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On this edition of ST, we learn about the Tulsa Police Department's ongoing efforts to implement recommendations submitted earlier this year by the Tulsa Commission on Community Policing. In particular, we focus on the Department's implementation of a Community Response Team (or CRT) program; this is an initiative still in its "pilot" stage. As we learn today from our guest, Tulsa Police Deputy Chief Jonathan Brooks, the three-person CRT team includes an officer from the Police Department, a paramedic from the Tulsa Fire Department, and a mental health professional.

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Last night, a jury here in Tulsa acquitted one Betty Shelby -- a white Tulsa Police officer -- who had been charged with first-degree manslaughter after she shot and killed an unarmed black man named Terence Crutcher last September. Some people in this community feel that justice has been served, while others feel, as was stated by Rev. Joey Crutcher, the victim's father, after the verdict came down: "I believe in my heart that Betty Shelby got away with murder." Where does Tulsa go from here?

On this edition of ST Medical Monday, we learn about the nonprofit Family Safety Center, which is located in the basement of the downtown Tulsa Police Station.

Our guest is Prof. Barry Friedman, who is the Fuchsberg Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and the director of the Policing Project. He joins us to discuss his new book, "Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission." As noted of this widely acclaimed study in a starred review in Kirkus: "A law professor diagnoses the ills of American policing and prescribes a healthy dose of sunlight. 'Policing in the United States -- from the overzealous beat cop all the way to the NSA -- is out of control,' writes Friedman, and the fault lies not with the police but with us.

Police violence, police shootings, and police brutality -- and acts of murder or terror committed against the police themselves -- have been on the rise in America in ways that are deeply and pervasively troubling -- not to mention downright scary.

On this installment of StudioTulsa, we are talking about the Vision program, which was recently approved by the Tulsa City Council in unanimous vote, and which is now slated to appear on the April 5th ballot. Our guests are City Councilors Karen Gilbert (of District 5) and G.T. Bynum (of District 9), who both describe the Vision program in detail why also explaining why they think it's vitally important for voters to approve this program.

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A city of Tulsa misdemeanor ticket amnesty program this month is wildly successful, getting overdue fines off the books much more than anticipated.

Crews from the "First 48" television reality show have been following detectives in the Tulsa homicide unit since July. Now the first episode featuring Tulsa is ready to air. Officer Jillian Roberson says it will give citizens a chance to see how the business of solving murders really works.

The first episode featuring Tulsa will be aired Thursday at 8pm on A&E.

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Tulsa Police set a record for recovering guns from lawbreakers with a crackdown on gangs. Officer Leland Ashley says the Organized Gang Unit has confiscated 177 firearms this year, beating the previous record of 163 in 2009.

A Safe Tulsa grant helped pay for officers’ time in the gun recovery effort. The grant money is earmarked strictly for fighting criminal street gangs.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police have arrested a suspect in a deadly shooting outside of a Wal-Mart in Tulsa. Authorities arrested 20-year-old Eric Santeliz today in last night's shooting in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart. Police say the shooting was the result of a failed robbery or drug deal. One person was killed, two others wounded. The shootings were at the Wal-Mart in the 200 block of South Memorial Drive around 10:30 last night.

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A downtown Tulsa Credit Union is robbed at gunpoint. Police Officer Leland Ashley says a man with a handgun entered Tinker Federal Credit Union near 7th and Main about 10am this morning. Ashley says he pointed the gun at tellers, and demanded money, took an undisclosed amount and fled.  

The suspect is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall between 160 and 180 pounds.  He was wearing a fedora style hat, glasses, a black shirt and black short pants. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers.

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Detectives are investigating the city’s latest homicide. Officer Leland Ashley says the victim was found dead outside his home near 3300 North Garrison early Wednesday morning. He was apparently taking out his trash, when witnesses say an SUV drove up and multiple shots were fired at the man.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Ashley says most of the city’s homicides this year have been solved quickly with arrests made. He urges anyone with information about this latest killing to call Crimestoppers.


