Thursday, October 8, 2015, 7:15 am

Incor, a local business that helps special-needs adults get and maintain jobs as part of their care, operates an "e-cycle" business where Incor's clients disassemble and categorize discarded electronics such as computers, monitors, printers and televisions.

The e-cycle center, located in Fort Gibson, houses a warehouse and work center where the clients work and store the electronics after they're disassembled, prior to shipping to recycling centers.

On Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Muskogee High School's Fine Arts parking lot will be filled with electronic castoffs as the school hosts an e-waste roundup that helps both Incor and the environment.

The service is free, and all you need to do is bring electronics that you no longer use, and Incor will take care of the rest.

For more information, email

Filed under: Local Good News Education

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 3:40 pm

A pickup hauling a lawn mower has rolled over on the Muskogee Turnpike near Gibson Street, stopping traffic along the turnpike.

EMS is on the scene, but no word yet on whether anyone is injured.

Filed under: Local Traffic

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 8:57 am

A Muskogee Schools bus driver called police yesterday around 4:20 p.m. after a pedestrian made a threatening gesture with what appeared to be a firearm, according to a Muskogee police report.

The bus was driving near the intersection of 19th Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard as a pedestrian was crossing the street, not near a scheduled bus stop.

The man waved what appeared to the substitute bus driver to be a gun and yelled the words "pow pow pow."

The driver drove the bus away to get the children away from the situation.

"All I can say is something happened and it's under investigation," School spokesperson Wendy Burton said. The schools, she said, called all the parents of the students who were still on the bus to let them know the incident had happened and police might be contacting them about it. "Our bus drivers are not going to stop anywhere where they see someone suspicious."

Police spokesman Lincoln Anderson said a white, four-door car was parked in the area and the passenger got out and pointed the gun at the bus. He is described as a black man in his early 20s wearing a gray shirt and black shorts.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 7:06 am

A $30,000 donation from the Cherokee Nation recently helped the town of Braggs in Muskogee County repair four miles of roadway, including the main road to Braggs School.

"This makes driving safer for parents, the public and our Cherokee Nation citizens who live in Braggs," said Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor David Thornton of District 5. "It also helps with the longevity of the roads since they need repair about every three years."

The Cherokee Nation donated the money from its Motor Fuels tax money. Funds are set aside by the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council for road improvement projects.

"This means a lot since it will help make these roads last a lot longer," said Muskogee County Commissioner for District 1 Ken Doke. "We wouldn't have been able to do this without help from the Cherokee Nation."

Muskogee County officials said they pooled the tribe's donation with a grant for the $100,000 total project cost. The road improvements were completed recently.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:54 am

The first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Muskogee will open tomorrow, bringing 70 new jobs, the chance for 100 adults to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year and the opportunity for community members to donate books that will benefit the Martin Luther King Dream Team After- School Program.

The new restaurant located at 1925 N. 11th St., in front of Walmart, will host the next First 100 event that will award more than $32,000 in free food. A digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A Meals will be given to each of the first 100 eligible adults, ages 18 and older with identification, in line when the doors open about 6 a.m. tomorrow. If more than 100 people are on site when the line officially opens at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, then all 100 spots will be determined by a drawing held that morning with those selected needing to camp out for 24 hours to secure their spot. This community event is open to guests who live in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant. Interested participants may obtain a complete listing of zip codes and rules at

Muskogee Chick-fil-A Operator Brandon Allen is also collecting new children's books at the new the Muskogee location between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. today. The books collected during the grand opening celebration will be placed in a nearly three-foot Book House and donated to the Martin Luther King Dream Team After -School Program, a program that provides nutrition, educational and recreational programming to youth ages seven and up.

Filed under: Local Business

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 9:43 pm

Area man Jimmy English was arrested after a lengthy pursuit earlier tonight, according to Muskogee Police Officer Lincoln Anderson.

English, 35, was driving a 2004 Ford F250 that was reported stolen in Tulsa.

He ran several roadblocks, wrecked the vehicle east of Fort Gibson and fled on foot, where he was tracked by Officer Dean and K9 Barry.

English is now in custody and will be booked on charges of attempting to elude, possession of stolen property, running a roadblock and resisting arrest, according to Anderson.

Filed under: Local

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 9:47 am

WARNING: This story contains adult language.

A Tahlequah Emergency Medical Technician with Tahlequah City EMS was in the right place at the right time late last night, according to a police report.

