Cop involved in felon gun deal

An Osage County reserve deputy traded a firearm to a convicted felon in March in exchange for construction work which was never completed. The reserve deputy, Bobby Sappington, met with Michael Whitesell at Whitesell’s business, Big Mike’s Welding and Fabrication, in Skiatook. There, Whitesell agreed to build a 700 foot pipe fence at Sappington’s residence […]

Assault case declined again

The Payne County District Attorney, specially assigned to the case of a Cleveland police officer Hominy police wanted charged with domestic assault, has declined to press charges. DA Laura Thomas said that evidence was lacking in the case, and that police should have interviewed officer Raymond Leach, who also co-chairs the Osage County Republican Party, […]

High Court rejects DA case

Without comment, eight of the nine justices of the Oklahoma Supreme Court threw out an application by District Attorney Rex Duncan in which he sought to have a Pawnee County judge’s order creating a drug court vacated. The high court also tossed Duncan’s similar challenge to another order by Pawnee County Associate District Judge Patrick […]

Avant man given life in sex case

Tony Arthur Robinette did not look surprised as deputy sheriffs handcuffed and led him from the courtroom after his conviction last Thursday on two counts of child sexual abuse. The jury recommended that the maximum allowable penalty be imposed for the charges – life imprisonment. The Avant man was convicted for two instances in 2013 […]

Kidnapping, rape trial gets under way

Kidnapping, rape trial gets under way

The first day in the trial of Carl Leon Mathis, the Osage County man charged with five felonies including kidnapping and rape, ended Tuesday with the prosecution’s opening statement. Mathis also faces charges of forcible sodomy and assault and battery. Mathis’ accuser is Shannon Eastman, with whom Mathis had a relationship from 1990 to around […]

DA recuses in GOP cop case

In the wake of a complaint to the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office, District Attorney Rex Duncan has recused himself from a case involving a Cleveland police officer accused – but never charged – of assaulting his estranged wife in Hominy. Raymond Leach, who has previously worked for the Pawhuska and Hominy police as well as […]

Drug Court battle, Round 3

District Attorney Rex Duncan is continuing to throw up barriers to the establishment of a drug court in Pawnee County by challenging a second order creating such a court and declining to participate in a meeting to organize it. Duncan is challenging three separate administrative orders creating the drug court mandated by Gov. Mary Fallin […]

Perjury case tossed, hard

The District Attorney’s Office, which pressed a perjury charge against a Cleveland man who subsequently won election to that city’s city council, saw the charge dismissed after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday. At issue: A case that the candidate’s lawyer, Bransford Shoemake of Pawhuska, said was baffling from the moment the defendant, Keith Buntin, walked […]

Cop canned because of fatal hit and run

An Osage Nation police officer involved in a hit-and-run incident earlier this month does not work for the tribe anymore. On Thursday, Osage Nation Attorney General Holli Wells issued a statement announcing that Corey Stewart’s employment with the tribe was terminated due his involvement in a May 1 hit-and-run accident in Tulsa. The announcement came […]

Another pleas out in Reyes shooting

Kristen Ramey, one of four people accused of felonies in a Pawhuska shooting, became the second defendant to agree to a plea deal in which the charges against her were vastly reduced. In March, Ramey was charged with being an accessory to shooting with intent to kill in the January shooting of Reginald Reyes on […]

After sentencing, rustler dies

A Ralston man facing jail time for cattle rustling and dumping medical waste into the Arkansas River died Sunday in Oklahoma City. Twenty-seven year old Garrett Gibson was pronounced dead at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center. Citing HIPAA, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections declined to elaborate on how Gibson died other […]

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 […]