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June 12th, 2013

Oklahoma inmate extradited to face murder charge

June 12, 2013

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 53-year-old man serving time in a federal prison in Oklahoma has been extradited to Connecticut to face murder charges.

The New Haven Register reports Luis Rodriguez was presented in Superior Court Wednesday morning, charged in the May, 2001 strangulation of 28-year-old Kelsey Monahon.

Monahan, who was one month pregnant, was found bound, gagged and unconscious by her husband in their Milford apartment on May 25, 2001.

She died three days later at Bridgeport Hospital.

1 dead; three injured in medical helicopter crash

June 12, 2013

An EagleMed medical helicopter out of Mcalester crashed yesterday evening at the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina, killing one and injuring three.
Officials with the Choctaw Nation Tribal Police investigated the crash with the assistance of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, according to emergency responders.
A patient on board the helicopter did not survive the crash, according to officials. The flight nurse on board received serious injuries and was taken to St. Francis Trauma Center in Tulsa. The pilot and medic were treated and released for minor injuries.

June 11th

Spiro teen drowns in Mulberry

June 11, 2013

A Spiro teen who went missing Monday evening at Bluff Hole Park in Mulberry has been found dead.
Timothy Thompson, 19, of Spiro was swimming with three friends at the park when his friends said they noticed Thompson was having trouble swimming, according to wire reports.
A search for Thompson began Monday at about 6 p.m. but dive teams were unable to locate him before it became dark so the search was called off until dive teams could see. Wire reports say Thompson's family and friends continued the search overnight until the divers returned to the water Tuesday morning.

23 indicted in western Ark. for drug trafficking

June 11, 2013

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Federal and state authorities say 23 people have been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges in western Arkansas.

US Attorney Conner Eldridge in Fort Smith announced the indictments Tuesday with officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Homeland Security; Sebastian County Sheriff's Office; and police departments in Fort Smith and Van Buren.

Authorities say the crimes occurred in Arkansas, Texas, Missouri and California.

Worker dies after May 7 blast at Eufaula plant

June 11, 2013

EUFAULA (AP) — Officials say a worker who was injured in a May 7 explosion at a sandblasting plant has died.

A spokeswoman for Alexander Burn Center at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa says 40-year-old Donald Hamilton Jr. died Sunday from injuries suffered in the blast.

Hamilton and another worker were burned in the explosion at the Ford Sandblasting plant near Eufaula. Plant owner Mike Ford tells the Tulsa World that the blast and subsequent fire were caused by a "flash explosion."

Ford says the plant employed five people and they don't yet know whether it will reopen.

Today is "A Day in the Life"

June 11, 2013

Stop what you are doing, grab a camera and take a shot of what people are doing around you and send it our way. Today is “A Day in the Life” of LeFlore County residents and Poteau Daily News is looking for your pictures.
PDN is asking area residents take a moment today to capture a picture of themselves, co-workers, family or friends in their day-to-day activities. The pictures will be printed in an upcoming special section featuring the every-day activities of area residents.

June 10th

Riders to provide honor escort of memorial wall

June 10, 2013

A traveling monument memorializing fallen veterans will be coming to an area near you this week.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute wall will receive an honor escort from Old Fort Harley Davidson in Fort Smith, Ark., as it makes its way to Roye Park in Stigler on Wednesday. 
The honor escort is open to all riders and vehicles. Staging will be at 3:30 at Fort Smith and the procession will travel down U.S. Highway 271 /Oklahoma highway 9, through Pocola and Spiro, to the Haskell County destination.
The wall will be on display June 20-23.

Crews search for boy who disappeared at Okla. lake

June 10, 2013

WAURIKA (AP) — Authorities in southern Oklahoma are searching for a boy who went missing while camping near Waurika Lake.

Authorities say the boy disappeared Saturday night near the Kiowa Park One campsite at Waurika Lake. Lawton television station KSWO reports that authorities are searching the lake in case the boy drowned.

Authorities say the boy is between the ages of 10 and 12 and is from Roff.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is handling the investigation but has released few details about what may have happened.

Tornado Alley Poker Run to benefit Youth Services

June 10, 2013

Like to feel the wind blow through your hair as you take out on the highway? If so, there's a new benefit in town just for you.

21st fatality confirmed in May 31 Oklahoma storms

June 10, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed a 21st fatality from the May 31 tornadoes and flash floods.

The office said Monday that the body of 34-year-old Yolanda Sarat-Santos was recovered over the weekend. Officials confirmed her identity Monday.

A cause of death has not yet been determined.

Sarat-Santos was among 47 people killed by storms in central Oklahoma in May.

Two people died on May 19 and 24 people were killed on May 20.

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