• Suspects charged in fatal drive-by shooting of 14-year-old girl

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    First-degree murder and robbery charges were filed against two Tulsa men in the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl. David Ruble II, 19, and Demonte Wayne Rushing, 21, were charged Tuesday in Tulsa County District Court with single counts of first-degree murder and attempted robbery in the death of April Montano, court filings show. Montano, a student at Thoreau Demonstration Academy, was riding with family members in a pickup that was hauling all-terrain vehicles on the Gilcrease Expressway when she was shot in the head about 9 p.m. May 29. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

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  • Coburn says VA problems not limited to wait times

    By RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Problems in the Veterans Administration are deeper and more widespread than the manipulation of waiting lists recently disclosed, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn says during the weekly Republican address released Saturday, the Tulsa World reports. "The problems at the VA are far deeper than scheduling," Coburn said in the prerecorded message. "Getting to see a doctor, after all, does not guarantee quality care."

  • Soldier surprises children with homecoming at Tulsa Zoo

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Between the snowy owl and grizzly bear exhibits Emily Denning emptied her hands and tearfully leaped into her father’s arms, the Tulsa World reports. “I felt like I was just going to die in his arms,” said the 9-year-old. “I was so happy.”

  • Man in custody after standoff at Tulsa hospital

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    TULSA — Authorities say a standoff outside a Tulsa hospital has ended without injury after an armed man near the facility's entrance prompted a brief lockdown of the emergency room.

  • KJRH: Police standoff with suicidal subject prompts lockdown for Saint Francis Hospital emergency room

    Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    TULSA - The emergency room at Saint Francis Hospital is on lockdown, KJRH reports. A standoff between police and a suicidal subject began around 5 a.m. prompted the lockdown at the ER.

  • Tulsa woman shot in feud with neighbor

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa | Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    A 46-year-old woman was shot multiple times during a "neighborly feud" early Friday. Tulsa police responded to a residence near 52nd Place North and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard around 2:45 a.m. to find a woman there had been shot in the torso, arms and legs, said Sgt. Ryan Woods. Medics transported the woman, who was still conscious, to a hospital in serious condition, he said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Muslim convert to Christianity sues Oklahoma church

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    A Muslim convert to Christianity is suing First Presbyterian Church and its pastor, the Rev. James D. Miller, alleging that church leaders published an announcement of his baptism on the internet after assuring him they would not do so.

  • Historical marker to be dedicated in Tulsa

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    TULSA — State and local leaders are gathering in Tulsa on Thursday to dedicate a historical marker recognizing an area that played a role in the deadly race riot that killed African-Americans in 1921. Historical records show that Standpipe Hill had a significant role in Tulsa’s history, including the Tulsa Race Riot. It was also where the Dalton gang of outlaws would go to try to spot lawmen to see if it was safe to attend church nearby. The University Center at Tulsa, a consortium of higher education institutions including OSU, was established on land adjacent to Standpipe Hill in the 1980s. The campus became OSU-Tulsa on Jan. 1, 1999. A marker recognizing the area’s significance and history will be dedicated

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  • Tulsa's new mulching site opens Wednesday

    By JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    The city’s new mulching site will be open for business on Wednesday morning, the Tulsa World reports.

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  • Authorities arrest man a second time in Wagoner County homicide

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    A 22-year-old man arrested in April in the slaying of Bill "Bob" Cline in Porter is once again behind bars — this time on a first-degree murder warrant. Wagoner County sheriff's Maj. Gary Handley on Tuesday said Maxx Tate Robinson was arrested at his home around 10 p.m. Monday. Handley said Robinson was taken into custody without incident. The warrant for his arrest was issued the same day. Robinson was charged for his role in the killing of Cline, 57, at his home. The case was reviewed and the murder charge handed down by the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office instead of Wagoner County prosecutors because of uncommon circumstances.

  • Parent of special-needs student claims Barresi violated her child's privacy rights

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    The mother of a special-needs student says State Superintendent Janet Barresi violated the privacy rights of her child and others receiving state-funded scholarships to private schools by providing their names and home addresses to her campaign for re-election. The woman said she kept her concerns to herself for two years at the request of Joel Robison, Barresi’s chief of staff at the Oklahoma State Department of Education, but a new Barresi television campaign ad reignited her anger over the experience. Barresi’s ad features a recipient of the state-funded Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships and accuses her GOP primary rival of “conspiring with education bureaucrats” to prevent other special-education students from obtaining the scholarships. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa Tough's infamous Cry Baby Hill draws thousands

    By MURPHY MITCHELL - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    The culmination of this weekend’s Saint Francis Tulsa Tough event for Steve Schlegel came in the form of dumping beer on his scraped knee. “I was lifting my teammate up after he won and just scratched my knee up,” he said, dousing his leg with the rest of his Pabst Blue Ribbon. “There’s nothing a little beer can’t fix.” Schlegel, who was dressed in a thong and a bowtie, was one of thousands who made the trip to Cry Baby Hill despite the overcast weather Sunday. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Man found shot to death in east Tulsa apartment

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Tulsa police have "limited information" to go on after finding a man dead inside an east Tulsa apartment late Sunday. Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said officers responded to the Bristol Park Apartments, 11114 E. 44th St., about 11:24 p.m. Sunday after receiving a call of shots being fire din the area. Witnesses, Walker said, reported seeing several masked males running from the area. An apartment in the complex had several bullet holes through the door, and when police entered, they found a 46-year-old black male, dead from a gunshot wound. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Family ties link shooting suspect to Tulsa's gang history

    By ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    The family photo in the yellowed 1976 Tulsa World news clipping shows Charles Ruble Sr. and his wife in their living room, surrounded by 17 smiling children.

  • New Miss Oklahoma gets her crown

    By MURPHY MITCHELL, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    TULSA — Alexandra Eppler, competing as Miss Enid, won the Miss Oklahoma title Saturday night at Oral Roberts University’s Mabee Center. Eppler, of Enid, is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor of science degree. For the talent competition, Eppler did an interpretive dance to “Wonderland.” “I kind of feel like I'm floating right now,” she said. “I actually had two people just pinch me because I didn’t think this was real life — I'm elated. “I know that through this system and this organization, they will give me the opportunity to impact lives all across the state,” Eppler said. “Each one of those girls came up to me and wanted to hug me — their support is the greatest

  • Barresi campaign says rival would deprive Oklahoma children with special needs of education opportunities

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    In a television ad that aired Thursday, state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi’s campaign accuses Republican opponent Joy Hofmeister of conspiring with “education bureaucrats” to deprive children with special needs of learning opportunities.

  • Corrections Board discusses Clayton Lockett execution during executive session

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    STRINGTOWN – The state Corrections Board met in executive session for nearly 45 minutes Thursday to discuss an investigation into a botched execution, with Director Robert Patton and the board’s chairman promising a full public discussion as soon as a state investigation is complete. “I’ve been informed the DPS (Department of Public Safety) investigation is making very good progress on the investigation. When it’s done, I will be making a full statement and answering your questions,” he told a Tulsa World reporter following the meeting. The board also discussed the execution of Clayton Lockett in executive session during its meeting last month. In both cases, the agenda cited pending or expected legal action as the reason to meet in executive session. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .