DEATHS

Barbara Ann Sommers, 79

Born June 23, 1939

Died March 25, 2019

Dorothy June Dunlap, 92

Born July 4, 1926

Died March 22, 2019

Carl Lee Cruce, 76

Born June 22, 1942

Died March 21, 2019

Mary Ann Kinion , 54

Born February 27, 1965

Died March 21, 2019

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THINGS TO DO

Monday, March 25

Microsoft Excel 2 - An Intermediate Course
MIN 4523: American Indian Ministry Internship 2019

Tuesday, March 26

Amnesty Day (Muskogee)
Tahlequah Outreach - Knowing Your Role in the Closing Process
LiveLoveCycle Indoor Training
Muskogee City & County Warrant Amnesty Days
Serger University

Wednesday, March 27

Amnesty Day (Muskogee)
Dinner Church
Serger University
Muskogee City & County Warrant Amnesty Days
Microsoft Excel 2 - An Intermediate Course
Doers of the Word Children's Program
Bacone American Indian Studies emphasis in Tribal Leadership
Sign Language classes

Friday, February 22, 2019, 7:56 AM

State Rep. Avery Frix was named a member of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau 100 Percent Club for his 100-percent voting record with the organization during the 2018 legislative session.

The award is given to lawmakers for their efforts to support and protect agriculture and rural Oklahoma.

“Many in Muskogee and McIntosh Counties depend on agriculture for their livelihoods,” said Frix, R-Muskogee. “I’m proud to say I have done all I can to advance bills and vote on legislation that protects agriculture jobs and our rural way of life.”

Avery Frix serves District 13 of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He can be reached by phone at (405) 557-7302 or via email at avery.frix@okhouse.gov.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019, 10:35 AM

Jeremy Fortney

Jeremy Fortney, 32, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with two felony counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12, according to documents filed with the case.

On Nov. 23, 2018 and Nov. 25, 2018, Fortney is accused of touching one little boy’s penis with his hand and one little girl’s vagina with his hand.

The children were not in the same place when the alleged abuse occurred.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019, 9:50 AM

The Muskogee Civic Center is excited to host the Oklahoma State Boxing Junior Olympic Qualifiers and welcome the USA Boxing, Inc. to Muskogee on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24, 2019.

With an increased interest in boxing and Mixed Martial Arts, boxing gyms in the region are filling up. Muskogee is ahead of the game and making an MMA and boxing statement in Oklahoma. Having just hosted a United States Muay Thai Association title belt fight, Muskogee is looking for other events in the sport and to make an appeal to all ages interested in competition.

The Oklahoma State Boxing Junior Olympic Qualifiers will showcase the Civic Center venue and the Muskogee Community to USA Boxing, Inc.

“USA Boxing, Inc. is looking at Muskogee as the host site for regional and national Golden Gloves fights,” said John Cruz, Muskogee Civic Center’s general manager. “2020 is our year. It’s a huge priority for the Muskogee Civic Center to land the Gold Gloves and even Silver Gloves events.”

Spectators can get a taste of what it takes to qualify for Olympic stardom this weekend at the Muskogee Civic Center at the Oklahoma State Boxing Junior Olympic Qualifiers! For only $5 at the door each day you can see kids from Oklahoma vie for an Olympic spot and also watch bouts from a multi-state region including Kanas, Texas, and Arkansas. These bouts feature kids who need to participate in more fights to gain the experience to compete at the Olympic level. Competitions include kids ages 8 to 17 with classifications from pinweight (101lbs) all the way up to heavyweight (176lbs+). All Olympic tournament participants including boxers, coaches, officials, and physicians must be registered with USA Boxing, Inc.

For more information check out muskogeeciviccenter.com.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019, 8:39 AM

The Palace in Muskogee is celebrating Black History Month on Saturday with a sweet potato pie cook-off and poetry event.

Starting at 6 p.m., the event features the Muskogee Soul Searchers, cash prizes and door prizes, as well as food and poetry.

