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Born May 11, 1925

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Born March 26, 1951

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Born April 16, 1935

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Born December 31, 1969

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Born August 27, 1945

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THINGS TO DO

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 9:13 AM

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will host the Klondike 5 String Band on Thursday at 8 pm at The Frisco Depot, 401 S. 3rd St. Guaranteed to bring out your inner-hillbilly, Tulsa-based Klondike5 String Band plays foot-stompin’, yee-hawin’, old-timey music.

Matt Skelton heads the band up with rhythm guitar and gritty lead vocals while his wife, Carmen, saws the double-stops on her fiddle and sings with a soprano voice.

Eric Fransen is featured on the locally-crafted Bishline banjo while Victor “Groove” Wandres slaps out the lines on the bass fiddle in time with washboard and mouth-harp player Ted Ward.

Along with numerous original tunes that are guaranteed to get you on your feet, the band digs deep into the dark corners of the traditional music songbook to resurrect numbers that are hundreds of years old, songs that have just always been there, but are seldom heard anymore.

Admission will be $5 at the door and refreshments will be available. All ages welcome.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 9:11 AM


From left, Reyd Foster, Co-Captain; Gabi Chitwood, Captain; Riley Huston; Madeline, NDA Instructor; Calysta Wilkinson; Michelle Grooms, Kelsey Chapuis.

The Muskogee High School Varsity Dance Team attended the National Dance Team Alliance Dance camp held at the University of Oklahoma on July 21 to 24 with dance teams from around the state. Muskogee High School Varsity Dance Team Captain Gabi Chitwood was awarded the All American Award. The All-American Award is the most prestigious award given at NDA camp - earned by those who show strength in spirit, technique, showmanship and leadership.

In order to receive an All-American award the NDA judges nominate the dancers to perform short choreography, and from the choreography performed, they select the All-American NDA Dance Team.

At the final awards ceremony, the Muskogee High School Varsity Dance Team received Bronze for their Team Dance performance and received a National bid for their Home Routine.

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Monday, July 28, 2014, 8:30 AM

It has come to our attention that some people running Internet Explorer have trouble viewing this site.

First, Internet Explorer is a massive piece of junk, and you should be using Safari, Chrome or Firefox, all of which are free and available for download. If your place of work won’t let you download a decent browser, you should complain, especially since Internet Explorer is full of security holes.

That said, some places can be jerks about it, so we will work to fix this site’s rendering in Internet Explorer, cursing Microsoft the entire time.

Internet Explorer is the bane of the existence of anyone who works hard to put together a good Web experience on their sites, because Microsoft refuses to support Web standards that EVERYONE else supports. While we work on this problem, we have advice for those who are stuck using Internet Explorer:

  • First: Get a Macintosh
  • If you can’t get a Mac, download one of the multiple, amazing FREE browsers available out there.
  • If you’re stuck at a place that won’t let you download a good browser, wait for us to finish fixing this site so IE-handicapped people can view it properly

9:18 AM UPDATE: We have completed a preliminary Internet Explorer fix. If you’re using Internet Explorer, you should automatically see improvement. The major difference between the page for everyone without IE and you is you won’t see the weather and the calendar. We’re working on that, but until then, you should have access to everything else.

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Monday, July 28, 2014, 8:23 AM

Friday is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the Aug. 26 Federal, State and County Primary Run-off Election, Muskogee County Election Board Secretary Kelly Beach said.

Beach said that people who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters. Persons who have never been registered to vote before or who are not currently registered in the county of their residence and persons who are registered but who need to change their registration information 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, August 1, 2014.

Beach explained that applications postmarked after that time still will be accepted and processed; however, the applications will not be approved until after August 26, 2014.

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Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:18 AM

Oklahoma stands to gain a massive economic boon from new Environmental Protection Agency rules proposed by President Barack Obama.

A new study released yesterday found that Oklahoma and Texas would be among the biggest economic winners under regulations proposed by Obama to fight climate change.

