Top 10 Broken Arrow stories for January 2023


By John Dobberstein, Editor

January came with the promise of a new year in Broken Arrow -- but it was not an easy month for the city. On the positive side, a design contract was awarded for Broken Arrow’s Innovation District, McElroy Mfg. announced it was expanding into the former Baker Hughes office building, and construction continued to proceed on the New Orleans Square intersection beautification project.

But sad news tended to dominate the headlines. Broken Arrow lost one of its most beloved coaches, Scott Morgan, who passed in early January at the age of 57. Morgan had coached at the Broken Arrow Public Schools for 28 years.

Broken Arrow suffered its first homicide on Jan. 24, although Broken Arrow police have arrested a suspect and more arrests may still occur. Two days later, a Broken Arrow couple died in a murder/suicide. On the last day of the month, two elderly women from Broken Arrow were killed in an accident by a suspected drunk driver.

Here are the Top 10 stories for the month of January:

1 GoFundMe set up for Broken Arrow homicide victim

2 Broken Arrow police identify couple who perished in murder-suicide

3 Broken Arrow man indicted for wire fraud, identity theft

4 Safari Joe's H20 in Tulsa has new owners

5 Former Broken Arrow mayor Mike Lester to run for council seat

6 3 people hurt, 2 critically in Creek County crash

7 Broken Arrow mourns loss of 'Coach Mo'

8 Man Charged After leaving a threatening voicemail, bringing loaded firearm and zip ties to Tulsa VA clinic

9 'Deceived, poisoned, murdered’

10 Cause of death 'undetermined’ for woman found near Coweta

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