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November 3rd, 2012

Festival feast

November 3, 2012

Women of Poteau First United Methodist Church
are shown serving lunch Friday during the United
Methodist Women’s Fall Festival. Besides the luncheon,
the festival featured a bake sale and vendor
booths. The well-attended annual event is the
group’s major fundraiser in support of local and
global missions.
PDN photo by Kim Ross

Fort Coffee VFD faces negligence suit in March fire

November 3, 2012

By Kim Ross
PDN Reporter
A Fort Coffee woman is suing
the community volunteer fire
department for what she contends
is negligence that led to fire consuming
her home.
Ester Clayton, 82, of Fort Coffee
filed a civil lawsuit against the
Fort Coffee Fire Department on
Thursday, asking for more than
$10,000 in damages to her home
which resulted from an earlier
controlled burn started by the fire
department on March 3.
According to the petition,
Clayton contends that the fire
department burned an abandoned
mobile home located next to
Clayton’s home at 18290 First St.

November 2nd

All dressed up with someplace to go — Wister Trail of Treats

November 2, 2012

Paisley Simpson, 1, daughter of Brian and
Page Simpson of Panama was one of the costume contest winners at the Trail of Treats and Thrills held Saturday at Wister Lake State Park.

November 1st

Publisher apologizes for production problems

November 2, 2012

November 1 wasn't a great day to be in the newspaper business … in Poteau anyway.
Due to a variety of malfunctions the Nov. 2 newspaper didn't get printed until incredibly late. Quite a few of the papers have messed up page numbers due to a mechanical failure in the printing press. We ended up having to run some the papers in two sections and some of the pages got renumbered, or had the numbers removed in the process. All the news is there. The main problem is that the stories jumping from page one jump to page 8 instead of page 16 in many of the newspapers.

October 31st

The Godfather comes to town

October 31, 2012

The crew at Thompson and Thompson Law Firm of Poteau greeted the Godfather Wednesday afternoon during a Halloween visit.Picture from left: Sandy Thompson, Glenn Thompson, Melissa McDade, Brandy Kardokus, Helen Sprabery and Sarah Jordan.

October 30th

Poteau hotel robbed Monday night

October 30, 2012

A clerk at the Days Inn and Suites of Poteau escaped without injury during a robbery Monday night.
According to Poteau Chief of police Stephen Fruen, the two men entered the hotel while the clerk was in a room near the front desk. When she heard a noise, she went to investigate and she discovered one man behind the front counter taking money and another standing in the lobby.
The clerk locked herself in a bathroom and called police.
The two men fled the scene with an undetermined amount of money and were not apprehended.
The robbery still is under investigation.

Area business owner arrested on sex crimes warrant

October 30, 2012

Area business owner, William Joseph LeRoux Jr., 47, of Hodgen, was arrested Monday night on a sex crimes warrant issued in Arizona.
LeRoux has been charged with 12 counts of sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of public sexual indecency. He is being held in the LeFlore County Detention Center without bail pending transport to Maricopa County, Ariz., to stand trial.
LeRoux opened the web-based business, 701 Corp., on Dewey Avenue in Poteau two years ago after relocating to Oklahoma.

October 27th

Halloween Skate Bash

October 27, 2012

Tre Freeman, 18, of Fort Smith, shows off his skateboarding skills Saturday at the Poteau Skate Park during the Halloween Skate Bash sponosored by the Nashoba Youth Foundation. Lisa Fabian, founder of the foundation, said money raised from the event will go to help at-risk youth.

October 26th

Trick or treating for a cause

October 26, 2012

Poteau High School Thespian Troupe 3283 has announced its participation in the Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat program sponsored by the International Thespian Society and the Educational Theatre Association.
On October 31, Troupe members will be out among area trick-or-treaters collecting dry and canned food for donation to the Kibois food pantry.

October 24th

Missouri issues Amber Alert; driver may come to Oklahoma

October 24, 2012

An Amber Alert has been issued in Missouri in connection with the assault and abduction of 5-year-old Abigail Berthoff on Wednesday morning in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
She is a biracial female with black hair and brown eyes and last was seen wearing a pink nightgown.
The suspected kidnapper is Jeffrey Shelton, 45, who is a white male, believed to be 6 feet, 175 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. Shelton is a registered sex offender and officials believe he may travel to Oklahoma from Poplar Bluff.

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