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Cherokees to build archery park here in honor of 99-year-old world champion

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden visit with Cherokee Nation citizen and 1961 World Archery Champion Joe Thornton, 99, for whom the park will be named.

The Cherokee Nation is building a public archery range near the tribe’s main complex here. It is the first range to ever be built on tribal lands, and will become only the third public archery park in Oklahoma.

The Joe Thornton Archery Range, opening by Labor Day weekend in a field just west of the tribe’s complex, will bear the name of Cherokee Nation citizen Joe Thornton, the 1961 World Archery Champion.

The 99-year-old Thornton was surprised with the honor on Wednesday at a groundbreaking attended by Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma Wildlife Department officials.

“The Cherokee people have a long and culturally significant history with archery, but no modern-day Cherokee is more famous with a bow than Joe Thornton,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “He’s been a teacher of the sport, so as we build this range for archery students, hunters, cornstalk and target shooters, it was natural to name it after the greatest archer in the Cherokee Nation.”

Thornton learned to shoot a bow and arrow in high school at Chilocco Indian School in north central Oklahoma. After serving in the Army, he returned to Oklahoma, found several archery clubs and began competing.

“I’m very happy to see a good archery range here and would like to see other archers come along and be world champions. I believe it is a possibility,” Thornton said. “It feels great. I owe the archers in this country something.”

Thornton won the World Archery Championship in Oslo, Norway, in 1961 and the British National Championship in 1962. He was a member of the USA World Champion Archery team.

The Cherokee Nation is providing the land for the archery range. Fifty thousand dollars to help build the park was provided by the Archery Trade Association, which helps states start archery parks. The Oklahoma Wildlife Department provides archery kits to schools so they may attend the range.

“We’re putting money into schools in this area to give them an opportunity to shoot at the range,” Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Education Supervisor Colin Berg said. “One of the popular features is a tower stand. A lot of hunters like to hunt off the ground, and finding a place to practice in Tahlequah is not always easy. Climbing onto a 12-foot stand to shoot at targets instead of hanging one in your backyard and worrying about whether an arrow will go across the fence is a great thing to offer the community.”

There are 500 schools with archery programs in Oklahoma. Currently Coweta and McAlester have public ranges. The Joe Thornton Archery Range will be the third.

The park will feature a 70-meter Olympic style range with a 125-foot awning to shield archers from the weather. There will also be a tower, restrooms and a 3D range.

The Cherokee Nation education services department offers archery camps each summer. The range will also be used for cornstalk competitions. For more information on the archery park, call coordinator Brian Jackson at 918-453-5000;7053.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 8:17 AM

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Cherokee chief praises removal of Jackson from $20 bill

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker issued a statement Wednesday regarding the U.S. Treasury’s decision to remove President Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill.

Chief Baker’s statement is as follows:

“Andrew Jackson defied a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and forced the removal of our Cherokee ancestors from homelands we'd occupied in the Southeast for millennia. His actions as president resulted in a genocide of Native Americans and the death of about a quarter of our people. It remains the darkest period in the Cherokee Nation’s history. Jackson's legacy was never one to be celebrated, and his image on our currency is a constant reminder of his crimes against Natives. It's been an insult to our people and to our ancestors, thousands of whom died of starvation and exposure and now lie in unmarked graves along the Trail of Tears. This is a small but meaningful vindication for them, and for our tribal citizens today. The Cherokee Nation applauds the work of Oklahoma Senator James Lankford, the U.S. Treasury and all those who recognized the injustices committed at the hands of President Jackson, and worked to replace his image with the image of Harriet Tubman, whose legacy represents values everyone can be proud of.”

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 7:33 PM

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Police find two-year-old wandering streets

Tahlequah police found a two-year-old child wandering the streets late last night, according to a report filed this morning.

The boy, carrying a blanket and not wearing shoes, was walking around the intersection of West Allen Road and North Vinita Avenue, around 10 p.m.

The boy's step-father, Dusty Dotson, was located by police and said the boy was supposed to be with his aunt, Jamie Powers, who said she had no idea how the boy had left her residence. She was watching the child while Dotson and his wife were at work.

