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Headlight out

NAME: Jeffery Chenoweth

AGE: 47


CHARGES: Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol; and defective vehicle

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Casey Witt was on patrol the night of May 19 at the parking lot of the Hulah Lake Fire Department when he observed a vehicle with a headlight out of service. Deputy Witt conducted a traffic stop and watched as a man later identified as Jeffery Chenoweth stumbled as he got out of the vehicle. Chenoweth shut his driver’s side door and leaned against his vehicle. Witt walked over to him and they talked. Witt said in a case affidavit that he noticed Chenoweth was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, and had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and person. Deputy Witt asked Chenoweth if he had been drinking and Chenoweth reportedly said he had been drinking at a bar. The deputy asked Chenoweth if he would be willing to take a field sobriety test, to which Chenoweth reportedly replied that he would not pass a field sobriety test and did not want to take one. Deputy Witt allowed Chenoweth to have a friend come get his vehicle, and placed Chenoweth under arrest. In a hearing May 22 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Chenoweth and scheduled a case status conference for June 27.

Hiding in the garage

NAME: Craig Wallace Wood

AGE: 29


CHARGES: First-degree burglary; assault, battery, or assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; and malicious injury to property less than $1,000

DETAILS: Hominy police officer Matthew Foster on May 18 received a call from dispatch to respond to 215 E. 2nd Street in reference to a possible domestic assault. Foster talked to the reporting party, who reportedly told him that Wood had forced his way into her residence by yanking open a locked storm door. Wood reportedly had vacated the residence within the previous few days, after he and the reporting party ended a relationship. The reporting party told Officer Foster that Wood had kicked a TV tray table and hit the fireplace and wall with it. The reporting party added that Wood kicked the wall twice. She said that he grabbed her by the throat, slammed her against the wall and threatened to slit her throat with a gold-colored knife with beads on it. Officer Foster said in a case affidavit that he found the knife in the garage, where Wood was hiding. In a May 23 hearing in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Wood and scheduled a case status conference for June 13.

Photographed by game cameras

NAME: Everett Ray Spencer

AGE: 43


CHARGE: Grand larceny

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Casey Witt on May 18 had contact with a man who wanted to report items stolen off of his land, on County Road 2706. The reporting party explained to Deputy Witt that he had placed game cameras on his property and the cameras had photographed a man. Deputy Witt said in a case affidavit that he recognized the image of Everett Ray Spencer in photos taken by the game cameras. In one photo, Spencer was carrying a saw blade and in another he was handling a wheelbarrow and a bucket, according to Deputy Witt. The deputy said the reporting party identified the saw blade, wheelbarrow and bucket as missing items. The reporting party said two game cameras had also been taken. A warrant was issued May 23 in Osage County District Court for the arrest of Spencer, according to a court record.

Trouble at Dick Conner

NAME: Nelson Adam Phillips

AGE: 38

RESIDENCE: Oklahoma state prison inmate

CHARGES: Bribing an officer; and conspiracy

NAME: Sabrina Carol Tillery

AGE: 47

RESIDENCE: Cleveland

CHARGES: Officer accepting a bribe; and conspiracy

DETAILS: According to case documents, Sabrina Carol Tillery was employed at the Dick Conner Correctional Center near Hominy between July 2014 and August of 2018. Nelson Adam Phillips was an inmate at the Dick Conner Center from April 2015 to September 2018. Tillery reportedly admitted having accepted money from Phillips and having kissed him. Phillips reportedly had in his prison cell a cellular telephone that had been used to make calls to telephone numbers associated with Tillery. Arrest warrants have been issued in Osage County District Court for Tillery and Phillips, according to court records.

Writing bogus checks to Christian camp?

NAME: John B. Hodson

AGE: 48


CHARGE: Felony value – two or more bogus checks together

DETAILS: Osage County Deputy Don Laxson became involved May 14 in the investigation of bogus checks reportedly written by John B. Hodson. Laxon recorded in a case affidavit that he talked with Ronald Griffin, executive director of Shepherd’s Fold Ranch, who said he had signed a contract Jan. 13, 2019, with Hodson that called for Hodson to complete $53,290 of work at the ranch by March 1, 2019. Hodson reportedly accepted and cashed a $25,000 check from Shepherd’s Fold Ranch, but only had a few people report to the ranch to work. When Hodson paid workers, his checks reportedly bounced. Shepherd’s Fold reportedly paid a subcontractor $550 because a check from Hodson to the subcontractor had bounced and the subcontractor intended to place a lien on the ranch. According to a case affidavit that Laxson prepared, Griffin said Hodson realized he couldn’t complete the work he had promised and wrote two checks to Shepherd’s Fold to repay money. The combined amounts of the two checks was $20,000. Both checks reportedly bounced. An arrest warrant for Hodson was issued May 28 in Osage County District Court, according to a court record. Shepherd’s Fold Ranch is a Christian camp and retreat center in Avant.

