Monday, June 17, 2019

Informational Meeting Scheduled for SH-101/Polecat Creek Improvement Project

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is hosting an informational open house on Thursday, June 20 for a proposal to improve the SH-101 bridge at Polecat Creek in Sequoyah County. This is located three miles east of the SH-64B junction.

The bridge was built in 1958 and is a narrow structure with no shoulders. The proposal would include replacing the current bridge and approaches with a wider structure on the current alignment. The project is tentatively scheduled to let for construction in 2022.

The open house will feature maps of the proposal and also give the public a chance to ask questions and provide feedback on the project. This will be a come-and-go format with no formal presentation.

The Informational Open House will be held Thursday, June 20 from 5-7 p.m. at Belfonte Public School.

All project materials will also be made available online following the meeting at:

To request an accommodation, please contact the ODOT ADA Coordinator at 405-521-4140 or the Oklahoma Relay Service at 1-800-722-0353. If you have any ADA or Title VI questions email

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Arrests Made in Burglary Investigation

On May 31 and June 1 the Sallisaw Police Department received numerous reports from victims stating that various items had been stolen from their vehicles. One of the victims reported that the windows on their vehicle had been broken out by the suspects. There were also reports filed of fraudulent credit card usage on stolen credit/debit cards by the suspects, according to Sallisaw Police Chief Terry Franklin.

On June 10 Lt. Owens was contacted by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies had made contact with a 15 year old juvenile male, whom had admitted to breaking a vehicle window out in Sallisaw and stealing a wallet. Lt. Owens met with the juvenile and his mother at the sheriff’s office. Franklin stated that Owens questioned the suspect and the juvenile admitted that he and other juvenile males had broken into ten or more vehicles during the morning hours of June 1.

The juvenile also admitted that he had stolen a handgun and the gun was still at his Marble City residence, said Franklin. Owens and Deputy Neighbors went to the residence and recovered the stolen gun. On June 11, Detective Biles arrested a 14 year old juvenile male whom had been with the first suspect arrested.

Det. Biles interviewed the second suspect. The suspect admitted to going through neighborhoods, checking for unlocked vehicles, and then going thru the vehicles, looking for any valuables, Franklin said. This suspect also named other individuals whom were also allegedly involved in the burglaries and the fraudulent use of credit/debit cards that they had stolen. Through Biles investigation, he learned that the suspects had actually gone out on three separate nights/mornings to break into cars.

At this time detectives have recovered some of the property from the suspects. The suspects admit that after finding a purse or a wallet, they would steal the valuables, and then throw the wallets or purses into trash cans as they walked down the street. On June 12, a third juvenile male, age 13 was arrested in connection to the car burglaries. Sallisaw detectives are continuing their investigation and more arrests are pending, according to Franklin.

Sallisaw Police are asking that if you find property belonging to someone else, that you please contact the police. The Sallisaw Police Department would like to warn residents to please not leave valuables in plain view in your vehicles and to keep your vehicles locked at all times.

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Marble City Man Dies in Accident

A Father’s Day accident took the life of a Marble City man over the weekend.

Nathan Pettit, 41, of Marble City, was driving a 2007 Buick Rainier southbound on County Road 4620, nearly two miles north of Sallisaw, at approximately 6:35 a.m. Sunday, June 16, when he departed the roadway to the left, striking a mailbox, then striking a fence and tree, and coming to rest.

Pettit was pronounced deceased at the scene due to medical issues, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The OHP said Pettit was wearing a seatbelt and the airbag did deploy. The Sequoyah County Sheriff’s office, Pafford EMS, Brushy Volunteer Fire Department and Sallisaw Fire Department all assisted with the scene.

The cause of the collision and the condition of the driver are under investigation, according to the OHP. Weather did not appear to be a factor.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Flood Resource Center Set for Sunday in Roland

A Flood Resource Reception Center will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Sunday, June 16, at 105 E. Ray Fine Blvd., in Roland.

Sponsored by the Red Cross and Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations in Active Disaster, or VOAD, the Resource Reception Center is intended for Sequoyah County residents who have been impacted by the recent floods.

MaryLynn Lufkin, Director of Catholic Charities Outreach and Disaster Relief for Eastern Oklahoma, said the center is to assist the people who are impacted by the floods in their recovery.

“We’re just reaching out to the Moffett community to help in their recovery and help them with questions,” Lufkin said.

Several disaster relief organizations will be on hand with information and resources, such as the Red Cross, Oklahoma VOAD, Salvation Army and Catholic Charities.

Lufkin said these agencies can assist flood victims with the FEMA application process and other immediate needs the disaster survivors might have.

“We can help walk them through the FEMA process, and help them navigate through that,” Lufkin explained.

Some cleaning supplies and hygiene kits may also be available.

“It’s just a way for us to reach out and help them with what can happen to move forward in their recovery,” Lufkin added. “It’s rough; some of these folks have lost everything.

“We can lend a hand, lend an ear and just comfort them.”

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Summer Vibes and Saving Lives on June 19


Help save the lives of local patients by donating blood this summer!

