Randall Ray Woodall, 62

Born February 26, 1959

Died September 22, 2021

Jessie Madalyn Bingham, 96

Born May 11, 1925

Died September 22, 2021

Terry Jean Roach, 70

Born March 26, 1951

Died September 19, 2021

Virginia L. Cothran, 86

Born April 16, 1935

Died September 19, 2021

Ricky Jake Hamon, 51

Born December 31, 1969

Died September 18, 2021

Margaret A. Johnson, 70

Born August 8, 1951

Died September 18, 2021

William Kenneth Bailey, 76

Born August 27, 1945

Died September 18, 2021


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Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 1:52 PM

A dead body has been found in a vacant house behind Green Country Behavioral Health at Main Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard, according to Muskogee police.

The body is of an adult male, but no further information is available yet. Police are still on the scene investigating.

Police say they haven’t yet determined if foul play was involved.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 7:20 AM

Chelbie Turtle, 20, of Park Hill, was crowned Miss Cherokee 2021-2022 during the annual leadership competition held at Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Tahlequah Saturday.

As Miss Cherokee, Turtle will represent the Cherokee Nation as a goodwill ambassador to promote the government, history, language and culture of the tribe for the next year. She also receives a $6,000 scholarship, an increase of the previous $3,000 scholarship given to winners of the Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition.

“As an ambassador for the Cherokee Nation, people of all ages are going to look up to Chelbie as an inspiration,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “And it is truly inspirational how Chelbie has already expressed her commitment to sharing our Cherokee culture, traditions, history, and even her knowledge of our Cherokee government with the world. I look forward to working with her and Junior Miss Cherokee Leah Gardner throughout the coming year.”

Turtle is attending Northeastern State University where she is studying Political Science and Criminal Justice. She is a member of the NSU Honors Program, Native American Student Association, and serves as vice-president of the Northeastern Student Government Association.

“I’m super excited. This is something that I have looked forward to for many, many years,” Turtle said. “I’m just super thankful to have been chosen to represent the Cherokee Nation and Cherokee people in this position. I’m beyond excited for the year to come. I look forward to seeing everything that we’ll do​.”

Turtle is the daughter of Jeff and Lisa Trice-Turtle. She enjoys volunteering within her community, basket weaving, pottery, making clay and corn-bead necklaces, storytelling, and playing traditional Cherokee games.

Turtle competed against two other young women for the Miss Cherokee crown. The Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition judges contestants on their use of the Cherokee language, cultural and platform presentations, and responses to impromptu questions. For her cultural presentation during the competition, Turtle presented the story of the Cherokee origin of strawberry and performed “Amazing Grace” in Cherokee. Her platform speech focused on “The Value of Knowing Your Nation.”

Miss Cherokee first runner-up was Kaitlyn Pinkerton, 18, of Claremore. Pinkerton was awarded a $3,000 scholarship. The second runner-up as Torey Snell, 22, of Tahlequah, who received a $2,000 scholarship.

Salina 14-year-old Leah Gardner was also crowned Junior Miss Cherokee 2021-2022. Junior Miss Cherokee first runner-up was Madison Dilley, 16, of Warner.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 4:13 PM

Deputy Skylar Green is in a weeks-long struggle with COVID-19.

Muskogee County Deputy Skylar Green has been hospitalized for three weeks fighting COVID-19, according to Sheriff Andy Simmons. On Thursday, Simmons is hosting a prayer vigil at the Muskogee Civic Center for citizens to join him in prayer for Green’s recovery.

The event is 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at the civic center. Everyone is invited. Green is one of a total of nine deputies who contracted COVID, but the only one still fighting it.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 6:53 AM

Oklahoma is among five states being investigated by the US Education Department for possible civil rights violations related to banning mask mandates in schools, which it says may discriminate against students with disabilities and compromised immune systems.

Students with disabilities are at a heightened risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and a ban on mask mandates prevents them from safely accessing in-person education, the department alleges. Schools have a legal obligation “not to discriminate based on disability and from providing an equal educational opportunity to students with disabilities,” a letter sent to all five states reads.

