Friday, October 2, 2015, 7:17 am

A Tulsa woman and Chouteau woman were critically injured yesterday 11 miles north of Tahlequah, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Christy Cole, 48, of Tulsa was flown by helicopter to Saint John Hospital in Tulsa with critical internal and leg injuries, and Lequita Beavers, 32, of Chouteau was flown to Saint John with critical head, internal, external, arm and leg injuries. A passenger in Beavers' car, Kandice Vernon, 33, of Chouteau, was treated and released from Tahlequah Hospital.

Cole's Pontiac Grand Prix was southbound on Oklahoma 82, and Beavers' Ford Taurus was northbound, as was a 2003 Kenworth, driven by Kyle Mitchell, 31, of Muskogee. Mitchell was not injured.

Cole's car traveled left of center and struck Mitchell's semi head-on. Mitchell's semi jackknifed and departed the roadway to the left. Cole's car then struck Beavers' car, causing it to leave the roadway. Drivers of both cars were pinned and had to be extracted by Peggs Fire Department using the Jaws of Life.

The highway patrol cited inattentive driving as the cause of the accident.

Filed under: Local Traffic

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 8:23 am

James Noblitt, 38, of Fort Gibson is in the Tulsa County jail on a $50,000 bond after Broken Arrow police say he robbed a pharmacy there with an air soft pistol.

Noblitt, former owner of Courtyard Bistro in Fort Gibson, is also a former law enforcement officer. Last May, he was allegedly the victim of a robber at his restaurant, when he said an unidentified attacker tied him up, locked him in the restaurant's cooler and then set fire to the building. Noblitt said he managed to free himself before the fire could kill him.

Tuesday night, he was alleged to have walked into the Family Drug store on South Elm Place just before 8:30 p.m. wearing a disguise, and pulled a gun that later turned out to be a pellet gun.

He walked away with prescription medication, then got into a car and drove off. Employees provided police with descriptions of the vehicle and the robber, after which police stopped Noblitt's car a mile away from the store.

He is scheduled to be in court Oct. 7.

Filed under: Local Crime

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 2:34 pm

Pecan Creek Winery is expanding its Thursday tasting room hours to offer a unique and fun activity.

The tasting room, located at 8510 Fern Mountain Road, opens at 4 offering delicious Oklahoma wines.

From 5-8 massage therapist Brandy Fewel will be on site to combine a wine flight with a ten minute chair massage for $20. A wine flight is three 3 ounce pours of your choice of delicious reds, whites, and fruit wines.

Pecan Creek's tasting room is also open 4-6 Friday, 2-6 Saturday, & 1-5 Sunday.

Information: Melanie Hanna - May via email at

Filed under: Local Business

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 7:26 am

Drew Edmondson, a Muskogee luminary, former Muskogee County district attorney, former state Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate, will host a 20-minute audience question and answer session on the subject of capital punishment on Friday night as the Muskogee Little Theatre production of "Dead Man Walking" opens.

The forum begins at 7:30 p.m., and the curtain opens at 8 p.m.

Dr. Wanda Draper, PhD., an internationally recognized consultant in the field of human development, will also answer audience questions.

In the play, a convicted murderer on death row and the nun who befriends him explore the last days of a man's life. In the end, the nun must decide how she will deal with the paradox of caring for a condemned man while still acknowledging the horror of the crimes he committed to get there.

The show continues Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 8, 9 and 10 at the Little Theatre.

Tickets are available at the box office or at Soundworld. 918-683-4901.

Filed under: Local Entertainment

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 7:25 am

Sadler Arts Academy will be presenting "A Night at the Movies, Sadler-Style" at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 8 and at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at the school, located at 800 Altamont St.

The Kindergarten and first-graders will present music and dance from "The Jungle Book." Selections from "Annie" and "Oliver" will be performed by second- and third-graders. The students in fourth- and fifth- grade will be performing "Aladdin," and the sixth-eighth graders will perform "Grease."

Each of these is a shortened selection that allows our students to showcase their talents and light up our stage. Ticket prices are $1 at the door.

Information: (918) 684-3820

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 1:07 pm

Investigators from the Muskogee Police Department are looking for a missing person. Her name is Chasity Horsely, and she is described as a white female in her early 30's, black hair, green eyes, approximately 5'11" tall and weighing about 150 pounds.

Chasity was last seen on September 6th, and family has had no contact with her since that time, and she was formally reported as missing to our agency on September 25th. Investigators have worked what leads they have, but have not been able to locate her as of yet. And due to the length of time that she has been missing, they are concerned with her well-being.

If anyone has information on her whereabouts, or has seen Chasity, please call crimestoppers at 918-682-COPS, or the PD non-emergency line at 918-683-8000.