Police noted that both outside doors to her residence were ajar.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 7:47 AM

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New Sonic, Taco Bueno coming to Tahlequah

Cherokee Nation Businesses, developer of Cherokee Springs Plaza, has secured deals that bring Taco Bueno and a second SONIC Drive-In to Tahlequah.

“Attracting these businesses to our community is certainly a boost to the local economy,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Taking this undeveloped property and turning it into a first-class retail development positions Tahlequah for even more tourism and creates an environment that is ripe for job creation and economic stability.”

The 2,850-square-foot Taco Bueno coming to Cherokee Springs Plaza will create more than 60 jobs when it opens early this fall. The next closest Taco Bueno is 25 miles away.

“Everything the Cherokee Nation does is first class, and it’s an honor to work with them,” said Rick Verity, franchise owner of the new Taco Bueno location. “I’ve wanted to bring a location to Tahlequah for years, and I’m very excited to become a part of this great community.”

Taco Bueno announced last month it was voted America’s favorite Mexican quick service restaurant in a national survey by a global market research firm, Market Force Information. The chain was established in 1967 and now has 178 locations in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

SONIC is building the drive-in on a 36,000-square-foot pad site within the plaza and expects to create roughly 40 new jobs when the location opens in July. Once open, it will be the second location in the Tahlequah area.

“We look forward to opening our second drive-in location in the Tahlequah area, and we are pleased to be partnering with the Cherokee Nation,” said Drew Ritger, senior vice president of development at SONIC. “The Cherokee Springs Plaza development is poised to become a major attraction, and not just for locals but for tourists as well, making it a great fit for our brand. This community is growing rapidly, and we anticipate tremendous success for this location as we continue to serve SONIC’s unique menu offerings and drink combinations to the Tahlequah community.”

SONIC specializes in made-to-order fast food and is known for its specialty menu items and personal carhop service. A variety of unique drink combinations make SONIC Your Ultimate Drink Stop!Ò Favorite menu items include TOASTER® Sandwiches (sandwiches served on thick Texas toast), extra-long cheese coneys (hot dogs with chili and cheese), tots and a variety of premium desserts, served with real ice cream.

The two additional businesses will join Buffalo Wild Wings and Stuteville Ford at the dining, retail and entertainment development.

Cherokee Springs Plaza is located along Muskogee Avenue, in the heart of Tahlequah’s primary retail corridor. Overall, the development is expected to reach 1.3 million square feet of mixed use space.

The tribe broke ground on the development last year and expects the first phase of the project, construction and business recruitment, to wrap up this year. The next phase includes the construction of a new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah, which will feature a resort hotel and convention center.

The final phase includes the creation of a retail strip, centering along Nancy Ward Drive, which will enhance the pedestrian and shopper experience.

The Cherokee Nation and its businesses have a $1.55 billion economic impact on the state of Oklahoma.

For more information, please visit www.cherokeespringsplaza.com.

Friday, April 15, 2016, 9:29 AM

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Tahlequah man jailed for assault after biting

Drake Long of Tahlequah is in the city jail after he said he couldn't take his neighbor's guitar playing anymore.

Long said he and Michael Foutch had come to an agreement - Foutch, the downstairs neighbor, wouldn't play guitar until after 11 in the morning. Yesterday, however, he started in around 8:30. Long had had enough.

He banged on his neighbor's door, and according to witnesses, when Foutch answered the door, Long grabbed him and the guitar and jerked them outside and the fight ensued. Foutch told police Long big his thumb and forefinger hard enough that police suggested he get an X-ray. Long's mouth had blood on it when police arrived and he complained of hurting teeth.

Friday, April 8, 2016, 8:53 AM

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Police look for help finding strangulation suspect

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Tahlequah police are asking for your help locating Jack D. Smith, who is wanted for a Domestic Violence by Strangulation incident from over the weekend.

If you know where to find Smith,call 918.456.8801.

Monday, March 21, 2016, 12:17 PM

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Tribe to make massive expansion to Hastings

he Cherokee Nation signed an agreement with Indian Health Service Wednesday to secure the largest joint venture funding project ever among tribes. The agreement allows for IHS to fund the hospital at an estimated $80 million or more per year. The funding would last a minimum of 20 years, or potentially for the life of the hospital.

IHS is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that funds and provides American Indians health care.

