Friday, January 31, 2020

Roland Woman Wipes Blood on Officer after Monkey Bite

A woman from Roland was arrested Jan. 16 for allegedly placing body fluid on a Roland police officer.

Melva Ursula Jean Lewis, 42, was charged with the felony after a Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to 802 Ray Fine Blvd. in Roland regarding a possible domestic incident.

When the deputy arrived, he met with a Roland officer who said Timothy Williams was inside the residence complaining of chest pain. While the man was being treated by emergency medical personnel, the officer heard a woman whose voice he recognized as Lewis’ from a previous incident. The woman was yelling at another Roland officer who was trying to get her out of the house.

Lewis was highly intoxicated, the report shows, and she advised officers she drank a half-pint of liquor that day.

As the officer was escorting Lewis from the home, she wiped her bloody hand on him. When asked how she injured herself, Lewis said her monkey had bitten her.

Lewis was also arrested for obstruction because her behavior kept officials from treating Williams. She was transported to the Sequoyah County Jail, where she had to be placed in a restraint chair because of her intoxication level and violent outbursts.

Lewis’ bond was set at $11,000.

Placing body fluid on a government employee is punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Woman Arrested in Sallisaw Linked to 2001 Slaying

A 53-year-old woman arrested in Sallisaw on Monday was charged with being an accessory to a nearly 20-year-old murder.

Tabatha Carter told investigators she was a willing participant in the July 2001 shooting of Jerry Jeffries outside a Missouri bar. In a probable cause statement, Carter said she saw another man shoot Jeffries in the head as he begged for his life.

Carter was arrested without incident Monday and was transferred to the custody of Miller County (Missouri), where she has been jailed without bond, according to the sheriff’s office there.

She was also charged as an accessory to armed criminal action.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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McCoy Pleads Not Guilty to Charges

Gregg "Chooch" McCoy

A girls’ coach at Brushy Public School pleaded not guilty Thursday to two felonies involving an inappropriate relationship he allegedly had with an underage female student.

Gregg “Chooch” Anthony McCoy, 45, of Sallisaw was charged Jan. 21 with lewd molestation and with soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology. 

His next court appearance will be at 9 a.m. Monday, March 30.

According to an affidavit filed with the charges, an underage female student alleged that she and McCoy had exchanged inappropriate photos and messages and that McCoy had also sent her at least one inappropriate video. 

On. Jan. 18, Sequoyah County deputies were given two cell phones belonging to the juvenile that allegedly contained evidence of an inappropriate nature.

During a subsequent interview with deputies, McCoy was asked if he had ever sent photos or videos to the girl. He reportedly “became nervous” and said he couldn’t “deny or confirm that photos or videos had been sent.” 

Lewd molestation is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology is punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $10,000, or both.

McCoy resigned from his position at Brushy Public School on Jan. 18.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Five Arrested in Drug Raid

Six individuals were arrested on Jan. 24 after Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators, along with detectives from the Sallisaw Police Department, executed a narcotics search warrant on Bawcom Road, near Muldrow. 

When officers arrived at the residence they observed a white male, later identified as Larry Weaver Jr, jump out a window of the residence and flee on foot. Officers pursued Weaver through a wooded area until they came to Big Skin Bayou Creek. Weaver jumped into the creek and swam across to the other side. Deputies felt that it was unsafe to enter the creek, so they went around to a crossing point. 

After exiting the creek Weaver stole a John Deere tractor and fled through a pasture, knocking down fences and gates, while the officers pursued him. Weaver finally came to a point that he could go no further and the officers were able to remove him from the tractor and place him into custody for numerous outstanding felony warrants in both Crawford County and Sebastian, Arkansas. Meanwhile other officers entered the residence, where they found six other people inside. These people were then secured and officers began their search of the residence.

Inside the home, officers found substances that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamines as well as items which are commonly found in the distribution and use of methamphetamines including scales and packaging materials. Also found was a firearm, and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. 

Another person, identified as Jodie Deon Pack, drove up during the raid and was found to be in possession of substances that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. It was discovered that Pack had resided at the residence for about two weeks.

