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DEATHS

Jessie J. McCoy, 98

Born March 24, 1923

Died July 28, 2021

William Carl Collins Jr., 91

Born July 11, 1930

Died July 27, 2021

James Haskell "Jim" Gibson, 80

Born August 6, 1940

Died July 27, 2021

LARRY ALLEN KENNEDY, 42

Born October 18, 1978

Died July 27, 2021

Donald P. Hamilton, 100

Born August 5, 1920

Died July 27, 2021

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THINGS TO DO

Friday, July 2, 2021, 9:15 AM

Mayor Marlon Coleman held a press event to announce that the state will widen US 69 to six lanes in Muskogee, starting in 2024.

The event was originally scheduled to be held on the demolition siteof the Deluxe Inn, but had to be moved indoors due to inclement weather. Bill Johnson, owner of Johnson Enterprises at 715 S. 32nd Street, stepped up to offer his building as an alternative location for the gathering.

Former Mayor Bob Coburn was also honored with a key to the city at today’s event. Coburn left his mayoral term early to accept a position as highway commissioner with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and has remained a part of the progress on the Highway 69 project.

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Thursday, July 1, 2021, 8:22 AM

The second phase of a comprehensive street rehabilitation project for the City of Muskogee is set to begin today as part of a $24 million, multi-year capital improvement project approved by voters in 2019. City workers will begin the microsurfacing of streets in the northeast quadrant of the city, resulting in a smoother ride and longer-lasting road surfaces.

The first roads slated for the treatment are Eufaula Street from 43rd Street to the dead end today, Gibson Street from Civitan Park to 41st Street, July 6-9, and Gibson Street from Eastside Boulevard to York Street, July 12-16. Traffic may be interrupted on these streets during this process.

Microsurfacing is a road maintenance tool that involves laying a mixture of dense-graded aggregate, asphalt emulsion, water, polymer additive, and mineral fillers to correct or prevent deficiencies in pavement conditions. Microsurfacing treatments cover the entire width of the roadway to which they are applied and can fill wheel ruts up to two inches deep.

The Microsurfacing product is generally set in less than one hour, requires no rolling, and allows traffic to return to the roadway quickly. Contractors are asking citizens to avoid parking along streets scheduled for rehabilitation, so progress can continue.

Once all street rehabilitation projects are completed in the Northeast quadrant, efforts will be concentrated on the Northwest quadrant.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 7:39 AM

The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in the country to participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation Self Governance Program, meaning the tribe has autonomy to plan and finance road improvement and transit projects within the reservation.

The USDOT approved the tribe’s eligibility earlier this month.

“Cherokee Nation has earned the distinction of being the first tribal nation to formally participate in the Department’s Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program,” Deputy Assistant Secretary Arlando S. Teller wrote in a letter to Chief Hoskin. “The Department looks forward to engaging with the Cherokee Nation in the negotiation of a compact and funding agreement under the TTSGP in support of the Cherokee Nation’s right to self-determination and self-governance.”

The approval gives the tribe the ability to plan and oversee its own road construction planning and projects without having to seek federal permission and oversight over projects.

“The Cherokee Nation has led a sophisticated transportation program for several years helping our tribal communities, state and federal partners with safer, well-maintained roadways in the reservation,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Having oversight for the first time to plan, lead and oversee the finance of our own road projects will only mean more and better investments in terms of travel and infrastructure in the Cherokee Nation to the benefit of thousands of citizens.”

The Cherokee Nation had to show audits for three years, including transportation management information, financial stability and transportation management and capability.

The Cherokee Nation Transportation and Infrastructure Department will also get transit dollars forward funded versus a reimbursement, under the program.

The Cherokee Nation Transportation and Infrastructure Department invested $4.8 million and paved 67 miles of roadway in fiscal year 2020 and $1.7 million and 49 miles of roadway so far in fiscal year 2021.

The department also provided more than 104,000 transit rides so far this year.

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Monday, June 28, 2021, 2:46 PM

The body of John William Vernon, 45, of Haskell has possibly been found west of Haskell, according to Muskogee County sheriff’s deputies.

