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Two jailed in wake of fight
Two Cherokee County residents are in jail after a weekend burglary and assault.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Bethany Cervantes-Bell, 26, of Welling, for first-degree burglary and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; and 24-year-old Jeremiah Dewayne Mollie, of Bunch, for first-degree burglary.
Deputy Bryan Qualls was sent to the Caney Ridge area to investigate a fight. Qualls found Cervantes-Bell and Mollie, whose stories allegedly changed about the fight.
Local groups continue fight against child abuse
This Wednesday, area residents have an opportunity to make a difference, by attending the seventh annual Rally Against Child Abuse on the Cherokee Capitol Square. The event, CASA of Cherokee Country, is designed to raise awareness about child abuse and garner volunteers for the agency.
According to Prout, in 2013 there were 362 abused and/or neglected children in the three court systems served by CASA of Cherokee Country, including Adair County Court, Cherokee County Court and Cherokee Nation Tribal Court. CASA volunteer advocates were able to serve 72 of those children, leaving nearly 300 children without a voice in court due to lack of volunteers.
Convicted felon caught with firearm
Authorities in Cherokee County arrested a Hulbert man Saturday after finding him in possession of a firearm, despite his previous felony conviction for kidnapping.
Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Qualls responded to West 790 Road to investigate shots being fired. Qualls said he later met 30-year-old Dustin David Skaggs, who denied he had been shooting. Skaggs allegedly told Qualls he was out of ammunition for his gun.
City requests audit of offices from state
Tahlequah city councilors are asking the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s Office to take an in-depth look at the city’s street department and mayor’s office, but the investigation could carry a price tag as high as $20,000.
Ward 4 Councilor Linda Spyres contacted the state agency and was told to put the matter before a vote of the council, then to send the agenda and meeting’s minutes to the state.
Hiring the state to conduct the audit of Street Commissioner Mike Corn’s department, as well as Mayor Jason Nichols’ office, will cost about a fourth of the price as hiring a private auditor, Spyres said.
Election to fill vacant UKB assistant chief post
The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma Tribal Council unanimously agreed Saturday to hold an election for the recently vacated assistant chief’s position, rather than appoint someone to the post.
According to UKB member Anile Locust, the election will be held the first Monday in November, when tribal members will also go to the polls for a tribal council election.
Monday, April 7: GOOD EVENING!
More stuff in Tuesday's Press:
Good Food Fest
About a dozen members of the mobile food movement roared into Tahlequah Friday and local residents turned out to sample the food truck fare.
The Good Food Festival, sponsored by the Tahlequah Main Street Association and Tahlequah Aera Chamber of Commerce, kicked off at 11 a.m. Friday at three locations: The Cherokee Nation W.W. Keeler Complex, Walmart parking lot and Norris Park.
South of town, at the CN complex, Stillwater’s Purdy Q, Pie on the Fly and Tulsa’s Local Table set up for lunchtime patrons.
‘Cruel and unusual’ punishment sparks debate
Among the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, the Eighth Amendment is the shortest - just 16 words.
It reads: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
As might be expected, the brevity has led to an array of interpretations.
Hulbert woman pleads no contest to enabling child sexual abuse
A Hulbert woman accused of taking her adopted teenage girl to spend nights with a 27-year-old Michigan man has pleaded no contest in exchange for a deferred sentence.
Basin property buy and audit on city agenda
Tahlequah city councilors on Monday will consider purchasing 19 homes and duplexes along Basin Avenue, and discuss whether to ask the Office of the State Auditor and Inspector to investigate allegations of “improper spending” in the street department and mayor’s office.
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