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DEATHS

Charlotte Corene Adair, 77

Born September 14, 1943

Died July 25, 2021

Alan Francis Fillmore, 76

Born May 22, 1945

Died July 25, 2021

Halidon "Hal" George Blakeslee, 81

Born April 27, 1940

Died July 25, 2021

Ruby Almeda Tarbutton, 97

Born August 16, 1923

Died July 24, 2021

David G. Espinoza, 77

Born March 10, 1944

Died July 23, 2021

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THINGS TO DO

Thursday, July 29

Threatened and Endangered Species of Oklahoma (Adult SRP)

Monday, July 26, 2021, 12:02 PM

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is getting a head start on seasonal hiring by hosting two career fairs on Tuesday, July 27, from 2–7 p.m. and Saturday, July 31, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Both events are located inside the Sequoyah Convention Center and are open to the public.

Seasonal, part-time and full-time positions are available. Many applicants will be interviewed and hired on the spot. Additionally, open interviews and on-the-spot hiring will also be available every Tuesday beginning Aug. 17 from 3–8 p.m. at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa for those who cannot attend.

Compensation is based on experience. Available key roles include personnel in banquet services, front desk, production cooks, pool attendants, security, environmental services and housekeeping staff.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health, life, vision and dental insurance; a matching 401(k) plan; and paid vacation and sick leave. In addition to annual performance pay adjustments, employees are also eligible for annual or quarterly monetary incentive awards. A full list of open positions can be found at www.JobsThatRock.com. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

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Monday, July 26, 2021, 7:34 AM

Joseph Berry

Agents from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Unit arrested 37-year-old Joseph Lance Berry of Cherokee County on multiple child pornography charges.

The case originated earlier this month when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children forwarded a cyber tip they received from an internet service provider to the OSBI. The OSBI ICAC Unit opened an investigation upon receiving the tip. Based on their investigation, Berry was identified as the individual possessing hundreds of pornographic photographs and videos of children.

Berry is a lifetime aggravated sex offender from a 2012 conviction of lewd acts to a child under sixteen years of age. Berry is actively on probation through the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Today he met ICAC agents at his probation office in Cherokee County at which point he was taken into custody without incident. He was booked into the Cherokee County Jail on charges of aggravated possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and violation of the Oklahoma computer crimes act. If you suspect a child is being sexually exploited, contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children immediately at 1-800-THE-LOST or www.cybertipline.com. You can also contact the OSBI Internet Crimes Against Children Unit at (800) 522-8017 or tips@osbi.ok.gov.

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Saturday, July 24, 2021, 10:16 AM

Robert Youngblood

Robert Youngblood, a man in prison for escaping prison, has escaped from Jess Dunn Correctional Facility in Taft, according to numerous law enforcement officials.

Youngblood, 41, has 12 previous convictions. He is 5’4” tall and weighs 140 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

If you see him, call police.

UPDATE 11:17 A.M.: Youngblood is in custody, according to Sheriff Andy Simmons.Youngblood is captured two miles west of the prison.

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Friday, July 23, 2021, 8:59 AM

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that Kendall Len Burgess, age 22, of Henryetta, Oklahoma was found guilty by a federal jury of aggravated sexual abuse in Indian Country, and abusive sexual contact in Indian Country. The defendant was acquitted on one count of assault by striking, beating, or wounding in Indian Country. The jury trial began with testimony on Monday and concluded on Wednesday with the guilty verdicts. The defendant is facing imprisonment for not less than 30 years to life.

During the trial, the United States presented evidence that the defendant was romantically involved with the minor victim’s adult sister, with whom he shared two children. During the spring of 2019, while living with the victim’s family, the defendant perpetrated various sexual acts on the seven-year-old victim. The child’s disclosure of the sexual abuse led to state court charges being filed against the defendant. The defendant failed to appear to answer those charges and was apprehended by law enforcement after high-speed chases through both Tulsa and Okmulgee counties.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma ultimately prosecuted the case because the defendant is a member of a federally-recognized Indian tribe and the crime occurred in Okmulgee County, within the boundaries of the Muscogee Nation, and within the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

Sentencing will be scheduled following completion of the report. Burgess was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending the imposition of sentencing.

