Dennis B. Rogers, 73

Born February 18, 1945

Died March 14, 2018

Walter Williams, 74

Born August 18, 1943

Died March 14, 2018

Elmer Alvin Ivy, 61

Born July 9, 1956

Died March 14, 2018

Warren Parker, Jr., 64

Born September 14, 1953

Died March 14, 2018

Leroy Griffith, 61

Born February 15, 1957

Died March 14, 2018


Our death notices and obits are always free to the families and funeral homes.


Sunday, March 18

Painting with Gwyn while enjoying the wine

Monday, March 19

2018 Student Art Show
Video Jam at the library

Tuesday, March 20

Women's Self-Defense Class
2018 Student Art Show
Women's self-defense class
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Sunday, March 18, 2018, 9:21 AM

Traffic to MuskogeeNOW has steadily and rapidly increased since we started this site in 2009 with no viewers. Today, our viewership averages 48,000 daily, with spikes during the week and valleys during the weekends.

We count as a “viewer” a single IP address in a 24-hour period. An IP address is a number assigned by your Internet provider to your specific device. The first time our server logs see that number, the server records that IP address as one “viewer.” Then, for the next 24 hours, no matter how many times our server sees that same number, it still only counts as one viewer. What all that means is our actual “hit” count is WAY higher, going past 200,000 on some days, and on rare occasions (such as a big story breaking), into the millions.

That kind of traffic is hard for any server to handle, harder still if the site is running complicated programs to ensure Facebook, Twitter and Google get all the information they want to index the site. One of those items all three want is a text description of the main picture that accompanies each article, and our site was providing that information, but it was doing it each time a story was accessed, for each story on every page that was served to someone. What all that means is when the site was getting millions of “hits” in a single day (not viewers, but hits), it was analyzing each picture that appeared on each story millions of times a day, and the server just couldn’t handle it, so it would crash.

We’ve solved that problem, with the added bonus that the site should load a lot faster for everyone as well.

Thanks for being part of a good problem to have.

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Friday, March 16, 2018, 9:42 PM

Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze in a school bus at 32nd and Okmulgee.

A school bus caught fire in a Taco Bell parking lot at 32nd and Okmulgee, according to the Muskogee Fire Department.

“I heard something huge, and it shook my house,” a close neighbor said. “And then there was fire and ambulances and firefighters everywhere.”

No one was hurt in the blaze, according to a fire official who answered the phone at the department.

The bus is green and white, which are Muskogee High School colors, but there is no name, so right now, there is no identification for what school the bus is from.


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Friday, March 16, 2018, 9:32 PM

Four people are on their way to the hospital right now — two in critical condition — according to Mechele Cruz with Muskogee County EMS.

The two have life-threatening injuries, and two others are in stable condition, she said. Three EMS units responded, one is still at the scene.

Muskogee Police have not yet responded as to what caused the wreck. We will update when they do.

UPDATE: One of the victims is being flown by helicopter to a Tulsa hospital, Cruz said. That victim’s injuries are life-threatening.


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Friday, March 16, 2018, 2:20 PM

Jeffrey Lampkin

WARNING: This story contains graphic content.

Jeffrey Dean Lampkin, 34, of Muskogee is charged with sexual abuse of a child under 12 in Muskogee County District Court in a case that allegedly occurred around March 13.

The girl, who is 9, said Lampkin touched her in the vagina, using two fingers and moving them in a circular motion. The girl also said two other men in California and Oklahoma touch her sexually. She said it usually happens in the mornings, when her mother is asleep. The girl said it has happened “lots of times,” according to an affidavit filed with the case.

Lampkin has not been arrested yet and has retained an attorney to fight the charges.


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Friday, March 16, 2018, 9:33 AM

Muskogee Police were called to Irving Elementary School yesterday around 9 a.m. after a student found drugs in the pocket of the jacket he was wearing.

The drugs, which appeared to be either methamphetamine or a similar substance, were in the student’s mother’s jacket. The student is either a fifth or fourth grader, a source at the school advised.

The student was previously unaware of the presence of the drugs.

UPDATE: The Muskogee Police said Kastie Hollis, 27, was arrested after the child found a bottle containing what is believed to be narcotics.

Kastie J. Hollis

Hollis was arrested on a city warrant and a new complaint of child endangerment.

DHS has been contacted by the police.

NOTE: A previous version of this story said the drugs belonged to the child’s father, which was the information we were given by the source at the schools. We changed it to reflect what the police told us.