Along with that, the investigation will look at whether statewide prohibitions on universal indoor masking violate Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Meanwhile, a group of Republican Oklahoma lawmakers are meeting at the state Capitol today at 10:30 a.m. to “discuss their fight against vaccine mandates in hospital staff and other Oklahoma workers.” The group wants to pass a law so the state government forces small and large businesses to not require their workers or customers to wear masks or be vaccinated.

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Monday, August 30, 2021, 7:23 AM

The Cherokee Nation’s Registration Office is extending its closed in-person services another month and is scheduled to reopen to the public on October 4.

Staff continue to work on pending applications during this time.

Cherokee Nation Registration received a record number of applications in 2021.

“We were receiving 2,000 applications for citizenship a week at one point which is 10 times the volume we normally receive,” said Interim Registrar Derrick Vann. “Having our office closed to in-person services has allowed us to catch up on the backlog of applications and we’re working at great speed to help our citizens with the COVID programs and assistance they may need.”

The Cherokee Nation Registration office is still processing applications from June 2021.

A secure vault is placed in the lobby of the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex for those who wish to drop off citizenship applications. Citizens may mail in applications via postal service or the secure drop off; however, all in-person citizenship applications and photo ID cards will remain suspended until October 4, 2021.

Registration employees will continue working diligently on all pending applications and submissions by individuals seeking citizenship or updates to existing citizen records.

To meet the higher demand in citizenship applications, Registration added twelve additional staff to the existing 45 employees. Additionally, the staff has expanded work shifts to 7 p.m. during the weekdays and work on Saturdays.

The tribe’s current enrollment is more than 398,000 citizens.

For questions call registration at 918-458-6980 or email

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Friday, August 27, 2021, 8:03 AM

State Rep. Melissa Provenzano, D-Tulsa, released the following statement after Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor announced plans to sue school districts implementing mask policies and while Governor Kevin Stitt remains silent on the state of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

“The Governor has barely spoken about COVID - even today, at the Tulsa Chamber State of the State address. Even today, when an 8th-grade student passed away from COVID overnight in Oklahoma City. Even today, when we recorded 4,152 new cases, well over 1,500 more than our current daily count.

“Yet, as Tulsa Public Schools became one of a growing list of schools strengthening mask policies to protect students this afternoon, one hour later the Governor’s hand-picked attorney general announces a lawsuit.”

Democrats have repeatedly called on Stitt to return control to local districts instead of the big state government regarding decisions affecting their students.

Meanwhile, 14 new virus-related deaths and 4,152 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Wednesday, according to daily numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Rep. Monroe Nichols, D-Tulsa, also criticized the governor:

“Governor Stitt hasn’t held a press conference on COVID since March, but today, he found time to address the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. Instead, the governor chose to show unnecessary hostility toward our state’s oldest allies, the sovereign tribal nations.”

A total of 539,074 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the beginning of the pandemic and the provisional death count went up to 9,044, the state health department said on Thursday.

The seven-day rolling average for new cases reported was 2,507 cases, the state health department said.

Currently, 21,584 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, OSDH said.

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Thursday, August 26, 2021, 7:45 AM

Jason Edgin, 46, of Braggs is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony count of abuse by caretaker after allegedly harming a woman for whom he is caretaker.

The woman, who has diminished cognitive ability, was allegedly hit so hard on the head with a spatula that it broke. Edgin also is accused of grabbing her by the ponytail and slamming her into the floor, of holding an unloaded pistol to her head and pulling the trigger twice, and kicking and hitting her in the head. He is also accused of withholding her disability money, allegedly telling her “that’s for my truck payment.”

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 11:47 PM

The owners of El Charro Mexican Restaurant have been charged in federal court with 64 criminal complaints, including racketeering and immigration crimes, according to documents filed with the cases.

Homeland Security Investigations agents, with the assistance of numerous local, states, and federal agencies, executed a series of search warrants today at 10 locations in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. Federal agents have so far arrested 14 of the 19 defendants.

