Friday, September 22, 2017

Fourth Cherokee Warrior Flight to Depart Monday

From the left, World War II veteran and 2014 Cherokee Warrior Flight participant Joseph Leathers visits with Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and World War II veteran and 2017 Cherokee Warrior Flight participant Jack Shamblin of Roland at the tribe’s 2017 Memorial Day ceremony.

For World War II veteran Jack Shamblin of Roland being on this year’s Cherokee Warrior Flight is more than a trip. It’s another chance to visit the grave of his grandson, Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, who was killed by ISIS and laid to rest at Arlington Cemetery in 2015.

He is among eight Cherokee veterans who will leave for the nation’s capital to visit several war memorials and tour the Capitol building as part of the Cherokee Nation’s fourth annual Cherokee Warrior Flight.

At 5 p.m. Sunday, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, a special dinner in the Sky Room will honor the veterans. The three World War II veterans, three Korean War veterans and two Vietnam veterans will be presented with vests and hats with Cherokee Warrior Flight patches from Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden to thank them for their service.

“It’s quite an honor to be recognized by the Cherokee Nation, and I look forward to sharing this trip with Joshua’s brother, Zack,” said Shamblin, 90. “I love this country, and I am thankful to the Cherokee Nation for everything they have done for my family and for so many other veterans.”

The Cherokee Warrior Flight departs from Tulsa International Airport for Washington, D.C., at 6:30 a.m. on Monday.

From Sept. 25-27, the veterans will tour Arlington National Cemetery, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Wall and the U.S. Capitol before arriving back in Tulsa at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday.

“This trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a lot of our veterans, and one of the most important ways we can show our gratitude for their service,” said Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, a U.S. Navy veteran. “This year’s veterans represent a variety of service over many decades and many stories, and I feel honored to share this experience with each of them.”

World War II veteran, Wayne Kellehan, 92, of Claremore, says he is looking forward to sharing everything about the trip with his daughter, Carolyn, who is going as his chaperone.

“I was so surprised to be invited on the Cherokee Warrior Flight,” said Kellehan, who was a corporal in the U.S. Army. “It sure means a lot to me to go, and I am excited to see all that there is to see.”

Also on the flight are two Vietnam veteran brothers, who planned to attend with their third brother, but he recently died.

The Cherokee Warrior Flight’s mission is similar to the national Honor Flight organization’s goal of helping all veterans, willing and able, to see the memorials that were erected in their honor. With more than 4,000 military veterans who are Cherokee Nation citizens, the Cherokee Nation is replicating that experience for its people. Per capita, Native Americans serve at a higher rate in the military than any other ethnic group.

The veterans participating on the 2017 Cherokee Warrior Flight include the following:

World War II

Jack Shamblin, 90, Army Air Force, of Roland

Wayne Kellehan, 92, Army, of Claremore

Johnnie Crittenden, 92, Army, of Burbank, California

Korean War

John Swimmer, 84, Army, of Vian

Granvill “Buck” Murray, 84, Army, of Claremore

Jim Quetone, 86, Army, of Tahlequah

Vietnam War

Ray Grass, 70, Navy, Air Force, of Locust Grove

Russell Grass, 73, Navy, of Walnut Creek, California

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Tennessee Men Face Drug Charges

Two men from Tennessee were arrested and charged on Sept. 19 in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, with unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rigoberto Santiago, 26, and Donald Eugene Caldwell, also 26, were arrested Sept. 11 just off Interstate 40 in Vian after an unspecified amount of marijuana was found in the vehicle Santiago was driving.

Both men presented identifications that did not list home towns.

The officer, with the District 27 Drug Task Force, reported he saw a gray car traveling east on Interstate 40 at about 10 a.m. on Sept. 11, but when he tried to stop the car for making a lane change without signaling, the driver left I-40 at the Vian exit and traveled another quarter mile before stopping.

The driver, Santiago, apologized to the officer and said he “was almost out of gas,” according to the officer’s report.

The officer reported Santiago admitted he and his passenger, Caldwell, smoked “weed” about two hours before he was stopped. Because of the admission the officer said he was able to search the vehicle where he found a plastic container holding a green, leafy substance, two large vacuum-sealed bags with several containers of green leafy substance, a vacuum heat sealer, plastic sealer wrap, and plastic bags.

The officer reported Santiago admitted he drove to Colorado to buy marijuana which he was taking to Tennessee to sell.

Caldwell denied the allegations, and refused to talk without an attorney.

Both men were booked into the county jail, and have $11,000 appearance bonds each.

The car was impounded for possible forfeiture, according to the report.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Students Get SWAT Training at People Inc.

Students from Brushy, Gans, Sallisaw, Vian, Moffett and Liberty Schools 
recently attended healthy living training at People Inc. in Sallisaw.

Students from Brushy, Gans, Sallisaw, Vian, Moffett and Liberty Public Schools attended the annual Student Wellness Advocacy Team (SWAT) Training at the People Inc. Conference center on Wednesday.

They learned about nutrition, physical activity and tobacco cessation and developed activities and ideas that they can implement throughout the hallways of their schools and in their communities. They all shared one mission and that is to help spread the word and engage others, both young and old, in learning about ways to improve their communities’ overall health and wellness.

