Friday, October 20, 2017

Competency Exam Ordered for Homeless Man

A 28-year-old man, who identified himself as God and was arrested on Oct. 13, was charged in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, on Oct. 17 with knowingly concealing stolen property and endangering others while eluding police.

The man, later identified as Lloyd Gordon, was later found by investigators to be driving a white 2009 Chevrolet 2500 truck reported stolen from near a homeless shelter in South Carolina. Gordon told police he was homeless.

After a foot chase and vehicle pursuit Gordon was arrested in Sallisaw hiding in a trash dumpster behind Game Stop in Sallisaw.

The arresting sheriff’s deputy reported that on Oct. 13 he was dispatched to the Interstate 40 westbound rest area to investigate a panhandler who was in a white truck. He found Gordon wearing an orange traffic vest who was asking to use visitors’ cell phones.

The suspect identified himself as another man from New York, and told the deputy he did not know who was driving the truck. The deputy reported he tried to detain the suspect for the purpose of identification, but the suspect then ran south toward I40. The deputy said he caught the suspect and tried to deploy his Taser, which failed. Other deputies arrived to help with the pursuit and search for Gordon, who could not be found.

A short time later the deputies were informed Gordon had returned to the rest area and was driving west in the white truck. Sallisaw police then joined in the pursuit that reached 115 miles per hour. Sallisaw police reported the truck crashed near the 308 mile marker and the suspect fled on foot.

Deputies found Gordon in the dumpster and he was taken into custody.

After the charges against Gordon were filed in district court, Associate District Judge Kyle Waters ordered Thursday that Gordon undergo a competency exam.

His case is on Judge Waters’ Nov. 1 disposition docket.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Shotgun Found at Felon’s Home

A Vian man was charged Tuesday in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, with possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction.

George Edward Drew, 54, was arrested at his home in Vian on Oct. 12 during a child welfare check. Officers found a black Rossi break-over 12-gauge shotgun in his home. Drew was convicted in 2015 of unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. It was found after the arrest that Drew also had outstanding warrants out of the Coweta Police Department.

At the same time, officers arrested Carla Uselton who said she was Drew’s wife. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of LeFlore County.

Drew was released on a $10,000 bond on Friday.

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Sallisaw Fall Cleanup Begins Monday

The city of Sallisaw reminds residents that the annual fall cleanup begins on Monday.

Items left for pick up must be divided into separate piles for brush, junk, and metal. Items must not be stacked near water meters, gas meters, or fire hydrants.

City crews will only go through each neighborhood once. Once they pass a street, crews will not return and residents will be responsible for disposal.

The service is for residential customers only. Any debris left from contractors must be disposed of by the contractor. The city will not pick up any debris from construction or land clearing of any type.

Do not allow persons to bring material to a residence from outside the city or other locations. This service is for city residents only. If material is suspected of coming from another location, the city will not pick it up and resident will be responsible for the disposal.

All items must be curbside by 7 a.m. on the start date of the cleanup.

Citizens may start placing items curbside one week prior to cleanup start date.

Items must be stacked neatly curbside. Do not stack items near gas meters or fire hydrants.

Metal must be separated from other material. 

The City will not pick up: 

-Any debris, refuse, or other waste from contractors; contractors must dispose of these things themselves

-Any debris or yard waste from land clearing of any type

-Used batteries, used tires, oil, paint or other hazardous materials, as per ODEQ regulations.

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Muldrow Police Investigating Thefts

Muldrow police are looking into thefts recently on Birch Street, north and south of Shawntel Smith Boulevard.

Police Chief George Lawson said, “We kind of have an idea of who the suspect is. But two plus two has got to equal four, and we haven’t quite got there yet.”

Lawson said the misdemeanor thefts include a bicycle, fishing poles, etc.

Anyone who sees someone suspicious in this area, knows anything about the thefts, or might have been approached by someone trying to sell items of this nature, is asked to please contact the police department at 918-427-3296.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bassnanza Fishing Tournament Set for Nov. 4

Gone Fishin!

That’s the sign the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce and many bass fishermen will be hanging up come Nov. 4 when the chamber’s annual Kerr Lake Bassnanza fishing tournament kicks off.

Those planning to enter have only until Oct. 25 to get their information and fees in to earn a free T-shirt.

