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Press release

The best thing you can do for young wildlife is to keep young wildlife wild.

Springtime is when people begin to see a variety of newborn and young animals. Newborn rabbits, squirrels, deer and birds easily appeal to most people’s sense of care and compassion. People often think these baby animals are “so cute” and imagine that they must be lost or abandoned.

Usually that is not the case.

“Chances are an adult animal is nearby and is simply waiting on you to move away so they can take care of their young,” said Mark Howery, natural resource biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

In most cases, people should not interfere with young wildlife.

In Oklahoma, most fawns are born in May and June. And that’s when people begin seeing the young animals.

Game Warden Brayden Hicks, based in Caddo County, said he has taken several calls from the public asking him to rescue a fawn found near a home. “I tell them don’t touch the fawn, and don’t try to feed it. Normally the momma is around, and she’s left her fawn on purpose so she can go feed.”

The doe leaves the fawn because it must maintain good nutrition to produce milk. Also, the doe will often leave a fawn in a safe place, such as near a house or where people can easily see them, because those are places where predators might be less likely to visit.

Also, the doe will stay away from its fawn so the doe’s scent will not attract predators. But the doe will normally return several times during the day to nurse its fawn.

Howery said springtime storms can easily blow young birds and squirrels out of their nests. Even though they may appear to be alone and distressed or in need of help, a mature animal will often find and care for them.
It can actually be more stressful on young wildlife when people try to help. People who take in wildlife and attempt to raise and release those animals are actually doing them no favors. The animals will lose their instinctual fear of people and begin to bond with and depend on people to survive. If returned to nature later, these animals will have no idea how to feed or what dangers to avoid. And the young animal could even die from the stress of being handled.

"It's admirable when well-meaning sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts want to help, but sometimes the best help we can offer young wildlife is to leave them alone and let nature run its course," Howery said.
In rare cases, an animal might actually need help, such as when it is injured or seriously ill. That is when the public might choose to call a wildlife rehabilitator.


A list of rehabilitators by county is at


Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 1140, which to the extent allowed by federal law, no private child-placing agency shall be required to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer, or participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement would violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies.


The governor issued the following statement:


“After many hours of consideration and investigation of Oklahoma’s current practice, I note the aggressive efforts that have been made since I have been governor and the substantial progress made in finding more temporary and permanent placements for deserving children, reducing by 21 percent the number of children in state custody. This improvement is due in large part to the successful public-private partnership of more than 50 agencies, some of which are faith-based.

“Under Senate Bill 1140, the state will not be in any way restricting current practice allowing LGBTQ individuals and couples fostering or adopting. It does not ban same-sex adoption or foster care in Oklahoma. Instead, the bill will help continue Oklahoma’s successful placement of children with a broad array of loving families and basically maintain the status quo by setting forth in statute practices which have successfully worked for the best interest of Oklahoma children. I also note that the bill mirrors very similar legislation in Virginia, which has been on the books since 2012 without any court challenges. Since then, five additional states have passed similar legislation. Kansas also has a similar bill before its governor.

“SB 1140 allows faith-based agencies that contract with Oklahoma to continue to operate in accordance with their beliefs. In a day and time when diversity is becoming a core value to society because it will lead to more options, we should recognize its value for serving Oklahoma also because it leads to more options for loving homes to serve Oklahoma children. Other states that have declined the protection to faith-based agencies have seen these agencies close their doors, leaving less options for successful placement of children who need loving parents.

“Finally, I remain committed to preserving the rights of all Oklahomans who are eligible and want to be considered for parenting. Therefore, I plan to direct the Department of Human Services, by executive order, to immediately publish a list of Oklahoma adoption and foster agencies on its website who are willing to serve everyone who meets the Department of Human Services criteria for being a foster or adoptive parent.”

Saturday, 12 May 2018 21:39

Coalgate woman injured in accident


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a Coalgate woman was taken by helicopter to OU Medical Center from an auto accident that occurred on May 11, 2018 on county road Old 75, approximately 5 miles north of Cottonwood in Coal County.


According to the report, a 2005 Toyota Corolla driven by Stacey L. Kats, 34 of Coalgate was northbound on county road when the vehicle departed road way to the left striking an embankment and tree. The vehicle overturned ½ time landing on its top.


Kats was transported by Air Evac to OU Medical center in Oklahoma City with head, leg, arm and internal trunk injures. She was listed in stable condition.

Listed in stable condition.


Investigated by OHP and the Coal County Sheriff’s office.

Saturday, 12 May 2018 21:27

Cavanal Killer 2018 results

There were a lot of runners, joggers and walkers that participated in the 11th annual Cavanal Killer on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

The 8K race is a popular favorite among many who want to work or their stamina and endurance.

Top Three timed runner were:


#1. Sam Anderson from Tulsa


#2. Josh Snyder of Poteau


#3. Quarter Briggs from Clayton was third.


#1 Kristin Snyder was the first woman to cross the finish line.


josh snyder


quarter briggs


kristen snyder

Kristin Snyder

Review all the results at this link



Talihina OKLAHOMA - On Friday (May 11, 2018) around 6am, fire fighters from Poteau were called for assistance to the scene of a structure fire in downtown Talihina.

The reason for the assistant - Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics officers went to serve a warrant on Friday morning at a downtown business, when the officers were met with gunfire at the door.

According, Capt. Paul Timmons with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the building may have been “booby trapped."

The suspect, who name has not been released, was killed and four Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers were injured.

The troopers, who names have not been released, were injured either by gunshots or by shrapnel and their injuries were not life threatening.

According to reports, the suspect had a violent criminal history and has made threats to law enforcement in the past.