Vernon had been missing for days.

Deputies suspect foul play and are investigating as if that is the case. No further information is yet available.

The body has not yet been positively identified.

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Monday, June 28, 2021, 9:19 AM

Two buildings on Okmulgee, just west of Church’s Chicken, were consumed in a blaze Saturday. The buildings were reported by police to be vacant.

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Monday, June 28, 2021, 8:27 AM

Kyle R. Burnett, 29, of Warner is dead after a late-night wreck on Saturday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Burnett was riding a 2000 Yamaha motorcycle westbound on 133rd Street South, just south of Muskogee at 9:17 p.m. on Saturday night when a 2014 Ram pickup driven by Gregory Redwine, 48, of Muskogee was eastbound on the same road, the patrol reported. Redwine turned left in front of Burnett, the patrol reported.

Burnett was taken by ambulance to Saint John Hospital in Tulsa in critical condition, where he later died from his injuries, according to the patrol. Redwine was not injured.

The cause of the collision was an improper left turn, the patrol reported. Burnett was wearing a helmet.

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Friday, June 25, 2021, 7:28 AM

Clayton Spencer

Muskogee Police are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of Clayton Spencer, the suspect in this week’s Pop N Go shooting.

Spencer has been charged in the shooting, and the weapon allegedly used has been recovered, but heis stillat large.

The policehave not specified what the reward would be.

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Friday, June 25, 2021, 7:23 AM

Curtis Sharbutt, 53, of Oktaha was killed last night in a single-vehicle wreck, and his passenger, Amanda McCracken, 41, was seriously injured, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Sharbutt was driving a 2005 Ford Escapr northbound on US 69 around 8:45 p.m. just south of Checotah, when the car departed the highway to the right and rolled four times, coming to rest on its roof. Sharbutt was ejected 30 feet.

Sharbutt was pronounced dead at the scene. McCracken was flown to a Tulsa hospital, where she was admitted with head and arm injuries.

Sharbutt was not wearing a seatbelt, the patrol reported. McCracken was.

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Thursday, June 24, 2021, 7:20 AM

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Cherokee County early yesterday morning. Based on the OSBI’s initial investigation, this is what is known at this time:

At around 3:40 a.m., Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a domestic violence call in the 19500 block of W. Cookson Bend Rd, Cookson.

The domestic violence call involved Jerett Gray, 23, and a woman. The woman told Gray that the police were being called, the woman told the OSBI. Gray told the woman to tell the cops that he would start shooting at the cops when they got there.

Upon the arrival of the deputies, Gray fired at the deputies and one of the deputies returned fire, the OSBI reported. No officers were struck during the exchange of gunfire.

Gray fled the immediate area and hid.

Deputies later found him deceased with a single gunshot wound.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 7:09 AM

Neighbors Building Neighborhoods for the City of Muskogee is using donated funds to purchase a new bike share program that will be housed at the Depot Green as part of the Muskogee Wellness Initiative.

Representatives from Saint Francis Health System recently presented the check to recipients. A concrete pad has been poured close to the Centennial Trail Head, at 205 Elgin Street, for the docking station.

The bike share program will be the first of its kind in Muskogee. The public will be able to check out a bike, for a small fee, from the dock station for use on the Centennial Trail or the downtown area. Users will have the option to purchase a single bicycle use or to purchase a membership card for repeated use of the bike share program. After using the bicycle, the user will return it to the dock. The dock station will have seven bikes available.

The program is expected to be ready to use by fall.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 1:41 PM

Muskogee police just released the following:

On today’s date at approximately 11:45am officers responded to a shots fired call in the area of 24th and Okmulgee. When officers arrived on scene they learned that there was a disturbance inside the Pop and Go convenient store between two subjects. Those subject’s exited the store and a male subject fired multiple shot’s at the other subject in the road near the store. It is unclear at this time if that subject was struck by the bullets.

After firing the shots the male subject fled the scene on foot. The only description at this time is a black male approximately 6ft. tall wearing a white tank top.

