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The community remembered Terence Crutcher at an event hosted Friday by Tulsa Community College.

Lawrence Rosenborough sang his friend's favorite song, "I Can't Complain," at a remembrance ceremony. TCC President Leigh Goodson said Crutcher believed in the transformative power of education.

"Like so many of our students, he brought to TCC his talents, hopes and dreams of completing a degree, a dream for both himself and his family," Goodson said.

Tulsa Police Look for Missing Girls

Sep 23, 2016
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Tulsa Police are looking for two juvenile girls and they fear the girls could be in danger.

3-year-old Jenny Lara and 12-year-old Neydy Lara are in DHS custody. They were being allowed to stay with their mother on a trial basis.  When DHS workers arrived to pick-up the children, they hid from the worker. A short time later the kids were seen with their mother, Armado Lara in a vehicle.

The mother was located and now tells authorities the children ran away. Authorities believe the girls could be with their mother’s boy friend and headed toward Mexico.



 A teacher at a Tulsa charter school attended by the daughter of an unarmed black man killed by a white officer says the tragedy "lives and breathes" among her classmates in a moving essay she posted on Facebook detailing her experience helping students cope.

Rebecca Lee is a teacher at KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory. She writes that she facilitated three small-group discussions about Terence Crutcher's death. She says one group included sixth-grade classmates of Crutcher's daughter.

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A state audit of an Oklahoma City school district has revealed several financial discrepancies.

The audit says a former maintenance worker for Crooked Oak school district received $59,000 in unauthorized compensation over two years through the use of false time sheets, and a district teacher was accidentally overpaid by $9,000 for an extra-duty assignment.

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The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office says the man killed by a Tulsa, Oklahoma, officer died from "a penetrating gunshot wound of chest" and his death is considered a homicide.

But spokeswoman Amy Elliott says a full autopsy report and toxicology results for Terence Crutcher are not yet complete.

Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby was charged Thursday with first-degree manslaughter in Crutcher's Sept. 16 death. An affidavit from District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler's office said the officer "reacted unreasonably" when she shot Crutcher, who did not have a gun.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby is arrested on Manslaughter charges  and is released on bond.
  • Tulsa shows off its $50-million renovated Central Library.
  • The Tulsa Sheriff's Office offers help to homeless children.

Officer Arrested, Now Out on Bail

Sep 23, 2016
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Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby turns herself in to the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office overnight. She arrived at the David Moss Jail around 1 a.m. 

Shelby was booked on a charge of 1st Degree Manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher one week ago today. The charges were filed yesterday afternoon in Tulsa District Court.

After booking and finger printing, Shelby was released on $50,000 bond.  


Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler has filed a first-degree manslaughter charge against Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby in the Sept. 17 shooting of Terence Crutcher.

At an afternoon news conference, Kunzweiler reminded those in attendance Shelby is innocent until proven guilty. She is expected to turn herself in to the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

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In 1965, a NASA engineer turned on the lights at Tulsa’s Central Library for the first time through a satellite link. Next Saturday, the downtown branch reopens after a three-year, $50 million renovation.

Central Library got a complete overhaul inside and out. Tulsa City-County Library CEO Gary Shaffer expects the number of visitors to jump from 1,100 a day pre-renovation to 2,200 a day now.

Sheriff's Office Donates Toys To Tulsa Shelter

Sep 22, 2016
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SUVs full of toys are dropped off at the Tulsa Salvation Army’s Center for Hope. The toys come from the Tulsa Sheriff’s office. The center is the next-door neighbor to the Tulsa Jail on North Denver Avenue.

Sheriff Vic Regalado and his staff delivered toys for homeless children staying at the center. The sheriff says the department collected the toys over the last few weeks.