Sheriff Larry Lane said, “This raid stems from an ongoing, combined, investigation by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office and the Sallisaw Police Department into the distribution of methamphetamine in Sequoyah County”.
The following individuals were arrested in the raid;

Zachary Ray Vest, 30, Muldrow. Vest was charged with Distribution of CDS (meth), Possession of Firearm in commission of a felony, Possession of CDS, and Possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $22,000. Vest also had an outstanding arrest warrant for Failure to Pay on a charge of possession of CDS from a 2019 case, with a $750 cash bond.

Kyle Hannah, 29, Roland: Hannah was arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear on uttering forged instrument. Bond was set at $2552.25 cash.

Karl Williams Jr, 22, Muldrow: Williams was arrested for two outstanding warrants; Failure to Appear on Larceny charge. Bond was set at $2000 and Fail to Appear on 2nd degree burglary with a  bond of  $2727.75 cash.

Larry Weaver, 24, Fort Smith: Weaver was arrested for outstanding warrants from Sebastian County Arkansas and Crawford County Arkansas. There were also new charges added including Resisting Arrest, Larceny of Farm Implement, Escape after Arrest, Assault on police Officer, Malicious Injury/Destruction of Property. (after former conviction of a felony x 2). No bond was allowed.

Kelsee Flynn, 26, Muldrow: Flynn was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Town of Muldrow.

Jodie Pack, 40, Muldrow: Pack was arrested for possession of CDS (meth),and resisting arrest. An $11,000 bond was set. 

“We have a great working relationship with the Sheriff’s office and will continue to aggressively pursue the drug dealers, both in Sallisaw and throughout Sequoyah County," added Sallisaw Police Chief Terry Franklin.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Man Allegedly Stomps Puppy to Death

A Sallisaw man was charged with animal cruelty Jan. 13 after he allegedly stomped a puppy to death.

On Jan. 13, Sallisaw police were dispatched to 1205 S. Walnut on an “unknown” call. Dispatch said Teena Barnett had called and was crying so hard they couldn’t understand her.

When officers arrived at the home, they learned that Barnett and her husband were sitting in their living room when a heavily intoxicated Allen Wayne James, 48, became agitated and stomped on one of their puppies, killing it. The puppy was less than six weeks old.

The charge for animal cruelty, a felony, is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years, a fine of up to $5,000 or both. His next court appearance is at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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CASC Slates Annual Vike Hike; Scholarship Applications Now Open

Carl Albert State College is gearing up for the 13th annual Vike Hike, a half marathon and 5K run benefiting the CASC Scholarship Fund. 

This year’s hike is scheduled for Saturday, March 28. The half marathon will kick off at 7 a.m. and the 5K run will begin at 9 a.m. All northbound lanes of the Poteau bypass will be closed to traffic during the event. Online registration is available at

In other CASC news, scholarships are available each year for many students who require financial assistance to attend college and have demonstrated above-average skills and abilities. A scholarship committee is responsible for selecting students to receive scholarships. Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need; others are awarded for academic achievement or other significant contributions to the college. The scholarship application is now open for the 2020-21 academic year. The deadline to submit application is March 1.

CASC offers students a world-class education at an affordable price. It has been voted the best community college in Oklahoma and is currently ranked 11th in the nation for graduation rates among community colleges. The college offers the most affordable tuition and fees in the region. 

The main campus is in Poteau, with a branch campus in Sallisaw, and the college offers eight degrees and three certificate programs completely online.

The Poteau campus offers residential living opportunities for students who want to have the full college experience and participate in many campus clubs, activities and a variety of intramural games. Viking athletics include baseball, softball, men’s and women’s cross country and e-sports teams. CASC is home to individuals from all walks of life. For every CASC student, including the working adult with other commitments, day, evening, and online courses are offered to fit busy schedules. 

Whether you’re planning to live on campus, commute or earn your degree online, CASC meets students’ needs in an efficient, effective and economical manner. Carl Albert provides excellent educational opportunities for students whether they desire to go straight to work after graduation or plan to transfer to another school to further their education.

CASC is proud to carry out its mission to provide affordable, accessible and exceptional education that fosters student success. 

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Storm Spotter Training Feb. 25

Are you interested in becoming a storm spotter?

