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According to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation, on Monday evening ( Dec 14), an Adair County sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over the driver of a White Dodge Durango in Stillwell for a taillight not working.

The driver refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued through Stillwell.

A Stillwell officer joined the pursuit as it travelled north into Westville.

The suspect vehicle topped speeds of 110 mph. At several intersections, officers tried to stop the SUV and detour other vehicles.
At least one officer fired his gun at the vehicle to stop it. No one was hit by gunfire.

At the intersection of Buffington and Highway 59, a Westville police officer was standing outside his vehicle when the suspect vehicle struck him.

Officer Joshua Sidebottom was badly injured and rushed to a hospital where he is in critical but stable condition.

The suspect vehicle came to a stop a few miles north of the crash site.

Officers arrested Brandon Dale Rowan 33, of Westville, on an outstanding warrant.

Rowan has a lengthy criminal record including arrests for eluding a police officer, carrying a firearm after conviction, kidnapping, possession of a controlled substance, and domestic assault and battery.

The Westville Police Department requested OSBI investigate.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is assisting with the crash investigation.

Submitted by Brittney Rochell - OSU Communications


Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis has been named the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Leadership Oklahoma. He will receive the honor at the annual Excellence in Leadership Gala at The Skirvin in Oklahoma City on February 27, 2016.


Leadership Oklahoma also announced three other winners: Don Betz, president of the University of Central Oklahoma, Distinguished Graduate Award; Cotton Electric Cooperative, a member-owned electric utility serving eight counties in southwest Oklahoma, Business Leadership Award; and George Kaiser Family Foundation, focused principally on reducing the cycle of poverty, Statewide Community Award.


“Each year we are privileged to recognize the individuals and organizations that make a meaningful difference in Oklahoma,” said Marion Paden, President and CEO of Leadership Oklahoma. “We honor them for elevating quality of life and empowering our state for greater prosperity.”


The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have used their leadership abilities to improve the quality of life for Oklahoma's citizens and its future generations. Hargis has had several high profile and impactful roles in the leadership of Oklahoma, including key positions in higher education, banking and the law.


As leader of the Oklahoma State University system, President Hargis oversees a comprehensive land-grant university system with more than 35,000 students, 7,400 employees, and campuses located in Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Okmulgee. Under President Hargis’s guidance, OSU has reached record levels of enrollment, and reached its $1billion “Branding Success” campaign two years ahead of schedule.


He has inspired a building boom on the campus, overseeing construction developments that have provided innovative and high quality academic, athletic, and residential facilities. Prior to becoming president at OSU, Hargis had a distinguished career in business, including service as Vice Chairman of the Bank of Oklahoma; he practiced law for 28 years, most recently with the McAfee & Taft law firm.


In its news release announcing the winners, Leadership Oklahoma said of Hargis: “He has lived a life of tireless service to others. Whether inspiring civil political discourse on Flashpoint or spending countless hours promoting the educational, financial or personal well-being of his fellow Oklahomans through service on several advisory boards – President Hargis is a role model of how to contribute one’s knowledge, time and talent to better the futures of one’s fellow citizens.”


Leadership Oklahoma is a statewide organization with more than 1,430 graduates from 167 Oklahoma communities whose mission is to create, inspire and support a dynamic network of leaders whose increased awareness and commitment to service will energize Oklahomans to shape the Oklahoma’s future.



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.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is warning to keep watch of a phone scam making its way across the state. The Attorney General’s Office has received a number of complaints from citizens who received phone calls from someone claiming to be a representative of the IRS.

The callers use various scare tactics to deceive individuals into providing personal information, or threatening arrest. The scam targets the most vulnerable Oklahomans who may not readily be aware of the IRS’s procedures.

“Unfortunately, these scams don’t seem to be slowing down any, instead they are becoming more and more rampant. In fact, I’ve heard from a number of our staff who have received these calls or know someone who has,” Attorney General Pruitt said. “It is vital for Oklahomans to understand the importance of protecting their personal information from the crooks taking part in these scams. One thing to remember is that the IRS will never contact you by phone first, but will send you correspondence in writing.”

Here are some tips to protect you from these types of scams:
• The IRS will never contact you first by telephone, but 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.
• The IRS never requests immediate payment over the phone.
• You will not be threatened with being arrested by local law enforcement for not paying.
• If you receive a voicemail claiming to be the IRS, do not return the call using the number provided, instead use an official contact number listed on the IRS website.

If you have been a victim of a scam, report the incident to local law enforcement and to the AG’s Office immediately. For more tips from the IRS you can visit their website at

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


According to the Eastern District of Oklahoma, a Eufaula woman was indicted in December Grand Jury.


The Indictment alleges that on or about July 11, 2014, in Eufaula, Oklahoma, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere Kay Ann Farrow 69, of Eufaula, was indicted for the purpose of executing the scheme, caused to be transmitted by means of wire communication in interstate commerce writings, signs, signals, pictures, and sounds. It further alleged that on or about July 16, 2014, in Eufaula, Oklahoma, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the Defendant, for the purpose of executing the scheme, caused to be transmitted by means of wire communication in interstate commerce writings, signs, signals, pictures, and sounds. A Forfeiture Allegation is also included in the Indictment.



The charges arose from an investigation by the Eufaula Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The charges are in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343, punishable by not more than 20 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.

Monday, 14 December 2015 22:51

Oklahoma Climbs in America: Health Rankings


According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma improved in America’s Health Rankings, a report issued by United Health Foundation, to 45th overall. The state has improved since ranking 49th in the nation in 2009. The report highlights progress on immunization rates, preventable hospitalizations and a reduction in the adult smoking rate.


