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Tulsa police paid more than $216,000 in overtime in the 10 days after the fatal shooting of a man by a police officer.

The Tulsa World obtained the costs in an open records request.

The expenses covered increased staffing of patrols for demonstrations, marches, the funeral and news conferences after Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by Officer Betty Shelby on Sept. 16.

Brownfield Clean-Up to Be Discussed Tonight

Oct 17, 2016
City of Tulsa

The City of Tulsa will hold a public meeting on Monday, Oct. 17 to present updates on the Brownfields program. The meeting will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber on the second floor of City Hall, 175 E. 2nd St.

Information to be presented at the meeting will include an update on current brownfield cleanup projects at the Evans-Fintube site and 400 S. Boston Ave. Also to be announced at the meeting: Tulsa’s Brownfields Revolving Loan Program will benefit from a recent award from the Environmental Protection Agency of a $300,000 supplemental grant.

In the local news:

  • The city takes up "Brownfields" tonight.
  • Tulsa remembers Dennis Byrd.
  • A small plane crashes at McAlester.
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Emeke Egbule returned a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown with 1:21 remaining to give Number 13 Houston a 38-31 win over Tulsa Saturday night. The game was tied at 31-31 when Garrett Davis knocked the ball out of the hands of quarterback Dane Evans. Egbule scooped it up and dashed into the end zone for the score.


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Oklahoma City police say a 10-year veteran officer has been arrested on felony charges.

Police say information leading to the arrest was developed as part of an unrelated investigation.

The officer was arrested Friday night on a warrant alleging conspiracy to commit a felony, illegal use of a computer, obstruction of justice and aiding prostitution.

Court records do not show that formal charges have been filed.

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 Police in Tulsa say a shooting on the city's east side has left one man dead.

Police say officers investigating reports of gunfire found the man dead inside a condominium about 2 a.m. Saturday.

The man's name has not been released and no arrests have been announced.

Cpl. Patrick McLean told reporters that the victim had returned home from a party when he was shot outside the condominium and was able to get inside, where he died.


 An arson charge has been dismissed against a Bristow man suspected of starting a fire in 2012 that burned 91-square-miles in Creek County and destroyed nearly 400 homes.

The charge against 40-year-old Billy Cloud was dismissed Friday after a prosecutor said two witnesses who were subpoenaed to testify at a preliminary hearing failed to appear.

Defense attorney Matthew Gore said that Cloud is innocent.

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Dennis Byrd, the former NFL defensive lineman whose career was ended by neck injury, was killed Saturday in a car accident. He was 50.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Byrd was killed in a two-vehicle collision on Oklahoma 88 north of Claremore.

The Tulsa World first reported Byrd's death. He starred at Tulsa before playing for the New York Jets

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 A jury has found that the operator of an Oklahoma City group home for the was reckless in connection to the death of a man who died soon after he was relocated to the home.

The Oklahoman reports that 52-year-old Mitchell Boles lived at a state-run center for the developmentally disabled in Pauls Valley for 40 years.

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Authorities say two teenagers were killed and three others injured after their car flipped during a police pursuit in Tulsa.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the chase began on U.S. 169 after a trooper tried to pull over a driver for an expired tag. The highway patrol says the driver lost control of the car shortly after midnight Friday and the vehicle rolled over several times.

 Oklahoma Election Board officials say voter registration in the state has surged as the deadline nears for registering to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Election Board spokesman Bryan Dean says that as of Friday morning, there were more than 2.11 million registered voters in the state, an increase of more than 136,000 voters since Jan. 15, when there were almost 1.98 million voters.

A group of local teens gave up a day off from school Saturday to prepare for big roles in a public health campaign.

The Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is hosting a retreat for its 17-member youth leadership council. Education and Health Initiatives Director Heather Duvall said the 14- to 18-year-olds applied for the council and will serve as the youth voice to the campaign.

Tulsa Transit

Three public workshops are coming up for Tulsans to weigh in on decisions affecting land use along a future Peoria Avenue rapid bus route.

Tulsa Transit’s Debbie Ruggles said public transportation and land use are married to each other.

"The more you have density, the higher the density, more mixed-use development, businesses closer to the street, sidewalks — all of those things make for higher transit ridership," Ruggles said.

Bus rapid transit service on the nearly 13-mile route should start in 2020. There will be 36 permanent stations.

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Oklahoma's medical examiner says the Oklahoma State University basketball player who died in July following an outdoor team workout suffered from an enlarged heart and died of natural causes. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released Friday the findings of the autopsy on 22-year-old Tyrek Coger. The forward collapsed July 21 following a 40-minute team workout on the football stadium stairs when the temperature was 99 degrees. The autopsy report says Coger died due to cardiomegaly, or an enlarged heart.

  The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake has shaken parts of northwestern Oklahoma.  Geologists say the 3.2 magnitude quake was recorded at 6:50 a.m. Friday about 9 miles east-northeast of Mooreland in Woodward County. The quake was recorded at a depth of less than 2 miles.   No damage or injuries were immediately reported following the earthquake.

