DEATHS

Arley Leo Hinds, 90

Born March 4, 1928

Died February 14, 2019

Edith Laverne Warren, 97

Born October 31, 1921

Died February 14, 2019

June Ann Drake, 61

Born September 10, 1957

Died February 12, 2019

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Our death notices and obits are always free to the families and funeral homes.

THINGS TO DO

Saturday, February 16

Loureda vs Fletcher Watch Party
SBR Defensive Training
2019 Kids' Space Daddy Daughter Dance
Soulful Hangout
Estate Sale
Tyler Brant
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Zumba with Kaylon
SBR Defensive Training
Oklahoma Kids!
Donut's and Doggy's
ECC Ladies Breakfast
Sideways!!
Murder suicide house
Valentine's Dinner for Two
Oscars Celebration

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Friday, February 15, 2019, 9:58 AM

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

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

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

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

The Cherokee National Holiday commemorates the signing of the Cherokee Nation Constitution in 1839, which re-established the tribe’s government in Indian Territory after forced removal from the Cherokees’ original homelands in the Southeast.

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

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Friday, February 15, 2019, 9:57 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 9:41 AM

Denise Grass

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

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

Authorities believe Grass killed Dry on Jan. 15.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 8:54 AM

Muskogee Public Schools has announced its educators of the year.

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

Educators of the Year:

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

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 8:48 AM

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7:46 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, February 11, 2019, 9:08 AM

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

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

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

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

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Monday, February 11, 2019, 9:02 AM

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

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

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

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Friday, February 8, 2019, 2:33 PM

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

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

We will update when more information becomes available.

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

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Friday, February 8, 2019, 7:26 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, February 7, 2019, 8:26 AM

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

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

The class will teach

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

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

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Thursday, February 7, 2019, 8:20 AM

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

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

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

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 1:56 PM

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

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

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 1:56 PM

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

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

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 7:19 AM

Meko Kane Bloomer

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 9:49 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 9:47 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, February 4, 2019, 10:33 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:42 AM

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

The car turned into the bus, damaging the door.

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

Police are investigating the wreck.

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Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:32 AM

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

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

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

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Thursday, January 31, 2019, 11:04 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, January 31, 2019, 8:41 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 8:57 AM

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jarrod Fry is a personal friend, the son of my longtime friend and former editor of the Muskogee newspaper, Kristi Fry. Our personal friendship did not influence this story.

In October, MuskogeeNOW.com reported a story that eventually led to the departure of Romon Jones, the correctional chief at Jess Dunn Correctional Facility in Taft. The story repeated allegations that Jones let inmates run wild and endangered guards and area residents with his carelessness toward inmates.

Yesterday, Jarrod Fry of Muskogee, a sergeant at the prison and the original whistleblower in the case, sent a letter to state legislators alleging that the prison is now retaliating against him for bringing the situation to light.

Fry, who works at night and cares for his daughter and his 100 percent disabled special-needs brother during the day, says he is being accused of bullying another employee for a humorous post he made on Facebook earlier this month. In the post, a parody of the recent “10-year challenge” on the site where members posted photos of themselves from 10 years ago and today to compare, Fry posted a photo of a friend and fellow Jess Dunn employee as his 10-year-old photo. Officials at the prison told him that was “bullying.”

The employee whose photo was posted thought the post was funny and told officers he didn’t feel bullied by the post, which was done without any mention of Jess Dunn or the fact that the two men even worked together. The officials at the prison did not seem to be swayed by the fact that the man wasn’t offended by the post.

The investigation at the prison is still ongoing, according to Fry. Here is the full text of the letter he sent to state legislators:

Hello,  my name is Jarrod Fry.   CSO IV Sgt. at Jess Dunn in Taft employee # 321424.   I need help.   Everyone at Jess Dunn knows I’m the person who wrote the letter concerning our former chief Jones,  and the issues at our prison.  I’m the one who contacted every single Representative and Senator as well as multiple media outlets.  Everything has been much better since chief Jones has been gone,  mind you,  he never did anything to me.   I did what I did to stick up for my fellow CO’s when they felt they couldn’t,  and the LT’s couldn’t get things better.  

 Recently I got called to chief Cox’s office.   I was told I was being accused of bullying a fellow officer named Rife.  I was told this came down from OKC and that Warden Farris was asked to handle the investigation.  At the same time I was told chief Cox had already spoken with Rife and he stated he didn’t file anything and that he has zero issues with me and that we are friends.  Chief Cox also stated our Lt. stated the exact same thing.   The picture attached is what was used to say I was bullying a fellow CO.  Rife thought it was funny.   There’s no bullying going on between myself or anyone.   I literally get along well with everyone.  I’m the one to get rid of bullies. At that time,  after we’ve all spoken to Chief Cox,  we’re told we have to be separated and both moved to other shifts.  Everyone knows I take care of my daughter during the day and my 100% disabled brother, which moving shifts kills me.

