Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sallisaw Woman Charged with Neglect after Dog Bite


A 38-year-old Sallisaw woman was charged with child neglect Wednesday in Sequoyah County District Court, after the 2-year-old female child she was babysitting was bitten in the face by the babysitter’s pit bull dog.

According to court records, Diana McCullah had left the 2-year-old alone with the dog on Dec. 7 when she went to discipline two other children, ages 5 and 3, in another room in the home. McCullah told the investigating Sallisaw police officer that she heard the 2-year-old scream and cry, and when she came back into the living room, the dog had “the majority of the child’s head in its mouth and was pressing down with its jaws.”

She told the officer the dog tore the child’s flesh from under her right eye, down her cheek to under her nose and her top lip. She said the dog tore a piece of flesh from the child’s face, a handful of hair from her head, and left a laceration on her head which exposed her skull.

The child’s parents later told police the child was in a Tulsa hospital and was in good spirits but could not eat solid food. Doctors told the family several graphs would be needed to repair the damage.

The dog was also taken out of the home by Sallisaw Animal Control officers. The investigating officer had the Department of Human Services do a safety plan for McCullah’s family, because of a second dog in the home, and to which McCullah agreed.

Charges were filed against her on Wednesday and an arrest warrant issued, with no bond until McCullah’s initial appearance before a district court judge.


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Chamber Holds Christmas Luncheon, Announces Contest Winners

Anchor Financial Services of Sallisaw was named the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for December at the chamber’s membership luncheon on Wednesday. At the award presentation are, from the left, Cheryl Mills, chamber presdient, Mary Bowen, Anchor Financial Services manager; and Davonna Oliver Carroll, assistant manager.

The Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce closed out the year with the annual December Membership Luncheon held at the First United Methodist Church in Sallisaw.

During the luncheon the winners in the Christmas parade on Saturday were announced. They are:

-School Division: Indian Capital Technology Center, first; Cub Scouts, second; and Diamond Dazzlers, third.

-Business Division: National Bank of Sallisaw, first; McDonalds, second; and Garden Walk Apartments, third;

-Churches and Organizations: Sallisaw Police Family, first; Old Sallisaw High School Association, second; and Apostolic Faith Church, third.

The awards included a trophy and $125 for first, $100 for second, and $75 for third place.

The winners in the chamber’s storefront decoration contest were also announced. See the winners in the photos below.

Judy Martens, the chamber executive vice president, also announced the new chamber directors are Dr. Chris Orendorff, Marley Abell, Dr. Aubrey Henshaw and David Hadley.

Christmas entertainment was provided by the Liberty Elementary fourth graders, and Cazadores Mexican Restaurant catered the luncheon.

The Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce announced the Christmas Storefront Decoration winners at the chamber’s December membership luncheon. First place winner in the east division was the Sallisaw Tag Agency. At the award presentation are, from the left, Cheryl Mills, chamber president; Judy Martens, the chamber’s executive vice president; and Mirna Duke and Kylie Rutherford from the tag agency.

Greenleaf Properties was named the winner of the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce Christmas Storefront decoration contest for the west end at the chamber’s December membership luncheon on Wednesday. At the award presentation are, from the left, Cheryl Mills, chamber president; Judy Martens, the chamber’s executive vice president; and Rhonda Lewis-Merrill, Rachael Clifton and Tony Venters from Greenleaf Properties. 


Village West Apartments in Sallisaw won second place in the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce Christmas Storefront decoration contest for the west end at the chamber’s December membership luncheon on Wednesday. At the award presentation are, from the left, Cheryl Mills, chamber president; Judy Martens, the chamber’s executive vice president; and Angie Crawford and Billie Spears from Village West Apartments.


National Bank of Sallisaw won second place in the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce Christmas Storefront decoration contest for the east end at the chamber’s December membership luncheon on Wednesday. At the award presentation are, from the left, Cheryl Mills, chamber president; Judy Martens, the chamber’s executive vice president; and Glenda Callahan from National Bank. 