The 13th annual Bassnanza tournament is offering $4,000 for first place, and 100 percent payback to the entrants. The entry fee is $150 per boat and $25 for the Big Bass money. Fisherpersons may enter at the Sallisaw Chamber office at 301 E. Cherokee or by visiting the chamber’s website at or on Facebook. The website also has the tournament rules. For information, contact the chamber at 918-775-2558.

Fishing will begin on the morning of Nov. 4, and the weigh-in will be at the Cherokee Casino in Sallisaw, where the fisherpersons and their families will be treated to a free meal.

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Plans Underway for Halloween on Elm Street

The Sallisaw Police Department will be holding the annual Halloween on Elm Street from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

The department’s Katie Horton is in charge of the preparations, and she said Police Chief Terry Franklin invites all organizations, churches and other groups to join in the fun.

For the Halloween street festival, the police department closes off Elm Street in front of the Sallisaw Civic Center. The festival has grown so much, it has spread into Chickasaw Street in front of the police department.

Local groups who want to participate set up tables and booths along both sides of Elm Street to offer treats and other goodies to kids in costumes. Games are also played and sponsored by the groups, and a Bounce Around will be set up, Horton said.

Horton asks that those groups planning to participate contact her at 918-775-4177, extension 517, to record their plans.

Halloween on Elm Street has grown throughout the years, and over 2,000 trick or treaters and their parents attended last year, Horton said.

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Barbecue Will Benefit Special Victims Unit

Eating good for a good cause is a great way to kick off the weekend.

A smoked pork barbecue lunch will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday at the Sallisaw Civic Center. Proceeds from the barbecue will benefit the Sallisaw Police Special Victims Unit.

The Special Victims Unit helps those who are victims of domestic or child abuse.

The meal includes a barbecue sandwich, chips, barbecue beans, a drink and dessert, and will be $8 per plate.

Those who would like a carry-out order are asked to call and place their order by Thursday. The phone number is 918-315-2842. Meals can also be delivered in Sallisaw.

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Dwight Mission Road Dedicated

From left to right are Federal Highway Administration representatives Todd Brockmann and Misty Klann, Guy Engineering President John Blickensderfer, Guy Engineering Vice President of Business Development Rebecca Alvarez, Cherokee Nation Department of Transportation Director Michael Lynn, Sequoyah County District 2 Commissioner Steve Carter, Cherokee Nation Businesses Board Member Dan Carter, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Guy Engineering civil engineer Ryan Bellatti, Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor E.O. Smith, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, and Cherokee Nation Construction Manager Barry Hood. 

Cherokee Nation and Sequoyah County officials gathered near Sallisaw Monday to dedicate a newly paved six-mile stretch of Dwight Mission Road in rural Sequoyah County.

The $1.13 million project includes an asphalt overlay covering nearly six miles of road, along with the placement of gravel shoulders, new striping and the installation of new signs.

“Dwight Mission Road is an important route traveled by many of the residents and visitors in Sequoyah County each and every day, and it also leads into the scenic Cherokee National Park,” said Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden. “This is another example of our tribal government’s commitment to building strong and positive partnerships with county and city governments in northeast Oklahoma. Collaborations like the one we completed on Dwight Mission Road improve the lives not only of Cherokees, but of non-Cherokees, as well.”

Cherokee Nation used Federal Highway Administration Tribal Transportation Program funds to cover the costs. The tribe chose JOB Construction of Poteau as the contractor for the project.

“I’m not only a county commissioner, but I’m also a Cherokee Nation citizen, and it means so much to me to be able to say to the citizens in Sequoyah County it’s my chief, my tribe and my council members who made this project happen,” said Sequoyah County District 2 Commissioner Steve Carter. “I get to live the best of both worlds on a project like this, and I can’t say enough good things about this partnership.”

The road project stretches between Interstate 40 south to the Cherokee National Park and its camping areas adjacent to the Robert S. Kerr Reservoir. The park includes about 800 acres of tribal land open to the public for picnicking, primitive camping, fishing, hiking, trail riding and hunting during specified dates.

“The response by area residents to the Cherokee Nation's development of the park has been really positive,” said Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor E.O. Smith, of Vian. “Everyone talks about how beautiful it is, and the possibilities for additions are endless. Hopefully, we'll add another riding trail, and there's been talk of building cabins and adding more RV hookups, and possibly an archery range. Regardless of what is built, our folks will love it. I've heard nothing but good things from the folks who use the park.”

In fiscal year 2017, the Cherokee Nation used $7.7 million in federal and tribal funds to replace 61 miles of roadway and two bridges in the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction.

