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Man accused of assisting in kidnapping, robbery

A McAlester man was charged after he is alleged to have kidnapped an individual and held him at gunpoint in a field before allegedly stealing a phone and a tablet from the man.


Trying again: Another Downtown TIF meeting set

Members of the Downtown Tax Increment Financing Committee will try again to hold a meeting. A meeting set for last week had to be cancelled after the public meeting agenda was not posted in a timely manner because of what was attributed to an oversight.


MPD getting four new 2019 patrol cars

McAlester police officers should soon be better-equipped to handle any police-pursuit situations that come their way. That’s because the McAlester Police Department is about to obtain four new police cars.


Russian court orders U.S. investor, Oklahoma native, held for 2 months

MOSCOW — A Moscow court has ordered a U.S. investment fund manager, an Oklahoma native, to be jailed for two months while facing fraud charges. Michael Calvey, founder and senior partner at Baring Vostok equity firm, was detained Friday morning along with two other fund managers.


Digital driver's licenses could be coming to Oklahoma

TULSA, OK (KJRH) — Phones have the ability to take the place of almost everything in our wallets. You might never leave home without your phone, but your driver's license can easily be forgotten. Governor Stitt says he'd like to see the roll-out of digital driver's licenses in the coming months.


4 In Jail After Pittsburg County Drug Bust

PITTSBURG COUNTY, Oklahoma - Four people are in jail after a drug bust in Pittsburg County. Sheriff Chris Morris says law enforcement took more than 40-grams of meth off the streets and found guns and cash during the investigation.


Letter to the Editor: Oklahoma needs to stop acting like the Wild West

I understand people love their guns. I do not understand thinking that anyone who owns one should not be properly trained or go through a background check in order to carry one.


Covered wagon driver travels for hunger awareness

“I want to be the one who stands up and says ‘I’m going to do something.’” A woman who’s driving a covered wagon across America spent the night in McAlester before heading her two-horse team west on Thursday morning.


Oklahoma hospital employees don't get paychecks again

There’s trouble at several rural Oklahoma hospitals. Employees say they aren't being paid and some have learned their insurance premiums are not up to date. “The people that work there, we`re going to take care of our patients until the end,” Robin Rains said. “I mean, however it ends up going.”


Court documents: Oklahoma mother charged after drug use caused premature labor

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – An Oklahoma woman is facing charges of child neglect for actions she took before her children were born. According to the Muskogee Phoenix, 38-year-old Sarah Sinwelski was charged with child neglect after she allegedly caused herself to go into premature labor.


Four charged after Tuesday search warrant

Four local individuals were arrested and charged after a search warrant of a McAlester residence yielded methamphetamine, guns, money and drug paraphernalia. Tara Kathleen McDonald, aka Tara Wylie, 40, of McAlester; Amanda Nicole Knight, 26, of Savanna; Brianna Shank, 20, of McAlester; and Kaedn Wyl


Folk art show captures historical scenes, sites

An art show set for the McAlester Public Library depicts scenes from bygone days in McAlester and the surrounding area. The series of paintings shows scenes, mainly from the 1920s and 1930s, of daily life in McAlester and also in surrounding communities, such as Hartshorne, Haileyville, Gowen, Wilbu


Oklahoma man who made moat around property arrested for stolen items

WAGONER COUNTY, Okla. – An Oklahoma man was arrested after he allegedly built a fort around half of his building. Officials told FOX 23 that deputies had the Vinita property under surveillance for weeks after getting information that Raymond Lane, Jr. had a stockpile of weapons and told people that


Council approves Village/ 69 Highway intersection barrier

McAlester city councilors approved a resolution Tuesday night supporting the installation of new traffic safety devices at the intersection of Village Boulevard and U.S. Highway 69.


Oklahoma's rig count declines by one

Oklahoma’s number of working rigs fell to 119, compared to 123 working a year ago. This week’s drop of one working rig in the Sooner State continues a trend since October, when the weekly average of rigs running that month within the state was 138.


OUR VIEW: Housing federal inmates here makes financial sense

Pittsburg County commissioners made the right decision to agree to house federal inmates here. The county agreed Monday to enter into a contract with the United States Marshals Service to house federal prisoners at the county jail.


Several injured, shooter apprehended at Aurora, Ill., manufacturing plant

Multiple people have been injured at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday and a shooter has been apprehended, authorities said. Officers responded to reports of an active shooter at the Henry Pratt Company, the city announced just after 2 p.m. CST.


Law enforcement on campus at Eufaula schools after 'concerning message' left on voicemail

EUFAULA, Okla. — Law enforcement officers are on campus at Eufaula schools on Friday after a "concerning message" was left on a school voicemail on Thursday night. Eufaula police say they are taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety of students and staff.


Oklahoma Legislators Advance Bills For Constitutional Carry, Teacher Pay Raise

OKLAHOMA CITY - This past week in the legislature, bills advanced that would raise pay for teachers - and make Oklahoma a "constitutional carry" state. As these and other potential laws take shape - lawmakers say they're eager to hear from voters.


Wilburton man injured in U.S. 270 collision

Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified two semi-truck drivers who were involved in a Wednesday afternoon collision on U.S. Highway 270 west of McAlester. According to a report prepared by OHP Trooper Tim Wesley, a 2003 Freightliner that was driven by 57-year-old Leonard Herschelman, of