Taster kits cost $5, with a $1 best choice vote. Cooks can enter their pie with a $25 entry fee - deadline today.

The Palace is at 718 S. 24th. For more information, call 918-537-2350.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 9:15 AM

James Leroy Owens, 69, of Oktaha is charged in Muskogee County District Court with child sexual abuse and accused of placing his fingers in the 14-year-old victim’s vagina.

On Oct. 3, 2018, Owens is accused of assaulting the girl, who has developmental disabilities.

The girl told a teacher and a counselor at Oktaha School, and they called the sheriff’s office. A sexual assault exam was performed that same day at Kids Space in Muskogee, where the girl again told workers that Owens had “touched me inside here with his hand,” while pointing to her vagina.

A warrant for Owens’ arrest was issued on Feb. 15.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 9:09 AM

Alison Morgan, 28, who worked at the Muskogee County Court Clerk’s office, is one of three alleged conspirators charged with a conspiracy to intimidate a witness in another case, according to documents filed with the case at the Muskogee County courthouse.

Police searched the home of Cornelious Jones in late January after obtaining a search warrant and arrested him. He was ultimately charged with nine felonies and one misdemeanor in connection with drugs and guns allegedly found at the home.

After Jones was arrested, Jasmine McCoy, who is also charged with conspiracy, allegedly reached out to Morgan, knowing she had access to court records of search warrants. On the warrant was the name of the confidential informant whose information led to the issuance of the warrant, which was then ordered sealed by Judge Weldon Stout. According to an affidavit filed with the report, Morgan told McCoy the name of the informant, and McCoy passed the information to Jones in the jail, and then the informant was assaulted in the jail.

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Monday, February 18, 2019, 9:23 AM

The Muskogee County Sheriff’s office isreporting that someone calling from number 918-617-6414 is claiming to be with the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office “warrants” division.

When victims call the number back, it is answered by a recording saying “Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office - Civil and Warrant division”.

This is a scam, according to the sheriff. The Sheriff’s Office will not contact you about warrants or fines via phone. Please do not give them money or personal information. Do not give out any personal information or payment information over the phone. If you feel you’ve been scammed out of funds, then please call the Sheriff’s Office.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019, 9:12 AM

A statewide story originally reported by the Daily Oklahoman and repeated by newspapers across the state — including the Muskogee Phoenix — erroneously reported that the Oklahoma Highway Patrol chief had been indicted on charges of extortion. The officer indicted was a captain with the patrol, not the chief.

The Associated Press, which distributed the story to news outlets, quickly corrected its error, but the Muskogee Phoenix printed the uncorrected version anyway.

The highway patrol released the following statement:

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and Oklahoma Highway Patrol are thankful for the hard work of the citizens serving on the multi-county grand jury that handed down the felony indictment for blackmail against Troy German yesterday evening. The indictment of Mr. German is the culmination of a thorough internal investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol into not only the blackmail allegation by Commissioner Rusty Rhoades, but also a rigorous and comprehensive inquiry into all statements and evidence provided by Mr. German regarding alleged improprieties in the promotional process within the agency. OHP cooperated fully with Attorney General Mike Hunter and his staff in their independent review of the internal investigation, and fully supported the decision to escalate the matter to the grand jury. Ultimately, the process resulted in the sole indictment for Mr. German. Commissioner Rhoades, Colonel Michael S. Harrell, and Captain Brian Orr are not facing criminal prosecution or administrative action.

The conduct of Mr. German and the actions of other members of the Patrol who condoned or colluded with him are wholly inconsistent with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s core values of honesty, loyalty, integrity, respect, self-discipline and professionalism. The Patrol holds all employees, whether sworn law enforcement or professional staff, to the highest personal and professional standards, and can assure the public that all those who have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable without delay.

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Friday, February 15, 2019, 9:58 AM

In preparation for the 67th annual Cherokee National Holiday, the tribe is seeking nominations for its esteemed National Treasure distinction. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, May 14, at 5 p.m.

