Marshall Stewart

Public Radio 89.5-1 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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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A top administrator in the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is set to resign after an internal memo was leaked indicating he had covered up the inadequate training of a volunteer deputy who fatally shot a restrained man.

Sheriff's office attorney Meredith Baker said Tuesday that Maj. Tom Huckeby plans to resign on Aug. 1. Baker did not explain why.

Huckeby didn't return requests for comment by the Associated Press. Baker says Huckeby is on vacation.

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Another seminar is set this week to make Oklahomans aware of the problem of human trafficking and how best to deal with it. Hosting the seminar in Sallisaw is the State Bureau of Narcotics. Bureau Director  Darrell Weaver says the meeting is to help people learn about the various types of human trafficking, how to recognize it, and ways to report it.

The Thursday seminar begins at 7pm at the People, Inc. Convention Center in Sallisaw.

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A news release from Sheriff Stanley Glanz announces that Major Shannon Clark has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending further review and evaluation of the job duties and work performance of Major Clark. Chief Deputy Michelle Robinette will assume Clark's administrative duties over operation of the jail and Terry Simonson will assume public information officer responsibilities. It's the latest in a shake up of the Sheriff's Office following the shooting of an unarmed suspect by a reserve deputy.

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A judge says a civil rights group can collect signatures for a grand jury investigation of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. Presiding District Judge Rebecca Nightingale today approved ‘We The People Oklahoma's’ petition. It asks for an investigation into whether Sheriff Stanley Glanz neglected his duties and whether some reserve deputies who gave gifts to Glanz were given special treatment.

Robert Bates, a longtime friend of Glanz, is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the April 2 shooting death of Eric Harris.

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It's mosquito season again, and the Tulsa County Health Department is getting ready for testing to try and control West Nile virus. The mosquito borne disease shows up every year now in the Tulsa area. Health Department Environmental Services Manager Bernard Dindy says traps will be set out next week to test for samples of mosquitos that may be carrying the virus. 50 traps will be set out at various locations throughout the county. Last year there were only a couple of cases of West Nile, but with a wet spring, it's expected this year could be much worse.

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A letter has gone to Oklahoma political leaders calling for a halt to a tax cut set to go into effect in January. Those behind the letter believe it is irresponsible to continue with the cut given the current budget crisis. The Oklahoma Policy Institute’s David Blatt says it’s unfair for the state to require the faith community, businesses, non-profits, and philanthropists to take up more and more of the burden.

He says the cut to the ‘top income tax rate will add millions of dollars to the budget shortfall…and will benefit very few Oklahomans.’

Tulsa County Sheriff

An outside consultant will look into the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office, including the embattled reserve deputy program. County Commissioners today okay going out for proposals to conduct an in-depth look into everything from reserve deputy officer training to use of force. Even before the shooting of an unarmed suspect by a reserve deputy that focused criticism on the department, Sheriff Stanley Glanz says he was already planning for a review by law enforcement consultants.

Bids are due by the 22nd of this month, and a contract is scheduled to be awarded on the 26th.

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The American Lung Association’s 2015 ‘State of the Air’ Report is out, and Tulsa County gets grades from ‘A’ to ‘F’. Oklahoma Association Director Jeremy Hughey says the Tulsa area is doing well in cutting soot, what is called particle pollution, but smog or ozone levels rank the city as the 12th most polluted in the country.

The Lung Association says more safeguards are needed to help protect everyone’s health.

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Law enforcement confirms Tulsa City Auditor Cathy Criswell spent some time in jail early Sunday morning, after she was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. The arrest report says Criswell was stopped by Tulsa County sheriff's deputies about 12:22 a.m. near Sheridan and East 41st Street.

The report indicates Criswell smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and was unsteady on her feet.

A field breath test concluded her blood-alcohol level was 0.08. A reading of 0.08 or more is considered intoxicated under Oklahoma law.

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As the controversy over Reserve Tulsa Deputy Bob Bates training records continues, there’s a possibility some may never be found. Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin says Bates records aren’t the only ones missing from official office files. He says it’s believed in the transition from paper records to digitized a few years ago, some were never scanned and were consequently lost or destroyed.

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