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Charges filed in high-speed pursuit

A Shawnee man, who allegedly led authorities on a high-speed pursuit through Pottawatomie and Oklahoma counties Oct. 26, has been formally charged with two felonies and eight misdemeanor counts.  Christopher Jay Harrell, 22, is charged in Pottawatomie County District Court.
He is charged with the felony count of eluding a peace officer in a manner that endangers another. He is accused of driving Read More…

Man robbed, attacked, thrown in pond

Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who allegedly robbed a 52-year-old man, attacked him with a tire tool and left him for dead after throwing him into a pond somewhere northeast of Pink.  Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said deputies were called about 8 a.m. Friday morning when a passerby reported finding an injured man near Little River and Okay Roads.  The man,Read More…

Wanette burglary solved, property returned

An overnight burglary at Wanette Tractor and Supply was solved within hours Wednesday after two suspects were arrested and the stolen property was recovered. Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said the burglary was discovered upon opening the store Wednesday morning. The burglars pried open a door and took a laptop computer used by the business, Palmer said.  Deputy Scott HawkinsRead More…

New developments in Saint Louis shooting

An investigation into a fatal shooting in Saint Louis Saturday evening is continuing as detectives conduct interviews and await firearm testing to prepare the case for review by the district attorney, who may have to determine if the case falls under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Timmy Jordan, 46, died as a result of the shooting. Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Investigator Mike CarRead More…

Golf tournament to benefit sheriff’s reserves

In efforts to support the volunteers who make up the Pottawatomie County sheriff’s reserve program, a fundraising golf tournament is planned for Saturday, Sept. 19.  Sheriff’s reserves, who volunteer for patrols and other assignments, pay for much of their own equipment and fuel, so any funds raised will assist the reserve programs and its deputies.  Full-time Deputy Jimmy Brewer is coordinaRead More…

County officials slash budget

It will be a tight financial squeeze in Pottawatomie County after many county government offices once again took drastic funding cuts, but officials worked together Wednesday to balance the $3.7 million available for the 2009-10 budget.
Pottawatomie County’s elected officials representing all offices of county government presented an estimate of needs earlier this summer totaling about $4.5 millRead More…

Charges filed in large meth bust

Two suspects arrested after Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies seized about 577 grams of methamphetamine from their vehicle have been formally charged. Robert Lester Keitz, 26, Checotah, and Danette Lola McNeal, 44, Stigler, are charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with the felony of aggravated trafficking in illegal drugs. They are accused of acting conjointly and knowingly possesRead More…

577 grams of meth seized

Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies seized about 577 grams of methamphetamine late Wednesday night and arrested two suspects after they apparently got their pickup stuck along Old Highway 270 near Dale.
Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said in addition to the 577 grams of finished powder, deputies also confiscated about 1.5 pounds of cut product, which would have been about 3.5 pounds of streeRead More…

Seven Months After Taking Oath, Sheriff Has Warrant For Change

Change is the order of the day at the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office. It’s been seven months since Mike Booth took the oath of office and pinned on the sheriff’s badge — seven months of improvements, expansions and, yes, frustrations. In an interview with The Countywide & Sun last week, Booth reflected on the first half-year of his administration with pride. What’s he proudesRead More…

Deputies subdue knife-wielding man with taser

Two Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies could have used deadly force late Monday night when a man with a large butcher knife charged and threatened to kill them if they wouldn’t shoot him first, but instead deployed tasers, a non-lethal stun gun.
Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said Deputies Eric Fletcher and Mark Burden were called to a rural home in southwest PottawatoRead More…