DEATHS

Nolan Pevehouse, 87

Born December 15, 1931

Died May 20, 2019

Connie Lynn Chandler, 49

Born August 2, 1969

Died May 20, 2019

Ann Elizabeth Long, 66

Born March 2, 1953

Died May 18, 2019

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THINGS TO DO

Thursday, May 23

Advanced PLC Programming & Troubleshooting

Saturday, May 25

The Jolly Rogers at The Castle of Muskogee Renaissance Festival
OKRF 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 9:39 AM

Dr. Saima Salim (right), Chief of Primary Care, wishes World War II Veteran Harry Friedberg a happy birthday during a surprise party at the Ernest Childers VA Outpatient Clinic.

The Ernest Childers VA Outpatient Clinic in Tulsa threw a belated birthday party on April 24th for World War II Veteran Harry Friedberg who turned 100 on March 17.

Following an appointment at the clinic, Primary Care staff on Green Team 2 surprised Friedberg with balloons, cake and punch and sang happy birthday.

“As a Veteran myself, it’s a privilege to be here today to celebrate and honor Mr. Friedberg, who is a member of the greatest generation,” said Jonathan Plasencia, Associate Director for the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System and Navy Veteran. “It is a small demonstration of how much VA truly cares for our Veterans.”

For two hours, staff throughout the clinic stopped by the clinic’s conference room to honor Friedberg and offer birthday wishes.

“It’s quite a surprise,” said Friedberg with a smile. “I never expected anything like this.”

Dr. Uma Koduri has served as Friedberg’s primary care doctor since 2005 and said he often thinks of others before thinking of himself.

“He’s always telling me about his family and others he is helping,” said Koduri. “Today, we wanted to do something special for him.”

In 1912, Friedberg’s family fled Lithuania and emigrated to America as Jewish persecution increased in Eastern Europe.

The family settled in Kansas City and Friedberg was born on Saint Patrick’s Day in 1919 as a first generation American.

At the age of 10, he participated in the family’s distribution business and drove his grandfather’s Ford Model A pick-up truck through the muddy streets of Kansas City to deliver fresh vegetables.

After high school, he worked briefly as an optician. But after the fall of France and most of Europe to Nazi Germany, American was preparing for the likelihood of war with Germany and Japan. On Sept. 16, 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history.

In October 1940, Friedberg was among the first wave of civilians drafted into the Army. Following basic training, Friedberg was assigned to Company H of the 140th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division.

Before his regiment was deployed to England to prepare for the D-Day invasion, Friedberg contracted rheumatic fever and was hospitalized. After his treatment, he was re-assigned to headquarters company of the Western Defense Command in California and remained in the U.S. throughout the remainder of the war.

Friedberg was put in charge of a Special Services Unit and was responsible for scheduling entertainers to perform shows for U.S. troops. He also provided transportation for Hollywood actresses such as Dinah Shore.

“It was a good job,” said Friedberg. “It was a lot better than getting shot at.”

After the war, he moved back to Kansas City with his wife Miriam and the couple had a son. He worked once again as an optician and for several jewelry stores. For 20 years, he managed 38 Zales jewelry stores in 14 states.

He also loved to bowl and played golf three to four times per week. When his wife Miriam passed away, he moved to Broken Arrow in 2005 to live with his son Ron and daughter-in-law, Kelly.

“Without them, I wouldn’t be around,” he said. “I have to thank them too.”

For the past three years, he hasn’t been able to go bowling but frequently bowls on a Nintendo Wii with family. He also visits the Broken Arrow Senior Activity Center twice a week to play bridge. “It keeps my mind moving,” said Friedberg. “Other than that, I’d love to play golf.”

After falling in his bedroom, Friedberg has undergone physical therapy. Ron said he plans to take his dad to a driving range this spring and then have him play a round of golf if he is able.

“That’s my goal for right now,” said Friedberg. “I am determined to go out and play golf again. I’m going to keep trying.”

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Monday, April 29, 2019, 8:45 AM

Cherokee Nation leaders applauded Gov. Kevin Stitt’s signing of Oklahoma Senate Bill 111 that designates the second Monday in October as Oklahoma Native American Day.

The legislation was authored by Rep. Collin Walke and Sen. Michael Bergstrom. Oklahoma is home to 38 federally recognized Native tribes with Native people making up about 10 percent of Oklahoma’s total population.

