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Feds call off temporary injunction, now ask for removal of all structures at Enel’s Osage Wind project

Feds call off temporary injunction, now ask for removal of all structures at Enel's Osage Wind project

The United States is asking to withdraw its request for an injunction to stop the construction of the Osage Wind project because the wind company claims it has already dug all of the pits to install turbines. In addition, the United States struck back at Osage WInd and its owners, ultimately the Italian utility Enel, […]


County to appeal ruling in Mustang Run case, setting off a long delay for Enel Green Power

County to appeal ruling in Mustang Run case, setting off a long delay for Enel Green Power

The Osage County Board of Adjustment voted unanimously Tuesday night to appeal a judge’s ruling that ordered it to approve a conditional use permit for the Mustang Run wind project, effectively throwing that development into what could in an untenably long delay for developers. The board met in executive session for about an hour with […]


Charges declined in Sand Springs stabbing death

Charges declined in Sand Springs stabbing death

A man from Sand Springs was killed by a longtime friend of his early Sunday during an apparent domestic dispute, according to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office. Bradley Wayne Seaton, 27, died in the four-person altercation that occurred on Indian Oaks Drive north of Sand Springs. The Osage County District Attorney’s Office declined to file […]


Sanity trial set in murder

A former school teacher who is accused of murder in the shooting death of his mother is claiming he’s mentally incompetent and is scheduled to stand trial on that single issue in December. Special District Judge Stuart Tate ordered the trial last week to determine the competency of Robert Leroy Connor, who allegedly shot his […]


Police need help in hit and run accident

The Pawhuska Police Department is looking for anyone who has any information in regards to the following event. Just before midnight on 10-16-14, Dustin Green of Pawhuska was struck while riding his bicycle on Main Street, near the Stone Ridge apartments. The vehicle that struck the Green did not stop and fled the scene.  The vehicle has been described […]


Jury deadlocks on rape case

Jury deadlocks on rape case

The Osage County District Attorney’s Office will put a Ponca City man charged with first-degree rape on trial a second time after a jury deadlocked 6-6 on Wednesday night, unable to reach a verdict. The jury impasse capped the two-day trial of Beau Adam Biggoose, 25, who was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old […]


Coach goes on trial

Coach goes on trial

After a veritable blizzard of last-minute search warrants and new witness lists, the trial of former Pawhuska High School football coach got underway on Tuesday afternoon. After hearing from four witnesses, little evidence directly connected Scotty Ray Gilkey to the fireworks stand from which he has been accused of feloniously embezzling about $2,500 in the […]


Three arrests, three lawsuits

Osage County is asking a judge to reconsider a ruling in which he issues a summary judgment in favor of a Barnsdall man who claims he was falsely arrested three times. At a hearing on Friday, Wellon Poe, a lawyer for the Board of County Commissioners, said that Judge B. David Gambill had misconstrued several […]


Harris plea done, but barely

Harris plea done, but barely

Hemming and hawing nearly derailed the sentencing of Christopher Beatty Harris late last week, when a judge refused to accept his plea to rape and kidnapping charges, declaring that Harris was “playing games.” The hiccup was one of many that have marked the case as Harris has waffled on plea bargains, complained about his attorney, […]


DHS to release records

DHS to release records

A judge ordered the Oklahoma Department of Human Services on Monday to release confidential records it has on the family of a child who was allegedly sexually molested by a Pawhuska man so he might be able to use it in his defense. DHS had balked at releasing the records, saying that Jack “Rusty” Cheshewalla […]


City manager charged

City manager charged

  City Manager Paul McAlexander, under fire for telling a police officer not to arrest the city attorney for alleged drunken driving on July 3, has been charged with criminally obstructing the officer. The misdemeanor charge was filed Monday afternoon in Osage County District Court at the behest of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation […]


Lawyer: Suspect in two murders is mentally ill

Lawyer: Suspect in two murders is mentally ill

A preliminary hearing set for Michael Devin Stanley, who is charged with murder in the deaths of his great-grandmother and half sister, was delayed Thursday because his attorney requested his competency be evaluated. Stanley, 20,  of Skiatook, was charged with one count of murder in Osage County and another count in Tulsa County in January. […]


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 […]