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August 3rd, 2012

Governor Fallin Declares State of Emergency

August 3, 2012

With the few rain showers and thunderstorms that have passed through Southeast Oklahoma, wildfires haven’t became an issue in our area as of yet but Governor Mary Fallin has declared a State of Emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties due to extreme, or exceptional, drought conditions. The order was signed on Monday, July 30, 2012.

Fallin stated that extreme heat and dry conditions continue to affect the entire state and that her administration would be ready to help provide whatever aid and assistance it can as Oklahoma communities work to cope with this drought.”

Search warrant yields marijuana

August 3, 2012

The District 17 Drug Task Force served a search warrant on the residence of Lonnie Griggs and came away with more than one bag of marijuana. The residence is located in Antlers.

July 26th

Escaped Arkansas inmates may be in SE OK

July 26, 2012

Escapes from the Arkansas Department of Correction’s Mississippi County Work Release Center in Luxora, AR., may be in the Fort Smith-Southeast Oklahoma area.

John Laxton, 42, and Danny Rankins, 46, were working at two separate job sites in Blytheville, AR., and are believed to have left with a woman driving a green Kia. When an ADC officer went to pick them up the evening of July 18, they were not at their jobs sites at approximately 8 o’clock.

The three may have split up.

4-H members share cupcakes with inmates

July 26, 2012

Pushmataha County 4-H hosted a cupcake decorating class on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012. 4-H members Kimberly Alford and Michelle Hedgecock cooked up an extra batch of cupcakes and shared them with the inmates at the Pushmataha County jail. Pictured receiving the cupcakes are Sheriff Jimmy Duncan and Deputy John Arthur.

Man charged with using false identity

July 26, 2012

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Tommy Allen was patrolling near EZ Mart in Antlers when he noticed two females in a hurry leaving the store on foot. When he made contact with the females, Rebecca V. Farley told the officer that she let some guy drive her vehicle to take a cat down the road. Allen stated that it seemed odd to him that someone would let another person drive their vehicle and leave them at a store in a town that they didn’t live in.

The heat is on

July 26, 2012

The dog days have arrived.

As the month of June closed with a surge in temperatures, the trend continued into July, with Pushmataha County checking in above 100 degrees for the first time on Friday, after several days of near 100-degree highs.

Friday’s temperature of 103 degrees was the hottest day of the year, so far, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet. Saturday, Antlers reported a high temperature of 101 degrees, with a high on Sunday of Sunday of 97 degrees.

June sales tax figures told

July 26, 2012

Antlers received a sales tax disbursement of $93,568 in June, an increase over the $90,017 received in June of last year.

Clayton received a sales tax disbursement of $23,463 last month, an increase over the $22,313 received in June of last year.

Rattan received $3,660 in sales tax last month, an increase over the $2,054 received in June of 2011.

Pushmataha County received $100,817 in county sales tax last month, down from the $111,305 received in June of last year.

July 19th

Deputies forced to wrestle man into custody

July 19, 2012

Pushmataha County Deputies were forced to wrestle an Antlers man to the ground in order to place him into custody after resisting arrest following a traffic stop on “E” Street in Antlers last Wednesday, July 11th.

County Deputy Shawn Culver and Deputy Russell Bailey were traveling south on N.E. “E” Street when he noticed a blue Ford Explorer that was also heading south but was in the opposite lane. When the deputy caught up to the vehicle he activated his lights and the vehicle came to a stop.

Council member passes after 24 years of service

July 19, 2012

The recent passing of a Pushmataha County resident has deeply impacted many in the community and throughout the county. Roy Earl Jackson was a very active citizen who loved this county, country and the people in it.

Roy served his community by being a member of the Antlers City Council for 24 years (since 1988) and he also served as the Mayor of Antlers for 19 years. Not only was he a civil servant, he was also a small business owner in our community. He was the owner of Jackson Motors, a staple business in Antlers for many years.

Six thrown from vehicle after driver fell asleep

July 19, 2012

After the driver of a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer fell asleep at the wheel, six were thrown from the vehicle after it rolled once and came to rest on it’s wheels.

The driver, Jelena Cureington, a 33 year-old, white female from Tulsa, departed the roadway to the left into the median, over corrected causing the vehicle to depart the roadway to the right where the vehicle rolled once and came to rest on it’s wheels. With the exception of the driver and two passengers, all of the others were ejected from the vehicle in various directions and distances.

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