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Friday, July 23, 2021, 8:54 AM

After one of the hardest years in retail history, Oklahoma’s locally-owned shops and restaurants are celebrating Weekend of Local this Friday and Saturday.

Main Street Muskogee is sponsoring a downtown Muskogee scavenger hunt to promote our shops, restaurants and cultural venues. All you have to do to participate is pick up a card at one of the local merchants and visit at least 7 places. Get your card signed and then turn it in at your last stop to be entered into a drawing for a gift basket full of Oklahoma products from our downtown shops and restaurants.

Participating shops are Kristie’s Scrub Shop, Broadway Market, Hattie’s House, Poppy’s Garden, Pinion Creek, Hoopes Hardware, The Festive Nest, Queen City + Co., and Okie Outfitters.

Participating restaurants are Mattie Jane’s on Main, Maxine’s and Max’s, Queen City + Co., The Break, American Pie, Pisano’s, Club Lunch International, Station 1 and Muskogee Brewing Co., Harmony House (Fri. only) and Momma C’s (Friday for curbside only). There’s also the Muskogee Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning!

For some creativity, stop by Blue Rabbit Pottery and Art Studio. You can also visit the Depot Green or take a selfie at downtown murals, the water tower at Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, or with the Girl Scout outside of Three Rivers Museum!

Check shop hours and deals on their websites or Facebook pages. Three Rivers Museum is closed Friday and Saturday for the Bass Reeves Western History Conference. If you are traveling in Okahoma this weekend, check out weekendoflocal.com to find opportunities across the state.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021, 7:35 AM

Volunteers will distribute Go Fresh food boxes at 3 p.m. today at the Muskogee Civic Center. Traffic will enter the back parking lot of the Civic Center, off of 4th Street and exit onto 5th Street.

Boxes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, until they are gone.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 9:11 AM

Muskogee Fire Chief Derrell Jones announced that he will retire at the end of July, after more than 36 years of service to the Muskogee community.

“It was my destiny to be a fireman, it has been unbelievable and I am truly grateful for God giving me the opportunity to show what I am capable of, and who I am as a person,” Jones said.

Jones’ career with the Muskogee Fire Department began in 1985 when he answered a help wanted ad looking for people to work at the fire station. His first job with the department was that of a firefighter, then a driver, before being promoted to captain, to training officer, to assistant fire marshal, to marshal and eventually to chief.

“My best memories of working with the Muskogee Fire Department are when I was hired by Fire Chief Marshal Beard in April of 1985 and then when I was hired by City Manager Mike Miller as fire chief in August of 2019,” Jones said.

Jones developed a passion for investigating fires. His curiosity was sparked as a child, after losing his grandmother in a house fire. The fire was ruled as arson, but a perpetrator was never identified or charged with the crime.

“Sometimes I was mentally and physically exhausted, but I loved digging through a fire scene in the wee hours of the morning and figuring out the origin and cause,” Jones added.

The city has begun the process of searching for someone to fill his shoes and hopes to have a new fire chief in place soon.

The city is planning a reception in his honor on Friday, July 30.

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Monday, July 19, 2021, 7:08 AM

Rudolph Dedmon

Rudolph Lorenzo Dedmon, 59, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with felony sexual abuse of a child under 12, according to documents filed with the case.

Dedmon is accused of using his hands and penis to rape the girl in multiple instances, she revealed to investigators.

Dedmon has previously been convicted of numerous drug and theft-related felonies.

He is also currently facing felony child abuse charges for allegedly hitting and choking the girl. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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Monday, July 19, 2021, 6:52 AM

Clifton Dean Youngblood, 36, of Muskogee drowned at 3:20 p.m. yesterday on Lake Tenkiller, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Witness told the patrol that Youngblood jumped off a boat at bluffs on the lake and started to swim, but them struggled, went under and did not resurface.

He was pronounced dead at Burnt Cabin boat ramp by Cherokee Nation EMS after the Cherokee Nation Marshal dive team recovered his body around 6:30 p.m., the patrol reported.

He was not wearing a personal flotation device.

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Friday, July 16, 2021, 7:44 AM

Aaliyah Wilson may be living in Indiana now and playing in major arenas, but the WNBA star got her start shooting hoops in her backyard in Muskogee.

