Crime

Warrant issued for Pawhuska City Manager

A warrant for the arrest of Pawhuska CIty Manager Paul McAlexander was issued in Osage County District Court on Monday afternoon. McAlexander, who is on vacation in Washington State and not expected back to work until next Tuesday, was formally charged with obstructing a police officer, a misdemeanor. According to an affidavit by Oklahoma State […]


Roof job could cost freedom

A young man from Pawhuska who was released from prison in May from two high-profile crimes in Ponca City was arrested anew, this time in Pawhuska for a roof-job burglary at the Handy Grocery. It could be a pricey arrest in terms of years: The defendant in the case, Terrrance Lucas Cottingham, 24, is on […]


Deal nixed; man gets 20 years

Deal nixed; man gets 20 years

A Kansas man who was hoping for probation after pleading guilty to six sex counts involving children had no such luck at sentencing on Friday afternoon, when a judge meted out a 20-year prison term. Mark L. Morton, 59. of Sedan, had a battery of supporters at the sentencing and had, at one point, hammered […]


City manager: 2 weeks no pay

City manager: 2 weeks no pay

The Pawhuska City Council met behind closed doors for 90 minutes on Tuesday evening then issued a decision regarding City Manager Paul McAlexander, who told police not to arrest the city attorney for drunken driving on July 3: McAlexander will receive a letter of reprimand and will be suspended from his job for two weeks […]


Child abuse cases dropped

Felony child abuse charges against a woman whose five-year-old foster son suffered internal head injuries in late 2012 were dismissed last week, at least the third time in the past several months that such a case has been dropped by the District Attorney’s Office. The case against Cari Eckhart, 27, of Skiatook, was dismissed without […]


Psych evals at odds

Psych evals at odds

  An Avant man whose IQ is estimated at 63 was found legally incompetent by one psychologist and competent by another but will not get a third evaluation, though his lawyer asked for one before the man goes on trial for child sexual abuse and resisting police. Lawyer Geoffrey Standing Bear told Judge M. John […]


Harris sentencing delayed; AIM wants to take a look at case

Harris sentencing delayed; AIM wants to take a look at case

The formal sentencing of a man who pleaded guilty to rape charges in Pawhuska has been delayed because the American Indian Movement is stepping into the case. Christopher Beatty Harris was to have been sentenced June 25 after he pleaded guilty to rape on June 20 and agreed to a 20-year sentence with all but […]


Pawhuska City Attorney cited for DUI

Pawhuska City Attorney cited for DUI

Pawhuska City Attorney Jesse J. Worten III was charged with drunken driving on Thursday afternoon after he plowed through a neighbor’s yard then high-centered his convertible on a curb. The incident prompted controversy not for its facts but for how the matter was handled by the city, which opted to file the DUI charge in […]


1 day out, 10 more years in

1 day out, 10 more years in

Russell Goddard, the Avant man who may have set a record by being out of prison for 16 hours before he was put back in the slammer for allegedly assaulting a pack of lawmen, was ordered back to prison on Tuesday. Goddard, 41, was released from the James Crabtree Correctional Center on March 20 after […]


Harris pleads to rape

Harris pleads to rape

Christopher Beatty Harris, the former Osage Nation fitness coach whose arrest caused much division in the Native American community in Pawhuska, pleaded guilty Friday to felony first-degree rape and kidnapping. The plea, entered just a few days before he was scheduled to go on trial for the crimes, was made in exchange for a fairly […]


O’Neal trial delayed

The trial of a former candidate for the Skiatook City Council on charges that he shot at a dog in city limits has been delayed. Pearson Leon O’Neal was to stand trial this week but the matter was delayed until Sept. 25. O’Neal has asked that evidence of a previous conviction for a similar act […]


Accused molester: Sane

Accused molester: Sane

Jack “Rusty” Cheshewalla, the man who walked into the Pawhuska Police station more than a year ago to announce he was a serial child molester, is competent to stand trial, according to a report last week from the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita. Cheshewalla, a Vietnam veteran, told the state forensic psychologist that he suffers […]


