Archive - Jan 2013 - News Article
The trial of James Haskin, of Monroe, began Wednesday morning at the LeFlore County Courthouse.
Haskin was charged with nine counts of child neglect and three counts of child sexual abuse stemming from a 2011 investigation.
On Wednesday morning a jury of five women and seven men took their place in the jury box as testimony from witnesses called by the state was heard.
Testimony was given by three law enforcement investigators involved in the case along with an investigator with the Child Welfare Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Service.
The Poteau City Council moved a step closer Monday to establishing a regional recycling recycling center here.
They also approved a resolution calling for city elections in April.
Members agreed to present three options on a building in the industrial park to the Choctaw Nation, which announced plans last month to open a hub for several collection sites already operating in the county. The options include lease, lease-purchase or purchase of the building.
Candidate filing period for the April 2 election will be Feb. 4-6.
With the beginning of a high profile trial Wednesday morning, a temporary security measure will be implemented resulting in the closure of all entrances to the LeFlore County Courthouse except one.
The south entrance, located on Beard Street, will be open to the public during business hours and is handicap accessible. Upon entry to the building visitors will be required to pass through a metal detector.
The LeFlore County Sheriff's Office is asking that all bags, long coats and pocket knives be left at home or in a car.
LeFlore County Emergency Management is inviting anyone interested in forming an amateur radio operators group to volunteer during disasters to attend a local meeting Jan. 8. The meeting will be held at the LCEM office at 6:30 p.m.
LCEM is in the process of forming a Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, according to LCEM Director Michael Davidson.
"RACES is an FCC recognized extension of emergency management," said Davidson. "It allows for amateur radio operators and civilian volunteers to assist government agencies during times of crisis or disaster."
Wister City Council met Monday night for their regular monthly meeting. During the meeting trustees discussed paying $1,500 of the $3,000 cost to move the towns radio repeater and antenna to a new location.
According to the Wister Fire Chief, Wister Schools will pay the remaining $1,500 for the relocation since they use the system for transportation communication.
The current location of the repeater and antenna is near Fisherman's Corner. After a unanimous approval of the payment by the trustees, the system will be moved to Johnson Avenue.
A Cameron man was arrested Sunday morning after fleeing from Rock Island police.
Duane Ray Bryant, 26, of Cameron was arrested on charges of driving under the influence - 2nd of subsequent offense, felony elluding a police officer, possession of a loaded firearm in commission of a felony, driving on the wrong side of the road and failure to stop for a stop sign. He was also charged with two counts of reckless endangerment for his two passengers during the pursuit.
Jury selection in the trial of a man accused of abusing his children began Monday morning at the LeFlore County Courthouse.
James Haskin, 61, of Monroe, was arrested in November 2011 after investigators alleged nine children were being neglected and some of them sexually abused by Haskin. Haskin's wife Lucinda was also arrested in connection with the allegations.
Jury selection is expected to continue until Tuesday and trial to begin on Wednesday.
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.
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,