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DEATHS

Kelsee Jolynn Sevier, 23

Born February 26, 1997

Died September 27, 2020

Walter (Buddy) Hale Stubbs Jr., 79

Born December 8, 1940

Died September 25, 2020

Bayard Palmer "Sud" Sudberry III, 75

Born January 28, 1945

Died September 21, 2020

Donnie Ashworth, 68

Born March 13, 1952

Died September 21, 2020

Fred L. Finley, 75

Born July 15, 1945

Died September 20, 2020

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THINGS TO DO

Monday, September 28

MONAA Meeting

Tuesday, September 29

Girl Scout Sign Up Night
Freddy’s Spirit Night

Monday, September 28, 2020, 10:47 AM

Muskogee police are investigating the shooting of a dog yesterday afternoon on Eastside Boulevard.

The dog’s owner was in her home on the 700 block of the street around 4 p.m. when she heard a gunshot, went outside and saw that her dog had been shot.

The dog was transported to an emergency veterinarian in Tulsa, but there is currently no information on its condition.

Police are still investigating.

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Monday, September 28, 2020, 10:11 AM

Chad Heath Fields, 34, of Muskogee is charged in federal court with assault resulting in serious bodily injury over an incident that occurred on March 24, 2019, according to documents filed with the case.

Fields is alleged to have beaten his girlfriend, who was upset with him after noticing food in the sink. An affidavit filed with the cases states that Fields removed the woman’s prescription glasses and then began to pound on her face as she begged him to stop. The woman then tried to flee through a garage door in the kitchen, but he pulled her back and continued beating her, the affidavit states.

The woman called out to her mother to call the police, but Fields allegedly ran to find her and stop her from calling the police. The girlfriend then fled to the front yard, but Fields is alleged to have caught her there and tried to continue the assault as she screamed for help, noticed by several neighbors. Commotion in the yard allowed the girlfriend to flee to a neighbor’s home, whom Fields allegedly stopped from calling police by taking her phone. He then allegedly entered the home, demanding she come home, but she refused. Another neighbor entered the home and demanded Fields leave, which he allegedly did to avoid police.

Neighbors confirm the victim’s version of events.

A warrant has been issued for Fields’ arrest.

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Friday, September 25, 2020, 5:00 PM

John Martin, 77, of Muskogee has died from gunshot wounds he received in a Sept. 15 shooting, according to the Muskogee Police Department.

Martin was in his house when a man entered the house around 8:10 a.m. on that date on Monta Avenue and demanded money. Martin told the man he had no money and the suspect shot him multiple times before Martin could reach his gun and fire back at the suspect, who then fled from the home.

Today, around 2:50 p.m., Martin died from his wounds.

The suspect is described as a black male, average build in his 30s, wearing a gray hoodie.

If you have any information about this murder, call 918-680-3120. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 918-682-2677.

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Friday, September 25, 2020, 4:48 PM

Twenty-one inmates at the Muskogee County Jail have tested positive for coronavirus, according to Sheriff Terry Freeman.

Forty-five inmates have been tested, and of those, 20 female inmates and one male tested positive. 14 females and 10 males were negative. The inmates’ symptoms are being monitored and treatment is being provided by medical staff.

Any inmate will receive a test upon request, he said, and employees are required to be tested. No employee has yet tested positive.

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Friday, September 25, 2020, 9:19 AM

Casey West and the Heathens are headlining a live music show tonight at Honor Heights Park’s Rainbow Amphitheater.

The group is one of four that will play at 7 p.m. in the show, called Rockin the Rainbow Southern Style.

Also appearing are Lance Roark and the Drifters, JJ Baldwin and Boone Mendenhall.

Food trucks will be available at the event.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020, 9:16 AM

Robert Lee Neese, 33, of Mounds is charged with three felonies in Muskogee County District Court after an alleged road rage incident on US 69 in late August, according to documents filed with the case.

Neese was allegedly southbound on US 69 around 3:30 p.m. on August 26 when the mirror from his blue Ford F-150 pickup collided with a mirror from a white SUV driven by Mary Lewis. According to an affidavit filed by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Neese then attempted to run Lewis off the road, drove in front of her and slammed on his brakes, and eventually pointed a gun at her and fired a round at her tire.

