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October 28th, 2013

HUGS program continues to grow

October 28, 2013

Wister High School 4-H member Adrianna Curnutt and National Honor Society classmate Colton Lynn spread out the many items they were able to purchase as part of this years HUGS (Hats, Underwear, Gloves and Socks) program. The program is co-sponsored by the LeFlore County Health Department and the clothing give-away was in conjunction with flu immunization day for small children. According to Curnutt, 1,902 items were given away Friday to area children.
PDN photo by Kim Ross

October 24th

Vike@Nite underway

October 24, 2013

Hundreds of people participated in the Carl Albert State College Vike@Nite run that began at 6 p.m. Thursday.
PDN photo by Kim Ross

Missing airplane found; pilot dead

October 24, 2013

The search for a missing plane believed to have crashed near Muse has come to an end after search crews located the wreckage and the pilot who was killed in the crash.
According to the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department, the crash site was located at about 1:50 p.m. Thursday. The search began Tuesday after Elmer Broadbent, 71, of Heber Springs, Ark., was reported to have not made it to his destination by his wife.

October 23rd

Search for missing plane, pilot continues

October 23, 2013

The search for a plane believed to have crashed near Pipe Springs Road resumed Wednesday morning after nightfall halted the search Tuesday night.
According to the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department, the search began after they were notified by the Federal Aviation Administration that a Piper 28, black, yellow and white in color had failed to make it's destination.
Elmer Ray Broadbent, 71, of Heber Springs, Ark., reportedly left Searcy, Ark., Monday at about 1:30 p.m headed to Elk Springs, Okla. Broadbent never arrived, according to officials.

October 22nd

Unemployment rate drops in LeFlore County

October 22, 2013

The majority of Oklahoma reported lowered unemployment rates during August, LeFlore County included.
According to a report by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, LeFlore County has been ranked 74 out of Oklahoma's 77 counties in terms of unemployment for August. Only three other counties reported a worse unemployment rate than LeFlore County with Latimer County holding the highest rate across the state.

October 21st

Dual-wheeled duo makes debut

October 21, 2013

The Poteau Police Department recently announced the formation of a mountain bike patrol unit to be used during events and other crowded happenings. During the Balloon Fest, the dual-wheeled duo of Brandon Richie and Billy Hooper helped with crowd and traffic control during the units first official day of action.

Mud pits a big hit at festival

October 21, 2013

A large crowd lined the sides of the mud pits Saturday during the mud races. The mud races were one of many entertainment events held during the weekend.

Two injured in Friday rollover accident

October 21, 2013

A 25-year-old man and an 16-month-old child were injured Friday afternoon in a roll-over accident on U.S. Highway 271 about one mile east of the north Pocola Boulevard intersection. LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services took the injured man to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark., and the child was flown by a Life Flight medical helicopter to a Tulsa hospital. Pocola police investigated the accident. Pocola fire and rescue responded to the accident.
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October 18th

Escaped inmate captured

October 18, 2013

An escaped prisoner from Jim E. Hamilton Community Correction Center led law enforcement on a 9-hour manhunt Friday until he was captured.
According to the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department, Mark Shane Bennett, 41, escaped from the Jim E. Hamilton Community Correction Center in Hodgen Friday morning. He was discovered missing at the 8 a.m. head count according to officials.
A search was conducted by members of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Unit, JEHCC CERT team, LeFlore County Sheriff's Department and other area law enforcement agencies.

Two people injured in rollover accident

October 18, 2013

A 25-year-old man and 18-month-old child were both injured Friday at about 1:15 p.m. in a rollover accident on U.S. Highway 271 in Pocola. The child was flown by a Life Flight medical helicopter to a Tulsa hospital and the man was taken to a Fort Smith, Ark., hospital by LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services, according to emergency responders. Pocola Police Department is investigating the accident.

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