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Police Chief Joe Prentice reported that the department is fully staffed, but that changes to the state budget have affected CLEET's reported ability to provide training.

"The changes have passed on the cost of providing meals for Academy cadets and ammunition for firearm training. With these new changes he anticipate's the travel and training budget will be stretched extremely thin this year.

July numbers are as follows:

Murder        0
Rape            3
Robbery       1
Aggravated assault 2
Simple assault 14
Burglary 12
Larceny 20
Vehicles Theft 2
Arson 0

Value of property taken was $38,239
Value of property recovered was $4413

Total bookings 148

Traffic accidents 20

Reports made 150

Calls for service 1238


OKMULGEE, Oklahoma - Police located two boys who were missing and considered endangered.

Okmulgee Police said the boys were taken by their mother over the weekend. Officers said Zachary Roberts, 11, and Malachi Roberts, 13, were located Tuesday evening in Cherokee County.

Police said they believe the boys’ non-custodial mother, 32-year-old Amber Cornelius took the two. She is now in custody.

According to police, Zachary and Malachi were last seen Saturday morning at a home in the 200 block of East 8th Street.

See Related Story: An alert issued Monday night for missing and endangered children


OKMULGEE, Okla. — Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials are not sure where the non-custodial mother of two children taken from Okmulgee over the weekend may be headed.

An alert was issued Monday night for the children, who officially are considered missing and endangered, according to OHP.

According to the alert, the children — Zachary Roberts, 11, and Malachi Roberts, 13 — were taken by Amber Cornelius, 32, at about 8 a.m. Saturday and were last seen at 217 E. 8th in Okmulgee.

Zachary Roberts was wearing a red shirt and black and red sports shorts. There was no clothing description for Malachi Roberts.

Anyone who sees the boys or Cornelius should contact their local law enforcement.

Preliminary information from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety shows 50 traffic-related fatalities in June 2016, compared to 66 in the same month last year.

Some 43 of the fatality victims were Oklahoma residents.

The number of fatalities on each type of roadway: state highway, 16; county road, 11; U.S. highway, 10; interstate highway, 6; city street, 5; turnpike, 2.

Some 28 of the fatality victims were drivers; 11 were passengers; four were pedestrians; seven were motorcycle operators.

The daily fatality numbers include five deaths on Sundays; six on Mondays; eight on Tuesdays; 11 on Wednesdays; seven on Thursdays; seven on Fridays; six on Saturdays. There were four days in the month of June with no reported fatalities.

According to police reports, three fatalities were alcohol-related.

There were 12 female victims and 38 male victims.

None of the victims was age 20 or younger. The 36- to 40-year-old age group had the most fatalities with eight, followed by the 56- to 60-year-old age group with five.

Logan County led the state with a total of four fatalities, followed by the following counties with three fatalities each: Canadian, Mayes, Pontotoc, Tulsa and Wagoner.

Some 33.3 percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.

For additional statistics, please visit the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office website: www.ohso.ok.gov.

The Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division is currently seeking the public’s assistance in identifying this suspect.

On July 18, 2016 a male subject walked into the Preston Ezee Plus Store and was captured on surveillance footage shoplifting from the store. When employees attempted to confront the subject he fled in a newer model silver Ford car with a paper tag. While the subject was fleeing from the store he struck an employee with his vehicle. He was last seen traveling south towards Okmulgee.

If anyone recognizes this suspect please contact Investigator Duston Todd at (918) 756-4311. Thank you for your assistance.

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Multiple Okmulgee county law enforcement agencies responded to a call on Second Street in Morris today. A distraught Morris man who was reported to be suicidal shot a weapon inside a residence and was barricaded within the home.

Parts of Second Street was evacuated for the safety of the public.

Officers were able to talk the man into surrendering himself to the police. He was taken into custody and no one was hurt. The name of the person has not been released yet. The man will be taken for an assessment to decide if he needs an emergency order of detention for mental health.

Morris Police, Okmulgee County Sheriff's Deputies and Creek Nation Lighthorse responded to the call.


Thursday, 21 July 2016 13:54

Okmulgee Police Blotter July 17

July 11

A Larceny Report was taken at McDonald's.
A Sexual Assault Report was taken in the Police Lobby.
Tecumseh Sanders (34) was arrested for a Judicial Order.
Carah Harjo (24) was arrested for a Judicial Order.
Officers responded to the 400 Blk of E. 25th in reference to a Burglary. Steven Barnett (37) was arrested for Burglary (1st Degree), Violation of Protective Order, and Public Intoxication.

July 12

A report of Vandalism was take from the Muskogee Nation Physical Rehab Center.
A report of Theft From A Vehicle was taken in the 900 Blk of S. Rogers.
A Lost Property report was taken in the 1500 Blk of Woodland Ave.
A Vandalism report was taken in the 800 Blk of S. Osage.
Anthony Adams (27) was arrested for a Henryetta Municipal Warrant.

July 13

A Fraud report was taken in the Police Lobby.
Dustin Harjo (29) was arrested for Obtaining Merchandise By False Pretense.
A report of Peeping Tom was taken in the 600 Blk of E. 15th.

July 14

A report of an Unresponsive Person was taken in the 200 Blk of W. 5th.
A report of Found Property was taken in the Police Lobby.
A Simple Assault report was taken at the Holiday Inn Express.
Juanita Espinoza (29) was arrested for Defective Equipment, Possession of CDS(X3), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

July 15

A Simple Assault and Burglary report was taken in the 500 Blk of Moreland Ave. Justin Streight (32) was arrested for 1st Degree Burglary, Domestic Assault and Battery, and Assault and Battery.
A Vandalism report was taken in the 1700 Blk of E. 11th.
A Vandalism report was taken in the 900 Blk of N. Collins.
A Fraud report was taken in the Police Lobby.

July 16

A Theft report was taken from the Best Western Hotel.
Amber Killer (29) was arrested for Public Intoxication.
Megan Arsee (26) was arrested for Larceny of Merchandise From A Retailer, Criminal Trespassing, and Okmulgee Co. Warrants.

July 17

Officers were dispatched to the 1100 Blk of N. Griffin in response to a dog that had been attacked by another dog. Animal At Large (X2), Harboring A Vicious Dog (X2), Animal Violation (No City License) (X2), and Failure to Vaccinate Dog For Rabies (X2)
A Violation of Protective Order report was taken in the 1000 Blk of N. Osage.
A Stolen Property report was taken in the 700 Blk of N. Seminole.

DUSTIN RAY BAILEY, age 36, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The Indictment alleges that on or about June 27, 2016, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess a firearm, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce, in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, that is, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance. The charges arose from an investigation by the Sallisaw Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The charges are in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B), punishable by no less than 5 years or more than 40 years imprisonment, a fine up to $5,000,000.00 or both; Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A), punishable by not less than 5 consecutive years imprisonment to any other sentence, up to a $250,000.00 fine or both and Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.
Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris

THOMAS ZACHARY PETERS, age 32, of Lansing, Michigan.
The Indictment alleges that from in or about November 2015, the exact date being unknown, until on or about June 1, 2016, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, and elsewhere, the defendant, an individual required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, after having received a felony conviction from the State of Michigan, in Eaton County, on or about April 7, 2005, for the offense of Criminal Sexual Conduct-2nd Degree, traveled in interstate and foreign commerce and knowingly failed to register and update his registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. The charge arose from an investigation by the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Marshals Service. The charge is in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2250(a)(1), 2250(a)(2)(B) and 2250(a)(3), punishable by not more than 10 years impris

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 12:04

Okmulgee Police Blotter July 1 - 9, 2016

July 1st

Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a subject acting erratic.

July 2nd

A traffic stop was conducted in the area of 8th & Creek. Korey Stark (24) was arrested for DUI, Driving Left of Center, and Defective Equipment. Deborah O'Brien (51) was arrested for Public Intoxication.

Officers were dispatched to Walmart in response to a person causing a disturbance. Jeremy Pressler (28) was arrested for Public Intoxication.

A Shoplifting report was taken from Orschlen's.

A traffic stop was conducted in the area of 6th and Sherman. Mark Dugger (57) was arrested for DUI, Child

Endangerment X2, Failure to Stop at Stop Sign, and Defective Equipment. Steven Richards (49) was arrested for Public Intoxication.

Officers responded to Creek Village in reference to an intoxicated subject. Jeremy Berryhill (26) was arrested for Public Intoxication, Transporting Open Container of Beer, and Transporting Open Container of Liquor.

July 3rd

Officers were dispatched to the Creek Nation Medical Center ER in response to a stabbing victim. Victim did not wish to make a report.

Officers responded to the 1000 Blk of N. Osage in reference to a Domestic Disturbance. Edwin Brown (57) was arrested for Possession of Firearm AFCF

July 4th

Officers were dispatched to the YMCA parking lot in response to an accident. Katherine Sears (25) was arrested for an Okmulgee Co. Warrant.

July 5th

Tony Potter (52) was arrested for an Okmulgee Co. Warrant.

A report of Debit Card Fraud was taken in the Police Lobby.

Sonya Hardwick (37) was arrested for Okmulgee Co. Warrants.

July 6th

Officers were dispatched to the 1200 Blk of E. Buffalo in response to a possible stolen vehicle in the area. Officers recovered a 2010 Nissan Rogue that was reported stolen out of Holdenville.

July 8th

Officers were flagged down in the area of 8th & Okmulgee by an Assault victim. Edward Bailey (30) was arrested for Simple Assault.

July 9th

Officers responded to the Best Western in reference to a disturbance. McKinley Craft (32) was arrested for Domestic Violence and Public Intoxication.

Officers were dispatched to the area of 4th & Madison in response to a truck blocking the roadway. Clinton Thompson (19) was arrested for DUI, Possession of Stolen Firearm, Transporting Loaded Firearm, Possession of Firearm While Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and Possession of Illegal Weapon.

Officers responded to the Storage Units on 20th St. in reference to a Burglary that had already occurred. Several units have been broken into by someone cutting a hole in the roof and then cutting a hole in the walls to access other units. Officers do not have a suspect at this time.

Carl Rudolph (27) was arrested for Driving Under Suspension.

A report of a stolen Bicycle was taken in the 1100 Blk of W. 7th. It is described as a Blue and Silver Mongoose.

A report of stolen credit cards was taken at Warehouse Mkt on 8th St.

Brandon Ellis (25) was arrested for an Okfuskee Co. Warrant.

Officers responded to the area of 13th & Creek in reference to a Possible Abduction.

July 10th

A report of Stolen Property was taken in the 3900 Blk of N. Wood Dr.

A Runaway report was taken in the 600 Blk of N. Porter. The juvenile returned home later that same day.

A report of Assault was taken in the 1000 Blk of Valley Rd.

CapturedBy Valerie Rice - ONN

District 25 Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF) and Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office Investigators assigned to the VCTF, Ottawa County investigators and US Marshall’s  arrested Jeff Ray Gage Tuesday evening July 5 around 9:30 p.m.

Gage is wanted in question to the involvement in a home burglary near N. 256 Rd and Buchanan Rd in the early morning hours of July 3rd.

Officers tracked the suspect to a small apartment complex in Miami, Okla. where they called him out of the residence and he surrendered to the officers.

According to OCSO Chief Deputy Robert Heath, Gage had no critical injuries as suspected in the initial investigation.


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