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3:20 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Vandals Strike Tulsa County Courthouse

Vandals broke glass Friday night in three out of four doors and a window at the Tulsa County Courthouse's Denver Avenue entrance.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Three glass doors and a window at the Tulsa County Courthouse were damaged by vandals over the weekend.

Tulsa County Maintenance Director Dan Belding said it happened to the Denver Avenue entrance around 8 p.m. Friday.

"Luckily, that is strong glass. It's made out of safety glass, and it doesn't break easily," Belding said. They threw a brick or whatever against it quite a bit, and it didn't break all the way through on any of them."

It will take some time to fix. The doors and window must be measured, because the glass will be made to size.

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3:11 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Tulsa Escapes Weekend Storms With Little Damage

Tornado sirens in Tulsa went off for about 15 minutes Saturday night, but none touched down within the city limits.
Credit KWGS News

State and federal emergency officials are surveying damage after an EF2 tornado hit Broken Arrow Saturday night.

Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency Director Roger Jolliff said the extent of damage within the city limits was downed power lines and felled trees.

"We're very fortunate. The impacts of the storm hit just east of us, though we did have rotating cells in Tulsa. Had to hit our sirens," Jolliff said. "We were fortunate in that the one that was the greatest threat to us did not develop out and cause damage, so very fortunate there."

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2:51 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

County Official Working on New Jail Rate Formula

Credit KWGS News-File photo

Tulsa County commissioners may change how the jail’s daily rate is calculated.

Commissioner John Smaligo proposes a formula that would use costs at the county’s largest municipal jail to determine what cities should pay for using the county jail.

"It averages ratios between the City of Broken Arrow and the City of Tulsa, based on the total number of bookings and the overall population," Smaligo said. "And the reason why I chose Broken Arrow is because of the fact that they operate the largest municipal jail in Tulsa County."

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11:45 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Man Arrested After Shooting at Tulsa Vehicles

Willie Henderson
Credit Tulsa Police

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police have arrested a man who they say shot at vehicles along an expressway with his son.

The 39-year-old suspect, Willie Henderson, was being held Monday morning at the Tulsa County jail on a $150,000 bond. He faces a charge of shooting with intent to kill.

Police were dispatched to the Gilcrease Expressway Sunday night after a driver reported that a bullet shattered his rear window. The driver was treated for cuts by medics at the scene and released.

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11:40 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Scaffolding Erected for Oklahoma Capitol Repair Work

Yellow fencing closes off portions of the state capitol.
Credit KGOU

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Workers are erecting scaffolding outside the Oklahoma Capitol as they begin trial repairs on the exterior of the nearly 100-year-old building.

The work getting underway on Monday includes grinding out mortar from between stone joints, addressing window repairs, and testing different methods for treating stains on the building's limestone and granite facade.

Meanwhile, teams of architects and engineers are going room by room inside the Capitol and meeting with officials from some of the 20 different state agencies housed inside the building.

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9:22 am
Mon May 18, 2015

American Indian Museum Plan Is on Track, But OKC Can Derail It

Credit American Indian Museum

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum could soon get the final boost of funding needed to complete a vision that state policymakers first had two decades ago.

The Oklahoma Legislature must approve a $25 million bond plan and obtain and agreement with Oklahoma City before it can wash its hands of a project that has proved to be a thorn in their side.

Oklahoma City would inherit a potential moneymaker in a booming corridor of economic development, but would have to operate and maintain the 173,000-square-foot structure.

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7:44 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Toddler Swept Away in Illinois River

Credit KWGS Map

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The body of a 2-year-old boy who drowned in the Illinois River has been found in Cherokee County.

Local media outlets report the boy's body was found Sunday evening by the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the boy was swept away by the river's current after he wandered away from family members near Tahlequah.

The boy's name has not been released.

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7:07 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Gas Price Hike in Tulsa

Gas price sign at 91st and Mingo early Monday morning.
Credit KWGS News

You are paying more for gasoline in Tulsa today. Most Tulsa service stations increased the price overnight.

For customers using regular unleaded, the price increased a dime to $2.39 per gallon. Pure gasoline,  with no corn blend, jumped to $2.67 per gallon.

The price of oil is also up. It is trading at just over $60 per barrel.

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6:51 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Weekend Tornadoes Rated

The Inola home lost a large chunk of its roof from the storm.
Credit KWGS News

The clean-up continues today from Saturday night/Sunday Morning's  Midnight Tornadoes that raked through Broken Arrow and Inola.

No serious injuries have been reported, despite the strength of the twisters. The Broken Arrow tornado was rated by the National Weather Service as an E-F-2. Its top winds were estimated at 135mph.

The Inola tornado, which struck near the National Weather Service's radar installation, was rated as an E-F-1. It would have had winds between  86 and 110 mph.

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6:37 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Monday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The State School Superintendent is pleased with her first semester in office.
  • Clean-up is underway from weekend tornadoes in Green Country.
  • Oklahoma farmers say the rain arrived in time to save this year's wheat crop.
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