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Monday, 03 December 2018 13:17

OSDH Provides Tips for Winter Driving Safety

Press release

 


The upcoming holiday season means Oklahomans may often be traveling during potentially dangerous winter weather conditions.

 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages the public to begin preparation for the upcoming holiday travel season.

 

Proper planning can reduce the risk of injury and illness while also ensuring a family is prepared for a major winter weather event.


OSDH Emergency Manager Darrell Eberly reminds travelers to check local television and radio reports of weather forecasts prior to making travel plans, and to know what the National Weather Service winter storm and blizzard watches and warnings mean.


“It’s a good idea to minimize travel during hazardous conditions,” said Eberly. “If you have to travel, it’s important to ensure your cell phone is fully charged, keep emergency supplies in the vehicle, and let friends or relatives know about your travel plans.”


Recommended supplies include:
• Blankets
• Snacks/water
• Flashlight/batteries
• Booster cables
• Sand or cat litter for traction
• Battery-powered radio
• First-aid kit


Officials also recommend keeping the vehicle’s fuel tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. For travelers who become stranded, it is recommended to stay visible by putting a bright cloth on the antenna, and raising the hood when snow stops falling.
Residents are encouraged to stay tuned to local media reports about current watches, warnings and road conditions.

 

To learn more about weather advisories, visit www.nws.noaa.gov


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Press release



OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents are working with fugitive task forces in several states to bring Patrick Walker into custody.


The U.S. Marshal Service has adopted the case, and issued a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to Walker's arrest. Call 1-877-WANTED-2 or 1-877-926-8332 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All callers and emailers can remain anonymous.


Walker, who escaped from Payne County Jail in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Thursday, is described as black, 5-feet 7-inches tall, weighing about 174 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has a large scar on the left side of his face near his jawline.


Walker, 34, is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder out of Oklahoma County.


Walker, an inmate at Oklahoma State Penitentiary, was at the jail on Thursday for an unrelated court case for assaulting a correctional officer in May at Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing, where he was housed previously.


He also faces a charge issued Friday of escape. The Payne County Sheriff’s Office reported Walker was able to escape from the jail by posing as his cellmate, and having someone outside the facility post bond for him.


Walker is considered armed and dangerous.


Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 405-425-2698 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

All calls and emails are confidential.

Press release

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Nickey Lynn Anderson, age 35, of Idabel, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 66 months’ imprisonment and 3 years supervised release for Felon In Possession Of Firearm And Ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1), 924(a)(2) and 924(e). The charges arose from an investigation by the Idabel Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Indictment alleged that on or about August 5, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, Nickey Lynn Anderson, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly possessed in and affecting commerce, a Jimenez, Model JA-25, .25 automatic caliber pistol, serial number 059829, and six rounds G.F.L. (Giuilio Fiocchi, Lecco) .25 automatic caliber ammunition which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “This investigation and prosecution is the result of the continued cooperative approach to public safety taken by law enforcement agencies in the Eastern District of Oklahoma. State, local, tribal and federal investigative and prosecutorial agencies work together to maximize the impact of our limited resources. We best serve our communities and the people who call the Eastern District of Oklahoma home when we have strong working relationships.”

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.

Sunday, 02 December 2018 20:14

Miss WHS 2019

Triniti Scott, daughter of Teresa Percifield was crowned Miss Wister High School on Saturday, Dec 1, 2018. She received a $1000 per year for 2 years scholarship waiver from CASC and a $800 scholarship from Wister NHS as well as a $100 gift certificate from Purple Plume. Scott is president of the National Honor Society, a varsity cheerleader and is involved in HOSA .

 

Kendal Stinson, daughter of Scott and Andrea Stinson was crowned first runner- up. She received a two-year $750 scholarship waiver from CASC and a $400 from Wister NHS as well as a $50 from Purple Plume. Stinson is a member of NHS, FCCLA, cheer and choir.

 

Koutney Donaho, daughter of Michelle and Jake Donaho was crowned second runner-up. She received a $50 gift certificate from Purple Plume.

 

Brooklyn Duncan, daughter of Bjoe Duncan and Stacie Doria was crowned third runner-up and Kandy Ruiz, daughter of Ricardo and Gloria Ruiz was crowned fourth runner-up. Both Brooklyn and Kandy received Jazzy Jewels gift certificates.

 

Deedra McMillin, Wister teacher and coordinator of the pageant, thanked the businesses who supported the Miss WHS pageant this year. “We’re excited we have these businesses and a lot of different people who make this thing a success and the girls get some nice prizes.” She also thanked everyone who bought ads in the program book. The pageant helps fund NHS community service projects such as the holiday food baskets.

 

This year is the fifth year Wister’s NHS has hosted the pageant and the year with the most contestants to date. Other contestants who participated in the pageant were Ashlyn Mundy, Emerald Clark, Erica Blaylock, Chayla Huggins, Shasta Mortenson, Tori Stockton, Trinity Rodgers, Maycee Pendley and Celest Salvador.

 

Pictured below are the five finalists. From left are Ruiz, Donaho, Scott, Stinson and Duncan.

 

misswhs

 

Pictured below are all the contestants and pageant coordinator Deedra McMillin.

 

miss whs

Saturday, 01 December 2018 15:04

Esther Potter Obituary

Esther Potter, 71, of Fort Smith, OK, passed away Friday November 30, 2018 in Fort Smith, AR. She was born March 5, 1947 in Stringtown, OK to Lester Ray Moody and Martha Lucinda (Owens) Moody.

 

Esther is preceded in death by her husband Charley Potter SR., son Joe Noah, grandchildren Sondra Noah, Riley Potter and Dylan Potter, brother Terry Moody.

 

Esther is survived by her husband Lynn Atkins, sons Norman Noah and wife Mahlia, Dean Noah, Bill Holson, and Charley Potter JR. and wife Brandy, daughters LeAnn Medlock and husband Monty, Angie Adams and husband John, and Jackie Lindsey and husband Will “Boogie”, sisters Phyllis Wislon, Donna McAlester, Doris Heflin, Frances Moody and Angel Broom, 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, as well as a host of extended family, friends and loved ones.

 

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2018 at Grace Manor Memorial Chapel Poteau, OK. with Pastor Bob Overton officiating.

 

Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery, Cameron Oklahoma.

 

The family will greet friends Sunday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK. You may leave an on-line greeting to the family at www.gracemanorfh.com

 

Friday, 30 November 2018 21:30

John C. Pfalzgraf Jr., Obituary

John C. Pfalzgraf Jr., 77, of Monroe, OK passed away Friday, November 30, 2018 in Talihina, OK.

 

John was born March 16, 1941 in Ft. Smith, AR to John Sr. & Amy Fay (Beaty) Pfalzgraf. He was a veteran of the US Army. John was a ‘Jack of All Trades”. He was preceded in death by his parents & an infant sister.


Survivors include his faithful companion, Linda Smith; dear friends, Jim & Chris McCormick, Joe & Susie Hancock, John & Virginia Sanders, Shawn & Tina Knight; too many wonderful friends to mention all.


Services will be 2 pm, Monday, December 3, 2018 at Monroe Cemetery Pavilion with Jim Cook officiating.

 

Interment will follow.


You may leave an online message at www.evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com

 

The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, POTEAU, OK

John C. Pfalzgraf Jr., 77, of Monroe, OK passed away Friday, November 30, 2018 in Talihina, OK.   John was born March 16, 1941 in Ft. Smith, AR to John Sr. & Amy Fay (Beaty) Pfalzgraf.  He was a veteran of the US Army.  John was a ‘Jack of All Trades”.  He was preceded in death by his parents & an infant sister.

          Survivors include his faithful companion, Linda Smith; dear friends, Jim & Chris McCormick, Joe & Susie Hancock, John & Virginia Sanders, Shawn & Tina Knight; too many wonderful friends to mention all.

          Services will be 2 pm, Monday, December 3, 2018 at Monroe Cemetery Pavilion with Jim Cook officiating.  Interment will follow.

You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com

 

The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to

Evans & Miller Funeral Home, POTEAU, OK

Friday, 30 November 2018 15:27

Jerry Smith Obituary

Jerry Smith of Spiro, Oklahoma was born March 23, 1931 in Spiro, Oklahoma to Bud and Nina (Mastin) Smith and passed away November 29, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 87.

 

He is survived by two special daughters; Marilyn Williams of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Gail Freeman and husband Lee of Van Buren, Arkansas, three grandchildren; Jonathan Freeman, Courtney Hayes and husband Jeremy, Jarrod Williams, three great grandchildren, Ethan Hayes, Landon Hayes, and Parker Hayes.

 

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; Bud and Nina (Mastin) Smith, and one sister, Emmaline Swafford and  preceded in death by his loving wife Lou Smith 

 

He was a member of the National Rifle Association, Murrow Masonic Lodge #49 in Spiro, McAlester Scottish Rite and York Rite.

 

Graveside services will be 10:00 am Saturday, December 1, 2018 at New Hope Cemetery in Spiro, Oklahoma with Mr. Justin Warren officiating.

 

Services are under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Spiro, Oklahoma.

 

To sign Mr. Smith’s online guest book please visit www.mallorymartinfuneralhome.com

 

Press release



OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma Department of Corrections inmate serving a life-sentence for first-degree murder escaped Thursday night from the Payne County Jail.


Patrick M. Walker, 34, is described as black, 5-feet 7-inches tall, and weighing about 174 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has a large scar paralleling his jawline on the left his side of his face.


The Payne County Sheriff’s Office reported to ODOC on Friday that Walker escaped from the jail by posing as a cellmate and posting bond for that inmate, whom he closely resembled.


Walker is believed to have that inmate’s personal identification information with him, and may be going by the individual’s name – Charles Pendarvis.


Walker, also known as “Notty Walker,” is serving a life sentence out of Oklahoma County for first-degree murder.


