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MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Eric Wayne Lockhart, 30 of Muldrow, was sentenced to 13 months’ imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release for use of telephone to make bomb threat.


The Indictment alleged that on or about June 15, 2015, Lockhart did, through use of a telephone, make a threat to kill, injure and intimidate an individual by means of an explosive, in and affecting interstate commerce.



The charges are a result from an investigation by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The defendant pled guilty in October, 2015.



The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing.


The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending transportation to the designated federal prison at which he will serve his nonparolable sentence.



Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Wilson represented the United States.

Callers claim to represent utility companies

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a consumer alert on Friday, following concerns that Oklahomans are receiving scam phone calls from people claiming they represent utility companies.

The Attorney General’s Office was tipped off to the scam by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The scam involves calls claiming to represent Oklahoma Gas and Electric. The calls originate from the number 1-800-679-9397. At one point, the calls used the exact recording prompts used by OG&E. The scam has now transitioned to a different utility company.

“Oklahomans must be extremely wary when dealing with these types of calls over the phone. Scammers are constantly finding new ways to defraud innocent consumers,” Attorney General Pruitt said. “In this particular instance, they are falsely portraying local utility companies, but I am confident they won’t stop there. That’s why it is important to take every action possible to ensure your identity and personal information isn’t put in the wrong hands.”

Here are some tips to protect you from these types of scams:

• You will typically be contacted first through official correspondence sent via mail.
• You will never be required to use a specific payment method.
• Never give your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
• If you receive a voicemail claiming to be from a specific company, do not return the call using the number provided; instead use the official contact information on the company’s website.

If you have been a victim of a scam, report the incident to local law enforcement and to the AG’s Office immediately.


If you have a question about a possible scam, contact the AG’s Consumer Protection Unit at (405) 521-2029, (918) 581-2885, by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or file a complaint online at

Friday, 12 February 2016 18:08

John Wayne Collins Obituary


John Collins, 58, of Bokoshe, OK, passed away Friday, February 12, 2016, in Tulsa, OK. He was born September 18, 1957, at Los Angeles, CA, to Jess and Barbara (Thayer) Collins. He was a truck driver.

Preceding him in death were his parents; grandparents, William and Aline Thayer; three sisters, Lois Cobb, Nettie Couch and Betty Couch; two brothers, John Collins and Billy Wayne Collins; two nephews, Tim and Kevin Brasher.

Survivors include his wife Deila Oliver of the home; two sons, D.J. Oliver and John Wayne Oliver both of the home; a brother Gene Collins of Shady Point, OK; three sisters, Debbie Poore of Howe, Sandy Vickers of Cameron, OK and Ashley McDaniel of Heavener, OK; as well as a host of other family members, friends and loved ones.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Cauthron, Jimmy Couch, Lewis Poore, Jimmy Vickers, Josh Jones and Zack Poore.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at New Hope Cemetery, Spiro, OK.


Interment will follow service at the New Hope Cemetery.


Services are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau, Ok. Viewing will be Monday, February 15 from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.


The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m.Monday evening at the funeral home.


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


According to a press release, The Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Thursday said his office has prevailed in a court challenge of an Oklahoma abortion regulation.


Senate Bill 1848 requires at least one physician who has admitting privileges at a local hospital be on the premises of an abortion facility when an abortion is performed.


“Oklahoma lawmakers passed this bill to protect the health and safety of Oklahoma women requiring quick and efficient emergency care. The law requires abortion facilities to follow health and safety protocols similar to those for outpatient surgical centers and birthing centers. We are pleased that the court agreed with us that this bill is constitutional.


The attorney general’s office will continue to defend this law and others enacted to protect Oklahomans’ health and safety,” Attorney General Pruitt said.

According to a press release, Governor Mary Fallin appoints Jarold Callahan to Board of Regents for Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges.

Governor Mary Fallin announced she is appointing Jarold Callahan to the Board of Regents for Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges. He will replace Andy Lester, who resigned after being appointed to the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education.

Callahan, of Edmond, will join the board on May 17, once Lester’s resignation is effective. He will serve the remainder of Lester’s term, which expires in 2018, if his appointment is confirmed by the Senate.

“Jarold is a lifelong rancher with experience in education at the university level, so he will be a valuable addition to the Board of Regents for Oklahoma A&M Colleges,” said Fallin.

