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P hosting a 11 a.m. the ' at 918-653- i I- 5O Police Work Series Of Burglaries Signs Of Spring Despite cold temperatures this variety of jasmine heralds the coming of spring. The jas>iine typically blooms in February, producing prolific numbers of blooms. Board Municipal Candidates File Races ro seats have been HeavenerCity Treasta'''a Sth and James .H. Decided Various school district voters Tuesday decided five school board races and voters in Shady Point gave the nod to a $175,000 bond issue. In the race for Heavener Office 3, Lee Morris de- feated Todd Vickers by four votes, 52-48. Casey Osterhout de- feated Brandon Baldwin 13-9 in a race for Fanshawe Office 1, unex- pired term. Gary Wright defeated Shila Waddle 85-36 for Shady Point Office 3. In the race for Spiro Of- fice 3, Raymond Rhodes defeated Eddie Stout 162- 112. Brian Holland defeated Rodney Faulkenberry 146- 68 in a bid for Talihina Of- fice 3. Shady Point voters ap- proved a $175,000 bond is- sue by a vote of 92-30. School officials said the bond would not increase property taxes because it would replace a bond issue that will soon be paid. The funds are expected to be used for improving the gymnasium floor and bleachers, renovate a ball field, construct a walking track and pave the parking lot. A bond issue must be approved by 60 percent of the vote. challenged in races for mu- nicipal offices in Heavener at the conclusion of the fil- ing period last Wednesday at 5 p.m. A host of other races are also on tap for other towns and cities throughout the county. In Heavener, incumbent Mayor Sheryl Sullivan is being challenged by Troy Dyer for the position of Mayor. Incumbent Kathy Guinn is being challenged by Jim Car for City Commissioner Ward 1. In Ward 3, incumbent Gail Nichols is being chal- lenged by Dallas Stanley and Shawn Q. Vihroski. Eddie 3. Freeman went un- challenged for that seat. Following is the list of candidates who filed for other positions in other towns: Arkoma - Board of Trustees, Shelly Bakley, Gene Earls, Leo King, Floyd Lawrence. Jessica Walden withdrew. Those filing for a second Board of Trustees position in Arkoma include Gene Earls, John Farmer, Ray Foster, Billy J. Miller and Daniel Thomas Self. Bokoshe - Board of Trustees, Randy W. Bryant, Gerald Lee Conway Jr, Bob Copeland, Marion Dean Cates, John D. Tackett. Town Clerk/Trea- surer, Jacqueline Camel. Heather Stroup withdrew her name. Cameron - Board of trustees, unopposed, Marilyn Jiles. Town Trea- surer, Charles R. Shiflett, unopposed. Howe - Board of Trust- ees, JeffDodd, unopposed. Town Clerk/Treasurer, Michelle Ashford, unop- posed. Panama - Board of Trustees, Tim Crase, Larry E. didway and Barbara Klahn. Pocola - Board of Trust- ees, Office 2, Jimmy Lee See Candidates, Page 2. Volunteer Can't Serve in the opinion of the LeFlore County Board of Commissioners, a person who pleaded no contest to an arson charge would not be a good candidate to serve as Whitesboro's fire chief. Marjorie Haines, secre- tary/treasurer of the Whitesboro Fire Depart- ment posed the question to the board of county com- missioners Monday, ex- plaining that a person who wants to be on the fire de- partment has had a past conviction for arson. The Whitesboro Fire Department is considering appointing John Bigelow, 51, as fire chief. Bigelow received a five- year deferred sentence for third-degree arson in Sep- tember 2007 in connection with two fires set in the national forest. He has since completed all the re- quirements of his deferred sentence. Haines said Fire Chief Sandy Silkwood sought and received an opinion from Assistant District Attorney Marion Fry. Haines said the opinion was sought because some of the members of the de- partment wanted the per- son on the board. The main question posed to the commissioners was even though the person cannot legally serve on the board could the board over- rule that and appoint the person. "If they put him on as chief, I don't believe he should handle tax funds. If he does get on then he could be purchasing agent. My question is, can the board appoint him?" Haines said. "My opinion would be no," said District 2 Com- missioner Lance Smith. "I think he would be a liability to the fire department. He See Fireman, Page 2. Heavener Police have been working a series of