Two locals hit with drug charges

Cherokee County prosecutors charged two people Tuesday with possession of controlled drug.

Crystal Hope Goodrich, 23, and Nicky Joe Daugherty, 27, were charged with possession following a Nov. 5 arrest by Cherokee Nation marshals, who are listed as state witnesses, along with a chemist from the OSBI.

Possession of a controlled drug is punishable by imprisonment for two to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Court records show Daugherty posted a $4,000 bond. He and Goodrich were scheduled to be formally arraigned Tuesday afternoon.

Assistant District Attorney David Pierce is prosecuting the case.

Auction date set for forfeitures

Vehicles and other property forfeited as a result of several drug-related investigations in Cherokee and three other counties will be sold at a public auction this week.

A 2001 Ford pickup, a 1997 Mercedes Benz and a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix will be auctioned Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the I-40 Auto Auction on Treat Road in Muldrow.

The District Attorney’s Office is holding the auction. Proceeds will be split among the District 27 Drug Task Force and other area law enforcement agencies participating in the probes, including the Tahlequah Police Department and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

The monies can be used by the agencies, many of which are smaller, to purchase equipment and further drug investigations.

More information may be obtained by calling the DA’s office at 775-9131 or the I-40 Auto Auction at (918) 427-8200.

CCDW set meeting for Friday

Cherokee County Democrat Women will meet Friday, Dec. 4 at the Restaurant of the Cherokees at noon.

The featured program will be updates from both State Sen. Jim Wilson and State Rep. Mike Brown on anticipated budget cuts expected during the upcoming legislative session, which will begin in early February.

All interested Democrats are invited to the meeting. Arrival by 11:30 a.m. is recommended.

President of the club is Cindy Farmer, who can be called at 431-1310 for more information.

Victorian Christmas on tap

The annual Thompson House Victorian Christmas begins Friday, Dec. 4 and continues through Sunday, Dec. 6. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

The historic Thompson House is the perfect setting for the handcrafted and handmade items. In addition to unique gift items, the kitchen at the Thompson House will have a variety of delicious selections for sale.

The Thompson House is at the corner of Choctaw Street and College Avenue and is on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, call 918-456-1595.

DPS records under scrutiny

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state senator has filed a bill that would allow audio and video recordings of the Department of Public Safety to be made public.

The bill by Sen. Jim Wilson, a Tahlequah Democrat, would amend the Oklahoma Open Records Act to include the recordings, which now do not fall under the definition of a “record.”

Wilson says releasing the recordings would provide the public more transparency into the actions of the agency, of which the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is a part.

Wilson cited a recent case involving a confrontation between an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper and a Creek Nation paramedic. In that case, the OHP initially refused to release video from the trooper’s dashboard camera but later relented and made the video public.

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