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Tulsa police are investigating after three people were found shot to death at a home on the city's north side.

Sgt. Dave Walker says officers responding to reports of a shooting at about 2 a.m. Monday found 28-year-old Thomas Lee Brown and his mother — 52-year-old Cara Brown — dead of apparent gunshot wounds. Police say a man was also found dead of apparent gunshot wound. His name hasn't been released.

Police say the home had apparently been rummaged through or ransacked before police arrived. Police speculate the murders may have been drug related.

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   Wagoner County authorities say a second person of interest has been identified in the death of a 15-year-old boy whose burning body was found near Wagoner.

Sheriff Chris Elliott told reporters Monday that investigators have contacted the man, but said there have been no arrests for the death of Brennan Davis of Okay.

Davis' body was found on fire last Wednesday in the Jackson Bay area near Fort Gibson Lake and his body was identified by the state medical examiner's office using dental records.

Elliott says Davis had been shot several times.

In the local news:

  • A tourism tax is being debated among city and hotel operators.
  • Tulsa Sales Tax Revenue misses the mark.
  • Utility companies say the power is coming back on from the weekend ice storm

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Tulsa Transit has two big projects to plan and complete in order to accommodate its transition to a fleet fully powered by compressed natural gas and its introduction of bus rapid transit service.

The current fueling system has two compressors to supply individual stations, but only one can run on the incoming gas line.

Tourism officials are working to set up a citywide special taxing district that will raise money to market Tulsa to potential visitors.

Tourism improvement districts were authorized by a state law that took effect Nov. 1, and VisitTulsa President Ray Hoyt aims to have Tulsa’s established by April.

"It's only hotels and not restaurants or anybody else, and the goal is that assessment is on occupied rooms. The hoteliers, like a business improvement district, have to agree to it — 50 plus one percent," Hoyt said.

Tulsa Remembers Dr. King

Jan 16, 2017
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Tulsa pauses to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The highlight of a weekend of activities is the annual MLK Day Parade in Tulsa.  

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The lights stayed on, for all but an unfortunate few, during the weekend ice storm. The Public Service Company of Oklahoma is exhaling, now that the storm has shifted to the east of its service area. 

PSO’s Stan Whiteford says the utility’s on going tree-trimming program paid dividends. The program trims tree limbs away from power lines every four years.

He says the 2007 ice storm was much worse because of heavier freezing rain and that PSO had just started the tree-trimming program when that storm hit.

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Wagoner County authorities say a man has been arrested after a teenager's body was found on fire near Wagoner.

The man was arrested for obstruction of justice Sunday after the body of 15-year-old Brennan Davis of Okay was found burning near the Jackson Bay area near Fort Gibson Lake.

Online records show the man is being held in the Wagoner County jail, but formal charges are not listed.

Davis' burning body was found Wednesday and was later identified by the state medical examiner's office using dental records.

3 Dead in Tulsa Shooting

Jan 16, 2017
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Three people are found dead overnight in a home near 29th Street North and Boston Avenue. Tulsa Police say two men and a woman were shot to death.

Police were alerted to the crime scene after neighbors reported hearing an argument just before 2 a.m. The home had been ransacked.

No names have been released and no suspects are in custody.

In the local news:

  • Experts say it will take pay hikes to stop Oklahoma's Teacher Brain-Drain.
  • Three people murdered in a Tulsa home.
  • Tulsa looks ahead on this MLK day

Betsy DeVos, who is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, has given millions in campaign contributions to politicians across the country.

Some of that fiscal muscle trickled into Oklahoma during the last election cycle through a pro-school-choice “Super PAC” that, notably, opposed so-called “teachers’ caucus” candidates in many instances. (The caucus arose out of many educators’ frustration over what they view as low education funding levels and teacher pay.)

Tulsa Home Destroyed By Fire

Jan 15, 2017
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No one is hurt in an overnight house fire in south Tulsa. The blaze was reported in a home near 51st Street and Delaware.

Fire officials are searching for the cause. The home was destroyed.

No one was at home at the time of the blaze.

Crews Work to Restore Power Across State

Jan 15, 2017
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Oklahoma utilities are working to get the power restored to Oklahomans impacted by the ice storm. You can check here for information on power related problems.

Any power outages can be found here for PSO.

Click here for information from OG&E.

For an Oklahoma Electric Cooperative click here

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a man has died after a wreck on Interstate 40 in western Oklahoma.

The Oklahoman reports that troopers say the wreck happened shortly before 3:30 a.m. Saturday in Custer County and involved three semitrailers and a car. Troopers said the road was icy at the time, but the cause remains under investigation.

Two semitrailers that had been in a crash were jackknifed in the eastbound lanes, about 2 miles west of Weatherford, when a third semitrailer driven by a 45-year-old Oklahoma City man struck them both and then became unable to move.

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Many Oklahoma highways, bridges and county roads remained slick and hazardous as a second round of freezing rain pushed its way through the state.

State transportation officials cautioned Saturday that roads in southwestern Oklahoma are dangerous, including a section of Interstate 40 in western Oklahoma.

The agency says roads in the northeastern and central parts of the state remained slick in some areas, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

 President Barack Obama's administration has scaled back new safety measures for the sprawling network of fuel pipelines that crisscross the United States after oil industry complaints over the cost.

