Ledger/LCJ newsletter 10-23-2020

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NEWS

The Heavener Fire Department fights a grass fire between Heavener and Hodgen Thursday afternoon.

Bobby Allen, left, and Thomas Gates are facing several charges by the LeFlore County District Attorney after their arrest.

DA files charges against Allen, Gates

POTEAU – LeFlore County District Attorney Jeff Smith filed numerous charges against Bob Lee Allen and Thomas Evans Gates for their illegal operation that sent a Virginia man to the McAlester Hospital.

Allen and Gates are in the LeFlore County Detention Center with $295,000 bond on both of them. Their arraignment is Friday at 2:30 p.m.

The Virginia man was transported to the McAlester hospital after Allen and Gates performed the illegal operation against him and he was bleeding internally. Allen and Gates transported him to the hospital.

LeFlore County officials were notified and they got a warrant to search the house of Allen and Gates. The couple were not home and were visiting the victim in the hospital. The sheriff’s office contacted the McAlester Police Department and were asked to detain them.

The pair were detained and deputies went to McAlester to pick them up.

Allen and Gates own a home and 21 acres near LeFlore with a Wister address. The home is advertised as an Air BNB where clothing is optional.

Count one was for conspiracy to commit unlicensed surgery, which is punishable by imprisonment up to 10 years, or a fine up to $5,000 or both.

Count two was for practicing medicine without a license/unlicensed surgery, which is a felony. On the charges it says on or about the 12th day of October, they performed a surgery on the man without first being in legal possession of an unrevoked license or certificate issued pursuant to the Oklahoma Allopathic Medical and Surgical Licensure and Supervision Act of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Medicine Act. This crime is punishable by a fine in the amount not less than $1,000 or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term of not more than one year, or imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for a term of not more than four years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Count three was for maiming, which is also a felony. The document says that on or about the 12th day of October, by inflicting physical injury upon the man with a premeditated design to injure, maim and commit mayhem on his body by performing an unlicensed medical procedure that resulted in the permanent removal of parts of his body and dispensing lidocaine, hydrocodone and other medications throughout and after the procedure.

This crime is punishable by a fine up to $1,000 or imprisonment for up to life, or both.

Count four was for unlawful use of communication facility, also a felony. It charges they willfully used a communication facility, electronic communication, to facilitate the commission of the crime of distribution of narcotic drugs or other controlled dangerous substances.

This crime is punishable by a fine of no less than $5,000 or by imprisonment of not more than five years, or both.

Count five is distribution of controlled dangerous substance, including possession with intent to distribute, another felony. It says on or about the 12th day of October, the pair knowingly distributed hydrocodone, a controlled dangerous substance in Schedule II of the Unfirom Controlled Dangerous Substances Act of Oklahoma to Aster. This is punishable for up to seven years to life and/or a fine of up to $100,000.

Count six is assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, also a felony. It said they willfully and unlawfully assaulted and battered by the body of the victim by using scalpels, resulting in permanent disfigurement to the body of the victim in LeFlore County.  This crime is punishable by imprisonment in the Department of Corrections for up to 10 years or in the county jail for up to one year.

Count seven is failure to bury a dead human member, a misdemeanor. This crime is punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year and a fine of up to $500.

Count eight is possession of controlled dangerous substance, a misdemeanor. It says they knowingly and intentionally had in their possession or control Psilocybin mushrooms, said drug being classified as a controlled dangerous substance in Schedule 1 of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Act of Oklahoma. This crime is punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year and a fine not exceeding $1,000.

The final charge, count nine was for the unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. They were charged with possessing syringes, which is used by abusers of drugs classified as Controlled Dangerous Substances and without having any medical or other lawful need requiring possession of said paraphernalia. This crime is punishable by imprisonment for up to one year or a fine of up to $1,000, or both.

Coronavirus update 10-22-2020

LeFlore County had 18 new coronavirus cases in Thursday’s report by the Oklahoma Department of Health.

Poteau had six cases, Heavener had three, Arkoma and Spiro had two, while Bokoshe, Cameron, Howe, Shady Point and Wister each had one.

The county has 191 active cases, down one from Wednesday. LeFlore County has had 1,633 cases, 1,421 recoveries and 21 deaths from coronavirus, or complications due to the virus.

Oklahoma had 1,628 new cases, 11 deaths and 1,266 recoveries in Thursday’s report. The state has now had 112,483 cases, 1,221 deaths and 96,245 recoveries. Active cases are 15,017, up 351 from Wednesday.

The United States had 62,735 new cases, 1,124 deaths and 28,206 recoveries. The totals are now 8,336,031 cases, 222,176 deaths and 3,323,354 recoveries. Active cases are 4,790,501, up 33,405 from Wednesday.

SPORTS

Spiro’s Conner Rodgers runs away from Heavener’s Jacob Thompson in last week’s game.

Week 8 football schedule

Another full set of football games are scheduled for LeFlore County teams Friday night.

If all the games are played is another matter as Talihina has not played since Sept. 11 and Arkoma has missed its last two games.

In Week 8 games, Heavener hosts Roland, Poteau visits Muldrow, Panama travels to Vian, Spiro is at Keys, Pocola goes to Vian, Talihina is at home against Colbert and Arkoma is scheduled to be at Watts.

With the announcement this week by the OSSAA that all teams are eligible for the playoffs if they choose, games are not as important aside from playoff seeding.

Heavener (1-6, 0-4) plays Roland (4-3, 2-2) for the first time since 2017 when both teams were in the same Class 3A district.

Poteau (5-2, 4-0) is looking to win its sixth game this season and 22nd straight district contest as the Pirates take on a Muldrow team (0-6, 0-4) which is struggling.

Panama (3-4, 2-2) has a difficult trip to Vian (6-1, 3-1)

Spiro (5-1, 3-1) will try and take a step closer to clinching at least the third seed in 2A-5 as the Bulldogs visit Keys (2-5, 2-2).

One week after getting defeated 84-0 by Vian, Pocola (1-6, 0-4) visits district leading Cascia Hall (6-1, 4-0).

Talihina (0-2, 0-0) is scheduled to play its first game since Sept. 11 against Colcord (5-1, 2-1).

Arkoma is scheduled to take the field for the first time in three weeks as the Mustangs (4-1, 0-0) visit Watts (3-1, 1-0)

Heavener players named to the all-district team are third baseman Destiny McGee, outfielder Morgan Smith and pitcher Kinley Brand.

Heavener, Pocola players honored

The District 3A-7 all-district fast pitch softball team has been announced.

District champion Pocola garnered many of the top honors including player of the year, Emma Damato, pitcher of the year, Kena Chitwood, defensive player of the year, Kenzie Tuck, and coach of the year, Eddie Combs.

Heavener had three players selected, pitcher Kinley Brand, third baseman Destiny McGee and outfielder Morgan Smith.

Other selections from Pocola were catcher Kail Chitwood; outfielder Madison Linker; and utility player Bailey Lairamore.

Area fishing report 10-21-2020

The area fishing report for Oct. 21

Broken Bow: October 16. Elevation below normal, water 70. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/BROK.lakepage.html. Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits around points and standing timber. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush structure, points, and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County. 

Eufaula: October 17. Elevation normal, water 68. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/EUFA.lakepage.html. White bass good on jigs, minnows, and plastic baits below the dam, around dam and river mouth. Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, shrimp, and sunfish below the dam, around the dam, main lake, and sand bar. Crappie slow on jigs and minnows around docks. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County. 

Lower Mountain Fork: October 16. Elevation normal, water clear. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ok/nwis/uv?site_no=07339000. Rainbow trout good on PowerBait and tube jigs around channels and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County. 

McGee Creek: October 16. Elevation normal, water 73 and stained. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/MCGE.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, flats, points, and shorelines. Crappie and white bass fair on minnows around the main lake and standing timber. White bass fair on spinnerbaits around shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County. 

Pine Creek: October 16. Elevation normal, water clear. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website athttps://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/PINE.lakepage.html. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits around coves, creek channels, and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows around standing timber. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, and stinkbait below the dam, around creek channels and main lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County. 

Robert S. Kerr: October 16. Elevation normal, water murky. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/webdata/gagedata/KERO2.current.html. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, hot dogs, minnows, shad, sunfish, and worms below the dam, around main lake, river channel, and tailwater. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, and small lures around coves, creek channels, tailwater, and weed beds. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, minnows, plastic baits, small lures, and tube jigs around coves, sandbars, standing timber, and weed beds. Report submitted by Logan Shimp, game warden stationed in Haskell County.  

Sardis: October 17. Elevation below normal, water 70. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/SARD.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, in-line spinnerbait, jerk bait, plastics, sassy shad, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures around brush structure, creek channels, points, riprap, shorelines, standing timber, and weed beds. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, shad, and sunfish around channels, flats, and main lake. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, and tube jigs around brush structure, creek channels, points, rocks, and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County. 

Tenkiller: October 19. Elevation normal, water 74 and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/TENK.lakepage.html. Crappie good on jigs, minnows, and tube jigs around brush structure, docks, and standing timber. Bluegill, green, and redear sunfish excellent on crickets, grass hoppers, and worms around docks, rocks, and shorelines. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits, around brush structure, docks, points, shorelines, and standing timber. Report submitted by Cody Youngblood, game warden stationed in Cherokee County.

Wister: October 16. Elevation above normal, water cloudy. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/WIST.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, crankbaits, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels, coves, points, and shorelines. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, crawfish, cut bait, shad, stinkbait, sunfish, and worms below the dam, around brush structure, channels, main lake, points, and standing timber. Crappie good on jigs, minnows, and small lures around brush structure, channels, points, shorelines, standing timber, and cedar brush. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County. 

OTHER STORIES

Heavener FBC to hold Carnival

The Heavener First Baptist Church’s annual Hallelujah Carnival is Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.

There will be inflatables, over 25 carnival games, free food, funnel cakes along with trunk or treat.

Mega Movie Mashup planned for Nov. 12

POTEAU – A film festival for LeFlore County students, the Mega Movie Mashup, will be held Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tower Drive-In.

The event is sponsored by the EAST program at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau.

For more information or entry forms, email kfalkner@ktc.edu or call (918) 647-5115.

The entry form and rules can be seen HERE.

Entry fee is $5 with the winner receiving all the funds. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to come support local filmmakers. Admission is free.

All films should be between five and 15 minutes long. No swearing, nudity, or drug and alcohol use will be permitted. Short films will be judged on clear and creative representation of both categories; quality of the story; and overall quality of the film.

All entries must be received at the front desk of KTC in Poteau by Nov. 5 at 4 p.m.

Cloudy and cool for Friday in LeFlore County

A cool day with cloudy skies and rain expected for Friday in the LeFlore County weather forecast.

The high will be 66 degrees, down 18 degrees from Thursday, with a low of 44 degrees. The temperature for kickoff in the Friday night football games is expected to be 50 degrees with cloudy skies.

The rain is expected mainly in the morning.

Sunrise is at 7:31 a.m. with sunset at 6:33 p.m.

Thursday’s high was 84 with a low of 65.

Average temperatures for Oct. 23 are a high of 72 with a low of 42. Records for the date were a high of 83 in 1973 and a low of 24 in 1982.

LeFlore County calendar of events

The LeFlore County calendar of events lists the upcoming events in the area. This is a free service so if you or your group have an event coming up and would like it added to the calendar, please send an email to craig@heavenerledger.com.

Friday

High school football: Roland at Heavener; Poteau at Muldrow; Spiro at Keys; Pocola at Cascia Hall; Panama at Vian; Colcord at Talihina; Arkoma at Watts.

Saturday

Cross country: Heavener, Poteau at regional meet

Monday

LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.

Tuesday

Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC

Wednesday

Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC

Thursday

Poteau Kiwanis Club meets noon at Western Sizzlin’

Heavener VFW bingo 6 p.m. Highway 59 north

Boys & Girls Club of LeFlore County annual casino event online.

Cincinnati Reds players rejoice after their World Series victory over Boston on Oct. 23, 1975. Joe Morgan and from left: Tony Perez, Clay Carroll, Johnny Bench, and Art Siebert. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

Today in history for Oct. 23

By The Associated Press

Today is Friday, Oct. 23, the 297th day of 2020. There are 69 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 23, 1983, 241 U.S. service members, most of them Marines, were killed in a suicide truck-bombing at Beirut International Airport in Lebanon; a near-simultaneous attack on French forces killed 58 paratroopers.

On this date:

In 1864, forces led by Union Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis repelled Confederate Maj. Gen. Sterling Price's army in the Civil War Battle of Westport in Missouri.

In 1910, Blanche S. Scott became the first woman to make a public solo airplane flight, reaching an altitude of 12 feet at a park in Fort Wayne, Ind.

In 1915, tens of thousands of women paraded up Fifth Avenue in New York City, demanding the right to vote.

In 1941, the Walt Disney animated feature "Dumbo," about a young circus elephant who learns how to fly, premiered in New York.

In 1944, the World War II Battle of Leyte (LAY'-tee) Gulf began, resulting in a major Allied victory against Japanese forces.

In 1956, a student-sparked revolt against Hungary's Communist rule began; as the revolution spread, Soviet forces started entering the country, and the uprising was put down within weeks.

In 1973, President Richard Nixon agreed to turn over White House tape recordings subpoenaed by the Watergate special prosecutor to Judge John J. Sirica.

In 1987, the U.S. Senate rejected, 58-42, the Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork.

In 1995, a jury in Houston convicted Yolanda Saldivar of murdering Tejano singing star Selena. (Saldivar is serving a life prison sentence.)

In 2001, the nation's anthrax scare hit the White House with the discovery of a small concentration of spores at an offsite mail processing center.

In 2009, President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect non-infected patients.

In 2014, officials announced that an emergency room doctor who'd recently returned to New York City after treating Ebola patients in West Africa tested positive for the virus, becoming the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation. (Dr. Craig Spencer later recovered.)

Ten years ago: The world's leading advanced and emerging countries vowed during a meeting in Gyeongju, South Korea, to avoid potentially debilitating currency devaluations, aiming to quell trade tensions that could threaten the global recovery. San Francisco's Juan Uribe hit a tiebreaking homer off Ryan Madson with two outs in the eighth inning and the Giants held off Philadelphia 3-2 to win the NL pennant in six games.

Five years ago: Hurricane Patricia roared ashore in a sparsely populated area of southwestern Mexico as a Category 5 storm, then quickly abated to a tropical storm. A bus carrying retirees on a day trip through southwest France's wine region hit a truck and went up in flames, killing 43 people. The Justice Department announced that neither Lois Lerner nor any other IRS official would face criminal charges in the political controversy over the processing of applications for tax-exempt status. The Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 in Game 6 of the AL championship, earning their second straight trip to the World Series.

One year ago: Republicans briefly brought the Democratic-led impeachment investigation to a halt when around two dozen GOP House members stormed into a closed-door deposition with a Defense Department official. Two business associates of Rudy Giuliani -- Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman -- pleaded not guilty in a campaign finance case; prosecutors said they had wanted to use illegal contributions to lobby U.S. politicians to oust the country's ambassador to Ukraine. The bodies of 39 Vietnamese migrants were found inside a refrigerated container that had been hauled by truck to England on a ferry from Belgium. (The truck driver later pleaded guilty to manslaughter.)

Today's Birthdays: Movie director Philip Kaufman is 84. Soccer great Pele (pay-lay) is 80. Rhythm-and-blues singer Barbara Ann Hawkins (The Dixie Cups) is 77. Former ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross is 72. Actor Michael Rupert is 69. Movie director Ang Lee is 66. Jazz singer Dianne Reeves is 64. Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 64. Community activist Martin Luther King III is 63. Movie director Sam Raimi is 61. Parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic is 61. Rock musician Robert Trujillo (Metallica) is 56. Christian/jazz singer David Thomas (Take 6) is 54. Rock musician Brian Nevin (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) is 54. Country singer-musician Junior Bryant is 52. Actor Jon Huertas is 51. Movie director Chris Weitz is 51. CNN medical reporter Dr. Sanjay Gupta is 51. Bluegrass musician Eric Gibson (The Gibson Brothers) is 50. Country singer Jimmy Wayne is 48. Actor Vivian Bang is 47. Rock musician Eric Bass (Shinedown) is 46. TV personality and host Cat Deeley is 44. Actor Ryan Reynolds is 44. Actor Saycon Sengbloh is 43. Rock singer Matthew Shultz (Cage the Elephant) is 37. TV personality Meghan McCain ("The View") is 36. Rhythm-and-blues singer Miguel is 35. Actor Masiela Lusha (MAH'-see-el-la loo-SHA') is 35. Actor Emilia Clarke is 34. Actor Briana Evigan is 34. Actor Inbar Lavi is 34. Actor Jessica Stroup is 34. Neo-soul musician Allen Branstetter (St. Paul & the Broken Bones) is 30. Actor Taylor Spreitler is 27. Actor Margaret Qualley is 26. Actor Amandla Stenberg is 22.