March 23rd, 2012
A man accused of murdering his mother and father in July 2011, appeared in court Thursday morning for preliminary hearing proceedings.
Kevin Paul Statham, 50, was arrested after family discovered Paul Statham, 70, and Helen Statham, 69, murdered at their home located on Old Bokoshe Rd. from apparent gun shot wounds.
The criminal proceedings involving a man charged with aggravated possession of child porn have resumed after he appeared in court Wednesday afternoon and was declared competent to stand trial.
Marty Hester, 52, of Hodgen, has been incarcerated since his arrest in October after law enforcement received a report he attempted to sexually assault two children at his business, The Computer Helper, located on S. Witte in Poteau . During the investigation officers discovered multiple pieces of child pornography.
The Cameron Lady Yellowjackets and the Howe Lady Lions will have to wait just a little bit longer to get some softball games in this Spring Break week.
Due to this week's heavy rains, the 2012 Red Oak Festival was moved back from starting today until Friday, with the same order of games.
The two local teams will meet each other in the 3:50 p.m. game Friday. The Lady Lions will also play McCurtain at 12:20 p.m., then Keota at 1:30 p.m. and host Red Oak at 5 p.m.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2012 Poteau High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Categories include: football, boys and girls basketball, baseball, fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls track, boys and girls golf, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls all-around athlete, wrestling, coaching and support and service.
The deadline to submit nominations is March 30.
For additional information or to submit a nomination, call (918) 839-0394.
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Jean Anne Ford Perry, 80, of Spiro died Sunday, March 18, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark. A funeral mass will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church in Spiro, under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home.
Billie Joe Basinger Sr., 83,Â of Mountain Home, Ark., died Sunday, March 18, at his home.
Funeral services will be private.
He was born Aug. 28, 1928, in Monroe, the son of Thomas and Flora May Loyd Basinger.Â He married Barbara Robertson on March 16, 1988, at Texarkana, Ark., and worked as a millwrite for The Pine Bluff Arsenal.Â Billie was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.Â Billie lived in Mountain Home since 1989, moving from Pine Bluff.Â He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and enjoyed fishing and working with his hands.
An author whose latest book was named to USA Today's best seller list for her novel A Seal in Wolf's Clothing not only has ties to Poteau but began her writing career during her time as a local resident.
Terry Spear, formerly of Poteau, began writing 20 years ago as a children's novelist when teaching her children to read led her on journalistic journey to her current fame.
Mother Nature's wrath has already been felt. Due to rain showers Tuesday and today, the 2012 Poteau Wood Bat Festival will not begin until Thursday and end on Saturday.
Besides the host Pirates, several other LeFlore County teams will be in the field â€” Cameron, Heavener and Panama.
BUFFALO VALLEY â€” The Heavener Wolves baseball team split its games in Monday afternoon's three-way. The Wolves beat the host Buffalo Valley Buffaloes 5-3, but lost to the Antlers Bearcats 7-2.
IDABEL â€” The Talihina Golden Tigers baseball team split its first two games in the 2012 Broken Bow Tournament on Monday.
Talihina ended the day with a 16-3 run-rule win over the Caddo Bruins after being humbled by the Idabel Warriors 8-2.
The Golden Tigers (4-4) were slated to meet their final pool play game Tuesday afternoon against Ashdown, Ark., but the game was rained out. In fact, the rest of the tournament was canceled.