The honor of Cherokee National Treasure is bestowed upon Cherokee Nation citizens who have shown exceptional knowledge of Cherokee art and culture. Those selected actively work to preserve and revive traditional cultural practices that are in danger of being lost from generation to generation. The award was established in 1988 by the Cherokee Nation and Cherokee National Historical Society.

Nominations are accepted in the following categories: traditional foods, bow making, beadwork, basketry, painting, pottery, wood and stone carving, gig making, turtle shell making and flint knapping. Categories also include Cherokee language, blowgun making, flute making, textiles, graphic arts and quilting.

Selected honorees will be recognized during the 67th Annual Cherokee National Holiday.

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.

For more information or to download a nomination form, visit www.cherokee.org.

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Friday, February 15, 2019, 9:57 AM

Muskogee Public Schools is planning for the future and asking for the community’s help. Beginning Monday, February 18 the school district is launching a continuous strategic initiative with a community survey.

“Over the next year, this Continuous Strategic Improvement Plan will lead to a five-year vision for our district,” superintendent Jarod Mendenhall said. “This plan will allow our community to have a vision that positively guides our school district and indirectly the community of Muskogee.”

Muskogee Public Schools is working with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and K20 Center for Education Community Renewal at the University of Oklahoma to facilitate the planning process.

“It is important to our school district and community to develop a plan for the future,” School Board President Keith Biglow said. “Gathering insight from community members during this time will allow the strategic plan to truly be one that impacts our students, our school district and our community.”

The survey will remain open for input from Feb. 18 to April 12 available on the Muskogee Public Schools website at www.muskogeeps.org. Planning teams involving community, business, and school district representatives will use student achievement data, results from the survey, and forums and research to develop a continuous improvement strategic plan.

The school district will host forums for district employees, students, local ministers, and community members. Community forums are scheduled for:

Monday, Feb. 18 – 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Martin Luther King Center

Monday, Feb. 18 – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Irving Elementary School

Wednesday, April 3 – 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Antioch Church

Thursday, April 4 – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Education Service Center

A proposed plan is expected to be presented for school board approval in early 2020.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 9:41 AM

Denise Grass

Denise Grass, 43, of Muskogee is charged with first-degree murder in a case in Cherokee County where a man’s remains — and his wheelchair — were found on a burn pile in his yard.

The man, Elvis Dry, 61, was found on his burn pile in January and identified by a medical device found with his remains. Grass was arrested in Muskogee on a warrant later that day.

Authorities believe Grass killed Dry on Jan. 15.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 8:54 AM

Muskogee Public Schools has announced its educators of the year.

“Each of these 13 individuals were selected by their peers as outstanding teachers that display innovation and leadership throughout the day,” said Dr. Jarod Mendenhall, superintendent. “I congratulate these educators on being recognized and thank them for all that they do for our students.”

Educators of the Year:

  • Whitney Adair, Alice Robertson Junior High
  • Corrine Beaver, Pershing Elementary
  • Kelli Chambers, New Tech at Cherokee Elementary
  • Raytosha Craft, Muskogee High School
  • Kimberly Davison, Ben Franklin STEM Academy
  • Rachael Gilliam, Creek Elementary
  • Jacquie Hill, Early Childhood Center
  • Courtney Lamont, Irving Elementary
  • Rhonda Mayes, Grant Foreman Elementary
  • Cindy Metzger, Whittier Elementary
  • Carol Nunley, Sadler Arts Academy
  • Kurtis Rowan, Rougher Alternative Academy
  • Casey Salkowski, Tony Goetz Elementary

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 8:48 AM

Police are still investigating the death of a homeless woman found behind the Woods Apartments as “suspicious.”

The woman, Katrina Hays, 50, was listed by the police as homeless. An extensive search led to her next of kin in Texas, and after they were notified, police released the woman’s name to the public.

Her body was found in a creek drainage area on Estelle Street behind the Woods Apartments on South 32nd Street.

