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Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado said Tuesday that while COVID-19 infections from the county jail outbreak reported earlier this month are down among the inmate population, cases are on the rise among guards.

Regalado said at a press conference at Tulsa City Hall that the number of inmates with active cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus was 27, down from 84 two weeks ago. Regalado said the jail had previously established a peak of six "pods," or quarantine units, for inmates.

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The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is responding to a COVID-19 outbreak inside the county jail, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

TCSO communications director Casey Roebuck said at a press conference that of a total population of 1,158 inmates being held as of Tuesday, 84 were actively infected with the novel coronavirus. 21 more were considered recovered, and six staff members were also infected. Roebuck said there have been no hospitalizations, but that inmates had received medical treatment in-house.

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The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office now has a rapid COVID testing system for use at the jail.

The jail's medical provider, Turn Key Health, helped acquire the system, which runs antigen tests with results in 15 minutes.

Sheriff Vic Regalado said it will not be used in all cases when an inmate or jail employee needs a COVID test.

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The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Child Predator Unit arrested a 26-year-old man they believed was a local teacher in a sting operation.

The sheriff’s office said Aaron Hernandez sent lewd pictures of himself to and discussed sex with an undercover deputy posing as a 14-year-old girl on the apps Whisper and Snapchat. Hernandez was arrested Monday morning when he reportedly went to meet the teen to have sex with her.

The Board of Tulsa County Commissioners on Monday approved an agreement between the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Lighthorse Police and the Tulsa County Sheriff for law enforcement in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma.

Sheriff Vic Regalado said his deputies will be authorized to enforce laws on Muscogee (Creek) Nation land.

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The Tulsa Board of County Commissioners voted 3-0 on Monday to end a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house federal immigration detainees in a special unit at the Tulsa County Jail.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) said that the contract, under which they receive $69 per day for each federal inmate detained, was not making fiscal sense recently, due to a steady decline in inmates that the county says ICE has never explained.

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A former sergeant at the Tulsa County Jail has been arrested on charges of first-degree manslaughter.

A Tulsa Police Department spokesperson said Christopher Straight, 53, of Sapulpa, was working as a security guard at the Knight's Inn at S. Garnett and Route 66 when he instigated an altercation with Carlos Carson, 36, on June 6th. Straight allegedly pepper sprayed Carson before shooting him to death. Straight is white; Carson was Black.

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Tulsa County renewed on Tuesday its agreement with the federal government for the sheriff’s office to identify undocumented immigrants for deportation after they’ve been arrested.

The Board of County Commissioners voted 2–1 for the new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 287(g) agreement. Commissioner Karen Keith voted against it.

Tulsa County’s previous agreement was set to expire in June. The new one is in effect until terminated by the sheriff or ICE.

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Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado announced Thursday the closure of six cold case homicides dating back decades. 

Five of the cases solved by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Task Force, an all-volunteer team of investigators, involved suspects who had since died. 

The sixth case resulted in the Thursday arrest of Tommy Edward Harris in Osage County. Police say Harris has previously confessed to killing Kim McVey in 1992, leaving her body behind a shed in Owasso.

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While COVID-19 is spreading in jails, Sheriff Vic Regalado said Wednesday the Tulsa County Jail remains without a confirmed case.

Regalado said his office will start testing all existing and incoming inmates next week.

"The COVID testing will consist of nasal as well as saliva tests, and I hope that gives us an insight, especially as it concerns asymptomatic inmates," Regalado said.

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A detention officer at the Tulsa County Jail died Wednesday after suffering a "medical episode" unrelated to COVID-19, according to a Thursday statement from the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

Officer John Okafor had worked for the sheriff's office since 2007, according to the statement.

"Despite the life saving efforts of his coworkers & paramedics , he passed away at the hospital," the statement says. "Please keep his family and coworkers in your prayers."

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With attorneys and loved ones prohibited from visiting detainees at the Tulsa County Jail due to the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says it is waiving video visitation fees for communications between attorneys and clients in custody. 
 

The Tulsa County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved an amendment to the county’s contract with Tech Friends, Inc., the Arkansas-based company that manages the jail’s video visitation system.

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The name of former Sheriff Stanley Glanz is dropped from the Office’s new training center. The center was named for Glanz before he was forced to resign in disgrace. Some Tulsa County leaders felt it was inappropriate to leave his name on the regional training center. New Sheriff Vic Regalado says he put it to a vote of deputies and staff. They voted overwhelmingly to change the name.

Commissioners today unanimously okayed the change to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Training and Communications Center.

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Despite being forced from office, out-going Sheriff Stanley Glanz gets to keep his badge and gun. The Tulsa County Commission votes to allow Glanz to retain his peace officer status. It comes over objections from a citizens’ group that circulated petitions leading  to a grand jury investigation. Spokesman Marq Lewis says Glanz failure to do his duty shouldn’t allow the law officer designation. He refers to the shooting of an unarmed suspect by Reserve Deputy Bob Bates, a close friend of Glanz. The incident led to Glanz resignation and two grand jury indictments.

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An outside firm will take an in-depth look inside the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office. Dallas based Community Safety Institute was awarded the contract this week to do a comprehensive audit of the department, including the controversial reserve deputy program. It’s suspended since the death of an unarmed suspect by a reserve officer who mistook his gun for a taser.

Sheriff Glanz says the audit should take from 90 to 100 days.

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Three bidders want the job of an intensive review of the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office. Bids were opened this week. What is being called an operational assessment of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Services comes about partly because of the killing of an unarmed suspect by a reserve deputy. Sheriff Glanz says it will be a comprehensive study of his office, including the reserve deputy program.

Glanz’ office has been under fire since the fatal shooting and allegations of falsifying training records. 

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A news release from Sheriff Stanley Glanz announces that Major Shannon Clark has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending further review and evaluation of the job duties and work performance of Major Clark. Chief Deputy Michelle Robinette will assume Clark's administrative duties over operation of the jail and Terry Simonson will assume public information officer responsibilities. It's the latest in a shake up of the Sheriff's Office following the shooting of an unarmed suspect by a reserve deputy.

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A judge says a civil rights group can collect signatures for a grand jury investigation of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. Presiding District Judge Rebecca Nightingale today approved ‘We The People Oklahoma's’ petition. It asks for an investigation into whether Sheriff Stanley Glanz neglected his duties and whether some reserve deputies who gave gifts to Glanz were given special treatment.

Robert Bates, a longtime friend of Glanz, is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the April 2 shooting death of Eric Harris.

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Tulsa County leaders say it’s time to show appreciation for those who enforce the law. A resolution recognizing National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is passed. Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz says such recognition now is important, given recent situations that have brought out protestors against police involved shootings and tactics. He believes lawmen and women are getting a ‘bad rap’.

The resolution is in solidarity with Concerns of Police Survivors, or COPS, the group behind Law Enforcement Day.

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Sheriff Stanley Glanz says he’s fed up with the city of Tulsa’s refusal to pay inmate costs he believes they owe.

County leaders deferred action today on a resolution implementing jail cost recovery rates for Tulsa municipal inmates at the request of the Sheriff. Glanz says it includes too many waivers and exceptions. He also says he will NOT support another extension of the current jail contract with the city of Tulsa. Negotiations have been on-going for several months now. 

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Tomorrow ground will be broken for construction of Tulsa County’s new ‘Sheriff Stanley Glanz Law Enforcement Training Center’. Undersheriff     Tim Albin says the concept is for a regional facility to train Tulsa deputies, but also those from smaller jurisdictions.

The facility will include a dispatch center, a shooting range, a driver training track, classrooms, and living quarters. Construction on 66th Street North is expected to take 18 to 24 months.

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Tulsa County gets a bunch of new deputies. More than 40 new deputies are coming on board, and most of them have just completed a four week jail academy. Sheriff Stanley Glanz says that will relieve some of the mandatory overtime seen at the Moss Justice Center recently.

In addition, 12 new deputies are being sworn-in this afternoon and they will begin work in the field immediately.

The Tulsa Sheriff’s Office has decided NOT to pursue a lawsuit against the Oklahoma Department of Corrections further. Major Shannon Clark says Sheriff Glanz has decided to dismiss the pending lawsuit against the DOC. Clark says since the takeover of Robert Patton as DOC Director, state ready inmates have been accepted in a more timely manner.

The backup of state inmates was costing Tulsa County money, but Sheriffs in smaller population centers complained they counted on the DOC money paid to hold state ready inmates, and the speed-up hurt their budgets.

A Conversation with Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz

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There's been a lot of talk lately about Tulsa County's seriously over-crowded jail and its woefully under-funded juvenile justice system. Thus certain Tulsa County officials are currently holding --- that is, this week and next --- a series of public meetings all over the county in order to a.) explain these separate yet related problems, and b.) make the case for a .067-cent tax, which the officials say will fix these issues. Our guest on ST is Stanley Glanz, who's served as the Sheriff of Tulsa County since 1989.

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It’s been 15 years since teenager Dena Dean was murdered after disappearing from a West Tulsa shopping center. Every year, on the anniversary of her disappearance, her family and the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office set up a mobile Cold Case Command Post at the shopping center. Dean’s father, Larry, hasn’t given up hope someone will come forward with information that will solve the case.

Anyone with information on the Dean case or any cold case is urged to call the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office at 918-596-8681.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County Sheriff's deputy has died from injuries she suffered in an off-duty accident.

Deputy Laura Nieves died about 3:30 p.m. Friday at home. She was 35.

Sergeant Shannon Clark said at the family's request, details of the accident won't be made public.

The Tulsa World reports that Nieves began working with the sheriff's office in 2007 and became a deputy in 2008. She was assigned to the Court Operations Division.

She was married to another Tulsa County deputy and had two children.

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Tulsa County has a new undersheriff. The Commission meeting room at the courthouse is crowded as Chief Deputy Tim Albin takes the oath of office to become the second in command at the Sheriff’s Office. Albin has been with the office since 1989. He says things have changed a lot in the years since he began his career, with terrorism and illegal immigration, the office works more on issues that have a global perspective.

Albin replaces Brian Edwards, who retired this month, and took a job with the Grand River Dam Authority.

Tulsa County’s second-in-command law enforcement officer is leaving. It’s been announced that Tulsa Undersheriff Brian Edwards will become the chief law enforcement officer at the Grand River Dam Authority in northeastern Oklahoma. His official title will be Assistant General Manager for Law Enforcement and Homeland Security. The official announcement came at the GRDA’s board meeting in Vinita. Edwards will retire April 27th. He’s been with the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office 31 years.