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January 21st, 2013

House fire claims three lives; still under investigation

January 21, 2013

A house fire Saturday morning took the lives of three people - Paul and Levunia Helton, both 73, and their 2 year-old great grandson Riley Metzker.
According to the State Fire Marshal's Investigator, Tony Rust, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale said the fire began around 9:30 a.m. When firefighters from Shady Point, Latham / Dog Creek, Panama and Poteau arrived, the home was fully engulfed.
The bodies of the three victims have been sent to the Oklahoma Medical Examiners Office to determine the exact cause of death.

One arrested after officers allegedly find K2

January 21, 2013

A call about a possible drunk driver resulted in a K2 arrest in Poteau Saturday night.
Sean William Frier, 21, of Poteau, was arrested by Poteau officer Jerimy Emmert following a traffic stop at approximately 11:20 p.m. Saturday night.
According to the police department, a call was received about a possible drunk driver and Emmert stopped a vehicle matching the description. The driver, identified as Frier, was arrested for city warrants and possession of a controlled dangerous substance-K2.
Frier is being held in the LeFlore County Detention Center in lieu of $1,700 bail.

January 18th

Sen. Inhofe meets with U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff

January 18, 2013

On Friday morning, Senator Jim Inhofe (Okla.) along with Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman (Ark.) arrived in Fort Smith to meet with U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III to discuss the impact of a recent defense budget cut that will affect the 188th Fighter Wing.
According to Inhofe, approximately 200-300 members of the 188th are Oklahoma residents. Of the 1000 jobs filled at the 188th, Inhofe said the cuts could affect 10 percent of employees.
The replacement of the A-10's with unmanned assault vehicles is the most likely change to expect, said Inhofe.

Drought conditions continue

January 18, 2013

The latest report from the United States Drought Monitor shows that despite recent precipitation this month, all of Oklahoma remains under sever drought. The LeFlore County area is listed as under extreme drought conditions.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, most of the state has been drought conditions since last May.
Reports show that drought conditions are expected to persist or intensify until spring rains bring relief.

January 17th

188th Fighter Wing to greet U.S. Airforce Chief of Staff

January 17, 2013

Gen. Mark Welsh III, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff is scheduled to tour the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith Friday.
Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, along with both Arkansas Senators, Mark Pryor and John Boozman plan to attend the meeting to discuss proposed changes to the 188th cause by cuts to defense spending.
The potential of the A-10 mission from the 188th being replaced by unmanned aircraft has been discussed since the passing of a $640 billion defense bill last month.
The meeting is scheduled to take place 11 a.m. at TAC Air FBO Fort Smith Regional Airport.

Charges filed in LeFlore County Courthouse stemming from December police chase

January 17, 2013

Charges have been filed against Erica Racelle Wright, 29, of Poteau after police say she led a sheriff's deputy on short chase after crashing into a utility pole while intoxicated.
The events, which took place in December, started at the E-Z Mart in Poteau when a sheriffs deputy approached Wright on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Wright reportedly fled from the deputy in her vehicle, crashed into a utility pole, and then continued to flee.
Wright was eventually apprehended after two tires blew out.

Local cities pass resolutions for April elections

January 17, 2013

With the filing period drawing near for municipal candidates, several cities have passed resolutions for the upcoming April election.
As of Jan. 17, nine local municipalities have filed their election resolution with the LeFlore County Election Board.
Filing period for candidates planning to enter a local race begin Feb. 4 at 8 a.m. and end Feb. 6 at 5 p.m.
The municipal elections will be held on Tuesday, April 2.

January 16th

PDN launches new Facebook page

January 16, 2013

The Poteau Daily News has a new Facebook page.
“Actually we made the switch a few months ago. Word has been slow to get out because we left the old page up,” said PDN publisher Robert Shearon.
“The old page has been eliminated and we are hoping everyone will find their way to our new page. We keep it posted with links to news and sports stories, and some readers have posted comments and notices,” Shearon said.

Three arrested in LeFlore County burglaries

January 16, 2013

A rash of burglaries over the last two weeks has resulted in three men arrested in connection with part of them.
Two men, Levi Poor, 25, of Heavener, and Bradley Steelman, 35, of Cameron, were arrested after several guns were stolen from a Hontubby home on Jan. 6. According to the arrest affidavit, Poor told officers he stayed in the vehicle while Steelman went into the home and stole the guns.
Both men have been charged with second degree burglary, knowingly concealing stolen property and conspiracy to commit burglary. They are being held in the LeFlore County Detention Center.

Larry Mosely to speak at weekend crusade

January 16, 2013

Hosanna Christian Fellowship will hold a weekend crusade Jan. 25-27 with guest speaker Larry Mosely of Tulsa.
Services will start at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.
Hosanna is a Bible-based, non-denominational church focused on
uniting people in the family of God.
It is located at 21920 Branson Road, one mile north of Walmart on U.S. 59.
Childcare will be provided for children second grade and younger.

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