jeff webster
Henryetta police officer Jeff Webster was named Officer of the Year Saturday at the annual Okmulgee Elks Lodge law enforcement banquet. Webster has been a member of the HPD for two years. Most recently, he was instrumental in the arrest of two people wanted in Kansas on felony charges. That arrest was made after he saw a vehicle said to have been stolen by the couple. He started a high speed pursuit that ended just west of Checotah on I-40. Police chief Steve Norman praised Webster saying, "he is the next generation of law enforcement in our city. Even though he is older than most two-year officers, he is very intelligent and will be a leader here in years to come." Webster is shown with Norman and fellow police officers Doug Kossakowski, Matt Duke, Joey Cantrell, Brandon England and Paul Brown, jr.


At the dinner, law enforcement dispatchers were also recognized for their work during the past year. Receiving certificates were Paul Brown, sr., Felicia Barrick, Deana Hart, Stephanie Brooks and Deanna Peavler.

An arrest in Henryetta is going to clear up several home burglaries in the Preston area last week.
Katie Bowdler, 29, and Cody McCulloch, 28, were taken into custody after a GPS ankle monitor Bowdler was wearing was traced to a home in Henryetta.pair arrested
They are alleged to have committed multiple home break-ins in the Preston area May 3. Okmulgee County deputies used video footage of the suspects from one of the residences to help identify them.
Both have had a number of felony offenses filed against them and were being supervised by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections which included the use of the ankle monitor.
They have been booked into the Okmulgee County jail on a number of complaints including second degree burglary, grand larceny, possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony and a felon in possession of a firearm.
Property that had been taken from those homes was recovered at the house the pair were arrested in. That property has been returned to the rightful owners.
An Oklahoma City man walking on Interstate 40 east of Okemah was injured when he was hit by a car early Sunday morning.
OHP Trooper Brad Stuteville said Taylor Lewis, 49, was walking near mile marker 225 when he was hit by a car. The driver of the unknown vehicle did not stop after the accident.
Lewis was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa where he was being treated for multiple injuries.
The vehicle that struck him is still being sought.
A man alleged to have been brandishing a firearm at another driver was arrested in Okmulgee Wednesday afternoon.
Eric Nightingale was booked into the Okmulgee County jail for driving under the influence, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and feloniously pointing a firearm.
The arrest was made around 2:30 in Okmulgee after a report was sent out stating the driver of a Black GMC was going north on US 75 when the driver brandished a gun at another motorists.
The vehicle was spotted by Okmulgee police and county deputies at 13th and Wood. Officers stopped the vehicle at Hayes and Wood Drive and took Nightingale.
Police chief Joe Prentice said Nightingale initially resisted attempts to get his hands in sight of the officers. A search of the vehicle reveled a number of firearms. No one was said to have been injured in the incident.
Nightingale told officers he was from Kansas but the vehicle he was driving had Texas license plates.
An Okmulgee County man died after his vehicle crashed while Okmulgee police officers were chasing him.
According to police chief Joe Prentice, James Cowles, 30, was said to be the driver of a 2004 Cadillac that crashed into a tree two miles west of Okmulgee.
The police chief said the pursuit started around 1 a.m. Thursday morning after officers witnessed a number of traffic violations.
The chase went west on 20th Street then turned onto Sharp Road. “That road contains several extremely sharp curves,” Prentice said.
Cowles’ vehicle failed to make one of those curves, leaving the roadway and striking a tree. Officers say the driver was pinned inside the vehicle and Okmulgee fire personnel had to extricate him. Once out of the vehicle, he was taken by ambulance to a Tulsa hospital but was said to have died of his injuries
“Although Mr. Cowles committed multiple moving violations and had a suspended driver’s license it is unclear why he failed to stop,” chief Prentice said.