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July 17th, 2012

Family recovering after wreck

July 17, 2012

A young child injured last week in an automobile accident near Long Lake Resort has been released from the hospital.
Johnny Reed, 32, and Kristin Reed, 4, both of Waldron, were severely injured when the truck they were driving collided with the bed of a truck turning into Long Lake Resort.
According to the report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Kristin was thrown approximately 50 feet from the vehicle. She was flown to Children's Hospital in Little Rock Ar., and listed in critical condition. Sources say she was released Monday.

Pocola man arrested in rape of child

July 17, 2012

A child is recovering in the custody of the Arkansas Department of Human Services after it was discovered she had been raped and assaulted.
Heath Wayne Talley, 26, of Pocola, was arrested on charges of rape by instrumentation and child abuse in connection with the child's injuries.
According to the LeFlore County District Attorney's Office, the child reportedly suffered burns from an electrical cord along with the sexual assault.

July 16th

Jury trial begins in county lawsuit

July 16, 2012

Former LeFlore County Deputies Burell Shipman and Dale Fout filed a lawsuit against the LeFlore County Board of County Commissioners in 2006. On Monday a jury was picked and the trial began.
Shipman and Fout allege in their petition against the commissioners they were owed payment for compensation wages and holiday pay. They claim Sheriff Roy Gentry approved the payments but when the payroll warrant was submitted to the commissioners, it was denied.
The two are seeking in excess of $30,000 each in back wages.

LeFlore County EMS takes top state honors

July 16, 2012

LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services and employees were honored during the annual Oklahoma Emergency Medical Technician Association banquet.
Anthony Stankowitz, 21, of Spiro, heard his name out called out during an awards ceremony last week in Tulsa as the 2012 Paramedic of the year. The award, which is peer based by nomination, recognized Stankowitz as the top outstanding Paramedic in Oklahoma.
His nomination was written by LCEMS Director, Dave Grovdahl

July 13th

LCYS marks 28 years helping area youth

July 13, 2012

LeFlore County Youth Services has announced that July 15 will mark its 38th year of service to LeFlore County.
According to an LYCS press release, LCYS was founded in 1974 after a steering committee had been put together with the aim of providing an alternative to jail for teens. That same year, LCYS received its first funding and opened an emergency shelter. Since then, LCYS executive director Richard Couri reports that he has seen 6,087 children spend 39,166 days in the care of LCYS, the average stay being just over six days.

Shady Point school will provide school supplies

July 13, 2012

In an announcement that’s sure to please the parents of Shady Point students, Shady Point School Superintendent Bruce Gillham announced Wednesday that Shady Point Schools will be providing all school supplies for its students in the coming school year.
In a press release on Wednesday Gillham stated that Shady Point Schools would be able to provide school supplies to all its students thanks to donations from the parents of students as well as churches, former students, and the community.

Take precautions against heat-related illnesses

July 13, 2012

Although the stifling temperatures have somewhat
subsided compared to the previous three weeks, the
potential for heat-related illness is still high.
Since June, when the ever-increasing record breaking
heat wave began, LeFlore County EMS has
treated more than 20 patients suffering from heat
cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. No heatrelated
fatalities have been recorded in the county
according to Dave Grovdahl, Director of LeFlore
County Emergency Medical Services.
A recent study released concluded 33 people died
from heat-related illnesses in 2011 in Oklahoma. The

July 12th

Harris faces death penalty

July 12, 2012

An accused murderer was informed during a court appearance Wednesday that
he is facing the death penalty if convicted. Donnie Lee Harris Jr., 29, of Talihina, is accused of the first degree murder of his girlfriend, Kristi Ferguson, who was 25 at the time of her death. Harris is accused of setting Ferguson on fire after dousing her with gasoline. The couple were inside a home in Talihina when Harris set the fire, leaving several other people endangered when the home caught fire. Ferguson succumbed to her injuries in an Oklahoma City hospital. Harris, who was originally

July 11th

Lakes' arrest gives one family solace from tragedy

July 11, 2012

A father never expects to bury his son, but that is
exactly what Talihina resident Jesse Williams had to do
last year when his son, Brandon, died. Adding to the tragedy
of Brandon’s death was the way he died. Brandon died
on March 23, 2011, at age 27 of a heroin overdose at his
home in Talihina.
Jesse says that from an early age, he and his son would
go hunting together and that his son loved hunting, fishing,
camping, and the outdoors.
“It’s hard to deal with, even now,” says Jesse. Even
now, more than a year since his son’s death, the pain of

Poteau man takes plea in child porn case

July 11, 2012

A man charged with aggravated possession of child pornography has left
his fate in the hands of the courts after entering a blind plea of no contest. 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 South Witte in Poteau. During the investigation officers discovered multiple pieces of child pornography. A report from the OSBI
Computer Crime Lab confirmed that several of the devices seized from

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