Sapulpa, OK – Police: Okla. inmate captured at Sapulpa motel
SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) Police say they've captured an escaped inmate from Tulsa after a four-hour standoff at a Sapulpa motel.
Tulsa television station KOTV reports that the inmate escaped from the Avalon Treatment Center. Police say they found the inmate's car in the parking lot of the Interstate Inn and knocked on his motel room door. Police say a woman left the room and was arrested, but the suspect refused to leave.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma state senator has been thwarted in his attempt to stop outgoing Gov. Brad Henry from making a sixth appointment to the state Supreme Court.
The high court yesterday denied a motion by state Sen. Clark Jolley for a stay that would have prevented Henry from appointing a justice to replace the late Marian Opala, who died in October. The court's ruling on the motion allows Henry, a Democrat, to proceed with appointing a new justice. But the merits of the case have not yet been decided.
Tulsa, OK – The First Lady of Tulsa T-V has passed. Betty Boyd has died.
She was one of the first women on Tulsa TV, working at both KOTV and KTUL. After retiring from the daily TV grind, she became the head of Public Information for Tulsa Tech. She later ran for the state legislature where she represented east Tulsa in district 23.
Oklahoma City, OK – Gov. Brad Henry to join Edmond law firm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry says he will join the law firm of Lester, Loving and Davies in Edmond after he leaves office next week.
Henry told The Oklahoman will be of-counsel to the firm meaning he will not be an associate or partner in the firm. Henry says he wants to sharpen his legal skills while still having time to work with charitable and nonprofit organizations.
The governor said he is also considering other opportunities - but declined to elaborate.
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa officials say the city plans to hire private auditors in an effort to increase collections of delinquent sales taxes.
Mayor Dewey Bartlett signed a contract in principle last May with Revenue Discovery Systems of Birmingham, Ala., before the Oklahoma Legislature passed a law that allows only the state Tax Commission to handle sales-tax collections.