Update: Tecumseh Suspicious Person Sought Now In Custody


Updated: 10/26/2016 at 12:30pm Robert Eugene Reed was just taken into custody for an outstanding warrant out of Pontotoc County for his arrest.

Offense or Cause



Earlier: Our office responded to a suspicious vehicle call in the area of Sharon Rd and Waco Rd near the Tecumseh Lake.  The reporting party noticed a white male approximately 5’10, 190-200 lbs wearing a black shirt and shorts walking. He appeared to have blood on his face, arms and chest covered in mud for unknown reasons.  When our office arrived on scene the male subject ran East into the wooded area from the deputy.  Currently it is unknown if any crime has been committed by this person but we would like to identify him and possibly check his welfare. Law enforcement are in the area, please report any sightings to our office (405) 273-1727 or 911.

Orange Barrel Alert: I-40 narrows, ramps close at SH-102 South

Drivers can expect the following I-40 lane and ramp closures at SH-102 South (mm 178) near Dale in Pottawatomie County daily Monday 10/17/16 through Wednesday 10/19/16 for resurfacing:
I-40 will be narrowed to one lane in each direction at SH-102 South from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.

The westbound I-40 off-ramp to SH-102 South will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday

The eastbound I-40 on-ramp from SH-102 South will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday

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.

Head-on collision

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken VanDuser is pictured at the scene of a head-on collision Friday morning on SH 9, just east of South Rock Creek Road. At least two patients were reportedly transported by ambulance from the scene, but there was no word on extent of injuries or whether anyone was admitted to a hospital. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol investigated the accident. ED BLOCHOWIAK STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER