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August 9th, 2012
Deputy Phyllis Davis of the Pushmataha County Sheriffâ€™s Department retired after 14 years of service to our community on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. She was presented a plaque to commemorate the occasion in a surprise presentation in the County Courthouse. Tears where shed as coworkers and friends wished her well during her retirement. Sheriff Duncan presented Davis with the plaque and stated that it is hard to find someone who is loyal, who does their job without question and who is truly a law enforcement officer. The entire department expressed how deeply Davis will be missed.
As drought conditions continue to worsen across Oklahoma, Governor Mary Fallin has announced that a ban on outdoor burning for all 77 Oklahoma counties is effective immediately and will last until a notice is given releasing the ban.
County deputies recently were involved in a child abuse case after reports were made of an eight year old girl being locked in a cabinet for over two hours while her mother was asleep in the bedroom.
Bobby Ray Merritt, of Rattan, is being charged with child abuse and possession of a controlled dangerous substance following a search of their trailer, that was located in the Rattan Mobile Park, and after two children correlated the same sequence of events to deputies while staying at their grandmotherâ€™s home.
With the few rain showers and thunderstorms that have passed through Southeast Oklahoma, wildfires havenâ€™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.â€ť
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.
Escapes from the Arkansas Department of Correctionâ€™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 oâ€™clock.
The three may have split up.
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.
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 didnâ€™t live in.
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.
Fridayâ€™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.
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.