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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:24

West Nile Virus Information

From the Oklahoma Department of Health



CDD - MosquitoWest Nile virus (WNV) is a reportable disease in Oklahoma.


The first cases for 2015 have been confirmed in Ellis, Okfuskee, Oklahoma and McIntosh county residents.


There have been no deaths.


Persons are at greatest risk of exposure to infected mosquitoes from July through October in our state.


Persons of any age can become ill after being bitten by an infected mosquito, but those over the age of 50 are at greater risk of developing serious illness involving the nervous system. Over 80% of people infected with the virus never become ill.


If people do become ill, most cases are mild with symptoms such as a fever, headache, tiredness and body aches that go away on their own. Some people may develop a rash on the trunk of the body. In more severe cases, persons can develop meningitis or other neurologic disease.



The mosquito population boom that has resulted from the excessive recent rainfall does not foretell a more severe WNV season. It is helpful to know some key points about the differences in types of mosquitoes and the features of West Nile virus transmission:


The type of mosquitoes that hatch after severe flooding are primarily the species of mosquitoes classified as "nuisance mosquitoes". They bite aggressively and cause lots of itchy bites, but they are not typically involved with transmission of diseases.

Floodwater mosquito populations tend to die out 3 weeks after the rains stop and the sun dries out affected low lying areas.

Culex species of mosquitoes (see photo top right) are the primary vector of West Nile virus.


This type of mosquito increases in numbers during mid to late summer when the temperatures climb and the weather pattern is drier.

Since WNV was introduced into Oklahoma, there have been 3 outbreak years – 2003, 2007 and 2012. Each of these seasons were characterized by higher than normal summer temperatures and drought.


The Oklahoma State Department of Health advises use of insect repellents—particularly those containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (PMD), or IR 3535—when enjoying outdoor activities like gardening, yard work, camping, or other leisure activities.


The type of mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active during early morning and evening hours, so it is important to take mosquito bite precautions during that time of the day.


It is also recommended to drain or treat standing water around your home with a mosquito larvacide to reduce mosquito breeding sites.


According to the OSBI, agents arrested a Wanette man Wednesday afternoon at his Norman attorney's office on several counts of child sexual assault.



The Pottawatomie County sheriff's office requested OSBI agents investigate an allegation that Nicholas Glenn Farris ,24, was having sexual contact with two children under the age of 16.


OSBI opened the investigation in mid June and on July 15th they arrested Farris in Norman, for one count of second degree rape, one count of forcible oral sodomy, and two counts of lewd or indecent proposals to a child under the age of 16.


Agents have booked him into the Pottawatomie County jail.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 21:32

James "Bud" McConnell Obituary


James "Bud" McConnell, 81, of Poteau, passed away July 15, 2015, in Poteau. He was born June 24, 1934, in Hartshorne, OK, to Lewis and Sarah (Hulvey) McConnell. He was a small engine mechanic.



Preceding James in death are his parents, three brothers, Albert McConnell, Orville McConnell and Therral McConnell and one sister Irene Renfro.



James is survived by sons, James McConnell Jr. of California, and Larry Chowning of Poteau; daughters Sheena Medlock of Mountain Burg, AR, Charolette Walker of Killeen, TX and Anna Green of Poteau, OK; five brothers, Eddie McConnell, Grady McConnell, Bill McConnell, Kenny McConnell, Glendale McConnell; a sister Lorene Harkins of Norwalk, CA; four grandchildren; one great grandchild; his faithful companion Sharon Chowning of the home; as well as a host of family friends and loved ones.



Service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 17, at Grace Manor Memorial Chapel, Poteau, OK.


Family visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 16th at the funeral home.


Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau in charge of arrangements.


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

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:08

House Fire on Wolf Mountain

The Poteau Fire Department have been called to the scene of a house fire on Wolf Ridge

At approximately 8:45 pm Wednesday evening the Poteau Fire department was called to a house fire on Wolf Ridge Trail.

