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Law Enforcement & Fire

At approximately 12:30 am on Thursday May 16, a late model Chevrolet Tahoe collided with a parked Dodge pick-up on the 700 block of North Taft Avenue in Okmulgee.  The Tahoe was apparently traveling on the wrong side of the road at a rate of speed fast enough to push the parked trucked 35 feet from it’s original position. The parked vehicle was unoccupied and there was only a single occupant of the Chevrolet who allegedly fled the scene immediately after the collision.
 
The missing driver has been described as a white male in his early to mid-twenties, approximately 5’11” to 6’ in height, around 200 pounds, and alledgedly goes by the name “Little G”.  The airbags on the Tahoe did deploy and he may show signs of being in a traffic collision.
 
“Little G” is being sought for questioning and if you have any idea where he may be, please contact the Okmulgee Police Department at (918) 756-3511. 

(L-R) Oscar Higgs Sheriff Deputy and Office Manager with Sheriff Eddy Rice

The Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office received a cake in honor of National Police Week given by Christina Patchin.  

National Police Week, which occurs each year during the week in which May 15 falls, recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America's law enforcement community. Principal organizers of National Police Week are:

  • National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), which sponsors the annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
  • Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA), which organize the Peace Officers Memorial Day Service at the U.S. Capitol.
  • Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), which holds the National Police Survivors' Conference.

This week is your chance to thank your local law enforcement agencies in some way during National Police Week.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 22:47

