Friday, February 15, 2019

Sallisaw Woman Faces Felony Drug Charge

A Sallisaw woman was charged this week with a felony charge of unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute and misdemeanor charges of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer, failure to signal on turning and speeding. 

According to the report filed with the charges, Amber Elizabeth Cox, 41, of  Sallisaw, was stopped by a Seqouoyah County Deputy for speeding and failing to signal on Feb. 8 in Muldrow. Cox exited her vehicle and was asked to provide her driver's license and insurance verification. The deputy was advised by dispatch that the license was valid but the insurance was expired and Cox had pending and previous drug cases on her record.

The deputy asked Cox if she had anything illegal in her vehicle to which she responded that she did not. When asked if she would consent to a search of the vehicle Cox refused to answer yes or no and reportedly became increasingly nervous. 

A K9 officer was called to the scene and Cox was advised to step to the back of the vehicle to be patted down for weapons. After refusing to comply, Cox was advised she would be arrested if she continued to refuse. At this point Cox slammed some papers along with a small, white object on the hood of a nearby truck. The white object went over the hood and onto the ground. 

The deputy then placed Cox against her vehicle and she began trying to pull away until she was able to pull a folded bill from the front of her pants, drop it to the ground and kick it under the vehicle. Cox was handcuffed and placed in the deputy's unit. 

The white object was located and described as a "cut and melted straw which appeared to contain approximately a gram of a white crystal like substance suspected of being methamphetamine." The dropped bill was located and contained what also appeared to be methamphetamine. Cox denied that  the items were hers. She was arrested for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine due to the way the narcotics were packaged. 

Cox was booked into the Sequoyah County Jail and later released on a $5,000 bond. Her next court appearance is slated for Feb. 20 on Judge Waters disposition docket. 

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Sheriff's Office Investigating Shooting

The Sequoyah County Sheriff's Dept. is investigating a shooting that occurred near Dora during an alleged domestic dispute on Valentine's Day at approximately 9 p.m. 

According to Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane, a 66-year-old male was shot in the abdomen and was later transported to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith. The victim underwent surgery Thursday night and again Friday morning.

The shooting is still being investigated and it will be determined later what, if any, charges will be filed. 

The names of the suspect and victim have not been released at this time. Both individuals are residents of  Sequoyah County.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Apply Now for Absentee Ballots for Roland/Vian School Election

Voters in Sequoyah County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the March 5th Special Roland/Vian School Proposition Election should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Cindy Osborn said today. Although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27th, Osborn urged voters who want to vote by absentee ballot to apply early. 

Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 110 E Creek St Sallisaw Ok 74955. An online version of the form can be filled out and submitted electronically at: A print form can also be downloaded at that address.

Ballots must be in the hands of County Election Board officials by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Osborn said any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he/she is eligible to vote. However, a voter must be registered and reside at an address within the geographical boundaries of a school district or a municipality to be eligible to vote in school district or municipal elections. It is not necessary to give a reason for voting absentee.

“While anyone can vote absentee without giving a reason, the law still provides several advantages to absentee voters in some categories,” Osborn said.

By stating one of the following reasons on their applications, absentee voters can activate special conditions that make it easier for them to use absentee ballots. The reasons are:

• Voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left unattended may vote absentee. They may apply only by mail, by fax, by email, online or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.

• Voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may vote absentee. An Absentee Voting Board actually goes to the nursing home a few days before the election, sets up a small polling place and allows these persons to vote under circumstances similar to those at a regular precinct polling place. They may apply only by mail, by fax, by email, online or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot..

• Military personnel and residents of the county living overseas and the spouses and dependents of each group are eligible receive absentee ballots. These voters may apply only by mail, fax, or by email. Military personnel should contact the Voting Service Officers in their units for application forms and additional information or visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website ( for more information and instructions. Residents of Oklahoma living overseas can obtain the same materials from any United States military installation and from United States Embassies and Consulates as well as on the FVAP website. 

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Cherokee Casino and Hotel Roland Hosts Wade Hayes

American country music artist Wade Hayes to perform a free show on March 1 on the Lee Creek Tavern stage, inside Cherokee Casino and Hotel Roland.