Muskogee will honor her on Saturday during a welcome home celebration where the mayor will present a proclamation declaring July 17 “Aliyah Wilson Day” and present her with a key to the city.

“We are blessed as a community to see Aaliyah in the WNBA,” said Mayor Marlon J. Coleman. “We want it to be a very special day for her.”

Wilson, who graduated from Muskogee High School in 2016, went on to play college basketball at Texas A&M, before landing a first-round draft spot on the Seattle Storm. Seattle then traded her to the Indiana Fever, where she made her WNBA debut after being sidelined for a short time with an injury. During her time at Muskogee High, she led the team to three state tournament appearances, was named a McDonald’s All-American and a Jordan Brand Classic All-American. She also participated in the USA Olympic Trials in 2016 and 2017.

Saturday’s events will kick off at 1 p.m. with a presentation by Coleman and remarks by Wilson. There will be food, music and entertainment. The day will conclude with a 3 on 3 basketball tournament. The event will be held at Rotary Park at the corner of Elgin and 24th streets. The public is invited.

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Thursday, July 15, 2021, 8:30 AM

Robert Wayne Higgins

Robert Wayne Higgins, 54, of Muskogee has been charged in Muskogee County District Court with sexual abuse of a child under 12, according to documents filed with the case.

Higgins is accused of raping the child in 2012, when she was five years old, and in 2016, when she was nine. An affidavit filed with the case alleges that Higgins forced the girl to have sexual intercourse with him “multiple times.”

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 10:09 AM

Barbara Jean Freeman

Barbara Jean Freeman, 32, of Warner is charged in Muskogee County District Court with misdemeanor larceny of merchandise from a retailer and one felony count of escape from arrest after a July 9 incident in which she allegedly stole 264 items from the Dollar Tree on Main Street, then escaped after police had arrested her.

The store, which offers items for $1 each, told police that Freeman had filled two shopping carts with merchandise, then left the store without paying. Police say she then “slipped her cuffs” in the police car and fled.

She has previously been convicted of three felonies.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 6:58 PM

At least one person was killed in a multiple-vehicle collision on US 64 south of Muskogee just now, according to emergency officials.

Two people were flown to Tulsa hospitals and at least one more was transported by ambulance to a Muskogee hospital.

There is no word on whether more were injured or killed, nor what might have caused the collision. Officials have also not yet said how many vehicles were involved.

UPDATE: Four people were injured, one is dead.

UPDATE: The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has now released the names of the victims, which means their families have been notified. Bill Morris, 84, of Fort Gibson was killed after a medical condition caused the 2008 Ram 2500 he was driving to swerve into oncoming traffic, the patrol stated. The so far-unidentified driver of a 2011 Cadillac SUV was taken by Muskogee County EMS to Saint Francis Hospital, where they were admitted in fair condition with head and internal injuries.

The driver and passenger in a 2011 Hyundai Sonata were both flown to Tulsa, where they were admitted in serious condition with head, internal and external injuries.

It is not known which victims were wearing seatbelts. Morris was ejected from his pickup.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 9:13 AM

Wilburn Gene Campbell

Child molester Wilburn Gene Campbell, 52, was caught drunk and trying to follow little girls to a park bathroom in January, then leading police on a high-speed chase when they showed up.

District Attorney Orvil Loge filed to revoke Campbell’s suspended sentence for a 2007 molestation case after the incident. Campbell was also previously convicted of rape. At the park, Campbell told the girls’ father he was “looking for a party.”

His probation prohibited him from drinking or being near children.

On Friday, a judge revoked Campbell’s suspended sentence, and now he will serve 15 years in prison.

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Monday, July 12, 2021, 7:25 AM

Muskogee County is at substantial risk for the transmission of COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. All the surrounding counties are at the highest level of risk, the data show.

After trending downward since April, over the last two weeks, Muskogee area’s infection rate has spiked sharply upward. The delta variant of the virus, which is more transmissible than previous strains, has been infecting people who are fully vaccinated, though the CDC states that it infects the vaccinated at a far lower rate than the unvaccinated. The World Health Organization is recommending that everyone, even the fully vaccinated, continue to wear masks because of the very transmissible variant.

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Friday, July 9, 2021, 7:32 AM

Joshua E. Wilson, 40, of Wagoner was hurt last night when the scooter he was driving collided with a pickup on 49th Street East, just north of Okay, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The two collided around 7 p.m. due to a medical incident, the patrol reported. Wilson was flown to a Tulsa hospital with leg, trunk and internal injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021, 4:12 PM

A car crashed through the front door of Urgent Care of Muskogee’s Checotah location today, narrowly missing a man and his son, according to eyewitnesses.

The car was driven by an elderly woman who did not explain what led to the wreck. She cut her wheels at the last second, missing the pair of customers.

No one was hurt in the incident.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021, 7:44 AM

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced federal grand juries sitting in Muskogee recently completed two separate June sessions and returned thirty-five felony indictments, including five superseding indictments.

The Eastern District of Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic increase in Indian Country cases for federal prosecution due to the U.S. Supreme Court decision of McGirt v. Oklahoma and recent Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals rulings. These opinions determined the reservations of the Five Civilized Tribes were never disestablished by Congress and, therefore, the United States has primary federal jurisdiction to prosecute major crimes committed by—or against—Native Americans occurring within the 26 counties of the Eastern District of Oklahoma. In response to the caseload rise, a second grand jury was empaneled in the Eastern District. This is a first for the Eastern District.

From the two grand jury sessions in June, thirty-three indictments were publicly filed and two remain sealed pending arrest of the charged defendants. All but two of the unsealed charges involve crimes arising out of Indian Country. Eleven of the unsealed indictments are for murder or involuntary manslaughter, eleven are for sex crimes, and the balance contain allegations of assault with a dangerous weapon or resulting in serious bodily injury, and robbery. The two unsealed non-Indian Country indictments involve possession with intent to distribute cocaine and rioting in a federal detention facility, assaulting a federal officer, and possessing contraband.

The following indictments were returned by the federal grand juries and filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. The information listed in brackets is the county and reservation where the crime(s) allegedly occurred.

Murder:

United States v. Michael Lee Wolfe and Carlos Allen Locust – Count 1: Murder in Perpetration of Kidnapping in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2, 1111(a), 1151 & 1153; Count 2: Kidnapping in Indian Country Resulting in Death – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2, 1201(a)(2), 1151 & 1153 [Adair County – Cherokee Nation Reservation]

United States v. David Deval Martin – Count 1: Murder in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 1111(a), 1151 & 1153 [McIntosh County – Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation] United States v. Robert Wayne Mitchell (superseding indictment) – Count 1: Murder in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 1111(a), 1151 & 1153; Count 2: Murder in Perpetration of Burglary in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 1111(a), 1151 & 1153 [Seminole County – Seminole Nation Reservation]

United States v. Bernard Richard Poulin – Count 1: Murder in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 1111(a), 1151 & 1152; Count 2: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to do Bodily Harm in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 113(a)(3), 1151 & 1152; Count 3: Arson in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 81, 1151 & 1152 [Okmulgee County – Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation

United States v. William Clayton Brown – Count 1: Murder in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 1111(a), 1151 & 1153; Count 2: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Do Bodily Harm in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 113(a)(3), 1151, & 1153 [Pittsburg County – Choctaw Nation Reservation]

United States v. David Glen Thompson & Keith Bruno Titsworth (superseding indictment) – Count 1: Murder in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 1111(a), 2, 1151 & 1153 [Pontotoc County – Chickasaw Nation Reservation]

United States v. William Shirley – Count 1: Murder in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 1111(a), 2, 1151 & 1153; Count 2: Use of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence – 18 U.S.C. §§ 924(c)(1)(A), 1111(a), 1151 & 1153; Count 3: Causing the Death of a Person in the Course of a Violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c) – 18 U.S.C. §§ 924(j)(1), 1111(a), 1151 & 1153 [Okmulgee County – Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation]

United States v. Lonnie Leonard Swarer III – Count 1: Involuntary Manslaughter in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 1112, 1151 & 1152 [Wagoner County – Cherokee Nation Reservation]

United States v. Brittney Nicole Schmidt, a/k/a Brittany Nicole Schmidt, a/k/a Brittney Nicole Williams – Count 1: Involuntary Manslaughter in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 1112, 1151 & 1153 [Bryan County – Choctaw Nation Reservation]