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Authorities on Hunt for Suspect

John Douglas Gordon
(older mugshot)

A man, ordered into custody of the Sequoyah County Jail, was on his way to jail in the Sequoyah County Courthouse in Sallisaw when he broke away and fled.

Sallisaw police, sheriff’s deputies and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol descended on the courthouse in pursuit. The escape occurred at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The running suspect is John Douglas Gordon, 44, of Vian. He was reported to be wearing a long-sleeved black shirt, blue jeans and Army boots. He has dark brown hair and brown eyes.

A witness reported seeing a man wearing a long-sleeved black shirt jump into the back seat of maroon Cian. The witness said two women were in the car, which also had a handicap sticker.

It is believed the car went toward Vian.

Gordon was in court on four separate cases when the presiding judge ordered him incarcerated.

“Apparently he didn’t want to do that,” said an official, “and he ran.”

If anyone has information about the escapee contact the sheriff’s department at 918-775-1213 or  call 911.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Fleeing Suspect Says He’s ‘God’

A man who identified himself only as “God,” was arrested behind Game Stop in Sallisaw Friday afternoon, in a trash dumpster.

Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane said 9-1-1 reported a man was seen at a rest area on Interstate 40, who was described as “suspicious.” A deputy was sent to investigate.

“The man first ran on foot, then jumped into his car and led the deputy on a pursuit into Sallisaw. Sallisaw police used the stop sticks and got him stopped,” Lane said.

The suspect then jumped from his car and ran behind the Game Stop store, Lane said.

Lane said Monday, “As far as I know, we still don’t know his name. He just says his name is God. I believe he is to be sent for a mental evaluation.”

The man’s name was later found to be Lloyd Gordon, 28. He is listed as homeless and is being held without bond in the Sequoyah County Jail in Sallisaw.

Lane said the man was “very combative,” and was tased several times, to no effect.

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Shooting Investigation Awaits Medical Examiner’s Report

Bob Shanks

The investigation into a shooting death in Gore is underway and investigators are awaiting the results from the state medical examiner in Tulsa, Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane said Monday.

The shooting death of Bob Shanks, 61, of Salina, Kan., took place Saturday afternoon in the home of Joseph Pack, the dead man’s former son-in-law. Pack had been divorced from his wife, also a Gore resident, for about six months, and the couple had two children. The children were not present, Lane said.

Pack called 9-1-1 after the shooting, and reported he had shot someone who was trying to enter his home. Investigators did take Pack into custody for an interview, but Lane said he did not participate and did not know why Shanks had allegedly tried to force his way into Pack’s home or why Pack shot Shanks.

“When the investigators finish their report they will turn it over to the district attorney to determine if there will be an arrest,” Lane said.

Oklahoma does have the Make My Day Law, which means that a resident may shoot someone who forcibly enters the home with the object of doing harm, but he did not say that was the case in this incident.

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Fire Destroys Home Early Sunday

A home at 2750 W. Cherokee in Sallisaw was destroyed by fire early Sunday.

Sallisaw Fire Chief Anthony Armstrong said the fire department was dispatched by 9-1-1 at 4 a.m. Sunday.

“The fire was already through the roof when firefighters arrived,” Armstrong said.

Firefighters had the fire under control in about 30 minutes, Armstrong said, and had left the site by 7:30 a.m.

But the fire rekindled at about 12:55 p.m. on Sunday and firefighters had to return to the site and douse the flames again.

Armstrong explained, “The roof collapsed and fell on the floor, rekindling the fire.”

The home is considered a total loss and an early tentative loss estimate was set at $55,000. 

Armstrong said no one was living in the house at the time, and it was being remodeled by owner Ed Cullipher.

The cause of the blaze is undetermined, Armstrong said. The home was not insured, he added.

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No Injuries Reported in Crash

No one was reported injured in a two-vehicle crash at about 11:35 a.m. Monday on West Cherokee Street in Sallisaw.

First responders reported Albert Whitmire of Sallisaw was attempting to pull into the driveway at his home when his pickup truck and stock trailer were hit by a west-bound white Chevrolet Cobalt. The vehicle was occupied by two persons, who were shook up but not injured, it was reported. The names of the two persons were not immediately available.

Responders reported the pickup truck sustained damage to a rear fender, and the Cobalt was damaged on the driver’s side.

