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TULSA – According to a press release, the Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has charged Dr. James Fleckenstein with obtaining possession of opioid pain medication by fraud, after an investigation by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control (OBNDD) and Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office.

According to court documents, an investigation into Fleckenstein’s prescribing practices began in December 2016 by the OBNDD after a pharmacist became concerned with the amount of opioid medication being prescribed to a patient, who is Fleckenstein’s wife.

Court documents say during the investigation, Fleckenstein admitted to investigators he was writing the majority of the prescriptions for his wife and his wife’s friend, who would fill the prescriptions and give the medication to him for his personal use.

Attorney General Hunter applauded the efforts of the agents who investigated the case. He said his office remains dedicated to prosecuting unethical medical practitioners who violate the law.

“Dr. Fleckenstein’s actions will not be tolerated in the state,” Attorney General Hunter said. “I appreciate both the OBNDD and the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office for working with my office to ensure he will be held accountable. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to protect Oklahomans.”


The Annual REI Women’s Business Center and Poteau Chamber Announce Speaker for the Upcoming Women’s Conference in Poteau, “The Polished Professional”

Press Release

POTEAU OKLAHOMA - LaDonna Gatlin, Sister of the famous Gatlin Brothers and Dove Award –winning performer will be the key speaker at this year’s Annual Women’s Conference on July 28th, 2017 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center 501 S. Broadway in Poteau. Each year the conference brings tips for success in the daily business life of many women in our area.


The conference agenda features tips on Secrets to Success, Purpose and Style. The Secret of Success Panel will feature local successful Women Business Owners. During lunch, the attendees will be entertained with a style show by local retail businesses. This year there will be a segment for “Family Safety” with Poteau’s Police Department.


Throughout the day Women can network, shop and browse over 15 vendors with Women’s products that range from cosmetics, hair products, lip products, clothing, jewelry, health products, products for your home and much more. The keynote speaker LaDonna Gatlin will be an inspiration, motivator and friend to all those that attend.


LaDonna Gatlin grew up on stage performing with her brothers, the legendary Gatlin Brothers. In the mid 1970’s, this “gutsy” Texas native chose to follow her heart and “sing a different song” apart from her famous family. That “song” has taken her from corporate the prison cells of death row...and just about everywhere in between. LaDonna’s presentations resonate with audiences all over the country.


She is the author of The Song in You, Finding Your Voice, Redefining Your Life. She is also a contributing writer to the best-selling book series, Chicken Soup for the Soul.


As a speaker, she is one of only a handful of professional speakers who holds both the Certified Speaking Professional designation and the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame Award, two of the most prestigious honors bestowed by the National Speakers Association.


As a performer, LaDonna has excelled in the world of gospel and country music. She has performed with Johnny Cash, June Carter, Tammy Wynette, George Jones and countless others.

She has written and recorded her own songs and performed on both the Grammy Award Winning and Dove Award Winning records.


Through her experience as a performer, professional speaker, and author, LaDonna has developed an expertise in showing people how to tune up their lives, so that their success to their ears. “We are very happy to have this wonderful, inspirational Lady come to Poteau. She will have you singing, laughing and crying all in the same minute. She will leave us revived and full of life’s energy. In the past three years, she had been an inspiration to me.” States Karen Wages, CEO Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

Cost is $40 per person includes lunch.


Register on-line at www.reiwbc,org or call 918-647-9178.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol, report that a 4-year-old Altus, Oklahoma boy drowned at the Tom Steed Reservoir in Kiowa County at the swimming area.


According to the report, the drowning occurred on July 16, 2017 at approximately 6:51pm when the boy was in the swimming area at Tom Steed, floating on a raft that was in the shape of a duck in the shallow water of the swimming area.

The winds were blowing southeast at approximately 10 to 15 miles per hour. The wind caught onto the raft and took the raft and the juvenile out past the swimming area where the juvenile had jumped off of the raft and submerged under water and never resurfaced.

Tools such as side scan sonar were used to find the juvenile and a drag tool was used to recover of the juvenile.


The accident was investigated by OHP, Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office, State Park Rangers, Mountain Park Fire Department, Kiowa County EMS, and Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office.

Monday, 17 July 2017 23:49

Marriage Licenses July 10-14, 2017

The following couples received their marriage licenses from the LeFlore County Court Clerk’s office during the week of July 10-14, 2017.

Bobby Don Kalob Stone and Shelby Nicole King

Ronnie Dale Brown and Robin Christina Covey

Ryan Andrew Weaver and Shelbie Lee Cast

Arturo Martinez-Nava and Ines Matias-Martinez

Alan Dewayne Mathews and Thi My Trang Nguyen

Heath Cole Himes and Shauna Jean Hancock

Foy Christopher Mills and Dawn Louise Harris

Haden Randal Key and Rachel Nicole Alvarez

James Daniel Haughton and Kelsey Paige Blome


Marriage Licenses July 10-14, 2017 - 3.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

This is the final two of KIDS KAMP and Strike A Lot Lanes in Poteau has a great deal for kids who want to attend KIDS KAMP they are offering a daily rate of $15/Kamper and $40 weekly.