A perimeter was immediately set up in the area and a K9 Officer and his partner were called to the scene to track the suspect.

This is still a very active scene and we are asking people to avoid the area of 24th and Okmulgee as well as several blocks to the east, west and south of that area.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

UPDATE:

The suspect in the shooting has been identified as 23 year old Clayton Spencer black male 6ft. tall and approximately 160lbs.

The victim sustained a minor injury and their name is not being released at this time.

A weapon has been recovered a short distance from the scene

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 6:57 AM

John Haynes

A Tahlequah couple were found guilty on multiple charges of child sex abuse in Cherokee County District Court. On Thursday, 37-year old Jennifer Mason plead guilty to one count of child sexual abuse to a child under the age of eighteen and one count of procuring, producing, distributing, or possessing child pornography. She was sentenced to 20 years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Jennifer Mason

On March 25, Mason’s husband, 44-year-old John Haynes, entered a plea of Nolo Contendere to one count of aggravated possession of child pornography and one count of sexual abuse of a child under 12. The Cherokee County district judge sentenced him to a term of 25 years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Additionally, Haynes will be a lifetime registered sex offender.

The investigation was initiated when an electronic service provider reported that chat logs suggested Haynes sexually abused an infant child and that Jennifer had also participated. OSBI Internet Crimes Against Children agents and the Department of Homeland Security Tulsa agents executed a federal search warrant at 12911 W. Southern Oaks in Tahlequah, where Haynes and Mason lived. Based upon the evidence collected, Haynes was arrested and booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center.

Mason was later found to be involved with abuse of the infant and was arrested June 16, 2020. Jennifer was also booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center.

Based on the investigation and a review of evidence collected during the search warrant, OSBI ICAC Agents were able to locate an additional child victim in Virginia who was safely rescued.

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Monday, June 21, 2021, 8:03 AM

Alex Kimble, 50, of Muskogee drowned in the Verdigris River west of Wagoner at 2 p.m. yesterday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Kimble was fishing on the river when a rod and reel fell into the river, the patrol stated. He tried to retrieve the equipment and fell into the water, resurfacing one time, then disappearing.

His body was located by side scanner sonar in 21 feet of water and he was pronounced dead, the patrol reported.

He was not wearing a personal flotation device.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021, 7:34 AM

Sebron Brown

Sebron Dejuan Brown, age 35, of Muskogee entered a guilty plea in federal court yesterday to Conspiracy to Commit Odometer Tampering, two counts of Odometer Fraud, and to Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud. Brown could potentially be sentenced to up to 20 years imprisonment for the multiple violations of federal laws.

From December 2016 and continuing through May 2017, Brown agreed and conspired to knowingly and willfully reset the odometers of motor vehicles, intending to change the mileage registered by the odometers to reflect lower mileage than the vehicles actually had on them.

From March 3, 2017 through May 2, 2017, Brown and accomplices conspired to transmit “signals and sounds” over telephone lines for the purpose of executing a scheme to defraud insurance companies.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Muskogee Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Odometer Fraud Investigation.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021, 7:23 AM

The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation has created the Emergency Rental Assistance Program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and renter households in need of assistance may submit their application online at www.hacn.org.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is available to assist eligible renter households that have suffered financial hardship with rental payments as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. HACN offers assistance that may be used to cover a portion of past-due rental payments as well as future rental payments for both residential dwelling and residential lot rent, such as mobile home lot rent.

Applicants meeting guidelines will be eligible for rental assistance through funds that were part of the U.S. Department of Treasury’s allocation to states, U.S. territories, and tribes for emergency rental assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility criteria include the following:

  • At least one household member must be a Cherokee Nation citizen.
  • Applicants must reside within the state of Oklahoma with first preference given to those living in the Cherokee Nation reservation.
  • The landlord must be willing to complete a W-9 and accept payment from the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation. Refusal to complete a W-9 and accept payment from the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation may result in the applicant’s ineligibility.
  • Household income may not exceed 80 percent of the Area Median Income. First preference given to households under 50 percent Area Median Income.