The study was conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and by the Rhodium Group. It focused on how new regulations designed to cut demand for electricity from coal - the nation’s largest source of carbon pollution - would affect demand for natural gas, which has half the carbon footprint of coal. The study found that a new demand for natural gas would drive massive job creation, new profits for the corporations that control the gas and huge tax revenue increases in the two states, plus Arkansas and Louisiana.

The rule would hurt Wyoming - the nation’s largest coal producer - but the increase in revenue to Texas and Oklahoma would be immense. Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas together would experience an annual net economic benefit of up to about $16 billion, according to the study.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014, 8:44 AM


A man was killed in a car by this house today.

Muskogee Police are reporting a homicide around 28th and Okmulgee streets, according to Corporal Michael Mahan.


D’Angelo Grayson
The police do have a suspect in custody.

No other details are immediately available. We’ll update when they are.

9:07 AM UPDATE: The call was made at 6 a.m. today. The victim, still unidentified, was an adult male, who was dead when EMS workers arrived on the scene in the 2800 block of Okmulgee.

More details to come.

9:32 AM UPDATE: the address is 2816 W. Okmulgee. The victim, according to police, was found in a car in the alley by the house.

10:09 UPDATE: The victim, according to police, is an adult black male who appears to have been shot. The suspect in custody is a juvenile.


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4:01 PM UPDATE: The victim’s name, according to District Attorney Larry Moore, is D’Angelo Cortez Grayson, 18, of Muskogee.

4:16 PM UPDATE: Police have announced that Keenen Major, 17, of Muskogee, has been arrested on suspicion of being the shooter. He has been jailed on a complaint of first-degree murder and will be charged as an adult.


Police converge around a tent covering the car and the victim’s body in the alley behind the house.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014, 8:37 AM

The City of Muskogee has advised motorists that Augusta Street from York Street to Gulick Street will undergo construction from July 25 through August 1.

During this project Augusta Street will be confined to one lane of traffic in both directions, with flagmen directing traffic.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes and should not park any vehicles in the roadway during this time.

This construction is part of the City of Muskogee’s 2013 Street Improvement Project. For more information, call the City of Muskogee Public Works Department at 918-684-6333.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7:42 AM


One of the dogs found at Corey Harrison’s old apartment.


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An arrest warrant has been issued for a Midwest City man after “one of the most egregious” animal cruelty cases the Midwest City police say they’ve ever seen.

Corey Marion Harrison, 26, moved from a Midwest City apartment, but left two pit bulls, one an adult, one six months old, behind in the old apartment with no access to food or water. A maintenance supervisor at the apartment complex found the dogs on July 11 in “severely emaciated” condition. Harrison had left the apartment June 19.

The dogs were left in a cage. Microchips showed the dogs belonged to Harrison, who told police he left the dogs because they needed to be bathed before he moved them to his new apartment.

A neighbor at the apartment said they hadn’t seen anyone leaving or entering the apartment since Harrison moved.

The older dog, taken to a animal rehab facility, was able to walk and stand and is now in a foster home, where it is thriving. The younger puppy died Monday after multiple medical complications and being unable to stand or take food or water. Veterinary technicians said the conditions of the dogs were believed to be the results of long-term neglect and abuse.

Harrison has family in the Muskogee area, and police believe he may be here.

If you have information about his whereabouts, call Midwest City Police at 405-739-1388.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7:26 AM

Seems like summer is still in full swing, but Muskogee Public Schools is already ready to get going for next school year.

The school district has published school supply lists and the school year calendar for 2014-2015 school year.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 4:56 PM

Muskogee Police Officer Chansey McMillin has been cleared by District Attorney Larry Moore of any wrongdoing in the July 9 shooting of Muskogee man Angel Cerda at Broadway and 30th Streets.

During the event, two brothers, Angel and Mariano Cerda were alleged to be fighting. The fight had involved a third man, Caesar Pena, leaving him with a severe laceration on the back of his neck.

Both of the brothers were covered in blood when McMillin reached the scene, so McMillin drew his service weapon and ordered the men to separate and stop fighting. Mariano Cerda complied, but Angel Cerda did not.

Three police officers gave repeated orders to Cerda to drop his knife, but he refused and lunged at officer Nicholas Ford.

Ford Tazered Cerda and McMillin fired two rounds, striking Cerda in the thigh areas of both legs. Cerda dropped the knife and fell to the ground, but still refused to comply with officers.

He grabbed his knife again, leading Ford to reactivate his Taser and McMillin to fire a third round, this one strking Cerda in the torso. Cerda did not stop resisting, but the officers were finally able to subdue him. Cerda was treated at a Tulsa hospital and released to Muskogee police the next day.

Cerda told police officers he was trying to get the police to kill him.

Moore said McMillin should not only be cleared, but he should be commended for using his potentially lethal service weapon in a manner to preserve the life of the perpetrator.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 9:10 AM

A Fort Gibson man and a Haskell woman died in a two-vehicle crash in Muskogee County Monday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

Joseph Phillip Sabella II, 48, and Carol Mattheis Gonzalez, 68, died in a collision Monday evening.

Sabella was pronounced dead at a Muskogee hospital. Gonzalez was dead at the scene.

The collision was about 8:40 p.m. on State Highway 16, 10 miles west of Muskogee.

Sabella was driving a van east on SH 16 when he went left of center and struck a car driven west by Gonzalez. Sabella did not wear a seat belt. Gonzalez wore a seat belt.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 8:41 AM

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will host The Anthony Ball Jazz Group on Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Frisco Depot 401 S. 3rd in Muskogee, OK.

Anthony Ball Jazz Group is a new collaboration of the finest players in the Northwest Arkansas music community. These individuals come from diverse backgrounds from gospel and rock and roll to bebop and jazz, yet they come together to make beautiful soulful music.

They are currently working on their first band record, which will be released in 2015. The band is Reginald James - Piano, Matt Smith - Guitar, Clare Starr - Bass and Anthony Ball - Drums.

Anthony also has the longest running Jazz show in Northwest Arkansas.

Admission will be $5 at the door and refreshments will be available. All ages welcome.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 8:41 AM

The Cherokee Nation now has its written language, the Cherokee syllabary, available in Braille.

“All Cherokees, regardless of any physical impairment, should be able to read and understand documents and signage in their native language,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Our language programs keep evolving to meet every Cherokee’s needs, whether they are an elder, a young person or someone who is visually or otherwise impaired.”

The tribe’s fluent Cherokee speakers in the Cherokee Language Program partnered with the Commonwealth Braille and Talking Book Cooperative earlier this year to develop a Cherokee version of Braille. Dot patterns were derived from the 86-character Cherokee syllabary.

“It’s exciting that our Cherokee citizens who are visually impaired can now read stories in their first language,” said Roy Boney, language program manager. “We provided copies of our Cherokee syllabary, sample text and other items to be able to make Braille in Cherokee a reality. We want to stay in the forefront by offering the Cherokee language on as many written tools as possible to preserve and protect our native tongue.”

The Cherokee writing system has been in use since its invention by Sequoyah in 1821. Every major technology since then, ranging from the printing press, typewriter and word processor to fonts on the latest computers and smart phones, has adopted Cherokee.

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Monday, July 21, 2014, 8:03 AM

Bacone College recognized the honorable Chief George Tiger and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation at a blessing and dedication ceremony on the campus of Bacone College. The road resurfacing project was funded by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation through a grant from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Total cost of the project was $997,974 for 2.2 miles. This is the first partnership of this type between a tribe and an educational institution.

“The commitment of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to this college has been extraordinary,” said Frank Willis, President of Bacone College. “They have once again stepped up and provided essential infrastructure to Bacone. The entire college is grateful to Chief Tiger and the Creek Nation for its renewed commitment and look forward to continuing our relationship in the days ahead.”

“The establishment of Bacone is historically intertwined with the history of the Muscogee Creek Nation,” said Principal Chief George Tiger. “The land that Bacone now occupies is part of the original reservation land of the Muscogee Nation. When one thinks about Bacone College, you can’t help but remember the part that the Nation has played in the life of Bacone College,” said Tiger.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014, 8:22 AM

Proud to Be a Rescue Dog (P2BaRD) will be at Petco, 938 W. Shawnee on Saturday, July 19th, from 9:30 a.m until 4:00 p.m. The group will be showing dogs from their rescue program.

Adoption fees will range from $75 - $150, all adoption fees include spay/neuter, current vaccinations and worming.

For more information on available pets visit the facebook page at www.facebook.com/#!/proud2bearescuedog, email at P2BaRD@gmail.com or call (918)348-4895.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 7:48 AM

The Cherokee Nation has successfully negotiated a $29.5 million settlement with Indian Health Service. The settlement recoups contract support costs unpaid to the tribe for nearly a decade.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker announced at Monday night’s Tribal Council meeting that the tribe will receive a lump sum payment.

The tribe was underpaid by the federal government between 2005 and 2013, resulting in more than $31 million, including interest, in underpayments.

“The settlement is a major milestone for the Cherokee Nation and our health centers. Payment of these millions of dollars from the federal government is long overdue, and now these funds will be utilized to provide expanded and improved health care services to our citizens. We will be able to equip our new centers with state-of-the-art medical devices and technology,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Native people have been historically underserved when it comes to access to quality care, and this is a step in a positive direction.”

The Cherokee Nation operates eight health centers and W.W. Hastings Hospital. The entire health system sees more than one million patient visits per year. To staff and treat those patients, the tribe uses third-party billing, tribal funds and a $150 million compact with Indian Health Service, which is under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The federal agency is required to pay the Cherokee Nation a percentage each year for indirect costs to support health contracts, such as Internet technology, human resources, finance and other infrastructure. The Cherokee Nation filed claims after those funds went unpaid for many years.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 8:28 AM

Kelly Beach, Secretary of the Muskogee County Election Board announced today that the polling location for Precinct 41 in Fort Gibson will be relocated to the Fort Gibson Church of Christ, 806 S. Lee Street in Fort Gibson.

The voters in Precinct 41 traditionally voted at the Fort Gibson City Hall.

Beach said that he has received several complaints from voters over the City Hall facility due to the lack of parking space, particularly during Federal, State and County elections. Beach said that it only makes sense to utilize the church as a polling place due to their large parking lot.

Voters in Precinct 40 already vote at the church, the move will combine Precincts 40 and 41 in to one polling facility.

The change will take effect in time for the Primary Run-Off Election on August 26, 2014.

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Monday, July 14, 2014, 8:53 AM

The Sunshine Convenience store at 2700 N. York St. was robbed late last night by two suspects.

One of the suspects pointed a gun at a juvenile clerk and demanded money.

No one was injured in the robbery.

More information coming.

UPDATE: According to police, the robbery happened around 9:30 last night at the Sunshine Convenience store at 2700 N. York.

Two black males dressed in dark clothing entered the store, one was armed with a handgun. He pointed it at the clerk and robbed the store of items and cash.

They are believed to have left the store walking northbound and may have gotten into a silver, 4 door Dodge and went north on York.

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Monday, July 14, 2014, 7:54 AM

The Muskogee Roughers’ Quarterback Club, the booster club for all Muskogee football players in eighth-grade and up, is holding its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, July 14 in the hospitality room at Indian Bowl. The booster club encourages all parents/guardians of all age football players to join them for the monthly meetings.

Information: (918) 684-3700, ext. 1764.

Muskogee Public Schools will offer the ParaPro Assessment, a general aptitude test that offers certification for paraprofessionals, at 1 p.m. July 21 at Rougher Alternative Academy, 600 Altamont St.

The cost for the test is $55, and interested parties must be registered by July 17.

Information/Registration: Jessica Alexander, BEST Center, (918) 684-3700, ext. 1632.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014, 9:10 PM


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Mercedes Jones, 23, of Muskogee, was killed when she was struck by two cars on state Highway 65 late last night, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Jones was walking in the southbound lane of the highway in traffic when a car trying to avoid her struck her anyway, knocking her into the northbound lane, where she was struck by a second vehicle.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her final Facebook post was eerily prophetic, posted July 7: “Lifes to short to put up with bullshit so live it as if it was your last day on the so called earth”

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Friday, July 11, 2014, 2:01 PM

Owens-Illinois Brockway’s Muskogee plant is laying off employees after a furnace leak that shut down the plant, which employs nearly 300 people.

Employees are reporting that they have received notice that they are being laid off, and expect to be off 10 to 14 days while the plant is cleaned up.

Everyone except maintenance and furnace crews will be staying home, the employees report.

O-I has not returned calls for comment.

2:38 P.M. UPDATE: Ryan McCarthy from Owens-Illinois corporate called and said the layoffs are indeterminate at this time, meaning the company doesn’t have enough information to determine how many people have been laid off and how long any such layoffs might last.

“We are working to clean up the plant an inspect the machinery that was affected,” he said.

Asked whether the company was considering throwing in the towel and shutting the plant down completely, McCarthy said the company is absolutely committed to keeping the plant running.

“We have a multimillion dollar investment plan over the next few years in the plant,” he said. “We had already planned to have production down for scheduled maintenance later this year, but we are absolutely committed to keeping this plant producing.”

The plant employs just over 200 people, he said.

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Friday, July 11, 2014, 7:41 AM

Today, we have taken an unusual measure, and we felt it necessary to explain.

walmartramen, a longtime commenter on this site, has been using the comments section to promote his or her own sites for a long time. He or she would take every opportunity to jump into an existing conversation or start a new one and redirect the narrative to his or her pet peeve, the perceived low wages of workers in Oklahoma and America, which in his or her mind was the root of all social problems in the country.

Early on, there were readers who agreed with walmartramen and readers who disagreed, but as he or she persisted, everyone got sick of reading his or her link-laden rants that more often than not did not relate in any way to the stories on which they were posted as comments.

We warned walmartramen more than a year ago to keep his or her rants on-topic or risk being banned. For a short time, he or she complied. In fact, we warned him or her several times via email to the email address he or she used to post comments.

Yesterday, we warned walmartramen publicly. He or she still persisted in taking a conversation about a tragic crime sideways into his or her own worldview of an oppressed proletariat committing crimes out of protest for low wages.

So today, we banned walmartramen from commenting.

Please understand, we take no official position on the content of his or her posts; you are free to form your own opinion on poverty and its relation to criminal activity and everything else walmartramen said again and again and again. We will not express an opinion either way. We simply can’t have every conversation co-opted and steered away from the issues at hand.

Feel free to tell us what fascists we are in the comments below, but we must preempt any accusations that we are infringing on anyone’s free speech. Walmartramen is free to continue ranting on and on; he or she is just not free to do so on our site.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014, 2:48 PM

Muskogee Police Cpl. Michael Mahan has released the names and more details in yesterday’s stabbing and shooting:

The name of the suspect is Angel Cerda, Hispanic male, unknown address. Mr. Cerda is currently at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK. He is suffering from gunshot wounds (unknown how many) and self inflicted cut injuries to his wrists and throat. He is in stable condition.

The individual who was stabbed by Mr. Cerda is Ceasar Pena. At this time I do not have an exact date of birth, but he is described as a Hispanic male in his mid twenties. He is suffering from a substantial laceration to the back of his neck. I do not have an exact condition on Mr. Pena, but his wounds are not considered life threatening. I do not know what the relationship between Pena and Cerda is at this time.

During the incident, there were three shots fired by one officer and a Taser deployment by another officer. The exact sequence of events is still being investigated. Officer Chancey McMillin was the officer who fired his weapon. The other officers on scene were Officer Nick Ford and K-9 Officer Jason Steele. All three officers are currently on routine administrative leave.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014, 8:09 AM


Two fire trucks still sit outside the Owens-Illinois plant this morning.

A furnace fire shut down most of Owens-Illinois (Brockway) at 2401 Old Shawnee Road in Muskogee early this morning, according to Fire Marshal Ray Bob Daniels.

The fire department received the call of a furnace fire at 12:31 a.m., Daniels said.

“Shortly after arrival, the retaining wall collapsed, letting molten glass out of the area,” he said. “It covered numerous machines, large electric motors and numerous other areas in that part of the building.”

The building was evacuated and no one was hurt.

The fire and its resulting carnage did between $2 million and $2.5 million in damage to the plant.

Unconfirmed reports from employees have said that all five of the plant’s glass machines are non-operational for an undetermined amount of time.

Representatives from O-I corporate have not yet returned calls for comment.

UPDATE, 8:44 A.M.: Beth Peery, Communications Manager for North America with O-I, said she could confirm that the plant had a “furnace leak” and that the plant did shut down and evacuate. More information is coming.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 7:55 PM


Police, fire and EMS work the scene at Boston Avenue.

Police are still at the scene of a double stabbing at Boston Avenue and South 30th. Witnesses say the two stabbing victims stabbed each other, while one victim was shot by police.

It’s not clear if one of the stabbing victims is also the shooting victim. Ambulances are en route to a Tulsa hospital.

Police tell MuskogeeNOW they will make a statement shortly.

UPDATE: a law enforcement source says a man was attempting to kill himself when a second man tried to stop him. An altercation ensued. When police arrived, the first man wouldn’t put down the knife, so police shot him. He is en route to a Tulsa hospital via helicopter.

A nearby church was in session when congregants heard gunfire and the church was put on lockdown.

8:29 PM update: According to Cpl. Michael Mahan of the Muskogee Police Department, two men were involved in an altercation, with one man trying to keep a knife-wielding man from injuring himself. The man trying to help was stabbed and police were called. The assailant cut himself and a third man attempted to stop him. Police arrived and broke up that fight, disarming the knife man. The knife man reached for his knife and approached an officer, who shot the man.

Police haven’t yet identified the officer who shot the man and the two injured men’s identities also haven’t been released.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 8:51 AM

This week marks 175 years ago that Cherokees who had recently arrived on the Trail of Tears started the process of establishing the tribe’s current form of government by signing the Act of Union on July 12, 1839.

That perseverance and bravery were honored by dozens Tuesday at the Cherokee National Capitol Square.

The Act of Union created a unified political body for two groups of Cherokees: the “Old Settlers” who relocated west prior to forced removal, and their fellow Cherokees who were forcibly sent across the Trail of Tears, a 2,200-mile trek from their original homelands in the Southeast.

“As a people and as a government, the Cherokee Nation rebuilt itself in Indian Territory after our forced removal. Our ancestors suffered abuse and loss 175 years ago, yet they never lost the will to endure,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “In our new home - present-day Oklahoma - the Cherokee people rebuilt a sophisticated society with a court system, a government administration, educational institutions and successful commerce.

“Today, we are a thriving sovereign government with a living culture because our ancestors were strong enough and visionary enough to ensure the Cherokee Nation would survive.”

In honor of this historic act, Cherokee Nation officials planted a dogwood tree at Capitol Square. The dogwood holds cultural significance to Cherokees. The tree can be found dotting the landscape of the Cherokees’ ancestral homelands in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia, across the Trail of Tears, and into the modern homelands throughout northeast Oklahoma.

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Monday, July 7, 2014, 9:07 PM


Muskogee police and the FBI are just now clearing the intersection of 19th and Broadway after arresting several people, officers and witnesses on the scene say.

There were reports that the operation had something to do with the body found last week, but police would not confirm that.

More details as we get them.

UPDATE: We have received unofficial word that the warrant was being served in connection with last week’s homicide, but the officer who confirmed it was not directly involved and is not authorized to comment, so we still consider that unconfirmed.


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UPDATE, 9:01 A.M. Tuesday, July 8: Police have arrested a Muskogee man, Jordan Demetrie Williams, 19, on a charge of first-degree murder. No official statement on whether Williams’ arrest is tied to the body found on a Muskogee porch late last week.

Rachelle Louise Hayes, 48, was found shot to death on the porch of a house at 328 Douglas, behind Arby’s, on Wednesday of last week. Hayes had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Residents near the location where she was found reported hearing gunshots between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. that day, but the sounds were dismissed as fireworks because they occurred so close to the Fourth of July celebration.

UPDATE, 9:40 A.M.: A police source has confirmed that Williams was indeed jailed on suspicion of being Hayes’ killer. More details soon.

UPDATE: 10 A.M.: District Attorney Larry Moore says his office will seek to have Williams held without bond. Williams is also a suspect in a Wagoner County case of shooting with intent to kill in 2012, when he was still a minor, but Moore says that shouldn’t complicate the Muskogee case. Williams is being held in Hayes’ death, Moore said. Police followed multiple leads to arrest Williams, he said. No motive has yet been determined.

UPDATE: 10:26 A.M.: Muskogee Police released the following information:

The Muskogee Police Department and Eastern Oklahoma F.B.I. Violent Crime Task Force announce the arrest of a suspect wanted in connection with the shooting death of Rachelle Hayes on 7-2-14. Jordan Williams (Muskogee resident, 11-1-1994) was arrested on 7-7-14 at 8:30 p.m. at 2009 West Broadway in Muskogee.

Mr. Williams was taken into custody without incident by the Muskogee Police Department Special Operations Team. He was booked into the Muskogee County Detention Facility on several local warrants and a complaint of First Degree Murder.

This is an ongoing investigation and more details will be released as they become available

The police also released the following photo of Williams:


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Monday, July 7, 2014, 8:15 AM

Used to be, each area of the nation had its own distinctive pluses and minuses. If you lived in Florida, you enjoyed the sweet beaches, but you endured hurricanes every so often. If you lived in Chicago, you had to weather bitter winters. If you lived in California, you endured earthquakes. If you lived in Oklahoma, you lived through yearly tornadoes and blazing hot summers.

But now, Oklahoma has another claim to infamy: earthquakes. Over the last several years, usually seismically quiet Oklahoma has become the center of small quakes, even more than California, which sits atop one of the most active fault lines in the world.

In 2014, Oklahoma has seen more earthquakes than the left coast, and a study published online this week in Science definitively links four of Oklahoma’s most prolific wastewater wells to a swarm of 2,547 small earthquakes near Jones. From the paper:

Unconventional oil and gas production provides a rapidly growing energy source; however, high-production states in the United States, such as Oklahoma, face sharply rising numbers of earthquakes. Subsurface pressure data required to unequivocally link earthquakes to injection are rarely accessible. Here we use seismicity and hydrogeological models to show that fluid migration from high-rate disposal wells in Oklahoma is potentially responsible for the largest swarm. Earthquake hypocenters occur within disposal formations and upper-basement, between 2-5 km depth. The modeled fluid pressure perturbation propagates throughout the same depth range and tracks earthquakes to distances of 35 km, with a triggering threshold of ~0.07 MPa. Although thousands of disposal wells operate aseismically, four of the highest-rate wells are capable of inducing 20% of 2008-2013 central US seismicity.

The water injection wells can create pressure that acts to reduce forces acting to keep faults locked, and therefore trigger earthquakes, the study states.

Current practice does not always require disclosure or monitoring of the controversial practice.

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