Search for Missing Person: Stella Rayburn
Update: Stella Rayburn has been located and is safe as of 9/15/2017 at 10:51 a.m.
Deputies continue searching for Stella Rayburn who was reported missing late last night 9/14/2017.
Sheriff Michael Booth released the following information concerning Rayburn:
Description: Stella Rayburn. Dob- 3/13/1963. 5 ft 2, 110 lbs, reddish brown hair and green eyes wearing black pants, blue spaghetti strap type under shirt with a white lacy outer shirt. Unknown shoes. Walks with a limp on her right side.
Area of focus is Latimer Road (Skagg City Road) and Hwy 59 near St. Louis, Oklahoma. Deputies will remain in the area to continue search efforts. The Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by several local and tribe law enforcement agencies and fire departments.
If you have information concerning Rayburn’s whereabouts please call 911 or (405) 273-1727.
Orange Barrel Alert
Drivers can expect the following lane closures on US-177/US-270 in Shawnee for surface repair:
Southbound US-177/US-270 will be narrowed to one lane at US-270 Business (Kickapoo Spur) from 8 a.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Southbound US-177/US-270 will be narrowed to one lane at Acme Rd., about two miles south of I-40, from 8 a.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Thursday.
Group Photo of the 2017 Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association Banquet & Awards. Our office received several awards this year, it’s a prime example of the dedication the men and women have while serving the citizens of Pottawatomie County.
Bottom left to right: Sheriff Michael D. Booth, Deputy Shaun Copelin, Lt. Jimmy Brewer, Dispatcher Lisa Williams, Deputy Steven Sample, Undersheriff Travis Palmer, Lt. Bob Stewart.
Middle left to right: Deputy Marcus May, Sgt. Brad Setzer, Captain Chad Pope.
Back left to right: Deputy James Caskey, Deputy Robin Opela, Deputy Danny Columbus, Lt. Ken VanDuser, Lt. Travis Sullivan and Deputy Jared Strand.
The annual Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association Banquet was held yesterday 8/11/2017. For more information about the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association please visit https://www.oklahomasheriffs.org/
We need your help: Missing a pig?
Deputy Travis Dinwiddie responded to the area of Hwy 9 and Stevens Road yesterday on an animal complaint. When he arrived he discovered a pig at large and it has now been impounded.
It is described as: Black and white spotted female pig approximately 250 to 300 pounds.
If you know who the owner is please contact Deputy Dinwiddie (405) 273-1727, email firstname.lastname@example.org or PM us on Facebook.
Skeletal Remains Found at River in Wanette
The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating after fisherman found a human jawbone along the South Canadian River south of Wanette.
Undersheriff Travis Palmer said the civilian found the remains near the Byars bridge and initially went to the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office.
Further inquiry revealed that the bone was found on the north side of the river, which put it in the jurisdiction of Pottawatomie County, Palmer said.
The remains, which include the jawbone with about eight teeth, has been confirmed to be human, he said, but there’s no certainty that any foul play is involved in the discovery.
The medical examiner should be able to get DNA from the teeth, Palmer said, and possibly compare that to databases involving missing persons.
View complete story at the Shawnee News-Star
Pott. Co. Deputy Carries Out Fallen Tecumseh Police Officer’s PlansPosted: Jul 31, 2017 9:29PM CDT
Christy Lewis, News 9
Shortly before 22-year-old Tecumseh police officer Justin Terney died in the line of duty, he had gotten a puppy named Onyx and they had big plans.
“He was on night shift and I was on night shift,” said Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputy Jared Strand.
Strand said Terney told him he wanted to be a K9 handler with Onyx.
“He talked about it a couple of times whenever we were just hanging out around dispatch or on a call,” Strand said.
So when Onyx lost his owner and needed a new place to go, Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth said he felt a great obligation to provide that.
“His real home is at Tecumseh, but we just have custody of him and taking care of him. But he’s for all law enforcement here in Pottawatomie County,” the sheriff said.
Strand is now Onyx’s handler. The dog is 8 months old.
“It’s a huge honor and that’s why I’m working so hard to make sure that everything works out,” he explained.
Strand runs drills with the dog and takes him to monthly training sessions in Shawnee, hoping to help Onyx achieve his life’s mission.
“I want Onyx to be the best K9 in the state, if not the nation,” he told News 9. “Because that’s what Justin was. He was a great officer and for him to carry that legacy on would be just great.”
Onyx is currently in testing to see which path he’ll take as a working dog. He could go out on patrol in as early as four to five months.
Booth thanked the Bricktown Brewery, 4-Way Automatic Transmission, Lexington police, Stratford police and Shawnee police for their help in making the K9 program possible.