Crime

After a rejection, no-contest plea accepted in sex case

Charles Tatum, an Avant man of diminished mental capacity who was accused of sexually abusing a young child, entered a plea of no contest to the charge on Monday. In February, Tatum had entered a guilty plea that was rejected by District Court Judge M. John Kane because Tatum said he had no recollection of […]


Cop says he took Oxycodone after fatal hit and run

Cop says he took Oxycodone after fatal hit and run

  The Osage Nation police officer who fatally hit a pedestrian then left the scene of the accident on May 1 in Tulsa told police he took oxycodone after the wreck, according to the accident report filed Tuesday in Tulsa. The report also says that Corey Stewart, 26,  “concealed” his damaged undercover police truck under […]


Felony case fizzles

A young man initially charged with a felony that threatened up to 45 years in prison saw the charge vastly reduced last week, when he and the district attorney’s office agreed to amend the charge to misdemeanor obstruction and to a deferred two-year sentence and unsupervised probation. From the outset, the charge of accessory to […]


ONPD cop kills man, leaves

ONPD cop kills man, leaves

An Osage Nation police officer who formerly worked for the Skiatook Police Department fatally wounded a man with his patrol pickup truck in Tulsa on Friday night. Officer Corey Blake Stewart, 26, was off-duty when he hit Shawn Rex Watashe, 55, near 73rd East Avenue and  East Admiral Place around 9:30 p.m. According to law […]


6+ Felonies net no jail time

Pearson Leon O’Neal, a Skiatook businessman and one-time city council candidate who faced more than a half-dozen felony charges ranging from endeavoring to cultivate of marijuana to cruelty to animals, struck a bargain with prosecutors on Wednesday and received a five-year suspended sentence. O’Neal, 52, had been charged with a flurry of felonies in a […]


Sooner — not Golden — State

Maryjane, we’re not in California anymore. A Barnsdall couple was formally charged with distributing marijuana last Wednesday after deputies executed a search warrant at their home on West Vine and found 300 grams of marijuana – weed the couple said they could sell anywhere in the United States because they had medical marijuana permits from […]


Grave mischief irks victims

Grave mischief irks victims

A one-day blitz of thievery and vandalism at the Pawhuska Cemetery has relatives of the deceased hopping mad and upset but any arrests are unlikely because it was apparently perpetrated by children who were only 7 years old, police say. “I told their parents that they could do more punishment than I could,” said Pawhuska […]


Burbank woman critically injured in wreck

Burbank woman critically injured in wreck

A Burbank woman was critically injured in a car accident Friday in Pawnee County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Arlene Christenson, 78, was airlifted to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa after the accident on OK 18 two miles north of Pawnee at 12:44 p.m., according to a report by Trooper Justin Garrison. The report […]


Warrant: Search based on execs’ hunch

Warrant: Search based on execs' hunch

  Bartlesville police obtained a search warrant based on the suspicions of three Jane Phillips Medical Center administrators that a former hospital executive was behind a series of prank letters that reflect poorly on the hospital and the three current executives. The target of the search, Mark Aldridge, a former chief financial officer at Pawhuska […]


Fugitive shoots, kills himself

Fugitive shoots, kills himself

A man who bolted from police during a Pawhuska traffic stop in January fled again on Thursday evening, this time with disastrous consequences: He shot himself in the head inside a car at the Eastland Shopping Center in Bartlesville. Osage County Undersheriff Lou Ann Brown said that lawmen got word that William David Parks Jr., […]


Five alarms on Fifth

Five alarms on Fifth

At 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday, my phone made a burbly noise I had never heard before. By the time I realized it was a Facebook phone call from Barnsdall City Treasurer Dianne Garrett, I had missed it. I inwardly cursed Facebook for trying to take over all forms of communication in the world. Then came […]


Grocer, former mayor, charged with theft

Former Barnsdall Mayor Rick Parker, who has lately been managing the grocery store in Pawhuska, was formally charged Tuesday afternoon with feloniously embezzling money from the store. According to the probable cause affidavit for Parker’s arrest, Pawhuska police officer Grant West took a report about the case on Feb. 13. West and Wikel found that […]


