City of Tulsa employees will be prohibited from using cell phones and other devices while driving starting May 1.
Safety Coordinator Eddy Tijerina said that means no texts, emails or calls, even using hands-free technology like Bluetooth.
"So what we're asking them to do is find a safe place to park, and then either make that call or text they need to do — check their emails, whatever it is — or if they receive a call or text while they're driving, to find a safe place to park," Tijerina said.
On this installment of ST, we welcome Julie Watson and Mike Koster, the co-directors of Tulsa Roots Music, a nonprofit and ongoing (and quite wonderful) concert series that first got underway here in our community about four years ago. On Saturday the 18th, the day-long Tulsa Roots Music Bash will be presented, for the second consecutive year, at the Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa.
With the fatal shooting of a suspect by a reserve Tulsa County deputy, the national attention has resulted in mix-ups with some media confusing the sheriff’s office with the Tulsa Police Department. Mayor Dewey Bartlett wants everyone to know they are separate agencies, and police had nothing to do with the sting operation that ended with the shooting. He says there have been several calls to his office from people, including national media, thinking it is a police officer involved and not realizing the difference between the two departments.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office will conduct an internal review of its deputy reserve program following national scrutiny of a 73-year-old volunteer who says he accidentally shot an unarmed suspect to death.
Spokesman Shannon Clark says there will be an audit, but didn't release other information.
Reservist Robert Bates was charged Monday in the death of 44-year-old Eric Harris, who authorities say tried to sell guns to an officer. They say Bates accidentally shot Harris after confusing his stun gun and handgun.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has approved a settlement of $133 million in a rate increase case involving electricity smart meters.
Public Service Co. of Oklahoma will be allowed to collect the money from customers to install the meters. Residential customers are paying a separate surcharge of $3.11 a month to fund the advanced metering infrastructure.
The Tulsa-based company filed its case in January 2014, and a settlement was proposed in June. The company began collecting interim rates in November because of the length of the case.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that would authorize liquor stores to sell refrigerated, high-point beer has been approved by the Oklahoma House.
House members on Wednesday voted 68-21 for the Senate-passed measure. Its author, Republican Rep. Glen Mulready of Tulsa, says the bill will now go to a joint House-Senate conference committee where it may undergo changes before lawmakers seek final passage.