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January 15th, 2013

School board discusses social media, other issues

January 15, 2013

The Poteau Board of Education tackled several current social issues at Monday night's meeting.
Members agreed to develop a written policy that clearly acceptable social media behavior for district employees, especially concerning online contact with students.
They also agreed to become part of a research project with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to identify young pupils with autistic tendencies and develop ways to serve those children better.

Brief blast of winter weather causes freezing

January 15, 2013

A brief blast of winter weather caused slick bridges and overpasses Tuesday morning.
A winter storm that was traveling to the east dropped snow and sleet across LeFlore County creating potentially dangerous conditions for drivers.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers reported slick and hazardous conditions, especially to the south end of the county.
Temperatures are forecast to remain below freezing for morning lows and highs around 40 degrees until Friday.

January 14th

Akin robbery trial to begin

January 14, 2013

A man accused of robbing a Heavener business will stand trial this week after the selection of a jury Monday.
John Thomas Akin, 38, of Poteau was charged after he and two other people, all wearing masks, allegedly entered the El Soliceto store in Heavener and robbed the clerk at gunpoint in April 2012.

Accident at Cavanal Expressway and Pleasant Valley

January 14, 2013

January 11th

Haskin guilty on all 12 counts; jury suggests 245 years

January 11, 2013

After three days of trial in the District Court of LeFlore County, a Monroe man accused of child sexual abuse has been rendered a verdict by a jury of his peers.
James Haskin Jr., 61, of Monroe was charged with nine counts of child neglect and three counts of child sexual abuse.
The trial began Wednesday morning and by Friday at 3:30 a jury of seven men and five women found Haskin guilty of all charges.

HASKIN CONVICTED

January 11, 2013

James Haskin has been found guilty on nine counts of child neglect and three counts of child sexual abuse.

PDN Reporter Kim Ross reports that the jury has found Haskin guilty on all 12 counts and suggested a sentence of 245 years in prison.

Jury deliberates in Haskins trial

January 11, 2013

The PDN has just received word that the jury in the James Haskin trial has just begun deliberation.

Sources say that Haskin's attorney called no witnesses in his defense.

January 9th

Haskin jury trial begins

January 9, 2013

The trial of James Haskin, of Monroe, began Wednesday morning at the LeFlore County Courthouse.
Haskin was charged with nine counts of child neglect and three counts of child sexual abuse stemming from a 2011 investigation.
On Wednesday morning a jury of five women and seven men took their place in the jury box as testimony from witnesses called by the state was heard.
Testimony was given by three law enforcement investigators involved in the case along with an investigator with the Child Welfare Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Service.

City OKs election dates, recycling plans

January 9, 2013

The Poteau City Council moved a step closer Monday to establishing a regional recycling recycling center here.
They also approved a resolution calling for city elections in April.
Members agreed to present three options on a building in the industrial park to the Choctaw Nation, which announced plans last month to open a hub for several collection sites already operating in the county. The options include lease, lease-purchase or purchase of the building.
Candidate filing period for the April 2 election will be Feb. 4-6.

January 8th

Courthouse security tightened during Haskin trial

January 8, 2013

With the beginning of a high profile trial Wednesday morning, a temporary security measure will be implemented resulting in the closure of all entrances to the LeFlore County Courthouse except one.
The south entrance, located on Beard Street, will be open to the public during business hours and is handicap accessible. Upon entry to the building visitors will be required to pass through a metal detector.
The LeFlore County Sheriff's Office is asking that all bags, long coats and pocket knives be left at home or in a car.

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