Stealth legislation to redistrict courts raises stink

Click for timeline graphic: duncan timeline A bill that would eliminate some of District Attorney Rex Duncan’s judicial adversaries flew under radar last week, passed the Senate, and then ran headlong into intense opposition from judges, lawyers and myriad others who work in the courts. House Bill 2416, filed at the behest of Duncan, began life […]

Police: Man commits suicide while driving on Javine Hill

A Skiatook man committed suicide while driving Sunday evening on Javine Hill Road, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. John Michael Ross Huddleston, 40. shot himself while heading north on Javine Hill at 5:15 p.m.. according to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office. Trooper Romulus Gregory reported that Huddleston’s 2002 Dodge pickup then left the road, […]

Two hurt in head-on crash near Avant

One man was critically injured and another seriously on Friday near Avant in Osage County when one, distracted, went left of center and hit the other car  head-on, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Alexander Zaltosky, 19, of Tulsa, was flown to St. John Hospital and admitted in critical condition with head, arm, leg and […]

ONPD cop kills man, leaves

An Osage Nation police officer who formerly worked for the Skiatook Police Department fatally wounded a man with his patrol pickup truck in Tulsa on Friday night. Officer Corey Blake Stewart, 26, was off-duty when he hit Shawn Rex Watashe, 55, near 73rd East Avenue and  East Admiral Place around 9:30 p.m. According to law […]

6+ Felonies net no jail time

Pearson Leon O’Neal, a Skiatook businessman and one-time city council candidate who faced more than a half-dozen felony charges ranging from endeavoring to cultivate of marijuana to cruelty to animals, struck a bargain with prosecutors on Wednesday and received a five-year suspended sentence. O’Neal, 52, had been charged with a flurry of felonies in a […]

Sporks, bites and bytes

Sporks, bites and bytes

Buzz. Marie Antoinette. Buzz. Eight bits to a byte. Buzz. Spork. For Skiatook High School’s academic team, their ability to quickly recall random bits of information may help them bring home some hardware this weekend. By finishing second at its area tournament last month in Collinsville, the team earned its first berth to the Oklahoma […]

Skiatook hydro op busted

A former Skiatook City Council candidate who has fallen repeatedly afoul of the law hasbeen charged again, this time with feloniously trying to grow marijuana in a trailer at his Westside Trailer Park, along with other crimes. Tulsa Police executed a search warrant Dec. 12 and returned it to the courthouse on Friday, saying they […]

Parrish suit moves forward

Former Skiatook Fire Chief Dale Parrish’s lawsuit against the city for  breach of contract is moving forward toward trial in the wake of a judge’s rulling against the city, which had asked for a summary judgment. Parrish sued Skiatook in 2013, alleging that trustees Josh Brown, Debllie Cook and Randy Sien, acting together, had breached […]

A Skiatook Merry Christmas

A Skiatook Merry Christmas

Gridiron dreams dashed for Skiatook

Gridiron dreams dashed for Skiatook

Skiatook’s dream season came to an abrupt end Saturday night before a standing room only crowd at Yukon’s Miller Stadium. Lawton MacArthur jumped ahead early and never looked back en route to a 39-12 win over the Skiatook Bulldogs (12-2) in the Class 5A championship game, giving the Highlanders their first state title in seven […]

No. 1 in Oklahoma

No. 1 in Oklahoma

Along with a district title, one member of the Skiatook football team has brought home an individual accolade. With 2,030 yards, running back Kyle McLaughlin ran for more regular season rushing yards than any other Oklahoma high school football player, regardless of classification. The Skiatook senior edged past Eufaula’s Shane Moore for the distinction by […]

Skiatook mayor resigns

Randy Sien, the mayor of Skiatook, has resigned in the wake of a bout of bad health. In an announcement he made on Facebook, Sien said he will be replaced Nov. 14 at midnight by City Councilor David Sutherland. A few weeks ago, Sien was hospitalized after receiving CPR and said his cholesterol was out […]

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. […]

Skiatook woman hurt in motorcycle accident

A Skiatook woman was injured in a motorcycle accident Sunday in Interstate 244 in Tulsa, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Shandre Winsby, 25, was admitted to an unnamed Tulsa hospital in stable condition with trunk, arm and leg injuries following the 2:51 p.m. accident near the West 51st Street South overpass, according to the […]

One dead, one badly hurt in crash near Skiatook

One dead, one badly hurt in crash near Skiatook

One man died and a child is in critical condition following an accident south of Skiatook on Wednesday morning. Dead is Thomas Blair Jr., 35, of Wagoner. Blair was driving a Chevy van on 52 West Avenue  about 10:13 a.m. Wednesday when a GMC pickup driven by Luis Dominguez-Vargas, 45, of Broken Arrow ran a […]

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 […]

Congress puts brakes on casino expansion

For now at least, the Osage Nation Congress is putting the brakes on casino expansion. On Thursday, the Osage Nation Congress approved a resolution requesting the tribe’s gaming enterprise board hold any expansion efforts on the tribe’s Tulsa casino in abeyance until a 2015 financial plan is approved. If the expansion does eventually happen, it […]

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 […]

Skiatook teen critically hurt in car accident

A Skiatook teen is in critical condition following a one-car wreck on Javine Hill Road just south of Avant on Friday afternoon. Hunter McClard was admitted to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa with “whole body” injuries, according to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. McClard was a passenger – and not wearing a seatbelt […]

Skiatook kids bring home track medals

Although the Skiatook High School track team did not bring home any team accolades from the state meet Friday and Saturday, two members came home with individual hardware. With a leap of 22 feet, 8.75 inches, junior Kyle McLaughlin won the state long jump title at Moore High School by almost a foot over his […]

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 […]

Movie set to shoot in Pawhuska, Skiatook

After all the Hollywood glitz associated with the movie August: Osage County, Pawhuska and Skiatook will get to enjoy a little more limelight, but on a smaller scale. On Monday, a New York film crew started trickling into Pawhuska to set up filming for a feature-length indie movie called The Heart Stays, a “coming of […]

Third grade reading tests vary widely in Osage county

The raw numbers from this spring’s state reading tests are in and school districts across Oklahoma are figuring out what to do next. On Friday, the Oklahoma Department of Education released the results of the statewide third-grade reading tests. Third grade students who scored within the range of one of three categories – advanced, proficient […]

Baseball season over for Osage County

The 2014 high school baseball season is over in Osage County. After sweeping a doubleheader against Adair in the district tournament, the Pawhuska Huskies went 1-2 at its regional tournament Wednesday and Thursday. After opening with a 14-13 win over Salina (19-16), the Huskies dropped two straight games, a 16-0 loss Wednesday night to top-ranked […]