Country music’s power has always been in its ability to reflect real life, and few artists have a stronger gift for capturing both heartache and hope than Wade Hayes. The singer-songwriter has navigated a recently complicated journey, all while producing some of the most potent songs in his already impressive career. On March 1, Hayes hits the Lee Creek Tavern stage inside Cherokee Casino and Hotel Roland for a free show.

Hayes takes the stage at 8 p.m.

The star from Bethel Acres moved to Nashville in 1991 and has since produced 14 hits reaching the Billboard country charts, neatly packaged into five studio albums. Among his fan favorites are the No. 1 single “Old Enough to Know Better,” the No. 2 song “On a Good Night” and other hits, including “I’m Still Dancin’ With You,” “The Day That She Left Tulsa” and “What I Meant to Say.”

Hayes was nominated for Top New Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1995. 

In late 2011, Hayes was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Shortly after learning of his illness, he was inspired to pen "Is It Already Time," a ballad about his battle with the disease. He has been in remission since June 2012.

Hayes has since released his 2015 album, “Go Live Your Life,” featuring upbeat anthems that became part of his healing. His newest piece of art, “Old Country Song,” was released in June.

For more information on Hayes, visit

Cherokee Casino and Hotel Roland is located off Highway 64 on Cherokee Boulevard in Roland.

For more information on Cherokee Casino and Hotel Roland, visit or call (800) 256-2338. All guests must be at least 21 years of age. 

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Free ACT Prep Boot Camp Available for Native American Students

Cherokee Nation Foundation is offering a free ACT Boot Camp on Saturday, March 30. The one-day course will be held at the Sequoyah High School Gym in Tahlequah from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“We encourage all students to be proactive in planning for their academic future, and preparing for the ACT is a vital step in that process,” said Janice Randall, executive director for Cherokee Nation Foundation. “We have a wide variety of ACT prep programs, and by diversifying how we deliver the content, we hope to reach more students and help them achieve their highest score possible. The boot camp is a great way for students to learn more about the test and themselves.”

ACT Boot Camp is led by Mastery-Prep, an organization dedicated to building students’ confidence on test day by providing essential test-taking strategies and skills. Instructors will guide students through content strategies for all four subjects on the ACT and administer mini-tests to help students identify their strengths and weaknesses.

The course is offered to Native American students in grades 10-12, with preference given to Cherokee Nation students.

The deadline to register is March 15. Students interested in the course can call the foundation at 918-207-0950 or apply online at

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Be Strong, Inspiring, Giving, Heroic. Be a Donor! Feb.18-19

Oklahoma Blood Institute needs strong, inspiring, giving, and heroic blood donors to save the lives of local patients!

Blood donors will receive their choice of inspirational t-shirt in one of three featured colors: coral, sky blue, or gray. Healthy adults, age sixteen and up, can give blood at one of the following drives*:

· Sequoyah Manor Nursing Home; Monday, February 18, 12:15 to 4:30 p.m.

· Gore High School; Tuesday, February 19, 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

“Whether it’s an emergency or a life-threatening illness, someone needs blood every two seconds,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “Blood is needed 365 days a year at our local hospitals. We encourage Oklahomans to be heroes for patients and donate as often as they can.”

Oklahoma Blood Institute relies on donations from approximately 1,200 donors each day to meet the needs of patients statewide. One blood donation takes only about an hour and can save as many as three lives.

Only ten percent of people in the United States who are eligible to give blood actually do. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelet donations can be made as often as every 7 days, up to 24 times a year. Those with negative blood types are especially urged to give.

If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.

As a non-profit blood center, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s generous donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals statewide. Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Greg at 479-652-2362 or visiting

*16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.

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Bunch Man Pleads Guilty to Assault

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced Monday that Jeremy Lee Poafpybitty a/k/a “Chooch”, age 33, of Bunch, Oklahoma entered a guilty plea to Assaulting An Employee Of The United States With A Deadly And Dangerous Weapon punishable by not more than 20 years imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00 or both.

The Indictment alleges that on or about July 24, 2018 the defendant did knowingly, intentionally, and forcibly, with the use of a deadly and dangerous weapon, to wit: a knife, assault, oppose, impede, intimidate, and interfere with and did inflict bodily injury to an employee of the United States Postal Service while in and on account of the performance of official duties.

The charges arose from an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service.

Kimberly E. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report. 

Assistant U.S Attorney Shannon Henson represented the United States.

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