Neese admitted to the Highway Patrol that he did those things, the affidavit alleges. The SUV received damage from a gunshot, the affidavit states.

Neese has been charged with three felony counts: use of a vehicle in discharge of a weapon, feloniously pointing a firearm and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020, 8:37 AM

An interim study held Wednesday in the Oklahoma Senate examined the potential to make permanent changes that the Oklahoma Legislature made earlier this year to the state’s open meeting law that allowed agencies, boards and commissions at the state and local level to meet and hold public meetings virtually, in accordance with health and safety guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, requested the study saying he thinks the temporary changes have been mostly successful and that making them permanent may be worthwhile to ensure state laws accommodate the use of new technology. The changes to the Open Meeting Act expire Nov. 15.

“I think the changes the Legislature made to the Open Meeting Act were successful on two fronts,” Treat said. “The changes allowed government at state and local levels to continue to meet publicly and do their jobs while still following coronavirus-related health and safety protocols. The changes also brought public meetings online increasing transparency of government at the state and local level by giving the public even more access to observe the actions of public bodies.”

Treat said he personally took advantage of public meetings moving online and watched the online meetings of the school board of the district where his children attend school. He said work and his children’s extracurricular activities often kept his family from attending such meetings in person.

“Working families have a lot going on and don’t always have time to attend a meeting in person of the city council, the school board, or the county commission. But those local entities make decisions routinely that have a huge impact on the daily lives of those same families. I think by modernizing the Open Meeting Act and preserving the ability of public bodies to give the public access to meetings online is a positive and the Legislature should consider making these changes permanent,” Treat said.

The hearing featured testimony from the mayor of Bethany about his city’s experience with holding meetings online. A representative from the Oklahoma Press Association, shared experiences of its members with the changes and offered examples of entities that fell short of the tenants of the Open Meeting Act. Members of the Capitol press corps overall characterized the updates to the Open Meeting Act as positive but gave input on areas that lawmakers should pay attention to ensure public access isn’t diminished.

“Any changes we make to the Open Meeting Act will be to increase transparency and access by the public. We must make sure that changes aren’t made that allow public bodies to avoid scrutiny. I appreciate the input of members of the media for their input on how the Legislature can prevent abuses of the Open Meeting Act as we work to modernize the law,” Treat said.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 8:32 AM

The Cherokee Nation’s reservation boundaries are now mapped on Google Maps.

“After the monumental US Supreme Court ruling in McGirt v Oklahoma, we’ve had many questions about our reservation boundaries, which always existed on paper maps. Now that our reservation is labeled on Google Maps, it’s easy for people around the world to search and see our reservation boundaries,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said.

The Cherokee Nation reservation boundaries include 7,000 miles in northeastern Oklahoma.

“Google Maps aims to provide the freshest, most accurate map possible. In response to July’s Supreme Court decision, we worked to evaluate authoritative data and then used this information to add labels and borders for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminole reservations to Google Maps. These reservations are now viewable and searchable on Google Maps,” Raleigh Seamster, program manager for Google Maps said.

Cherokee Nation citizen Joseph Erb provided feedback about the reservation mapping project, which includes mapping for all Five Civilized Tribes.

“It is an exciting step forward to be included on the map,” Erb said. “This is a visual reminder that our nation is still here and a contemporary Indigenous nation of Continent.”

The link to the Cherokee Nation reservation on Google Maps can be found here.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 8:21 AM

Debbie Morgan

Muskogee’s ROXY Theater will host the September To Remember Poetry and Open Mic Night on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The open mic event will feature professional and emerging writers and poets as well as students, who will share original works from the stage where both Carrie Underwood and Leon Russell have performed.

Everything from cowboy poetry to romantic sonnets, urban life, tribal, story poems and Edgar Allen Poe type horror poems will be shared. The stage is open for anyone to share their works. The event will also feature poems of Alexander Posey, the man named “Poet Laureate of the Indian Territory”.

