DEATHS

Linda Parker, 70

Born April 3, 1948

Died August 12, 2018

Theodore "Sonny" McCullum, 90

Born May 17, 1928

Died August 10, 2018

Ted "Sonny" McCullum, 90

Born May 17, 1928

Died August 10, 2018

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Friday, August 10, 2018, 9:44 AM

Muskogee’s Three Rivers Museum and Roxy Theater are set to host August’s Classic Movie Night at the Roxy Theater on Aug. 14. This month’s movie will be the 50th anniversary showing of 1968’s “Bullitt”, starring Steve McQueen. The action/crime movie is well known for its iconic car chase scene which was filmed with two classic muscle cars (a 1968 Ford Mustang and Charger) in real time on the streets of San Francisco.

Classic Movie Nights at the Roxy are hosted by Muskogee’s Three Rivers Museum and sponsored by Club Lunch, Station One and The Rail Taproom.

In addition to the showing of the movie, there will be other events and activities including a fundraising table with information and donation opportunities to help in the restoration of “Muskogee Unit 1” , a 1961 Plymouth Fury Police car that is currently under restoration for the community. Muscle Car enthusiasts are also being invited to bring their cars for a special designated parking area before the show starts as early as 5:30 p.m. Those that bring classic cars will be given priority, special seating for the movie and a special souvenir. A Muskogee Police Car will also be on hand for viewing and there will be other attractions including a trivia contest and drawing for a collector model of a 1968 Bullitt Mustang. A short video including the story of the finding of the original “Bullitt Mustang” will also be shown before the movie starts. Tickets are $5 per person and concessions will be available including a new popcorn recipe by the theater. Bullitt is rated “PG” and Parental Guidance is recommended for this movie showing.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018, 8:52 AM

“Okiepella Salutes America!” will be presented this Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Oasis Community Church, 800 W. Peak Boulevard. There is no admission price, but donations given will benefit The Barracks, a facility for homeless and transient veterans who will receive instructions on how to improve their lives, obtain veteran benefits and increase their employment skills.

Okiepella is an a cappella singing group from the Muskogee area, featuring the vocal talents of Peggy Harris, Stephanie Payne, Laurie Havron, Lisa Riley, Meaghan McCawley, Erin McCawley, Marsha Reynolds, Bert Luton, Loryn Tolbert, Jeremy Jones, Mike Dunn, Eddie Yadon, Ken Herringshaw, Steve Thomson, Tim Matthews, John David Luton and Doug Dubry. The group has been in existence for more than three years, and has performed benefit concerts for several Muskogee charities and organizations.

“Okiepella Salutes America!” is a celebration of our nation’s patriotic and folk music, woven together with narration presented by Muskogee dignitaries.  The two-act concert will have a 15-minute intermission with refreshments. 

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Thursday, August 9, 2018, 8:47 AM

The Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System and Muskogee VA Regional Office will hold a Veteran Resource Fair on Wednesday, August 29.

The event will be held at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in the auditorium from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The auditorium is on the second floor in the south end of the medical center.

Veterans and family members will have the opportunity to learn about VA benefits and services, and ask questions to Veterans Health Administration and Veterans Benefits Administration staff.

The resource fair is also open to the public, Congressional stakeholders, Veterans Service Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and community partners.

No registration is required and the event is free to attend. The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center is at 1011 Honor Heights Dr. in Muskogee.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018, 8:44 AM

Dozens of signs have been defaced in the area of County Line and Two Mile Road in Fort Gibson.

At the request of Commissioner Ken Doke, Sheriff Rob Frazier has agreed to offer a $500 reward for info leading to an arrest.

Please call the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office with any information at 918-687-0202.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 8:24 AM

Scotty Ellis's motorcycle lays in the road.

Scotty Ellis, 34, of Muskogee died Monday night after a motorcycle wreck on Harris Road, according to witnesses at the scene and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Ellis was driving a 2013 Yamaha FZ6 motorcycle westbound on Harris Road, at a “hight rate of speed,” around 9 p.m., the patrol reports. He lost control and laid the motorcycle over on the roadway, which threw him into oncoming traffic, the patrol reports. He was then struck by a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Mildred Hatley, 79, of Muskogee, which was traveling eastbound.

Ellis was pronounced dead at the scene. Hatley was not injured.

The patrol reported unsafe speed and inexperienced driver as causes of the wreck.

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Monday, August 6, 2018, 8:36 AM

Today Muskogee Police officers Spears and Standridge will be driving through different neighborhoods in town handing out food vouchers for back to school that were given to them by the Salvation Army.

The vouchers will be given out at random by the two officers.

They begin at 9 this morning and will continue until they have distributed all of the vouchers.

The vouchers are for families to buy groceries, according to Officer Lincoln Anderson.

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Monday, August 6, 2018, 7:42 AM

Cherokee Nation’s award-winning cultural tourism team is accepting grant applications for its education tours during the fall semester. The sponsored tours provide students an exclusive look at Cherokee Nation’s rich history and culture.

Grants are designated for grades third through sixth at elementary public schools within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. They are awarded in the fall and spring, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Three tour options are available:

Cherokee History Tour— Visit Tahlequah’s historic Capitol Square and Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, Cherokee National Prison Museum, Murrell Home, Cherokee Heritage Center and ancient Cherokee village, Diligwa.

Will Rogers Tour— Visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Dog Iron Ranch.

Civil War Tour— Visit Tahlequah’s historic Capitol Square, Murrell Home and Fort Gibson Historic Site.

Complimentary curriculum is provided to classrooms that receive the grant and is available to teachers upon registration. Curriculum includes a teacher’s guide to prepare students for the education tour as well as a student activity.

Minimum requirements for eligibility for schools include being located within the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction, a majority of the school’s students must hold a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood card, the school’s class size may not exceed tour capacity, and the majority of the school’s students must be eligible for free and/or reduced school lunches.

Schools that do not meet the requirements or miss the deadline may experience the program for a small fee. Special rates are available for seventh through 12th grade and college students.

Applications are accepted through Sept. 23 and are available at www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.

For more information or to book an education tour, please call (918) 384-5930.

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Monday, August 6, 2018, 7:36 AM

The Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System is seeking volunteers to serve on its Veteran and Family Advisory Council from October 2018 to September 2019.

The council is a working taskforce that strives to improve the patient experience for all Veterans by providing feedback to hospital leadership.

Advisory Council Membership Requirements:

  • Not employed by VA
  • Become enrolled as a VA Volunteer
  • You or family member receive care through EOVAHCS
  • Have time to attend monthly meetings and activities
  • Have a desire to bring about meaningful change
  • Ability to use own experience constructively

Interested Veterans must fill out an Advisory Council application, which is located at https://www.muskogee.va.gov/Advisory-Council-Application-2018.docx. Please email application to Maureen.herd@va.gov by September 1, 2018.

For more information, please contact Maureen Herd at 918-577-3559 or Maureen.herd@va.gov.

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Friday, August 3, 2018, 6:41 AM

Cheyenne Campbell, 21, of Muskogee was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck five miles east of Checotah around 5 p.m. yesterday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Campbell’s 1997 Ram pickup was westbound on US 266, behind a 2012 Toyota Yaris driven by Michael Bula, 25, of Brooklyn, New York. The Highway Patrol states that Bula attempted an unsafe U-turn in front of Campbell, whose truck struck his SUV on the passenger side. Bula was flown by helicopter to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa with internal injuries.

Campbell was driven to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa with internal injuries.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. Airbags deployed in Campbell’s truck, but not in Bula’s SUV.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 11:22 PM

A 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe killed the driver of a horse-drawn carriage about a mile and a half southwest of Warner this evening, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Billy Rogers, 72, was pronounced dead at the scene from head, internal trunk, external trunk, arm and leg injuries, the patrol reported. The Tahoe, driven by Corey Collins, 28, of Henryetta, was westbound on US 266 around 3 p.m., as was the carriage.

For an unknown reason, the Tahoe collided with the carriage, killing Rogers. The OHP is still investigating the cause of the wreck.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 9:06 AM

Nanette Robertson

Nanette Robertson was the director of Eastern Workforce Development in Muskogee for 11 1/2 years — and worked there for 20. In July of 2016, she resigned under what she says was unjust pressure from the board and threats of prosecution. Now she is suing the board, alleging they coerced her into resigning and sullied her name to prevent her from getting comparable work.

