Thursday, September 19, 2019

Body Identified as Missing Vian Man

David (DJ) Johnson

Authorities have confirmed that remains discovered near Vian are those of missing Vian resident David (DJ) W. Johnson.

Johnson was reportedly last seen alive on Aug. 31.

Johnson's remains were found Sunday night after his father offered money for those who were willing to walk a creek bed and help look for his son. Family members had found a shoe that they believed had belonged to Johnson in that area which prompted searchers to focus on the creek.

According to Mark Fisher, Vian Chief of Police, the remains were sent to the medical examiner's office in Tulsa where they were able to positively identify Johnson by dental records.

Fisher stated that the cause of death has not been determined at this time.


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Body Discovered Near Vian


People walking Sunday night in rural Vian discovered the remains of a decomposing body.

Charles House, public information officer with the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department, said Thursday that about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, the walkers initially found some discarded clothing. As they walked on further they could smell a foul odor that prompted them to call the sheriff.

House said the body has not been identified at this time. It was sent to the State Medical Examiners’ Office for identification.

The officer said there is no indication right now that the remains may be those of David ‘D.J.’ Johnson Jr., 38, of Vian, who was reported missing Aug. 31.

Johnson’s father, David Johnson Sr., reportedly offered money for those who were willing to walk the creek beds on both sides of town looking for his son.

One of Johnson’s family members reportedly found a shoe thought to belong to the missing man. That discovery prompted searchers to focus on the creek bed.

House said Sheriff Larry Lane and investigators are currently at the scene looking for any clues.


Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer


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‘Junkin’ in the Park’ Planned for Saturday



The Old Sallisaw High School Association is having a committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Black Diamond Event center.

At the meeting, the panel will finalize plans for “Junkin’ in the Park,” which will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the OSHSA Park, 200 W. Creek, in Sallisaw.

In case of inclement weather, Junkin’ in the Park will take place inside the park’s Black Diamond Event Center.

Crafters and folks wanting to clean out their closets, sheds, garages and more are invited to participate. Several people have already reserved tables for the event, and organizers say there is plenty of room for others.

The cost to participate is $10 per table and people are asked to bring their own tables.

Donations are always welcome. To reserve a space or to make donations, call Jackie Pop at (918) 774-0744, Gary Jackson at (918) 774-2439 or Crystal Hardy at (918) 774-3887.

Concessions will be available to purchase at the event.

All proceeds will help the organization offset utility costs and will allow the group to complete work on the site’s kitchen for reunions.

The group is also accepting donations of items for the upcoming OSHSA yard sale.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer


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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Deputies Arrest Roland Man


A Roland man is facing felony drug and firearms possession charges after his Sept. 5 arrest by Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputies.

Records show that deputies were serving a search warrant on the home of Ryan Reese in Roland. Receiving no response to their knock at the door, deputies entered the residence and found Raymond Reese, 52, in a bedroom. 

Along with Reese, deputies found a set of operational digital scales and a bent metal spoon that had a white crystalline residue on them. Deputies also discovered a glass smoking device with a burned residue inside it.

Inside a bedroom closet, deputies discovered a Stevens 12-gauge, bolt-action rifle, an England .303-caliber rifle and a Marlin model 25.

Raymond Reese was charged with possession of a firearm after former felony conviction and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, both felonies. A check of Reese’s criminal history reveals that he was convicted in 2007 of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Pittsburg County, Okla. 

He was subsequently arrested and transported to the Sequoyah County Jail and was released on $16,000 bond. His next court appearance is at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The charge of possession of a firearm after former felony conviction is a felony punished by imprisonment for up to 10 years. The drug possession charge carries a penalty of imprisonment for up to one year and by a fine of up to $1,000.


Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer


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CN Council Approves Employee Pay Increase, Largest Budget in Tribal History

The Council of the Cherokee Nation approved the largest budget in the Nation’s history during a meeting on Monday, Sept. 16 in Tahlequah.

The Council of the Cherokee Nation unanimously approved a $1.16 billion comprehensive tribal budget for fiscal year 2020 Monday night, the largest in tribal history.

Included in the budget is funding for Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.’s employee pay raise plan, which will increase the tribe’s minimum wage to $11 per hour. Also included is $26.2 million for the construction or expansion of Cherokee Nation Child Development Center facilities; a $16.3 million increase to the tribe’s contract health budget; and an increase of more than $100,000 in funding for community-based programs throughout the Cherokee Nation.

“I want to commend the Council of the Cherokee Nation for thoroughly reviewing the fiscal year 2020 budget and for working with Chief Hoskin’s office on its final approval,” said Tribal Councilor Janees Taylor, who chairs the Executive and Finance Committee. “It’s clear by looking at this budget – the largest in our tribe’s history – that we are committed to education, health care, language, culture and the many other tribal services that better the lives of Cherokees.”

