’s been a year since the city’s recyclers began asking Tulsa residents to recycle better, but the rate of contamination hasn’t improved. Despite an education campaign and work by city staff to help specific offenders, the rate of trash placed in the blue bins remains steady at about 30 percent. That means for every three items placed in the curbside recycling containers, only two are actually recyclable. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • John E. Hoover: Think storming the court is harmless fun? It's not. Time for Big 12 to ban it

    BY JOHN E. HOOVER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Watching Kansas coach Bill Self squirm almost literally for his life on Monday night, watching Bruce Weber and his staff fight off their own fan base, it has become painfully clear: Storming the court after a big basketball win has to stop. It's not safe. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsan charged with killing father of his ex-girlfriend's child

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    A Tulsa man who was convicted of domestic abuse in the past was charged with first-degree murder Monday in the shooting of the father of his ex-girlfriend’s child. Cameron Jerel Hendrick, 27, is accused of killing 27-year-old Robert Singleton in the courtyard of the Silverwoods Apartments, 2509 S. 87th East Ave., on Feb. 16. Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker has said a witness — the mother of Singleton’s child — reported that Hendrick was upset that Singleton had stayed the previous night at her apartment. Hendrick and Singleton began arguing outside, and Hendrick shot at Singleton before driving to a nearby apartment complex, Walker said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa man dies after being shocked by Osage Nation officer outside casino

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    A 41-year-old man died Friday after an Osage Nation police officer used a stun gun on him during an altercation with multiple officers outside the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino, authorities said Monday. Terry Price of Tulsa was at the casino, at 36th Street North off the L.L. Tisdale Expressway, around 7:30 p.m. Friday despite having been banned from the premises, Osage County Undersheriff Lou Ann Brown said in a press release. Osage Nation police requested assistance from Osage County deputies, and a deputy arrived at the casino before the tribal officer approached Price, the release states. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Teachers talk about how black history is being taught in Oklahoma schools today

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    In Anthony Marshall's first hour class on Monday, students were doing research about Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. "With whom do you agree?" read the assignment on the classroom white board. "Who had the best plan for equality?" Marshall, a teacher at Booker T. Washington High School, said he wanted his students to look into the two activists' backgrounds to help them understand how they developed their philosophies. At the end of the assignment would come a debate, with students assigned to take either side. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Osage County authorities seek man in connection with Sand Springs arson, homicide

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    A first-degree murder warrant has been issued for a man who Osage County authorities suspect set fire to a residence killing a 58-year-old Tulsa man Sunday night.  The Osage County Sheriff's Office said Monday that Jimmy Allen Moser is wanted for first-degree murder, arson and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony in the death of 58-year-old Steven Willey. Sand Springs firefighters found Willey's body inside a burned home in the 9600 block of Pond Drive in rural Osage County about 9 p.m. Sunday. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Playing for Chase: Questions raised about charity and its founder

    BY CARY ASPINWALL and ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Save for the day of his son’s tragic death in 2013, Michael Morris really doesn’t want to talk about the past. His future is about saving kids’ lives, he says. But Morris’ past involves a checkered history of federal prison sentences for financial crimes. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Dramatic drop in Tulsa meth labs leads to Mexican cartels filling the void

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Last October, Tulsa Police Officer Albert Caballero was trailing a white Ford SUV when it suddenly pulled in front of another vehicle, cutting it off. Caballero pulled the vehicle over and found it occupied by two Hispanic men, both of whom said they were from Texas and were self-employed. Caballero said in his report that the way the two men acted made him suspicious — Alejandro Charre talked so quietly he could barely be heard above the sounds of nearby traffic, and the driver, Juan Pablo Charre, had no identification and appeared to be very nervous. A police drug dog was brought to the scene and reacted to the vehicle, leading officers to find $48,000 worth of methamphetamine in three packaged bricks. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Dramatic drop in Tulsa meth labs leads to Mexican cartels filling the void

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Just three years ago, meth cooked by Mexican cartels had no market in Tulsa — the product was too weak, and domestic meth cooks with a plastic soda bottle and some chemicals under their sink could make enough to get by until they needed another high. But now that style of meth-making has wilted. Police recovered 70 labs in 2014, down from a high of 431 in 2011, a decrease of almost 84 percent. Oklahoma lawmakers have made procuring enough pseudoephedrine to cook with difficult, and law enforcers across the state are no longer cleaning up multiple shake-and-bake, or one-pot, meth labs every day. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Mexican cartels, sensing an opportunity, have filled the void with new, better

  • Man dies in north Tulsa house fire

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    A man died in a blaze that destroyed a north Tulsa home late Saturday, a Tulsa Fire Department official confirmed Sunday. Firefighters received multiple reports of a fire at the 1900 block of North Main Street around 9:30 p.m., Fire Capt. Stan May said. Crews arrived to find the fire had reached the home’s attic, May said. The man died at the scene, and the home is considered a total loss. It’s unknown whether other possible residents were at home at the time of fire, as fire crews did not find anyone else inside. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Donations are needed for prom dress giveaways in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Bartlesville

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    A nonprofit organization will give away prom dresses in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Bartlesville. Donations of dresses are being accepted.

