Pauline "Polly" Davis , 84

Born June 19, 1935

Died December 8, 2019

Marilyn J. Stout, 87

Born August 16, 1932

Died December 8, 2019

Francis Dwayne Haas, 80

Born July 10, 1939

Died December 7, 2019

Beverly Ann Johnson, 84

Born July 26, 1935

Died December 7, 2019


Our death notices and obits are always free to the families and funeral homes.


Friday, December 13

NCC Women's Christmas Dinner
“Overcomer” Movie
Parents Night Out
Annual Christmas Party
But First - Coffee with CASA
JJ Baldwin

Saturday, December 14

Garden of Lights Run 2019
Pound Fit with Amanda
ECC Men's Breakfast
Christmas Craft Fair At Arrowhead Mall
Good Reads for Christmas - 2019
Brain Storming Dinner
Live Nativity Scene
Coins 4 Critters
Free The Fighters
Madden 20 Clinic
Adam Miller Live @ The Rail (Muskogee, OK)
Wreath laying ceremony
VA Employee Association 1st Annual Holiday Party
Arrowhead Christmas Festival
Cupcake Crawl
Wreaths Across America escort to Ft.Gibson National cemetery
Jake Tankersley
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Sunday, December 15

Redeemed2Freedom Ladies' Sunday School Class
Live Reindeer at Honor Heights Park
Garden of Lights 2019 Season
Honey Christmas Pj Mini's

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 8:46 AM

Derek Perez

Derek Martin Perez, 32, of Muskogee is charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon and two counts of kidnapping after an assault and stabbing incident in the McDonald’s restaurant where he worked, according to documents filed with the case in Muskogee County District Court.

Perez is alleged to have attacked his manager, James Coble Jr., with a food tray, hitting him in the head, and then grabbing a knife and stabbing him in the stomach before fleeing the restaurant. He is then alleged to have forced his wife, Brenda Perez, and his two-year-old daughter into their car and fleeing the state.

Brenda Perez’s sister-in-law read the story on about the assault and called Perez to ask whether the suspect was her husband, according to Lynn Hamlin of the Muskogee Police Department. Brenda Perez confirmed that Derek Perez was the suspect and that he had confined her and her daughter to the car, which she thought was headed to Texas.

The sister-in-law then called police, who issued an Amber alert for the little girl.

When Perez checked into a motel in Fort Smith, police were notified and the females were rescued, and he was arrested.

Coble has filed a protective order against Perez, stating “Derek Martin Perez attacked & stabbed I (James Coble Jr) at work”.

Perez was previously convicted of domestic abuse by strangulation in 2017, and sentenced to three years suspended. He was also convicted of domestic abuse resulting in great bodily injury and sentenced to ten years in prison, all of which were suspended.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019, 8:00 AM

The Muskogee High School Choral Department presents “Sounds of the Season” on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 7 p.m. inside the MHS Fine Arts Auditorium.

The concert will feature the Advanced Chorale, Bel Canto Treble Choir, Concert Choir, and 7th and 8th Grade Honor Choir.

MHS Choir Alumni are specially invited to join the High School Mass Choir to perform the Hallelujah Chorus.

For more information contact Muskogee High School Choral Director Teresa Pointer at 918-684-3750 ext. 1736 or

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 3:57 PM

A manager at the McDonald’s restaurant at 32nd and Okmulgee streets was stabbed by an employee, according to numerous emergency officials and workers.

The manager is being treated at Saint Francis Hospital for a stomach wound.

Police have not yet said whether a suspect is in custody.

UPDATE: Lynn Hamlin of the Muskogee Police issued the following statement:

On December 10th 2019, at approximately 1450 hours officers were dispatched to McDonalds located at 101 S. 32nd Street in reference to a stabbing. When they arrived on scene they learned there was an altercation between an employee and the manager that ultimately led to the manager being stabbed by the employee.

The manager suffered a stab wound in the abdominal area and was transported to St. Francis hospital in Muskogee. The condition is unknown at this time other than the victim was awake and talking at the time of transport.

The suspect left the scene prior to officers arriving.

Investigators are on scene and further details will be released as they become available.

