Associated Press

Remembering Leon

Nov 21, 2016


More than 1,000 people filled a Tulsa arena to remember influential musician Leon Russell, who sang, wrote and produced some of rock 'n' roll's top records.

Mourners gathered Sunday for a public memorial at the Mabee Center to honor Russell, who died on Nov. 13 at 74.

A casket covered with white flowers and Russell's trademark white cowboy hat sat in front of a podium. A grand piano was nearby.


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — D'Angelo Brewer ran for 167 yards and two scores while James Flanders had 163 yards rushing and a score as Tulsa beat Central Florida last night, 35-20. Dane Evans threw a scoring strike to Keevan Lucas in the third quarter.


MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (AP) — Baker Mayfield passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more as 8th-ranked Oklahoma powered past No. 10 West Virginia last night, 56-28. Oklahoma had a 28-0 lead by early in the second quarter before the Mountaineers tried to mount a comeback. The S

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 A 19-year-old woman has been convicted of second-degree murder in the 2014 death of a Piedmont teen.

A jury in Oklahoma County found Chloe Marie Thomas of Oklahoma City guilty late Friday and recommended a sentence of life in prison.

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 The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says it is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting in Chickasha.

The OSBI says the shooting occurred about 2 a.m. Saturday after several Chickasha police officers responded to reports of a domestic disturbance. Officers were told that a man, later identified as 56-year-old Steve Dwayne Vananda, had a gun.

 Incumbent Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore has retained his position after an election vote recount.

Democratic challenger Mike Shambaugh requested a recount in his race against the incumbent after unofficial results showed him losing to the Republican candidate 7,797 to 7,790.

The Grand Lake News reports that the results of the recount show Moore won the election by a count of 7,797 to 7,792.

The final tally is expected to be certified by the Delaware County Election Board on Friday.

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A Skiatook man has been sentenced to life without parole in the fatal stabbing of his 16-year-old sister.

The Tulsa World reports that 22-year-old Michael Devin Stanley pleaded guilty Thursday in the death of Larisa Fraley. A plea agreement allowed him to avoid the possibility of receiving the death penalty.

Fraley's body was found in an abandoned van in Osage County on Jan. 27, 2014. A plea agreement was reached so Stanley could avoid the possibility of receiving the death penalty.

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 A district judge has approved judgments totaling $325,000 in a lawsuit against a former Tulsa County sheriff's deputy convicted of sexual battery and indecent exposure.

Gerald Nuckolls agreed to a $300,000 judgment approved Tuesday, which concludes a lawsuit filed by a woman. The woman accused Nuckolls of inappropriately touching her and exposing himself to her while on duty. Nuckolls maintained throughout his trial that the behavior was consensual, but conceded that he had violated Sheriff's Office policies.

He was sentenced to eight years in prison in the case.


 Residents of the town hit by Oklahoma's worst earthquake have filed a class-action lawsuit against dozens of energy companies, accusing them of triggering dozens of temblors by injecting wastewater from oil and gas production underground.

Pawnee residents filed the suit Thursday against at least 27 companies, saying they operate wastewater injection wells even though they know the method causes earthquakes. The lawsuit seeks an unidentified amount for property damage and devaluation, plus emotional distress.

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 A Nov. 30 hearing is set for a judge to decide whether a mental evaluation is needed for an Oklahoma man charged in the shooting death of his Lebanese neighbor.

Prosecutors charged 62-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors, of Tulsa, with first-degree murder and misdemeanor hate crime charges in the August killing of Khalid Jabara. But Majors' attorney is seeking a mental competency evaluation, arguing in court papers that he shows signs of dementia.

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The Oklahoma Board of Corrections has voted to request nearly $1.65 billion for the Department of Corrections next fiscal year — an increase of $1.16 billion over its request for the current year.

The department received just less than $485 million for the current year as the Legislature struggled to fill a $1.3 billion budget hole.

Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh said in a news release Thursday that the "aggressive request" is needed to repair critical problems and invest in the department's long-term future.