The 320-seat theater will accommodate comfortable seating for social distancing and masks will be required from the door to seat. The only Roxy Theater left in Oklahoma, the theater has a stage to hosts live events and a motion picture screen and projection for movies as well.

Long time Azalea Pageant Director Debbie Morgan will host.

For additional information contact Oscar at 918-616-1335.

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Monday, September 21, 2020, 8:35 AM

Darrin Cooper, 58, of Checotah was hurt on Saturday in a single-motorcycle wreck on New Texanna Road in McIntosh County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Cooper was riding his 2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on the round around 4 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve, rolled and came to rest on the motorcycle’s side, the patrol reported. He was flown by helicopter to Saint John’s Hospital in Tulsa, where he was admitted with head, trunk external and internal injuries.

Annie Brown, 88, of Henryetta was killed on Friday when her 2008 Dodge Avenger struck a tree just northeast of Hitchita. She was westbound on US 266 around 5:30 p.m., when her car departed the roadway, ran through a fence and struck the tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Checotah EMS. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

The cause of the wreck is under investigation.

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Friday, September 18, 2020, 9:54 AM

Sean Ellis

Sean Ellis, 47, of Muskogee is charged in federal court with felony assault with a dangers weapon with intent to do bodily harm in an incident yesterday where he allegedly admitted to FBI investigators to have fired a police with an assault rifle.

Yesterday around 12:40 p.m., Muskogee police were dispatched to 3505 Court Street for a domestic disturbance. The victim, Ellis’ nephew, told police Ellis had assaulted him with a wooden sword and possibly broken his arm. Police found him at 35th and Oklahoma and got an ambulance to take him to the hospital.

Around 1:15, according to an affidavit filed with the case, police arrived at the house and saw Ellis standing near the house holding an assault rifle pointed in their direction. Police say he began firing at police officers, striking their vehicles multiple times, at least 10 rounds. Officers returned fire and took cover behind their vehicles.

At 1:30, police called Ellis, who told them he was inside the house and had disassembled the weapon. Police told him to come out of the house and surrender, which he did, according to the affidavit. After taking him into custody, police say they observed the rifle and magazines leaning against the west side of the house near an open door.

Because Ellis is Native, the FBI took over the investigation, read him his Miranda rights, which he, according to the affidavit, waived. Ellis allegedly told police he fired 15 rounds at law enforcement so they would quit pointing their guns at him.

He is currently in the Muskogee County Jail.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 4:14 PM

The Muskogee police provided the following information about the shooting that took place this afternoon just west of US 69.

On 09/17/2020 at approximately 1239pm officers responded to a call of a domestic assault located at 3505 Court Street. When officers arrived on scene the suspect began shooting at officers as they exited their vehicles. The officers returned fire and took cover behind their patrol unit.

Additional officers arrived on scene attempting to provide cover for the officers that were seeking cover from the gunfire. The Special Operations Team was activated and arrived on the scene with the MRAP (armored vehicle) in an attempt to get the officers to safety.

One of our negotiators made contact with the suspect by cell phone and was able to convince the suspect to come out of the residence with his hands up. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect is an enrolled member of a federally recognized Native American Tribe, and the FBI will be taking over the investigation at this time.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 8:34 AM

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety is further extending the expiration date of all Commercial Driver Licenses, Commercial Learner Permits, and Federal Department of Transportation Medical Certifications that expired on or after March 1, 2020. CDLs, CLPs and Medical Certifications that expired on or after March 1, 2020 will be extended and considered valid until December 31, 2020.

This decision comes after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) granted a similar extension giving drivers with expired CDLs, CLPs and medical cards extra time to get them renewed.

DPS does offer online renewals for CDLs and CLPs. Customers can complete the application by going to www.ok.gov/dps and clicking on “Online Services.” They can also find a link at my.ok.gov as well. Customers will have to create an account at my.ok.gov. In order to use this service, the customer’s previous renewal must have been made in person. The only exception to this is customers (including spouses and dependents) who are active duty or civilian contractors with the Armed Forces of the United States. A customer may only renew or replace their driver license if their driving privilege is in good standing and Oklahoma address is correct and current.