Sequoyah County Emergency Management has scheduled a free Skywarn storm spotter training session Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The event, hosted by the U.S. National Weather Service in Tulsa and Sequoyah County Emergency Management, will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. at the local emergency center office, 102 E. Chickasaw in Sallisaw. 

The training is free, requires no preregistration and is open to the public.

Throughout eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas, trained and dedicated individuals monitor the skies around their communities during severe weather events. These storm spotters provide firsthand severe weather reports to their local officials, and to the National Weather Service in Tulsa, which are used to make critical warning decisions.

Being a storm spotter not only means dedication but also training. Each winter and spring the Tulsa office of the National Weather Service trains members of police and fire departments, emergency management officials and amateur radio operators on spotting techniques. Typically, the training is coordinated by a local group (such as an emergency management agency) and an NWS meteorologist serves as the guest instructor. The goal of the training is not just to recognize tornadoes, but to have some understanding of storm structure, which in turn better prepares the spotter for extreme and unusual circumstances. Other topics covered include an update on the latest NWS technology and procedures, ideas for organizing/coordinating spotter groups and important safety considerations.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Muldrow Man Faces Misdemeanor Counts

A Muldrow man was arrested Jan. 15 and charged with two misdemeanors, according to a police report.

Schuyler Dewey Cantwell, 37, was charged with loitering and public intoxication, the record shows.

Two Muldrow police officers responded Jan. 15 to a report that Cantwell was sitting in a vehicle outside the police department and refusing to get out. The vehicle’s owner, Jessica Cantwell, told the officers that Schuyler Cantwell was intoxicated and scaring her children. At least one child was in the vehicle’s back seat.

Schuyler Cantwell was arrested at the scene and transported to the Sequoyah County Jail for booking. He was later released on $1,500 bond.

The loitering charge is punishable by up to one year in prison, a fine of up to $500 or both. The penalty for the public intoxication charge is imprisonment in the county jail for no more than six months, a fine of up to $500 or both.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Cherokee Nation to Disperse Rare Heirloom Seeds Beginning Feb. 3

The Cherokee Nation will begin dispersing its limited supply of heirloom seeds Feb. 3 to tribal citizens who are interested in growing traditional Cherokee crops.

The Cherokee Nation will begin dispersing its limited supply of heirloom seeds Feb. 3 to tribal citizens who are interested in growing traditional Cherokee crops.

In 2019, the Cherokee Nation distributed 9,568 packages of seeds to tribal citizens

“It’s important that we continue to distribute these seeds every year,” said Feather Smith, cultural biologist with Cherokee Nation. “These plants represent centuries of Cherokee cultural and agricultural history. They provide an opportunity for Cherokees to continue the traditions of our ancestors and elders, as well as educate our youth in Cherokee culture.”

Cherokee Nation citizens are limited to two varieties of seeds, and each applicant must either confirm their citizenship via the website or submit a copy of his or her Cherokee tribal citizenship card, proof of age and address.

Among this year’s available heirloom seeds include Cherokee Colored Corn, Trail of Tears Beans, Georgia Candy Roaster Squash, a variety of gourds, Indian corn beads and native plants such as the American Basket Flower, Jewelweed and Wild Senna.

“Every year we have a new crop of seeds locally grown and preserved for new generations of Cherokee citizens,” said Deputy Chief Bryan Warner. “There’s a reason our heirloom crops have lasted for so, and it’s because of the care and determination of our citizens to keep our history and culture alive.”

Citizens can submit order requests by visiting Create an account and follow the instructions to see a complete list of available seeds and to place and track orders. Previous participants of the tribe’s seed bank program can also use this link to log in and update their shipping address before submitting orders.

For more information, email or call 918-453-5336.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Public Forum Monday for Chief Candidates

Franklin, Terry                                Abner, Chris

The two men running for the Sallisaw Police Department’s top job will take part in a public forum from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday at the People Inc. Conference Center.

Incumbent Chief Terry Franklin and Sallisaw Patrol Officer Chris Abner are running for chief of police in the Feb. 11 election.

The forum is sponsored by the Sequoyah County Times and KXMX, The Mix 105.1.

