• Osage Nation to boycott FedEx due to association with Washington Redskins

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    Osage Nation Chief Geoffrey M. Standing Bear issued a directive Tuesday telling all employees to "refrain from using FedEx" when possible due to its relationship with the Washington Redskins National Football League team. The directive states that Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder "chooses to stick with a brand which dictionaries define as disparaging and offensive. FedEx chose to endorse that brand through their sponsorship of Mr. Snyder's organization." Standing Bear encouraged other tribal nations to "consider similar actions." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Sheriff's office, police armored vehicles should be fully operational in 30-60 days

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    Armored vehicles purchased this summer by Tulsa police and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office are each expected to be operational within the next 30 to 60 days. The vehicles are sturdy Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) transports purchased by the agencies as part of a government program that cheaply sells decommissioned military vehicles to law enforcement agencies. Maj. Shannon Clark said the sheriff’s office vehicle — purchased in June for $2,500 — is technically operational now, though some outfitting remains to be done. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Sex crime charges filed against former Tulsa County sheriff's deputy

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Prosecutors on Monday filed charges against a former Tulsa County Sheriff's Office deputy who is accused of committing sexual misconduct while on duty last week. Gerald Nuckolls, 26, faces two counts of sexual battery and one count each of indecent exposure and outraging public decency, which stem from claims he assaulted two women while following up on a 911 hangup call early Tuesday at the 5600 block of North Utica Place. Court records indicate the sexual battery charges involve conduct reportedly committed against both women.

  • Tulsa officer shoots pit bulls attacking man

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    TULSA — A Tulsa police officer has fatally shot one of two pit bulls who mauled a man.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for Sept. 19, 2014

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for Sept. 19, 2014

  • KOKI: Tulsa man uses Craigslist in search of lost raccoon

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    A Tulsa man has turned to the Internet to bring home his lost pet raccoon, says Fox23.

  • Tulsa County assessor suggests public hangings as way to reduce crime

    By KEVIN CANFIELD | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Tulsa County Assessor Ken Yazel suggested in a public meeting Monday that the county might consider hanging people in the city square as a means of reducing crime. Speaking during a Budget Board meeting, Yazel prefaced his remarks by saying that in the 1970s an official he described as a black Los Angeles mayor proposed hanging kidnappers in the city square as a way to end hijackings. The mayor “said why don’t we just a hang a couple of these people in the city square and that will put a stop to it; maybe that would put a stop to some of the crime in Tulsa County,” Yazel said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Man found not guilty by reason of insanity in killing of Oklahoma mailman walks free

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    A man who gunned down a postal carrier in 2001 walked out of federal court a free man Tuesday. U.S. Senior District Judge Terence Kern said the law does not allow him to keep Jason Weed under continued supervision without any evidence that he needs further psychiatric treatment or presents a continuing threat to public safety. Weed was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2001 killing of Robert W. Jenkins. He had remained under federal supervision for eight years after his release from a secure medical facility in 2005. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Respiratory illness enterovirus D68 confirmed in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma Health Department confirmed that a respiratory illness known as enterovirus D68 is circulating in Oklahoma.

  • Update: Tulsa County sheriff's deputy resigns after arrest on sexual battery, indecent exposure complaints

    BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Gerald Nuckolls, 26, was arrested about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on complaints of sexual assault and battery and indecent exposure, according to a Tulsa County arrest report.

  • QuikTrip ranked first among convenience stores

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    For the second year in a row, Quik-Trip has placed first in a nationwide study of customer satisfaction with convenience stores. The study, conducted by Market Force Information, polled 5,000 shoppers and ranked 83 convenience store chains. Market Force Information first conducted the study last year. Chet Cadieux, QuikTrip’s chairman and CEO, said in a press release he’s thrilled at the company’s second top honor, and said much of the credit goes to the retailer’s employees. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Allegations against OHP trooper accused of sexual assault detailed in report released Tuesday

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Specific allegations of a sexual assault by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper of a woman he pulled over in June were detailed for the first time Tuesday in documents released by the Creek County District Attorney’s Office. Eric Roberts, a 16-year OHP trooper, stopped the 36-year-old woman on Interstate 44 in Creek County just after 2 p.m. June 15, offered her $20 for a lap dance and then instructed her “to use a U-Haul truck to move, so he could stop her and they could have sexual intercourse in the back” of the truck, an affidavit states. The document does not state whether intercourse occurred during the stop, only that Roberts “intentionally touched” the woman’s shoulder while making sexual advances. He also asked the woman about her tattoos and “reached over and moved her shirt around to expose a tattoo on her shoulder,” the document claims. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Man arrested on arson complaint for Tulsa fire

