DEATHS

Brenda Lee Pierce, 59

Born January 1, 1959

Died June 19, 2018

Letha "Lavon" McFarland, 81

Born August 2, 1936

Died June 18, 2018

John W. "Jack" Doerner, 92

Born November 17, 1925

Died June 18, 2018

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THINGS TO DO

Thursday, June 21

Summer Art Camp
Make Music Muskogee
Remembering Our Fallen

Friday, June 22

Summer Art Camp
Soul Fest at the Music Hall of Fame
Remembering Our Fallen
Straight and Narrow play

Saturday, June 23

Summer Art Camp
Soul Fest at the Music Hall of Fame
Backyard Bash
A Night in the Tropics
Remembering Our Fallen

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 9:34 AM

Brandon Holdridge

Brandon Shayne Holdridge, 44, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony charge of embezzlement related to his employment at Stewart Martin Equipment on South 32nd Street.

Holdridge is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the business.

According to an affidavit filed with the case, Holdridge admitted he stole merchandise from the dealership while he was employed there. He is accused of then taking the property to a Muskogee pawn shop and selling it.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 11:55 AM

Floyd Rocky Patterson

Floyd Patterson III, also known as Rocky Patterson, has died while in custody of the Muskogee County Jail, multiple law enforcement sources have confirmed.

Peterson was arrested on Sunday on complaints of public intoxication. According to friends of the family and the law enforcement sources, he went into hypoglycemia while he was in the jail. Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar. Eating high-sugar foods can treat the condition.

Patterson was transported to the Muskogee Saint Francis hospital under emergency conditions yesterday and died at the hospital while still under the custody of the sheriff’s office.

This is the second death under jail custody this year. On March 24, Brandy Marie Edwardsen was found unresponsive in her jail cell, and though Sheriff Rob Frazier initially denied there was a death at the jail, she died while still in custody.

Last night and today, Frazier and undersheriff Terry Freeman have not responded to multiple texts asking for comment on Patterson’s death. Patterson’s body is currently at the medical examiner’s body to determine what happened.

UPDATE 12:43 p.m.: Frazier, who talked to Tulsa’s Channel 2 after ignoring MuskogeeNOW’s requests for comments on this story since last night, told the out-of-town TV station “Our prayers are with Patterson’s family and friends.” He also said “this is a very active and ongoing investigation.”

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that Patterson was suffering from hypoglycemia, which is low blood sugar. A source that we have confirmed is in a position to know but who wished to remain unnamed has reported that Patterson was suffering from hyperglycemia, which is high blood sugar.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 8:55 AM

The Muskogee City-County Port Authority announced today that Muskogee ranks the 10th least expensive city in the nation. Muskogee was the only city in Oklahoma ranked in the top 10.

Overall cost-of-living in Muskogee is 17.5 percent lower than the national average. This is according to the Cost of Living Index report for the 1st Quarter of 2018. The report is published by C2ER – The Council for Community and Economic Research.

Muskogee’s current index of 82.5 is down from 86.5 from the first quarter of 2017.

The index is based on more than 90,000 prices covering 60 different items for which prices are collected quarterly by chambers of commerce and economic development organizations in each participating area.

Every quarter, the Port of Muskogee’s Industrial Development staff prices everything from a gallon of milk to a t-bone steak to the cost of housing. This information is passed onto C2ER, a community and economic research council that receives pricing information from communities throughout the nation.

The average of the index measuring prices of goods and services for the 263 participating communities nationwide equals 100. Each city’s index is read as a percentage of the average for all participating cities.

The city boasts the nation’s 35th least expensive housing costs, more than 30 percent below national average.

In Muskogee, low costs mean residents can enjoy a much higher standard of living.

Cost of transportation allows Muskogee to remain competitive nationally. For the 1st Quarter 2018, Muskogee offers the 2nd lowest transportation cost in the nation; 19.3 percent below the national average. Muskogee also ranked second-lowest in transportation cost this time last year.