Okmulgee County Sheriff Radio Logs

Motorist Assist- 1-40 westbound -Abandon vehicle advised it has been there past a week Maroon 2 door
Other- I-40 and Tiger Mountain -Macintosh county advised out with a subject with OCSO warrants
Reckless Driver- 221st eastbound and 240 road - Called back and advised east on 211th street from 260 road
Threats- 25244 Wilson road - RP advised Ex-husband is harassing/threatening her
Domestic-14940 Monroe road
Possession domestic with child involved with firearm
Traffic stop- highway 75 south of Gun Club
Traffic stop- Eufaula and Taft
Traffic stop- Melrose and Kern
Alarm- 2010 E 36th St
Business Burglary Alarm
Traffic stop- highway 75 just north of 276th
Traffic stop- Alt 75 north of 210th
Traffic stop- Hectorville RD/Morning Star Church
Traffic stop- Hectorville RD/North 220 RD
Suspicious person- Highway 75 and Banyan RD
10-12 with male subject walking
Animals- Wilson RD just West of Highway 75 on south side
RP advised of neglected cows
Larceny- 15880 Old Morris Highway
RP advised while he was in jail someone stole some of his property
Mental subject- 6300 North 160 RD - RP advised he is having homicidal thoughts and is intoxicated and required mental help
Drugs-13146 Fern Ave. - RP advised this resident is tied up in court and someone is possibly cooking drugs in it
Motorist assist-highway 75 north of Schulter
Traffic stop- Highway 75 N of Dewar
Traffic stop- 19th and Wood
Domestic- 11250 Briar RD - George Churchill came out to the residence and attacked his mother
EOD- (Mental) Henryetta Medical Center
EOD (Mental) to Wagoner regional
Traffic stop- Bixby RD/Ferguson RD - Unwanted Person/Vehicle- 10110 Lakeridge DR
Other-Cherry RD - Advised his neighbor cut down his trees
Traffic stop- Highway 266 and west hoffman entrance
Traffic stop-Hoffman Cemetery
Animals- 4735 Garfield RD - 2 Donkeys and 2 Horses out
EOD-From Courthouse to Okmulgee Memorial Hospital
Domestic-400 South Kern
Traffic Stop- Highway 16 E of Beggs
Other-351 N 257th RD - Possible stolen property trailer is red in color attempted to make contact with the person that lives here, with negative contact the trailer that is here is a blue trailer with a guttering machine, doesn’t match the description of the other trailer
Vandalism-360 and Watts RD Northwest Corner
Traffic Stop-8th and Seminole
Traffic Stop-Wood Dr just South of 21st
Traffic Stop-8th and Wood Dr
Traffic Stop-Wood Dr North of Chicago
Other- Hemp and Daisy Schulter - Loud music
Traffic Stop-Highway 75 Northbound just South of Duck Creek
Vandalism-30060 South Lake RD
Traffic Stop-7495 Hectorville RD - CN tag/10-8 verbal warning for speed
Traffic Stop-highway 75 southbound of Frisco and highway 266 approximately a half a mile
10-8 Traffic, warning in excess of posted speed - Traffic Stop-Highway 75 Northbound N of Montezuma Creek
Advised her that any tag out over 30 days and her vehicle could be towed, she advised she would be taking care of that Monday
Property Damage- from 330 RD and Harreld RD ¼ mile East on North side of RD
Someone outing a fence and stealing electrical equipment
Traffic Stop-Highway 16 and Twin Hills RD
Motorist Assist- Just west of highway 16 and highway 75
Pick up pulling a trailer, going to help him change a tire
911 Hang Up with response- 9502 North 350 RD
911 hang up, call back and rings once then static
Traffic Stop-6th and Sherman Ave.
Traffic Stop-Twin hills Rd N of Highway 16
Animals- Gun Club West of 300 - Several head of cattle loose
Animals-21170 South 270 RD - Believes there is a wild big cat in her attic, not a house cat
Traffic Stop-5th and Kern
Traffic Stop-4th and Bryant
Traffic Stop-Highway 75 northbound North of Colton
Traffic Stop-Old 62 by green country inn
Traffic Stop-Highway 75 Northbound just North of bristlecone
Traffic Stop-Choctaw and Kennedy
Traffic Stop-Eufaula and Miami
Motorist Assist- Chism and Osage
Traffic Stop-Highway 75 Northbound just south of smith RD
Traffic Stop-75 southbound just south of travel plaza
Traffic Stop-Highway 75 northbound just north of Hectorville
Traffic Stop-Highway 75 in front of Saloon
Traffic Stop-Pulling into travel plaza
Traffic Stop-Ash RD just East of Prairie Bell Rd - Intoxicated person-highway 75 northbound approximately 5 miles N of Okmulgee on East side of the road
Male wearing grey waiving at cars as they pass by, is laying on the side of the road
Traffic Stop-highway 75 southbound south of Trudgeon
Animals- North of Celia Berryhill Road by Poor Boys - Cow out on highway 75
Stolen Vehicle-713 West Douglas St

Misdemeanors Filed
 
Bagby, Jessica Ruth -Larceny Of Merchandise From A Retailer
Beaver, Hullymase Emuse -Burglary, Second Degree
Corley, Casie Wayne-    Burglary, Second Degree
Gibbs, Harold Davis -Poss. Of Cds
Gooden, Dennis Kyle -Poss. Of Controlled Drug With Intent To Distribute
Gordon, Jagger Levi -Poss. Of Cds
- Holuby, Toby A. -Burglary, Second Degree
Jones, Ramona Kristen Celsi - Assault & Battery W/ A Dangerous Weapon
Kelley, Donald Gene Jr -Indecent Exposure
Lewis, Kymberly Leann -Larceny Of Merchandise From A Retailer
Mcfarland, Thomas Grant -Burglary, 1st Degree
Reyes, Joshua Dean -Child Abuse
Robinson, Jimmy Don -Burglary, Second Degree
Rogers, David Brian -Poss. Of Cds
Rogers, Ray Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property
Suggs, Colt Wayne Rape, First Degree
Taylor, Nathan D. Rape, First Degree
Wood, Dustin Todd -Larceny Of Merchandise From A Retailer
Bear, Joshua L - Poss. of CDS (Marijuana)
Beaver, Jessica -Public Intoxication
Burchfield, Cedrick Alexander -Driving Under Suspension
Endres, Michael Eugene -Public Intoxication
Estrada, Marcelo -Poss. of CDS
Gormly, Kenneth F -Apc of Vehicle While Intoxicated
Hulbutta, Misty Ryan -Driving Under Suspension
Osban, Chrystal Ann - Allowing Unauthorized Person To Oper. M/V
Russell, John H III -Domestic Abuse A&B In Presence of A Minor