Darren Girdner, owner of G2 Media Group, the parent company of KXMX and Channel 19, said the public is invited to attend the event and it will also be broadcast live on The Mix 105.1 Facebook page.

As the election nears, the candidates discussed their plans for the department’s future.

Terry Franklin is seeking his third term in office. “It has been my honor to serve the great citizens of Sallisaw over the past 31 years -- six of them as chief of police. During my term, with your support, the Police Department has made enhancements by adding need­ed equipment and technology, improving the department and the safety and secu­rity of the citizens of Sallisaw.”

Since he has been chief of police, Frank­lin said, the department has installed an automatic fingerprinting sys­tem that sends scanned fingerprints electronically to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the FBI. Franklin said the system was paid for with drug forfeiture money.

The department has also been able to upgrade patrol units, allowing ev­ery officer in the patrol fleet to drive a Chevrolet Tahoe. Exceptions were made for detec­tives, who drive new Dodge Durangos that were also purchased with drug forfeiture mon­ey.

“We try to keep all our officers current with advanced equipment and training. We provide every officer with three forms of non-lethal weapons -- pepper spray, Tasers and batons. We’re always looking to find less lethal devices we can afford,” Franklin said. “Every patrol officer now has a body camera. All the officers are is­sued body cameras that have to be activat­ed when they make contact with citizens. We’re trying to get an automatic system to avoid human error.”
“We are a community policing agency and we do different things. We live in this community and need to con­tinue to be a part of it. (The officers are) friends and neighbors and that’s part of community policing. They can come in and talk to me any time they want to,” Franklin said.

Chris Abner, says he is running for the chief’s position because he believes in Sallisaw. “I am here for the community,” he said. His children are in school here and he likes the fact that there is “a church on every corner. It’s a way of life here.”

The opioid epidemic in the United States has Abner concerned, however. “I don’t want to see this city lose control of the drug situation.”

Abner, who has been with the SPD since January 2018, said his plans for the department include adding a non-lethal shotgun to the SPD’s arsenal of non-deadly weapons. “It’s just another tool to preserve life at all costs,” he said. Abner also wants to acquire a K-9 officer for the city’s police force.

“We have the money in grant funds to get a K-9,” he said, adding that the animal would provide yet another level of protection for SPD officers.

Abner, who has been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police’s Sallisaw Lodge 148, said even though he is “not a politician,” his military experience has made him more than qualified for the chief’s position.

As a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Abner was deployed three times to Iraq, where he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Phantom Fury and the battle of Najaf. In 2007, Abner was wounded in combat and awarded the Purple Heart.

Abner said that as chief of police, he would continue going on patrols with his officers so that he can be seen in the community. “There is no reason I still can’t patrol once a day. Putting on the uniform and letting the officers know I am here for them is very important to me. … I lead from the front, not from the rear,” he said.

Abner and his wife, Kristal, are the parents of 12-year-old son Wyatt and daughter Avalynn, 5. The Abners were touched by tragedy when their older daughter, Katelynn, died at age 5. In honor of Katelynn’s memory, Abner completed his first triathlon on the first anniversary of her passing.

That unimaginable loss, Abner said, has touched his law enforcement career as well, helping him better interact with victims and families that are touched by tragedy.

The forum will be in the standard format. Names will be drawn to determine the order of opening statements, questions and closing statements. Openings and closings must be three minutes long for each candidate and each will have two minutes to answer direct questions from forum moderator Marley Abell.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Friday, January 24, 2020

County Girls Can Experience ‘Cinderella For Prom’

A newly formed group has big plans for Sequoyah County girls heading to prom!

“Cinderella For Prom” is designed to give girls a prom experience they will never forget. In March, organizers have planned a shopping day where participants can come into a boutique-style space and select gently worn dresses, shoes and the rest of their outfits for the big day.

Then at another event planned for April, the girls will find their prom outfits waiting for them as they get the whole prom experience, including hair, makeup, nails and photos. The photos will be put on thumb drives for each girl to keep.

Organizer Dawn Little said Friday that the group hasn’t yet determined exact dates or locations for the event, but “Cinderella For Prom” is accepting donations of dresses, shoes, accessories, hair and makeup products, as well as thumb drives.

