Local, State briefs
BY Staff Reports
Friday, February 01, 2013
2/01/13 at 2:53 AM
Grenades, bomb parts are found in Tulsa apartment
Officers responding to a domestic violence call Wednesday discovered bomb-making materials in an apartment.
Police were called the Greens of Bedford, 6508 S. 106th East Place, just before 6 p.m. to investigate a domestic disturbance, Officer Jillian Roberson said.
Officers searched the apartment for a possible victim, whom they were unable to locate, she said.
Richard Douglas Carter, 41, was arrested after police saw several grenades on and around a bed in the apartment.
The Police Department's bomb squad was dispatched to the scene and found materials commonly used to manufacture explosives, Roberson said.
Federal prosecutors charged Carter on Thursday with possession and manufacture of a destructive device.
He had been booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of manufacturing a bomb or explosives and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
He is being held without bail.
- AMANDA BLAND, World Staff Writer
Nursing home robbers go for drugs, leave with bag
Police are seeking three men who tried to rob a Tulsa nursing home for prescription medication but fled with an employee's purse, instead.
An employee was smoking outside Companions Specialized Care, 6201 E. 36th St., about 3:30 a.m. Thursday when three men forced her inside at gunpoint and ordered her to retrieve pills from a locked room, police said.
A second employee was in the room, and both were ordered to fill trash bags with narcotics and other medications, Cpl. Jerrod Hart said.
After a patient shouted from a nearby room, the robbers grabbed an employee's purse and fled without the pills, Hart said.
A police dog tracked the robbers to a hole in a fence that surrounds a nearby apartment complex. Hart said the men likely had a getaway vehicle waiting there.
Police described the robbers as three black men between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 7 inches tall. They appeared to be 18 to 25 years old and were wearing hooded sweatshirts with bandanas over their faces.
Investigators believe that the men had some knowledge of the facility's operations.
Anyone with more information about the robbery 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 anonymous and could receive a reward.
- AMANDA BLAND, World Staff Writer
Cushing police shooting of Tulsa teenager justified
STILLWATER - The fatal shooting of a Tulsa teenager by two Cushing police officers on Jan. 10 has been ruled justified, Payne County District Attorney Tom Lee said Thursday.
Rabih Ozeir, 18, brandished a handgun outside a chiropractic clinic as the two officers approached, and he refused to drop the weapon despite their commands, Lee said.
The officers shot Ozeir when he pointed the gun at them, he said.
Ozeir was taken to a local hospital and was flown from there to a Tulsa hospital, where he died.
After the shooting, Master Patrol Officer Randy Evans and Officer Rachel Hentges were placed on administrative leave. Now that the shooting has been ruled justified, they are able to return to active duty.
The officers had been called to the scene about a disturbance.
- SUSAN HYLTON, Tulsa World
'Synthetic drug' K2 bust made at Grand Lake store
GROVE - Law enforcement investigators seized 3,000 packets of what they said is a "synthetic drug" at a Grand Lake convenience store Thursday.
Gitter Done, a convenience store on the north side of Cowskin Bridge, was shut down Thursday afternoon after an undercover agent bought a synthetic controlled substance known as K2 there, said Mike Eason, a Delaware and Ottawa County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigator.
No one was arrested, Eason said.
He said 3 grams of the substance sells for almost $40 and that "the drug is 10 times stronger than marijuana."
The product was marketed as incense or potpourri that is "not for human consumption" and was kept locked behind the store's checkout counter, he said.
The seizure comes off the heels of a yearlong undercover drug operation with the local drug task force and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, he said.
"We had been receiving complaints that people were having serious medical conditions after smoking the drug," Eason said.
"People were having seizures, heart attacks. One person almost died. He survived but was hospitalized for a month."
- SHEILA STOGSDILL, World Correspondent