burglaries that have occurred during the month of January, according to Heavener Police ChiefTy Armstrong. Some of the burglaries have been cleared but others are still under investigation, he said. On January 1, 2013, Detective Larry Loomis received a call about numerous car parts stolen from 506 West Avenue D. Before the end of the day the parts were located at a nearby salvage yard. When the victim realized that a family member had taken the parts he said the whole ordeal was a misunderstanding and refused to press charges. On January 3, 2013 Officer Jason Spearman responded to a call of stolen property from a residence at 200 Blackwell Street. The residing family came home to find that their shoeshad been stolen from the front porch. No suspects have been identified at this time. On January 4, 2013 Officer Derek Woodrai took a report of stolen jewelry from a residence at 609 Ollar Lane. On January 6, 2013 Officers Derek Woodral and Paul Pucker recovered the jewelry and arrested Christopher Donnel Little, a 19 year old Heavener man, and charged him with grand larceny. On January 8, 2013 Sgt. Lester English responded to an attempted break in at the City Barber Shop at 104 East Avenue E. Minor damage was done by someone trying to pry the door. There currently are no suspects. On January 8, 2013 Officer Derek Woodral took a report of two stolen cell phones at 1012 Loblolly Avenue. The following day Officer Woodral located the phones. The person who was in possession of the phones was a friend to the victim. The victim stated that the whole thing was a misunderstanding and said she did not want to press charges. On January 10, 2013 Officer Jason Spearman worked a residential burglary at 902 West 3 rd Street. A laptop, dvd player, and several jewelry items were stolen after suspects entered the home through a window. After following numerous leads two suspects were identified by Detective Larry Loomis and Officer Spearman. Both are juveniles, 15 and 17 years old. The jewelry has been recovered, but the other items have yet to be tracked down. One suspect was arrested and turned over to juvenile services while the other will be arrested when located. On January 16, 2013 Officers worked a residential burglary at 103 West 4 th Street. On January 22, 2013 Sgt. Lester English took a report of a stolen trailer, and brush hog. The stolen items had been parked at 100 Howell Street. Upon taking the report Sgt. English realized the trailer had been recovered and See Burglaries, Page 2. Warrants Issued In Auto Breakin $700 In Coins Taken On February 4, 2013 Officer Joe Worley was dispatched to a vehicle burglary at 104 West Avenue H. The victim reported that his truck was broken into and $700.00 in quarters was stolen. Officer Worley and Detective Loomis began working the case with the Help of Poteau Police Detective Mark Kannady. By the evening of February 4, 2013 the officers had enough evidence through tips and video evidence that an affidavit was sent to the Leflore County District Attorney's Office requesting arrest warrants for three suspects. The suspects are 26 year old Joseph Casteel of Heavener, 23 Year old Natosha Clark of Heavener, and and 24 year old Tera Lynn Bryant of Stigler. Local Firefighter Among Veteran's Honorees Oklahoma Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) announces the 2012-2013 Public Servant Award recipients. Each year under the Public Servant Awards program, the Veterans of Foreign Wars selects a law enforcement officer, a firefighter, and an emergency services person, to receive VFW Public Servant Awards. The criteria for these awards are candidates who have demonstrated: 1) Recognition by their colleagues or those they serve. 2) Consistent excellence in the performance of their duties 3) Consistent dedication to their official responsibilities over a period of years and continuous growth in responsibilities and skills within their profession. The Oklahoma VFW Law Enforcement Public Servant Award goes to Lt. Chris Marcy of the Durant P o 1 i c e Department, Criminal Investigation Division. Marcy served in the U.S. Army from 1990 to 1998, then joined the Durant Police Department in 2000. While in the U.S. Army he was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal. Recognition received as a See Award, Page 2. Hank Stripling Robin Burke