• Woman who filed OHP rape lawsuit was charged previously with making a false rape report

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The woman who filed a federal lawsuit alleging that an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper raped her last month is wanted in another county on an allegation that she falsely reported a rape in 2009. The woman, identified in the lawsuit only by her initials, is linked through public records to that Cherokee County charge as well as to an outstanding arrest warrant in Oklahoma County on charges of second-degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property. Gary James, an attorney for Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Roberts and the Oklahoma State Highway Troopers Association, said the allegations of rape "are unequivocally untrue." <a href="http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/crimewatch/woman-who-filed-ohp-rape-lawsuit-was-charged-previously-with/article_a9842c47-efc4-5e20-8bc2-62b0cd8a4891.html">Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com</a>.

  • Arraignments reset in Tulsa officers’ shooting case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    TULSA — Arraignments have been rescheduled for two married Tulsa police officers arrested last week in connection with the off-duty fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man who was walking with their adopted daughter. Shannon Kepler and Gina Kepler will be arraigned Aug. 19. They had been scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. Shannon Kepler was arrested on a complaint of first-degree murder and Gina Kepler was arrested on a complaint of accessory to murder after the fact. Gina Kepler is free on bond. Prosecutors have not filed formal charges in the case. The shooting victim, Jeremey Lake, was found shot to death last week on a street near downtown. Shannon Kepler’s attorney said Tuesday that his client is innocent.

  • Lawsuit alleges OHP trooper raped Tulsa woman during traffic stop

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    A lawsuit filed Monday accuses an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper of pulling a woman over last month, making her perform sexual acts while he drove his patrol vehicle, then stopping and raping her at a secluded location. The trooper named in the lawsuit, Eric Roberts, was identified by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol last week as having been suspended on July 24 for allegations of misconduct, Capt. George Brown said. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Tulsa asks for a jury trial, noting that Roberts, who is being investigated by members of OHP's Troop Z, the investigative division, has not yet been charged.

  • Tulsa officer accused in killing released on bond

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    TULSA — An off-duty Tulsa police officer accused of being an accessory to murder in the shooting of her daughter’s boyfriend has been released on $25,000 bond. A local television station reports First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond says Gina Kepler is not considered a flight risk or public safety concern. Jeremey Lake was shot to death Tuesday. Gina Kepler and her husband, Shannon, were arrested not long after in connection with the killing. Police say Shannon Kepler shot the 19-year-old Lake after an argument. Lake had been walking with the Keplers’ daughter. Shannon Kepler is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder. Kepler’s attorney says he should qualify for release. The

  • Officer accused of killing daughter's boyfriend had never been disciplined in 24-year career

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    The police officer who was arrested on an allegation that he shot his daughter’s boyfriend to death had never been disciplined in his 24-year career with the Tulsa Police Department, records released Thursday show. Shannon Kepler, 54, was arrested early Wednesday after his daughter, Lisa Kepler, told police her father had approached her and her boyfriend, 19-year-old Jeremey Lake, argued with her, then shot Lake multiple times, killing him. Kepler was jailed along with his wife, Gina Kepler, 48, who police accuse of helping to hide her husband following the shooting. The Keplers joined the police force on the same day in 1990 and were married two years later.

  • Candlelight vigil for slain Tulsa teen draws crowd

    By COREY JONES - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    On a bridge pillar near where more than 150 people gathered Thursday night to hold candles in memory of Jeremey Lake was a partially finished tribute for the victim of Tuesday night’s homicide. “RIP Jere” stood out in black spray paint, almost as if the crude memorial symbolized the life cut short by gunfire. A candlelight vigil in the 19-year-old’s memory took place near an Inner Dispersal Loop overpass adjacent to Lake’s home in the 200 block of North Maybelle Avenue just northwest of downtown. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma teen pleads guilty in 2013 shooting death of pizza truck driver, gets life

    By BILL BRAUN - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    A Tulsa man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the murder of a truck driver outside a Tulsa pizza restaurant last year. Jermaine Savory, 18, pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder for his involvement in the shooting death of Robert Horton, 53, of Arlington, Texas, on the morning of March 23, 2013, outside a Papa John’s Pizza location. Tulsa County District Judge Tom Gillert sentenced Savory to life in prison with possibility of parole, but Savory must serve 85 percent of his sentence, or 38 years in prison, before becoming eligible for parole. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa police dispute media report about no investigation of gay man's death

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    The death of a Tulsa man in his apartment in June was not suspicious despite a Dallas media report claiming foul play could be involved, the Tulsa Police Department announced Wednesday. The Dallas Voice, an LGBT-oriented website, published an article Tuesday stating that Benny Longoria, 40, was found dead and naked in his Tulsa apartment on June 20. Longoria, who was gay and was HIV positive, was cremated, and no autopsy was performed, according to the article. Among other allegations, the publication claimed that Tulsa police homicide detective Sgt. Dave Walker refused to fully investigate Longoria’s death and that Walker hung up on people seeking more information as to how and why he died.

