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.


Ran into Apache Street exit sign

NAME: Letroy L. Bills

AGE: 43


CHARGES: Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, driving while the privilege is suspended, failure to maintain insurance or security

DETAILS: State Trooper Romulus Gregory was northbound on the Tisdale Parkway about 2:25 p.m. Jan. 19, when he spotted a collision that had just occurred on the southbound side of the road. About a minute later, Gregory arrived at the accident scene and observed a red Ford Expedition that had hit a breakaway box and then crashed into an exit sign for Apache Street. As he arrived, Gregory noticed three young African-American men waving him down. Gregory instructed the young men to call 911, which they did. Gregory approached the vehicle and found the driver’s side door open, both front-seat airbags deployed and an African-American man behind the steering wheel. The man was slumped over and “making a gurgling sound while breathing,” the trooper noted. He further observed the driver was sweating heavily and had not been wearing a seatbelt. The driver’s nose was bleeding. Gregory tried speaking to the driver, but the man was non-responsive. The driver then suddenly opened his eyes and looked directly at Gregory with what the trooper judged to be a “confused, blank stare.” The trooper told the driver that he had been in an accident and that he should remain seated until medical personnel could arrive. In spite of Gregory’s instruction, the driver reportedly exited the vehicle and fell to the ground. Gregory then instructed the man to stay where he was and not try to move. The trooper noticed the motorist was trying to unzip his jacket and was apparently trying to speak but having difficulty. The motorist continued to try to move away and the trooper restrained him. A Tulsa police vehicle arrived at the scene and the injured motorist was placed in the vehicle and transported to a hospital for medical attention. The injured man was initially identified as Troy Wilson, but that identification was later corrected to Letroy Bills. Gregory spoke to Bills later at the hospital and asked him if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages or taken any illegal drugs before the accident. Bills reportedly said he does not drink alcoholic beverages but does take several medications daily. While observing Bills, Gregory noticed what he interpreted to be symptoms of impairment. Gregory offered the state’s blood test to Bills and the suspect accepted the test. In a Jan. 22 hearing in Osage County District Court, a not-guilty plea was entered for Bills.

Reportedly stole television

NAME: Justin Blake Evans

AGE: 36


CHARGE: First-degree burglary

DETAILS: Evans reportedly entered a residence along a rural Osage County road near Bartlesville in April of 2018. The resident of the home was present and reportedly saw Evans and was able to identify him. Evans reportedly stole a 65-inch television from the residence. He was reportedly seen leaving in a vehicle driven by a co-defendant. An arrest warrant was issued for Evans on Jan. 22, 2019.

Tech-based thieving

NAME: Timothy Ryan Adams

AGE: 29


CHARGES: Pattern of criminal offenses, fraudulent use of credit card number (two counts), possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia

DETAILS: A Skiatook police officer was assigned July 22, 2017, to assist a Lincoln, Neb. woman who had tried to sell a Walmart gift card via her Facebook page for extra money. The woman told the officer she had been unable to sell the card and had attempted to use it. When she did so, she learned that the card had already been used, in the Walmart in Skiatook. The officer took a statement from the woman over the phone. The officer subsequently learned from a fellow officer that Skiatook police had previously received a similar complaint from someone in New Hampshire, and the suspect in that case had reportedly been identified as Timothy Ryan Adams. The officer viewed a booking photo of Adams, and also met with a loss prevention officer at the Skiatook Walmart, who provided access to surveillance video of the person wh0 used the gift card belonging to the woman from Lincoln, Neb. The officer, who was able to identify Adams as the person who used the gift card owned by the Nebraska woman, took Adams into custody on an outstanding warrant and asked him if he would be willing to talk about the use of the woman’s card. Adams reportedly refused. Several days later, the officer executed a search warrant at a residence that Adams reportedly shared with his girlfriend. During that search, Skiatook police reportedly found several drug paraphernalia items and a quantity of a substance believed to be marijuana. Police then suspended their search and obtained a second warrant to look for drugs and drug paraphernalia. Officers reportedly confiscated drug smoking devices, a quantity of suspected marijuana, several cell phones, an electronic storage device, and numerous gift cards and receipts. Later, in March of 2018, the officer reportedly served a warrant at a Skiatook address in Tulsa County (Skiatook straddles the Osage/Tulsa county line) and confiscated items for evidentiary use. The Skiatook officer then worked with an Osage County investigator, who developed a “data dump.” During a review of the data, the Skiatook officer reportedly viewed an exact image of the gift card that had been the property of the Lincoln, Neb. woman. An Osage County arrest warrant was issued Jan. 23, 2019, for Adams.

