John Hammans, 62

Born July 23, 1956

Died April 18, 2019

Sharon Jean Long, 69

Born April 10, 1950

Died April 18, 2019

Victor Ivan Clement Jr, 70

Born May 3, 1948

Died April 17, 2019


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


Saturday, April 20

Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunts at the USS Batfish!
2nd Annual Glow In The Dark Egg Hunt
Free Banjo Clinic! - Earl Scruggs Style
Easter Celebration
JJ Baldwin & Casey West Live @ Max’s Garage
Candy From Heaven Helicopter Candy Drop
The Choice
Women's Professional Basketball Team Tryouts
Harley Tinsley
9th Annual WISH benefit
"Celebrate 420 On Broadway"
Movie Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Honor Heights Park - Azalea Festival
420 Grand Opening Party
Downtown Muskogee Walking Tour
Oklahoma Open/Concealed Carry Class (OSDA Class)
Chalk it Up with Keya
Traveling Exhibition: Blessings of Liberty & The Bill of Rights
Journey To Jesus

Sunday, April 21

Easter At Genesis
Annual Easter Services & Egg Hunt
The Choice
Easter at New Community Church
Honor Heights Park - Azalea Festival
Easter Sunday Services
Traveling Exhibition: Blessings of Liberty & The Bill of Rights
Home Church of Muskogee Gathering/Discussion
Christian Life Class - Jonah - You Can't Outrun Grace
Young Couples' Class - "Think Differently"
Sunday Celebration Service 10:30 AM
Easter 8:30am Experience
Easter at Eastside
Margaret Artist Taylor - Citizen of the Arts Award
Easter...The Life
Easter Sunday
Easter 11:30am Experience
Easter Sunday!

Monday, April 22

Ceremonial Swearing In: Evelyn Hibbs, Ward 1 City Councilor
Honor Heights Park - Azalea Festival
Traveling Exhibition: Blessings of Liberty & The Bill of Rights
April Foundations
MIN 4523: American Indian Ministry Internship 2019
Financial Fitness at Your Library
Microsoft Excel II - An Intermediate Course
Responsible Beverage Service & Sales Training (RBSS) - Muskogee

Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 9:09 AM

Tobacco, cell phones, chargers and other banned items seized from inside an Oklahoma prison.

Inmates use cellphones in part to bring in contraband such as illegal drugs. Such contraband led to three inmates at Jess Dunn Correctional Center overdosing on synthetic opioids Wednesday night. Security staff and medical first responders were able to save each one with an emergency anti-overdose drug, Narcan.

ODOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to speak with the Federal Communications Commission about using available technology to block cellphone transmission.

“Cellphones in our prisons are used to coordinate drug introduction into every facility,” Allbaugh said Thursday. “Cellphones, as well as drugs, come into prisons through drops, visitation, and even staff members. We do what we can with the resources available, but more must be done before someone dies.”

The agency has been working with the FCC to allow cellphone signal blocking inside state prisons. ODOC has seized 5,914 cellphones to date in 2018, after confiscating 6,873 in all of 2017. 2018’s total is on track to approach 2016’s total of 9,766 cellphones seized, which was the most since 2011.

Wednesday’s series of incidents began just before 10 p.m. at the minimum-security prison for men in Taft. ODOC declined to identify the inmates due to federal confidentiality law requirements limiting release of private health information.

Security staff noticed the first inmate inside his housing unit, blue in the face, with irregular heartbeat and breathing — classic signs of a potential opioid overdose.

Staff immediately began cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and called for an ambulance. They also gave him Narcan through an inhaler, a method known to immediately restore victims’ breathing after an opioid overdose.

Just a few minutes later, staff learned of another inmate unresponsive in another area of the prison, with the same symptoms as the first. They responded, and immediately gave the inmate Narcan via the inhaler.

As the first inmate was coming to, Muskogee County Emergency Medical Services personnel, already onsite due to the first overdose, gave the second inmate Narcan via an injectable. That inmate then began having seizures.

At around 10:15 p.m., a third inmate began having less severe overdose symptoms in the facility’s laundry room, and staff responded, immediately giving him Narcan. Medics also gave him a Narcan injection, and he became responsive a few minutes later.

All three inmates were transported to an area hospital for assessment and treatment. All were back at the facility Thursday morning.