The federal indictment alleges that 17 of the 19 co-defendants were part of an organized criminal enterprise from July 2003 to Aug. 10, 2021, that smuggled Mexican, Guatemalan, and El Salvadoran nationals who were not authorized to live or work in the United States. Conspirators allegedly harbored them in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. The defendants allegedly created a network of restaurants operating as LLCs in states throughout the Midwest. The main owner and his co-conspirators allegedly supplied these restaurants with undocumented workers to staff positions at the restaurants. According to the indictment, conspirators did not pay the appropriate state and federal payroll taxes, overtime wages, and worker’s compensation for the unauthorized employees.

In addition to smuggling and harboring undocumented workers, the indictment alleges the racketeering activity included fraud (in connection with identification documents), fraud and misuse of visas and other documents, and money laundering. Members and associates of the criminal enterprise are accused of shielding unauthorized employees from detection by immigration authorities by eliminating records of their employment, paying them by personal check and in cash, failing to maintain complete and accurate Forms I-9 and required wage and hour reports for these employees, assisting them with the acquisition of false identification documents (such as Social Security numbers and alien resident documents), and making false statements to immigration authorities and law enforcement officials

According to the federal indictment, the investigation began when the Kansas Department of Labor contacted Homeland Security Investigations regarding allegations that unauthorized aliens were employed at the Bravos Mexican Grill in Overland Park. When HSI announced a Form I-9 inspection on July 16, 2018, agents discovered that 14 of the 17 Bravos employees whose I-9 forms had been inspected were ineligible to work. During another inspection of Bravos on Feb. 28, 2019, agents identified eight unauthorized aliens working there. Five of those employees had been identified previously as ineligible to work.

On June 7, 2019, HSI inspected 10 restaurants in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Those restaurants operated under LLCs, doing business as El Charro (Claremore, Butler and Springfield), Playa Azul (Great Bend, Pratt, Kan., and Wichita, Kan.), Iguana Azul (Nevada, Mo.), Los Sauces (Nevada, Mo.), and La Paloma (Springfield). All of them were found to have employed unauthorized workers. Approximately 68 percent of the employees audited at the restaurants were not authorized to work in the United States.

The indictment also contains forfeiture allegations against several defendants, which would require them to forfeit to the government the funds contained in several bank accounts as well as real estate located in Great Bend, Pittsburg, and Augusta in Kansas; Butler, Joplin, and West Plains in Missouri; and Claremore, Okmulgee, Muskogee, Enid, and Tahlequah in Oklahoma.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 4:33 PM

Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge filed his intent to seek the death penalty against Jarron Pridgeon of Muskogee, who is accused of killing five children and one adult and injuring the children’s mother.

Because the crimes were cruel and dangerous and Pridgeon presents a risk of further violent crimes, he should be put to death, the filing contends.

Muskogee has not hosted a death penalty case since the 1990s.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 12:21 PM

The Muskogee County Jail is in critical mode, with 135 positive COVID-19 cases at the facility, and 15 inmate tests still pending, according to Sheriff Andy Simmons.

Eight employees are quarantining at home after positive tests.

Jail employees are disinfecting and sanitizing the jail multiple times per day, and “taking all the extra precautions” to prevent more infections, Simmons said.

About half of current inmates have the virus, he said.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 7:51 AM

Wanya Guess

Wanya Guess, 19, of Muskogee is charged with several crimes after an incident on US 69 and Denver in which police say they tried to pull his car over and instead he fled at high speeds through residential areas. The chase ended with Guess’s car slamming into a house after failing to negotiate a turn, causing “significant” damage to the house.

Guess did not have insurance, police say, nor did he have a license, but he did have warrants on an armed robbery case, and a possession of firearms case.

Police say he was driving 75 miles per hour through the neighborhoods, and the house, at 414 Junction, is significantly damaged.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 1:44 PM

The Oklahoma School for the Blind will release students tomorrow and transition to distance learning until Sept. 13, according to a statement.

Positive COVID cases and close contacts are responsible, Superintendent Rita Echelle said earlier today. Both teachers and students have tested positive and reported close contact with others who have tested positive.

The school’s statement:

To protect the health and safety of students and staff due to COVID-19 reports, Oklahoma School for the Blind will release students Wednesday afternoon, August 25, and begin distance learning classes Thursday, August 26, continuing until September 13

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 7:20 AM

Mayor Marlon Coleman will address Muskogee County Democrats on Thursday 6:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Center.