Callahan, who was born on a ranch in Welch, has 36 years of executive leadership experience. He currently is president of Express Ranches, a large commercial ranching operation headquartered in Yukon. He started his career there in 1996 as chief operations officer.

Callahan spent 15 years as an educator, starting at Northeastern Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1976. He was chairman of the agriculture division there for two years before moving to Oklahoma State University in 1982. Callahan was an assistant professor in OSU’s animal science department until 1991.

Callahan graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in animal science in 1976, when he was honored as one of the top 10 students in the university’s College of Agriculture. He also earned a master’s degree in agriculture from the University of Arkansas in 1980.

Callahan has been a member of the American Angus Association board of directors since 2005, including a stint as president from 2011-2012. He has also served on the Oklahoma Beef Council and as executive vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association from 1991 to 1996.

About the Board of Regents for Oklahoma A&M Colleges
The board supervises Connors State College, Langston University, Northeastern Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Oklahoma State University and its constituent agencies.

The Wister National Honor Society and the Wister Students Helping Others organizations hosted another successful Scratch Out event.

They raised a total of $2,897.00

The money raised went to help with medical expenses of Carrell Vaughn.
Here’s a breakdown of how the money was raised
Teachers wearing jeans and students in hats-$271
Auction- signed basketball $500
Auction-basket (OU Tickets donated by Mr. Jerry Carpenter) $500
Baked Potatoes $415
Half-Court shot $129
Scratch Out T-shirt $970

Accepting the check on Carrell’s behalf was his wife Ramona.

Good Job!

OKLAHOMA CITY –Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed a lawsuit on Thursday against a web-based company in New Jersey for scamming more than 100 Oklahoma businesses.

According to the filing, Electronic Media Marketing Group, Inc., doing business as, deceived more than 140 Oklahoma consumers and falsely represented that consumers owed the company payment for online business listing services by telling the consumers they owed $599.95 for services supposedly provided. scammed some consumers even further by billing the consumer multiple times for services never ordered or performed.

“Those who take advantage of hardworking Oklahoma business owners will not be tolerated,” Attorney General Pruitt said. “My office is committed to protecting consumers in the state, and will continue to take legal action against those engaging in dishonest business practices.”

The Attorney General’s Office is seeking fines of $10,000 per violation of the Oklahoma Consumer Protection Act and seeking to restrain the company from conducting business within the state of Oklahoma.

If you have a question about a possible scam, contact the AG’s Consumer Protection Unit at (405) 521-2029, (918) 581-2885, or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


You can also file a complaint online at


The Consumer Protection Unit protects vulnerable consumers from fraudulent, unfair or deceptive business practices and can provide conciliation services to help resolve complaints against businesses.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Governor Mary Fallin was notified today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had denied the state's request for assistance for individuals and business owners affected by winter storm, ice, sleet and flooding that began Dec. 26.

The governor had requested individual assistance for homeowners, renters and business owners in nine counties: Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Mayes, McCurtain, Muskogee, Ottawa, Pushmataha and Sequoyah.

Oklahoma Emergency Management Director Albert Ashwood said his agency is exploring all possible options, including appealing the decision. In order to appeal, the state would have to provide new information or document additional damage not included in the original request.

The state of Oklahoma has 30 days to appeal today’s denial.

On Wednesday, FEMA approved public assistance for 41 counties that were affected by the same storm. Those counties were: Adair, Alfalfa, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Cherokee, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Custer, Delaware, Dewey, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Haskell, Hughes, Jackson, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Latimer, McCurtain, McIntosh, Major, Mayes, Muskogee, Noble, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Pushmataha, Roger Mills, Sequoyah, Tilman, Washita and Woods.

The storm resulted in power outages for more than 200,000 homes and businesses statewide, numerous road closures and dangerous travel conditions in some areas. The storm is blamed for at least four deaths and 104 injuries.

Preliminary assessments indicate 108 homes were destroyed and 99 others were damaged as a result of the storms. Additionally, an estimated $48 million in infrastructure damages and response costs have been identified in these counties.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Governor Mary Fallin announced today she is appointing James Denton to the Incentive Evaluation Commission.

Denton, of Edmond, is the governor’s representative to the eight-member commission. He is an auditor employed by a private auditing firm, as required by state statute.

“This commission’s work is vital, since there is little evidence Oklahoma has ever studied its tax incentives to determine which ones are beneficial to the state as a whole,” said Fallin. “James Denton is ideally suited to aid in this review because of his substantial experience as an auditor.”

