Sharon Jean Long, 69

Born April 10, 1950

Died April 18, 2019

John Hammans, 62

Born July 23, 1956

Died April 18, 2019

Victor Ivan Clement Jr, 70

Born May 3, 1948

Died April 17, 2019


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


Monday, April 22

Ceremonial Swearing In: Evelyn Hibbs, Ward 1 City Councilor
Honor Heights Park - Azalea Festival
Traveling Exhibition: Blessings of Liberty & The Bill of Rights
April Foundations
MIN 4523: American Indian Ministry Internship 2019
Financial Fitness at Your Library
Microsoft Excel II - An Intermediate Course
Responsible Beverage Service & Sales Training (RBSS) - Muskogee

Monday, April 22, 2019, 8:19 AM

A Haskell four-year-old is in a Tulsa hospital after he was apparently accidentally run over by a horse trailer, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The child, whose name is withheld, was standing between a 2018 Nissan van driven by Kameron Thompkins, 27, of Haskell, and the horse trailer, when the van pulled forward and the trailer’s wheels hit the boy.

He was transported by Muskogee County EMS to Saint Francis Children’s Hospital in Tulsa, where he was admitted in stable condition with internal injuries.

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Friday, April 19, 2019, 9:35 AM

Big Papa’s Okie Toke, just south of town on US 69, is hosting a grand opening starting today at 10 a.m. and running through tomorrow to celebrate the 4/20 cannabis holiday.

The first 50 medical card holders tomorrow will get a “stash jar” and $50 off the purchase of an ounce of medical marijuana.

Clients who have medical recommendations from a doctor can bring the recommendation to Big Papa’s, and they will help with the rest of the paperwork.

The celebration goes today and tomorrow at 4100 South 32nd Street, Muskogee- 918-910-5309.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019, 9:35 AM

Muskogee Rotary Club ‘turns wine into water’ at its 12th annual Party in the Park fundraiser on Saturday, April 27 in beautiful Honor Heights Park. The event brings together an afternoon of wine, beer, and food tasting at The Papilion, the park’s butterfly garden. Listen to live jazz and enjoy what the park has to offer from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Participating wineries are Arri’bin Hills, Deep Branch, DiamondHead, FishTales, Native Spirits, OkeOzark, One Old Crazy Fart, Muskogee’s Pecan Creek, Summerside and Tidewater. Breweries attending are Coop Ale, Iron Monk and Muskogee Brewing Co. Food vendors include Boom-A-Rang Diner, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chava’s Mexican Restaurant, Great Harvest Bread Co., I Don’t Care Bar and Grill, Muskogee Golf Club, Red Lobster, Rib Crib and Split Log Cheese Farms.

Through its 501 (c)(3) foundation, proceeds from Party in the Park are used to provide clean drinking water in developing countries where water is unavailable or unclean.

Admission to Party in the Park is $20 in advance or $25 at the door and includes a souvenir wine glass. Tickets are available in Muskogee at Blossom’s Garden Center, Mabrey Bank, Armstrong Bank, and American Bank of Oklahoma. You can also purchase tickets online at Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 8:48 AM

A planned bypass of Muskogee by US Highway 69 appears to be on hold, according to documents released by the department of transportation.

A letter penned by Tim J. Gatz, secretary of transportation designate, says the department is now looking to improve the existing highway instead of rerouting it around Muskogee.

“With consideration for the feasibility of delivering improvements” such as the bypass, he writes, “we recommend suspending any further discussion of this alternative indefinitely.”

The letter goes on to ask State Rep. Avery Frix of Muskogee for “assistance in establishing a target date to reconvene a public forum” on how to move forward improving the existing route.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 8:41 AM

Julian Robert Crawford, 24, of Haskell is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony count of child sexual abuse, according to documents filed with the case.

According to an affidavit filed with the case, Crawford is accused of molesting the girl starting when she was 12 years old and stopping when she complained to police last September, when she was 15.

A second affidavit alleges Crawford had oral and manual sex with the girl as well as sexual intercourse and touching her body parts. The girl underwent a forensic interview at Kids Space in Muskogee before the case was filed.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 8:41 AM

Leonard Thomas Lang, 69, of Boynton is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony count of lewd molestation, according to documents filed with the case.

