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January 17th, 2013

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.

January 15th

Jury finds Akin guilty; suggests life in prison

January 15, 2013

A two day trial ended Tuesday afternoon when the jury returned a guilty verdict against John Thomas Akin for robbery.
Akin was found guilty of entering the El Soliceto store in Heavener in April 2012 and robbing the clerk at gun point.
The jury deliberated for less than 30 minutes before returning it's verdict. The jury suggested a life sentence.
Assistant District Attorney Margaret Nicholson prosecuted the case. Akin was defended by Poteau attorney Doug Schmuck.
Akin will be sentenced at a later date.

School board discusses social media, other issues

January 15, 2013

The Poteau Board of Education tackled several current social issues at Monday night's meeting.
Members agreed to develop a written policy that clearly acceptable social media behavior for district employees, especially concerning online contact with students.
They also agreed to become part of a research project with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to identify young pupils with autistic tendencies and develop ways to serve those children better.

Brief blast of winter weather causes freezing

January 15, 2013

A brief blast of winter weather caused slick bridges and overpasses Tuesday morning.
A winter storm that was traveling to the east dropped snow and sleet across LeFlore County creating potentially dangerous conditions for drivers.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers reported slick and hazardous conditions, especially to the south end of the county.
Temperatures are forecast to remain below freezing for morning lows and highs around 40 degrees until Friday.

January 14th

Akin robbery trial to begin

January 14, 2013

A man accused of robbing a Heavener business will stand trial this week after the selection of a jury Monday.
John Thomas Akin, 38, of Poteau was charged after he and two other people, all wearing masks, allegedly entered the El Soliceto store in Heavener and robbed the clerk at gunpoint in April 2012.

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