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December 26th

Housefire on Old 112 under investigation

December 26, 2013

A chimney was all that was left marking the remains of a house that burned to the ground early Sunday.
According to Poteau Fire Chief Jon Pickel, firefighters received a call at 12:37 a.m. about a house on fire about one and one-half miles past the old Poteau River bridge on old Oklahoma Highway 112 near the Fairview community.
Pickel said when firemen arrived the home, previously occupied by Dave W. “Zach” Cook, was engulfed in flames and was not able to be saved.

Half marathon joins Vike Hike

December 26, 2013

The annual Carl Albert State College Vike Hike 5K has a new component this year — a half marathon has been added to the event.
Both races are set for Saturday, March 29, in Poteau. 
Hali Repass, one of the event organizers, said both courses are USATF certified. The half will travel along the Poteau Scenic Bypass, with northbound lanes shut down to all traffic, then follow the traditional Vike Hike 5K course. Maps for both courses are on MapMyRun.com and at vikehike.carlalbert.edu.

Governor bans e-cigarettes from state property

December 26, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin issued an executive order on Monday that bans the use of electronic cigarettes and vapor devices on state property, saying the potential long-term health effects of the products are unknown.
The order applies to all land and property owned or leased by the state, including state vehicles, effective Jan. 1. The only exception is for residents of state residential facilities for veterans.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution and create a water vapor that users inhale.

December 19th

Jury doles death to Talihina man

December 19, 2013

Twelve jurors recommended death Wednesday evening for Donnie Lee Harris Jr. for the murder by fire of 24-year-old Kristi Ferguson.
Harris was convicted Tuesday of Ferguson's murder after a two-hour deliberation period and the death penalty phase of the trial began immediately. After a day and a half of testimony from Ferguson's and Harris' family in regard to the impact of the murder on them, the jury deliberated for a few hours before returning a recommendation of death for Harris.

LeFlore County soldier killed in military helicopter crash

December 19, 2013

The Blackhawk helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan killing six U.S. soldiers Tuesday was piloted by a LeFlore County native.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, and five other soldiers died when their Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk crashed Tuesday in Now Bahar in southern Afghanistan while serving with NATO forces. The Pentagon said the crash remained under investigation.
Billings' Facebook page listed his hometown as Poteau and said he had attended high school in Heavener.
Billings was married and has family living in Heavener.

December 17th

Donnie L. Harris found guilty in death of Kristi Ferguson

December 17, 2013

A LeFlore County jury today found Donnie L. Harris guilty of first-degree murder in the February 2012 death of 24-year-old Kristi Ferguson.
Harris was accused of splashing Ferguson with gasoline and setting her on fire. She died about a month later in a Tulsa hospital from her injuries.

This story will be updated.

Read the full story in tomorrow's print edition of the Poteau Daily News.

Post storm damage assessment conducted by Forestry

December 17, 2013

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests officials are assessing damage caused by an ice storm last week and the ongoing freezing temperatures in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
The broad band of ice caused damage stretching from northern and central parts of Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma. 
Forest personnel are assessing roads, timber and recreation areas for damage. Assessing the damage will take time because ice-packed roads remain hazardous for travel.

December 16th

PFS hosts 'Rooms for Rent'

December 16, 2013

Tonight will be the final performance of Poteau First Assembly's "Our Family Christmas: Rooms for Rent," an original tragicomedy written especially for the holiday season.
"Our Family Christmas: Rooms for Rent," is a non-traditional church Christmas play. Although it is set during Christmas and includes a Christmas “message,” the play focuses primarily on modern, “real life” family issues, which include both moments of hilarity and sobering dysfunction.

Pre-K carolers sing at TCSB

December 16, 2013

CHRISTMAS CAROLERS — The preschool students who attend class at the Poteau First United Methodist Church sing “Away in a Manger” for workers and customers Thursday morning at The Community State Bank in Poteau.
PDN photo by David Seeley

Spiro woman arrested in stabbing

December 16, 2013

A Spiro woman is accused of stabbing her boyfriend during an argument with a knife he had gifted her for her birthday.
According to the affidavit, LeFlore County Deputy Rebecca Hendrix was dispatched to the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center emergency room on Dec. 11, to investigate a domestic abuse claim. According to his statement to Hendrix, stabbing victim Richard Edwards claimed that his girlfriend, Blinda Davis, 40, of Spiro, allegedly stabbed him.

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