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Press release

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Colby Ray Barrick, age 41, of Overbrook, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 46 months imprisonment and 3 years supervised release for Felon In Possession Of Firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2).


The charge arose from an investigation by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


The Indictment alleged that on or about October 25, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, a firearm, to-wit: One (1) Savage, Model 64, .22 caliber rifle, serial number 2593140, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.


United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “Enforcement of the federal law that prohibits convicted felons from possessing firearms is one of the ways United States Attorney’s Offices can work with local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies to carry out our shared mission of public safety. We are fortunate in the Eastern District of Oklahoma to see many different agencies from different jurisdictions working together on a daily basis, understanding that when we work together we are maximizing our impact on the communities that we serve. This case is one example of that type of interagency cooperation that allows the members of this office to hold defendants accountable for their unlawful action.”


The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States.

The defendant will remain in custody pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which the non-paroleable sentence will be served.

Friday, 20 July 2018 21:41

Dorm Sweet Dorm

By Grayson Wise

Bonjour, it’s me, Grayson! I’ve been given the honor of writing my mom’s article again, so let’s hope I don’t disappoint her loyal readers!

As some of you probably know, I am going to be starting my freshman year at the University of Oklahoma this August. It’s been a very exciting summer, with the dorm planning, class scheduling, and all the other college preparation happening every day. With that said, you can see this summer has gone by extremely quickly to me. It’s already near the end of July, and I move to Norman in less than three weeks.


Did your jaw just drop? I know mine did because I still have trouble believing I’m actually an adult and am going to college (I’d be lying if I didn’t say I am ecstatic for it though).

Anyways... I think the most fun about preparing for college is the dorm room!

Yes, it is quite the small space, but if I’m living there for a year, you’re darn right it’s going to be extremely cute. I’ve honestly been planning it since my freshman year of high school, so let’s just accept the fact I over-plan for everything in my life. What can I say? I like to have a fairly clear vision.


It does tend to change A LOT, but hey, that’s life! Lucky for me, my roommate does the same thing! Although we’ve only met each other a couple of times, we’ve texted nonstop about what our perfect dorm would look like. I’m happy to say we have very similar decorating styles, so our flow is going to be unreal!

Our dorm room has very deep, rich colors and textures, which I love with all my heart. A room can’t be very interesting without some good texture, am I right? The easiest way to add some pizazz is with throw pillows and rugs, and we have lots of both! My roommate bought the prettiest cranberry red area rug that has lots of other jewel-tone colored flourishes embedded throughout the design.


It has a very Turkish feel to it, and that just adds tons of character in my book! We also plan on covering our bland walls with unique art and textiles we’ve found at various thrift stores, garage sales, online stores, and local shops. One of my favorite finds has to be these vintage18th-century style mini portraits.


They totally give me a Marie Antoinette vibe. Hanging objects and photos on the walls allow us to add our personality into the room without actually using up any of the valuable floor space. We need all the room we can get if you know what I mean!


If I used three words to describe our dorm, they would be: eclectic, cozy, and fresh. I can’t wait to show all of you the photos of the finished product, so, mark your calendars for August 8th! Now I’ve got to go... I still have a few things to buy!

Au revoir,


Christine Smith, 99, of Rock Island, OK, passed away Thursday July 19, 2018 in Pocola, OK. She was born October 16, 1918 in Denning, AR, to James Andrew and Nannie Mariah (Yother) Emery.


She was a homemaker, retired mail carrier and a member of the Rock Island Freewill Baptist Church. Her greatest pleasure was her family; she was always their greatest fan no matter what sport they were playing at that time.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dale Smith, a daughter Deanna Lou Lomon, and eleven siblings.


Christine is survived by two daughters, Jeanne Gayle and husband Johnnie Farrar of Cameron, and Cheryl Ann and husband Rodney Carter of Cameron, eight grandchildren, Sandra Olive and husband Jeff, Gayle Duncan and husband Ronny, and Jana Mankin, of Cameron, Kevin Lomon and wife Amy of Pocola, Kendall Lomon and wife Amy of Poteau, Ryan Nye and wife Kimberly of Ft. Smith, Richie Nye and wife Kathy of Poteau and Rodney Nye and wife Amber of Rogers, AR; seventeen great grandchildren and one great-great grandson; as well as a host of other relatives and loved ones; many beloved friends.


Pallbearers will be Kevin and Kendall Lomon, Ryan, Richie, and Rodney Nye, and Daylon Duncan.


Services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday July 21, 2018 at Grace Manor Memorial Chapel in Poteau, OK, with Ryan and Rodney Nye officiating. Interment will follow in Greenhill Cemetery, Cameron, OK.


Visitation will be Friday July 20, 2018 6 p.m. to 8 p.m at Grace Manor Funeral Home.


Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK.


You may leave an on-line greeting to the family at


Press release

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA), with assistance from the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES), has selected Complia as the provider for compliance and licensing management software.

