Friday, August 30, 2013

2013 Kerr Lake Bassnanza

(Sallisaw, OK) The annual Kerr Lake Bassnanza bass tournament, presented by the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce, will be held on September 7th, 2013. $10,000 in prize money will be given out this year. For more information call 918-775-2558 or visit

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AAA Says Gas Cheaper This Year

Oklahoma motorists will pay less for fuel during the long Labor Day weekend than they did a year ago. AAA Oklahoma says Tuesday's national average price for regular gasoline is $3.54 per gallon. But the average price in Oklahoma is about $3.45 per gallon. That's 16-cents less than last year's $3.61 per gallon. Tuesday's national average price is nine cents less than a month ago and 21 cents less than the same day last year. AAA projects about 400,000 Oklahomans will travel more than 50 miles from home during the holiday.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Amber Alert Cherokee County

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office has issued an Amber Alert for a missing 3 year-old boy they say was taken by his father Tuesday evening.  The abduction happened around 8 p.m. at 15719 West Flint Rock Road just off Indian Road south of Tahlequah.

The mother told authorities that she was driving with 3 year-old Kegan Michael Manning and she thought someone was following too closely, so she pulled over.  She said three vehicles boxed her in and then Kegan's estranged father, 24 year-old Johnny Michael Manning, got out and banged on her window, threatened her and slashed her tires.

She told investigators that he tried to force her to write out a custody agreement, but she refused.  She said Johnny Manning took the boy at knifepoint and told her she would never see him again if she notified authorities.

The three vehicles are described as a white 2000 model Pontiac, a blue Chevy Blazer model year between 1985 to1990 and a red two-door car.  Investigators believe Manning is in the white Pontiac.

The sheriff's office says Kegan is wearing a gray Tasmanian Devil shirt and blue pants with an orange stripe.  Kegan is described as a white male, 3 feet tall, weighing 40 lbs., with green eyes and brown hair.

The detective in charge of the case said they pinged Johnny Manning's cell phone Tuesday shortly after 11 p.m. and that he was in Tulsa at the time.  Authorities say Johnny Manning's parents live in the Tulsa area and they are trying to make contact with them.

If you see Kegan Manning or know anything about his whereabouts, call 911. 

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Identity Of Body Not Released

According to Sequoyah County Undersheriff Roger Fuller, at around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday morning a woman walking along the Hwy 64 overpass discovered a body near the Moffett stockyards.

The man, believed to be homeless, is in his 50's.  The undersheriff says they have identified the man, but are looking for family to notify before releasing his name.

Steve Martin, who stays at the Salvation Army, says hot temperatures can cause problems for homeless people.  However, the cause of the man's death is not known at this time.  No foul play is suspected by authorities, but the body is being sent to the state crime lab.

Captain Russell Clay with the Salvation Army said they are bringing people into the Salvation Army Diner who don't have homes or are hot and can't get anywhere.  They provide them with water to drink and allow them to get cooled down.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Upcoming School Board Election

August 13 is the Sallisaw School Board election.  Now is the time to request absentee ballots.  Ballots can also be obtained at the County Election Board office located at 110 E. Creek Avenue in Sallisaw.

All ballots must be sent into the Election Board by 7 p.m. on August 13 in order to be counted.

Ruling On Chief Edwards Given

In a story we brought you here earlier, Special District Judge Holli Wells has ruled in favor of Sallisaw Police Chief Shaloa Edwards. This ruling will reportedly make him eligible to return to his duties pending an upcoming city council meeting. Edwards was suspended for 90 days in March 2013 under accusations of inappropriately borrowing from a city cash fund. According to Sallisaw Mayor Shannon Vann the Sallisaw City Council will review the ruling and decide on any possible actions at the next council meeting to be held Monday night.

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Body Found Near Moffett

An investigation is being done by the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Department of a body of a homeless man discovered Wednesday around 7:15 a.m.

A woman was walking along the Highway 64 overpass when she saw the body near the Moffett stockyards, according to Sequoyah County Undersheriff Roger Fuller.

According to authorities, no foul play is suspected.  However, the body will be sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Convicted Murderer On Loose In Adair County

According to Adair County Sheriff David Hardin, inmates Carlos Locust and Michael Pack overpowered an Adair county jailer at approximately 10:30 pm yesterday evening. Both inmates were able to escape. Pack was picked up about 4 hours after escape. However, Carlos Locust remains at large. Carlos is described as a 6' 2" Native American male, with brown eyes and brown shaved hair weighing approximately 220 lbs.

Locust was sentenced to life in prison for the 1st degree murder in June and was awaiting transfer to a state facility. According to reports, Locust along with 2 other individuals beat a man to death on an Adair County road.

Authorities have classified the escapee as armed and extremely dangerous. At present Adair County Sheriff's deputies, U.S. Marshall's and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol believe Locust is still within the area and are concentrating their search within Adair County at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to immediately call 911 or the Adair County Sheriff's Office at 918-696-2106.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Chemical Spill In Sallisaw

Around 11 a.m. Thursday, Sallisaw Police and Fire Department responded to a hazmat spill on the corner of Elm and Creek.  The spill was coming from a semi truck that was making a delivery in the downtown area.    The semi truck also contained a barrel of fertilizer.

A hazmat team from Tulsa responded to examine and clean the spill.  At this time it's unknown what the substance is.

The Sallisaw PD closed off a 1-2 block radius and the Sequoyah County Courthouse was evacuated.  100+ inmates were evacuated and relocated to an undisclosed area.

Officials asked everyone to stay away from this area.  No injuries have been reported.

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