Willard Dale Judkins, 85

Born Sunday, October 9, 1932

Died Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Roy Eldon "Don" Harp, 74

Born Tuesday, November 23, 1943

Died Monday, December 11, 2017

Dennis Wayne Goad Sr., 59

Born Wednesday, July 23, 1958

Died Monday, December 11, 2017

Roy Eldon "Don" Harp, 74

Born Tuesday, November 23, 1943

Died Monday, December 11, 2017

Willie Lee Griffin, 85

Born Saturday, December 12, 1931

Died Monday, December 11, 2017


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Thursday, November 30, 2017, 11:16 AM

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced the first two deaths caused by the flu in the state. Both deaths occurred in patients who were over the age of 65. There have been 105 influenza-associated hospitalizations reported statewide.

The number of flu cases is relatively high for this time of year, and public health officials are concerned there will be a high risk of spreading the flu during the holiday season. The highest number of flu-related hospitalizations has occurred among those who are older than 50 years of age, as well as children younger than 5, which are both groups at greater risk of experiencing severe illness and complications due to flu.

The OSDH reminds the public that there are still several months left in the flu season. The single best way to protect against flu and its consequences is to get the flu vaccine. Many local county health departments, pharmacies and health care providers have vaccine and health officials urge everyone 6 months of age and older to get the vaccine to protect themselves and those around them from influenza, especially babies too young to receive a vaccination. It takes about two weeks after getting a flu shot for a person’s immune system to respond and provide defenses against influenza viruses.

Those who already have the flu can spread it to others even before they feel sick. One may have the flu if they have some or all of these symptoms:

It is important for those experiencing flu-like symptoms to consult with a health care provider as soon as possible. Antiviral drugs may be prescribed to treat the flu. These drugs work better for treatment when started within 48 hours of noticing symptoms. Influenza antiviral drugs may also be indicated as a prevention measure to protect those who have just been exposed to someone diagnosed with influenza and are especially vulnerable.

Certain people are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications. Young children, elderly persons, pregnant women and people with some long-term medical conditions are reminded to contact their health care provider as soon as they develop flu symptoms.

OSDH recommends staying home for at least 24 hours after a fever is gone. Avoid going to work, school, social events and public gatherings as well as traveling and shopping. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as acetaminophen before returning to a regular routine. To prevent the spread of the flu, the public is reminded to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and wash hands often.


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Thursday, November 30, 2017, 10:24 AM

The Kelly B. Todd CP Center is hosting the 2017 Christmas Home Tour Christmas by Candlelight home tour Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tour three beautiful homes and enjoy hor d’oeuvres, beverages and musical entertainment. The tour encompasses the homes of David and Sue Vanderford, Dr. and Mrs. Gary Lambert and Les and Connie Weese.

Call 918-683-4621 for reservations, $25 per person.

The Kelly B. Todd Center provides physical, speech and occupational therapy services at no out-of-pocket cost to families to help children with disabilities.

If you can’t go tomorrow night, a daytime home tour is Saturday and Sunday between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., touring six homes. Those tickets are $10 each, and the tour will go through three Muskogee homes and three Fort Gibson homes.

All proceeds benefit the Kelly B. Todd Cerebral Palsy and Neuro-Muscular Center.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017, 9:47 AM

A Benefit Chili Dinner and Silent Auction will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, to aid the Seabolt family. Their Fort Gibson home and its contents were lost due to a fire. The family includes the parents and two children, ages 13 and 9.

The event will be held in the Frank Gladd American Legion Post 20 located at 201 SE Railroad Street, Fort Gibson. The event is being hosted by Muskogee Hope Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Masonic Alpha Lodge, and Frank Gladd Post 20.

In addition to the proceeds from the dinner and auction, the Eastern Star Chapter members will also be making a $500 donation for the fund. The Frank Gladd Post has donated the use of the American Legion building for this event.

A suggested donation of $5 is welcome for the meal which includes chili, beans, spaghetti, corn chips, cheese, dessert, and drink. Donations are welcome for the silent auction and a donation jar will be available.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 9:05 AM

WARNING: This story contains graphic language and situations.

Dennis Casey, 50, of Haskell has been charged in Muskogee County District Court with lewd molestation after a two-year-old girl touched her vagina and then asked a female relative to smell her finger, saying “mmmm smell good, [Casey] say smell good.”

