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June 11th, 2013

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.

June 7th

Choctaw election meetings scheduled

June 7, 2013

Delton Cox, District 4 Choctaw council member, has scheduled four public meetings in advance of the July 13 tribal election.
Information on voting and election procedures will be available at the meetings, along with free food and drinks, Cox said.
The meetings will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the following locations: Today at the Spiro school cafeteria, June 15 at the county barn at the fairgrounds in Poteau and July 6 at the Summerfield Community Center.
Cox, of Pocola, is opposed for ther seat by Richard Box of Leflore

June 6th

Attorney General denounces clemency

June 6, 2013

On Thursday, Attorney General Scott Pruitt denounced clemency for a convicted rapist and murderer.
“This convicted murderer lured his estranged girlfriend’s mother to his apartment and then brutally raped her, broke her jaw, stabbed her six times, puncturing her abdomen, and left her for dead while he drove off in her van. He does not deserve our pity or clemency, and it is incomprehensible that four members of the pardon and parole board would usurp the judgment of a jury and deny this family justice,” Attorney General Scott Pruitt said.

Benefit for homeless animals held in Shady Point

June 6, 2013

Poteau Pound Pups will hold a fundraiser on June 15;.
The pancake breakfast and bake sale will be from 6:30-11:30 a.m. at the Shady Point Community Center. Cost is $5.
The organization rescues stray and abandoned dogs and cats and seeks foster and adoptive homes for them.

Oklahoma attorney general warns of lottery scam

June 6, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is issuing a warning about a lottery scam that he says cost one couple $20,000.

Pruitt says the couple reported that a man told them they had won the lottery and a new car — but had to first pay taxes and fees up front. The couple also said the man told them he knew Pruitt and that the transactions were approved by the attorney general's office.

Pruitt says legitimate lottery and sweepstakes organizations do not ask for money up front.

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