Using a statewide contract, the Denver-based company was selected through a review process that determined it was best equipped to meet OMMA’s specifications and time requirements. The passage of SQ788 tasks the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) with having an application process in place by August 25 for patients, caregivers and businesses to apply for licenses and for the agency to collect application fees. OSDH created the OMMA to regulate the medical marijuana program.

Complia is a group of compliance officers and technologists with a background in cannabis licensing systems and government software.

“With this agreement in place, we are continuing our commitment to having the structure in place to meet all of the requirements of SQ788,” said OSDH Interim Commissioner Tom Bates. “We are deeply appreciative to OMES for providing their expertise in evaluating the vendor products and for helping select the right fit to implement the online application system.


They were able to accelerate the process in order for us to meet the challenging deadlines we face.”

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore-designate Greg Treat and House Speaker Charles McCall on Thursday announced the lawmakers who will serve on the bipartisan, bicameral working group on medical marijuana implementation.

The legislative leaders announced the formation of the group last week. The first meeting will be July 25. Meetings will be open to the public. The working group will meet with various stakeholders and will make recommendations on a permanent regulatory framework for the implementation of State Question 788.

“The Oklahoma Senate will work to ensure the will of the people is respected. This bipartisan group of senators and representatives will work with stakeholders as we seek to develop a framework that will guide the implementation of a medical marijuana industry. Oklahoma voters made their choice, and the Senate will work to ensure State Question 788 is implemented efficiently, effectively and safely in accordance with the voters’ choice. I appreciate the senators on the working group for accepting the task and eagerly await their recommendations,” said Treat, R-Edmond.

“This group of bipartisan lawmakers will be working diligently with all the stakeholders to determine the most efficient way to enact the will of the voters,” said Speaker McCall, R-Atoka. “Oklahoma is in unchartered territory, and there are still a lot of unanswered questions and differing opinions on how to create the best regulatory framework that ensures patients have access to safe and effective medicinal products. I hope it can be done quickly, but more importantly, it needs to be done right.”
The senators serving on the working group are:
• Sen. Greg McCortney, R-Ada, co-chair
• Sen. Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle
• Sen. Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher
• Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville
• Sen. Michael Brooks, D-Oklahoma City

The representatives working on the group are:
• Rep. Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, co-chair
• Rep. Dustin Roberts, R-Durant
• Rep. Scott Fetgatter, R-Okmulgee
• Rep. Josh West, R-Grove
• Rep. Carol Bush, R-Tulsa
• Rep. Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs
• Rep. Ben Loring, D-Miami
• Rep. Jacob Rosecrants, D-Norman

Press release


MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Derik Wayne Frazier, age 35, of Durant, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Felon In Possession Of Firearm & Ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine, or both.


The Indictment alleged that on or about November 24, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce a firearm and ammunition which have been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.


The charges arose from an investigation by the Durant Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.


Assistant United States Attorney Kristin Harrington represented the United States.

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Three inmates walked away Wednesday morning from Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Reports.
One was apprehended shortly afterward, and the remaining two were still unaccounted for Wednesday afternoon.

The inmates are:

· Jody Elmore, 29, serving a three-year sentence for forgery out of McIntosh County
· Chad Adams, a 32-year-old serving a seven-year sentence for carrying contraband into a jail out of Pottawatomie County
· Jon Elliot, a 22-year-old serving a four-year sentence for conspiracy to commit grand larceny out of Le Flore County.

An Oklahoma game warden arrested Elliot at Quartz Mountain nearby.


ODOC Fugitive Apprehension & Investigations agents, as well as the agency’s partners in law enforcement, are looking for Elmore and Adams.


Elmore is described as bald, white, 6-feet 2-inches tall, and weighing about 180 pounds with brown eyes.


Adams is described as white, 5-feet 11-inches tall, weighing around 161 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Elmore may still be in clothing that identifies him as an inmate.

Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 405-425-2698 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All calls and emails are confidential.

A Service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department

Largemouth bass fishing this spring was notable in Oklahoma, as anglers hauled in several lunkers in the 13- and 14-pound classes. Those monster fish undoubtedly resulted from previous stocking efforts of Florida largemouth bass (FLMB) to increase the trophy potential in Oklahoma’s bass populations, said Cliff Sager, Senior Fisheries Biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

The FLMB program is among several fish stocking operations that the Wildlife Department conducts each year, including channel catfish, hybrid striped bass, rainbow and brown trout, walleye, saugeye, striped bass and hybrid sunfish.
The Fisheries Division has stocked more than 15.5 million fry, fingerlings and mature fish into public waters in Oklahoma so far during 2018. Among that total are more than 1.4 million FLMB that have been placed into 39 lakes this year.
Oklahoma's current state-record largemouth bass was caught in Cedar Lake (Le Flore County) in March 2013 and weighed 14 pounds, 13.7 ounces. “Oklahoma is really right on the line of where you can expect Florida bass to be successful,” Sager said. “Lakes in the southern half of Oklahoma have shown much greater success in sustaining Florida bass genetics.”

