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Murder in Owasso; 1st of 2016

Sep 15, 2016
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Owasso records its first homicide of 2016. One man is dead and another is in jail this Thursday. 

Police in Owasso say they were called to a home near 112th Street and North Garnett just after midnight. When officers arrived, the found a man in the home had been stabbed to death.

Police canvassed the area and took 60-year-old David Ellis into custody. Police say Ellis is the only suspect in the case.

The victim's name has not been released.

In the local news:

  • A new sports complex could get help from the city.
  • Owasso has its first murder of the year.
  • The Mumps are back... at least in Garfield County.
City of Tulsa

Tulsa school districts in line for $10 million in Vision funding are changing their minds about the program it will support.

Jenks, Union and Tulsa Public Schools representatives are no longer envisioning the "live" component of the teacher recruitment program that came to be known as "Teach, Live T-Town."

"There were discussions back before the vote about the possibility of a teacher town or teacher village, which would be a redevelopment project," said City Manager Jim Twombly.

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City officials appear set to spend more than half a million dollars to improve access to a recently announced southwest Tulsa sports complex.

City councilors will consider using $550,000 in Improve Our Tulsa funds for work on 71st Street to benefit the Titan Sports and Performance Center. Plans for the 60-acre complex near Tulsa Hills only have an entrance on 81st Street, which is prone to flooding.

Titan Sports board member Danny Christner said they always wanted 71st Street access because of how many people may use the sports complex.

Election Boards Impersonated in New Email Phishing Scam

Sep 14, 2016
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Do not be fooled. If you receive and email from an Oklahoma State Election Board official containing a link, do not click on it.

Multiple Oklahomans have reported receiving emails impersonating state or county election boards. The emails claim the recipient's voter information needs updating or verifying, with a link leading to a malicious website.

Do not open any unsolicited emails claiming to be an election official. All communications regarding necessary changes to voter information are sent by U.S. mail, not via email.


A delay in approving new execution procedures means no lethal injections in Oklahoma for at least two years since the last execution. Opponents of the death penalty are glad to see the delay, but want the larger question of should the state still be implementing executions at all answered. Brady Henderson is Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma. He says a hiatus in executions should help opponents get the word out about why the death penalty should be eliminated in Oklahoma.

More Women Headed to Prison

Sep 14, 2016


Despite years of concern over Oklahoma’s high rate of female incarceration, the number of women sent to prison jumped again in the latest fiscal year.

In fiscal 2016, which ended June 30, the number of women sent to Oklahoma prisons rose by 9.5 percent, from 1,593 to 1,744, data from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows. The total men imprisoned that year fell by about 1 percent, to 8,282. Statewide, the number of incoming offenders increased by less than 1 percent.



SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says a postal worker in Shawnee is under investigation for allegedly hoarding mail.

U.S. Postal Service Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jeff Krafels says investigators received a tip last month that the postal employee was hoarding people's mail in Shawnee. He tells the Shawnee News-Star that agents recovered the missing mail on Sept. 2, and that the mail will be rerouted and delivered to customers.

Krafels says the person under investigation is now on "non-duty" status.

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   After more than a decade, Lexington-area residents will be able to get clean drinking water now that the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has entered into a contract that will allow it to sell water to Cleveland County.

The Oklahoman reports that residents in a rural area east of Lexington have been dealing with contaminated water, which forced them to rely on filtration systems or to buy water in bulk or by the bottle.

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   The Cherokee Nation has approved its fiscal 2017 budget, which will be the largest in the tribe's history.

The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council on Monday approved the $934.2 million budget for the coming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. That number includes funding from a combination of grants, compacts, contracts, dividends, taxes and revenue from tribal businesses, including casinos.



Public costs connected to the case involving an ex-reserve deputy who fatally shot an unarmed man has reached over $334,000. The Tulsa World reports that the costs have reached $334,160 following the settlement of a fired major's tort claim against Tulsa County. Former Sheriff Stanley Glanz fired Maj. Shannon Clark after Robert Bates fatally shot Eric Harris in April 2015. Bates was convicted of second-degree manslaughter and sentenced in May to four years in prison.




Pittsburg County commissioners have awarded more than $3.1 million in bids and other costs for a new Pittsburg County Emergency Management Center.

The McAlester News-Capital reports that the bids were awarded on Monday for the center, which is also designed to serve as a regional emergency manager complex for southeastern Oklahoma.

The center will be built on county property.

The project is expected to cost more than $3 million. Commissioners say it will be paid mostly through existing county economic development funds.

Authorities have arrested a man in Oklahoma and another in California in connection to the 1973 killings of two girls in California. Yuba County sheriff's officials say the arrests were made Tuesday in the deaths of 12-year-old Valerie Janice Lane and 13-year-old Doris Karen Derryberry. Both girls were from Olivehurst, California. Authorities say both suspects were linked to the case through newly tested DNA evidence and lived in the area at the time of the girls' deaths.

Larry Patterson was arrested in Oakhurst in Creek County.



The board that governs Oklahoma's prison system has put off approving new execution procedures, ensuring at least a two-year delay in lethal injections in a state that once had one of the busiest death chambers in the country.

The Board of Corrections met Tuesday but didn't consider new protocols that Attorney General Scott Pruitt wants in place before executions can resume. Pruitt said he won't request any execution dates until five months after the new protocols are approved and he's confident the death penalty can be carried out without any problems.

In the local news:

  • Right to Farm debated. We have both sides of the issue.
  • The water is back on in Okmulgee.
  • A man is arrested in Oakhurst on a California double murder from 1973.
Route 66 News

The board tasked with boosting Tulsa’s share of the Mother Road hopes for some influence over Vision 2025–funded projects.

