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August 12th, 2013
The town of Wister soon may have a new chief of police after Randy Liles announced his plans to return to work for LeFlore County.
Liles, who has held the chief's for more than three years, will conclude his time as a municipal officer on Aug. 14. Liles said he will begin working as a deputy for the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department the next day.
With the announcement, the Wister Board of Trustees has called for a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday to discuss filling the vacant position.
LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services and the Poteau Fire Department responded to the emergency call of a 53-year-old man who was injured when he fell off a ladder at a home on Cavanal, according to dispatch information.
Emergency responders said a landing zone was set up for the arrival of a Tulsa Life Flight medical helicopter that took the man to a Tulsa hospital to be treated for fractures to his legs.
Poteau police responded to the call of a car on its side in a deep ditch on Harper Street near the Page Street intersection Friday about 4 p.m. According to radio communications, the driver of the car fled the scene and police began a search of the area. The driver was not located.
According to officers, it appeared the car struck a low water bridge then landed on its side in the ditch. Police said the passenger, Travis Armstrong, 33, was arrested for public intoxication and taken to the LeFlore County Detention Center.
Officer Cody Johnson investigated the accident.
Strong storms blew through the northern portion of LeFlore County Thursday evening leaving downed trees and power lines in their wake.
At about 6 p.m., the National Weather Service warned towns north of Poteau to prepare for severe thunderstorms. Not long after, several residents in Panama and Poteau found themselves without electricity.
"The 911 center relied on backup generators all night," said Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson.
According to police, about 150 people were without electricity in Panama and an unknown number in Poteau.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED A:
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN SEQUOYAH COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
EASTERN HASKELL COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA...
NORTHERN LE FLORE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA...
* UNTIL 545 PM CDT
* AT 449 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 4 MILES NORTHWEST
OF MCCURTAIN...MOVING EAST AT 15 MPH.
STORM HAZARDS INCLUDE...
QUARTER SIZE HAIL...
WIND GUSTS TO 60 MPH...
MINOR FLOODING IN AREAS OF POOR DRAINAGE...
* SOME LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THIS STORM INCLUDE...KEOTA...
BOKOSHE...SPIRO AND GANS.
An arrest has been made in connection with the more than four-year-old murder of Joe Neff.
According to jail records, Raymond Larry Nichols, 60, of Cameron is being held in the LeFlore County Detention Center for murder but the District Attorney's Office has not yet confirmed his charged is in connection with the murder of Long Branch Saloon owner Joe Neff. Neff's body was found in a body of water near Pocola days after his disappearance from his business in 2009.
Harlan McCage has been found is being treated by EMS workers on the scene. He was found a little while ago near the Panama sewer ponds.
Authorities in LeFlore County were searching for 52-year-old McCage, who is blind and has numerous health problems including diabetes. He wondered off yesterday around 1 p.m.
More information will be released shortly.
1936 Glendale High School Basketball Champs
This newspaper photo was submitted by Jess Ryburn of Poteau, who said Hamilton had coached his father.
Hamilton later was Heavener school superintendent and was elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 1950, where he served until his death in 1967. His son, James E. Hamilton, followed in his footsteps, serving in both the state Senate and House of Representatives. Farmer Wann became superintendent of Pocola Public Schools.
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Carrie Miller, daughter of Rusty Miller and Becky Miller of Poteau, spent her summer interning as an assistant to the youth pastor of First Baptist Church of Poteau.
Miller, a junior at Oklahoma State Univeristy, helped plan the children's camp, the youth camp, vacation Bible school and several social gatherings for the youth of the church.Â
Miller was a spirtual leader for the young women attending throughout the summer and was a an asset to the staff.Â Miller has been on three mission trips abroad in the last three years with the aid of the people of the First Baptist Church.
Poteau fire department and law enforcement staffs are asking all area residents to come to the Guns â€˜N Hoses blood drive with Oklahoma Blood Institute from noon to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, and 1:15-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.
A separate blood drive will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Aug. 14 at Choctaw Nation Healthcare in Talihina.Â Two tickets to the Tulsa Zoo and a summer T-shirt will be presented to each donor.