United States v. Robert James Grass – Count 1: Murder in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 1111(a), 1151 & 1153 [Cherokee County – Cherokee Nation Reservation]

United States v. Dustin Randall Bulla– Count 1: Involuntary Manslaughter in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 1112, 1151 & 1153; Count 2: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Resulting in Great Bodily Injury – 18 U.S.C. §§ 13, 13(b)(2)(A), 1151 & 1152 & 47 O.S.A. § 11-904(B) [Carter County – Chickasaw Nation Reservation]

Sexual Assault:

United States v. Ashley Dawn Langford - Count 1: Sexual Abuse of a Minor in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2243(a), 2246(2)(A), 1151 & 1153; Count 2: Sexual Abuse of a Minor in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2243(a), 2246(2)(B), 1151 & 1153 [McIntosh County– Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation]

United States v. Montelito Sanchez Simpkins - Count 1: Sexual Abuse of a Minor in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2243(a), 2246(2)(D), 1151 & 1152 [Pontotoc County – Chickasaw Nation Reservation]

United States v. Aaron Richard Eubanks - Count 1: Aggravated Sexual Abuse in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2241(c), 2246(2)(A), 1151 & 1153; Count 2: Aggravated Sexual Abuse in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2241(c), 2246(2)(C), 1151 & 1153; Count 3: Aggravated Sexual Abuse in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2241(c), 2246(2)(B), 1151 & 1153 [Adair County – Cherokee Nation Reservation]

United States v. Jeffery Denton Sumka - Count 1: Sexual Abuse of a Minor in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2243(a)(1), 2246(2)(A), 1151 & 1153 [Okmulgee County– Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation]

United States v. Boyd Weldon Gross - Count 1: Coercion and Enticement of a Minor in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2422(b), 1151 & 1152 [Seminole County– Seminole Nation Reservation]

United States v. Tyler James Stephens (superseding indictment) - Count 1: Stalking – 18 U.S.C. § 2261A(2)(B); Count 2: Extortionate Interstate Communications – 18 U.S.C. § 875(d); Count 3: Video Voyeurism in Indian Country (Misdemeanor) – 18 U.S.C. §§ 1151, 1152, & 1801(a); Count 4: Attempted First Degree Burglary in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 1151, 1153, & 21 O.S.A. §§ 44 & 1431; Count 5: Attempted Sexual Abuse in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2242(1), 2246(2)(A), 1151 & 1153; Count 6:First Degree Burglary in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 1151, 1153, & 21 O.S.A. § 1431 [McIntosh County– Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation]

United States v. Christopher Wayne Webb - Count 1: Sexual Abuse in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2242(2)(B), 2246(2)(C), 1151 & 1153; Count 2: Sexual Abuse in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2243(a), 2246(2)(C), 1151 & 1153 [Bryan County– Choctaw Nation Reservation]

United States v. Brian Douglas Nicholson (superseding indictment) - Count 1: Aggravated Sexual Abuse in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2241(c), 2246(2)(B), 1151 & 1153; Count 2: Sexual Abuse of a Minor in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. § 2243(a), 2246(2)(B), 1151 & 1153; Count 3: Aggravated Sexual Abuse in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. § 2241(c), 2246(2)(D), 1151 & 1153; Count 4: Sexual Abuse of a Minor in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. § 2243(a), 2246(2)(D), 1151 & 1153 [McCurtain County– Choctaw Nation Reservation]

United States v. Dustin Bristow (superseding indictment) - Count 1: Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2241(a), 2244(a)(5), 2246(2)(A), 2246(2)(D), 2246(3), 1151 & 1153 [Pittsburg County– Choctaw Nation Reservation]

United States v. Jerry Dewayne Rogers - Count 1: Aggravated Sexual Abuse in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2241(c), 2246(2)(C), 1151 & 1152; Count 2: Abusive Sexual Contact in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2244(a)(5), 2246(3), 1151 & 1152; Count 3: Sexual Abuse of a Minor in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2243(a), 2246(2)(C), 1151 & 1152 [Sequoyah County– Cherokee Nation Reservation]

United States v. Joshua Michael Carter - Count 1: Lewd and Indecent Proposals to Child Under 16 in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 1151, 1152, 13, & 21 O.S.A. § 1123(A)(1) [Sequoyah County– Cherokee Nation Reservation]