I informed chief Cox that I had read OP-110215 about bullying and that nothing I’ve done fits.   However,  what ODOC is doing to me falls under #4 (power bullying) intruding or invading into a employees personal life.   I have nothing DOC on my page.   I was not representing DOC, I was also on my own time.  They are fully in violation of this,  especially after Rife made it clear that this was basically stupid.

I told Chief Cox that I felt this was retaliation. Then I explained that I was the reason he was here.  That I wrote the letter, that ended a few days ago with chief Jones walking papers.  Shortly after Jones is fired this happens.  Chief Cox then stated he couldn’t be certain that this hadn’t came from upstairs.   Meaning the warden.  You see the warden made the mistake of saying in a Lt’s meeting right after I sent the letter,  that he was going to fire whoever wrote that letter(he knows it was me now).   I don’t need to remind you that is completely against policy,  and federal whistleblower laws. 

I really felt this was off or wierd.  After all parties stated it was nothing.   I contacted agent Shane,  as he asked me to request help internally before making this another media circus.  Channel 6, channel 8 and Muskogee Now all want an update to the story.  I asked Shane if I had any complaints in OKC as chief Cox stated.  Shane told me no. Therefore Chief Cox lied to me. The picture and a statement of accusing me of bullying wasn’t sent to OKC as he stated.  I asked Shane to intervene in this investigation,  but he said he’d have to be assigned. 

This isn’t only me,  Rife was moved shifts for no reason,  and Lt. Balthis is being screwed with over a emoji posted on my picture. 

Everyone on my shift was also questioned,  with them stating I have zero issues with anyone.   Which I don’t.  Yet the investigation that supposedly came from OKC is still ongoing. 

Someone is really stupid.   I take up for my co-workers not bully them.   I was bullied as a child, it’s not ok.   I won’t stand for this much longer.   Please help me before I have to file suit against DOC for retaliation and create another media frenzy over my mistreatment for trying to correct a bad situation.  I’m begging for help.  I don’t want to have to go that route. 

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 9:04 AM

A dead body was found last week at a Warner residence after the local fire department had cleared the scene and left, according to officials.

The fire, which happened on Jan. 19, was extinguished, and the fire department had released the scene and left when a resident discovered the body in the wreckage.

The fire happened across the highway from Simple Simon’s Pizza, according to witnesses. The body was taken by the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office to determine cause of death, and the state fire marshal has now been called in.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 8:59 AM

Jessica Fox, Richard Walker and Amber Coy of Muskogee are charged with multiple felony counts after they were accused of hiding Cody Wayne Fox, a fugitive accused of assault and battery, threatening to perform acts of violence, first-degree robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping for extortion, conspiracy, domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery by strangulation, endangering others while attempting to elude police, possession of a firearm after former felony conviction and more counts of threatening to perform acts of violence.

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Cody Fox was charged on Jan. 16 after being accused of holding Jennifer Brady at knifepoint inside her car, strangling her and running from police, attempting to ram a police vehicle, possessing a weapon in the process after he was formerly convicted of a felony and threatening to kill Brady and her daughter.

He was convicted in 2011 of domestic assault and battery (two counts), unauthorized use of a vehicle and in 2017 of domestic assault and battery by strangulation and domestic assault and battery.

Jessica Fox, Coy and Walker are accused of knowingly hiding Cody Fox from police and then helping him kidnap Malorie Burroughs and steal a number of things from her: an iPhone, a 55-inch TV, an Xbox, 15 pairs of Miss Me Jeans, hair supplies, another TV and two DVD players. Burroughs told police that, after police left her residence while looking for Cody Fox, a few hours later, he came to her house, pushed his way through the doorway and stripped down naked to get rid of mud-drenched clothes that were dirty from him hiding underneath her trailer.

Cody Fox’s sister Jessica is then accused of immediately taking Burroughs’ phone and car keys and demanding the Burroughs take Cody Fox anywhere he wanted to go. She told police she later discovered that it had already been planned for him to come to her house. Jessica Fox then left with the goods and the car and was gone up to five hours, Burroughs told police. When she returned, she allegedly had Walker and his girlfriend, Coy, with her. The group all left and went to Walker’s house, according to Burroughs.

Cody Fox then allegedly forced Burroughs at knifepoint to drive him to Dallas, where he was later taken into custody.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:22 AM

Traditional Cherokee White Eagle corn seeds and Jewel gourds.

The Cherokee Nation will begin dispersing its limited supply of heirloom seeds Feb. 1 to tribal citizens who are interested in growing traditional Cherokee crops.

In 2018, the Cherokee Nation distributed 4,905 packages of seeds to tribal citizens.

“Cherokee Nation’s seed bank program helps us keep alive our Cherokee tradition of harvesting seeds and passing them down for new generations of tribal citizens,” said Pat Gwin, Cherokee Nation senior director of Cherokee Nation Environmental Resources. “The heirloom seeds available in our seed bank are varieties that the Cherokee people harvested long before European contact. For Cherokee citizens who are looking to make a cultural connection to our history, planting and sustaining these crops is a great way to do so.”

Cherokee Nation citizens are limited to two varieties of seeds, and each applicant must submit a copy of his or her Cherokee Nation tribal citizenship card, proof of age and address.

Among this year’s available heirloom seeds are Cherokee White Eagle corn, Trail of Tears beans, Georgia Candy Roaster squash, a variety of gourds, Indian Corn Beads and native plants such as the American Basket Flower, sunchoke and two new seed varieties, including Trumpet Vine and Green Dragon, a medicinal plant.

Citizens can submit order requests by visiting the website. Create an account and follow the instructions to see a complete list of available seeds and to place and track orders. Previous participants of the tribe’s seed bank program can also use this link to log in and update their shipping address before submitting orders.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 8:44 AM

Micheal Miller, left, and Courtney Perkins

Two people in Muskogee were arrested after a video shown to police allegedly depicted the man hitting an eight-year-old girl, according to Muskogee Police.

Micheal W. Miller, 39, and Courtney Susan Perkins, 23, were each arrested after police responded to a disturbance. When officers arrived, according to Officer Lincoln Anderson, they were showed videos of Miller holding his hand over the eight-year-old girl’s mouth and hitting her. He was arrested on two complaints of abuse of a child.

Perkins was arrested on a complaint of not protecting the child and notifying authorities of the alleged abuse immediately.

CORRECTION: According to documents filed with the felony cases filed against the pair, the child was eight months old, not eight years.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 8:22 AM

Native American youth are invited to participate in the 2019 Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition and Show, scheduled for April 6 through May 4.

All artists must be citizens of a federally recognized tribe, in grades 6-12, and are limited to one entry per person. There is no fee to participate in the competition.

Entries will be received March 28 and 29 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Ho-chee-nee Chapel at Cherokee Heritage Center, located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive in Park Hill.

All submissions must include an entry form attached to the artwork, an artist agreement form and a copy of the artist’s CDIB card or tribal card.

Artwork is evaluated by division and grade level. Awards include Best in Show - $250; first place - $150; second place - $125; third place - $100; and Bill Rabbit Art Legacy Award - $100. The Best in Show winner will also receive a free booth at the Cherokee Art Market in October.

A reception will be held on April 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Cherokee Heritage Center in conjunction with the 48th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show. Winning artwork selected from the Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition will remain on display throughout the duration of the Trail of Tears Art Show.

The Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition is hosted by Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism. Applications are available at www.CherokeeArtMarket.com.

For more information, please contact Deborah Fritts at 918-384-6990 or cherokeeartmarket@cnent.com.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 8:20 AM

In an effort to maintain assistance for families, the Oklahoma Women, Infant and Children nutrition service has secured funding for clients through February during the federal government shutdown. Additional funds have been identified, and once received, will provide benefits through March.

“Right now, it is business as usual for WIC. We have received numerous inquiries and we want participants to know that they can continue to receive services at their regular WIC clinic,” said OSDH WIC Director Terry Bryce. “Our clients can go to any WIC-approved grocery store to redeem their food benefits.”

Leaders at the Oklahoma State Department of Health have been participating in national planning sessions to stay updated on the payment status of federal grant funds, food fund expenditures and current funds available.

“Our staff has taken the lead to ensure that there is no interruption of service to our clients and no delay in payments to our vendors,” said Interim OSDH Commissioner Tom Bates. “This advance planning is reflective on our focus of the core mission of providing excellent service to all of our citizens.”

The Oklahoma WIC program currently serves approximately 70,000 participants each month through 110 clinics statewide. Nutrition program services are provided to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women; and also for infants and children up to age 5. Determination for program eligibility is based on the size of the family and household income. Funds provide nutritious supplemental foods, nutrition education, and referrals for health related programs.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 9:43 AM

Pecan Creek Winery of Muskogee was awarded a Bronze medal for its Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 to the San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition.

The Chronicle contest is one of the world’s largest wine competitions and includes wines from every major wine region in the world. This marks the first time an Oklahoma-grown wine has won an award at the prestigious San Francisco competition. The contest division for Cabernet Sauvignon in the $23-$28 per bottle awarded forty medals making Pecan Creek Winery’s entry one of the top forty wines of that price range in the world.

The contest judged more than 7,000 entries. Pecan Creek’s winemaker and co-owner, Bob Wickizer, said he was “Extremely proud of our vineyard and cellar teams who are showing the world that we can produce some outstanding wines right here in our own state.”

The estate-grown wine came from vines planted around the winery itself. Hand-picked and destemmed, the wine was made “old-school style” from beginning to end. Aged one year in Hungarian oak barrels, the cab displays strong varietal characteristics without the overwhelming high alcohol and fruity character often found in other cabs today

Pecan Creek Winery, LLC. is a four-year old, 1,200 case-per-year winery based in Muskogee. Using only locally-grown grapes, the winery produces dry table wines and a line of classic premium, single varietal wines.

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