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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 22:09

Photo of the Day: Fall Display at Harps





It may not seem like fall, with temperatures in the mid 90’s, but Price Cutter/ Harps in Poteau is ready for the season. Toni Eaton, General Merchandising Manager at the Poteau Price Cutter built this display with fall items that are available for purchase in the store.





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Press release

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Enrique Pacheco, age 30, of McAlester; Liliana Alvarez Soto, age 22, of Oklahoma City; Leroy Carl Fox, age 40, of McAlester; Matthew Scott Scraper, age 37, of McAlester; Alyssa Mae Syvongsa, age 19, of Tulsa; Shiana Nicole Johnson, age 24, of Ada; Feather Cheyenne Pacheco, age 23, of Tahlequah; Marc Anthony Cox, age 43, of Fort Gibson; Krystal Sue-Ann Mayen, age 30, of Oklahoma City; Kendall Brent Smith, age 50, of Okmulgee; Michael Sean Gunn, age 30, of Alma, Arkansas; Magdalena B. Mallard, age 34, of Fort Smith, Arkansas; Wesley Michael Rollins, age 31, of Tulsa; Jamie Denise McDonald, age 30, of Tulsa; Kami Rai Gill, age 32, of Del City; Joel David Kazmierczak, age 46, of Broken Arrow; Alexandra Tristian Giemausaddle, age 31, of Anadarko; Trina Kay Rose, age 48, of Ada; Cheyenne Grace Alexus Tiger, age 22, of Oklahoma City; and Tina Marshall Stilwell, age 30, of Fort Gibson, were each indicted for Drug Conspiracy, i



Muskogee residents Jose Miguel Pacheco, age 30; Maricsa Pacheco (Brown), age 29; Lannie Jo Carter, age 18; Daniel Pacheco, age 25; Teodoro Renteria Pacheco, age 55; Randy Eugene Langton, age 61; Tabitha Ann Bryant (Ford), age 37; Ervin Hernandez, age 31; and Christian Jonathan Hernandez, age 30, were also indicted for Drug Conspiracy. All 29 defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, with some of those defendants additionally charged with other crimes, including International Money Laundering, Money Laundering Conspiracy and Distribution or Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Heroin, and/or Cocaine.


The Indictment alleges that beginning on November 4, 2016 and continuing until on or about September 11, 2019, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendants willfully and knowingly combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed together, and with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to commit offenses against the United States.


The Indictment also alleges that on certain dates from July 16, 2019 through August 8, 2019, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendants Enrique Pacheco, Lannie Jo Carter, Shaina Nicole Johnson, Trina Kay Rose, Daniel Pacheco, Maricsa Pacheco and Tabitha Ann Bryant, transmitted, transferred and attempted to transmit and transfer funds, that is United States Currency, by wire transfer from a place in the United States to a place outside the United States, with the intent to promote the carrying on of a specified unlawful activity, that is, the felonious importation, receiving, concealment, buying,


selling, or otherwise dealing in a controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 1956(a)(2)(A) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2, punishable by not more than 20 years imprisonment and a fine of the greater of $500,000.00 or two-times the amount of the transaction.


The charges arose from a joint investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office, the Muskogee Police Department, and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, many prominent agencies which are members of the DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (“HIDTA”), contributed to this investigation, including: the Tulsa Police Department, the Broken Arrow Police Department, the Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police Department, the Miami Police Department, the Moore Police Department, the El Reno Police Department, the Yukon Police Department, the Duncan Police Department, the Norman Police Department, the Choctaw Police Department, the Edmond Police Department, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office, the Rogers County District Attorney’s Office, and the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office. The investigation was coordinated by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”) of the Eastern District of Oklahoma. OCDETF is an initiative led and coordinated by the Office of the United States Attorney.


United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “Each year hundreds of people in Oklahoma die as a result of drug overdoses. Among the drugs contributing to these tragic deaths are methamphetamine and heroin. This operation, known as operation “Pop Can,” targeted an organization dealing those deadly drugs in the Eastern District and throughout Oklahoma.” Kuester added, “This investigation has been a shining example of how the public benefits when law enforcement agencies collaborate. The scope, duration, and success of this takedown would not have been possible without the participation of the agencies involved.”