Other violent crime in Indian Country:

United States v. Tyler Cheyenne Ned – Count 1: Robbery in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2111, 1151 & 1153; Count 2: Use, Carry, Brandish and Discharge of a Firearm During and in Relation a Crime of Violence – 18 U.S.C. §§ 924(C)(1)(a)(i), (ii) & (iii); Count 3: Assault With a Dangerous Weapon With Intent to do Bodily Harm in Indian Country - §§ 113(a)(3), 1151 & 1153 [Carter County – Chickasaw Nation Reservation]

United States v. Cameron Dale Bowden – Count 1: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Do Bodily Harm in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 113(a)(3), 1151, & 1153 [Haskell County– Choctaw Nation Reservation]

United States v. Charles Bradley Vinson – Count 1: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Do Bodily Harm in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 113(a)(3), 1151, & 1152; Count 2: Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 113(a)(6), 1151 & 1152 [Okmulgee County– Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation] United States v. Derek Scott Frazier – Count 1: Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 113(a)(6), 1151, & 1153 [Pontotoc County– Chickasaw Nation Reservation]

United States v. Hunter Ray Kelley – Count 1: Robbery in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 2111, 1151 & 1152 [Muskogee County– Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation]

United States v. Darius Keshawn Seals – Count 1: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to do Bodily Harm in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 113(a)(3), 1151 & 1153; Count 2: Use, Carry Brandish and Discharge a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence – 18 U.S.C. §§ 924(c)(1)(A)(i)(ii)(iii); Count 3: Use, Carry and Brandish a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence – 18 U.S.C. §§ 924(c)(1)(A)(i)(ii) [Marshall County – Chickasaw Nation Reservation]

United States v. Michael Wayne Pinnick – Count 1: Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 113(a)(6), 1151 & 1153 [Johnston County– Chickasaw Nation Reservation

United States v. Tyler Wilson Hediger – Count 1: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to do Bodily Harm in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 113(a)(3), 1151 & 1153; Count 2: Possession of an Unregistered Firearm – 26 U.S.C. §§ 5845, 5861(d) & 5871; Forfeiture Allegation – 28 U.S.C. § 2461(c), 49 U.S.C. § 80303 & 26 U.S.C. § 5872 [Sequoyah County– Cherokee Nation Reservation]

United States v. Shylow Shane Young - Count 1: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Do Bodily Harm in Indian Country – 18 U.S.C. §§ 113(a)(3), 1151, & 1153; Count 2: Use Carry, Brandish, and Discharge of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence – 18 U.S.C. §§ 924(c)(1)(A)(i)(ii)(iii); Count 3: Felon in Possession of Firearm – 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(1) & 924(a)(2) [Sequoyah County– Cherokee Nation Reservation]

Non-Indian Country offenses:

United States v. Edgar Rodriguez – Count 1: Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine – 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) & 841(b)(1)(A) [Okfuskee County]

United States v. Matthew Dewayne Carter, Anthony Drake Ahaisek, Joshua Ryan Green, Jabaica Lee Tecumseh, Richard Loyd Jack, Samuel Wayne Washington, Jason Don Rowan, David Hurl Lemmon, and John Cole Haeberle – Count 1: Rioting in a Federal Detention Facility – 18 U.S.C. §§ 1792 & 2; Count 2: Conspiracy to Commit Assault on a Federal Officer – 18 U.S.C. § 371; Count 3: Assaulting a Federal Officer – 18 U.S.C. §§ 111(a), 111(b) & 2; Count 4: Possessing Contraband in Prison – 18 U.S.C. §§ 1791(a)(2), 1791(d)(1)(B), 1791(d)(1)(F) & 1791(d)(1)(G) [Okmulgee County]

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 8:49 AM

The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Office of Child Abuse Prevention is seeking input from private and public agencies, organizations, citizens and consumers to monitor and enhance development of a comprehensive statewide child abuse prevention plan.

OCAP requests input from individuals who can provide feedback by completing a brief, five- to seven-minute online survey – available in both English and Spanish – by clicking here.

Survey responses will help inform the ongoing development of the Oklahoma State Plan for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Information will be gathered statewide to ascertain current services and gaps in services, identify geographical areas with the greatest need, and to pinpoint supports that are most valued, while further assessing family needs and how those needs can be addressed.

The deadline for submitting input via the online questionnaire is Friday, August 6.

For more information about the Oklahoma State Plan for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, contact the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Family Support and Prevention Office by calling (405) 426-8060, or email Sherie Trice at SherieT@health.ok.gov.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021, 8:06 AM

The 50th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale is underway, with this year’s top award going to Cherokee National Treasure Vivian Cottrell for her black-ash basket “We Are Still Here.”

“I’ve been weaving now for about 49 years, almost as long as this show’s been around. The show was incredibly well represented this year, and it means so much to receive this honor among such talent,” Cottrell said. “There’s a lot of prayer that goes into my work, and this piece is no different. It was the first one of the year for me, coming out of the pandemic, and I wanted to push myself to create something that represents the strength and resilience of Native people across the country who were being affected by the virus at disproportionate rates. There’s several meaningful patterns incorporated into the basket, but at the end of the day, it’s all about us being connected to one another for our survival.”

The longest-running Native American art show and competition in Oklahoma announced its winners online July 1, with in-person, public viewing offered Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Cherokee National Research Center in Cherokee Springs Plaza.

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Sunday, July 4, 2021, 7:07 PM

A pickup truck overturned in the eastbound lane of Callahan/Court Street on the viaduct a bit ago after a tire blew out, according to Muskogee Police spokeswoman Lynn Hamlin.

No one was hurt in the wreck, though traffic was diverted.

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Friday, July 2, 2021, 12:26 PM

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that Michael David Jackson, age 39, of Tahlequah was found guilty by a federal jury of two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor under 12, one count of abusive sexual contact with a child under 12 years, one count of sexual exploitation of a child/use of a child to produce a visual depiction, and two counts of possession of certain material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor. The jury trial began with testimony on Monday and concluded on Thursday with the guilty verdicts. The punishment for aggravated sexual abuse of a minor under 12 is a mandatory minimum of not less than 30 years imprisonment.

During the jury trial, the United States presented evidence that Jackson was a close relative of the 11-year old victim. The victim testified in this case, in detail, how Jackson perpetrated the abuse and how it made her feel. The evidence showed that Jackson began sexually abusing the victim in the fall of 2019 and the abuse continued until late-December 2019. The child’s parents testified they relied on Jackson to provide childcare for them while they worked because they thought they could trust Jackson. In his caretaking role, Jackson had continued access to the child, which included staying overnight. Jackson used this time with the victim to sexually abuse her. The trial evidence also proved Jackson used a cell phone camera to capture images of the abuse.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma prosecuted the case because the defendant is a member of a federally-recognized Indian tribe and the crime occurred in Cherokee County, within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation, and within the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

The guilty verdicts were the result of an investigation by the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Friday, July 2, 2021, 9:15 AM

Mayor Marlon Coleman held a press event to announce that the state will widen US 69 to six lanes in Muskogee, starting in 2024.

The event was originally scheduled to be held on the demolition siteof the Deluxe Inn, but had to be moved indoors due to inclement weather. Bill Johnson, owner of Johnson Enterprises at 715 S. 32nd Street, stepped up to offer his building as an alternative location for the gathering.

Former Mayor Bob Coburn was also honored with a key to the city at today’s event. Coburn left his mayoral term early to accept a position as highway commissioner with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and has remained a part of the progress on the Highway 69 project.

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Thursday, July 1, 2021, 8:22 AM

The second phase of a comprehensive street rehabilitation project for the City of Muskogee is set to begin today as part of a $24 million, multi-year capital improvement project approved by voters in 2019. City workers will begin the microsurfacing of streets in the northeast quadrant of the city, resulting in a smoother ride and longer-lasting road surfaces.

The first roads slated for the treatment are Eufaula Street from 43rd Street to the dead end today, Gibson Street from Civitan Park to 41st Street, July 6-9, and Gibson Street from Eastside Boulevard to York Street, July 12-16. Traffic may be interrupted on these streets during this process.

