Crime

Garrett Thomas pleads guilty

Garrett Thomas pleads guilty

  The son of two sentenced child abusers from Sperry pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually molesting the same four children his parents abused. In a 20-minute hearing before Osage County Special District Court Judge Stuart Tate, Garrett Thomas formally entered his guilty plea on all four counts of lewd molestation and waived his right to […]


Barnsdall police seeking armed robbery suspects

Police are seeking two people, one armed with a gun, who burst into a house in Barnsdall wearing bandanas over their faces and stole a bag full of prescription medicine, including several narcotics. Police Chief John Ferguson said that the armed robbery occurred between 1:30 and 1:51 p.m. Wednesday April 16 in the 600 block […]


Cheshewalla competency in question

Jack “Rusty” Cheshewalla Jr., the Pawhuska man who walked into the police station in March 2013 and announced he was a child sexual predator, may not be competent to stand trial. Cheshewalla, now 63, was ordered last week to undergo an examination at the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita to determine his competency after another […]


A K9 goes 10-7

A K9 goes 10-7

Doc is a dog long on reputation among lawmen, who often declare that the 100-pound German shepherd is just plumb insane. He’s got so much attitude, backed up by size, that he has never had to apprehend a criminal. When he shows up, the bad guys just give up. For those who listen to police […]


Gilkey case remains murky

The drawn-out and factually foggy preliminary hearing for former Pawhuska football coach Scotty Gilkey continued on Thursday and ended without resolution, the judge saying he would hold another court session on the matter at the end of May. “It is my intent to produce a written decision prior to that time that will allow the […]


One charge reduced to accessory in Skiatook murder case

One charge reduced to accessory in Skiatook murder case

  Two defendants in the shooting death of a Skiatook home builder were bound over for trial last week but the District Attorney’s Office is unhappy with a judge’s decision to reduce the charge against one from first degree murder to accessory. Aaron Clay King, 31, and Amanda Nicole Auten, 32, had both been charged […]


Man pleads to mail fraud in case involving car titles laundered through Osage Nation

Former Pawhuska resident William “B.J.” Smith changed his plea Tuesday morning in connection to a luxury car theft ring that involved more than 125 vehicles purchased across four states. After initially pleading not guilty last year, Smith pleaded guilty to six counts Tuesday before Judge Catherine Perry in the Eastern District of Missouri. Among the […]


Casino robber looking at 7 years to life

A Tulsa man pleaded guilty today to brandishing a gun during a robbery at the Osage Casino in Tulsa, United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. for the Northern District of Oklahoma said Tuesday.   Dominique Amoia McDowell II, age 19, entered a plea of guilty before U.S. District Court Judge John Dowdell to the […]


Out of prison, then back to jail

Out of prison, then back to jail

An Avant man did a jailhouse turn and burn on Thursday of last week, when he was released from prison after serving three years for manslaughter then within hours managed to earn a spot in the Osage County Jail for assaulting several law enforcement officers. Russell Goddard, 40, got home to Avant and made his […]


Granny got her gun

Granny got her gun

In the wee hours of Thursday morning, 88-year-old Goldie Compton was asleep, CPAP machine purring and her hearing aids out, when her dog started barking. And wouldn’t hush. So Mrs. Compton, CPAP mask still attached and in her pajamas, went to investigate. She heard a few bangs, and when she looked outside, she saw a […]


Thomases look at life behind bars

Thomases look at life behind bars

Despite protestations of their innocence and a request by lawyers that the judge throw out a jury’s verdict, Aubrey and Lora Thomas received stiff sentences Tuesday for abusing their adoptive children: He received four 40-year sentences and she received four life sentences, all to run consecutively, meaning that neither is likely to live free again. […]


Gilkey hearing sheds little light

Pawhuska Schools’ superintendent and a teacher testified Monday at a preliminary hearing in the felony embezzlement case against former football coach Scotty Gilkey, but the case was continued until April because the District Attorney scheduled the hearing during spring break and a third witness was unavailable. Superintendent Landon Berry and junior high math teacher Ray […]


