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BY Staff Reports
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
11/14/12 at 2:21 AM
Pair jailed after shooting; kids in protective custody
Two convicted felons were arrested and their three children were taken into protective custody after an apparently accidental shooting early Tuesday.
Police were called about 2:30 a.m. to the 1900 block of West Easton Court, where Lucky Garris Calvert, 33, told them he'd been shot during an attempted robbery on Edison Street, Sgt. Malcolm Wightman said.
Calvert was treated for his injuries and released to police.
Calvert's girlfriend, Stephanie Marie Gutierez, 25, later told police that Calvert had accidentally shot himself in the shoulder at their home, Wightman said.
Investigators discovered a sawed-off shotgun and marijuana in the home and determined that the pistol with which Calvert had been injured was stolen, police said.
Both adults were arrested, and the Department of Human Services was contacted to care for three children, ages 4, 3 and 10 months.
Calvert, who was convicted of armed robbery in 1995, was jailed on complaints of possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, possession of marijuana in the presence of a minor and knowingly concealing stolen property.
Gutierez, who was convicted of larceny in 2006, was jailed on the same complaints as Calvert as well as a complaint of obstructing an officer.
- Amanda Bland, World Staff Writer
1 man jailed, 1 hospitalized, 1 is sought after stabbing
A 27-year-old man was hospitalized after an altercation at a Tulsa nightclub Tuesday.
Security personnel called Tulsa police after a fight broke out at the 727 Club, 727 N. Sheridan Road, about 1:30 a.m., Officer Leland Ashley said.
Police identified the stabbing victim as Jonerik Dillon.
Ashley said that Dillon, Terrell Lagrone and a third man - the suspected assailant - apparently were involved in the fight.
Lagrone, 31, was arrested on complaints of public intoxication and obstructing an officer.
Dillon was taken to St. John Medical Center in serious condition, EMSA spokeswoman Kelli Bruer said.
Police did not have a detailed description of the third man.
Anyone with information about the fight is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS or online at tulsaworld.com/crimestoppers
- AMANDA BLAND, World Staff Writer
Human remains missing from tomb at Floral Haven
BROKEN ARROW - Authorities are investigating an apparent grave robbery at a Broken Arrow cemetery, police said.
Investigators found that human remains were missing from an above-ground tomb that had been broken into at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens, 6500 S. 129th East Ave., Cpl. Leon Calhoun said.
Cemetery workers had reported noticing damage to the tomb Monday, he said.
The remains, which had been there more than 25 years, likely were stolen over the weekend, Calhoun said. Investigators had no leads Tuesday.
"We don't really have much to go on other than that some workers found that (the remains) had been tampered with," Calhoun said.
Police were working to notify family members of the deceased Tuesday, he said.
Calhoun described the theft as unprecedented for the city, saying he could not recall any previous similar crimes.
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS or online at tulsaworld.com/crimestoppers
- ZACK STOYCOFF, World Staff Writer
4 jailed on meth-making complaints after standoff
CLAREMORE - Police arrested four people accused of manufacturing methamphetamine in a stolen vehicle after a standoff at a Claremore motel Sunday.
Officers responded to investigate reports of an occupied stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a Walmart store at 1 p.m., according to a news release. Two men and two women reportedly fled the scene.
Chief Stan Brown identified the vehicle's occupants as Danny Glenn Pirtle, 39; Jayson Braden Scott Handing, 27; Sarah Elyn Hawley, 20; and Jennie Runions, 30.
Hawley and Runions were located near the Elms Motel, where Pirtle and Handing were waiting in a room, Brown said.
The men allegedly climbed into the motel's attic to try to elude police, the report states.
Claremore police requested assistance from the Tulsa Police Department's Special Operations Team about 9 p.m., said Tulsa Police Officer Leland Ashley.
The men were apprehended as officers prepared to force entry, Ashley said.
All four were arrested on complaints of manufacturing and possessing a controlled drug.
Pirtle, Handing and Hawley are also being held on single complaints of possession of a stolen vehicle.
Pirtle and Handing, both convicted felons, were found to be in the possession of a firearm.
- AMANDA BLAND, World Staff Writer
Five people are injured in Mannford apartment fire
Several people were injured in an accidental structure fire at a Mannford apartment building Monday night.
Five people received medical treatment for varying degrees of burn injuries after a blaze at the Salt Creek Apartments, firefighters said.
Crews responded at 5:40 p.m. and found four units engulfed in flames.