Monday, the kids are heading back to class after the holidays, and Tulsa police will crack down on speeders and reckless drivers in school zones. Officer Leland Ashley says drivers need to be aware as classes resume after winter break. He says no warnings will be issued, if stopped in a school zone, you will get a ticket..and fines can be hefty, up to 500 dollars.

Ashley says the special enforcement is organized by the Mingo Valley division on Tulsa’s east side, but other divisions will also be focusing on school zone enforcement.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in Tulsa say more than 140 violent gang members were taken off the streets during a recent operation.

Officials say they also recovered 29 guns, $20,000 in cash and more than $22,000 in cocaine and other drugs during the operation, which ran from August to October.

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan tells the Tulsa World that the department's efforts with the U.S. Marshals Service produced remarkable results in the area of gang violence.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two Tulsa police officers are facing a federal civil rights by a man who claims he was forced to do push-ups along a roadside after an officer searched his vehicle.

Court papers show 24-year-old Brian Lumpkin filed suit on Friday against Tulsa police Officers James Bohanon and Kevin Warne.

The suit alleges the officers were conducting drug surveillance on a house when Lumpkin was stopped. The lawsuit alleges Bohanon conducted an illegal search of his vehicle and found no drugs.


The Days Inn Hotel at I-244 and North Sheridan was the scene this morning of a Police stand-off with a Tulsa homicide suspect.

Police cornered Eliboreo Carrillo  in one of the rooms. Other guests at the hotel were evacuated. 

Carrillo was wanted for the murder of his ex-wife’s boyfriend last night in Tulsa. The area around the hotel was sealed off from about 1:30 this morning till around 10AM.

Son Arrested in Mom's Tulsa Murder

Oct 6, 2012
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A Tulsa man is arrested after his mother is found stabbed to death on her porch near the Fairgrounds.  Police say 43-year-old Veronica Stick was found at her home in the 3900 block of East 24th Street on Friday afternoon. The discovery was made about 3:15PM.

Officials located her son, several miles away, and took him to police headquarters for questioning. While no motive is known, 20-year-old William Stick was arrested on a complaint of First Degree Murder. He is being held in the Tulsa Jail.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead after a motorcycle crash in east Tulsa early Thursday morning.

Tulsa police say the crash happened at about 2 a.m. in the Regency Park subdivision. Authorities say the motorcycle was likely traveling too fast when the driver failed to negotiate a curve in the road and crashed into two parked cars in a driveway.

Police say the man driving the motorcycle was killed instantly. His female passenger died later Thursday.

Authorities say neither person was wearing a helmet.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in Oklahoma say a man driving a pickup truck crashed into a gate guarding a Tulsa police parking lot.

Tulsa television station KOTV reports a man and a woman were inside the truck that came to a stop in the parking lot surrounded by police cars on Sunday.

Tulsa Police Sgt. Tim Lewandowski says the people inside the truck claimed they were being chased by someone with a gun.

The woman was questioned and released. The driver was taken into custody.

Lewandowski said he thought the gate would cost about $3,000 to repair.

Three Shot in South Tulsa Overnight

Sep 10, 2012

Tulsa Police are investigating an early morning shooting spree in south Tulsa. The incident took place overnight near 63rd and South Owasso Place.

Two men and a man were found in the street. One of the women is in extremely critical condition.  The other two are in serious condition this morning.

Police are trying to figure out why they were shot and by whom.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A man looking for crawfish found a body along a riverbank in eastern Oklahoma. Tulsa television station KOTV reports that the man found the body on the east bank of the Arkansas River shortly after midnight. Authorities in Tulsa say the body of an unidentified man was in an advanced state of decomposition, and police believe the death was from natural causes. Police say an investigation is under way. ___

Tulsa Minister Shot Overnight in Home Invasion

Jul 31, 2012

A Tulsa pastor is shot in his north side home early this morning. It happened near Apache and North Denver.