Denton, a certified public accountant, is president and chief executive officer of Arledge & Associates, an Edmond-based accounting firm. He has been with the firm since 1984, its first year in business.

Denton, a Ponca City native, has led Arledge’s audit department since 1987, overseeing the practice’s growth from one not-for-profit client in the mid-1980s to an audit and consulting base of more than 15,000 audit hours.

He has been the firm’s managing partner since 2007.

Denton, a former public school teacher, is a two-time graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, earning a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1980 and a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1984.

The Incentive Evaluation Commission, created by legislation passed in 2014, will review each incentive once every four years. Its first meeting is scheduled for Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. in room 419B at the state Capitol.

The commission wll report its findings to the governor and Legislature by Dec. 15 each year. Its first report will be considered by legislators in the 2017 session.

The governor’s appointee, a private sector auditor, is one of five voting and three non-voting members on the Incentive Evaluation Commission.

According to a press release from the Oklahoma Department of Transporation, the first phase of I-35/I-240 interchange reconstruction in Oklahoma City gets green light; $107 million in contracts awarded

Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s Monday, Feb. 8 meeting include a report on the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s budget in light of ongoing state funding challenges and approval of contracts for the first phase of major interchange reconstruction in Oklahoma City, bridge rehabilitation in Tulsa and replacement of a county bridge over the Red River in Bryan County.

Executive Director Mike Patterson told commissioners that ongoing budgetary challenges facing the state will continue to impact future highway and bridge projects in ODOT’s Eight-year Construction Work Plan. While the agency is still committed to delivering projects in the plan, schedules may have to change depending on funding cuts.

“Since the Eight-year Plan is based on anticipated funding authorized by statute, any revenue shortfall will affect projects currently in the plan,” he said. “Some projects will have to be moved back to a later fiscal year and adding any new projects to 2024 will certainly be a challenge.”

A major ODOT undertaking to reconstruct the I-35/I-240 interchange in south Oklahoma City will soon be underway thanks to commission approval of a contract for an approximately $14 million project for the first construction phase of the project. This first phase will reconstruct I-240 from Santa Fe Ave. east past Shields Blvd. and convert Santa Fe Ave. to a full interchange to accommodate the I-240 traffic that currently uses the existing interchange at Shields Blvd. The reconstruction effort will replace the outdated and inefficient interchange with a modern three-level interchange with dedicated ramps for I-35 and I-240 traffic. This will address congestion and safety issues by providing longer ramps for more merging distance to accommodate current and future traffic.

Construction of the first phase is expected to begin in early summer 2016 and take a little more than one year to complete. The contractor can earn incentives for completing the work early. Subsequent construction phases are scheduled to go to bid in Federal Fiscal Years 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021 and construction is expected to continue nonstop until the interchange is complete, unless there is an interruption in funding.

Commissioners awarded a $3 million contract for rehabilitation of the Sheridan Ave. and North 69th East Ave. bridges over SH-11 near the Tulsa International Airport in Tulsa. They also approved a $7 million contract for a county project to replace the Carpenters Bluff bridge over the Red River in Bryan County. This project will combine funds from the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges program and matching funds from the Texas Department of Transportation.

In all, commissioners awarded 56 contracts totaling more than $107 million to improve bridges, highways, interstates and roads in 37 counties. Contracts were awarded for projects in Adair, Alfalfa, Atoka, Beaver, Beckham, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Cotton, Comanche, Craig, Ellis, Garvin, Grady, Hughes, Jefferson, Kiowa, LeFlore, Logan, McCurtain, McIntosh, Mayes, Murray, Muskogee, Noble, Oklahoma, Pittsburg, Stephens, Texas, Tulsa, Washita, Wagoner and Woodward counties.

The eight-member panel, appointed by the governor to oversee the state’s transportation development, awards project contracts for road and bridge construction every month. The next meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. March 7.

Contracts, bid information, the commission’s monthly agenda and project details can be viewed at




The Oklahoma Transportation Commission awarded a $7 million contract for a county project to construct a new bridge to replace the single-lane Carpenters Bluff bridge over the Red River in Bryan County, pictured here. This project will combine funds from the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges program and matching funds from the Texas Department of Transportation.




Oklahoma Department of Transportation: February Commission Wrap-up - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

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