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March 27th, 2012

First degree manslaughter filed in Talihina fatality

March 27, 2012

A Talihina woman has been formally charged with first degree manslaughter charges following the results of an analysis of her blood after a fatal collision in September.
Jacqueline Renee Harjo, 44, of Talihina, is facing two charges stemming from the accident, Manslaughter first degree and driving under the influence causing great bodily injury.
According to the affidavit in the case, Harjo was driving a 1994 Ford pickup south bound on U.S. Highway 271 near Cox Lane when she crossed the center lane and struck a north bound Lincoln Town Car driven by Galen Benton.

March 26th

Unemployment released

March 26, 2012

According to a report by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, LeFlore County has been ranked 70 out of Oklahoma's 77 counties in terms of employment for January 2012. Only six other counties reported a worse unemployment rate that LeFlore County with Latimer County holding the highest rate across the state.
Out of an estimated labor force of 19,017 workers, 17,184 were employed, leaving 1,833 LeFlore County citizens without jobs, raising the unemployement rate from 8.7 percent in December to the current 9.6 percent..

March 23rd

Judge to decide if son accused in July death of Bokoshe couple should be bound over for trial

March 23, 2012

A man accused of murdering his mother and father in July 2011, appeared in court Thursday morning for preliminary hearing proceedings.
Kevin Paul Statham, 50, was arrested after family discovered Paul Statham, 70, and Helen Statham, 69, murdered at their home located on Old Bokoshe Rd. from apparent gun shot wounds.

March 22nd

Child porn suspect declared competent

March 22, 2012

The criminal proceedings involving a man charged with aggravated possession of child porn have resumed after he appeared in court Wednesday afternoon and was declared competent to stand trial.
Marty Hester, 52, of Hodgen, has been incarcerated since his arrest in October after law enforcement received a report he attempted to sexually assault two children at his business, The Computer Helper, located on S. Witte in Poteau . During the investigation officers discovered multiple pieces of child pornography.

March 21st

Book by former Poteau resident named best seller

March 21, 2012

An author whose latest book was named to USA Today's best seller list for her novel A Seal in Wolf's Clothing not only has ties to Poteau but began her writing career during her time as a local resident.
Terry Spear, formerly of Poteau, began writing 20 years ago as a children's novelist when teaching her children to read led her on journalistic journey to her current fame.

March 20th

Local preschooler donates hair

March 20, 2012

Four-year old Tegan Stimac is just like any other preschooler in a lot of ways; she enjoys playing outside, pretending to be The Little Mermaid, and hunting with Daddy. What truly sets her apart from the crowd is her enormous passion to help people.

March 19th

Cavanal Chorale goes to New York City

March 19, 2012

The Big Apple will soon be getting a healthy dose of Little Dixie.
Poteau's own community choir, the Cavanal Chorale, has been invited to perform in concert in New York City as part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York concert series.

CASC represented at Leadership Academy

March 19, 2012

Carl Albert State College student Austin Christopher recently completed the George and Donna Nigh Public Service Leadership Academy. The leadership academy is in Oklahoma City and is an opportunity for outstanding students to build leadership skills and look into major issues in the state, nation, and world.

March 16th

Unemployment rates fall

March 16, 2012

According to a report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Oklahoma's unemployment fell in January, shedding 0.2 percentage points over the month. Over the year, the state's unemployment rate dropped by 0.1 percent.
Out of an approximate labor force of 1,784,580 Oklahoma workers, 1,675,780 are reported as employed and only 109,060 are reported as unemployed, giving the state an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent.

March 15th

Harris formally charged with murder

March 15, 2012

The LeFlore County District Attorney's office filed formal first degree murder charges on Tuesday against a Talihina man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire.
Donnie Lee Harris Jr., 29, of Talihina, has been incarcerated in the LeFlore County Detention Center since February 19 on the charge of first degree arson following an incident that left his girlfriend, Kristi Ferguson, 25, fighting for her life in an Oklahoma City burn unit.

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