Crime Scene

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

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FELONY CASES

‘I don’t have time for this’

NAME: Douglas Lloyd Wilson

AGE: 54

RESIDENCE: Locust Grove

CHARGES: Second-degree burglary, knowingly concealing stolen property, attempting to elude a police officer, aggravated assault and battery upon a peace officer

DETAILS: Investigator Justin Kling handled a case in which two pickup trucks parked outside the Highway 60 Tire Shop in Ponca City had been burglarized and items had been stolen. Additionally, someone had opened the battery compartment on a dump truck and stolen two batteries. Surveillance cameras captured footage of the burglar using bolt cutters and other tools. According to Kling, the suspect and his vehicle were clearly identifiable on the surveillance footage. The afternoon of Oct. 11, Kling observed the suspect westbound on Highway 60 at 12 Mile Road in a Dodge pickup. Kling attempted to pull in behind the vehicle, which then turned onto Keeler Road. The investigator noted he felt the turn was an attempt on the suspect’s part “to get away or to keep the police from following him.” Kling then initiated a traffic stop. When he walked up toward the driver’s side window, the investigator reportedly saw the stolen items in the bed of Wilson’s pickup. Kling said he ordered Wilson multiple times to get out of the pickup, but Wilson refused, saying, “I ain’t getting out. I don’t have time for this.” Kling explained that he opened the driver’s side door of Wilson’s pickup and “took control of the defendant’s arm.” At that point, Wilson reportedly started speeding away. A state trooper who was also at the traffic stop “fired multiple shots into the vehicle.” Wilson reportedly drove his pickup into a soybean field east of Keeler Road. “Due to recent rains, the field was very soft and the terrain was unbearably rough,” Kling recalled. “The defendant went airborne in his vehicle several times as the pursuit continued through the field and adjacent pasture.” Wilson reportedly drove through a barbed-wire fence and crashed into a creek. Wilson attempted to free his truck from the creek bed and ignored commands to surrender, Kling reported. “The defendant saw me approaching with a Taser and rolled his window up to further prevent capture,” Kling noted. Wilson reportedly pushed a passenger out of his truck and then attempted to flee on foot. The officer used his Taser, but it was ineffective. Kling then attempted to physically restrain Wilson, who reportedly pushed him. Kling fell into the creek. Wilson then reportedly ran away, but Kling caught up with him. As Kling attempted to take Wilson to the ground, the defendant reportedly grabbed at the officer’s sidearm. The officer pulled it away from Wilson. Eventually, with help from the state trooper, Kling was able to arrest Wilson. In a hearing Oct. 15, a judge set Wilson’s bail at $50,000. In a subsequent hearing, on Oct. 19, the court entered a not-guilty plea for Wilson, but denied his request for a bail reduction. Bail remained at $50,000.

Along for the ride

NAME: Vicki Yvonne Leclair

AGE: 50

RESIDENCE: Ponca City

CHARGE: Knowingly concealing stolen property

DETAILS: Leclair was reportedly a passenger in the pickup driven by Douglas Lloyd Wilson. In a hearing Oct. 15, her bond was initially set at $50,000. In a subsequent hearing Oct. 19, her bond was lowered to $4,000. See details, above, regarding charges filed against Douglas Lloyd Wilson for an account of how Wilson and Leclair came into contact with law enforcement.

Said he got a really good deal

NAME: David Marque Chambers Jr.

AGE: 21

RESIDENCE: Tulsa

CHARGES: Unauthorized use of a vehicle, driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), and transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle

DETAILS: State Trooper Justin Garrison on Oct. 19 at about 10:32 p.m. was on patrol on 36th Street North, near the Osage Casino. Garrison noticed a westbound vehicle with a headlight out. The trooper performed a traffic stop, and observed the tag on the vehicle was expired. As he approached the driver’s door, the trooper smelled an “overwhelming odor of marijuana.” When asked for his driver’s license, the defendant reportedly said he did not have one and offered the trooper an Oklahoma ID card. During an ensuing conversation, the defendant reportedly said he got a really good deal on the vehicle, a blue SUV. When the officer did a records check on the vehicle, it came back as having been reported stolen in Tennessee. When questioned about marijana use, the defendant reportedly denied at first that he had possessed or smoked marijuana. Eventually, however, Chambers reportedly admitted he had smoked marijuana for his birthday. The officer did field sobriety tests on Chambers. During a search of the vehicle, the trooper reportedly discovered a container of marijuana and a firearm. During a hearing Oct. 22, the court entered a not-guilty plea for Chambers and set his bail at $5,000.

