Archive - 2013
Twelve jurors recommended death Wednesday evening for Donnie Lee Harris Jr. for the murder by fire of 24-year-old Kristi Ferguson.
Harris was convicted Tuesday of Ferguson's murder after a two-hour deliberation period and the death penalty phase of the trial began immediately. After a day and a half of testimony from Ferguson's and Harris' family in regard to the impact of the murder on them, the jury deliberated for a few hours before returning a recommendation of death for Harris.
The Blackhawk helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan killing six U.S. soldiers Tuesday was piloted by a LeFlore County native.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, and five other soldiers died when their Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk crashed Tuesday in Now Bahar in southern Afghanistan while serving with NATO forces. The Pentagon said the crash remained under investigation.
Billings' Facebook page listed his hometown as Poteau and said he had attended high school in Heavener.
Billings was married and has family living in Heavener.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” Poteau resident Danny Caldwell won his fourth consecutive title as leading owner at Remington Park and his fifth Ran Ricks, Jr. Memorial Award overall.
Caldwell runners are trained at Remington Park by Federico Villafranco, together they posted 29 wins to win the owner title by 15 victories. Poindexter Thoroughbreds of Springfield, Mo. and Black Hawk Stable of Elk City finished in a tie for second with 14 wins each.
Christmas vacation is here for me and I am ready for some time off from work. I am even more excited to be able to pull out my Mathews and get back in a tree stand. Dan Carter and I are joining Butch Parks at our lease in Clayton.
We are planning on staying for several days and enjoy the peace and quiet of late season bow hunting. Wister baseball coach John McAlester, Brad McMillin and Kolton Lynn are going to join us for a day or two during the hunt.
The Poteau Pirates wrestling team made it 2-for-2 in dual victories on the young season Tuesday night, picking up a 42-34 road win over the Quinton Savages.
The Pirates (2-0) won seven matches, all by pin.
So, the Pirates will take some momentum into the rest of a busy week. Poteau will be in another road dual at 7 p.m. Thursday against the McAlester Buffaloes at Brumley Gym. The junior high dual will take place at 6 p.m.
Then, Friday and Saturday will be the Poteau Tournament at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse. Action will begin at 3 p.m. Friday and resume at approximately 10 a.m. Saturday.
HEAVENER â€” The Heavener Wolves won for the second straight game as they knocked off county rival Wister 54-35 in the latest battle for U.S. Highway 270 supremacy.
The Wolves jumped out to a 14-9 lead after one period and slowly increased their lead from there. Heavener led 28-17 at halftime and took a 43-27 lead into the final quarter.
Arkoma 64, Panama 47: In Arkoma, the Mustangs, who led 18-12 after a quarter, put the game away with a 16-4 second period to take a 34-16 lead at halftime.
ARKOMA â€” On Saturday night at Panama, the Arkoma Lady Mustangs beat the homestanding Lady Razorbacks 63-58 to win the 2013 Green Valley Conference Tournament.
The same two teams met Tuesday night at the Arkoma Gym. Again, it was the Lady Mustangs prevailing as they downed the Lady â€™Backs 68-50 in a title-game rematch.
The Lady Mustangs jumped out to a 19-14 lead after a quarter, but used a 17-6 second period to take control of the game to take a 36-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.
TALIHINA â€” It was a rough end to the three-day stay for three LeFlore County basketball teams at the 2013 Choctaw Nation Tournament on Saturday on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium.
Both Pocola teams suffered third-place game losses as the Lady Indians lost 45-37 to Antlers, while the Indians suffered a 56-46 setback to the Kingston Redskins.
The host Talihina Lady Golden Tigers suffered a loss to the Sallisaw-Central Lady Tigers in the first game of the day for seventh place. No final score was available, and no more information was reported.
HOWE â€” Despite foul problems, the Howe Lions, thanks to a torrid fourth quarter, kept their unbeaten record intact as they beat the Pocola Indians 55-40 Monday night at the Howe Gym.
The Lady Lions handled the Lady Indians 65-34 in the first game of the night.
McCURTAIN â€” The Leflore Savages got their 10th win of the season Monday night, beating the homestanding McCurtain Bulldogs 61-54.
The Savages led 17-10 after a period and never lost the lead.
Leflore will be idle until 7:30 p.m. Saturday when they will play the winner of Thursday night's Howe-Cave Springs game for the Gold Bracket title of the Eastern Oklahoma State College Classic at EOSC's Claud C. Dunlap Fieldhouse.