“Operation Pop Can has thus far resulted in 25 arrests, and the seizure of over 30 pounds of meth and approximately 5 pounds of heroin. This investigation is yet another, where a contraband phone is smuggled into a DOC facility, and then utilized by an inmate to orchestrate criminal activity spanning across all three Oklahoma Federal Judicial Districts,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge John Scott. “The success in this case was a direct result of the collaboration between federal, state, and local agencies. It was a combined effort of everyone involved bringing their respective resources together to go after this criminal organization. There is no doubt that the takedown of this group will have a positive effect on our community.”


“The FBI works closely with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to combat organized crime and illegal drug trafficking in Oklahoma. Today’s arrests are a reminder to those who prey on our communities - your criminal activity will not be tolerated and you will be brought to justice,” said Melissa Godbold, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Oklahoma City Division.


“The selling of illicit drugs in our communities negatively impacts nearly all aspects of our lives,” said Tamera Cantu, IRS Special Agent In Charge of the Dallas Field Office. “This investigation involves drug traffickers laundering their profits through wire transfers to Mexico. The role of IRS-Criminal Investigation in narcotics cases is to track down these profits and dismantle the drug trafficking organizations. Today’s indictments emphasize our commitment to this role as we work alongside our law enforcement partners to protect people’s security, health and wellbeing by bringing these criminals to justice.”


John Scully, Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety said, “Partnering with the Eastern District of the United States Attorney’s Office and our other law enforcement partners on this case, has resulted in multiple arrests and indictments. Those arrests will certainly keep Oklahomans safer and will have a positive impact on the drug epidemic in our communities. These Drug Trafficking Organizations commit violent crimes in order to continue their criminal enterprise and the desire by those addicted, to obtain these illegal drugs drives them to commit related crimes as well. Oklahomans should be proud of the coordinated response by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and these law enforcement agencies, to keep them safe.”


Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control Interim Director Bob Cook said, “It takes law enforcement in a cooperative effort with our federal, state and local partners to dismantle these groups that threaten the peace and safety of our communities. OBN is committed in our mission to eradicate criminal drug organizations and fight to protect law abiding citizens.”


Muskogee County Sheriff Rob Frazier said, “Today’s search warrants and arrests represent the continued efforts of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office to combat illegal drugs and make Muskogee County a safer place for all. This office will continue our strong alliances with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to maximize our efforts against drug distributors in Muskogee County.”


“The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office is proud to be part of this collaboration”, said Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado. “These arrests are a perfect example of how our communities and the citizens of the Eastern District are safer, when local, state and federal authorities work together to take drug dealers off the streets.”


A grand jury Indictment does not constitute evidence of guilt. A grand jury Indictment is a method of bringing formal charges against the defendant.


All defendants are presumed innocent of the charges and may not be found guilty unless evidence establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 16:51


Press release


HASKELL, Okla. – The OSBI is looking for two 18-year-old suspects wanted on felony warrants out of Muskogee County in conjunction with a shooting that occurred in Haskell on July 30, 2019. Phillip Jones is facing charges of Burglary in the First Degree, Conspiracy and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony – all felony charges. Jaysea Williams is wanted for Burglary in the First Degree and Conspiracy.


These two individuals, along with three others, were involved in a shooting that occurred at a residence in the 300 block of West Hickory in Haskell. Jobe Terronez (18), Jakeyvious Key (18), Colton Edwards (18), Jones and Williams attempted to kick in the door of the residence, which resulted in an exchange of gunfire with the homeowner. The five suspects were injured in the incident, but were treated and released from the hospital. The homeowner wasn’t injured.


Terronez was arrested on July 30 and is facing charges including First Degree Burglary, Conspiracy, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony.


Key was arrested on July 31 and is facing First Degree Burglary and Conspiracy charges.