Anyone is eligible to participate, Little said. She said the focus is on Sequoyah County girls, “but I won’t turn anyone away.”

The group’s purpose is to help girls who otherwise couldn’t afford the perfect prom experience, as well as to empower the young women and offer them that sisterly bond with one another, Little said.

The group’s services are free and some talented volunteers have signed on that will not disappoint, Little said. The only items girls are asked to return are the dresses.

If you would like to make a donation or volunteer your services, contact Little at (918) 316-0740 or on Facebook.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Crash Kills Two Poteau Women

Two Poteau women died Thursday after the vehicle they were riding in crossed the center line on State Highway 112 and struck a pickup.

Lisa Ann Smith, 43, and Jeanette Marie Reedy, 67, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol report, the accident occurred at 9:06 a.m. about one mile west of Cameron in Leflore County when a 2014 Chevrolet pickup driven by Harry Reedy, 55, of Poteau was traveling east on SH 112. The Chevy traveled left of center, striking a 2008 Dodge Ram truck driven by a 17-year-old boy from Poteau head-on.

Harry Reedy and the teen were transported by Leflore County EMS to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark. Both were listed in stable condition and have multiple injuries.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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CN Launches Group to Study Hemp, Cannabis Growth

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. has appointed a Cherokee Nation workgroup to study issues relating to hemp and cannabis in fields such as commerce, health care and agriculture.

“As Chief, I want well-informed policy, and the team we have assembled will be a great asset in that regard. I believe there are opportunities for Cherokee Nation, our businesses and our citizens to benefit from this emerging industry. But, we need to move forward carefully and responsibly and in absolute strict adherence to the law in order to ensure success and sustainability,” Chief Hoskin said.

The “Executive Work Group on Hemp, Cannabis and Related Opportunities” will have several primary functions, such as making recommendations on internal Cherokee Nation policies, including Human Resources policies. The workgroup will also make recommendations on modernizing Cherokee Nation statutes impacting the growth and use of hemp and cannabis.

It will also consider what, if any, role cannabis can play in the Cherokee Nation’s Health Services system, including identifying any legal or ethical barriers on the use of the substance.

Workgroup members will also study and make recommendations on opportunities for Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation citizens to engage in raising, processing, and engaging in commercial sales of hemp and cannabis.

The workgroup will report its recommendations to the Principal Chief and the Council of the Cherokee Nation no later than May 31.

The Cherokee Nation, headquartered in Tahlequah, Okla., has more than 380,000 tribal citizens.

While marijuana use is still illegal under federal law, there are provisions allowing commercial hemp production. Oklahoma has also legalized medical cannabis under SQ 788 in 2018.

Under Cherokee law, it still remains illegal to use or possess marijuana in all tribally owned properties. Cherokee Nation recently revised its workplace drug use policy to protect employees and applicants who possess a valid medical marijuana patient license.

Workgroup members include:

Chad Harsha, Cherokee Nation Secretary of Natural Resources (Chairman)
Tina Glory-Jordan, Secretary of State
Todd Enlow, Chief of Staff
Paden Qualls, Assistant Attorney General
Andy McMillan, Cherokee Nation Businesses
Kim Teehee, Executive Director of Government Relations
Dr. Roger Montgomery, Cherokee Nation Health Services

“The workgroup established by Chief Hoskin is a substantial step for the Cherokee Nation evaluate the changing regulatory environment surrounding hemp and cannabis in areas of commerce, agriculture and health care,” said Secretary of Natural Resources Chad Harsha. “I look forward to working with this team to bring clarity on these issues and to present policy recommendations that will advance the Cherokee Nation in these emerging areas.”

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

McCoy Released on Bond

Gregg "Chooch" McCoy

A local girls' coach is free on bond after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a female, juvenile student.

Gregg "Chooch" McCoy turned himself into the Sequoyah County Sheriff's office Tuesday evening after a felony arrest warrant was issued for his arrest earlier that day. The warrant included two felony counts.

According to the affidavit filed with the charges, a female student alleges that she and McCoy exchanged inappropriate photos, messages and that McCoy also sent her at least one inappropriate video.