Fire fighters spent the day battling the fire in which two historic downtown Talihina buildings were destroyed.



Press release

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) seeks input from private and public agencies, organizations, private citizens and consumers to develop an effective statewide comprehensive child abuse prevention plan.

Public input is being requested from individuals who are willing to provide feedback by completing a brief questionnaire available at The deadline for submitting input via the online questionnaire is Friday, June 1.

This survey provides an opportunity for the public to share input on community resources in their area. Responses will be used to develop the upcoming five-year Oklahoma State Plan for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

“Child abuse and neglect is a complex issue,” said OSDH grant coordinator Sherie Trice. “Information is being gathered statewide to ascertain current services and gaps, identify geographical areas with greatest need, pinpoint supports that are most valued, and further assess family needs and how those needs can be addressed. We want to know what you think works best to protect children in your community and across the state.”
The focus of the survey is on awareness, availability, and use of community resources that target identified risk factors for child maltreatment. The information gleaned will help determine what community-specific programs individuals are aware of and use, as well as what is still needed.

For questions or more information about the State Plan for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, contact the OSDH Family Support and Prevention Office by phone at (405) 271-7611 or by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A stakeholder survey is also available per request.


Press release

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Dustin Floyd Johnson, age 33, of Vian, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 57 months imprisonment and 3 years supervised release for Felon In Possession Of Firearm & Ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2).


The charge arose from an investigation by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


The Indictment alleged that on or about April 19, 2017 Johnson, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, possessed a firearm and ammunition which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.


“This joint investigation by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office and the ATF is a great example of what can be accomplished when agencies from state, local, federal, and tribal jurisdictions work together with the common goal of protecting the public,” United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said. “As a result of their work, the dedicated members of this office were able to enforce the federal statute that prohibits felons from possessing firearms and as a result make the Eastern District a safe place to live and work.”


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.

Press release

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Michael Aaron Campbell, age 21, of Muldrow, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment on counts 1 and 2 to run concurrent, and 5 years supervised release for two counts of Enticement Of A Minor Using A Facility Of Interstate Commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b). The charges arose from an investigation by the Muldrow Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security (“HSI”).


The indictment alleged in count 1 that in June and July, 2017, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, used and attempted to use, the internet to knowingly persuade, induce, and entice an individual whom he believed to be under 16 years of age, to engage in sexual activity for which a person can be criminally charged under Oklahoma State law. Count 2 alleged that in June 2017 the defendant used and attempted to use cellular communication to knowingly persuade, induce, and entice a second individual whom he believed to be under 14 years of age, to engage in sexual activity for which a person can be criminally charged under Oklahoma State law. The defendant plead guilty to both counts on January 22, 2018.


“I am thankful for the work of the Muldrow Police Department, HSI, and the members of this office who worked together to ensure that justice was delivered. The defendant is being held accountable and the public is being protected because of their work ethic and dedication to the rule of law,” said United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester. “This case, and others like it, must be a reminder to all of us that the dangers that our children face are not necessarily outside of the home. There are predators trying to take advantage of children’s access to computers and phones. Please do not assume that your children are safe from them just because they are in the confines of your home. Be aware of your children’s internet, phone, and on-line gaming activity. Teach them the signs and potential dangers associated with on-line predators.”


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 John David Luton 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.


Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Greg Babinec, R-Cushing, released the following statement on House Bill 2632. The measure, which was signed by Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday, protects places of worship from litigation in the event deadly force is used to defend worshippers during an active shooter situation.

“In light of recent tragedies, this legislation is a proactive effort that allows places of worship to implement policies to protect their congregations without the fear of a lawsuit. House Bill 2632 adds places of worship to the list of locations where Oklahoma families have a right to expect absolute safety.


The list already includes a person’s home and place of business.


This bill isn’t about the Second Amendment, but it is about the First. We have a right to worship in this country, and this legislation allows places of worship to protect that right without fear of legal prosecution.”

Friday, 11 May 2018 12:56

Cecil Wayne Hancock, Jr. Obituary

Cecil Wayne Hancock, Jr., 64, of Sallisaw and formerly of Poteau, went home to heaven on the morning of Wednesday, May 9th, 2018. Cecil was born on September 25, 1953 to Cecil Hancock, Sr. and Margie Faye (Potter) Hancock.


He was the oldest of their seven children. He was preceded in death by his son Jordan Wayne Hancock: brother Samuel Arthur Hancock; brother-in-law John David Mize and his parents.


Cecil was born and raised in Poteau, graduated from Poteau High School (class of 1971), attended Carl Albert Junior College, and later graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Sciences.


He was very active in the Poteau First Church of the Nazarene (now Community Church of the Nazarene) for many years and was a long time employee of Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, Carl Albert State College, and others before retiring in 2016.


Cecil is survived by his very best friend and roommate, Gary Calhoun of the home; Daughter Devon (Hancock) Lewis and husband Jon of McAlester, OK; Former wife Debbi (Wilson Hancock) Leggett of McAlester; 3 Brothers Larry Hancock and wife Connie, Bryan Hancock and wife Penny, Joe Hancock and wife Suzy all of Poteau; 2 Sisters Debbie Stanley of Wister, and Janet Davis and husband David of Hontubby, OK; his beloved fur family members Trouble, and Tinkerbell Hancock, Tillie and Otie Calhoun, and Abby Lewis; numerous nieces nephews, other relatives, friends and loved ones.


Services will be 10 am, Monday, May14, 2018 at the Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Rev. Jim Cook officiating.


Interment will follow in the Oakland Cemetery, Poteau, OK.


The family will be at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 2-4 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, Poteau, OK

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