When the child was having her wellness checked at KidSpace, according to an affidavit filed with the case, she told a nurse that Casey had “kissed it,” referring to her bottom, and “made it hurt” and that she had a “boo boo” on her bottom. The little girl stated that two or three more times during the check.

Casey has not yet been arrested.


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 8:40 AM

Kendall Place, a self-described “eclectic” band playing classic and modern rock—with a splash or two of country—is set to play the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame on Thursday night.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7. Admission is $5, all ages are welcome. Beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is at 401 S. 3rd St.


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 8:31 AM

This 2003 Tahoe that was taken has cargo doors, not a hatchback.

At 2:30 this morning Wagoner County deputies received a call of a home invasion in the area of 329th and 81st Street. The victim told deputies she was asleep when she heard noise coming from the living room. The victim got up and walked into the room and encountered a man inside her home. The man, who was described as white male, mid to late 20s, wearing camo pants and a hoodie. The hoodie was on backwards and the hood pulled over his face with holes cut out for his eyes. The unknown man pulled a black handgun on the victim, who is an elderly women.

The suspect kept the victim next to him as he continued to go through her belongings. At some point the suspect set his gun down and the victim attempted to take it, but was unsuccessful. The suspect then tied the victim’s hands with “electrical cord” and placed her into the bathroom before moving her into a bedroom. The victim remained in the bedroom until the suspect left. Before leaving the house, the suspect attempted to barricade the bedroom door the victim was in. However, the victim removed the door from the hinges and escaped walking to a nearby relatives home for help.

The suspect forced entry into the home through a back door. Once inside the home the suspect used a chair to barricade the door he made entry through. The suspect made off with $700 in cash and a Black 2003 Chevy Tahoe with chrome wheels and cargo doors on the back.

The victim was not hurt during the incident, and as the invader was leaving, the man said “Merry Christmas, and have a happy new year.”

UPDATE: The Tahoe has been located, according to Deputy Nick Mahoney.


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 2:35 PM

Muskogee County deputies are looking for suspects in a string of fires set “all over south of Muskogee” last night, according to Sheriff Rob Frazier.

At least one witness heard a diesel truck leaving the scene of one of the fires, Frazier said, while witnesses on Facebook are reporting a blue Dodge dually near the fires. Frazier said he could not confirm those details.

Around 500 hay bales were burned, Frazier said, but no structures were burned and no one was injured.

More details as they become available.

UPDATE 9 PM: More fires are raging tonight.

A fire is raging at 24th and 103 Rd, south of Muskogee.

Readers are reporting seeing more fires, and Frazier says he is en route to the scene. We will update as information becomes available.

Another fire has been spotted on 93rd between 74th and Old 69, another reader has reported.


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 2:30 PM

Brandon Ricardo Perez

Brandon Ricardo Perez, 20, of Muskogee is in the Muskogee County Jail facing charges of brandishing a knife in a Muskogee High School classroom on March 24, 2016.

There is no indication why it took a year and a half to file the felony cases (possession of a weapon on school property and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon).


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 8:31 AM

CHECOTAH – State Rep. Avery Frix helped Checotah First United Methodist Church Celebrate its Centennial on Sunday with the presentation of a citation.

Frix’s citation explains that while the church’s first house of worship was built in 1890, the current church was constructed in 1917.

“It was such an honor to be a part of this celebration to honor this beloved sanctuary that has served now for a century as a place of worship and fellowship for the residents of Checotah,” said Frix, R-Muskogee.

Frix’s citation recognizes the church’s origins, which trace back to the Indian Mission Conference as part of the “Checote Circuit” named for Chief Samuel Checote.

Checotah First United Methodist Church built its first house of worship in 1890 on this site; the current house of worship is the third on this hilltop. It was constructed in 1917 and to this day has the distinction of being the oldest brick church in McIntosh County, being built with bricks made of clay quarried just northeast of town. It is one of Oklahoma’s few surviving examples of the Federalist Revival style of architecture, which was common in the early 20th Century.

Due to its unique architecture and because of its members’ assiduous preservation, Checotah First United Methodist Church was named to the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior on November 13, 1984.

