Local, area briefs
By Staff Reports
Thursday, November 22, 2012
11/22/12 at 3:36 AM
Tulsa police seeking carjacker, stolen SUV
Police are looking for an SUV that was carjacked from a woman as she was leaving a Walmart parking lot Tuesday afternoon.
The man implied that he had a gun, and the woman fled un- injured before he sped off in her sport utility vehicle, police said.
The woman was waiting to turn onto Admiral Place from the parking lot of the Walmart at 207 S. Memorial Drive shortly before 3 p.m. when a man approached the passenger side of her SUV and got in, police said.
He tugged at his waistband as if he had a gun and told her to drive, police said. Instead, she fled from the vehicle, police said. She said she hadn't seen a gun.
The man got into the driver's seat and sped east on Admiral, police said. The vehicle is a silver 2005 Ford Escape with Oklahoma license plate 771-GGA.
The carjacker is described as black, about 6 feet tall and skinny. He was wearing a blue sleeveless shirt and a black hat and was carrying a black backpack.
Anyone with information about the man or the SUV is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS or online at tulsaworld.com/crimestoppers
JERRY WOFFORD World Staff Writer
Tulsa firefighters approve contract containing raises
Tulsa firefighters overwhelmingly approved a new contract Wednesday that calls for 3 percent raises retroactive to July 1.
Firefighters voted 401-63 to move forward with a contract that includes 3 percent monthly stipends for firefighters with emergency medical technician or first responder certification, as opposed to a flat rate, officials said.
The union previously had maintained that it had been unable to come to an agreement during bargaining sessions with the city and at one point expected to go to arbitration.
However, union officials and the city reached a tentative agreement on the contract Monday to avoid arbitration.
Tulsa Firefighters Local 176 President Chad Miller said he was pleased with the outcome of the vote.
"We think the contract is fair for the city and the firefighters union," Miller said.
- KENDRICK MARSHALl, World Staff Writer
Reward renewed in 2011 Thanksgiving shooting
FORT GIBSON - A $5,000 reward is being renewed for information leading to the arrest of two men who are accused of shooting a Wagoner County man last Thanksgiving at a shooting range, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday.
According to investigators, Kenneth Payne, 74, was at the Fort Gibson Wildfire Management Area shooting range Nov. 24, 2011, when someone shot him multiple times, the OSBI said.
Payne, a retired Air Force veteran, was able to contact a family member for help after he was shot and robbed, OSBI said.
Authorities said least four guns were stolen from Payne in addition to a gun caddy. One of the guns is a .22-caliber magnum rifle.
One of the suspects is described as a Hispanic man, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 160 to 165 pounds. He has a light complexion and is in his late 50s, the OSBI said.
The other suspect is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 160 pounds. He has dark curly hair and is in his late 30s.
Anyone who has information about the shooting is asked call either the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office at 918-485-3124 or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation at 800-522-8017.
- KENDRICK MARSHALl, World Staff Writer
Surveillance image shows credit-card fraud suspect
OWASSO - Owasso police recently released surveillance images of a person of interest in a Rogers County burglary case. The man was recorded on surveillance cameras using a stolen credit card at several Owasso retailers Sept. 8, said Sgt. Nick Boatman.
The Owasso Police Department is assisting authorities in Rogers County, where the card was stolen from a car, he said.
The man in the surveillance images is described as white with a medium complexion and dark hair. He wore a white bandana and a black T-shirt with a Pontiac Firebird logo on the front.
Anyone who might be able to identify him is asked to call Owasso police at 918-272-2244. Tips may be submitted anonymously at 918-272-COPS.
- AMANDA BLAND, World Staff Writer
Authorities want to identify a man recorded on surveillance using a stolen credit card at several retailers Sept. 8. Courtesy