The most dramatic achievement in the report was Oklahoma’s more than 10 percent increase in the number of children immunized, from 62.7 percent in 2014 to 73.3 percent this year. That rate is almost two percent higher than the national rate of 71.6 percent and will effectively prevent children from contracting dangerous diseases.


“It’s rewarding to see the progress our immunization staff and county health departments have made in providing access to life-saving vaccines for our state’s children,” said Dr. Terry Cline, Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Commissioner. “Even more rewarding is the knowledge that increasing vaccine coverage saves lives, particularly among our youngest and most vulnerable residents.”


America’s Health Rankings 2015 report also highlights Oklahoma’s lowest ever smoking rate at 21.1 percent. While still three percent above the national smoking rate, Oklahoma has continued to make dramatic improvements in the number of people who smoke.


“The success we have seen in smoking rates is due to the commitment of organizations like TSET, health policy leaders such as Governor Mary Fallin and scores of community partners who have rallied to combat this health threat.” Dr. Cline said. “While we celebrate this progress together there is still work to be done. We have 88,000 kids alive in Oklahoma today who will die prematurely from smoking. That is just not right.”


Oklahoma was recognized for accomplishments in other areas important to public health. In the past five years, preventable hospitalizations have declined by 29 percent for Medicare beneficiaries. Prevalence of physical inactivity was almost five percent lower than the previous year, with 28.3 percent of state residents reporting that they were not physically active. Oklahoma was also cited for strengths in low prevalence of excessive drinking and small disparity in health status by education level.


While rates of obesity, diabetes and drug deaths rose in the state, those categories followed a similar national trend. The report also cites challenges in the state due to limited availability of primary care physicians and the continuing high rate of cardiovascular deaths.


For the complete rankings, go to


Monday, 14 December 2015 22:26

Congratulations to Mike Guest

Congratulations to Mike Guest, the LeFlore Regional MRC Unit Volunteer of the Year.




“Mike has been an invaluable help to me and the many activities and deployments our unit has done over the past year,” said Bobby Parker, MRC Director, “congratulate Mike next time you see him the next time you see him and tell him thank you for all he does for our community and unit.”





Good Job Mike!

Monday, 14 December 2015 22:12

Obama Remarks



President Barack Obama speaks to reporters after meeting with his National Security Council about the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, as Defense Secretary Ash Carter, second from left, stands at his side at the Pentagon, Dec. 14, 2015, Vice President Joel Biden, far left, and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., right, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, look on.






DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

According to a news release, Mercy Clinic-Fort Smith announced a collaboration with the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) to construct a new $7.9 million, 13,500 square foot medical clinic on ACHE property, across the street from the proposed Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Chaffee Crossing, Barling, Ark.


Architectural plans of the clinic include 28 exam rooms, x-ray, triage, laboratory and conference space to accommodate recently approved residency program training requirements. Preliminary employment numbers include eight physicians, three APNs and approximately 30 support staff. Mercy Clinic and ACHE have set aside ample property for expansion of additional Mercy facilities.


“Mercy Clinic couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this collaboration with the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education and the proposed Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Our foundress, Catherine McAuley, understood the importance of educating a new generation of men and women to care for those in need. She educated, trained and equipped her caregivers with the skills they needed to continue her mission. Today, that mission continues. Our newest clinic will not only care for the acute needs of patients in our community today, it will also be a teaching ground for a generation of students that will be the face of tomorrow’s health care.


Mercy is honored to help prepare those who will someday care for our neighbors, parents, children and friends,” stated Cole Goodman, President of Mercy Clinic.



“The presence of such a prestigious clinical and medical training facility at Chaffee Crossing emphasizes our commitment to the highest quality, sustainable growth possible for our development,” says Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority executive director, Ivy Owen. “It sets the standard for health care services we want to establish in the future and reflects the level of recruiting we aspire to achieve across all industries.”



“ACHE is dedicated to using the 228 acres at Chaffee Crossing to further its mission. We are thrilled to collaborate with Mercy Clinic and other members of the Fort Smith and Barling communities to improve health and access to care,” stated Kyle Parker, CEO of ACHE.



The location of the clinic will be on Chad Colley Boulevard in Barling, across the street from the proposed medical school which is currently under construction. Construction of the clinic will begin in early 2016 and take approximately nine months to complete.


Mercy is the seventh largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually.



Mercy includes 45 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Monday, 14 December 2015 21:57

Home Shoppers beware

This happened in Panama on Saturday.


A FedEx driver dropped a package at a neighbor’s house. A man described with long dark hair in a ponytail, red shirt, tattoos on his arms parked in his red car and made his way up to where the package was. Luckily the owner stepped out to get the package and caught the man off guard at which point he said I'm lost' (he asked how to get to Poteau?)


The neighbor got the package and closed the door - however as she peered through her curtains she witnessed him go back to his car and move packages from the front of his car to his trunk.
Unfortunately this is happening more and more lately.


As more and more consumers make the switch to buying online this holiday season, that's triggering a record number of packages being delivered and presented increased opportunities for thieves lying in wait.


In 2015, UPS expects to deliver 630 million packages between Black Friday and New Year's Day, up 10 percent from 2014.


Here are a few tips to keep thieves away:


Set your own delivery time and plan to be home.
If you're not going to be home, use the shipping company's app to have the package redelivered.
Use UPS' program called Access Point - where you can sign up to have packages left at a business in your neighborhood then you can pick them up from there.

Have package delivered to your workplace if possible.


Stay safe and Be aware!



Merry Christmas

At approximately 9:20 pm on Monday evening the Poteau Police and fire respond to a one vehicle roll over on Wolf Mountain Road.


According to dispatch, the subject has run off into the woods.


The Sheriff’s office is currently looking for the suspect.



Roll Over Accident in Poteau/ Suspect flees on foot - 2.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

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