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Friday, March 16, 2018, 9:25 AM

With the impending retirement of longtime Muskogee Public Schools Superintendent Mike Garde, the district is in the market for a new superintendent.

The schools, “in an effort to obtain stakeholder input regarding the qualifications and characteristics” of the new superintendent, are hosting four community and staff forums on March 28 at 202 W. Broadway.

At noon, the AIM Committee and the Chamber of Commerce Business will meet, with lunch provided.

At 1:30 p.m., the Muskogee Public Schools administrators meet.

At 4 p.m., the district’s staff meets.

At 5:30 p.m., the community meets.

The state school boards association will provide a search consultant to run the meetings, which are designed to be conversational and interactive.


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Thursday, March 15, 2018, 9:51 AM

A man fires a gun into the air to disperse a crowd outside Pepper's Club early Saturday morning.

The owners of Pepper’s Nightclub are seeking information about a man who shot a pistol into the air at their club early last Saturday.

Around 2 a.m., about 50 people were exiting the club when then-manager Bennie Compton watched as one of his guests fired a pistol into the air. Compton had been told the video cameras in the bar were not recording, so when the owners asked, he allegedly told them “a Mexican pulled up and started shooting.”

The video, reproduced above in gif form, clearly shows who did the shooting.

The club’s owners are asking for the public’s help in identifying the people involved. If you have any information, call the Muskogee Sheriff’s Office at 918-687-0202.

This is the man who was allegedly shooting.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 10:59 AM

Kyle Wayne Schaefer

Kyle Wayne Schaefer, 41, of Muskogee is charged with felony domestic abuse - assault and battery after a Feb. 20 event where he allegedly beat and head-butted his ex-girlfriend, breaking her nose.

Schaefer has previously been convicted of domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor (2007) and sentenced to a year, with all but 20 days suspended. He was also convicted in 2012 of possession of controlled substance - felony level, and sentenced to five years in prison, all suspended. He was also convicted in 2011 of domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor - second and subsequent offense, a felony, and sentenced to five years in prison, all suspended. He was convicted at the same time of protective order violation and sentenced to a year in the Muskogee County Jail, that also suspended.

He was also previously convicted of possession of controlled dangerous substance - felony level, sentenced to seven years in prison, all seven years suspended, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, sentenced to five years in prison with all five years suspended.

His total sentences add up to 24 years in prison, of which he has served no time.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 10:47 AM

Dwight Dee Jenkins

Dwight Dee Jenkins, 45, of Muskogee is charged with felony child abuse after a seven-year-old he allegedly punched in the face missed school due to the injury.

Jenkins allegedly admitted punching the little boy, whose mother then allegedly withheld the boy from school so no one would see the bruising on his face.

When the boy did go back to school, the school called DHS.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 10:13 AM

Students at Muskogee and Oktaha Schools have walked out in support of legislation ensuring no more gun violence at schools.

“We support them in trying to get this stopped,” Oktaha Superintendent Jerry Needham said just now. “When they’re done with the walkout, we’ll get on with our day.”

Students nationwide are walking out today in efforts to support laws to ensure no more mass shootings occur in schools.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 8:56 AM

Muskogee Police Officer Ron Yates will be driving this car.

Muskogee’s Thunderbird Speedway opens up the doors and the throttles this weekend for its first NASCAR Whelen Series race cars, according to the track’s Stanley Slader.

“We are having an open practice on Saturday,” he said. “And our big car show will also be at the Civic Center.”

Two Muskogee Police officers, Ron Yates and Devin Beach, will take part in the open practice, which starts at Thunderbird after the car show, around 2 p.m.

Muskogee Police Officer Devin Beach will drive this car.

The car show starts at 10 a.m. at the Muskogee Civic Center, and runs to 2 p.m., according to Slader. After that, the festivities move to the Thunderbird Speedway’s historic half-mile track for an open practice.

“Also Saturday afternoon, we will have our new quarter-mile dirt track for Dwarf cars mini sprints, and everybody that wants to practice,” Slader said.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 8:48 AM

David Aaron Lewis

WARNING: This story contains descriptions of sexual acts.

David Aaron Lewis, 26, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony count of first-degree rape after an incident that happened on March 8.

On that date, Lewis and the victim, whose name we are withholding according to MuskogeeNOW’s policy of not revealing the identities of victims of sexual crimes, were engaged in consensual sex, documents filed with the case allege. “The defendant got rough with the victim and restraining her by holding her wrists and even choked her,” an affidavit filed with the case states.

