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Latest Cherokee Health News
Man arrested for blackmailing woman for sex
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies put a man behind bars Monday night after he allegedly tried to blackmail a woman by threatening to post nude photos of her on the Internet if she did not meet him for sex.
July 30 2014
Pair accused of threatening man
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Two men behind bars at the Cherokee County Detention Center are accused of wielding a knife and gun and assaulting a man at a trailer park on West Keetoowah Sunday afternoon. Tahlequah Officer Reed Felts spoke with Reinaldo Flores, who told officers he heard a knock on his door and went to answer it.
July 30 2014
Pill cache nets arrest for area teen
Jones, Oklahoma
Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 15-year-old boy over the holiday weekend after the teenager’s mother discovered him with over 100 prescription pills of various sort. Deputies said they were called to State Highway 51 east, near Welling Road, when the boy’s mother found pills in a sunglasses bag.
July 30 2014
Woman accused of stealing cash, taking it to casino
Jones, Oklahoma
A 35-year-old Tahlequah woman is free on bond after she allegedly took $1,200 from a man who had been jailed for old warrants. Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies said they spoke with Jason Jones last week after Jones was arrested by park rangers for the outstanding warrants. Jones said he came to Oklahoma to see family, and when he was arrested, he left his wallet and cash with one of his ...
July 30 2014
State gets A for flu shots for seniors
Cherokee, Oklahoma
Health-related news is not all bad for the state. The state has made significant improvement in two areas, according to the health department.
July 27 2014
State has fourth-highest death rate
Cherokee, Oklahoma
Oklahoma has many health challenges, but there is reason to be hopeful, according to the State of the State’s Health Report. The report includes county and statewide information regarding mortality rates, leading causes of death, disease rates, risk factors and behaviors and socioeconomic factors.
July 27 2014
Man stable after crash
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
A 57-year-old Tahlequah man was listed in stable condition Sunday evening after a crash on Old Toll Gate Road in northern Cherokee County.
July 25 2014
Cherokee County gets new arts and humanities group
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
A new organization was recently formed to support all the arts in the Tahlequah area: the Cherokee County Arts and Humanities Coalition.
July 25 2014
Seniors benefit by delaying retirement
Cherokee, Oklahoma
Suggestions may help county’s 11.8 percent 55-64 segment When most people think of retirement, they envision a life of leisure and comfort, and the money to ensure it. But Cherokee County residents considering retirement may be interested to learn they could earn more by delaying collecting Social Security benefits.
July 19 2014
Pair arrested for drug possession
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Two Tahlequah residents were being held at the Cherokee County Detention Center Monday after their arrest on drug-possession charges.
July 19 2014
Couple charged with kidnapping children
Sparks, Oklahoma
Prosecutors have formally charged a Mannford couple who allegedly took two young children from their guardian last month and fled Cherokee County.
July 16 2014
Cherokee councilors OK budget boost
Hulbert, Oklahoma
The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved an act increasing the tribe’s total comprehensive budget by over $3 million during the regular meeting Monday night.
July 15 2014
Woman rescued after rollover
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Tahlequah firefighters, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, medics and others responded when a vehicle rolled off the road and into the trees.
July 15 2014
Series of storms bring needed rain to ‘abnormally dry’ Cherokee County
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Rainfall in and around Cherokee County is bringing relief to an abnormally dry area of the state, while folks in western Oklahoma are hoping they can get even a small taste of what the rest of the state has received.
July 15 2014
Party for the senses
Oklahoma
All of the senses could have been satisfied at the Cherokee Capitol Square this past weekend, as music, art, food, and drink mixed it up during Arts on the Avenue. The event kicked off at noon Friday, with the River City Players taking the stage, and ran until 5 p.m. Saturday. Over 40 artists had set up tents and tables around the historic Cherokee Capitol building.
July 15 2014
Man arrested for marijuana possession
Commerce, Oklahoma
Tahlequah police and Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a local man this week after finding marijuana in his apartment.
July 15 2014
Pair nabbed for having booze, pot in car
Jones, Oklahoma
Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies say two Tahlequah residents were arrested recently with alcohol, marijuana and three children in a vehicle.
July 12 2014
Local bat population may be under threat
Commerce, Oklahoma
Cherokee County’s bat population could be under threat from a disease that is not deadly in itself, but can set up a chain reaction that can ultimately decimate whole colonies. Many years ago, professors at Northeastern State University studied the local bat population, mainly consisting of the big-eared bat, and at the time, little brown bats. Although the bats favored caves are generally ...
July 11 2014
Area veterans have Workforce rep for first time in 10 years
Oklahoma
For the first time in 10 years, veterans in Cherokee and Adair counties now have a representative at the Tahlequah Workforce Office to whom they can turn.
July 09 2014
Cherokee Nation receives $3.7M grant to help out-of-work citizens
Oklahoma
TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation was recently awarded a $3.7 million Job-Driven Nation Emergency Grant to provide training for workers who have lost their jobs in high-demand industries, a media release states.
July 07 2014
Cherokee Nation receives $3.7 million grant for out-of-work citizens
Oklahoma
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation was recently awarded a $3.7 million Job-Driven Nation Emergency Grant to provide training for workers who have lost their jobs in high-demand industries.
July 07 2014
Couple found with stolen truck, tools
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Routine patrolling near the Illinois River last week led Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies to recover property stolen from a Colorado church, along with a stolen truck. Deputy Josh Girdner said he was near the old U.S. Highway 62 early June 26 when he drove below the Illinois River bridge. Girdner noticed a Dodge truck parked in the dark, so he approached the window and saw a man and woman ...
June 30 2014
Cherokees commemorate treaty, Trail of Tears
Jones, Oklahoma
Resiliency is often a word used by Cherokees when describing their ancestors. More than 4,000 native lives were lost when the Cherokees were forcibly removed along the Trail of Tears from their homeland in the southeast United States. When the Cherokees arrived in what is modern-day Cherokee County, they immediately began rebuilding their society, including an education system, a legal system ...
May 21 2014
‘Screaming’ man arrested, says women planted meth on him
Jones, Oklahoma
Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 42-year-old Tahlequah man Saturday after callers reported a man running around Walters Trailer Park, screaming. Deputy Tom Moore arrived in the area on Jones Road at around 2:30 a.m. and saw Sherwin Harmon Jr. outside. Harmon allegedly was screaming and yelling, and staggered over to Moore.
May 21 2014
Two jailed in Cherokee County on charges of kidnapping
Jones, Oklahoma
Two people are jailed in Cherokee County after they allegedly kidnapped two young children Friday evening and fled to Mannford. An Amber Alert issued late Friday helped authorities with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, and Creek County Sheriff’s Office track down Tyler and Emily Mouse about six hours after the two allegedly took a 15-month-old and 3-year-old ...
May 21 2014
Legislative Focus: Brown describes governor’s behavior as ‘tantrum’
Commerce, Oklahoma
State agencies are looking at another 5 percent slash across the board this year, thanks to the passage of an income tax cut signed by Gov. Mary Fallin last month. Tax cuts, flat budgets, temper tantrums and vetoes were the topics of discussion at the May Legislative Focus Friday, held at the Restaurant of the Cherokees and sponsored by the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce.
May 20 2014
Cherokee Nation, VA partner to offer services
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
American Indian veterans of the U.S. armed services who live in the jurisdiction of the Cherokee Nation will soon find they have more options when it comes to health care. Principal Chief Bill John Baker and James Floyd, director of the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee, signed a reimbursement agreement Friday at the tribe’s recently opened Veterans Center.
May 20 2014
Woman confesses to sex with boy, 13
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 27-year-old woman this week after she allegedly confessed to having sex with a 13-year-old boy about 20 times. Booking records show Amanda Don Ballard is being held on 20 counts of second-degree rape, though investigators said Tuesday they aren’t sure how many counts she could ultimately face.
May 17 2014
Agreement Between Cherokee Nation, VA Provides Health Care Options For Veterans
Oklahoma
Many Native American veterans in Green Country have more options for health care. Veterans who are eligible for health care benefits through the VA can get those from Cherokee health centers.
May 16 2014
Missing local teen found dead
Cherokee, Oklahoma
The body of a missing 17-year-old boy was found in southern Cherokee County on Thursday, sheriff’s investigators said. Brikk Pritchett was reported missing earlier this month after disappearing on March 30, a day before his 17th birthday.
May 16 2014
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