“The Cherokee Nation is thankful for the state legislature and Governor Kevin Stitt recognizing the integral role Native people play in the history, economy and future of our state and country,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “The second Monday of October will be a day for people across the state to celebrate and honor the significant contributions of Native tribes as well as the beautiful culture of our Native people.”

The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes, representing more than 750,000 tribal citizens, passed a resolution in January supporting legislation signed by Gov. Stitt.

The Cherokee Nation declared Indigenous Peoples Day as an official holiday within the tribe. It is also recognized on the second Monday of October each year. The tribe also endorsed other cities’ adoption of Native Peoples or Indigenous Peoples Day, such as Tulsa and Los Angeles.

Similar legislation, authored by Cherokee Nation citizens and former state legislators Chuck Hoskin and John Sparks, passed both the House and Senate last session with large majorities, but was subsequently vetoed by former Gov. Mary Fallin.

“I was disappointed this did not come to fruition during my time in the state legislature, but I am equally happy to see Gov. Stitt designate the second Monday of October as Oklahoma Native American Day,” said Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff and former Oklahoma Rep. Chuck Hoskin. “Oklahoma is the heart of Indian Country and it is important that we as a state honor the culture, heritage and history of Indian people. This is an opportunity for Native people across Oklahoma to unify on this day.”

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Saturday, April 27, 2019, 11:19 AM

An inflatable play house has blown away at the touch a truck event in Muskogee, according to eyewitnesses. Children were inside the Playhouse when it blew away.

At least one child was thrown from the Playhouse at the time. We are following the story, and will update as more information becomes available

UPDATE: Two children were injured, according to Trish German at Muskogee County EMS. They were transported by their parents to the hospital, she said.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019, 11:19 AM

An inflatable play house has blown away at the touch a truck event in Muskogee, according to eyewitnesses. Children were inside the Playhouse when it blew away.

At least one child was insert thrown from the Playhouse at the time. We are following the story, and will update as more information becomes available

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Friday, April 26, 2019, 8:32 AM

The Castle of Muskogee hosts its annual Renaissance Festival starting tomorrow and continuing on weekends through June 8.

The festival features dozens of Renaissance-era shows, craftsmen, vendors, food, drink and general revelry designed to transport visitors to a bygone era.

The event also features the royal quest for knighthood, a full-contact jousting tournament, birds of prey exhibitions, as well as traveling acrobats.

Go to okcastle.com for more information and tickets.

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Friday, April 26, 2019, 8:28 AM

Muskogee Rotary Club ‘turns wine into water’ at its 12th annual Party in the Park fundraiser on Saturday, April 27 in beautiful Honor Heights Park. This event brings together Oklahoma wineries, breweries, and local food vendors for an afternoon of wine, beer, and food tasting at The Papilion, the park’s butterfly garden. Listen to live jazz and enjoy what the park has to offer.

Admission to Party in the Park is $20 in advance or $25 at the door and includes a souvenir wine glass.

Tickets are available in Muskogee at Blossom’s Garden Center, Mabrey Bank, Armstrong Bank, and American Bank of Oklahoma. You can also purchase tickets online at www.rotarypip.org.

Must be 21 or older to attend.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019, 10:34 AM

Jason Poggenpohl

Jason John Poggenpohl, 44 of Muskogee is charged with a felony count of embezzlement after he was accused of selling inventory from his employer, Bob Loftis Furniture, and keeping the money, according to documents filed with the case.

Poggenpohl is accused of taking the inventory from the store and selling it to other stores without permission, then keeping the money.

He’s alleged to have sold recliners, mattresses, a headboard, nightstands and a box spring at a total value of $5,927.39.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 8:03 AM

The annual Muskogee Touch-A-Truck event is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Muskogee-Davis Regional Airport just south of town off Main Street on Davis Field Road.

The event allows children to get up close and personal with emergency vehicles and other equipment. Fire trucks, med evac helicopter, airplanes, semis, tractors, city vehicles, knuckle boom, ATVs and motorcycles will all be there, along with a stage featuring music and story telling and an excavator rodeo, game truck and build it kits.

At 11:30, a ping pong ball drop will also feature prizes. Quiet hour is from noon to 1 p.m.