UPDATE Sept. 30: The woman was found and arrested on outstanding warrants in Tulsa.

Filed under: Local

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 7:21 am

A Muskogee woman told police a Hispanic man in his 30s tried to take advantage of her after he offered her a ride on Callahan Street around 3 p.m. last Friday.

The woman, who was walking down a Muskogee street, said the man pulled over and offered her a ride. He then turned down a side street she didn't know, pulled his pants down and began masturbating in front of her.

The woman said he tried to touch her several times and burned her with a lighter. After she rebuffed his advances, he took her to her destination and dropped her off.

The man has curly black hair in a pony tail and drives a gold Chevy Malibu with a tag that possibly starts with the letters KUE, according to Lincoln Anderson of the Muskogee Police.

Filed under: Local Crime

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 7:19 am

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will host Echelon Thursday, October 1, 2015 at The Frisco Depot, 401 S. 3rd in Muskogee.

Echelon is a local Rock Band from Muskogee, OK that plays 80's, 90's and current rock. They play everything from Poison, Motley Crue and Bon Jovi to Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots, to Nickelback, Daughtry, and Three Days Grace.

The band is Aaron Hobbs-Vocals, Rodney Guinn-Lead Guitar and backup vocals, Jason Clark- Bass and backup vocals and James Webb- Drums.

Beginning this Thursday, October 1st, Doors open at 6, show starts at 7 PM. Admission is $5 at the door.

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10-5 pm. "Live at the Frisco Depot" is presented every Thursday at 7 pm and features local, regional and national musical acts. For OMHOF's upcoming events, "like" the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Facebook page or visit: To contact OMHOF: (918) 687-0800 or by email:

Filed under: Local Entertainment

Monday, September 28, 2015, 6:57 am

2 Muskogee Police Officers received awards for the work to help endangered children in the City of Muskogee Saturday. The awards were given by the Muskogee County Multi-Disciplinary Team and the Oklahoma Drug Endangered Children branch of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. The 2 officers combined have worked endangered child cases approaching the 1000 case mark.

Officer James Poffel was awarded the Champion for Children award by the MDT and Kids' Space in Muskogee. James has been a Muskogee Police Department Child Investigator for 4 years and has worked almost exclusively on child crimes that include everything from child abuse and neglect to child sexual assaults and rapes. James was nominated by members of the MDT with the criteria exemplary work ethic passion that extends over and above his or her regular work duties.

Officer Shawn Brown was awarded the C4DEC "Officer of the Year" award given by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. Shawn has been an investigator in our Special Investigations Unit for 7 years and he works primarily Narcotics Cases. In at least 12 of those cases Children have been involved, and due to his thankless work in narcotics cases involving children he was given the Officer of the Year Award. Shawn was also responsible for the rescue of a 7 year old girl that was being abused by her mother's boyfriend.

Filed under: Local Good News

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:19 pm

Lenny Biggers, a former bondsman in Tahlequah, is facing a lawsuit in excess of $75,000 from Beth Chapman, wife of Duane "Dog" Chapman, the TV star of "Dog the Bounty Hunter."

In the lawsuit, Chapman alleges that Biggers has embarked on a sustained campaign of libel and hate speech against her with the intent of defaming her and hurting her campaign to be president of a bounty hunting group.

She alleges Biggers also made personally distasteful remarks about her.

Read the full lawsuit here.

Filed under: Local Entertainment

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 1:17 pm

The robotics team at Irving Elementary in Muskogee, Okla. is challenging the community of Muskogee to create abstract trash art as part of a contest being sponsored by the group.

The judging will be held at the school, located at 1100 N. J St, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.

Artists will need to check in with their art at 8:30 a.m. All ages are welcome to compete. Judges will be the fifth- and sixth-grade robotics team, and one guest judge.

Prizes will be awarded for first through third place winners.

Definition for trash: Any item you are done with and want to dispose of.

Information:, or call (918) 684-3700, ext. 1613.

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7:40 am

The Cherokee Nation is growing its bison herd once again, receiving a semi-truckload of the culturally significant animals on tribal land on Thursday.

The Cherokee Nation acquired bison from the InterTribal Buffalo Council last year and, with calves, currently has a head of 68 bison on its ranch in Kenwood.

The ITBC recently awarded the Cherokee Nation another herd of up to 50 surplus bison that will travel 900 miles from the Badlands, South Dakota, to Oklahoma.

"The partnership with the InterTribal Buffalo Council is benefiting the Cherokee Nation and allowing the tribe to reconnect with an important part of our history," said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. "These bison are a cultural asset for us. We have proven to be good wildlife managers and have grown our herd responsibly over the past year. Tribal citizens are proud we have pursued reintroducing these animals into the Cherokee Nation."

