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March 17th, 2014
After around the clock searching, and countless man hours the two inmates that escaped from the Pushmataha County Jail are now back in custody and facing new criminal charges for escaping from a penal institution.
On Sunday night, February 16, two DOC inmates being housed in Pushmataha County Jail escaped after overpowering jail staff while the inmates were being served. The inmates were spotted by Antlers Police Departmentâ€™s dispatchers and the hunt began.
Monday night, around 10 p.m., one of the escaped inmates was recovered in Choctaw County. Sheriff Duncan says Avery is now back behind bars.
Michael Avery was apprehended on HWY 271, just a mile north of HWY 70, but Clayton Scraper is still on the run.
U.S. Marshals, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Choctaw County Sheriff's Office and Bryan County Sheriff's office have been assisting in the search.
On Sunday night two inmates being housed at Pushmataha County Jail in Antlers escaped after overpowering the jailer on duty.
Deputies are looking for Michael Avery and Clayton Scraper. Authorities say they were last seen running west away from the jail and were wearing white boxers and white t-shirts.
Both men are considered dangerous.
Lately it has been questioned as to the need for drug dogs in our county. Are they worth it? I will lay out some facts and figures and let you be the judge.
Pushmataha County has had certified drug dogs available since June 23, 2012. These dogs are owned and handled by individual deputies (they are not owned by the Sheriffâ€™s Department). The Push Co Sheriff didn't pay for these animals. These dogs have bullet and stab proof vests. Again, the Sheriffâ€™s office didnâ€™t pay for this equipment. It was donated by larger departments.
Weâ€™re into the heart of show season in Oklahoma. In the fall we were trying to make everyone aware of the influenza issue and to ask them to take measures to not spread that disease. We all worked together to prepare for and prevent problems with that virus.
We have many great volunteers here in Pushmataha County. One of them we would like to acknowledge is Madge (Franks) Gentry.
Madge is not only a native of Antlers but a graduate of Antlers High School. Madge has three sons who also graduated from Antlers High School.
While working for the school district she also coached KYI softball teams for a number of years. Since retirement Madge has generously served on the Antlers City Council as Council Member, Vice-Mayor and Mayor.
County Commissioner of District #3, Jimmy Long, has stated that he will not seek reelection when his team expires at the end of this year. Health issues and the stress of the job are contributing factors in his decision.
â€śAfter walking in their shoes,â€ť stated Long, â€śI have a lot of respect for all the past commissioners.
Long is in the seventy year of his two year service and has accomplished quite a lot during this time. He sought and obtained new source of revenue to fund the many projects that the north end of the county has needed, including replacing over 40 bridges.
In an one-on-one interview with Pushmataha County Sheriff Terry Duncan, issues that were brought to the publicâ€™s awareness in last weekâ€™s edition were discussed. Some of the topics covered include: the budget, drug dogs, expenditures and inquires about removal of a county official.
The Pushmataha County Sheriffâ€™s Department is running dangerously low on funding.
According to the budget that was set for the Sheriff Departmentâ€™s physical year, July 1, 2013 until June 30, 2014, their is roughly only $28,000 left in the account to last the department until the end of June. This amount, however, does not include monthly income collected from the penny sales tax which was instated in April of 1991 and readopted in 2010, of which 1/2 goes to the Sheriffâ€™s Department.
The City of Antlers has officially hired a contractor to continue clearing limbs for residents in Antlers.
On Monday, January 6th at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting, the City of Antlers hired Brownâ€™s Tree Service to continue working to clear the City of limbs that fell during the ice storm that hit the area in early December 2013.
The contractors began pick up on Wednesday, January 8th and continue for approximately 4-5 days. The contractors will only pick up debris and brush that is in the city right-a-way by the street.