• Pedestrian killed in collision on Tulsa highway

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, May 16, 2014

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say one person was struck and killed by an SUV while standing on the shoulder of U.S. 169. Police say the victim was helping load a disabled motorcycle onto a truck on Thursday night when the collision occurred. Two other people suffered minor injuries in the collision. Northbound lanes of the highway were shut down as police investigated the fatal collision. Authorities have not yet released the name of the victim. Authorities say they don’t yet know if the driver of the SUV will be arrested.

  • State superintendent candidates at Tulsa forum call for ousting of Common Core, Barresi

    By KIM ARCHER - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, May 15, 2014

    None of the five candidates for state Superintendent of Public Instruction said they support the Common Core standards during a candidate forum at Eisenhower International School on Monday, and they all agree that incumbent Republican candidate Janet Barresi needs to go. “I see Barresi standing at the edge of the cliff and we’re standing at the edge beside her. It’s going to take all of us to push her off,” said Democratic candidate John Cox, superintendent of Peggs Public School in Cherokee County. “This is for our kids. This is for public schools. Help me push her over the cliff,” Cox said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa to host 400,000 people at annual Mayfest

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, May 15, 2014

    TULSA — Up to 400,000 people are expected to attend Tulsa’s annual outdoor festival Mayfest later this week. The annual tribute to the arts runs Thursday through Sunday downtown and will offer music, entertainment, food and art sales. In addition to the outdoor space, the festival also features three indoor galleries. Organizers of the event say Mayfest was created to promote a broader knowledge and appreciation for visual and musical arts in the city. Admission to all activities is free and parking is available throughout downtown. Festival hours are Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Tulsa church pastor charged with molestation

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    The pastor of a Tulsa church has been charged with six counts of lewd molestation. Damien Keith Bonner Sr., 32, of Owasso was charged in Tulsa County District Court on Wednesday, filings show. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. The website for Galilee Baptist Church, 721 E. Pine St., said it was “temporarily down for maintenance” Wednesday afternoon, but the church's Facebook page confirms that Bonner leads the church. Check TulsaWorld.com for updates on this story as information becomes available .

  • Concussion, years of playing football linked to brain injury in local study

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    Years of playing football and experiencing concussions were correlated with slower reaction times and a certain area of the brain becoming smaller, according to a study of University of Tulsa football players conducted by the Laureate Institute of Brain Research in Tulsa. The results of the study were published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study involved 75 TU students, including 50 football players, half of whom had history of concussion. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Edmond angler hauls in monster Eufaula Lake turtle

    BY KELLY BOSTIAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 13, 2014

    Fisherman Dave Harrell of Edmond must have had a good fight on his hands Monday as he hauled in an alligator snapping turtle that likely weighed over 100 pounds. He posted the photo of the prehistoric looking beast on the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Facebook page, where it has drawn more than 1100 ‘likes.’ The post reads, “While catfishing we caught and released this yesterday in Mill Creek at Eufala lake. Dave Harrell of Edmond caught it on a rod and reel and Audey Clark of Norman secured it and hauled it into the boat for pictures. It is the biggest one we had ever seen.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Boy who shot grandmother in custody on shooting with intent to kill complaint

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 13, 2014

    An 11-year-old boy who police say shot his grandmother was booked into a juvenile detention center Tuesday on a shooting with intent to kill complaint. The shooting occurred about 4 p.m. Monday at an apartment complex in the 7900 block of South Sheridan Avenue, police said. Investigators said the boy and his grandmother, Annie Mougell, had been arguing about a discipline report he received from school, Officer Jill Roberson said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Man arrested after allegedly setting women's bathroom on fire

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 13, 2014

    A Tulsa man was jailed Tuesday after he reportedly attempted to set a women's bathroom on fire. Billy Shane Hamblin, 34, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on a first-degree arson complaint, jail records show. About 4 a.m., Turley firefighters were called to a convenience store in the 6400 block of North Peoria Avenue to investigate an arson. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Police: DNA on lemonade cup matches Glenpool case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, May 13, 2014

    TULSA — Police in Tulsa say DNA tests have linked a man accused of trying to lure two girls into his car from their lemonade stand to an unsolved rape of a 12-year girl in Glenpool. Police tell a local television station that investigators were able to collect a DNA sample from the man’s lemonade cup, which the girls saved. The DNA profile matched a case from January 2013, when a man kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old girl in Glenpool. Authorities have made no arrests in that case but were able to collect a DNA sample. Tulsa police Sgt. John Adams says the suspect is a white man in his 40s with curly hair and glasses. Adams says he may be driving a gold Nissan Maxima or a white Jeep Cherokee.