Walker was being housed at the county jail for court.


He is considered armed and extremely dangerous. If you see someone who may be Walker, call 911 immediately - do not approach him.


Anyone with information about Walker’s whereabouts is asked to call ODOC’s fugitive 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.

 

Friday, 30 November 2018 21:20

Flora Leah Postell Obituary

Flora Leah Postell of Sallisaw, Oklahoma was born May 15, 1941 in Minnesota, Texas to John and Neville (Millsap) Couch and passed away November 26, 2018 in Sallisaw, Oklahoma at the age of 77.

 

She is survived by:

One daughter:
Patricia Hickman of Sallisaw, Oklahoma

Two sons:
John Postell of Tupman, California
Paul Postell of Apache Junction, Arizona

Six grandchildren

Five great-grandchildren

Two great-great-grandchildren

Several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a host of friends

 

Flora was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; one daughter; Wanda Meeks; and one son, Mike.

 

She was a long-time resident of Sallisaw, a retired nurse’s aid at the Sequoyah Manor Nursing Home, and a member of the Sallisaw Church of God.

 

Flora was a loving mother and grandmother who loved her family dearly. She will be missed by all who knew her.

 

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Paul Postell officiating.

 

Burial will follow in Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.

 

To sign Mrs. Postell’s online guestbook please visit www.dowdenrobertsfuneralhome.com

 

Press release



OKLAHOMA CITY – President Pro Tempore-designate Greg Treat on Friday named the chairs and vice chairs of the Senate standing committees for the 57th Legislature.


“Senate Republicans are optimistic for the future and potential of Oklahoma. We are excited about working on common sense, practical conservative solutions that will usher in transformative change that will have a long-term, positive impact on our state,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City. “I have confidence in the women and men I have named committee chairs and vice chairs and know they will do great work for the Senate, for their constituents, and for the entire state of Oklahoma.”


Pro Tem-designate Treat in May named Senator Roger Thompson chair of the Appropriations Committee. In August, Treat named Senator Dave Rader vice chair of the Appropriations Committee and named the chairs of the appropriations subcommittees so that work on the Fiscal Year ‘20 budget would commence in earnest. In August, Treat also named Senator Stephanie Bice chair of the Senate Finance Committee.


The list of standing committee chairs and vice chairs is below.

 

The full committee makeup will be announced at a later date.


Agriculture and Wildlife Committee:
• Senator Casey Murdock, R-Felt, chair
• Senator Roland Pederson, R-Burlington, vice chair


Appropriations Committee
• Senator Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, chair
• Senator Dave Rader, R-Tulsa, vice chair


Business, Commerce and Tourism Committee
• Senator James Leewright, R-Bristow, chair
• Senator Joseph Silk, R-Broken Bow, vice chair


Education Committee
• Senator Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, chair
• Senator Joe Newhouse, R-Broken Arrow, vice chair


Energy Committee
• Senator Mark Allen, R-Spiro, chair
• Senator Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle, vice chair


Finance Committee
• Senator Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, chair
• Senator Chuck Hall, R-Perry, vice chair


General Government Committee
• Senator Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, chair
• Senator Tom Dugger, R-Stillwater, vice chair


Health and Human Services Committee
• Senator Jason Smalley, R-Stroud, chair
• Senator Greg McCortney, R-Ada, vice chair


Judiciary Committee
• Senator Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, chair
• Senator Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher, vice chair


Public Safety Committee
• Senator Wayne Shaw, R-Grove, chair
• Senator Lonnie Paxton, vice chair


Retirement and Insurance Committee
• Senator Marty Quinn, R-Claremore, chair
• Senator Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee, vice chair


Rules Committee
• Senator Greg McCortney, chair
• Senator Mark Allen, vice chair


Transportation Committee
• Senator Rob Standridge, R-Norman, chair
• Senator Micheal Bergstrom, vice chair


Veterans and Military Affairs Committee
• Senator Frank Simpson, chair
• Senator Larry Boggs, R-Wilburton, vice chair

 

Pro Tem-designate Treat also announced Friday the vice chairs of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees.


“I announced the chairs of the appropriations subcommittees early so they could begin work alongside Senator Thompson on the Fiscal Year ’20 budget. I’m excited to announce the vice chairs of the appropriations subcommittees who will work well with the rest of our team in crafting a budget that prioritizes core services,” Treat said.


Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
• Senator Dewayne Pemberton, R-Muskogee, chair
• Senator Chris Kidd, R-Addington, vice chair


Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation
• Senator Gary Stanislawski, chair
• Senator John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton, vice chair


Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Judiciary
• Senator Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, chair
• Senator Julie Daniels, vice chair


Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
• Senator Frank Simpson, chair
• Senator Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, vice chair


Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Regulatory Services
• Senator Darcy Jech, chair
• Senator Wayne Shaw, vice chair


Appropriations Subcommittee on Select Agencies
• Senator Tom Dugger, chair
• Senator Paul Scott, R-Duncan, vice chair

 

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