Marshall Stewart

Reporter & All Things Considered anchor

Marshall Stewart comes to KWGS after more than 30 years in radio news. He’s been an anchor, editor, producer, and reporter with a focus on government stories. He’s the recipient of numerous state awards and a 2006 Edward R. Murrow national award.

The Air Force veteran is a Ponca City native and Oklahoma State University alum and the proud father of three children and granddad to three granddaughters.

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A company donates backpacks filled with school supplies to homeless kids staying in the Tulsa County shelter. County Social Services Director Linda Johnston says the donation was a surprise to the children and to the employees at the shelter. Employees from Bob Moore Auto just showed up with the backpacks before the first day of school and dropped them off for the children.

Johnston says it’s a struggle every year to find supplies for the shelter kids, so the unexpected donation is ‘greatly appreciated’.

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At least three Tulsa Quik Trips have been robbed at knifepoint this week.  Police Officer Leland Ashley says investigators believe it is the same two suspects involved in all the robberies. He says using a knife as the robbery weapon is unusual, descriptions match, and methods such as hiding their faces are similar in all cases.

No one was hurt in the latest robberies early Tuesday morning, but Ashley says serial robbers usually don’t stop until they are caught. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers.

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Tulsa County takes a couple steps forward in criminal justice reform. A timeline is established for the new family justice center. Commissioner Karen Keith says environmental issues on the site shouldn’t be a big stumbling block. The facility will be located at 10 North Elwood, where Storey Wrecker currently sits. Architectural plans should be ready in October.

The county is also partnering with the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Vera Institute of Justice on a criminal justice reform study. It will provide strategies on how to better deal with incarceration rates.

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Railroad track maintenance will disrupt traffic at some downtown Tulsa crossings this week and next. The City's Lara Weber says the Madison Avenue crossing between 2nd and 3rd will be closed for a time today and tomorrow. Then the crossing at North Trenton will be affected tomorrow and Friday. Next Tuesday the work will move to the Elgin Avenue tracks between 1st and Archer. Weber says while the maintenance is underway, the various crossings will be closed to all vehicular traffic.

Tulsa County Sheriff

The name of former Sheriff Stanley Glanz is dropped from the Office’s new training center. The center was named for Glanz before he was forced to resign in disgrace. Some Tulsa County leaders felt it was inappropriate to leave his name on the regional training center. New Sheriff Vic Regalado says he put it to a vote of deputies and staff. They voted overwhelmingly to change the name.

Commissioners today unanimously okayed the change to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Training and Communications Center.

Terrorist attacks, police shootings, riots in the streets. Times today are the most turbulent since the 1960’s, and the nature of 24/7 news and seemingly ubiquitous social media magnifies everything. Michael Brose, Mental Health Association Oklahoma Director, says one of the best things you can do is continue with your routines and not let events dictate how you live your life.

Brose says take reasonable precautions, but remember the world is still a relatively safe place for most people.

PSO

With 100,000 power outages in the Tulsa metro area from Thursday afternoon's storm, it will take time to restore everybody's electricity. The good news, PSO's Stan Whiteford  says the job is going more quickly in many areas than anticipated, and the timeline for getting everybody back to power is now set at Monday, 5pm...moved up from Tuesday at 5pm. Crews from other states have been called in to assist and that's helping move things along.

Tulsa County Sheriff

The first Tulsa County Sheriff’s reserve deputy under a revamped program has entered the final stage of training. The program has been reworked by new Sheriff Vic Regalado after problems came to light following the shooting of an unarmed suspect by former reserve Robert Bates. Reserve Mike Leitch has now become the first to finish required field training under the new standards. Sheriff Regalado has increased training hours for all reserves, and made several other changes.

Four other reserves could potentially finish training and return to active duty over the next six weeks.

BOK

A Tulsa bank on Brookside is robbed. Police Officer Jeannie MacKenzie says a man walked into the Bank of Oklahoma branch at 31st and Peoria Monday morning, implying he had a gun. The teller complied with his demands, and he fled the scene northbound. No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a white male, late 30’s or early 40’s, 5’11” to 6’ tall, 175 to 185 pounds, wearing a ball cap, a dark short sleeve shirt, and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers.

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An all-day Tulsa Public Schools Teacher job fair brings in several qualified candidates. Given all the publicity about cutbacks, there’s a perception TPS isn’t hiring. Not true, says Bradley Eddy, Director of Certified Talent for the district. Because of attrition due to retirements and resignations there are jobs that need to be filled. Teacher positions range from Special Ed to Math and even librarians. There are also support positions available.

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