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5:13 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Harris Family Attorney Hammers Sheriff on Bates Records

Attorney Dan Smollen says he's troubled by several inconsistencies in the application of sheriff's department policies and the training logs of reserve deputy Bob Bates, which were released over the weekend.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The attorney for Eric Harris' family questions the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office after a weekend release of training records.

Attorney Dan Smollen spent nearly an hour pointing out things he found troubling. Range scores drastically improved. Activity logs stood in for much more detailed field training logs. Many things were signed by the head of the task force Bates donated to.

Smollen said the sheriff has yet to produce records indicating Bates qualified with the Smith & Wesson revolver he carried and shot Harris with.

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2:17 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Officials Break Ground on Tulsa County Jail Expansion

County commissioners John Smaligo (left), Ron Peters and Karen Keith; Sheriff Stanley Glanz; and Undersheriff Tim Albin break ground Monday on the Tulsa County Jail expansion project. Construction will begin next month.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Construction on the Tulsa County Jail expansion begins next month, with the sheriff and county commissioners breaking ground this afternoon.

The 43,000-square feet addition will include two transitional units, office and counseling space, and an area for video court processing. But this is mostly about the two new mental health units.

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1:57 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Lexington Teenager Killed in Collision with Church Van

NOBLE, Okla. (AP) — The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office says a 17-year-old Lexington girl has been killed when the vehicle she was riding in collided with a church van near Noble.

The sheriff's office says Morgan Smith was pronounced dead at a Norman hospital following the Sunday afternoon collision at an intersection on the western edge of Noble.

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12:13 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Search Continues for 2 Missing Boaters on Lake Eufaula

An OHP helicopter
Credit KWGS News

EUFAULA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a search will continue this week for two boaters who were reported missing on Lake Eufaula.

Twenty-three-year-old James Giles and 41-year-old Sean McDonald were last seen between 11 p.m. and midnight Saturday leaving the Holiday Cove area on the lake in a canoe.

Troopers said a search began shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday after they were alerted that the men were missing.

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12:04 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Tulsa Sheriff: Volunteer's Training Record Wasn't Falsified

Sheriff Glanz meets with reporters
Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa County sheriff says he doesn't believe training records were falsified in connection to a volunteer deputy who fatally shot a man after mistaking his handgun for a stun gun.

Sheriff Stanley Glanz said Monday he's known the volunteer, insurance executive Robert Bates, for about 25 years.

Bates is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Eric Harris, who was shot after running from officers during a sting investigation.

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8:52 am
Mon April 20, 2015

The Monday Review

Credit State of Oklahoma

In our weekly chat with two state lawmakers;  Tulsa Democrat Eric Proctor and Broken Arrow Republican David Brumbaugh discuss the death of Representative David Dank, the state budget woes and expanding charter schools in Oklahoma.

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7:45 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Miniature Catfish has Big Cost for Oklahoma Bridge Project

COMMERCE, Okla. (AP) — The spawning cycle of a rare miniature catfish is delaying the construction of a $5.2 million bridge in Ottawa County.

The Oklahoman reports that crews had worked for more than a year demolishing the Stepps Ford Bridge, a 114-year-old wooden deck, single lane bridge near Commerce. But Ottawa County Commissioner John Clarke says problems associated with the endangered tiny Madtom catfish were discovered.

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7:42 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Tulsa Reserve Deputy's Attorneys Release Training Records

Robert Bates
Credit Tulsa County Sheriff

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Defense attorneys have released some of the training records for a 73-year-old volunteer sheriff's deputy charged with second-degree manslaughter in an unarmed suspect's shooting death in Oklahoma.

The records for Tulsa County volunteer deputy Robert Bates include certificates showing what training he received, job evaluation reports and weapons training and qualification records dating to 2008.

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6:43 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Monday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Remembering the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz meets with reporters regarding a reserve deputy charged with manslaughter of a suspect.
  • Mayor Bartlett expresses concern about Tulsa declining sales tax revenue.
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9:17 am
Sun April 19, 2015

The Legacy of the OKC Bombing

Credit Oklahoma Watch

Jon Hansen, former Oklahoma City Assistant Fire Chief Rescue at the Murrah SiteCredit Oklahoma WatchEdit | Remove

What does the Oklahoma City bombing mean now, two decades later? Will the memory and meaning of April 19, 1995, gradually recede into a distant echo?

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