Admission is $2, and funds go to the Muskogee Public Library summer reading program.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 9:19 AM

A summer job fair is set tonight at the Martin Luther King Center, 300 W. MLK St., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Positions are available for certified teacher for summer learning program, staff summer learning and food programs, staff for night hoops, teacher/staff for summer day camp and AmeriCorps VISTA education scholarship.

Attendees should bring an application and resume and be able to pass a background check. Interviews and applications are on site.

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Monday, April 22, 2019, 8:19 AM

A Haskell four-year-old is in a Tulsa hospital after he was apparently accidentally run over by a horse trailer, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The child, whose name is withheld, was standing between a 2018 Nissan van driven by Kameron Thompkins, 27, of Haskell, and the horse trailer, when the van pulled forward and the trailer’s wheels hit the boy.

He was transported by Muskogee County EMS to Saint Francis Children’s Hospital in Tulsa, where he was admitted in stable condition with internal injuries.

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Friday, April 19, 2019, 9:35 AM

Big Papa’s Okie Toke, just south of town on US 69, is hosting a grand opening starting today at 10 a.m. and running through tomorrow to celebrate the 4/20 cannabis holiday.

The first 50 medical card holders tomorrow will get a “stash jar” and $50 off the purchase of an ounce of medical marijuana.

Clients who have medical recommendations from a doctor can bring the recommendation to Big Papa’s, and they will help with the rest of the paperwork.

The celebration goes today and tomorrow at 4100 South 32nd Street, Muskogee- 918-910-5309.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019, 9:35 AM

Muskogee Rotary Club ‘turns wine into water’ at its 12th annual Party in the Park fundraiser on Saturday, April 27 in beautiful Honor Heights Park. The event brings together an afternoon of wine, beer, and food tasting at The Papilion, the park’s butterfly garden. Listen to live jazz and enjoy what the park has to offer from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Participating wineries are Arri’bin Hills, Deep Branch, DiamondHead, FishTales, Native Spirits, OkeOzark, One Old Crazy Fart, Muskogee’s Pecan Creek, Summerside and Tidewater. Breweries attending are Coop Ale, Iron Monk and Muskogee Brewing Co. Food vendors include Boom-A-Rang Diner, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chava’s Mexican Restaurant, Great Harvest Bread Co., I Don’t Care Bar and Grill, Muskogee Golf Club, Red Lobster, Rib Crib and Split Log Cheese Farms.

Through its 501 (c)(3) foundation, proceeds from Party in the Park are used to provide clean drinking water in developing countries where water is unavailable or unclean.

Admission to Party in the Park is $20 in advance or $25 at the door and includes a souvenir wine glass. Tickets are available in Muskogee at Blossom’s Garden Center, Mabrey Bank, Armstrong Bank, and American Bank of Oklahoma. You can also purchase tickets online at www.rotarypip.org. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 8:48 AM

A planned bypass of Muskogee by US Highway 69 appears to be on hold, according to documents released by the department of transportation.

A letter penned by Tim J. Gatz, secretary of transportation designate, says the department is now looking to improve the existing highway instead of rerouting it around Muskogee.

“With consideration for the feasibility of delivering improvements” such as the bypass, he writes, “we recommend suspending any further discussion of this alternative indefinitely.”

The letter goes on to ask State Rep. Avery Frix of Muskogee for “assistance in establishing a target date to reconvene a public forum” on how to move forward improving the existing route.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 8:41 AM

Julian Robert Crawford, 24, of Haskell is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony count of child sexual abuse, according to documents filed with the case.

According to an affidavit filed with the case, Crawford is accused of molesting the girl starting when she was 12 years old and stopping when she complained to police last September, when she was 15.

A second affidavit alleges Crawford had oral and manual sex with the girl as well as sexual intercourse and touching her body parts. The girl underwent a forensic interview at Kids Space in Muskogee before the case was filed.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 8:41 AM

Leonard Thomas Lang, 69, of Boynton is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony count of lewd molestation, according to documents filed with the case.

Lang is accused of making statements to the victim, who is younger than 16, about her being raped. In addition, Lang is accused of touching the victim on her breasts when she was changing clothes.

He is accused of committing lewd acts on the child on multiple occasions between October of 2016 and the September of 2018.

