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Smith now held without bond in Holly murder

Smith now held without bond in Holly murder

[ 0 ] July 30, 2015

By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor Vernon LeeMountel Smith is now jailed  without bond after being charged late Thursday with first degree murder in the death of Chazz Holly. Documents detailing the charges were still being processed by the Tulsa County District Court Clerk’s Office at mid-afternoon Friday. The office also is processing filings in [...]

Austin tops Pearson in Cherokee vote

Austin tops Pearson in Cherokee vote

[ 0 ] July 27, 2015

By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor After winning in the original vote and a recount—which a court voided because the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court ruled enough ballots invalid to make determining a winner impossible—Oologah’s Bill Pearson lost Saturday’s District 14 tribal council election to Claremore’s Keith Austin 498-425. The Cherokee Nation Election Commission certified the [...]

District 2 Commissioner Mike Helm

2 commissioners seek Helm ouster, fire HR and 911 chiefs

[ 0 ] July 27, 2015

By FAITH WYLIE and JOHN M. WYLIE II, Leader writers Chairman Dan DeLozier and Commissioner Ron Burrows on Monday asked Oklahoma’s Attorney General to begin ouster proceedings against indicted Commissioner Mike Helm and fired E911 director Janet Hamilton and Human Resources director Jennifer Bentley Monday. The vote to fire the two office directors was 2-1 [...]

Mat Shockley

Shockley named permanent fire chief

[ 0 ] July 22, 2015

By CAROLYN ESTES, Leader writer Mat Shockley, a longtime figure at the Northwest Rogers County Fire District, was named its permanent fire chief Tuesday. Shockley has served as interim chief since April 9. The board’s decision to hire Shockley was unanimous. Board Chairman Mel Dainty said, “Mat was one of three extremely well qualified candidates. [...]

Mike Helm

Multi-County Grand Jury indicts Helm, Thacker

[ 0 ] July 17, 2015

Helm Indictment: 20150717 Helm Indictment Helm/Thacker Indictment: 2015071 HelmThacker Indictment By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor Oklahoma’s Multi-County Grand Jury has indicted District 2 Rogers County Commissioner Mike Helm on charges of conspiracy and embezzlement and former Commissioner Kirt Thacker on conspiracy charges. The indictments accuse Thacker and Helm of conspiring in 2009 to award work to [...]

An Editorial: AG’s Office cannot provide documentation of Helm indictment

An Editorial: AG’s Office cannot provide documentation of Helm indictment

[ 3 ] July 16, 2015

You may have heard news stories tonight that Rogers County Commissioner Mike Helm and former Commissioner Kirt Thacker have been indicted by the state Multi-County Grand Jury on charges of conspiracy and embezzlement. The Leader will NOT report this as fact, because the statement is based solely on a news release issued by Attorney General [...]

Leader photo by Chris Edens Growing up Will Rogers Museum volunteer Harriet Kuykendall is dressed in a period costume as she teaches a group of children about gardening in the frontier days at kids camp at the birthplace ranch Monday morning.

Campers relive ranch days

[ 0 ] July 16, 2015

By CHRIS EDENS, City Editor Young day campers this week got to experience a taste of life when Will Rogers roamed the hills of the Dog Iron birthplace ranch. This was the first year for the Frontier Kids Days Camp. Volunteers were pleasantly surprised by the number of kindergarten through middle school children who signed [...]

NW may name new chief at special meeting Tuesday, July 21

NW may name new chief at special meeting Tuesday, July 21

[ 0 ] July 16, 2015

The Northwest Rogers County fire district may name a new permanent fire chief during a special meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, at Station 1 located at 6601 E. 400 Rd. (two blocks west of the US 169/Oklahoma 88 junction). The tentative agenda calls for an executive session to interview finalists for the [...]

Bridge tying Oologah, South Business District, closed idefinitely

Bridge tying Oologah, South Business District, closed idefinitely

[ 0 ] July 10, 2015

By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor The bridge which connects the main part of Oologah to the homes and businesses in the area known as the South Business District has been closed indefinitely due to structural issues. The announcement was made late Friday and the bridge was closed off to all traffic starting late in [...]

Search for Chazz Holly continues

Search for Chazz Holly continues

[ 0 ] July 10, 2015

Chazz Holly, 27, went missing from his parents’ residence in Talala June 20, said Rogers County Sheriff’s Investigator Gavin D. Gatrell. He is the son of Clay and Sherri Holly. Clay is a Tulsa firefighter and well-known local builder and developer; Sherri is well-known for her work in real estate. Officials said Chazz has Cerebral [...]