Crime Scene

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Kevin Carlisle

EDITOR’S NOTE: The people charged with misdemeanors or felonies are innocent until they plead guilty or are proven guilty in court. Those who want the final disposition of their case reported in the Pawhuska Journal-Capital should call Robert Smith at: (918) 287-7366.


‘It’s burning’

NAME: William Thomas Cochran

AGE: 44

RESIDENCE: Bartlesville

CHARGE: Fourth-degree arson

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Jeff Jones, at about 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 16, responded to a request from an Osage Nation police officer and from firefighters for a deputy at a fire scene along County Road 2678. While Jones was receiving a briefing from firefighters, Cochran reportedly interrupted and said he started the fire by throwing out a cigarette. Jones said in an affidavit that he asked two firefighters if the fire could have started that way. Jones reported that the firefighters said “that was not a possibility at all.” “They both stated to me that in order for a fire to start like that the humidity would have to be a 17 percent or less,” Jones said. One of the firefighters Jones consulted showed him weather information from the time of the initial fire call, which indicated the humidity had been 29 percent. Jones also talked with the owners of the property that caught fire, and one of them said that she noticed between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. that her property was on fire. “William was sitting at the end of her driveway laughing and saying, ‘It’s burning,’” Jones reported that the property owner told him. In a hearing Nov. 19, the court entered a not guilty plea for Cochran and set his bail at $5,000.

Trying to get him into church

NAME: Chase Weston Edwards

AGE: 25


CHARGE: Possession of a stolen vehicle

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Johnny Porter, on the night of Nov. 17, was on duty in the Osage Casino parking lot in Sand Springs when a concerned citizen told the deputy there was a vehicle in the north parking lot with its doors open. Porter reported finding a black Honda sedan in the north parking lot with a passenger door open. The deputy did not see anyone around the vehicle. When Porter did a records check, he discovered the Honda had been reported stolen out of Wagoner County on Nov. 16. Porter got out of his patrol vehicle and noticed a man “digging around in the passenger floor board” of the Honda. The deputy made contact with the man and told him that the vehicle had been reported stolen. The man reportedly said he did not know the vehicle was stolen, and explained he had ridden to the casino with a man he knew as “Chase.” The subject added that Chase and two other people had exited the Honda and entered the casino. Asked how he knew Chase, the man reportedly said he really didn’t know him but was “trying to get him into church and help him out.” Porter obtained a description of Edwards and then went and located him in the casino. The deputy determined that Edwards reportedly drove the vehicle to the casino and then dropped the vehicle keys in a casino bathroom. The casino staff recovered the keys. The deputy also learned that a woman who had been traveling with Edwards was a wanted person in Muskogee County and authorities there wanted to place a hold on her. Arrangements were made to return the Honda sedan to its rightful owner.


Yelling and screaming

NAME: Shad William Luna Sr.

AGE: 47

RESIDENCE: Cleveland

CHARGES: Obstructing an officer, public intoxication

DETAILS: Pawhuska police officer Paris Robertson was dispatched the evening of Sept. 2 to a residence in the 400 block of East 10th Street regarding people being at a residence who were not allowed to be there. The officer reportedly began to get people out of the house. When the homeowner arrived, the officer spoke to that person about the situation. The officer noted that Luna exited a different house located down the street and walked up to the location where the officer was working. Robertson said in an affidavit that he asked Luna several times to leave, and that Luna ignored the requests. “The defendant then began yelling and screaming at the homeowner while I was trying to speak with her,” Robertson explained. Robertson said he asked Luna several times to stop yelling and screaming, but Luna refused. Robertson said in his affidavit that he made further attempts to get Luna to leave, but the defendant did not leave and even took up an aggressive stance. A court record reflects that Luna pleaded guilty in a Sept. 4 hearing.

Hit a boulder

NAME: William Bailey Charles

AGE: 24

RESIDENCE: Blackwell

CHARGE: Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol

DETAILS: State Trooper Romulus Gregory on Sept. 2 investigated a collision involving a potentially intoxicated driver. Gregory noted the collision involved a heavily damaged black, Jeep Patriot. The trooper determined the Jeep Patriot had been traveling too fast on a gravel road surface and failed to negotiate an uphill curve to the right. Gregory said the vehicle “departed the roadway to the left and struck a large boulder.” The trooper noted smelling a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on the defendant’s breath and about his person. The defendant reportedly acknowledged having consumed alcoholic drinks prior to the accident.

