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TU Gets Biggest Come-from-Behind Victory in School History

Sep 25, 2016
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Tulsa overcame a 31-0 second quarter deficit to defeat Fresno State, 48-41, in double overtime Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of 23,273 at Bulldog Stadium. It was the biggest come-from-behind victory in Tulsa football history, surpassing a 20-point comeback in the final seven minutes for a 24-23 win over Oklahoma State in the 1995 season.

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 Oklahoma Natural Gas could be fined up to $1.5 million because of a gas line explosion in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission's transportation division filed a complaint Friday alleging ONG failed to properly investigate a leak reported the day before the explosion; didn't investigate or document an investigation of at least eight previous leaks in the area; and didn't perform or document performance of surveillance after the leaks. Each count carries a maximum $500,000 fine.

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 State prison officials say three of six water pumps that supply water to two state prisons in Lexington have failed, causing an outage.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections said Saturday that the pumps provide water to the Lexington Correctional Center and the Joseph Harp Correctional Center.

The Harp center is rationing water and weekend visits at the Lexington center have been canceled.

1,000 Attend Crutcher Service

Sep 25, 2016

An estimated 1,000 people packed a church for a funeral honoring an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer.

Attendees filled the Antioch Baptist Church late Saturday to remember 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, who was fatally shot Sept. 16 by Officer Betty Jo Shelby.

Shelby has been charged with first degree manslaughter and turned herself in Friday. She was released after posting bond.

Flames Gut Tulsa Home

Sep 24, 2016

No one is injured in an overnight Tulsa House fire. The blaze was reported just northwest of the downtown area in the 200-Block of North Nogales.

The home was fully involved in flames when fire trucks rolled to the scene. No word yet on the cause of the blaze. The Fire Department was assisted by crews from PSO.

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 The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office says an inmate has died after being found unresponsive in her cell.

Sheriff's spokesman Mark Opgrande says 39-year-old Joann Cortez died Thursday.

Opgrande says Cortez was booked in the jail Tuesday on charges of enabling child sexual abuse and possession of a controlled dangerous substance and was initially placed on suicide watch.

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Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook says "something has to change" in the United States following the recent police shootings of black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

The NBA player made the comments Friday at the Thunder's annual media day.

Westbrook, who grew up in the Los Angeles area, says the Sept. 16 shooting of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man in Tulsa, hit home for him because of where he grew up and how he was raised.

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 A former Tulsa Jail detention officer has been charged with ignoring a fight involving dozens of inmates.

The Tulsa World reports that 28-year-old Marc Moncrief was charged Thursday with one count of willfully neglecting to perform the duty of a public officer. Online court records didn't list an attorney for Moncrief.

The sheriff's office released a surveillance video from the July 9 brawl. Authorities say Moncrief failed to call for help or prevent inmates from carrying out an assault.

 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a 90-extension to Department of Defense installations for compliance with what's known as the Real ID Act.

Officials at Fort Sill announced the extension Friday and say it includes Fort Sill in addition to Altus, Tinker and Vance Air Force bases.

Without the extension, an Oklahoma driver's license would not be accepted for entrance onto military installations starting Oct. 10. The extension moves the date to Jan. 10, 2017. An ID such as a passport would be needed.

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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. 

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Blue Bell Creameries is recalling select flavors of ice cream distributed across the South after finding chocolate chip cookie dough from a third-party supplier for use as an ingredient was potentially contaminated with listeria.



The Muskogee County Board of Commissioners has authorized a settlement of up to $10,000 in a lawsuit filed by a former sheriff's deputy who disputed overtime pay.

The Muskogee Phoenix reports the commissioners made the authorization on Monday.

Full House for Crutcher Vigil

Sep 22, 2016
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It was standing room only at the Metropolitan Baptist Church near Pine and the Tisdale Expressway. The packed house was there for a vigil for Terence Crutcher. Crutcher was shot and killed by Tulsa Police last Friday as he stood next to his stalled car near 36th Street North and Lewis. Crutcher was not armed. However,  police say PCP was found inside the car. Toxicology reports are still pending.

In the Local News:

  • The Rev. Al Sharpton will visit Tulsa next week.
  • Blue Bell recalls more ice cream.
  • The City has huge neighborhood backlog.
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Tulsa code enforcement inspectors are working hard to catch up on a nearly 1,800 case backlog, but they're going to run out of money at their current pace.

Working in Neighborhoods Director Dwain Midget said his budget is down 20 percent from two years ago, and the backlog swelled during hiring freezes.

Broken Arrow is looking for 11 new firefighters.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced its Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER, grants for 2015. Broken Arrow is receiving nearly $1.5 million, enough to cover salaries and benefits for 11 new firefighters for two years.

"This is going to help us to be able to really cut down on having to have firefighters work overtime shifts or extra shifts. We're going to be able to provide a greater level of service to our citizens," said Broken Arrow Fire Chief Jeremy Moore.

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A small group chanted and sang spirituals outside Tulsa's city hall Wednesday morning.

The protesters were there not only because of the death of Terence Crutcher, but also because of a delay in forming a city African-American affairs commission.

A committee meeting was set to hear an update on the commission, but the item was pulled. City Councilor G.T. Bynum met with state Rep. Regina Goodwin and other leaders recently to talk about the commission. Bynum said a mayoral task force has already been at work on the matter.

TPD Shuts Down Twitter Account

Sep 21, 2016

The Tulsa Police Department takes action to shut down its Twitter account.

In an emailed news release to media outlets, the department said it was taking the action because of the "overwhelming volume of violent and profane posts".

The department said it would continue to use its Facebook page

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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a 3-month-old girl died after being left in a vehicle for at least nine hours. The OSBI said Wednesday that Mame Neta Attocknie was in the custody of foster parents when she died Tuesday in Geronimo. Investigators say the foster father didn't drop off the child at daycare after he took his son to school.


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The father of a man who was fatally shot by a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, says his son had his hands up "just like I told him to do."

The Rev. Joey Crutcher said Wednesday in New York that his son Terence knew to put his hands up when approached by police.

Forty-year-old Terence Crutcher, who was black and unarmed, was fatally shot Friday by a white police officer.

The Rev. Crutcher and Tiffany Crutcher, the twin sister of Terence, spoke at the headquarters of civil rights leader Al Sharpton's National Action Network.

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Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett appeared on NPR's signature broadcast, 'Morning Edition' to discuss last week's fatal Tulsa Police Shooting. The Mayor was interviewed by David Greene.

Hear the Mayor's comments