Bobby (Bob) Wilks, 84

Born September 20, 1937

Died August 17, 2022

Richard Glen Byrd, 60

Born September 1, 1961

Died August 16, 2022

Larance S. Hill, 67

Born October 20, 1954

Died August 15, 2022

Joan Ann (Benge) Gladd, 87

Born December 28, 1934

Died August 14, 2022

Linda McDonald, 79

Born July 20, 1943

Died August 14, 2022


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

Monday, August 1, 2022, 9:09 AM

Residents all across Muskogee have reported brown water coming out of their taps this summer.

The city of Muskogee is aware of the issue and has a simple explanation.

“The brown water is caused from higher water demand in summer,” said Tera Shows, city spokeswoman. “The increased demand forces us to increase pressure at water plant to meet the demand and turns loose sediment in the pipes.”

Fighting the brown water can help both you and the city, so Shows recommends everyone experiencing brown water contact the city to report it so crews can come out to your address and flush the lines there. It’s important, she said, to give the city a specific address so they know which pipes and lines need attention.

If you have brown water, the number to call is 918-684-6333, the city’s Public Works department.

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Monday, August 1, 2022, 8:42 AM

A correctional officer at the Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville has died from an injury sustained after an attack by an inmate yesterday.

As a group of inmates were being returned to their housing area from recreation, the assailant attacked the officer. Lifesaving efforts administered to the officer by facility medical staff were unsuccessful.

The identity of the officer is not being released, pending notification of the officer’s family. Officials with local law enforcement and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections were notified and are investigating the incident. The assailant has been identified and isolated. Additional details are pending the outcome of investigative efforts.

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Friday, July 29, 2022, 9:02 AM

Sheryl Bischel, 56, of Eufaula was critically injured in a July 23 motorcycle wreck north of Eufaula that was just reported by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Around 10 p.m., Bischel was a passenger on a 2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle being driven by Danny Kirby, of Eufaula when Kirby decided to turn left at a T intersection, the patrol reported. During the turn, the vehicle veered wide right, departing the roadway, the patrol stated.

Bischel was flown by helicopter to Saint Francis Tulsa, where she was admitted in critical condition with head, trunk arms, legs and internal injuries. Kirby refused treatment at Saint Francis Muskogee, the report stated.

The report also stated that Kirby had an odor of alcoholic beverage. He was wearing a helmet, Bischel was not, according to the patrol.


Thursday, July 28, 2022, 7:39 AM

Jukebox Live, one of Branson’s most popular acts, will return to Muskogee’s Historic Roxy Theater, at 8 p.m. Friday, August 5 for a one-night-only performance.

The high-energy show, which features country, rock and pop song performances by four of Branson’s most seasoned and sought-after performers, was a smash hit when it brought its act to Oklahoma in February. The musicians and vocalists bring a comedic aspect to their routine while delivering their unforgettable renditions of songs by Billy Joel, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, Reba McIntyre, the Beatles, Temptations, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Elvis. The musical variety show is family friendly.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at: Roxy Theater events on Eventbrite or at the Muskogee’s Historic Roxy Theater box office by calling 918-684-6366.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 7:09 AM

The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation is expanding the Cherokee Nation’s Homeowner Assistance Fund program to help eligible citizens experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Homeowner Assistance Fund will be available to eligible mortgage holders while funds last, which is estimated to be through 2026.

“The Homeowner Assistance Fund offered through the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation can help eligible Cherokee Nation citizens overcome certain challenges, such as delinquent mortgages and past due property taxes, so that they can remain in their homes,” HACN Interim Director Jerri Ann Killer said. “Cherokee Nation and the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic and this expansion of services is one of the great relief opportunities we can provide with funding through the U.S. Department of Treasury.”

A complete list of eligibility guidelines can be found online at along with a link to the Homeowner Assistance Fund application.

The Housing Authority will prioritize applicants with households located within the Cherokee Nation Reservation, along with those who have households in a Kansas or Arkansas county that borders the Cherokee Nation Reservation in Oklahoma.