Though they believe her death may have been unattended, police still do not know the cause or circumstances surrounding her death.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7:46 AM

MC Hammer, right, and Gov. Kevin Stitt unveil the inmate-coding program.

Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and several state and national nonprofits have unveiled a state-of-the-art coding program for inmates to help them obtain careers in technology once they are released.

The computer coding program is the only one in Oklahoma, which is one of only four states to offer it, thanks to The Last Mile, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, The George Kaiser Family Foundation and The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation.

“We believe in second chances in Oklahoma,” Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said. “As your governor, I’m going to do everything I can to help you get integrated back into society.”

Dozens of corrections leaders, state leaders, advocates and law enforcement professionals gathered inside MBCC’s visitation room for the ceremony, which included speeches from the governor; rapper, philanthropist and minister M.C. Hammer, board member of The Last Mile; The Last Mile Executive Director and cofounder Beverly Parenti; ODOC Communications Director Jessica Brown, and a grateful student of the program. Attendees also toured the classroom.

Program students, who are not allowed on the internet while incarcerated, use a special software programming platform that mimics the internet while also giving them a live coding experience. Graduates in other states have gone on to produce mobile apps and other programs consumers use.

Participants cannot have a history of cyber or sex crimes, disciplinary infractions for at least 18 months and no life-without-parole sentences. They also must have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be within 36 months of release. Other requirements apply.

The ability to find work and earn a legitimate living post-incarceration plays a key role in keeping former offenders out of prison.

The program works by training students during two six-month segments. Graduates can get real-life work experience and earn pay while still in prison through TLM Works.

The Last Mile has served nearly 500 students to date – and those students have a zero-percent recidivism rate.

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Monday, February 11, 2019, 9:08 AM

Muskogee County Sheriff Rob Frazier has applied for a quality of life grant from the City of Muskogee Foundation in hopes of buying a low-dose x-ray scanning system to detect contraband being snuck into the jail inside people’s bodies, according to a release sent by the sheriff.

The system, which costs $163,000, can also detect contraband outside bodies, but under clothing.

If allowed to buy the system, Frazier intents to use it to expand existing programs where inmates are used to pick up trash around the city.

“It allows detention staff the ability to scan an inmate leaving and returning to the jail” Frazier said. “Scanning a leaving or returning inmate is quicker, easier and more efficient. It ensures weapons, contraband, and illegal items don’t enter or leave the jail. This will protect the citizens, the staff, and the inmates.”

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Monday, February 11, 2019, 9:02 AM

An alleged drunk driving incident with a UTV ended with a Henryetta man dead, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Christopher Gilbert, 26, of Henryetta was transported by personal vehicle to Hillcrest Hospital and was pronounced dead there from injuries sustained when a Polaris 900 UTV driven by Justin Stephens, 23, of Henryetta flipped, according to the patrol.

The vehicle was westbound on a county road just north of Stidham when it struck a washed-out portion of the roadway and lost control, ejecting Gilbert while flipping. The driver was drunk, according to the patrol. Neither man was wearing a seat belt.

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Friday, February 8, 2019, 2:33 PM

A human body has been found near the Woods Apartments, East of 32nd Street, off of Estelle according to Muskogee Police.

No further details have been released, and police have not yet determined the circumstances surrounding the death nor released details about how the body was found.

We will update when more information becomes available.

UPDATE 2:42 PM: The body is of a 50-year-old female, and was found in a creek beside a bridge on Estelle. Police cannot release any more information at this time because the investigation is still under way.

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Friday, February 8, 2019, 7:26 AM

The official weigh-in for all fighters of Resolution Fight Night is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Muskogee Civic Center. The public is invited. After the weigh-in fans will be able to stick around and meet the fighters and ask questions about the Resolution Fight Night happening on the arena floor on Saturday.

The United States Muay Thai Association has approved a 142-pound weight class belt fight, making a crucial step for fighters in the Midwest region. Fighters from Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois and even as far away as Connecticut and Nevada will make the trek to Muskogee to vie for the honor of hoisting the WBC belt. The fights will be regulated by the Muay Thai association.