  • Police: Woman shot in head by 11-year-old grandson

    By Jarrel Wade - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, May 13, 2014

    A woman was shot in the head by her 11-year-old grandson on Monday afternoon at a south Tulsa apartment complex, police said. Tulsa Police Capt. Robert Heidlage said the boy was arguing about school with his grandmother, who is about 50. The victim’s and suspect’s names were not released Monday evening, but Heidlage said police are planning to file a complaint of shooting with intent to kill against the boy. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Kellyville teacher arrested on rape complaint

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 12, 2014

    SAPULPA — A Kellyville High School teacher is being held on $35,000 bond on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old male student, according to court documents. Kalyn Darby Thompson, 25, of Glenpool was arrested on Friday on a complaint of second-degree rape. Court documents state Kellyville High School officials met in April after discovering Thompson had been having an inappropriate relationship with a junior at the school. Kellyville Principal Danny Woods told authorities that Thompson had resigned from her teaching position on April 16, stating she and the teen had been texting each other and that some of the texts had been sexual in nature. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Inmate featured in World article approved for parole

    BY CARY ASPINWALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 12, 2014

    The governor has tentatively approved parole for an inmate who has spent much of his life in prison for a murder that occurred when he was 13. Jesil Wilson, whose case was detailed in a 2012 Tulsa World article, was convicted of a murder in which he was not the shooter. Wilson received a life sentence for the 1997 murder of 18-year-old Mitchell Knighten of Tulsa. Last year, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted to recommend Wilson for parole, provided that he complete a vo-tech training program and serve 180 days in a work-release center. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa man arrested in Craigslist robberies

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 12, 2014

    A Tulsa man was arrested after police say he used Craigslist contacts to commit a pair of area robberies. Teangelo Trevon Cherry, 19, was picked up by police about 10:35 p.m. Sunday in the 4000 block of South Memorial Drive in connection with a robbery that took place in the 800 block of North Florence Place. The victim told police that he was attacked and had his 2003 red Honda Civic stolen by a man he met on Cragislist, an arrest report said.

  • Oklahoma CareerTech program gives rescue dogs, female inmates a second chance

    By CONNIE ROMANS, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, May 10, 2014

    Muddy Paws Grooming was founded by a former inmate who works with the state CareerTech Department to give Oklahoma female inmates marketable job skills.

  • Oklahoma school bus catches fire

    Published: Thu, May 8, 2014

    TULSA (AP) — Authorities say no one was hurt when a charter bus carrying students caught fire on an Oklahoma turnpike. Parent Jason Vanhoozer tells Tulsa television station KOTV that all 33 people on the bus escaped safely. Vanhoozer says the students from Lawton’s Flower Mound School were headed to a national archery tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, when the fire broke out early Thursday on the Creek Turnpike in Wagoner County. Two buses were traveling to the tournament. Firefighters say the driver of the second bus saw sparks coming from the back of the first bus and notified the other driver. That driver stopped the bus and helped everyone escape safely. Officials say the fire destroyed all the luggage and

  • Oklahoma man arrested on indecent exposure complaint

    Published: Thu, May 8, 2014

    A Jenks man was arrested after Tulsa County sheriff's deputies saw him exposing himself to a girl in a park, authorities said. Kyle Wayne Razmus, 31, was seen by a 7-year-old girl about 5:35 p.m. Wednesday standing near the public restrooms at Chandler Park in the 6500 block of West 21st Street with his pants and underwear down, according to an arrest report. The girl told her mother that Razmus was touching himself, the report said.

  • Oklahoma police officer arrested on domestic assault complaint

    Published: Wed, May 7, 2014

    A Corporal with the Tulsa Police Department was arrested late Tuesday on a domestic assault and battery complaint, officer Jillian Roberson said. Cpl. David Harrison, who was hired in 1988, is suspended with pay pending an investigation, Roberson said. He’s held on $10,000 bond, according to jail booking reports.

  • Church youth leader charged with distributing child porn, lewd acts

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 6, 2014

    PONCA CITY – A volunteer church youth leader was arrested and charged Tuesday with producing and distributing child pornography, as well as with committing lewd or indecent acts with a child younger than 16, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced. Joel David Bolay, 28, was arrested after an investigation that began Friday when OSBI investigators received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, spokeswoman Jessica Brown said in a release. Bolay was a volunteer youth leader at the Foursquare Gospel Church in Ponca City. The child is not a member of that church, Brown said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa police: 20 pounds of marijuana, $300,000 cash seized during drug bust

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, TULSA WORLD | Published: Tue, May 6, 2014

    Tulsa police arrested a man and seized more than 20 pounds of marijuana and $300,000 in cash during a recent drug bust. Austin Hingey, 35, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on May 1 on possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, receiving drug proceeds derived from illegal activity and possession of controlled drugs with intent to deliver, jail records show. Hingey was arrested after the Tulsa Police Department's Organized Gang Unit executed multiple search warrants in the 300 block of South Trenton Avenue and the 200 block of South Richmond Avenue, a news release said.

  • Stranger abduction: Tulsa girl was among few who survive them, Amber Alert official says

    By DYLAN GOFORTH and KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, May 6, 2014

    Experts will tell you that when a child is abducted by a stranger, every second that passes makes it less likely that the case will have a positive outcome. About 25,000 seconds — not quite seven hours — passed between the abduction of an 8-year-old Tulsa girl Sunday evening and the arrest of her alleged abductor, yet the girl was reunited with her family before the sun rose Monday. Michael David Slatton was arrested in Sapulpa at 2:12 a.m. Monday, about 20 miles southwest of the abduction site. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.