For more information about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program or assistance with the application, contact the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation at services@hacn.org or by phone at 918-456-5482, ext. 1135.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 8:20 AM

The Cherokee Nation Attorney General’s office added five new charges of false personation against a Tahlequah woman initially charged last month in tribal court with one count of election fraud and one count of false personation.

According to the Cherokee Nation Attorney General’s office, five new charges of false personation were recently filed against Lisa Cookson in tribal court.

Cookson was arrested on May 4 and later released on bond. She appeared in Cherokee Nation tribal court for her initial appearance on Tuesday. Cookson pleaded not guilty.

According to an investigative report from the Attorney General’s office to the Cherokee Nation Election Commission, Cookson was volunteering for District 2 Tribal Council candidate Bobby Slover’s campaign for the June 5 Cherokee Nation general election. Cookson is charged with fraudulently preparing, altering, and signing more than 90 absentee ballot request forms that were presented to the Cherokee Nation Election Commission without the knowledge or consent of voters between January and April of 2021.

Among the 14 witnesses to the alleged crimes listed in the amended criminal complaint is District 2 candidate for Cherokee Nation Council Bobby Slover, Venita Jo Slover and former Tribal Council member David Walkingstick. Election fraud and false personation is punishable by up to three years for each count, and a maximum fine of $15,000.

Cookson is scheduled for another court appearance on August 10.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 7:55 AM

Scott Haggard

Merle Haggard’s son Scott will play at the Muskogee Civic Center on June 19, following a tradition that started 52 years ago with the number one hit song, “Okie from Muskogee.”

The younger Haggard, who looks and sounds like his father, will sing that famous song and others here on Saturday.

“You can’t think of Muskogee without the song Okie From Muskogee coming to mind,” said Tera Shows, spokesperson for the City of Muskogee. “It helped to put Muskogee on the map and we are proud that Scott has chosen to perform here. Scott is known to pay tribute to his dad.”

Haggard is one of four musically talented sons born to Merle. He bears a striking resemblance to his dad in both appearance, voice and music style.

Tickets to the show are $20 and are available online at ticketstorm.com. The show will begin at 8 p.m. with a meet and greet starting at 7 pm. For more information about the show contact the Muskogee Civic Center at 918-684-6363.

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Monday, June 14, 2021, 8:51 AM

Muskogee’s Big Papa’s Okie Toke, a medical marijuana dispensary just south of Peak Boulevard on US 69, is hosting a day at the waterpark - and helping those in need.

The event is 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at River Country Water Park on June 26. No usage or promotion of marijuana products is allowed at the event. Hot dogs, hamburgers and snow cones will be free. The free event is limited to Big Papa’s loyalty members.

The dispensary also offers to pay for medical recommendations for certain patients in need, including disabled veterans and the elderly, said Bea Epperson.

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Friday, June 11, 2021, 8:39 AM

Oktaha Public schools has received a Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Healthy Incentive Grant.

The $20,000 grant will help purchase new playground equipment, install shading and build a walking path, all in an effort to give children more opportunities to be physically active.

Last July, the Muskogee County Health Department was awarded a new 5-year Healthy Living Program grant to help improve health of the residents in the department’s service area of McIntosh, Muskogee, Hughes and Okfuskee counties. The grant is being used to help reduce tobacco use, improve nutrition, and increase physical activity to decrease premature death.

TSET Healthy Incentive Grants are awarded to schools and communities that have implemented sustainable policies and strategies to encourage Oklahomans to adopt healthier lifestyles. This is in line with TSET’s constitutional mandate to improve the health of Oklahomans. Adopted policies focus on tobacco-free environments, increased access to nutritious foods and opportunities for physical activity.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021, 7:26 AM

Muskogee will host a regional boxing tournament on June 26 at the Muskogee Civic Center. The Kansas Oklahoma Regional Golden Gloves Tournament will feature more than 150 amateur boxers vying for their chance to qualify for the national tournament.