For more information, visit or call 918-456-5482.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 7:01 AM

The Cherokee Nation is hosting a series of seven construction recruitment events between July and September to help connect Native and non-Native businesses and contractors to an unprecedented number of tribal building projects ongoing across the 14-county reservation.

Cherokee Nation Career Services staff will also be on hand at each event to help businesses and contractors become a TERO vendor. Along with the historic housing construction projects planned across the Cherokee Nation Reservation, the tribe is also seeking contractors and businesses to help build new Head Start facilities, expand and remodel outpatient health facilities, and to work on other tribal projects.

The recruitment events will also connect participants to expert Cherokee Nation staff who can help businesses and contractors become a TERO vendor for the tribe. Though Cherokee Nation law allows both Native and non-Native-owned contractors to perform work on tribal construction projects, the Tribal Employment Rights Office – or TERO – provides Native-owned businesses a clear path to becoming TERO-certified, opening the door for these businesses to bid on and potentially be awarded tribal projects.

Participants are encouraged to bring their company information, business cards and resumes or other related documents that can be provided to event staff at various trade booths. For more information, contact Channing Rogers at 918-453-5555 or email Visit the Events tab at for more information or to RSVP. Construction recruitment events are scheduled at the following locations:

  • July 27, 2-4 p.m., Cherokee Casino Tahlequah Chota Conference Center, hiring for 15 projects in Cherokee County
  • Aug. 10, 2-4 p.m., Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs meeting room, hiring for seven projects in Rogers and Nowata Counties
  • Aug. 17, 2-4 p.m., Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland, hiring for six projects in Sequoyah and Muskogee Counties
  • Aug. 24, 2-4 p.m., Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs meeting room, hiring for four projects in Adair County
  • Aug. 31, 2-4 p.m., Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, hiring for two projects in Tulsa and Washington Counties
  • Sept. 7, 2-4 p.m., The District at 3882 W. 530 in Pryor, hiring for five projects in Mayes County
  • Sept. 14, 2-4 p.m., Cherokee Casino Grove meeting room, hiring for five projects in Craig and Delaware Counties

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Monday, July 25, 2022, 8:17 AM

Odus Flatt Jr., 63, of Muskogee drowned over the weekend in a private pool, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Flatt drowned in the county south of Muskogee at a house in the 8800 block of S. 24th St. W, just outside Oktaha according to the report.

He was not wearing a personal flotation device.

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Friday, July 22, 2022, 8:45 AM

Friday, July 29th, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the August 23rd Primary Runoff Election Muskogee County Election Board Secretary Kelly Beach said today.

​Beach said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters.

Those who aren’t registered or need to change their registration may apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, July 29th.

Beach said applications postmarked after that time will be accepted and processed, but not until after the August 23rd Primary Runoff Election. ​The County Election Board responds in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration. The response is either a voter identification card listing the new voter’s precinct number and polling place location or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved. Beach said any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board office.

Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 400 W. Broadway, Rm. 120 in the Muskogee County Service Building, and at most post offices, tag agencies and public libraries in the county. Applications also are available at

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Thursday, July 21, 2022, 3:23 PM

At 3 pm today, the Board of County Commissioners implemented a burn advisory for Muskogee County due to extreme fire danger.


Thursday, July 21, 2022, 3:23 PM

At 3 pm today, the Board of County Commissioners implemented a burn advisory for Muskogee County due to extreme fire danger.

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Thursday, July 21, 2022, 8:06 AM

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Heather Nicole Berry, 37, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with two felonies of abuse by a caretaker in the cases of two patients at a nursing facility who she allegedly neglected and did not tell anyone else that the patients were in need, according to documents filed with the case.

Both victims are elderly.

The police affidavit filed with the case states:

On the above date, time, and location the defendant had neglectfully abused two elderly individuals while they were in her care. She had refused to pick up one that is wheelchair bound when the victim had fallen. The other victim had vomited on herself and could not clean up on her own, but the defendant refused to clean the victim up nor tell anyone else so it could have been cleaned.

A warrant has been issued for Berry’s arrest. The mugshot above is from an earlier arrest.

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Thursday, July 21, 2022, 7:32 AM

In a twist right out of a scene of a mystery movie, documents have been found to reveal the whereabouts of Bass Reeves gravesite.

One of the most famous and prolific lawman of his lifetime, Muskogee’s Reeves, the inspiration for the Lone Ranger, virtually disappeared from the pages of history along with the location of where he was buried in Muskogee.

Reeves culminated his thirty-two years career as a policeman in Muskogee. Retiring because of poor health brought on by Bright’s disease, Reeves died in January of 1910 at the age of 71. His funeral was held at his home in Muskogee and was attended by almost a thousand people. Local newspapers wrote eloquent obituaries about the “Negro Marshal”, but none made mention of where he was interred.

As his fame has recently been resurrected, the great mystery of where he was buried and why no one knew deepened. Old West history buffs, historians, Wild-West novelists, members of historical societies, law enforcement groups and treasure hunters have spent the better part of the last decade trying to uncover the resting place of the man known as “the invincible lawman”. Some believed his burial site was hidden to keep grave-robbers and vandals away. Some of his great cousins claimed that no one knew the location, but his closest family members and that information would remain forever hidden.

Most speculated that he was buried in Muskogee county or city limits as his funeral was during a wet and cold January and the likelihood that a funeral wagon being pulled by a team of horses along a slick and muddy path with followers on horseback, foot, or similar wagons wouldn’t have gone too far from where his funeral took place. That assessment seems largely correct in light of recently discovered county death certificate records.

Those records and the next step to reveal to the world that location will be part of the discussion that will follow the conference’s opening movie tonight, Directed by John Ford, at Muskogee’s Historic Roxy Theater at 7 p.m.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 7:21 AM

The City of Muskogee Foundation invested in excess of $4 million in Muskogee nonprofit organizations this year.

“This year has been challenging on everyone. We are pleased to award a wide variety of grants this year to our local nonprofits,” said Wren Stratton, chair of City of Muskogee Foundation.

In addition to its typical annual grantmaking cycle, the City of Muskogee Foundation approved up to $2,726,000 in economic development funding this past spring to provide immediate support and assist with job creation and capital infrastructure improvements.

Organizations such as Kids’ Space, Eastern Oklahoma Development District and Neighbors Building Neighborhoods all received grants to support programs that are not only meeting the current need, but also looking ahead to address longer term health issues that may arise.

A highlight for 2022 is the foundation’s leadership in the Muskogee Forward initiative working to advance Muskogee’s marketability as a quality place to work, live and play. The foundation will play an integral role in the organization and implementation of this plan and promote supporting organizations in their efforts to successfully carry out the catalyst projects.

For a full list of grants awarded in 2022, visit the City of Muskogee Foundation online.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 7:43 AM

As COVID-19 transmission continues to increase throughout the state, the State Department of Health is reminding Oklahomans tools are available to help protect themselves and their loved ones.

With at-home, non-reportable tests readily available, it is difficult to know the full scope of current cases, however it is clear transmission has been increasing, the agency states.

Hospitalizations are also increasing, but at a considerably slower pace than have been seen in previous surges.

“One of the best things you can do if you are symptomatic is to test and stay home,” says Keith Reed, Oklahoma commissioner of health. “Taking these precautions will help reduce community transmission. Additionally, there are tools available you can choose to use to protect yourself including good handwashing, testing, vaccination and wearing a mask in high-risk areas. Effective treatments are also available, including antiviral medications and antibody treatment.”

The state has ample supply of vaccine and antiviral medication. At-home COVID-19 tests are available for purchase at various retail outlets or free through the USPS. On-site testing is also available throughout the state.

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Monday, July 18, 2022, 7:18 AM

The Cherokee Nation has begun distributing its first batch of what will total more than $14 million to utility companies on behalf of 9,600 low-income Cherokee households through a one-time emergency assistance program.

The $14.6 million in disbursements makes the program the largest utility assistance program in the tribe’s history.

The tribe’s Respond, Recover and Rebuild Emergency Utility Assistance Program was available to low-income Cherokee citizens residing in the tribe’s reservation and in contiguous counties. Applications were available from May 6 to June 30 through the tribe’s online Gadugi Portal and at nearly two dozen in-person sign-up events across the reservation.

Payments of $1,500 to utility companies selected by the applicant will be sent in batches.

The one-time Respond, Recover and Rebuild Emergency Utility Assistance Program is in addition to the tribe’s annual Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program.

Since 2020 Cherokee Nation has provided more than $750 million in individual assistance payments under the Respond, Recover and Rebuild plan.

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Friday, July 15, 2022, 8:19 PM

Bob Locke, 78, a respected Muskogee attorney for more than 40 years, has passed away, his family reports.

Locke attended Irving Elementary in Muskogee and raised his family here, including his son Chad, currently a candidate for Associate District Judge.

Services will be at Antioch Temple of Hope, Friday, July 22 at 2 p.m. with pastor Marlon Coleman, also Muskogee’s mayor, presiding.

Those wishing to pay tribute to Locke may send memorials to WISH in Muskogee.

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Friday, July 15, 2022, 10:55 AM

There has been an apparent drowning north of Taft, according to Muskogee County emergency workers.

The victim is believed to be a 75-year-old white male who fell into the river.

There are no further details available at this time.

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Friday, July 15, 2022, 8:59 AM

Muskogee High School student Cadet An Nguyen graduated from the Air Force Junior ROTC Cyber Academy on July 15. Nyguen was selected for the scholarship in May. She is among eight students from Oklahoma to receive the scholarship.

The scholarship provides an incentive for AFJROTC cadets to become involved in computer science activities and classes to make them more competitive for college or technical career choices. The academy, which was held at Norwich University in Vermont, equipped cadets with skills in state-of-the-art computing and cybersecurity. Norwich University is the nation’s oldest private military college and the birthplace of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

“We are incredibly proud of Cadet Nyguen,” said William L. Triplett, Maj, USAF (Ret) Senior Aerospace Science Instructor at Muskogee High School. “She embodies what it means to be a part of our program. Her example is one to emulate.”

Nyguen stated that she was honored to be selected for the scholarship and is proud to represent Muskogee High School at the academy. She joined the MHS Air Force JROTC program in order to belong to something bigger than herself. She enjoys the exposure to college and career pathways along with the ability to travel and gain new experiences, she said.

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Friday, July 15, 2022, 7:38 AM

House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, held a press conference Thursday morning to call for immediate inflation relief for Oklahoma families.

Democrats expressed the need for financial relief for Oklahoma families before the 2022 legislative session began. A month and a half past the conclusion of the legislative session, Democrats say the Republican supermajority has failed to follow through.

“We have had opportunities recently to provide relief,” Virgin said. “House Republicans and Governor Stitt joined House Democrats to call for an end to the state grocery tax. Democrats called for an end to the fuel tax, but Republicans tabled that measure.”

The Democratic Caucus renewed the call for immediate inflation relief in the wake of Panasonic rejecting a more than $700 million tax incentive.

“With yesterday’s announcement that Panasonic would locate to Kansas and not Oklahoma, House Democrats think it is appropriate to discuss shifting our focus from attracting this billion-dollar company to using that money to provide relief to Oklahoma families,” Virgin said. “We now have an opportunity to provide Oklahomans relief at the grocery store and the gas pump.”

Now that Panasonic decided not to locate here, Democrats believe it’s necessary to understand what kept the company from choosing Oklahoma.

“We heard yesterday that proximity to Texas was a reason the company chose Kansas, but anyone with a basic understanding of geography knows that Oklahoma is closer to Texas,” Virgin said. “It seems that there is probably more to the story.”

Considering Panasonic’s commitment to an inclusive work environment, House Democrats said questions are needed about whether or not Oklahoma’s extremist laws against abortion and the 2SLGBTQ+ community contributed to the decision.

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Thursday, July 14, 2022, 10:04 AM

The Medical Examiner’s Office in Tulsa has confirmed this morning that the body found at Greenleaf Apartments, 715 S. York Street Apartment #219, on Tuesday July 12th was in fact Rebekah Carrie Lyth, according to Muskogee Police. She was reported missing on July 11.

Lyth’s cause of death is still undetermined and under investigation but there are no obvious signs of foul play, police stated. Her next of kin has been notified and further information will be released when it becomes available.

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Thursday, July 14, 2022, 8:01 AM

State Rep. Justin JJ Humphrey, R-Lane, has presented Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor with a proposed lawsuit against the Biden Administration for what he calls an utter failure to protect the nation’s borders.

“Article 4, Section 4 of the United States Constitution plainly outlines that protecting our nation’s border is one of the basic functions of government,” Humphrey said. “Biden’s inept administration is sanctioning millions of undocumented people who are entering our country illegally to overrun our nation. Biden’s dereliction of defending the border has indisputably resulted in an enormous increase in drugs, human trafficking and illegal immigrants harming all U.S. citizens and all Oklahomans.”

The truth is, solid numbers on illegal immigration are almost impossible to come by. The Biden Administration has stopped more people at the Mexico border than any other administration in 90 years. Oklahoma also isn’t even in the top ten states housing illegal immigrants.

Humphrey said that while Oklahoma is engaged in a battle against drugs, human trafficking and illegal immigrants, simultaneously the United States has broken supply chains, food production disruptions, storage and warehouses that are being systematically destroyed, and the depletion of fuel reserves. At the same time, the United States is attempting to recover from COVID.

“These mutual collective acts could conceivably lead a person to conclude that our nation is unknowingly in a state of war,” Humphrey said.


Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 6:54 AM

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol began valuable training this week as a first step toward complying with Governor Kevin Stitt’s Executive Order, Mission: Secure Oklahoma Schools. The order directs all State Troopers to complete active shooter emergency response training by January 1, 2023.

All troopers have already received some form of this training, but this latest effort is designed to enhance that training and equip dozens of troopers as designated trainers. These trooper trainers will then take the training back to their respective parts of the state and train other troopers and law enforcement agencies.

OHP is utilizingAcademy of Counter-Terrorist Education for this training. The National Center for Biomedical Research and Training provides high-quality training to emergency responders throughout the United States. Their course, “Law Enforcement Active Shooter Response,” is designed to enhance the response capabilities of law enforcement. All LSU/NCBRT/ACE courses are certified by the Department of Homeland Security.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 2:59 PM

The Muskogee Police Department was dispatched to the scene of a recent fire at Greenleaf Apartment Complex, 715 S. York Street, in response to the discovery of a deceased body in an apartment on the second floor.

The medical examiner has been called to verify cause of death.

Officials are still processing the scene. Greenleaf property management had previously reported that all residents were accounted for, so no one was believed to be left inside the complex at the time.

This is an ongoing investigation. More details will be released, if they become available.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 6:39 AM

The Council of the Cherokee Nation approved Monday paying off a $170 million note that helped build the Cherokee Nation Outpatient Health Center a year ahead of its due date.

The tribe also approved dedicating six acres off Highway 62 in Tahlequah to establish the Principal Chief Wilma P. Mankiller Capitol Park.

The full council approved the budget modification and park during the July council meeting with Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. signing the legislative acts for each late Monday.

The Principal Chief Wilma P. Mankiller Capitol Park Act is to be located at 18050 S. Muskogee Avenue in Tahlequah. “Given our commitment to improving health and wellness and providing more outdoor space, it’s only fitting to establish a new park and appropriate to name it after our late former Chief Wilma P. Mankiller in honor of her service to our Cherokee people,” Chief Hoskin said. “The community can have a place to celebrate her and take in all the elements of Cherokee language, culture and traditions in the park’s design, landscaping, public art, playground and facilities.”

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Monday, July 11, 2022, 9:17 AM

The Barracks of Muskogee is offering displaced victims of the weekend’s Greenleaf Apartment fire toiletries, showers, laundry, Internet and other amenities as needed.

You do not have to be a veteran for the organization to help.

Call 918-687-5480 for more information.

The city of Muskogee is working to help reunite owners with pets that may have run away during the fire. If you see random pets wandering around South York, contact Animal Control at 918-683-8000.

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Friday, July 8, 2022, 8:28 AM

The Cherokee Nation is providing $150 in clothing assistance for every qualifying Cherokee child regardless of age, residency or income, with applications accepted now through 5 p.m. on July 29.

This marks the first time the program has been available to children under the age of 5 and not enrolled in school.

The Cherokee Nation clothing assistance program was established to assist Cherokee families in purchasing new clothes for children ahead of the upcoming academic year. Cherokee Nation Human Services will accept applications for the school clothing assistance program July 29 at 5 p.m. through the tribe’s online Gadugi Portal at

“Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and I recognize that inflation has hit Cherokee families hard. That is why we are temporarily expanding our clothing assistance program this year to cover all Cherokee children regardless of age, residency or household income,” said Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “We know the clothing assistance program will help ease the burden of back-to-school costs so many families face each year.”

This year’s clothing assistance program makes the third consecutive year the tribe has provided funds regardless of income or residency.

To qualify, applicants must be a Cherokee citizen under the age of 18 or, if over the age of 18, enrolled in high school. The applicant must have been an enrolled Cherokee Nation citizen as of July 7, 2022.

Applications for the assistance program must be complete when submitted on the Gadugi Portal. Processing of applications containing incomplete or incorrect information may be delayed, and applicants may be contacted after the deadline for additional documentation or clarification.

Clothing assistance payments may be made electronically or by paper check after the application has been verified. Details about dates for payment processing will be forthcoming.

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Thursday, July 7, 2022, 2:27 PM

Tish Callahan, retired planning director at the city of Muskogee, is believed to be one of two people who died in a morning fire, according to multiple sources in the city.

According to the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, Cherokee Nation Marshals are working with the ATF to investigate a house fire that involves two fatalities in Muskogee County.

Marshals were called around 6 a.m. Thursday to the home of 5118 E. 68th St. South in Muskogee.

The investigation is pending. No other information is available at this time.

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Thursday, July 7, 2022, 1:35 PM

Brandon Bower, 32, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with one felony count of embezzlement and six misdemeanor counts of false declaration of ownership in pawn centering around the pistol he was issued by the Muskogee Police Department when he was a reserve officer from 2018 to 2019, according to documents filed with the case.

He was obliged to return the pistol when he resigned in December of 2019, but failed to do so, according to an affidavit filed with the case, which resulted in the felony embezzlement charge. He allegedly pawned the gun six times over the course of December 2019 and May 2020, the case alleges. The final pawn, on May 8, 2020, he failed to make his payments, and Double D Pawn sold the pistol, according to the affidavit.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

An earlier version of this story was deleted at the request of the Muskogee Police in anticipation of Bower turning himself in today, after which the story would have been re-posted, but he did not turn himself in.


Thursday, July 7, 2022, 7:20 AM

Bobby Gordon, 54, of Checotah and a woman whose identification is being withheld until her next-of-kin is notified were killed yesterday in a single-car wreck just south of Checotah on Texanna Road, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Gordon was driving a 2001 Dodge Dakotah northbound on the road “at a high rate of speed,” the patrol reported, adding that he was passing another vehicle on a downhill road, lost control, left the roadway to the right and struck a tree.

The pickup’s airbags were not deployed, and neither Gordon nor his passenger were wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the vehicle, the patrol reported. they were both pronounced dead at the scene.

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