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October 23rd, 2013

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.

LeFlore County sheriff department assists in search for escaped inmate

October 18, 2013

According to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale, Mark Shane Bennett escaped from the Jim Hamilton Community Correctional Center.
A search for the missing prisoner is under way by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Team.
The JEHCC-CERT team, the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department and other area law enforcement agencies are engaged in the search.

Balloon Fest is here!

October 18, 2013

Jeannine Jonas got this picture of a balloon this morning just as it landed near Poteau High School. Balloon Fest kicks off today. Gates open at noon at the LeFlore County Fairgrounds.

October 16th

Coopy White dies; tribute events planned

October 16, 2013

Several events planned this weekend to benefit a local business owner Coopy White were muted somewhat by news of his death Tuesday, but will go on as planned in tribute to his legacy, organizers said Wednesday.
White, 62, died Tuesday at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he had been since Oct 7. White was critically injured in a fall at his home two days earlier. Proceeds from the event will be used to help the family defray expenses.
He owned and operated Coopy’s Body Shop in Poteau for 23 years. Before that he owned Poteau Paint and Body shop at Pleasant Valley and Broadway.

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