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.

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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.

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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.

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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 www.rmhtulsa.org 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."

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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.

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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.

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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 Melanie@pecancreekwinery.com

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: www.omhof.com. To contact OMHOF: (918) 687-0800 or by email: okmusic@omhof.com.

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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.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:19 pm

Lenny Biggers, a former bondsman in Tahlequah, is facing a lawsuit in excess of $75,000 from Beth Chapman, wife of Duane "Dog" Chapman, the TV star of "Dog the Bounty Hunter."

In the lawsuit, Chapman alleges that Biggers has embarked on a sustained campaign of libel and hate speech against her with the intent of defaming her and hurting her campaign to be president of a bounty hunting group.

She alleges Biggers also made personally distasteful remarks about her.

Read the full lawsuit here.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015, 1:17 pm

The robotics team at Irving Elementary in Muskogee, Okla. is challenging the community of Muskogee to create abstract trash art as part of a contest being sponsored by the group.

The judging will be held at the school, located at 1100 N. J St, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.

Artists will need to check in with their art at 8:30 a.m. All ages are welcome to compete. Judges will be the fifth- and sixth-grade robotics team, and one guest judge.

Prizes will be awarded for first through third place winners.

Definition for trash: Any item you are done with and want to dispose of.

Information: mistie.gorajewski@mpsi20.org, or call (918) 684-3700, ext. 1613.

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7:40 am

The Cherokee Nation is growing its bison herd once again, receiving a semi-truckload of the culturally significant animals on tribal land on Thursday.

The Cherokee Nation acquired bison from the InterTribal Buffalo Council last year and, with calves, currently has a head of 68 bison on its ranch in Kenwood.

The ITBC recently awarded the Cherokee Nation another herd of up to 50 surplus bison that will travel 900 miles from the Badlands, South Dakota, to Oklahoma.

"The partnership with the InterTribal Buffalo Council is benefiting the Cherokee Nation and allowing the tribe to reconnect with an important part of our history," said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. "These bison are a cultural asset for us. We have proven to be good wildlife managers and have grown our herd responsibly over the past year. Tribal citizens are proud we have pursued reintroducing these animals into the Cherokee Nation."

The ITBC, headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota, awards its member tribes surplus bison from national parks each year. The Badlands National Park has about 400 head of surplus bison every year.

Although bison are associated more with the Plains tribes, herds of bison ranged from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Coast, and Cherokees used bison as a vital food source.

Until last year, the Cherokee Nation had not raised bison at the tribe in 40 years but spent about two years working with the ITBC on grants and applications to reconnect with the animals.

The Cherokee Nation's Natural Resources department manages 22,000 acres of tribally owned land in northeastern Oklahoma. The bison are kept on up to 1,000 acres in Kenwood.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 7:48 am

Muskogee Public Library will host a retirement event in honor of Elizabeth "Reading Liz" Hanley, long time children's librarian. Friends are invited to attend the reception from 4 until 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, in the Grant Foreman Room of the library, 801 W. Okmulgee.

She is a familiar face to Muskogee's readers, having worked for 45 years in public and school libraries. She began her library life at the age of 16 when she worked in her school library. After her graduation from Manual High School, she worked for Eastern Oklahoma District Library System helping set up the new system. Liz also worked when she was a student at Northeastern State University at Tahlequah Library where she staffed the library on Saturdays. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Library Science in 1977. She later returned to NSU where she earned a M.S. in Reading in 1995.

Her first job as a certified librarian was in Tulsa City-County Library System. She started her career as a school librarian in 1979 in Tulsa and worked from 1982 until 2001 at Tony Goetz for Muskogee School System. She joined the staff at Muskogee Public Library in 1997 in reference and has been Department Head of the Children's Department since 2001. During her career, she has worked with as many as three generations of some families, sharing her boundless enthusiasm for reading and children.

Friends, family, associates and "Reading Liz's children" of all ages are invited to attend. A scrapbook will be available to share a message for Miss Liz. Notes can be done in advance at the library or at the event.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 2:27 pm

One woman is dead in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash near the Muskogee Turnpike, according to emergency workers.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was killed at 2:17 p.m. in the wreck.

We are pursuing more details.

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