Lewis allegedly admitted having sex with the victim, but denied that he raped her, despite the fact that she said she resisted when the sex got rough and begged him to stop. Police and forensic investigators later determined that the victim had injuries on her neck and wrists consistent with her story.

She alleges Lewis forced his penis into her mouth, vagina and rectum and that he was physically aggressive while restraining her and forcing her to have sex with him.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 8:42 AM

Cheerod Culberson

Cherrod Demonte Culberson, 23, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with two felonies: lewd molestation and child neglect in a case stemming from March 8 of this year.

According to court documents filed with the case, an 8-year-old girl told forensic investigators that Culberson sexually molested her in Muskogee and in other jurisdictions around the state. The girl further told investigators that he would “masturbate in her presence.”

The sexual interactions were “continued” “in multiple jurisdictions,” the girl said.

He is alleged to have “intentionally looked upon, touched, and felt the body or private parts” of the girl, as well as sexually molesting her.


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Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 5:57 PM

Teachers wait the start of the Muskogee School Board Meeting.

Teachers are picketing outside and parking their signs in the meeting room and two overflow areas as the Muskogee School Board prepares to meet.

Teachers are expected to address the board about their current “work to contract” protest and the scheduled April 2 walkout.

Teachers picket outside.

One resident, Tim King, worried that the walkout would affect his daughter’s ability to graduate.

Superintendent Mike Garde addressed that issue: “Some students will have enough credits already to meet graduation requirements,” he said. “We have received guidance from the state board of education. We will graduate our seniors.”

Mike Colvin addresses the board.

Teacher Mike Colvin told the board his motivation isn’t about his personal finances.

“I don’t want a raise,” he said. “I knew what I was getting into when I signed up to be a teacher. But the legislature has chosen over and over again to not fund education. We’ve wiped out an elementary school, consolidated. I never thought I’d see 30 students per classroom. The roof at AR leaks. Windows let in air, good substitute teachers can’t make a living here on three days a week. We have books with no covers, beyond repair. Computers are missing keys and have broken screens.

“I knew what I was signing up for when I became a teacher. And this isn’t it.”

Diane Walker says teachers want to teach.

MHS teacher Diane Walker asked the board to support the upcoming walkout.

“None of us want to walk out or leave public education,” she said. “Too many have already left. We need to have dedicated people who aren’t just here for two years until they find something else. We are asking you to support the future; I touch the future one student at a time.”

The school board just passed a measure to close the schools of teachers walk out. The measure passed 5-0.

UPDATE 7:21 pm: The schools just released the following:

Muskogee Public Schools has selected the Oklahoma State School Boards Association to assist in its search for the next superintendent and school board members want to include the community in the search process.

“The Muskogee Public School Board has joined with the OSSBA in a collaborated effort to attract a pool of quality, qualified applicants to select our next superintendent of schools,” said school board President Keith Biglow. “It is the desire of the Board to move forward with this process as quickly as possible and to have our new superintendent in place in the very near future.”

An online survey will be available March 14-30, 2018 for parents, school employees and other community members to share what qualities they believe are important in the next superintendent. The survey is posted on the school district’s website at

The board also plans to host a community forum, which will be announced at a future date. Biglow said board members will use information gathered via the survey and forum to help guide them in their decision.

Teachers picket down Broadway.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 9:25 AM

Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service has announced the availability of a membership program to Muskogee County residents and their families.

For $70, the member and all qualified household members can be covered for one year ending March 31, 2019. The membership can cover out-of-pocket expenses for medically necessary emergency ambulance service not covered in full by insurance. Selected non-emergency transports may also be covered. Limitations apply so please see the membership brochure for full details.

To enroll, or for more information, call EMS at (918) 683-0130. Additional information and application is available online at

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 9:00 AM

The Muskogee Swim and Fitness Center at 566 N. 6th St. (corner of Martin Luther King and 6th), has scheduled an Easter egg dive for March 31, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Children age 3 to 12 can splash, swim and dive for eggs. Prize eggs will contain turtles for Easter prizes. Each paid swimmer will also receive a free pass to River Country Family Water Park and candy.

Each child must be accompanied by someone 16 or older.

The event costs $5 per child, maximum of 100 swimmers. Call 918-684-6304 for more information.


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Monday, March 12, 2018, 7:47 PM

The Cherokee Nation is giving its certified teachers at Sequoyah High School and Cherokee Immersion Charter School an immediate pay raise.