  • Daughter hopes arrested Tulsa police officers will 'rot in prison' for fatal shooting of boyfriend

    BY COREY JONES and KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Tears fell freely down Lisa Kepler’s face as the teen wondered aloud Wednesday morning why her father would fatally shoot her boyfriend and then turn his gun on her. Lisa Kepler was seated on the front porch steps of a house near the northwest corner of downtown. Its occupants had recently taken her in after her parents — two Tulsa police officers who are implicated in the Tuesday night homicide — had kicked her out of her home, she said. Shannon James Kepler, 54, was booked into the Tulsa Jail early Wednesday on complaints of first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill. Tulsa police said Kepler, a 24-year veteran of the department, works at the Police Academy. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Police report: Tulsa officer fatally shoots daughter's boyfriend

    BY COREY JONES, KENDRICK MARSHALL, and SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    A Tulsa police husband and wife were arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man on a street near downtown, and the couple's daughter said her father shot at her, too. Shannon Kepler, 54, a 24-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill complaints. His wife, Gina, 48, also a Tulsa police officer, was jailed on an accessory to murder complaint. The two weren't on duty at the time the shooting of 19-year-old Jeremy Lake occurred in the 200 block of North Maybelle Avenue about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Shannon Kepler works at TPD's police academy and worked Tuesday, public information officer Jillian Roberson said. Gina Kepler is a patrol officer at the department's Gilcrease division, and did not work Tuesday, Roberson said.

  • Former TPS athletic director Stephanie Spring released from federal prison

    By ANDREA EGER - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Former Tulsa Public Schools athletic director Stephanie Spring was released from federal prison on Tuesday morning after completing a seven-month sentence for pocketing funds from off-the-books rentals of school facilities. According to Chris Burke, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Spring was taken into custody Jan. 7 and spent her entire sentence in a minimum security camp at Federal Medical Center-Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas. In November, U.S. District Judge John Dowdell sentenced Spring to seven months in prison and five months on home detention upon her release. Spring also was ordered to pay $92,218.72 in restitution as well as a $10,000 fine. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Two Tulsa police officers arrested in connection with the city's latest homicide

    By SAMANTHA VICENT AND KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    A Tulsa police husband and wife were arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man on a street near downtown. Shannon Kepler, 54, and a 24-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on first-degree murder complaint, and his wife, Gina, 48, also a Tulsa police officer was jailed on an accessory to murder complaint. It was unclear from a police department release if the two were on duty at the time the shooting of 19-year-old Jeremy Lake occurred in the 200 block of North Maybelle Avenue about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Obituary: Humble and gracious, Tulsan Billie Letts unchanged by later-in-life literary fame

    By TIM STANLEY - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Leading up to the premiere, where she would at last get to see her beloved characters come to life on screen, Billie Letts quietly worried about what Hollywood had done to them. But her fears were soon allayed. After seeing the movie with an audience for the first time, the Tulsa native was satisfied and even surprised, she told the Tulsa World later. Not only had Novalee Nation and the other characters from Letts’ novel “Where the Heart Is” survived the transition to film, they had been treated with the respect she felt they deserved. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma man delivered to jail after nearly 6 pounds of meth picked up from post office

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Several pounds of crystal methamphetamine were picked up Friday morning in a package at a Tulsa post office, but ultimately its recipient was delivered to jail. A U.S. postal inspector intercepted a package Thursday, and upon obtaining a federal search warrant discovered 5.6 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, according to an arrest report for Scotty Wayne Harjo. Harjo, 30, of Tulsa, was incarcerated Friday afternoon inside Tulsa Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. Harjo was being detained on a complaint of trafficking methamphetamine with a prior felony controlled drug conviction. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa school, the first gay-friendly school in Oklahoma, celebrates diversity

    By KIM ARCHER - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    A new Tulsa private school is set to make history as the first gay-friendly school in Oklahoma. However, the Oklahoma Alliance Academy was founded to provide individualized learning in a safe, bully-free environment for any student from sixth to 12th grade who is different in some way, said school headmaster CC Lawhon. It’s not just for students who identify as lesbian, gay or transgender. “These are kids who’ve been made fun of for their differences instead of valued for their differences,” she said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Loaded firearms found in Oklahoma airports

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Loaded firearms were found Monday at the Tulsa International Airport and on Tuesday at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, the Transportation Security Administration reported.

  • Police: Elderly man drowns in Oklahoma pool

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa police say an elderly man has drowned in his backyard pool while doing renovation work. A police spokesman says the man was working on the vacant home Sunday night in hopes of selling it. The spokesman says the pool was in poor condition. The water quality made it difficult for first responders to determine if the man was submerged. An Emergency Medical Services Authority official says the man was 78-years-old. The man’s identity has not been released.

  • Faith in the summer: Two faith groups reach out to the community

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Two faith groups — a Christian disaster relief group and a Muslim group — recently gathered to perform community service projects.

  • Center of the Universe Festival returns to Tulsa

    By Lacey Lett, For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    The Center of the Universe Festival in Tulsa is in its second year and is gaining momentum.

  • "It's just a tragedy: "Mother, son in murder-suicide leave 8-year-old twins behind

    By DYLAN GOFORTH, SAMANTHA VICENT and KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    In the wake of the death of a 17-year-old boy and his mother as a result of an apparent suicide pact, Tulsa police released figures showing the suicide rate in the city is higher this year than the two previous, Tulsa World reports. Kimberly Crabtree, 50, and her son Joseph, were found dead Tuesday in their home in the 2200 block of South Delaware Place. A relative had been unable to enter the home and contacted authorities, who found the pair dead inside.