The event showcases twelve matches, including two main events: a very promising heavyweight bout (225 pounds) featuring Delvin Nichols vs. JW Hester. The final fight is the battle for the WBC 142-pound belt with fighters Ryan Hoover vs. Austin Streicher.

Kids’ Exhibitions will be conducted with no head contact and are held in accordance to the usual rule sets (consisting of full protective equipment by both sides).

Tickets start at just $10 for general admission and ring-side VIP table seats with exclusive service for only $50. Corporate packages and sponsorships are available. Get tickets at: muskogeeciviccenter.com, ticketstorm.com, or on the day of the event at the Muskogee Civic Center Box Office beginning at 5 p.m. Official bouts begin at 7 p.m.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019, 8:26 AM

The Muskogee Police Department is set to host a free women’s self-defense training session on Feb. 25 for anyone older than 13.

The class will be taught by the department’s defensive tactics instructors, who have formulated training for people of every skill or fitness level.

The class will teach

  • Practical self-defense
  • Increased awareness of dangerous situations
  • Effective escape techniques
  • Crime prevention to minimize the chances that you’ll be attacked

The training is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Martin Luther King Center, 300 W. Martin Luther King Ave. Contact jforbes@muskogeepd.org for more information.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019, 8:20 AM

Phillip Loren Goodman, 54, of Wagoner was transported by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper to Wagoner Hospital with head and internal injuries after the 1995 GMC pickup he was driving hit a tree, according to the patrol.

Goodman was eastbound on Flat Rock Road about six miles north of Wagoner when he failed to negotiate a curve, left the road and slammed into the tree, the patrol reported.

His driving ability was impaired by alcohol, the patrol stated, and he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 1:56 PM

Speedway Grill, the American food restaurant on West Okmulgee, has reopened after a car destroyed much of the building late last year.

The lunchroom was packed during the noon hour today, and the restaurant’s co-owners were both swamped.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 1:56 PM

Speedway Grill, the American food restaurant on West Okmulgee, has reopened after a car destroyed much of the building late last year.

The lunchroom was packed during the noon hour today, and the restaurant’s co-owners were both swamped.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 7:19 AM

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Meko Bloomer, 22, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with two felonies and two misdemeanors after a high speed chase on Jan. 28 ended up with a vehicle crashed into the Country Club apartments, according to documents filed with the case.

Bloomer is accused of accelerating too quickly in Fort Gibson around 11:30 a.m., and then failing to stop when a police vehicle activated its emergency lights. Police say Bloomer then wove in and out of traffic, barely missing pedestrians along the road, and drove onto Highway 62 and into Muskogee at 100 miles per hour. The vehicle then crashed into the Country Club apartments, where police say they found a silver revolver with black tape on the handle in the driver’s seat.

He is charged with felony endangering others while eluding police, possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, obstructing an officer and acts resulting in gross injury.

Bloomer was formerly convicted of numerous felonies, including pointing a firearm feloniously, possession of a firearm after delinquent adjudication, possession of controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, a second feloniously pointing a firearm and possession of a firearm after delinquent adjudication and falsely personating another to create liability.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 9:49 AM

The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center will host a creative arts competition for enrolled Veterans Feb. 22 and Feb. 25.

The competition includes categories in the visual arts division that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are categories in writing as well as the performing arts of dance, drama and music. Local creative arts competition first place winning entries advance to a national judging process and first, second and third place entries in each category are determined.

Through a national judging process, first, second and third place entries in each category are determined. Selected invitees will be invited to attend the 2019 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan October 28 – November 3, 2019.

For registration and competition information, please contact Deborah Moreno at 918-577-4014. To view entry rules, please visit https://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/caf/index.asp.

The public is invited to view Veteran artwork on Feb. 25, which will be on display in the Main Lobby of the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center, which is located at 1011 Honor Heights Dr. in Muskogee.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 9:47 AM

Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is hosting a series of cultural classes to learn the art of making traditional pucker-toe moccasins.