The Tulsa Route 66 Commission would like to help guide certain projects on the master plan list that are yet to be completed, like streetscaping and sign projects. Those projects' total funding is about $1.8 million.

Right to farm, or right to harm? You’ll hear a lot both pro and con on State Question 777 between now and November. Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan’s organization wholeheartedly supports 777. He says it’s a proactive measure to head off unnecessary regulations that would hurt farmers, ranchers, and consumers.

Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson is a spokesman for those opposing 777. He believes it would give farming and ranching operations, including those of large corporations, carte blanche to pollute and use harmful practices.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has struck down the "opt out" provision of the state's workers' compensation law, ruling it is an unconstitutional special law that gives employers the authority to single out injured workers for inequitable treatment.

Water Worries at Okmulgee

Sep 13, 2016
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Residents in Okmulgee are told to go easy on the water. Pressure is coming up after an 18-inch water line ruptured before daybreak on Tuesday.

Okmulgee City Emergency Manager Ken Anderson says that leak quickly drained the town's water tower.  It forced the schools in Okmulgee to call off classes for Tuesday.

Crews used two other lines to refill the water tower and resume service. Residents are being urged to boil any water before consuming it, as a precaution, until the Department of Environmental Quality has a chance to test water samples. 

Vandals Damage Flea Market Shopping Center

Sep 13, 2016
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Tulsa Police say vandals hit overnight at the Great American Flea Market in east Tulsa. The market is in an old shopping center just west of the Admiral and Mingo Traffic Circle in East Tulsa.

Police says it appears someone walked outside the complex and smashed out over a dozen plate glass windows. It appears a ball bat was used. The damage was discovered just before 5 a.m. this morning.

If you have information, you are asked to call Tulsa Police or Crime Stoppers.

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 Authorities say a 4-year-old child died after a fire broke out at a northwest Oklahoma City apartment.

Fire crews say that the fire happened at about 2 a.m. Tuesday at the London Square Village Apartments. Authorities say a woman, two infants and the 4-year-old were inside the apartment at the time. Oklahoma City television station KFOR reports the woman brought the two infants out of the apartment then went back inside for the older child but she was unable to make it to safety.


The officiating error that gave Central Michigan a last-play chance to beat Oklahoma State Saturday is unlikely to lead to changes in the way officials enforce penalties at the end of games.

Rogers Redding, the former national coordinator of officials who sits on the NCAA's football rules committee, told The Associated Press on Monday that the circumstances that led to the mistake were rare. He said the goal is to have rules that stay consistent throughout the game.

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 Gov. Mary Fallin has launched an initiative to bring high-speed broadband and digital learning opportunities to public schools across the state.

The Oklahoma Connect and Learn Initiative will work with interested school districts and telecommunications service providers to increase the number of schools with fiber optic connections, improve the connections' capacity and affordability and ensure Oklahoma classrooms have Wi-Fi access to better facilitate digital learning.

2 Hurt as South Tulsa Home Explodes

Sep 13, 2016
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A home-owner and a Tulsa Fire Fighter suffer minor injuries as a south Tulsa home explodes into a fire ball.

The explosion took place in a neighborhood, southwest of 81st and South Yale. The blast shook nearby homes and was felt over a wide area. Some neighbors, at first, thought it was another earthquake.

Fire investigators will spend the day looking for the cause of the blast and  watching for hot spots.

In the local news:

  •    More waste water injection well will be closed around this month's 5.8 earthquake near Pawnee.
  •    The PAC Trust delays a vote on whether to allow development on what is now a parking lot.
  •    A south Tulsa home explodes into a fireball last night. Two people are hurt.
Flaherty and Collins

An expected vote Monday afternoon on a development proposal that would bring a grocery store downtown didn't happen.

The Performing Arts Center Trust had the vote on its agenda, but several members still had questions about the deal that would sell the PAC parking lot at Third Street and Cincinnati Avenue to Indiana-based Flaherty and Collins, ranging from the parking lot's value to what happens if the developer goes bust mid-project.

Past PAC Trust chairman Ken Busby said economic development outside the arts isn't their area of expertise.

Gas prices in Oklahoma are continuing to fall following the end of the summer travel season.

AAA Oklahoma says the average price for a gallon of unleaded gas was $2.04 on Monday. That's 9 cents below the average recorded at the end of August.

But the gas prices aren't all falling at the same rates around the state. The AAA says Tulsa's average price has dropped 21 cents since Aug. 31, but Oklahoma City's has only decreased by 7 cents during the same period.

Around the state, prices ranged from $1.93 per gallon in Lawton to $2.14 per gallon in Stillwater.


Several Oklahoma cities have passed resolutions urging residents to vote against a state sales tax for education, but questions have been raised about their legality. Residents will vote on a one-cent sales tax for public education on Nov. 8. Oklahoma City's city attorney advised against it, citing a state attorney general's 1991 opinion that said the use of public funds to oppose or support an initiative is prohibited.

State Impact Oklahoma

State and federal regulators say 32 disposal wells in northeastern Oklahoma must shut down because they are too near a newly discovered fault line that produced the state's strongest earthquake on record.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission said Monday that 27 wells under its jurisdiction would cease operations, along with five wells in Osage County, which is covered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules.

Tulsa County Sheriff

Three bids are received for the buildout of what could become an area wide dispatch center for the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office. The center is a subject of some controversy because it was a pet project of former Sheriff Glanz. Director of Governmental Affairs for the Sheriff’s Office, Terry Simonson, says current Sheriff Vic Regalado hasn’t made a final decision on what to do with the empty building, although planning for the dispatch center is farther along than the training center aspect.