May 29th, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” An Oklahoma City psychiatrist has pleaded guilty to a health care fraud charge.
Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that 53-year-old Amar Nath Bhandry entered a guilty plea to defrauding the Medicaid program. He could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Bhandry is accused of submitting claims to Medicaid for reimbursement for services he allegedly did not provide. Prosecutors say he charged the program that provides health care to the poor for examinations of up to 50 minutes while seeing patients only 10 to 20 minutes.
The Poteau Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest member Wednesday during a ribbon cutting ceremony. RSJ Auto Repair, located at 2604 N. Broadway in Poteau, opened its doors for business on Feb. 16. From left: Karen Wages, Poteau Chamber CEO; Brenda Darling, The Community State Bank; Fernando Gutierrez, son; Ruben Gutierrez, owner; Leticia Gutierrez, wife; Pam White, The Times Record; Bernardo Acebedo, employee, and the Gutierrez' daughter Belina in the stroller.
Lloyd Lee, right, presents Mary Helen Lucas with a check for $3,300 on May 23, to benefit the Christian Free Medical Clinic in Poteau. First United Methodist Pastor Kyle Clark, left, and Steve Cherry attended the presentation.
According to Lee, this is the 25th year the Methodist Men's Organization has donated to the clinic. The proceeds are raised during the annual spring pancake breakfast held at the First United Methodist Church in Poteau.
GROVE, Okla. (AP) â€” The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says four people from Grove were killed in two separate traffic crashes Tuesday night in northeastern Oklahoma.
The highway patrol says the first crash occurred at about 5:30 p.m. on State Highway 2 near Welch in Craig County. A preliminary report says 77-year-old Donald Charles Kelley and his wife, 76-year-old Nancy Kelley, died when their vehicle went off the road and overturned twice.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.
WILBURTON â€” The North and South team split the basketball games during Eastern Oklahoma State Collegeâ€™s 41st annual Kiamichi All-Star Classic on Saturday at Claud C. Dunlap Fieldhouse.
The South girlsâ€™ basketball team pulled off a close 69-67 victory over the North team in the first game of the night.
The boysâ€™ basketball game was also close with an 87-83 North victory.
Registration is now open for the 2013 LeFlore County Express Fall Soccer League.
Registration can be done through the Internet at www.leflorecountysoccer.com.
Registration will end Friday.
Cost is $35 per child registered until Friday. Beginning Saturday, late registration cost per child will increase to $40.
Payment method details are available at the aforementioned website.
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The LeFlore County Soccer Association will have a general meeting and mandatory coaches meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Department of Human Services meeting room in Poteau.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin gave lawmakers an 'A' grade for approving much of her agenda during the recently concluded legislative session, but the question of how the state plans to address the more than 630,000 Oklahomans without health insurance remains unresolved.
Fallin, a Republican, rejected the opportunity under the federal health care law to expand Medicaid coverage to nearly 200,000 people without health insurance, saying last November that doing so would prove too costly to the state and the country.
A memorial dedicated to prisoners of war and veterans missing in action located at Oakland Cemetery in Poteau has been vandalized.
According to co-designer of the memorial, Jim Berngen, of Poteau, he and several fellow motorcycle riders, visited the site Sunday and all was fine. They returned on Monday to find damage done to the tribute. The group found what looked like bullet holes in the soldier and the headstone.
Police were notified of the vandalism and are currently investigating the crime.
TULSA (AP) â€” Authorities say a man has been arrested after crashing his car through a fence at Tulsa International Airport.
Police say the incident began late Monday when an officer noticed a stolen vehicle at a nearby motel. Tulsa television station KTUL reports (http://bit.ly/ZqvxOs ) a man saw the police officer in the motel parking lot, jumped in the car and sped away.
Authorities say the pursuit ended when the man crashed the car into a fence near the south end of the airport. He was arrested shortly after the crash.