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April 4th, 2014

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

Senior Tea held at CASC

April 1, 2014

More than 60 Poteau High School Senior girls attended the 82nd annual Senior Tea hosted by the Poteau Women's League. The annual gathering was held at the ballroom of the Costner Balentine Student Union at Carl Albert State College Tuesday [April 1].
PDN photo by Kim Ross

School bond election underway

April 1, 2014

If you are a registered voter in the Pocola and Talihina school districts, today [April1] is the day you get to vote in favor or against additional money for school improvements.
You can cast your ballot at your local polling place within the district.
Voting ends at 7 p.m.

March 31st

Short term forecast issued by the NWS

March 31, 2014

AT 1:06 PM... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADARS INDICATED A
A LINE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS EXTENDING ROUGHLY FROM
BERRYVILLE ARKANSAS...TO FORT SMITH...TO HUGO OKLAHOMA CELLS
WITHIN THE LINE WERE MOVING NORTHEAST AROUND 50 MPH.

THROUGH 2:30 PM...THIS LINE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL MOVE
EAST WHILE CELL MOVEMENT WITHIN THE LINE WILL REMAIN TO THE
NORTHEAST AROUND 50 MPH. OVERALL RAINFALL AMOUNTS WILL BE LIMITED
BY THE FAST MOVEMENT AND COVERAGE...HOWEVER AMOUNTS APPROACHING
ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH HEAVIER RAINFALL THAT

Hundreds turn out for half marathon and Vike Hike

March 31, 2014

More than 400 people turned out Saturday [March 29] for the first half marathon and the annual Vike Hike that began at Carl Albert State College.
The northbound lanes of the Cavanal Scenic Expressway were closed Saturday morning as runners completed the course of the marathon.
PDN photo by Trayce Kerbow

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