Assault reportedly involved use of towel

NAME: Brandon Allen Cole

AGE: 35


CHARGE: Domestic assault and battery by strangulation

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Robert Testerman responded to a complaint about events that reportedly took place May 20-21. The reporting party, who told Deputy Testerman she had an existing relationship with Brandon Allen Cole, reportedly said she was invited into Cole’s residence on County Road 5305 in the Wynona area during the early morning hours of May 20 and remained there until the afternoon of May 21. Cole reportedly forcibly wrapped a towel around the reporting party’s neck and throat area and used the towel to apply pressure until injury was caused and her breathing was hindered. Deputies reportedly took the victim to the Pawhuska Hospital for treatment. In a hearing May 29 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Cole.

Pickup found abandoned in Siloam Springs

NAME: Payton Kathleen Nelson

AGE: 23


CHARGE: Unauthorized use of a vehicle

NAME: Morgan Lee Duckworth

AGE: 31

RESIDENCE: Collinsville

CHARGE: Unauthorized use of a vehicle

DETAILS: Skiatook police officer Tyler Wilson responded to a report May 5 regarding the alleged failure of Nelson and Duckworth to timely return a pickup they had borrowed. Nelson and Duckworth reportedly asked for permission May 3 to use a truck to go fishing. They were reportedly granted permission, as long as they returned the truck by nighttime. The truck was not returned on time and was reportedly later recovered in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, where it had been abandoned. Arrest warrants were issued May 29 in Osage County District Court for Duckworth and Nelson, according to a court record.

Approached trooper from the rear at high speed

NAME: Christopher R. Vulgamore

AGE: 41


CHARGES: Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol; driving while the privilege is suspended; transporting an open container of beer; and speeding

DETAILS: State Trooper Romulus Gregory was on patrol May 31 on Highway 99 when he became aware of a vehicle approaching him from behind at a high rate of speed. Trooper Gregory pulled over and allowed the maroon Ford F-150 pickup that was approaching him to pass. Gregory pulled over the pickup and approached the driver’s side of the vehicle. He reportedly smelled, almost immediately, the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the cab of the truck. The driver reportedly informed Gregory that he did not have a driver’s license and provided the trooper with an Oklahoma ID instead. Trooper Gregory asked Vulgamore how much alcoholic beverage he had consumed, and the defendant reportedly said “about three beers.” The trooper also asked if there were any open containers of alcoholic beverage present and Vulgamore reportedly said there might be one in the cooler. Gregory looked and became aware of a small ice chest in the rear passenger floorboard. The trooper noted that the ice chest was accessible to the driver. When the trooper later looked in the ice chest he reportedly found a partially consumed can of beer. The trooper administered field sobriety testing and subsequently arrested Vulgamore. In a June 4 hearing in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Vulgamore.


Started with an expired tag

NAME: Britni Tisdale-Krushe

AGE: 33


CHARGES: Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia; and operating a vehicle with an expired or improper tag or decal

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Anthony Barrett last July cited the defendant for driving with an expired tag and, in the process, reportedly discovered a medication bottle with pills inside and a smoking pipe with brown residue inside it. In a hearing Oct. 22, 2018, in Osage County District Court, the defendant pleaded guilty and was found guilty.

Substance in a pouch

NAME: John Star Bighorse

AGE: 42


CHARGE: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Anthony Barrett last July reportedly found a white-colored powdery substance in a small pouch in which the defendant also kept his ID. The substance was reportedly confiscated and placed in an evidence bag. In a hearing Oct. 24, the defendant entered a guilty plea. The Bighorse case stemmed from the same encounter as the Tisdale-Krushe case. The deputy mentioned in a case affidavit about the Bighorse case the same medication bottle that he mentioned in his affidavit for the Tisdale-Krushe case, and the same pipe with residue.

Asked for delays to hire a lawyer

NAME: Johnny Ray Smith

AGE: 33


CHARGE: Protective order violation

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Don Laxson responded last July to a report that Johnny Ray Smith had violated an emergency protective order. The reporting party in the case told Deputy Laxson she had received three text messages from Johnny Ray Smith’s cell phone number. The reporting party added that she had received a phone call, and a resulting voicemail message, from Johnny Smith’s phone. Further, the reporting party told the deputy about being followed out of a store in Pawhuska by Johnny Smith. The deputy told the court he had reason to believe Johnny Smith had committed five violations of the emergency protective order. In a hearing Dec. 3, 2018, in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Johnny Smith. In a hearing March 1, the defendant requested a continuance in order to hire an attorney, according to a court record. The case was continued until May 3. On May 3, Johnny Ray Smith again asked the court for a continuance in order to hire an attorney, according to a court record. The district court continued the case until Aug. 2, according to a court record.

Standing in the street

NAME: Chris Ann Potter

AGE: 54


CHARGE: Public intoxication

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Don Laxson on Sept. 10, 2018, responded to a call about a reckless driver in the vicinity of West 53rd Street North and North 52nd Avenue West. When Laxson arrived he found Chris Ann Potter standing in the street. Laxson found Potter to be unsteady on her feet, to have watery, bloodshot eyes and an odor about her of an alcoholic beverage. The deputy said the suspect’s speech was so slurred that he had to ask five times before he could understand what she was saying when she told him her name and date of birth. An arrest warrant for Potter was issued Sept. 28, 2018, in Osage County District Court.