Robertson’s lawsuit states that she was put on administrative leave while the board investigated allegations of missing funds — allegations that later turned out to be untrue. While she was on leave, Robertson says board members approached her in the Arrowhead Mall food court and told her “she did not have the support of the Board, but if she resigned, no criminal charges would be filed against her.”

Robertson, who at the time was unaware that the audit had turned up no evidence of any criminal activity, says she was given only a few minutes to take the resignation offer and be given a severance package. She says he hastily wrote out a resignation letter on a piece of scrap paper, signing it only because she believed she would be terminated otherwise. She was later cleared of any wrongdoing.

Robertson also alleges that the board chairman, Anthony James, was excluded from discussions regarding her because “they thought because both are black, he would protect her.”

The lawsuit names the board, Crystal Brown, Nanette Spencer, Ken Doke and Earnie Gilder and asks for damages in excess of $10,000. Calls for comment to the board have not yet been returned.

UPDATE: Jerri Schoats-Stoutermire, executive director of Eastern Workforce Board, sent the following response to this story:

The Eastern Oklahoma Workforce Board is confident that all decisions made with regard to Ms. Nanette Robertson were appropriate and in compliance with all laws and regulations. We cannot comment on specific claims made in this matter as they relate to personnel issues and are part of ongoing litigation.

We are also being told we will receive paperwork that disproves the allegations Robertson makes in her lawsuit. When we receive it, we will post it here.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 8:09 AM

Cody James Allison

WARNING: This story contains graphic details of a sexual crime against children.

Cody James Allison, 28, of Warner was arrested last week and is now charged in Muskogee County District Court with two felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor, according to court and police records.

Allison is accused of forcing a four-year-old to touch his penis, calling it his “hoo ha.” He is also accused of masturbating in front of a six-year-old, forcing the child to watch him until he ejaculated.

Both children told forensic examiners at Kids’ Space the details of the allegations against Allison.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 8:07 AM

Jess Dunn inmates work in their new, high-visibility uniforms.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has undertaken a number of efforts to improve security at a facility in Taft, just west of Muskogee, that has had four inmates walk away from it since January.

ODOC has moved all Jess Dunn Correctional Center’s 1,122 male inmates to bright orange instead of gray uniforms, part of a move system-wide to phase out the less visible, darker clothing.

The orange is immediately visible, and uniforms have the word “INMATE” brightly emblazoned on their backs (as did the gray uniforms).

Other steps the agency has taken at the minimum-security prison for men include the following:

1. Jess Dunn has a siren that sounds when an inmate walks away from the facility. The prison has added another one that will make the alert louder and more audible to Taft residents. This came about after the facility’s warden, Jim Farris, and ODOC’s Region I Director, Millicent Newton-Embry, spoke with area residents who complained they couldn’t hear the siren. When JDCC has a walkaway, the nearby female minimum-security prison, Eddie Warrior Correctional Center, sounds its siren as well.

2. ODOC continues to beef up facility security in its fenced areas of JDCC, while also improving the visual security of its perimeter. The public should note, however, that minimum-security (which is what Jess Dunn is) is very different from medium-security.

For example, medium security prisons contain some of the state’s most violent and dangerous inmates – individuals who have assaulted other inmates, hurt staff, or are serving time for violent crimes.

Those prisons have double rows of tall fencing topped with razor wire (Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy features an electrified fence). They also have sensors on their perimeters that can detect when someone is attempting to climb over the fence or touch it.

Minimum security inmates earn more visitation and freedom of movement. This can be a motivation for inmates to improve their behavior within the facility and participate in programming that prepares them for reentry.

3. Jess Dunn and Eddie Warrior wardens conducted a citizens’ advisory meeting recently and discussed ODOC policy on inmates assigned to Jess Dunn and answered questions about the walkaways. Those topics include the importance of minimum-security facilities in transitioning inmates to life on the outside. Inmates nearing the end of their sentences are sometimes eligible for minimum-security. While in such facilities, they may participate in public works projects, such as picking up trash or grounds keeping for public areas and buildings.