On. Jan. 18 Sequoyah County deputies were given two cell phones belonging to the juvenile that allegedly contain evidence of an inappropriate nature.

During an interview with deputies held on the same day McCoy was asked if he had ever sent photos or videos to the juvenile. McCoy "became nervous" and stated that he didn't "deny or confirm that photos or videos had been sent." 

McCoy's cell phone was seized and entered into evidence.

McCoy resigned from his position at Brushy Public School on Jan. 18.

McCoy was charged with two felony counts. Count 1: Lewd Molestation-a Felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to 3 to 20 years. Count 2: Soliciting Sexual Conduct or Communication with Minor by Use of Technology-a Felony, punishable by imprisonment up to 10 years or a fine up to $10,000, or both.

McCoy was released on a $20,000 bond.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Felony Arrest Warrant Issued for Local Coach

Gregg "Chooch" McCoy

On Tuesday a felony warrant was issued for a Brushy Public School girls' coach. 

Gregg "Chooch" McCoy, 46, of Sallisaw was charged with two felony counts related to improper conduct with a student at Brushy Public School. 

According to the affidavit filed with the charges, a deputy from the Sequoyah County Sheriff's office was called to the sheriff's department on Jan. 14 to take a report from a student in reference to bullying. A note had been obtained by Carla Fivekiller, principal, that had been passed between two juvenile female students where one had warned the other "you better not tell your mom what I told you about Chooch or she will tell my mom and I will be dead."

The deputy retrieved the note from Fivekiller and spoke with the reporting juvenile who stated that she and the other girl had been fighting because the other girl had shared information about herself and Coach Chooch McCoy. The report states that the girl had been told by her friend that she had been talking and sending "nude pictures" to McCoy and that he had also sent her one "inappropriate video over Christmas break".

Both juvenile females participated in a forensic interview on Jan. 17 where more information regarding inappropriate photos and videos was revealed and  alleged.

On Jan. 18 the stepmother of the juvenile who had allegedly been receiving the texts and photos from McCoy called a sheriff's deputy and stated she would like to turn over her daughter's two cell phones. According to the affidavit, the mother stated that her daughter had admitted to her that morning that there had been inappropriate texting between herself and McCoy. 

Another forensic interview was scheduled for the juvenile on the same day. During that interview the juvenile went into great deal regarding the alleged video sent by McCoy over the Christmas break. She also stated that she was "afraid to tell anyone in fear of what he would do to her at school." 

Also on the same day, Jan. 18, McCoy was asked to come to the sheriff's office and speak with deputies regarding the allegations. When asked if he had ever sent photos or videos to the juvenile McCoy "became nervous" and stated that he didn't "deny or confirm that photos or videos had been sent." McCoy went on to state that it was "no secret that he drinks" and he "did not remember". During the interview McCoy was asked a series of questions regarding allegations involving sending videos, texts, and photos. To each of the questions asked he either stated that he "did not remember" or that he "could not confirm nor deny",  according to the report

McCoy eventually stated that he did not "like the direction this is going" and stated he would like to speak to an attorney. The deputy ended the interview at that time and seized McCoy's cell phone and it was entered into evidence.

Shortly after McCoy left the sheriff's office a call was received from Brushy Schools Superintendent Greg Reynolds stating that McCoy had came to the school and resigned his position.

Brushy Public School released the following statement: "Brushy School is committed to a safe learning environment for its students. Local law enforcement was involved after the school was notified of an allegation against an employee for inappropriate conduct with a student. The alleged employee has resigned. The District cooperated with law enforcement during its investigation of this matter. Because of the confidentiality rights of the student and the individual involved, the District cannot  comment further."

McCoy was charged with two felony counts. Count 1: Lewd Molestation-a Felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to 3 to 20 years. Count 2: Soliciting Sexual Conduct or Communication with Minor by Use of Technology-a felony, punishable by imprisonment up to 10 years or a fine up to $10,000, or both.

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City to Test Storm Sirens Monday

The City of Sallisaw’s electric department has technicians coming to work on the storm sirens Monday and they will be testing them throughout the day.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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