The ITBC, headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota, awards its member tribes surplus bison from national parks each year. The Badlands National Park has about 400 head of surplus bison every year.

Although bison are associated more with the Plains tribes, herds of bison ranged from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Coast, and Cherokees used bison as a vital food source.

Until last year, the Cherokee Nation had not raised bison at the tribe in 40 years but spent about two years working with the ITBC on grants and applications to reconnect with the animals.

The Cherokee Nation's Natural Resources department manages 22,000 acres of tribally owned land in northeastern Oklahoma. The bison are kept on up to 1,000 acres in Kenwood.

Filed under: Local Tribes

Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 7:48 am

Muskogee Public Library will host a retirement event in honor of Elizabeth "Reading Liz" Hanley, long time children's librarian. Friends are invited to attend the reception from 4 until 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, in the Grant Foreman Room of the library, 801 W. Okmulgee.

She is a familiar face to Muskogee's readers, having worked for 45 years in public and school libraries. She began her library life at the age of 16 when she worked in her school library. After her graduation from Manual High School, she worked for Eastern Oklahoma District Library System helping set up the new system. Liz also worked when she was a student at Northeastern State University at Tahlequah Library where she staffed the library on Saturdays. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Library Science in 1977. She later returned to NSU where she earned a M.S. in Reading in 1995.

Her first job as a certified librarian was in Tulsa City-County Library System. She started her career as a school librarian in 1979 in Tulsa and worked from 1982 until 2001 at Tony Goetz for Muskogee School System. She joined the staff at Muskogee Public Library in 1997 in reference and has been Department Head of the Children's Department since 2001. During her career, she has worked with as many as three generations of some families, sharing her boundless enthusiasm for reading and children.

Friends, family, associates and "Reading Liz's children" of all ages are invited to attend. A scrapbook will be available to share a message for Miss Liz. Notes can be done in advance at the library or at the event.

Filed under: Local

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 2:27 pm

One woman is dead in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash near the Muskogee Turnpike, according to emergency workers.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was killed at 2:17 p.m. in the wreck.

We are pursuing more details.

Filed under: Local

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 7:24 am

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will be host to The Tulsa Playboys featuring a Tribute to Hank Thompson, Thursday September 24th at 8 pm at the Frisco Depot, 401 S. 3rd in Muskogee. The show will be taped for an episode of the Oklahoma Music Shop.

The Oklahoma Music Shop (OMS) is a statewide Television show taped before a live audience at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee Oklahoma. OMS airs on Tulsa's CW 19 at 3:30 pm and OKC's KSBI 52 at 11:30 am on Saturdays.

The Tulsa Playboys are Western Swing epitomized from the first note to the last. Drawing on the tradition of Bob, Johnnie Lee and the Cain's Ballroom, the band is as authentic a sound that takes you back to the 40s. The band features triple fiddles, horns, piano, steel and standard guitars and electric mandolin. Many of the band members have worked with the Texas Playboys, Johnnie Lee Wills, Leon McAuliffe, Hank Thompson and John T. Wills. Their debut album "Swing with the Tulsa Playboys" features guest artists: Vince Gill, Roy Clark, Riders In The Sky, Wanda Jackson, Red Stegall, Billy Parker, Leroy Van Dyke, David Frizzell, Jody Nix, Jody Miller, Billy Parker and including the immortal Bob Wills and Johnnie Lee Wills. As their theme song says, "grab your boots, get your hat, swing with the Tulsa Playboys! The Tulsa Playboys features iconic Tulsa musicians Shelby Eicher, Rodney Lay, Spencer Sutton, Danny McBride, plus more!

As a tribute to Hank Thompson, Ann Thompson (Hank's wife) and Jim Halsey (Hank's manager) are teaming up to provide an exhibit of Hank Thompson memorabilia, including an authentic Nudie Suit custom made for Hank. Ann and Jim will be on hand to discuss Hank's life and Ann will kick off the event with a few words and a video bio of Hank's life. Jim Paul Blair will join the Tulsa Playboys for a musical tribute to Hank Thompson. Also scheduled is an appearance by Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Inductees Ramona Reed, a former member of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, and Jana Jae.

The doors will open at 7pm.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Advance tickets can be purchased at:

Filed under: Local Entertainment

Monday, September 21, 2015, 7:36 am

Donald Trump will make a stop here in Oklahoma on Friday.

The Republican front-runner is set to speak Friday afternoon at the State Fair of Oklahoma. And much like his speeches, Donald Trump's visit to Oklahoma is expected to be very fluid, unscripted.

"Donald Trump marches to kind of his own beat, so we move according to his wishes," Trump Coordinator Oklahoma Carol Hefner told the News on 6.

According to Hefner, the Donald's wishes are to connect with Oklahomans at the state fair.

