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January 16th, 2013

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.

Accident at Cavanal Expressway and Pleasant Valley

January 14, 2013

January 11th

Haskin guilty on all 12 counts; jury suggests 245 years

January 11, 2013

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.

HASKIN CONVICTED

January 11, 2013

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.

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