Come to Strike A Lot Lanes and let the kids do some bowling, receive some bowling etiquette and lessons, laser tag, including tournament play, WATER slides in the parking lot, karaoke sessions, designed bowling pins and bowling balls, and made their own pizzas from scratch with dough balls from Mazzios.

KIDS KAMP will be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am until 12:30 pm.

Make plans to attend the fun event.


The Poteau Chamber of Commerce welcomes its newest member with a ribbon cutting.

Casey's Chose Poteau as one of their locations.

To Casey's Home is more than a roof over your head. It's the community we live in. It's family and friends and a familiar face. It's the memory of simple times. Home is where we feel most comfortable and where we always feel welcome.

So, come in to the friendly place where your greeted with a smile and great service.

Casey’s offers Food, Pizza, Ice Cream, Donuts, Coffee and Drinks and well as gasoline.

Your neighborhood Casey's General Store is located on Broadway Street next to the Dollar Tree.

They are proud to serve the people of Poteau.

Check out their new mobile app, you can view their menu, select a coupon and place your order - all with from your phone!

We'll make sure it's ready for you to grab and go. Even if you're just stopping by for a fill-up and a quick chat, our friendly employees work hard to make sure you're greeted with a clean environment and a smile.

Open 7 days a week

Check out their website at



According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma drivers should be aware that House Bill 2312 will go into effect on Nov. 1, adding restrictions for driving in the left-hand lane on divided highways of four lanes or more.



The new restrictions state that a vehicle may not be driven in the left lane except when overtaking and passing another vehicle, other than in situations where traffic conditions or road configurations require the use of the left-hand lane in order to maintain safe traffic conditions. Drivers may be ticketed for violating the statute.



Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael C. Thompson said the new wording is an important measure to improve public safety on Oklahoma highways.


“Any step we can take to improve safety on our roadways is worth our collective efforts,” Thompson said. “As we are all well aware from recent events in the news, our roadways are increasingly volatile. It doesn’t take much for a minor traffic disagreement to escalate into a deadly road rage incident with tragic results. I am hopeful this legislation will reduce tension and also result in better access for public safety and first responder officials driving to emergency situations.”



The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has installed “slower traffic keep right” and “do not impede left lane” signs in 234 locations along I-35 and I-40 from state line to state line, except in the metro area.



“Safety is always a top priority for ODOT, so we are pleased that this law moves to increase driver safety by improving traffic flow,” said ODOT Director Mike Patterson. “We are glad that we can support OHP in their effort to enforce this law and improve highway safety through new signage clarifying driver expectations.”



OHP officials recognize that high-volume traffic in metropolitan areas such as Oklahoma City and Tulsa may require all lanes to be occupied at times.



OHP Chief Ricky Adams said, “This is not a reason to hang out in the left lane. If you are driving in the left lane and a vehicle is behind you, you need to move to the right as soon as it is safe and feasible to do so. And although the left lane may be used to overtake slower-moving vehicles, that is not an excuse to exceed the speed limit when passing.”



Officials add that drivers should not attempt to drive slowly in the left lane to prevent others from speeding. Drivers are still expected to obey speed limits and all other traffic laws as always. Surrounding states have similar laws restricting travel in the left lanes.



“The safety of our citizens is always a priority in the House of Representatives, and many states across the country are implementing laws that prohibit driving in the left lane unless passing as a way to lower accidents and fatalities,” said House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, author of the law. “I live next to State Highway 69/75 in Atoka, and I see firsthand the dangers of slow traffic in the left lane. We worked diligently with both the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Transportation this session to get this law passed. Now, we need to quickly ensure that the public is aware of the change so they can adjust their driving behaviors.”

Left lane law restrictions to take effect Nov. 1 - 3.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Public Affairs Division press release


In a press conference Monday afternoon, OHP officials released the details of an investigation related to the Friday incident in which Lt. Heath Meyer #64 was critically injured. The investigation has shown that Meyer was struck by an OHP vehicle during a pursuit.


OHP Chief Ricky Adams called Friday night’s events “a perfect storm.”


Head investigator Capt. Ronnie Hampton said Trp. Rodney Rideaux #375 stopped a vehicle about 10:20 p.m. Friday for following too closely. The car was driven by 28-year-old Dangelo Ladon Burgess in the southbound lanes of I-35 on the Indian Hills off ramp from I-35. Rideaux learned that Burgess did not have a driver license.


A passenger, Sonny Ramirez, 30, was later discovered to be wanted on kidnapping charges in an unrelated incident and was taken into custody. A second passenger, Lalenjay K. Warner, 31, was later interviewed and released.


