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BRYAN COUNTY, OKLA. – Former Achille mayor David Shane Northcutt, 42-years-old, was arrested today in connection with the burglary of the Achille, Okla. Police Department evidence room. Northcutt was arrested in Durant, Okla. by the Durant Police Department around 12:30 this afternoon.


He was taken into custody on one count of Grand Larceny and one count of False Declaration of Ownership in Pawn, both of which are felonies. Northcutt is currently in the Bryan County Jail being held on a $10,000 bond.


Several items were missing from the evidence room, including guns, drugs and cash, after a break-in occurred in the early morning hours of March 18, 2019.


The day after the break-in, District Attorney Emily Redman requested OSBI assistance with the investigation into the burglary.


The OSBI Crime Scene Unit processed the evidence room, which is located at City Hall in the 200 block of Main Street. During the course of the investigation, agents interviewed multiple people, including the former mayor.


Northcutt eventually confessed that he used a key to unlock the evidence room door.


The OSBI would like to thank the Durant Police Department for their assistance in arresting Northcutt.

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 19:44

Thank You, Law Enforcement Officers

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin


The men and women of our law enforcement put their lives on the line each day to protect our families and our communities. They sacrifice holidays, weekends, and other precious time with family and friends to serve the public.


There may be times when we are frustrated with law enforcement officers, like when we drive too fast or park in the wrong spot. But at the end of the day, they are doing their jobs of upholding our laws and keeping the peace.


So even in our occasional frustration, let us never forget the ones we turn to in times of need. They are among the first to respond when a disaster strikes, helping friends and strangers alike. They are present to ensure that a special community event does not turn into a tragedy. We owe them not only our thanks, but also our prayers.


Too often, we hear tragic stories of law enforcement officers who never make it home to their own families because they are helping us get home to ours. So far this year, we have lost 40 officers in the line of duty in our country, including one in Oklahoma.


In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week; this year it is May 12th- May 18th. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.


During National Police Week, I want to say thank you to Oklahoma’s law enforcement officers, the Capitol Police on Capitol Hill, and all of our nation’s law enforcement who stand willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice. We will never forget the men and women who made that sacrifice.


As Jesus taught us: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.’ Our law enforcement officials are the peacemakers of our communities. Today, and every day, I am grateful for the peace they uphold in all of our lives.



OKLAHOMA CITY – In response to the damage caused by last night’s storms, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready is offering help.
“As Oklahomans assess the damage caused by a tornado in Kiowa County and the severe storms across the state, we at the Oklahoma Insurance Department are ready to help. If homeowners have questions about their insurance policy and their coverage, our Consumer Assistance division is here for you. We also understand that the insurance claims process can be overwhelming, and we want to offer any help we can to speed up recovery.”
If you need help after last night’s storms, call the Oklahoma Insurance Department at 800-522-0071. You can also find more information about preparing for storms and reviewing your insurance coverage at
About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 19:35

Kasey Marie Jackson Obituary

Kasey Marie Jackson was born May 29, 2000 in Poteau, Oklahoma to Rudy Jackson and Rhonda (Sayles) Jackson and passed away May 6, 2019 in Spiro, Oklahoma at the age 18.

She is survived by her mother, Rhonda Edwards, her father, Rudy Jackson and wife Jamie, brother, Tyler Jackson, maternal grandmother, Mary Newell, paternal grandparents, Daniel and Brinda Adkins, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Charles Newell.

Kasey worked at Sonic in Pocola and loved her job. She was an incredibly special person who impacted many lives, she was one of a kind.

Funeral services will be 1pm Friday at the Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro, Oklahoma with Reverend Cavan Gappmayer officiating, burial will follow in the Spiro City Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home. Viewing will be 2pm-7pm Thursday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Earl Henson, Lucas Jackson, Paul Riva, Daniel Adkins, and Rudy Jackson.

To sign Kasey’s online guestbook please visit


Wednesday, 08 May 2019 19:33

Freddie Jackson Obituary

Freddie Jackson, 71, of Poteau, OK passed away Monday, May 6, 2019 in Fort Smith, AR.


He was born April 15, 1948 in Bennington, OK to George and Jessie (Hamill) Jackson. He was a Army Veteran.

Freddie is survived by his wife of 28 years Maritta Jackson of the home, 7 children, 14 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, brother Buddy Jackson of Bennington, OK, sisters Sandy Milbeauer of Howe, Deanie Cockrill of Euless, TX, and Linda Andrews of Heavener; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Memorial Service will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Evans Memorial Chapel in Poteau, OK.


Interment will follow in the Oakland Cemetery.