Consumer spending categories include grocery items, housing, utilities, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services. Muskogee’s ranking in all four remaining index categories was less than the national average.

Among the communities participating in the first quarter 2018 Cost of Living Index, the cost-of- living ranged from more than twice the national average in Manhattan, New York to just over 20 percent below the national average in Harlingen, TX.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 8:48 AM

Nick Cheater, 56, of Tahlequah died yesterday east of Tahlequah in a motorcycle wreck, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Cheater was riding a 2005 V250 motorcycle northbound on Briggs Flat Road, about 4 miles east of town, when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve and drove into a ditch, the patrol reported.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Northeast Health Systems EMS. The patrol cited driving too fast for the curve as the cause of the wreck.

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Monday, June 18, 2018, 9:18 AM

Robert Lane Love

Robert Lane Love, 49, of Oktaha is charged in Muskogee County District Court with two felony counts of kidnapping after two 15-year-olds reported he imprisoned them in a room in his house for 12 days.

The teens, reportedly one boy and one girl, said they ran away from their homes in Muskogee on May 9 or May 10, and Lane picked them up in Muskogee that day. They say they were then given a ride to his residence in Wainwright.

The teens then say Love locked them in a back room at his house and kept them there for 12 days, only occasionally allowing them to get outside the room and go outside.

The last few days of their captivity, they allege, they began asking Love to let them go, after which he is accused of pushing the female down and throwing a drink in her face. Love is then alleged to have told the children he wasn’t taking them home, but he allowed them to leave and they walked to the Bulldog Express store in Wainwright and called for a ride.

The case is still under investigation by the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office.

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Monday, June 18, 2018, 9:07 AM

Justin T. Wright, 24, of Warner was seriously injured in a DUI wreck on Saturday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Wright was eastbound on Texanna Road, four miles west of Porum, around 4:45 p.m., when his 2014 Dodge Ram failed to negotiate a curve, departed the roadway to the right, struck a ditch, re-entered the roadway, departed to the left, struck a ditch on that side and came to rest, the patrol reported. Wright was flown by helicopter to Saint John’s Hospital in Tulsa, where he was admitted with head, arm and trunk injuries.

His passenger, Skyla Young, 23, also of Warner, was not injured.

The patrol reported impairment due to alcohol as the cause of the wreck. Only Young was wearing a seatbelt.

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Monday, June 18, 2018, 9:04 AM

Three Checotah residents and one Stigler resident were hurt in a wreck two miles north of Enterprise on Saturday night, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Paul Wright, 48, of Checotah, was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze northbound on Oklahoma Highway 71 around 2 p.m., when a 2002 Ford pickup driven by Jade Snow, 18, of Stigler, was two vehicles behind him, according to the patrol. Snow tried to pass Wright, when a vehicle in front of him turned left, causing Snow to collide with Wright.

Wright was transported to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa with unknown injuries. His passenger, Tamara Wright, 44, was treated and released at Muskogee’s Saint Francis Hospital, as was a juvenile. Snow was treated and released at Saint Francis for arm injuries. Her passenger, a juvenile, was not injured.

Everyone in Wright’s vehicle was wearing a seatbelt. No one in Snow’s vehicle was.

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Friday, June 15, 2018, 2:25 PM

Ken Adams, left, and Dr. Ferlin Clark talk about the future of Bacone

Ken Adams, chairman of the Bacone board of trustees, and Dr. Ferlin Clark, the new president of the college, announced today that the college is undergoing a massive downsizing campaign in an attempt to stay open.

MuskogeeNOW.com first reported the college’s financial woes back in March, when students were complaining of substandard living conditions. In April, we reported that staff members were saying the college was in dire straits, while the college denied those reports. In May, we reported the college laying off employees. And later, we reported grave concerns about Clark expressed in an investigative report from a previous college he helmed.