UPDATE: Hamlin provided the following details: The victim is James Coble Jr. 07-02-1983

Suspect is Derek Martin Perez 10-24-1987

UPDATE: Hamlin sent this supplementary release:

The suspect’s wife Brenda Perez was contacted by her sister-in-law Candace Thayer after seeing the story on MuskogeeNOW about the assault. She ask Brenda if the suspect was Derek and she stated yes. Brenda advised that Derek would not let her out of the car and that their two year old daughter Olivia is also in the vehicle with them. According to Brenda they were headed towards Texas.

Family members said Derek has in the past made comments which led them to believe he may attempt to encite law enforcement to use deadly force.

An Amber Alert is being issued at this time. The vehicle they are in is a 2006 Chevy Malibu silver in color, tag # EBM212. Brenda Perez is a Caucasian female 01-28-1997 4’11 and 310 pounds, she has blue eyes and red hair.

Olivia Perez is a Caucasian female 03-31-2017, 2 feet tall, 38 pounds, blue eyes and blonde hair

UPDATE 6:14 A.M.: The suspect, Derek Perez, was found in a motel in Fort Smith at 4:30 a.m. Perez was taken into custody and is being held in the Fort Smith jail. His wife and daughter were with him at the time.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 9:26 AM

During a challenge designed to inspire students to make real changes in the world for good, the team was to think of a problem with a building in Muskogee and make it better. The team decided to choose Sadler itself as the building, according to Gaila Martin of Sadler.

Focusing on energy usage at the school, students proposed numerous ways to reduce the $30,000 yearly bill — and the school’s carbon footprint.

The team began with an energy-use survey, and using that data, proposed ways to reduce that energy use. Little ideas included programmable thermostats, modern cooling and heating equipment and better windows. In addition the team proposed replacing the school’s fluorescent lights with LEDs, which could save fully 10 percent of the total yearly energy bill.

The team’s big idea, however, might actually come to fruition, thanks to the recent bond issue passed by Muskogee: solar power with panels on the roof of the school. The team’s ideas won the Nov. 23 triple qualifier at Tulsa Memorial, which qualified it to go to State on Saturday. The qualifier also had the distinction of being the highest overall score.

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Monday, December 9, 2019, 11:12 PM

A three-year-old child was killed this morning in a two-car wreck just south of Haskell, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The baby was a passenger in a 2006 Saturn Ion driven by Heather Yocham, 30, of Haskell. She was northbound on State Highway 72 when a 2009 GMC Sierra driven by a juvenile from Haskell attempted to pass her, according to the patrol.

Yocham attempted to take evasive action, swerving to the left, when the Sierra struck her near the passenger door.

Yocham was admitted to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa with head and internal injuries after being flown there by helicopter. Another juvenile was taken to the same hospital by helicopter and admitted in stable condition with head and trunk injuries. The juvenile driver of the Sierra was taken to Saint Francis Tulsa, where he was treated and released.

The cause of the collision was stated as passing without sufficient clearance.

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Monday, December 9, 2019, 7:56 AM

Dennis Demetreous Flatt, 15, of Muskogee has been charged as an adult with first-degree rape in Muskogee County District Court, according to documents filed with the case.

Youthful offenders who are charged as adults are then tried in adult courts and can face adult sentences if convicted, although their attorneys can apply to have the case re-filed in juvenile court.

On Nov. 11, Flatt is accused of forcing his penis into the vagina of the girl, who is related to him.

Although the case reports Flatt as a Muskogee resident, his parents live in Haskell and Boynton and the initial report was made by the Haskell Police Department.

A warrant was issued for Flatt’s arrest on Friday.

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Friday, December 6, 2019, 9:45 AM

The Muskogee County Sheriff’s office and the Salvation army are teaming up for a coat and shoe drive for needy people in Muskogee.

The drive is on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the U-Haul building (the old Kmart) at Main and Shawnee.

The drive is only accepting new coats and shoes in both adult and children’s sizes.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:51 PM

Annette Lundy, 57, and Tanya Covington, 58, were hurt critically today when the 1993 Ford Explorer Lundy was driving left the roadway on Main Street, hitting a concrete barrier in front of the post office, according to Lynn Hamlin of the Muskogee Police Department.