Coleman was scheduled for the June meeting, but due to a scheduling conflict, was unable to attend.

Coleman will address the group regarding what is happening now in Muskogee and what he visions for the future.

Masks will be mandatory for the meeting and social distancing will be observed.

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Monday, August 23, 2021, 8:53 AM

Dale Keilmann, 24, of Muldrow and two toddlers in his van were hurt in a two-car collision after he ran a stop sign, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

A second, vehicle, driven by Harley Hampton, 19, of Fort Smith was eastbound on US 64 east of Roland and slammed into the side of Kellmann’s van, knocking it off the road.

Hampton was taken to Baptist Health in Fort Smith, where she was treated for arm, leg and trunk injuries. Her passenger, Violet Seda, 19, also of Fort Smith, was taken to the same hospital and admitted with trunk injuries. A two-year-old was checked out at the same hospital.

Kellmann was treated and released from Baptist Health with trunk injuries. A two-year-old was treated and released for arm injuries, and a three-year-old was treated for arm injuries.

All three children were in child restraints, and all adults were wearing seatbelts.

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Friday, August 20, 2021, 7:58 AM

The Muskogee chapter of Oklahomans for Equality is hosting its annual pride event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at Honor Heights Park. The event is designed to encourage everyone on the gender spectrum that they have support and acceptance.

The group is encouraging everyone to follow CDC guidelines for the pandemic, including wearing masks, and the county health department is scheduled to be on site to administer vaccines to those who want them.

Vendors, food trucks, refreshments, live bands, drag performers and cold beer are all expected to be there. The organizers stress that the event will be family-friendly.

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Thursday, August 19, 2021, 6:26 PM

Braggs Public School voted to do distance learning until Aug. 30 after it was revealed that 14 percent of its students and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19.

Three board members voted yes, one was absent and one declared “not respoding” to the vote.

Braggs joins at least four other districts in the state that have already gone to distance learning after less than two weeks of school.

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Thursday, August 19, 2021, 7:27 AM

School’s been in a week or so during the resurgence of COVID-19, and amid a government ban on mask mandates, but in Hulbert, school’s back out.

The school went on distance learning on the 16th because its absentees added up to more than 1/4 of total enrollment. It’s scheduled to open back up today.

Hulbert isn’t the only school closing down a week into the school year. Three other schools across the state have already shut down as well.

Eagletown, Battiest and Chelsea public schools also have shut down.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 2:03 PM

District Attorney Orvil Loge has sent out a letter to the community requesting charities, businesses and individuals to help provide support for overworked medical personnel:

We have entered another unfortunate time in COVID-19 Pandemic. Hospital beds are scarce and medical personnel are stretched thin. EMS paramedics travel out of state at times to find treatment for a patient. They are working extra shifts and facing untold illness and death. They need us to have their back for a short period of time.

I am calling on everybody to do something. Churches, schools, businesses or individuals to provide food, thank you cards, banners, or any other item that can give or show moral support. No item is too small.

Please contact my office at 918-682-3374 and ask for Jade. She will put you in touch with a facility that needs your contribution.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 7:30 AM

OSBI says this car  was involved in a murder in Haskell

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has released pictures of a vehicle that was involved in the August 7, 2021 murder of 27-year-old Alyssa Edlund. Haskell police officers responded to a shooting that occurred at 400 N. Seneca Avenue in Haskell. Edlund was found at the scene with a gunshot wound. She died as a result of her injuries.

A vehicle was observed at the scene of the murder. It is described as a black Chrysler 300 Platinum Edition, most likely the 2015-2016 model. If you come into contact with the vehicle do not engage with the driver or passengers. Stop and call 9-1-1 or contact the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or email The suspects may be armed and dangerous.

There was also a silver or white passenger car involved in the homicide, the agency reports. If you recognize either vehicle or have any information about this case, please contact the OSBI. You can remain anonymous.

The OSBI suspects this car was also involved.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 7:30 AM

Nine Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors were sworn into office Saturday as they pledged to preserve, protect and defend the Cherokee Nation Constitution during their four-year terms.

