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LeFlore County Special Judge Jeff Singer ordered Raymond Larry Nichols, 60, of Cameron to face trial for first-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of local bar owner Joe Neff.
Of the multiple witnesses called by the state during a preliminary hearing Wednesday, most were police officers involved in the investigation or were present when Oklahoma Highway Patrol dive team recovered a gun that they believed to be the alleged murder weapon from the same strip pit near Pocola where Neffâ€™s body had been found in 2009.
Community members came together Tuesday to ensure a final resting place for an area veteran who died recently.
Bill Sanders, pastor of Greenhill Church in Cameron, took on the task of fundraising when he learned that the family of Army veteran James Webb was unable to pay a Siloam Springs funeral home and Webbâ€™s body remained at the business.
An Indian taco sale in the Poteau Daily News parking lot Tuesday â€” plus numerous cash donations â€” raised about $1,500. Sanders said that would be enough to pay the cremation expenses and purchase a headstone for Webb.
Februaryâ€™s school Board elections began taking shape Wednesday as candidates filed to run for offices at the LeFlore County Election Board offices. Of the 17 districts holding elections, five districts â€” Bokoshe, Panama, Poteau, Whitesboro and Wister â€” have candidates opposing each other for the same office.
A 3-year-old boy wandered away from Poteau Primary Elementary School, causing several tense minutes for police and school employees Tuesday morning.
The child was found after about 25 minutes on Redbud Lane, Superintendent Don Sjoberg said.
The preschool pupil apparently slipped through a fence during recess about 9 a.m., Sjoberg said.
With temperatures expected to fall as low as 13 degrees this weekend, the National Weather Service in Norman has issued a Winter Storm Watch for LeFlore, Pushmataha and Choctaw counties. Sebastian county in Arkansas is also under watch.
The storm is expected to arrive Thursday, with more than a quarter inch of ice likely and a low temperature of 28 degrees. Friday nightâ€™s low temperature is projected at 13 degrees.
A Panama high school teen died late Sunday from injuries suffered when he was shot accidentally by a 14-year-old friend while returning from a hunting trip.
According to Panama Police Chief John Whiteaker, Ryan Self, 16, of Panama was walking along the road with his friend when the accidental shooting occurred about 2 p.m. Nov. 23.
According to police reports, Ryanâ€™s friend tripped and fell causing the .243-caliber rifle to discharge, striking Ryan in the neck.
A former Poteau woman died Sunday in a head-on collision near Alma, Ark., according to Arkansas State Police.
Joyce Mirus, 51, of Mulberry, Ark., died at the scene of the accident on U.S. 71 in Crawford County, according to the ASP report.
Oklahoma's overall unemployment rate is slowly creeping higher, according to an October report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
Due to the previous shutdown of the federal government, information about each county is unavailable at this time. State-wide, however, unemployment rates increased from 5.4 percent in September to 5.5 percent in October. The increase left 100,320 laborers of the state's estimated labor force of 1,812,690 unemployed.
A Panama teen is in critical condition at a Tulsa hospital following what police said was an accidental shooting this weekend.
According to Panama Police Chief John Whiteaker, the shooting happened on Pierce Road at about 2 p.m. Saturday.
Whiteaker said the 16-year-old teen and a 14-year-old friend were walking along the road as they returned from a hunting trip. The friend tripped, which resulted in the .243-caliber rifle he was carrying to discharge and the bullet striking the teen in the neck, according to Whiteaker.
The Poteau Upper Elementary School recently held a Thanksgiving essay contest, available for their more than 500 students to enter. Students third through fifth grade were invited to submit an essay telling what Thanksgiving means to them. The entries were judged by Pansy Kidd Middle School advanced students. The winners were announced Friday. Today Poteau Daily News, which sponsored the prizes for the winning students, will showcase the first of three winning essays. The third-grade winner's essay follows.