Marshall Stewart http://kwgs.org en A Copper Theft Causes a Partial Shutdown and Big Headaches for Tulsa County Government http://kwgs.org/post/copper-theft-causes-partial-shutdown-and-big-headaches-tulsa-county-government <p>A copper theft shuts down much of Tulsa County government operations over the weekend. Thieves ripped out copper tubing from condensers used to cool computers. It caused temperatures inside to soar and forced a partial shutdown, according to Information Technology Director Tom Trimble. He says had it occurred during the week, it could have been devastating. Trimble says they were able to keep systems to the Sheriff’s Office going for emergencies. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:32:27 +0000 Marshall Stewart 57807 at http://kwgs.org A Copper Theft Causes a Partial Shutdown and Big Headaches for Tulsa County Government Oklahoma Could Outlaw Sales of E-Cigarettes to Those Under 18 http://kwgs.org/post/oklahoma-could-outlaw-sales-e-cigarettes-those-under-18 <p></p><p></p><p>Under a compromise bill passed by the Oklahoma House, sales of electronic cigarettes or similar vapor products to those under 18 would be banned. Representative Doug Cox of Grove is a doctor. He says he does recommend e-cigs as a way for people to reduce tobacco usage and eventually quit smoking, however, he says to claim electronic cigarettes with nicotine are not tobacco products is like saying red salsa is not a tomato product.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:39:06 +0000 Marshall Stewart 57668 at http://kwgs.org Oklahoma Could Outlaw Sales of E-Cigarettes to Those Under 18 Tulsa City Leaders Form Task Force on Juvenile Crime Prevention http://kwgs.org/post/tulsa-city-leaders-form-task-force-juvenile-crime-prevention <p>Tulsa Leaders are taking on juvenile crime. City Council Chair Karen Gilbert says a task force focusing on juvenile crime prevention has begun meeting. She says the idea is to bring together groups and organizations that deal with juvenile crime and enhance existing programs and expand the effort. Members of the District Attorney’s office, the police gang unit, the Juvenile Bureau, and those who work with at-risk youth are on the task force.</p><p>Gilbert says task force members want to focus on a small area at first and then expand throughout the city.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:48:23 +0000 Marshall Stewart 57538 at http://kwgs.org Tulsa City Leaders Form Task Force on Juvenile Crime Prevention State Inmate Count Down at Tulsa Jail http://kwgs.org/post/state-inmate-count-down-tulsa-jail <p>An order to more than triple the intake rate of inmates into state prisons is helping reduce the backlog in county jails in Oklahoma. It’s an action ordered by new Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton.&nbsp;</p><p>Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz says it is helping cut the numbers in the overcrowded David Moss Center here.Glanz says since the effort to clear the inmate backlog began, numbers of those awaiting transfer in the Tulsa County jail have dropped from around 100 a day to 20 a day.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:07:25 +0000 Marshall Stewart 57437 at http://kwgs.org State Inmate Count Down at Tulsa Jail Recruits Graduate from the Tulsa Police Academy http://kwgs.org/post/recruits-graduate-tulsa-police-academy <p>16 new police officers get badges today. A ceremony is held at the Tulsa police academy to mark the graduation of the 16 recruits after six months of training. One of the grads is Emily Michie, who is following in her father’s footsteps. He spent 25 years on the Tulsa Police Force. She says it was kind of always in the back of her mind to become a law officer, but she didn’t really make up her mind until after college.</p><p>The recruits now transition to officers in training and will spend the next 16 weeks with field training officers.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:14:34 +0000 Marshall Stewart 57275 at http://kwgs.org Recruits Graduate from the Tulsa Police Academy Jenks Drill Simulates School Shootings http://kwgs.org/post/jenks-drill-simulates-school-shootings <p></p><p>Gunshots, screams, and sirens are heard at the Jenks High School, but it’s all part of a drill to test emergency response to armed assailants. The Jenks District holds the full-scale multi-jurisdictional emergency exercise every other year, and this year’s scenario just happened to be a mass shooting on the day after a shooting rampage at Ft. Hood, Texas. Bonnie Rogers is Chief Information Officer for Jenks Schools and she says these realistic drills are necessary to find any holes in response policies and get them corrected.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:44:07 +0000 Marshall Stewart 57208 at http://kwgs.org Jenks Drill Simulates School Shootings SLIDE SHOW: Broken Arrow Dedicates a New Public Safety Center http://kwgs.org/post/slide-show-broken-arrow-dedicates-new-public-safety-center <p>A flag raising and ribbon cutting mark the grand opening of Broken Arrow’s safety center. Chief David Boggs says it includes his police department, fire administration, emergency operations, and dispatch center. He says having all those entities under one roof will help communication and response to emergency events and make citizens safer.</p><p>The facility is located just off the Broken Arrow expressway in a building renovated through an eight million dollar bond issue. It’s on donated federal land.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:12:12 +0000 Marshall Stewart 57128 at http://kwgs.org SLIDE SHOW: Broken Arrow Dedicates a New Public Safety Center OSU Med Center Chooses a Partner http://kwgs.org/post/osu-med-center-chooses-partner <p>A managing partner has been chosen for downtown Tulsa’s OSU Med Center. After months of talks, it’s announced Oklahoma City based Mercy Health Systems is the selection. Chairman of the OSU Medical Authority, Jerry Hudson, says an agreement would provide administrative expertise, financial stability, and needed upgrades.</p><p>Negotiations are underway, but no timeline is set. OSU Med Center is the primary hospital for Tulsa’s indigent residents.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:04:28 +0000 Marshall Stewart 57066 at http://kwgs.org OSU Med Center Chooses a Partner Voter Turnout Expected to be Light http://kwgs.org/post/voter-turnout-expected-be-light <p>Likely only 20 percent or less of eligible voters will turn out for the Tuesday ballot on jail expansion and a new juvenile center. Only a small percentage took advantage of the early in-person and mail-in absentee opportunities, usually a sign of what turnout might be on election day. Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says all polling places will be open from 7am until 7pm.</p><p>There are some school and community propositions on the ballot, but the only items on which ALL eligible voters may cast ballots are the criminal justice questions.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:46:36 +0000 Marshall Stewart 57003 at http://kwgs.org Voter Turnout Expected to be Light Final Report on Joplin Tornado Released http://kwgs.org/post/final-report-joplin-tornado-released <p>A final report on the 2011 Joplin tornado has been released. The National Institute of Standards and Technology recommends strengthened building designs, public shelters, and more effective emergency communications. Marc Levitan is team leader for the Joplin tornado investigation at NIST. He says the Joplin tornado study is the first to recommend that standards and model codes be adopted for buildings to better resist tornadoes.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:45:03 +0000 Marshall Stewart 56844 at http://kwgs.org Final Report on Joplin Tornado Released