On August 5, Edwards turned himself in to the Muskogee County Jail. He is facing charges including First Degree Burglary, Conspiracy, Shooting with Intent to Kill, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony.


If you know the whereabouts of Jones and Williams, please contact the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can remain anonymous.


 Phillip Jones


Jaysea Williams



Wednesday, 18 September 2019 16:47

Talihina Crash Memorial Quickly Approaching


The time is quickly approaching. Mark your calendars to attend this special event.

The Talihina Chamber of Commerce has put together a ceremony to honor the men that lost their lives in the Valley. Gone but not forgotten.

On Sept 26, 1949 an Air Force B-29 bomber crashed and burned near Talihina. All 13 onboard died. The B-29 was on a training flight when it crashed near Talihina,many residents in and around Talihina heard a plane in trouble. They looked up to see a large Air Force TB-29 bomber circle overhead. The plane entered a flat spin falling from the sky, crashed and burned in a wooded area six miles southwest of town. In spite of the event being so long ago there are community members still talking about what they saw. They did not forget, nor did the families of the victims.

A memorial plaque is planned to be unveiled on Sept 26, 2019, the seventieth anniversary of this tragic incident. Families of victims will come to the Talihina area to represent the crash victims during the presentation of the memorial plaque. Please join and show your support. The men lost their lives far from their families, and they are getting their recognition at last.

* Saturday the 29th of September the parade will start at 10:00 A.M. Following that, there will be a Dedication Ceremony at the Talihina Chamber/ Visitor Center, 201 First street.


All attendees have the option to gather and discuss their experiences as they enjoy a complimentary meal provided by the Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 21:44

National Voter Registration Day


National Voter Registration Day is September 24 and the LeFlore County Election Board is encouraging citizens to celebrate democracy by registering to vote. County Election Board Secretary Sharon Steele said today that voter registration events will be held around the country in a collective effort to encourage civic engagement. Steele however, says engagement is more than a one-day event.

"Registering is the first step in exercising your right to vote, but it's up to each individual to make sure they are registered and to keep their registration up-to-date. National Voter Registration Day is a great reminder that in a representative democracy, we all have a responsibility to register and vote."
Steele invites anyone who needs to register or update their current registration to stop by and visit the County Election Board during office hours on National Voter Registration Day.

"We'll have staff on hand all day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to assist you with completing an application on September 24th. It only takes a couple of minutes. If you're already registered, but have specific questions about your registration or voting, please stop by or give us a call. We'll be happy to help."

To register to vote in Oklahoma:
• You must be 18 years old on or before an election in which you are eligible to vote.
• You must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of Oklahoma.
• You must affirm that you have not been convicted of a felony or if you have been convicted, you have fully served your sentence of court-mandated calendar days, including any term of incarceration, parole or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court.
• You must affirm that you are not under judgment as an incapacitated person.


Steele also reminds citizens that while September 24 is National Voter Registration Day, every day is voter registration day in Oklahoma and that applications can be submitted at any time.

Those who are unable to make it to the County Election Board can download a Voter Registration application from the State election Board website at: Post offices, libraries and many tag agencies also have applications available.

Current voters are encouraged to verify or update their registration by using the State Election Board’s Online Voter TooI at

For more information on registering to vote or updating your voter information, contact the County Election Board at (918-647-3701) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The LeFlore County Election Board is located at 103 N. Church, Poteau. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 21:40

Children Shouldn’t Have Cancer

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin



As parents to six kids, my wife Christie and I want all our children to be good people, accomplish their goals and live long, healthy lives. I think that’s what all parents want for their kids. No parent wants their worst nightmare to come true when they hear “your child has cancer” and heartbreakingly, we all know someone whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer.


In 2016, Gary and Mariah McAlpin of Tahlequah heard those awful words when they learned their 2-year-old son, Kai had a rare form of pediatric cancer known as T-Cell leukemia. Throughout his treatments, Kai’s parents referred to Kai as “Warrior Kai” because he fought cancer each day with a courage and persistence unlike any other. He fought hard but lost his battle on March 17, 2017. It’s now up to us to continue to the fight for Kai.