4. Warden Farris has added Taft residents as requested to the resident notification list. These residents receive a phone call in the event of a walkaway, with priority being residents in the facility’s immediate area.

Jess Dunn staff continue their close cooperation with area law enforcement beyond simply coordinating responses to walkaways.

Challenges at the facility include overcrowding, an aging facility (which was not originally built to be a prison) and a persistent staffing shortage, with 31 correctional officer positions vacant this month.

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Monday, July 30, 2018, 10:13 AM

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is promoting World Breastfeeding Week Aug. 1-7 with the theme “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life.”

The theme focuses on the foundation of lifelong good health that breastfeeding provides for babies and mothers in a world filled with inequity, crisis and poverty.

Breastfeeding is the natural way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information and the support of their family, the health care system and society at large.

According to Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System data from 2016, 83.9 percent of Oklahoma mothers began breastfeeding their babies after birth. While most new mothers start out breastfeeding, many do not exclusively breastfeed for six months, or continue for up to one year of age or beyond as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“Breastfeeding establishes an important foundation for the health of the breastfed infant as well as the mother,” said Amanda Morgan, Breastfeeding Education Coordinator for the Women, Infants and Children Service. “WIC views breastfeeding as a priority and strives to set an example for community support of breastfeeding mothers.”

Data provided in The Oklahoma Toddler Survey from 2014 to 2016 indicate that although the numbers are gradually improving, only 41.5 percent of mothers were breastfeeding at six months and 23.5 percent of mothers were breastfeeding at 12 months or more. The aim of the national Healthy People 2020 breastfeeding objectives is to increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed at six months to nearly 61 percent and at one year to 34 percent.

For more information about breastfeeding, how to find a lactation consultant in your area, or how to become a Recognized Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite, visit the OSDH breastfeeding website http://bis.health.ok.gov, or call the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline toll free at 1-877-271-MILK (6455).

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Friday, July 27, 2018, 9:18 AM

Youth dancers participate in the 65th Cherokee National Holiday powwow in 2017.

The Cherokee Nation will host the 66th Cherokee National Holiday this Labor Day weekend when more than 100,000 visitors travel to Tahlequah to experience the annual celebration of history, culture and art.

This year’s event is Aug. 31-Sept. 2 and features more than 50 activities, including an intertribal powwow, a parade, arts and crafts vendors, music and a variety of competitions.

The theme for this year’s Holiday is “Family: A Bridge to the Future, a Link to the Past.” The theme is colorfully represented in commemorative artwork by Cherokee National Treasure Dan Mink, featuring the seven Cherokee clans and 66 interlocking hands symbolizing the link from the past to the future.

“This year’s theme of family is one that resonates with all of us. Within our Cherokee communities, one of the deepest-held traditions is respect for the importance of family and the honoring of our elders,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “Those values have been passed down from generation to generation of Cherokee people and are just as important today as they have ever been. It is the reason we work so hard to develop the kinds of programs and services that make healthier and stronger Cherokee families. Today, we are proud to share this annual holiday celebration with our family and with our friends.”

The Cherokee National Holiday commemorates the signing of the Cherokee Nation Constitution in 1839, which re-established the tribe’s government in Indian Territory after forced removal from the Cherokees’ original homelands in the Southeast.

This year’s celebration features activities for all ages, including traditional games such as Cherokee marbles, a cornstalk shoot and a blowgun competition. Other sporting events include a chunkey demonstration, a stickball social game and exhibition games, horseshoe pitching, softball slow-pitch, a golf tournament, a 5K Veterans Run and a three-on-three basketball tournament.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018, 8:55 AM

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Alec Bowlin, 18, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with two felony counts of child sexual abuse, according to documents filed with the case.

Between March 1 and April 8, two girls allege Bowlin forced one of them to perform oral sex on him and forced the other to touch his penis. The girls are 13 and 14.

The 13-year-old says she was forced to perform oral sex on Bowlin in a closet on Kingsway Street, while the 14-year-old says Bowlin grabbed her wrist and forced her hand onto his penis. Both incidents are alleged to have happened on the same night, with both girls present at the time.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018, 8:38 AM

Roger Hilfiger and Joe Mundis, both from the 1963 class from Muskogee Central High School, have announced that there will be a 55th reunion planned for this year at Sequoyah Lodge, formerly Western Hills, on Lake Fort Gibson. The classmates decided a destination reunion at Sequoyah Lodge would be more convenient for many who would like to attend, since many would be coming from outside Muskogee, and no longer have family here in Muskogee to stay with.

