Tulsa, OK – A guilty plea in Tulsa District Court for 22-year-old Christopher Stefanelli. He is the man accused of making a bomb threat last month to the Tulsa Jewish Retirement Center.
Police says Stefanelli placed the call after becoming upset with his boyfriend who worked at the center. A ticking alarm clock was found a trash can that led to an evacuation of the center, but police say the clock was not placed there by Stefanelli.
Stefanelli got two years in prison, followed by two years on probation.
Tulsa, OK – Dr Keith Ballard, Tulsa Public Schools superintendent talks about the district's new Tulsa Teacher Effectiveness Initiative, a comprehensive and accountable school reform effort, which will measure teacher and administrator effectiveness with performance pay incentives for high performers and a call for the removal of ineffective educators. The district has set ambitious five year goals to raise the four year graduation rate in the district from 70 to 85%, and college readiness from 7% to 32%.
Tulsa, OK – Police raid a methamphetamine lab in a home. The drug makers are busted, and taken to jail. The drug making tools are catalogued and tagged for evidence, and the emergency responders leave. But that's only the tip of the iceberg. The toxins left behind don't just go away. Unless cleaned properly, they could stay for years .creating a potentially deadly hazard for future homeowners or renters.
Tulsa, OK – The former principal at Houston Elementary in Tulsa is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. 50-year-old Vicki Smith is accused of orchestrating a fight between two students in the hallway at the north side school.
The police report says Smith pulled one boy out of a classroom to fight another child last April 2nd. The report states Smith did not intervene until she noticed visitors in the school hallway.
New York City, NY – The Tulsa Chamber of Commerce is taking a bite out of the Big Apple. A trade delegation, featuring Governor Henry and Mayor Taylor are holding an Economic Round Table in New York City.
Mike Neal is the Chamber's President. He says they are calling on businesses based in New York with Oklahoma ties.
The Oklahoma delegation held a reception last night after the Tulsa Ballet performed last night at the Joyce Theater.
Tulsa, OK – $30M announced for early childhood education
TULSA, Okla. (AP) A $30 million public-private partnership in Tulsa will result in the construction of three early-childhood learning centers that will provide early care and education for 600 at-risk infants and toddlers.
The George Kaiser Family Foundation announced Thursday it will match $15 million of federal education stimulus-grant money approved for the projects.