The historic agreement opens the door for the Cherokee Nation to pay more than $150 million for the construction of a 450,00- square-foot health center in Tahlequah that will be the largest ever built among tribes across the nation under IHS. In the agreement, IHS will request funding for staffing and operating expenses each year for at least 20 years once the hospital reaches capacity.

"This agreement secured with IHS will be absolutely transformative for the Cherokee Nation and our ability to deliver world-class health care for future generations in northeastern Oklahoma," Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. "IHS saw Cherokee Nation as a good partner to deliver quality care and together we are making the health of Indian Country our top priority. This public-private partnership is going to create both construction and health care jobs and be a significant economic impact in our region."

Chief Baker, Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin, Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd, Executive Director of Cherokee Nation Health Services Connie Davis, Deputy Director of Health Services Charles Grim, Chief Executive Officer at W.W. Hastings Hospital Brian Hail, IHS Principal Deputy Director Robert G. McSwain and HIS Director of Environmental Health and Engineering Gary Hartz signed the agreement at the IHS headquarters in Maryland.

"For more than two decades, the competitive IHS Joint Venture Construction Program has strengthened partnerships with tribes across the country and ensured that comprehensive, culturally acceptable health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people," McSwain said. "This new agreement with the Cherokee Nation for the facility in Tahlequah is an important step toward raising the health of our people to the highest level."

The 450,000-square-foot health center will be an addition on the existing 190,000-square-foot Hastings Hospital campus in Tahlequah.

The renewal of the joint venture program that will allow the Cherokee Nation to build and operate a new facility was made possible thanks to the leadership in Congress who championed the program through the budget process and federal allocations.

"I am extremely proud of the work Chief Baker and the entire Cherokee Nation have put into making this joint venture a reality. Oklahoma has consistently ranked at the bottom of all states when it comes to national health indicators. It is important that local, state, and federal groups and officials take steps that will promote health and wellness across our state," said Cherokee Nation citizen and U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.). "The health center in Tahlequah will be a very big step, and I applaud the Cherokee Nation and Indian Health Service's commitment to promoting the health and wellbeing of all individuals."

Congressman Tom Cole, (R-Okla.), a Chickasaw Nation citizen, said this will benefit Indian Country and all tribes.

"I was delighted to learn about this historic partnership between the Cherokee Nation and the Indian Health Service that will greatly benefit Indian Country for years to come. As a strong supporter of joint ventures like this one and having seen the real benefits of similar facilities, including one built by my own tribe, I believe the future is indeed bright as the Cherokee Nation prepares to improve the health and well-being of tribal citizens by investing in this project," Rep. Cole said. "I applaud those who worked together to make this incredible vision become reality. Certainly, Oklahoma communities and generations of tribal citizens will be better because of it."

The new addition will create jobs and expand new specialty services, such as surgeons and endocrinology, which currently are not offered at Hastings, which the tribe has operated since 2008.

"This agreement will provide the Cherokee Nation an opportunity to better meet the demand and needs of our Cherokee Nation citizens and other Native Americans who access our health system," said Davis, who worked as a nurse in the original Indian Hospital in Tahlequah that was a five-room ward. "I'm so grateful for this partnership with IHS to ensure the future of health for our people and future generations."

Other services included in the new facility are ambulatory care, podiatry, a WIC program, audiology, dental care, eye care, primary care, specialty care, diagnostic imaging, a laboratory, a pharmacy, rehabilitation services, surgery, behavioral health, health education, public health nursing, public health nutrition and a wellness center.

A groundbreaking for the new addition will be held this spring.

The Cherokee Nation operates the largest tribal health system in the country with more than 1.2 million patient visits per year.

Friday, February 26, 2016, 7:40 AM

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Statue dedicated at Wilma Mankiller Center


A carved maple tree statue entitled "Perseverance" designed by five Cherokee artists was unveiled and dedicated Wednesday in the lobby of the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center in Stilwell.

The statue was commissioned to enhance the entrance of the new 28,000-square-foot Mankiller Health Center addition that opened in 2015.

