The Daily Press The Poteau Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-19T16:55:43-04:00 judge dismisses Ten Commandments lawsuit 2014-09-19T16:55:43-04:002014-09-19T16:55:43-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsDistrict Judge Thomas Prince granted a motion filed on behalf of the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission to block the lawsuit from going to trial.The 6-foot-tall granite monument was authorized by the Legislature in 2009 and was erected in 2012 after Republican state Rep. Mike Ritze and his family paid nearly $10,000 for it. The monument's placement has led others to seek their own on the Capitol grounds, including a satanic group that earlier this year unveiled designs for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan.The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit on behalf of the Rev. Bruce Prescott of Norman, a Baptist minister, and others who allege the monument's location violated the state constitution's ban against using public property to support "any sect, church, denomination or system of religion."Prince disagreed, ruling that the monument serves a secular — not religious — purpose and occupies a small plot on the north side of the state Capitol that's part of a 100-acre complex which has 51 other monuments.The ruling was praised by Attorney General Scott Pruitt and others who support the monument."The Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is constitutional because of its historical value," Pruitt said in a statement. He also said the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2005 ruled that a nearly identical monument at the Texas state Capitol was constitutional.Brady Henderson, legal director of the ACLU of Oklahoma, said he'll appeal Friday's decision to the state Supreme Court. He said the plaintiffs don't want the monument removed because it's offensive, but because they feel the Ten Commandments are being used for political purposes.The ACLU has 30 days to appeal to the state's highest court."Everyone involved knew today wasn't going to be the last word in this case," said Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma's executive director.While this lawsuit is pending, the preservation commission is not accepting applications for other monuments, though requests have been made from a Hindu leader in Nevada, the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and a group seeking to erect a monument to the U.S. Bill of Rights.A second lawsuit challenging the Ten Commandments monument was filed in federal court in January by a New Jersey-based nonprofit group, Americans Atheists Inc., and two of its members. The case is scheduled for trial on March 10.Poteau, OKNo author availableOklahoma judge dismisses Ten Commandments lawsuit The Poteau Daily got arrested?2014-09-19T10:51:57-04:002014-09-19T10:51:57-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsCF — criminal felonyCM— criminal misdemeanorFD — family docket such as child supportFor more information about an arrestee, you can search by name or case number on or 17Douglas Lane Seaton, hold for Mayes County; no bondRickey Bryant, JFP-1999-00521; $19,221.2 bondBetty Percifield, CM-2013-574, utter forged instrument x2, possession stolen property, ID theft, false into to officer; $7,935.00 bondSept. 18Irene Elizabeth Silva, CM-2010-45,CM-10-45; $1,760.95 bondDavis Cooper, CM-2014-00062; $355.00 bondSept. 19David Sawyer, JFP-05-152; $24,040.2 bondNormelin Jaimes Benitez, CF-12-473/ICE HOLD; $500,000 bondPoteau, OKNo author availableWho got arrested?The Poteau Daily escapee in LeFlore County identified2014-09-18T15:04:52-04:002014-09-18T14:37:30-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsAt about 12:25 p.m. Thursday [Sept. 19] Bates reportedly walked away from work detail in Howe. He was last seen in the area of Texas Street walking west on the railroad tracks. He was sentenced to 10 years for drug charges in Johnson County. He also has convictions of burglary and possession of stolen property. Law enforcement still are searching the area for Bates. Poteau, OKKim RossPrison escapee in LeFlore County identifiedThe Poteau Daily County authorities searching for escaped prisoner2014-09-18T14:23:36-04:002014-09-18T14:23:36-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsHe was last spotted heading west on the railroad tracks. He is described as a white male in his 20s.If you believe you see the man contact the Sheriff's Office at (918) 647-2317. Do not attempt to approach him. Poteau, OKKim RossLeFlore County authorities searching for escaped prisonerThe Poteau Daily pre-bid conference tomorrow2014-09-17T17:16:49-04:002014-09-17T17:16:49-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsThe meeting will occur at the Donald W. Reynolds Center at 11 a.m.Anyone interested in bidding on the project or interested in the project details is invited to the meeting.Attendees should expect 30 minutes of talk about the Nabholz Construction Services company, a layout of pre-bids and information on guidelines, insurance information and other standard needs a company must have to bid.There may be a walk-through of the future construction areas.Poteau, OKNo author availableEOMC pre-bid conference tomorrowThe Poteau Daily La Fiesta set tomorrow2014-09-17T17:12:48-04:002014-09-17T17:12:48-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsThe event will take place on Thursday, Sep. 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Poteau.The fundraising fiesta will feature a taco bar and live auction, with several items up for bid. Proceeds raised will go to benefit the library.Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.Tickets can be purchased the Patrick Lynch Public Library.This is the Friends' fourth-annual La Fiesta benefit. They raised $12,000 in 2012 that went to benefit library programs, camps and furnishings. Poteau, OKNo author availableFourth-annual La Fiesta set tomorrowThe Poteau Daily 6 Ways To Pack A Better Lunch2014-09-17T16:08:01-04:002014-09-17T16:08:01-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily News <script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Poteau, OKNo author availableVIDEO: 6 Ways To Pack A Better LunchThe Poteau Daily got arrested?2014-09-17T10:41:26-04:002014-09-17T10:41:26-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsCF — criminal felonyCM— criminal misdemeanorFD — family docket such as child supportFor more information about an arrestee, you can search by name or case number on or 16William Hurley III, driving under suspension, possession stolen vehicle; no bondSteaven English, driving under influence, driving under suspension, child endangerment, speeding; no bondCecil D. Hickman, domestic abuse; no bondStephen Goodyear, CF-2014-368; $4,000.00 bondRobin Kyle Callahan, burglary II, grand larceny, possession stolen property; no bondRandi Leigh Harris, CM-2013-00691, CM-2014-00306; $4,775.00 bondSept. 17Angela Rena Hawkins, CM-11-110, CF-12-250; no bondPoteau, OKNo author availableWho got arrested?The Poteau Daily got arrested?2014-09-16T12:36:42-04:002014-09-16T12:36:42-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsCF — criminal felonyCM— criminal misdemeanorFD — family docket such as child supportFor more information about an arrestee, you can search by name or case number on or 15Brendan Lee Sumpter, assault; $284 cashMichael Aaron Miller, Spiro City warrant; possession of a prescription drug without a prescription; $2,098 cashBrian Thompson, possess of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia in a penal institute, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of a controlled dangerous substance; no bondSamantha Pipkins, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm after felony conviction; no bondDia Maria Dod, CM-14-318; $1,000 bondKeith Wyman Bryant, driving under the influence, transporting open container; no bondPoteau, OKNo author availableWho got arrested?The Poteau Daily injured in wreck 2014-09-15T18:53:12-04:002014-09-15T18:53:12-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsAccording to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Jennifer Mayo, 39, from Wilburton was driving a 2014 Kia south on U.S. Highway 75 at about 11:56 a.m. when the driver of an oncoming car turned left in front of her. Mayo and her passenger, 59-year-old Wyma Mayo both were taken by Hughes County EMS to O.U. Medical Center and are listed in serious condition with multiple injuries. A 2-year-old child in Mayo's car was not injured, according to the accident report. Coy Edwards, 80, of Holdenville, the driver of the car that turned into Mayo's path was not injured but the accident report shows his passenger, 77-year-old Esther Edwards was critically injured. She was flown by a Medi Fligh medical helicopter to O.U. Medical Center, according to OHP.Poteau, OKKim RossThree injured in wreck The Poteau Daily