Law Enforcement & Fire
Driving past barricades into flood waters is now going to be very expensive. Tim Creighton, Okmulgee County Emergency Management Director, announced that when a road has been closed to traffic by erecting a barricade it is unlawful for any person to drive round it and enter the closed area.
Any person going around a barricade and driving off into flood waters shall be charged with a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 or 30 days in the county jail. They also shall be liable for any damage to property, or injury to or death to persons caused by the violations. The court may in addition order restitution for the costs of emergency response and repair or replacement of any damaged emergency equipment. The below listed law is now going to be enforced and fines are going to be levied.
47 O.S. 2001, Section 11-1302
Temporary Highway Closings - Flooded Highways or Maintenance and Construction Zones
A. The Department of Transportation and any county or city in this state through their respective governing bodies are hereby authorized to close any highway or section thereof, within their respective jurisdiction, to traffic while the highway is flooded or under repair, maintenance or construction and, in exercising the authority, shall erect or cause to be erected traffic-control devices and barricades to warn and notify the public that the highway has been closed to traffic.
B. When any highway has been closed to traffic under the provisions of subsection A of this section and traffic-control devices or barricades have been erected, it shall be unlawful for any person to drive any vehicle through, under, over, or around the traffic-control devices or barricades, or otherwise to enter the closed area. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to persons while engaged in the construction, maintenance and repair of the highway or to persons entering therein for the protection of lives or property; provided, that persons having their places of residence or places of business within the closed area may travel, when possible to do so, through the area at their own risk.
C. Whenever construction, repair and maintenance of any highway is being performed under traffic, the governing body having jurisdiction over the highway shall erect, or cause to be erected, traffic-control devices to warn and guide the public. Each person using the highway shall obey all signs, signals, markings, flagmen or other traffic-control devices which are placed to regulate, control, and guide traffic through the construction or maintenance area. As used in this subsection, "construction or maintenance area" means any area upon or around any highway that is visibly marked as an area where construction, repair, and maintenance is temporarily occurring. The construction or maintenance area also includes the lanes of highway leading up to the area upon which an activity described in this section is being performed, beginning at the point where properly posted traffic-control devices start to warn and guide the public into and through the construction or maintenance including, but not limited to, instructions to merge from one lane into another lane, to reduce speed, or to follow directions of flagmen.
D. The "Merge Now" traffic-control device that is used to warn and guide the public using the highway to merge, shall be located no greater than one (1) mile nor less than one thousand five hundred (1,500) feet in advance of the highway construction or maintenance area. Whenever any traffic-control device requires traffic to merge due to the closure of a section or lane of highway, the merge shall be completed:
1. As soon as practicable after passing the traffic-control device; and
2. Without passing any other traffic proceeding in the same direction.
E. No person shall remove, change, modify, deface or alter any traffic-control device or barricade which has been erected on any highway under the provisions of this article.
F. Nothing in this article shall relieve the state or any of its subdivisions or their contractors, agents, servants or employees from liability for failure to perform any of the duties imposed herein.
G. Any person who violates any provision of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be subject to a fine of not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) nor more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed thirty (30) days, or both such fine and imprisonment, and shall be liable for any damage to property, or injury to or death to persons caused by the violations. In addition, the court may order restitution in an amount equal to the actual costs of the emergency response and repair or replacement of any damaged or lost emergency equipment.
Officers responded to the 1200 Blk of N. Griffin in reference to Destruction of Property. Ronald Hudson (49) was arrested for Possession of Marijuana. Cindy Varnon (54) was arrested for Destruction of Property.
An Officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of 24th & Wood Dr which resulted in an arrest. Edward Kelly (63) was arrested for DUI, Possession of CDS, and Following Too Close.
Officers were dispatched to Walmart in response to Shoplifting. Suzy Bucktrot (37) was cited for Petit Larceny.
An Officer was patrolling the 600 Blk of N. Porter and noticed a subject in the roadway. Daniel Fuller (30) was arrested for an Okmulgee Co. Warrant.
An Officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of Morton and Adams which resulted in an arrest. Georgina Tiger (36) was arrested for Defective Equipment, No Insurance, Possession of CDS With Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
An Officer was dispatched to the 700 Blk of S. Oklahoma in response to a vehicle striking a mailbox. Lance Ashburn (55) was arrested for DUI and Failure to Secure Load.
Officers worked a non-injury accident in the area of 8th & Wood Dr.
Officers worked a non-injury accident in the area of 21st and Creek.
An Officer responded to the 20th & Wood Circle K in reference to Shoplifting. Alexis Dutchy (18) was cited for Minor in Possession of Beer. One Juvenile Female (17) was cited for Petit Larceny and Minor in Possession of a Beer. One Juvenile Male (16) was cited for Minor in Possession of Beer. One Juvenile Female (15) was cited for Minor in Possession of Beer.
Officers worked a non-injury accident in the area of 8th & Wood Dr.
Officers responded to Creek Forest Apartments in reference to multiple gun shots being heard.
An Officer was dispatched to the 1200 Blk of E. 9th in response to an unresponsive subject.