The Old Sallisaw High School Association won first place in the central division of the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce Christmas Storefront decoration contest. The awards were presented Wednesday at the chamber’s December membership luncheon. At the presentation are, from the left, Cheryl Mills, chamber president; Judy Martens, the chamber’s executive vice president; and Jackie Pop from the Old High School Association.
 
 The Sallisaw Police Department won second in the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce Christmas Storefront decoration contest for the city’s central division. The awards were presented at the chamber’s December membership luncheon on Wednesday. At the award presentation are, from the left, Cheryl Mills, chamber president; Judy Martens, the chamber’s executive vice president; and Sallisaw Police Chief Terry Franklin.



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Grand Jury Indicts Muldrow Man


The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Muskogee announced Wednesday the results of the December 2017 Federal Grand Jury.

One of those inducted by the grand jury is a man from Muldrow.

Michael Aaron Campbell, 21, was indicted on two counts of enticement of a minor using interstate commerce.

The Indictment alleges that from about June 6 until July 26, the defendant used the Internet to persuade, induce, and entice an individual, Child No. 1, whom he believed to be under 16 years of age, to engage in sexual activity for which a person can be criminally charged under Oklahoma State law for second-degree rape.

The crime is punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000 or both.

The Indictment further alleges that from about June, the exact date being unknown to the grand jury, until on or about July 26, Campbell used cellular communication to persuade, induce, and entice an individual, Child No. 2, whom he believed to be under 14 years of age, to engage in sexual activity for which a person can be criminally charged under Oklahoma State law with first-degree rape.

The crime is punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000 or both.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Muldrow Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations.

A grand jury Indictment does not constitute evidence of guilt. A grand jury Indictment is a method of bringing formal charges against the defendant. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and may not be found guilty unless evidence establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Vian Veteran Among Those Honored by Cherokee Nation

From the left, Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, and Tribal Council member E.O. Smith of Vian honor U.S. Air Force veteran Tommy Terrapin, also of Vian. Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Tribal Council member Bryan Warner of Sallisaw also honored Terrapin.

The Cherokee Nation honored four military veterans with the Medal of Patriotism at the Tribal Council meeting Monday.

Tommy Terrapin, 73, of Vian, Russell Feeling, 73, of Locust Grove, Charles Lane, 82, of Claremore, and Steven Case, 60, of Jacksonville, Fla., were recognized by Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, acknowledging their service and sacrifice to their country.

Master Sgt. Terrapin was born in September of 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1966. Terrapin completed basic training and technical school at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. After basic training, he was assigned to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, where he spent three years. Next, Terrapin was assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas to work in computer programming and later spent time in Saudi Arabia. Terrapin received an honorable discharge in 1989.

“I appreciate the Cherokee Nation for giving these awards. I am going to honor this one until the end of my days,” Terrapin said.

Sgt. Feeling was born in February of 1944 and enlisted in the Air Force in 1965. Feeling completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. After additional training for radar navigation, Feeling was transferred to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, where he worked on fighter aircraft navigation systems. Feeling received an honorable discharge in 1969 and remained in the reserves until 1971.

Master Sgt. Lane was born in March of 1935 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves in 1953. Lane was released from the U.S. Navy Reserves in 1958 and enlisted in the Air Force in that same year. During his service, Lane was stationed at various stateside air bases, serving as a technician in communication and power production. He also served an overseas tour in Frankfurt, Germany. Lane received an honorable discharge in 1981.



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Deputy Confiscates Methamphetamines, Makes Arrest

About 25 pounds of a substance that tested positive as methamphetamine
 was confiscated by Deputy Steven Jenkins Monday.

Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane reported that one man is in jail and about 25 pounds of a substance that tested positive as methamphetamine was confiscated from the suspect on Monday.

Lane said Deputy Steven Jenkins stopped a vehicle on Interstate 40 at about the 299 mile marker, eastbound, on Monday.

“During the traffic stop, Deputy Jenkins found reasonable suspicion to ask the driver for consent to search the vehicle. After being given consent to search, Deputy Jenkins located numerous bundles of white crystalline substance, hidden in various places throughout the vehicle. The substance later field tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine,” Lane stated.

