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Press release

VINITA, Okla. – Overnight, correctional officers at Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center discovered the body of walkaway Ricky Bauders. Officers found Bauders’ body behind an outdoor storage area on the edge of the minimum-security prison’s grounds.

The building is near a hay field where ODOC K9 officers tracked him yesterday.

ODOC investigators believe Bauders went to the storage area during a rainstorm overnight and took his own life.

Both ODOC investigators and investigators with the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiners are working to determine the circumstances around Bauders’ death.

Bauders ran away from the facility around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Since then, ODOC staff and area law enforcement searched for him around the clock. Witnesses last reported seeing him Wednesday morning.

Bauders had previous convictions for grand larceny, drunk driving, drug possession and credit card fraud dating back to 1986.

NOCC has been on lockdown since Bauders’ walkaway.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a 7-year-old girl was killed in an accident that occurred on August 8, 2019, at approximately 7:45am on Sardis Lake Road, 7/10th of a mile north of Clayton, OK in Pushmataha County.


According to the report, a 2011 GMC Yukon, driven by Linda Addington, of Clayton and her passengers were southbound on Sardis Lake Road, when she came across a recent accident.


Addington slowed down to render assistance to a person standing on the side of the roadway, and her vehicle was struck by a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by Patricia Kreiner, 57 of Clayton.


Passengers with Addington( Yukon) were a 12-year-old female who was not injured, and a 12-year-old male not injured.


Passengers with Kreiner (PT Cruiser) were a 15-year-old male, not injured, 9-year-old female, not injured and a 7-year-old female who was transported by private vehicle to Talihina Hospital in Talihina and was pronounced dead at hospital.


The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the OHP.

Press release


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has launched an online appointment application for the federal Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.


The online application allows potential clients to notify the organization of their interest in receiving services so an agency representative can follow up with them to schedule an appointment.

WIC is a nutrition program for pregnant and postpartum mothers, infants and children younger than the age of 5. Over 50% of all infants born in Oklahoma are enrolled for WIC services. The program offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, nutritious foods and improved access to health care and social services to women and children with low to moderate income.

WIC Director Terry Bryce said the online application is a tool to make the enrollment process more convenient. Applicants will be asked to submit their contact information and answer a few questions which will help determine their eligibility.

“We hope this tool will help mothers reduce the time they have to spend in the clinic,” said Bryce. “We will still schedule an appointment to provide services, but this will help speed the application process and coordinate the scheduling of appointments. As a government service, we look for any opportunity to use technology that improves the customer experience.”

Over time, studies indicate the obesity rate for children participating in the Oklahoma WIC program has decreased, and the intakes of iron, vitamin C and B6 have increased. The program currently serves over 15,800 pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women; more than 17,300 infants and 32,000 children up to the age of 5.

The online appointment application is available here. After completing the form, a representative of the nearest WIC site will contact the applicant. For assistance or to get help in person, those interested can call or walk-in to any WIC office. To find the nearest WIC office, call 1-888-655-2942.

Press release


CIMARRON COUNTY, OKLA. - Two of three defendants arrested for the murder of 77-year-old Charles Nieman have been sentenced. Zachary Wilson (29) and Jeremy Scott (33) entered pleas of no contest to Murder in the First Degree in Cimarron County District Court. Wilson was sentenced to life in prison with all but 25 years suspended. Scott also received a life sentence with all but 35 years suspended. A third defendant, Timothy Dees (29), currently has a court date scheduled for September.


“It is a relief. Like a weight is off your shoulders,” said Debbie Nieman Stroud, Charles Nieman’s daughter. “There is no closure, but with justice there can be resolution. They may have taken our father, grandfather and great-grandfather from us, but they can never take away our memories or our laughter.”


Wilson, Scott and Dees were arrested in February for the murder of Nieman. Nieman and his wife were traveling through Boise City on June 12, 2013 when they stopped at the Loaf ‘N Jug convenience store. The couple was approached by a man who pointed a gun at Mr. Nieman demanding his wallet. The man shot Nieman and then fled on foot. The vehicle the shooter came from drove away at the same time. Mr. Nieman died as a result of the shooting; Mrs. Nieman was uninjured.


The investigation has been ongoing since 2013 with few leads until December 2018 when the OSBI’s newly formed Cold Case Unit began reviewing the case. Agents requested a shell casing be re-tested and entered into the Integrated Ballistic Identification System (IBIS). The casing was originally entered into IBIS in 2014 but returned no hits. When it was re-entered in 2018, there was a hit from a case out of Colorado. This lead led agents to several states and ultimately resulted in the arrests of the three suspects.


“Cases may go cold, but they are never forgotten,” said Brook Arbeitman, OSBI Public Information Officer. “Our Cold Case Unit is devoted to working on those cases where leads either don’t exist or they have been followed and didn’t lead to a suspect. The Cold Case Unit is persistent and diligent in searching for the truth as demonstrated in Mr. Nieman’s case. Agents took a chance at re-testing a shell casing and it resulted in justice for Mr. Nieman’s family.”


