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    A fight broke out outside a private party early Sunday morning and one man showed up to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his buttocks. The scene happened around 1:14 a.m. outside Strictly Ballroom near 71st and Lewis. Investigators believe the victim was at the scene when shots were fired.  However, he didn’t say much while being questioned.   “That person was uncooperative and would not tell us what happened or how they got shot,” an investigator said.   Right now, a motive for the shooting is unknown.   Anybody with information regarding the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.  
  • A motorist spotted a body in the street around 11:27 p.m. Saturday night. The discovery happened near Young and Quaker. Tulsa Sgt. Dave Walker tells us the medical examiner was called out to help. “They were able to determine he had a gunshot wound to the back of the head,” Walker said.  “That is the reason he died.” Investigators believe a shots fired call about an hour before the body was found is related to this case. The name of the victim hasn't been released. Police don’t have a suspect or motive for the homicide.  Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.   Walker adds this is Tulsa’s fifth homicide of 2018.  
  • Construction is being blamed for a south Tulsa restaurant closing its doors. Franchise owner Mike Simmons tell us the Steak 'n Shake location near 61st and Memorial has lost money for three years.  This is at least in part due to area construction. Traffic was blocked from the restaurant during parts of the road work. There was some optimism about customers returning once the road work was finished.  However, Simmons adds business never picked back up.   Will you miss Steak 'n Shake?  Le us know in the comments.  
  • Members of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation along with the Cherokee County District Attorney's office spent Saturday looking for and finding additional human remains. This comes after someone found a skull on Friday in Tahlequah near McCrary Road and Highway 51. Vicky Lyons with the DA's office tells us they have found out a few new clues during Saturday’s search. “What we have right now is we believe the remains of a male, probably 40-60,” Lyons said.  “He’s been out here for up to six months.” Medical Examiner's Office will determine a cause of death.  They will also be tasked with identifying the body.  
  • A suspect is dead following a standoff in Wagoner County on Saturday. The scene happened near the Fair Oaks area. Sheriff's office reports the man was held up inside a travel trailer when they arrived.  During this time, he fired shots though the walls at deputies. His dangerous actions didn’t stop there. “At one point the suspect did open the door,” a deputy at the scene said.  “The suspect was armed with a rifle.  The suspect did point the rifle at the Wagoner County deputies and the deputies did return fire.” At first, investigators couldn’t be sure they hit him.  However, when they did enter the traveler trailer, the suspect did have gunshot wounds and he was dead.   As of early Sunday morning, the suspect’s name hasn’t been released.  
  • A suspect wearing handcuffs is still on the loose after stealing an Oklahoma Highway Patrol vehicle Saturday night. Broken Arrow police report the unidentified man was stopped by a trooper and handcuffed. While the trooper went back to the suspect's vehicle to gather more information, the man flipped his handcuffs, turned the siren on, and took off down the road in the patrol car. Investigators later found the car north of 111th between Elm and Aspen.  No word on if the vehicle was damaged.   KRMG’s told investigators know who they're looking for.  So far, the man’s description hasn’t been released.  
  • A 61-year-old man is dead following a single-vehicle crash in Mayes County on Saturday. The collision happened around 12:27 p.m. near Salina. “Vehicle one was traveling eastbound on Kenwood Road when it failed to negotiate a curve to the right, departing the roadway to the left,” OHP released in a report.  “Vehicle reentered the roadway a second time, departed the roadway to the right and struck a tree.” Jonathan Philpot was pinned inside his vehicle for 1.5 hours.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.   Investigators believe the cause of the crash to be unsafe speed for the curve.  
  • Today will be perfect for outdoor activities. National Weather Service Meteorologist Chuck Hodges says we have a nice day ahead of us in and around Tulsa. “Should be topping out in the lower 60’s,” Hodges said.  “We’ll be kicking up a little more wind.” The low Sunday night will be closer to 57 degrees. If you get an extra day this weekend for Monday's holiday, make sure an umbrella is nearby. NWS is reporting we could see a few thunderstorms.   The high for Monday will be close to 61 degrees.  
  • We have updated information regarding a Broken Arrow detective who was put on leave after part of the evidence in the cases against Michael and Robert Bever went unaccounted for. Gayla Adcock has submitted her resignation, effective March 1. She has also waived her right to a pre-determination hearing. This means Adcock will not be able to address supervisors before her disciplinary hearing goes forward. Adcock's attorney has confirmed she has taken a position with another department in the southern part of the state.  He didn’t get into specifics.  
  • KRMG has previously told you about the high arrest rates the Tulsa Police Department has had the last couple of years with homicides. Now comes word TPD is doing well with bank robbery cases as well. The recent arrest of Timothy Hayes for a November Bank of America robbery, gives the department a 100% solve rate for the crime in the past two years. “Don’t rob banks because you’re going to get caught,” one detective confessed.   Investigators credit teamwork, the ability to work with other agencies, and the banks themselves as big contributors to their success rate. For reference, if you get convicted for a bank robbery, it means time in federal prison.  