Both women were transported to a hospital in Tulsa in critical condition, according to Trish German of Muskogee County EMS.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019, 1:26 PM

District Judge Bret Smith announces results of the fundraiser.

Muskogee County District Judge Bret Smith announced at a noon meeting of the Rotary Club at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame that the club had raised more than $4,000 to provide luggage for foster children.

Muskogee County Bar Association Treasurer Roy Tucker said the association donated matching funds to what the Rotary Club had raised, and OG&E donated some to bring the total raised to $9,800.

Foster children, Smith said, often don’t have anything more than plastic trash bags to transport their belongings when they move from one home to another and many subconsciously receive a negative message that their belongings aren’t important, or are trash. Providing permanent luggage to them can boost their self-esteem and let them know that their belongings are important, and that they have a place to store their own things.

“It’s a small thing to us,” he said. “But it can really make a difference in their lives.”

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Thursday, December 5, 2019, 9:42 AM

The Kelly B. Todd Cerebral Palsy and Neuro-Muscular Foundation is a Muskogee-based charity that provides free therapy services to victims of neuromuscular disorders or any other conditions that affect a child’s ability to control speech or movement.

It has helped numerous families and children since its founding in 1975 and continues to be an invaluable resource to its constituents.

On Saturday, you can support that mission and get a treat yourself — a tour of some amazing Muskogee homes during the Christmas Home Tour.

The tour is from 1 p.m. to 4 pm. on Saturday and costs $10 per person. The tour will encompass the following homes:

  • Mrs. Connie Weese, 3201 Park Place North
  • John Engelbrecht, 3306 Cromwell St.
  • Mrs. Cheryl Petree, 414 Kendall Blvd.
  • Mrs. Sandy Wood, 425 Kendall Blvd.

Visitors can also donate $1 to the foundation and receive a chance to win a diamond necklace provided by Haley & Loyd Jewelry.

Tickets can be purchased at the Kelly B. Todd Center, 1111 N. 36th St., or at the homes on the day of the tour.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 10:42 AM

Tommy Cummings, Jim Paul Blair, Jessica Holloway and Angelina Cummings bring the Buddy Holly era back to life.

Muskogee Medical Foundation will present a night of 1950s and Christmas music on Friday at 7:30 p.m. to benefit The Salvation Army Angel Tree program in Muskogee.

The show will feature all 1950s music, with Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, the Big Bopper, Jack Daw and the Snobirds and more. The show will also feature classic Christmas tunes and culminates in a recreation of the historic Winter Dance Party Show in Clear Lake, Iowa.

The all-Muskogee cast features Jim Paul Blair, Andy Sanchez, Tommy Cummings, Angelina Cummings, Jessica Holloway, Jim Loftin, Jermaine Mondaine and John Krause.

The event happens at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, 401 S. 3rd St., and tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 10:12 AM

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs encourages community members, businesses and organizations to help support hospitalized veterans throughout the country by doing what they can.

Each year, thousands of veterans spend the holidays at VA inpatient facilities away from family and friends.

“Holidays can be especially hard on veterans in the hospital,” said Mark E. Morgan, Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System director. “So we encourage organizations and other groups to visit our Muskogee hospital during the holiday season. Just seeing a friendly face and knowing they are not forgotten is a blessing to them.”

International Volunteer Day is just around the corner and one way to give is through volunteer service.

For more information on visiting veterans during the holiday season or becoming a VA volunteer, contact VA Voluntary Service at 918-577-3621/3622 or visit

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 8:30 AM

Sharon Scrapper, 53, of Tahlequah was killed in a head-on collision just west of Tahlequah around 5:30 p.m. yesterday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Scrapper was driving a 2019 Ford Escort eastbound on US 51 when her car went left of center for an unknown reason and struck a 2007 Pontiac Torrent driven by Ora Owens, 37, of Broken Arrow. Owens was flown to Saint John Hospital in Tulsa, where she was admitted with trunk and leg injures. Her passenger, Kaitlyn Owens, 19, of Broken Arrow, was pronounced dead at a Tahlequah hospital due to internal trunk and arm injuries.

