Monday, August 21, 2017

Oklahoma Troopers Spouses Assoc. Holding Blood Drive

The Oklahoma Troopers Spouses Organization will be holding a blood drive Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The blood drive will be held at the OK DHS-Conference Room at 502 George Glenn Blvd. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can schedule an appointment by visiting and entering OTSS Sallisaw or call 1-800-733-2767.

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Fire on McGee Drive Does $25,000 in Damages

A fire at 420 S. McGee Dr. on Monday morning is believed to have begun in the kitchen, Sallisaw Fire Chief Anthony Armstrong said.

Sallisaw firefighters were dispatched at 10:37 a.m. Monday to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kajesh Bhanot. Armstrong said the fire went from the kitchen, into an attic area and then into the back of the home.

“The fire,” Armstrong said, “did quite a bit of damage to the kitchen. It got inside a wall.”

Damage to the home was estimated at $25,000. There were no injuries, Armstrong said.

The home is insured.

Armstrong said Sallisaw firefighters were on the scene until about 11:50 a.m.

“We got it out quickly,” Armstrong said.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Gore Man Hospitalized after Motorcycle Crash

A 51-year-old Gore man was hospitalized Sunday after crashing his motorcycle northwest of Vian.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) reported Timothy Graves of Gore was transported by First Flight Air Service to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, and admitted in critical condition with head, internal and external trunk and arm injuries.

The OHP reported Graves was driving a 2016 Yamaha R6 motorcycle east on a county road at a high rate of speed when he passed another vehicle and then laid the motorcycle down to avoid a deer.

The crash occurred at about 10:52 p.m. Sunday on River Road and Moonshine Road, five miles north and three miles west of Vian.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Gore Woman Drowns in Pond

Chelsee Cato, 31, of Gore drowned Sunday while swimming in a rural pond in Muskogee County.

Cato was reportedly swimming in a pond four miles south of Webbers Falls when she went under and failed to resurface.

Cato's body was recovered in seven feet of water, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. 

Cato was not wearing a flotation device at the time. 

The OHP was assisted by the Webbers Falls Fire Dept.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Marvin’s Getting a New Name, New Price Concept

Nancy Patterson, Manager

The old Marvin’s Food Warehouse in Sallisaw will soon be the new Shoppers Value Foods and will be offering shoppers a unique shopping experience.

Shoppers will be offered the store’s inventory for cost, plus a simple 10 percent. 

Ron Newby, Shoppers Value Foods area manager, was at the store Friday helping prepare for the change.

“We will have that posted all over the store,” he said. “We try to keep it as simple as possible. It’s what it costs to get it to the back door, into the store and on the shelf, to the check out, and out the front door. That’s our cost. Then we add 10 percent and that helps pay the light bill, salaries, and repairs and maintenance.”

This is a whole new way to pay for groceries in Sallisaw.

“It’s simple, fair and honest and that can add up to real savings on a family’s grocery bill. Just compare a Shopper’s receipt with the last store you shopped and you will see the difference!” store information encourages.

Store Manager Nancy Patterson is excited about the remodeling and new pricing. The store is already beginning to shine, and shoppers may find their favorite items on new shelves. Patterson said the first aisle past the bakery will soon be the 88-cent aisle, where shoppers will find bargains of all kinds

“We’re going to have some amazing deals,” Patterson said. “It’s a fresh new look. It’s amazing. It really is.”

The store is undergoing inside changes this week, and will be closed Aug. 28, 29 and 30 for more remodeling. A new sign is also expected to go up next week.

The store will reopen on Aug. 31, Newby said, with wholesome and quality grocery items. The Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a ribbon cutting at the store at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 31. The store will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 .m. daily.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Former Sallisaw Resident Being Held in Florida for Allegedly Murdering Partner

A former Sallisaw resident is being held in a Florida jail after allegedly attacking and killing his sexual partner for being a 'cannibal'.

Justin Calhoun, 24, formerly of Sallisaw was taken into custody Monday in Key West, Florida after he admitted attacking his partner, Mark Brann, 67, according to the Monroe County arrest report. 

Calhoun, a male stripper, reportedly told a Florida detective that he and Brann had an argument after he accused Brann of being a 'cannibal'. The couple then struggled over a gun that was lying on the bed with them and Brann fired one shot without anyone being struck. Calhoun attempted to fire the gun but he stated that it jammed.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office arrest report indicates that Calhoun then grabbed a pen and stabbed Brann in both eyes and shoved a piece of wood from a broken dresser into Brann's mouth 'to silence him'. He then 'stomped' on the piece of wood to lodge it further into Brann's mouth and grabbed a drawer from a broken dresser and used it to hit Brann.

Calhoun stated that he then locked the door to keep Brann's roommate from entering, grabbed his money and backpack and jumped out of the bedroom window while still naked.

He was captured by authorities several hours later. 

Police reports state that Calhoun admitted to his actions going beyond self-defense.

Brann was flown to a hospital in Miami where he died the next day from his injuries.

Calhoun is being held at the Monroe County Sheriff's Office jail without bond. He is reportedly being held in a private cell because he self-identified as a woman when he was booked into the jail.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

KCS Work on Bridge Will Narrow Street

Cherokee Street in Sallisaw will be narrowed to one lane, with flaggers directing traffic, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kansas City Southern Railway employees will be working on a bridge from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The bridge is the underpass just east of the Cherokee intersection with Kerr Boulevard (U.S. Highway 59 south).

Drivers are encouraged to plan extra travel time or use an alternate route.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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