August 12th, 2013
The town of Wister soon may have a new chief of police after Randy Liles announced his plans to return to work for LeFlore County.
Liles, who has held the chief's for more than three years, will conclude his time as a municipal officer on Aug. 14. Liles said he will begin working as a deputy for the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department the next day.
With the announcement, the Wister Board of Trustees has called for a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday to discuss filling the vacant position.
When high school football practice begins next week, players can only be in shorts and helmets from Monday through Thursday. They will not be in pads until Friday.
Nonetheless, a lot can be accomplished â€” especially on offense.
The 2013 high school football season will not actually begin until the first week of September. However, the preparations for the LeFlore County teams' openers will begin next week â€” and in a new way.
For the first time, high school football practice will begin on a Monday, as opposed to the ordinary Tuesdays as it has been in years past.
The good news is that football season is upon us as high school football teams will begin practice next week. The bad news, as is just about always the case, is that it will likely be hot â€” which is a major concern for football coaches everywhere. LeFlore County is no different.
Ever since the 2012 football seasons ended for LeFlore County's high school teams, next week probably seems like it wasn't going to get here. But it's here now.
High school football practice will begin next week, with most of the teams beginning practice on Monday â€” with a couple not going until the traditional Tuesday.
LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services and the Poteau Fire Department responded to the emergency call of a 53-year-old man who was injured when he fell off a ladder at a home on Cavanal, according to dispatch information.
Emergency responders said a landing zone was set up for the arrival of a Tulsa Life Flight medical helicopter that took the man to a Tulsa hospital to be treated for fractures to his legs.
Poteau police responded to the call of a car on its side in a deep ditch on Harper Street near the Page Street intersection Friday about 4 p.m. According to radio communications, the driver of the car fled the scene and police began a search of the area. The driver was not located.
According to officers, it appeared the car struck a low water bridge then landed on its side in the ditch. Police said the passenger, Travis Armstrong, 33, was arrested for public intoxication and taken to the LeFlore County Detention Center.
Officer Cody Johnson investigated the accident.
Strong storms blew through the northern portion of LeFlore County Thursday evening leaving downed trees and power lines in their wake.
At about 6 p.m., the National Weather Service warned towns north of Poteau to prepare for severe thunderstorms. Not long after, several residents in Panama and Poteau found themselves without electricity.
"The 911 center relied on backup generators all night," said Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson.
According to police, about 150 people were without electricity in Panama and an unknown number in Poteau.