There is a small service fee to be able to do this online. Class A and B CDL renewal is $59.41. Class C CDL renewal is $49.51. Replacement for Class A, B and C CDL is $26.65. Those prices include the renewal fee, convenience fee and postage. If drivers wish to get a REAL ID, that requires an in person visit. More information on REAL ID can be found at realid.ok.gov.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 4:16 PM

Two minor children of former Muskogee County Assistant District Attorney Jared DeSilvey were removed from his home just now, according to law enforcement officials.

The action followed a long struggle during which two of DeSilvey’s ex-wives could not get judges to hear their motions for emergency custody and protective orders after DeSilvey was accused by five of his children and step-children of molesting and being sexually inappropriate with them over a period spanning 27 years.

This morning, Presiding District Judge Doug Kirkley reversed an earlier position of not hearing any motions in the cases and assigned Wagoner County District Judge John David Luton, former Muskogee County district attorney, to hear the protective order application.

Luton found that there was “just cause” to grant a writ of Habeas Corpus commanding law enforcement officers to remove two minors, 8 and 6, from DeSilvey’s care and deliver them to their mother, one of DeSilvey’s three ex-wives.

A few minutes ago, law enforcement officers delivered the writ and the protective order preventing DeSilvey from being around the children.

There will be a hearing in front of Luton in a few days on the protective order to determine if it should be changed from an emergency order to a permanent one. The protective order cited MuskogeeNOW’s first story about this case as evidence.

In addition, one of DeSilvey’s alleged victims, now an adult, has filed police reports in Tulsa County and Wagoner County alleging he molested her for five years. She also filed affidavits in support of the protective order and motion for emergency custody in the two cases already ongoing in Wagoner County. In addition, Muskogee police are scheduled to turn over new investigative findings and affidavits from all five victims and other witnesses to Le Flore County District Attorney Jeff Smith this week.

UPDATE: Luton ordered a hearing for Sept. 18 in the other mother’s case, where she filed a motion for emergency custody last week. Luton’s order for the hearing said “The Court, having reviewed the Motion and Affidavit and the Court’s file and pleadings contained therein, determines this matter should be set for hearing.”

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 3:30 PM

Derrell Jones, Muskogee’s fire chief, has been placed on administrative leave effective Sept. 8, according to a personnel action form from the city.

Jones is still being paid during the leave, so the city did not include a reason for the leave, only that it was effective on Sept. 8. No end to the leave is specified in the form, either.

It was approved today by the city manager.

Jones is Muskogee’s first African-American fire chief. He was promoted to the position last August. He has been with the fire department since 1985.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 8:57 AM

Mixed paper bales containing newspaper, junk mail and paper waste are prepared for processing at the Georgia-Pacific Muskogee mill.

Georgia-Pacific announced today that it is now accepting mixed paper bales that contain single-use polyethylene-coated paper cups at its recycled paper mills in Green Bay and Muskogee.

The development follows two years of partnership with the Foodservice Packaging Institute and collaboration with the NextGen Consortium, a global initiative led by Closed Loop Partners with founding partners Starbucks and McDonald’s, to help open opportunities for paper cup recycling.

PE coatings, along with any remaining liquid and food left behind from use, have historically left single-use paper cups out of the recovery and recycling process. Georgia-Pacific, though, has proven through its extensive re-pulping trials that the Green Bay and Muskogee mills can effectively recapture valuable cup fiber from paper cups while screening out PE-coatings and reuse the fiber to make toilet tissue, napkins and paper towels.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 10:04 AM

Rachel Faye Alves, 39, of Lancaster, California died yesterday afternoon after being struck by a car driving down the eastbound lanes of I-40, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Alves was standing in the middle of the Interstate around 4 p.m., according to the patrol, when a 2019 Nissan driven by John Taylor, 53, of Van Buren swerved to avoid her, striking her with the driver’s side front and mirror of the car.

She was pronounced dead at the scene due to massive head, trunk internal and external and arm and leg injuries, the patrol reported. Taylor was not injured.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 9:50 AM

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James Brady Smith, 32, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with two felony counts of child sexual abuse, according to documents filed with the case.