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Monday, April 15, 2019, 10:12 AM

The Cherokee Nation will host its 14th annual Traditional Native Games competition Saturday, April 20, at Carl Albert State College in Sallisaw.

Competitions include a cornstalk shoot, Cherokee marbles and horseshoes, which all start at 10 a.m., with the hatchet throw and blowgun starting at 11 a.m. and chunkey at 12 p.m. Registration is held 30 minutes before the start time of each game.

“The Traditional Native Games are a fantastic opportunity to experience our cultural games. The games are open to the public and are no cost to the competitor or spectator, so we invite all to come enjoy a fantastic day of competition and fellowship,” Traditional Games Director Bayly Wright said.

The top three finishers in each game at qualifying events receive a T-shirt and an invitation to compete in the Traditional Native Games Championship in August. The Cherokee Nation will host additional qualifying events in Stilwell, Ochelata and Locust Grove this spring and summer.

For more information on game times and information, contact the individual game coordinators. Coordinators for the Traditional Native Games competitions:

Cornstalk shoot: Brian Jackson, 918-316-4243 Cherokee marbles: Pam Bakke, 918-207-6562 Chunkey: Tonya Wapskineh, 918-399-8474 Horseshoes: Lisa Cookson, 918-458-1339 Blow gun: Jason Kingfisher, 918-316-0030 Hatchet-throwing: Danny McCarter, 918-871-0085

For more information, contact Bayly Wright at 918-822-2427 or bayly-wright@cherokee.org.

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Friday, April 12, 2019, 9:11 AM

Michael Keith Tomblinson, 28, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony count of sexual abuse of a child under 12, according to documents filed with the case.

The victim, who is five years old, disclosed to family members that Tomblinson used his penis to penetrate the child’s rectum on multiple occasions when the child’s mother was away. Forensic and physical examinations of the child allegedly support the child’s story, according to an affidavit filed with the case.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019, 4:25 PM

The Muskogee Phoenix newspaper today published a lie about MuskogeeNOW.com owner Leif M. Wright (me), in part stating that I planned to plead guilty to several charges against me.

In their grammatically incorrect headline (the word “plea” should be “plead”), the newspaper claimed that I was going to plead guilty to assault and child abuse.

That claim is 100 percent false. The newspaper attributed the information to an unnamed “representative of the McIntosh County District Attorney’s Office.”

The story went on to say that my attorney, Steve Money, declined comment. Money said he never spoke to anyone from the Phoenix.

“Someone called and they were told I would call back and I totally forgot about it and didn’t call them back,” he said.

I personally called Elizabeth Ridenour, the new executive editor of the newspaper, and said they’d be needing to print a retraction since I have never planned nor do I now plan to plead guilty to charges of child abuse, assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic abuse. Further, I told her, my attorney did not speak to the paper.

“My reporter said they talked to Steve Money,” she said. “And we got the information from the DA’s office.”

“My number is published on my site,” I replied. “You have had my phone number for 20 years. Why wouldn’t you call me and ask me if that is true before you publish a lie like that about me? Furthermore, my attorney never spoke to your reporter, so you might want to start checking your reporter’s reporting.”

As a top editor at that newspaper for 20 years, I was in charge of training newspaper staff like Ridenour to avoid this kind of libelous reporting when she was hired.

When I told her the Phoenix must correct or retract the story, given that the person they’re saying “plans” to plead guilty is on the phone telling her he has no such plans, Ridenour said “We stand by our reporting.”

I said, “Your story is saying I’m planning to plead guilty. I’m on the phone right now telling you that isn’t true, it’s incorrect. I’m not planning to plead guilty. How do you not retract that story, given that I’m telling you your story is reporting 180 degrees opposite the truth?”

Her response: “We stand by our story.”

To set the record straight: I have never planned, nor do I now plan, to plead guilty to any of the charges against me.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019, 8:51 AM

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 66th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy. This is the first academy to be introduced since the 65th OHP Academy initiated its cadets in January 2018, graduating 29 new Troopers on June 15, 2018. The proposed start date of December 1, 2019 will mark almost two years since a new class of candidates has occupied the OHP Academy Third Deck living quarters, and the first to live there since its dedication to Lieutenant Ronnie Johnson #92, the first black male to graduate from the OHP Academy as part of the 23rd Academy in 1968, breaking the racial barrier and paving the way for minorities.

