Archive - News Article
August 1st, 2012
The residents of the 700 block of Grace Street were alerted to a shed fire that quickly turned worse Wednesday afternoon.
The blaze is under investigation but neighbors claim they heard an explosion followed by flames. The fire began in a shed in the back yard of a residence, spread to the home then to a neighboring home on the north side. Two other homes were endangered by the flames and homeowners spent the afternoon watering down their roofs in hopes of saving their homes.
The bridge on the Poteau River west of Pocola on U.S. Hwy. 271 was dedicated and named after U.S. Army Sgt. Vincent L.C. Owens Wednesday afternoon.
In attendance at the ceremony were Owensâ€™ family and friends as well as state sen. Mark Allen and state rep. James Lockhart. The LeFlore County Disabled American Veteran provided color guard for the ceremony.
Owens was killed in action during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan near Forward Operating Base Sharana when his transport vehicle was attacked on March 1. He was 21 years of age at the time of his death.
This week's Spring Into Business Cash Mob site is Braum's. The very first Braum's store was opened in 1968 by Bill and Mary Braum. There are now more than 270 Braum's stores in five states including Poteau's which was opened April 2, 1989. Special to the Cash Mob, Braum's is offer double dip cones for $.99 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
A Pocola man was formally charged by the LeFlore County District Attorney's Office in connection with the rape and abuse of a 23-month-old child.
Heath Wayne Talley, 26, of Pocola, is accused of leaving multiple burns on the child's body and sexually assaulting her while she was in his care.
According to his statement to investigators, he laid the child on the bed to change her diaper and he heard a popping sound several times when he realized he had laid her on a homemade phone charger. He noticed more marks on the child the next morning and took her to her mother.
A dedication for Paige Underwood, 16, who lost her life 10 months ago is set for Thursday morning at 8 a.m.
Paige was killed in a car accident on her way to school in May. The accident occurred along a deadly stretch of curves on Calhoun Road. Since her death, family, friends and classmates have helped to raise money to install guardrails along the side of the roadway.
The dedication will be held at Kevin and Melissa Holcomb's (Paige's mother) home on Oak Tree Dr. in Calhoun.
Storms struck LeFlore County Thursday evening at approximately 6 p.m. leaving several residents in Arkoma without electricity.
According to Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson, the severe weather caused considerable damage to the OG&E power grid in Arkoma. The residents are expected to be out of power possible until tomorrow.
To help combat the sweltering heat, a cooling center is being opened at the Arkoma First Baptist Church Gym. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and will remain open until electrical power is restored.
Lenard Ray Bond, 18, of Hartshorne, was formally charged with second degree rape after allegations of a sexual relationship a minor girl from Talihina.
According to the affidavit, Talihina Police Officers noticed Bond's vehicle at the girls home and when they knocked on the door, Bond went out the back door. Bond was unable to go far as officer Rodney Faulkenberry was in the back yard and detained him.
Bond allegedly admitted to the allegations.
He is being held on a $15,000 bond at the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department.
Jaclynn Jones, 3, has a new lease on life after her mother donated her kidney to her.
According to Jaclynn's parents, April and Scott Goines, of Shady Point, Jaclynn was born with only one kidney which wasn't functioning properly. She was later placed on a transplant list but her mother's kidney was a suitable match and so the preparations began.
On July 18, the mother and daughter duo went into separate operating rooms to undergo the transplant surgery.
Both are recovering in Oklahoma City.
It has been reported that the Lowrey Hotel in downtown Poteau which houses the LeFlore County Historical Society has been burglarized.
Sources have verified that items, including items of historical significance, have been stolen from the building.
Additionally, it is reported that an attempt to break into the Mainstreet Mattes office was also made, but the attempt was unsuccessful.
On Wednesday morning, the Poteau High School began testing students who participate in extracurricular activities as part of it's newest policy. Students waited at the entrance to Senior Hall until they were administered a drug test by certified medical personnel. The tests are targeting performance enhancement drugs and illegal narcotics use.