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OKLAHOMA CITY â€“ Oklahomaâ€™s Emergency Price Stabilization Act is now in effect for 77 Oklahoma counties after Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency due to the winter weather that started Thursday morning.
All 77 counties are included in the declaration.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Oklahomaâ€™s price gouging statute prohibits an increase of more than 10 percent in the price of most goods and services when a state of emergency has been declared.
The PDN received this press release from the Choctaw Nation rgarding the winter storm:
As the winter storms are pushing their way through Southeast Oklahoma, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is taking measures to offer assistance to the affected communities and Tribal Members. We have been working with the local County and City Emergency Managers in a joint effort to provide assistance where needed.
As the winter storm continues to rage across the county ice accumulations on electric lines and trees thickens. Northwest of Cameron some trees, mainly Cedar already are unable to hold the weight of the ice and limbs are touching the ground.
PDN photo by Kim Ross
LeFlore County Special Judge Jeff Singer ordered Raymond Larry Nichols, 60, of Cameron to face trial for first-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of local bar owner Joe Neff.
Of the multiple witnesses called by the state during a preliminary hearing Wednesday, most were police officers involved in the investigation or were present when Oklahoma Highway Patrol dive team recovered a gun that they believed to be the alleged murder weapon from the same strip pit near Pocola where Neffâ€™s body had been found in 2009.
Community members came together Tuesday to ensure a final resting place for an area veteran who died recently.
Bill Sanders, pastor of Greenhill Church in Cameron, took on the task of fundraising when he learned that the family of Army veteran James Webb was unable to pay a Siloam Springs funeral home and Webbâ€™s body remained at the business.
An Indian taco sale in the Poteau Daily News parking lot Tuesday â€” plus numerous cash donations â€” raised about $1,500. Sanders said that would be enough to pay the cremation expenses and purchase a headstone for Webb.
Februaryâ€™s school Board elections began taking shape Wednesday as candidates filed to run for offices at the LeFlore County Election Board offices. Of the 17 districts holding elections, five districts â€” Bokoshe, Panama, Poteau, Whitesboro and Wister â€” have candidates opposing each other for the same office.
A 3-year-old boy wandered away from Poteau Primary Elementary School, causing several tense minutes for police and school employees Tuesday morning.
The child was found after about 25 minutes on Redbud Lane, Superintendent Don Sjoberg said.
The preschool pupil apparently slipped through a fence during recess about 9 a.m., Sjoberg said.
With temperatures expected to fall as low as 13 degrees this weekend, the National Weather Service in Norman has issued a Winter Storm Watch for LeFlore, Pushmataha and Choctaw counties. Sebastian county in Arkansas is also under watch.
The storm is expected to arrive Thursday, with more than a quarter inch of ice likely and a low temperature of 28 degrees. Friday nightâ€™s low temperature is projected at 13 degrees.
A Panama high school teen died late Sunday from injuries suffered when he was shot accidentally by a 14-year-old friend while returning from a hunting trip.
According to Panama Police Chief John Whiteaker, Ryan Self, 16, of Panama was walking along the road with his friend when the accidental shooting occurred about 2 p.m. Nov. 23.
According to police reports, Ryanâ€™s friend tripped and fell causing the .243-caliber rifle to discharge, striking Ryan in the neck.
A former Poteau woman died Sunday in a head-on collision near Alma, Ark., according to Arkansas State Police.
Joyce Mirus, 51, of Mulberry, Ark., died at the scene of the accident on U.S. 71 in Crawford County, according to the ASP report.