The driver, Marco Lopez, was booked into the Sequoyah County Jail in Sallisaw on charges of aggravated trafficking CDS (meth) and is being held without bond at this time. 


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Motorcycle-Deer Crash Sends Man to Hospital


A 59-year-old man from Wilburton was listed in stable condition Monday following a motorcycle crash five miles west of Bokoshe in LeFlore County Monday.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) reported George McDaniel was driving a 2014 Harley-Davidson motorcycle west on State Highway 31 when the motorcycle struck a deer.

The OHP reported McDaniel was transported by Life-flight to St. Francis Medical Center in Tulsa, and was listed in stable condition with head, arm and leg injuries.

A passenger, Maureen McDaniel, 60, of Wilburton, refused treatment at the scene.


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Give Creatures Some Comfort at Christmas


Even four-legged friends could use some comfort at Christmas. Sallisaw Veterinary Clinic is accepting donations for the care of abandoned and feral animals found in Sallisaw. Crystal Wilson, left, and Tiffany Murray count the funds for the homeless animals on their Christmas donation tree. Murray said Dr. Gary Cox and the clinic take care of the animals free of charge, and the donations help pay for medications. The animals are nursed back to health if sick or injured then spayed or neutered as required. To make a donation drop by the clinic at 3400 W. Cherokee in Sallisaw, or call 918-775-6182. 

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City Manager Resigns, with Pay Package


After a lengthy executive session, Sallisaw City Commissioners offered City Manager Clayton Lucas a deal on his contract, and he submitted his resignation effective 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The city commissioners went into executive session shortly after the meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. and did not return to the open meeting until about 8 p.m. Several individuals were called into the executive session to discuss Lucas' employment including Assistant City Manager Keith Skelton who is also the financial officer, Dianna Davis, and Lucas himself.

The four city commissioners voted unanimously to offer Lucas the contract buy out which he accepted in exchange for his resignation. The contract provides that he be paid on Friday, which will include his salary through Dec. 26 and accrued vacation pay. On or before Jan. 10 he will be paid a lump sum for his salary from Dec. 27 through May 15, along with the cost of his family insurance through May.

City officials said city commissioners will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday to name an acting city manager.

Calls to Lucas and his attorney, Frank Sullivan III, were not returned.

Other Business

The commissioners approved a resolution that assigned a sales tax to pay off a $4 million refinancing loan for Sequoyah Memorial Hospital. Julie Ward, hospital CEO, told the commissioners that Blue Cross Blue Shield was continuing to pay the hospital insurance payments. The insurance company and hospital had disagreed on sufficient payments in the past.

But Ward said the hospital has continuing financial problems.

She said the hospital is “hanging on by a toenail,” but the loan and a contract with Cherokee Health Partners will help the hospital survive.

The commissioners also approved a settlement, for a civil suit filed by Mike Carpenter, for a total of $85,000, which included $44,988.48 to Armstrong & Vaught PLC of Tulsa and $40,011.52 to Carpenter.

They approved the $95,569 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant will be used to pay the salary of a police officer for three years. The city will pay the fourth year’s salary, as required by the grant.

They also approved a contract with the FOP for police officers, and the meeting dates for the coming year, except for Jan. 8. Ward 4 Commissioner Daryl Legg said OU will be playing for the national football championship on Jan. 8 and he made the motion to hold January’s meeting on Jan. 9. The motion was approved.

Lucas told the commissioners that the city is cleaning out the fence row on the south side of Interstate 40. He said that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is responsible for I40, except for that portion which is in city limits. That portion of I40 is in city limits, he said.


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CASC Enrollment Now Open


Students are reminded that enrollment for the Carl Albert State College (CASC) spring semester is open.

The full semester will begin Jan. 16. An eight-week term offered at CASC will also begin Jan. 16, and the interim week of classes is scheduled for Jan. 8-12. 

As students enroll, both current and new students are encouraged to take care of financial aid as soon as possible in order to be ready for the semester.

First time students need to contact the Enrollment Office at 918-647-1248 in Poteau or call 918-775-6977 in Sallisaw.

The spring class schedule is available at carlalbert.edu/admissions/course-schedule.


