Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Buster Arrested for Second-degree Murder

A man found at the scene where another man was found unconscious was arrested Wednesday for second-degree murder, Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart said Wednesday.

Michael Buster, 23, was booked into the Sequoyah County Jail and is being held without bond.

Lockhart said the victim was Dane Crum, 31. Crum was found unconscious in the garage at a residence on State Highway 82 north of Vian, suffering from trauma injuries to the face and head. He was flown to a Tulsa hospital and listed in critical condition. He died at about 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, Lockhart said.

Buster was found at the scene and arrested then for public intoxication.

Lockhart said he could not go into the details of the alleged second-degree murder. He did say it is believed Buster and Crum only met for the first time about an hour before the incident took place.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Services for J.T. Stites Are Saturday

John Thomas "J.T." Stites II, 86, of Sallisaw died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Baptist Church in Sallisaw.

Viewing will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Home where the family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Mr. Stites was born Oct. 7, 1928, in Greenwood Junction, Arkansas, the son of Tom and Lessie Stites.

At the age of 14-15 years old, during World War II, Mr. Stites was a welder at Kaiser Shipyards in Pt. Richmond, California. He was a 1948 graduate of Sallisaw High School, where he was president of the Student Council and a Black Diamond football player.

He married Mary Jo Ross on June 9, 1951, in Fort Smith.

Mr. Stites served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed at Fort Davis Panama Canal Zone from 1951 to 1952.

He attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah on a GI Bill and received his master's in education. He was a teacher, coach and principal at Liberty Mound (Bixby) School System from 1955 to 1961.

In 1962, he moved back to Sallisaw. From 1962-1970, Mr. Stites was a math teacher and from 1971-1990 he was Sallisaw High School principal. He and Mary Jo were the first co-directors of Carl Albert State College Sallisaw Campus and also served as a Trustee. In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Stites, the student center at Carl Albert State College was named the J.T. and Mary Jo Stites Multipurpose Student Center, and is popularly known as the Stites Center. The City of Sallisaw also named one of the streets leading to the new Sallisaw High School as J.T. Stites Street in Mr. Stites honor.

Mr. Stites taught, coached and led over 5,000 students during his 30-year career.

Mr. Stites was 2nd District state representative in the Oklahoma Legislature from 1990 to 2002. He was a cowman, builder, community activist, family man and was loved by all.

Mr. Stites was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mary Jo.

Survivors are two sons and daughters-in-law, John Thomas "Tom" Stites III and Nan of Sallisaw and Dr. Kirk Stites and Stephanie of Van Buren, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Jake Ross Stites and wife, Samantha of Austin, Texas, Hailey Stites of Van Buren, Alec Ross Stites of Van Buren and Cale Abbott of Sallisaw; one sister, Imogene Copeland of Sallisaw; and two brothers: Edmund Stites and Don Stites, both of Sallisaw.

Mr. Stites was also preceded in death by two sisters, Verna Lindsey and Margaret Davidson, and four brothers, Ted, Herbert, Charles and Doug Stites.

Memorial contributions may be made to Carl Albert Development Foundation, 1507 S. McKenna, Poteau, Oklahoma 74953.

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Man's Death Investigated as Homicide

A 31-year-old man found unconscious at a residence on State Highway 82 north of Vian died at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, reported Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart. Lockhart said the death is being investigated as a homicide and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) has been called in to assist.

Lockhart said a person of interest is being interviewed about the death. The names of the victim and person of interest have not been released.

The victim was found on the floor in the home's garage at about 7:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lockhart said. When deputies arrived, first responders were already on the scene administering CPR for trauma injuries to the face and head. The victim was flown to Tulsa hospital in critical condition.

Lockhart said another male at the scene, who was intoxicated, was arrested.

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County Proclaims Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins Thursday, on the first day of October, Sequoyah County officials, county and city law enforcement officers, Help-In-Crisis staff, and others against domestic violence gathered Monday at the county courthouse (above) to sign Sequoyah County's Domestic Violence Awareness Proclamation.

According to officials with the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, the purpose of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is to conduct activities that mourn those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived, and connect those who work to end the violence.

