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Deputies identify victim in deadly stabbing

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An argument between two female roommates ended Friday with one fatally stabbed and the suspect jailed on a murder complaint.

Pottawatomie County Undersheriff Travis Palmer said the incident occurred Friday at the apartments of an assisted living facility located in the area of Moccasin Trail Road and SH 99, which is in the far northeastern part of the county.

When REACT EMS paramedics arrived at the scene, they found Shannon Holloway, 48, was deceased, Palmer said.

He said a witness told deputies Holloway was attacked and stabbed multiple times by her new roommate. Palmer said it appears the suspect, Phyllis Rhone, 55, had been living on the assisted living side of the facility but had moved into the apartment with Holloway just a couple of days ago.

 

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Burglary leads to manhunt south of SH 9

At least four suspects were in custody for questioning late Monday evening following a manhunt that was continuing in an area south of SH 9. Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth said a homeowner returned home Monday afternoon and saw an individual carrying property away from his residence. The homeowner drove toward that man and saw two people flee into the woods, the sheriff said, then noticed guns were missing from his home.

 

Deputies responded and set up a perimeter, Booth said, searching nearly three-fourths of a mile from that home. The area centered about one mile south of SH 9 between Gaddy and Bethel roads, the sheriff said. Deputies, along with assisting agencies, searched nearby homes, including one that appeared to have suspicious activity, Booth said. Three suspects were found hiding underneath that mobile home, he said, with two of them matching the description of the burglary suspects. About 9 p.m., those suspects were custody for questioning while deputies remained in the woods, he said, looking for evidence and to see if anyone else was hiding in the woods. Sheriff’s deputies were utilizing two of their search dogs, while tracking dogs from other agencies were on standby until needed because of the heat, he said. Assisting were Oklahoma County sheriff’s deputies and a K-9, along with McLoud Police, Seminole County deputies, Sac and Fox Nation and Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal police, along with the sheriff’s warrants team.

 

Despite the heat and no breeze the woods, law enforcement officers made quick work to contain the suspects, Booth said. The suspects allegedly parked a car nearby, Booth said, but they reportedly ran in the opposite direction of where that car was parked. “They’ve been scared and confused and that’s given us an advantage,” Booth said.

By late evening, all but one of the missing weapons had been accounted for, Booth said.

Deputies investigate sibling stabbing, mobile meth lab

Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies are investigating two separate incidents that occurred about the same time late Tuesday night — a stabbing between two siblings and a mobile methamphetamine lab found in a pickup. Sheriff Mike Booth said the stabbing incident occurred in the Tribbey area.  A brother and sister, who have homes about 50 feet apart on the same property, were involved in that altercation, he said.

Booth said Abraham Cossey, 45, went over to the home of his sister, Cheryl Bass, 54. From preliminary reports, Booth said the brother and the sister’s boyfriend initially had an altercation, but the situation turned in a mutual combat incident between the brother and sister, with both suffering stab wounds. Booth said Cossey suffered a severe wound between his shoulder blades and was taken by Medi Flight to OU Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries and released. Bass went by REACT EMS to Unity Health Center, where she was also treated for stab wounds, then released, he said. The case remains under investigation and no arrests have been made.

While deputies were en route to this call in the Tribbey area, one deputy taking a shortcut route came upon a suspicious vehicle north of Rattlesnake Hill Road on Stevens Road, Booth said. When he pulled up to the vehicle, two males and one female took off running, Booth said. Deputy Jason Holasek, who had no backup at the time, took the woman into custody, Booth said, while the two men fled into the woods. Booth said a mobile methamphetamine lab was found in the back of the pickup, so the District Attorney’s drug task force was called to the scene for clean up. A manhunt began for the two men in the woods, Booth said, with McLoud police assisting with a search dog. Neither were found, he said.

Both cases remain under investigation.

Wanette man jailed in shooting incident

A Wanette man was jailed Monday on a shooting with intent to kill complaint after his friend suffered a gunshot wound to the head during an alleged argument.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said deputies responded about 1:30 p.m. to a home on Trousdale Road, about one mile west of SH 102 in the Wanette area.

The shooting victim, Randall Roberson, 53, had called 911 for help, Palmer said, and told dispatchers the suspect, Jerry Miller, 62, was still inside the home.

After calling to report his injury, Roberson flagged down a propane truck driven by the Wanette firefighter, who drove him to the end of the road to await an ambulance, Palmer said.

Deputies responded to the scene. Roberson, who suffered an injury along the top of his head, Palmer said, was taken by REACT EMS to Unity Health Center for treatment. Medi Flight was originally called, but wasn’t needed, Palmer said.

Roberson told deputies he was at Miller’s home when the two of them, who are friends, got into an argument. Roberson told authorities he was watching TV when Miller left the room and returned. He allegedly “pointed a gun and pulled the trigger,” Palmer said.