3 Burglary arrests made in Pawhuska

3 Burglary arrests made in Pawhuska

Pawhuska police, wrangling with a rash of car and home burglaries, made three burglary arrests last week, adding to two previous arrests made earlier in the month. On Tuesday afternoon, three Pawhuskans were charged with a variety of crimes including burglary after a chase Wednesday evening that resulted in drug charges being filed against Eddie […]


State wants to revoke Hudson

State wants to revoke Hudson

Robert Dalton Hudson, the young man convicted of manslaughter in the shooting of David Reed of Skiatook, could be facing jail time because he has failed to meet the requirements of his suspended sentence. Hudson has failed to pay restitution to Reed’s survivors and has also failed to report to his probation officer, according to […]


Gilkey bound over

Gilkey bound over

A judge has found that the state presented sufficient evidence against former Pawhuska High School football coach Scotty Ray Gilkey to bind him over for trial on a felony charge of embezzlement. Judge Stuart Tate found that testimony at preliminary hearing established that there was a fireworks stand in June and July 2012 that purported […]


DA seeks death for Stanley

DA seeks death for Stanley

District Attorney Rex Duncan is seeking the death penalty against Michael Devin Stanley, the 20-year-old man charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of his great-grandmother and half-sister in Skiatook. Not only is Stanley the youngest person in Osage County against whom the death penalty has been sought, his is the first death penalty case […]


Garrett Thomas pleads guilty

Garrett Thomas pleads guilty

  The son of two sentenced child abusers from Sperry pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually molesting the same four children his parents abused. In a 20-minute hearing before Osage County Special District Court Judge Stuart Tate, Garrett Thomas formally entered his guilty plea on all four counts of lewd molestation and waived his right to […]


Barnsdall police seeking armed robbery suspects

Police are seeking two people, one armed with a gun, who burst into a house in Barnsdall wearing bandanas over their faces and stole a bag full of prescription medicine, including several narcotics. Police Chief John Ferguson said that the armed robbery occurred between 1:30 and 1:51 p.m. Wednesday April 16 in the 600 block […]


Cheshewalla competency in question

Jack “Rusty” Cheshewalla Jr., the Pawhuska man who walked into the police station in March 2013 and announced he was a child sexual predator, may not be competent to stand trial. Cheshewalla, now 63, was ordered last week to undergo an examination at the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita to determine his competency after another […]


A K9 goes 10-7

A K9 goes 10-7

Doc is a dog long on reputation among lawmen, who often declare that the 100-pound German shepherd is just plumb insane. He’s got so much attitude, backed up by size, that he has never had to apprehend a criminal. When he shows up, the bad guys just give up. For those who listen to police […]


Gilkey case remains murky

The drawn-out and factually foggy preliminary hearing for former Pawhuska football coach Scotty Gilkey continued on Thursday and ended without resolution, the judge saying he would hold another court session on the matter at the end of May. “It is my intent to produce a written decision prior to that time that will allow the […]


One charge reduced to accessory in Skiatook murder case

One charge reduced to accessory in Skiatook murder case

  Two defendants in the shooting death of a Skiatook home builder were bound over for trial last week but the District Attorney’s Office is unhappy with a judge’s decision to reduce the charge against one from first degree murder to accessory. Aaron Clay King, 31, and Amanda Nicole Auten, 32, had both been charged […]


Man pleads to mail fraud in case involving car titles laundered through Osage Nation

Former Pawhuska resident William “B.J.” Smith changed his plea Tuesday morning in connection to a luxury car theft ring that involved more than 125 vehicles purchased across four states. After initially pleading not guilty last year, Smith pleaded guilty to six counts Tuesday before Judge Catherine Perry in the Eastern District of Missouri. Among the […]


Casino robber looking at 7 years to life

A Tulsa man pleaded guilty today to brandishing a gun during a robbery at the Osage Casino in Tulsa, United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. for the Northern District of Oklahoma said Tuesday.   Dominique Amoia McDowell II, age 19, entered a plea of guilty before U.S. District Court Judge John Dowdell to the […]