Although domestic violence is reported to have dropped by almost two-thirds nationally, it is reported that two out of every three Americans over the age of 15 knows someone who is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Deputies Respond to Report of Possible Homicide

On Tuesday around 7:35 p.m. Sequoyah County Sheriff's Department dispatch received a call regarding a possible homicide at a residence north of McQuick's store on Highway 82 north of Vian.

Upon arrival at the residence deputies found a 31-year-old male subject unconscious on the floor of the home's garage. First responders had already arrived at the scene and were administering CPR. The subject appeared to have trauma injuries to the face and head. He was airlifted to a Tulsa hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

Another male that was discovered at the scene was placed under arrest according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart.  Lockhart stated the male subject was intoxicated at the time of his arrest.

"Investigators are currently processing the scene and talking to witnesses," stated Lockhart. He added that more information will be available tomorrow.

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Trial Date Set for Alleged Rapist, Molester

A trial date has been set for Troy L. Sands, 34, of Gore, who is charged with multiple rape and lewd molestation charges. The trial is set to begin Oct. 26 in Sequoyah County District Court in Sallisaw.

Sands was charged June 12, 2014, with 11 rape and six lewd molestation charges involving two sisters. He allegedly raped and molested the girls when they were six and seven years old between the years of 2008 and 2010. The allegations came to light when the girls' mother reported them to Muldrow police in March 2014.

Sands pleaded not guilty to the charges on June 18, 2014.

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One Injured in Lake Tenkiller Collision

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) reported a water-related injury collision occurred at about 1 p.m. Friday on Lake Tenkiller north of State Park Island in Sequoyah County. One man from Oklahoma City was reported injured.

Joseph Haley, 23, was transported by Lifeflight to St. Francis Medical Center in Tulsa where he was treated for a head injury and released, the OHP reported.

The OHP reported Jeffrey Shelly, 52, of Edmond was driving a ski boat and pulling Haley on a wake board. Haley fell off and before he could be retrieved he was hit by a Yamaha personal watercraft driven by Johnny Harvey, 26, of Oklahoma City. Harvey was not injured, the OHP reported.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Missing Gans Student Located

Sequoyah County Deputies have located Selena Faith Sharp the 12-year-old Gans student reported missing earlier this evening. 

Sharp was located in a wooded area south of Highway 64 near Gans.

EMS is en route to access Sharp's condition.

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Help Needed in Locating Missing Gans Student

***UPDATE: Selena Faith Sharp has been located.

The Sequoyah County Sheriff's Department is asking for help in locating a missing 12-year-old Gans student, Selena Faith Sharp. 

Sharp is described as approximately 5'0" tall, weighing 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen getting off of a Gans School bus just west of the Gans store on Highway 64. Sharp was wearing a navy blue shirt with the American flag on it, striped black and white shorts and white and pink tennis shoes.  

Sharp reportedly told friends that she was scared to go home because she had gotten in trouble during the day at school. According to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart, it is believed that Sharp is at a friend's house in the area. "Deputies have checked several locations with negative results," Lockhart stated.

We would like to encourage you to share this story to help with the search for this missing Gans girl.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Sharp is asked to call the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Dept. at 918-775-9156.

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Stilwell Man Dies Following Crash

A 47-year-old Stilwell man is dead after a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 59, north of Sallisaw, Sunday evening.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) reported Ronald Sinclair died from internal trunk injuries at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa at about 4 a.m. Monday. He was flown by medical helicopter to the hospital following the crash.

The OHP reported Sinclair was driving a 1999 Hyundai south on U.S. Highway 59 north of Sallisaw when the car left the road to the right, ramped over a county road and went airborne for about 81 feet. The vehicle hit and rolled twice before coming to a stop. The OHP reported Sinclair was thrown about 57 feet from the vehicle. 

The OHP is still investigating the crash.

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Extradition Warrant Issued for Alleged Kidnapper

A warrant is being issued for a Little Rock, Arkansas man who is accused of kidnapping, and his victim has also been arrested and returned to Searcy, Arkansas.