The OSBI would like to thank the Mobile County, Ala., Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Probation and Parole Office and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force who assisted with taking the suspects into custody.



Charles Nieman 

Friday, 09 August 2019 09:50

Boy drowns in private pond near Colbert


According to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, an 8-year-old male drowned in a private farm pond, approximately 100 yards east of Colbert, OK in Bryan County.


On August 7, 2019 at approximately 6:18pm the boy was swimming in a pond with his sister, when he went underwater, and never resurfaced.


His body was transported to the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office in Oklahoma City.


The accident was investigated OHP Marine Enforcement, assisted by OHP, Colbert Police Department, Colbert Fire Department, and Bryan County EMS.

Friday, 09 August 2019 09:37

Bob Burl Goin Obituary


Bob Burl Goin, 88, of Poteau, OK passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in Poteau.


Bob was born March 2, 1931 in Wister, OK to Andrew P. & Donnie (Duncan) Goin.


He was a veteran of the US Army. He was a teacher and worked for Job Corp.


Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Lovaun Goin; daughter, Tracy Adams; brothers, Joe Paul, Carl & Howard Goin; and sister Evelyn McDonald.


He is survived by his daughter & son in law, Romona & Robert Essman; son, Larry Goin; 8 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sisters in law, Francis Tanner, Freda & Billy Goins; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 11 am, Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau with Jim Cook officiating.


Interment will be at Maxey Cemetery, Wister, OK.


Pallbearers will be Will Hastings, Steve, Bobby & Steven Adams.


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

Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Scott Fetgatter (R-Okmulgee) this week witnessed the ceremonial signing of Kaylee’s Law by Gov. Kevin Stitt at the Oklahoma Capitol.


House Bill 1881, named Kaylee’s Law after a constituent in Fetgatter’s House district, directs the courts to issue orders of no contact from people convicted of sexual abuse or exploitation crimes to their victims.


“The victim for whom this law is named was contacted by the man serving prison time for crimes against her,” Fetgatter said. “He sent her a birthday card, pictures and newspaper clippings talking about how beautiful she’d grown up to be. This is akin to a fresh assault against this young lady who had begun to heal and move on with her life. This law puts orders in place to protect such victims from such contact.”


Fetgatter was joined at the bill signing by Sen. Kim David (R-Porter), the Senate author of the bill, as well as the victim, other family members and victims’ rights advocates.


The bill takes effect Nov. 1





According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a one vehicle accident occurred on August 8, 2019 at 3:15pm on Staples Rd, approximately 10 miles north and 6 miles east of Stringtown, in Atoka County.



According to the report, Todd Futrell, 57 of Forth Worth, Texas, driving a 2006 Honda Rancher and his passenger Mark Allen, 58 of Denison Texas were north bound on private property and struck a rock and overturned.



Todd Futrell who refused treatment at the scene was pinned in the vehicle for approximately two hours and was extricated by Stringtown Fire Department.


Allen, was also pinned in the vehicle for approximately two hours and was transported by McAlester Air Care to Texoma Medical Center in Denison, TX and was admitted in good condition for trunk internal injuries.


The accident was investigated by OHP, assisted by Atoka County Sheriff’s Office, Atoka County EMS, Stringtown Fire Department, Atoka Fire Department, Caney Fire Department, Kiowa Fire Department, Blanco Fire Department, Atoka County Emergency Management, Pittsburg County Emergency Management, and McAlester Air Care.

Thursday, 08 August 2019 13:44

Update on NOCC walkaway Ricky Bauders

Press release

VINITA, Okla. – Oklahoma Department of Corrections staff and area law enforcement have been searching 24-7 since Ricky Bauders walked away from Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center on Tuesday.

Searchers last saw Bauders, 52, near the minimum-security prison for men at around 7:40 a.m. Wednesday. They believe he is still in the area.

Craig County Sheriff’s deputies, DOC K9 officers, other area law enforcement and a helicopter have been in pursuit of Bauders, who was serving a four-year Tulsa County sentence for second-degree burglary.

Bauders has previous convictions for grand larceny, drunk driving, drug possession and credit card fraud dating back to 1986.

He is described as white, 5-feet 9-inches tall, weighing about 189 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He has multiple tattoos, including of a skull on his right leg, a wolf on his back, and the words “daddy loves Jesse” on his neck.

The public should not approach Bauders or attempt to apprehend him. Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 866-363-1119 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All calls and emails are confidential.

NOCC is a non-fenced facility located on the grounds of the former Eastern State Hospital and is home to more than 500 inmates, most of whom are nearing release.

Ricky Bauders, shown here, walked away from Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.



Carl Albert State College is offering a free community-education class this fall to teach students the foundation of the English language.


The class will be each Monday evening throughout the fall semester from 3:30 – 4:30 P.M. in the Ollie Center room 1322 on CASC’s Poteau campus.


The class is open to adults and children who are interested in learning English as their second language. Tuition for the class is free, however each student will be required to purchase their own individual textbook for the class. The textbook will cost $12.


Classes begin on August 12. Those interested in taking the class can sign up with Crissy Keeton by calling 918-647-1319 or emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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