Lang is accused of making statements to the victim, who is younger than 16, about her being raped. In addition, Lang is accused of touching the victim on her breasts when she was changing clothes.

He is accused of committing lewd acts on the child on multiple occasions between October of 2016 and the September of 2018.

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Monday, April 15, 2019, 10:12 AM

The Cherokee Nation will host its 14th annual Traditional Native Games competition Saturday, April 20, at Carl Albert State College in Sallisaw.

Competitions include a cornstalk shoot, Cherokee marbles and horseshoes, which all start at 10 a.m., with the hatchet throw and blowgun starting at 11 a.m. and chunkey at 12 p.m. Registration is held 30 minutes before the start time of each game.

“The Traditional Native Games are a fantastic opportunity to experience our cultural games. The games are open to the public and are no cost to the competitor or spectator, so we invite all to come enjoy a fantastic day of competition and fellowship,” Traditional Games Director Bayly Wright said.

The top three finishers in each game at qualifying events receive a T-shirt and an invitation to compete in the Traditional Native Games Championship in August. The Cherokee Nation will host additional qualifying events in Stilwell, Ochelata and Locust Grove this spring and summer.

For more information on game times and information, contact the individual game coordinators. Coordinators for the Traditional Native Games competitions:

Cornstalk shoot: Brian Jackson, 918-316-4243 Cherokee marbles: Pam Bakke, 918-207-6562 Chunkey: Tonya Wapskineh, 918-399-8474 Horseshoes: Lisa Cookson, 918-458-1339 Blow gun: Jason Kingfisher, 918-316-0030 Hatchet-throwing: Danny McCarter, 918-871-0085

For more information, contact Bayly Wright at 918-822-2427 or

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Friday, April 12, 2019, 9:11 AM

Michael Keith Tomblinson, 28, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony count of sexual abuse of a child under 12, according to documents filed with the case.

The victim, who is five years old, disclosed to family members that Tomblinson used his penis to penetrate the child’s rectum on multiple occasions when the child’s mother was away. Forensic and physical examinations of the child allegedly support the child’s story, according to an affidavit filed with the case.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019, 4:25 PM

The Muskogee Phoenix newspaper today published a lie about owner Leif M. Wright (me), in part stating that I planned to plead guilty to several charges against me.

In their grammatically incorrect headline (the word “plea” should be “plead”), the newspaper claimed that I was going to plead guilty to assault and child abuse.

That claim is 100 percent false. The newspaper attributed the information to an unnamed “representative of the McIntosh County District Attorney’s Office.”

The story went on to say that my attorney, Steve Money, declined comment. Money said he never spoke to anyone from the Phoenix.

“Someone called and they were told I would call back and I totally forgot about it and didn’t call them back,” he said.

I personally called Elizabeth Ridenour, the new executive editor of the newspaper, and said they’d be needing to print a retraction since I have never planned nor do I now plan to plead guilty to charges of child abuse, assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic abuse. Further, I told her, my attorney did not speak to the paper.

“My reporter said they talked to Steve Money,” she said. “And we got the information from the DA’s office.”

“My number is published on my site,” I replied. “You have had my phone number for 20 years. Why wouldn’t you call me and ask me if that is true before you publish a lie like that about me? Furthermore, my attorney never spoke to your reporter, so you might want to start checking your reporter’s reporting.”

As a top editor at that newspaper for 20 years, I was in charge of training newspaper staff like Ridenour to avoid this kind of libelous reporting when she was hired.

When I told her the Phoenix must correct or retract the story, given that the person they’re saying “plans” to plead guilty is on the phone telling her he has no such plans, Ridenour said “We stand by our reporting.”

I said, “Your story is saying I’m planning to plead guilty. I’m on the phone right now telling you that isn’t true, it’s incorrect. I’m not planning to plead guilty. How do you not retract that story, given that I’m telling you your story is reporting 180 degrees opposite the truth?”

Her response: “We stand by our story.”

To set the record straight: I have never planned, nor do I now plan, to plead guilty to any of the charges against me.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019, 8:51 AM

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 66th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy. This is the first academy to be introduced since the 65th OHP Academy initiated its cadets in January 2018, graduating 29 new Troopers on June 15, 2018. The proposed start date of December 1, 2019 will mark almost two years since a new class of candidates has occupied the OHP Academy Third Deck living quarters, and the first to live there since its dedication to Lieutenant Ronnie Johnson #92, the first black male to graduate from the OHP Academy as part of the 23rd Academy in 1968, breaking the racial barrier and paving the way for minorities.

