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According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, agents with the Oklahoma Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC) arrested a Norman man on Monday for possession and distribution of child pornography.

Earlier this month, a tip came into the OSBI from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about emails containing suspected child pornography sent from an AOL account to a Yahoo! account.

Search warrants for those accounts were issued and information returned from the companies identifying the IP address of those emails.

OSBI ICAC agents served a search warrant and arrested Ethan A. Smith, 26, of Norman on six counts of child pornography, six counts of distribution of child pornography, and one count of violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

Smith was booked into the Cleveland County jail.

According to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation, on Saturday (Dec 19) afternoon, Altus police entered a home to serve a felony arrest warrant on Pete Mendoza Miranda, Jr. 35.


Miranda barricaded himself with a handgun in a bedroom of the house.

He fled the house after a few minutes and was pursued by officers on foot.

Miranda ran to a vacant where he took cover behind an abandoned vehicle.

Agents are told Miranda drew a pistol from a holster beneath his coat and pointed it an officer.

One officer fired several shots.

Miranda was hit twice in the chest before he surrendered to police.

He was taken into custody and transported to a hospital in Altus.

He was treated for minor injuries and released.

He was booked into the Jackson County jail on a felony warrant for knowingly concealing stolen property, possession of controlled dangerous drugs, and use of a firearm while committing a felony.

OSBI agents will collect information and evidence from the scene and compile a comprehensive report for the district attorney.

The district attorney will determine whether the shooting was justified. The Altus Police Department requested OSBI investigate the case.

Sunday, 20 December 2015 23:46

Wreck in Sequoyah County


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a personal injury collision occurred on Dec 20th at approximately 7:21 pm on US Highway 64B 1 north of County Road 1040, approximately 7 miles north of Muldrow, OK in Sequoyah County.

According to the report a 1994 Ford Pickup driven by Mary Moore 27, of Summers, Arkansas, was northbound on US64B and made a 90 degree curve to the east.
The vehicle continued north and departed the roadway to the left, and struck a tree.

The vehicle came to rest on all four wheels at the tree.

Moore was pinned for approximately 20 minutes and extricated by the Nicutt Fire Department.

She was transported by Pafford EMS to Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith, AR where she was admitted in stable condition with trunk internal injuries.

Two passengers with Moore were not injured.

Investigated by Trooper Steve Crooks of the Sequoyah County Detachment of Troop C. Assisted by Nicutt Fire Department, Pafford EMS, and the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office.

Saturday, 19 December 2015 22:29

Nashoba Man Sentenced To 50 Months for Assault

According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma a Nashoba Oklahoma man was sentenced to 50 months for assault.

According to the report, Derrick Casey Fry, a/k/a Derrek Casey Fry 35, was sentenced to 50 months imprisonment and 3 year Supervised Release for Assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

The charge is a result of an investigation by the Choctaw Nation Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The defendant was indicted in July, 2015 and pled guilty in August, 2015.


The Indictment alleged that from 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 assaulted James Belvin, resulting in serious bodily injury.


The Honorable James H. Payne, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing.


The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which he will serve his nonparoleable sentence.


Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow represented the United States.


MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that James Westley Radford 28, of Eufaula, Oklahoma was sentenced to 160 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release for Drug Conspiracy.


Charges arose from an investigation by the Navarro County Sheriff’s Department in Texas, the District 18 District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General.


The defendant was indicted in July, 2015 and pled guilty in August, 2015.


The Indictment alleged that beginning in or about October 2014 and continuing to in or about January 2015, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendant knowingly and intentionally agreed with other persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to illegally obtain Schedule II and IV controlled substances by means of presenting fraudulent prescriptions to pharmacies and conspired to possess with intent to distribute and distribute Schedule II and IV controlled substances.


As part of the conspiracy the defendant would obtain stolen prescription pads, legitimate DEA numbers and copies of doctor’s signatures from the Jack C. Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center, for the purpose of forging prescriptions of controlled substances. The defendant would recruit people to present those forged prescriptions on his behalf in return for pay and then distribute the fraudulently obtained illegal drugs or trade illegal drugs for other drugs.


The Honorable James H. Payne, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which he will serve his nonparolable sentence.

First Assistant United States Attorney Doug Horn represented the United States.

Saturday, 19 December 2015 16:30

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Monroe Public School in Monroe OK, held their annual Christmas program on Dec 18th at the school gym.

The Pre- K and Kindergarten started the show off with “Jingle Bells” and Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

The First and Second grade classes performed “Happy Birthday Jesus” and “ I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”

Third grade performed a skit entitled: ”It was a Night”

Fourth grade did a heart moving Hand Bell Choir performance to “Ode to Joy”, “Silent Night”, “Little Drummer Boy”, “Do you See what I See”, and “Jingle Bells”

Then the 5th through 8th grade took the stage and performed the “Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

The students and faculty worked very hard and did a great job.


prek 2

Pre -K


First and Second

third grade

Third Grade

4th grade

Fourth Grade


Best Christmas Pageant Ever cast

curtain call


Merry Christmas to All!


Women's Crisis Center of LeFlore County held their Christmas open house on Dec 18, just to thanks everyone who has supported the center over the years.

Everyone was invited to come tour the facility and see the improvements that have been added to the shelter.


The mission of Women's Crisis Services which is:

To provide relief and support for persons who have suffered physical or emotional abuse as a result of family violence, stalking and sexual assault; to empower women and children who have lived in violent relationships and those who are survivors of stalking and sexual assault by utilizing the concept of individual worth, choice, self-determination and independence; to assist these persons to utilize community resources for the establishment of healthy family relationships and self-growth, to eradicate the myths and ignorance by enlightening and educating our community; to advocate unceasingly for a non-violent society. In accordance with this mission, WCS serves and is served by persons of all age, economic, ethnic, lifestyle, racial, religious and social groups.



