Friday, April 20, 2018

Sallisaw Main Street Event Features BBQ, Music

The Hi-Fi Hillbillies will be performing on Saturday, April 28 during the 
Hot Pickin' Finger Lickin' BBB Cookoff and Band Fest.

Spring has already started heating up and the music and barbecue aren’t far behind.

Live music and tasty barbecue are on tap for Sallisaw Main Street’s annual Hot Pickin’ Finger Lickin’ BBQ Cookoff and Band Fest coming at the end of the month. The weekend of April 27 and 28 will see live music, a free family fun zone and a pop-up market in downtown Sallisaw.

Sallisaw Main Street board member Jaime Henson said Friday’s events kick off at 7 p.m. and include live performances by Haulin’ Oats, an acoustic band from Poteau, and 6’ Under, another local band. The Sallisaw Main Street food truck will have Indian tacos for sale, along with other “tasty treats,” according to Henson.

“All of our contest participants will be preparing their barbecue also,” she said, adding there will be about 10 teams competing in the barbecue contest.

On Saturday morning, activities begin at 10 a.m., featuring live music from the Hi-Fi Hillbillies and Katelyn Myers. A pop-up market will entice shoppers, while inflatables will keep the youngsters busy. There will also be a free family fun zone.

Henson said taster kits go on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday, and are only $7 each.

“For $7, you definitely get your money’s worth as far as a good lunch,” Henson said. “So you can sample all kinds of different barbecue. Each contest participant is encouraged to get creative and add different sides if they like. It’s not just barbecue; there will be extra sides to go along with it.”

Proceeds from the event will be used by Sallisaw Main Street to continue to restore and beautify the downtown district.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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Ward Resigns as Hospital CEO

During Tuesday night's hospital board meeting Julie Ward submitted her resignation as CEO of Northeastern Health System Sequoyah (NHS) and it was accepted in executive session.

Charges were filed against Ward and her husband Robert Ward in March for knowingly concealing stolen property. The charges were filed after investigators questioned the couple about a stolen Kubota tractor that was located on their property. The couple was questioned separately and gave conflicting stories. The tractor had been stolen in February from Muskogee County. 

Both of the Wards are scheduled to appear for preliminary hearings at 9 a.m. June 18 before Special District Judge Matt Orendorff.

KXMX News Staff

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Statewide Crime Spree Halted in Sequoyah County

Eugene Minyard

Casey Bradberry

Ashley Robinson

Sequoyah County deputies and investigators have stopped a statewide crime spree after they arrested three individuals for multiple stolen property and theft offenses.

Casey Bradberry, 34, and Ashley Robinson, 33, both of Ardmore, and Eugene Minyard, 42 of Choctaw, were arrested Monday, April 16.

Authorities have recovered over 500 items that are believed to have been stolen from all over the state. Among the items recovered so far are: 3 stolen vehicles, one license plate, approximately 200-300 drivers licenses, ID’s & credit cards, tools, chainsaws, computer equipment, purses, DVD’s, mail, clothing, and cell phones. Investigators are diligently trying to piece this case together, as the crime spree apparently started by stealing a vehicle in Ardmore, then spread from there to Oklahoma City, Henryetta, McAlester, Stigler, Sallisaw, Muldrow, Roland, and Van Buren.

The trio was finally stopped and arrested near Vian after a short foot chase. The trio admitted to breaking into houses, cars, and mailboxes as well as using stolen ID’s to cash checks and fraudulently using credit and/or debit cards.

Sheriff’s investigators are contacting individuals and law enforcement agencies from all over the state to obtain theft/incident reports and are finding that they recovered some of the items before they were even reported stolen.

Charges are still pending on those arrested, and the investigation is ongoing.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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OBI Needs Donors to “Spring” to Save Lives April 24 – April 27

This spring, Oklahoma Blood Institute needs strong, bold, and fearless donors to give blood and help patients in area hospitals. And, because Oklahomans know the importance of weather safety during this time of year, all blood donors who give in the month of April will be entered for a chance to win a tornado shelter from FlatSafe. As an added incentive, donors will receive a coupon from Whataburger for a free honey butter chicken biscuit and be entered for a chance to win Whataburger for a year!

