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Thursday, 21 September 2017 15:01

OSBI Special Agents Investigate Boswell Homicide


According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Special agents with the OSBI are working an officer involved shooting.

According to the press release, an emergency call was received by the Choctaw County Sheriff's Office just after 1pm on September 21, 2017, the call was in reference to a man who had been shot.


When deputies arrived to the scene in Boswell, they found Jackie Lewis Allen Jr., 51, dead of an apparent gunshot wound outside the home of Mack Brinkley.

Deputies also discovered the suspect, Brinkley, had taken a woman hostage and left the scene.

State troopers caught up with Brinkley on Highway 3 in Atoka County.

A pursuit ensued and shots fired, leaving Brinkley dead. The female hostage was not injured.

Numerous OSBI special agents are on the scene investigating the homicide.

Allen lived in nearby Bennington.

OHP troopers are investigating the officer-involved shooting.

Press release


Today, September 21, 2017, Oklahoma Highway Patrol was involved in a pursuit involving shots fired.


At approximately 2:51 a.m., an Oklahoma City Police Department officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop near SE 38th and Lindsay in south OKC because the vehicle was being driven on a flat tire. The driver, later identified as Patrick Smith, age 32, from Lawton, immediately began firing shots at the police officer. The pursuit continued through city streets and OHP’s assistance was requested near SE 59th and May when it appeared Smith would likely enter Interstate 44.


An OHP Trooper became the lead unit, pursuing Smith’s vehicle westbound on SW 59th from I-44. During the pursuit, the suspect continued to drive erratically at approximately 50-60 mph. Suspect Smith began firing his weapon at the Trooper. The Trooper returned fire through the windshield of his patrol vehicle on SW 54th near Meridian. Smith continued westbound between Meridian and MacArthur when the Trooper performed a TVI (Tactical Vehicle Intervention) on the suspect’s vehicle. The vehicle departed the roadway to the right and rolled one time, coming to rest right side up. Smith and his only passenger were ejected from the vehicle.


Smith was treated for a gunshot wound to the right shoulder and other minor injuries from the vehicle rolling. He has since been released from OU Medical Center and was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on the following preliminary charges:


1. Aggravated attempting to elude
2. Shooting with intent to kill
3. Use of vehicle to facilitate discharge of firearm
4. Assault with a deadly weapon
5. Possession of a firearm
6. Possession of a firearm in commission of a felony
7. Transporting a loaded firearm in vehicle
8. Pointing a deadly weapon at another


The female passenger was admitted into OU Medical in critical condition due to injuries sustained when the suspect’s vehicle rolled.

No law enforcement officers were injured.


According to a press release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, OSBI special agents continue investigating the officer-involved shooting that occurred in Chickasha Sunday (September 17, 2017) afternoon.

Five Chickasha officers fired their weapons after Alex Warren Klingler 61, fired a weapon several times from inside his Chickasha home.

Officers were at Klingler’s home to serve a search warrant in relation to a reported aggravated assault and battery from that morning.


In all, seven officers were injured; at least two went to the hospital for gunshot wounds.


Patrol Sgt. Matt Schoolfield remains in an Oklahoma City hospital.


Officer Daniel Ramirez was treated and released.


OSBI will submit a lengthy report to the district attorney for review.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 11:13

Patsy Irene West Obituary


Patsy Irene West, 79, of Poteau, OK passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017 in Ft. Smith, AR. Patsy was born December 12, 1937 in Poker Bend, OK to William & Julia (Owings) Lovell.


She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Donald West Jr., brothers, Dale, Doyle, Murl, Earl, Durl & Burl; sisters, Lillie & Willie Weaver, Mildred Easton & Flossie Lovell; granddaughter, Julie Couch; great grandson, Christian West.


Survivors include her daughter, Bridget Evans of Heavener, OK; grandchildren, Toby West of Beaumont, TX, Laura Suggs & Shannon of Greenwood, AR, April Richey of Heavener, OK, Jason & Julie West of Tulsa, OK, Melanie Brown of Heavener, OK; 14 great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren ; sisters, Mosseline Parr of OKC, Colleen Burton of Spiro, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am Friday, September 22, 2017 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Don Martin officiating. Interment will follow in Poker Bend Cemetery, Poker Bend, OK.


Pallbearers will be Ethan & Caleb Underwood, Shannon Suggs, Jason West, Brandon & Devin Owens. Honorary pallbearer will be Jimmy Couch.


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.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 06:10

William Douglas "Doug" Ford Obituary

William Douglas "Doug" Ford, 60, of Cameron, OK passed away Friday, September 15, 2017 in Houston, Tx.


Doug was born March 20, 1957 in Tulsa, OK to William and Sally (Caughron) Ford. He was very dedicated to providing for his family by serving 30 years in the oil field industry and 10 years as a truck driver.


Doug was an avid OU fan. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Especially attending the various activities of all his grandchildren. He is precedec in death by his parents William and Sally Ford.

Doug is survived by his wife Patricia Ford of the home, two daughters, Kim Gotes and husband Scott of Cameron, OK; Karen Hargrove and husband Kendall of Rock Island, OK; eight grandkids; Jordyn, Faith, Jacob, Hope, Parker, Brea, Levi and Caden. One brother, Rick Nye and wife Karen of Fort Smith, AR; two sisters Jan Ford of Howe, OK; Missy Odom and husband Curtis of Cameron, OK. Three nephews Ryan, Richie and Rodney. Two nieces Katie and Loren. Numerous other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Friday, September 22, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Poteau, Ok with Reverends Leonard Presley and Travis Cook officiating.


Interment will be in Fairhill (Knothole) Cemetery, Cameron, OK.


Pallbearers will be: Kendall Hargrove, Shannon McClary, Ryan Nye, Kyle McClary, Richie Nye, David McClary, Rodney Nye, AJ Thompson, Clint Morris. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Rick Nye, Caden Colbert, Scott Gotes, Curtis Odom, Jacob Gotes, Tim Slone.

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.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 11:07

Mace "Rick" Davidson Obituary

Mace "Rick" Davidson, 55, of Shady Point, OK passed away Monday, September 18, 2017 in Shady Point, OK. Rick was born May 12, 1962 in Poteau, OK to Jerry & Margaret (Mattox) Davidson.


He was a concrete and oil field worker.


Survivors include his wife Barbara Gullick Davidson of the home; 2 Sons Justin Montez and wife Jess, Joshua Turner; 3 Daughters Betty Wellman and husband Robert, Destinie Gullick and husband Billy, Jessica Hamm and husband Eric; 10 Grandchildren Troy, Trevor, and Hunter Montez, Paris Wellman, Jaelynn McConnell, Candelyn Kitchens, Courtney Kitchens, Joni Gullick, Jillian Abrahamson, and Rileigh Abrahamson; 2 Brothers Jerry D. Davidson, and Calvin C. Billy; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Graveside Services will be 10 am, Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Howe Cemetery, Howe, OK with Rev. Jim Cook officiating.


The family will be at the funeral home on Friday 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.

Press release


Carl Albert State College is hosting a “Leaders of Tomorrow” workshop for students in grades 6th – 8th. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in the Hamilton Auditorium on the Poteau campus.

CASC Vice President for Enrollment Jennifer Humphreys explained the workshop is designed to help students explore their leadership abilities and engage their potential to serve and inspire those around them. The event will emphasize team building, communication, and community service.


Contact Joanna Brown at 918-647-1372 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.



CASC Mission Statement: To provide an affordable, accessible, and exceptional education that fosters student success.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 10:00

Student Government Association Officers at CASC

Press release

The Carl Albert State College Student Government Association (SGA) Swearing-In Ceremony was September 18, 2017.

In attendance were CASC President Jay Falkner, the incoming SGA officers, CASC administrators, and SGA sponsor Shara Olive. Also in attendance was special guest CASC Regent Belva Barber.

President Falkner introduced and thanked CASC Regent Barber for attending and assisting with the swearing-in ceremony.

Prior to swearing in the officers, Regent Barber shared the importance of student government, the value of leadership, and the significance of involvement on campus, in the community, and in the nation.

This year’s SGA slate of executive officers includes Lake Cagle – President, Bailey Walker – Vice President, and Mallory Clay – Secretary. In addition, a number of other CASC students serving as first and second year SGA senators took the oath of office.

Pictured with President Falkner and Regent Barber are: back row-Jayla Johnson, Talihina, Hadley Carpenter, Kinta, Savannah Gillham, Poteau, Lari Coker, Howe front row- Graylen Fetcher, Vian, Kayle Huckaby, Heavener, Lake Cagle, Keota, Bailey Walker, Spiro Mallory Clay, Poteau Mary Reed, Home School. SGA officers not pictured: Cassidi Hemphill, Poteau, Caleb Armstrong, Heavener, Ethan Harper, Whitesboro, Nigel Poullard, Fort Smith.


According to a press release,  Oklahoma State University’s undergraduate enrollment on the Stillwater campus for Fall 2017 of 20,311 is the largest in university history.


The number includes 4,220 new freshmen, the second largest freshmen class in OSU history.


Freshman facts:

• 65% from Oklahoma
• 29.1% are minorities
• 28.8% have an ACT of 27 or higher
• 16.9% have a 4.0 high school GPA
• 26.8% were in the top 10% of their high school graduating class
• 19.1% first-generation college students


Total enrollment for the OSU Stillwater campus, including the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences (CVHS), is 24,274. The total number for the OSU system is 34,568.


Enrollment by campus:

OSU Stillwater – 24,274

OSU Center for Health Sciences – 966

OSU IT/Okmulgee – 2,509

OSU OKC – 5,839

OSU Tulsa – 980



Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, Oklahoma State has graduated more than 260,000 students who have been serving Oklahoma and the world for 125 years.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:12

David C. Whitson Obituary

David C. Whitson of Fort Smith, Arkansas was born January 18, 1956 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Herman E. and Helen Blanche (Cole) Whitson and passed away September 17, 2017 in Spiro, Oklahoma at the age of 61.


He is survived by his wife; Nancy Whitson of the home, three daughters; Stephanie Pattermann of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Heather Lindquist of Longview, Texas, Cecilia Harrell and husband Steven of Sherman, Texas, three sons; Brian Whitson of the home, Chris Whitson and wife Yana of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Joseph Whitson of Texas, two sisters; Linda Whitson Sirman of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Jonsye Bailey and husband Aaron of Dayton, Arkansas and 13 grandchildren.


David was preceded in death by his parents. He was Co-Owner of Midwest Sporting Goods in Fort Smith, Arkansas and was active in the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club.


Funeral Services will be 6:00 pm Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro, Oklahoma. The family will meet with friends and family before the service from 5pm - 6pm.


Services has been entrusted to Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Spiro, Oklahoma condolences can be made to the family at


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