Today, Adams said the college is intending to stay open, while “resizing” the college, which “grew too fast.”

“We are going to reduce our burden by focusing on a smaller group of classes and students,” he said. “We are going to focus on the academic needs of our students.”

Clark added that the school is refocusing on academics, jettisoning athletic programs and one academic program in an effort to cut costs.

Muskogee grocery owner Bill Johnson is buying the entire building that formerly hosted Walmart and has been used by Bacone for several years.

“I plan to move Mini-Max to that building in what is not the library for Bacone,” he said.

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Friday, June 15, 2018, 2:12 PM

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has joined public health officials from multiple states along with the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka associated with Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. As of June 14, there were 73 cases from 31 states, including two Oklahoma residents.

The OSDH is informing consumers of Kellogg Company’s decision to voluntarily recall 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Honey Smacks cereal due to the results of the investigation to date. Consumers should check the boxes of Honey Smacks cereal in their pantries for the recalled UPC codes listed below, and “best if used by” dates prior to June 14, 2019. The OSDH advises the public to avoid consuming any of the recalled cereal by throwing it away. If cereal is stored in a separate container without the packaging, throw the cereal away and thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other foods.

The list of affected cereals may be updated based on further results of the investigation. Additional information regarding the recalled product and the investigation can be found on the CDC website.

Symptoms of salmonellosis will generally appear within 6 to 72 hours after consumption of a contaminated food. The symptoms may include diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, muscle aches, nausea and sometimes vomiting. Blood is sometimes seen in the stool. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, but may last up to two weeks. People with compromised immune systems, infants less than 1 year old, and the elderly are more likely to experience severe or prolonged illness. OSDH recommends that Oklahomans having concerns regarding symptoms contact their healthcare provider.

Click for more information about salmonella.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018, 11:51 PM

An 18-year-old Muskogee man has been presumed drowned after he dove off a cliff on Lake Tenkiller tonight, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The teenager, whose name is not being released pending notification of next of kin, jumped from a 15-foot cliff at Burnt Cabin Cliffs around 8 p.m., the patrol reported. Once in the water, he started struggling and went under the water. Other swimmers were unable to bring him back to the surface.

A surface search was conducted, but search operations were suspended due to darkness, the patrol reported. Search will resume in the morning using Sonar and recovery equipment. The teen was not using a personal flotation device, according to the patrol.

UPDATE 9:30 a.m.: The Highway Patrol has recovered the teen’s body this morning, but is not yet prepared to release his name.

UPDATE: 10 a.m.: The teen’s name is being reported as Cody Hancock, though the patrol has not yet confirmed that.

UPDATE 11:13 a.m.: The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has now confirmed that the deceased was Cody Hancock:

Drowning occurred on 06-14-2018 at 1957 hours at Burnt Cabin Cliffs on Lake Tenkiller in Cherokee County.

Victim #1: Cody Hancock, 18 year old male from Muskogee, OK. Body released to Reed Culver Funeral Home in Tahlequah, transported to the Medical Examiners office in Tulsa.

What Happened: At approximately 1957 hours a subject jumped from a 15 ft. cliff, surfaced, and started struggling and then went under the water. Other swimmers attempted to help but were not able to bring the subject to the surface. Surface search was conducted and search operations were suspended due to darkness. The search resumed at approximately 0600 hours on 06/15/2018. Recovery was made at 0824 hours 11 feet under the surface of the water on a rock cliff ledge by the Cherokee Nation Marshalls dive team.

Personal Flotation Device: Not In Use

Investigated by Trooper Joseph R. Couch #448 of the Marine Enforcement Division of Troop W. Assisted by Lt. Greg Giles #104, Trp. B.J. Gage #207, Keys Fire Department, Tim Knight of Cookson Fire Department, and Jason Little of Sixshooter Marina and Cherokee Nation Marshalls Dive Team.

