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Page 2 Pledging to provide the citizens of Poteau with a proactive and modern police department, Stephen Fruen announces his candidacy for Police Chief. A ten year veteran of the department , Fruen was selected to fill the role 'of Police Chief in June 2012 following the tragic passing of long-time Police Chief Billy Jack Smith. "It has been a humbling experience to serve the people of Poteau as their Police Chief along side of some of the finest law enforcement professionals in the area," said Fruen." It is my commitment to partner with the public to create a community safe for our families to live, work, and play." Putting the needs of the citizens first, Fmen believes that he must be responsive to the people in the community and work towards addressing their concerns. "I believe that our citizens and their concerns should be are foremost responsibility. I welcome their input and promise to respond in a professional and timely manner to address the issues they face," said Fruen. "It is not my department but theirs and I Fireman doesn't need to serve in any capacity. That's just my opinion," Smith said. Most of the purchases made by fire departments in the county come through the county commissioners for approval, said County Clerk Kelli Ford. She said the commissioners could very easily decide not to do it. Haines said the questions posed to the district attor- ney for an opinion included: 1. Can a person who has been convicted of arson work or volunteer as a Burglaries was being held as evidence. The trailer was released to the victim at a later date. The brush hog has not yet been recovered, but the investigation is ongoing. On January 24, 2013 Sgt. Lester English responded to a call of a burglary of a residence at 405 West Avenue H. Residents came home to find a window broken out of their house. There were several prescriptions stolen and One Hundred Dollars in cash. NO suspects have been identifed. Award Law Enforcement Officer are the Durant Life Saving Award, Medal of Valor from the Oklahoma Police Chief Association, and was named the Kiwanis Officer of the Year. The Oklahoma VFW Firefighter Public Servant Award goes to Firefighter Hank Stripling of the Heavener Volunteer Fire Department. Starting in 1987, Hank joined the Arkansas Air National Guard and has continued to serve the nation through present day, serving a tour of duty in Iraq. Military awards include Air Force Achievement Medal, Air FOrce Commendation Medal with three devices, Meritorious Service Medal, and .|raq Campaign Medal. Hank started as a H eavener Ledger i FruenAnnounces Candidacy will strive tO ensure that all the public and accomplish t e c h n o 1 o g i e s a n d investigative i)rocedure to the department's mission. Added a third detective position back to the investigative division. In addition to investigating cases, this detective works with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs to help combat drugs in our community. Recruited and hired some of the best and brightest officers in the area to fill open positions. Instituted a formalized citizen complaint process. Made police reports and motor vehicle collision reports available online. Have worked on fostering a sense of cooperation between the public and the department. Have established an open door policy and am available to address citizen concerns. Have revamped and am in the process of growing the reserve po!ice officer program. Instituted an after- hours door check for area business to ensure that doors are locked and their businesses are secure. Fruen pledges to work to continue keeping Poteau Police Department on the cutting edge of the latest deferred adjudication. In essence, Fry's opinion stated that a person who has been convicted of the crime of arson cannot work or volunteer as a firefighter, and cannot if they entered a plea of guilty or no contest. "Even ifa deferred adju- dication (deferred sen- tence) is expunged, . per- son still cannot woa Ovl- unteer as a firefighter in the State of Oklahoma," the opinion said. responded to a breaking and entering call at the Heavener Feed Store at 910 West 1st Street. Officer Puckett searched the premises and found a broken window, but no one had actually gained entry to the premises. On January 27; 2013 Officer Derek Woodral responded to 507 West Avenue D where someone had broken into a locked storage building and stolen some batteries from an electric wheelchair. We have yet to identify a suspect. continue to serve the public. "It is imperative that we confront criminals head-on and find the best methods to solve crimes that impact our citizens," said Fruen. "It has been the highest honor ofmy life to serve the citizens of Poteau. I promise I will provide the same energy, drive, and dedication to the job as Chief that I did on the first day I began my career in law enforcement. Working with the men and women of the Poteau Police Department, I know we can continue improve our ability to serve and protect the people who call our community home, "said Fruen. ,I hope to get to personally see you in the days ahead to earn your trust and support for Police Chief. I humbly ask for your vote in my quest to continue my commitment to protect our families and way of life." Candidates- Cox and Don Didier. Board of Trustees, Office 4, Jerl Mitchell and Phil Smith. Poteau - Police chief, James Jim. Craig and Stephen Fruen. City Trea- surer, Chad L. Davis and Phil