Nine Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors were sworn into office Saturday as they pledged to preserve, protect and defend the Cherokee Nation Constitution during their four-year terms.

New and re-elected Tribal Councilors vowed to promote the culture, heritage and traditions of the Cherokee Nation as they stood before Supreme Court Chief Justice Rex Earl Starr.

Five incumbents were re-elected during the General Election in June including District 4 Tribal Councilor Dr. Mike Dobbins, District 5 Tribal Councilor E.O. Smith, District 9 Tribal Councilor Mike Shambaugh, and District 11 Tribal Councilor Victoria Vazquez.

Newcomers taking office include District 2 Tribal Councilor Candessa Tehee, District 7 Tribal Councilor Joshua Sam, District 10 Tribal Councilor Melvina Shotpouch, District 15 Tribal Councilor Danny Callison, and At-Large Tribal Councilor Johnny Jack Kidwell. Callison was elected during the June General Election while Tehee, Sam, Shotpouch, and Kidwell were elected in a July run-off election.


Monday, August 16, 2021, 9:29 AM

John Johnson was on life support before prayer and Ivermectin

John Johnson, 55, believes God worked through his doctors, nurses — and an experimental Ivermectin treatment to keep him alive after he was put on life support from COVID-19.

Ivermectin is approved for use in humans, but not for the specific purpose of COVID. A different version of the drug is also used on animals for even different purposes. Johnson acknowledged the drug’s role in his rapid recovery, but said it was only a tool in the hands of God.

“Doctor Marak and I came together in agreement that God was in charge,” he said today. “We proceeded to acknowledge we would include Ivermectin.”

Two other patients in the ICU at the same time for COVID passed away the same day that Johnson “graduated” from ICU, he said.

“Today I understand another two deaths and three over the weekend,” he said, and he understands. “I had no will to live. My next breath was my only quest. Tahlequah City Hospital is our healing ground from this horrible disease. The nurses and doctors there are surrounded by death and overwhelmed with workload, and they work tirelessly.”

But most important to his recovery, he said, was the intervention of God, whether that be through the hands of doctors and nurses or the success of Ivermectin.

“Know my Jesus,” he said as the key to still being alive. “Like, recognize your shepherd’s voice personally.”

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Monday, August 16, 2021, 6:39 AM

Celia Bernard, 65, of Kingfisher was killed on Saturday around 10 p.m. just south of Checotah on US 69, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Bernard was driving a 2006 GMC 2500 northbound when she departed the road to the right, struck a ditch and rolled, ejecting her out the passenger window.

She was transported by ambulance to Hillcrest Hospital in Henryetta, where she was admitted in critical condition and later died.

Her condition at the time of the wreck and the cause of the wreck are still under investigation. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

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Saturday, August 14, 2021, 7:37 AM

The former Royal Cask et building next to the viaduct at Court and Main has partially collapsed.

The former Royal Casket building at Court and Main has partially collapsed, raining debris onto both streets and the bridge over the railroad tracks.

Several power lines in the area are at risk if the building collapses further, according to city spokesperson Tera Shores. The building, which had been having structural issues for several years, had been intended to be restored by its current owner, but no changes had been made since part of the roof collapsed earlier.

The building is believed to be currently unoccupied.

The city believes the building may collapse further, so it has roped off parts of the roads in conjunction with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, since Main Street is a state road. The city is asking people to plan alternate routes around the location.

UPDATE: The city will demolish the building, two officials have confirmed, because it isn’t safe to leave it standing. Contractors will begin today. Electricity to parts of downtown will be turned off during the demolition, and police will patrol the area overnight to make sure no one wanders into the danger zone.

Video of the collapse from officer bodycam.

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Friday, August 13, 2021, 9:26 AM

Jarron Pridgeon

WARNING: This story contains language some may find offensive.

Jarron Deajon Pridgeon, 24, of Muskogee told police to “watch over y’all kids,” because “the government is fucking us up”, right after he allegedly shot five of his own children to death and his brother on Feb. 2 in Muskogee.

