Local, State briefs
BY Staff Reports
Friday, November 30, 2012
11/30/12 at 2:44 AM
3 people hospitalized from shooting in west Tulsa
Three people were hospitalized Thursday after a shooting outside a bar.
Two men and a woman between the ages of 25 and 35 suffered gunshot wounds that are not considered to be life-threatening about 12:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Scotty's Lounge, 3119 W. 61st St., police said.
Officers were called to the area to investigate a report of shots fired, but they did not initially find any victims or suspects, Tulsa Police Cpl. David Turner said.
A witness told officers she saw people in a silver SUV and in a car shooting at each other in the bar's parking lot. Tulsa County sheriff's deputies soon located a silver SUV and pulled it over. The driver was found to have been shot in the right calf, Turner said.
The driver told authorities she had dropped off a second shooting victim at Oklahoma State University Medical Center.
Police also received information indicating that a third victim, a man who had been shot in the foot, had arrived at St. Francis Hospital.
Investigators are working to determine whether the car the third victim was driving had been stolen, Turner said.
The involved parties have not provided police with accurate or corroborating information about the shooting, he said.
- AMANDA BLAND, World Staff Writer
Coweta man is charged in fatal BA traffic crash
A Coweta man was charged Thursday with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle in connection with a Broken Arrow crash in early November that left a pedestrian dead.
Christopher Lee Lange, 24, also was charged in Tulsa County District Court with leaving the scene of a fatal collision.
Police reported that Robert Wallace Pitcher, 43, was hit by a 2000 Chevrolet pickup that they believe was driven by Lange as Pitcher was walking east on Washington Street (91st Street) near Dogwood Place about 11:30 p.m. Nov. 2.
Lange was booked into jail the next day on a complaint of leaving the scene of a fatal collision, jail records show.
Police said Lange and a passenger were not injured and were both wearing seat belts.
Leaving the scene of a fatal collision is a felony. Negligent homicide with a motor vehicle is a misdemeanor, according to the charges.
- David Harper, World Staff Writer
Woman jailed; theft from Bixby Soccer Club alleged
A woman was arrested Thursday on a charge accusing her of embezzling about $10,000 from the Bixby Soccer Club.
Sherry Kay Crystal, 40, was charged Oct. 12 with embezzling from the club between Sept. 1, 2011, and July 1.
Bixby Soccer Club board members contacted police July 2 to report their suspicions that Crystal - who also has used the last name Lenhart - had embezzled several thousand dollars from the club while acting as the organization's registrar, an affidavit by a Bixby police officer says.
Crystal admitted to police that she took about $10,000, according to the affidavit. She reportedly told police that parents registering their children to play would pay with checks to the Bixby Soccer Club that were deposited into accounts other than the soccer club's.
The affidavit indicates that another person also was involved in depositing the checks and opening the other bank accounts.
Crystal is the only person charged with embezzlement, however, because the other person was not employed by the club, Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Kevin Gray said.
Crystal was arrested Thursday morning and booked into the Tulsa Jail.
- David Harper, World Staff Writer
Nearly entire state is in extreme drought category
For the first time since September, more than 90 percent of Oklahoma is classified as having extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Tulsa County is also almost entirely classified as extreme drought this week for the first time since Nov. 6.
This isn't the worst drought Tulsa County has seen this year, however.
In August, the drought monitor classified the county as having the highest drought rating, D4, for exceptional drought.
According to the National Weather Service, Tulsa recorded 1.11 inches of rain so far this month, which is 1.53 inches less than normal rainfall for this time of November.
Joe Sellers, a meteorologist in the weather service's Tulsa office, said Tulsa's next rain chances are forecast for Monday night and Tuesday.
- From Staff Reports