Local, State briefs
BY Staff Reports
Saturday, December 15, 2012
12/15/12 at 2:39 AM
Two men fire guns during Tulsa pharmacy holdup
Two men fired shots during a pharmacy robbery Thursday night.
A man entered the Med-X store at 4423 Southwest Blvd. about 8:45 p.m. and fired a shot into the ceiling, police said.
The shooter then jumped over the pharmacy counter and stole prescription cough syrup before fleeing on foot, Officer Leland Ashley said.
A second man, who was outside the store, fired shots at a woman who was talking on her phone in the parking lot, Ashley said.
The men were wearing "Jason-type" hockey masks, and one was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and jeans.
A red Ford Focus was seen speeding from the area a short time later, police said.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 918-596-2677, online at tulsaworld.com/crimestoppers or via text message at CRIMES.
Text tips should begin with "Tip918."
Tipsters can be anonymous and could receive a reward.
- AMANDA BLAND, World Staff Writer
SUV driver sought in hit-and-run after earlier crash
Police are searching for the driver of a sport utility vehicle that struck a motorist who was removing debris from a Tulsa highway late Thursday after an earlier crash.
Adham Abdelhamid Othman, 28, was arrested on a complaint of driving under the influence of alcohol after he rolled his Acura sedan on U.S. 169 near 41st Street about 11 p.m. Thursday, police said.
Othman fled on foot, but officers found him in a nearby trailer park, Officer Leland Ashley said.
A motorist stopped to remove debris from that crash from the road and was struck by a silver SUV that then fled the scene, Ashley said.
The injured motorist was taken by ambulance to a hospital in serious condition.
Ashley advised motorists, "Never get out in the roadway and attempt to remove debris."
He suggested that drivers use their hazard lights to alert oncoming vehicles to the wreckage or to contact Tulsa police dispatchers at 918-596-9222 to have an officer sent to remove the debris.
Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS, online at tulsaworld.com/crimestoppers or via text message at CRIMES.
- AMANDA BLAND, World Staff Writer
Man jumps from turnpike overpass, is killed in traffic
A Tulsa man was killed when he jumped from a turnpike overpass and was struck by an oncoming truck, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Troopers said Walter Richardson, 60, died at the scene.
Richardson apparently jumped from the Sheridan Road bridge over the Creek Turnpike shortly before 9 a.m. Friday.
He then struck the windshield of an eastbound tractor-trailer rig being driven by Clayton Johnson, 33, of Sapulpa.
Johnson reportedly was not injured.
- Jerry Wofford, World Staff Writer
Fire that killed Salina-area man is ruled accidental
SALINA - A fire that killed a Mayes County man this week has been ruled accidental by the state Fire Marshal's Office, a spokeswoman said Friday.
The body of John Marble, 85, was recovered early Wednesday from a home about six miles east of Salina, authorities said.
Marble died of smoke inhalation, according to Joanne Sellers of the state Fire Marshal's Office.
The fire started in the living room near a gas-fueled wall heater, she said.
The blaze broke out about 4:50 a.m. Wednesday, Sellers said.
Marble's grandson was injured while trying to save him and was treated at a hospital and released, she said.
- Rhett Morgan, World Staff Writer