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  • A motorist spotted a body in the street around 11:27 p.m. Saturday night. The discovery happened near Young and Quaker. Tulsa Sgt. Dave Walker tells us the medical examiner was called out to help. “They were able to determine he had a gunshot wound to the back of the head,” Walker said.  “That is the reason he died.” Investigators believe a shots fired call about an hour before the body was found is related to this case. The name of the victim hasn't been released. Police don’t have a suspect or motive for the homicide.  Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.   Walker adds this is Tulsa’s fifth homicide of 2018.  
  • Today will be perfect for outdoor activities. National Weather Service Meteorologist Chuck Hodges says we have a nice day ahead of us in and around Tulsa. “Should be topping out in the lower 60’s,” Hodges said.  “We’ll be kicking up a little more wind.” The low Sunday night will be closer to 57 degrees. If you get an extra day this weekend for Monday's holiday, make sure an umbrella is nearby. NWS is reporting we could see a few thunderstorms.   The high for Monday will be close to 61 degrees.  
  • In the wake of a fresh round of indictments in the wide-ranging investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday and Sunday to repeatedly express his frustration with the probe, again proclaiming his innocence, attacking his critics, and demanding attention instead on actions of the Obama Administration and Hillary Clinton. “I never said Russia did not meddle in the election,” the President tweeted on Sunday morning – though Mr. Trump has been very slow to embrace the concept that Russia was at fault, as he derided the investigations into Russian interference in 2016. “They are laughing their asses off in Moscow,” the President said on Twitter. “Get smart America!” Those were just a sampling of a number of tweets from this weekend, as the President let off steam on a number of fronts. I never said Russia did not meddle in the election, I said “it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer.” The Russian “hoax” was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia – it never did! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 Finally, Liddle’ Adam Schiff, the leakin’ monster of no control, is now blaming the Obama Administration for Russian meddling in the 2016 Election. He is finally right about something. Obama was President, knew of the threat, and did nothing. Thank you Adam! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 The President even rebuked his own National Security Adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, over a point that Mr. Trump and his supporters have zeroed in on repeatedly – a lack of evidence that ties any Russian operation to the Trump Campaign. “General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians,” as the President again tried to switch the attention of the moment to questions that the GOP has raised about Hillary Clinton, the Steele Dossier, and the Democratic National Committee. General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems. Remember the Dirty Dossier, Uranium, Speeches, Emails and the Podesta Company! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 Deputy A.G. Rod Rosenstein stated at the News Conference: “There is no allegation in the indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018 Funny how the Fake News Media doesn’t want to say that the Russian group was formed in 2014, long before my run for President. Maybe they knew I was going to run even though I didn’t know! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018 “The Fake News Media never fails,” the President wrote on Saturday, repeatedly making the argument that any Russian interference in 2016 did not tip the scales of the election in his favor. “Funny how the Fake News Media doesn’t want to say that the Russian group was formed in 2014, long before my run for President,” the President added. “The Russian “hoax” was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia – it never did!” he tweeted. Critics of the President noted what was missing in his Saturday and Sunday tweets about the Russia investigation was any pledge by Mr. Trump to implement tougher sanctions against Russia which were approved by the Congress, or to order tougher measures to stop any Russian meddling. Last week, the nation’s top intelligence officials all agreed that Russia was going to try to repeat their 2016 effort in the 2018 election – asked by Democrats if there was any specific order from the President to focus on that threat, the intelligence chiefs only indicated that they were focused on the matter. “Look, this is pretty simple,” said retired Gen. Michael Hayden, a former head of the National Security Agency. “The Russians objective was to mess with our heads.” “Based on his late PM – this AM joint Twitter meltdown, it’s safe to say “Trump” is having a nervous breakdown as Mueller’s walls close in,” said John Schindler, a former U.S. intelligence official who has been highly critical of the President’s statements on the Russia probe. Late on Saturday night, the President also drew in the Russia investigation to criticize the FBI over the mass shooting at a high school in Florida last week. ” They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign,” the President said. Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 Here is the latest Russia indictment from last Friday.
  • A man is dead following an auto-pedestrian collision Friday night in Tulsa. Officers at the scene tell us the crash happened around 10 p.m. near 21st and Memorial. “The pedestrian was crossing the street from the north to the south and was struck by a vehicle,” police said.  “The vehicle was heading eastbound.” The driver did stay at the scene. Investigators don't believe the driver was at fault for the collision.   Investigators reports the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the hospital.  As of early Saturday morning, his name hasn’t been released.  
  • When you look outside this morning, expect to see soggy conditions. However, National Weather Service Meteorologist Chuck Hodges says the Tulsa area won't remain wet all day. “We’ll probably get some filtered sunshine later in the day,” Hodges said.  “Temperatures should be topping out pretty close to 60.” The low Saturday night will be around 34 degrees. Sunday is probably the better bet for outdoor activities.  NWS is reporting cloudy skies and the high will be close to 67 degrees.   The Tulsa area could reach 72 degrees by Monday.