Seen him? Call the law

NAME: Frank Gerald Burns

AGE: 55

RESIDENCE: Sand Springs

CHARGE: Failure to register as a sex offender

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Kevin Young explained that on Sept. 23 he overheard Deputy Martin Meek doing a pedestrian check at 117th West Avenue and Anderson Road, in Osage County. Deputy Meek requested information from dispatch about a registered sex offender named Frank Burns. According to Young, dispatch told Meek that Burns had not registered as required. Young informed Meek that he was looking for Burns, and he would have to get information from the Sheriff’s Office records clerk to deterine if Burns was actually in violation of the registration requirement. Young said he had been looking for Burns due to a prior call about the suspect “lying down by the dumpster at the Anderson School.” At that time, the S.O. responded but was unable to confirm Burns’ offender registration requirement, Young noted. A citizen who had reported Burns’ presence near the school said that Burns had been observed several times walking around that area. Young explained that he sought and found paperwork that showed Burns had been officially notified of his duty to register as a sex offender, and learned that Burns had signed his initals to each section of the form, to indicate he understood. The department records clerk told Young that Burns had not filled out all the registration paperwork at the Sheriff’s Office “because he had forgotten his glasses.” The records clerk told Young that Burns had not been back to the Sheriff’s Office. On Sept. 24, Young and three other Osage County deputy sheriffs went to the address listed for Burns and knocked at the door. No one answered, there were no vehicles parked outside and, upon looking in a window, Young could see there was no furniture in the dwelling. He determined the house was abandoned. Young reported that he checked the house again, on multiple occasions, and each time found the house abandoned. The deputy spoke with a Probation and Parole officer, who told him that Burns was still required to register as a sex offender. The probation and parole officer said she had not seen Burns and he had not filled out any paperwork with her. Young reported that he continued to look for Burns, but as of Oct. 15 had not seen him. An arrest warrant was issued Oct. 22 for Burns. Osage County court records show Burns has twice previously been prosecuted for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender.

Brake light, tail light, meth

NAME: Shawn Allen Hilligoss

AGE: 45

RESIDENCE: Tulsa

CHARGES: Possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to maintain insurance or security

DETAILS: Deputy Johnny Porter was on patrol near 129th and Blackjack Drive when he observed a white GMC pickup with a non-functioning brake light and a defective tail light. After performing a traffic stop, Porter reportedly learned the driver did not have insurance on the vehicle. Porter called for a wrecker to come and get the pickup to impound it. During a routine inventory of the vehicle, the deputy reportedly found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the center console. Porter noted that he was aware Hilligoss was a convicted felon, so he took Hilligoss into custody. Also during the vehicle inventory, the deputy reportedly found a box of 9 mm ammunition, a baggie containing a crystal-like substance, a syringe loaded with a clear liquid, 17 new-in-the-pack syringes and digital scales. The crystal-like substance and the clear liquid reportedly field tested presumptively positive for methamphetamine. Hilligoss has a hearing set for Nov. 15.

Child in the vehicle

NAME: Mitchell Ray Matthews

AGE: 39

RESIDENCE: Skiatook

CHARGES: Child endangerment by driving under the influence, driving while under the influence of alcohol, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia

DETAILS: Skiatook police officer Cory Smith on Oct. 20 about 8 p.m. was on patrol on West Rogers Boulevard (State Highway 20), when he performed a traffic stop on a red Chevrolet Cruze. The officer observed that the driver’s “eyes were glassy and his speech was somewhat slow and slurred.” The officer also noted that an 11-year-old male child was the front seat passenger in the vehicle. Officer Smith administered field sobriety tests, and then arrested Matthews. The child was released to an adult female. During a vehicle inventory, the officer located a pipe and a baggie of what appeared to be marijuana. During an Oct. 23 hearing, the court entered a not guilty plea for Matthews and set a Dec. 6 status conference.

Helping his sister with the rent

NAME: Jason Wayne Bigler

AGE: 39

RESIDENCE: Oologah

CHARGE: Unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute

DETAILS: About 9:35 p.m. on Oct. 22, Deputy Martin Meek conducted a traffic stop on New Prue Road. The defendant was a passenger in the vehicle that Meek stopped. During an inventory of the vehicle, Meek discovered a black camera case, inside which were several baggies containing a substance that field tested presumptively positive for methamphetamine. Reportedly also in the camera case were a debit card bearing Bigler’s name, a set of digital scales and two small clear plastic cases with a crystal-like residue on them. After being read his rights, Bigler reportedly admitted the camera case and its contents belonged to him. He also reportedly said no one else in the vehicle was aware of the presence of the meth. Bigler reportedly said he sold meth to help his sister pay her rent. The deputy also found a rifle that Bigler reportedly said belonged to him.

Trying to fake out the officer

NAME: Athos Tagnan Conwell

AGE: 21

RESIDENCE: Ponca City

CHARGES: Possession of firearm after former felony conviction, driving without a valid license, attempting to elude a law officer and defective vehicle (two counts)

DETAILS: On Oct. 23 at about 11:25 p.m., an Osage County deputy sheriff pulled over a pickup that had been bound eastward on U.S. 60. The deputy observed that the pickup had a defective tag light and a defective passenger side tail light. The deputy noted that the driver of the truck initially appeared to be complying, by pulling off the highway into the parking lot of the Triple T quick stop. However, the officer explained that the vehicle never stopped moving. Instead, it continued to move at a rate of about 10 mph in the general direction of the back of the property. The deputy called for assistance, as the motorist’s behavior made him think the suspect was looking for a place to jump out of his vehicle and run. Instead of bailing out, the driver slowly drove in the direction of a gate through which he could make his way back onto U.S. 60, the deputy noted. The truck’s tires sank, however, into some muddy grass and the truck became stuck. The driver began spinning the tires of the truck, attempting to free the vehicle, but was unsuccessful. The deputy exited his patrol car and ordered the suspect to turn off the truck. The deputy observed a female passenger in the truck screaming at the driver, telling him to do what he was being told. The suspect turned off the truck engine and placed his hands in the air. The deputy approached the truck with the intent of removing the driver. When the driver’s door opened, the deputy spotted a black semi-automatic handgun between the driver’s seat and the door. The deputy ordered the driver to keep his hands in the air and retrieved the handgun. The deputy determined that the truck was the property of the female passenger. He also determined that the suspect had a felony record and lacked a valid driver’s license. In a hearing, the court entered a not guilty plea for Conwell and scheduled a status conference for Nov. 1.