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March 17th, 2014
Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) and Howe High School have teamed up to save the lives of those in local hospitals. A blood drive will be held on Monday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who are healthy and 16 years* or older can typically give blood.
All blood donors will also receive a â€śFEEL BOLDâ€ť T-shirt, free health screenings and Donor Rewards Points.
Blood donors can choose to forgo the T-shirt. Then, funds designated for this item will be donated to Global Blood Fund, a nonprofit that supports struggling blood centers abroad.
The LeFlore County Emergency Medical Service Board will meet today [March 17] at 4 p.m. at the 911 Center located on south broadway in Poteau.
The Flood Warning continues[March 17] for the Poteau river near Panama after more than 3 inches of rain fell over a 24-hour period. The NWS issued the warning until Tuesday morning.
At 8:30 am Monday, the stage was 33.15 feet with flood stage at 29.0 feet.
Moderate flooding is occurring but the river is near crest.
The Poteau river near Panama will continue to crest and fall below flood stage by early Tuesday morning.
At 33.0 feet, moderate flooding of agricultural lands occurs between Shady Point to Arkoma. Williams Road east of Panama and some local farm roads are flooded.
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.
PDN photo by Kim Ross
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