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Mullin Plans Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 12


U.S. Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-R) will hold a telephone town hall at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The call-in number is 877-229-8493, and the passcode is 111439.

Mullin said, “I’m holding a telephone town hall to talk with you about issues that matter to my constituents in the Second District. I hope you’ll join this telephone town hall event to share your concerns with me and allow me to answer questions you might have on issues impacting your family. Want to sign up to be called when the call starts? Sign up on my Vekeo page.”

All telephone town halls are subject to last minute cancellation due to votes on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. In the event of a cancellation, Mullin’s Facebook and Twitter pages will provide the update.


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Hospital Blood Drive Planned for Dec. 22


Oklahoma Blood Institute will hold a blood drive at NHS Sequoyah Hospital in Sallisaw from 10:30 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. Dec. 22.

Each blood donor will receive a free, limited edition, long-sleeved holiday-themed t-shirt. 

“The gift of blood donation is one that offers hope, healing, and comfort to local patients and their loved ones,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “The cost- just one hour of your time- is certainly less than other gifts most of us will give this season. But there’s nothing that has a greater impact.”

Donors also receive health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable at Oklahoma Blood Institute’s online store. 

One blood donation can save as many as three lives, and the supply must be constantly renewed. 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.

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

Donors age 16 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.


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Monday, December 11, 2017

OSBI to Investigate Unnamed Sallisaw Employee


Sallisaw Police Chief Terry Franklin confirmed Monday afternoon that he has asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) to investigate a City of Sallisaw employee.

The OSBI reported that person is in the city manager’s office. City Manager Clayton Lucas did not return phone calls. His employment is on the city’s agenda for the city commission’s regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday.

Franklin said his department received a complaint about a city employee. Franklin would not reveal who the employee is or who filed the complaint.

“We received the complaint,” Franklin said, “and to avoid a conflict of interest we called in the OSBI. The OSBI is going to look into it.”

Having a third party investigate such a complaint is common, Franklin said, in order to avoid a conflict.


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Muldrow Man Dies from Injuries


A Muldrow man involved in a motorcycle crash on Dec. 1 has died.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) reported on Sunday that James Petrovivich, 59, of Muldrow died at Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville.

The OHP reported earlier that Petrovivich was driving a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on County Road E1080, about two miles west of State Highway 64D, three miles east and three miles north of Roland, when he laid the motorcycle over on its side. The bike came to rest in a ditch on the south side of the road. Petrovivich was thrown from the bike and found lying in the middle of the road.

He was transported by Pafford EMS to Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith then air lifted to Washington Regional Medical Hospital where he was admitted in critical but stable condition with leg, arm, head, and internal and external injuries.

The crash occurred at about 8:46 p.m. on Dec. 1.


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Burn Ban Continued


A ban on burning was continued until Dec. 18 by Sequoyah County Commissioners on Monday.
Adair and LeFlore Counties have also issued burn bans due to the lack of rain or other precipitation.

In the meantime, area firefighters are scrambling to put out wildfires. Sallisaw and Brushy firefighters extinguished a fire north of Sallisaw and east of County Highway 17 at about noon Monday. Sallisaw Fire Chief Anthony Armstrong said the grass fire escaped from a burning trash fire and scorched an old outbuilding.

According to the commissioners’ burn ban resolution, the burn ban includes no trash or yard waste burning or the burning of any other material that may cause a forest, grass, range, crop or other fire.

Anyone convicted of violating the ban may be fined up to $500 or imprisoned for up to a year, or both.


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Man Shot in Foot on Sunday


A shooting late Sunday sent one man to the hospital, Sheriff Larry Lane reported.

Lane said the sheriff’s office is investigating the shooting, and the victim is expected to recover. He said the shooting occurred at about midnight Sunday and was at a residence on Moonshine Road, north of Vian.

“It was apparently an argument between a father and a son. The father wanted the son to leave, or not come into the house. They son shot through the door and hit the father in the foot,” Lane said.

The shooter used a .22-caliber pistol, Lane said, and the victim was transported to Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith for treatment.

No arrests were made during the initial investigation, and Lane said the investigation, when complete, will be submitted to the district attorney’s office.


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