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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:36

Poteau Police Wives accepting Donations


The Poteau Police Department with the help of the Poteau Police Department Wives present the Kids and Christmas shopping event.


This event pairs an underprivileged child from Poteau Elementary school with a police officer to shop for Christmas gifts for the child and their family.


The PPD Wives are accepting donations

If you or your business want to be a part of this Poteau tradition you can drop your donation off at the Poteau Police Department Dispatch.

Please make checks out to the PPD Wives

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 09:22

Local Insurance Agency donates to LCYS Angel Tree

John Hamilton - State Farm Insurance Agency made a $600 donation to the LeFlore County Youth Services Adopt-An-Angel Program.


The donate will ensure that 15 children have presents under their tree this year.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 12:41

Cold Case Playing Cards - Owasso Homicide

OSBI Press release


In May 1987 David Simpson was found shot to death inside his Owasso home.

He was last seen alive by his wife before she left their house. When she returned a few hours later, she found the house ransacked and Simpson dead.

He was a devoted racecar driver and fan who spent time at a local speedway in Tulsa.

If anyone has information about this homicide, please call the OSBI hotline at 1-800-522-8017 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Simpson is featured as the 6 of diamonds in the OSBI’s Cold Case Playing Cards.

These cards are being sold to inmates at several Oklahoma Department of Corrections prisons.


Inmates typically make good informants for law enforcement.

Anyone who provides information to help progress this case or any other case featured in the cold case playing cards could receive a monetary reward.

Press release

Julie Cromer Peoples has been appointed to serve as interim vice chancellor and director of athletics.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz announced today that Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long will no longer serve in his position effective today and that he has appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Senior Associate Athletics Director Julie Cromer Peoples as interim director of athletics.

The university will honor the provisions of Long’s contract, which currently runs through June 30, 2022.

“The decision to change leadership in our Athletics Department is not an easy one, and was made after great deliberation, discussion and thought, after consultation with the Board of Trustees and President Bobbitt,” said Steinmetz. “Since coming to Fayetteville in 2008, Jeff has led our department with character and integrity and helped move us forward in so many ways. However, over the past year, Jeff has lost the support of many of our fans, alumni, key supporters, and members of the university leadership, support that I believe is critical in our pursuit of excellence. I want to thank Jeff for his commitment and service to our University and to the State of Arkansas and, on behalf of the Razorback Family, I want to wish Jeff and his family all of the best in the future.”


Peoples brings extensive experience to the interim director of Athletics role. She came to Arkansas in 2014, after successful tenures at Indiana University and the NCAA. Among other duties, as a member of the department’s executive leadership team, Peoples directs the sport administrator group responsible for day-to day administration of 19 varsity sports and serves as liaison to the Southeastern Conference. She has been recognized for her outstanding work at both the institutional and national levels. A native of the region, Peoples holds a master’s degree from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University.

The university will identify and announce members of a search committee, representative of the university, to assist Chancellor Steinmetz in the search for a new vice chancellor and director of athletics.



Julie Cromer Peoples


Press release

Attorney General Hunter Sends Letter to Congress Asking for the Repeal of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter and a bipartisan coalition of 44 attorneys general have sent a letter, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General, to congressional leadership calling for the repeal of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act.

The letter, authored by Attorney General Hunter, Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, says the act is a step backward in the collective effort to address the nation’s worsening epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths.

The letter also says the act that was signed into law in April 2016, impedes the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) ability to take action against a drug manufacturer or distributor alleged of wrongdoing.

Attorney General Hunter, who has met with statewide law enforcement agents about what additional resources are needed to combat the epidemic, said agents point to this law as being constraining.


In addition, Attorney General Hunter and DEA Oklahoma Officials are working together to combat the opioid epidemic by identifying and targeting manufacturers and distributors, which are contributing to the diversion of opioids into and throughout the state.

“Agents in Oklahoma feel hamstrung and limited in their ability to stop the flow of illicit drugs because of this law,” Attorney General Hunter said. “The standards set by the law hinder law enforcement’s authority to control excessive amounts of opioids flooding the market. The state and federal government need to equip our law enforcement partners with the necessary tools to go after those responsible for fueling the epidemic.

“We are asking Congress to repeal the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act to allow for more effective policing efforts, which will hold corrupt drug manufacturers and distributors accountable and will be a step in the right direction as we work to end this public health crisis.”

The act requires the DEA to show cause before it denies, revokes or suspends a registration for a controlled substance act violation. The order to show cause must specifically state the legal basis for the action and notify the registrant of the opportunity to submit a corrective action plan.

In the letter, the attorneys general quote DEA Chief Administrative Law Judge John J. Mulrooney, II, who writes in a forthcoming article for the Marquette Law Review, the language has created a burden that is nearly impossible to meet.

Mulrooney continues, the new procedure “is akin to a state legislature mandating law enforcement authorities allow shoplifting suspects caught in the act to outline how they intend to replace purloined items on store shelves, or allow bank robbers to round up and return ink-stained money and agree not to rob any more banks. Such mandates sound absurd because they would be absurd.”

