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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County leaders would like to find ways to save more money at the financially strapped Tulsa jail. Commissioner Ron Peters is requesting a study to form a strategic energy and maintenance program to save dollars on utility bills. He believes that could cut costs at the lockup.

One suggestion is to investigate a new power plant for both the jail and the yet to be built Family Justice Center. It could possibly also serve the County Annex. Peters has no estimate yet on how much money could be saved through energy improvements, but believes it could be substantial.

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Action is taken to settle with a former Major in the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office. County leaders agree to a judgment without admitting liability in a lawsuit filed by Major Shannon Clark. He was fired by former Sheriff Stanley Glanz before Glanz was forced out for wrongdoing. New Sheriff Vic Regalado says it’s in the best interest of the county and citizens to resolve the Clark issue. Clark had been the administrator in charge of jail operations and the Office Public Information Officer.

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Over the Labor Day Holiday, there will be a concentrated effort to crackdown on drinking and impaired drivers in the Tulsa area. It involves law enforcement, the ABLE Commission, the courts, and prosecutors. Tulsa District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler knows people will celebrate this last holiday of the summer, but he says don’t get behind the wheel unless you’re sober.

Lots of people will be at the lakes, and the ‘don’t drive drunk’ admonition goes for boaters also.

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.

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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.

 

Police have discovered a second victim of apparent celebratory gunfire from the Tulsa Freedom Fest Monday night. Officer Leland Ashley says this victim is a 35-year-old man who attended the fireworks display. When walking to his car, he felt a pain and thought someone had thrown something at him.

The hospital staff indicated the wound was consistent with a bullet falling from the sky. A nine-year-old boy who also attended Freedom Fest was hospitalized Monday with a bullet wound to the head. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers.

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It’s been several months since the March 30th tornado struck North Tulsa, and it will be months more before some victims are in their homes again. There is a special North Tulsa long-term recovery committee working on helping those without insurance who suffered damage. The city and county are working together without benefit of FEMA help this time, according to co-chair Linda Johnston.

Many churches and non-profits are assisting the 111 families without insurance who have requested help.

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One of the state’s highest performing high schools gets help to make up for budget cuts by legislators. The Booker T. Washington Foundation for Excellence will take money from its’ rainy day fund to restore four teaching positions and reduce class sizes. State Representative Regina Goodwin, a BTW graduate, was on hand for the announcement, and lamented that lawmakers didn’t do more for education.

The foundation money will pay for teachers in math, science, social studies, and Chinese, and allow classes to be cut from 35 students to 25.

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Apparent confusion over the non-partisan nature of the Tulsa Mayor’s race led to some voters not getting a ballot for the chief executive’s post. Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says although volunteers received training about the change to non-partisan, some precinct workers did not understand that every voter, regardless of party, got a mayoral ballot.

National Geographic

While there are no locally acquired cases of Zika in Oklahoma, there are now nine travel associated cases of the illness reported here. State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristi Bradley says it’s a bigger problem elsewhere, but with vacation season, more residents traveling could acquire it elsewhere. She says, for now, West Nile remains the bigger threat in Oklahoma. There has been at least one case of locally acquired West Nile from a mosquito in the state this year, in the McAlester area.

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Hundreds of wrestlers, their families, and coaches are in Tulsa this week for the USA Wrestling National Junior Duals.

The kids for a free clinic range from seven years of age through high school, then the dual meet features athletes from middle schools and high schools from 35 states across the nation. Chris Forbes is with Oklahoma USA Wrestling. He says the Junior Duals bring the best grapplers in the country to town. Competition runs through Saturday.

The Tulsa Sports Commission is hosting the meet at the Cox Business Center downtown.

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Despite community protests, Tulsa County leaders renew a controversial illegal immigrant detention program. Several people spoke against 287-G in which the federal government uses the Tulsa jail to hold people for Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement. One of the protestors is Jordan Mazariegos, who claims 287-G causes fear in the Hispanic community and leads to racial profiling.

