Local, State briefs
BY Staff Reports
Friday, January 04, 2013
1/04/13 at 3:09 AM
'Extremely violent' man sought in assault cases
Police are looking for a man they consider "extremely violent" who is accused of choking a woman and holding her against her will for hours.
Jarion Tyrone Hopson, 34, was charged Wednesday with multiple counts of domestic assault and kidnapping in connection with crimes alleged to have occurred in Tulsa last month.
The six counts filed Wednesday add to domestic assault and kidnapping charges filed against Hopson in October in connection with separate allegations that month, court records show.
Hopson is accused of breaking a woman's arm, choking her, keeping her against her will and threatening to harm her further if she told anyone about the assault.
Anyone with information about Hopson or his whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 918-596-COPS, online at tulsaworld.com/crimestoppers or via text message at CRIMES.
Text tips should begin with "Tip918." Tipsters can be anony- mous and could receive a reward.
Detectives also are asking any additional alleged victims of Hopson's who have not come forward to call 918-746-5254.
— JERRY WOFFORD, World Staff Writer
Officials say BA man tried to suffocate, drug his wife
BROKEN ARROW - A Broken Arrow man was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he attempted to suffocate his wife and force her to take prescription pills, the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office reported.
Travis Brian Neighbors, 38, is accused of handcuffing Darla Smith Neighbors, trying to force prescription pills into her mouth and attempting on multiple occasions to suffocate her, Maj. Gary Handley said in a news release.
Deputies arrested him while investigating a reported domestic disturbance at the couple's house near 91st Street and 257th East Avenue, although he tried to flee as the deputies spoke with the couple's neighbors, the release says.
He had marijuana, other controlled drugs and drug paraphernalia on him when he was arrested, Handley said in the release.
Travis Neighbors is being held in the Wagoner County Jail without bond on complaints of attempted murder; domestic assault and battery; kidnapping; attempted escape; and possession of marijuana, pills and drug paraphernalia.
- ZACK STOYCOFF, World Staff Writer
Tulsan given life sentence for child sex-abuse crimes
A Tulsa man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for child sex-abuse crimes involving two family members.
Richard Reed Clough, 38, pleaded guilty in November to 14 sex-abuse counts involving the same girl, who is now a teenager.
He also pleaded no contest to one count of sexually abusing another teenage girl.
Clough had no deal with prosecutors to govern his punishment. Tulsa County District Judge William Kellough imposed 15 life sentences that will run concurrently and be treated as one life term for prison purposes.
Clough must serve more than 38 years behind bars before he can become eligible for parole.
According to a sentencing report, he sexually abused one girl for eight years, until she was 17. Clough indicated that he was "teaching her about sex," according to the report.
Prosecutors alleged that the offenses occurred between January 2007 and June 24, 2011.
Clough has been in the Tulsa Jail since June, records show.
— BILL BRAUN, World Staff Writer
Wounded man drives for help after he is shot
A man was hospitalized in critical condition after he was shot outside a townhouse Wednesday night.
Police were called to the MedCenter at 2929 S. Garnett Road shortly after 10 p.m. by a gunshot victim who was seeking treatment at the facility, which was closed, Officer Leland Ashley said.
The 31-year-old man told police he drove himself to the clinic after he was shot during a holdup outside the Worthington Townhouses, 11813 E. 21st Court.
Two men blocked him inside his car, demanded money and shot him in the abdomen as he attempted to flee, Ashley said.
The victim was taken to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition, Ashley said.
The shooter is described as a tall black man with a thin build who was wearing a red jacket. He and the other man left in a black Dodge Neon, police said.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS, at tulsa world.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
Second man dies after crash on Tulsa street
A second man has died after a head-on collision on South Peoria Avenue on Saturday.
Samuel Joseph "Sam" West, 31, of Pawhuska died Sunday. Jonathan Darius "J.D." West, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the men were brothers.
Sam West was driving a small car that swerved into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle near 63rd Street and Peoria Avenue about 11:30 p.m., police said.
He was admitted to a hospital in critical condition. J.D. West and another person were passengers. The other passenger fled on foot after the crash, police said.
The other vehicle's driver was not seriously injured, police said.
- AMANDA BLAND, World Staff Writer
Eligible Tulsans can apply for Fix Our Streets rebates
Applications are available for qualifying Tulsa residents to receive Fix Our Streets sales-tax rebates.
Through 2014, eligible residents may receive $25 rebates for sales taxes from the 2008 Fix Our Streets package.
To receive the rebates, residents must apply annually. Applications for the 2012 rebate are due by April 15.
Nearly 13,000 residents submitted applications and received the $25 benefit last year.
Tulsa residents may qualify for rebates either by age - if they were 65 or older for any part of 2012 - or by income eligibility for the Oklahoma Sales Tax Refund or Oklahoma Earned Income Tax Credit.
Recipients must have lived in Tulsa for at least one year before applying and must be the family member who contributed the greatest share of income to the household.
Rebates are limited to one per household.
Applications are available in person at City Hall, 175 E. Second St.; by phone at 918-596-2100; or online at tulsaworld.com/streetsrebate
- From staff reports
Windstream executive's perjury charge dismissed
OKLAHOMA CITY - A perjury indictment against a former official with an Arkansas telecommunications company has been dismissed at the request of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office.
Eddie Bryson, former vice president and general manager of Oklahoma operations for Windstream Corp., was indicted by Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury in September.
He was accused of lying to the grand jury about basketball tournament tickets he gave to former Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Jim Sisney.
The perjury charge was dismissed Thursday, an order filed in Oklahoma County District Court indicates.
Court papers state that Bryson fully cooperated in the investigation of the case and denies wrongdoing.
Last month, bribery and conspiracy charges against Sisney were dismissed by prosecutors who agreed to defer prosecution for one year. Sisney had pleaded not guilty.
- From The Associated Press
Mother of slain man had received protective order
OKLAHOMA CITY - A man who was killed by his brother last week because he was threatening their mother had become increasingly violent, according to a protective order filed by the mother.
Michael Todd Hall, 40, was fatally shot Dec. 27 by his brother, Timothy Trueblood, 54, after Hall attempted to attack their mother with a knife in her home, police said.
Elizabeth Ann Dolinar, 71, had received a protective order against Hall in September on behalf of herself and Aryana Dolinar, 12.
According to the order, Hall had threatened to burn down Dolinar's house and frequently had vandalized her property, breaking windows and windshields, smashing in the garage door and tearing up the sprinkler system.
Dolinar wrote that Hall's behavior had become "more violent more frequently."
She declined to comment about the situation Wednesday, saying the family was grieving after Hall's death.
According to the police report, Hall and Dolinar were arguing in her garage about 7 p.m. Dec. 27 when Hall demanded money from her.
Dolinar refused and went back inside the house, and Hall forced his way inside. Hall was shot by Trueblood before he could injure Dolinar, the report states.
Master Sgt. Gary Knight said police think the shooting was justifiable. Trueblood was released after detectives interviewed him.
Hall's death was the 99th and final homicide of 2012 in Oklahoma City.
- ADAM KEMP, The Oklahoman