Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

May 2, 2013

Local men plead to drug, firearms charges

MUSKOGEE — Two Tahlequah men pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to drug- and firearms-related charges.

Ernest Dry III, 39, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, and being a prohibited person in possession of explosives. Ralph Gene Carloss, 61, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine, a chemical used to manufacture a controlled substance.

The firearms charge against Dry is punishable by five years in prison to be served consecutive to any other punishment, as well as up to a $250,000 fine;  the explosives charge is punishable by not more than 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine. Carloss could face no more than 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Prosecutors allege Carloss, between May 2011 and August 2012, conspired to possess pseudoephedrine, knowing it would be used to manufacture a controlled substance.

Dry is accused of possessing a Mossberg 500A 12-gauge shotgun while distributing a controlled substance. While using illegal narcotics, he also allegedly possessed two detonators that had been manufactured by Atlas Powder Co.

Charges against Dry and Carloss stemmed from an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, District 27 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, and the Tahlequah and Muskogee police departments.

Investigators said they discovered shake-and-bake methamphetamine labs, firearms, and explosive materials at a home in Tahlequah last August. Dry was arrested at the home, and Carloss was arrested months later at another Tahlequah residence.

Carloss and Dry were indicted by a federal grand jury in January 2013. Both will be in custody of the U.S. Marshal Service pending sentencing.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • ths-jazz-2.jpg THS jazz band gets up early to hone performance skills

    It means getting up an hour earlier, and it doesn’t count as a class, but the jazz band at Tahlequah High School enjoys the dedication of a group of enthusiastic students.
    The THS Jazz Band practices every day at 7 a.m., an hour before the start of classes. It numbers 17, and is led by Director Orien Landis.
    “They have to do this before school and they get no class credit, but we have a full band,” Landis said. “They are really excited about this.”

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Easter-basket-kid.jpg Easter traditions date back centuries

    Some Christians may lament a partial shift of focus, but a Christian holy day - perhaps the most holy of all – is this Sunday, and it will be marked with celebrations all around the world.
    The Christian holiday of Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. For centuries, the observant have fasted, reflected or done penance in the weeks leading to the holiday. But today, many also associate the holiday with the Easter bunny, candy, and kites. In 2013, Americans spent $2.1 billion on Easter candy.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Some oppose minimum wage hike; others decry strong-arming by state

    President Barack Obama and the U.S. Senate recently announced a push to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour, to $10.10. On the heels of the announcement, an initiative petition was introduced in Oklahoma City to raise the minimum wage to the suggested $10.10. If it gained 80,000 signatures, it would be put to a vote of the people.
    This legislative session, a bill passed prohibiting municipalities from setting a minimum was or vacation and sick-day requirements. Gov. Mary Fallin signed the bill into law earlier this week.

    April 18, 2014

  • Phone scam takes $500 from couple

    Authorities are warning Cherokee County residents to watch for a costly phone scam that recently targeted a local couple and ended in their loss of $500.
    According to sheriff’s deputies, a couple contacted authorities after losing $500 to the scam. The couple received a phone call from a man who identified himself only as “Mr. Green.” He told the couple they had won $1.5 million through Publisher’s Clearing House, but to collect the money, the couple would have to purchase a $500 money card to cover various fees.

    April 18, 2014

  • Missing local teen found dead

    The body of a missing 17-year-old boy was found in southern Cherokee County on Thursday, sheriff’s investigators said.
    Brikk Pritchett was reported missing earlier this month after disappearing on March 30, a day before his 17th birthday.

    April 18, 2014

  • ts honor flight 1.tif Flight of honor

    World War II veteran Charles Harra flew missions for the Army Air Corps, and if you ask him which flight was his most memorable, he’ll say it was his 35th mission.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Man charged after leading authorities on wild chase

    Prosecutors have formally charged a man who allegedly led authorities on a wild high-speed pursuit across Cherokee County in late March.

    April 17, 2014

  • Sex offender bonds out after failing to register

    A Cherokee County man is out on bond after being arrested last week for failing to register as a sex offender.

    April 17, 2014

  • jn radiator shop.jpg ‘Greenbelt’ progressing

    Crews this week began to demolish an abandoned radiator shop at the corner of South Street and Guinn Avenue.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • ts slut walk.tif SlutWalk shines spotlight on crime

    “Two, four, six, eight, stop the violence, stop the rape; slut, slut, ho, ho, yes means yes and no means no!”
    This was the battle cry across the campus of Northeastern State University, as the student branch of the American Association of University Women held its third annual SlutWalk Wednesday.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

What to you think of a state Legislature proposal to forbid cities from raising the minimum wage? Choose the closest to your opinion.

The federal government should set the minimum wage across the board.
States should be allowed to raise their minimum wages, but not cities.
Both states and cities should be allowed to raise their minimum wages.
Cities should be allowed to raise their mimum wages, but not states.
There should be no minimum wage at all.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Stocks