The cause of the wreck is under investigation, as is the condition of Scrapper before the wreck.

The lone survivor of the wreck, Ora Owens, was the only one who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, the patrol reported.


Monday, December 2, 2019, 6:20 AM

Experience Cherokee culture and holiday family fun during a special event at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill on Saturday, Dec. 7.

“A Cherokee Christmas” runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and features complimentary make-and-take activities throughout the museum gallery and the opportunity to shop handmade Christmas gifts made by local Cherokee artists.

Additional events are offered in Adams Corner Rural Village for an admission price of $10.

Those activities include making natural tree ornaments, decorating the outdoor Christmas tree and enjoying special storytelling around the campfire with Cherokee National Treasure Robert Lewis.

Guests will be provided the opportunity to make a Cherokee gift of their own and can choose from a mini gourd mask, pinch pot or felt gorget. Each craft includes personalized instruction and a gift box.

A lighting ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by caroling on the porch of the General Store.

The Cherokee Heritage Center is located at 21132 S. Keeler Dr., Park Hill, Oklahoma

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Friday, November 29, 2019, 8:10 AM

Visitors to the Garden of Lights in Honor Heights Park can get a trolley tour through the attraction on certain days.

On Dec. 6, 13, 16, 20, 23 and 30, riders can meet up at Boulevard Christian Church, 1700 W. Shawnee St., around 5:30 p.m. and every hour and a half after, pay $2 per person and ride to the park.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 8:50 AM

Tony Baucom

Tony Baucom, the father of the nine-year-old who was injured in a bullying incident at Pershing Elementary School, was arrested on Nov. 22 after he allegedly brandished a firearm at Carmart on Shawnee and threatened to “put eight rounds” in Brian Adams.

Baucom was also allegedly responsible for a lockdown at Pershing Elementary School on the same day after saying “send all the police, see what happens” over the phone when being informed that a warrant (since recalled) had been issued for his wife over the previous incident at Pershing.

After his arrest, Baucom is accused of attacking three jailers at the Muskogee County Jail, knocking one, Benjamin Ford, out and giving him a concussion. During the same incident, he is accused of grabbing Media Roe by the hair and slamming her head into a filing cabinet and striking Zachary Junhi.

He was eventually subdued and jailed.

Baucom has been charged with four felonies, assault and battery with a deadly weapon after the Carport incident, aggravated assault and battery for the concussion of Benjamin Ford, and two counts of assault and battery on a police officer for the other two detention officers.

He was previously convicted of eluding a police officer and six counts of running a road block in 2007 and sentenced to five years suspended, and placing bodily fluid on a government employee and sentenced to two years suspended.

He has been released on a total of $5,000 bond.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 6:25 AM


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Anyone who has been around a TV at Christmastime has seen the Jimmy Stewart Classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” but the story gains some gravitas when it’s performed live.

Muskogee Little Theater is producing the play from Dec. 6 to Dec. 14.

When misfortune befalls George Bailey on Christmas Eve, guardian angel Clarence swoops in to remind him of all the good he has done in the lives of those who love him most.

Make a visit to Bedford Falls for the timeless message that hope and family make life truly wonderful.

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Monday, November 25, 2019, 8:09 PM

Wagoner County Commissioner James Hanning

Wagoner County District Attorney Jack Thorp has asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to take over the investigation into longtime Wagoner County Commissioner James Hanning for allegations that he molested a little girl.

Hanning, who has been a Wagoner County commissioner since 2011, is accused of inappropriately touching the girl when she was in grade school, a letter dated Oct. 22 from Thorp’s office to the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office.

The girl made the allegations during testimony in an unrelated lawsuit, Thorp’s letter states, adding that his office was notified Special Agent Green is taking over the investigation and that Hanning’s private attorney has withdrawn from representing him.

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Monday, November 25, 2019, 7:42 AM

Vanessa Claremore, 38, of Gore was killed on Saturday around 11 p.m. in a single-vehicle wreck, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Clark was driving a 1998 Buick Century southbound on 165th Street in Muskogee County when the car departed the boat ramp in to Dirty Creek, rolled and came to rest submerged in the creek.

