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June 2nd, 2015
A Clayton man died Monday morning after driving through barricades marking a road closed due to flood waters.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, 73-year-old Benjamin Morris drove his 2009 Chevy pickup through flooded waters crossing Oklahoma Highway 87 southeast of Tom in McCurtain County. The vehicle stalled and Morris attempted to get out of the truck. OHP reported Morris was overcome by the rising water and drowned.
Poor Boy Livestock Auction in Wister was destroyed by fire early Tuesday [June 2] morning.
Wister, Howe, Fanshawe and Poteau Fire Departments all responded to the blaze.
The cause of the fire still is under investigation.
Due to the ongoing investigation, the property, which was set to be sold at 10 a.m. today [June 2] during a Sheriff's Sale at the LeFlore County Sheriff's Office will not be sold after the cancellation of the sale, according to Undersheriff Kendall Morgan.
The Poteau Valley Improvement Authority will hold their regular meeting Tuesday, June 2 at Poteau City Hall.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m.
Agenda items include the following:
1. Read and approve minutes of the regular May 5 meeting.
2. Discussion and action on finance committee report
a) approval of monthly claims.
b) budget committee recommendation for FY 15-16 budget.
3. Discussion and action on FY 15-16 budget.
4. Manager's report.
5. Update on aeration equipment for Poteau tower.
6. Update on water shed.
a.) update on the Quarry Island Cove alum project.
Talihina School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight [June 1] at the Board of Education Building on Isherwood Street.
Items to be discussed include Superintendent's Report, regular business and the resignation of the Junior High Boys Coach.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) â€” Officials with the Tulsa Health Department say a sampling of mosquitoes from Tulsa County has tested positive for West Nile virus.
The months of July through October are typically the highest risk months for exposure to West Nile in Oklahoma, but the Health Department begins a mosquito surveillance program each May. And although there have been no confirmed cases of West Nile in humans, officials say it's important for residents to take precautions against the potentially deadly virus.
It's that time of year when word whizzes under 15-years-old sweat it out on stage spelling words you didn't even know existed. Bloomberg's David Gura breaks down the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
According to the National Weather Service,
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL LE
FLORE COUNTY UNTIL 1100 AM CDT...
AT 1022 AM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 5 MILES SOUTHWEST
OF LAKE WISTER STATE PARK...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.
HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.
IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH INCLUDE...LAKE WISTER STATE PARK...
HODGEN...WISTER...HEAVENER...HOWE...HEAVENER RUNESTONE STATE
PARK...POTEAU...SHADY POINT...PANAMA AND CAMERON
Friends of the Kerr Mansion are seeking volunteers to help Saturday [May 30] in clean up of the grounds after an EF2 tornado touched down Monday.
For more information contact Tony Riley at (918) 658-5261.
The National Weather Service in Tulsa has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado struck Poteau over Memorial Day.
The confirmed tornado caused widespread damage in the area, with trees down throughout the city and surrounding towns, falling into and on top of homes, debris scattered and homes destroyed.
LeFlore County isn't expected to receive a break from storms as more are projected today, May 28, and over the next several days.
There are thunderstorm potentials in the forecast every day into next Wednesday, with severe thunderstorm potential this Friday.
WALL, S.D. (AP) â€” Authorities have identified an Oklahoma man killed in a one-vehicle crash in Badlands National Park in South Dakota.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 51-year-old Richard Vasquez of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, was killed in the crash Saturday afternoon.
According to the Highway Patrol, the pickup driven by Vasquez went off state Highway 240 and down a steep embankment, rolling twice.
The patrol says Vasquez was thrown from the pickup and died at the scene.
An investigation is ongoing.