EMT Matt Young was responding to a call of a twisted knee at the intersection of Allen and Vinita Streets in Tahlequah when he heard screaming coming from the house at 420 Allen Road. A bystander opened the door and yelled, "He's beating the shit out of her!"

Young immediately went to the door and observed a man on top of and behind a female, choking her with one hand and punching her in the head and face with the other hand. Young immediately grabbed the man's hand to pull it away from the woman's throat, but the man was able to wrestle it free and begin choking her again.

Young tried pulling the man's hand away again but was unable to, so he punched the man in the face and was able to pull the hand away. He then rolled the man onto his stomach and restrained him until police arrived.

The victim, whose name we are not reporting, had returned home from a party, but her boyfriend had stayed at the party, witnesses told police. Joey Case, who was at the house, was unknown to the victim, but apparently known to others at the house. The victim prepared spaghetti around 7:30 p.m. before leaving for the party. When she returned around 9:30, she left the door unlocked so her boyfriend could return. She told police she went to bed and fell asleep. She said she was awakened by Case "rubbing all over me."

She pushed the man away and told him no, but he kept touching her, she reported to police. He then began pulling her clothes off. She began screaming at him to stop and hit him to get him to leave her alone, but he held her down and began touching her sexually after pulling her clothes off. She pushed him away and tried to roll away, but he grabbed her around the throat and began to choke, she said. Several times, she felt as if she might pass out, the report states.

Case was arrested first-degree attempted rape, first-degree burglary, assault and battery and public intoxication.

Filed under: Local Crime

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 6:44 am

Longtime Muskogee K-9 officer Duke has retired to the home of Officer Chris Dean, the Muskogee Police Department reported.

Duke, who has served the community for five years, suffers from hip dysplasia, seizures and hyperthyroidism after numerous awards for his service as a police dog.

The department has added two new K-9 officers, acquired through a combination of city and private funds. Barry, a Dutch Shepherd, is partnered with Dean and Jangus, a Belgian Malinois, is partnered with Officer Bob Lynch.

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Monday, October 5, 2015, 3:13 pm

Zachary Watson, 15 is facing adult charges as a youthful offender after he allegedly forced his girlfriend, 12, to have sex with him, according to court documents.

On Sept. 5, around 3 p.m., Watson touched the breasts and genitals of his girlfriend, according to an affidavit filed in the case. He then removed her shorts and panties and had sexual intercourse with her against her requests for him to stop.

Watson is alleged to have held the girl down by laying his entire weight on her as he forced her to have sex.

The girl, according to the affidavit, repeatedly told Watson to stop, but he ignored her requests. Watson is charged with first-degree rape by force or fear and domestic abuse - assault and battery.

Filed under: Local Crime

Monday, October 5, 2015, 7:47 am

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tulsa, Inc. is having its annual fundraiser, the McDazzle Fun Ball, on October 8, 2015, featuring The Swon Brothers.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tulsa, Inc. is committed to providing a "home away from home" for families whose children are being treated in Tulsa hospitals for serious medical illness or injury. The House is an independent, non-profit corporation, locally owned and operated by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tulsa, Inc., and is entirely dependent upon donations.

Each year, hundreds of children travel to Tulsa to be treated for serious illness, often compounded by lengthy hospital stays, months of outpatient treatment and the expense of being away from home. RMHC of Tulsa, Inc. provides a place where the whole family can stay in a home-like environment and find support with other families who are also undergoing the trauma of childhood illness. RMHC has helped address these needs every day, with the help of parents, health professionals, McDonald's representatives, community volunteers, business and civic leaders, and generous donors.

This year's event on Thursday, October 8, will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Devin Levine, bid on incredible silent and live auction items, hear The Swon Brothers perform, and participate in the all-important Share-a-Night campaign, which provides lodging nights for families who have no ability to pay.

Visit The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tulsa, McDazzle Fun Ball Registration Page at to purchase sponsorships or individual tickets.

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Monday, October 5, 2015, 7:43 am

Sophomore students from Muskogee High School toured two local manufacturing companies on Friday.

At Georgia-Pacific, students listened as community leaders discussed the importance of manufacturing, prior to seeing first-hand the variety of career opportunities available at Muskogee's largest manufacturing employer.