Microsurfacing is a road maintenance tool that involves laying a mixture of dense-graded aggregate, asphalt emulsion, water, polymer additive, and mineral fillers to correct or prevent deficiencies in pavement conditions. Microsurfacing treatments cover the entire width of the roadway to which they are applied and can fill wheel ruts up to two inches deep.

The Microsurfacing product is generally set in less than one hour, requires no rolling, and allows traffic to return to the roadway quickly. Contractors are asking citizens to avoid parking along streets scheduled for rehabilitation, so progress can continue.

Once all street rehabilitation projects are completed in the Northeast quadrant, efforts will be concentrated on the Northwest quadrant.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 7:39 AM

The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in the country to participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation Self Governance Program, meaning the tribe has autonomy to plan and finance road improvement and transit projects within the reservation.

The USDOT approved the tribe’s eligibility earlier this month.

“Cherokee Nation has earned the distinction of being the first tribal nation to formally participate in the Department’s Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program,” Deputy Assistant Secretary Arlando S. Teller wrote in a letter to Chief Hoskin. “The Department looks forward to engaging with the Cherokee Nation in the negotiation of a compact and funding agreement under the TTSGP in support of the Cherokee Nation’s right to self-determination and self-governance.”

The approval gives the tribe the ability to plan and oversee its own road construction planning and projects without having to seek federal permission and oversight over projects.

“The Cherokee Nation has led a sophisticated transportation program for several years helping our tribal communities, state and federal partners with safer, well-maintained roadways in the reservation,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Having oversight for the first time to plan, lead and oversee the finance of our own road projects will only mean more and better investments in terms of travel and infrastructure in the Cherokee Nation to the benefit of thousands of citizens.”

The Cherokee Nation had to show audits for three years, including transportation management information, financial stability and transportation management and capability.

The Cherokee Nation Transportation and Infrastructure Department will also get transit dollars forward funded versus a reimbursement, under the program.

The Cherokee Nation Transportation and Infrastructure Department invested $4.8 million and paved 67 miles of roadway in fiscal year 2020 and $1.7 million and 49 miles of roadway so far in fiscal year 2021.

The department also provided more than 104,000 transit rides so far this year.

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Monday, June 28, 2021, 2:46 PM

The body of John William Vernon, 45, of Haskell has possibly been found west of Haskell, according to Muskogee County sheriff’s deputies.

Vernon had been missing for days.

Deputies suspect foul play and are investigating as if that is the case. No further information is yet available.

The body has not yet been positively identified.

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Monday, June 28, 2021, 9:19 AM

Two buildings on Okmulgee, just west of Church’s Chicken, were consumed in a blaze Saturday. The buildings were reported by police to be vacant.

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Monday, June 28, 2021, 8:27 AM

Kyle R. Burnett, 29, of Warner is dead after a late-night wreck on Saturday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Burnett was riding a 2000 Yamaha motorcycle westbound on 133rd Street South, just south of Muskogee at 9:17 p.m. on Saturday night when a 2014 Ram pickup driven by Gregory Redwine, 48, of Muskogee was eastbound on the same road, the patrol reported. Redwine turned left in front of Burnett, the patrol reported.

Burnett was taken by ambulance to Saint John Hospital in Tulsa in critical condition, where he later died from his injuries, according to the patrol. Redwine was not injured.

The cause of the collision was an improper left turn, the patrol reported. Burnett was wearing a helmet.

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Friday, June 25, 2021, 7:28 AM

Clayton Spencer

Muskogee Police are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of Clayton Spencer, the suspect in this week’s Pop N Go shooting.

Spencer has been charged in the shooting, and the weapon allegedly used has been recovered, but heis stillat large.

The policehave not specified what the reward would be.

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Friday, June 25, 2021, 7:23 AM

Curtis Sharbutt, 53, of Oktaha was killed last night in a single-vehicle wreck, and his passenger, Amanda McCracken, 41, was seriously injured, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Sharbutt was driving a 2005 Ford Escapr northbound on US 69 around 8:45 p.m. just south of Checotah, when the car departed the highway to the right and rolled four times, coming to rest on its roof. Sharbutt was ejected 30 feet.

Sharbutt was pronounced dead at the scene. McCracken was flown to a Tulsa hospital, where she was admitted with head and arm injuries.

Sharbutt was not wearing a seatbelt, the patrol reported. McCracken was.

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