The victims, 10 and 13 years old, told police that on Sept. 10 around 5:15 p.m., Smith touched them “in a sexual manner”.

He bonded out of jail yesterday on a $50,000 bond and was admonished by Judge Robin Adair to have no contact with the girls. Smith faces a sounding docket on Sept. 29.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 9:46 AM

Cody Huskey

Cody Elijah Huskey, 21, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with first-degree rape in a case where he is alleged to have given two underage girls alcohol and then forced one of them to have vaginal intercourse with him, according to an affidavit filed with the case.

On Aug. 3, around 11:30 p.m., the girls told police Huskey used his phone to arrange a meeting with them to give them alcohol. When they arrived, they said, he gave them three bottles of alcoholic beverages and then used force to detain the victim.

The girl told police she feared for her life while she was being held against her will and raped.

A separate rape case was also filed on Huskey yesterday, with the same details. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 9:38 AM

The Muskogee Police Department released the following information just now:

On today’s date 09/15/2020, at approximately 8:10AM officers responded to a shooting in the 2200 block of Monta Ave.

When they arrived on scene they made contact with the victim, a male subject that had been shot multiple times. The victim was transported by EMS to a Tulsa hospital and was awake and talking when he left the scene.

The suspect was described as a black male average build in his 30’s wearing a gray hoodie.

Investigators are on scene at this time and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Monday, September 14, 2020, 5:29 PM

Judges in Wagoner county refuse to help two mothers with underage children in a case where a former prosecutor is accused of being sexually inappropriate with five of them and their siblings.

After former Muskogee prosecutor Jared DeSilvey, now a private practice attorney, was accused by five of his children or step-children of molesting or being sexually inappropriate with them, two of his ex-wives have tried to file motions in their ongoing divorce cases to protect their still-minor children, to no avail.

Both cases originated in Muskogee County but were sent to Wagoner County District Judge Doug Kirkley after all the Muskogee County judges recused themselves — despite the fact that at least two of them had earlier heard motions in the cases. Today, however, no judge in Wagoner County would agree to hear one of the mothers’ application for an emergency protective order, the mother said. The other mother filed a motion last week in her case, but no judge has heard it or set it for hearing.

In the motion filed last week, the mother’s lawyer, James Walters, said after the publication of the MuskogeeNOW story citing corroboration between four more accusers, the mother fears for the health, safety and welfare of the child and that being forced to return to DeSilvey’s care would put the child “at risk of further and irreparable harm.” The motion asks the court to suspend all visitation of DeSilvey with the child pending full investigations by law enforcement.

In support of the motion, another of DeSilvey’s alleged victims, this one an adult, filed an affidavit that she was sexually abused by DeSilvey between the ages of 4 and 11, when DeSilvey stopped being her step-father. In the affidavit, the woman said she has contacted law enforcement regarding the allegations and will cooperate with any investigations regarding the case. She also stated that she had not communicated with the other mother who filed in Wagoner County about the case.

Several other alleged victims and witnesses have contacted Muskogee Police and given statements at the urging of Le Flore County District Attorney Jeff Smith, who was assigned the criminal case after Muskogee County DA Orvil Loge recused himself. Smith has said his office initially declined to prosecute DeSilvey because it only knew of one allegation at the time and asked the victims to all make statements to Muskogee police for his office to review.

The second mother, who gave birth late last week, but traveled to court today anyway to file for an emergency protective order to protect her children, was turned away by the court. Kirkley was sent the case by Muskogee County judge Tim King and had previously heard motions in the other mother’s case, but refused to hear this application for an emergency protective order in the second mother’s case, she said.

The mother was told several times that no judge in Muskogee County could hear the application either, which left her with no legal means to protect her children, who in her eyes are in grave danger if forced to go back to their father after the allegations of sexual misconduct and manipulation surfaced. The mother notified Muskogee County DHS, but has received no response.

“This is how it has always been,” one of the victims said. “No one wants to touch it. They don’t care. All they know to do is take the path of least resistance.”

EDIT: This story was updated to reflect that judges in Muskogee County legally CAN’T hear anything in the case, since they have already recused.

