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Former sheriff’s office secretary arrested for embezzlement

Former sheriff’s office secretary arrested for embezzlement By Ken Childers ONL Editor A former administrator/secretary for the Okfuskee County Sheriff’s Office has been arrested for allegedly embezzling more than $35,000 from the county jail’s inmate trust account. Kenna Lavon Smith, 55, was arrested on July 23 and booked into the McIntosh County Jail on anticipated…

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High-speed parking lot incident leads to felony charge

High-speed parking lot incident leads to felony charge By Ken Childers ONL Editor A local woman is facing a felony charge after she allegedly rammed her truck into a parked Corvette with its driver inside at a speed of at least 60 miles per hour. Casey Chavez, 33 was arrested on July 10 and stands…

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Suspect out of prison barely one year before bank robbery

Suspect out of prison barely one year before bank robbery By Ken Childers ONL Editor The man accused of robbing BancFirst in Paden at gunpoint last month spent much of the last decade behind bars and had been out of federal prison for less than 13 months when the robbery occurred. Bobby Ray Scott III,…

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Old Glory flies once again in front of post office

Old Glory flies once again in front of post office By Ken Childers ONL Editor On Independence Day, the day “Old Glory” should be painting the breeze, the flags flying near the front of the Okemah Post Office as well as the local fire station were reported as stolen. The alleged perpetrator, who reportedly suffers…

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SCOTUS: Much of Oklahoma an Indian Reservation

SCOTUS: Much of Oklahoma an Indian Reservation More than half of Okfuskee Co. Jail inmates should be elsewhere, sheriff says By Ken Childers ONL Editor Nearly two-thirds of the inmates at the Okfuskee County Jail are no longer under county jurisdiction and should be in either federal or tribal custody, according to Sheriff Jim Rasmussen.…

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Misdemeanor Diversion Program approved for Okfuskee County

Misdemeanor Diversion Program approved for Okfuskee County By Ken Childers ONL Editor The Okfuskee County Court system will soon have a program aimed at helping those who commit certain misdemeanors avoid criminal charges. In a regular meeting of the Okfuskee County Board of County Commissioners held Monday, District Judge Lawrence Parish asked the board to…

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Paden man found guilty of rape

Paden man found guilty of rape By Ken Childers ONL Editor A man accused of raping a Paden woman in 2019 was found guilty last week in a bench trial at the Okfuskee County Courthouse. Jermella Bacy, 32, was arrested in February 2019 after a woman went to the Prague Police Department and reported that…

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County takes $140K hit in valuation protest by energy company

County takes $140K hit in valuation protest by energy company By Ken Childers ONL Editor A property tax valuation protest by an energy-related company has resulted in the loss of $140,000 in ad valorem tax revenue for Okfuskee County. According to County Clerk Dianne Flanders, Glenpool West Gathering, LLC, protested its tax valuation of $18…

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OHP Trooper Jason Fox retires after 30 years of service

Trooper Jason Fox has retired after after 30 years with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Fox is a second generation Trooper, as his dad, James, graduated from the 20th Academy and retired in 1996. Fox graduated the 45th Academy in 1990 and was issued badge number 438, but was later assigned his dad’s badge number of…

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Local man stabbed, felony charges filed

Local man stabbed, felony charges filed By Ken Childers ONL Editor A stabbing incident at an Okemah residence left a man hospitalized with serious injuries and his alleged attacker is facing felony charges. Thirty-year-old Mike Thompson, Jr. of Chandler has been charged with a felony charge of assault and battery with intent to kill after…

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