May 16th, 2013
Sentence has been handed down by District Judge Jon Sullivan for a Bokoshe murderer.
Sullivan sentenced Kevin Paul Statham, 51, to two life sentences without the possibility of parole Thursday morning. The sentences will run consecutively resulting in a 90 year prison term.
Statham was charged in the July 2011, shooting deaths of his parents, Paul Statham, 70, and Helen Statham, 69, at their home on Old Bokoshe Road. Both died from gunshot wounds, according to court records.
Poteau Pound Pups will hold a public informational meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at the Coffee Cup in Poteau.
Spokeswoman Angela Meek said the organization is seeking volunteers, pet "foster parents" and donations.
Anyone interested in rescuing dogs is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Meek at (479) 883-2240.
Barbara J. Edwards, 82, of Pocola died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Pocola.Â There will be a private service. You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home.
Gage Zachery Pilkington, 20, of Wister died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Oklahoma City.Â Services will be held at 10 am, Saturday, May 18, in Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. The family will visit with relatives and friends at Evans and Miller Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Friday.Â
The Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday that area campgrounds that are maintained by the department will remain closes for the 2013 season.
Camp sites at Short Mountain Cove, Applegate Cove, Cowlington and Dam site day-area will not be open for use this year.
The Corps blames the closures on recent budget cuts that leave a financial shortfall resulting in the department not being able to hire contract employees to maintain the campgrounds. Officials are unsure how long the monetary restraints will remain in place.
After winning state as a sophomore and a junior, and being state runner-up as a senior, Poteau wrestler Tyler Tustin was pretty much destined to grapple at the collegiate level. He made it official Wednesday morning.
Tustin signed with the University of Central Oklahoma in a signing ceremony Wednesday morning at the high school.
Many lucky Poteau High School soccer players won awards and recognitions at Tuesday night's awards banquet at the First United Methodist Church.
KI BOIS Community Action will join Community Action Agencies across the country in hosting events and activities throughout May aimed at highlighting poverty problems and solutions. Due to the uncertain economic climate â€“ still reeling from the Great Recession and high unemployment rates â€“ Community Action Agencies feel it is critical to focus local, state and national attention and efforts on helping our most vulnerable population.
Kevin Paul Statham, 51, of Bokoshe, was charged in the July 2011 shooting deaths of his parents, Paul,Statham, 70, and Helen Statham, 69. at their home on Old Bokoshe Road.
According to information released by the OSBI and LeFlore County Sheriffâ€™s Department a family member went to the Statham's home and found Helen Statham dead in the back yard. Paul Statham, also deceased, was found inside the home. Both had died from gunshot wounds, according to court records.
In May 2012, District Attorney Jeff Smith filed notice seeking the death penalty against Statham.