"We have a new world-class health care facility in Stilwell that is serving the needs of the Cherokee people, in the spirit of the way Chief Mankiller served our tribal nation. Local Cherokee artisans created a beautiful piece commemorating her leadership and we are proud to showcase this new sculpture as it welcomes future patrons and visitors into the clinic's lobby," said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker "It represents the strength and courage of the Cherokee people."

The nearly 12-foot tall statue is adorned with three turtles exceeding boundaries and expectations by climbing a tree, representing the Cherokee people. The turtles represent striving toward the goals and ideals set by Cherokee ancestors. Stones at the base of the statue represent the difficult paths that the ancestors walked. The statue represents principles of the Cherokee people and former Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller: goals of community, prosperity and working together. At the top of the statue sits a pearl-inlaid butterfly, representing Chief Mankiller, who lived in the Rocky Mountain community near Stilwell, and her hopes for the bright future of the Cherokee people.

A group of Cherokee artists-Devon Tidwell-Isaacs, Daniel Flynn, Roger Cain, Shawna Cain and Reuben Cain-which go by Stilwell I.T., said the statue symbolizes the Cherokee people's endurance to overcome and ability to prosper.

"It is very important that we realize we need to be strong as a community and that while we face a lot of hardships and difficulties and obstacles that we are perseverant and resilient as a people, and this artwork is a testament to those qualities," Tidwell-Isaacs said.

The statue also has a carved quote in the trunk of the tree from Chief Mankiller. It says, "The secret of our success is that we never, never give up."

Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center employees donated rocks from local communities for the base of the statue. The maple tree used for the statue is from Asheville, North Carolina, part of the Cherokee people's original homeland.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 9:33 AM

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Errors found on some Oklahoma driver's licenses

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has announced that an error has been found on some Oklahoma driver licenses and identification cards. The holographic security emblem that should appear on the front of each individual license or card may, in some instances, appear on the back or not at all.

License holders and ID card holders are asked to examine their documents to make sure the image appears on the front. Please see attached image for an example of the correct holographic image.

DPS officials say the licenses and ID cards with incorrect or missing images are still considered valid, but will likely cause delays when the holder attempts to use them for personal identification in places such as airports, banks or federal buildings.

Those who have licenses or ID cards with incorrect images are encouraged to return to the Motor License Agency (Tag Agency) where the document was issued. A corrected license or ID card will be issued at no charge. Individuals are urged to do so at their earliest convenience.

To confirm which tag agency issued the faulty license or ID card, the bearer may check the four-digit number printed at the top right corner of the photograph on the card. The corresponding list of tag agencies is posted on the DPS website at https://www.dps.state.ok.us/dls/motor_license_agents.php.

Public inquiries may be directed to the DPS Driver License Help Desk at 405-425-2020.

Monday, February 1, 2016, 7:48 AM

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Statewide index to measure whether schools are preparing students for the workforce

A new statewide index is being launched this February to measure and promote skills that better prepare students to compete in a global economy. The Oklahoma Innovation Index describes, ranks, and categorizes what teachers do in their classes that meet criteria for being creative. The Index is the first in the nation to measure these skills in K-20 schools.

During the research phase, researchers will test the usefulness of the Index, its effectiveness and impact on learning. The Index is designed to help schools to teach, foster, and promote skills that develop imagination and creativity. Twelve public schools in Oklahoma and Arkansas, including schools in the A+ Schools network, will be participating in the study.

To learn more about the Oklahoma Innovation Index: http://stateofcreativity.com/oklahoma-innovation-index/

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 8:01 AM

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Cherokees to distribute heirloom seeds

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The Cherokee Nation will begin dispersing its limited supply of heirloom seeds to tribal citizens interested in growing traditional Cherokee crops and plants starting Feb. 1.

The Cherokee Nation keeps an inventory of seeds from rare breeds of corn, beans, squash, gourds, Trail of Tears beads, tobacco and several plants traditionally used for Cherokee customs. The seeds are not available in stores.

"The seed bank continues to expand and get more popular every year with our citizens. It's also an important way the Cherokee Nation can keep our link to the land strong and preserve our history and heritage," said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. "For Cherokee people, the process of harvesting seeds and passing them down has gone on for generations. It is an essential part of who we are today, and because of the seed bank program, we have created a growing interest with a new generation of Cherokees."

In 2015, the tribe distributed 3,463 packages of seeds to Cherokee Nation citizens.

