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January 7th, 2013
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,
A wreck usually is the last thing a rescue worker wants.
Now they want a good one, or even more.
Area firefighters plan to hold a training exercise in February and are looking for vehicles to teach rescuers how to remove trapped or injured victims.
"We are in need of any type of vehicle one would want to donate," said B.J. Barnes, Poteau Fire Department safety and training officer. "We often do not to perform proper 'hands on' extrication training due to a lack of vehicles.
December 31st, 2012
Poteau Chamber of Commerce, Poteau Courthouse, Walmart and Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) are starting off the new year by saving lives and inviting Poteau-area residents 16 years or older to join by donating blood at these upcoming drives on Friday, Jan. 4:
â€˘ 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Poteau Chamber of Commerce, 201 South Broadway
â€˘ 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Walmart, 3108 North Broadway
Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Chamber of Commerce at 918-647-9178, Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting obi.org.
Candace Martin has resigned as executive director of the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Poteau.
Poteau Mayor Jeff Shockley says that at this time, the city has no plans to replace Martin.
Shockley stated that because of the current financial climate, the city will absorb Martinâ€™s position.
During her time as executive director, Martin oversaw many events at the Reynolds Center including the popular summer concert series.
Poteau Mayor Jeff Shockley and Poteau Chamber of Commerce CEO Karen Wages help setup and decorate for the New Year's Eve Extravaganza being held tonight.
The event will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in Poteau beginning at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $40 per person.
A brief blast of snow blew threw the county Friday afternoon as part of a small winter storm crossing the southern portion of the state.
According to LeFlore County Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson, the storm is expected to be out of the area by 6 p.m.
Davidson said the county is under no watches or warnings at this time and the next chance of precipitation is expected Monday. Snow is expected in the Monday storm for areas north of Interstate 40 and rain south of the interstate.
The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security encourages Oklahomans to â€śResolve to be Readyâ€ť in 2013
Each year, about this time, Oklahomanâ€™s begin citing their New Yearâ€™s resolutions; among the most popular: lose weight, quit smoking, pay off debt, work out more, and get a new job. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, those who make New Yearâ€™s resolutions are 11 times more likely to report continued success in achieving a goal than individuals who have not made a resolution.