• American Airlines introduces combined LGBT employee group

    By CASEY SMITH - Tulsa World | Updated: 18 hr ago

    In some ways, American Airlines is all-inclusive. American Airlines used social media Wednesday evening to introduce Pride, its newly combined LGBT — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender — employee resource group with US Airways. On its corporate Twitter and Facebook accounts, the airline posted a photo of a rainbow flag flying from a window in the pilot’s cabin of a parked passenger plane. With the hashtag #NowArriving, the company emphasized its continued support to equality, diversity and inclusion following the merger with US Airways. American Airlines has boasted it was the first major airline to have a company-recognized LGBT employee resource group, the Gay Lesbian Employees of American, or GLEAM.

  • Suspect in Wednesday death of former Tulsan killed in Dallas officer-involved shooting

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    DALLAS — An 18-year-old accused of fatally shooting a former Tulsan during an early Wednesday robbery attempt was killed in a shooting involving an off-duty Dallas police officer shortly afterward, authorities said. Officer Jose Gamez, a five-year-veteran of the department, fatally shot Sergio Ramos after Ramos reportedly killed 25-year-old Joseph Roling during a robbery at a local Walmart Supercenter, at 13739 North Central Expressway, around 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, the Dallas Police Department said in a release. A 2001 Holland Hall cross country invitational list indicates Roling spent time at the preparatory school. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Woman loses appeal in high rise death case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected the appeal of a woman convicted of killing her husband by pushing him through a 25th-floor window in a Tulsa high-rise apartment. Twenty-two-year-old Amber Hilberling was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 2011 death of Joshua Hilberling. The court on Wednesday rejected her appeals — including lack of evidence, improper evidence, prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective counsel. Hilberling testified during her trial that she and her husband were arguing and that she feared for her safety as the dispute escalated.

  • Oklahoma blood donors can get free hotdogs, T-shirts Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Oklahoma Blood Institute will offer free hotdogs to blood donors on Friday, courtesy of the Oklahoma Beef Council and Bar S Foods. Donors also will receive their choice of an Oklahoma State University or University of Oklahoma T-shirt, along with a chance to win tickets to the 2014 Bedlam football game.

  • Tulsa police chief says collection for Ferguson officer was desire to 'seek justice'

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan stated Tuesday that an attempt to collect money at a police station for the legal fund of an embattled Ferguson, Missouri, police officer was not appropriate but was to “seek justice.” Jordan told the Tulsa World that the officer, Darren Wilson, had essentially been publicly convicted before an investigation into his shooting of an unarmed teenager had even begun. The situation could fracture relationships between officers and the public they serve across the country, Jordan said, not just in Ferguson. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa man sentenced to four years in rape case

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    A Tulsa man accused of raping a 15-year-old girl pleaded guilty to an amended charge on Monday and was sentenced to more than four years in prison. Jerry Tyrone Leblanc, 60, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape — which was amended from first-degree rape — and furnishing an alcoholic beverage to a minor. Charges of kidnapping and possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony against him in the case were dismissed. He was arrested within hours of an alleged assault on a 15-year-old girl in December. At the time, the victim told police Leblanc approached her in his sport utility vehicle and abducted her at gunpoint near 1700 N. Sheridan Road in December. He allegedly took her to a hotel, forced her to drink

  • Oklahoma helicopters accidentally coated in foam

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    TULSA — Cleanup has finished on 10 Black Hawk helicopters that were accidently bathed in fire suppression foam at an Oklahoma National Guard base. Col. Max Moss says a Simplex Grinnell company representative triggered the fire suppression system Monday at the Tulsa base during a routine maintenance check. He says the system was installed a few months ago. Photos and videos released by the National Guard show the UH-60 model helicopters slathered in the substance. The foam reached helicopters both inside and outside of the hangar. Moss says the chemicals aren’t dangerous to humans or the environment and have already been cleaned up. He says officials will inspect the helicopters before using them for flights.

  • Tulsa police chief says collection for Ferguson, Mo., officer was desire to 'seek justice'

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan stated Tuesday that an attempt to collect money at a police station for the legal fund of an embattled Ferguson, Missouri, police officer was not appropriate but was to “seek justice.” Jordan told the Tulsa World that the officer, Darren Wilson, had essentially been publicly convicted before an investigation into his shooting of an unarmed teenager had even begun. The situation could fracture relationships between officers and the public they serve across the country, Jordan said, not just in Ferguson. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa police ordered to remove bucket requesting donations for Ferguson officer

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The Tulsa Police Department’s Gilcrease Division was ordered by the chief to remove from its building a donation bucket for contributions to embattled Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson’s legal fund, officials confirmed Monday. A Tulsa World staff member received a photo of the bucket that was taken Saturday at the division headquarters, at 3436 N. Delaware Ave. A note asking, “Can you spare $1.00 for Officer D. Wilson Ferguson P.D. Legal Fund?” was attached to the bucket. The note indicated that the Tulsa Police Department had an $800 collection goal. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Police: Four dead, including two children, in east Tulsa apartment shooting

