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Joe Neff murderer sentenced to life

July 10, 2014

The murderer of Poteau businessman Joe Neff will spend life behind bars after being sentenced today [July 10].
Raymond Larry Nichols, 61, of Cameron, was convicted in May of the 2009 murder of Poteau businessman Joe Neff.
Nichols was sentenced to life in prison without parole by District Judge Jon Sullivan.

'Tuck in' program seeking volunteers

July 10, 2014

Peachtree Hospice Poteau is seeking volunteers to take part in their "Tuck In Program."
The volunteers will be making phone calls to patient's homes every Thursday to "Tuck" them in for the weekend, and make certain that they have enough supplies and medication to get them through the weekend. If they need anything, our team will make sure they get it before the weekend.
This is one of the may ways they ensure patients are taken care of, and let them know how very much they are cared about.
If you would like to help, please call (918) 647-7008.

West Nile Virus confirmed in Oklahoma

July 10, 2014

Oklahoma City — The first case of West Nile virus (WNV) in Oklahoma has been confirmed in a Major County resident. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages residents to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting WNV, a mosquito-borne illness.  Summertime typically marks the beginning of the WNV season in Oklahoma, with outdoor activities providing opportunities for encountering infected mosquitoes.

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: One arrested in Monroe morning murder

July 9, 2014

LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale announced about 12:45 p.m. [July 9] that Richard Roland Humphries, 48, has been arrested o suspicion of first degree murder in connection with the murder of 53-year-old Randy Shelton.
Shelton was shot at his home on Midway Road at about 3:50 a.m. today [July 9], according to police.
Humphries lives across the road from the Shelton home. Investigators still have not released information about the cause of the shooting.

BREAKING NEWS: LeFlore County Sheriff's Office investigates murder of Monroe man

July 9, 2014

LeFlore County Sheriff's Department is investigating the murder of a Monroe man that happened about 3:30 a.m. today [July 9].
According to authorities, someone knocked on the door of the home and began firing a gun through the door. The 53-year-old man's name who was killed has not yet been released by investigators.
The shooting happened at a home east of the Sugarloaf Christian Fellowship Church on Midway Road.
Authorities say the have a person of interest but no arrests had been made as of 7 a.m.
The road remains blocked by deputies as the investigation continues.

Choctaw artist's healing reach expanded

July 8, 2014

DURANT, Okla. – Artisans are often the torchbearers for a culture, teaching and sharing with others the spirit of a people who came before, with the spirit of talent and passion for contemporary additions of today. Of such torchbearers is a unique artist whose crafts were designed to heal and help.

LeFlore County Detention Center Public Trust Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday

July 8, 2014

The LeFlore County Detention Center Public Trust regular business meeting has been scheduled for Wed., July 9, at 1 p.m. in the County Commissioner's Office in Poteau.

On Agenda for discussion will be the detention center's report and public appearance.

The Trust also will go into executive session pertaining to the following lawsuits:

A) Raymond Larry Nichols Case
B) Duane Sweeten Case
C) Denay Burris Case
D) Felicia Carshall Case
E) Elvis Thacker Case

Followed by any other business not known of at time of posting.

New council member to be sworn into office

July 7, 2014

Phillip Zearly, newly elected member of the Poteau City Council will be sworn into office tonight [July7] during the town's regular meeting.
The meeting will be held at Poteau City Hall beginning at 7 p.m.
Also meetings of the Poteau Public Works Authority and Industrial Authority will be held tonight.

Local Trooper arrested after wreck

July 7, 2014

A Thursday accident resulted in the arrest of a Trooper for driving under the influence.
Trooper Josh Davies, of Shady Point, was arrested in Sequoyah County after he wrecked his police vehicle that was towing an OHP boat on Applegate Cove Road south of Sallisaw, according to a statement released by OHP.
Davies reportedly tested above the legal limit during a breath test administered by investigating Troopers.
According to OHP he is on routine administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation.

Traffic detoured for possible fatal wreck

July 3, 2014

[July 3 1:10 p.m.] Oklahoma Highway Patrol, LeFlore County EMS, LeFlore County Sheriff's Department, several other police and fire agencies currently are working an accident at U.S. Highway 59 and Oklahoma Highway 9 (Sallisaw Y). Traffic is being rerouted at Sunset Corner and west of the intersection.
According to radio traffic, a pickup and Semi trailer collision has possibly left one person dead and another injured.

Sidewalk repair continues

July 1, 2014

Sidewalks along Dewey Avenue are under construction today [July 1] as the city upgrades them to be handicap accessible. Crews are pictured working at the corner of Peters and Dewey.

Children's author to visit library

July 1, 2014

Children's book author Darleen Bailey Beard is scheduled to make a presentation as part of the Summer Reading Program at Patrick Lynch Public Library in Poteau.
Her children's program "Make Like a Tree and Leaf!" will start at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, for grades three through eight.
Beard also will speak and have a book-signing for all ages at the library from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

LeFlore County welcomes Maidens of Mayhem

June 30, 2014

A new derby team has hit the rink in Poteau. The Maidens of Mayhem formed a few weeks ago and are recruiting team members. .
The Maidens hone their skills on Wednesday evening at Skate-Reation.
According to Ashford, Skate-Reation owner Nancy Traywick has offered to help the team by opening the rink on Tuesdays from 8:30-10:30 a.m. for anyone 18 and older who is interested in learning about derby. A derby team member will be at the rink to answer any questions or work one-on-one with someone who would like to learn or practice skating for derby.

Mass accident training exercise a success

June 30, 2014

A staged accident involving 16 students on a school bus that had wrecked and rolled onto its side as part of a training exercise was held Saturday near the Peter Conser Home. LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services, Tulsa Life Flight , AARC Towing and members of the Hodgen, Haw Creek, Post Mountain, Reichert-Summerfield and Post Mountain volunteer fire departments took part.

LeFlore County election results

June 24, 2014

Ceb Scott wins District 3 County Commissioners race. After the votes were counted Scott received 62.6 per cent of the vote over Roger Cheek.
A run-off for LeFlore County Assessor will be between Brenda Cockburn and Mindy White neither getting the mandatory 51 per cent of the vote on Tuesday. Run-off voting will be in August.

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