Sheriff Ron Lockhart said Monday morning that Theodore Redman is still in the Sequoyah County Jail after his arrest early Sunday on Interstate 40 with his 24-year-old victim, Mylishia Brooks.

Lockhart said Redman is to be extradited to Little Rock on the kidnapping charge. In the meantime, Redman's alleged victim, Brooks, has been returned to Searcy, Arkansas in White County, where she has a extradition warrant for parole violation.

Lockhart said he hasn't talked to the suspect about extradition and does not know if he will fight the extradition warrant or not.

Redman and Brooks did know each other before the alleged kidnapping, Lockhart said.

The incident began Saturday evening when Redman allegedly kidnapped Brooks at gunpoint at about 8 p.m. He is also accused of shooting at Brooks' mother during the kidnap.

Redman's time in Sequoyah County began about 4 a.m. Sunday when he crossed the state line into Oklahoma and ran into the rear of a semi in the west-bound lane on Interstate 40. The semi driver pulled over and contacted authorities and Deputy Jeremy Walters began a search for Redman's vehicle. When Walters spotted the vehicle east of Sallisaw and tried to pull it over, the driver drove away and attempted to make a U turn west of Sallisaw. Instead he ran into the median cable barrier, and was taken into custody.

The passenger in the car, Brooks, told Walters she was a kidnap victim.  Both were taken to area hospitals to be treated for bruises suffered when the vehicle hit the barrier.

Lockhart said Redman told authorities later he was driving to Oklahoma City.

In addition to the kidnapping charge, Redman may also face additional charges in Sequoyah County.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Sallisaw Man Faces Neglect, Drug Charges

A Sallisaw man, who left two children in a car while allegedly involved in drug activity, was charged Sept. 22 in Sequoyah County District Court with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and child neglect, both felonies, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

Aaron Lee Burton, 25, was arrested by Sallisaw police on Sept. 16 at a motel on Kerr Blvd.

According to the police report, the officer was patrolling when he saw a car parked at the motel with two children inside. The children were ages 6 and 2. The officer reported the vehicle was running and the air conditioning was on. The 6-year-old told the officer they were with an adult who was upstairs at the motel.

The officer went to the room where he found Burton with two others. The officer reported he saw Burton drop something and he found it was a smoking device loaded with a green leafy substance. According to the report, Burton also admitted to the officer he had a hydrocodone pill in his shoe.

The children were released into their mother's custody.

Burton was given a court-appointed attorney Sept. 22 and his case is on Judge Kyle Water's disposition docket Oct. 7.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Friday, September 25, 2015

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City Water Gets Quality Award

The City of Sallisaw Water Treatment Plant is one of 35 Oklahoma public water systems that received a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The State Department of Health announced the awards Friday.

City Manager Clayton Lucas said the award would not have been possible without the voters' support of a bond several years ago that provided the city's new water treatment plant, and the dedication of the employees at the plant.

"Our employees continue to receive education on how to improve our water, and the voters' willingness to take on the bond are responsible for the award," Lucas said.

Katherine Weno, DDS, JD, and director of CDC Division of Oral Health, said community water fluoridation has been recognized by the CDC as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.

"Studies continue to show that water fluoridation prevents about 25 percent of tooth decay in children and adults," she said.

Dr. Jana Winfree, director of Dental Health Service at the State Department of Health said, "Preventive dental care programs, such as community water fluoridation, make a real difference improving the health status of Oklahomans. Healthy happy smiles improve the quality of life."

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Drugs Allegedly Found in Arrested Man's Mouth

A 34-year-old Muldrow man was charged Sept. 21 in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, with falsely personating another, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), and bringing contraband into the jail, all felonies, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of CDS.

Cory Honeycutt was arrested Sept. 17 in Sallisaw, during a traffic stop, and allegedly gave the police officer an incorrect name, according to the police report. The officer knew Honeycutt, and found there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

The transporting officer reported finding pieces of a yellow pill, believed to be Xanax, in the seat of his vehicle when he removed Honeycutt at the Sallisaw Police Department. After Honeycutt was taken into a dressing area to be outfitted in jail garb, officers outside heard yelling from the room.