Colonel Michael S. Harrell, Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, remarked, “The announcement of the 66th OHP Academy heralds the dawn of a new era for the Patrol. We have worked diligently to put all the tools in place to move the agency forward into the future with a membership that reflects the rich diversity of our state’s population, standing solidly on the tradition of integrity, self-discipline, and unwavering professionalism.”

“Chief Harrell and I are proud of the legacy of the Patrol, and the men and women who have chosen to carry it forward,” stated Department of Public Safety Commissioner Rusty Rhoades. “There is no greater honor than to serve this state as a peace officer, especially a member of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and I look forward to welcoming our newest cadets into its elite ranks. Law enforcement is a lifestyle, not just a career, and those chosen to participate in our rigorous residential academy will graduate understanding its full implications.”

Applications will be available on www.jointheohp.com and www.ohptroopers.com, beginning April 15th, or call (405) 425-7709 for more information.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 10:46 AM

Marvin Elijah Munn

Marvin Elijah Munn, 70, of Muskogee is charged with a felony of witness intimidation in a case where he is alleged to have issued a backhanded threat to a witness in Munn’s husband’s child molestation case.

Munn’s husband, Kenneth Dale Farguson, 40, is charged with molesting two minors starting in June of 2016 and ending Jan. 11 of this year, according to documents filed with his case.

Farguson was also convicted in 2005 of lewd molestation in Tulsa County and sentenced to seven years suspended.

Munn is accused of following one of the victims, who is still underage, to the victim’s job, getting out of his car and saying, “You’re alive, are ya?”

Munn and Farguson have been married since 2016, when the sex abuse is alleged to have begun.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 9:06 AM

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children will host a lunch and learn informational session to highlight the need for more individuals to serve as volunteers. Join CASA for lunch on Wednesday, April 17th at 12:00 p.m. to talk with members of the CASA staff and volunteers about how, in just a few hours each month, you can change the life of an abused or neglected child in foster care. The lunch will be held at Club Lunch located at 211 N. 3rd Street in Muskogee.

This is a no-obligation introduction to CASA and its mission. The information session will discuss the critical role a CASA volunteer plays in the life of a child in foster care and share stories of the lasting impacts they make.

CASA recruits, trains, and empowers everyday community members to advocate for abused and neglected children in Muskogee, Sequoyah, and Wagoner Counties.

For more information call 918-686-8199 or email jenny@casaok.org.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 9:05 AM

Boater Brit Sumter of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, brought five bass to the weigh-in stage totaling 18 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Okie Division opener on the Arkansas River. For his victory, Sumter pocketed $4,315.

“I caught them all flipping laydowns in the backs of spawning pockets,” said Sumter, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. “I stayed in the Webbers Falls pool and fished in the Spaniard Creek area and probably hit five different pockets. I think they were moving in to spawn, but the water was too dirty to see them.”

Sumter said he used a Texas-rigged, black and blue- or green pumpkin-colored YUM Christie Critter with a 5/16-ounce weight.

“My fish were in less than 3 feet of water. As soon as I’d pitch in and pick it up they’d be there, probably hitting it on the fall,” said Sumter. “I caught six keepers and weighed all largemouth. Four of my fish came by 8:30 a.m., and two more around noon, which culled a smaller one.”

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Monday, April 8, 2019, 8:45 AM

A Checotah man and a McAlester woman were injured in a wreck Sunday just south of Muskogee, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Clarence Davis, 57, of Checotah and Patricia Easley, 51 of McAlester were the injured parties. Davis was transported to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa in critical condition with head, internal and external trunk injuries. Easley was taken to the same hospital in stable condition with trunk internal injuries.

Davis’s vehicle was southbound on US 69 and tried to turn onto Oktaha Road. A second vehicle driven by Bryan Easley of McAlester, in which Patricia Easley was a passenger, was northbound on US 69. According to the patrol, Davis turned in front of Easley and the two collided, sending Davis’s vehicle into a third vehicle.

Davis was not wearing a seatbelt.

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Friday, April 5, 2019, 8:59 AM

The Cherokee Nation is now accepting applications for the 2019 Clothing Assistance Program. The tribe’s clothing voucher program helps Cherokee families purchase new clothes for school-aged children for the upcoming school year.

Last year the tribe helped more than 4,500 students, grades K-12, from across the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction prepare for the first day of school with gift cards totaling more than $450,000.