Roberson told deputies Miller was still inside the home with weapons. Deputies, along with the District Attorney’s Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and tribal officers, set up a perimeter around the home and tried to negotiate with Miller, Palmer said, but Miller wouldn’t answer the phone or bullhorn calls from outside.

After about 30 minutes, Palmer said law enforcement officers breached a door to make entry, where Miller, who was reportedly asleep, raised up from the sofa and complied with commands. Palmer said Miller told deputies he didn’t know about anyone getting shot.

Deputies said they found a .22 caliber rille inside the home and arrested Miller on a complaint of shooting with intent to kill. He was booked into he Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center. Formal charges have not been filed.

While the incident remains under investigation, Palmer said it appears both men were drinking alcohol at the time of the incident.

Wanted: Corey Jarvis Felony Warrant $50,000 Bond

Corey Jarvis currently has felony warrant(s) for his arrest for larceny of copper. He is also wanted for questioning in another case the Sheriff’s Office is investigating concerning recent 4-wheel theft. Description: White Male, Height 510, Weight 187, Eyes Blue, Birth Date 08/15/1976, DOC#234663 and has numerous tattoos. Warrant# CF-2010-0605 Bond: $50,000. If you know where he can be located please call Captain Travis Palmer at (405) 273-1727 or (405) 481-9005. You may also send us a confidential message by email to: warrants@pottcoso.com Download Wanted Poster (Click Here)

Deputies arrest Earlsboro woman on robbery complaint

An Earlsboro woman was arrested by sheriff’s deputies Thursday afternoon following an armed robbery at the Earlsboro Tag Agency.  Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said Bianca Gutierrez, 19, was arrested and booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on a robbery complaint.

Formal charges have not been filed, but the case will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for consideration. Palmer said deputies responded first to the Earlsboro Kwick Stop when a motorist whose car broke down there was informed by a woman that she was going to rob the convenience store. That motorist told the store clerk, who called law enforcement, he said.  As deputies were en route to that call, the alleged suspect reportedly walked to the nearby Earlsboro Tag Agency, put on a ski mask and robbed employees inside at gunpoint, Palmer said.  The woman fled on foot, Palmer said, with footprints left in ice and snow helping deputies as they set up a perimeter and tracked the alleged suspect to a house a few blocks away. From there, deputies learned a woman had been picked up from that location and further investigation led deputies to her home.

Palmer said Gutierrez allegedly confessed involvement and told deputies where to find the money. Deputies recovered about $400, Palmer said. The investigation is ongoing.

2010 crimes, tragedies at a glance

Numerous crimes and tragedies, from homicides to many lives lost in traffic and other accidents, were reported in 2010.

Some of those include:
• Jan. 2, a traffic accident killed a 17-year-old McLoud boy, resulting in charges being filed against that boy’s cousin; the case is still progressing through the court system.

• Two workers were killed in a trench collapse in February at a Kickapoo housing complex.

• In April, a 4-year-old Shawnee child was killed after being hit by a car on Dorothy Street.

• In May, a Meeker toddler accidently left in a hot van all day, died from hyperthermia; a caregiver was charged and that case is progressing through the court system.

• Also in May, Shawnee’s first homicide occurred with the killing of a 71-year-old man found stabbed in his home. A suspect has been charged, with that case continuing in the court system.

• In June, the body of a missing fisherman was found in the waters of the North Canadian River near Shawnee.

• On July 12, three people were killed in a fiery two-car collision on SH 9 near Tecumseh.

• In August, with the help of a bulletproof vest, a Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s deputy survived being shot during a traffic stop. The unknown shooting suspect remains at-large; the deputy has since resigned.

• August saw two more homicides when the decomposed bodies of two Oklahoma City residents were found in the back of a pickup in western Pottawatomie County. Two area residents were jailed in the case and have been charged with murder.

• Two Tecumseh residents vacationing in New Mexico were murdered in August, allegedly by two Arizona prison escapees and an accomplice who now face federal indictments for a crime spree while on the lam.

• In September, siblings — a brother and sister — were jailed in a murder and kidnapping case that occurred in the Pottawatomie County panhandle near Prague. A Prague man was killed and his girlfriend was held hostage over a reported land dispute. The suspects have been charged and are awaiting court action in their case.

• In September, two California men were jailed on 26 felony counts following a two-county crime spree of carjackings and robberies that began in Seminole County and ended in Tecumseh. Both are awaiting further court action in their cases.

• In October, a McLoud man was arrested in the child abuse death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old boy. Murder charges have been filed as that case is still in the process of being adjudicated.

• December was a deadly month as well, as three young people were killed in a crash at U.S. 177 and SH 59 near Asher.