The report indicates other officers raced into the room and found the officer on the floor with Honeycutt, yelling at him to "spit it out."

The reporting officer continues, "I then applied pressure to Honeycutt's jaw while telling him to spit it out. Honeycutt refused to comply. I then placed Honeycutt in a neck restraint which caused him to spit out multiple baggies. Two of the baggies contained approximately 1.5 grams of crystalline substance that subsequently field tested positive for...methamphetamine."

Those were sent to a lab for analysis.

The report continues, "Honeycutt stated that, 'That's not mine, y'all shoved it in my mouth while I was asleep.' While Honeycutt took off his underwear two more empty baggies fell out."

Honeycutt's case is set for Judge Kyle Waters disposition docket on Oct. 21.

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Cleanup Planned at Old High School Site

A cleanup at the site of the old Sallisaw High School will be held from 9 a.m. till noon Saturday.

Members of the Old Sallisaw High School Alumni Association said everyone is welcome, and no building skills are required. The cleanup includes going through the bricks that remain for salvage, removing rocks so that mowing may take place, and repairing the sidewalk.

The association has also changed meeting days and places. Members will now meet at 6 p.m. Thursdays at Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library in Sallisaw.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Man Accused of Spitting on Officers

A Sallisaw man, who allegedly resisted arrest, was charged Sept. 17 in Sequoyah County District Court in Sallisaw with two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and three counts of placing body fluid on a government employee, all felonies, and resisting an officer and public intoxication, both misdemeanors.

Robert Kyle Williams, 33, was arrested on Argyle in Sallisaw on Sept. 7 for public intoxication. But, according to the police report, Williams began resisting being placed in the police cruiser and accusing an officer of injecting him with medication. After being transported to the Sallisaw Police Station, Williams was "combative" and was screaming at officers.

According to the report, in the changing room where Williams was to be dressed in jail garb, he struck the officer in the chest with his forearm, was yelling obscenities, was actively fighting with officers, and allegedly tried to bite one officer. During these altercations, officers reported tasing Williams three times to get him under control.

Williams allegedly spit on one officer at the police department and spit on another when he was transferred later to the county jail.

Sheriff Ron Lockhart asked that Williams be medically cleared due to his intoxication. He was then transferred to Sequoyah Memorial Hospital in Sallisaw, allegedly "still cursing and making threats." The medical staff reported Williams had methamphetamines and ecstasy in his system.

After his medical exam, Williams was transported without incident back to the county jail. He was later freed on a $28,500 bond.

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Sallisaw Man Faces Possession of CDS, Weapons Charge

Zachary Scott Cain, 29, of Sallisaw was charged Sept. 21 in Sequoyah County District Court with unlawful possession of a controlled, dangerous substance without a prescription, a felony, and a misdemeanor charge of carrying weapons.

According to the police report filed with the charges, Cain was observed on Sept. 17 to be "very nervous" during a police investigation at the corner of Madison and Creek Streets regarding a vandalism incident. When police approached they saw a knife sticking out of the front of Cain's pants. Police asked if he had any other weapons and Cain gave the officer a pair of brass knuckles.

During the following pat down, the officer found a plastic bag containing four blue pills, later identified as Oxycodone.

Cain was released on a $6,500 bond on Sept. 23 and his case is set for disposition docket on Oct. 21.

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Alleged Police Car Thief in LeFlore County Jail

A 56-year-old Spiro man is in the LeFlore County Jail Thursday morning, where he was booked for theft of an automobile.

A mental evaluation of Berry Persall will be up to the LeFlore County District Attorney, Spiro Police Chief Michael Draper said.

Draper said Persall told authorities that he left his home on Wednesday evening looking for police because someone was shooting at him. Persall said he walked to the Spiro Police Department seeking help but the office was closed. Persall then found an open Spiro police vehicle, which he stole. According to reports he drove into Fort Smith then into Oklahoma on Interstate 40. He was stopped west of Muldrow driving west in the eastbound lane. Draper said the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Muldrow Police Department and Sequoyah County deputies were all in the vicinity trying to stop Persall.