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The Tulsa Police Department is investigating after officers found four people, including two children, dead in an east Tulsa apartment early Tuesday. Police responded to a call at the Bradford Townhouses Apartments, 2190 S. 109th East Avenue, around 12:30 a.m. They arrived to find four people dead inside, Tulsa Police spokeswoman Demita Kinard said. "They were visiting the apartment residence and one of the (apartment) residents came home and found them deceased," she said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma congressional delegation mad about fundraising letter

    By RANDY KREHBIEL - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Oklahoma’s all-Republican congressional delegation is angry about a letter on Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce letterhead promoting a local fundraiser for Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu. A letter issued Sunday and signed by all seven members of the delegation takes the chamber to task for a letter dated Aug. 12 and signed by chamber Chief Executive Officer Mike Neal. That letter, on chamber letterhead, encourages recipients to attend a fundraiser at the home of former Mayor Kathy Taylor on Wednesday. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa's 'most violent and dangerous' gang taken down by phone calls

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Last week’s indictment against 51 people outlines the alleged drug-ring activity of Donald Walters, 34, who had at least 40 underlings, including members of the Hoover Crips. Among the men indicted on drug charges was De’Mond Parker, a former University of Oklahoma football star who played in the NFL. U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said what he deemed Tulsa’s “most violent and dangerous gang” brought an estimated $10 million worth of cocaine — more than 600 kilograms — and marijuana through the city over a three-year period. Authorities allege the drugs came from cartels in Mexico and made their way through Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa en route to Ohio and the northeastern United States.

  • Tulsa dentist accused of unsanitary practices surrenders license to state board

    By GINNIE GRAHAM - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    A Tulsa oral surgeon found to have possibly exposed up to 5,000 patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C may be permanently barred from practicing as of Friday.

  • Bond hearing set for accused Tulsa officer

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    TULSA — A veteran Tulsa police officer charged in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter’s boyfriend earlier this month is set to ask a judge that he be released on bond. Court records indicate attorneys for Shannon Kepler are scheduled to ask a district judge Friday to set bond, saying Kepler is not a flight risk. Kepler pleaded not guilty earlier this week in the Aug. 5 shooting death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake. Kepler has been held without bond since the shooting and his case is set for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 22. Kepler’s attorney, Richard O’Carroll, said earlier this week that there isn’t one credible witness to the event. Prosecutors countered that it’s improper for attorneys to try

  • West Nile case confirmed in Tulsa County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    A Tulsa County resident has contracted West Nile virus, the second Oklahoman sickened by the virus this season.

  • Tulsa minister charged in $930,000 scheme might have embezzled more

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    A Tulsa minister's alleged siphoning off of nearly $1 million from a nonprofit organization he founded is among the largest embezzlements of its kind that area federal prosecutors have seen in the past few years, U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said. And the total sum the minister is charged with embezzling — $933,507 — might have been more if not for the statute of limitations, Williams said. Willard Lenord Jones, pastor of Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church and former executive director of the Greater Cornerstone Community Center, was charged last week with three counts of wire fraud and a single count of filing a false tax return. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Former OU football star De'Mond Parker released on bond in gang case

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Former OU running back De'Mond Parker was allowed to appear before a federal magistrate Tuesday and released on an unsecured bond for his role in a drug conspiracy, though records do not indicate he was arrested. Parker, 37, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank McCarthy Tuesday, the day federal authorities announced a 51-count indictment against members of the Hoover Crips gang and their associates. Parker, whose first name is spelled Demonn in the indictment, is named in 11 drug-related counts. U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said the investigation found that the Hoover Crips brought $10 million worth of cocaine — more than 600 kilograms — and marijuana through Tulsa over a three-year period, Williams said. He said the drugs came from cartels in Mexico and made their way through Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa as they moved toward Ohio and the northeastern United States. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Hoover Crips investigation results in 51 people charged

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER and CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    An investigation focused on the Hoover Crips street gang has resulted in charges against 51 people, federal and state authorities announced Tuesday. At a press conference this afternoon, U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said multiple agencies focused on the gang because of its criminal impact on Tulsa. Williams said with the indictment, "we are going to decapitate" the gang. The gang brought $10 million worth of cocaine through Tulsa or more than 600 kilos, Williams said. He said the drugs came from cartels in Mexico and made their way through Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa as they moved toward Ohio and the northeastern United States. Among those indicted was OU and NFL star De'Mond Parker, aka "Running Back," who is listed in the indictment as Demonn Parker. Also indicted was gang leader Donald Walters, who Williams said had 40 people working for him.  Of the 52 people named in the indictment, 23 have been arrested, authorities said. Read the rest of this story at Tulsa World.com .

  • Officer pleads not guilty in 19-year-old's death

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    TULSA — A Tulsa police officer has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter's boyfriend.

  • Man shot to death in early morning burglary attempt

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    A 44-year-old man is city's latest homicide victim after he was fatally shot inside a north Tulsa home during an attempted burglary early Tuesday. Officers were called about 3 a.m. to a home in the 6300 block of North Elwood Avenue and discovered the body of a man inside a bedroom who had been wounded in the torso, Cpl. Mark Sheldon said. The homeowner told police that he confronted a man outside the residence who was reportedly trying to break into a Honda Prelude, he said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.