Cancer knows no boundaries, and it affects children in Oklahoma’s communities at the same alarming rates that it does other children across the country.


I believe we can and should do more to save the lives of the vulnerable children who have childhood cancers of any kind. We have made fighting childhood cancer a priority in Congress. This month, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, I want to highlight some of the progress we have made in fighting this disease.


Kids who are fighting cancer should have a chance to use the same treatments as adults fighting cancer. The RACE for Children Act (Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity for Children Act) which was signed into law in 2017, helps make that happen. The RACE for Children Act updates the Pediatric Research Equity Act, which requires studies of adult drugs in children during the drug development process. While PREA had success in hundreds of cases by providing critical information on a drug’s use in children, it had never been applied to a cancer drug. This law will now allow the most innovative adult treatments for cancer to be studied for use in children.


Another piece of legislation that will improve kids’ lives, the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act, was signed into law last year. This legislation focuses on improving efforts to identify and track the incidences of pediatric cancer. It works to improve the quality of life for children with cancer, expand opportunities for pediatric cancer research, and ensure there is pediatric cancer expertise on the National Cancer Advisory Board.


While these are some important successes, we are continuing the fight this Congress. The Creating Hope Act incentivizes the pharmaceutical industry to develop drugs for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. It was originally passed in 2012 and was reauthorized until 2020 as a part of the 21st Century Cures Act that was signed into law three years ago. Later this week, I will join several of my colleagues to introduce legislation that will permanently reauthorize this program.


No child should have to spend their childhood battling cancer and no parent should have to live their worst nightmares. The fight of Warrior Kai and all children who have lost their battle with cancer continues on with us. We will not stop fighting until there is a cure for childhood cancer.


Wednesday, 18 September 2019 21:38

Virginia Ruth Marsh Obituary

Virginia Ruth Marsh, 84, of Pocola, OK passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in Pocola. Virginia was born October 18, 1934 in Sarcoxie, MO to Harry & Henryetta (Begley) Archer.


She was the cafeteria manager in Ft Smith Schools for 36 years, retiring when she was 76. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald Conrow; sisters, Faye Nell Kucneroski & Joyce Solomon; and brother, Harry Archer.


Survivors include her children, Dale Conrow, David Conrow and Diana Norman; grandchildren, Michael Conrow, Donna Henneberg, Ashley Delaet & Ryan Conrow; great grandchildren, Lucas Conrow, Archer Delaet & Justin Steward; nieces, Pat Crowell & Terri Peters; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 10 am, Friday, September 20, 2019 at Evans Memorial Chapel in Pocola, OK.


Interment will follow in Macedonia Cemetery, Pocola.

The family will be at the funeral home in Pocola on Thursday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.


You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, POCOLA, OK

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 21:35

Oklahoma Area Lakes Report - Sept 18, 2019


Arbuckle: September 16. Elevation normal, water 84 and stained. Crappie fair on small chartreuse jigs around brush piles and docks early morning. White bass slow. Bass fair on topwater lures using Yellow Magic and buzz baits. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Eufaula: September 13. Elevation normal, water 87 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and tube jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad along the dam and main lake. Report submitted by Jake Bersche, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: September 13. Elevation below normal, water 86 and murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live bait and shad below the dam, main lake, river channel and shorelines. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure, channels, main lake, river channel and standing timber. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: September 12. Elevation normal, water 93 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits in the main lake, around points and river channel. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and live shad in coves, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and stinkbait in coves, inlet and weed beds. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: September 13. Stocked approximately 7,100 rainbow trout on September 3. Stocked approximately 2,800 rainbow trout on September 11. Report submitted by Don Groom, Southeast Fisheries Supervisor.

