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January 13th

Wind advisory issued; burns discouraged

January 13, 2014

The risk of wildfires is expected to be very high today as a dry cold front and gusty winds move across eastern Oklahoma, according to the National Weather Service.
The NWS issued the warning for all of Oklahoma except the Panhandle and McCurtain County, as well as west central Arkansas.
Monday's fire risk was limited, but the NWS predicted a "very high fire weather potential" today with northwest winds gusting up to 30 mph.
The risk was expected to decrease through the rest of the week as the winds subside to 5-15 mph, the NWS said.
Outdoor burning is discouraged.

Lawmakers to attend area meeting

January 13, 2014

Area lawmakers will discuss upcoming issues and concerns at the annual legislative breakfast meeting from 8-9 a.m.. Friday, Jan. 24.
The breakfast will be held in the historic Lowrey Hotel at Witte Street and Dewey Avenue in downtown Poteau.
The breakfast is sponsored by the LeFlore County Farm Bureau and Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

January 10th

Police seeking information in theft

January 10, 2014

The passenger in this white and blue or green striped pickup seen pulling a white trailer was caught on video taking a toolbox worth about $1,000 from a shopper's vehicle at Walmart at about 12:15 p.m. Monday.
The older model Chevrolet pickup has fog lights atop the cab of the truck, what appears to be pealing paint on the hood and a metal mesh-looking tail guard in place of a tailgate.
If you have any information about the owner of the truck or the persons involved in the theft, contact the Poteau Police Department at (918) 647-8620.

Students evacuate for fire at KTC

January 10, 2014

A fire prompted Kiamichi Technology Center officials to evacuate the premises briefly Friday morning.
Poteau Fire Department was called for assistance about 8 a.m.
An HVAC unit outside the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning classroom caught fire and was blowing smoke inside the building.
HVAC instructor, Barney Green quickly cut the power to the unit.
Firefighters responded quickly and helped extinguish the fire.
Classes were back in progress by 8:30 a.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Chamber welcomes first new member since move

January 10, 2014

Melissa Holcomb, owner of Terrific Trips by Melissa was the guest of honor during the first ribbon cutting ceremony to take place at the Poteau Chamber of Commerce's new location at the Donald W. Reynold's Center. Holcomb, pictured holding the scissors, opened her travel agent business in November and became a chamber member in December. Visit her website at or contact her at (918) 721-3429 or email at
PDN photo by Kim Ross

January 8th

Icy roads cause multiple accidents; road closures

January 8, 2014

LeFlore County roads are becoming treacherous as precipitations falls with temperatures below freezing.
Most all roads in the mountainous area in the southern portion of the county are closed, according to the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department. U.S. Highway 59 from the Page intersection south to the county line, roads leading to and from Talihina, Oklahoma Highway 63 and 144 are all considered closed due to ice.

January 7th

Area highway expansion meeting slated Thursday

January 7, 2014

The Poteau Chamber of Commerce and LeFlore County Development Coalition will be hosting guest speaker Mike Patterson, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation this week. 
Patterson will be discussing area transportation issues. According to Chamber CEO Karen Wages, topic include Oklahoma Highway 112 expansion, Pocola bypass and the completion of U.S. Highway 59 modifications.
The meeting will be held Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center located at 105 Reynolds Avenue in Poteau.
For more information contact the chamber at (918) 647-9178.

Talihina woman sought by LeFlore County Sheriff's Department

January 7, 2014

The LeFlore County Sheriff's Office is seeking the help of county residents in locating a woman considered armed and dangerous.
Jozie Marie Baugh, 34, of Talihina, is wanted for felony warrants issued in LeFlore County. Baugh has been convicted of drug charges and theft. On Saturday at about 12:15 a.m. she allegedly fled from LeFlore County Sheriff's Deputy Ray Hines during a traffic stop on Lenox Road that resulted in the recovery of drugs.

Give the gift of blood at CASC

January 7, 2014

Carl Albert State College is starting off the new year by saving lives through blood donation with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). Most healthy adults 16 and older are encouraged to donate blood Tuesday, Jan. 7, in the ballroom from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

January 6th

'Operation Predator' a multi-agency success

January 6, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — The recent sentencing of an eastern Oklahoma man for producing child pornography is an example of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's cooperation with international law enforcement agencies, according to ICE's resident agent in charge in Oklahoma.
David Anthony Baker, 35, of Howe was sentenced Dec. 19 to 39 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in July to charges of producing child pornography and to producing child pornography as a registered sex offender, said Paul Steenson, ICE's resident agent in charge in Oklahoma.

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