An Amber Alert has been issued in Missouri in connection with the assault and abduction of 5-year-old Abigail Berthoff on Wednesday morning in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
She is a biracial female with black hair and brown eyes and last was seen wearing a pink nightgown.
The suspected kidnapper is Jeffrey Shelton, 45, who is a white male, believed to be 6 feet, 175 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. Shelton is a registered sex offender and officials believe he may travel to Oklahoma from Poplar Bluff.
With two weeks to go before the general election, area residents heard candidates in five key races speak at Tuesday's 2012 LeFlore County Political Forum. Candidates or their spokespersons represented their views in the contests for state House District 3, county sheriff, County Commissioner District 2, state Senate District 2, state Senate District 5 and U.S. House District 2.