Archive - 2011 - News Article
Ever since there have been trucks
and mud, people have been combining
the two for sport and recreation.
This yearâ€™s Balloonfest is no exception.
On Saturday, October 22, the
Poteau Balloonfest will play host to
AMMP Motorsportsâ€™ Third Annual
Rumble on the River mud race. The
event features the top ten mud racers
in the United States tearing through
four different 300-foot-long mud pits
including â€śThe Swamp Pitâ€ť, a six
foot deep mud pit that has never
before been bested. The Swamp Pit
at the Poteau Balloonfest is only the
third such pit constructed for professional
The 2011 Poteau High School Homecoming football royalty, McKensey Matlock
and escort Marshall Jones, share a the traditional homecoming kiss before Poteau's
homecoming football game Friday against The Stilwell Indians.
Two men accused of
murder have been returned
to LeFlore County to stand
Kevin Paul Statham,
50, and Suhail Mohammad
Shanti, 48, have both been
accused of separate murders
in LeFlore County.
They were both apprehended
in the northern
United States and recently
transported to the LeFlore
County Detention Center.
Statham is accused of
the murder of his mother
and father in June. As
previously reported by
PDN, Paul Statham, 70,
and Helen Statham, 69,
were found dead from
apparent gunshot wounds
at their home on Old
Bokoshe Rd. after their
other son became concerned
The staff at First National Bank posed for a picture after
they were chosen as the winners of the annual Poteau
Spirit decorating contest.
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching
and with it comes a time for families to
gather together and find time to enjoy
each otherâ€™s company and reflect on all
the things in life there are to be thankful
for. However, there are those in our community
who all too often find themselves
alone during the holidays. One local
man, however, has made it his mission to
provide a Thanksgiving dinner for those
who would otherwise be alone.
For the past seven years, Jim Berngen
has been serving up hot meals to his
community with The Annual Thanksgiving
An Oklahoma City man who was
allegedly found passed out behind the
wheel of his vehicle while parked on a
county road near Spiro has been formally
charged by the LeFlore County District
Attorneyâ€™s Office with being in actual
physical control of a motor vehicle while
under the influence. Since this is his
second or subsequent offense, the charge
is a felony that could result in prison
time if convicted.
Timothy Scott Carter, 32, of Oklahoma
City, was arrested on September 21 after
a passerby reported a vehicle parked in
According to the affidavit filed by
Investigators for the LeFlore County District Attorney's Office have spent the last two days searching for the remains of an infant they discovered was buried on the property of a husband and wife charged with child neglect following an investigatio into possible child abuse.
According to an application for exhumation filed by Assistant District Attorney Meg Nicholson on Tuesday, the remains of an infant born to a minor child of James Haskin, 61, and Lucinda Haskin, 39, of LeFlore County was buried on property belonging to the couple after an alleged still birth.