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Monday, November 27, 2017, 8:57 AM

Michael S. Harrell

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety announces that Oklahoma Highway Patrol Chief Ricky Adams is retiring. Effective Dec. 1, Michael S. Harrell will be promoted to the position of Chief of the Patrol.

Harrell is a graduate of the 48th OHP Academy in 1995. Previous assignments include Troops K (Pawnee), B (Tulsa), J (Enid), C (Muskogee) and XB (Muskogee Turnpike). He promoted to Lieutenant in 2003, to Captain in 2006 and to Major in 2013. He has served as a Troop Commander for several Troops.

“I am equally humbled and excited by the opportunity bestowed upon me by the Commissioner,” Harrell said. “I look forward to promoting his vision for the Department of Public Safety and continuing our long history of serving the citizens of the great State of Oklahoma.”

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Monday, November 27, 2017, 8:36 AM

The Cherokee Nation will host a ribbon cutting today for the newest addition to the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah, a solar canopy charging station for electric vehicles.

In addition to providing power to electric cars, the new solar canopy will also provide about 58,000 kilowatt hours of electricity to the tribal complex per year. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average annual electricity consumption for a residential utility customer was 10,766 kWh in 2016.

As part of the event, the Cherokee Nation will host a ride and drive event where employees will get an opportunity to drive the new Nissan Leaf electric vehicles. The tribe added the two 100 percent electric vehicles to its fleet in October. Several members of the Tulsa EV Coalition are also expected to be on hand with other models of electric vehicles for members of the public to explore.

The solar canopy and addition of electric vehicles to the Cherokee Nation fleet are part of the tribe’s recent initiative to reduce carbon emissions. Other environmentally friendly initiatives include the tribe leasing land to a company for the development of a wind energy farm on Cherokee Nation trust land in Kay County.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017, 9:02 AM

Bryon Brown

Bryon Brown, a Muskogee former Marine now living in Coweta, was arrested yesterday after Wagoner County deputies said he was impersonating a police officer and they executed a search warrant on his home, seizing numerous materials used in his business, supplying and outfitting law enforcement officers.

Deputies recovered police shirts and uniforms, badges from multiple law enforcement agencies, emergency vehicle lighting, ammunition, CO2 guns in police-style holsters, police training manuals, police radios, law enforcement patches, taser-like guns, a siren switchbox controller for emergency vehicles and a police officer personalized license tag. Though all the items are sold in Brown’s business, the deputies tagged them as evidence that he was impersonating a police officer, even though Brown has a garage on Peak Boulevard in Muskogee where he outfits police vehicles.

Brown has a criminal history, including felony convictions, two for impersonating a police officer, so he is not allowed to carry firearms in Oklahoma. The deputies found no firearms in the arrest or during the warrant.

Police found all these items in Brown's home.

The investigation started when a Coweta resident reported being stopped by an orange Dodge pickup, though it is unclear how the truck, which was not equipped with emergency lights and was decorated with OSU mascot Pistol Pete, effected the alleged stop. Brown, the reporting party told police, claimed to be a police officer and told them, “you’re lucky I’m not on duty, or I would cut you a ticket.”

Brown was not home when deputies searched his house, but when he was told about the warrant, he turned himself in and posted a $5,000 bond and was released. He is charged with impersonating a police officer.

This is the truck Brown allegedly used to pull someone over.

Brown said he was not even in town the day the alleged traffic stop happened.

“I was in Oklahoma City having surgery that day,” he said via text this morning. The ‘police officer’ tag, was issued by the state. “It was not on the vehicle, because I ordered a new OSU state-issued tag. The sheriff hates me because I campaigned against him and exposed the deal about him drag-racing a patrol car.”

Brown said he didn’t pull anyone over and didn’t represent himself as a police officer. As far as neighbors saying he presented himself as a federal law enforcement agent, “I have had marked federal vehicles parked at my house several times.”


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 1:49 PM

A Muskogee man was injured last night in a shooting on the west side, according to Muskogee Police.

The man was shot in the 2600 block of Columbus and received minor injuries.

Nine shots were fired through the windshield of his car while he was parked in a yard, according to witnesses. The victim was in the car with a woman and a juvenile girl, neither of whom were hurt.

The man suffered a broken leg and a shattered wrist.


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 9:39 AM

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will host Second Wind for a night of music after Thanksgiving, on Friday, November 24th at 7 pm at the Frisco Depot, 401 S. 3rd in Muskogee.