McGehee. City Clerk, Tami Connor. Council, Ward 2 Seat 1, Jim Holstead; Council Member Ward 3 Seat I, B.J. Johnson; Council Member, Ward 1 Seat 1, Tommy G. Robertson; Council mem- ber, Ward 4, Seat 1, Winford Wimp Webb. Shady Point - Board of Trustees, Jerry B0blett, Derrall Bud Killion, Joyce Mixon and Kenneth D. Morgan. Board of Trust- ees, charley Covey Jr, Jus- tin Cruse, Eugene H. Elmore, and Rebecca Smith. Spiro - Board of Trust- ees, Office No. 2, Larry Ashing, unopposed. Board of Trustees, Office No. 4, Leo C. Bud Cosgrove, un- opposed. Talihina- Board of Trust- ees, Jackie M. Bailey, Gina Gregson and Rhonda Sears. Town Clerk/Trea- surer, Trudye Cantero and Carolyn Webb. Wister - Board of Trust- ees, Katherine Gee, Steven Morris, Auther L. Vise and Amy Wadley. Board of Trustees, Roger W. Brooks and Chris Hall. Town Clerk, Sheila Reid, unopposed. Town Treasurer, Steve Waldon, unopposed. of our citizens feel that way." Fruen was raised in Poteau and graduated from Poteau High School in 1995. He began his law enforcement career in Wister and was given the opportunity to serve the public in his hometown in 2002. Fruen has worked his way through the ranks of the department striving to learn all aspects of law enforcement. He gained the confidence of city officials who appointed him Chief in 2012. Since becoming Chief, Fruen has worked with city officials and his officers to make improvements to the department to better serve the public. Those improvements include: Modernized the department's patrol car fleet to provide safer vehicles, increase fuel economy, and reduce maintenance costs. Created a new, modem policies and procedures manual to replace the 25 year old manual that had been in use. Made significant changes to the hierarchy and realignment of personnel within the department to better serve at Lindsay EMS, EMSSTAT in Norman. Robin helps train future EMT's and Paramedics as an instructor adjunct at OSU-OKC. She worked numerous hours caring for victims of Hurricane Katrina and a tornado in the cities of Blanchard and Newcastle in 2011. Robin has earned the respect and admiration of her fellow responders during her 12 years of emergency service. State Commander Michael H. Devenitch explained," The purpose of the VFW Public Servant Award Program is twofold. First and foremost, as an organization of wartime veterans, we understand the need to recognize and honor those individuals who have performed above and particular significance are those who, like wartime veterans, have placed the safety and welfare of others above their own. Secondly, it increases the public's respect and appreciation for these individuals and the organizations they represent. This year's awardees are most deserving of this recognition!" The recipients will be honored and presented with their awards at the State Convention to be held at the Biltmore Hotel in Oklahoma City on 6-9 June 2013. For more information on this annual program, contact Oklahoma Safety Award Chairman Robert Carter at 479-459-8057 or visit the national website at firefighter? 2. Can a person who re- ceived a deferred sentence (also knowns as a deferred adjudication) after pleading either quilty or no contest to arson work or volunteer as a firefighter? 3. If the answer to Ques- tion Two is "No", once the deferred sentence is ex- k punged can the person vol- ;unteer to work as a firefighter? Fry defined "convicted" to include a plea of guilty or nolo contendere (no con- test), or the imposition of On January 24, 2013 Officer Jason Spearman responded to a car burglary at 302 West Avenue B. At some point during the previous night someone had stolen a blank check, some cash, and a digital camera from a vehicle parked at the residence. Officer Spearman and Detective Larry Loomis are still working on the case and have interviewed several subjects, but no arrests have been made at this time. On January 27, 2013 Officer Paul Puckett Responder for the City of Heavener, Oklahoma, in 1979. He obtained National Certification as a frefighter in 1985, and has served his community as a firefighter for over 30 years. Hank has held many increasing levels of responsibility within both the fire department and at the 188 th Fighter Wing located at Fort Smith, Arkansas. His has held many leadership positions within fire department as Fire Captain, Incident Command Center Leader, Assistant Fire Chief, and Department Training Officer. The Oklahoma VFW Emergency Medical Technician Public Servant Award goes to EMT Robin Burke of the McClain- Grady EMS. Robin started her career at Tuttle EMS Thursday, February 14, 2013 Mullin Announces Town Hall Event Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) announced a series of Town Hall events scheduled to take place the February 18th- 20th 2013. This tour comes just weeks after a Town Hall tour that brought Congressman Mullin to 16 Counties in four days at the end of January. All events are free and open to the public. Tuesday February 19 Stigler - 8:00-9:00am -Kiamichi Technology Center - 1410 Old Military Road-Stigler, OK Wilburton - 10:00-11:00am -Eastern Oklahoma State College- Student Union Ball Room -1301 W. Main Wilburton, Ok Poteau - 12:00-1:00 -Dutch Treat - 2201 N. Broad- way -Poteau, OK Broken Bow -3:00 - 4:00-Pappa Poblano's Mexican Cafe - 1912 S Park Dr. -Broken Bow, OK Idabei - 5:00- 6:00 -Kiamichi Tech Center -3205 NE Lincoln Rd. -Idabel, OK 74745 ] volunteer Firefighter/ in 2000, and has also served beyond their peers. Of