The upstairs of the 4,000 square foot home is fully engulfed in flames.

According to dispatch no one is inside the home.

The Wister Fire Department was called to assist. Panama,Shady Point and Hog Eye Fire departments were also called to help with the blaze.


As a precaution LeFlore County EMS was called to the scene as well.


House Fire on Wolf Mountain - 2.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes

President Obama introduces the Connecthome Project to Choctaw Nation


Kelsey Janway of Heavener and youth ambassador of the Choctaw Nation got recognized by President Barak Obama during his speech in Durant this afternoon. He told her story and how she had to stand on a certain rock in her yard to get reception.


Janway was represented the Choctaws at the White House Youth gathering.
It is because of the lack of high speed internet in America that President Obama has started two initiatives.


He spoke of those initiatives during his visit to Durant, Oklahoma, at Durant High school at the "Expanding Economic Opportunity for Communities Across the Country" meeting with the Choctaw Nation.

The purpose of the visit was to introduce a new nationwide program entitled ConnectHome.

ConnectHome is designed to make high speed internet service affordable to homes across the country.

Thanks to partnership with Cox which will provide low cost internet devices, Best Buy will offer free tech and computer support and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America will teach digital literacy.

ConnectHome is the next step in the President's continued efforts to expand high speed internet to all Americans.

ConnectHome is an expansion of the President's ConnectED initiative that provides high speed internet service to schools.

"ConnectEd is making sure schools stay connected and is well on its way to connect 99 percent of students to high-speed Internet in their classrooms." President Obama said.

ConnectHome will help ensure that these students still have access to high-speed Internet once they are home.

"The new programs requires us all to be involved," said Obama. "These investments are the right thing to do to help our communities thrive.


Obama is scheduled to tour The El Reno Federal Correctional Institution on Thursday.



 Kelsey Janway being recognized by President Obama

President visits Oklahoma - recognizes Heavener Choctaw resident - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 12:51

Tyson Darrell Steele Obituary

Tyson Darrell Steele was born August 6, 1985 to Daryle Steele Sr and Diana Steele in Houston, Texas.


Tyson was raised in Spiro and Poteau, Oklahoma.


He attended both Spiro and Poteau Public schools.


Tyson departed this life on July 10, 2015.


Tyson was an outgoing person and always had a smile on his face. He truly loved sports, playing both basketball and football when growing up.


His favorite football team was the New England Patriots. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Tyson is survived by his father Daryle Eugene Steele, Sr of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, his sister Latasha Steele of Washington, DC, his two brothers, Daryle Eugene Steele Jr of Wetumka, Oklahoma and Levi Steele of Pocola, Oklahoma; his grandmother Ollie Jean Lewis of Fort Coffee, OK and many devoted aunts, uncles, other relatives, and friends who will cherish his memory.


He was preceded in death by his mother Diana Juanita Steele, his maternal grandfather Sam Castleberry, paternal grandfather Levi Steele, and his paternal grandmother Panthea Steele.


Funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the Mt. Triumph Missionary Baptist Church in Ft. Coffee, Oklahoma.


The family of Tyson Steele wishes to thank their friends and family for flowers, prayers, and kind messages that you have shown during this time of bereavement.


You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home.

Tyson Darrell Steele Obituary - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 10:00

Motorcycle Accident in Haskell County


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a motorcycle accident occurred on July 14, at 5:42 pm on State Highway 9, two miles west of Enterprise in Haskell County.



According to the report a 2003 Honda motorcycle driven by Michael W Scheidt 57, from Quinton, was westbound on SH9 when he failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the north edge of the roadway.



Scheidt was Life flighted to St. Johns Hospital in Tulsa, admitted in stable condition with head injury.


The accident was Investigated by Trooper Burkley Cash of the Haskell County detachment of Troop C.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 08:20

Tyson Steele Death notice

Tyson Steele, 29, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2015 in Pocola, OK.



