Vian, OK – VIAN, Okla. (AP) A paramedic who scuffled with an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper during a traffic stop last year has been arrested in Vian. Assistant Police Chief Bryan Chandler says Maurice White Jr. was arrested Monday for speeding, not having a driver's license and resisting arrest, among other things. White didn't return a call seeking comment.
Tulsa, OK – Acting United States Attorney Thomas Scott Woodward announced that a former City of Tulsa Public Works official was sentenced in federal court today. Albert S. Martinez, age 48, formerly the Field Engineering Manager at the Tulsa Public Works Department, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern to 42 months confinement in federal prison and was ordered to make restitution to the City of Tulsa in the amount of $341,000. To date, Martinez has forfeited assets in the amount of $217,000.
Tulsa, OK – State medical examiner hires chief administrator
TULSA, Okla. (AP) A chief administrative officer has been hired by the state Medical Examiner's Office in an effort to regain accreditation and adress problems found in a state audit.
Former Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation deputy director Thomas Jordan was hired in December at a salary of $90,000 per year. Spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard says Jordan will help address the loss of accreditation and deficiencies pointed out by a state audit.
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, OK, January 10, 2010 The Tulsa Zoo is saddened to announce the death of the 9-year-old female giraffe, Amira. The giraffe passed away early Sunday morning after Tulsa Zoo staff worked tirelessly around the clock to save her. Zoo staff has worked to fortify animal exhibits around the zoo and have also implemented cold-weather procedures to protect the animals since the cold snap began.