​“The KO Regional Golden Gloves Tournament is the second step on the path to the Golden Gloves of America Tournament of Champions set for the first week of August,” said Aaron Sloan, event organizer.

​This is the first time the regional or national tournaments have been held in Oklahoma, according to Sloan. The event is typically held in Wichita.

Oklahoma boxers slated to compete in the tournament include Jaime Noyola, Hakeem Eli’juwon, Keigan Stephenson, Aaron Goggins, Arrien Rask, Brayden Fimpe, Elayna Rowe, Heather Lloyd, Eric Moses, Edgar Trejo, Pedro Gallego Lopez, Angel Mora, Karlos Lizarraga, Bryce Edwards, Ron Gamble, Pablo Poros, Neida Ibarra and Shelby Mulcaire.

Tickets are $20 for adults and kids ages 10 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online here or at the door the day of the event.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 9:50 AM

Eric Adcock

Eric Adcock, also known as Eric Ribin-Damien Adcock-Hall, 40, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with first-degree mueder in the March 6 death of Isaiah Westmoreland, according to documents filed in the case.

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Lori Smith (aka Allen, White or Wisniski), 46, of Muskogee is charged with accessory after the fact for allegedly helping Adcock flee and stay out of the hands of law enforcement.

Adcock is accused of stabbing Westmoreland in front of Adcock’s home on Columbus that night. Westmoreland was found near the street and transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, the state alleges, Smith and Adcock fled the scene, and eventually the state, to avoid capture.

There are outstanding warrants for both.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 9:04 AM

Jack Stanley, 80, of Braggs was injured when the 2014 Ford Escape he was driving yesterday afternoon overturned in a ditch full of water, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

He was driving around 1:15 p.m. northbound on US 64 south of Muskogee when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road and overturned in a ditch full of water, the patrol reported. He was pinned in the vehicle for three minutes, until troopers freed him. He was then flown by helicopter to Saint John Hospital in Tulsa with head and internal injuries.

He was wearing a seatbelt at the time.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 7:26 AM

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Elijah Kejuan Brown, 24, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with one count of first-degree murder after a June 5 fight in Haskell, where he allegedly stabbed John Shackleford numerous times in front of several witnesses.

Shackleford, who later died of his wounds, told his girlfriend, “he stuck me in the heart.” Police also observed him bleeding from a stab wound on his face. The two men were involved n a fist fight when the stabbing occurred, and one witness said Shackleford threw the first two punches.

At first Shackleford told police he had fallen in the yard and impaled himself on something. He never changed his story, but the birlfriend, according to police, did change her story after it became clear that his injuries were life-threatening. She said Brown and Shackleford were talking in the yard and a fight broke out, resulting in the stabbing. She said she saw Brown wipe a knife off on his shirt, then get in a car with two other men and leave.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 7:01 AM

The Cherokee Nation has filed its 1000th case in Cherokee Nation District Court since the Supreme Court McGirt ruling and subsequent Hogner decision found that its reservation had never been disestablished, and that the state of Oklahoma had been improperly prosecuting cases outside of its jurisdiction for over a century.

The case, in which a Craig County defendant allegedly physically abused his wife, was dismissed in April following the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals decision finding the McGirt ruling applies to the Cherokee Nation. In anticipation of this ruling, the Nation was already hard at work to ensure its justice system was prepared for case transfers and an expanded case load, while fully preserving tribal sovereignty. The victim has filed for a protective order and supports the continued efforts to prosecute the abuser.

“Since Indian Country’s victory in McGirt, the Cherokee Nation has made two priorities crystal clear: we will fight to protect every piece of our hard-earned sovereignty, and we will stand with victims and families to keep everyone on our reservations and our neighbors throughout Oklahoma safe,” said Cherokee Nation Attorney General Sara Hill. “By preparing proactively for case dismissals, expanding our judicial system capacity, and working closely with state, local and federal partners, our tribe has been able to continue to prosecute criminals and ensure continued justice.”

Before the McGirt decision, the Cherokee Nation would on average file six cases per month.

