Archive - Jan 2014 - News Article
A LeFlore County jury returned a verdict of not guilty on both counts in the Heath Wayne Talley child abuse trial Wednesday afternoon.
A little after 4 p.m., a jury of seven women and five men who had been in deliberation for about two hours returned to the court room to announce their verdict.
Talley was arrested July 10, 2012, after a 22-month-old child in his care was treated for electrical burns and an injury to her genital area. Talley was charged with child abuse by injury and child sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.
A Pocola man lost his life Wednesday afternoon in a single vehicle accident.
According to Pocola Chief of Police Steve Howard, at about 1:30 p.m., police received a report of a wreck on South Gray Street. When officers arrived, Howard said they found a Ford minivan on it's side, with the driver, Brent A. Graham, 25, pinned underneath.
Howard said Graham was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Officers reported Graham was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services, Pocola police, Pocola Fire and Rescue responded to the crash.
The voters decided Tuesday who among four candidates will fill the vacant seat on the Shady Point Board of Trustees.
The newest member to the board is Shady Point resident Becky Smith.
Smith, along with Henry Wells, Bud Killion and LeRoy Smith filed for the at-large position.
During Tuesday's special election, 63 of the town's residents cast their vote, 23 in favor of Becky Smith.
LeRoy Smith and Killion tied for second in the race each receiving 19 votes, trailed by Wells with two.
Shady Point voters will be asked to fill an at-large seat on the town Board of Trustees today.
The polling place at the Mike Mass Civic Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Four candidates will be on the special election ballot: LeRoy Smith, Henry Wells, Becky Smith and Derrall Bud Killion.
The special election was called after town trustee were unable to agree between two candidates for the position.
Both candidates were interviewed in a public session by the board, but neither was elected.
The risk of wildfires is expected to be very high today as a dry cold front and gusty winds move across eastern Oklahoma, according to the National Weather Service.
The NWS issued the warning for all of Oklahoma except the Panhandle and McCurtain County, as well as west central Arkansas.
Monday's fire risk was limited, but the NWS predicted a "very high fire weather potential" today with northwest winds gusting up to 30 mph.
The risk was expected to decrease through the rest of the week as the winds subside to 5-15 mph, the NWS said.
Outdoor burning is discouraged.
Area lawmakers will discuss upcoming issues and concerns at the annual legislative breakfast meeting from 8-9 a.m.. Friday, Jan. 24.
The breakfast will be held in the historic Lowrey Hotel at Witte Street and Dewey Avenue in downtown Poteau.
The breakfast is sponsored by the LeFlore County Farm Bureau and Poteau Chamber of Commerce.
The passenger in this white and blue or green striped pickup seen pulling a white trailer was caught on video taking a toolbox worth about $1,000 from a shopper's vehicle at Walmart at about 12:15 p.m. Monday.
The older model Chevrolet pickup has fog lights atop the cab of the truck, what appears to be pealing paint on the hood and a metal mesh-looking tail guard in place of a tailgate.
If you have any information about the owner of the truck or the persons involved in the theft, contact the Poteau Police Department at (918) 647-8620.
A fire prompted Kiamichi Technology Center officials to evacuate the premises briefly Friday morning.
Poteau Fire Department was called for assistance about 8 a.m.
An HVAC unit outside the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning classroom caught fire and was blowing smoke inside the building.
HVAC instructor, Barney Green quickly cut the power to the unit.
Firefighters responded quickly and helped extinguish the fire.
Classes were back in progress by 8:30 a.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Melissa Holcomb, owner of Terrific Trips by Melissa was the guest of honor during the first ribbon cutting ceremony to take place at the Poteau Chamber of Commerce's new location at the Donald W. Reynold's Center. Holcomb, pictured holding the scissors, opened her travel agent business in November and became a chamber member in December. Visit her website at terrifictrips.agenthub.net or contact her at (918) 721-3429 or email at email@example.com.
PDN photo by Kim Ross
LeFlore County roads are becoming treacherous as precipitations falls with temperatures below freezing.
Most all roads in the mountainous area in the southern portion of the county are closed, according to the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department. U.S. Highway 59 from the Page intersection south to the county line, roads leading to and from Talihina, Oklahoma Highway 63 and 144 are all considered closed due to ice.