September 5th, 2012
The jury trial of James Haskin, 61, of Monroe, was rescheduled Wednesday morning following his attorney's argument they were unable to provide adequate defense without a complete trial transcript from previous proceedings.
District Judge Jon Sullivan ruled to continue the trial until October giving the defense team time to prepare after they receive the transcript.
Sullivan told Haskin's attorneys he was of the understanding the transcript had been completed and delivered.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health is reporting record cases of West Nile Virus in Oklahoma.
According to a press release from the OSDH, the total number of reported cases of WNV has jumped to 118, the highest number of cases ever recorded in a single year in Oklahoma. The OSDH also reports that at least seven deaths attributed to WNV have been recorded.
Marty Wayne Hester, 52, of Hodgen, was sentenced to 55 years in prison Wednesday afternoon for one count of aggravated possession of child pornography and two counts of lewd molestation of a minor.
During his court appearance Wednesday Hester apologized for his actions and asked for the mercy of the court.
District Judge Jon Sullivan sentenced him on all three counts to run consecutively for a total of 55 years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Martha Sue (Thompson) Cullers, 58, of Heavener died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, in Heavener.
A memorial services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at Kirk Cemetery in Cauthron, Ark., under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home, Heavener.
Elizabeth Ewalt, 46, of Poteau died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, in Poteau. No services are planned at this time, according to Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
George McGee Jr., 89, of Albion died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Talihina.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Albion Baptst Church.Â Burial will be in Albion Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
I got back from Durant at 2 a.m. Saturday after going to the Poteau football season opener.
Then, the next night, I was forced to stay up until 1:30 a.m. Sunday due to the closeness of the Oklahoma Sooners' football game at Texas-El Paso.
I was glad that Monday was a holiday, because I crashed and burned on the couch. I have not failed to watch an OU football on TV for the last five years, but I really can not get enthused on spending $39.95 to watch this Staurday's OU-Florida A&M game on pay-per-view. Leroy, you do still carry those game on the radio donâ€™t you?
Things could not have started much better than the 2012 season did for the Talihina Golden Tigers Friday night in Wilburton. The Golden Tigers dominated the Diggers for a 27-0 road win.
Robert Swinford was the Week 1 winner of the Poteau Daily Newsâ€™ Pigskin Picks contest.
Swinford successfully picked 11 out of 12 winners to win the $25 prize.
The contest ballot runs every Saturday during the contest period. Winners will be announced weekly on the Pigskin Picks page.
This week's picks are due by 5 p.m. today since the Dallas Cowboys' season opener against the New York Giants takes place tonight.
The form was in Saturday's edition of The Poteau Daily News.