The Nation has also invested $10 million to expand its justice system. The tribe has added an additional eight marshals, for a current total of 37, and has hired two additional district court judges, six more prosecutors and several more victim advocates in the wake of the McGirt ruling.

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Monday, June 7, 2021, 9:51 AM

Four Tribal Council incumbents were re-elected, with one newcomer elected, while four other Tribal Council district races are heading to run offs next month, according to unofficial results from Saturday’s Cherokee Nation General Election.

The June 5 election drew 38 candidates vying for seats in Tribal Council Districts, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15 and one at-large.

The four incumbents returning to their seats include Mike Dobbins of District 4, E.O. Smith of District 5, Mike Shambaugh of District 9, and Victoria Vasquez of District 11.

Vazquez finished with 486 votes or 63 percent of votes cast in District 11.

District 9 Councilor Mike Shambaugh was also re-elected to a second term with 575 votes or 59 percent of votes.

Incumbents Mike Dobbins of District 4 and E.O. Smith of District 5 were also re-elected with 87 percent and 82 percent of the votes, respectively. Newcomer Danny Callison took the District 15 race with 60 percent of the votes.

Cherokee Nation Districts 2, 7, 10, and the At-large races are headed to runoffs on July 24.

Candidates vying for the District 2 Seat facing a runoff is Candessa Teehee and Bobby Slover.

David Comingdeer and Joshua Sam will be on the run-off ticket for District 7.

District 10 candidates Shaunda Handle-Davis and Melvina Shotpouch will be in the run off, as will Kyle Haskins and Jack Kidwell for the at-large seat.

The Cherokee Nation Election Commission will certify the vote count today.

Tribal Councilors will be sworn in on August 14. For more information on the General Election and to see unofficial results including challenge ballots, click here.

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Friday, June 4, 2021, 1:24 PM

A Muskogee police officer was involved in a wreck yesterday morning, according to police spokeswoman Lynn Hamlin. Hamilin said she couldn’t comment further until the investigation is complete.

The wreck, which was at Main and Court streets, was witnessed by a driver who took a photo and accused th officer of texting and running the stop light at that intersection. The photo does appear to show the light red.

We will update as more information becomes available.

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Thursday, June 3, 2021, 8:02 AM

Muskogee’s Symphony in the Park will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Honor Heights Park.

“We are expecting a large turnout for this event,” said Joel Everett, Muskogee Parks and Recreation’s special events coordinator. “I think people are ready to get out and enjoy public outings again and outdoor events are a great way to ease back into summer fun, while still being safe.”

The Muskogee Community Band will perform a selection of musical numbers from Oklahoma composers for the public’s enjoyment. Selections will include music by The Gap Band, Leon Russell, and highlights from “Oklahoma!”, the musical.

Admission is free and patrons are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for comfort.

For more information, contact Everett at (918) 684-6302 or email jeverett@muskogeeparks.org.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 8:09 AM

Stacey Brown, 52, of Muskogee was shot in the chest last night, according to witnesses and emergency officials.

The shooting occurred at a residence near the Family Dollar store on West Okmulgee late last night.

Brown was rushed by Muskogee County EMS to Saint Francis Hospital on emergency status. At least one worker said Brown had died from the wound.

Emergency workers say a family member or close friend is suspected.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 7:35 AM

The Greenleaf Apartments at 715 S. York St. are on fire, according to firefighters.

“There have been multiple rescues so far,” one firefighter said. “We have only been on the scene a little while.”

Witnesses reported some people trapped inside the apartments, but firefighters were unable to confirm that so far.

More as it becomes available.

UPDATE 8:31 a.m.: Police have a suspect, Rachel Sellers, in custody, according to spokeswoman Lynn Hamlin.

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Vicki Murdock, 60, of Eufaula died in a two-car wreck over the weekend, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The wreck happened 3 miles west of Eufaula on a countyr road at 5:34 p.m. on Sunday, the patrol reported. Murdock was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is unknown who was driving the 2007 Ford Taurus and wheter anyone was wearing seatbelts.

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