Clark was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the wreck and the condition of the driver are unknown at this time.

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Friday, November 22, 2019, 9:10 AM

Warning: This story contains salty language.

Kimberly Baucom, mother of a nine-year-old boy who was bullied to the point that he received a concussion and a fractured vertebra, has now been charged with a misdemeanor of threatening to perform an act of violence after she allegedly threatened Pershing Elementary School Principal Meleah Hoskins.

Hoskins told campus police that someone identified only as Mrs. Barnes told her Baucom said “I’m going to get my kids and if she doesn’t have them ready, I’m kicking that fat bitch’s ass and I’ll pull that bitch bald-headed.”

Baucom, who spoke with a week ago, said “they’re trying to say I was talking about pulling ‘that bitch bald-headed’ and ‘beat the fuck out of her,' but I don’t talk like that. I never said that.”

Baucom says she had received a phone call from her son saying his head felt like it was going to explode and he was having trouble walking after he was slammed into the wall, and she was begging the school to release him to her so she could get him medical attention.

Baucom’s husband says he asked the school for video of either incident — the bullying or his wife’s alleged outburst — and was told no video exists.

UPDATE: The arrest warrant has temporarily been withdrawn by the district attorney pending further investigation, DA Orvil Loge said just now.

“We think she should really just have to focus on her son and his health right now,” he said. Though the case is not dropped, she is currently not facing an arrest warrant.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019, 8:56 AM

Taveion Baucom, 9, who was shoved into a wall during a class at Pershing Elementary, will be helped by Muskogee’s Bedouin Shriners, who are getting him an appointment at one of the Shrine hospitals, possibly in Shreveport, Shriners reported.

Baucom received a concussion and a fractured vertebra, according to his parents, when another student shoved him into a wall.

As he called his mother and complained about how his head felt like it was going to explode and it hurt to walk, school officials kept his mother from picking him up and instead banned her from school property, according to documents acquired by

According to a representative of the Shriners, the boy’s injuries are severe enough that the specialized care he needs isn’t available in Houston, so they’re hoping to get him to a specialist in Shreveport, La.

The schools said they cannot confirm or deny banning the boy’s mother, but documents show she was told not to return under threat of prosecution for criminal trespassing.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019, 8:46 AM

Only three cities are less expensive to live in that Muskogee — for the second consecutive quarter, according to the Cost of Living Index, Greg Holbird, marketing and research manager at the Port of Muskogee said.

The overall cost of living in Muskogee is 21.4 percent below the national average.

While Muskogee is only the fourth least expensive city in the nation, it does rank as the least expensive in the state of Oklahoma.

The Cost of Living Index is produced each quarter by the Council for Community and Economic Research. Of the Oklahoma cities measured by the group, for the cost of living index, Muskogee is the least expensive for the second and third quarters of 2019. Muskogee came away with a score of 78.6. Other cities in Oklahoma are not far behind:

  • Pryor 84
  • Tulsa 84.4
  • Ponca City 85
  • Oklahoma City 85.4
  • Edmond 86.5
  • Norman 88.1
  • Ardmore 89
  • Lawton 89.7
  • Enid 90.3

Enid beat larger communities Tulsa and Oklahoma City to be the most expensive city in Oklahoma. In Muskogee, the low cost of goods and services mean residents can enjoy a much higher standard of living. A Muskogee resident making $50,000 moving to Dallas would have to earn $59,591 to maintain the same standard of living. To calculate the cost of living index local prices for categories such as groceries items, transportation, housing, utilities, health care, miscellaneous goods and services are collected and sent to C2ER. Every quarter, the Port of Muskogee’s Business andEconomic Development staff price everything from a half gallon of milk to the cost of a single yoga session. Each category is assigned a percentage to represent a portion of the index:

  • Grocery 13.4%
  • Housing 29.34%
  • Utilities 8.94%
  • Transportation 9.22%
  • Health Care 4.26%
  • Misc. Goods & Services 34.84%

Muskogee ranks as low as 25th least expensive in groceries, and as high as fourth least expensive in miscellaneous goods and services. Muskogee’s low cost of living paired with other economic trends, and the city’s unemployment for September 2019 was 3.7 percent.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 8:49 AM

Wendell Hutchinson Jr.