The program had four guest speakers, Chantel Hartman, Lindsie Ellis, Janis Cravatt and James Tyree. They provided an educational experience for the students on healthy living.

Lindsie Dyer, People Inc. Youth and Family Service Counselor/Coordinator TSET Healthy Living Program Director, said, “On behalf of the TSET Healthy Living Program we would like to thank all of our speakers as well as our Adult Partners for participating in this year’s training. I was impressed at how many great speakers we had! These kids were actively engaged the entire day. They all had very creative ideas and presented them without any hesitation.”

The SWAT training is hosted every year by the People Inc. TSET Healthy Living Program Staff: Dyer -TSET Healthy Living Program Director, Kim Netz - TSET Healthy Living Program Coordinator, and Tricia Wall -TSET Healthy Living Program Wellness Coordinator.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Health Department Will Start Flu Vaccines Oct. 2

The Sequoyah County Health Department will offer influenza vaccinations beginning Oct. 2. The vaccinations will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and Sequoyah County Health Department recommend flu vaccination every year for everyone six months of age and older. The more people vaccinated, the less the chance that flu will spread in families and communities.

Each year in the United States, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. The flu vaccine is the best defense against getting the flu. Flu season usually starts in September or October and runs through April or May. 

Jill Larcade, Sequoyah County Health Department administrative director, said, “It takes about two weeks after vaccination to become fully protected so it is important for everyone in your family to be vaccinated as soon as possible. Protection lasts about six months, so people vaccinated in October should be protected through April of next year.”

Immunization is the safest and best way to protect people at high risk from the flu such as pregnant women, children and people with chronic heart and lung diseases. In addition to getting a flu vaccination, people 65 and older, and those with chronic health conditions, should ask their doctor about being vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia. Pneumococcal pneumonia is a common and potentially serious complication of the flu. Unlike the influenza vaccine, the pneumococcal vaccine does not need to be given every year. 

The flu mist will not be available as it is no longer recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

The Sequoyah County Health Department will be providing flu vaccine using the following fee schedule:

• There will be no charge for families whose income is less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level. However, those with health insurance should bring their card. The insurance company will be billed for the vaccine and an administration fee.
• There will be no charge for adults 65 years of age and older. These adults should bring their Medicare Card or other health insurance card.
• There is no charge for children 18 years of age and younger who have no health insurance, whose health insurance does not cover flu vaccine, who are eligible for SoonerCare, or who are Native American or Alaskan natives.
• All others will be charged a fee of $25 to cover the cost of the flu vaccine and the cost of administering the vaccine.

Clinic days and times are as follows: Monday through Friday, 8:00 -4:30.

The county health department will accept SoonerCare, Medicare, all private health insurance, cash, checks, or credit cards as payment for flu vaccine. For more information about flu clinics at the Sequoyah County Health Department, call 918-775-6201.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Muldrow Man Hospitalized after ATV Crash

A Muldrow man was injured in an ATV crash at about 9:27 p.m. Thursday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) reported.

Jeremy Williams, 37, of Muldrow was transported by Medi-Flight to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa where he was admitted and listed in good condition with a neck injury.

The OHP reported Williams was driving a 2015 Polaris Sportsman ATV down a private drive at a high rate of speed when the ATV hit a parked tow truck, causing the ATV to come to an abrupt stop.

The cause of the collision is listed as unsafe speed in the OHP report. The OHP was assisted at the scene by Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, Medi-Flight and Sequoyah County EMS.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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No One Injured in Thursday Bus Accident

No injuries were reported as the result of a school bus and vehicle crash at about 3:49 p.m. Thursday east of Sallisaw.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) reported a 17-year-old male driver was traveling east in a 2001 Chevrolet truck and was behind a 2005 Bluebird school bus driven by Debra Newenhouse, 61, of Sallisaw, on U.S. Highway 64.

When the bus attempted to turn north on Central High Road, the teenager’s truck struck the bus in the rear. The cause of the crash is listed as inattentive driving.

The OHP does not release the names of juveniles involved in vehicle crashes.

The OHP reported there were three students on the bus, two males and one female. Neither the juveniles nor the bus driver were injured, the OHP reported.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Roland Parlor Owner’s Preliminary Set for Nov. 9

The preliminary hearing for a Roland woman, charged with prostitution and other violations, was set for Nov. 9. Associate District Judge Kyle Waters set the date for Qing Chang Wednesday in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw. 

Chang, 48, has entered a not guilty plea to the charges, filed on July 25 after she was arrested at her place of business, a massage parlor in Roland. She is charged with computer pandering and maintaining a premises for prostitution.

An arrest warrant has been issued for her co-defendant, Shen Luyun, 30, who did not appear for her arraignment earlier. She is charged with violation of an Oklahoma statute via computer and engaging in prostitution.

Chang and Luyun were both released on $5,000 bonds each on July 24. 

They were arrested July 19 at China Doll Massage in Roland during an investigation by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD). The OBNDD has been working on human trafficking in the state, and was called in to assist the sheriff’s department, said Sheriff Larry Lane.

Lane said the investigation was prompted by residents and Roland businesses who complained to the Roland Police Department, which requested the aid of the sheriff.

During the investigation an undercover officer was sent into the business, and when prostitution activity was offered other officers were called in and the two women were arrested.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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