A plea agreement has been extended to a Tahlequah man accused of forcible sodomy, second-degree rape, and lewd or indecent acts to a child.
Court records show Brandt Tschirhart, 19, has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is set to appear in court Jan. 7, 2013, at 9 a.m. in front of Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins.
Tschirhart was arrested Sept. 7, 2012, and released on a $30,000 bond. Investigators allege Tschirhart began communicating with a 13-year-old girl last June and later began asking the girl for sex. At some point, Tschirhart allegedly went to the girl’s home but told her via text message that he had left when the girl refused to go outside.
Investigators said the girl then went outside to check, and Tschirhart “came from out of nowhere” and forced himself upon the girl.
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Fundraiser was in the cards for local philanthropic group
It was perfect weather, with temperatures in the high 80s Saturday, as boaters filled their vessels with friends for a fun afternoon on Lake Tenkiller. A crowd gathered at Cookson Bend Marina, and folks lined up to support a local charity event.
As fundraisers go, the Beta Sigma Phi Mu Omega Poker Run last Saturday could be considered huge success, as nearly $9,000 was collected.
Man arrested for blackmailing woman for sex
Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies put a man behind bars Monday night after he allegedly tried to blackmail a woman by threatening to post nude photos of her on the Internet if she did not meet him for sex.
Peach crop lean, but fruit still available
Summer is all about peaches in Porter – especially at Livesay Orchard.
The Livesay Orchard is still busy a week after Porter’s annual peach festival. The orchard’s crop this year was cut in half from what had previously been expected, according to Kent Livesay, one of the owners of the orchard.
Tot’s injuries prompt abuse charges for two local residents
A Tahlequah couple was formally charged Tuesday with child neglect and child abuse after an 18-month-old girl was found with a number of injuries.
Pair accused of threatening man
Two men behind bars at the Cherokee County Detention Center are accused of wielding a knife and gun and assaulting a man at a trailer park on West Keetoowah Sunday afternoon.
Tahlequah Officer Reed Felts spoke with Reinaldo Flores, who told officers he heard a knock on his door and went to answer it.
Reach Higher an innovative approach to college
The “Reach Higher” degree completion program is helping many Oklahoma students go back to school without drastically changing their lives.
“This program is designed for working adults,” said Tim McElroy, program coordinator at the NSU- Muskogee campus.
City attorney, others questioned chamber use of tourism tax
Letters written in 2006 by City Attorney Park Medearis to former city councilor and Tahlequah Area Tourism Council board member Jack Spears suggest money from a hotel-motel tax could be disbursed through an agent other than the Chamber of Commerce, without voter approval.
Hulbert council discusses Internet service
During a meeting Tuesday night, members of the Hulbert Town Council discussed the possibility of Lake Region Electric Cooperative’s extending its cable and Internet service.
Marching in step
Tahlequah High School Orange Express Marching Band kicks off 2014 season with summer drills.
The Tahlequah High School Orange Express Marching Band has added 30-35 freshmen to its roster this year, and drills began for the newest members last Thursday.
Woman accused of stealing cash, taking it to casino
A 35-year-old Tahlequah woman is free on bond after she allegedly took $1,200 from a man who had been jailed for old warrants.
Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies said they spoke with Jason Jones last week after Jones was arrested by park rangers for the outstanding warrants. Jones said he came to Oklahoma to see family, and when he was arrested, he left his wallet and cash with one of his daughters.
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