“This report is based upon the trooper’s investigation of this collision. It may contain the opinion of the trooper.”

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Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:20 AM

Jesse Hansen

Muskogee Police are looking for Jesse Hansen, 21, of Muskogee after they say he shot his wife in the arm, neck and face when she was attempting to leave the Port City apartment where they live around 5:30 p.m. yesterday.

The victim was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Muskogee and then transferred to Tulsa. There is no word on her condition.

Police say they have recovered the gun they believe was used to shoot the woman, as well as “other evidence.”

If you know where Jesse Hansen is, call Muskogee Police at 918-682-COPS. You can stay anonymous.

UPDATE:

The Muskogee County district attorney has filed charges against Hansen.

He is charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon “for the shooting of, and his intent to kill, his wife,” according to a press release. The shotgun in question is a .410, according to the DA’s office.

“Anyone caught aiding and assisting his fugitive status will be held accountable,” the release states. “If you see him, contact the Muskogee Police Department, the U.S. marshal’s service at 918-687-2523 or call 911.”

According to an affidavit filed with the case, Hansen is charged after he allegedly “shot his wife with a shotgun in her left arm and face during an argument and struggle.”

UPDATE:

Hansen has been captured in Pittsburg County, according to police sources. The victim was shot three times, according to the sources, one of which severely damaged her arm and another that damaged the lower part of her face.

She is awake and aware of what happened to her, according to the police sources, who asked to remain anonymous, and has undergone some surgery to repair some of the damage. No official sources have yet confirmed those details.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 9:32 AM

District 6 Oklahoma House Representative and Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin presents Deanna Gordon, a second-grade teacher from Cleora Public Schools, with a $1,000 grant to fund her 'Experiencing Science' project in the fall.

More than 100 teachers from across northeast Oklahoma participated in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math training during Cherokee Nation’s annual Teachers of Successful Students conference. The sixth annual TOSS conference took place June 6-7 in Tahlequah at no cost to the 140 teachers who attended. The two-day training was held at Northeastern State University and included remarks by Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Tribal Councilor and Carl Albert State College Campus Director Bryan Warner, and Chief of Staff and Oklahoma House Representative Chuck Hoskin. It also included teacher workshops on everything from reading strategies and using archery to finding STEM activities on a shoestring budget. “Many schools don’t have the funding to send teachers to fee-based STEM trainings, so the Cherokee Nation is helping these classroom teachers by providing them with free resources,” Tribal Councilor Warner said. “It not only counts toward professional development hours and enhances learning, but also helps students down the line in their jobs and career paths.” The tribe also awarded $10,000 total in Creative Teaching Grants to split among 10 teachers that can be used to start STEM projects in their classrooms in the coming school year. Cleora Public School’s second-grade teacher Deanna Gordon was awarded $1,000 and said she hopes it makes science more interactive for her students. “This grant is going to make it possible to make science different than what comes from the textbook,” Gordon said. “I am working on hands-on science experiments that involve butterflies and things that can get my students active in learning.” The teachers receiving $1,000 grants:

  • Tenkiller Public School’s Tonya Moreno for “Coding Station”
  • Tenkiller Public School’s Samantha Davis for “Wonder Workshop”
  • Pryor Public School’s Jeanine Clark for “A Smart Garden”
  • Tahlequah Public School’s Josh Davis for “Engineering and Energy”
  • Bluejacket Public School’s Tracy Mendez for “Put an A in STEM”
  • Tenkiller Public School’s Sinea Girdner and Joleta Cole for “Butterfly Gardens”
  • Stilwell Public School’s Angie Catron for “A High Altitude Balloon Project”
  • Bluejacket Public School’s Shawn Martin for “STEM Lab Laser Cutter”
  • Justus-Tiawah Public School’s Christy Sterba for “Classroom Robotics”
  • Cleora Public School’s Deanna Gordon for “Experiencing Science”

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Monday, June 11, 2018, 9:05 PM

A single-vehicle wreck just off Gibson Road and the Muskogee turnpike has resulted in a motorcycle rider receiving life-threatening injuries, according to Mechele Cruz with Muskogee County EMS.