Fire set to cover up murder

Fire set to cover up murder

A man who appeared to have been shot in the head several times was found burned inside his home on Sunday night, and on Monday an arrest warrant was issued for the man investigators believe committed both first-degree murder and arson. The gruesome scene was discovered around 9 p.m. Sunday on Pond Drive near Sand […]


Fire threatens historic Barnsdall block

Fire threatens historic Barnsdall block

A massive fire broke out tonight in the former beauty shop and home of Marvin and Estelle Bridgeford, then spread to the original Bigheart Times printing plant and office, and was threatening the former Knights of Pythias Hall, owned by Ronnie Kelley and which houses several classic cars. When we left, heartbroken and hopeless, the […]


Rape of 15-year-old nets 5 years

A jury convicted a Pawhuska man accused of first-degree rape by force of the lesser charge of second-degree rape, and sentenced him to spend five years in prison for the crime. Damion Dustin Combs was 28 when the rape occurred in Hominy on March 17, 2013. The victim was a girl, 15 years old, who […]


Shooting yields 2nd arrest

A second person has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a Pawhuska man in what police reports describe as a drug turf battle. Wesley Wayne Patterson, 23, was taken into custody on a charge of accessory to shooting with intent to kill. Skylar Ames, 23, was arrested shortly after the shooting of 20-year-old […]


No charge filed on cop

Cleveland’s police chief told that city’s newspaper that District Attorney Rex Duncan has indicated he will not file a charge against a police officer and failed Republican candidate for Osage County assessor despite a request by Hominy police that he be charged with assaulting his estranged wife in front of their children. Duncan told the […]


DA mulls charging officer

The District Attorney’s Office is reviewing paperwork to decide whether to charge a Cleveland police officer and recent candidate for Osage County assessor with domestic abuse. Hominy police were summoned by a child to the home of Raymond Leach’s estranged wife on Jan. 20, when he allegedly grabbed her by the arms and pushed her […]


Accused killer mentally ill

Accused killer mentally ill

Michael Devin Stanley, the 20-year-old who is facing the death penalty if convicted of murdering his sister, is mentally iill and not currently competent to stand trial, according to a state forensic psychologist. Stanley, who is accused of killing his sister Larisa Fraley in Osage County and great-grandmother Esther Driskell in Tulsa County in January […]


Reward offered in Wynona rustling case

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier and the Osage County Sheriff’s Department are seeking information on the theft of 12 head of calves that were stolen sometime between Tues., Nov. 11, 2014 and Wed., Nov. 19, 2014. from an Osage County rancher located near Wynona.   According to Perrier, the 12 […]


Vet arrested in shooting

Vet arrested in shooting

A shooting in Pawhuska on Tuesday night has led to the arrest of a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who told police that he was not satisfied with punching his victim so he pulled out his pistol and shot him, too. Skylar Anthony Ames, 23, was booked into the Osage County Jail the night […]


Counselor faces charge

Counselor faces charge

Louis G. Gray, a longtime Osage journalist and political figure who ran for Osage Nation Congress and battled against Native American mascots, was charged last week with felonious sexual battery of a 22-year-old woman who was in his care at the Osage Nation Primary Residential Treatment program. Gray, 61, the former editor of the Native […]


Couple appeals abuse case

Lawyers for Lora and Aubrey Thomas, the Sperry couple serving multiple life and 40-year sentences for child abuse, filed appeal briefs with the Oklahoma Court of Appeals last week that their convictions be overturned or their sentences vastly reduced. Arguing on behalf of Lora Thomas, James Bowen of the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System’s Capital Defense […]


Osage execution set

Every day, at least every day until one fateful Friday in the fall of 1998, Gay Carter would call her daughter Pam, known to all in the family as Sissy. The message was nearly always simple: “I love you.” That ended 15 years ago on Nov. 13, when John Marion Grant, then 37, forced Gay […]