Crime Scene

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Rainy Renee Sulphur

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.


Feared going to jail

NAME: Kyle Lee Lawson

AGE: 29


CHARGES: Attempted escape from arrest or detention; obstructing an officer; and resisting an officer

DETAILS: Officer Robert Willard on May 2 at about 11:30 p.m. learned that Osage County had a warrant out for the arrest of Kyle Lawson. Officer Willard responded to the Osage Casino in Ponca City, where a security officer told him that the casino’s video surveillance system was tracking Lawson in the casino. The suspect reportedly was nearing the east entrance. Officer Willard entered the gaming floor and was told that Lawson had changed directions and was headed for the main entrance. Willard followed the suspect and called out to him, “Mr. Lawson, Kyle Lawson.” The suspect reportedly turned and said, “My name is Kevin, Kyle is my cousin.” Officer Willard asked to see some identification. The suspect said it was in his vehicle and the officer followed him to view his identification. The suspect reportedly told his girlfriend to look in the car for his wallet. Officer Willard asked the suspect about the wallet in his pocket and the suspect reportedly said there was no ID in it. Officer Willard looked at the suspect and said, “Kyle, Kyle Lawson. That’s your name, isn’t it?” The suspect reportedly shook his head “yes” and said he was afraid and didn’t want to go to jail. As Officer Willard was preparing to handcuff him, Lawson reportedly took off running in the direction of the gas pumps of the casino store. Willard pursued the suspect and threatened to use a Taser on him if he did not stop. Lawson reportedly stopped and asked not to have the Taser used on him, but continued to resist the officer’s commands. During a struggle that followed, Officer Willard’s Taser fell out of its holster and the suspect reportedly grabbed it. Willard ordered Lawson to drop the Taser, but Lawson reportedly did not comply. The officer then used one hand to control the Taser and Lawson’s hands, and used his other hand to deliver “closed hand strikes” to the side of Lawson’s head to regain control of the Taser. With the help of a casino security officer, Willard then went through procedures necessary to arrest Lawson. The two officers escorted Lawson to Willard’s patrol car. In a hearing May 7 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Lawson.

Dope at Dick Conner

NAME: Cecilia Williams

AGE: 46


CHARGES: Trafficking in illegal drugs; and bringing contraband into a penal institution

DETAILS: Hominy police officer Matthew Foster on May 5 received a dispatch call about a person being detained at the Dick Conner Correctional Center for allegedly bringing contraband into the facility. The prison gave Foster a statement to the effect that a visitor named Cecilia Williams had been observed passing a black object to an inmate named Ojerra Jackson. Williams reportedly passed the item over a table in a visitation room and Jackson reportedly put it in the front of his pants. The black object reportedly contained a 19.4 gram package of marijuana, a 62.6 gram package of marijuana and a 29.7 gram package of crystal methamphetamine. After being read her Miranda rights, the suspect reportedly admitted she had received drugs for the purpose of delivering them to inmate Jackson. In a hearing May 9 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Williams.

Started with a bad tail light

NAME: Russell Wayne Miller

AGE: 31


CHARGES: Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs; driving while the privilege is suspended; unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia; defective vehicle; and operating a vehicle with an expired or improper tag or decal

DETAILS: Hominy police officer Joeseph T. Antle on May 5 observed a GMC pickup with a driver’s side tail light that did not illuminate properly. The officer conducted a traffic stop. Officer Antle made contact with the driver of the pickup, identified as Russell Wayne Miller, and Miller reportedly said he did not have a valid driver’s license. While talking with Miller, the officer reportedly smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the pickup. Officer Antle then observed while Osage County deputy Corby Sorrells did a field sobriety test on Miller. Deputy Sorrells told Officer Antle that he thought Miller was too intoxicated to drive safely. During the arrest that followed, officers took possession of a silver metal marijuana grinder and a small amount of what appeared to be marijuana. Officer Antle also reportedly learned the 2019 decal on the license plate of Miller’s vehicle was supposed to be on a tag for a different vehicle. In a May 13 hearing in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Miller.

Neighbor’s fridge was in her backyard

NAME: Danna Louise Cunningham

AGE: 52


CHARGE: Knowingly concealing stolen property

DETAILS: Pawhuska police officer Blake Burch on March 26 was dispatched to 1228 E. 12th Street, Pawhuska, in response to a call regarding a possible intrusion into a dwelling. When three Pawhuska police officers arrived at the address, they found the back door to be open. The owner reportedly said numerous items were missing. Among the missing items was a refrigerator. Officer Burch noticed a refrigerator in the backyard of the neighboring house, at 1224 E. 12th. Officer Burch asked the owner of the house at 1228 E. 12th if she had any photos of her refrigerator that could be used for identification purposes, and the owner said that she did have photos. Officer Burch reportedly used the photographic evidence to identify the refrigerator in the neighboring yard as the missing refrigerator. Officer Burch talked with the owner of the home at 1224 E. 12th, identified as Danna Louise Cunningham, and asked her if the fridge in the backyard belonged to her. Cunningham reportedly said it did belong to her, but Officer Burch told her it actually belonged to the people at 1228 E. 12th and they could prove it. Cunningham reportedly told Burch that her roommate had brought the fridge to her house along with some other items, and Cunningham said police could enter her house and have a look around. Officers reportedly found several items at 1224 E. 12th that had been reported missing from 1228 E. 12th. Cunningham reportedly said her roommate brought in all the contested items. Cunningham reportedly provided to police the name of a man who reportedly brought the items into her home, but police were unable to locate that person. An arrest warrant was issued for Cunningham on May 13 in Osage County District Court.