Eugene Wilmeth, a Cherokee Nation citizen of Midwest City, Oklahoma, planted Cherokee White Eagle Corn and Native tobacco seeds.

"I am very grateful for the Cherokee Nation seed bank, which gives me the opportunity to grow traditional and sacred plants that connect us to our culture and to our Creator. The program allows each of us to play an important role in the preservation of our heritage," Wilmeth said.

Citizens are limited to two varieties. To get the seeds, citizens can either make an appointment to pick them up or email their request to seedbank@cherokee.org to have them sent by mail. Individuals must include a copy of his or her Cherokee Nation tribal citizenship card, proof of age and address.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 9:30 AM

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Women arrested in extreme child abuse case

Rachel Stevens and Kayla Jones were arrested today at the Muskogee County Courthouse for child abuse to a 5 year old boy, according to Muskogee Police officer Lincoln Anderson. The case began with a call to see a child in the hospital about inconsistent injuries on December 8. Through the investigation Muskogee Police Investigators determined that over the course of several months the child was abused by Rachel and Kayla, leading to a lengthy stay in the hospital for the child.

When investigators received the call Dec. 8, the investigation began at a Tulsa hospital after the child had been taken to a children's clinic in Muskogee due to the severity of the child's condition was referred to a Tulsa hopsital. The child at that time was suffering from lesions on his face, and had begun to have severe seizures, and it was determined that he had several broken bones that were in various stages of the healing process, he has had two strokes during his time in the hospital, and had developed a staph infection. He was later transferred to another hospital because of these same reasons and his health has slowly progressed for the better.

During the course of the investigation it was determined that the child had not been to the doctor in several months, and during the course of interviews of another 5 year old boy and 7 year old girl that were also in the home, more of what had taken place was revealed.

Investigators learned that he would be kicked in the genitals until he was bleeding, struck with belts head and hands, would have his eyes duct taped shut, and would be tied up with rope.

"We are extremely proud of the tireless effort that our investigators put into these cases," Anderson said. "And without their knowledge, dedication, hard work, and constant effort things like this may never be stopped by the alleged suspects."

UPDATE: According to the court's affidavit, the child was beaten so severely that he had multiple broken bones in different stages of healing, but the swelling was so bad that x-rays missed several more broken bones that were revealed later. The child had been tied up, duct taped over the eyes and had been locked in a room. The child had also been hit on the hand with a hammer.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 9:26 AM

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Stalker allegedly holds woman hostage for 3 1/2 hours in her home

Antonio Jesse is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's house with a knife and holding her hostage.
Antonio Jesse, 35, of Tahlequah is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's house yesterday and holding her hostage for three and a half hours, according to a Tahlequah Police report.

The woman, whose name we are withholding because she is a victim of domestic violence, said she was asleep yesterday morning and was awakened around 5 a.m. by Jesse tapping her on the shoulder. The woman, startled, asked him how he got into her house and he responded that he had gotten in through a window.

Jesse then allegedly took the woman's cell phone to prevent her from calling police and refused to leave when she asked, saying they had to talk first.

The woman had a protective order against him after he allegedly assaulted her in December. Jesse allegedly told the woman he knew he was violating the protective order, but he would be glad to go back to jail to spend time with her. He then told her he had driven by her house on Christmas and New Year's and described to her the cars parked in front of her house on those occasions.

After he left, police found an ice chest overturned underneath the woman's window with a 12-inch knife laying on top of it. Jesse called the woman while police were at her house, and police recorded the conversation during which Jesse allegedly admitted to holding her hostage, violating the protective order and stalking her.

The woman and her 18-month-old child, who was home at the time, has been moved into a battered women's shelter.

Jan 5 UPDATE: Jesse allegedly called the woman again yesterday morning at the woman's shelter she was staying at. When she answered the phone, he said "I'm not trying to bother or stalk you."

She immediately hung up the phone and called police.

Monday, January 4, 2016, 8:22 AM

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Cherokees receive grant to stop sexual violence against women

The Cherokee Nation will use a nearly $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to increase awareness and help prosecute more cases involving sexual assault against women.