Five of eight children were shot to death, along with his brother, and Brittany Anderson, the children’s mother, received an injury to her head at first thought to be a gunshot.

“Can y’all please take me serious right now, please,” he is heard telling police in a video of his arrest just released, as he is being patted down. “I know this gonna sound weird, but please watch over y’all kids. Real shit. Please. The government is fucking us up. The government is fucking us up.”

Pridgeon had not yet been informed of his Miranda rights when he made the statement.

Screams from the house where the six died can be heard on the video as police arrest Pridgeon. He later utters indecipherable words followed by “seven shock” or “seven shot”, and “I know I sound crazy, man, but please.”

Pridgeon’s preliminary hearing on six counts of murder began this week, but the hearing was closed to the public due to child welfare issues.

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Friday, August 13, 2021, 8:29 AM

With Oklahoma City Public Schools, the state’s largest district, announcing that it would defy a new state law banning mask mandates at schools, Muskogee Schools have said they will comply with the law and not issue a mask mandate in the face of rising rates of COVID-19 and its variants.

At Tuesday’s school board meeting, it was decided that the schools would recommend and encourage mask wearing from teachers and students, but would not require it.

All the largest districts in Texas are defying that state’s governor-mandated ban on mask mandates and are requiring their students and teachers to wear masks.

The Muskogee board did, however, approve the district’s “return to learn” plan at the meeting.

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Friday, August 13, 2021, 8:19 AM

Brian Kyle Jennett

Brian Kyle Jennett, 23, of Porum is charged with a felony count of domestic assault and battery with a deadly weapon after an Aug. 8 incident during which he allegedly stabbed his uncle in the head and neck and attempted to cut him with a meat cleaver, according to documents filed with the case.

The uncle told police that Jennett attacked him, but the uncle took him to the ground and said “I don’t want to hurt you,” and told him to stop. The uncle told police Jennett relaxed, so he got up, and then Jennett came at him with a serrated kitchen knife and began stabbing him in the head and neck, even breaking off part of the blade in his neck, but continuing to slash until the uncle was able to take the knife away from him.

The uncle then said Jennett got a cleaver and tried to cut him with that until the uncle punched him twice and stopped the assault so he could call police.

The altercation occurred in a travel trailer on the uncle’s property in which Jennett was living.

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Friday, August 13, 2021, 7:52 AM

Matt Price speaks with attorney Steve Money  at the kickoff for Price’s campaign for DA.

Muskogee native and former assistant district attorney Matthew Ryan Price has kicked off his campaign to become Muskogee County’s next district attorney.

Price, who officially announced the run last night at Cowboy’s Barbecue, said he has the local grounding, the legal experience and the right plan to make a mark on the community.

He said the role of the DA is navigating “mistakes and monsters”, and deciphering which is which, working with community organizations to help those who make mistakes, while also making sure “monsters” are punished and not given a pass.

Price, who now is a public defender at the law firm he founded with former Muskogee Mayor John Tyler Hammons, is also a licensed teacher and a member of numerous boards in the community.

No one else has yet publicly announced their intentions to run for the seat.

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Thursday, August 12, 2021, 10:21 AM

Jesse Ward

Jesse Ward, 43, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony count of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor count of domestic assault and battery after an incident at East Okmulgee and East Side Boulevard on Aug. 5, where he is accused of ramming his girlfriend’s car with a school bus, then assaulting her inside the school bus.

The bus, which he had allegedly purchased to convert into a camper, disabled the woman’s vehicle, and he allegedly dragged her into the bus and beat her, leaving visible injuries.

Ward has multiple previous convictions, including three DUIs possession of drugs and public intoxication. He had a suspended sentence for DUI revoked in 2015 and is supposed to be serving a 10-year sentence for that and the possession conviction.

There is a warrant for his arrest.

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Thursday, August 12, 2021, 9:52 AM

Shannon Scales, 55, of Checotah died yesterday at 4:19 p.m. on Harbor Drive, half a mile west of Lotawata Road, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Scales’ passenger, Linda Scales,, was not harmed..

The highway patrol is investigating the condition of the driver and the cause of the collision. He was not wearing a seat belt.

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