CRIME SCENE

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

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.

FELONY CASES

Man fears his sister

NAME: Christopher Michael Kysar

AGE: 35

RESIDENCE: Tulsa

CHARGE: Larceny of an automobile, aircraft or other motor vehicle

DETAILS: Osage Nation officers worked a case involving the theft of a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 from the premises of the Osage Casino in Skiatook. The vehicle belonged to the casino. Officers reviewed surveillance video, both at the casino and at the Walmart store in Skiatook. The ON investigation initially focused on a casino employee named Brandon Lee Rudlang, 29. An ON officer confronted Rudlang about having had an extra key made for the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado before it was stolen from the casino. Rudlang reportedly told an ON investigator during an interview that his sister, called him on and told him that he would have the spare key made and leave it in the bed of the truck or she would “make his life hell.” Brandon Rudlang reportedly told the investigator he was afraid of his sister. He also reportedly told the investigator that Brandy’s husband, Christopher Michael Kysar, called him several times to arrange how to steal the casino’s truck. In a hearing Jan. 10, the Osage County District Court entered a not-guilty plea for Kysar and set his bail at $15,000, according to a court record.

Cracked windshield got him

NAME: Joseph William Byington

AGE: 57

RESIDENCE: Ponca City

CHARGES: Possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance without a tax stamp affixed, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while the privilege is suspended and defective vehicle

DETAILS: Deputy Brett Barnett on Jan. 9 was sitting in his patrol car in the driveway of a vacant residence in McCord when, about 9:48 p.m. he noticed a westbound vehicle with a cracked windshield. Barnett stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who was later identified as Joseph William Byington. A records check showed that Byington’s driver’s license was suspended. While Barnett was doing the records check, another officer arrived at the scene of the traffic stop and spoke with Byington and the motorist reportedly said there was some methamphetamine in the center console of the vehicle. Barnett opened the console and reportedly found a white plastic case inside of which were six baggies that “contained a large amount of a white crystal-like substance.” Barnett reportedly found more methamphetamine and some marijuana. He then noticed a large plastic bag that contained material he suspected to be psilocybin mushrooms. Barnett additionally reported that he found syringes. In a Jan. 10 hearing in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not-guilty plea for Byington and set his bail at $10,000.

Said his uncle let him drive it

NAME: Ahern Mark York

AGE: 20

RESIDENCE: Skiatook

CHARGE: Possession of a stolen vehicle

DETAILS: An Osage Nation police officer on Jan. 11 received word of a stolen vehicle possibly located at the Osage Casino on West 36th Street North in Tulsa. The officer drove to the casino and noticed, upon his arrival, that someone was trying to leave in the possibly stolen pickup. The officer stopped the truck and detained the driver, who was identified as Ahern York. York reportedly told the officer that the truck belonged to his uncle, who was letting him drive it. The officer spoke with the owner of the truck, who said he knew York, but they are not related. The victim also reportedly said that York had stolen items from him in the past. York reportedly admitted later that he did not get the truck from his uncle. In a Jan. 11 hearing in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not-guilty plea for York and set his bail at $15,000.

Hit a mailbox

NAME: Patricia Ann Mays

AGE: 48

RESIDENCE: Bartlesville

CHARGES: Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, driving while the privilege is suspended, and driving left of center

DETAILS: Oklahoma State Trooper Justin Littlesun on the afternoon of Jan. 10 responded to a call about a vehicle hitting a mailbox on County Road 2145. As Trooper Littlesun turned onto CR 2145, he noticed a black, four-door vehicle, which was being driven to the left of the center of the road, coming toward him. The trooper took steps to initiate a traffic stop. He observed that it took the driver of the black car about 1.5 miles to come to a stop. After the suspect vehicle stopped on Highway 60, Littlesun approached it and noticed damage to the passenger side mirror. When asked for her driver’s license, the stopped motorist told the trooper she had left it at home. When the trooper performed a records check, he found Mays’ driver’s license to be suspended. The trooper asked Mays about the damage to her passenger side mirror and she reportedly said she had hit a mailbox. Trooper Littlesun noted that Mays appeared tired and very confused. He also noted she had droopy eyelids and slurred speech. The trooper asked Mays if she had taken any medications or illegal drugs. She reportedly said that she takes Methadone on a daily basis but nothing else. Littlesun administered a field sobriety test and subsequently arrested Mays. In a Jan. 11 hearing in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not-guilty plea for Mays and set her bail at $5,000.

