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HEADLINE: ‘Tell her she’s dead’
NAME: Ronnie James Ellsberry
CHARGES: Domestic assault with a dangerous weapon; kidnapping; threatening to perform an act of violence; intimidation of a witness; and domestic abuse — assault and battery
DETAILS: Hominy police officer Joseph Antle was notified Jan. 29 that there was a person at the police department who had been the victim of an assault and needed to speak with an officer. The alleged victim reportedly identified her attacker as her estranged husband, Ronnie Ellsberry. The alleged victim told Officer Antle that Ronnie Ellsberry locked her into a bedroom of his apartment and confronted her with a serrated-blade kitchen knife and an extension cord. Ellsberry reportedly pushed his wife to the floor and then punched her in the area of her left eye and nose. The alleged victim reportedly got up off the floor and requested that Ronnie Ellsberry take her to the residence where she was staying. Ellsberry reportedly said, “You are going to die and I’m going to bring blood with this cord.” Ellsberry reportedly put his hands around the alleged victim’s throat from behind and instructed her to remove her clothes and lie on her back on the bed. She reportedly did so, only because Ellsberry had a knife and she feared for her life. Ellsberry reportedly used his cell phone to take photos of the alleged victim while she was lying on her back, and instructed her to roll over onto her stomach, whereupon he took more photos. Ellsberry then reportedly told his wife to put her clothes on and leave, stating that he never wanted to see her again and would kill her if she called the police and he went to jail. Officer Antle talked to both parties and found the alleged victim’s story more consistent and believable. He also found her injuries to be consistent with her account of events. Antle arrested Ronnie Ellsberry and, as the officer was escorting Ellsberry outside the police department, Ellsberry reportedly saw one of his wife’s friends and said, “Tell her she’s dead.” In a Jan. 30 hearing in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Ellsberry and set his bail at $50,000. In a hearing Feb. 6, the court appointed legal representation for the defendant.
HEADLINE: It was about her Facebook page
NAME: Brenton Michael Clark
CHARGES: Domestic assault by strangulation; and disrupting/preventing/interrupting an emergency telephone call
DETAILS: Pawhuska police officer Thomas Florence was requested by a dispatcher at about 10:56 p.m. Jan. 31 to meet with a woman at the police department in regard to a possible physical altercation. Officer Florence met with the woman and immediately noticed she had blood on her lower lip and what appeared to be blood coming from her left eye. The officer asked dispatch to call for an ambulance to come, so the woman’s injuries could be examined, but the woman reportedly refused medical treatment. The woman reportedly told Florence that her boyfriend, Brenton Michael Clark, became angry with her about her Facebook page, and particularly about a comment that a man had made about a photo of her on Facebook. The alleged victim told Florence that Clark pushed her to the floor and then put his right hand over her mouth. She was frightened that he might try to suffocate her, so she began biting his thumb. Clark reportedly took his thumb out of the woman’s mouth and then placed his hand back over her mouth. She responded by biting the fatty part of his hand. Clark reportedly grabbed the woman’s hair and began beating her forehead against the floor. As the altercation continued, Clark reportedly caused a laceration to the woman’s bottom lip and put her into what she described as a choke hold. The woman said she was able to get her cell phone from Clark to call a friend to come and get her. When police officers interviewed him, Clark reportedly admitted he had assaulted his girlfriend, and that he had tried to get her cell phone so she could not call anyone for help. He also reportedly admitted that the dispute had been about her Facebook page. In a Feb. 4 hearing in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Clark and conditioned his bail on having no contact with the alleged victim.
HEADLINE: Deputy spotted suspect at casino
NAME: Johnathan Tecumseh Stephen Sweet
AGE: 19 or 20
CHARGES: Receiving stolen vehicle; grand larceny; second-degree burglary; and malicious injury to property
DETAILS: Osage County deputy sheriff Rex Wikel on Feb. 1 at about 1:53 a.m. made contact with Johnathan Sweet at the Tulsa Million Dollar Elm Casino on West 36th Street North. Wikel explained in a case affidavit that Deputy Anthony Barrett had taken a report of an abandoned camper trailer. Deputy Johnny Porter had taken a report of the same camper trailer being stolen and had obtained a photo of the suspect and placed it on social media for identification. Additionally Deputy Barrett had learned that the suspect in the camper theft had allegedly broken into a shed to get tools and other items. The tools and other items were reportedly found next to the camper, where it had become stuck in some mud on North Buck Trail in the Sand Springs area. Early on Feb. 1, Deputy Wikel was assisting the Osage Nation police on a theft call at the casino when he spotted Sweet and thought he matched the suspect photo. Wikel talked to Sweet, who reportedly admitted he had tried to steal the camper trailer but it had become stuck in mud. Sweet also reportedly admitted breaking into a shed for tools and wood to use in trying to get the camper trailer unstuck. When officers located the truck in which Sweet had come to the casino, they found that the license plate on the truck was not registered to it. Officers also learned the truck was reported stolen out of Sand Springs. The owner of the property where the camper trailer had become stuck told officers there had been considerable damage, including to septic lines. In a Feb. 6 hearing in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Sweet and set his bail at $15,000.