The class had 435 people, and is trying to contact as many as possible to let them know of the reunion plans. Mundis and Hilfiger say that of the 435 seniors, they have email addresses for 125, physical mail addresses for 188, with 63 of that class deceased. There are 59 seniors for whom the planners do not have any contacts whatsoever. If there are any seniors from that class that have not been contacted, please contact Roger Hilfiger, 918-869-6926, Joe Mundis, 918-543-4985, or email to muskogeeseniors63@outlook.com to give us that contact information.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018, 8:34 AM

Roy Lowery, 54, of Tahlequah was killed last night in an ATV wreck, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Around 10 p.m., Lowery was eastbound on 811 road west of Tahlequah in a 2000 Polaris 500 ATV. He failed to turn at the intersection of road 490, according to the patrol, and left the roadway, rolling the ATV an unknown number of times.

He was transported to Saint Francis Hospital via helicopter, then to Saint John’s hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:52 p.m.

The condition of Lowery before the wreck is unknown, and the cause of the wreck is unsafe speed, according to the patrol.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 10:00 AM

Kaylee Bryson

The Lucas Oil School of Racing and Pippa Mann has announced recipients of the Pippa Mann Scholarship, including Kaylee Bryson, 17, of Muskogee. Kaylee is BoJangles Summer Shootout Series Legends, 2015 Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout Restricted “A” class champion. The group will participate in an upcoming Lucas Oil School of Racing Basic 2-Day program, while Linscott will participate in an Advanced 2-Day program. Willis recently completed her Basic 2-Day at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and will continue her training with Mann later in the season.

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to continue working with the next generation of up and coming female racers with the Lucas Oil School of Racing”, said Pippa Mann, the first woman to earn a pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Helping young women make that first step into open-wheel cars continues to be a personal dream of mine, and I continue to be extremely thankful to the Enersons, and to the School, for providing me with the platform to do just that. With the response rate we’ve had from the first two rounds, we continue to grow this program and the influence it will have on future female racers.”

“In the second year of the scholarship we’ve seen an improvement in both the quantity and quality of applications”, noted Lucas Oil School of Racing Founder and CEO Neil Enerson. “The future of women in racing is getting stronger, and we can’t wait to see how this second group of drivers perform.”

Earlier this summer, Kaylee drove at the NASCAR track in Charlotte Motor Speedway as part of a development program there.

Kaylee will be attending the Sebring International Raceway November 1 and 2, according to her mother, Jessica Bell Gibson.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 9:01 AM

Brittany Shakeria Anderson

Brittany Shakeria Anderson, 25, of Muskogee is charged with 10 felonies after authorities say she set her boyfriend’s apartment on fire.

On June 20, Anderson is accused of setting an occupied apartment at 2701 S. Cherokee Dr. on fire. The apartment was lived in by Ashlyn Skadal, Sarah Guinn, Jarron Pridgeon and Rodney Stratton, though none were home at the time. The apartment next-door was occupied by a disabled man in a wheelchair, but firefighters were able to get him out safely.

The fire burned so hot, authorities say, that each of the nine firefighters who fought it were risking their lives in the attempt, including one firefighter who was treated for some injuries sustained during the effort. Fred Kiser, Patrick Weldon, Dustin Stafford, Donnie Bennett, Travis Bailey, Benjamin Groseclos, Mark Blackwell, Dustin Russell and Tyler Allen all fought the blaze, and each of them was in danger of dying as they did, the charges allege. Anderson is charged with one count of first-degree arson and nine counts of endangering human life during arson. She was arrested in 2011 on first-degree burglary, domestic abuse - assault and battery complaints, and again in 2017 on assault and battery domestic with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery domestic (physical) complaints.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 1:14 PM

Melissa Jackson is sworn in to the OSBI

Melissa Jackson, a longtime deputy with the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office, was recently sworn in as an agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

She will join the bureau’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit, where she will continue the work she started in Muskogee, catching cyber criminals who prey on children.

