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Medical Examiner Calls Tulsa Police Shooting a Homicide

Officer Betty Shelby turns herself in, is released on bond

(Newser) - The Oklahoma man killed by police this week died from a "penetrating gunshot wound of chest," the state medical examiner's office said Friday, classifying the death as a homicide. However, spokeswoman Amy Elliott said a full autopsy report and toxicology results are not yet complete, reports AP... More »

Tulsa Teacher Posts Poignant Essay After Police Shooting

'Tragedy lives and breathes' among classmates of Terence Crutcher's daughter

(Newser) - A teacher at a Tulsa charter school attended by the daughter of an unarmed black man killed by a white officer says the tragedy "lives and breathes" among her students in a moving essay she posted on Facebook detailing her experience helping students cope. Rebecca Lee is a teacher... More »

Police Officer Who Killed Unarmed Man in Oklahoma Charged

Betty Shelby has been charged with manslaughter

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Tulsa, Oklahoma, filed manslaughter charges Thursday against the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man on a city street , the AP reports. District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler filed the charges against officer Betty Shelby, who shot and killed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16. Dashcam and... More »

Unarmed Black Man Whose Car Stalled Killed by White Cop

Protesters are calling for criminal charges

(Newser) - An unarmed black man killed by a white Oklahoma officer who was responding to a stalled vehicle can be seen in police video walking away from officers and toward his SUV with his hands up before he approaches the driver's side door, where he drops to the ground after... More »

The 10 Least Safe Cities for Women

Be extra-vigilant in Miami, Houston

(Newser) - Out on the town in Miami or Houston? Ladies should be extra-vigilant. Both cities are among the least safe for women based on 31 factors, including crime, workplace policies, women in local politics and police forces, and health care, as well as education and wealth, which "indicate a woman'... More »

Car Rental Worker Goes Extra Mile for Mom of Twins

Babies' mom wants everyone to #BeAJohn like John Goodlett

(Newser) - Coty Vincent's car was smashed last week after a hit-and-run accident, so she lugged her twin boys to a rental car company, CNN reports. But the Oklahoma mom didn't find only a vehicle at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Tulsa: She also found a young man she says is "... More »

Woman Whose Home Caught Fire Cheers America Up

Tulsa's Michelle Dobyne, other complex residents stay cheerful after blaze

(Newser) - When News on 6 reporters got to the scene of a fire at an Oklahoma apartment complex on Sunday, they figured they'd find residents "miserable and upset." But while firefighters doused the blaze at Tulsa's Casa Linda complex, they couldn't put out the positive vibe... More »

'F--k Cops' Tattoo Helps Nail Oklahoma Robbery Suspect

The horns on the suspect's head didn't help, either

(Newser) - It wasn't that difficult for cops to track down two suspects after an Oklahoma man called in a robbery attempt on Friday: one suspect was the victim's ex-girlfriend, while the other sported face tattoos that are hard to miss, the Tulsa World reports. The unnamed victim told cops... More »

'Unbelievable': 4-Year-Old Left in Car Is Crushed by It

It was a freak accident, police in Tulsa, Okla., say

(Newser) - In an accident that was equal parts tragic and freakish, a 4-year-old boy left unattended in an SUV ended up being crushed to death by it. Police in Tulsa, Okla., say the bizarre accident happened when the mother left the boy and his two siblings in her Chevrolet Suburban while... More »

Report: Tulsa Cops Told to Fudge Deputy's Training

Robert Bates may not have been as qualified as he claims

(Newser) - Questions have arisen about how qualified reserve deputy Robert Bates was for the job after he shot and killed Eric Harris in Tulsa, Okla., on April 2, claiming he mistook his firearm for his Taser. Bates' attorney has said his client, charged with second-degree manslaughter in Harris' death, had undergone... More »

Deputy Charged for Killing Black Man 'by Mistake'

Robert Bates faces second-degree manslaughter

(Newser) - A 73-year-old reserve deputy in Tulsa, Okla., was charged today with second-degree manslaughter for shooting an unarmed black man while arresting him, Tulsa World reports. Bob Bates says he mistakenly drew his firearm believing it was a Taser, then fired the bullet that killed Eric Harris, 44. "He made... More »

Cops: Deputy, 73, Shot Man Dead 'by Mistake'

Family accuses Tulsa insurance exec of being 'pay to play' cop

(Newser) - Yet another disturbing video of a police shooting has surfaced—this time involving a deputy that the victim's family say should never have been there. Reserve Deputy Bob Bates, a 73-year-old insurance executive, told police he thought he was reaching for his Taser when he shot Eric Harris in... More »

Boy Gets Nazi Ring From Vending Machine

4-year-old's mom outraged in Tulsa, Oklahoma

(Newser) - A mom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, got quite the shock when her 4-year-old son popped a quarter in a vending machine at a dollar store and out came a gold-colored, plastic ring—bearing the Nazi symbol of an eagle atop a swastika, Fox 23 reports. "You don't want to... More »

Tulsa Wipes Klansman's Name From Street—Sort Of

Brady Street to be named after different Brady

(Newser) - A debate in Tulsa over the renaming of a city street has finally been settled, thanks to a subtle (and somewhat contentious) compromise. Brady Street was named for Wyatt "Tate" Brady, an instrumental figure in the city's past who was also in the Ku Klux Klan. The street'... More »

Tulsa Mulls Renaming Sites Under Klan's Shadow

City father Wyatt Tate Brady was a member

(Newser) - Wyatt Tate Brady helped turned Tulsa from a cluster of tents into a major Oklahoma city at the turn of the 20th century, and his name is attached to all kinds of local sites: a street, a neighborhood, a theater, and a mansion. But the shadow of his past is... More »

7K Patients of Dentist Told to Get Tested for HIV

Tulsa health officials find health violations at office

(Newser) - About 7,000 patients of an Oklahoma dentist are being urged to get tested for HIV and hepatitis after investigators discovered that instruments weren't properly cleaned—even though the dentist knew several of his patients carried infectious diseases. Dr. W. Scott Harrington has voluntarily closed his practice and is... More »

2 Killed as Jet Crashes in Indiana Town

3 hospitalized in South Bend

(Newser) - A private jet apparently experiencing mechanical trouble crashed into an Indiana neighborhood yesterday, hitting three homes and killing two people aboard the plane, authorities said. The crash injured two other people aboard the Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet and one person on the ground, a fire official said. The jet had... More »

Missing Woman Found Alive... in Freezer

She hid there to escape storms

(Newser) - A Tulsa woman took shelter in a deep freezer during severe storms last weekend—but the freezer itself turned out to be the bigger danger. It seems she couldn't get out, authorities say, and she went missing for five days until relatives headed to the 59-year-old's apartment to... More »

Tulsa Suspects Charged With Murder, Hate Crimes

Victims targeted because they were black, say prosecutors

(Newser) - Two men accused of going on a shooting spree that terrorized the predominantly black north side of Tulsa face murder and hate crime charges. Jake England, 19, and his roommate, Alvin Watts, 33, each were charged today with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with intent to... More »

Tulsa Shooting Suspect Was Friendly With Victim: Wife

Jake England had visited with William Allen, wife says

(Newser) - William Allen was friendly with Jake England , occasionally chatting with him when they ran into each other—but now England, along with Alvin Watts, is accused of killing Allen during last week's Tulsa shooting spree . Allen's widow tells the Tulsa World that Allen and England met at the... More »

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