Draper said he did not believe anyone had been shooting at Persall.

"He does have some issues," Draper said.

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Cherokee Warrior Flight Departs Monday

Army veteran Ivan Hembree, 82, of Bunch and his three brothers will be among the Cherokee veterans who will be on the Cherokee Warrior Flight when it leaves Monday for Washington, D.C.

For the second straight year the Cherokee Nation is funding a Cherokee Warrior Flight for veterans to see the national memorials dedicated in honor of their service. On Monday it will take eight Cherokee World War II veterans and three Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C., to tour the World War II Memorial (above) , Korean War Veterans Memorial, Arlington Cemetery and other sites.

Among the flight passengers this year are a Pearl Harbor survivor, four veteran brothers from Adair County and two veteran brothers who live in different states reuniting for the trip. The 11 on board also represent all military branches and range in age from 82 to 94.  Hembree is a Korean War veteran.

Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, a Navy Vietnam veteran, said, "The purpose of this trip is to honor Cherokee war veterans. We want these brave men and others like them who served to defend our collective freedoms to know that their sacrifices are appreciated, and they will never be forgotten. I was fortunate to travel with the inaugural Cherokee Warrior Flight and was deeply moved by the outpouring of support and thanks our Cherokee veterans received from total strangers as we traveled to Washington D.C. They are humble men who are real-life heroes, and they deserve all the respect we can give them."

Area veterans participating on the 2015 Cherokee Warrior Flight include the following:

World War II
*Army veteran Virgil Carter, 88, of Tahlequah
*Army veteran Monroe Hembree, 93, of Stilwell

Korean War
*Army veteran Dan Hembree, 90, of Westville
*Air Force veteran Alfred Hembree, 84, of Westville
*Army veteran Ivan Hembree, 82, of Bunch

At 9:30 a.m. on Monday a send-off ceremony by Cherokee Nation Businesses employees will be held at Hard Rock Hotel for the veterans as they leave for the Tulsa airport. On Tuesday the group will visit the World War II Memorial and take a tour of other monuments. On Wednesday, the veterans will tour the U.S. Capitol and arrive back in Tulsa that evening.

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Man Arrested after Stealing Spiro Police Vehicle

One man is in custody after stealing a Spiro police vehicle and leading several Arkansas and Oklahoma police officers on a chase that ended near Muldrow.

According to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart the unidentified male stole a Spiro police vehicle after allegedly discovering that the keys had been left in the vehicle. The vehicle was spotted by an Arkansas State police officer traveling west in the east bound lane of Interstate 40 with the police vehicle lights flashing. At approximately 2 a.m. the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Dept. was notified by the Arkansas State Police that the vehicle was crossing into Oklahoma.

The vehicle was stopped just west of the Muldrow exit by Muldrow police. The suspect was transported to the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Dept. where he is being questioned by Spiro Police officers.

We will update this story as more details become available.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Allens Honored; Hospital Asks for Tax Change Support

State Senator Mark Allen and his wife, Nikki, were named Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month at the chamber luncheon Wednesday at People Inc. Chamber President Darren Girdner, left, presented the plaque and noted how the Allens support many community and chamber events.

Debbie Knoke, administrator at Sequoyah Memorial Hospital in Sallisaw, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon.  She spoke about the hospital's place in and services to the community, and how rising costs impact services. She asked chamber members to support a vote on Nov. 10 which, if approved, will change how a half-cent sales tax collected for the hospital will be used. The tax collection began in 1978.  The tax provides about $600,000 for the hospital.

Knoke emphasized this is not a new or additional tax. A yes vote will only change how the tax money is spent. At present the tax must be used only for capital improvements, such as the purchase of highly-expensive equipment. Approval of the proposal--a yes vote--will allow the hospital to use the money for much needed repairs, maintenance and operations.

Knoke said, "We ask you to support the proposal. Say 'Yes for Progress' so we can operate in a modern way."

Upcoming Events

*October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Sequoyah Memorial Hospital is holding a Mammogram Cash Special on Oct. 30, when mammograms will be $99 at the time of service. A physician must order the mammogram.