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State forestry officials say they plan to restrict the movement of ash wood in part of northeastern Oklahoma following the discovery of a destructive beetle that has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees across the nation.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry says the emerald ash borer has been discovered in Delaware County. The insect is a non-native, wood-boring beetle and represents a significant threat to ash trees across the state.

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A former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper charged with assaulting three women during traffic stops has waived his right to a jury trial on sexual assault, indecent exposure and sexual battery charges.



 Federal investigators say the woman accused of driving her car into spectators at Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade and killing four people sped up as she approached the parade route.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that co-workers who saw 26-year-old Adacia Chambers before the crash said she seemed distracted. The NTSB said her "emotional distress" was the probable cause of the crash on Oct. 24, 2015.

Councilor Named in Fraud Lawsuit

Oct 14, 2016
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Tulsa City Councilor Blake Ewing is being sued by one of his business partners.

The lawsuit accuses Ewing of diverting funds from one business to help fund another and for personal gain.

The suit was filed in Civil Court by Mark Perkins, according to on-line court record. 

Chase Ends in Fatality Crash

Oct 14, 2016

One person is dead and four more are hospitalized after a car rolls on Highway 169 near 11th Street, during the overnight hours.

Authorities had been chasing the car after the driver refused to pull over for an expired tag.

The chase started near 31st and South Garnett. One person was trapped in the car when it rolled. The other four were ejected. The wreck closed the expressway for several hours overnight.

No names have been released.

In the local news:

  • The flu season is off to an early start in Oklahoma.
  • A Tulsa City Councilor is named in a civil lawsuit.
  • One person is dead and four others injured in an early morning Tulsa car crash.
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The expert studying how pedestrian-friendly downtown Tulsa is will also make some traffic recommendations, and that could mean more congestion within the IDL.

"When I talk about congestion for vehicles, it's going to be increased. That's just the plan," said City Engineer Paul Zachary. "But the whole idea is, is to slow the traffic down, and that, in turn, results in a safer pedestrian environment as well as a bicycle environment."

City of Tulsa

The "live" piece of a Vision-funded teacher recruitment effort known as Teach, Live T-Town may not be forgotten after all.

Tulsa's Vision sales tax renewal included $10 million for the initiative. Jenks, Union and Tulsa district officials recently indicated they prefer using that money for training rather than housing.

But city councilors say training might soon be funded by other sources, like a proposed penny sales tax. That has several councilors — including G.T. Bynum, David Patrick and Phil Lakin — again thinking housing is the way to go.

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 Police in Tulsa say the shooting death of a man in a city park is believed to be connected to a crime spree that included armed robberies, the theft of a pickup truck and a carjacking.

Sgt. Dave Walker says three suspects are in custody Thursday after a man's body was found in Mohawk Park on the city's north side Wednesday. Walker says the man hasn't been positively identified, but is believed to have been killed because his brother is suspected of stealing a truck.

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 The Oklahoma State Department of Health is reporting the first hospitalizations in the state due to influenza in the new flu season.

The department on Thursday said eight people across the state have been hospitalized since the official start of the flu season on Oct. 2. There are no reports of flu-related deaths.

Two of those hospitalized were in Tulsa County and the others were in Carter, Cleveland, Hughes, Logan, Oklahoma and Stephens counties.

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A child abuse registry created in 2010 to help child care providers screen out potential employees with findings of abuse or neglect has glaring gaps that could leave many Oklahoma children at risk. That’s according to Senator A.J. Griffin. who requested an interim study to look at the issue. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony about the child abuse registry known as Joshua’s List, named for a two-year-old killed by a family child care home provider.

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Workers made a costly mistake on a new Tulsa Zoo exhibit that will house rare Asian animals.

A surveying error meant the floors of the 3 acre Lost Kingdom exhibit were initially set low enough that buildings could flood. Though the error was caught in time to be fixed, it caused several other problems, like walkways not meeting requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The sheriff of Love County has submitted his resignation to avoid going through a trial seeking his ouster.

Sheriff Joe Russell submitted his resignation, effective Oct. 31, last week. He had faced a trial seeking his removal after the state's multicounty grand jury recommended he be removed from office for corruption and other alleged violations. He's pleaded not guilty to charges of maintaining a drug house and harboring a fugitive.

He had been suspended with pay since Aug. 1.



Oklahoma Natural Gas must pay more than $1 million in fines after a gas explosion destroyed one home and damaged about 50 others in Oklahoma City.

One person was burned and two people were treated for breathing problems in the Jan. 2 explosion.

ONG agreed Wednesday to pay $1.01 million to settle complaints by the Transportation Department of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The proposal says no money will come from customer rates and it must be approved by the commission.

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   The Oklahoma Supreme Court has heard arguments in an attorney's lawsuit over the issuance of bonds to fund construction of several turnpikes across the state.

The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent said in Tuesday's hearing that the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority's power to issue such bonds is unconstitutional.

Authority attorney Jered Davidson said such financing has been common as the turnpike system has expanded over the years. He said there is no legal prohibition against it.