Jackson was instrumental in the arrests and prosecutions of numerous predators while working in Muskogee.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 11:28 AM

Cherokee Nation Foundation recently hosted 35 high school juniors and seniors at its annual Cherokee College Prep Institute last week.

Students worked closely with 14 university reps from across the nation to explore schools of interest, research scholarship opportunities and navigate the application process.

“For some students, this is their first look at opportunities in higher education, and our staff works hard to help them consider all the possibilities,” said Janice Randall, executive director for CNF. “We teach them about the resources that are available to help them succeed and guide them through the necessary processes so they don’t get overwhelmed. It is beyond rewarding to see them gain confidence throughout the week and take a proactive role in planning for their future.”

The weeklong camp features classroom curriculum developed in cooperation with College Horizons, the U.S. Department of Education and the Princeton Review. Lessons include ACT strategies, essay writing, interview skills and time management.

Outside of the classroom, students worked in small groups and benefited from one-on-one sessions with university recruiters to help them stand out among their peers in the application process.

“CCPI is doing a remarkable job of transforming what once was a shrouded and intimidating process and breaking it down to make it more approachable for the students in a mentor/mentee atmosphere,” said Julian Tamayo, assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Yale. “It is so powerful to see our involvement and guidance have a direct impact on their perceptions and mindset as they begin the next step of their academic journey. We’re all rooting for them and hoping they succeed, and that feeling is what fuels the camp.”

Students stay in traditional dorms throughout the week and have many opportunities to explore the campus to gain a better understanding of what college life is really like. Additional activities include learning to play stickball, movie night, laser tag, a closing reception and a dance.

“Last year’s CCPI was so fun, I knew I had to come back again this year,” said Ty Earp, senior at Welch High School and Cherokee Nation Scholar. “The college admissions process has always seemed so daunting to me, and this week has answered so many questions I’ve had about tuition, application essays and interviews. I feel confident and prepared and am looking forward to what comes next.”

Local students included Grayson Gourd, Fort Gibson High School; Chase Hendricks, Tahlequah High School; Noah HorseChief, Hilldale High School; Ashley Jobe, Wagoner High School; Ryan Jones, Wagoner High School and Summer Jones, Haskell High School.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 11:25 AM

A tip received the Oklahoma Department of Corrections received over Facebook led to the arrest Monday of two fugitives.

The tip about a stolen vehicle led to Stilwell Police finding Avery Flores around 7 p.m. outside the 59 Fuel and Feed gas station.

Found with him was Lynzie Hummingbird, a Northeastern District of Probation and Parole absconder who was known to be with him.

Flores walked away Dec. 21 from Tulsa Transitional Center, where he was serving time on a felony drug possession conviction.

When she absconded, Hummingbird was serving a suspended sentence for a Cherokee County conviction of first-degree robbery.

The two were booked Monday at the Adair County Detention Center.

In addition to an escape charge, Flores was booked on complaints of resisting arrest, and assault and battery on a police officer.

Hummingbird was booked on a complaint of harboring a fugitive and multiple felony warrants.

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Monday, July 23, 2018, 2:24 PM

Andres Garcia

Andres Garcia, 27, of Fort Gibson is charged in Muskogee County District Court with raping and drugging a 14-year-old child, according to documents filed with the case.

The child was given methamphetamine, the documents allege, and taught how to smoke it, while she was also being raped around 15 times from March until May of this year.

Garcia was formerly convicted of larceny of an automobile, second-degree burglary (two counts) and sentenced to three years in prison. He was also convicted of possession of a sawed-off shotgun and sentenced to two years in prison.

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Monday, July 23, 2018, 11:11 AM

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Two Muskogee men are in the Muskogee County Jail as material witnesses in a murder case, but will soon be released on that case, according to District Attorney Orvil Loge.

The men, Carl Bryce and Cody Ray Campbell, are believed to be involved in the disappearance of Kristyn Richardson, who has been missing since May. On Friday, Bryce was involved in a standoff with police at a house at 1322 Houston Street. While the standoff was going on, Campbell arrived at the location and turned himself in.