A Burglary Report was taken in the 400 Blk of S. Morton.
Officers were dispatched to the Briarwood Apartments in response to a Domestic Dispute.
Officers responded to the 2000 Center in reference to a Domestic Dispute.
An Officer was dispatched to the 4th & Kern Circle K in response to Shoplifting.
A Burglary report was taken from the Creek Forest Apartments.
An Intimidation report was taken from the Creek Forest Apartments.
An Officer responded to the 1200 Blk of 8th St in reference to an unresponsive subject.
Officers worked a non-injury accident in the area of 23rd St. and Wood Dr.
A Burglary report was taken in the 600 Blk of N. Seminole.
Montel Fox (22) was arrested for an Okmulgee Co. Warrant.
Complaint charges have been filed today against Cory Fish, 26, for First Degree Murder receieved from Okmulgee Police and The District 25 Violent Crime Task Force.
An investigator interviewed Fish Friday morning in relation to the disappearance and murder of Joshua Pascale and during that interview Cory Fish confessed to killing Joshua according to Okmulgee Chief Joe Prentice.
Earlier in the investigation, officers had discovered burnt human remains on a rural Okfuskee County property that is owned by Fish's father. Due to that fact that the particular piece of property contains some restricted indian land, investigators enlisted the assistance of an agent from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The FBI was afterwards contacted and processed the crime scene with the medical examiner’s forensic anthropologist. It became clear that the burning of the body had not occurred at that location.
On Monday, investigators executed a search warrant on a piece of property west of Morris that is owned by Fish’s parents. During that search a burn site was located as well as additional human remains consistent with remains from the Okfuskee County site.
A portion of the remains at the Morris site was positively identified by the OSBI fingerprint lab on Thursday as belonging to Joshua Pascale. This morning’s interview was a result of those discoveries.
"There is still a lot of work to do, but this is a major break," said Chief Prentice. "This would not have been possible without the assistance of the Violent Crime Task Force."
Today the exhaustive work of Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office and the newly formed District 25 Violent Crime Task Force investigative work has paid off in the search for the person who held the gun in a Beggs woman's murder that ended in taking her life.
On December 16, members of the District 25 violent crime task, Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Department, United States Marshals Service, and Investigators with the Creek County Sheriff’s Department served two arrest warrants for probation violations at 1918 S. Oklahoma in the City of Sapulpa.
Taken into custody on these warrants was Jacob Swift (pictured). This subsequently led to a search warrant being executed at this residence. Upon searching the residence methamphetamines, 2 guns, and a large amount of stolen property from Tulsa County, Creek County, and Okmulgee County was located. Interviews were conducted with a female at this residence and Jacob Swift.
The female interviewed verified that Swift was in Beggs on the night of the Becky Hamilton Homicide. Swift was interviewed and confessed to burglarizing Hamilton’s residence and was present when Becky Hamilton arrived to her home.
Swift told investigators that he did not know Hamilton and had never met her before. Swift stated that he felt trapped and fired shots towards her direction to be able to escape the residence. After Swift’s confession, he was booked into the Creek County Jail on numerous charges including an Okmulgee County Hold for Murder in the First Degree. Items taken from the Becky Hamilton burglary were located inside Swift’s residence.
Information was obtained that led members of the District 25 violent crime task, United States Marshals Service, and Investigators with the Creek County Sheriff’s Department to go to another residence in Sapulpa to look for Justin Felix on an Outstanding Creek County warrant and a firearm that was possible used in the homicide. At this residence, Investigators located trafficking amounts of methamphetamine and a loaded shotgun. Felix was taken into custody.
Information was obtained that led members of the District 25 violent crime task, United States Marshals Service, Investigators with the Creek County Sheriff’s Department and Officers with the Tulsa Police Department to go to another residence in Tulsa. Upon arriving at this residence, a search warrant was executed. Upon searching this residence four firearms, U.S. Currency, and trafficking amounts of methamphetamine were seized. Two males and a female were taken into custody at this residence. One of the firearms recovered here is a 9mm pistol that investigators were interested in.
Okmulgee County Sheriff Eddy Rice made the request for the Violent Crime Task Force to be activated in the investigation of this homicide.
"This is the true concept of what 'team' is all about, because without any one of us, the puzzle would not have been put together. It was a complete team effort and each piece fell into place and painted a picture for us. Because of this we were able to put Jacob Swift behind bars," said Robert Frost, Violent Crime Task Force Investigator.
As a result, over a dozen officers from approximately 7 different agencies have spent numerous hours investigating this crime. A total of 10 Search Warrants have been executed and over 70 interviews have been conducted. A press release from the Okmulgee "The expertise, effort and hard work of these officers have been absolutely essential in developing the facts in this case."
"Though I wish something like this had never occured in the first place, it has been a rewarding day to finally give some answers to Becky's family," said Okmulgee County Sheriff Eddy Rice. "It was a good day in law enforcement to deliver this news."
Whitney Symone Brown, 27, a former employee of Okmulgee Terrace faces charges after she reportedly abused a resident there.
