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July 17, 2012

OSRC rangers log several weekend arrests

TAHLEQUAH — Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission rangers made a number of arrests but issued very few citations over the weekend.

According to OSRC Ranger Capt. Bill James, nine people were arrested.

“From the looks of the reports on my desk, it was a fairly quiet weekend,” said James.

One individual was jailed for sexual battery, one person for outraging public decency, and one drug arrest was made. Rangers also jailed four people for public intoxication, and two for aggravated DUIs.

Eight citations were issued, including two for failure to wear seat belts, one for transporting an open container, one for driving under suspension, one for operating a vehicle without a driver license, one for no insurance verification, one for speeding and one for failure to stop.

“Rangers also issued 53 written warnings for minor violations, both on the river and roadways over the weekend,” said James.

Since the beginning of the summer, OSRC rangers, along with other law enforcement personnel, have made a concerted effort to reduce the number of alcohol- and other contraband-related offenses along the Illinois River Corridor.

Rangers, wearing plain clothes, often float the river to provide extra security.

“As they float, they are looking for people who might be causing problems with others who come to enjoy Cherokee County’s natural beauty,” said James. “They are contacting other floaters on the river, looking for drug and alcohol violations, or prohibited items such as Styrofoam and glass containers. We will continue to conduct these on-water patrols, and appreciate the assistance from the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service.”

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