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Bryce was Richerson’s roommate and had allegedly used her Oklahoma Access card to make purchases, according to an affidavit filed with the case. Bryce told police that he and Richardson went to Rocklahoma in Pryor on May 25 and that Richerson left with an unknown female. Police discovered by analyzing cell tower data that Richerson’s cell phone never left Muskogee.

Police noticed a pile of dirt in the back yard of the residence and an odor commonly associated with decomposition. Police dug up the spot and found only animal bones.

Campbell allegedly told a third person that Bryce stabbed and killed Richardson and buried her in the back yard.

Both Bryce and Campbell were alleged to have been selling and giving away Richerson’s property. Because police haven’t been able to determine the whereabouts or condition of Richerson, the two men are no longer going to be held as material witnesses in the murder case, but they are now facing charges related to a stolen truck found at the residence.

If you have any information about this case or Richerson’s condition or whereabouts, please call the Muskogee Police at 918-682-COPS. You can remain anonymous.

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Monday, July 23, 2018, 10:33 AM

A Vian man and a woman were hurt in a boating accident caused by alcohol, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Michael J. Vanwyk, 68, of Vian was drinking and operating a 1984 Webcraft with Linda Vanwyk, 67, as a passenger a mile south of Burnt Cabin Cove on Lake Tenkiller, according to the Patrol, around midnight yesterday.

His craft was following a 2006 Fourwinns boat with six people out of Tulsa on it, traveling northeast. Vanwyk’s boat slammed into the rear of the Fourwinns boat. None of the Fourwinns passengers were hurt.

Michael Vanwyk was transported to Northeastern Health Systems Hospital in Tahlequah, where he was admitted with a head injury. Linda Vanwyk was also admitted with a head injury.

No one in either vessel was using a personal flotation device.

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Friday, July 20, 2018, 12:06 PM

Muskogee police process the scene after they removed a man from this house.

Muskogee police are asking residents to avoid Houston and N streets, where they have a suspect barricaded inside a house.

More information as it becomes available.

UPDATE 3:16 p.m.: Muskogee Police Officer Lincoln Anderson, who was working at the scene, just responded to our request for comment.

“At this time, all I can say is we have an ongoing investigation of a missing person.”

Rumors on Facebook are abounding as to the whereabouts and condition of the woman who lives at the residence pictured above, but police have given no indications one way or another.

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Friday, July 20, 2018, 9:40 AM

House Minority Leader Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs, issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Mike Hunter’s opinion that the rules implemented by the Oklahoma Health Department’s board are not authorized by state statutes.

“I do agree with the attorney general’s assessment. The House Democratic Caucus has taken a stronger stance against the board’s decision than any elected official in the state. Unlike our counterparts, we feel that a special session is necessary to provide a permanent structure for medical marijuana. Contrary to the governor’s original statement after signing the rules, we believe it will be easier to protect the will of the people and put in place effective oversight during a special session when legislators don’t have to worry about the budget.

“However, if the attorney general believes the board’s actions are not authorized by the law, why did he let the governor sign them in the first place? One of the attorney general’s main jobs is to advise the executive branch on legal issues. Considering the lawyer for the health department at the time literally told the board that the rules would most likely be challenged in court, why didn’t the attorney general advise the governor before she signed them into law?

“After the health department voted the first time, many of my Republican colleagues pointed to the unelected board, due to their lack of accountability, as the problem. Well, you can’t have it both ways. If they really believe this, they should take this issue out of the board’s hands and call a special session so that the decisions made during that special session can be held accountable by the people in November.”

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Friday, July 20, 2018, 9:16 AM

Devon Deshon Thomas, 22, of Broken Arrow was shot at by a Louisiana state trooper in Slidell, La., yesterday afternoon as he allegedly charged officers while holding a large knife, according to reports from the Louisiana State Police.

Yesterday, troopers from the US Marshals Fugitive Taskforce were serving warrants for armed robbery at an address in Slidell. As officers approached the house, Thomas allegedly ran out and charged officers with a large knife. A trooper fired his weapon, but did not strike Thomas. Thomas was, however, transported to a hospital and treated for minor injuries after he was subdued.

He will be booked into the Tammany Parish Jail as a federal fugitive with additional state charges.

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