Rideaux asked Burgess to step out of his vehicle, which he did briefly, but then got back in his car and took off at a high rate of speed on the west side service road, southbound. Rideaux, soon joined by other Troopers, pursued.


The suspect vehicle crossed I-35 on Tecumseh Road, then headed northbound on I-35, at speeds exceeding 110 miles per hour, according to OHP.

Meyer responded to the scene and deployed stop sticks in the left-hand lanes of northbound I-35. Trp. Eric Foster #724 deployed stop sticks in the right-hand lanes. Burgess braked quickly and was able to avoid both sets of stop sticks. Rideaux and Trp. Clint Painter #665, pursuing, also braked quickly and the vehicles collided, striking Lt. Meyer, who was outside his own vehicle on the left-hand side of the roadway.


Burgess was taken into custody a short time later by other Troopers and was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Charges have been filed against Burgess in Cleveland County. Charges include:

· Attempt to elude peace officer (cause accident resulting in great bodily injury to another) (felony)
· Cause collision resulting in great bodily injury to another without appropriate driver license (felony)
· Fail to stop for roadblock
· Following too closely
· Fail to properly wear seatbelt (driver)
· Operate vehicle while driver license suspended (first offense)
· Possess, deliver, sell or manufacture drug paraphernalia (using motor vehicle)
· Fail to comply with compulsory insurance law


Adams and Hampton, along with DPS Commissioner Michael C. Thompson, thanked the members of the media and the public at large for their support of the Meyer family and the OHP.


“We ask these men and women to do an incredibly dangerous job,” Thompson said. “The agency is going through a tremendous amount of pain.”


Meyer, age 43, remains in critical condition at an Oklahoma City hospital. He is a graduate of the 55th OHP Academy in 2005.


Monday, 17 July 2017 18:13

When more money isn’t enough

Rep. Rick West


Last week, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, or DHS, announced the agency would be cutting programs that impact countless Oklahoma families. To say that I’m disappointed would be an understatement.


DHS plans to slash $30 million from programs that serve senior meals, help keep disabled adults in their homes instead of nursing homes and serve the state’s foster care and adopted children.


Agency director Ed Lake says there just isn’t enough money. But the truth is that the Legislature actually gave the agency an 8.2 percent increase in funds over last year’s appropriations. That amounts to another $53 million. To me, cutting programs after receiving more money than the previous year signals a problem. Instead of finding ways to trim the fat, DHS has announced it will cut services to Oklahomans who need them most.


Lawmakers gave DHS an 8.2 percent increase while other agencies were cut 4 percent. The Legislature fully intended to ensure senior meal programs and similar services were fully funded, and we gave DHS enough money to do so. We could not line-item their budget, but seeing Director Ed Lake announce he’d be significantly cutting these programs is a slap in the face to agencies who endured a cut on DHS’s behalf.


I simply cannot understand how programs could be afforded last year with less money. It seems to me that if you receive a larger appropriation, the last thing you should do is scale back programs that serve our state’s vulnerable populations. And if you must cut programs, choose ones that have less of a direct impact on the citizens you are charged with helping. I am almost certain DHS has chosen to play politics at the expense of Oklahomans, and I am appalled to think of the effects these cuts will have on folks in LeFlore County.


The Legislature enables agencies to spend their appropriated dollars however they feel is appropriate. But when we see these types of decisions by DHS, it is frustrating and confusing.


It’s no secret that Oklahoma’s fiscal climate is a tough one right now. But when lawmakers decide to give a significant increase in funds to one agency, to the detriment of others, we expect that agency to provide the services people depend on. Sadly, I guess that is not always the case. The decision of the DHS director to slash programs by $30 million is unacceptable, and it should have been avoided.


Thankfully, the Legislature passed a bill this session requiring the Legislative Services Bureau to audit or hire an auditor to audit agency budgets every four years. Gov. Mary Fallin signed the bill, and it will take effect on October 1. I hope the first agency on the list is the Department of Human Services.


When more money isn’t enough - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, one woman was life flighted from a automobile accident that occurred on July, 16, 2017 at approximately 2:42pm on Burchett Rd, approximately one mile west of Tahlequah in Cherokee County.


According to the report, a 2008 dodge 1500, driven by Dylan Taylor 19, of Tahlequah Oklahoma was westbound Burchett road when the vehicle departed the roadway left struck a tree and then rolled.

He was transported by NHS to Northeastern Health System where he was treated and released.


A passenger, Kelly Ridenhour 19, of Tahlequah, was transported by Tulsa Life Flight to St. John in Tulsa and was admitted with arm, leg, and trunk injuries.


A 17-year-old passenger of Tahlequah was transported by NHS EMS to Northeastern Health System in Tahlequah, Ok. Treated and released for arm injuries.


Investigated by the OHP, the Cherokee Nation EMS, Northeastern Health System EMS, and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department.

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