Lower Mountain Fork: September 13. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout good on crickets, grasshoppers, PowerBait, small lures and tube jigs below the dam, along rocks and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: September 13. Elevation below normal, water 83. Largemouth, spotted and white bass good on buzz baits, flukes, plastic baits and topwater lures around brush structure, flats, points and rocks. Crappie, spotted bass and white bass fair on minnows along channels, creek channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: September 13. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures in coves. Crappie excellent on jigs around brush structure and channels. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and cut bait along creek channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: September 14. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, flukes, jigs, lipless baits and rogues along channels, in coves, points, riprap and river channel. Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, shad and stinkbait along flats, main lake, river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: September 13. Elevation below normal, water 85. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on buzz baits, crankbaits, jerk baits, jigs, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, points, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, shad and sunfish along channels, flats and main lake. Crappie fair on jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: September 13. Elevation normal, water 83. Lake fishing is good in the early morning and late evenings. Blue catfish fair on cut bait and shad below the dam and main lake. Striped bass good on live bait, live shad, slabs and topwater lures below the dam, along flats and main lake. Topwater fishing on the lake is good in early morning near Washita Point. Large schools of smaller striped bass have been present while larger striped bass will be feeding beneath the schooling fish. Below dam, fishing has slowed a bit with lots of small striped bass being caught as well as small blue cats and live bait or cut bait. Crappie fishing is good with crappie shifting to fall patterns. Crappie are staying in large schools holding on structure in 20-30 ft. of water. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Marshall County.

Wister: September 13. Elevation below normal, water clear. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits along channels, points and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, hotdogs, shad and stinkbait below the dam, along channels, main lake and points. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs around brush structure, channels, points and new cedar brush piles. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 17:16

Terry Grant Harris Obituary





Terry Grant Harris


He Was born in May 20th 1959

He passed away on September 15th 2019

He was preceded in Death by his parent’s

Clifton and Margie Harris of Wister Ok.


He is survived by his Wife of 37 Years Thelma Harris of the home.Two Sons Terry S. Harris and Wife Elizabeth of Poteau, Ok. Ricky A. Harris of Wister, Ok. One Grandson Gavin McCormick of Poteau, Ok. Who he loved very much and played ball with, Two Brothers Max Harris and wife Lucia of Wister Ok. And Clinton Harris and Wife Carla of LeFlore, Ok. Numerus Nieces and Nephews as well as Great Nieces and Great Nephews and a host of in-laws and Friends

Terry was A Truck Driver by trade He was also an avid Hunter and Fisherman he loved spending time in the woods with friends and Family

He will be missed by all of us but we will all see him again


Memorial Service will be held Saturday September 21st at 10:00 AM at the

New Beginning Family Ministry Church at 305 Saddler Street in Poteau Service officiated by Marshall Faulkenberry Jr.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019 19:01

Shelby J. Campbell Obituary

Shelby J. Campbell of Fort Smith, Arkansas, passed away on September 15, 2019 at 82 years of age. He was born on September 15, 1937 to Butler and Grace (Cathey) Campbell in Stoney Point, Oklahoma.


He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy Wren Campbell of the home, two daughters, Elizabeth Harper of West Palm Beach, Fl. and Janet Martinez and husband Jimmy of Searcy, Arkansas. Two grandchildren, Kelci Campbell and Clayton Boggs. Three great grandchildren, Selby Campbell, Easton Campbell and Elliott Boggs. One niece, June Darneal, five nephews, Charles Campbell, Everett Campbell, Larry Campbell, Jerry Greenwood and Dennis Reed.


Shelby is preceded in death by his parents, Butler and Grace Campbell, one brother, Roy Lee Campbell, four sisters, Mattie Greenwood, Jane Reed, Peggy Clark and June Lamb. One nephew, Ronnie Reed.


He was a member of Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church in Spiro, Oklahoma. He was a U.S. Navy veteran having participated in Operation Hardtack I, Atomic Testing, Enewetak Atoll, Pacific Proving Grounds.


A friends and family gathering will be on September 18, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro, Oklahoma.


A private family graveside service will be at a later date.


To sign Mr. Campbell’s online guestbook, please visit

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