Okmulgee Terrace located in Okmulgee is an assisted living facility for the for developmentally disabled, where Brown worked as a care aide.
An initial affidavit said Brown had an altercation with a resident and pushed the person out of a shower room and onto the floor, causing the individual to hit their head. Employees said Brown kicked the resident while she laid on the floor.
Brown is charged with one count of abuse by caretaker and if convicted, she could face up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
Okmulgee Police and The District 25 Violent Crime Task Force has identified a person of interest in connection with the murder investigation related to the recently discovered human remains.
Investigators have reason to believe that Deanna Jones, 35, has information regarding the murder. Jones has also used the last names of Gutierrez, and Phillips. Okmulgee County District Court has issued a Material Witness Warrant for Jones. She is reportedly in the company of 35 year old Robert Jason Jones, her husband. Robert Jones is also wanted on a probation violation.
Anyone with information regarding either of the Jones’ whereabouts is asked to contact Okmulgee Police at 918-756-3511 or their local law enforcement agency.
The Okmulgee Police Department with the assistance of the District 25 Violent Crime Task Force continues to investigate the disappearance of Joshua Pascale. Pascale was last seen Nov. 21 getting into a vehicle in west Okmulgee. Although investigators have not been able to confirm it, the vehicle may have been a maroon Chrysler 300.
During the course of the investigation, officers searched two rural locations where they discovered human remains. Remains from a single individual were discovered at both locations.
No identification has been made and the remains were transported to the Medical Examiner for examination and identification. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death although the discoveries are being investigated as a homicide.
Investigators are not speculating as to the identity of the remains. Additional information is not being released to protect the ongoing investigation.
If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Josh Pascale, they are asked to contact the Okmulgee Police Department at 918-756-3511.
Steven Rooks (45) arrested for Domestic Violence By Strangulation.
Megan White (26) cited for Disturbing the Peace.
Deanna Jones (37) arrested for Okmulgee Co. Warrant.
Cory Fish (26) arrested for Okmulgee Co. Warrants.
Stephanie Deo (22) cited for Disturbing the Peace.
Adam Kaser (28) arrested for Okmulgee Co. Warrant, Filing a False Police Report, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Amber Mitchell (28) arrested for Okmulgee Co. Warrant and Filing a False Police Report.
Linsey Maddux (34) arrested for Defective Equipment, No Insurance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Prescription Medication Without a Prescription, and Possession of CDS (Meth).
Nathan Cole (27) arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of CDS (Meth).
Stanley Thomas (49) arrested for Driving Left of Center, Defective Equipment, No Insurance, Operating Motor Vehicle Without Valid Driver's License, Possession of CDS, and Transporting an Open Container.
Danae Bible (27) arrested for Possession of CDS in the Presence of a Minor and Possession of CDS Within 1000 Feet of an Elementary School.
Neal Foltz (54) arrested for Public Intoxication.
Donna Conway (63) arrested for Public Intoxication.
Tamu Haygood (41) cited for Petit Larceny.
On Tuesday Dec. 8, the Dewar police received a report of a possible kidnapping and the victim had just escaped his captures. The victim eventually made contact with Dewar Police who in turn, contacted the District 25 Violent Crime Task Force. Once the Task Force officers were activated, they converged on the city of Dewar.
After a briefing with the victim, the Task Force obtained two search warrants for two different location within the city limits of Dewar. During the day long investigation, Task Force officers arrested five individuals connected to the kidnapping. In addition, the Task Force officers located and recovered a stolen vehicle out of Tulsa and a small amount of methamphetamine.
Those arrested in connection with the kidnapping were:
Frankie Stalik (26) Dewar, Ok
Logan Delso (23) Dewar, Ok
Richard Lytch (46) Henryetta, Ok
Joseph Cummings (26) Grayson, Ok
Warren Hancock (20) Henryetta, Ok
The circumstances that initiated the alleged kidnapping are still unclear.
"Events that occurred during the kidnapping were very bizarre" District 25 Chief Robert Frost said.
"The victim was tied to a chair and placed on top of plastic. The victim was held for hours as his captures assaulted and threatened the victim."
During the event, knives were held on the victim and his family was threatened with murder. After one of the assailants had left, another made the victim clean the fish tank and do the dirty dishes in the house.
"In 32 years, I have never seen a more bizarre case than this," Frost said.
Interim Dewar Police Chief Paul Brown thanked the Task Force for their quick response and quick action in locating, interviewing and arresting the suspects.
The District 25 Violent Crimes Task Force is a relatively new team formed in Okmulgee and Mcintosh county to investigate and build cases concerning violent crimes. The team is made up of investigators from the District 25 DA Investigators, Okmulgee Police Department, Okmulgee County Sheriff, Henryetta Police Department, Checotah Police Department and Eufaula Police Department.
U.S. 75 just north of Preston in Okmulgee County was closed in the southbound lanes about 10:20 Wednesday due to a collision involving a tractor-trailer rig Wednesday morning.
According to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report both lanes were closed and one lane reopened about an hour later. Traffic was diverted to Highway 16 durin that time. Both lanes were re-opened later that evening.