This multi-generational group of musicians have come from a couple of different bands including Hearts on fire and Crossfire to form Second Wind. Their musical experience goes back as far as the 60s and features everything from classic rock, blues, soul, country and from Frankie Vallie to Pink Floyd.

The band features Roy Roberson on guitar/vocals, David Holloway on drums and new addition Derek Gibson on guitar, keys and vocals and Wayne Buck on bass guitar/vocals.

Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7 pm. Admission is $5 and all ages are welcome.


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 9:32 AM

From left, Reggie Cotton, assistant chief of police, Matt and Jeff Hiller of the Castle of Muskogee, Phillip Blair, animal control officer and another animal control officer.

Jeff and Matt Hiller of the Castle of Muskogee gave a check for $12,562 to the Muskogee animal shelter yesterday, part of the Castle’s commitment to giving back to Muskogee. The money came from proceeds from the annual Zombie Run.

“Many of the shelter’s medical needs and supplies rely solely on private donations,” Sarah Gile, spokesperson for the Castle said. “As the holiday season rolls around, there is more need than ever.”

The shelter is currently at capacity, she said. Pets adopted from the shelter come spayed and neutered and vaccinated. To donate or volunteer at the shelter, call 918-684-6285. For more information about events at the Castle of Muskogee, visit or visit the Castle’s Facebook page.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 8:59 AM

Kennyonia Porter

Kennyonia Porter, 27, of Muskogee has been charged in Muskogee County District Court with felony child neglect after her three-year-old was found riding down the middle of York Street on a bicycle.

Porter told police she had locked the boy in the house and left to pay her car insurance.

She “thought he would be OK because she locked the door and he was asleep,” an affidavit filed with the case reads. The boy was found “in traffic” on York Street, but was not injured.


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Monday, November 20, 2017, 8:42 AM

Dr. James Baker

Cherokee Nation physician Dr. James H. Baker was recently awarded a Mastership through the American College of Physicians for his contributions to the medical field.

According to the group, “Election to Mastership recognizes outstanding and extraordinary career accomplishments and achievements, including the practice of internal medicine, academic contributions to our specialty, and service to the College.”

The awards committee considers several qualities, including strength of character, perseverance, leadership, compassion and devotion. Clinical expertise and commitment to advancing the art and science of medicine are also taken into account by the committee.

“I am so honored to receive this award from my peers and colleagues at the American College of Physicians,” said Baker. “I thank our Oklahoma ACP Chapter of 1,000 internal medicine physicians and medical students for nominating me.”

Baker, of Muskogee, is a general physician with more than 30 years of experience. He serves as medical director for Cherokee Nation Three Rivers Health Center and the tribe’s Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017, 7:20 AM

This is among the products being recalled.

Green Cuisine, a San Fernando, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 36,854 pounds of chicken and turkey salad products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard silica and glass fragments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The ready-to-eat chicken and turkey salads were produced from Nov. 4 - 15, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

10.5-oz. clear plastic individual serving packages containing “TRADER JOE’S White Meat Chicken Salad with celery, carrots and green onions” with a “Use By” date of November 10 - 21, 2017.

11.0-oz. clear plastic individual serving packages containing “TRADER JOE’S CURRIED WHITE CHICKEN DELI SALAD with toasted cashews, green onion and a bit of honey” with a “Use By” date of November 10 - 21, 2017.

10.25-oz. clear plastic individual serving packages containing “TRADER JOE’S TURKEY CRANBERRY APPLE SALAD TURKEY BREAST MEAT WITH SWEET DRIED CRANBERRIES, TANGY GREEN APPLES, PECANS AND SAGE” with a “Use By” date of November 10 - 21, 2017.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-40299” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.

The problem was discovered when the company received consumer complaints and subsequently notified FSIS Inspection Program Personnel on November 17, 2017.

FSIS has received no reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.


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Saturday, November 18, 2017, 8:02 AM

Press release in response to our questions about the beating.

Although rumors that the baseball season has been canceled are not true, Muskogee High School and the administration are seeking answers in allegations of a student being brutally beaten, the assault filmed and passed around to other students at the school.