Colonel Michael S. Harrell, Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, remarked, “The announcement of the 66th OHP Academy heralds the dawn of a new era for the Patrol. We have worked diligently to put all the tools in place to move the agency forward into the future with a membership that reflects the rich diversity of our state’s population, standing solidly on the tradition of integrity, self-discipline, and unwavering professionalism.”

“Chief Harrell and I are proud of the legacy of the Patrol, and the men and women who have chosen to carry it forward,” stated Department of Public Safety Commissioner Rusty Rhoades. “There is no greater honor than to serve this state as a peace officer, especially a member of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and I look forward to welcoming our newest cadets into its elite ranks. Law enforcement is a lifestyle, not just a career, and those chosen to participate in our rigorous residential academy will graduate understanding its full implications.”

Applications will be available on and, beginning April 15th, or call (405) 425-7709 for more information.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 10:46 AM

Marvin Elijah Munn

Marvin Elijah Munn, 70, of Muskogee is charged with a felony of witness intimidation in a case where he is alleged to have issued a backhanded threat to a witness in Munn’s husband’s child molestation case.

Munn’s husband, Kenneth Dale Farguson, 40, is charged with molesting two minors starting in June of 2016 and ending Jan. 11 of this year, according to documents filed with his case.

Farguson was also convicted in 2005 of lewd molestation in Tulsa County and sentenced to seven years suspended.

Munn is accused of following one of the victims, who is still underage, to the victim’s job, getting out of his car and saying, “You’re alive, are ya?”

Munn and Farguson have been married since 2016, when the sex abuse is alleged to have begun.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 9:06 AM

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children will host a lunch and learn informational session to highlight the need for more individuals to serve as volunteers. Join CASA for lunch on Wednesday, April 17th at 12:00 p.m. to talk with members of the CASA staff and volunteers about how, in just a few hours each month, you can change the life of an abused or neglected child in foster care. The lunch will be held at Club Lunch located at 211 N. 3rd Street in Muskogee.

This is a no-obligation introduction to CASA and its mission. The information session will discuss the critical role a CASA volunteer plays in the life of a child in foster care and share stories of the lasting impacts they make.

CASA recruits, trains, and empowers everyday community members to advocate for abused and neglected children in Muskogee, Sequoyah, and Wagoner Counties.

For more information call 918-686-8199 or email

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 9:05 AM

Boater Brit Sumter of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, brought five bass to the weigh-in stage totaling 18 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Okie Division opener on the Arkansas River. For his victory, Sumter pocketed $4,315.

“I caught them all flipping laydowns in the backs of spawning pockets,” said Sumter, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. “I stayed in the Webbers Falls pool and fished in the Spaniard Creek area and probably hit five different pockets. I think they were moving in to spawn, but the water was too dirty to see them.”

Sumter said he used a Texas-rigged, black and blue- or green pumpkin-colored YUM Christie Critter with a 5/16-ounce weight.

“My fish were in less than 3 feet of water. As soon as I’d pitch in and pick it up they’d be there, probably hitting it on the fall,” said Sumter. “I caught six keepers and weighed all largemouth. Four of my fish came by 8:30 a.m., and two more around noon, which culled a smaller one.”

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Monday, April 8, 2019, 8:45 AM

A Checotah man and a McAlester woman were injured in a wreck Sunday just south of Muskogee, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Clarence Davis, 57, of Checotah and Patricia Easley, 51 of McAlester were the injured parties. Davis was transported to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa in critical condition with head, internal and external trunk injuries. Easley was taken to the same hospital in stable condition with trunk internal injuries.

Davis’s vehicle was southbound on US 69 and tried to turn onto Oktaha Road. A second vehicle driven by Bryan Easley of McAlester, in which Patricia Easley was a passenger, was northbound on US 69. According to the patrol, Davis turned in front of Easley and the two collided, sending Davis’s vehicle into a third vehicle.

Davis was not wearing a seatbelt.