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Most area cities don’t allow fireworks inside city limits, but Broken Arrow does. You need a permit though and they are now available for purchase. Spokeswoman Krista Flasch says you can buy the permits in person at City Hall or online. You must be 18 to buy a permit and they’re only good certain days and certain hours. To apply online go to brokenarrowok.gov/fireworks.

In person permits must be purchased by July 1st and online by July 3rd. They cost $20.

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Tulsa County leaders will likely okay the continuation of a controversial program with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Sheriff Vic Regalado says there are a lot of misconceptions about the 2-87-G program which allows his office to hold undocumented aliens for ICE. He says they do not drive streets looking for possible illegals as some believe. He says authority for the program, which pays $54 a day to hold wanted undocumented inmates for a brief time, does not extend beyond the walls of the David L. Moss Justice Center.

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A woman is arrested after trying to break into a toll plaza building and apparently attempting to rob the attendants using a tire iron. Her plans went awry when an attendant was able to lock herself in a safe room and call law enforcement authorities. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent agrees it’s not your routine run of the mill robbery incidents.

The woman, who wasn’t immediately identified, was taken to jail by Delaware County deputies. The attendant was not injured. The incident occurred on the Cherokee Turnpike near the Leach exit.

Tulsa Street School

A challenge gift is offered to Tulsa’s Street School as a way to help make up a shortfall of $107-thousand dollars. The Street School’s Community Relations Director, Kelly McElroy, says the shortfall is due mostly to state funding cuts.

The owner of the Canada Company, Carol Robinson, is making the challenge. She will match dollar for dollar all donations up to $50-thousand dollars made by June 30th to the alternative high school.

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Tulsa County Commissioners approve a resolution affirming results of the April 5th Vision sales tax extension election. Even though approved by 64% of voters, the validity of the election was called into question because not all legal notices required had been published. Assistant District Attorney Doug Wilson has researched the law, and says the county is in substantial compliance.

The county portion of Vision is expected to raise $75-million over 15 years. The city of Tulsa and other municipal votes were not in question.

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No action is taken on a request to re-visit a north Tulsa site already bypassed for a new juvenile justice center. Several people told County Commissioners they still oppose using the site at 36th Street North and Martin Luther King for the facility. Former State Senator Judy Eason McIntyre claims the landowner tried a backdoor approach to get around the opposition.

County Commissioner Karen Keith denies it, but says officials felt they needed to listen to the request, however, she told protestors she ‘doesn’t see it happening’.

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The newest unemployment numbers are out for the Tulsa metro area. The jobless rate has declined slightly to 4.3%, but is still higher than last year at this time, and jobs have been lost since the first of the year. Most of it is due to the slump in the oil industry, according to Monty Evans with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. What’s the future hold? Evans says much of it depends on commodity prices, but the news is a little better in recent days.

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A train derails in downtown Tulsa. Rail crossing warning bells sound where the derailed freight under Interstate 244 at Archer went off the tracks this morning. The exact cause wasn’t immediately determined, but it appears the rails separated for some reason, causing four or five cars to roll off the tracks. Traffic was blocked on the spur line under the interstate, and at a couple of nearby crossings when the arms went down because of the accident. No injuries are reported, but it could take some time to remove the rail cars and repair the tracks.

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You’ll be paying more for gasoline, but it’s not expected to keep people off the roadways this Memorial Day weekend. Some will be partying on this first holiday of the summer, and Chuck Mai with Triple-A Oklahoma says the tipsy tow free service is available again. It’s free and you don’t have to be a member of the motor club to take advantage of the offer.

Triple A’s tipsy tow begins Friday at 6pm and runs through Tuesday at 4am. Again, you do not have to be a Triple-A member to use the service.

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A public hearing is held on the budget for fixing the damaged Tulsa County river levees. A feasibility study is needed before the county can apply for federal dollars to start repairs on the aging levee system on the Arkansas River. Levee Commissioner Todd Kilpatrick says big time repairs are necessary to make the 70 year old system safer. A feasibility study is the next step in the process.

Matching funds are needed for the feasibility study and Kilpatrick says the county has the money to proceed with that step.

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