*Sequoyah Memorial Hospital (SMH) is holding the second annual Awareness Stroll for Breast Cancer on Oct. 3. The event is funded by a grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation in Tulsa. Registration is at 10 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. at the SMH Professional Building. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 50 to register. The Awareness Luncheon for Breast Cancer will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the Professional Building. Lunch passes will be given to the first 50 stroll participants and another 25 lunch passes will be available. The event will include guest speakers, information and more.

*The Chamber's Bassnanza fishing tournament will be Oct. 31 at Kerr Lake. The entry fee is $150 and entry forms are available at the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce or on the chamber's website.

*The Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce Evviva!, a fundraiser for the chamber, will be held Nov. 14 at Roma Italian Restaurant. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $35 each, or $300 for a private corporate table for eight guests, and $150 for a corporate table for four guests. The evening includes an Italian meal, beverages and a silent and live auction. For information contact the chamber at 918-775-2558.

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Angela Gray Preliminary Set for Oct. 10

A preliminary date on a conspiracy charge was set for Oct. 10 for Angela Gray, 40, of Muldrow.

Gray was charged Aug. 31 in Sequoyah County District Court in Sallisaw with conspiracy, child endangerment by driving under the influence, and selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor, all felonies.

Gray, her son Joey, and another young man, Kyle Brannon, were all charged with conspiracy for allegedly covering up the ATV crash on Sept. 1, 2013, south of Muldrow that left Christian Mayberry with severe brain trauma as a result of the crash. A mistrial was declared after the jury deadlocked last month on another set of charges against Gray related to the same incident. At that time Assistant District Attorney Michael Ashworth said he would try the case again.

At Gray's arraignment Sept. 10, her attorney Gary Buckles of Poteau said he intended to file motions in the case, and he filed a motion for discovery on Sept. 11. In the motion he asks for "all evidence of any sort generated by the police or the district attorney..." He also requests all audio and video recordings and all photographic material regarding the case.

In the related case involving Gray's son Joey, District Judge Jeff Payton cleared the courtroom at Joey Gray's initial arraignment Sept. 10 because Joey Gray was a juvenile at the time of the incident. The case records reveal that Judge Payton did not allow the charges to move forward on Joey Gray's case, and Ashworth announced he intended to appeal the judge's decision. Joey Gray's attorney argued that the charge information was the same as previous charges that were not pursued.

There was no new information in Brannon's case file as of Sept. 22.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CASA for Children to Host Open House

The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program will hold an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 24) to introduce the new Sequoyah County office at 102 East Chickasaw Ave. in Sallisaw. 

The public is invited to drop in for refreshments and hors d'oeuvres, and meet CASA advocates, board members, and staff. 

Jenny Crosby, CASA training and outreach specialist, explained that through their court appointments, CASA volunteers research the backgrounds of the cases, interview all parties and involved service providers, monitor progress towards the case goals and make recommendations to the courts. The single purpose of volunteers is to protect and guide the child through the court system in order to help them find a safe, nurturing and permanent home.

CASA for Children is a non-profit organization. The only prerequisite is that volunteers be 21 years of age. CASA welcomes volunteers from all cultures, professions, ethnic and educational backgrounds. For more information about CASA or to request an application, call 918-686-8199.

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Nightmare on Elm Street to Expand

The Sallisaw Police Department and FOP hope to expand the annual Nightmare on Elm Street this year and are seeking volunteers to help.

Sarah Roberts with the Sallisaw Police Department is asking for volunteers. She explained, "We want to do the trick-or-treating as in previous years. However this year we want to block off additional room for a mini-carnival with activities for the children as well, if we can get enough donations, vendors and volunteers."

Roberts said the carnival would include games such as a bean bag toss, face painting, and other activities. The trick-or-treating would be as usual on Elm Street and the carnival would be on Chickasaw. Both will run from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31, which is a Saturday this year.

"We want to make a safe and fun place for the kids," Roberts said.

Anyone who would like to volunteer or would like more information may contact Roberts at 918-775-4177.

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