‘The pills I need to get through the day’

NAME: Katie Lynn Cooper

AGE: 35


CHARGES: Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, driving while the privilege is suspended, failure to pay all taxes due to the state

DETAILS: Officer Jake Branscum, of the Osage Nation police, was on patrol Sept. 4 in the Skiatook area when a male motorist he knew stopped him and reported having encountered a woman in a blue Chevrolet pickup who “appeared to be on drugs.” Branscum checked out the report and reportedly found a blue Chevy truck sitting in the middle of a roadway with the engine running. The officer asked the driver of the truck, later identified as Cooper, what she was doing. Cooper reportedly said she was out getting some fresh air, and that she had been arguing with her family. The officer asked Cooper for her driver’s license, and she reportedly said, “It’s suspended” and handed him an Oklahoma ID card. While talking with Cooper, the officer reportedly noted her speech was slow and lethargic, and that she “continually repeated herself.” The officer noticed that while Cooper was talking, her eyes would begin to close as though she were about to fall asleep. He reportedly asked her if she was taking medication, and she reportedly replied, “Yeah, I take the pills I need to get through the day.” While arresting Cooper, the officer did an inventory of her truck. During the inventory, the officer reported finding a blue pill bottle that appeared to be full and to contain different types of pills. In a hearing Oct. 2, Cooper pleaded guilty and the court accepted her plea. She was placed on deferred sentencing status.

‘Let’s go to jail’

NAME: Jayson Doyle Stacy

AGE: 45


CHARGE: Public intoxication

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Kevin Young responded Sept. 4 to a call regarding an intoxicated person in the 100 block of North Wildhorse. The intoxicated person reportedly was threatening to harm others. The officer reported making contact with Stacy in the middle of the street. “Jayson walked up to me with his hands in front of him and stated, ‘Let’s go to jail,’” the officer said. “I just need to go to jail before I hurt someone,” Stacy reportedly added. The deputy noted the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Stacy’s breath and person. In a hearing Sept. 5, Stacy pleaded guilty.

Beer cans behind the driver’s seat?

NAME: Joseph Michael Dillard

AGE: 28

RESIDENCE: Bella Vista, Ark.

CHARGES: Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, transporting an opened container of beer, failure to obey a traffic control device

DETAILS: Pawhuska police officer Zachary West on Aug. 31, shortly after 3 a.m., when he observed a dark-colored sedan run the stop sign at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 99. He pulled over a Honda Civic bearing an Arkansas license plate. The driver reportedly admitted being nervous because he had consumed “a few beers.” During their encounter, the officer noted that Dillard appeared unsteady on his feet and had bloodshot, watery eyes. During an inventory of the Honda, the officer reported finding three open beer cans in the back of the vehicle, behind the driver’s seat.

Naked in a ditch

NAME: Christy Sueann James

AGE: 48

RESIDENCE: Stillwater

CHARGES: Acts resulting in gross injury, public intoxication

DETAILS: Pawhuska police officer Robert Rulo III, on Sept. 1 at about 5:23 p.m., was dispatched to Main Street near Lynn Avenue in reference to a report of a nude woman lying in a ditch next to a store. The officer noted that the woman, identified as Christy James, showed “general indicators” of being under the influence of a stimulant. “Defendant also stated that she had used methamphetamine,” the officer reported. The officer said he dressed the defendant in a yellow trench coat and took her to jail.

HEADLINE: ‘I’m drunk as …

NAME: Kevin Hillery Carlisle

AGE: 54


CHARGE: Public intoxication

DETAILS: An Osage County deputy responded the night of Sept. 2 to a call from a Shidler resident concerned about the defendant’s behavior. The reporting party told the deputy that Carlisle is his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. The reporting party also told the deputy that Carlisle would frequently come over after getting drunk and “yell for his ex-girlfriend to come out.” Carlisle had reportedly been outside the front door of the reporting party’s home that evening. The deputy said in an affidavit that he drove around the area, looking for Carlisle, and found him standing at the back window of the reporting party’s home, attempting to look through the glass. When talking with Carlisle, the deputy reported detecting the odor of consumed alcoholic beverage on the defendant’s breath and person. The deputy asked Carlisle who he was. “I’m Kevin Carlisle and my cheating ex-girlfriend lives here,” Carlisle reportedly said in reply. “When I asked him what he was doing, he stated, ‘I’m drunk as f… and I can see my girlfriend cheating on me,’” the deputy reported regarding Carlisle. According to a court record, Carlisle pleaded guilty in a Sept. 5 hearing.

Backseat passenger in traffic stop

NAME: Treyson Eric Chapman

AGE: 18

RESIDENCE: Bartlesville

CHARGE: Public intoxication

DETAILS: Pawhuska police officer Justin Tulk on Sept. 1 conducted a traffic stop on a gold Jeep Liberty because of a broken right tail light lens. Chapman was identified as a backseat passenger in the vehicle. An officer noted what he suspected to be symptoms of intoxication on Chapman’s part, and asked him if he had had anything to drink. The officer reported that Chapman “muttered that he did.” In a Sept. 5 hearing, Chapman pleaded guilty.