You may leave an online message at


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

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 19:29

Fishing Report for May 8, 2019

A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department



Arbuckle: May 6. Elevation 5 1/4 ft. above normal, water 66 and muddy. Largemouth and smallmouth bass slow around the main lake.  Crappie off Guy Sandy dock is slow. Crappie on lake is fair using minnows & jigs around brush piles on the lake. White bass poor. Channel cats good in upper creeks. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: May 7. Elevation normal, water 67 and muddy. Trout slow on in-line spinnerbaits and green garlic scented PowerBait along channels and below falls behind current breaks. Channel catfish excellent on chicken liver, dough bait and stinkbait around brush structure, channels and creek channels. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels and rocks. Report submitted by Ethan Lovelace, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: May 3. Elevation above average, water 69. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rig, plastics and spinnerbaits around creek channels, points and standing timber. Channel catfish good on cut bait, punch bait and worms around coves and creek channels. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: May 3. Elevation rising water murky. Crappie fair on jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, creek channels, riprap, shallows and standing timber. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait and shad around creek channels, flats and river channel. Paddlefish fair on snagging around tailwater. Report submitted by Jake Bersche, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: May 3. Elevation above average, water 60 and murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live bait and shad below the dam and around main lake, river channel and shorelines. Crappie good on jigs and minnows below the dam and around brush structure, creek channels, main lake, river channel, shorelines and standing timber. Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, live bait, plastics and small lures around brush structure, flats, main lake, points, river channel and shorelines. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: May 2. Elevation normal, water 64 and murky. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits, jigs, plastics and top water around the main lake, points, river channel and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on crankbaits, live shad and spoons around coves, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait around coves, inlet, riprap and weed beds. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: May 3. Elevation normal, water clear. Rainbow trout good on caddis flies, PowerBait and tube jigs around channels, rocks and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: May 3. Elevation 9 ft. above normal, water 63. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, jerk bait, spinnerbaits and on the flooded shorelines around coves, shorelines and weed beds. Crappie and white bass fair on jigs and minnows around creek channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: May 7. Elevation above average, water 64 and murky. Smallmouth bass slow on crankbaits around points. Crappie fair on grubs, hair jigs, jigs and minnows around brush structure and channels. Report submitted by Jaylen Flynn, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: May 3. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, flukes and plastics around flats and shallows. Crappie good on jigs around brush structure and flats. Channel catfish good on cut bait, hot dogs and stinkbait below the dam and around the main lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: May 3. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, lipless baits, plastics, rogues, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around coves, points, riprap, shallows, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around the inlet, shallows, shorelines and standing timber. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, shad and stinkbait around creek channels, inlet and river mouth. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: May 3. Elevation above average, water 69. Largemouth and spotted bass good on jigs, plastics and spinnerbaits around brush structure, points, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on crickets, shad and sunfish around creek channels, main lake and shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, points, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: May 3. Elevation rising, water 68 and muddy. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, punch bait and shad around coves, creek channels and river mouth. Striped bass good on cut bait, live bait, live shad and minnows around the main lake. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and docks. The lake is rising very quickly and fishing will be off normal patterns. Striped Bass fishing is great mid-lake in clean water, live bait and cut bait will produce fish on most days. Lots of smaller fish being caught right now, below the dam has been good for striped bass while water flow is present. Catfish have been biting with rising water at the mouths of creeks and rivers, in any backed up water next to rivers or creeks are producing catfish on cut bait and red worms. Crappie are hard to pattern with the crazy weather but fishing brush in 15 ft. of water or beneath docks have been the most productive. Bowfishing with the high water is great right now where grass is present in the water. (Reminder bow fishermen from 377 bridge west to I-35 bridge is closed to alligator gar harvest for the month of May). Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: May 3. Elevation above average, water cloudy. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastics, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around channels, coves, points and shallows. Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, hot dogs, punch bait and shad below the dam and around channels, flats, main lake and points. Crappie good on jigs, minnows and tube jigs below the dam, around brush structure, shallows, shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, Game warden stationed in Leflore County.

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate gave unanimous final approval to legislation Tuesday which authorizes the use of one standardized sexual assault evidence kit by all law enforcement agencies statewide. Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, said she authored Senate Bill 975 to address the state’s backlog of untested rape kits and to get victims justice faster.

In 2017, the Oklahoma Task Force on Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) conducted an audit and found that there were more than 7,200 untested rape kits throughout the state. Floyd was a member of the taskforce.

“Victims of sexual assault deserve justice, and justice can’t be served until their kits are analyzed,” said Floyd. “Standardizing the test will speed up processing of these kits and provide additional evidence to help law enforcement catch these criminals.”

Under SB 975, agencies must submit the kit to a laboratory within 20 days if the victim filed a report with law enforcement or requested it to be processed. Alleged sexual assault victims must be informed of the kit’s purpose and his/her right to have it tested. The bill also requires agencies to keep kits for up to 50 years or for the length of the crime’s statute of limitations, whichever is longer.

“This legislation provides important tools for law enforcement while also assisting victims of sexual assault,” said Floyd.

The OSBI is also directed to adopt prioritization guidelines for the testing of untested kits. The guidelines must consider when the test was taken, the statute of limitations, and whether the victim knows the alleged perpetrator or not. The OSBI and accredited crime laboratories are directed to adopt rules and guidelines for the submission of tested kits by January 1, 2020.

House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols served as the House principal author of the measure.

SB 975, which was one of the recommendations of the SAFE Task Force, now goes to the Governor for consideration.

