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April 7th, 2014

Poteau police respond to rollover accident

April 7, 2014

Poteau Police and Fire are responding to a two-vehicle accident at the corner of Holson and Harper Avenues in Poteau [April 7 5:20 p.m.]
One vehicle is reported to have flipped onto its top and one person possibly injured.

Voters may decide hospital's fate

April 7, 2014

Representatives of Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, the LeFlore County Hospital Authority and other medical providers spoke to the LeFlore County Commissioners Monday regarding a vote for a half cent sales tax to support the hospital.
Further discussion is planned after the representatives of the hospital provide the commissioners with detailed information about the expenditures of the money being sought before they will vote on an election resolution.

Filing period begins Wednesday

April 7, 2014

More than 500 candidates are expected to file for 2014 state and federal elections April 9-11 at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.
Filing will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday in the north hall of the Capitol’s second floor outside Room 230.
To download a candidate filing packet or get other information about the filing period, visit the state Election Board’s website: http://elections.ok.gov.

City of Poteau to hold business meetings Monday evening

April 7, 2014

The Poteau Industrial Authority, Water Authority and City Council will hold their regular monthly meeting tonight [April 7] at City Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.

April 4th

Johnathen Thacker pleads guilty, escapes death penalty

April 4, 2014

Johnathen Don James Edward Thacker pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree murder, escaping a possible death sentence for the 2010 slaying of 22-year-old Briana Ault.
In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors accepted a sentence of life without parole for Thacker and dropped a forcible sodomy charge against him.
Thacker's brother, Elvis Aaron Thacker, 26, still faces trial and a potential death sentence in the case.
The Arkansas brothers were charged in September 2010 after the Fort Smith, Ark., woman's body was found in Pocola.

April 3rd

More strong storms possible

April 3, 2014

AT 11:49 AM... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO
INDICATE SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS RACING TO THE NORTHEAST ACROSS
PARTS OF SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA AND THROUGH PARTS OF WESTERN ARKANSAS.

THROUGH 1:30 PM... RAIN AND SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO
CONTINUE RACING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST INTO SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA AND
THROUGH WESTERN ARKANSAS AT AROUND 50 MPH. SOME STORMS WILL BECOME
SEVERE... PRODUCING SMALL HAIL AND STRONG GUSTY WINDS. SOME
THUNDERSTORMS COULD PRODUCE A TORNADO.

LeFlore County under severe thunderstorm warning

April 3, 2014

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for LeFlore County this morning until 9:45 a.m. for the threat of severe weather which is potentially on the way.

April 2nd

Talihina candidates tie; Pocola bond fails

April 2, 2014

A drawing will determine the winner of the Talihina clerk-treasurer's election.
Gena Russell Jones and Trevor Kent Patterson each received 19 votes Tuesday. The remaining candidate, Becky Edwards, received three votes.
There will not be a run-off election, according to the Election Board.
A Pocola school bond proposal failed to received the required 60 percent of the vote to pass.
The proposal sought $4.48 million for school improvements.

Bokoshe boy, 9, killed by shotgun

April 2, 2014

Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old boy near Bokoshe on Wednesday, according to Kendall Morgan, Leflore County Undersheriff.
The 9-year-old boy was shot by another juvenile in the upper chest area, according to Morgan. The boy was identified as Joshua Lee Nun.
The incident occurred on Buck Creek Road.
Morgan said a shotgun discharged, striking the boy.
The investigation is continuing.

April 1st

LeFlore County schools represented at rally

April 1, 2014

More than 200 Poteau School District teachers,students and parents, as well as many more from other LeFlore County schools attended the annual education rally held at Oklahoma City Monday [March 31] at the Capitol.
Increased funding for education in Oklahoma was the main focus of the rally that drew more than 25,000 supporters.

PDN photo by Trayce Kerbow

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