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July 26th, 2013
Vanessa Miller shares scenes from the story of Alice in Wonderland before the children play croquet, as the Queen of Hearts would expect, Wednesday at Buckley Public Library. Program activities are supported locally by Southeast Public Library System of Oklahoma, through the Oklahoma Department of the Libraries, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Sonic Corp. and others. Â
The National Weather Service warned LeFlore County residents to brace for another possible riot of storms and flash flooding Thursday evening and today.
Storms overnight Tuesday dumped almost 5 inches of rain in parts of the county, broke and uprooted trees and washed out some roads.
A flash flood watch for most of eastern Oklahoma was in effect through tonight, according to the NWA Tulsa office.
A flash flood watch means rapidly rising water or flooding is possible and people in the area should be ready to act if they see flooding or a warning is issued.
High winds and torrential rains left their mark across LeFlore County early Wednesday morning.
Residents in Poteau woke up to trees blown over, roads covered in water and mud and roads that had partially washed away. Traffic along Whitney Avenue was condensed to one lane after the a large portion of the north side of the road took a slide into a creek. Amos Street was unpassable at the South McKenna intersection after a large tree fell across the road. City workers equipped with chainsaws, front-end loaders and a dump truck were out early clearing debris.
Sara Allan, left, and her grandson, Lance Bartleson, 9 were found this morning on Cavanal Hill after having been reported missing since 8 p.m. Tuesday.They were found by the LeFlore county Sheriff's Department shortly after 8 a.m. today. More details will be released later.
LeFlore County 911 is left without a director after an emergency meeting Monday night.
The emergency meeting was called after the current director, Randy Tolbert, was found asleep on the job. On Saturday he was placed on suspension with pay pending the outcome of the meeting.
After an executive session held by the LeFlore County 911 board members with Tolbert present, the session was ended and an announcement was made.
Chairman of the Board, Michael Davidson read a prepared statement from Tolbert.
Brave enough to tackle the mud for a great cause? Womenâ€™s Crisis Services is hosting Brave the Mud Run on Aug. 24 at the Leflore County Fairgrounds.Â
Participants will slosh through mud pits and complete 10 obstacles along the adventurous 5k course. The race will start and end at the Leflore County Fairgrounds and go along the beautiful Frisco Trails. A few of the obstacles that mudders will encounter are The Barn Burner, a rope wall and belly crawl through the mud pits.Â
The director of LeFlore County 911 has been suspended after he was reportedly found sleeping on the job.
According to Michael Davidson, chairman of the LeFlore County 911 Board, early Saturday morning, Randy Tolbert was suspended with pay pending an investigation into his conduct.
According to a person involved in the incident Tolbert was found asleep at the center by police sent to check on him after he failed to answer the phone.
A Sunday night stabbing left one man in the hospital and another the run from the law.
Johnny Wayne Gill, 45, of Bokoshe, is accused of stabbing his sister's boyfriend, Stephen Vigus, 51, in the chest at a home near Bokoshe.
Vigus said Gill, who lived next door, called him and said he wanted to talk to him outside. Vigus told police he and Gill had argued earlier Sunday and when he met outside Gill stabbed him. After the alleged assault, Gill ran into the woods, according to court records.
A group of concerned citizens attended the county commissioner meeting Monday in an attempt to have their road recognized as private.
John Stephens said he and other residents are tired of people riding four-wheelers and dirt bikes on the road, as well as throwing out beer bottles and leaving trash along the way.
In an attempt to keep traffic out of the residential area, Stephens placed signs on adjoining 215th Avenue marking 206th as a private drive. After complaints, District 1 County Commissioner Derwin Gist asked the Sheriff's Department to remove and return the signs to Stephens.
Practicing in a community that borders another state is a cause for investigators and prosecutors to work hand-in-hand with out-of-state agencies.
In an effort to increase communication and working relationships across the invisible boundaries, the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council and the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association began joint conference meetings a few years ago. On Monday, prosecutors gathered in Fort Smith, Ark., to continue the growing trend of working hand-in-hand with cases that span both sides of the border.