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Friday, April 5, 2019, 8:59 AM

The Cherokee Nation is now accepting applications for the 2019 Clothing Assistance Program. The tribe’s clothing voucher program helps Cherokee families purchase new clothes for school-aged children for the upcoming school year.

Last year the tribe helped more than 4,500 students, grades K-12, from across the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction prepare for the first day of school with gift cards totaling more than $450,000.

To be eligible for the program, students must be age 5 before September 1, 2019, a Cherokee Nation citizen, live within the 14-county jurisdiction and meet additional income guidelines.

Once parents have provided the necessary paperwork and have been verified by the tribe, the parents receive a $100 VISA gift card for every school-aged child in the home. Gift cards will be able to be used at any store.

Applications can be printed from or picked up at any Cherokee Nation Human Services field office and the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cherokee Nation Human Services offices:

  • W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah

  • Catoosa field office, 750 S. Cherokee St. Suite N.
  • Stilwell field office, 219 W. Oak
  • Sallisaw field office, 307/309 N. Dogwood Ave.
  • Pryor field office, 219 NE 1st St.
  • Jay field office, 1499 N. Industrial Park Rd.
  • Nowata Food Distribution Center, 1018 Lenape Dr.

All applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. at a Cherokee Nation office location or by mail on May 31.

For more information on income guidelines or other eligibility requirements, call Cherokee Nation Human Services Family Assistance at 800-256-0671 or visit

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Thursday, April 4, 2019, 9:38 AM

Kyle Ray Malone

Kyle Ray Malone, 28, of Braggs is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony count of child sexual abuse, according to documents filed with the case.

According to an affidavit filed with the case, Malone is accused of conducting oral sex on a 15-year-old boy.

On New Year’s Day this year, according to the affidavit, around 3 a.m., Malone allegedly pulled down the pants and performed oral sex on the boy in a residence outside Braggs.

No other details are yet available.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 11:39 AM

Bob Coburn

Muskogee Mayor Bob Coburn is resigning effective today, according to numerous sources at city hall, and Coburn.

“I’m being appointed commissioner of District 1 for Oklahoma Department of Transportation,” Coburn said. “So Muskogee will still be hearing from me, just not as mayor.”

Coburn has served as mayor since 2010.

A city council member will be appointed to his slot, according to city hall sources.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 7:49 AM

Muskogee’s Got Talent will debut this Saturday at the Roxy Theater in Muskogee. The event will run the first Saturday of every month from April through October.

The event begins at 6 p.m. It’s free for contestants, $10 for audience.

Tickets $10 - Debit/ Credit Cards Accepted - Concessions Available - For more info call 918-684-6366.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 10:10 AM

A group of boosters is hosting a concert at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame on Saturday with proceeds to help the Muskogee High School band program. Tons of local musicians are donating their time and talents to bring the entertainment from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with food trucks available outside.

The night will open with the Muskogee High School jazz band and end with Johnny Winkle’s Wild Card Band. Throughout the rest of the night, you’ll hear B-Rad and the Jazz Lads, Reed Stout, Mark Hayes, Aaron Kelle, Andy Sanchez and Casey West.

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Monday, April 1, 2019, 9:41 AM

Bryson Stancle

Bryson Stancle, 26, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with two felonies and a misdemeanor after a March 27 incident where he allegedly masturbated in public while watching pornography on an allegedly stolen iPhone, according to documents filed in the case.

Around 8:30 a.m., Stancle was confronted by a hospital security officer while he was wearing scrubs over his clothing. He was asked to leave the property and not come back. The officer said Bryson asked if he could first use the bathroom, so the officer escorted him into the bathroom and waited outside the stall.

The officer said he heard moaning and what he believed to be pornography inside the stall, so he told Stancle to turn his phone off and leave. The officer said Stancle exited the bathroom stall with his pants around his ankles and continued to masturbate.

He has been charged with knowingly possessing the stolen iPhone XS Max and with felony indecent exposure.

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Monday, April 1, 2019, 9:26 AM

Today at 1 p.m., Muskogee Chief of Police Johnny Teehee and Director of the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service Shannon Buhl will sign a memorandum of understanding between the two agencies at the Muskogee Police Department, according to Officer Lincoln Anderson at the department.

The memorandum will give both agencies an expanded ability to assist the other in their respective jurisdictions. The Muskogee Police Department will now be able to assist the marshals on tribal lands in the form of a cross deputization, and the Marshal Service gets added ability to assist the Muskogee Police Department.