Wendell Irvin Hutchinson Jr., 29, of Boynton is charged with first-degree rape in Muskogee County District Court, according to documents filed with the case.

On Oct. 27 around 1 a.m., Hutchinson is accused of forcing a Boynton woman to have sex with him, and also forcing his fingers into her vagina, the case alleges.

Hutchinson has multiple former convictions for burglary, grand larceny, knowingly concealing stolen property, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm after delinquent adjudication and possession of a stolen firearm. He was sentenced to total of 50 years in prison in 2013 and four years in 2012.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 9:36 AM

The Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System will hold a drive-through flu shot clinic on Nov. 23 at Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee for enrolled veterans.

No appointment is necessary. All veterans who get their flu shot on Nov. 23 will receive a free gift. The clinic will be in parking lot 1, across from the emergency department main entrance, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Veterans in Muskogee, Tulsa, Vinita, McAlester and Idabel can also receive a flu shot in their VA primary care teams on a walk-in basis through March 31, 2020. Flu shots are free for enrolled veterans at the VA or at Walgreens. Flu shots will not be covered at urgent care clinics.

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Monday, November 18, 2019, 8:35 AM

Julian Medina, 19, of Broken Arrow died early Sunday morning just 24 feet west of Muskogee City Limits on US 69 in a head-on collision with a semi, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Medina was driving a 2018 Volkswagen northbound in the southbound lanes of the highway, according to the patrol, and slammed into a 2018 Volvo tractor-trailer around 4 a.m. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

The highway patrol reported the Medina was intoxicated and was not wearing his seatbelt.

Sarah Owens, 33, of Beggs was killed in an ATV wreck around 6 p.m. yesterday three miles east of Hitchita. She was driving a 2010 Polaris Razor southbound on N CR4050 and tried to enter State Highway 266 eastbound, but she was going too fast and left the roadway, flipping the ATV, the patrol reported.

She was ejected from the vehicle and died at Hillcrest hospital. The patrol reported the odor of alcohol on her.

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Friday, November 15, 2019, 1:56 PM

Taveion Baucom, left, with his father, Coach Tony Baucom

The parents of a nine-year-old student at Pershing Elementary are saying their son received a concussion and a fractured spine during a bullying incident at the school, where he was slammed into a brick wall.

Kimberly Baucom said first-year principal Meleah Hoskins called her around 2:35 on Wednesday and told her her son had been assaulted by another child in class, but that he was OK.

Baucom said her son, Taveion, called her shortly thereafter and said he felt like his head was going to explode, and it hurt to walk. He was later diagnosed with a concussion and a fracture of his L-5 vertebra, according to Baucom.

“I came to get him at school, and after I was waiting in line for 15 minutes, I got out of the car to talk to Miss Hoskins,” Baucom said. “I told her I needed to get my son and get him medical treatment and she told me I needed to get back in my car and wait like all the other parents. But all the other parents didn’t have kids who were injured.”

Baucom says Hoskins later accused her of threatening her physically, but denies she did.

“I just wanted to get my son,” she said.

She said Dr. Kim Dyce, assistant superintendent of schools, later yelled at her over the phone and told her to shut her mouth about the situation.

“I asked for a video,” Coach Tony Baucom, Taveion’s father, said. “They said there were no security cameras.”

Kimberly Baucom said the schools have now banned her and she can’t even pick up her children from the schools because of it. Although she said the schools are “pressing charges” against her, the district attorney said that while he is aware of the case, he has not received a report from the police department.

“They denied my son medical attention,” she said. “And now they’re trying to press charges against me for it.”

Tony Baucom said he is going to have to quit a coaching gig at Connors State College so he can pick his children up from school, since his wife is now banned.

“I just want answers,” he said. “And they’re not giving any. They just want us to disappear and quit asking about it.”

Steve Braun, spokesman for the schools, said there isn’t much they can say.

“The administration is fully aware of the incident you are referencing at Pershing Elementary,” he said. “Our principal and district have maintained constant communication with the parents throughout the situation.”

The Baucoms both said that isn’t true; that the district has not maintained communication with them.