The tribe’s new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

“I appreciate the Council of the Cherokee Nation for working so diligently to approve the fiscal year 2020 budget, which I believe is reflective of core Cherokee values,” said Chief Hoskin. “This budget represents a strong investment in our citizens, our communities, and our talented workforce. The time and energy that has been devoted to approving the largest budget in our Nation’s history, including the largest employee pay raise in our history, is evidence that the Council and our staff is fully committed to being good stewards of Cherokee Nation resources.”

In other business, the Council of the Cherokee Nation also took the following actions:

• Elected Tribal Councilor Janees Taylor as secretary of the Council.

• Confirmed the appointment of Lynna Carson as a board member of Cherokee Nation Businesses.

• Confirmed the appointment of Linda O’Leary as a member of the Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission.

• Passed a resolution opposing a change to federal regulations that would allow non-Natives to possess and use eagle feathers for religious purposes.

• Approved a resolution authorizing Cherokee Nation to become a member of the National Congress of American Indians.

The next Council of the Cherokee Nation meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.

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National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 24


National Voter Registration Day is September 24 and the Sequoyah County Election Board is encouraging citizens to celebrate democracy by registering to vote. 

“Registering is the first step in exercising your right to vote, but it’s up to each individual to make sure they are registered and to keep their registration up-to-date. National Voter Registration Day is a great reminder that in a representative democracy, we all have a responsibility to register and vote," stated Cindy Osburn.

Osborn invites anyone who needs to register or update their current registration to stop by and visit the County Election Board during office hours on National Voter Registration Day. 

A staff member will be on hand all day from 8:00 am. To 4:00 pm. to assist you with completing an application on September 24th. It only takes a couple of minutes. If you’re already registered, but have specific questions about your registration or voting, please stop by or give us a call. We’ll be happy to help.” 

To register to vote in Oklahoma:

You must be 18 years old on or before an election in which you are eligible to vote.

You must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of Oklahoma.

You must affirm that you have not been convicted of a felony or if you have been convicted, you have fully served your sentence of court-mandated calendar days, including any term of incarceration, parole or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court.

You must affirm that you are not under judgment as an incapacitated person.

Osborn also reminds citizens that while September 24 is National Voter Registration Day, every day is voter registration day in Oklahoma and that applications can be submitted at any time.

Those who are unable to make it to the County Election Board can downloaded a Voter Registration Application from the State Election Board website at: elections.ok.gov. Post offices, libraries, and many tag agencies also have applications available.

Current voters are encouraged to verify or update their registration using the State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool and at elections.ok.gov.

For more information on registering to vote or updating your voter information, contact the County Election Board at (918)775-2614 The Sequoyah County Election Board is located at 110 E Creek St. Sallisaw Ok 74955. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am. to 4:00 pm.


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Sept. 24 is National Voter Registration Day


National Voter Registration Day is September 24 and the Sequoyah County Election Board is encouraging citizens to celebrate democracy by registering to vote. 

“Registering is the first step in exercising your right to vote, but it’s up to each individual to make sure they are registered and to keep their registration up-to-date. National Voter Registration Day is a great reminder that in a representative democracy, we all have a responsibility to register and vote," stated Cindy Osburn.

Osborn invites anyone who needs to register or update their current registration to stop by and visit the County Election Board during office hours on National Voter Registration Day. 

A staff member will be on hand all day from 8:00 am. To 4:00 pm. to assist you with completing an application on September 24th. It only takes a couple of minutes. If you’re already registered, but have specific questions about your registration or voting, please stop by or give us a call. We’ll be happy to help.” 

To register to vote in Oklahoma:

You must be 18 years old on or before an election in which you are eligible to vote.

You must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of Oklahoma.

You must affirm that you have not been convicted of a felony or if you have been convicted, you have fully served your sentence of court-mandated calendar days, including any term of incarceration, parole or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court.

You must affirm that you are not under judgment as an incapacitated person.

Osborn also reminds citizens that while September 24 is National Voter Registration Day, every day is voter registration day in Oklahoma and that applications can be submitted at any time.

Those who are unable to make it to the County Election Board can downloaded a Voter Registration Application from the State Election Board website at: elections.ok.gov. Post offices, libraries, and many tag agencies also have applications available.

Current voters are encouraged to verify or update their registration using the State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool and at elections.ok.gov.

For more information on registering to vote or updating your voter information, contact the County Election Board at (918)775-2614 The Sequoyah County Election Board is located at 110 E Creek St. Sallisaw Ok 74955. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am. to 4:00 pm.


KXMX News Staff


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