To be eligible for the program, students must be age 5 before September 1, 2019, a Cherokee Nation citizen, live within the 14-county jurisdiction and meet additional income guidelines.

Once parents have provided the necessary paperwork and have been verified by the tribe, the parents receive a $100 VISA gift card for every school-aged child in the home. Gift cards will be able to be used at any store.

Applications can be printed from https://bit.ly/2YA7cGy or picked up at any Cherokee Nation Human Services field office and the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cherokee Nation Human Services offices:

  • W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah

  • Catoosa field office, 750 S. Cherokee St. Suite N.
  • Stilwell field office, 219 W. Oak
  • Sallisaw field office, 307/309 N. Dogwood Ave.
  • Pryor field office, 219 NE 1st St.
  • Jay field office, 1499 N. Industrial Park Rd.
  • Nowata Food Distribution Center, 1018 Lenape Dr.

All applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. at a Cherokee Nation office location or by mail on May 31.

For more information on income guidelines or other eligibility requirements, call Cherokee Nation Human Services Family Assistance at 800-256-0671 or visit www.cherokee.org.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019, 9:38 AM

Kyle Ray Malone

Kyle Ray Malone, 28, of Braggs is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony count of child sexual abuse, according to documents filed with the case.

According to an affidavit filed with the case, Malone is accused of conducting oral sex on a 15-year-old boy.

On New Year’s Day this year, according to the affidavit, around 3 a.m., Malone allegedly pulled down the pants and performed oral sex on the boy in a residence outside Braggs.

No other details are yet available.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 11:39 AM

Bob Coburn

Muskogee Mayor Bob Coburn is resigning effective today, according to numerous sources at city hall, and Coburn.

“I’m being appointed commissioner of District 1 for Oklahoma Department of Transportation,” Coburn said. “So Muskogee will still be hearing from me, just not as mayor.”

Coburn has served as mayor since 2010.

A city council member will be appointed to his slot, according to city hall sources.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 7:49 AM

Muskogee’s Got Talent will debut this Saturday at the Roxy Theater in Muskogee. The event will run the first Saturday of every month from April through October.

The event begins at 6 p.m. It’s free for contestants, $10 for audience.

Tickets $10 - Debit/ Credit Cards Accepted - Concessions Available - For more info call 918-684-6366.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 10:10 AM

A group of boosters is hosting a concert at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame on Saturday with proceeds to help the Muskogee High School band program. Tons of local musicians are donating their time and talents to bring the entertainment from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with food trucks available outside.

The night will open with the Muskogee High School jazz band and end with Johnny Winkle’s Wild Card Band. Throughout the rest of the night, you’ll hear B-Rad and the Jazz Lads, Reed Stout, Mark Hayes, Aaron Kelle, Andy Sanchez and Casey West.

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Monday, April 1, 2019, 9:41 AM

Bryson Stancle

Bryson Stancle, 26, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with two felonies and a misdemeanor after a March 27 incident where he allegedly masturbated in public while watching pornography on an allegedly stolen iPhone, according to documents filed in the case.

Around 8:30 a.m., Stancle was confronted by a hospital security officer while he was wearing scrubs over his clothing. He was asked to leave the property and not come back. The officer said Bryson asked if he could first use the bathroom, so the officer escorted him into the bathroom and waited outside the stall.

The officer said he heard moaning and what he believed to be pornography inside the stall, so he told Stancle to turn his phone off and leave. The officer said Stancle exited the bathroom stall with his pants around his ankles and continued to masturbate.

He has been charged with knowingly possessing the stolen iPhone XS Max and with felony indecent exposure.

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Monday, April 1, 2019, 9:26 AM

Today at 1 p.m., Muskogee Chief of Police Johnny Teehee and Director of the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service Shannon Buhl will sign a memorandum of understanding between the two agencies at the Muskogee Police Department, according to Officer Lincoln Anderson at the department.

The memorandum will give both agencies an expanded ability to assist the other in their respective jurisdictions. The Muskogee Police Department will now be able to assist the marshals on tribal lands in the form of a cross deputization, and the Marshal Service gets added ability to assist the Muskogee Police Department.

Both agencies have always assisted the other with any need that may arise, however neither had a formal MOU in place to solidify the agreement.

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