Felonies

Bagby, Jessica Ruth -Larceny Of Merchandise From A Retailer
Hullymase Emuse -Burglary, Second Degree
Corley, Casie Wayne -Burglary, Second Degree
Gibbs, Harold Davis -    Poss. Of Cds
Gooden, Dennis Kyle -Poss. Of Controlled Drug With Intent To Distribute
Gordon, Jagger Levi -    Poss. Of Cds
Holuby, Toby A. -Burglary, Second Degree
Jones, Ramona Kristen Celsi -Assault & Battery W/ A Dangerous Weapon
Kelley, Donald Gene Jr -Indecent Exposure
Lewis, Kymberly Leann -Larceny Of Merchandise From A Retailer
Mcfarland, Thomas Grant -Burglary, 1st Degree
Reyes, Joshua Dean -Child Abuse
Robinson, Jimmy Don -Burglary, Second Degree
Rogers, David Brian -Poss. Of Cds
Rogers, Ray -Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property
Suggs, Colt Wayne -Rape, First Degree
Taylor, Nathan D. -Rape, First Degree
Wood, Dustin Todd -Larceny Of Merchandise From A Retailer
Alexander, Annie Mae -Cruelty to Animals
Angelo, Ryan Lee -Endeavoring to Possess Controlled Drug
Blatchford, Ricky Wayne -Manufacture Of CDS
Chambers, Amber Larae -Conspiracy to Manufacture Controlled Dangerous Substance
Compelleebee, Richard S. -Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property
Curt Ray -Unlawful Poss. Of Urine to Defeat Drug Screening
Couch, Michael Ray -Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property
Cox, Darrell B. -Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property
Dillard, Shanell Shawndella  -  Conspiracy to Manufacture Controlled Dangerous Substance
Endres, Ethan C. - Possession of CDS
Holt, John David - Possession  of CDS
Mccullar, Dana L. - Possession  of CDS
Mcculloch, Cody Lerell -Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property
Mons, Byron Joseph -Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property
Morrison, Robert Glen -Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property
Neils, Matthew O -Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property
Penn, Tiffany Nicole - Endeavoring to Possess Controlled Drug
Qualls, Kevin Aaron -Dui Alcohol
Robinson, Sandra Sue -Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property
Ross, Sterling Iv - Distribution Of CDS Including Poss W/ Intent to Distribute
Sullivan, Jimmy Dale Jr. -Domestic Abuse-Assault & Battery
Tamplen, Anestasia -Larceny From A Person
Taylor, Charles William -Manufacture of CDS
 
