Law Enforcement & Fire
Okmulgee County Emergency Management (OCEM) with the assistance of the Oklahoma Forestry Service (OFS) has conducted a preliminary damage survey for fire affected area around Dripping Springs lake.
The OFS conducted an aerail survey and estimated that 20,282 achers were burned by the Thursday's wildfire.
Teams surveyed the area by vehicle and reported eight (8) residential structures (a mix of part-time/lake homes or abandon homes) and six (6) out-buildings were destroyed. One full time residential home was burned by the fires.
Bulldozer crews from the OFS and a fire task force from the Bureau of Indian Affairs are continuing to work some hotspots in the area.
OCEM asks that if you do not live in the area, please refrain from traveling through the area. We remind everyone in the county to please be aware that fire danger will persist across the state until spring rains bring the green back to green country.
Be Fire Wise.... Listen to local radio and TV stations and/or NOAA Weather Radio or monitor www.weather.gov/tulsa for the latest forecast and weather alerts.
* Call 9-1-1 for your local fire department if you notice an unattended or out-of-control fire.
* Do not discard cigarettes, matches, and smoking materials from moving vehicles, or anywhere in our county. Be certain to completely extinguish cigarettes before disposing of them.
* PLEASE Avoid outdoor burning during dry and windy conditions.
Photo by Fred McGuire
Fire Chief says grass fires are under control on Friday
Okmulgee Fire Marshall Rick Chisum said that fires are now under control as the exhausted Firemen rest at the Okmulgee Fire station. However, fire gear stands ready to go at any moment should the need arise.
Help came in from surrounding counties in joint effort with Okmulgee crews on Thursday to disband the wild fires around Nuyaka and Lake Okmulgee.
Over 30 homes were evacuated Thursday and some roads were closed due to the situation. The National Guard Black Hawk helicopters assisted in containing the fires commanding water drops by air.
The Red Cross volunteers came in to assist firefighters and set up a relief station at the First Baptist Church of Okmulgee to help evacuees.
Chisum said that several structures, a nice shop building and 2 to 3 mobile homes were destroyed.
Friday evening crews were back out at the site to control small areas that were smoldering. Residents were able to return to their homes on Friday.
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Sandra Moore (31) arrested for Public Intoxication.
Highland Park Manor- Assault report taken.
Jennifer Levan (29) arrested for Okmulgee Co. Warrants.
Rose Levan (52) arrested for Sebastian Co. Warrants.
Two Juvenile Males cited for Petit Larceny from Walmart.
Jonathan Hines (19) was arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Salvation Army- Larceny report taken.
Juvenile Male arrested for Assault and Battery with Deadly Weapon, Attempt to Elude, Leave the Scene of Property Damage Accident, Operating a Motor Vehicle Without a Valid Driver's License, No Seat Belt, Failing to Stop For Road Block, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, and Reckless Driving.
Juvenile Male arrested for Domestic Abuse.
Timothy Robinson (33) was arrested for Henryetta City Warrant, Defective Equipment, and No Valid DL.
Clarice Zotigh (30) was arrested for an Okmulgee Co. Warrant.
Days Inn- Motor Vehicle Theft Report taken.
110 S. Alabama - Theft from a vehicle report was taken.
Samuel Landon (25) arrested for a Dallas County Warrant.
Jabrion Tate (18) cited for Petit Larceny from Walmart.
1025 N. Osage - Fight in Progress/Shots Fired report taken.
Police Lobby - Fraud report taken.
6th & Alabama - Burglary report taken.
Christian Richardson (24) was arrested for Petit Larceny and Okmulgee County Warrants.
1011 S. Taft- Burglary report taken.
1st & Central - Shots fired report taken.
Gregory Bacon (50) arrested for Public Intox and Okmuglee County Warrants.
James Dean Jr. (43) was arrested for Driving While Revoked, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Okmulgee Co. Warrants.
Okmulgee High School - Pornography/Obscene material report taken.
Loop 56 & Highway 75- Impersonation report taken.
Police Lobby - Motor Vehicle Theft report taken.
Okmulgee High School - Simple Assault report taken.
Juan Martinez (23) arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery in Presence of Minor.
Tiffany Ryals (18) cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana.
Nathaniel Burney (18) cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana.
Wilbert Rivers (18) cited for Possession of Marijuana.
1116 W. 10th - Intimidation report taken.
Dylan West (22) arrested for DUI, DUS, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Ins., TOC, Possession of Marijuana, Defective Equipment, and an Okmulgee Co. Warrant.
Patrick Olsen (24) arrested for Aggravated Assault and Battery.
Thursday afternoon, a 9-1-1 call from a motorist alerted Okmulgee County authorities to a one vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer rig. When EMS and fire crews got to the scene located at the Deep Fork Wildlife pond, they attempted to get the male driver out of the cab of the vehicle.
John Henry Neuman, 53, would not come out and was providing conflicting information about how many people were inside the truck's cab. A deputy arrived on the scene and told Neuman to exit the cab. Neuman exited the vehicle, raised a gun, and began shooting at those at the scene. The deputy returned fire, striking Neuman.
Neuman, of Gore, fell from the truck into the pond. Crews went to rescue Neuman from drowning when he rose from the water and began shooting again. The deputy returned fire. For a second time, emergency crews went to pull Neuman from the water. They attempted to revive him, but Neuman died at the scene.
At that point the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office called OSBI investigative and crime scene agents to conduct an investigation. Investigators quickly learned John Henry Neuman was out of jail with a monitor attached to his ankle for the 2015 murder of his wife in Sequoyah County. (Photo top provided by Bruce Jones of The Henryettan)
OSBI will provide the district attorney with the facts of the case. The district attorney will then determine if the shooting was justified.
Traffic backs up on Hwy 75 during incident
Okmulgee County Sheriff's Deputies responded to 9-1-1 calls around 2 p.m. today that reported a traffic crash on US Highway 75 near Cedar Rd. near Schulter, Oklahoma.
A semi-tractor trailer truck had left the highway and was in the pond just north of the Okmulgee Wildlife Refuge.
While the Deputy was making contact with a male subject at the crash site the subject produced a weapon and the deputy responded with deadly force firing his weapon.
The EMS pronounced the subject dead at the scene.
No names will be released at this time.
Photo Courtesy of Bruce Jones - The Henryettan
On July 28, 2014 a Kubota L5040GST Tractor was stolen from the parking lot at the Okmulgee City Hall. The tractor is owned by a local resident who was contracted to the city for mowing. The tractor had an attached brushhog. It also had front loader brackets attached but the loader had been removed.
Police Chief Joe Prentice said that effort has been made by police to locate the tractor, but have been unsuccessful. The owner is now offering a $2,000 reward for the recovery of the tractor.
Anyone with information regarding the tractor, its whereabouts or the identity of the thief is asked to contact the Okmulgee Police Department at 918-756-3511 or the police department can be contacted on Facebook.
All tips can remain anonymous.
Okmulgee, Okla. -- Are you retired and/or have some free time and are wanting to find an interesting way to contribute to your community? Okmulgee County Emergency Management (OCEM) is seeking several volunteers.
The tasks our volunteers provide are primarily administrative and in direct support to the County's Emergency Operations Center during activations.
What does Okmulgee County Emergency Management do? OCEM protects communities by coordinating resources and integrating activities necessary to build, sustain and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters, act of terrorism or other man-made disasters.
Volunteers with background skills in any of following areas:
Administrative & clerical
Communications (via radio, phone systems, vsat)
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(OKLAHOMA CITY) OHP Trooper Jason Richardson was injured after being struck by a vehicle in Pottawatomie County Tuesday morning.
At about 8:00 a.m., Trp. Richardson #367 was outside his patrol car working on previous crashes near mile marker 180 on Interstate 40. The driver of another vehicle lost control, causing the vehicle to slide into the center median where it overturned before striking the Trooper. The collision is still under investigation by OHP.
Trp. Richardson was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Oklahoma City, where he is listed in serious but stable condition with injuries to his leg and head, along with internal injuries.
Trp. Richardson is a graduate of the 52nd OHP Academy in 2000 and is assigned to the Pottawatomie County detachment of Troop A.
Wilson Public School went on lock down today after receiving bomb threats just before 12 p.m.
According to officials, students were evacuated immediately. Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office requested the OHP Bomb dogs and a trooper arrived on scene quickly to assist in searching the buildings. No bombs or any other threat was found.
Most schools are not in session today in honor of the federal holiday Martin Luther King Jr. Day however, Wilson School only goes to school four days a week and has opted to have school on all days that are not major holidays.
Okmulgee County Sheriff Eddy Rice would like to thank OHP and Okmulgee and Creek Nation Emergency management for their assistance today.
“They did an outstanding job!” said Sheriff Rice.
If you have information in connection with this story, please call the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office at 918-756-4311.
Partial lanes of Highway 75 at Banyon Road was closed for a little over an hour Saturday January 16, due to a fatality collisionthat took the life of a 25-year-old Bristow woman.
The accident happened around 4:30 a.m. today approximately 2 miles south of Okmulgee.
A 2007 Jeep Compass driven by Donnita Severs, a white female, 25, of Bristow was traveling northbound on 75 highway in the outside lane when for some reason she ran her vehicle off the road and struck a 1998 International truck that was being used as an attenuator in a construction zone. This vehicle was unoccupied at the time. After hitting the parked truck the Jeep veered right coming to rest in the middle of the road. Severs was ejected approximately 20 feet from the area of impact.
Severs was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple injuries, by M.E. Investigator Michael Dove.
OHP reported the condition of the driver and cause of the collision are unknown at this time and under investigation. Seatbelts were equipped but not in use.
The accident was investigated by Trooper Brian Warren #687 of the Okmulgee County Detachment of Troop B. Assisted by Lt. Matt Drummond #90, Trooper Jonathan Lipe #528, Trooper Jon Cotner #706, and Trooper Dwight Durant #189 all of the Tulsa County Detachment of Troop B. Also assisted by members of Okmulgee Fire Department and Okmulgee Police Department.