The 45 certified teachers are expected to receive a $5,000 lump sum payment on March 29 for the current contract year with $5,000 added to the teachers’ base salary on July 1, when the teachers’ new contract year begins.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker proposed the legislation and Tribal Council approved it 16-1 during Monday night’s Tribal Council meeting.

“Over the past decade the state of Oklahoma has made drastic budget cuts to public education. At the same time, the responsibilities of teachers continue to increase exponentially. From monitoring student safety, to test preparation to finding ways to help students in need of food or school supplies, Oklahoma teachers go above and beyond the call of duty each day and with fewer resources each year,” Chief Baker said. “Cherokee Nation is unwavering in its commitment to public schools, students and teachers. This pay increase reaffirms that commitment and, I hope, sends a message to state leaders that they should follow Cherokee Nation’s lead and raise pay for all certified teachers in the state.”

The current average salary for certified teachers at Sequoyah High School and Cherokee Immersion Charter School is $42,815.


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Monday, March 12, 2018, 4:57 PM

Major County Sheriff Steven Randolph

Major County Sheriff Steven Randolph is under arrest. Last November, the District 26 District Attorney’s Office requested OSBI agents investigate allegations against the sheriff in relation to a confrontation with his daughter’s boyfriend in May 2017.

Randolph is alleged to have pulled his sheriff’s vehicle in front of Carlos Aguilar, reached through the open window of Aguilar’s truck and grabbed Aguilar by the clothes near his neck, and threatened to kill him.

Randolph’s wife persuaded him to let go of Aguilar.

Randolph then allegedly pointed his gun toward the roadway and fired a shot. The investigation culminated today with Randolph’s arrest on three misdemeanor counts including assault and battery, malicious injury to property, and reckless conduct with a firearm. Agents arrested Randolph at the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into that county’s jail.


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Monday, March 12, 2018, 10:05 AM

Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller and Principal Chief Bill John Baker sign their names to the final steel beam placed on the W.W. Hastings expansion.

The final steel beam of the W.W. Hastings expansion project was hoisted into place Friday, completing the facility’s massive four-story steel frame in Tahlequah.

The Cherokee Nation celebrated the facility’s construction progress with a topping out ceremony, attended by more than 300 tribal, federal, state and health officials.

When the 469,000-square-foot outpatient health facility opens in 2019, it will be the largest health center operated by the Cherokee Nation and the largest tribal health facility in the country.

Leaders from Indian Health Service Headquarters in Maryland to Hastings Hospital doctors and nurses autographed the final beam during the ceremony to leave their mark on the historic facility.

More than 30 departments will relocate to the new outpatient facility, including pharmacy, primary care, dental, laboratory, and rehabilitation and wellness. The facility will house 240 exam rooms, an ambulatory surgery center with five surgical suites and two endoscopy suites. It will also include a specialty clinic with cardiologists and more orthopedics, a dental clinic with 35 chairs, 16 eye-exam rooms, three audiology testing booths, and diagnostic imaging, including MRIs, CT scans and ultrasounds.

The new outpatient facility will create more than 850 health care jobs.

Located next to the existing W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, the outpatient facility exterior will feature natural lighting, wood and stone. It will include traditional design elements such as abstract floor patterns that represent the reed used in traditional Cherokee basketry and an east-facing entrance.

When W.W. Hastings Hospital was built in Tahlequah in 1986, it was built for 60,000 patient visits per year.

In fiscal year 2017, W.W. Hastings had more than 421,000 patient visits, delivered more than 900 babies and filled more than a million prescriptions.



Monday, March 12, 2018, 8:52 AM

Muskogee Education Association President Mike Walcutt, left, will be on hand to answer questions.

The Muskogee Education Association will be hosting a Town Hall meeting on Thursday March 15, 2018 beginning at 5:30 in the Fine Arts Auditorium at Muskogee High.

This is open to the public, particularly parents and students.

The town hall will give parents a chance to hear from teachers the reasoning behind the ongoing job actions and give them a chance for a question and answer session.

The event is open to anyone in the immediate area, not just Muskogee, however, the association will only be able to answer specific questions about the Muskogee Public Schools district.


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Friday, March 9, 2018, 9:36 AM

Students from Muskogee High School, Hilldale High School and Alice Robertson Junior High School will get together on stage tonight at the Roxy Theater downtown to showcase their talent and the shows their schools have put on this year.

The show, Spring Follies Showcase, will highlight songs from “Sister Act,” “Into the Woods”, “Once Upon a Mattress,” Mulan,” “Waitress”, and “Bee More Chill,” among others.

