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August 16, 2015, the Greer County Sheriff’s Office requested OSBI investigative assistance with a body found in a burned car near ECR 1340 and NCR 1830 in rural Greer County. One of the first steps for investigators is to identify the deceased.

The medical examiner (ME) has informed OSBI the body is identified as 60-year-old Richard Everett Sevo of Sayre. The ME has not determined the manner of Sevo’s death. OSBI is investigating this case as a suspicious death. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is also investigating.

Published in Law Enforcement & Fire
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This year, OSBI celebrates 90 years of fighting crime.  OSBI Forensic Artist Harvey Pratt is putting the finishing touches on the 90th anniversary badge he  has painted inside headquarters.  Interestingly, in 1925 bank robberies plagued the state.  Criminals eluded local police and sheriff's deputies by simply traveling across county lines. Today, Internet crimes against children is one of the most prevalent crimes in Oklahoma.  Despite child predators using the World Wide Web to share pornographic images of children, the OSBI Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit and the statewide ICAC task force arrested on average 1.5 predators each week in 2014. So far this year, the average is 3 predators per week.

Published in Okmulgee in the News
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 16:18

Minor injury in Craig helicopter crash

The small damaged helicopter will remain where it crashed a half mile north and one mile east of Ketchum in a privately owned hay meadow in Craig County until federal authorities have examined the wreckage,” say emergency responders.

The Aircraft crashed in the field Tuesday morning around 7:45 a.m.

John Marcotte, 51, of Vinita was the pilot and only passenger of the 2003 Robinson R44 Raven II Helicopter.  

Marcotte was fortunate to be treated at the scene for only minor cuts and abrasions.

Marcotte said he took off from Ketchum airport enroute to Grove, but shortly after becoming airborne he heard a sudden boom and suspected mechanical failure. Marcotte lost control of the aircraft and crash landed in the hay meadow. He emerged from the craft almost unscathed.

Federal Aviation Administration will investigate and prepare a final report on the incident.

Published in Law Enforcement & Fire
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 10:05

Film Festival coming to Okmulgee in October

The first annual Okmulgee Main Street 48 Hour Film Festival [MAIN STREET 48] will be held in conjunction with the “Harvest Spoon Chili Festival” on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in beautiful downtown Okmulgee Oklahoma.mainstree48logoWhite

Independent filmmakers will begin their 48-hour filming process on Friday evening, October 9th with a Kick-off party where the film “elements” will be revealed.   The elements are specific items that must be incorporated into the short films during production to make them eligible in the competition; some of which include a specific character, prop, and line of dialog. Entrants have 48 hours to script write, film, edit and produce their short film. Judges will have the following week to choose 1st and 2nd place.

All films will be screened on Saturday, October 17th at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Following the announcement of the Okmulgee Harvest Spoon Chili Festival winners on the downtown square, the 48-Hour Film Festival will begin at 4:00 with an “Orange Carpet” Event, sponsored by Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology.

Filmmakers will be announced and honored as they arrive to the theater. After all entries have been screened, 1st & 2nd place winners will be announced at the end of the screening.

Three judges will pick first and second place winners for $300 and $200 cash. A final Audience Choice Award will receive $100. Prizes and trophies will be awarded at the event. The "Audience Choice” votes will be tallied and the winner will be announced at an after party for the filmmakers.

For more information on how to enter and contestant rules visit:

www.okmulgeemainstreet.com/48submit

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Okmulgee Main Street recently organized the Okmulgee Arts & Humanities Council. The council is working to support and expand cultural activities in the Okmulgee area. One of the first events is the Okmulgee 48-Hour Film Festival.

The Chair for this film festival event will be Tyler Roberds, Main Street Design Committee member and Arts & Humanities Council member. Tyler is a local independent filmmaker with experience in acting, directing, and producing both short form media as well as feature films & broadcast television. His last film, The Only Oly, was filmed entirely in Okmulgee and was premiered at the OrpheumTheatre in 2013. He has participated in several film festivals over the years in various capacities. According to Roberds, “Okmulgee is a fantastic place for story telling. It's a great place to produce film because the locals and businesses are so accommodating. I look forward to bringing more theater and film opportunities to the Okmulgee area in the future.”

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Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello died Sunday after he was stabbed multiple times at an Oklahoma City restaurant and his adult son was arrested on a first-degree murder complaint, police said.

Officers were called to a Braum's ice cream and fast-food restaurant on the city's northwest side after a stabbing was reported, Oklahoma City Police Department Capt. Paco Balderrama said. Police said the altercation started inside the building and spilled into the parking lot, where bystanders helped subdue the attacker until officers arrived.

Costello was stabbed multiple times in the head and neck area, Balderrama said. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

State Medical Examiner's Office spokeswoman Amy Elliott said an autopsy would be performed.

Balderrama said Costello's 26-year-old son, Christian Costello, was arrested on a first-degree murder complaint and was in police custody late Sunday night. Balderrama said he did not know whether the younger Costello had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

Condolences poured in from state officials.

"Our hearts ache as an agency for this tragic event and our department grieves for his family during this very difficult time," Labor Department Chief of Staff Jim Marshall said in a statement.

Costello was married with five children.

"I'm just numb right now, as many of us are," Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Randy Brogdon said. "He was a great Christian, a good man and a wonderful husband and dad. He is going to be sorely missed."

Republican U.S. Sen. James Lankford also lauded Costello, saying in a statement he was "passionate about our nation, conservative fiscal principles, and the people of our state."

"Mark was a friend, and as we grieve, we will also pray for his family as they deal with this unbelievable tragedy," Lankford said.

A successful businessman from Bartlesville who founded a telephone software company in 1984, Costello ousted the incumbent Democrat with 64 percent of the vote during a Republican sweep of statewide offices in 2010. He easily won re-election in 2014.

A strong proponent of smaller government, Costello closed the agency's Tulsa office, which he said was underused, and that the agency's technology upgrades had allowed much of its professional licensing services to be conducted online.

"You can reform government," Costello said during last year's campaign. "It can be done when there is political will. I have that political will," he said.

Costello also faced criticism for comments he made in 2011 in which he compared state bureaucrats to "feral hogs," a comment he later said was "an unfortunate animal analogy."

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The Okmulgee County Democratic Party met the candidates running in the Primary for the District 16 State House of Representative seat which State Rep. Jerry Shoemake holds and is retiring at the end of his term. The candidates were given time to talk about their qualifications to the members. They were Jan Columbine, Ronnie Kell, Anna Dearmore and Sarah Amador. (Amador was unable to be at meeting).

Mr. Mark Hammons State Democratic Party Chair was the guest speaker. Okmulgee County Committee Vice-Chair Tom Taton conducted the meeting.

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A third position has just became available on the Henryetta Economic Development Authority (HEDA). Gary Clason, who had served as a member of HEDA since 2010, resigned from the board on Monday. G Clason

The resignation came after a discussion on whether or not it would be a conflict of interest with Clason’s wife, Jennifer, serving on City Council. Clason had recently been reappointed to a five year term on the board.

The brief resignation letter emailed to Roy Madden, HEDA Secretary, states “I, Gary Clason, must resign from the HEDA board effective immedately. If I can be of any help in the future please let me know.” Clason also stated he felt confident that the City will continue to move forward and progress.

Just last month HEDA member Mike Meeks also resigned while a third opening became available this last week with the resignation of Henry Koelzer as City Council Representative.

The Henryetta Economic Development Authority (HEDA) was approved by the City of Henryetta on December 11, 1990, and the Trust Indenture was certified by the Oklahoma Secretary of State on December 28, 1990. The HEDA serves as an economic development arm of the City of Henryetta. It is managed by 6 trustees, each appointed by the City Council for a 5-year term.

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Absentee voter registration and the request for an absentee ballot closes at 5 p.m. CST on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (Forms will not be accepted after 5:00 p.m.)

Both forms need to be completed in order to receive an Absentee Ballot.

Forms can be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to:

Mailing address: Election Board
P.O. Box 580
Okmulgee, Ok. 74447

Fax number: 918-756-2637

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Absentee ballots will be mailed out August 31, 2015.

Precinct voter registration closes Sept. 9, 2015 5:00 p.m. CST.

The MCN Election Board Office can be reached at: 918-732-7685, 732-7631 and 732-7736.

Published in Okmulgee in the News
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:34

Ryan Olson’s walk, over before it began

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Over before it even began, Ryan Olson’s mission to walk for Muscular Dystrophy has come to an end for now. Olson planned for his 2,800 mile journey to being in Coney Island, New York, a destination he would reach after two days on a greyhound bus.  

The journey was expected to take 100 days, with Olson hoping to walk 28 miles a day primarily along Route 40, detouring to the Grand Canyon, and eventually ending in Long Beach, California.  We received an email regretfully informing us that after only a few days into his expedition, Olson twisted his ankle and was unable to walk any further.  No word on if Olson plans to attempt the walk again next year. Attempts to contact Ryan for more information have been unsuccessful so far.

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OKLAHOMA CITY –There is only one week left for Oklahomans who sustained damages from the May 5 through June 22 storms to apply for state and federal disaster assistance.

Residents and business owners in the 45 counties approved for Individual Assistance have until August 26 to seek assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The designated counties are Adair, Atoka, Beckham, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Delaware, Garvin, Grady, Hughes, Jefferson, Johnston, Kiowa, Latimer, Le Flore, Lincoln, Logan, Love, Marshall, Mayes, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Ottawa, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Rogers, Seminole, Stephens, Tillman, Tulsa and Wagoner.

To date, more than $47.5 million has been provided to Oklahoma disaster survivors. This assistance includes $16.9 million in funding for disaster related housing needs and other disaster related expenses, more than $19.9 million in SBA loans, and more than $10.6 million in payments to policyholders with the National Flood Insurance Program.

SBA has issued 1,546 applications for low-interest disaster loans to homeowners and businesses. More than $18 million has been approved for homeowners and more than $1.8 million has been approved for business owners rebuilding after the storms.

There have been more than 10,720 total registrations for assistance. There are several ways to register for assistance. Call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov using a computer, tablet or smartphone.

More information:

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) prepares for, responds to, recovers from and mitigates against emergencies and disasters. The department delivers service to Oklahoma cities, towns and counties through a network of more than 350 local emergency managers.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion6 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

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