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January 15th, 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.
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.
After three days of trial in the District Court of LeFlore County, a Monroe man accused of child sexual abuse has been rendered a verdict by a jury of his peers.
James Haskin Jr., 61, of Monroe was charged with nine counts of child neglect and three counts of child sexual abuse.
The trial began Wednesday morning and by Friday at 3:30 a jury of seven men and five women found Haskin guilty of all charges.
James Haskin has been found guilty on nine counts of child neglect and three counts of child sexual abuse.
PDN Reporter Kim Ross reports that the jury has found Haskin guilty on all 12 counts and suggested a sentence of 245 years in prison.
The PDN has just received word that the jury in the James Haskin trial has just begun deliberation.
Sources say that Haskin's attorney called no witnesses in his defense.
The trial of James Haskin, of Monroe, began Wednesday morning at the LeFlore County Courthouse.
Haskin was charged with nine counts of child neglect and three counts of child sexual abuse stemming from a 2011 investigation.
On Wednesday morning a jury of five women and seven men took their place in the jury box as testimony from witnesses called by the state was heard.
Testimony was given by three law enforcement investigators involved in the case along with an investigator with the Child Welfare Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Service.
The Poteau City Council moved a step closer Monday to establishing a regional recycling recycling center here.
They also approved a resolution calling for city elections in April.
Members agreed to present three options on a building in the industrial park to the Choctaw Nation, which announced plans last month to open a hub for several collection sites already operating in the county. The options include lease, lease-purchase or purchase of the building.
Candidate filing period for the April 2 election will be Feb. 4-6.
With the beginning of a high profile trial Wednesday morning, a temporary security measure will be implemented resulting in the closure of all entrances to the LeFlore County Courthouse except one.
The south entrance, located on Beard Street, will be open to the public during business hours and is handicap accessible. Upon entry to the building visitors will be required to pass through a metal detector.
The LeFlore County Sheriff's Office is asking that all bags, long coats and pocket knives be left at home or in a car.
LeFlore County Emergency Management is inviting anyone interested in forming an amateur radio operators group to volunteer during disasters to attend a local meeting Jan. 8. The meeting will be held at the LCEM office at 6:30 p.m.
LCEM is in the process of forming a Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, according to LCEM Director Michael Davidson.
"RACES is an FCC recognized extension of emergency management," said Davidson. "It allows for amateur radio operators and civilian volunteers to assist government agencies during times of crisis or disaster."