The apartment building had been evacuated by the time emergency personnel arrived at the complex.
Residents received aid from the Mannford Ministerial Alliance, firefighters said.
A 58-year-old woman was transported by ambulance to Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa in serious condition, EMSA spokeswoman Kelli Bruer said.
Investigators with the state Fire Marshal's Office were called to investigate the blaze.
Fire officials said the fire was caused by a mechanical failure in an area where a gas heater and water tank were located.
- AMANDA BLAND, World Staff Writer
Troopers say Cushing man killed in crash was drunk
A 22-year-old man died Monday in a crash in Payne County that troopers said was the result of driving under the influence.
Kenneth A. Gomez of Cushing was pronounced dead at the scene on Norfolk Road just before 11 p.m., according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol news release.
Gomez was driving a 2004 Chevrolet pickup in Cushing when the pickup veered to the left, leaving the roadway, and went into a broadslide, troopers said.
The pickup struck a fence, a gate and two utility poles and became airborne at one point before landing on its roof.
Passengers Hayden A. Boyles, 21, and Chance D. Gray, 18, were treated at Cushing Regional Hospital and released.
None of the vehicle's occupants was wearing a seat belt.
Troopers list the cause of the crash as DUI and the driver's condition as intoxicated.
- AMANDA BLAND, World Staff Writer
Quapaw casino ex-officer pleads guilty in fraud case
A former chief financial officer of the Quapaw Casino in Miami, Okla., pleaded guilty Tuesday in Tulsa to a federal charge that alleged that she embezzled from the casino for more than four years.
Lori Lynn Beaty, 37, had been accused in a charge filed Sept. 28 by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tulsa with embezzling funds from the casino on a "recurring basis" from March 2007 until April 2011.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Shannon Cozzoni told the court on Tuesday that Beaty had informed tribal officials that she had used a tribal account to pay a credit card bill.
Cozzoni told the court that Beaty's disclosure prompted an internal audit, which led tribal authorities to discover the scope of Beaty's conduct.
The prosecution believes that the total amount of restitution Beaty will owe will be $9,615.25, Cozzoni said during the hearing.
However, the defense did not agree to that total on Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Claire Eagan will determine the official restitution amount as part of the sentence she imposes on Feb. 13.
Cozzoni said Beaty likely will face an increased punishment under sentencing guidelines for "abusing a position of trust" during her crime.
It appears that Beaty - who is free on bond - faces between four and 14 months in custody under the guidelines, Cozzoni said.
Federal Public Defender Julia O'Connell said she believes that probation also might be possible.
- David Harper, World Staff Writer
Vinita woman due trial in fatal shooting of husband
VINITA - A Vinita woman with a history of domestic violence was bound over for trial in the shooting death of her husband, court officials said Tuesday.
Glendora Beisley, 48, was in Craig County District Court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing on charges of first-degree murder or, in the alternative, second-degree felony murder.
She is accused of fatally shooting John Beisley on July 27 at their rural Craig County home.
Records show that the couple had a long history of domestic violence.
Glendora Beisley was charged with assault with a deadly weapon in April 2010, but the charge was dismissed six months later after a witness failed to appear in court, records show.
She was convicted in 2005 of assaulting John Beisley with a 45-caliber handgun.
John Beisley was charged in May 2005 with domestic assault and battery, a misdemeanor. That charge was dropped in December, court records show.
The felony murder charge was filed also because Glendora Beisley had a gun, which, as a felon, she was not permitted to have.
Beisley is being held in the Craig County Jail with bail set at $800,000.
- Sheila Stogsdill, World Correspondent
Election Board certifies most state election results
OKLAHOMA CITY - The state Election Board on Tuesday certified the general election results from Nov. 6, with the exception of House District 45.
A recount and allegation of irregularities was filed in the Cleveland County House race.
Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said that although turnout was heavy, it was not higher than in previous presidential elections.
- from the World Capitol Bureau
ODOT warns of delays on I-35 at border with Texas
THACKERVILLE - The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says construction work could cause major delays on Interstate 35 at the Oklahoma-Texas border.
Highway officials say all lanes of southbound Interstate 35 will be detoured to a service road about six miles south of the Oklahoma-Texas border at the junction of I-35 and U.S. 82.
The detour begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday and is scheduled to end at 7 a.m. Wednesday. Texas crews will be working on a bridge project.
Highway officials say significant delays are possible and traffic could extend back to the Oklahoma border.
Drivers are urged to plan for extra time while making travel plans.
- from the associated press