The Cherokee Nation is among seven agencies and the only tribe in the country to receive part of the $2.7 million as part of the Office on Violence Against Women's Sexual Assault Justice Initiative.

The pilot program aims to improve how the justice system, in particular prosecutors, handles sexual assault cases.

"There is an epidemic of violence against women and sexual assault across Indian Country, but with these new Department of Justice funds, the Cherokee Nation will be able to better protect our citizens and prosecute violent offenders," said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. "Through our innovative and pioneering ONE FIRE program, we have created new avenues to offer aid to survivors of assault and violence. Now, through the VAWA funding, we can go after the predators who assault Native women."

The Cherokee Nation will receive $390,544 total for the next two years. Through the grant, the tribe's Attorney General's office, Cherokee Nation marshals and ONE FIRE will work together to improve prosecution processes and increase safety for victims of sexual assault.

More specialized training for Cherokee Nation employees who work with sexual assault victims will also be funded through the grant.

"The Cherokee Nation, throughout our history, has always honored the women of our tribe. They are the center of our families and communities," said Attorney General Todd Hembree. "Violence against women cannot and will not be tolerated in our Nation. I am very proud that the Nation was awarded this grant. Chief Baker and the AG's office ensure these funds will be put to good use."

As part of the pilot program, the seven grant recipients will also implement measures of success for the handling of sexual assault cases and help implement better practices in other agencies throughout the country.

For more information on services provided by the Cherokee Nation to victims of sexual assault, visit www.cherokee.org and click the ONE FIRE link under the services tab. For more information on the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women's Sexual Assault Justice Initiative, visit www.justice.gov/briefing-room.

Thursday, December 31, 2015, 9:15 AM

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Scammers target area bailees

People who have recently bailed out of jail have become the targets of a possibly international scam attempting to weasel money out of them, according to local bond agents.

A few days after they've bonded out of jail, the bailees receive a phone call from an 800 number saying there's a problem with their bond and they need to wire more money or they'll be going back to jail.

"I'm not sure whether anyone has actually sent them money or not," said Bret Todd, of Muskogee's Advantage Bail. "But a lot of people have been called."

The scam is using a phone spoofing program that allows them to use fake phone numbers to do the calling, which apparently is being done from a pay-as-you-go Verizon phone, Todd said the OSBI learned.

Bailees from Highers Bonding in Muskogee have also been targeted.

"No one I've bailed out has been contacted," said Jan Jordan of Jordan Bonding in Muskogee. "But I'll be sure to warn people in the future."

All the bond agents said they will never call clients asking for more money. If you have been bailed out and receive one of the calls, you should contact the OSBI at (405) 848-6724.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 7:55 AM

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Local group works to make sure soldiers' graves get wreaths


Every day, thousands of people drive by the starkest of reminders that America's young men and women pay the ultimate price for their country.

Fort Gibson National Cemetery is a testament to those who have served in the country's conflicts. And a local group is working to make sure each one of the white stone markers receives a holiday wreath.

Late last week, the group Wreaths for Fallen Heroes laid 402 wreaths on gravestones at the cemetery to memorialize the soldiers who lay there.

"As a free nation, we pledge never to forget our fallen heroes," the group's Facebook page states. Its goal? "To keep our pledge of never forgetting their sacrifices by laying a wreath on every headstone at Fort Gibson National Cemetery."

For more information, visit the group's Facebook page or call 918-453-1343.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 9:24 AM

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Cherokee Nation marshals ask for help identifying suspects





The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service needs help identifying at least three suspects accused of breaking into Cherokee Springs Golf Course over Thanksgiving.

The suspects, shown on surveillance cameras with hoodies or baggy clothes covering their faces, entered Cherokee Springs clubhouse the evening of Nov. 27 and took clothing, money, a 46-inch flat-screen television and snacks.

The suspects are also alleged to have vandalized a safe, and cause damage inside the building.

If you have any information on the case, call the Marshal Service at 918-207-3800.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 9:23 AM

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Escaped murder suspect captured

Murder suspect Paul Dean Newberry has been taken into custody in Texas, according to Muskogee County Chief Deputy Brandon Caster.

Newberry escaped from Muskogee County Jail earlier this week. He allegedly confessed to the murder of a Tahlequah rancher earlier this year.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 9:53 AM

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