• Restored credits allowed the release of Oklahoma rape suspect

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    The “earned credit” early release policy that freed a prisoner who Tulsa police say went on a rape spree is nothing new, a corrections official said Thursday. Board of Corrections Chairman Kevin Gross told the Tulsa World after Thursday’s Board of Corrections meeting that he had personally reviewed the prison records of Desmond La’don Campbell, the man authorities believe attacked seven women across Tulsa in June. Campbell died Tuesday after he’d been in a coma for several days after a car crash. Authorities had planned to charge him with 23 felony counts for sexual assaults across the city. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Dorman blasts "Fal-esi" education program

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Dorman announced the "first phase" of his education program on Thursday. In so doing, Dorman signaled his intention to tie state Superintendent Janet Barresi around incumbent Gov. Mary Fallin's neck. "The 'Fal-esi' (which Dorman pronounced 'fallacy') plan — The Fallin-Barresi education plan — must be turned around," Dorman said during a press conference in Tulsa. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Oklahoma man sentenced to 4 consecutive life sentences in murder of 84-year-old woman

    By BILL BRAUN and DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    When Tulsa County District Judge William Kellough sentenced Tyrone Dale Woodfork to four consecutive life sentences Monday for the rape and murder of Nancy Strait, Andra Harper — Strait’s daughter — said she was relieved. That relief was borne as much out of the realization that she, and the rest of her family, would likely never have to return to the Tulsa County District Courthouse as much as for the outcome itself. “I hope we never see you again,” a smiling Harper told Associate District Attorney Amanda Self as they hugged Monday following the sentencing. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • DNA evidence retrieved in serial rape case, according to search warrants

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    DNA evidence from three attacks matched the man who police say assaulted and raped women across Tulsa in June, according to search warrants filed Monday. Police Chief Chuck Jordan said during a news conference on Thursday that Desmond La'don Campbell, 30, had been identified as the man responsible for at least seven of the eight attacks authorities believed may have been committed by the same man. Jordan on Thursday wouldn't comment on what evidence had led them to Campbell, who remains hospitalized following a single-car crash June 29 that has left him in a coma.

  • Tulsa sex assault suspect found in coma, police chief says

    By DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    The serial assailant Tulsa police believe sexually assaulted eight women in June has been in a coma since Sunday, following a single-vehicle crash he was involved in just minutes after the latest attack had been reported, according to the Tulsa World.

  • Oklahoma City-area achievers

    Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Oklahoma City-area achievers

  • 2-year-old foster daughter of Oklahoma police officer drowns

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    The foster child of a Sand Springs Police Department officer drowned in a swimming pool Tuesday morning, Deputy Chief Mike Carter said. Authorities responded to the address in the 500 block of West Overholt Drive at about 9:30 a.m., after the 2-year-old girl's foster mother had retrieved her from the pool and begun CPR. Fire and EMSA crews responding to the scene pronounced the girl dead.

  • Opposition to gay marriage strong in Oklahoma, according to poll

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Two in three Oklahomans oppose gay marriage with areas of greater support for the issue found among Democrats, younger voters and urban area dwellers, according to an Oklahoma Poll. The poll, among 393 likely voters statewide, found that 66 percent answered that they either strongly oppose or somewhat oppose allowing same-sex couples to marry. The poll found that 58.1 percent of those asked said they strongly opposed gay marriage, while 8.1 percent were somewhat opposed to the issue.

  • Tulsa police searching for serial sexual assailant connected to eight attacks

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Police Chief Chuck Jordan said 50 officers are working to track a serial sexual assailant who is believed to have attacked eight women this month, but there is no reason to expect a quick resolution to the case. At a press conference Monday to update the investigation, Jordan said a task force will continue its work "as long as necessary." "We all have wives and daughters," he said.

  • Police find mummified human skull on River Spirit Casino grounds

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating after officials discovered a human skull on the River Spirit Casino grounds Saturday night. Tulsa Police Sgt. Dave Walker said Lighthorse police found the skull at the casino near 81st Street and Riverside Drive and later found bones from a human foot near a drainage ditch with help from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The skull was mummified, Walker said, and an anthropologist told authorities it was on casino property for about a year. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Failed challenger alleges U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas is dead

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    A candidate who was soundly defeated in Tuesday's Republican primary by U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas says he will contest the election because the incumbent congressman is dead and an imposter is filling his shoes. Timothy Ray Murray garnered 5.2 percent of the vote in Tuesday's three-candidate Republican primary, which Lucas won outright with 82.8 percent. On Wednesday, Murray, who listed his residence as Moore on his declaration of candidacy, announced he would contest the election. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma elections: Joy Hofmeister pulls away from Brian Kelly, Janet Barresi in surprising race for state schools superintendent

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Democrats John Cox and Freda Deskin appear headed for runoff.

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    Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

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  • Former teacher gets Democratic US House nomination

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A retired schoolteacher from Fort Gibson has won the Democratic nomination in Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District race. Earl Everett defeated recent college graduate Joshua Harris-Till in Tuesday's primary election. He advances to the November general election against freshman GOP U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin and independent Jon Douthitt. Everett is a Korean War veteran who ran for the seat in 2012 and forced a runoff after the primary. He decided to run again because he says Mullin hasn't done enough for voters who live in the large district that sprawls across 26 counties in eastern Oklahoma.

  • Barresi, Hofmeister face off in televised debate

    By KIM ARCHER - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    The top Republican candidates for Oklahoma superintendent of public instruction traded barbs in a televised debate Thursday night, less than a week before the primary election. Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to decide which candidates from both parties will continue on to the general election in November or the Aug. 26 runoff. Incumbent Janet Barresi continued to describe herself as the candidate who is fighting “education bureaucrats and unions,” while painting challenger Joy Hofmeister as one of those bureaucrats because of the educators who have donated to her campaign. But Hofmeister noted that Barresi hasn’t actually fought the unions, as she hired the “top lobbyist for the teacher’s union”

  • First Oklahoma case of chikungunya confirmed in traveler

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    A Tulsa County resident, who recently traveled to Haiti on a mission trip, is the first Oklahoman confirmed to test positive for the chikungunya virus.

  • Joy Hofmeister fires back: Candidate accuses Janet Barresi of violating federal privacy laws of students, calls for investigation in Oklahoma

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Hofmeister accused Barresi of violating the federal privacy laws of students — including those with special needs — by releasing confidential information. She is calling for a federal investigation.

  • Former OHP pilot among three killed in Alabama plane crash

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    A former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who served as a pilot for two state governors was one of three men who died  Wednesday in a plane crash at an Alabama airport. Killed were William Christopher II, 57, Center Point Ala.; Robin Gary Smith, 60, Yukon, Oklahoma and Kenneth Lynn Rousseau, 67, Harpersville, Ala., authorities said. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says a Westwind II aircraft was trying to depart Huntsville International Airport when it veered from a runway and caught fire. Read the full story on TulsaWorld.com.

  • Janet Barresi manager accuses Joy Hofmeister of breaking law with campaign emails to Oklahoma school administrators

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Republicans face off in June 24 primary for state schools superintendent

  • 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.