January 4th, 2013
LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale has announced his intentions to open two unsolved murder cases from 2009.
Jody Wilson, 23, of Wister, was found dead May 8, 2009 by a paraglider flying above the Runestone State Park. She was reported missing the following day by her husband Donald â€śBoâ€ť Wilson.
The cause and manner of Wilson's death has not been determined due to decomposition.
The Poteau Spirit Center named its December Stars of the Month, and increased its amount of stars to include seven lucky individuals.
Piper Warren was chosen as one of the lucky Stars of the Month because she is a great listener, a sweet girl and has come a long way.
Adriana Crouch was named the Junior Cheer Team Star for the month of December, while Rayanna Ward was the Senior Cheer Team Star of the Month.
The Tumblebear Star of the Month for December went to Jenner Kirby.
Brooklyn Adams was awarded the Gymnastics Star of the Month.
There were many Poteau Youth Wrestling Club members who placed in their final 2012 tournaments of the year.
At the Glenpool Novice Tournament, several members participated, with five of them placing.
Parker Killion and Ethan Carey took first place in their respective weight divisions. Dakota James and Jaxon Jordan were third, and Blake Deadmon placed fourth. Others participating but not placing were Talan Fairless, Remington Reed, Hayden Moro, Drew Moro and David Stoughton.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” After regaining the best record in the National askBetball Association, the Oklahoma City Thunder looked rather sluggish against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena â€” at least during parts of the game.
That type of play led to a large lead for the Nets, and, despite a valiant comeback by the Thunder, ended with a loss at home to Brooklyn by a score of 110-93.
Jeffery Thomas Douglas, JR. will face trial for three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.
Special District Judge Jeff Singer ruled that there was probable cause to prosecute Douglas for the stabbings which occurred at Jimmy's Somewhere Else Bar west of Panama on State Highway 31.
Douglas will appear in district court before Judge Jon Sullivan on January 30,
A wreck usually is the last thing a rescue worker wants.
Now they want a good one, or even more.
Area firefighters plan to hold a training exercise in February and are looking for vehicles to teach rescuers how to remove trapped or injured victims.
"We are in need of any type of vehicle one would want to donate," said B.J. Barnes, Poteau Fire Department safety and training officer. "We often do not to perform proper 'hands on' extrication training due to a lack of vehicles.
Carolyn Sue Troxler, 69, of Panama died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Panama.
She was born April 1, 1943, in Martha to Earl â€śBudâ€ť and Mildred (Callen) Moody.Â She was a homemaker, a loving mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Jimmie Moody.
Christopher Edward Grindstaff, 25, of Poteau died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in Baton Rouge, La.
Chris was born Feb. 5, 1987, in Oklahoma City to Bruce and Diana (Johnson) Grindstaff. Chris was a fire alarm technician with J.E. Systems in Pocola. He was an Eagle Scout, Troop 30 in Poteau. Chris lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed every experience along the way. He loved his family and friends and he found a friend in everyone he met. Chris was preceded in death by his grandfather, Kenneth Johnson, and uncle, Todd Grindstaff.