Crime

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 […]


Skiatook hydro op busted

A former Skiatook City Council candidate who has fallen repeatedly afoul of the law hasbeen charged again, this time with feloniously trying to grow marijuana in a trailer at his Westside Trailer Park, along with other crimes. Tulsa Police executed a search warrant Dec. 12 and returned it to the courthouse on Friday, saying they […]


3.3lbs of weed, guns

Osage Nation Police and county deputies raided a house last Tuesday in Pawhuska’s Indian Camp and discovered more than three pounds of high grade marijuana, a large amount of cash and guns. Arrested then released on a $250 bond set in tribal court was Theodore Brunt, 64, who lives on Wakon Iron. According to an […]


Not found: Texas Twisters

Not found: Texas Twisters

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on a suspect cockfighting farm in the southern part of the county but it yielded no arrests. The place was full of gamecocks, but it is not illegal to own such birds unless there is proof they are used to fight. And the deputies did not […]


Feds call off temporary injunction, now ask for removal of all structures at Enel’s Osage Wind project

Feds call off temporary injunction, now ask for removal of all structures at Enel's Osage Wind project

The United States is asking to withdraw its request for an injunction to stop the construction of the Osage Wind project because the wind company claims it has already dug all of the pits to install turbines. In addition, the United States struck back at Osage WInd and its owners, ultimately the Italian utility Enel, […]


County to appeal ruling in Mustang Run case, setting off a long delay for Enel Green Power

County to appeal ruling in Mustang Run case, setting off a long delay for Enel Green Power

The Osage County Board of Adjustment voted unanimously Tuesday night to appeal a judge’s ruling that ordered it to approve a conditional use permit for the Mustang Run wind project, effectively throwing that development into what could in an untenably long delay for developers. The board met in executive session for about an hour with […]


Charges declined in Sand Springs stabbing death

Charges declined in Sand Springs stabbing death

A man from Sand Springs was killed by a longtime friend of his early Sunday during an apparent domestic dispute, according to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office. Bradley Wayne Seaton, 27, died in the four-person altercation that occurred on Indian Oaks Drive north of Sand Springs. The Osage County District Attorney’s Office declined to file […]


Sanity trial set in murder

A former school teacher who is accused of murder in the shooting death of his mother is claiming he’s mentally incompetent and is scheduled to stand trial on that single issue in December. Special District Judge Stuart Tate ordered the trial last week to determine the competency of Robert Leroy Connor, who allegedly shot his […]


Police need help in hit and run accident

The Pawhuska Police Department is looking for anyone who has any information in regards to the following event. Just before midnight on 10-16-14, Dustin Green of Pawhuska was struck while riding his bicycle on Main Street, near the Stone Ridge apartments. The vehicle that struck the Green did not stop and fled the scene.  The vehicle has been described […]


Jury deadlocks on rape case

Jury deadlocks on rape case

The Osage County District Attorney’s Office will put a Ponca City man charged with first-degree rape on trial a second time after a jury deadlocked 6-6 on Wednesday night, unable to reach a verdict. The jury impasse capped the two-day trial of Beau Adam Biggoose, 25, who was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old […]