May 27th, 2015
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.
According to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale, the residents of about 50 homes near Caston Creek and in the Ward and Pocohantas areas near Wister Lake are being asked to evacuate [May 25 at 1 p.m.].
Seale said the evacuations are voluntary and are being requested before a potential of another 3 inches of rain arrive this evening. Seale said residents who don't leave could be stranded for up to four days.
Flash floods will again be possible today, Monday, May 25 - and a few tornadoes haven't been ruled out.
The National Weather Service in Tulsa said we have an elevated risk for tornadoes this afternoon and into tonight as severe thunderstorms move back into the area.
Showers and storms have started to develop across West-Central Texas this morning and will track into southeastern Oklahoma this afternoon and spread into northwest Arkansas by late afternoon.
As the Poteau Pirates of yesteryears began to assemble for the 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame, it was just amazing to hear how their yardage gained had swollen to new height, how their fastball had gained speed and how the sprintersâ€™ time would rival Usaine Bolt in his prime. One could just set back and revel in hearing the great stories of times past.
The All-School Reunion for Poteau High occurs every three years, and the Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies usually precedes the reunion.
There were 11 were inducted into the 2015 Poteau High School Hall of Fame. Those inducted were:
It may not look like much, but it truly was. Anyone who went to the Heavener gym to watch basketball this past season quickly noticed a new addition â€” new bleachers with seats, as opposed to the old wooden bleacher seats of the past.
Amp up your next barbecue with your own, homemade BBQ sauce. This recipe pairs perfectly with all your go to favorites from ribs to chicken.
FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) â€” The body of a Fort Sill soldier whose vehicle was swept into Medicine Bluff Creek has been recovered.
According to a Fort Sill news release, the body of Staff Sgt. David Hawkins was recovered Thursday afternoon by Fort Sill firefighters and an Oklahoma Highway Patrol water rescue team.
The release says the 32-year-old was apparently attempting to drive across a low water crossing on Sunday when his vehicle was swept into the flooded creek. The car was recovered on Monday.
A free Choctaw art and culture event will be held tonight at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in Poteau.
There will be artists, singers, dancers, vendors, informational booths and more.
The cultural program will start at 7 p.m. with Chief Gary Batton and Assistant Chief Jack Austin set to attend.
Tribal membership services will start at 5 p.m. and a beading class from 6-6:45 p.m. Also at 5 p.m. you can apply for a CBIB card. Bring original documents for verification, plus copies. Call (800) 522-6170 ext. 4030 for more information.
Letterman has a star-studded finale.