  • The 'Black Robe Regiment': History, law professors counter Oklahoma lawmaker who targeted AP history

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Oklahoma State University history professor James Cooper has spent a decade restoring Colonial-era documents from historic New England churches and a career writing academic papers on the role of religion in the founding of America. Nearly all of his published work has been on the impact religious leaders had on the country’s independence from England. “The time of the American Revolution was during a religious age, and people were religious,” Cooper said. “Preachers were successful in a call to arms on the basis that it is a sin not to resist and fight against tyranny. Historians will not argue religion did not play a role. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Owner of Tulsa custom tire shop arrested in citywide wheel theft conspiracy

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The owner of a custom tire and wheel shop was arrested Friday after investigators uncovered a conspiracy to steal tires and wheels across Tulsa, particularly auto businesses, Tulsa police said. Cpl. Jerrod Hart identified the man as David Madison Jones Jr., owner of Dave's Custom Wheel and Tire at 10705 E. 11th St. Hart said investigators in fall 2014 began looking into a series of tire and wheel thefts that spanned the city, many of which took place at car dealerships or rental car businesses. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa man gets probation for pointing laser at police helicopter

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    A federal judge on Friday sentenced a Tulsa man to three years of probation after he admitted to pointing a laser at a police helicopter about a year ago. U.S. District Judge Claire Eagan imposed the probated sentence on Carl Don Floyd following a short hearing in Tulsa federal court, saying she considered both the nature of the offense as well as his criminal history. In November, Floyd entered a guilty plea on the eve of his second jury trial on the matter. As part of an agreement, prosecutors agreed to support a probationary sentence. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt tells Tulsa GOP that federal government putting liberty, freedom at risk

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, protect states from executive actions on immigration and prevent a federal agency from expanding its reach will shape the relationship between the executive and legislative branch for generations to come, said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. “I never thought we’d be in a situation where rule of law, fundamental structures of government… would be under such assault, but it is,” he said. “As a result, your liberty, your freedom, my liberty, my freedom is at risk.” Pruitt, while speaking to the Republican Club of Tulsa Friday at the Summit Club, said that the cases he is involved in as the state's attorney general “go to the heart of that very simple concept of checks and balances." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • 5 reasons the Tulsa Race Riot should always be remembered

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The Tulsa Race Riot is an example of humanity at its worst, and is one of the darkest moments in Oklahoma's history. And that's one reason why it should always be remembered.

  • Two charged with murder in Tulsa barber shop shootings

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Two people arrested earlier this month in connection with a gang-related shooting at a north Tulsa barber shop were charged with first-degree murder on Thursday. Chadrick Colbert and Dezmen "Dash" Smith also face three counts each of assault and battery with a deadly weapon in the death of Keith Liggins, who was a barber at the Gifted Hands Barber & Beauty Shop, and the wounding of four others there on Feb. 6. Tulsa Police Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker has said detectives believe that Smith was the shooter and that Colbert helped Smith get inside the business, at 1219 N. Sheridan Road, as it was closing around 9 p.m. that day. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Lawmaker who targeted AP history works to bring back the Black Robed Regiment

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    For several years, state Rep. Dan Fisher has been giving public presentations in costume with his version of American history, which centers on the role pastors played in American independence. Fisher, R-Yukon, is part of a group called the "Black Robe Regiment." It is a call for religious leaders to challenge politicians for Christian-based governance. The group formed the Salt and Light Institute . Its goal is to promote Christian themes in education including history, civics and economics. It is unknown if other state lawmakers are part of the organization. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Customers flock to Oklahoma's first Urban Outfitters for opening day

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Fifteen minutes before the staff at Tulsa's Urban Outfitters opened their doors for the store's first day of business, a nervous energy could be felt inside and outside. Jeremy Johnston, the store's manager, had about a dozen employees doing a little last-minute hyping, getting them pumped up for the opening. Outside the store, shoppers began to crowd around, peeking into the windows and taking selfies with the Urban Outfitters sign in the background. And not everyone in that crowd was from Tulsa, a fact Urban Outfitters officials likely planned on when they decided upon the city. The store, at 3340 S. Peoria Ave., is the only location in about a 4½-hour radius. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .