On this week’s episode of Listen Frontier, senior staff writer Kevin Canfield and City Councilor/local entrepreneur Blake Ewing talk Tulsa: The future of Vision 2025, the Arkansas River, what Tulsa needs downtown and would Blake ever run for Mayor?
The security guard who shot and paralyzed a man earlier this year following an encounter at a south Tulsa apartment complex was charged Friday with possessing marijuana at the time of the shooting.
Ricky Stone, according to police documents, admitted to having a small amount of marijuana in a backpack inside his pickup the night he shot Monroe Bird through the neck. Bird, who was inside the car with a 15-year-old female friend when he was shot, crashed his car into a tree.
In neighboring Okmulgee County, where the district attorney has been assigned to investigate alleged wrongdoing by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, records and interviews show a variety of connections between law enforcement and prosecutors over the years as well as potential conflicts.
An investigator for the Okmulgee County district attorney’s office is being sued in a case alleging excessive force against a man who was Tased during a 2013 arrest. The same investigator, Gary McCollum, was involved in a botched arrest in 2005 in which Tulsa County Assessor and Reserve Deputy Ken Yazel shot an Okmulgee County man in the buttocks.
Tulsa County Commissioner John Smaligo has renewed his push to charge the city of Tulsa a flat rate to hold its inmates in the Tulsa Jail, saying he believes the city never intended to sign a jail agreement with the county.
Smaligo’s proposal calls for the city to pay approximately $3.8 million annually, or about five times what the city has budgeted for that purpose.
Plans are in the works to turn the old Arby’s building on the corner of Fourth and Main streets into a mixed-use development that would include 58 apartments, records show.
The 70,000-square-foot structure is owned by World Media Enterprises, owner of the Tulsa World newspaper. The project would include 43 one-bedroom apartments and 15 two-bedroom apartments.
At least 20 percent of the apartments would be reserved for low-income residents.