Tulsa, OK – A man sought in the Christmas slaying of a homeless man in downtown Tulsa has turned himself in at a branch police station. Officers say Paul Joseph Sopsher was questioned by detectives and booked into the Tulsa County Jail on a first-degree murder complaint.
Tulsa, OK – After Christmas is always a busy time at the Credit Counseling Center of Oklahoma, as people tend to over spend at the holidays! But the C-C-C's Margo Mitchell says they are seeing a new problem. People are seeking counseling to help stave off home foreclosure.
Figures from the government show home foreclosures in Oklahoma up 15-percent from last year.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Police Corruption case only involved a handful of officers, it has tarnished the image of the Tulsa Police Department. But, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan says his department is committed to recapturing the citizens' trust.
The Chief says the image of a creditable police department is a key element in attracting new jobs and industry to the area.
Tulsa, OK – Work will begin soon on a major widening project in far southeast Tulsa County. County Spokesman Michael Willis says it will eventually make for a smoother commute to the NSU Broken Arrow Campus. 193rd between 101st East and the Creek Turnpike will be widened to five lanes.
The project will cost three-point-six million and will be paid for with Four-to-Fix-The County sales tax
Wynnewood, OK – There are no initial reports of injuries as an explosion shakes a gasoline refinery near Wynnewood in South Central Oklahoma. Garvin County officials say the blast happened just before daybreak. The facility refines gasoline among other products. The refinery employs about 200-people in a town of less than 3,000.
There have been several explosions and fires at the plant in the past, including one several years ago started by lightning.
Norman,OK – NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Officials say a man, two children and a firefighter were burned in an apartment fire Christmas morning on the southeast side of Norman. The man, who is in his mid-20s, had second-degree burns to his head and back while the youngsters, ages seven and two, had minor burns. The firefighter suffered second-degree steam burns to his face and neck.
Washington, D.C. – Republican senator offers dire view of economy
WASHINGTON (AP) Republican Sen. Tom Coburn says confidence in the country's economy and currency will be "undermined significantly" in the next several years if the government doesn't find a way to cut federal spending.
Coburn says the U.S. must begin to chip away at the country's huge debt and slash hundreds of billions from the budget in wasteful spending or face the kind of severe fiscal crisis that has plagued Ireland and Greece.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Police find the lifeless body of a homeless man near downtown Tulsa. The discovery was made early Christmas morning to the 100-block of North Cheyenne Avenue. It is there that officers find 51-year-old Leon Smith. Police say Smith died from a severe beating with a blunt object, possibly a piece of pipe.