Traffic

Akles, Robert Preston -No Seat Belt
Almanza Martinez, Carlos R     Operating A M/V At A Speed Greater Than Reasonable And Proper
Baccus, Christopher L -No Valid Insurance, Failure To Stop At Stop Sign
OBaker, Timothy Don -No Seat Belt
Bandurski, Mariusz Bonifacy -83 In 45, Speeding
Barnum, George Alan -Operating A M/V At A Speed Greater Than Reasonable And Proper
Barnum, George Alan -Violation Of Special Permit
Bowen, Laron Laneir -Failure To Wear Safety Belt Properly
Brooks, Linda D -No Seat Belt, No Valid Insurance
Bustos, Billenueva J -No Seat Belt
Collett, Adam B. -Failure To Wear Safety Belt Properly
Conforti, Kevin -No Seat Belt
Coxsey, Justin M -No Seat Belt
Crawford, Phillip Juwan -No Seat Belt, Taxes Due State
Dearmond, Sarah Denise -No Seat Belt
Deere, Jerry Dale -No Seat Belt
Epperson, Harry Ray -No Seat Belt
Gregory, Myrra Dale -73 In 45, Speeding
Harjo, Bennie Duke -Unsafe Turn At Intersection
Howell, Buster Leon -No Seat Belt
Humphrey, Joseph Dwayne -Failure To Wear Safety Belt Properly
Lowe, Jessica Richa -64 In 45, Speeding
Loyd, Larasha Larie -    Changing Lanes Unsafely
Loyd, Larasha Larie - No Seat Belt
Mcdonald, Wesley Lee Ray -No Seat Belt
Mcdonald, Wesley Lee Ray -Taxes Due State
Morrow, Larry Edward -No Seat Belt
Norman, Paige Ray Ann -No Seat Belt
Overstreet, Karla Blair -Violation Of Child Restrainst-Full
Sharp, Michael Vincent -No Seat Belt
Sparkman, Larry Lee -No Seat BeltStarkey, Jeffrey Hale     No Valid Insurance
Swan, Jennifer Lynn -66 In 45, Speeding
Vanstraten, Randall Wayne -No Seat Belt
Wells, Carl Allen -No Seat Belt
Wright, Rebecca Renee -83 In 65, Speeding
Allen, Gilbert Russell -Inattentive Driving Resulting In Collision
Autry, Daelene Nicole -Failure to Obtain Registration Within 30 Days of Purchase of Used Vehicle
Compelleebee, Richard S. -No Valid Insurance
Cowell, Jeffrey S Ii -No Seat Belt
Deshields, Shanna -Failure to Stop At Stop Sign
Gaines, Tishunna Tamarra -86 In 65, Speeding
Gamble, Merrick Blaine -No Seat Belt
Golden, Albert W Jr -No Seat Belt
Hawkins, Ace Wayne -No Seat Belt
Kile, Ryan James -70 In 45, Speeding
Lang, Jerrod Oneal -82 In 65, Speeding
Lynn, Diana -57 In 35, Speeding
Offield, Cody Dale -No Seat Belt
Pedro,Amaya -Violation of Child Restraints -Full
Reyes-Reyes, Jonny Paul -75 In 65, Speeding
Robertson, Laci Nicole -No Seat Belt
Rodriguez, Grisel Adriana -Violation of Child Restraints -Full
Weaver, Daria Fay -80 In 65, Speeding
Wright, Kody Ray -75 In 50, Speeding

Henryetta Police Chief Steve Norman takes escaped man back into custody

May 10, 2013 - An eventful day began for Henryetta Police Dept. when a Ford SUV, believed to be stolen, crashed into the Henryetta Public Library early Friday morning.  

At the same time on a different call, Henryetta Police officer Townes had one subject, William Chad Brook, 39, DOB 9/7/73 in custody for public intox.  Brook was hand cuffed and placed in the front seat of the K-9 patrol vehicle because the K-9 dog, Endy, was in the back seat.  

While Townes was out of his vehicle, Brook was able to maneuver the handcuffs out from under his back and took possession of the vehicle and sped away with the dog.

Henryetta Police began a pursuit as the vehicle traveled down Wilson Rd. north of Henryetta.  OHP, Okmulgee Co. Sheriff and the DA Task Force backed up the call.  The vehicle was found abandoned at Fig Rd. and Wilson Rd.  Henryetta Police Chief Steve Norman said there was no apparent damage to the vehicle and that Endy was fine.  

Officers set up a parameter and after approximately a 2-hour manhunt by all agencies; Brooks was found in the woods after being tracked by OHP's tracking hounds.  Police Chief Steve Norman said he was found with possession of CDS that was field-tested positive as Meth.

Brook was too impaired to take a statement and was held for later questioning and booked in to the Okmulgee County Jail under these charges:  Possession Of Cds, Possession Of Marihuana, Public Intoxication , Escape After Lawful Arrest and Larceny-Auto, Aircraft Or Other Motor Vehicle.  

Norman said they believed that Brook was not in connection with the crashed vehicle at the library. "He was also very apolegetic about not wanting to harm the dog."

“I want to thank all the agencies involved for their quick response,” Norman said.  “I am very proud of the agencies that work this county.  You cannot find a better group of men that work this well together.”

(Photos by Allen Gardner)

After a 2 month investigation the sale of a dangerous substance may have come to a screeching halt.

A joint operation involving the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office and the Okmulgee Drug Task Force has uncovered a serious problem with products being sold at the Ezee-Plus convenience store in Preston owned by Zia Rehman who lives in Glenpool, OK.

Several concerns had been raised concerning products being sold as incense, spices or K2, also sold by other various names.  The substance is basically being used as a synthetic substitute for marijuana.

The Sheriff’s Office received several reports from citizens that these type products were being sold.   In addition, there had been reports to law enforcement officers that people were getting adverse reactions from ingesting or smoking the substance.

Based on those concerns the Drug Task Force went in to an undercover operation with Micheal Snyder as the lead agent on the case.  Some purchases were made and additional investigation was done that led to a search warrant of the premises on the evening of May 7.

According to the District Attorney Rob Barris officers were able to obtain some drug paraphernalia as well as a number of packets that were being sold as an incense or synthetic type marijuana.  The substance will be analyzed by the OSBI to determine the exact substance involved.

“The purpose of the investigation was for public protection and to obviously deter any type criminal behavior that may have been occurring at the store,” Barris said.

On November 1, 2010, House Bill 3241 took effect, outlawing the main ingredients in K2.

In essence, synthetic marijuana compounds containing JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, or cannabicyclohexanol are now officially illegal after the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) placed these chemicals in the federal drug Schedule I on an emergency basis. They are now designated as having a high potential for abuse with no medical use.

However, manufacturers immediately replaced JWH 073 with a variety of other JWH chemicals and changed the brand names from K2 to K3, Blue Majestic, Flame, and dozens of other names and products that mimic K2 but do not contain the banned chemicals.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics got legislation approved in the spring of 2011 (Senate Bill 919), which bans over 200 additional JWH substitute chemicals. This law took effect November 1, 2011.

The same legislation also bans the chemicals sold a “Bath Salts” or “Plant Food” under the names of Ivory Wave, Vanilla Sky, etc. This product is a white powder that mimics cocaine.

Interestingly the substances being sold are referred to as being incense.  There was however,  some regular incense on sale at the same location for 1.99, but the packets sell for around $25.  

"There is clearly some difference in the amount of money that is expended, which obviously I would assume goes to the person selling it in terms of what they make," Barris said.

If these chemicals are found to fall within the categories described, Rehman could face charges for possessing and/or distributing synthetic controlled dangerous substances, which the charge by statute is a felony.

(In the first intitial report recieved by officals, it was reported to ONN as an EZ Mart store in error, however EZ Mart is in no way offilited with the Ezee Plus convenience store. The store is owned by Zia Rehman as a personal business)

(Photos by Valerie Rice - ONN)

 

A discovery has been made in the ongoing investigation of the break in into the McCulloch building in downtown Okmulgee that happened earlier in April.

On April 12, a fire began in the top floor of the McCulloch building. Police and Fire were called and officials discovered that a break-in had happened via the fire escape. From there the suspect(s) gained access to the offices that house the Okmulgee Masonic Lodge.

Okmulgee Fire Marshall Rick Chisum stated there were a large number of props and clothing items used by a Civic group that were emptied out of lockers and put in a pile where it appeared a fire had been intentionally set.

The Okmulgee Police Dept. has been investigating the case. According to Police Chief Joe Prentice, an anonymous tip focused on Byron Mons.

“We issued a search warrant of his residence that led to the recovery of property taken from the Masonic Lodge,” Prentice said. “The investigating will continue regarding this case.”

Byron Joseph Mons, 34, DOB 1/12/1979, appeared before Special Judge Cynthia Pickering on Friday April 3. He was charged with Arson 2nd Degree, with a bind set for 100,000. Burglary Second Degree, bond set for 10,000 and Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property, bond set for 10,000.

Mons next court appearance is set for May 8, 2013.

 

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Two Okmulgee County men have been accused of allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl. According to Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice, Nathan Dwayne Taylor, 21, DOB 9-11-91 of Beggs and Colt Wayne Suggs, 18, DOB 5-14-94 were both possible suspects during the course of an investigation.  Each were interviewed separately and incriminating statements were taken by both individuals.

Taylor appeared before Special Judge Cindy Pickering on Tuesday April 30.  The state charged Taylor with Count 1, First Degree Rape with a minor under the age of 14, a felony and Count 2, Sodomy - Crime against Nature, a felony. Bond was set at $50,000.  His next court date is set for May 30 at 9 a.m. in Okmulgee. Taylor made no comments during his court appearance. 

Taylor was involved in an earlier case with charges of Larceny from a house and Second Degree Burglary.  Bond was set at 10,000 for that case and is scheduled to appear before Judge Adair on May 8, 2013.

A warrant has been issued for Suggs arrest.  He is wanted for multiple charges by the Okmulgee Police Dept. He is facing the same charges of First Degree Rape and Sodomy - Crime against Nature.  Suggs was previously arrested for petit larceny on January 14, but failed to meet his court appearance.

If you have any information leading to the arrest of Colt Wayne Suggs, please contact the Okmulgee Police Dept. at 918-756-3511 or Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office at 918-756-4311.  

Parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Friday, 12 April 2013 20:08

Grease fire at 717 North Seminole

The Okmulgee Fire Dept. was called to a house fire at 717 North Seminole.

The home was rented by Cassidy Anderson. His sister RyAnn Anderson left a pan of grease on the stove cooking while she went to tend to her baby.  About 10 minutes later the grease burst into flames.  Cassidy threw flour on the flame which was the wrong thing to do and made the fire worse.

The firemen were able to extinguish the fire quickly. Fire Chief Rick Mitchell was on scene and reminded the residents that the key to putting out a fire is by using baking soda, not flour.

If the worst happens and your oil does catch on fire, do the following:

• Turn the Heat Off - Don't try to move the pot. You might accidentally splash yourself or your kitchen with burning oil. And that would be bad.
• Cover the Pot with a Metal Lid - Fire cannot exist in the absence of oxygen. With the lid on (and the heat off), the fire should quickly consume all the oxygen and put itself out. Use a metal lid since glass will shatter.
• Pour on Baking Soda - Baking soda will extinguish grease fires, but only if they're small. It takes a lot of baking soda to do the job.
• Spray the Pot with a Class B Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher - This is your last resort, as fire extinguishers will contaminate your kitchen. Still, it's better than the alternative if the fire is getting out of control.
• Get Out and Call 911 - If the fire does break out of control, don't try to be a hero. Get out and find a phone to call 911.

Whatever you do, DO NOT do the following:

• Do Not Use Water - Pouring water can cause the oil to splash and spread the fire. The vaporizing water can also carry grease particles in it, also spreading the fire.
• Do Not Move the Pot or Carry It Outside - Throwing the pot outside might seem logical in the frenzy of the moment. But trying to move the pot might splash burning oil on you, your home, and anything outside.
• Do Not Throw Any Other Baking Product On the Fire - Flour might look like baking soda, but it won't react the same. Only baking soda can help put out a grease fire.

(Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer)

Stove where fire broke out

Cabinet above

Several grass fires have started in different areas around Okmulgee county. Grass fires are dangerous and special precautions should be taken year round to make sure fires are not carelessly ignited. Nine out of 10 wildfires are caused by humans and can be prevented.

It only takes one spark to start a wildfire and with low rain and lots of dry grass and vegetation people in Okmulgee are urged to do their part....make no spark!

In extremely dry conditions small things like discarded cigarettes, driving on a flat tire, parking in dry grass, or dragging chains on the road can spark a blaze. Be cautious.

Recent Fire in the Schulter area.  (Photos by Allen Gardner)