The student, whose name we are withholding because he is a minor and the victim of a violent crime, was allegedly viciously beaten with at least one belt by members of the baseball team and possibly other assailants, though school officials will not confirm that detail. The district is now interviewing students and weighing possible criminal charges for students involved in the assault.

The district’s official response is that it can’t comment, citing “student privacy rights” as the reason for its silence, but assured it will “take the appropriate action.”

The video was allegedly distributed through SnapChat. Students report that they’ve been ordered to delete it from their phones.


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Saturday, November 18, 2017, 7:41 AM

Corey Lakey

Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott reported late last night that he had terminated and arrested a lieutenant after an internal investigation led to charges of possession of controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia.

Deputy Corey Lakey was hired Feb. 9, 2015 and was promoted to sergeant in May of 2016, then to lieutenant in the middle of this year. He was suspended with pay Nov. 8 and fired yesterday, just before he was arrested on misdemeanor charges.

The firing and arrest were based on policies regarding the handling and logging of evidence, Elliott said.

“I am extremely disappointed by the findings of this internal investigation,” he said. “The Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office is not above the law; I expect our deputies to be above reproach.”


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Friday, November 17, 2017, 9:36 AM

Mistletoe Market is Dec. 7.

As a part of the “My Muskogee Christmas” program, the Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce will host Muskogee Mistletoe Market, Thursday, December 7 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will be at the Muskogee Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. Tickets are $3 in advance or $5 at the door. The ticket provides access to all of the vendors, refreshments for purchase, and a chance to win cash prizes.

“The indoor market will be filled with local vendors offering a variety of quality gifts for everyone on your shopping list,” said Angela Wilson, vice president for the Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. The market’s location places it across the street from the mall and the ice skating rink, and it will be held the same Thursday as the Katy District’s Sip’n Shop Thursday, all to help promote shopping in downtown Muskogee.

To purchase tickets for the event, become a vendor, or to get more information, go to; or call (918) 642-2401.


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Thursday, November 16, 2017, 3:53 PM

Muskogee County Sheriff Rob Frazier

Sheriff Rob Frazier is warning Muskogee residents that a person posing as a Sheriff’s Office employee is not employed there.

Here is the release he sent:

The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports of an individual acting on behalf of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office.

The subject has also acted on behalf of Tulsa, Creek, and Wagoner Counties.

The subject is calling multiple people stating they have a warrant for their arrest.

After telling them they have an arrest warrant, He instructed them to get a Green Dot Card and put anywhere from $500.00 to $1000.00 on it and he would instruct them where to send it.

The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating this matter.


Please call Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office and report this matter if you have been called by this individual.


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Thursday, November 16, 2017, 11:43 AM

Connie Johnson is running for governor.

State Senator Connie Johnson will speak tonight at the meeting of the Democrat Women at the Martin Luther King Center.

The meeting starts at 6:30 pm and pizza will be served at 7:15. Attendees will be be allowed to ask questions.

There will also be door prizes.

Johnson is running for governor and was the only super delegate to support US Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic Convention. Sanders won Oklahoma during the primary by more than 10 percentage points. She is a supporter of comprehensive marijuana law reform and reforming the state’s policies on the death penalty and has been recognized for tirelessly working to root out corruption in both government and party politics.



Thursday, November 16, 2017, 9:12 AM

Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service is offering flu vaccines to persons who are homebound or who are unable to schedule an appointment with their doctor or attend any of the local flu shot clinics because of their homebound condition, and who are not being cared for by a home health agency. Anyone 18 years of age and older is eligible to receive the vaccine, with a special emphasis placed on the elderly and those with chronic health problems.

Muskogee County EMS paramedics will go to the home of the homebound person and administer the flu vaccine. The goal is to reduce the number of serious illnesses or deaths related to influenza in Muskogee County. Muskogee County EMS has received the support of the Oklahoma State Department of Health and has been recognized as the first ambulance service in Oklahoma to offer this program.

There will be no fee to persons with Medicare Part B (EMS will bill Medicare). For persons without Medicare Part B, the cost is $40. To schedule an appointment, contact Mechele Cruz at Muskogee County EMS, (918) 683-0130.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 2:52 PM

Jessica Neal

Jessica Neal, 26, of Braggs is facing felony abuse charges after her baby was born with marijuana and methamphetamine in its system and symptoms of withdrawal, according to a case filed in Muskogee County District Court.