Press release

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Shawn Justin Fischer, age 36, of Durant, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 3 years of probation for Delay or Destruction of Mail By Postal Employee.


The Indictment alleged that on or about April 20, 2017, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the Defendant, a United States Postal Service employee, did willfully, knowingly and unlawfully open a package entrusted to him and which came into his possession to be conveyed by mail while performing his assigned duties as an employee of the United States Postal Service.


The charge arose from an investigation by the United States Postal Services’ Office of Inspector General. U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester stated, “The vast majority of our Postal Service employees serve us honorably. Identifying and prosecuting the very few Postal Service employees who violate the trust of the people they serve helps to maintain the integrity of our postal system. I am thankful to the Office of Inspector General for its work in this and other cases in the Eastern District of Oklahoma.”


The Honorable James H. Payne, 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.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 23:31

Marriage Licenses November 6-10, 2017

The following couples applied for their marriage licenses in LeFlore County during the week of November 6-10, 2017:

Joe D. Collins and Retha Rosilee McNair

Andrew Marion Alexander and Katiera Michelle Foster

Erasto Vasquez and Ciria Perez Martinez

Paul Adolph Dreamer and Kathryn Suzanne Dreamer

Travis Olen Davis and Michelle Renee Lewallen

Ty Wesley Pilkington and Meagan Elizabeth Huckaby

Brandon Scott Wood and Lori Gene Heaton

Ian Eugene Strickland and Brittany Ann Ridenour


OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Rick West, R-Heavener, issued the following statement today after the Tobacco Settlement and Endowment Trust (TSET) Board of Directors voted to provide funds for senior meals and mental health crisis teams for children. The one-time funding will provide $1.81 million to the Department of Human Services and $1.27 million to the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.


“I am relieved to see the TSET Board of Directors stepping up and pitching in to fund core services of government. Helping provide meals for senior citizens and making sure children with mental health needs get the help they need clearly falls within TSET’s constitutional framework. This $3.08 million is not the end-all, be-all solution, but it is a step in the right direction.


“Lawmakers don’t need to raise taxes on everyday Oklahomans when there is money already available. We must continue to work together and fund programs through existing money, and the board’s decision today shows this can be done.”


Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:11

Ruby Shore-Anderson Obituary

Ruby Shore-Anderson, 91, of Poteau, OK, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017 in Poteau.


She was born April 18, 1926, at Daisetta, TX, to Edmond and Lillian (Copeland) Theis.


She shared the work and ownership of The Country Store for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.


Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband and father of her children U.J. Shore, second husband J.D. Anderson, one son Charles Shore, three siblings, Ed Theis, Earl Theis and Alma Sterling.


Survivors include one son Jim and wife Nancy Shore of Poteau, two daughters, Debby and husband Garey Oakes of Muskogee, OK and Vickie Estes of Spokane, WA, a sister Margie Crane of Sugarland, TX, nine grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, as well as numerous other family members, friends, and loved ones.


Pallbearers will be Brian Shore, Jeff Shore, Mark Jenkins, Garey Oakes, Sean Estes and Douglas Estes.


Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, November 17, 2017 at Grace Manor Memorial Chapel, Poteau, OK, with Bro. Jeff Little officiating.


Interment will follow services at Oakland Cemetery.


The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.


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


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


Tuesday, 14 November 2017 13:16

Robert Patrick "Bob" Thompson Obituary

Robert Patrick "Bob" Thompson, 59, of Howe, OK passed away Sunday, November 12, 2017 at his home. Robert was born May 4, 1958 in Pittsburgh, PA to Frederick & Mary Joanne (Campbell) Thompson.


Survivors include his wife, Terre Lee of the home; daughters, Page Lee Cosgrove and Jade Nichole Cosgrove; son, Daniel Nicholas Rocha, Bradley Wayne Cosgrove, Chad Hershel Cosgrove; grandchildren, Nicholas Aaron Rocha, Paisley Breann Simpson, Chesnie Leann Southerland, Jacelynn Rachelle Jiminez, Callie Lane Cosgrove, Robert Joseph Rocha, Easton Kade Cosgrove, Kinlee Nichole Wooten, Emma Claire Ramsey, Taylee Ann Wooten, Jasper Knox Wooten, Aydan Wooten; mother, Mary Joanne Thompson; brothers, Frederick Michael Thompson & wife Jennifer, Mark Edward Thompson & wife Lucy; niece, Leslie Nicole Thompson Caldwell, husband Cameron & son, Lane; nephews, Michael Devlin, Clayton Alexander, Robert Parker & Zachary Joseph Thompson; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 11 am, Friday, November 17, 2017 at Solid Rock Church in Panama, OK with Rev. Johnny Painter officiating.


Interment will follow in Glendale Cemetery, Wister, OK.


The family will be at the funeral home 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, Poteau, Oklahoma.

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