At Dal-Tile, students heard from a panel of young adults employed by Acme Engineering and Manufacturing, Advantage Controls, Dal-Tile, Georgia-Pacific, and Vallourec Star. The young panelists visited with students about how they first got involved in manufacturing and the type of education and training needed for jobs within their companies.

"Allowing students to see the practical side of what they are learning in the classroom connects their coursework to the real world" said Dyan Riley, sophomore counselor at Muskogee High School. "We have many classes at MHS that can lead to a technical manufacturing job. Seeing these jobs early on in the high school career can inspire a young person to pursue not just a job, but a career path."

The tours were held in recognition of National Manufacturing Day and Industry Appreciation week in Muskogee, and were organized by the Port of Muskogee's Dream It. Do It. Committee. The committee, comprised of education and industry partners, looks to combat the negative perceptions of the manufacturing industry and raise awareness of local manufacturing careers.

"Giving high school students the opportunity to visit local manufacturing companies will give them a perspective on career opportunities which exist locally. It will also provide insight on what employers are looking for in an applicant" said Mike Garde, superintendent of Muskogee Public Schools. "My hope is that this is the beginning of a yearly learning event that more students will get to experience in the future. We are truly appreciative of our local companies providing this opportunity."

Filed under: Local Education

Friday, October 2, 2015, 7:17 am

A Tulsa woman and Chouteau woman were critically injured yesterday 11 miles north of Tahlequah, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Christy Cole, 48, of Tulsa was flown by helicopter to Saint John Hospital in Tulsa with critical internal and leg injuries, and Lequita Beavers, 32, of Chouteau was flown to Saint John with critical head, internal, external, arm and leg injuries. A passenger in Beavers' car, Kandice Vernon, 33, of Chouteau, was treated and released from Tahlequah Hospital.

Cole's Pontiac Grand Prix was southbound on Oklahoma 82, and Beavers' Ford Taurus was northbound, as was a 2003 Kenworth, driven by Kyle Mitchell, 31, of Muskogee. Mitchell was not injured.

Cole's car traveled left of center and struck Mitchell's semi head-on. Mitchell's semi jackknifed and departed the roadway to the left. Cole's car then struck Beavers' car, causing it to leave the roadway. Drivers of both cars were pinned and had to be extracted by Peggs Fire Department using the Jaws of Life.

The highway patrol cited inattentive driving as the cause of the accident.

Filed under: Local Traffic

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 8:23 am

James Noblitt, 38, of Fort Gibson is in the Tulsa County jail on a $50,000 bond after Broken Arrow police say he robbed a pharmacy there with an air soft pistol.

Noblitt, former owner of Courtyard Bistro in Fort Gibson, is also a former law enforcement officer. Last May, he was allegedly the victim of a robber at his restaurant, when he said an unidentified attacker tied him up, locked him in the restaurant's cooler and then set fire to the building. Noblitt said he managed to free himself before the fire could kill him.

Tuesday night, he was alleged to have walked into the Family Drug store on South Elm Place just before 8:30 p.m. wearing a disguise, and pulled a gun that later turned out to be a pellet gun.

He walked away with prescription medication, then got into a car and drove off. Employees provided police with descriptions of the vehicle and the robber, after which police stopped Noblitt's car a mile away from the store.

He is scheduled to be in court Oct. 7.

Filed under: Local Crime

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 2:34 pm

Pecan Creek Winery is expanding its Thursday tasting room hours to offer a unique and fun activity.

The tasting room, located at 8510 Fern Mountain Road, opens at 4 offering delicious Oklahoma wines.

From 5-8 massage therapist Brandy Fewel will be on site to combine a wine flight with a ten minute chair massage for $20. A wine flight is three 3 ounce pours of your choice of delicious reds, whites, and fruit wines.

Pecan Creek's tasting room is also open 4-6 Friday, 2-6 Saturday, & 1-5 Sunday.

Information: Melanie Hanna - May via email at

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 7:26 am

Drew Edmondson, a Muskogee luminary, former Muskogee County district attorney, former state Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate, will host a 20-minute audience question and answer session on the subject of capital punishment on Friday night as the Muskogee Little Theatre production of "Dead Man Walking" opens.

The forum begins at 7:30 p.m., and the curtain opens at 8 p.m.

Dr. Wanda Draper, PhD., an internationally recognized consultant in the field of human development, will also answer audience questions.