Gun thieving

NAME: Brent Kenneth Whinery

AGE: 28


CHARGE: Second-degree burglary

NAME: Joshua Lloyd Leonard

AGE: 28

RESIDENCE: Broken Arrow

CHARGE: Second-degree burglary

DETAILS: The defendants reportedly burglarized a residence at 6054 W. Country Road, Skiatook, on Jan. 11, 2019. The crime victim reported the theft of several items, including two firearms, a Remington .22-caliber long rifle and a Mossberg shotgun. Leonard reportedly told deputies that he helped Whinery with multiple burglaries, and mentioned an AR-15 among other items stolen. In a Feb. 15 hearing in Osage County District Court, Leonard pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred sentencing status. An Osage County arrest warrant was issued Jan. 24 for Whinery, according to court records.

Modified toy gun

NAME: Melvin Lee Brownwolf

AGE: 47


CHARGES: Cultivation of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia

DETAILS: Pawhuska police officer William Wamego on the morning of Jan. 31, 2019, served a search warrant on Brownwolf at his home on 14th Street in Pawhuska. During the search, Officer Wamego reportedly found five marijuana plants growing in a closet, several items of drug paraphernalia, and a black toy gun that reportedly had been modified to look like a real gun. Brownwolf pleaded not-guilty in a Feb. 5 hearing in Osage County District Court.


Honor thy father?

NAME: James Joseph Armbruster III

AGE: 23


CHARGE: Domestic abuse — assault and battery

DETAILS: Deputy Grant West, of the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, last July received a call for service from the 100 block of West 5th Street in Wynona. James J. Armbruster Jr. told the officer that his son, James J. Armbruster III, had assaulted him during an argument about money. The reporting party showed the officer a laceration, a scratch and a bruise on his face, where his son reportedly punched him. The reporting party also said his son attempted to choke him while he was on the ground after the initial punch. The defendant, James J. Armbruster III, pleaded guilty Oct. 12, 2018, in Osage County District Court and was sentenced to a year in the county jail, with all of it suspended except the first three months.

Nothing good comes from her mouth?

NAME: Larry Justin Doba

AGE: 36


CHARGE: Domestic abuse — assault and battery

DETAILS: Hominy police responded to a call for service from the 200 block of Parkview Drive last July 18. The reporting party told police that she and her boyfriend, Doba, had argued and the defendant had said nothing good came from his girlfriend’s mouth. Doba reportedly backhanded her. She reportedly told him to leave her home and he did. An Osage County arrest warrant was issued Sept. 18, 2018, for Doba. A court record indicates it has never been served.

Oops, he just had to look at that bag

NAME: Dustin Gilkey

AGE: 18


CHARGE: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance

DETAILS: Nick Conner, park manager at Osage Hills State Park, one evening last July observed several young men walking toward a parking area. He reported seeing one of the young men, later identified as Gilkey, hold up a clear plastic bag with a dark substance in it. When Gilkey noticed Conner, he reportedly stuffed the bag into a pocket of his shorts. Conner asked what was in the bag and Gilkey handed the bag to him. Conner reportedly saw and smelled what appeared to be marijuana. Conner asked Gilkey to accompany him to his patrol vehicle and did a records check on Gilkey. The defendant reportedly said the marijuana was his and he had planned to smoke it somewhere out in the country. In a hearing Dec. 7, 2018, in Osage County District Court, Gilkey pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred sentencing status until Dec. 4, 2019.

Talking with other girls

NAME: Cody Alan McGonigal

AGE: 28


CHARGE: Domestic abuse — assault and battery

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Casey Witt received word from an Osage Nation police officer about a domestic violence victim who wanted to speak with him. Witt talked to the reporting party, who said she and her boyfriend had a conflict at their residence in Prue. The conflict reportedly began when the reporting party checked McGonigal’s cell phone messages and saw that he had been talking with other girls. The two argued and McGonigal reportedly pushed the woman to the ground. Later during the encounter, after the woman reportedly fell to the ground because of fear McGonigal would hit her, he reportedly kicked her in the stomach area with his boots on. Witt observed bruises on the reporting party. An arrest warrant was issued for McGonigal on Sept. 18 in Osage County District Court. An affidavit in the case was delivered in December to a state correctional center in Alva, where he was incarcerated.

Not wearing his seatbelt

NAME: Lyle Joseph Howard

AGE: 39


CHARGES: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance (two counts), unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while the privilege is suspended

DETAILS: Deputy Dustin Wells pulled over Howard on Highway 60 after observing he was not wearing his seatbelt. Howard stopped his vehicle on the bridge between Osage and Kay counties. He reportedly told the deputy he did not have a driver’s license and was en route to see a friend in Ponca City. As the deputy talked with Howard, he reportedly smelled the odor of green (unburned) marijuana. Deputy Wells waited on another deputy to arrive and assist him. The two deputies asked Howard to step out of his vehicle, and Wells explained to Howard that he had smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Howard said he had recently been around some people who had smoked marijuana and perhaps that’s what Wells was smelling. Wells began a search of Howard’s vehicle and reportedly found several syringes, a set of digital scales, a baggie containing green marijuana, a baggie containing suspected methamphetamine, a baggie containing a brown substance believed to be amphetamines, and a number of unused baggies. In a hearing Oct. 19, 2018, in Osage County District Court, Howard pleaded guilty and was convicted.