Archive - News Article
March 16th, 2014
The LeFlore County Sheriff's Office is reporting road closures due to flooding from overnight and Sunday [March 16] rains.
Blue Goose road from Brazil Creek to Mine Road is closed and the low water bridge near New Spiro Lake also is closed.
Williams Road also is closed from the Poteau River Bridge west toward Panama.
Bailey Road and Racetrack Road have not been closed but deputies report the low water bridges are flooded and encourage motorists to find alternate routes of travel.
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Poteau Police put the brakes on speedster Timothy John Kaczynski, 24, of Poteau after he allegedly led them on more than a 30-minute chase.
Reaching speeds up to 90-miles per hour that continued through residential streets, Kaczynski led police through the north end of Poteau until he struck a tree and fled on foot, according to the police report.
Police said he was later found hiding behind a trash dumpster near the accident and was arrested.
The LeFlore County Coalition for Healthy Living met Thursday at the Patrick Lynch Public Library.
U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., participated in a question and answer gathering held Friday [March 14] at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center. Topics included defense cuts, proposed amendments to the coal industry, water resources, federal deficit, budget and debt limit as well as transportation and infrastructure issues.
In an effort to promote crossing safety awareness, Poteau police ride on a Kansas City Southern train Wednesday [March 12] reporting to patrol units when a motorist crosses the tracks in disregard of the warning lights and moving train.
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Medics with LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services completed an Emergency Vehicle Operations Course Wednesday. The training was held at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.
PDN photo by Kim Ross
High Fire Danger
Oklahoma Forestry Services is urging Oklahomans to be aware that critical fire weather will be present across the state tomorrow, and will most likely remain elevated at least until the weekend. As a result of these conditions, outdoor burning should be avoided until conditions improve.
One woman was taken to a Fort Smith hospital Friday [March 7] night after being stabbed in the neck by her boyfriend, according to Spiro Chief of Police Darrel Barham.
Barham said her boyfriend fled the area and officers are seeking a warrant for his arrest.
As of today [March 11], charges had not yet been filed in connection with the stabbing.
Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau is hosting a drop-in open house till 2 p.m. today [March 11]. During the open house the public can tour the new Emergency Medical Training Programs EMS building and Disaster Response and EMS Training Simulator.