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 Republicans in the Oklahoma state Senate have reaffirmed an earlier vote in in which Sen. Mike Schulz of Altus was chosen as president pro tem-designate.

The senators on Wednesday affirmed a vote in April in which Schulz was originally named pro-tem designate. Wednesday's vote allows the 13 new Republican members of the Senate to vote on leadership positions.

The Senate will organize in January and the pro tem will be officially elected by the entire Senate and rules for the 201 session will be passed.

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The Creek County Sheriff's Office says a 32-year-old woman is believed to have shot and killed her 6-year-old son then killed herself.

The sheriff's office said in a news release to reporters Wednesday that Jennifer Renee Dickerson and Jacob Dickerson were found dead in a bed Tuesday in their home near Sapulpa.

Deputies were called to the home after Jacob Dickerson did not go to school and family members said they were unable to contact Jennifer Dickerson.



A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the brother of an Oklahoma death row inmate whose botched execution led to a moratorium while the state reconsidered its lethal injection protocols.

Convicted murderer Clayton Lockett was executed on April 29, 2014, in a procedure that took almost an hour instead of the minutes it should have taken. Lockett writhed on the gurney, mumbled and strained to lift his head before he was declared dead 43 minutes after the execution began.

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Oklahoma House Republicans have elected new leaders for the upcoming session, including reaffirming Atoka Republican Charles McCall as their pick for House speaker-elect.

House Republicans on Tuesday also voted for Rep. Harold Wright of Weatherford as the No. 2 leadership post in the House, Speaker Pro Tempore-elect.

After last week's elections, House Republicans now have a 75-26 majority, its largest in state history. The caucus includes 25 new Republican House members.

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Police say the man accused of fatally shooting an Oklahoma City airport employee used to work for Southwest Airlines and that the attack was likely in retaliation for circumstances that led to the attacker's 2015 resignation.

Capt. Paco Balderrama identified the shooter as Lloyd Dean Buie, of Oklahoma City.

He says Buie resigned from Southwest Airlines in April 2015 and that investigators believe he shot and killed 52-year-old Michael Winchester on Tuesday in retaliation for circumstances that led to Buie leaving the job.

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Oklahoma City police investigators are trying to figure out why a man waited to gun down an airline employee outside Will Rogers World Airport in an ambush that prompted authorities to shut down the state's busiest airport for hours.

Police Capt. Paco Balderrama says the suspected shooter was found dead inside a pickup truck on Tuesday from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. They believe he watched airport employees come and go before shooting and killing 52-year-old Michael Winchester, a Southwest Airlines employee.

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At least 1 person was shot near a parking garage at Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport on Tuesday, prompting city officials to close the airport and order people inside a sprawling terminal to seek shelter.

Video from television station helicopters showed what appeared to be a pool of blood near the bottom of a ramp leading from the airport's departure area.

Capt. Paco Balderrama says police are searching for a possible second victim. He says he does not know the condition of the confirmed victim.



Planned Parenthood is opening a new abortion clinic in the Oklahoma City area, the second new abortion provider to open in the state's largest city since September.

Planned Parenthood Great Plains announced on Tuesday that it was opening the new clinic in Warr Acres, a suburb in northwest Oklahoma City. Although Planned Parenthood operates several health clinics in Oklahoma, this new facility is the first that will offer abortion services.

 Data from the Oklahoma State Election Board shows the number of voters in the state who left their presidential ballot blank or wrote in a candidate nearly doubled in the 2016 election compared to the 2012 election.

The Oklahoman reports that about 15,930 voters did not vote for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or Gary Johnson for president compared to over 8,000 Oklahoma ballots that didn't include a vote for president in 2012.



The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a state trooper arrested a driver after clocking his speed at more than 200 mph.

The patrol says Trooper Ryan Smith pulled over the man Saturday on the Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City. Authorities say the man was driving a Ford Mustang and the trooper's radar clocked the car at 176 mph and then 208 mph.