Blood donors will have their choice of inspirational t-shirt in one of three featured colors, “Strong” olive, “Bold” maroon, or “Fearless” teal. Healthy adults, age sixteen and up, have the opportunity to give blood at one of the following drives*:

· NHS Sequoyah; Tuesday, April 24, 11 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

· Liberty Elementary/Community; Friday, April 27, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Students at this drive will receive a goofy pen when they bring in a donor to donate.

“As the weather warms up, people get busy with activities and may get out of the routine of giving blood,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “But every two seconds, someone needs blood. If you have never donated or haven’t given in the past two months, please give at one of these blood drives to save local lives.”

Only ten percent of people in the United States who are eligible to give blood actually do. Blood donation takes just about an hour, and each donation can save the lives of up to three patients. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelet donations can be made as often as every 7 days, up to 24 times a year. 

Donors also receive free health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable at Oklahoma Blood Institute’s online store. If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.

As a non-profit blood center, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals statewide. Approximately 1,200 volunteer blood donors are needed each day to maintain the supply.

Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Greg at 479-652-2362 or visiting

*Blood donation not necessary to enter prize drawings. 16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.

KXMX Staff

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Johnson Arrested on Second Rape Charge

Jeffrey Johnson, left, being escorted to the Sequoyah County Jail by Cpl Tucker Martens.

Jeffrey Johnson, 26, was arrested for a second time in less than a week on second degree rape charges.

Johnson was originally arrested April 12 after a victim under the age of 16 came forward and filed a report. Officers with the Sallisaw Police Dept. obtained an arrest warrant and Johnson turned himself in.

Johnson was charged with a felony count of rape second degree in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw on April 12 and plead not guilty. He was released on a $10,000 bond. 

On April 18 Johnson was arrested again after another victim under the age of 16 came forward. Johnson was charged in Sequoyah County District Court on April 18 with another count of felony rape second degree. 

The investigation is ongoing and more victims could be involved.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Students Create "Hands Against Child Abuse" Display

April has been proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month, nationally and locally. The Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office takes reports of child abuse very seriously, stated Cindy Smith an investigator with sheriff's dept.

In support of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Sheriff Lane and the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office will display "Hands Against Child Abuse" at the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office Lobby. Students from local schools have provided this display to their School Resource Officers. They want their voices heard and this display is a safe and effective way for this to happen.

According to research, the victim/survivors of these crimes may feel as though they have nowhere to turn or no one to tell, because statistically, the perpetrators of child abuse are family members of the victim, or at least known to the victim. Victims may feel, or have been told by the perpetrator if they tell, the victim or another family member will be hurt or killed, no one will believe them, because they are children, they will have to go to foster care or a variety of other fears the victim may have. These all deter the victims of child abuse from reporting their abuser.

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Sallisaw Man Faces Felony Charge After Stabbing

A Sallisaw man was charged last week in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, with a felony charge of assault, battery, or assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor charges of possession of controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication.

Jason Perez, 20, entered a not guilty plea to the charges on April 11 in district court. 

According to the police report filed with the charges, two Sallisaw police officers were dispatched to the Northeastern Medical Center Sequoyah in regard to an individual with possible stab wounds. At the hospital officers spoke to the stabbing victim, Juan Ramos, who stated that he had been working in a back yard near an alley at 110 N Pine St when he was approached by two individuals who began to argue with him, call him a snitch and cuss him. Ramos identified the men as Jerry Hardbarger and an unidentified male.

Ramos stated that the unidentified man began to stab him resulting in stab wounds in the left hip and left wrist. Hardbarger also allegedly had a knife. Ramos stated that he feared for his life and began to run from the men. He ran to a neighbor's home and was taken to the hospital. 

Ramos told authorities where he believed they could find the unidentified male. After approaching the residence a male matching the suspect's description ran past one of the officers yelling "you will never catch me". The individual was tazed by one of the officers with minimal effect. He was eventually subdued and handcuffed and identified himself as Jason Perez, 20.

The report goes on to state that a bag of green leafy like substance was located in Perez's left pocket. 

Perez continued to be combative, allegedly attempting to head butt an officer and once arriving at the jail continued to struggle and tried to fight with the jailer.

At the time of the report the other male individual, Hardbarger, had not been located.

Perez was released from jail on April 4th on a $10,000 bond. His next court appearance is slated for May 2 on Associate Judge Kyle Waters disposition docket.

KXMX News Staff

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