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Friday, September 11, 2020, 8:09 AM

Hear Jason Boland on Sept. 26 at Max's Garage.

Crossover star Jason Boland is set to perform in Muskogee on Sept. 26 outside Max’s Garage. The show is part of a bike and car show.

The Okie Fest Bike and Car show will have prizes for winners of best of show of $1,000. Concurrently, dispensary 918 Roots will have its second-annual roll-off, with prizes totally $1,200.

Red Dirt Rangers will take the stage outside Max’s at 7 p.m., and Boland will take the stage at 9.

Food trucks and hobby vendors can call 918-360-9545 for information on participating and entry details.

Tickets for the show are $25 and are available at 918 Roots or at the door on the day of the show.

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Friday, September 11, 2020, 7:30 AM

With major outbreaks of COVID-19 at Oklahoma prisons, including one in Muskogee County that led the county to be atop national lists for new cases, Democrats in the Oklahoma State House are asking Gov. Kevin Stitt to intervene and order testing for all Department of Corrections employees.

House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, today sent a letter on behalf of the Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus urging Stitt to implement a regular testing program.

The letter cites recent outbreaks in three different state correctional facilities and highlights how infections in those facilities affect surrounding communities.

“To date, more than 1,350 inmates and 150 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19,” Virgin said. “This number does not reflect asymptomatic carriers who were not tested but are still contagious. The only way to stop asymptomatic DOC employees from unknowingly spreading the virus to inmates and their communities is by implementing a regular testing program.”

The state is not testing staff due to a legal interpretation that based on the actions of other states, Democrats feel is incorrect.

“We have learned that your administration has taken a stance that DOC cannot require employees to be tested,” Virgin said. “This position is without legal basis. Other states have already implemented staff testing programs to protect their communities. Oklahoma must follow suit.”

While the minority caucus understands that staffing levels are low, Democrats are pushing for safety to be the driving factor in the decision to test or not.

“This high rate, combined with understaffed facilities, creates a perfect storm for a crisis,” Virgin said. “We understand understaffed facilities and low pay for employees make it difficult to enforce a testing policy. We also understand that this pandemic doesn’t care about how badly the state has mismanaged its state agencies over the last decade.”

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Thursday, September 10, 2020, 10:02 AM

Addison Clark

Addison Clark, 30, of Muskogee got drunk to the tune of more than double the legal limit to drive on June 21, 2019 and, while driving on North York Street, turned into oncoming traffic in an attempt to enter another bar. When she did, she slammed into a motorcycle driven by Josh Jackson, 32, with his wife, Emily Jackson, 27, as his passenger.

Jackson died at the scene, and Emily Jackson was severely injured, requiring intense medical care.

Clark had an extensive history of arrests for alcohol-related crimes at the time.

Late last week, she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges filed against her in federal court, admitting to being drunk and making the illegal left-hand turn into oncoming traffic. She admitted culpability for killing Jackson and injuring Emily Jackson.

Two hours after the wreck, Clark’s blood-alcohol level was 0.219. According to American Addiction Centers, a blood-alcohol level above 0.2 means “the individual may lose consciousness at this stage. Reasoning with a person at this level can be difficult because their ability to understand has diminished substantially. It is common for people at this level of intoxication to experience a blackout.” A person at that level of intoxication can also die of blood-alcohol poisoning. The average human body processes alcohol at a rate of .02 percent per hour, according to SelfCounseling.com, meaning Clark’s level at the time of the wreck could have been significantly higher.

Clark agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a five-year prison sentence, with credit for time served since June of 2019, which means she will be in federal prison for three years and nine months or so.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020, 9:14 AM

The Muskogee Police sent the following press release:

In February of this year, Mr. Gordon Hughey who suffered from dementia, wandered off from his home sometime in the early morning hours. His family contacted our department to report him missing and a grid search was started shortly after. Sadly Mr. Hughey was found deceased a short distance from his home at approximately 2:30pm on that same day. It was after that tragic ending that Chief Teehee expressed the need for our department to have a bloodhound that could assist when the need arose.