“To protect the privacy of underage students, we are not at liberty to speak about student discipline, injuries or student records,” Braun continued, then said he also could not comment specifically about whether Baucom had been banned or if the district was seeking charges against her. “While it is rather unusual for us to ban an individual from a school site, there are times it is necessary due to safety, security or interference in the educational process. We will not confirm or deny whether we have banned a parent. However, we will continue to investigate this incident and turn it over to the district attorney if necessary.”

Taveion is scheduled to have surgery to repair his spine.

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Connors State College said Tony Baucom is not a coach and has never coached at Connors.

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Friday, November 15, 2019, 9:25 AM

Dan Hall

Ward II City Councilor Dan Hall has withdrawn his application to run again for his seat, and resigned from the council effective immediately, according to him.

“I have missed out on several things with my family over the last eight years,” Hall, who has also resigned from all the boards on which he served, said today. “My youngest son has two years left of high school, and I want to be more active with him.”

Hall is also the chief of police at Muskogee Public Schools.

“It was a hard decision, but I feel good about where I am leaving things,” he said. “It was just time for me.”

Local businessman Alex Reynolds is the only candidate for Hall’s seat and will become a city councilman by default with Hall’s absence.

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Another city councilman, Patrick Cale, is also expected to resign today, according to numerous sources, though Cale has not yet returned texts asking for comment.

Stephanie Morgan or David Ragsdale Jr. will fill that seat in Ward I.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019, 9:36 AM

Monica Ann Clyde

Monica Ann Clyde, 29, of Haskell is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony of harboring a fugitive from justice, according to documents filed with the case.

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Muskogee County Deputy Jessica McClure reported that she saw Lacosse in the passenger seat of a silver Mitsubishi Clyde was driving, and that Clyde pulled into someone’s back yard and tried to conceal the car’s location while Lacosse ran.

Lacosse was convicted in 2002 in Michigan of lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a child and required to register as a sex offender. He was convicted in 2015 of two counts of failure to register as a sex offender and sentenced to three years in prison, then again in 2017 of failure to register as a sex offender and placed on probation. He failed to appear for a hearing on the case in September of this year, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

McClure said Clyde admitted Lacosse told her to pull the car into the back yard when he saw her turn around to follow the car.

A warrant has been issued for Clyde’s arrest. She has two prior felony convictions for possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor conviction for malicious injury to property.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 9:14 AM

Cherokee Nation and Indian Health Service leaders will celebrate the grand opening of the largest tribal outpatient health center in the country on Thursday, Nov. 14. The 469,000-square-foot health facility in Tahlequah features more than 240 exam rooms, two MRI machines, an ambulatory surgery center, 34 dental chairs, full service optometry and specialty health services.

The grand opening will also showcase many features of the state-of-the-art health facility. Over 600 pieces of Cherokee art and art-related items will be on display, including 64 items made by Cherokee National Treasures. An interactive experience on the third floor, near the pediatrics department, will teach children Cherokee words. The Cherokee Nation invested about $200 million of its general fund dollars into the facility’s construction and purchase of equipment. IHS is funding $100 million per year in staffing and operating costs in a historic joint-venture agreement with the tribe.

During Thursday’s grand opening, a ribbon-cutting will be followed by a meal.

The Cherokee Nation operates the largest tribal health system in the country with more than 1.3 million patient visits per year.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 9:07 AM

The first movie based on the life of Bass Reeves, former US Marshal and Muskogee policeman, will premiere here in Muskogee on Friday night.

Reeves, who was the first black US Marshal west of the Mississippi, served in Muskogee from 1897 until 1907 and is considered by many to be the inspiration for the Lone Ranger. After the new state of Oklahoma passed a law that blacks could not be in charge of whites, Reeves served as a Muskogee police officer, patrolling predominantly black neighborhoods.

The movie, Hell on the Border, stars Ron Perlman of Hellboy fame, David Gyasi and Frank Grillo and is described as a great Western movie based on a true-life legend.

The Three Rivers Museum in Downtown Muskogee will host a press reception from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., then the movie will premiere at 7 at the Roxy Theater. It debuts nationwide on Dec. 13.

You can buy tickets here.

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