Reportedly said she smoked PCP

NAME: Amber Nicole Allen

AGE: 26


CHARGES: DUI; leaving the scene of an accident involving damage; driving while the privilege is suspended; and failure to pay taxes due the state

DETAILS: Tulsa police on May 8 at about 12:39 p.m. investigated a traffic accident at 1133 North Osage Drive. An officer found that Allen’s speech was thick and slurred and that she did not seem to understand simple questions. An officer administered field sobriety testing and Allen was subsequently arrested on suspicion of DUI. Allen reportedly agreed to take a blood test and, while at the hospital, reportedly made a voluntary admission that she had smoked PCP before driving her vehicle. According to an officer’s report, Allen hit a parked vehicle, fled the scene of that collision and hit another vehicle. In a hearing May 14 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Allen.

One incident after another

NAME: Mark Lloyd Bush

AGE: 31


CHARGES: First-degree robbery; larceny of automobile, aircraft or other motor vehicle; leaving the scene of an accident involving injury; attempting to elude a police officer; and driving while the privilege is suspended

DETAILS: Hominy police chief Michael Martin, about 11 a.m. on May 14, responded to a call at the Parkview Apartments regarding an attempted robbery. The reporting party said he was checking his mail at the apartment complex mail delivery area when Bush approached him in an aggressive manner and began to threaten him. Bush reportedly demanded the reporting party’s wallet and, when the reporting party refused to hand it over, started punching the reporting party. Chief Martin viewed a cell phone video shot by a witness and reportedly could see on the video that Bush approached the reporting party and then began to punch him. The reporting party was transported to a hospital for treatment. Subsequently, Chief Martin also responded to a report of a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Highway 99 and Osage. The victim in that incident had been rear-ended. The suspect vehicle in that collision reportedly had the same license plate number as the vehicle driven by Bush at the Parkview Apartments. Later, Chief Martin attempted to pull over a different vehicle, a 1998 Chevrolet truck reportedly being driven by Bush. The suspect reportedly failed to yield and drove away. Bush reportedly ended up wrecking the Chevy truck near the intersection of Highway 99 and Core Road. Bush then fled on foot. Martin chased him on foot and arrested him. In a hearing May 17 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Bush.

Vehicle taken in Shawnee, pulled over in Pawhuska

NAME: Randy Gene McCullough Jr.

AGE: 28


CHARGE: Unauthorized use of a vehicle

NAME: Rainey Renee Sulphur

AGE: 23


CHARGE: Unauthorized use of a vehicle

DETAILS: Pawhuska police officer William Wamego, on May 15 at about 12:01 a.m., was on patrol when he noticed severe rear-end damage to a silver Mazda four-door. As a result of the damage, the vehicle’s tail lights were broken and a tag light was hanging off the rear of the vehicle. Officer Wamego initiated a traffic stop. Dispatch informed Wamego that the vehicle had been reported stolen. McCullough was a passenger in the vehicle when Wamego stopped it, but he had reportedly been listed as a suspect in the taking of the vehicle in Shawnee. The driver at the time Officer Wamego stopped the vehicle was identified as Rainey Renee Sulphur, 23, of Shawnee. She reportedly was in a dating relationship with McCullough. In a hearing May 17 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Sulphur. The court also entered a not guilty plea for McCullough.


Dragged her by the hair

NAME: Charles Timothy Tilly

AGE: 45


CHARGES: Domestic abuse — assault and battery

DETAILS: Osage County deputy John Ferguson investigated a domestic incident that took place Aug. 17, 2018, at a residence on Rocky Road in Prue. The reporting party told Ferguson that Tilly struck her several times in the head with a closed fist and dragged her by the hair down a gravel driveway. In a hearing Nov. 9 in Osage County District Court, the defendant pleaded guilty. The court accepted his plea and placed him on deferred-sentencing status. Tilly reportedly failed to show for a February 2019 court date and a bench warrant was issued for him.

Incident in the park leads to warrant

NAME: Aron A. Cheatwood

AGE: 20


CHARGE: Protective order violation

DETAILS: Officer Tyler Bates of the Skiatook police was dispatched to Skiatook Central Park on Aug. 15, 2018, regarding a report of people hanging on the gazebo at the park. While Officer Bates was en route to the park, he received a message that Aron Cheatwood was at the park at the same time as a person who had a protective order against him. Cheatwood reportedly told police he walked away when he saw the person who had a protective order against him, and only returned when she was gone. Police received a statement from the protective order holder that contradicted what Cheatwood had said. The statement alleged that Cheatwood had been at the park yelling at the person who was supposed to be protected from him. An arrest warrant was issued Sept. 28 in Osage County District Court for Cheatwood, a court record shows.