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September 24th, 2012
A Poteau man lost his life Saturday morning in a single vehicle accident east of Poteau.
According to the accident report completed by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Justin Ward, 24, of Poteau, was driving a 2004 Kia westbound on Old Highway 112 one mile east of Poteau when he left the roadway and struck a ditch then striking a power pole and overturning one and half times pinning Ward inside.
Investigators believe the accident occurred when Ward fell asleep while driving.
An investigation by several agencies resulted in the seizure of what is being called the largest marijuana growing operation ever found in LeFlore County.
According to an Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesperson, several weeks of investigation culminated Tuesday night after OBN agents, members of the District 16 Drug Task Force, LeFlore County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Poteau Police Department, U.S. Forestry Service, assisted by the County Commission District 3 staff, launched a raid on the operation. One man was arrested and four others fled the location on foot.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Jeffrey Rolf, 41, of 303 North Ave. in Poteau in connection with an Aug. 22 search of his home by Poteau Police and the District 16 Drug Task Force.
He was arrested on Wednesday and was being held in the LeFlore County Detention Center.
The first Balloonfest 5K walk/run will be held in conjunction with the annual festival but will be held adjacent to the LeFlore County Fairgrounds at the PARC complex.
The race will be held on Oct. 19 and will begin at 5 p.m.
Ricochet rebounds into Poteau Friday, closing out the summer concert series at the Donald W. Reynolds Center amphitheater with their polished brand of high-energy country music.
The Tulsa-based Wanda Watson Band will open the show at 7 p.m., returning to Poteau with a mix of blues, R and B and soul. Ricochet is scheduled to take the stage at 8:30 p.m., according to Reynolds Center Director Candace Martin.
Tickets will be $15 at the gate, $10 for students with a photo I.D., and free for children under 8.
Officer John Limbocker is in stable condition after a wreck in his Pocola police car last night left him trapped inside the vehicle. Members of the Pocola Police Department helped to free him before he ws transported to Sparks hospital. Limbocker was later awake and coherent. He is stable and resting this morning.
A Pocola Police officer was seriously injured in a car wreck approximately an hour ago on Fuller Street in Pocola.
A Spiro man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly bit and kicked officers.
Bryant Cooper, 22, of Spiro, was arrested on two counts of assault and batter on a police office, destruction of city property, disorderly conduct, driving under suspension and no insurance stemming following his arrest by Spiro Police Officer Theo Capes.
Cooper allegedly kicked at Capes after being placed in a patrol car and when officers tried to restrain his feet, he reportedly bit Spiro Officer Michael Draper.
An independent film released last weekend at the famed Toronto Film Festival has a tie to Poteau after a local business owner was given a speaking role.
Last summer Ryan Adams, with R.L. Sockey Construction, sent his photo to a casting agent to be an extra on a movie that was going to be doing some filming in Oklahoma.
â€śMy wife heard about it and told me I should send in my picture. She thought it would be fun,â€ť Adams said.
A police chase ended in a crash after the suspects led police through several city streets in Arkoma.
According to the affidavit, Isaac Titus, 18, of Arkoma, is being sought by law enforcement after he allegedly ran from police in a white Chevy Cavalier. Titus lost control of the vehicle and crashed through a chain link fence at Yaffee Salvage on State Line Road. He then fled on foot.
His passenger, Justin Titus, was captured after a brief foot chase and transported to a Fort Smith hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the wreck.
For the past 39 years, LeFlore County Youth Services, Inc. has gathered donations and money from fundraisers in hopes of building a debt free facility that houses the emergency shelter along with administrative offices.
They raised $368,026 and began construction but fell short of the total cost for completion. The organization is now in need of raising the additional $469,024 to avoid paying on the facility for the next 20 years.