We are pleased to report that after six months we now have a bloodhound puppy at our department. This puppy will be trained for search and rescue of missing children and adults in danger.

The schools in our community will be assisting us in coming up with a name for this adorable new K9 officer. We will update this release with the outcome of that as well as photos of the Chief and the puppy visiting the winning class.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 8:13 AM

The Cherokee Nation is constructing eight new, 4,000-square-feet buildings and conducting four remodels as part of the tribe’s COVID-19 Respond, Recover and Rebuild plan.

The estimated $25 million in construction will feature a new health center for Cherokee Nation employees in Tahlequah, drive through public health outreach facility in Stilwell, PPE manufacturing sites in Hulbert and Stilwell, office space for social distancing in Catoosa and Muskogee, and storage and food outreach space in Vinita, Kansas, Belfonte and Jay.

“The Cherokee Nation is putting our CARES Act funding from the U.S. Treasury to great use in our Cherokee communities by investing in this $25 million project that will provide jobs and ongoing needed safety equipment, ensure our elders do not struggle with food insecurity through this pandemic, add space for employee safety and provide a new health center for our Cherokee Nation employees that is close to our tribal complex and can treat for a range of illness as well as test for COVID-19,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 7:34 AM

A Taft inmate hospitalized for COVID-19 has died, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections is reporting.

The female inmate, who was serving time in the minimum-security Eddie Warrior Correctional Center, was middle-aged and was coming up on a possible release date of May 2021.

Eddie Warrior is one of several facilities DOC has declared a hot spot for COVID-19, after a MuskogeeNOW report uncovered that giant swaths of the inmate and employee population were exposed to the disease due to lack of proper protocols in use at the prison.

The prison has 721 of its less-than 900 inmates who have tested positive for the disease, with 16 staff members testing positive as well. Three inmates are positive. In addition to those numbers, 16 tested positive and are recovered.

Once test results identify infected inmates, staff isolate them from those who tested negative or results are pending, complete contact tracing to locate additional exposures, and test those identified. Nurses conduct health assessments on all positive inmates every day to ensure they receive proper care. Nurses also closely watch negative and pending inmates for any virus symptoms.

ODOC is also implementing hot spot protocols at Joseph Harp Correctional Center and Mabel Bassett Correctional Center.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 12:46 PM

Sheila Dover, 56, of Porum has died in a single-car wreck three miles east of Texanna, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Dover was southbound on 4306 Road around 8 this morning when her 2007 Ford Ranger departed the roadway to the right, overcorrected and struck a tree on the left side of the road, then catching fire. Dover was pinned in the pickup for an hour and 27 minutes. She was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries.

Dover was not wearing a seatbelt. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 9:14 AM

The Saxton Group, a leading owner and operator of McAlister’s Deli restaurants, will open its newest McAlister’s Deli in Muskogee early this fall.

The restaurant will be located at 605 W Shawnee Bypass. The restaurant is 3,100 square feet and includes indoor seating for up to 102 guests and outdoor seating for up to 16. The Muskogee location will feature a pick-up window, allowing guests to drive-thru and retrieve their online order without exiting their vehicles.

“We’re thrilled to introduce McAlister’s Deli to the Muskogee community. With 19 restaurants across the state, Oklahomans are proving to be some of our most loyal guests,” said Co-CEO and Owner of The Saxton Group, Adam Saxton. “We can’t wait for this city to experience all that McAlister’s Deli has to offer. We’re looking forward to serving our new friends in Muskogee.”

The restaurant will be operated by Dallas-based McAlister’s Deli franchisee The Saxton Group and will represent the franchisee’s 85th McAlister’s Deli restaurant. The Saxton Group plans to hire 75 employees at the Muskogee restaurant.

The new Muskogee restaurant will provide customers with a fast-casual dining experience, a friendly atmosphere and personalized service. The restaurant will offer a menu featuring over 100 items including: sandwiches, giant spuds, entrée salads, soups, desserts and its signature McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea. In addition to serving dine-in guests, McAlister’s Deli in Muskogee will provide online ordering for takeout and delivery, as well as catering for guests on the go.

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