The rider, whose identity and gender have not yet been released, is being transported to a Tulsa hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.

Details about the wreck have not yet been released by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

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Monday, June 11, 2018, 9:52 AM

Gubernatorial candidate Drew Edmondson, former Oklahoma attorney general and former Muskogee County district attorney, will be at Speedway Grille tomorrow from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., hanging out and talking about his plans to #TakeBackOklahoma.

Edmondson served as Oklahoma’s attorney general from 1995 to 2011. Before that, he was Muskogee County’s district attorney from 1983 to 1995.

He is a Navy veteran and was responsible for many of the state’s legal victories over Wall Street, Big Tobacco and other special interests trying to hurt farmers, small businesses and everyday people.

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Monday, June 11, 2018, 9:08 AM

Aaron Ray Earhart

Aaron Ray Earhart, 26, also known as Aaron Earnhart, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony count of embezzlement after he was accused of stealing more than $17,000 from Muskogee Beverage, according to court documents.

Earhart was allegedly caught on video making sales, then canceling the sales and keeping the money, according to an affidavit filed with the case. The total amount allegedly stolen was $17,243.06.

Earhart was formerly convicted of felony driving under the influence in 2013, false declaration of ownership in pawn (felony) and knowingly concealing stolen property (felony). He received a total of 10 years in prison with the sentences suspended. In 2015, his sentence for the DUI was revoked and he was sentenced to a year in prison.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018, 12:27 PM

Chad Bibler talks about the importance of cannabis.

Medical marijuana advocates are gathering now in Muskogee’s Spaulding Park to foster enthusiasm for a statewide vote on legalizing medical cannabis later this month.

More than a dozen vendors, advocates and activists have set up booths to educate the public, and crowds are steadily gathering.

The event started at noon and continues until 6 p.m.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018, 12:27 PM

Chad Bibler talks about the importance of cannabis.

Medical marijuana advocates are gathering now in Muskogee’s Spaulding Park to foster enthusiasm for a statewide vote on legalizing medical cannabis later this month.

More than a dozen vendors, advocates and activists have set up booths to educate the public, and crowds are steadily gathering.

The event started at noon and continues until 6 p.m.

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Friday, June 8, 2018, 11:43 AM

The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help from the public in identifying suspects in a home invasion near Webbers Falls on May 18.

Around 1 p.m., two men and a woman entered a home in the 13,000 block of Rocky Top Road, bound an elderly man’s hands and feet with tape and then stole his televisions, a safe, medication and more than $1,000 in cash.

Three suspects were described as follows (one of the suspects was called “fat boy”):

  • Suspect #1: White Female, approximately 5’2, late twenties or thirties, blond hair, with colorful tattoos across her chest. At the time of the incident she was wearing a sleeveless shirt and blue jeans.
  • Suspect #2: White male, approximately 5’7 to 5’8, unknown age, with dark hair and was last seen wearing a blue bandana over his face, unknown shirt and jeans.
  • Suspect #3: Unknown white male.

The victim was not hurt, but remained bound until he could free himself and call for help at around 9:30 a.m. the next morning.

Anyone with information about the incident or the woman in the photo is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 918-687-0202.

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Friday, June 8, 2018, 8:51 AM

Mildred Hardy, 92, of McAlester is dead after a pickup she was riding in crashed in McIntosh County just north of Checotah, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Hardy was riding in a 2008 Chevrolet pickup driven by Norma Wright, 66, also of McAlester about three miles north and four miles west of Checotah on State Highway 72 around noon yesterday, the patrol reported. Wright apparently fell asleep, departed the roadway to the left and struck an embankment, where it came to rest.