MISDEMEANOR CASES

Said he had smoked meth

NAME: Matthew Kendall Fry

AGE: 38

RESIDENCE: Tulsa

CHARGES: Driving while under the influence of drugs, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding and defective vehicle

DETAILS: Officer Chris Edwards of the Skiatook police observed a silver car doing 35 mph in a 30 mph zone on North Lenapah. The officer noticed the vehicle did not have functioning tag lights. Edwards conducted a traffic stop. When Officer Edwards made contact with Fry, the officer noticed that the motorist could not sit still, was very nervous and paranoid, was sweating profusely, had dilated pupils and could not follow simple directions. The officer asked Fry if he had used any illegal drugs and Fry reportedly said he had smoked methamphetamine earlier. The officer administered field-sobriety tests and subsequently arrested Fry. During an inventory of Fry’s vehicle for impoundment purposes, the officer reportedly found a glass smoking device. In an Oct. 12 hearing in Osage County District Court, Fry pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred sentencing status, according to a court record.

‘I’m not drunk’

NAME: Logan Wayne Blake

AGE: 27

RESIDENCE: Barnsdall

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

DETAILS: Sgt. Nick Silva of the Osage Nation police responded to a call regarding a possibly drunk driver approaching Barnsdall on Highway 123. The vehicle reportedly passed through Barnsdall and headed west on Highway 11. Sgt. Silva conducted a traffic stop and reported that he smelled the odor of alcoholic beverage on Blake’s breath and person. Blake reportedly said he had visited a casino after work and consumed a beer. “I observed Mr. Blake to have constricted pupils and extremely slurred speech for just one beer,” the officer said in a case affidavit. The officer asked Blake if he had ingested anything potentially intoxicating beyond that one beer. Blake reportedly said he had consumed Hydrocodone while at work. Sgt. Silva administered field sobriety tests, and Alton Horne of the Pawhuska police arrived to provide backup. Horne tried to explain to Blake about his condition and Blake reportedly interrupted to say, “I’m not drunk.” Based on the combination of factors involved in the situation, Silva arrested Blake. The defendant has a court date set for Feb. 8.

Substance in a shopping bag

NAME: Mary Helen Brown

AGE: 34

RESIDENCE: Collinsville

CHARGES: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and public intoxication

DETAILS: Osage County Deputy Brett Barnett conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on 113th Street North that had a non-functioning tag light. Brown was reportedly a passenger in the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, Deputy Barnett found a pink paper shopping sack inside a woman’s purse in the back seat. Inside the pink paper shopping sack, Barnett reportedly found a white crystal-like substance. Brown reportedly admitted the substance in the sack belonged to her and told the officer that she used the drug by the intravenous method. Barnett noted that Brown exhibited symptoms of intoxication as he conversed with her. Brown has a court date set for March 1, according to a court record.

Pipe in a rolled-up sock

NAME: Shelbie Dawn McQuay

AGE: 26

RESIDENCE: Skiatook

CHARGES: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to maintain insurance or security, and defective vehicle

DETAILS: Osage County Deputy Brett Barnett conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on 113th Street North that had a non-functioning tag light. McQuay was reportedly the driver of that vehicle. The deputy concluded that the liability insurance on the vehicle appeared to be expired. He questioned McQuay as to whether there were any illegal items in the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, Barnett found a rolled-up sock in which a glass smoking pipe and a baggie containing a small amount of a white, crystal-like substance had been concealed. McQuay reportedly claimed ownership of those items. “Yes, it’s mine. I don’t want anybody else to go to jail,” McQuay reportedly said. According to a court record, McQuay was placed on deferred sentencing status in a Dec. 7 hearing with regard to the drug possession charge, the paraphernalia possession charge and the defective vehicle charge. The liability insurance charge was dismissed.

Domestic conflict

NAME: Gregory Morgan

AGE: 48

RESIDENCE: Ponca City

CHARGE: Domestic abuse — assault and battery

DETAILS: Deputy Jeff Jones responded to a call regarding a domestic disturbance at 49 Noel Lane, Ponca City. The deputy reportedly met the suspect, Gregory Morgan, in the driveway of the residence and noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and person. The deputy noted Morgan’s speech was thick and slurred, and he was having a difficult time maintaining his balance. Morgan reportedly told the deputy that he and his wife had argued. He denied touching his wife during the argument. Morgan’s wife reportedly gave the deputy a significantly different account. She reportedly said Morgan at one point placed his hand around her throat and squeezed. At another point, he reportedly pushed her face into part of an air-conditioning unit. Gregory Morgan has a court date set for March 1.