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February 3rd, 2014
Plummeting temperatures promise to perk up participants in the upcoming annual Polar Plunge.
Plungers will take the frigid dip in Poteau on Saturday, Feb. 22. at Martin-Dunn Country Auto Sales parking lot , formerly Brad Fenton's. The Arctic event helps raise money for the Special Olympics Summer and Winter games.
All plungers will be required to collect a "Bear" minimum of $75 in donations to be able to make the jump into freezing water.
Many LeFlore County schools will be closed Monday as a winter weather storm continues to impact the area.
LeFLore County Public Schools reporting Monday closures by 10:00 p.m. Sunday night include:
Carl Albert State College
Kiamichi Technology Center - Poteau,Spiro and Talihina campuses.
PDN will update the list of closures as they are reported.
Snow and sleet may return to the area in the coming days raising the risk of hazardous travel conditions, according to the National Weather Service in Tulsa.
Light rain or drizzle was for forecast in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas Friday and Saturday, but the impact on roads was expected to be "light" â€” mainly slick spots on bridges, overpasses and untreated roadways, the NWS said Friday.
The trial date set for one of two brothers accused in the murder of 22-year-old Briana Ault in 2010 remains on schedule to begin in June.
Ault's body was found in a Pocola pond on Texas Road near the Oklahoma,Arkansas state border.
Poteau Police are investigating a head-on collision that happened about 9:45 a.m. in Poteau near the Flanigan intersection on north Broadway.
According to police, a black car crossed the center line, struck a trailer being pulled by a pickup then struck a second car traveling behind the truck.
One person was taken by LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services to Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center.
PDN photo by Kim Ross
According to LeFlore County Emergency Management, "Fire danger for today [Thursday] is extremely high. LeFlore County is under a burn ban. All outdoor burning is prohibited."
Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson warned anyone caught burning faces up to a $500 fine and the possibility of one year in jail.
Davidson said violators cam also be found responsible for any costs involved with fire extinguishment and restitution for any damages to property.
A body found in a Talihina pond on Monday has been identified.
According to the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department, 19-year-old Joshua Teves was reported missing days before being found dead Monday by the Talihina Police Department.
The cause of death still has not been released, said Sheriff Rob Seale.
Investigators are treating the death as a possible homicide until the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office determines the cause of death.
According to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale, the body of a young man was found in Southern LeFlore County Monday afternoon and an investigation into the cause of death is ongoing.
The body was found in a pond west of Talihina, according to Seale.
"The body is believed to be that of a 19-year-old male that was reported missing from Talihina last week," said Seale. "The body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Officer for positive indentification and to determine the cause of death."
The 18th Annual Carl Albert State College/Walmart Chili Cooking Contest is set for Friday, Feb. 21.
Organizers encourage everyone to get involved. The competition will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Costner-Balentine Student Center at CASC.Â Â
To enter a pot of chili in the contest, download the official entry form at www.carlalbert.edu, submit your entry form and plan to have your famous chili tested along with countless others.
According to Kiamichi Technology Center spokesperson Laura Harrison, "at approximately 2:50 p.m. on Monday, Kiamichi Technology Center evacuated students and staff due to a fire in the welding shop. Poteau Fire Department was called for assistance. An exhaust filter outside the building was smoldering and pushing smoke into the welding shop. Not knowing where the smoke originated, welding instructor, Dennis Thomas, activated the smoke alarm and students and staff were evacuated."