In the play, a convicted murderer on death row and the nun who befriends him explore the last days of a man's life. In the end, the nun must decide how she will deal with the paradox of caring for a condemned man while still acknowledging the horror of the crimes he committed to get there.

The show continues Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 8, 9 and 10 at the Little Theatre.

Tickets are available at the box office or at Soundworld. 918-683-4901.

Filed under: Local Entertainment

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 7:25 am

Sadler Arts Academy will be presenting "A Night at the Movies, Sadler-Style" at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 8 and at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at the school, located at 800 Altamont St.

The Kindergarten and first-graders will present music and dance from "The Jungle Book." Selections from "Annie" and "Oliver" will be performed by second- and third-graders. The students in fourth- and fifth- grade will be performing "Aladdin," and the sixth-eighth graders will perform "Grease."

Each of these is a shortened selection that allows our students to showcase their talents and light up our stage. Ticket prices are $1 at the door.

Information: (918) 684-3820

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 1:07 pm

Investigators from the Muskogee Police Department are looking for a missing person. Her name is Chasity Horsely, and she is described as a white female in her early 30's, black hair, green eyes, approximately 5'11" tall and weighing about 150 pounds.

Chasity was last seen on September 6th, and family has had no contact with her since that time, and she was formally reported as missing to our agency on September 25th. Investigators have worked what leads they have, but have not been able to locate her as of yet. And due to the length of time that she has been missing, they are concerned with her well-being.

If anyone has information on her whereabouts, or has seen Chasity, please call crimestoppers at 918-682-COPS, or the PD non-emergency line at 918-683-8000.

UPDATE Sept. 30: The woman was found and arrested on outstanding warrants in Tulsa.

Filed under: Local

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 7:21 am

A Muskogee woman told police a Hispanic man in his 30s tried to take advantage of her after he offered her a ride on Callahan Street around 3 p.m. last Friday.

The woman, who was walking down a Muskogee street, said the man pulled over and offered her a ride. He then turned down a side street she didn't know, pulled his pants down and began masturbating in front of her.

The woman said he tried to touch her several times and burned her with a lighter. After she rebuffed his advances, he took her to her destination and dropped her off.

The man has curly black hair in a pony tail and drives a gold Chevy Malibu with a tag that possibly starts with the letters KUE, according to Lincoln Anderson of the Muskogee Police.

Filed under: Local Crime

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 7:19 am

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will host Echelon Thursday, October 1, 2015 at The Frisco Depot, 401 S. 3rd in Muskogee.

Echelon is a local Rock Band from Muskogee, OK that plays 80's, 90's and current rock. They play everything from Poison, Motley Crue and Bon Jovi to Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots, to Nickelback, Daughtry, and Three Days Grace.

The band is Aaron Hobbs-Vocals, Rodney Guinn-Lead Guitar and backup vocals, Jason Clark- Bass and backup vocals and James Webb- Drums.

Beginning this Thursday, October 1st, Doors open at 6, show starts at 7 PM. Admission is $5 at the door.

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10-5 pm. "Live at the Frisco Depot" is presented every Thursday at 7 pm and features local, regional and national musical acts. For OMHOF's upcoming events, "like" the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Facebook page or visit: To contact OMHOF: (918) 687-0800 or by email:

Filed under: Local Entertainment

Monday, September 28, 2015, 6:57 am

2 Muskogee Police Officers received awards for the work to help endangered children in the City of Muskogee Saturday. The awards were given by the Muskogee County Multi-Disciplinary Team and the Oklahoma Drug Endangered Children branch of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. The 2 officers combined have worked endangered child cases approaching the 1000 case mark.

Officer James Poffel was awarded the Champion for Children award by the MDT and Kids' Space in Muskogee. James has been a Muskogee Police Department Child Investigator for 4 years and has worked almost exclusively on child crimes that include everything from child abuse and neglect to child sexual assaults and rapes. James was nominated by members of the MDT with the criteria exemplary work ethic passion that extends over and above his or her regular work duties.

Officer Shawn Brown was awarded the C4DEC "Officer of the Year" award given by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. Shawn has been an investigator in our Special Investigations Unit for 7 years and he works primarily Narcotics Cases. In at least 12 of those cases Children have been involved, and due to his thankless work in narcotics cases involving children he was given the Officer of the Year Award. Shawn was also responsible for the rescue of a 7 year old girl that was being abused by her mother's boyfriend.

Filed under: Local Good News