The Saturday workshops are scheduled for March 9, July 13 and Nov. 9 at the Cherokee National Prison Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration costs $35.

In addition to the traditional classes, the program will also offer classes on how to add beadwork to traditional pucker-toe moccasins using two-needle applique. Guests will learn how to add beadwork to the toe and how to edge the flaps. The classes are offered May 4 and Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration costs $45.

Early registration is recommended and available online at www.cherokeegiftshop.com. Class size is limited to 15 people on a first-come, first-served basis. All materials are provided, and participants are asked to bring their own lunch.

The Cherokee National Prison Museum is located at 124 E. Choctaw St. in Tahlequah.

For information on Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, including museum operations, please call (877) 779-6977 or visit www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.

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Monday, February 4, 2019, 10:33 AM

A Muskogee County deputy wrecked a cruiser into a parked trailer in Warner, according to the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office and witnesses.

The truck hooked to the trailer was unoccupied, and the deputy was not injured, according to the sheriff’s office.

The trailer was parked on Seventh Avenue in Warner. The cruiser was towed from the scene.

Warner Police worked the scene, but it proved impossible to contact them, with multiple numbers given for them — including from the Muskogee 911 Dispatch Center — registering as disconnected.

There is no word on the cause of the wreck or the condition of the deputy at the time.

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Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:42 AM

A car hit a school bus on West Okmulgee over by honor heights park this morning, according to witnesses and Muskogee police.

The car turned into the bus, damaging the door.

Students were on the bus at the time, but there were no injuries reported, either of students or adults.

Police are investigating the wreck.

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Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:32 AM

The city has announced that tobacco settlement funding is helping to pay for a sidewalk to run adjacent to Shawnee Bypass from 32nd Street almost to 40th Street.

The new sidewalk should be open for walkers in the spring, the group announced, with construction getting under way after the groundbreaking ceremony 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 at the entrance of the Muskogee Housing Authority at Port City Acres.

The tobacco settlement funding is designed to help cities adopt and implement practices for tobacco-free environments, access to healthy and nutritious foods, physical activity opportunities in an effort to improve the health of residents.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019, 11:04 PM

A Hulbert 18-year-old and a Tahlequah 54-year-old were both flown to Tulsa hospitals after a head-on collision two miles east of Fort Gibson, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Dylan Harmon, 18, of Hulbert, was admitted to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa in stable condition with head, arm and trunk internal injuries and Steven Spencer, 54, or Tahlequah was admitted to the same hospital with leg and trunk internal injuries.

A 2009 Ford pickup being driven by Harmon was westbound on US 62 when it crossed the center median and struck a 2006 Ford driven by Spencer, according to the patrol.

Both drivers were pinned in their vehicles and freed by Fort Gibson fire and rescue.

The cause of the wreck is unknown, and the condition of Harmon at the time is under investigation, the patrol stated. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019, 8:41 AM

Area students have the opportunity to spend an interactive day learning about the Cherokee arts, language and lifestyles of the 1890s at the Cherokee Heritage Center during Indian Territory Days on March 28-29.

The annual educational event features a variety of hands-on learning activities for public, private and home-schooled children grades K-12. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the event concludes at 2 p.m. each day.

The museum and villages are open for self-directed tours, with demonstrations highlighting the many unique aspects of the time period held throughout the day.

Cultural stations are located throughout the grounds to introduce students to the art of Cherokee pottery making, basket weaving, finger weaving and more. Students are also encouraged to try their hand at cultural games such as blow gun shooting, stickball, marbles and chunkey.

Admission is $7 per student and accompanying adults are $2. School personnel accompanying students are free. Payment can be made to the Cherokee Heritage Center with cash, check, purchase order or credit card. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

For more information or to register your class, contact Tonia Weavel at (918) 456-6007, ext. 6161, or by email at tonia-weavel@cherokee.org.

The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, Oklahoma.

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