The victim, born in August, was transported to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa for the withdrawals and admitted there. When the child was discharged, the state gained custody.

Neal allegedly admitted to using marijuana while pregnant, but not to doing methamphetamine.


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 9:21 AM

Jesse Lee McFadden

Jesse Lee McFadden, 34, was an inmate at Jess Dunn Correctional Facility in Taft, serving a 20-year sentence for rape and an 8-year sentence for grand larceny. He is now in the Muskogee County Jail facing charges that he possessed an illegal cell phone, and on that phone were photos of himself naked and photos allegedly received from an underage girl who sent him naked photos and videos of her engaging in a sexual act, according to an affidavit filed with the case.

McFadden pleaded guilty to possessing the phone, and law enforcement officers say he was texting the girl with “sexually-themed” conversations and sent her photos of himself exposing his penis.

At the same time, the girl’s grandfather complained to the department of corrections about his granddaughter communicating with the inmate, and her father then identified the girl in the photos and videos as her.

McFadden is now facing new charges of soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology and procuring, producing or possessing child pornography.


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 9:05 AM

Megan Wells and Vicente Rivera

Vicente Rivera, 35, and Megan Wells, 33, both of Muskogee were arrested yesterday on complaints of abuse, neglect, exploitation or sexual abuse of a child. Police were alerted to unacceptable living conditions when a child went to another residence and said she couldn’t get her parents to wake up, police say.

When officers arrived on the scene, feces was found in the floor and trash was scattered throughout the house, they reported. DHS was called and two children, 7 and 8, were removed from the home and taken into emergency custody.

The pair have not yet been charged in Muskogee County District Court.


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 8:44 AM

World Diabetes Day was yesterday, so the Oklahoma State Department of Health is reminding everyone to be aware of early warning signs of the disease. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, cardiovascular disease, and death.

In Oklahoma, more than a quarter of the population has prediabetes. Nine out of ten do not know that they have the condition. Around 90 percent of cases of diabetes are Type 2 diabetes which can be prevented or delayed through intervention.

According to the American Diabetes Association, almost every person who develops Type 2 diabetes has a condition known as prediabetes. This means a person’s A1C hemoglobin levels are elevated and that person is at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Participants in the National Diabetes Prevention Program in Oklahoma have an average weight loss exceeding the percentage recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. The program coaches participants about healthy eating and drinking as well as increasing physical activity.

Currently, there are 16 diabetes prevention programs in Oklahoma. Risk assessment screening tests are available on the American Diabetes Association website, the CDC website as well as the State Department of Health website.

Visit for more information on diabetes prevention programs in Oklahoma. Media inquiries should be directed to Cody McDonell at or by calling (405) 271-5601.


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 8:38 AM

The Roxy and Three Rivers Museum present the Polar Express Pajama Party on November 24 and 25 and December 7 and 8.

All ages are encouraged to attend in their pajamas. The theater says viewers should feel free to bring a blanket or favorite stuffed animal too.

Visitors will be greeted at the door with a train ticket, hot cocoa and popcorn.

The event happens at The Roxy, 220 W. Okmulgee. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the movie will begin at 6:45 p.m. Run time is 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

After the movie, parents and children will be transported to the North Pole at Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin Street, to meet Santa and receive a bell just like the one in the movie.

Tickets are $15. Advance tickets are available at The Roxy and Three Rivers Museum. If you would like to sponsor a child for the Polar Express Pajama Party please contact the Roxy for more information. Group discounts are available.

For information, contact Fonda Richmond at the Roxy, 220 W. Okmulgee, 918-684-6366 or Angie Rush at Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin Street, 918-686-6624.



Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 2:25 PM

Mudbound, the movie based on Muskogee native Hillary Jordan’s worldwide bestselling novel of the same name, premieres Friday on Netflix, the streaming service that has been taking the entertainment world by storm with its original programming.

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Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees’ Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta.

Mudbound follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry (Jason Clarke), his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) struggles to keep the faith in her husband’s losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson (Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige) — sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations — struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face.

The war upends both families’ plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.

Mudbound was inspired by Jordan’s family stories of a year spent on an isolated farm without running water or electricity. Over time, the story grew to encompass greater themes and deeper layers, which screenwriter Virgil Williams and writer-director Dee Rees address in their emotionally rich and resonant screenplay.

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