All of the Florida bass that the Department stocks are spawned at the Durant fish hatchery. Most of the fish are raised there, but some of the fry are distributed to state hatcheries in Byron and Holdenville for growing into fingerlings. The state's fourth hatchery at Medicine Park gets involved by helping to deliver FLMB fry and fingerlings to the various lakes for stocking.

“It truly is a coordinated effort to raise and stock that many fish over a short period of time and speaks to the dedication of the Wildlife Department to improve our fisheries resources,” Sager said.

A committee of biologists selects FLMB stocking sites each year based on many criteria. The committee considers the documented success in trophy bass production, as well as angler pressure. Also, lakes with better habitat for bass are more likely to be stocked than lakes where good bass habitat doesn’t exist. Sager said growing trophy bass in a particular lake “is an eight- to 10-year investment.” Therefore, the Wildlife Department concentrates FLMB efforts on the waters that hold the most promise for producing trophy bass.

Since the first of this year, the Wildlife Department has stocked 3,127,834 fingerlings, 12,395,494 fry and 175,027 mature fish of various species into public waters across Oklahoma.


Totals for each species are:
• Walleye, 6,302,780.
• Saugeye, 3,099,164.
• Hybrid Striped Bass, 4,318,454.
• Certified Florida Largemouth Bass, 1,418,466.
• Striped Bass, 360,000.
• Rainbow Trout, 133,072.
• Northern Largemouth Bass, 20,246.
• Brown Trout, 7,012.
• Hybrid Sunfish, 3,670.
• Smallmouth Bass, 2,820.
• Threadfin Shad, 2,600.


The Department’s Florida Largemouth Bass stocking program was the focus of a yearlong series of feature articles in "Outdoor Oklahoma" magazine and for a TV episode of “Outdoor Oklahoma.” Titled "Making Monsters!" this feature series detailed how the Florida bass stocking program works from beginning to end, and explains how this effort is helping to produce state-record trophy bass for the anglers of Oklahoma. 

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today advised the State Board of Health to convene a special meeting to amend the rules it passed regulating medical marijuana.

Attorney General Hunter said his advice is faithful to and in accordance with the new law created when Oklahomans voted in favor of State Question 788.

“The current rules contain provisions that are inconsistent with the plain language of State Question 788 and the State Board of Health acted outside of its authority when it voted to implement them,” Attorney General Hunter said. “Although I didn’t support State Question 788, the people of the state have spoken and I have a legal duty to honor the decision made by the electorate. My advice today is made pursuant to that responsibility as attorney general.

“Moving forward, I encourage all stakeholders to engage with the legislative working group looking at medical marijuana to ensure they have their concerns and recommendations heard and addressed by the legislature.”

In a letter sent today to Health Department Interim Director Tom Bates, the attorney general writes, the board’s role in limiting the forms of marijuana products is confined to food and safety standards that are in line with food preparation guidelines, not prohibiting the sale of smokable, vapable, edible or other forms of marijuana.

Attorney General Hunter also took issue with the board’s action to require dispensaries to hire a pharmacist, writing, “the board has not been given any express or implied statutory authority to impose additional requirements on licensees. Thus, the board rules improperly require every licensed dispensary to have “a current licensed pharmacist” present “on-site at least 40 hours per week.” Nothing in the text of State Question 788 expressly or impliedly authorizes this rule.”

Other concerns outlined in the letter include:
• Restricting dispensaries to limited locations;
• Prohibiting dispensaries from co-locating with other businesses;
• Requiring medical marijuana be grown, processed and dispensed in enclosed structures;
• Requiring a surety bond for licensing;
• Setting hours of operation;
• Limiting the amount of THC in flower, leaf or concentrate for sale or distribution.

“I have no doubt that the board in good faith sought to regulate marijuana in a manner it believed would best promote the health and safety of Oklahomans,” the letter concludes. “However, in so doing, the board made policy judgments not authorized by statute. Such policy decisions are the exclusive prerogative of the legislature and the people.”

Read the full letter, here:

Press release


Mega Millions Jackpot Soars to More Than $400 Million
While Lottery Searches for Newest Millionaire


Oklahoma City (July 18, 2018)—The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday night’s drawing has reached $422 million! The estimated cash value of the jackpot is $254.8 million. This is the sixth largest jackpot in the Mega Millions game history.
Players have until 8:59 p.m. Friday to purchase tickets for the drawing. Mega Millions drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays around 9:59 p.m.

The Lottery encourages everyone to please play responsibly.

Oklahoma’s Newest Millionaire
The Lottery is seeking the winner of a $1 million prize from Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing. The winning numbers for the Tuesday, July 17 drawing are 40-41-61-66-67 and the Mega Ball number was 12. The winner successfully matched all five white balls to win the $1 million prize. The winning ticket was sold at Chisholm Corner located at 1102 N Broadway St. in Marlow. The winner has 180 days from the draw date to claim the prize.
Since its inception, the Oklahoma Lottery has had 60 winners of $1 million or more, including four Powerball jackpot winners and six Hot Lotto jackpot winners.


About the Oklahoma Lottery
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. Since the Lottery’s inception, more than $868 million has been contributed to education.

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