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June 5th, 2013

Marshals Museum plans 2016 opening in Fort Smith

June 5, 2013

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A fall 2016 opening is planned for the $50 million U.S. Marshals Museum on the banks of the Arkansas River in Fort Smith, organizers announced Tuesday.

The museum's board of directors said the groundbreaking for the museum will be held Sept. 24, 2014. The Southwest Times Record reported Wednesday that the groundbreaking will coincide with the release of a commemorative coin marking the 225th anniversary of the Marshals Service.

June 4th

Okla. Supreme Court invalidates civil justice law

June 4, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A civil justice reform measure hailed in 2009 as the most comprehensive bill to ever affect Oklahoma's legal system was declared unconstitutional Tuesday by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

In a 7-2 decision, the state's highest court declared that the law, known as the Comprehensive Lawsuit Reform Act of 2009, violated the single-subject rule in the Oklahoma Constitution and amounted to unconstitutional logrolling, or the passing of legislation that contains multiple subjects.

Panama soldier killed in Afghanistan

June 4, 2013

A hometown son has lost his life after being targeted by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.
Spc. Robert Allan Pierce, 20, of Panama was one of two soldiers killed Monday in an insurgent attack in Tsamkani, Afghanistan.
Captain Ebony Malloy with the International Security Assistance Forces said Tuesday that two ISAF members [Pierce and Justin L. Sisson, 23, of Phoenix, Ariz.] were killed during a vehicle borne improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan [Monday]. The attack also killed and wounded several Afghan civilians.

Police recover car, identify slain Okla. woman

June 4, 2013

TAHLEQUAH (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has identified a woman found slain in her home in Tahlequah.

OSBI says 40-year-old Tiffany Rene Maher was found dead in her apartment last week.

Investigators were able to locate her car after publicizing a description of the 2011 Ford Fiesta. A Tulsa man saw the description on television news and called police.

OSBI says the car was recovered at the Stone Haven Villas apartment complex in Tulsa on Monday.

June 3rd

Gov. Fallin declares LeFlore County in State of Emergency

June 3, 2013

On Monday, Gov. Mary Fallin announced she was declaring a State of Emergency for 25 counties in Oklahoma, including LeFlore County.
The declaration is an amendment to the original declaration made May 19.
The recent severe weather, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and damaging hail that have ravaged the state has caused numerous fatalities and injuries as well as extensive property damages.

Hearing set for OSU sex assault suspect delayed

June 3, 2013

STILLWATER (AP) — A hearing for a former Oklahoma State University student charged with sexual battery has been delayed.

A preliminary hearing was set in Payne County for Monday for 22-year-old Nathan Cochran [of Heavener]. A lawyer for Cochran told the Tulsa World on Monday the proceeding was being rescheduled.

The attorney, Jay Husbands, said a new hearing date could be set later in the day.

The hearing is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for Cochran to be tried.

Elvis Thacker will stand trial

June 3, 2013

After two competency evaluations, Special Judge Jeff Singer has ruled that Elvis Aaron Thacker, 25, will stand trial in the death of Brian Jane Ault.
Thacker and his brother Johnathen Don James Edward Thacker, 24, were charged with multiple violent crimes in Oklahoma and Arkansas, in connection with the discovery of the body of victim Briana Jane Ault, 22, in a pond near Pocola on Sept. 13, 2010.
Thacker is scheduled to appear Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. for preliminary hearing proceedings.

State of emergency declared by LeFlore County officials

June 3, 2013

Recent flooding in the southern portion of LeFlore County has resulted in local emergency management seeking a disaster declaration from the Governor.

Summerfield family loses home to fire

June 3, 2013

An early morning house fire has destroyed the home of a Summerfield family.
At about 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning, the home of Barbara Grey burned to the ground, according to neighbors.
Grey was at home at the time of the fire and was able to get out safely.
Multiple fire departments responded to the blaze and was able to keep the fire from spreading to nearby storage buildings and a barn.
Grey's daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren who live with her, were not home at the time of the fire.

May 31st

Area flooding washes away bridges, roads; several people trapped in their homes.

May 31, 2013

According to Michael Davidson, emergency management director,significant flooding has occurred overnight in areas of central and southern LeFlore County. Some areas received over 6” of rain fall in storms that were slow moving or training over the same general area, said Davidson.

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