Both agencies have always assisted the other with any need that may arise, however neither had a formal MOU in place to solidify the agreement.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019, 9:58 AM

Did you know that most fire deaths occur in residential structures? Did you know that the majority of those deaths occur at night while people are sleeping? Did you know that smoke, not the flame itself, is usually what causes people to die? The good news is that many of these fire deaths are preventable. In fact, if you have working smoke alarms in your home, you have at least a 50% greater chance of surviving a residential structure fire.

The Muskogee Fire Department believes so strongly in the importance of having working smoke alarms that we have joined with many other Oklahoma Fire Departments in providing the residents of Muskogee with free smoke alarms. We will come to your home and install the smoke alarms for you to ensure that they are in the proper locations. We believe that every home in the City of Muskogee should have a working smoke alarm.

If you are a citizen of Muskogee and need smoke alarms for your home please call 918-684-6252 and schedule your smoke alarm installation.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019, 9:49 AM

The Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System will honor Vietnam Veterans at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee and Ernest Childers VA Outpatient Clinic in Tulsa on March 29, which is National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

VA leadership will present Vietnam War Commemoration lapel pins to all Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

The presentation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main entrance at both sites. Refreshments will also be served.

The Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System is an official Commemorative Partner of The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

For more information, please contact Nita McClellan, Public Affairs Officer, at 918-577-3704.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 8:00 AM

The award-winning short film “Nanyehi” is being recognized by the Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame for sharing the compelling story of legendary Cherokee Nancy Ward.

The short film will be inducted into the Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at the Roxy Theater in Muskogee. A screening of the short film will immediately follow the ceremony.

“This film represents such an important part of not just Cherokee history, but of Oklahoma and U.S. history as well,” said Becky Hobbs, “Nanyehi” co-writer. “We had such a wonderful team working to support this project and a cast that truly brought our vision to life. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share this story with the world.”

Produced in 2016, the film shares the story of Ward, who was a Cherokee warrior turned peacemaker, and her role in the fight to preserve tribal land in the 18th century. The struggle between peace and war is skillfully depicted by a local cast of 44 from northeast Oklahoma, the vast majority being Cherokee Nation citizens. The film was shot entirely within the 66,000 acres of the Cherokee Nation.

“The Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame is dedicated to advancing filmmaking in Oklahoma, and we work hard to give this industry proper recognition within our state by showcasing talented individuals and impactful films with Oklahoma ties,” said Avery Frix, director of the Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame at the Roxy Theater. “It’s easy to see why our committee was so passionate about selecting ‘Nanyehi’ for induction. The short film features a carefully crafted story that is unique to Oklahoma and was filmed in its entirety within our state, reaffirming Oklahoma as a production destination. We couldn’t be more proud to recognize this film and hope that the public will join us at the historic Roxy Theater to celebrate this year’s inductees.”

Since its debut, the “Nanyehi” short film has received several industry accolades, including Director’s Choice Award, Native American Vision Award, Best Family Short, and three Audience Choice Awards for Best Short, Best Theatrical Trailer and Best Theatrical Poster.

It was co-written by Hobbs, who is a Cherokee Nation citizen, award-winning songwriter and recording artist and a direct descendant of Nancy Ward. Additional co-writers include Holly Rice and Nick Sweet. The film is scored by Duane Sciacqua and is co-produced by David Webb with Nanyehi Productions LLC in conjunction with Holly Rice Films.

The 2019 Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is open to the public and free to attend, though advance registration is encouraged by calling (918) 684-6366.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 11:00 AM

A November 2017 drunk driving wreck in Wagoner never got reported anywhere because the driver, Travis Potts, is a police officer in the town.

According to an incident report filed that day, “Travis Potts was intoxicated” while he was driving a pickup truck and failed to negotiate a turn, crashing the truck with a woman and two “small kids” as passengers.

Two Wagoner Police deputy chiefs arrived at the scene and began what several concerned citizens have complained was a coverup. All three passengers told police Potts was driving the truck. Potts was transported to the police department by Deputy Chief Ponds, but was never arrested, nor was he charged for the crime.

Requests for comment from the police department were met with “You are welcome to request any open records you want. No one here is available to answer your questions.”

