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October 24th, 2012
With two weeks to go before the general election, area residents heard candidates in five key races speak at Tuesday's 2012 LeFlore County Political Forum. Candidates or their spokespersons represented their views in the contests for state House District 3, county sheriff, County Commissioner District 2, state Senate District 2, state Senate District 5 and U.S. House District 2.
Protectors Motorcycle Association Media Officer Ima Clubb, second from right, congratulates the winners of the first Bikes, Balloons and Barbecue poker run Saturday. The winners were, from left second-place winner Curt Haney of Poteau, first-place winner Kenny Hackett of Tulsa, and third-place winner Dena LaFever of Chickasha. The run began and ended at the Poteau Daily News parking lot and included several stops along the Talimena Scenic Drive.
Several law enforcement agencies and volunteers are searching for a missing Pocola woman.
Ruby Poole, 74, was last seen Wednesday night at approximately 11 p.m. She was seen walking near Choctaw Road and North Gray Street near the Choctaw Casino in Pocola, according to Pocola Police Department. She was reported missing Thursday morning.
The Panama and Shady Point police departments and the Police Wives Auxiliary Group have announced the opening date for their annual charity haunted house.
Bad Dreams Haunted House opens Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. and will be open every night until the final Halloween tour. The cost to enter, if you dare, is $5 per person. A sneak preview for those seeking early spooks will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.
Bad Dreams Haunted House is located in Panama on Midland Valley Road.
All proceed are used to fund the police departments Christmas program for children in need.
A man who was charged in the murder of a Carl Albert State College student 29 years ago will not go to trial after charges were dismissed.
Suhail Mohammad Shanti, 48, of Jordan, was arrested 16 months ago as the suspect in a 29 year old murder case. He was accused of killing Mohamed Ayman Al-Zein, an international student at CASC.
According to LeFlore County District Attorney Jeff Smith, the case was dismissed on request of the state. Smith listed the death of witnesses, the degradation of blood evidence and witnesses who could not be located as reasons for the dismissal.
Students from the Poteau Primary School took a tour of the Poteau Police Department Wednesday morning learning about the officers and the jobs they do.
The students toured the police department, city hall and other downtown businesses during their field trip.
A warrant was issued on Friday for a Panama man who is accused of selling methamphetamines at the Choctaw Nation Casino in Poteau.
Samuel Jackson, 25, of Panama was allegedly witnessed by District 16 Drug Task Force Agents selling methamphetamines to another person at the entrance of the casino on Aug 14.
The affidavit states agents stopped Jackson, who was in a 2007 Chevy pickup, and while searching the vehicle found more than 20 grams of methamphetamines.
According to jail records, Jackson was not arrested at the time of the traffic stop.
A warrant for the arrest of a Texas man in connection with the largest marijuana grown operation found in LeFlore County has been arrested, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.
Juan Lopez Monsivais, 33, of Allen, Texas, was arrested Monday afternoon by Texas Drug Task Force Agents after a warrant for his arrest was issued in LeFlore County.
The home of George Chester, located in the 700 block of Witte Street in Poteau, caught fire at approximately 4 a.m. Saturday morning. According to Poteau Fire Chief Jon Pickel, a postal worker on her way to work saw the fire and was able to wake Chester up and help him get out of the home before he was injured.
The fire is under investigation by the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal's Office.
Poteau police called off a manhunt for a would-be kidnapper Thursday after the alleged victim admitted lying about the incident.
Poteau Chief of Police Stephen Fruen said he wanted the public to be aware of the hoax and feel safe on city streets.