The crash blocked the westbound lanes on Cherokee Street for over half an hour until the car could be removed.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Agencies Combine Efforts for Families

The Pervasive Parenting Center and Developmental Wings are combining efforts to help families in eastern Oklahoma. The two non-profits will present Family Support Night at 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Waylon Jones Complex in Roland.

The Pervasive Parenting Center will offer their monthly parent support group meeting to help the families find resources, talk to other families, and provide moral support for coping with disabilities. This meeting is open to everyone including families, professionals, teachers, etc.

Developmental Wings will offer their regular music and art therapies to children at the same time. These classes are designed to engage children and encourage creativity.

These services are provided free to local families. 

Kodey Toney, Pervasive Parenting Center director, said, “Last year we started partnering with Developmental Wings, to offer childcare for the children during support meetings. This is a real issue for parents to find some place for their children to go while they receive the help they need. Developmental Wings is a wonderful organization, and they offer therapies for the children, so we thought it would be a way we could help each other out and the families as well.”

For more information contact Toney @ 918-647-1255, 918-658-5076 or, or Michelle Qualls-Long at 479-459-0645 or

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Teen Reaches Plea Agreement for Burglary, Assault and Battery – Biting Man’s Ear Off

An 18-year-old Bunch man has agreed to a plea agreement in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw. The teenager, who was only 17 at the time and considered a juvenile, is charged with first-degree burglary and aggravated assault and battery.

The young man is accused of breaking and entering into a Mable City home on April 22 when the female occupant was at home, and then biting the ear off another man. The burglary charge is punishable by imprisonment for seven to 20 years, and the assault and battery charge is punishable by up to five years in prison or one year in the county jail, and up to a $500 fine.

Assistant District Attorney Stacey Slaughter said the young man was first charged as a juvenile, then certified as an adult, but he has not been declared an adult yet by the court. It is expected he will be officially declared an adult by the time of his sentencing on Nov. 2.

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Smith Named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Cindy Smith, investigator with the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, was named the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, and received the award Thursday.

The award reads, “2017 Award for Excellence in Action Against Domestic Violence.”

Sheriff Larry Lane stated, “Congratulations to Sheriff's Investigator Cindy Smith on her award today from the state attorney general’s office in Oklahoma City. I proudly nominated Cindy for her hard work, dedication, and compassion for the victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. We are lucky to have her on our team. Thank you, Cindy, for everything you do!”

Smith responded, “Thank you Larry for nominating me. It’s an honor to have the award. I appreciate it.”

Smith has served as a police officer since 1995 when she joined the Roland Police Department. She has also worked as an investigator for the district attorney’s office and the sheriff’s office where she is currently employed.

Smith specializes in child abuse and domestic abuse cases, which are a passion with her.

Smith has also begun writing grant applications for the sheriff’s office, and several have been received. She said the office received a grant for overtime pay for deputies working crime cases such as homicides, rapes, assault and battery cases.

A $58,700 grant was received to hire a fulltime victim’s advocate, also known as a VOCA, a Victims of Crime Advocate. The advocate helps and counsels crime victims, and can even provide transportation to and from court if needed, Smith said.

Other grants applied for include a U.S. Department of Justice grant for bullet-proof vests, a block grant for four computers that deputies can keep in their patrol cars, and a Victim’s Rights Grant.

Smith said April 8 through 14 is Victims’ Rights Week, and she plans on using the grant to hold informational meetings for the public. Smith said she has already reserved the Sequoyah County Fairgrounds building for the meeting.

“Even if they don’t give me any money, I going to find it somewhere for Victims Rights Week,” Smith said.

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Police Confiscate Guns, Paraphernalia; Two Charged

The Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies and Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers served a search warrant Oct. 4 at a Marble City residence and arrested two of the home’s residents.

Arrested were Mark Bradley Green, 47, and Holly Nichole Strickland, 25. Green was charged Oct. 10 in Sequoyah County District Court with unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Strickland was charged Oct. 11 with unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

Green’s case was put on the Nov. 11 disposition docket, and he was freed Oct. 11 on a $15,000 bond. Strickland’s case was put on the Nov. 1 docket, and she was released Oct. 11 on a $5,000 bond.

Investigators reported finding multiple smoking devices, scales, plastic bags, used syringes and other items at the Green home. Several items, the report indicates, were tested positive for methamphetamines. Investigators also found three guns - a .22 revolver, a Winchester .22 rifle, and a Savage .22 rifle. Noted in the charges was that Green was convicted of second-degree burglary and grand larceny, and as a felon, is not allowed to possess firearms.

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