Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Couple Charged with Damaging Rental Property

Arrest warrants were issued April 15 for a pair of Sequoyah County residents charged with malicious injury to property (over $1,000), a felony, and misdemeanor petit larceny.

Dennis Allen Coughran, 59, of Muldrow and Heather M. McCully, 43, of Sallisaw each face up to two years in the State Penitentiary, a fine of up to $1,000 or both if convicted of the felony counts. They both face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $500 on the larceny charge.

On April 2, a Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Muldrow and spoke with David Brown, who said he had rented a trailer to Coughran. McCully also lived in the trailer and is listed as Coughran's wife. Brown said he had served Coughran with an eviction notice through the court system and that he was supposed to be out by 5 p.m. April 1. Brown said that when he went to the residence around 5:30 p.m., he noticed that someone had cut the wires to the trailer’s breaker box, taken the copper from the air conditioner, removed the coil and taken the 220 wiring. Brown also said someone had run over the sprinkler system at the home, destroying it. He estimated damages at about $6,000.

An investigation later revealed that Coughran sold several of the allegedly stolen items to a metal scrap yard in Fort Smith. Coughran had provided the scrap yard with a Sallisaw address but no one answered the door when police tried to make contact. A phone number for Coughran was no longer in service and a phone number for McCully was answered by a woman who said the phone did not belong to McCully but she was willing to take a message for her. The female then hung up and further attempts to call her were unsuccessful.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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