Services will be 11 am Saturday July 18 at Mt. Triumph Baptist Church, Ft. Coffee, OK with burial following at Ft. Coffee Cemetery.



A full obit will be published when it becomes available.



Funeral will be under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home.


According to the United States Attorney's Office - the results of the July 2015 Federal Grand Jury were announced.


"The following named individuals have been charged with a federal crime or crimes by the return of an indictment by the Grand Jury. A grand jury Indictment does not constitute evidence of guilt. A grand jury Indictment is a method of bringing formal charges against the defendant. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and may not be found guilty unless evidence establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. United States Sentencing Guidelines may be considered, upon conviction, by the sentencing court. Federal prison sentences are non-parolable."


ERIC WAYNE LOCKHART, age 30, of Muldrow, Oklahoma

Use Of Telephone To Make Bomb Threat

The Indictment alleges that on or about June 15, 2015, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant 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 charge arose from an investigation by the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.


The charges are in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(e), punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.

Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wilson


DERRICK CASEY FRY, age 35, of Nashoba, Oklahoma

Assault With A Dangerous Weapon
Assault Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury

The Indictment alleges that on or about the 23rd day of June, 2015, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Indian Country, within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, the defendant, an Indian, assaulted James Belvin with a dangerous weapon, with the intent to do bodily harm which resulted in serious bodily injury. The charges arose from an investigation by the Choctaw Nation Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


The charges are in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1153, 1151 and 113(a)(3) and Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1153, 1151 and 113(a)(6), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.

Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow


JAVONTE SHAWN ALEXANDER, age 23, of Brooklyn, New York

MALIK AIULU ANDREWS, age 19, of Oxnard, California

JAMES RODNEY SIMS, age 27, of Douglasville, Georgia

Possession Of Fifteen Or More Counterfeit Access Devices

The Indictment alleges that on or about April 24, 2015, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the Defendants, each aiding and abetting the other, knowingly possessed fifteen (15) or more access devices as defined in Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1029(e)(1), 1029(e)(2) or 1029(e)(3), which are counterfeit or unauthorized access devices, with said activity affecting interstate commerce.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the United States Secret Service. The charges are in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1029(a)(3) and 2, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,00.00 or both.

Assistant United States Attorney Melody Nelson

Five Individuals Indicted In July 2015 Federal Grand Jury - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 12:03

Kenneth Eugene Deatherage

Kenneth Eugene Deatherage of Hodgen, Oklahoma was a born September 9, 1923 in Stella, Missouri to Thomas Paul Deatherage and Iva Lorinda (Neal) Deatherage.


From three years of age until entering the Navy his home was Waldron, Arkansas. He passed from this life July 12, 2015 in Talihina, Oklahoma at the age of 91.


He is survived by:

One sister:
Bonnie Rippy of Midwest City, Oklahoma

Two daughters:
Beckie Faulkenberry and husband Larry of Hontubby, Oklahoma
Shondell Rothmire and husband Roy of Hugo, Oklahoma

Two sons:
Klent Deatherage and wife Rhonda of Hodgen, Oklahoma
Lance Deatherage of Jones, Oklahoma

Six granddaughters

11 great-grandchildren


He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 69 years, Doris Deatherage, one sister; Rosalie Morris, and one grandson; Casey Faulkenberry.


Mr. Deatherage was a Navy Veteran serving in WWII as a diesel mechanic.


He worked many jobs throughout his life including; welding, mechanics, Job Corps, coal mines and he retired from the US Forrest Service.


He also owned the Bunkhouse in Heavener, Oklahoma.


In his younger years he enjoyed coaching little league baseball.


Mr. Deatherage raised Quarter horses and Brahmas and enjoyed building trail riding paths.


Graveside service will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at the Sehorn Cemetery in the Winfield Community, Waldron, Arkansas with Mr.Roy Rothmire officiating.


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



Viewing will be 8:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., with the family visiting with friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.



To sign Mr. Deatherage's online guestbook please visit

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