Press release


During storm season, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds residents that flooding can cause fatalities and serious injuries for people who are trapped or swept away by wading in, or driving through floodwaters. Last week’s storms led to three fatalities and numerous water rescues. One of the fatalities was because of flooding.

During storms with high levels of rainfall, the OSDH encourages Oklahomans to evacuate flood prone areas before flooding begins. An evacuation plan should consist of multiple escape routes in case roads are blocked. Evacuation plans should also take into account people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, pets and even livestock.

When evacuation is not possible or when driving during heavy rains, it is important to remember not to enter flooded areas, or even areas with only inches of moving water. The depth of water is not always obvious, and the surface underneath the water may be washed out. Hazards in floodwaters often consist of rocks, mud, debris, oil, gasoline and even sewage. Remember to ‘turn around, don’t drown.’

Flood damage can lead to a number of public health issues. OSDH recommends the following tips:

• Listen for news reports to learn whether a community’s water supply is safe to drink.
• Have wells checked for contamination from bacteria and chemicals.
• Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage, bacteria and chemicals. Professional services and/or guidance may be necessary before attempting to repair flood-damaged property.
• Throw out any food, including canned items, which was not maintained at a proper temperature or has been exposed to floodwaters. Do not eat food from a flooded garden.
• Remove and replace any drywall or other paneling which has been underwater. Mold growth in hidden places is a significant health hazard.

Officials also recommend keeping an emergency kit to have ready for evacuation. Keep supplies such as snacks, a change of clothes, prescription medicine, medical equipment, important documents, pet supplies and valuable items such as family photos and irreplaceable mementos.

OSDH released videos in English, Spanish and American Sign Language to ensure the message of preparedness is available to various populations. To access these videos, visit the OSDH YouTube channel and select the Preparedness playlist. For more information about preparing for floods, storms or other natural disasters, visit

 Press release
People Should Resist 'Helping' Young Wildlife; Usually All Is Fine
Springtime is when many people discover fawns hiding in the grass and mistakenly believe these young animals need help.
This year, it is more important than ever to leave these fawns alone due to the recent discovery of chronic wasting disease in a captive elk breeding facility in Lincoln County.
The State Veterinarian with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has issued an order to stop all movement of elk and deer within the state until May 24. In the case of deer and elk fawns, the order prohibits anyone from taking these animals to a wildlife rehabilitation facility for any reason.
Each year at this time, well-meaning people often make incorrect assumptions when they happen to come across young birds or animals.
"People should keep their interactions with wildlife to a minimum," said Wildlife Diversity Senior Biologist Mark Howery with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "Normal wildlife behavior is often misinterpreted as something abnormal by well-meaning people, and it usually does more harm than good when people intervene."
The majority of encounters with young wildlife are nothing to be concerned about. Many animals try to hide their young and tend to them periodically through the day. They leave them alone for much of the time so they won’t call attention to the young or create a scent trail that might lead predators to them. Chances are the parents are watching them from a distance or are nearby eating or gathering food and will return to their young.
"Every spring, we receive many calls from people who have found a young animal hiding in the grass, or some other animal that they think might need help," Howery said. "People are often inclined to intervene, but they should refrain."
"From May through July, young feathered birds are commonly encountered on or near the ground. In almost all cases, the parent birds are nearby and have not abandoned them. It's normal for parents to lead their chicks out of the nest just before they are able to fly and hide them so that predators can’t take the whole brood. The parent birds will continue to feed them on the ground."
If a baby bird is found featherless or only has light down, try to put it back into its nest. The parent birds will not be scared of human scent, which is a popular misconception. If the nest cannot be found, people can build a substitute nest by lining a holed plastic container with grass and securing it to a nearby branch.
Young rabbits, squirrels and opossums, even when they appear small, are able to fend for themselves if they are fully furred and their eyes are open. It is best to leave them alone and keep pets away from them. If these young animals are able to run away, they are able to fend for themselves.
"Before anyone attempts to help, they should make sure a young animal truly has been abandoned or is really injured," Howery said. "When an injury is apparent, go ahead and call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for instructions. There is a list of them on the Wildlife Department’s website" at
If you suspect abandonment, simply keep an eye on the situation for an appropriate amount of time. Keep in mind that mammal parents tend to nurse their young only a few times a day, usually around dusk and dawn, and those are the likely times when parents will show up. Birds tend to bring food to their chicks three or four times an hour throughout the day. If after watching you become convinced the young animal has been abandoned or orphaned, put it in a well-ventilated box (except for any deer or elk, which are not to be moved) and call a wildlife rehabilitator.
Many people don’t realize it is illegal to keep and attempt to care for most wild animals unless properly permitted.
People who have questions about any wild animal situation are welcome to call a Game Warden. A directory is at
Wednesday, 08 May 2019 02:39

Arkoma's New Trustees take Oath of Office


Arkoma, OKLAHOMA, On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 new Arkoma Board of Trustees Joshua Johnson and Tammy McLemore were sworn in for their positions on the board by Mayor Rick Harvey.



The citizens of Arkoma voted them in for the Trustee positions on the April 3, 2019 Municipal election.



Good Job and Good Luck!

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