Monetary Donations are always accepted.

   Donations are tax deductible (Please make checks/money orders out to Women's Crisis Services of LeFlore County. You may request for a receipt for tax purposes. You can drop off donations or mail them to P.O. Box 774 Poteau, Oklahoma 74953.

  • They accept women's and children’s clothing of all sizes.
  • Furniture (When the space allows)
  • Household items, for example, toilet paper, paper towel, hand soap, cleaning supplies, and office supplies.
  • towels, wash clothes, and food storage containers.
  • Non-perishable food items

pam and steve

Pam and Steve Holton have been great supporters of the WCS.

greg and ginger

Board member Greg Russell, thanks Ginger Skinner  for her service with the shelter.


greg and debbie

Board member Greg Russell, thanks Debbie Edwards for her service with the shelter.

Friday, 18 December 2015 18:09


Historic Downtown Town Poteau held a Christmas Window Display Contest


First Place: Helmets 2 Boots

Second Place: Poteau Games

Third Place: Peppercorn Antique Mall


People’s Choice Award: Salvation Army

Honorable Mention: Vickie’s Beauty Boutique

Director’s Choice: LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowrey

Lifetime Excellence in Merchandising and Community Leadership Award: The Purple Plume


People Choice was awarded by number of votes.

Judges included employees from The Purple Plume and volunteers for Historic Downtown Poteau




Poteau Games - Second Place


Award 2

People Choice


Lifetime Excellence in Merchandising and Community Leadership -  Purple Plum


Peppercorn - Third Place


AND THE WINNER IS........ - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote


Oklahoma City— Both state and private systems are struggling to keep up with the needs of the growing number of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The prevalence of ASD continues to rise, with one in 68 children diagnosed in the United States.


Kicking off the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Spring Lecture Series will be “Autism: Current Research and Evidence-Based Practice,” being held Thursday, January 14 at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr. in Oklahoma City. All lectures are free and open to the public.


Guest lecturer will be Rene Daman, co-director of the Oklahoma Autism Network in the Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities and Autism. She will discuss current research regarding the causes of ASD, the importance of early identification, and interventions to support individuals with ASD and their families.


Other lectures in the spring series include a look at career pathways for low-income and low-skilled workers and their employers. Additionally, an examination of suicide prevention in Oklahoma takes center stage, as suicide is the second-leading cause of death for Oklahomans between the ages of 10 and 35. A complete list of spring lecture topics is available on the DHS website at


The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.


Register to attend by phoning (405)521-3552.


From Military Health System


SOUTHWEST ASIA — It is a punishing grind. Day in and day out, Airmen are exposed to high operations tempos accompanied by considerable amounts of physical exertion.

Taking a quick look around the base reveals Airmen in their element lifting heavy gear, contorting to fix different equipment and participating in rigorous physical training activities.


Needless to say, this deployment asks a lot if its members.


These instances only scratch the surface of what Airmen endure, and it’s no surprise as a result of so much abuse, bodies are inevitably broken down to the point they need to be tuned up to continue on.


It’s at this point, physical therapy experts become a part of the rebuilding process, assessing injuries and developing plans for Airmen to bounce back from damage their bodies have suffered.


“Our main goal is to keep the mission going and that means keeping people healthy to ensure success,” said Air Force Senior Airman Akil, 380th Expeditionary Medical Group noncommissioned officer in charge of the physical therapy clinic.


Inside the physical therapy facility Akil is the programs lead technician. His structured preparation and desire to help people have shaped his approach in getting Airmen back to the mission.


Although Akil is a seasoned technician now, it wasn’t exactly what he pictured himself doing at the beginning of his career when he was told this would be his profession.

“I didn’t even think they had jobs like this in the Air Force,” he said. “I was prepared to go off and fight somewhere.”


Following those initial thoughts, he began to reflect on his high school and college days when he competed in track and field; it was during this time he first noticed what physical therapists could do to help people.


It was that epiphany, which made him realize this job would be a perfect fit.


“I love athletics and helping people,” said Akil. “Being in a job, which involves both, was something I could see myself doing.”


The road to recovery looks much like Akil’s past in track and field or any other competitive sport setting; exercise clothes, fitness equipment, looks of determination and a coach whose verbal encouragement keeps progress steady.


According to Akil, his strategy to get patients back to a healthy state depends on the severity of their injury. He said typically plans begin with basic movements such as stretching and gradually transitions into more advanced strength training.


Air Force Staff Sgt. Jamey, 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron member, found himself in physical therapy and under the guidance of Akil, after accumulating damage in his knees from years of exercise. He credits the Physical Therapy team for the progress he’s made in getting back to full health.


“My experience in physical therapy has been awesome here,” said Jamey. “The program has been very effective. After doing the strength training and stretches I noticed my knees were a lot more loose and stronger.”


At this point in the deployment there have been no signs of business slowing down for Akil, which is business as usual for him.


“The work pace here is intense and when people combine that with heavy workouts there’s more probability for injury,” he said.


Throughout Akil’s time here he’s seen over 780 patients, with a number of those injuries being work or exercise related; and without a doubt it’s been Akil’s efforts, which have kept a majority of those Airmen in the fight versus sending them home.


As one might expect, the physical effects of supporting a war are inherent. The constant wear and tear Airmen experience, whether it’s on or off duty, adversely impacts the mission.


Consequently, the physical therapy team becomes a critical asset, stepping in to minimize those impacts. With each unique blueprint they create, it enables a path back for their patients to overcome injuries.


“This job is 100 percent helping people,” said Akil. “My purpose is getting people back to what they love doing; whether that’s back to their job, into the gym or just back to being healthy.”


(Editor’s note: Due to safety and security reasons, last names were removed.)

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