The administration has released long-delayed regulations for almost 200,000 miles of pipelines that transport oil, gasoline and other hazardous liquids.

The changes Friday include more rigorous inspections of lines in rural areas and new requirements for leak detection systems.

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Two Republicans in Congress have introduced a resolution that would stop the District of Columbia from allowing terminally ill patients to end their own lives with the help of a doctor.

Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the "Death with Dignity" law last month after it was approved by the liberal D.C. Council.

Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Rep. Brad Westrup of Ohio introduced companion resolutions on Thursday that would invalidate the law.

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 Voters would decide whether the Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor should be elected or appointed under a measure that's been filed ahead of the legislative session that begins next month.

Freshman state Sen. Adam Pugh filed a joint resolution this week seeking a public vote on the issue.

Under current law, the labor commissioner is one of 11 statewide elected state officers. If approved by the House and Senate, voters could decide whether the labor commissioner would be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.

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A 26-year-old Oklahoma paramedic has pleaded guilty in federal court to taking vials of painkillers from her assigned ambulances and replacing the contents with saline solution.

Federal prosecutors in Tulsa say that Sara Nicole Hogsett pleaded guilty to tampering with consumer products.

Prosecutors alleged that between April and May of 2016, Hogsett took fentanyl, morphine and diazepam from the ambulances by removing the liquid drugs from their vials.

A 26-year-old Oklahoma paramedic has pleaded guilty in federal court to taking vials of painkillers from her assigned ambulances and replacing the contents with saline solution.

Federal prosecutors in Tulsa say that Sara Nicole Hogsett pleaded guilty to tampering with consumer products.

Prosecutors alleged that between April and May of 2016, Hogsett took fentanyl, morphine and diazepam from the ambulances by removing the liquid drugs from their vials.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper says his goal was to put a fugitive on the defensive when he fired at the suspect through the windshield of his patrol vehicle during a pursuit.

Trooper Brian Costanza, a nearly 15-year veteran, joined the chase after Michael Dale Vance Jr. on Oct. 30 in Custer County. The manhunt for Vance, 38, began Oct. 23 after he allegedly killed two relatives and shot two police officers in central Oklahoma.

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The City of Tulsa moves to formalize its support of education.

The city council has taken up a resolution declaring support for public education and public education institutions a public purpose. The City of Tulsa Charter grants spending authority for any public purpose.

Nick Doctor with Mayor G.T. Bynum’s office said it’s not a raid on city funds.

"This is simply allowing the City of Tulsa to say that education is something we care about and we think it's important for our city to be successful," Doctor said.

Route 66 News

The group working to promote tourism and business along Tulsa’s stretch of the Mother Road welcomes two new members.

Tulsa’s Route 66 Commission is now made up of 17 members. It started under Mayor Dewey Bartlett with 15 members.

VisitTulsa now has a formal seat.

"This is a group that's out there right now recruiting people to town, and so we have an opportunity to make sure that the work we're doing here to highlight, improve and enhance Route 66 will be a part of those marketing efforts," said commission Vice Chair Ed Sharrer.

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A recent uptick in copper wiring theft is delaying progress in re-illuminating dark Tulsa highways.

The estimated cost of fixing all the damage caused by thieves is $2.9 million after a rash of thefts over the past several months.

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Construction is finished on a 43,000 square foot expansion of the Tulsa County Jail, but how half of it will all be used is still up in the air.

"Right now, there are several options that we're looking at, and it will be utilized. Trust me, they're not going to stand there empty for very long," said Sheriff Vic Regalado.

Two of the four pods are for general population inmates, but no one is moving in just yet. Regalado said they may rotate some inmates through them.

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An Oklahoma man is facing federal charges after allegedly holding a knife to a child's stomach during a commercial flight from Los Angeles to Tulsa that was forced to land in Las Vegas.

39-year-old Fredrick Johnson of Tulsa was charged Monday with simple assault in Nevada.

Court documents say Johnson dismantled and tried to rewire a tablet computer before brandishing a knife in an attempt to get the juvenile to hold the device on Jan. 6. An FBI affidavit says the child's adult sister intervened before Johnson pointed the knife at the child's abdomen.

In the local news:

  • Freezing rain moves into Tulsa.
  • Schools are closed north of Tulsa County.
  • New mental health pods will soon open at the Tulsa jail.

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 New House Speaker Charles McCall is endorsing a pay increase for Oklahoma teachers that would phase in a $6,000 pay raise during a three-year period.

McCall said in a statement released Thursday that he believes House Republicans will support the bill by Broken Arrow Republican Michael Rogers, chairman of the House Public Education Committee.

Rogers' House Bill 1114 includes a $1,000 raise next year, followed by raises of $2,000 the following year and $3,000 the next year.

 

 

Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties in advance of a winter storm that's forecast to bring crippling ice accumulations and heavy rain to the state.

Fallin issued the declaration Thursday after the National Weather Service in Norman issued an ice storm warning for much of northern and northwestern Oklahoma. Forecasters say the warning goes into effect on Friday. Ice accumulations may exceed one-half inch by Saturday and may cause power outages.

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McLain High School students will be the first in Tulsa to participate in a new city-district partnership dubbed Project Trust.

The pilot program will start later this month with informal, after-school meetings between Tulsa police officers and around 15 students to talk about issues young people face. Tulsa Public Schools Campus Police are also involved.

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