Tulsa Police say someone kicked in the front door of the Rev. Kenneth Brooks' home shortly before 2 a.m, this morning. He was shot point-blank in the chest.  Police Cpl. Mike Shelton says Brooks was taken to a hospital and is likely to survive his injuries.

Brooks is the pastor of City of Refuge International Ministries.

Tulsa Arrest Made in High Profile Murder Case

Jul 27, 2012

An arrest is made in the shooting death of a Tulsa teenager. 24-year-old Edwin Daniels has been arrested for the murder of 17-year-old Kayla Ferrante. She was on her way home from a date with her boy friend, when someone fired a shot at the car.

The bullet traveled through the car and struck her in the back. She was rushed to the hospital, but died later from her injuries. She had just graduated from Memorial High School one day earlier.

Pre-Schooler Shot in Tulsa

Jul 25, 2012
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A three-year-old girl is in fair condition at a Tulsa hospital. She was rushed to the facility last night after she shot herself.

Police say the girl found a loaded gun in her parents' bedroom. While playing with the weapon, it discharged and she was struck in the pelvis.

It happened last night in a neighborhood near the Tulsa International Airport, west of Memorial. The parents are not expected to face charges.

Three in Custody as Bomb Squad Finds Explosives

Jul 24, 2012

Tulsa Police Department calls the bomb squad to a home on Monday. The initial investigation was for a stolen trailer. TPD obtained a search warrant and found explosives at the home.

TPD Corporal, Greg Smith, says the bomb squad has retained multiple devices and detonated them.

Three people are arrested for allegedly possessing stolen property, drugs, and drug paraphernalia. One of them is the alleged owner of the explosives.


A suspect is dead after being shot in a neighborhood near 21st and Garnett. Police say the wound was self-inflected,

It started this morning after a donut shop near Admiral and Garnett was robbed. A Tulsa Police woman spotted the suspect about 5:30 this morning near 14th and Garnett. When she tried to talk with him, a gun was pulled and he fired shots at her. She was not hit.

The suspect then ran into a neighborhood. Another officer spotted the man and he too was fired upon. He was not hit, either.

Robbery Gang Busted and Indicted

Jul 12, 2012
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    U.S. Attorney Thomas Scott Woodward announced that a federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Indictment against eight gang members charging them with conspiracy, multiple robberies and use of firearms during and in commission of the robberies charged.  The Grand Jury’s Superseding Indictment names Vernon James Hill, age 26, Christopher Darnell Lewis, age 23, Deandre Antonio Hopkins, age 22, Marquis Deron Devers, age 23, Dontayne Dejay Tiger,age 22, James Miller, age 23,  Kenneth Lee Hopkins, age 23, and Dejuan Legmar Hill, age 23, all of Tulsa.

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An ex-convict may be headed back to prison. 38-year-old Donald Broomhall has been arrested on drug related and auto theft charges in Tulsa.

He was arrested last night after crashing a car into a house near 5th and Pittsburg. Broomhall led officers on a chase through mid-town.  Officers used a stun gun to subdue him after the car crashed into the house.

The car he was driving was reported stolen earlier in the day.

He did time in 2001 for a felony drug conviction.

In the booking report, he admitted to officers he was addicted to meth.


Tulsa Police are searching for some fake cops who robbed a man at the Bristol Park Apartments on East 45th Street South. 

Authorities say a man noticed he was being followed to his home at the apartments around midnight Sunday. Two men in a van got out and approached him.

The victim said the two men appeared to be law officers. They carried guns and radios and had badges attached to their belts.

Police say"Clearly they were impersonating officers.”

The fake cops are apparently targeting Hispanics, a group that detectives say often carry a lot of cash.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The number of homicides in Tulsa in the first half of 2012 puts the city on pace to challenge last year's seven-year low. The Tulsa World reports the city saw 26 killings this year through June 30, compared to 25 during the same period last year. There were 53 homicides in all of 2011, marking the lowest number since 2004. The newspaper says that if the pace holds, the city could finish this year with three annual declines since it had a record 71 killings in 2009.