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Alleged drunk driver hits sheriff’s patrol unit

A Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputy suffered minor injuries overnight Tuesday when an alleged drunk driver struck his patrol car while he was sitting idle off the roadway along SH 3.  The accident occurred about 2 a.m. near the Pottawatomie and Seminole county line. Deputy Eric Fletcher, who was on duty in his 2005 Chevrolet Impala patrol unit, was pulled off the roadway onto a grassy area,Read More…

Police have new crime-fighting tool

Video taken from a law enforcement officer’s dashboard captures a traffic stop from several feet away. But a tiny new invention is taking the camera right up to the driver. Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Wolfe demonstrates his new, wireless Muvi Micro DV Camcorder that he clips on the front of his uniform. At about 2 inches in length, it’s advertised as the world’s smallest, wireless Read More…

Burglary interrupted: Man held at gunpoint, abducted from his home

The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an abduction after a local homeowner interrupted a burglary at his rural Shawnee home Tuesday. Undersheriff Dave Balleweg said the man returned home about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and noticed an unfamiliar car in the driveway, but he figured it might be someone visiting a relative who also lives at the home. The man went inside and ran into a Read More…

Deputy injured in crash while responding to fatal pedestrian accident

A Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputy was injured in a crash Monday afternoon while he was responding to the scene of a pedestrian accident that resulted in the death of that victim. The first accident involving the pedestrian was reported about 11:52 a.m. in the 8400 block of Brangus Road. About five minutes later, the accident involving the sheriff’s deputy was reported at Garrett’s LakRead More…

Altercation leads to throat slashing

A Pottawatomie County man was arrested on assault complaints over the weekend after another man’s throat was slashed during an altercation. Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said deputies responded to the rural Prague residence late Friday night. They found David James Oldham, 50, rural Prague, suffering from a severe laceration to this throat. Case reports show Oldham was cuRead More…

57 Macomb area mailboxes vandalized, stolen

Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies are investigating 57 cases of mailbox vandalism or theft that occurred over the weekend in the Macomb area.Several area residents made reports to deputies and a complete list also was given to the sheriff’s office by the Macomb postmaster. According to the deputy’s report, all of the incidents occurred between late Friday night and early Saturday morniRead More…

DOC escapee arrested in Shawnee

Working together, Shawnee and Pottawatomie County law enforcement officers located and arrested a Department of Corrections escapee at a home near Shawnee Twin Lakes this week, prompting a search warrant and a continuing investigation. Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said Ernest E. Smith, 54, who was a reported escapee from a state prison facility, was arrested Tuesday night. Smith remained jRead More…

Contraband found in courthouse toilet

A Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputy who spotted a piece of fishing line attached to a toilet seat in the men’s restroom at the courthouse resulted in the discovery of something fishy — a bag of contraband. Undersheriff Dave Balleweg said the initial finding by Deputy Jimmy Brewer occurred Wednesday, which is typically a busy day in court. Deputies watched that restroom, but no one attRead More…

2009 Shop with a Cop!

It doesn’t take 9-year-old Preston Gunter long to shop. Just a few minutes after he headed into the wilds of Wal-Mart during Sunday’s Shop with a Cop, he was standing in the checkout line with Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Troy Thompson, his shopping buddy. In his cart: an Indiana Jones video game, a Bakugan game and a large bag of Butterfingers. There was one problem. He hadn’t spent eRead More…

Police officer awards

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, several area police officers were honored for the excellence in report writing and investigation into domestic violence cases. Officers honored during the Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign hosted by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Family Violence Prevention Program and the Pottawatomie District Attorney’s Office were: Detective Lee MiniRead More…