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Tahlequah couple plead guilty to child sex abuse

A Tahlequah couple has pleaded guilty to multiple charges of child sex abuse in Cherokee County District Court. Jennifer Mason, 37, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of child sexual abuse to a child under the age of 18 and one count of procuring, producing, distributing, or possessing child pornography. She was sentenced to 20 years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
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Oklahoma couple sentenced for child sex abuse charges

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – A Tahlequah couple has been sentenced after pleading to multiple charges of child sex abuse in Cherokee County District Court. On Thursday, June 17, 2021, 37-year old Jennifer Mason plead guilty to 1 count of Child Sexual Abuse to a Child Under the Age of 18 and 1 count of Procuring, Producing, Distributing, or Possessing Child Pornography.
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Commissioners approve lease deal with DOH, DOHS

The Cherokee County Commissioners took approved a lease agreement among the board, the Oklahoma Department of Health, and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services during a June 21 meeting. Tina Johnson, regional director for Cherokee County Health Department, said the goal is for CCHD to move into the now-empty DHS...
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POLICE BEAT 6-22-21: Man passes fake $20 bill; woman converses with water bottle

A stolen vehicle was recovered after the driver paid for food using a fake bill. On June 16, Tahlequah Police Officer Chase Reed was dispatched to McDonald’s on a report of a fraud. An employee said the driver of a dark-colored Mazda went to the drive-thru to purchase food. The employee said the driver paid with a counterfeit $20 bill and left before anyone noticed the money was fake. Reed looked at video surveillance footage and asked dispatch to check the tag, and the vehicle was reported stolen out of Jenks. Sgt. Bryan Qualls received a call from an off-duty officer who saw Kyle Pritchett driving a dark-colored Mazda on the Bertha Parker Bypass. The officer knew Pritchett didn’t have a valid driver’s license and gave Qualls the tag number. Qualls advised it was the stolen vehicle and Reed began looking for it near the Bertha Parker Bypass and Downing Street. Officers spotted the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Pritchett was told to exit the vehicle and get on the ground. The passenger was detained. Pritchett told officers he got the vehicle from a woman, and claimed he got the fake $20 bill from a man. Pritchett told Reed he used money came from a job he completed and gave him the name and number of a man who could verify his story. Reed and dispatch were unable to make contact with the man. Reed began looking inside the vehicle and saw a glass pipe with white residue in it. The pipe was next to a clear baggie that contained a white pill, Alprazolam. A rubber smoking pipe was found on the passenger side floorboard. The passenger was asked about the paraphernalia and he said Pritchett had thrown those items on the floorboard as he pulled into the residence. Pritchett was transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center and booked on tribal charges of no valid driver’s license, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance without a valid script, possession of a stolen vehicle, and uttering a forged instrument.
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Cherokee Co. Rural Water District No. 1 gets $100K OWRB funding

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Cherokee County Rural Water District No. 1 received approval for $100,000 in funding last Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to improve the district's water infrastructure. The planning of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State...
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COLUMN: Making real lemonade out of lemons

Sipping ice-cold lemonade on a hot summer day is one of life's memorable pleasures. I am not a fan of frozen concentrate, powdered instant mixes, or bottled or canned (refrigerated or shelf-stable) lemonades. While they are very convenient, they are nowhere near as delicious as a homemade version and often are full of artificial ingredients. There is seriously nothing more refreshing than a big glass of cold, fresh squeezed lemonade.
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DAILY LOG 6-20-21

Calvin L. Taylor to Calvin L. Taylor. Loyal T. Plumb to Todd Mutzig Revocable Living Trust. Hazel L. Bryant Living Trust to Cherokee County Detention Center. Donna Reed to Candyce Annette Rowe. Atchley Rentals, LLC to Gregory Dress. Lyndell C. Henderson Tressia Lorraine Lewis. Michelle Stroup to Michelle Sisson. Richard...
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Cherokee Nation Career Services expands offices, programs

TAHLEQUAH – Career Services is expanding its offices around the Cherokee Nation jurisdiction and adding programs, officials said in a June 14 Education Committee meeting. Executive Director Diane Kelley said Career Services is continuing to expand its offices around the reservation, with the newest office opening in Pryor in July.
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COLUMN: How to grow a giant pumpkin