Wright was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Muskogee. Hardy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neither woman was wearing a seatbelt.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018, 8:12 AM

Christopher Harris, 49, of Oktaha died last night when his car smashed into a stationary train, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The wreck occurred around 10 p.m.

Harris was driving a 2017 Jaguar westbound on 123rd St. South in Oktaha when he slammed into the side of a stationary train on the tracks, the patrol reported.

The train then moved northbound around five miles before coming to a stop.

The cause of the wreck and the condition of Harris at the time are under investigation.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018, 8:08 AM

Four people were hurt — including an infant — in a head-on collision just south of Haskell last night, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

James Gregory Plunkett, 22, of Wainwright was driving south on State Highway 72 around 10 p.m. when he went left of center, striking a pickup driven by Brett Douglas, 27, of Oktaha. Douglas was carrying a 20-year-old female, Haelee Douglas, and a seven-week-old baby when the wreck occurred.

Plunkett was admitted to Muskogee’s Saint Francis Hospital with arm and leg injuries. Douglas was admitted withheld, leg and arm injuries. Haelee Douglas was admitted with leg and arm injuries and the infant was admitted in unknown condition with head injuries. All parties were wearing seatbelts and the infant was secured in a rear-facing car seat.

The cause of the wreck is under investigation.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 9:50 AM

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an opinion column penned by State Rep. Avery Frix.

I’m sure you’ve noticed specialty license plates on vehicles, but you may not have realized each plate required legislation for it to be made available for purchase. Many are fundraisers, with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the license plates going back to the schools or organizations promoted.

In this past legislative session, I was proud to sponsor the addition of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee to the list of license plates to be sold as a fundraiser. This came through House Bill 3373.

The new license plates will be designed in consultation with the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and issued to any member of the organization wishing to demonstrate support. The law takes effect Nov. 1, and plates will be available for sale after that through the Oklahoma Tax Commission and licensed tag agents. The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will make up to $20 for each plate issued, with a minimum of 100 plates ordered before the plates are manufactured or issued.

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame draws people from across the country, from every age bracket and from every background and culture, to enjoy and celebrate the history of the Oklahoma musicians who are honored for their lifetime achievements in music and their contributions to the world’s music culture. The Hall of Fame staff members are experienced and knowledgeable and make every visitor feel welcome and informed.

It’s an honor to give back to this great organization that has brought so much culture and tourism to Muskogee. The money will help the organization continue to give area and worldwide visitors a stellar experience. This in turn benefits other businesses in our area and our economy overall.

Meanwhile, if I can be of service to you, or you just want to share your ideas or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone at (918) 680-1218.

Avery Frix serves District 13 of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He can be reached by phone at (405) 557-7302 or via email at avery.frix@okhouse.gov.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 8:59 AM

Two juveniles from Warner were injured in an apparent drunk driving wreck early this morning, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The juveniles’ names have been withheld, but they are both 17 years old. The male juvenile was driving a 1998 Dodge pickup northbound on State Highway 2 just south of Warner around 12:30 a.m., according to the patrol. The pickup departed the roadway to the right, overcorrected and rolled two times.

The driver, a male, was ejected from the vehicle.

The driver was taken by helicopter to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa with head, arm and internal injuries and was admitted in guarded condition. The passenger, a female, was treated and released at Muskogee’s Saint Francis Hospital with internal, arm, leg and head injuries.

The driver’s ability was impaired by alcohol, according to the patrol, and the cause of the wreck was listed as driving under the influence. Neither person was wearing a seatbelt.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 11:43 AM

Joshua Herrington

Joshua Herrington of Okay has pleaded guilty to murdering 15-year-old Brennon Davis near Lake Fort Gibson in January of 2017.

Herrington was arrested along with Cody Thompson, and the pair were accused of shooting Davis and then burning his body to obscure his identity.

