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October 21st

DA Investigator escapes close call Thursday

October 21, 2011

An attempted arrest
turned chaotic Thursday
afternoon after the man an
investigator attempted to
arrest in the Burger King
parking lot fled the scene
almost striking him with
his vehicle.
According to a witness
that watched the ordeal
unfold, a District Attorney's
Investigator with the
LeFlore County DA's
Office ordered a man out of
a Lexus at gun point shortly
after 1 p.m. The man
reportedly got out of his car
but then got back inside
and nearly ran over the officer
as he attempted to elude
The driver of the white
Lexus, James Phillips, 28,

4-H Leadership Conference held in Poteau

October 21, 2011

Poteau is playing host to
the 4-H South East District
Leadership Conference. For
the duration of the conference,
4-H delegates from
17 counties are experiencing
excellent workshops
and are hearing from speakers
invited by the South
East District Officers to
speak on the importance of
This year's theme is
“4-H.... The Game of
On Wednesday, delegates
attended the opening assembly
led by Callie Curnutt,
South East District
President. They then attended
a campaign rally where
they heard speeches from
district officer candidates

October 20th

FUMC preschoolers learn fire safety and awareness

October 20, 2011

Members of the Poteau Fire Department visited with the preschool class at the First United Methodist Church
on Wednesday. They spoke with the young group about the proper things to do if they are ever in danger from
fire. The children learned the stop drop and roll rule along with the special reminder to never hide inside a home
that is on fire. Once they were done learning inside the classroom the children got to inspect a ladder truck and
learned the many functions the truck can offer to help put out fires.

City of Pocola responds to EEOC claim by police chief

October 20, 2011

The City of Pocola filed a formal
answer in response to a lawsuit filed by
Chief of Police Dale Fout, 52, with the
Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission that claims he has been the
subject of discrimination by Gaylon
Freeman, a member of the Board of
According to Fout, he was harassed
because of his age and his disability.
Freeman allegedly obtained and distributed
information throughout Pocola concerning
Fout’s ailment to reflect negatively
on his performance of his duties.
The complaint states that Freeman has
told local residents of Pocola that he

2011 Balloonfest rolls into town tonight

October 20, 2011

The Poteau Balloonfest is here, or at
least it will be as of tomorrow!
Armbands for the event will be on sale
at the chamber until 4 p.m. on Friday.
Armbands are your admission to what
promises to be the biggest Balloonfest
The LeFlore County Fairgrounds will
play host to this year’s Balloonfest, as
the size of the event has grown exponentially
since its inception. PDN is going to
attempt to give you a rundown of all the
activities taking place this weekend, so
hold on to your seats.
Included in the price of your armband
is admission to the mud pit races at 2

October 19th

PHS presents

October 19, 2011

Poteau High School has announced its upcoming production
of the Kaufman and Hart classic "You Can’t Take It With
You" under the direction of new English, Speech, and Drama
instructor Lauren Peck.
Peck, a native of Poteau, says she is pleased to return home
and to work with the youth of the Poteau community.
“I’ve always wanted to make my way back here,” said
Peck. For the past seven years, Peck attended college and
taught in western Kansas. “It feels wonderful to be back with
people who know me and sharing what I love with students.”

A day of fun

October 19, 2011

WHAT TO CHOOSE: Juan Garay prepares to trade his tickets for a prize during
the Second Annual CASC Harvest Carnival hosted by the students in the leadership
class at CASC on Tuesday.

Business owner arrested for child porn

October 19, 2011

The owner of a Poteau business is
facing several sex-related criminal
charges after investigators discovered
his collection of child pornography
when allegations of attempted
molestation of two young girls surfaced.
Marty Hester, 52, of Hodgen,
owner of Computer Helpers, a computer
repair and internet cafe business
located at 113 South Witte in
Poteau, was formally charged with
aggravated possession of child pornography
and two counts of lewd or
indecent acts to children under 16
stemming from an incident that
occurred in April.

October 18th

Authorities report two dead following accidents

October 18, 2011

Three separate accidents
over the weekend claimed
the lives of two people and
left several others injured.
On Friday a single vehicle
accident claimed the life of a
Shady Point woman after the
motorcycle she was riding on
hit a bridge support.
According to the accident
report released by the
Oklahoma Highway Patrol,
Timmy Sprabary, 44, of
Wister, was driving a 2008
Yamaha motorcycle with
April Gilgo, 35, of Shady
Point as his passenger.
The two were traveling
westbound on the Reichert-
Summerfield Road near
Hodgen when Sprabary
failed to negotiate a curve.

Lawsuit claims ash is toxic

October 18, 2011

There are a host of very
serious allegations being
made by several Bokoshe
residents who filed a class
action lawsuit last week in
LeFlore County District
The lawsuit filed against
more than 23 defendants,
including AES Shady Point,
on October 6 in LeFlore
County District Court states
that the Defendants’ conduct
in the transport, storage
and disposal of waste
materials from a coal burning
power plant and oil and
gas drilling operations has
resulted in millions of tons
of waste material being
transported and deposited
in a huge pile at the disposal

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