Wednesday, May 23, 2018

American Idol’s Josh Gracin Invades Roland

Josh Gracin 

Josh Gracin’s new album, “Nothin’ Like Us,” reestablishes Gracin as one of country music’s most compelling voices – a soulful troubadour with an ear for a great song and a passion for connecting with his audience. On June 1, Gracin takes the Lee Creek Tavern stage inside Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland for a free show.

The concert begins at 8 p.m.

The Michigan native was first thrust into the national spotlight when he placed fourth on the second season of “American Idol.” He was serving in the Marine Corps at the time and quickly became a fan favorite on the show. With a versatile voice that could excel in any style of music, some urged Gracin to pursue a pop career, but his heart was firmly in the country music he’d loved since childhood.

Gracin signed with Lyric Street Records, and his first three singles, “I Want to Live,” “Nothin’ to Lose” and “Stay with Me (Brass Bed),” all charted in the top five, with “Nothin’ to Lose” climbing to No. 1. His self-titled album was certified gold by the RIAA, cementing the artist as one of country music’s gifted young voices.

The musician’s second album “We Weren’t Crazy,” featured the No. 10 hit single by the same name. Also on the album, the songs “Favorite State of Mind,” “I Keep Coming Back,” “Unbelievable” and “Telluride” landed in the Top 40 on the US Country charts.

Gracin’s latest project, “Nothin’ Like Us,” is a celebration of romance and features “Front Porch Kind of Love” and “Me, a Girl and a Radio.” 

For information on Gracin, including tour dates, visit www.joshgracin.com.

Cherokee Casino and Hotel Roland is located off Highway 64 on Cherokee Boulevard in Roland.

For more information on Cherokee Casino and Hotel Roland, visit www.cherokeecasino.com or call (800) 256-2338. All guests must be at least 21 years of age.


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Sallisaw Couple Arrested on Drug Charges

Ronnie Crisell

Sherry Crisell

Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Deputies and investigators teamed up with officers and detectives from the Sallisaw Police Department last Friday to execute several search warrants.

One was at the residence of Ronnie and Sherry Crisell, at 100 South Poplar in Sallisaw. Inside, officers found substances and items consistent with the distribution and use of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as over $2,000 in cash. Officers also found three small children in the residence and some of the narcotics were found in the children’s room within easy access of their reach. DHS was called in for the children and both parents were taken to jail.

Ronnie Crisell, age 39, and Sherry Crisell, age 34, were both charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine, 3 counts of child endangerment, possession of controlled dangerous substance within 2,000 feet of a school, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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CASC Inducts Members Into Honor Society

Pictured L to R standing: Jarred Jones, Reece Mitchell, Krey Long, Kelby Koonce, Stacey Hardbarger, Muniru Bah, Connie Fines, Cassidy Craghead, Lakota Vickers, Allie Robbins, Hadley Carpenter, Curtsie Pace, Mary Reed, and Paiden Arnwine. Pictured L to R kneeling: Michael Malone, Macee Williams, and Tiffani Wood.


The Carl Albert State College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society inducted 48 new members into its Alpha Delta Lambda chapter on May 1.

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students, nationwide. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the development and advancement of leadership and service. This allows for fellowship between scholars and a continually stimulated interest in continuing their academic excellence.

New inductees are: Paiden Arnwine, Muniru Bah, Ashley Brandy, Michael Burns, Misty Canizalez, Kyndel Cannon, Hadley Carpenter, Karna Clark, Cassidy Craghead, Rory Crittenden, Darby Duncan, Haley Dunlap, Cassie Ennis, Staci Evans, Connie Fines, Braxton Furer, Deyra Trejo Gonzalez, Kymber-Leigh Hall, Stacey Hardbarger, Kelseigh Hopson, Toby Huff, Benny Jones, Jarred Jones, Kelby Koonce, Samantha Lininger, Krey Long, Ashley Lotchleas, Jessica Magie, Michael Malone, Reece Mitchell, Thomas Oare, Caleb Owen, Curtsie Pace, Luz Ramirez, Mary Reed, Allie Robbins, Kerstein Rothermal, Tyler Seaton, Kyla Sisney, Ronnie Smith, Deidra Solis, Dylan Thurber, Samantha Valenzuela, Lakota Vickers, Jami West, Macee Williams, Tiffani Wood, and Brandy York. 