Prosecutors say they intend to introduce testimony about alleged synthetic drug use by a Texas truck driver charged with causing a 2014 crash in Oklahoma that killed four members of a women's college softball team. Russell Wayne Staley is charged with four counts of first-degree manslaughter. The Oklahoman reports that Staley previously told investigators he was distracted by something in his cab. The trial hasn't yet been scheduled.

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 The average price of gasoline has fallen by nearly seven cents per gallon in Oklahoma during the past week to just less than $1.88 and is now the cheapest in the nation.

AAA Oklahoma said Monday that the price is down by 20 cents per gallon during the past 32 days and is the lowest in the state since April 13.

Prices in selected cities range from $1.75 per gallon in Bartlesville to $2.04 in Guymon. Drivers in Oklahoma City are paying $1.83 per gallon while those in Tulsa are paying $1.76.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has tapped Justice Douglas Combs as its new chief justice.

In keeping with its constitutional requirement to select a chief justice and vice chief justice every two years, the state's highest court on Monday elected Combs to the two-year term. He will replace outgoing Chief Justice John Reif.

Combs will be replaced as Vice Chief Justice by Noma Gurich.

Both new positions become effective on Dec. 1.

Both Combs and Gurich are appointees of former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry.

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Former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts is no longer president and CEO of the Oklahoma City-based charity Feed the Children.

The charity said in a statement Monday that Watts plans to pursue other interests and that Chief Operations Officer Travis Arnold will serve as interim CEO.

Watts was announced as the head of the charity in January and took over the role on Feb. 1.


 A newspaper and an advocacy group that have waited more than two years for public records from the Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's office are asking a court to order the governor to release the documents immediately.

Attorneys for The Oklahoma Observer newspaper and nursing home watchdog A Perfect Cause filed a motion for summary judgment on Monday in Oklahoma County District Court.

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Oklahoma City police have shot and killed a man on the city's southwest side.

Sgt. Gary Knight says two officers investigating reports of gunshots at an apartment complex about 12:30 a.m. Sunday were confronted by an armed man who was shot by the officers.

No names have been released.

Knight said he didn't know if the man fired at the officers and said he can't comment on whether a weapon was recovered.

Knight said neither officer was injured and that both are on paid leave pending an investigation into the shooting.



 The estate of Oklahoma City energy industry magnate Aubrey McClendon is rejecting a Tulsa man's $500,000 claim as a forgery.

Retired Tulsa businessman Thomas Quinn says he loaned McClendon the money in 1991 and filed a promissory note saying full payment was due Dec. 1, 2015. Quinn says in a January 2016 letter to McClendon that he had no objection to extending the deadline by a year.

Quinn sued after estate attorneys rejected the claim. A response to the lawsuit filed earlier this month says the contract is a forgery.


Oklahoma agencies are expressing concern about an uptick in the strength of marijuana showing up in Oklahoma. The state narcotic bureau’s Mark Woodward says often the stronger pot is being created legally in other states like Colorado.

While the pot is legally produced in another state, it is illegal to bring any marijuana into Oklahoma. Woodward says interstate commerce does not apply to pot.

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Musician Leon Russell, a top session player in the 1960s and '70s who later had a successful solo career with such hits as "Tight Rope" and "Lady Blue," has died. He was 74.

An email from Leon Russell Records to The Associated Press says Russell died in Nashville "last night." The email cites Russell's wife as the source of the information. Russell had heart bypass surgery in July and was recovering from that at the time of his death.

The musician's website says that he died Sunday.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Navy quarterback Will Worth rushed for 122 yards and scored three times as the Midshipmen beat Tulsa 42-40. Navy could earn a spot in the AAC championship game and have now won 15 straight at home.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield threw for 300 yards and two scores, running for a third as the 9th-ranked Sooners beat No. 25 Baylor yesterday, 45-24. Joe Mixon rushed for 187 yards and Samaje Perine added 100 along with two touchdowns.