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January 17th, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” Oklahoma's Board of Corrections has picked an official from Arizona as the Oklahoma prison system's new director.
The board voted Friday to hire Robert Patton, who runs the operations division in the Arizona prison system. Patton's salary was set at $160,000 annually.
The longtime head of the Oklahoma agency, Justin Jones, announced his resignation last summer amid highly publicized clashes with the governor's office and legislative leaders over the agency's finances and the growing use of private prisons to house state inmates.
U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin will hold a "telephone town hall" for contituents from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27.
The 2nd District Republican also announced monthly mobile office hours in LeFlore County beginning in February.
Mullin said anyone interested in participating in the telephone town hall meeting can call into the meeting using the following information: Phone Number: (887) 229-8493, Participant Code: 111439.
A Discover Oklahoma filming crew program flocked to Wister Lake State Park Thursday to film footage of an eagle habitat as part of an upcoming show.
The documentary will be televised Feb. 15 on about eight stations spanning from Witchita, Kan., to Denision, Texas, and includes KWTV channel 9 in Oklahoma City, KOTV channel 6 in Tulsa and KSWO channel 7 in Lawton.
Stong winds and warmer temperatures were nothing but kindling for wildfires across LeFlore County Thursday.
Grass fires burst out in several areas across the county, sending Arkoma, Pocola and Murry Spur other fire departments in the southern part of the county into the brush to contain flames pushed by winds gusting up to 40 mph.
According to the National Weather Service, which issued a very high fire danger alert for several counties in southeast Oklahoma, including LeFlore, and northwest Arkansas, conditions are highly favorable to spur wildfires.
A LeFlore County jury returned a verdict of not guilty on both counts in the Heath Wayne Talley child abuse trial Wednesday afternoon.
A little after 4 p.m., a jury of seven women and five men who had been in deliberation for about two hours returned to the court room to announce their verdict.
Talley was arrested July 10, 2012, after a 22-month-old child in his care was treated for electrical burns and an injury to her genital area. Talley was charged with child abuse by injury and child sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.
A Pocola man lost his life Wednesday afternoon in a single vehicle accident.
According to Pocola Chief of Police Steve Howard, at about 1:30 p.m., police received a report of a wreck on South Gray Street. When officers arrived, Howard said they found a Ford minivan on it's side, with the driver, Brent A. Graham, 25, pinned underneath.
Howard said Graham was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Officers reported Graham was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services, Pocola police, Pocola Fire and Rescue responded to the crash.
The voters decided Tuesday who among four candidates will fill the vacant seat on the Shady Point Board of Trustees.
The newest member to the board is Shady Point resident Becky Smith.
Smith, along with Henry Wells, Bud Killion and LeRoy Smith filed for the at-large position.
During Tuesday's special election, 63 of the town's residents cast their vote, 23 in favor of Becky Smith.
LeRoy Smith and Killion tied for second in the race each receiving 19 votes, trailed by Wells with two.
Shady Point voters will be asked to fill an at-large seat on the town Board of Trustees today.
The polling place at the Mike Mass Civic Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Four candidates will be on the special election ballot: LeRoy Smith, Henry Wells, Becky Smith and Derrall Bud Killion.
The special election was called after town trustee were unable to agree between two candidates for the position.
Both candidates were interviewed in a public session by the board, but neither was elected.
The risk of wildfires is expected to be very high today as a dry cold front and gusty winds move across eastern Oklahoma, according to the National Weather Service.
The NWS issued the warning for all of Oklahoma except the Panhandle and McCurtain County, as well as west central Arkansas.
Monday's fire risk was limited, but the NWS predicted a "very high fire weather potential" today with northwest winds gusting up to 30 mph.
The risk was expected to decrease through the rest of the week as the winds subside to 5-15 mph, the NWS said.
Outdoor burning is discouraged.
Area lawmakers will discuss upcoming issues and concerns at the annual legislative breakfast meeting from 8-9 a.m.. Friday, Jan. 24.
The breakfast will be held in the historic Lowrey Hotel at Witte Street and Dewey Avenue in downtown Poteau.
The breakfast is sponsored by the LeFlore County Farm Bureau and Poteau Chamber of Commerce.