"This is not a fundraiser," Hefner said. "This is actually just a message to the people interacting with the people, enjoying the fair like the regular people do."

Filed under: Politics Oklahoma

Monday, September 21, 2015, 7:25 am

Muskogee's Eighth Annual National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims will be held on Tuesday at The Venue at Oasis Community Church, 800 West Peak Boulevard, Muskogee. It will begin at 6 p.m.

This event is open to the public. The group joins together once a year to support the survivors who have lost loved ones to murder and to honor the victims.

Information: 918-684-8264.

Filed under: Local Sad

Monday, September 21, 2015, 7:24 am

Connors State College will host the Fourth Annual Bull Run 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, October 3, as part of the town of Warner's annual Cowchip Day celebration. Race day registration and packet pickup will begin at 6:30 a.m. on the Warner campus. The race will begin at 8 a.m.

Sanctioned and timed by I:40 Race Service, medals will be given to the top three males and females in the standard age groups. Those pre-registered will receive a commemorative T-shirt. The pre-registration deadline is September 18, at a cost of $20. Registration on the day of the event will be $25 and the registration fee for the 1K Fun Run is $15. Group discounts are available.

Race entry forms can be obtained at, or by contacting Paula Girty at (918) 441-7061, Sandra Barks at (918) 463-2973, or Ryan Blanton at (918) 463-6343.

Filed under: Local Entertainment Sports

Monday, September 21, 2015, 7:22 am

The Cherokee Nation honored three U.S. Army military veterans with the Medal of Patriotism at the September Tribal Council meeting.

John Ernest Petty, 84, of Amarillo, Texas; Frankie Barnett, 66, of Pryor; and John Anthony Plunkett, 51, of Coalgate, received the medal acknowledging their service to the country from Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden.

Command Sgt. Maj. Petty was born May 11, 1930, in Vernon, Texas. Petty joined the U.S. Army in 1947 and completed basic training at Fort Ord in California. He also completed amphibious training at Fort Worden in Washington and was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. During his deployment to Korea, Petty was part of the 24th Infantry Division responsible for taking Hill 770 and the city of Kumsong, a key supply center for enemy troops. He was injured on the second day of the offense and received the Purple Heart for his heroic actions. Petty returned to the United States and was assigned to the 509th AAA Gun Battalion. Petty received an honorable discharge in 1970. For his service, he received two Bronze Stars, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Medal and the Silver Star.

"I would like to thank the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center, and I'd like to thank my wife. She's been my rock for 64 years," Petty said.

Sgt. Barnett was born Nov. 5, 1948, in Tahlequah. Barnett joined the U.S. Army in 1968 and completed basic training and advanced infantry training at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He was deployed to Vietnam from November 1968 to November 1969. Barnett served as a 4.2 mortar operator with the 17rd Airborne Brigade at An Khe, Vietnam, before being attached to the 1st Field Force in Phan Thiet, Vietnam. After returning stateside, he served at Fort Lewis, Washington, as a target detection instructor until his honorable discharge in 1970. Barnett received numerous honors and medals, including the Nation Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Combat Infantryman's Badge.

Staff Sgt. Plunkett was born Jan. 19, 1964, in Shawnee. Plunkett joined the U.S. Army in 1983 and completed basic training and advanced infantry training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was then stationed in Bamberg, Germany, where he served as an armored personnel carrier and M203 grenade launcher and M16 infantry squad member. Barnett continued his military service in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1986 to 1990 as a training and operations sergeant with the 95th Infantry Division. Barnett's primary duties included coordinating rangers, evaluating training and drill sergeants, and serving as opposition forces during exercises. He later joined the U.S. Army Oklahoma National Guard in 2007 as the anti-terrorism force protection sergeant. He was deployed to Bucca, Iraq, in 2008. Barnett retired in 2012 with numerous honors and medal, including two Army Achievement Medals, the Bronze Wheeled Vehicle Driver Award and the Bronze German Army Marksmanship Badge.

Each month the Cherokee Nation recognizes Cherokee service men and women for their sacrifices and as a way to demonstrate the high regard in which all veterans are held by the tribe. Native Americans, including Cherokees, are thought to have more citizens serving per capita than any other ethnic group according to the U.S. Department of Defense. To nominate a veteran who is a Cherokee Nation citizen, please call 918-772-4166.

Filed under: Local Tribes

Friday, September 18, 2015, 7:27 am

Today, tomorrow and Sunday, Muskogee's Senior Follies, featuring a cast of 35 talented "old folks," will perform songs, dances and comedy skits for audiences at the Roxy Theater.

Tonight and tomorrow, the shows are at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the show is at 2 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids, and tickets may be purchased at Sound World or the Roxy Theatre. Proceeds benefit the Good Shepherd Clinic.

Filed under: Local Entertainment