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Muldrow Man Sentenced


The U.S. District Attorney's Office in Muskogee announced that Gregory Martin Williams, age 57, of Muldrow, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine, punishable by not more than 20 years imprisonment, up to a $1,000,000.00 fine, or both.

The Indictment alleged that on or about August 30, 2016, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

The charge arose from an investigation by the District 27 Drug Task Force, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kimberly E. West accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Wilson represented the United States.


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Gore Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Mark Matthews

The Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the residence of Mark Matthews, 52, about 3 miles north of Gore, last Friday, May 18.

Once inside the residence, officers found items and substances consistent with the use and distribution of methamphetamines. Matthews, who also had outstanding felony warrants, was booked into the Sequoyah County Detention Center on charges of possession of controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute, maintaining a residence where drugs are kept and/or sold, possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as the outstanding warrant for failing to appear on previous charges.

Matthews is being held without bond.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Gore Woman Arrested for First Degree Murder

Elizabeth Nicole Stewart

A Gore woman was arrested Tuesday for the first-degree murder of a Gore man last October.

The warrant was issued Tuesday for Elizabeth Nicole Stewart, 25, of Gore, according to the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department. The warrant is the result of a lengthy investigation into the shooting death of Joshua Tucker.

On Oct. 26, 2017, at a residence north of Gore, Joshua Tucker was found lying in a neighbor’s driveway with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was transported to a Tulsa hospital where he later died from the gunshot wound.

“Over the past few months, Investigator Gene Wheat, and other investigators have been diligently working on this case and through their investigation, the evidence showed probable cause for an arrest warrant to be issued,” Sheriff Larry Lane said.

The arrest warrant states that witnesses reported Stewart had a history of being aggressive and abusive toward Tucker. 

On the evening of Oct. 25, 2017, according to the arrest affidavit, Stewart and Tucker had a physical altercation at 99892 Highway 100 in Gore, over Tucker spending their last money for drugs, leaving no money for Stewart to buy gas to go to work. Stewart admitted she initiated this physical altercation. She stated she became aggressive and slapped and hit Tucker a couple of times. 

Tucker was shot at point blank distance, according to the medical examiner. 

Stewart gave conflicting stories to investigators as to what happened after the altercation.

She told investigators that she had not handled or shot a gun for about two days prior to the incident. Gun shot residue samples came back as positive indication for GSR being detected on Stewart’s person.

A search of the outside and inside area around the trailer on the date of the altercation did not produce any hand guns on the property. On Dec. 3, 2017, Stewart notified authorities that she and her father had found a semi-automatic pistol in a tote box under the trailer shared by Stewart and Tucker. Investigators located the gun, and tests determined the spent round was confirmed to be shot from the semi-automatic gun that Stewart alerted authorities about.

Investigators also discovered, according to the arrest affidavit, that Stewart could not be accounted for at her workplace at Cherokee Casino Sallisaw for a 52-minute span of time that directly correlated to the time of death, as determined by the medical examiner.

Sheriff’s investigators went to Stewart’s home Tuesday and placed her under arrest without incident. Stewart was booked into the Sequoyah County Detention Center and is being held without bond.


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Roland Man Dies in Backhoe Accident



A fatality accident occurred on Monday, May 21 at approximately 10:18 p.m. on Camp Creek Road, one half mile north and one mile east of Muldrow.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol report, John Reese, 87, of Roland, was driving a Ford backhoe through a field while attempting a right turn around the west side of a slight hill when he overturned one and a quarter times coming to rest on the driver's side.

Reese was ejected landing between the ground and canopy of the backhoe.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Reece was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.


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