The non-arrest was not Potts’ first run-in with alcohol and trouble, according to other documents obtained by In 2011, Potts was reported to his military superiors for drinking underage and driving while drunk, according to a report obtained from when he was a lance corporal. His pay was docked and he was suspended in that incident.

Requests for documents related to his non-arrest while driving drunk with three passengers were met with a letter from the city of Wagoner stating “The records either do not exist or are confidential pursuant to OS 24A.7.”

The statute cited in that letter says public records can be kept confidential if they relate to “personnel investigations”, however drunk driving is a public crime, and every other person caught driving drunk — especially after they’ve had a wreck — ends up being arrested and booked for the crime.

Wagoner Police offer no explanations for why the crime was not made public and why Potts was never arrested for it.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 9:34 AM

A train has killed a pedestrian in Oktaha, according to Muskogee County Chief Deputy Mike Mahan.

The sheriff’s office has several deputies en route.

At this time, it is believed that the body has been struck by several trains.

UPDATE: The victim is an unknown white or Indian male. No identification has been made on the victim yet, and the medical examiner is en route.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has taken over investigating the case.

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Monday, March 25, 2019, 9:57 AM

It’s time for pancakes and sausage as the Muskogee Noon Lions Club hosts its annual Pancake Day from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, in the Muskogee Civic Center. Those attending can eat all they want for $5 each and tickets are available at the door.

The “Pride in Oklahoma” menu includes all-Oklahoma products with the essential pancakes made by experienced Lions and celebrity cooks using Shawnee Mills products, served with Griffin’s Syrup from Muskogee’s own Griffin Food Company, dairy products from Highland Dairy, drinks from Love’s, coffee from Henderson Coffee. A new addition is the popular Greer’s Ranch House Country Style Sausage.

This event has been held for more than 50 years and benefits many charities in Muskogee. Through its fundraising activities, the Muskogee Noon Lions Club was able to aid several groups in 2018, including Oklahoma School for the Blind, Muskogee County 4-H, Kelly B. Todd; Ark of Faith, scholarships for seniors at three Muskogee high schools; Oklahoma Lions Club Boys Ranch; Oklahoma Eye Bank; Lions World Services for the Blind; and Leader Dog.

Muskogee Noon Lions Club marked its 101st anniversary last fall and is celebrating more than 102 years of service to Muskogee. It is one of the oldest Lions Clubs in the world. Founded in 1916, it helped organize Lions Clubs International in 1917 making it one of the few Founders Clubs in the world.

This year’s event is predicted to be the biggest one yet for the organization.


Monday, March 25, 2019, 8:28 AM

The China King Chinese buffet restaurant on Shawnee Bypass has burned down overnight.

There is no official word on the cause of the fire at this time, and no word on whether any other buildings were harmed in the blaze. No injuries have been reported so far.

The fire marshal has not yet returned calls for comment.

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Friday, March 22, 2019, 12:54 PM

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Muskogee County deputies received word this morning that a suspect in a first-degree murder and a first-degree burglary in Oklahoma City may possibly be in Muskogee county.

Deputies found the suspect at 4009 Eufaula in Muskogee and took him into custody.

The suspect, Koby William Leblanc, 17, is wanted in connection with a burglary and homicide that happened in February in Oklahoma City.

A homeowner confronted burglars and was subsequently shot and killed. The same group of suspects are also tied to another Oklahoma City burglary in which 27 handguns and semi-automatic rifles were stolen.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019, 9:54 AM

Beat Bugs, a new musical adaptation based on the Netflix animated series, inspired by music made famous by The Beatles, centers around five pals who explore the world and learn life lessons.

The Muskogee Little Theatre Spring Break Theatre Camp is performing a show based on the popular series. Show dates are March 22, 23 and 24, with curtain times of 7:30 p.m. each day except Sunday, which is at 2 p.m.

Follow Walter, Buzz, Jay, Crick, and Kumi as they go on a mission to save Strawberry Fields. The show incorporates numerous songs from the iconic catalog including “All You Need Is Love”, “Come Together”, “We Can Work It Out”, “Yellow Submarine”, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “In My Life”, “Strawberry Fields Forever”, and “Magical Mystery Tour”.

Tickets: or purchase tickets at MLT Box Office.

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