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Oklahoma teen birth rate second-highest in US

August 20, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal report shows Oklahoma has the second-highest teen birth rate in the nation.

The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/1pKpy1y ) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the 2012 findings on Wednesday. The 2012 rate was about 47 births per 1,000 teenagers ages 15 to 19. Only New Mexico had a higher rate.

Oklahoma's teen birth rate has decreased over the past 20 years, but at a slower pace than in every state except North Dakota and South Dakota.
The CDC says babies of teen mothers are at higher risk of low birth weight and preterm delivery.

Who got arrested?

August 20, 2014

The following people were booked into the LeFlore County Detention Center overnight. The information was gathered from the jail's daily roster and only shows booking information. Only those with a case number listed have been charged. Stay tuned each morning to see who was arrested overnight.
CF — criminal felony
CM— criminal misdemeanor
FD — family docket such as child support
For more information about an arrestee, you can search by name or case number on www.ODCR.com or www.OSCN.net.

Aug. 19

UPDATE: Poteau Police seeking publics help

August 19, 2014

Editor's Note: The Poteau Police have identified the woman mentioned in the story with the publics help. They still are trying to identify the unknown man connected to a stolen bank card.
Updated Aug. 20.

Sens. Boozman, Inhofe to attend Arkansas hearing

August 19, 2014

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Sens. John Boozman of Arkansas and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma are to attend a transportation hearing in Fort Smith.
The two Republicans are to take part in the Regional Intermodal Transportation Authority hearing on Tuesday in western Arkansas.
Boozman and Inhofe are members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that has jurisdiction over both the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The two agencies are responsible for transportation infrastructure, including interstates and navigable waterways.

Area principal arrested for DUI

August 19, 2014

A high school principal and athletic director for Spiro Public Schools was arrested overnight.
Tracy Saling, 50, was arrested about 11:15 p.m. Monday after a Poteau police officer reportedly witnessed him cross the center line on Broadway near Walmart in Poteau.
According to Poteau Police, Saling was jailed on suspicion of driving under the influence, transporting an open container and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

Who got booked?

August 19, 2014

The following people were booked into the LeFlore County Detention Center overnight. The information was gathered from the jail's daily roster and only shows booking information. Only those with a case number listed have been charged. Stay tuned each morning to see who was arrested overnight.
CF — criminal felony
CM— criminal misdemeanor
FD — family docket such as child support
For more information about an arrestee, you can search by name or case number on www.ODCR.com or www.OSCN.net.

Aug. 18

Luis Alberto Perez, no drivers license; $344 cash

NWS issues severe thunderstorm warning for LeFlore County

August 18, 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TULSA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SOUTH CENTRAL CRAWFORD COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS...
SOUTHWESTERN FRANKLIN COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ARKANSAS...
SEBASTIAN COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ARKANSAS...
NORTHEASTERN LE FLORE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 400 PM CDT

* AT 306 PM CDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM ALMA TO JENNY LIND TO POCOLA TO SPIRO...AND MOVING
SOUTH AT 25 MPH.

HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND NICKEL SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED.

VIDEO: College Football Preview: Breaking down the Big 12

August 18, 2014

VIDEO: College Football Preview: Breaking down the Big 12

Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples and Pete Thamel analyze the Big 12 entering the 2014 season.

Chamber extends Walk, Run or Dye registration deadline

August 18, 2014

The deadline for registration in the Walk, Run or Dye hosted by Poteau Chamber of Commerce has been extended until Aug. 22.
Registration is $20 individual (non-student), $15 Individual (Groups of four or more non-student) and $10 students and children 12 and under.
For more information or to register, call (918) 647-9178 or register on-line http://www.poteauchamber.com
The event will be held Sept. 6 and starts at 10 a.m. on Dewey Avenue in Poteau.

VIDEO: Keys To Oklahoma's Season

August 18, 2014

VIDEO: Keys To Oklahoma's Season
Last time we saw the Sooners, they were beating up on Alabama. So can Bob Stoops and company keep the good times rolling in Norman? Campus Insiders' Pete Fiutak provides us with a key player, statistic and game to watch for this season.

Who got arrested?

August 18, 2014

The following people were booked into the LeFlore County Detention Center overnight. The information was gathered from the jail's daily roster and only shows booking information. Only those with a case number listed have been charged. Stay tuned each morning to see who was arrested overnight.
CF — criminal felony
CM— criminal misdemeanor
FD — family docket such as child support
For more information about an arrestee, you can search by name or case number on www.ODCR.com or www.OSCN.net.

Aug. 15

Upcoming weekend events

August 15, 2014

• Aug 16 — Concert Under the Stars, Jay Falkner Band, 8 p.m., Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.
— Bake sale to benefit Poteau Pound Pups, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Coffee Cup.
— LeFlore County Round-Up Club play day, Cecil Leachman Arena, Heavener. Info: Frank Mode, (918) 839-0330.
• Aug. 17 — Wright Ministries music and testimony, 6 p.m., New Beginning Family Ministry, 305 S. Saddler. Info: (918) 721-3490 or (918) 649-4708.

Cherokee Fire Dancers deployed to California

August 15, 2014

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Twenty Cherokee Nation Fire Dancers are being sent to California to help fight wildfires.

The tribe says the Fire Dancers were deployed Wednesday and will work up to 16-hour shifts each day to help suppress fires and to keep other fires from starting.

The firefighters will join five other Fire Dancers who left earlier this month and remain in California to help fight the fires.

The group is called up by the U.S. Forestry Department.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Walk, Run or Dye registration deadline drawing near

August 15, 2014

The deadline for the Walk, Run or Dye 5K Color Run in Poteau is drawing near. You must register by Aug. 18 to be guaranteed a t-shirt.  
Register online at the following link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/eventllr=f98gszjab&oeidk=a07e97szwsk7b0654dc. 
For more information contact the Poteau Chamber of Commerce at (918) 647-9178.

CLARIFICATION: Man shot in family dispute dies

August 14, 2014

Clarification
The Poteau Daily News posted on its website and Facebook page that shooting victim Doug Byrd had died after family members posted on social media Thursday afternoon that Byrd had passed, was "with God" and asked for time to grieve.
A family acquaintance, however, said Byrd remains on life support at a Tulsa hospital at this time.
Byrd, 21, formerly of Shady Point, was shot in the chest during an altercation with his stepfather over the weekend, according to law enforcement autorities.

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