The show starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m., Tickets are $10, and concessions are available.

For more information, call 918-684-6366.

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Friday, March 9, 2018, 9:19 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs, has issued the following statement on behalf of House Democrats in support of Oklahoma teachers as they organize and prepare to walk out in the face of low wages and inadequate education funding.

“In the past year, House Republican leadership has continued to put revenue measures up for a vote on the House floor that disproportionately affect working-class Oklahomans and protect corporations and wealthy campaign donors.

“Although the Republican majority gets to choose the legislation that makes it to the House floor, the Republican Caucus has yet to have a high enough percentage of their members support a revenue package that would pass if the measure had equal support from Democrats. In fact, a Republican-authored bill that would have raised enough revenue for a teacher pay raise was supported by 82 percent of Democrats last November, but it failed because less than 75 percent of the House Republican Caucus supported it.

“Our caucus is dedicated to finding a long term solution to the current funding crisis that cripples our state. However, investing in our teachers, our students, and our state is going to take more than the $106 million provided from capping itemized deductions, and it is going to take more than the $22 million raised on gaming modernization. The only legitimate path forward to fund the myriad critical needs in this state is one that is truly bipartisan; a plan where all parties are allowed equal input into the final details, not another plan dictated by Republican leadership and presented as a ‘take it or leave it’ deal.

“We fully support the right of teachers to organize. For longer than any of our current members have been in the House, Democratic Caucus members have stood side-by-side with teachers and have fought to protect funding for our most valuable resource – public education.”

Muskogee Republican Rep. Avery Frix has “voted to fund education every time,” he said on Wednesday, just after teachers voted to walk out.


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Thursday, March 8, 2018, 5:25 PM

Darryl Thomas

WARNING: This story contains graphic language.

Darryl Thomas, 31, of Muskogee was convicted today of murdering his girlfriend, Fantasia Williams, who was mother to three small children.

Thomas, high on PCP, shot Williams, then loaded her into a vehicle, transporting her to another location. The day of the killing, Thomas posted this on his Facebook page:

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A Muskogee County Jury this afternoon found him guilty of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm after former felony conviction. He was found not guilty of possession of marijuana.

The jury recommended life in prison on the murder and five years on the possession of a firearm charge.


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Thursday, March 8, 2018, 5:16 PM

John Upchurch

John Brandon Upchurch, 39, was convicted yesterday and the jury recommended he be sent to prison for 100 years for raping a six-year-old little girl.

He was previously convicted of aggravated assault with a box cutter, so with the victim being under 12 in this case, the minimum sentence he could get would be 50 years, with him having to serve at least 85 percent of that before being considered for parole.

Upchurch took the stand during his trail and said the girl wasn’t a liar, but maybe she had PTSD from a previous molestation by another man, or possibly that she had been coached.


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Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 5:00 PM

Muskogee teachers meet.

The teachers of Muskogee Public Schools just voted to “work to contract” to try to get state legislators’ attention on the hotbed issue of teacher pay.

The motion means they will not work at all before school hours or after them.

The motion was not without debate, as tearful teachers wondered how underprivileged students would function without the before-and-after-school care the teachers provide.

“Have them write letters and postcards expressing that,” another teacher said.

Union president Mike Walcutt stressed that students can’t write letters on school time.

“Maybe when we do this, people will see how much we do before and after school hours,” another said.

“Nobody cares,” yet another said. “They won’t see what we are doing.”

They are now debating beginning the protest on Monday, March 12.

We will update as the meeting progresses.

UPDATE: Teachers are now voting on starting the “work to contract” protest on Monday. Still to debate is when to walk out and picket if the legislature doesn’t move. Other districts are walking out on April 2.

UPDATE: The “work to contract” protest will begin on Monday. Teachers are now debating when to walk out if the legislature doesn’t approve an acceptable budget.

“It needs to happen when it will hurt,” one teacher said. “If it happens later, Nobody will care.”

April 2 and March 26 are being debated.

One teacher said “the only way we will get attention is to put these rapscallions back in their families’ laps for more time. Sooner is better, and I’m against actions like this, but we have seen that the legislature never does anything unless they’re forced.”

The state union has said it will recommend districts walk out on April 2.

The motion was just made to walk out on April 2. The motion says the teachers will fulfill their contracted number of teaching days after an acceptable budget is passed. Teachers are now voting.

“If this stretches out, we will still be paid,” Walcutt said, “because we will be fulfilling our contract.”

Teachers vote to walk out on April 2 if the state doesn't pass an acceptable budget by then.