Oklahoma Blood Institute will hold a blood drive with NHS Sequoyah on Wednesday, June 19, from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each blood donor will receive a trendy “Summer Vibes” t-shirt and voucher for free admission to their choice of Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City (1 entry) or Safari Joe’s H2O Water & Adventure Park in Tulsa (2 entries).

“Summer is a particularly challenging time for the blood supply,” said John Armitage, M.D., Oklahoma Blood Institute president and CEO. “People go out of town, and are busy with activities, and get out of their normal routine of giving blood. We encourage healthy adults to spare just an hour of their time to save the lives of their neighbors.”

Oklahoma Blood Institute relies on donations from approximately 1,200 donors each day to meet the needs of patients statewide. One blood donation can save as many as three lives. O-Negative donors are particularly needed, since their rare blood type is the only blood type that is transfused in emergencies when blood type is unknown.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Flood Victims Urged to Apply for FEMA Aid

Now that Sequoyah County has been added to the list of counties approved for assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, residents are urged to get the application process started.

Steve Rutherford, Sequoyah County Emergency Management Director said individuals and businesses are encouraged to go ahead and apply for disaster assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or visit

“They’ll be helped out in some ways – different ways for different people,” Rutherford explained. “With expenses, help getting homes back in order if that is possible, trying to get some of it back in shape for them.”

Rutherford said businesses that also suffered damages will be eligible for Small Business Administration loans to help with losses.

“We had several businesses hit pretty hard,” Rutherford added.

Rutherford said the FEMA assistance is the main source of disaster funding available for Sequoyah County residents impacted by the flood at this time. He said steps are being taken to get help for the many roads that have been damaged in the county.

He said U.S. 64 eastbound from Roland to Fort Smith remains closed at this time due to bridge repairs by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

While the FEMA assistance will not be able to fix or repair everything that was damaged or lost in the flood, Rutherford said it’s at least something to help those residents who have lost so much.

“It will help them possibly get back to a more normal life,” he added.

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance will be set up just east of Moffett School, starting at 1:00pm TOMORROW (THURSDAY). They will be set up in the parking lot just to the east of Moffett School, come by and get your Paperwork started. They will also be there on Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

FEMA DISASTER SURVIVOR ASSISTANCE will be set up just east of Moffett School, starting at 1:00 pm Thursday. They will be set up in the parking lot just to the east of Moffett School, you can stop by and get your paperwork started. They will also be there on Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sequoyah County Approved for Help from FEMA

Governor Kevin Stitt announced Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the state's request for disaster assistance for seven more Oklahoma counties impacted by flooding, tornadoes, severe storms and straight-line winds.

The disaster assistance benefits individuals and business owners affected by severe storms that have occurred since May 7 in Delaware, Kay, Mayes, Okmulgee, Payne, Pottawatomie, and Sequoyah counties.

Canadian, Creek, Logan, Muskogee, Osage, Ottawa, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner, and Washington counties have already been approved for Individual Assistance.

The designation makes available federal assistance for housing repairs or temporary housing, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans for individuals and businesses to repair or replace damaged property, disaster unemployment assistance, and grants for serious needs and necessary disaster expenses not met by other programs.

Governor Stitt stressed that the state will continue to request additional counties be added to the Individual Assistance Major Disaster Declaration as damage assessments of impacted homes and businesses are completed.

To apply for disaster assistance individuals and business owners may call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or go online at FEMA will also have Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams on site in the declared counties listed above to help people register for FEMA aid.

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TDAP Vaccines Available for Flood Cleanup Workers

Anyone assisting with cleanup from the recent floods is encouraged to protect themselves by receiving a Tdap vaccine.

Bryon Glover, Health and Wellness Center pharmacist, will be at Liberty School in Liberty, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon tomorrow, Wednesday, June 12, administering free Tdap vaccines to anyone in need.

The Tdap vaccine will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis. It is recommended for those ages 10 to 64 who will be assisting with the flood cleanup.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, risks of wounds may be increased during flood cleanup. Therefore, emergency and other cleanup workers should be sure they are up-to-date with the tetanus vaccination series, ideally before starting cleanup activities.

Workers who had received a Tdap vaccine in the last seven to 10 years won’t need another; if the last date a Tdap vaccine was given cannot be determined, one can be administered to be safe.

The Tdap vaccine can help with treatment of flood-associated wounds, like a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with feces, soil or saliva.

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Roland Hires Martin as New Superintendent

Randy Martin

The former Muldrow High School principal will take over the Roland superintendent job next month.

Randy Martin was hired by the Roland school board Monday night as its new school superintendent, according to Roger Brunk, board president.

“He’s very well-known throughout the community,” Brunk said. “He graduated from Roland, so it’s not like somebody we didn’t know.”

Martin will fill the vacancy left by Randy Wood, who was recently hired as Sallisaw’s new superintendent.

An educator with extensive experience as a teacher and coach for the last 30 years, Martin has served in many administrative capacities, as athletic director, assistant principal, principal, and campus director of a career/technical education campus. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the University of Oklahoma, and a master’s degree in education from Northeastern State University.

Brunk said the board “all stood together,” voting unanimously to hire Martin as superintendent.

“We just felt like he was a good fit for our school,” Brunk said. “We’re very happy to have him here.”

Martin’s official first day as Roland superintendent will be July 1.

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Guilty Verdict Reached in 1997 Kidnapping, Sexual Abuse Case

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Defendant Henri Michelle Piette, age 63, was found guilty by a federal jury of Kidnapping and Travel with Intent to Engage in Sexual Act with a Juvenile. The verdict was reached on Thursday June 6, 2019 following a seven-day trial. The defendant was indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2017.

Evidence presented at trial showed the defendant had kidnapped the victim from Poteau, Oklahoma in 1997 where she had been living with her mother, who had been in a relationship with the defendant. Over the course of the nearly 20 years that followed, the defendant repeatedly raped and inflicted physical and emotional abuse upon the victim. The victim gave birth to nine children, the first being born in 2000 when she was 15 years old. In July 2016 the victim was able to escape with her children to the United States Consular General Offices in Nogales, Mexico. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified and the investigation began.

During the trial, witnesses testified the defendant had moved with the victim and children dozens of times within the United States and Mexico. He used numerous aliases and forced the victim to use aliases and dye her hair black and wear glasses to change her appearance. He controlled the victim by violence, threats of violence, and sexual abuse against her and her children.

Assistant United States Attorneys Edward Snow and Sarah McAmis represented the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Department of State Diplomatic Security Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office for Oklahoma’s 27th Prosecutorial District.

“The victim endured two decades of horrific abuse by the defendant. Her courage lead her to escape and rescue her children and allowed investigators and prosecutors to seek justice on her behalf. Ultimately her courage ended the defendant’s reign of terror,” said United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester. “I know this verdict cannot heal the countless wounds inflicted by the defendant. It should prevent him from ever inflicting more.”

“The FBI Oklahoma City Division, and the special agents who investigated this crime, hope that the guilty verdict delivered against Henri Piette will bring some sense of closure to those he inflicted immeasurable mental and physical abuse upon for over 20 years. By bringing Mr. Piette to justice, the victims of his heinous acts can now begin the process of healing. The FBI is honored to have been a part of this long-term investigation alongside our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners.” Acting Special Agent in Charge Steven D’Antuono, FBI Oklahoma City Division

Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the trial. Sentencing will be scheduled following the completion of a presentence report.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Boots and Badges Blood Drive! June 13

Muldrow’s first responders are looking for citizens to support their efforts through blood donation with Oklahoma Blood Institute. Those who give at the Boots and Badges blood drive on Thursday, June 13, will provide blood needed to save local lives, such as those that firefighters and law enforcement officers rescue.

Anyone 16 years or older* is urged to stop by the Muldrow Fire Department between noon and 6 p.m. All donors will receive special-edition Boots and Badges T-shirts and a voucher for free admission to their choice of Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City (1entry) or Safari Joe’s Water and Adventure Park in Tulsa (2). By giving blood at this drive, donors will show their support for the firefighters and law enforcement officers who save lives in their community.

“Muldrow’s first responders see the daily need for blood first-hand when the people they rescue require life-saving treatment,” said John Armitage, M.D., President & CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “We can’t say enough about the service our police officers and firefighters provide, and we owe it to them to do our part in making sure blood is available in emergency situations.”

Appointments for the blood drive may be made by calling or texting Greg at 479-652-2362 or visiting

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OESC Accepting Applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance as a result of severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding that began on May 7, 2019 and continues.

Under Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA-4438-DR) dated June 1, 2019, workers who lost their jobs and self-employed individuals who have been unable to work due to the disaster may be eligible for DUA benefits.

Applications for DUA must be submitted by July 5; applications submitted after that date will be considered untimely, unless the individual provides good cause for filing after the deadline.

For more information, visit

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Cookson Hills Electric Names Scholarship Recipients

Honey Vang

Joshua R. Osburn

Lyric Powell

ShyAnn Leigh Bonham

Four area students were recently named recipients of the Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative Scholarship.

This year’s recipients were Honey Vang of Sallisaw High School, daughter of Ying and Mayko Vang; Lyric Powell of Stigler High School, daughter of Candice Chesney and Matthew Powell; ShyAnn Leigh Bonham of Gore High School, daughter of Greg and Melissa Bonham; and Joshua R. Osburn, who is homeschooled, son of Craig and Katie Osburn.

Each student received a $500 scholarship from the scholarship program, a way for Cookson Hills Electric to support the educational goals of area youth who are college-bound from the CHEC service area.

CHEC employees established the scholarship program in 1997. The scholarships are funded solely by employee fundraisers and donations.

To be considered for this scholarship, students must submit an application and two letters of recommendation. Students must plan to attend a state accredited school or technical school offering an associate or bachelor degree. The program is open to any graduating senior whose parents or guardians are members of CHEC.

For details on the scholarship program or if you would like to make a donation to the scholarship fund, visit or call Felicia Wixom at 800-328-2368.

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