Thomases speak out on charges

Throughout their trial, Aubrey and Lora Thomas stood mute as they were accused of all manner of heinous acts against their three adoptive children in Sperry. When a jury found them guilty, and sentenced her to four life terms in prison and him to four 40-year sentences, they betrayed little reaction. But now, as they […]


Killer says he was nagged to do dishes

The Skiatook teen charged with killing his great-grandmother and half-sister admitted to police that he stabbed them to death and said he was sparked to commit crimes because the elder woman had been nagging him and asking him to wash dishes. The probable cause affidavit, filed in Tulsa and made public Wednesday, also reveals that […]


Teen charged in 2nd stabbing murder

Teen charged in 2nd stabbing murder

Two weeks after police made the grisly discovery of two women who had been stabbed to death in Skiatook, a second murder charge has been filed against the grandson of the eldest victim. Prosecutors in Tulsa County filed the charge Tuesday against Michael Devin Stanley, 19, accusing him of killing his great-grandmother, Esther Driskell, 74, […]


Osage Nation charges four of the Five-Man Board

Four former members of the Pawhuska Indian Village Five-Man Board are now facing legal action from the tribe. On Thursday, the Osage Nation Attorney General’s office filed criminal complaints in tribal court against Kenneth “KC” Bills, Theodore Brunt, Joe Don Mashunkashey and Frank Redcorn for misusing public money. The complaints stem from the results of […]


Stabbing suspect demands sanity trial

Stabbing suspect demands sanity trial

Snow on Tuesday postponed the competency trial of a man accused of stabbing a bus driver “through and through” with a ballpoint pen. Everyone but the defendant, Jack Stipp, believes that he is not competent to stand trial in the assault case, but Stipp himself insists that he is perfectly able to face the charges […]


Avant man bound over on sex charge

An Avant man was bound over for trial on a child molestation charge Monday, but serious questions arose about the case because the key reporting witness recanted her allegations that led to his arrest. Charles Tatum, 43, is accused of one count of lewd molestation and resisting arrest; on Monday, Special District Court Judge Stuart […]


State looking to revoke man who threatened to blow up courthouse

State looking to revoke man who threatened to blow up courthouse

In the wake of a Washington County conviction for child neglect and endangerment and other charges, prosecutors in Osage County are poised to revoke his probation on a five-year sentence for threatening to blow up the Osage County Courthouse and 10 years for burglary. The revocation was delayed until the Washington County case against Casey […]


Trial begins for chaplain’s son accused of murder

Trial begins for chaplain's son accused of murder

The trial of a Sand Springs man who is accused of shooting a man several times after he had fallen in the street is under way in Osage County District Court. The trial of Reginald Ward, 24, is expected to take two to three weeks to hear. According to a police affidavit, Ward was persuade […]


Ponca City man convicted in Pawhuska robbery, stabbing

Ponca City man convicted in Pawhuska robbery, stabbing

  Marcus Lolar, a man accused of breaking into a Pawhuska home, knifing the owner and making off with $300, was convicted of two felonies in the case on Thursday afternoon. The jury recommended that Lolar, 44, of Ponca City, spend 18 years in prison for the crime perpetrated against Shannon McGuire, a stonemason who […]


2 stabbed in Skiatook; one held as person of interest

2 stabbed in Skiatook; one held as person of interest

  By Louise Red Corn Skiatook has long been a place of few murders: One in 17 years, but the sleepy town was rocked Monday night and Tuesday morning about the stabbing deaths of a 16-year-old girl and 74-year-old woman. The two victims are related; the elder woman, Esther Driskell, was described by police as […]


For abusing four children, mother gets four life terms in prison, father gets 4 40-year terms

A Sperry couple whose adoptive children accused them of heinous child abuse was convicted last week of all counts lodged against them. The jury recommended that Lora Lee Thomas be sentenced to four life sentences in prison and that her husband, Aubrey Thomas, receive four 40-year sentences. The couple was taken into immediate custody in […]


Jury mulls child abuse charges

Jury mulls child abuse charges

  *****UPDATE***** A jury on Tuesday night found both Aubrey and Lora Thomas guilty on four counts each of child abuse or enabling child abuse. Lora Thomas was sentenced to four life terms in prison and Aubrey Thomas was sentenced to four 40-year terms. They were immediately jailed. Their lawyers say they will appeal. *********** […]