UPDATE: Teachers will protest across the street from MHS tomorrow after school.

UPDATE: Teachers will walk out on April 2.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 9:33 AM

Amy Lyn Pofahl

Amy Lyn Pofahl, 25 of Haskell is in the Muskogee County Jail after she allegedly got into an physical altercation with her grandmother over custody of Pofahl’s children, according to documents filed with the case.

She is charged with “intentionally and willfully” strangling the older woman, “in an attempt to cause great bodily harm.”

The grandmother is apparently about to get custody of Pofahl’s children, and an argument about that led to the younger woman grabbing the older by the neck hard enough to leave marks, according to an affidavit filed with the case.

She was also jailed on warrants out of Wagoner.


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Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 2:52 PM

Wagoner firefighters take a short break while battling a blaze near Okay.

A fire of unknown origin has burned through 800 round bales of hay at Three Forks Ranch, just east of Okay, today.

“We aren’t sure how it started,” ranch manager Mark Sexton said. “But we have some ideas.”

At thirty five dollars a bale, the damage is already at 28 grand, possibly climbing higher.

“We’ve got some more bales over there,” he said, pointing east, “and the wind is kind of blowing the fire that way.”

The fire couldn’t have happened at a worse time, he said, given that the ranch is hosting a big bull sale on March 23, with 200 top-level bulls for sale.

Three Forks Ranch is about to have a big bull sale.

The ranch, which is host to more than 500 head of top-line cattle, will be fine as long as the fire doesn’t spread anymore, Sexton said.

Numerous area fire departments are on the scene, battling the blaze.


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Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 9:19 AM

Patrick David Weller

Patrick David Weller, 43, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with two counts of sexual battery in a case where the victim is an 18-year-old special-needs woman.

Between July and August of 2017, it’s alleged that Weller grabbed the breasts of the woman, and later that he performed oral sex on her against her will.

An affidavit filed with the case says “The victim has a diminished mental capacity.”


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Monday, March 5, 2018, 9:37 AM

A Ford F-450 fire truck was stolen from the Brushy Mountain Fire Department last night, according to County Commissioner Ken Doke.

There have been reports that the truck has been recovered, but none confirmed.

We will update with details as they become available.


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Friday, March 2, 2018, 12:20 PM

One of dozens of lists students came up with complaining of tenament conditions at Bacone dorms.

Before he was fired at Bacone College for insubordination, Dr. Leslie D. Hannah taught at plenty of other universities, including NSU and Kansas State, where he was an academic dean.

Semi-retired now, he started teaching Native American Studies at Bacone this semester. On the first day, he noticed there was something different about Bacone.

“Day 1, I noticed the students were unenthused, not prepared, lackidazical, 45 minutes late on an hour-and-ten-minute class,” he said today. “They were almost like zombies. After about two or three days of that, I asked, ‘what’s the damn problem here?'”

The final straw came when a student kept falling asleep in class, so Hannah asked a fellow student to poke him and wake him up.

“He came up to me after class, and he was really apologetic,” Hannah said. “He said, ‘sir, I’m sorry I keep falling asleep, but I can’t stay asleep at night because my room is infested with mice. They’re everywhere, they get up in bed with me, under the sheets. I’ve called maintenance and security. The people at maintenance told me the mice were my problem and I’d have to call an exterminator and pay for it.'”

The student, Hannah said, bought mouse traps and caught nine rodents the first night.

“If you’ve ever seen that many mice in a small space, there’s an infestation.”

That student wasn’t the only one saying there was a mice or rat problem. Hannah asked students to write down problems they saw with Bacone. Over and over, several themes emerged: rat infestation. Bed bug infestation. Black mold. No hot water. Toilets not functioning. Roach infestations. Unreliable air conditioning and heating. Cracks letting air in from outside. Showers not functioning. Apathy or outright ignoring by staff asked about the problems.

“I started going down to the president’s office every day and saying this was a problem,” Hannah said. “And that’s when the trouble started for me.”

He said he was told by one faculty member, “keep your head down, keep your mouth shut, and maybe eventually you’ll get used to it.”

“But that’s the problem,” Hannah said. “No one should be getting used to this. These kids are paying about $26,000 a year for room, board and tuition. They should be treated better.”

Hannah said he was told he was “asking too many questions” and “stirring up the students when we need them to be complacent.”

You can read some of the students’ letters here.

Bacone spokeswoman Erin Feller said the college’s response to the allegations would have to be addressed by the president, who isn’t in the office.


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