If you are interested in growing a giant pumpkin this year, come by the OSU Extension office to pick up a few FREE seeds! These seeds have come from a reliable source that guarantees the genetics are sure to produce a monster pumpkin, having the genetic potential to grow as big as 2,000 pounds.
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Boil order issued for Cherokee County Rural Water District #16

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has advised Cherokee County Rural Water District #16 (Wildcat), located in Cherokee County, to inform users of its drinking water to use water that has been brought to a full, rolling boil for at least one minute, bottled water, or water from another acceptable source for consumption, use in food preparation, dishwashing and brushing teeth. This order was issued due E. coli in the drinking water.
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E. coli prompts boil order for RWD 16

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, after finding E. coli in the water, has advised Cherokee County Rural Water District No. 16, at Wildcat, to inform users they should bring water to a full, rolling boil for at least one minute before drinking it. RWD board members urged the use...
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Tahlequah woman pleads not guilty to election crimes

TAHLEQUAH – A Dist. 2 campaign volunteer facing jail time and fines for election crimes pleaded not guilty June 15 to the charges lodged against her by the Cherokee Nation attorney general’s office. Lisa Dawn Cookson, 53, of Tahlequah, through an attorney, entered her plea during a brief appearance before...
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POLICE BEAT 6-18-21: Purported veteran hits other man, claims he used racial slur; witness doesn't hear it

A veteran claimed he hit a man because he was was called racist names when asking for help. On June 14, Tahlequah Police Officer Michael Gray responded to an assault and battery report at the American Legion. Rodger Ross told the officer he wanted to file charges on James Norwood for hitting him. Norwood said he was a veteran seeking help at the American Legion. He said Ross called him a racial slur so he struck Ross in the back of the head. Ross said Norwood came into the building and tried selling his camera. Ross said the man was rambling and he could only understand that he was a veteran and from Oklahoma City. Ross told Norwood he couldn’t help him and gave him directions to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It was then that Norwood purportedly became agitated and accused Ross of using racial epithets toward him. Ross said the man left the property, but came back and attacked him. Another man who was inside the building said he saw Norwood attack Ross from behind. The witness stated he never heard Ross call the man any racial names. Norwood was arrested for assault and battery and taken to jail.
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County reports 181 new COVID cases, no new deaths

According to the Friday, June 18, Oklahoma State Department of Health advisory, there have been 455,535 cases of COVID-19 recorded in Oklahoma. That includes 181 new cases reported Friday. Of the total cases, the OSDH reported there were 1,304 active cases. Friday’s Provisional Death Count from the Centers of Disease...
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Cherokee County Community Health Coalition approves annual project

At an annual meeting on June 8, the Cherokee County Community Health Coalition voted to approve its yearly project, titled “The Distribution of Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Meats." This project has two parts. The first is to identify four organizational “users” that provide hot meals to Tahlequah area residents and...
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SHERIFF’S BEAT 6-17-21: Defective headlight lands man in jail

A man was taken to jail for several charges after a defective headlight caught the attention of patrol deputies. On June 12, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Curtis Elkins was in the area of State Highway 82 and Indian Road as a vehicle with a bad headlight passed him. Elkins conducted a traffic stop, and the driver, Bodevin Ezell, advised his driver’s license was suspended and that he didn’t have insurance on the vehicle. Dispatch informed Elkins that he had a warrant and the plate information came back to a Nissan Altima. Deputy Kevin McFarland checked the vehicles VIN number and dispatch advised the plate expired in 2013. Elkins told the driver to exit the vehicle and patted him. Ezell admitted he drank several hours before the traffic stop. Elkins searched the vehicle, where he found an open can of beer on the floorboard in the backseat. Ezell was taken to jail and booked for driving under suspension, transporting an open container, no insurance, bogus tag, taxes due state, and the warrant.
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County logs another COVID death

According to the Wednesday, June 16, Oklahoma State Department of Health advisory, there have been 455,145 cases of COVID-19 recorded in Oklahoma. That includes 216 new cases that were reported on Wednesday. Of the total cases, the OSDH reported there were 1,192 active cases. Wednesday's Provisional Death Count from the...