HEADLINE: She said he tried to choke her in the shower
NAME: Trenton Heath Johnson
RESIDENCE: Medicine Lodge, Kansas
CHARGE: Domestic assault and battery by strangulation
DETAILS: Pawhuska police officer William Wamego on Feb. 4 at about 5:38 p.m. was dispatched to 1120 Smith Ave. in regard to a domestic disturbance in progress. Officer Wamego made contact with a woman, who was “visibly upset, shaking and crying,” according to his case affidavit. The woman reportedly told Officer Wamego that her ex-boyfriend, Trenton Johnson, choked her while she was taking a shower. The woman reportedly said she was having trouble breathing, so she began kicking and screaming, and her 15-year-old son walked in and saw what was happening. The woman said she broke up with Johnson in October 2019 but he still lived in the same dwelling with her because he refused to move out. Officer Wamego viewed red marks on the neck of the alleged victim. The officer read a Miranda warning to Johnson, who reportedly refused to make a statement. In a hearing Feb. 6 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Johnson and set his bail at $5,000, with the condition that he have no contact with the alleged victim.
HEADLINE: Suspect reportedly slashed his son’s arm
NAME: Ronald Lee Jacobs Jr.
CHARGES: Domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; and protective order violation
DETAILS: On Feb. 5, at 4:32 p.m., Tulsa police were dispatched to the 1200 block of North Olympia Ave., where they found that a domestic altercation had taken place. Officers learned that the suspect, Ronald Lee Jacobs Jr., allegedly became involved in an argument with his son, grabbed a large knife and slashed his son’s right arm. The son reportedly had a large laceration to his right arm and lacerations to his fingers from the assault. The suspect had reportedly left the scene of the assault and gone to his mother’s home. The suspect’s mother has a valid Osage County protective order against him, and police arrested him at her address, noting that he was covered with dried blood. Police read Ronald Lee Jacobs Jr. his Miranda rights and he reportedly waived his rights and told officers that his son attempted to assault him, and that’s why he grabbed the knife and assaulted his son. A police report states that the knife was not found. In a Feb. 6 hearing in Osage County District Court, the court ordered that the defendant have no contact with his son. In a Feb. 13 hearing, the court appointed legal representation for Jacobs.
HEADLINE: Suspect reportedly said he wanted a first-aid kit
NAME: Alexander Lane Williamson
CHARGES: First-degree burglary; obstructing an officer; and public intoxication and disturbing the peace
DETAILS: Skiatook police officer Tyler Bates was dispatched about 5:05 p.m. Feb. 3 to the 600 block of West 136th Street North in reference to a burglary in progress. The building at the call location was an industrial structure being used as a residence. Officer Bates found outside, sitting on the ground, an individual later identified as Alexander Williamson. Officer Bates asked Williamson what he was doing, and Williamson reportedly said he was there “to get a band aid.” Williamson reportedly would not initially give the officer his name, and then said it so fast that he could not be understood. Officer Bates observed that Williamson had dilated pupils, he could not sit still, and he continuously licked his lips. Bates took Williamson into custody on suspicion of public intoxication, and the suspect reportedly interfered with the officer’s attempts to fully secure him the back of the patrol car by putting his foot in the way of the door. The officer reportedly had to push Williamson’s leg inside the vehicle. Officer Bates talked with the resident of the building, who said she saw Williamson enter the building and yelled at him. She said Williamson told her that he wanted a first-aid kit. The officer also talked with the owner of the building, who said he wanted Williamson prosecuted for burglary and issued a trespass warning. In a Feb. 6 hearing in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Williamson and set his bail at $15,000.
HEADLINE: Making sure they get the right man
NAME: Tyler Wayne Acree
RESIDENCE: Sand Springs
CHARGES: Falsely personate another to create liability; driving with a suspended license; speeding
DETAILS: Osage County deputy sheriff Martin Meek conducted a traffic stop for a speeding violation on Dec. 2 in the Sand Springs area. During the traffic stop, the motorist being cited for speeding identified himself as Arthur Medlin II. The suspect reportedly did not have any form of ID on him. Meek later had a conversation with Deputy Anthony Barrett, who explained that bondsman Brady Jones had contacted him about the subject failing to appear for court. Barrett said Jones was the bondsman that the suspect had used to be released from jail Dec. 3. Barrett reportedly told Meek that he had determined the person arrested on Dec. 2 was Tyler Wayne Acree, and not Arthur Medlin II. Barrett reportedly said he was familiar with both men and knew that Medlin lived in California, while Acree had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest in Osage County on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle. Deputy Meek conducted records checks and reportedly learned that Acree’s Oklahoma driver’s license is suspended, and there was an outstanding felony warrant out for him for possession of a stolen vehicle. That also means there has been an active Osage County misdemeanor warrant out for Medlin on charges of driving with a suspended license and speeding, as a result of Acree using his name and date of birth. The Osage County District Court on Feb. 6 issued a warrant for the arrest of Tyler Wayne Acree. The court has dismissed the misdemeanor case against Medlin.