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    TULSA — Authorities in Tulsa have arrested a man on an arson complaint in connection with a house fire that injured three children, including a 5-year-old boy who is critical condition. The fire was reported early Tuesday in midtown Tulsa. Fire Department Capt. Stan May says firefighters found an 11-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy outside the burning home. May says firefighters also found a 5-year-old boy in a back bedroom, and pulled him to safety through a window. The children were all taken to a Tulsa hospital, along with an 18-year-old who was also at the home. Authorities say they believe the fire was set intentionally by a man who lives at the home. Police haven’t identified that man but say he’s been

  • Skunks are plentiful and raising a stink in central Oklahoma this year

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Oklahoma’s rainfall and cooler temperatures have been good for skunks this year. More skunks are roaming urban areas.

  • University of Tulsa student charged with murder in death of 6-week-old baby

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    A University of Tulsa student reportedly shook his 6-week-old son to death last weekend because he wanted the infant to stop crying, police said Monday. Sebastian Aguirre Jr., 22, was charged Monday with child abuse murder in the death of Etienne Aguirre, who suffered a traumatic brain injury. The child was hospitalized Thursday at St. John Medical Center, but he was later transferred to Saint Francis Hospital, authorities said. Tulsa Police Cpl. Greg Smith, who heads the department's child crisis unit, said the baby was pronounced dead at 7:28 p.m. Friday after being taken off life support. The injuries were consistent with the baby being violently shaken, Smith said, adding that both detectives and hospital staff determined the injuries could not have been accidental in nature.

  • Police say uncle of child in Amber Alert made false report to more quickly recover stolen vehicle

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    A Tulsa man is in custody Sunday after police alleged he falsely reported his 5-year-old nephew was abducted so he could more quickly find his stolen vehicle late Saturday. William Edward Johnson Jr., 32, is held in lieu of $5,000 bail, Tulsa Jail records show. Officers responded to a call around 9:15 p.m. at the BN Mart gas station, at 4826 E. 33rd St., where they claim Johnson said his nephew was in the back seat of his 1990 Chevrolet Suburban that someone stole from the area. Nearly 70 Tulsa police officers, as well as Tulsa County and Creek County sheriff’s deputies worked for three hours to find the boy, along with Sapulpa and Kiefer police officers and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, according to a booking report.

  • Tulsa exorcist facing increasing 'demonic activity'; Black Mass Sunday

    By Bill Sherman - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    The Satanic Black Mass scheduled for Sunday at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall has drawn attention to a little-known but rapidly growing ministry in the Catholic Church: exorcism. Tulsa is one of three cities in the United States where Roman Catholic priests meet regularly to be trained to cast out demons — training that is part of a recent movement in Catholicism to expand that ancient ministry. Exorcism conferences have been held quietly each winter for three years at an undisclosed chapel in Tulsa, following a decision by U.S. bishops in 2010 to greatly increase the number of exorcists in America, at that time thought to be about 50. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Police: Tulsa man pours lighter fluid on woman

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa police have arrested a man who they say squirted lighter fluid into his girlfriend’s eyes and told officers it was an accident. Police arrested 55-year-old Bennie Coman on Sunday and charged him with first-degree arson, domestic assault and threatening violence. They say he called paramedics to help the woman. Coman tells police he unintentionally covered her in the accelerant while preparing to grill. The girlfriend told them he poured lighter fluid all over her head and torso after they argued. She says he lit a lighter and threatened her with it. Coman is being held at the Tulsa County jail on $75,000 bond. Online jail records didn’t indicate an attorney.

  • UPDATE: Amber Alert from Tulsa canceled; 5-year-old found safe

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    Tulsa police issued an Amber Alert for Javion Johnson, 5, of Tulsa, who was reported to be in a car when it was stolen Saturday night. The alert was canceled about 1 a.m. Sunday, and police said the boy was not in the car and he was safe.

  • Tulsa woman convicted of murdering infant son 20 years ago ruled innocent

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL and AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    A 20-year-old murder case was dismissed Friday after prosecutors said they would not attempt to retry Michelle Murphy, who was freed this summer after spending nearly two decades in prison for the murder of her infant son. Twenty years to the day after Murphy's 15-week-old son, Travis Wood, was found nearly decapitated in Murphy's home, Tulsa County District Judge William Kellough told her, "This court finds you, Miss Murphy, innocent." Outside the courtroom, a tearful Murphy told reporters that "it meant the world to me to finally hear that it’s been acknowledged — something I’ve been trying to prove for 20 years, something I’ve known in my heart." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .