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Kiley Wayne Johnson is set to appear in court for his pre-preliminary hearing later this month. Johnson is charged with 8 counts of larceny of domestic animals- a felony. Each of these charges carries a sentence of 3 to 10 years in Prison.CattleTheft

According to the charges, Johnson, who is 19, allegedly stole 22 cows and calves over a five month period, ranging from November 2014 till April 9, 2015.

Jeremy Delacal, 20, also of Henryetta has now been charged in connection to this case.

Johnson and Delacal are said to have acted together, with three minors ages 16 and 17, to steal and sell the stolen animals at livestock markets in Checotah, Hugo, Okmulgee, and Bristow. The initials of the minors are J.Z.T, R.L.H, and E.O.H

Bond for Delacal was set at $25,000.

johnson kylieBart Perrier, Special Agent with Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers association, states that the investigation has led to the discovery of two additional victims.

Both Johnson and Delacal are set to appear before The Honorable Judge Pandee Ramirez at 9 a.m. on July 30.

Published in Law Enforcement & Fire

The Okmulgee Police Department responded to a call from The Dowry, located at 106 S. Morton. At approximately 9:30 Friday morning, employees Sherry Robertson and Leslie Priegle noticed the smell of smoke and a haze inside the building.

“It smelled like burnt wiring at first” states Robertson. With further investigation, Priegle and Robertson discovered the upper floors of the building filled with smoke and called 911.

After an assessment by the Okmulgee Fire Department, it was discovered that the smoke did not come from within the Dowry, but from the small studio housed between Ike’s Downton Pub and Eatery and The Dowry. The fire was said to have been started at around 10:30 Thursday night by incense that had been burning inside of a potted cactus plant, causing the mulch within the pot to be set ablaze.

No damage was reported in any of the structures effected by the smoke. The owner of the studio was not available for comment.

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Published in Okmulgee in the News

A water leak was discovered at approximately 7 p.m. on Thursday near the corner of Central and 6th street in Okmulgee. Okmulgee Water and Sewar replaced a 10 inch main line that had developed a crack and was pushing water and debris into 6th street. Valves have been shut off while the repair is taking place and hydrants are being drained to help resolve any back flow into the pipe.

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Hey there TGIF - What better day to be National Pina Colada Day!  Well the rain is gone, so if you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in “the rain”  - well that’s out! Yes, it’s National Pina Colada Day (July 10) so what more excuse do you need to crack out your coconuts? And you don't need to be on a beach to enjoy it because Okmulgee is looking good in your neighborhood!

It's the perfect drink if you want to kick back and enjoy the summer heat, but if you are thinking about the kids, we have the perfect recipe for you.

It is called a Blue Pina Colada Party Punch.

1 package Kool-Aid (Blue Raspberry).
3/4 cup of sugar.
2 quarts of cold water.
12 oz. non-alcoholic Pina Colada mix.
2 liter of Sprite.
- Cherries & pineapple to garnish.

Or Try a mock Pina Colada

1 1⁄2-2 cups whole milk
2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon coconut extract
2 -4 tablespoons sugar (to taste)

Published in Statewide News

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are ready to assist everyone, including seniors, persons with disabilities and others with an access and functional need before, during and after a disaster.

Oklahoma seniors and those with disabilities are eligible to receive the same services and assistance offered to anyone in the declared disaster areas. However, the means to register for and receive assistance may be different for someone with a disability. That person may require accommodations such as a sign language interpreter or information in alternate formats.

Anyone who experienced losses or damages as a result of Oklahoma’s severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes of May 5 through June 4 has several ways to register for disaster assistance.

They can apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by smart phone or tablet at m.fema.gov, or by telephone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. If they use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services, they should call 800-621-3362. Operators are multilingual and calls are answered seven days a week 24 hours a day. Or they can visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC).

Some frequently asked questions include:

Will disaster assistance change my benefits?

If you receive Social Security benefits, you will not lose your benefits and they will not be changed or cut if you receive disaster aid from the state or FEMA.
If you receive Medicaid, food stamps, or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, you will not lose your benefits and they will not be cut if you receive disaster aid from the state or FEMA.
A FEMA grant does not add to an applicant’s taxable income.
What are the available accommodations?

For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, DRCs offer several communication methods, from captioned phones to iPads with video remote interpreting access to sign language interpreters. On-site interpreters are also available upon request.

For persons who are blind or have low vision, documents are available in large print and Braille.
For persons who use a mobility device, DRCs have accessible parking, ramps and accessible restrooms.
Remember: If you need an accommodation, just ask.

How will I know what I am eligible for?

Those who live in one of the 33 Oklahoma counties approved for federal Individual Assistance as a result of the storms that occurred May 5 through June 4 may be eligible for disaster assistance.
The only way to know if you are eligible – and what you are eligible for – is to apply. The application deadline for this disaster is July 27.

Anyone with a disability or any access or functional need who requires help registering should not hesitate to contact FEMA.

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AGENDA FOR REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKMULGEE COUNTY

As required by Section 311, Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Board of County Commissioners of Okmulgee County will hold a regular meeting on July 13, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the County Commissioners Conference Room in the County Courthouse, located at 314 W. 7th, Okmulgee.

AGENDA

The following is a list of the business to be conducted by the Board of County Commissioners at the above-mentioned meeting:

1. Call to Order
Invocation
Pledge of Allegiance

2. Possible approval of minutes from regular meeting

3. Input by the Public on any non-agenda items

4. Order of Business:

A. Discussion and possible action of Officers’ Reports

B. Discussion and possible action of Blanket Purchase Orders

C. Discussion and possible action of Employee Status Reports

D. Discussion and possible approval of submitted Utility Permits

E. Discussion and possible approval of Private Property Agreements

F. Discussion and possible approval of Resolutions to surplus to sell equipment

G. Discussion and possible approval of Juvenile Detention Contracts

H. Discussion and possible approval to surplus Highway monies from 2014-2015 Fiscal Year to 2015-2016 Fiscal Year

I. Possible approval of reimbursement claim for expenditures of District Attorney’s Office

J. Possible approval of reimbursement claim for Election Board Secretary’s salary

5. Report from Emergency Management Director

6. New Business

7. Discussion and possible approval of claims and/or signing of documents

8. Adjourn

Published in Political News
Thursday, 09 July 2015 15:53

Stacey Lynn Nixon obit

Stacey Lynn Nixon, a resident of Morris, passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at the age of 43.
Services are pending at this time.

Arrangements entrusted to Schaudt’s Okmulgee Funeral Service 220 S. Alabama Ave Okmulgee, Ok 74447
Family and Friends may view the obituary and send condolences online at www.schaudtfuneralservice.com

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Okmulgee County Community Garden is adding a gathering area to their garden project this year. The new additions will include two pergolas which should be completed in around 3 weeks. So far some of the cement walkways have been finished. There will be 20 raised beds added to the area. (See plans below in photo and Watch VIDEO)

“We hope to have an open house in the Fall after everything is completed,” said Bob Seebeck. “Then next year we will be open for business. So we are very excited about what we have been able to accomplish. We have a board elected and we have been functioning to start the construction. We are glad to add this amenity to the community."

Seebeck said during the last year the Community Garden has become a 501c3. non-profit organization. The land where the Community Garden sits is owned by Okmulgee County which has grant them a 20 year lease.

Free garden plots will be available to the community by application. Visit them at their Facebook Page HERE

See an interview with Bob Seebeck.

Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN

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Published in Okmulgee in the News

The Okmulgee Police say two men came into the emergency room at the MCN Medical Center in Okmulgee late Tuesday evening July 7, around 9:52 p.m. suffering from gunshot wounds.

When officers arrived they spoke to Preston Lewis and Samuel Love both of Okmulgee who both had been shot in their lower extremities. They were being treated for non-life threatening wounds.

According to Police Chief Joe Prentice, neither was willing or able to describe the shooter. One victim told officers he heard shots but did not see anyone shooting. The the other victim told officers he heard what he thought was fireworks and later realized he had been shot.

Both stated the incident occurred in the area of First street and Porter street, but could not provide an address. Officers went to that location where they discovered 8 shell casings in the street. The investigation is ongoing and there are no suspects at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Okmulgee Police Dept. at 918-756-3511.

Published in Law Enforcement & Fire
Thursday, 09 July 2015 14:02

Margaret Joyce Thomas obituary

Margaret Joyce Thomas, a longtime Henryetta resident, passed from this life on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at her home in Henryetta at the age of 68. Joyce was born on February 28, 1947 in McAllen, Texas to Charley Dudley and Juanita Carrel Dudley.

Joyce grew up in the Henryetta area, attended Henryetta Public Schools, and graduated from Henryetta High School with the Class of 1965. Joyce was employed for several years at the One Stop Convenience Store in Henryetta before going to work for Safeway in Henryetta. Joyce was the smiling face of Safeway and worked as a cashier/checker in the grocery store. She worked at Safeway and Homeland for approximately 27 years, retiring in 1996.

Joyce married the love of her life, Doyal Ray Thomas on June 16, 1967 in Henryetta. They remained married for 46 wonderful years until Doyal's death in May, 2013. She was a longtime member of the Henryetta Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed working in her garden. Most of all, Joyce will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother and she will be missed by the many people who knew and loved her.

Joyce is preceded in death by her husband, Doyal, who died May 2, 2013; both her mother and father; and by her father-in-law, David Thomas.

She is survived by her son, Derrick Thomas and wife Tabitha of Henryetta; three grandchildren, Dalton Thomas, Aubree Thomas and Zachary Russell, all of Henryetta; two sisters, Charlene Roland and husband Henry of Okmulgee and Vickie Sanders and husband Art of Muskogee; a mother-in-law, Florene Thomas of Henryetta; a brother-in-law, Ron Thomas and wife Lisa of Henryetta; two sisters-in-law, Gaye Newton and husband Jim of Henryetta and Derhonda Andrews and husband Don of Tiger Mountain; by numerous nieces, nephews, other extended family and many good friends.

Viewing for Joyce will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 3pm until 8pm and on Sunday from noon until 8pm at Integrity Funeral Service.

A funeral service for Joyce will be held on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 2:00pm at Integrity Chapel in Henryetta with Dr. Audie Swinney officiating. Interment will follow immediately at New Sonora Cemetery under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.

Pallbearers will be Steve Saunders, Zachary Russell, Jeff Ream, Randy Roland, Ron Thomas, and Bryan Dodson. Honorary bearers will be all former co-workers of Joyce from Safeway/Homeland.

The family has designated the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718 as appropriate for memorial contributions.

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