Yesterday, just prior to going to trial for the murder, Herrington pleaded guilty and agreed to a sentence of life in prison for first degree murder and defacing the body after the fact. Herrington said he and Thompson were scared that Davis would tell police about a bank robbery they were planning. According to police, Herrington said the men lured Davis into a remote area with the express intent to kill him. Herrington said Thompson put a loaded shotgun and a can of gas into the vehicle and then gave Herrington a loaded .38 pistol to hide. The pair then picked up Davis, Herrington told police, and drove to Jackson Bay, where both he and Thompson shot him several times with the .38. He told police Thompson shot Davis fatally with the shotgun, then the pair poured gasoline on the body and lit it on fire.

Thompson has pleaded not guilty to the crime, and will face trial in October.

Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliot said he believes Herrington will testify against Thompson. Herrington will be transferred to the department of corrections in the next few weeks to begin serving his sentence.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 9:50 AM

Muskogee’s Spaulding Park will host Cannabis in the Park on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., according to event organizers.

Speakers from Oklahomans for Health and from Green the Vote will present their cases for approval of state questions June 26 that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.

Cannabis-friendly businesses will host booths, and CBD samples will be available. In addition, the event will raise funds for cannabis activists and veterans through The Barracks of Muskogee.

The event is said to be family-friendly.

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Monday, June 4, 2018, 10:05 AM

The City of Muskogee Office of Public Works is advising motorists that Signal Tech will be repairing the traffic signal box at 6th and Shawnee Streets on June 6 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The intersection will be reduced to a 4-way stop until the traffic box is repaired. Shawnee is a major thoroughfare and delays are expected. Please use caution when traveling in this area, and if possible, use an alternate route.

For additional information, contact the Office of Public Works at 918-684-6333.

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Monday, June 4, 2018, 9:25 AM

The City of Muskogee Office of Public Works is advising motorists that Signal Tech will be repairing the traffic signal box at 6th and Shawnee Streets on June 6 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The intersection will be reduced to a 4-way stop until the traffic box is repaired. Shawnee is a major thoroughfare and delays are expected. Please use caution when traveling in this area, and if possible, use an alternate route.

For additional information, contact the Office of Public Works at 918-684-6333.

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Monday, June 4, 2018, 9:24 AM

The City of Muskogee Office of Public Works is advising motorists that Signal Tech will be repairing the traffic signal box at 6th and Shawnee Streets on June 6 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The intersection will be reduced to a 4-way stop until the traffic box is repaired. Shawnee is a major thoroughfare and delays are expected. Please use caution when traveling in this area, and if possible, use an alternate route.

For additional information, contact the Office of Public Works at 918-684-6333.

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Monday, June 4, 2018, 9:12 AM

Litha Marie Horton

WARNING: This story contains graphic details.

Litha Marie Horton, 35, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with raping a 13-year-old boy, according to documents filed with the case.

Horton is accused of having vaginal intercourse with the boy between June and July of 2017 at 712 N. L Street. According to an affidavit filed with the case, Horton admitted to police “having sex” with the boy when she was 34 and he was 13, and that she knew his age at the time.

Horton’s latest Facebook post, posted on Saturday, is a meme that says “B4I (picture of a screw) U, RU/18 QT (pi symbol)” and then “Share if you can read it :P”.

The translation: “Before I screw you, are you 18, cutie pie”.

Horton did not respond to requests for comment.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018, 4:13 PM

Han Howard

Han Howard, a former smoke shop employee who lived in Muskogee but was from Oktaha, died Thursday night after a gun he was playing with went off, according to two sources in the Muskogee Police Department.

The sources, who asked to not be identified by name, said Howard had been on a date, and as the evening was winding down, he started playing with a revolver. He apparently opened the revolver and emptied out the bullets, but one bullet stayed in, without his knowledge, the police said.

Howard then allegedly began to play Russian Roulette with the pistol, which he thought he had emptied. On the third trigger pull, the bullet that had escaped his attention fired, mortally wounding him.

No funeral home or service have yet been announced.

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