Former Tulsa Oiler gets probation in assault case
A former Tulsa Oilers hockey player received a four-year sentencing deferral in a case involving a then-girlfriend and a 2011 disturbance.
Sylvain "Sly" Naud pleaded guilty this week to malicious injury to property, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of assault and battery and unlawful entry. The latter counts were amended from accusations of domestic assault and battery and burglary.
A related misdemeanor count of interfering with an emergency phone call was dismissed as part of a plea agreement in which Tulsa County District Judge Bill Musseman made no finding of guilt and deferred sentencing until February 2017.
Naud, 42, can have the case dismissed and expunged upon completing a four-year probation. He must pay court-related fines, assessments and costs totaling $2,603, an official said.
Naud, listed in court records with a Bixby address, played on the Oilers' 1992-93 Central Hockey League championship team. He played three separate stints with the Oilers, most recently in the 2000-01 season.
Another Tulsa County case filed in 2011 against Naud - containing counts of domestic assault and battery, malicious injury to property and interfering with an emergency phone call - was dismissed this week.
Prosecutors indicated that the same woman was a victim in both cases, records show.
- BILL BRAUN, World Staff Writer
Fire at office building is investigated as suspicious
Fire investigators and the Tulsa Fire Department's accelerant-detection dog were called to the scene of a business fire early Thursday.
An alarm company contacted the owner of the Council Oak Center office building at 1717 S. Cheyenne Ave. after the building's alarm was tripped, District Fire Chief Jeremy Moore said.
The proprietor was met with heavy smoke when he arrived and attempted to go inside, Moore said.
The Tulsa Fire Department responded to the blaze about 4:30 a.m. and contained the flames within 20 minutes, he said.
The building was not occupied at the time of the fire, and no one was injured.
Moore estimated the value of the structure at $450,000 and said the blaze caused approximately $100,000 worth of damage.
- AMANDA BLAND, World Staff Writer
Two face multiple charges after stolen cars pursuits
Two people were charged with multiple crimes Thursday in connection with police chases that involved stolen cars last week.
Brandy Dawn Rudlang-Reed, 24, is charged with attempted assault and battery, unauthorized use of a vehicle, three counts of leaving the scene of collision, eluding police, resisting police and driving without a warrant.
Jerod Cody Linthicum, 29, is charged with the same offenses as well as with knowingly concealing stolen property.
The high-speed chases began Feb. 8 after an auto theft sting in which detectives were told people with stolen vehicles would be in the area of Third Street and Lewis Avenue.
When police attempted to pull over the two vehicles, their drivers fled, running several red lights before one crashed at Delaware Avenue and Interstate 244. The driver, whom police said was Linthicum, fled on foot but was caught by police.
Rudlang-Reed was following in another stolen vehicle and continued to run from police, her arrest report alleges.
She drove farther east on I-244 before circling back to the area where the first collision occurred, running several red lights and causing at least two collisions along the way, according to police.
The chase eventually ended in the 1400 block of South Delaware Avenue. Rudlang-Reed fled on foot and hid for some time before she was located by a police dog, her arrest report alleges.
Both remained in the Tulsa Jail on Thursday night.
- JERRY WOFFORD, World Staff Writer
Tulsa police officer, OHP trooper among honorees
Two local law enforcement officers were recognized Thursday for their efforts to make Oklahoma streets safer.
Tulsa Police Officer Larry Woods and Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Rusty Callicoat both received Buckledown Awards at the 20th annual event Thursday.
The awards recognize state law enforcement officers and safety advocates for their work to increase traffic safety, enforce seat-belt laws and reduce impaired driving.
Woods works in the department's Motorcycle Unit and earned the Matthew Scott Evans Memorial Award. The Don Byerley Memorial Award went to Callicoat, a trooper in Troop B, which patrols the Tulsa metro area.
The awards are named for law enforcement officers who were killed by impaired drivers.
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Yingling and OHP Trooper Tim Baker were also recognized for their efforts. Baker patrols Troop D in the east-central part of the state.
- JERRY WOFFORD, World Staff Writer
Spanking with ping pong paddle leads to charges
SAND SPRINGS - A Sand Springs woman who was charged on an allegation that she abused her 7-year-old son with a ping pong paddle was arrested Wednesday.
Miranda Kyle Farley, 27, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on a child-abuse injury complaint, jail records state.
Farley was charged Tuesday in Tulsa County District Court in connection with the Feb. 4 incident, court filings show.
According to Sand Springs Police Deputy Chief Mike Carter, Farley spanked the boy with a ping pong paddle, leaving injuries so concerning that a Sand Springs school official contacted the police.
An investigation by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and Sand Springs police found enough evidence to pursue charges, Carter said.
"This is not a case of the police saying that parents can't spank their child in Oklahoma," Carter said. "There are limits. You can cross the line of lawful spanking into unlawful abuse."
Farley posted $25,000 bond Wednesday and was released from custody. She is scheduled for an arraignment on Feb. 20.
- KENDRICK MARSHALL, World Staff Writer
Lanes shift during Owasso street-widening project
OWASSO - As part of a widening project on 96th Street North, traffic flow will be affected on the street through Sunday.
All westbound traffic on 96th approaching 129th East Avenue from 145th East Avenue will be diverted to the south side of 96th because the northern lanes will be closed to install a water line.
Traffic will not be allowed to turn left onto 129th East Avenue from either direction. Right turns will still be permitted. Hospital detour signs will be posted.
The work should be complete by Sunday.
- From Staff Reports
13-year-old is still under investigation in sex crime
CLAREMORE - A 13-year-old boy who was arrested last week on allegations that he sexually abused an 8-year-old girl remains under investigation, a prosecutor said.
The Rogers County Sheriff's Office compiled at least a 19-page investigative report, which was submitted to the District Attorney's Office on Monday, Sheriff Scott Walton said.
A sheriff's investigator was told by prosecutors that a charge wouldn't be filed immediately, the sheriff said.
"The report we were given raised more questions that we need answered," said Janice Steidley, the district attorney for Rogers, Mayes and Craig counties.
She added, "We are taking it very seriously."
Gary Stansill, a district attorney's investigator who specializes in sex crimes, will participate in the joint investigation with the Sheriff's Office, Steidley said.
On Feb. 4, a woman who lives in northern Rogers County looked out her window and saw the 13-year-old boy and her daughter engaged in sexual activity, the sheriff said.
The boy was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention facility.
- RHETT MORGAN, World Staff Writer
Woman is found dead a day after ejection in crash
A 37-year-old woman was found dead a day after she was ejected from her car during a crash in Delaware County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
Krista Summerfield dropped her children off for school Tuesday morning while on her way to Kansas, Okla., for vocational school, the OHP said.
She did not arrive and was found about noon Wednesday in a ravine next to her Chevrolet Impala.
Troopers determined that the car ran off the road on a curve and struck a steep embankment about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The car flipped and came to rest against a tree in a ravine five miles south of Jay.
Summerfield was not wearing a seat belt, troopers said.
- AMANDA BLAND, World Staff Writer