McALESTER — Investigators say they are still looking into the case of a Pittsburg County woman missing since July. Barbara Ann Durant, 54, was last seen July 7 in Durant with a man who she allegedly living with, according to Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns. “He is not considered a suspect at this time,” Kerns said. Durant has been listed as an endangered missing person with the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, the sheriff said. Kerns said her case is still open and he has followed up on several leads but none of them “have panned out at this time.” “We know she that is uncharacteristic of her to not be seen or heard of,” Kerns said. Meanwhile Kerns said people who knew Durant was still hoping she will be found. “Several people who know her have called and all of them said they are worried about her,” Kerns said. Durant is described as a white female with red hair and brown eyes. She is 5-feet 2-inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. For more information contact the Pittsburg County Sheriffs Department at 918 423-5858. Also, tips can be sent anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 866-970-8477 or texted to 274637 with TIPS4U as the first word of the text. Web tips can also be given at www.tip2.us. All calls will be kept confidential. Contact Jeanne LeFlore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Pittsburg County Courthouse is closed today
The Pittsburg County Courthouse is closed today due to adverse weather conditons, officials say.
McAlester and Lakewood Schools closed Monday
McAlester District schools and Lakewood Christian Schools will be closed Monday due to adverse weather condtions, school officials say.
PSO still prepared; no reports of outages
Freezing rain in the winter storm that hit Oklahoma on Thursday and Friday mainly moved south of McAlester and Pittsburg County, sparing electric lines and poles in the immediate area.
When the winter storm had been forecast, there had been concerns of major power outages in the McAlester area.
Police called for stuck cars; no injuries reported
Officials say more than seven inches of snow has covered Pittsburg County since Thursday.
Crews work to clear roads
City of McAlester street crews were set to work double shifts throughout the weekend to try and clear as much snow and ice from city streets as possible.
Will the BLM lease and permit coal mining in the area?
Federal efforts could open local land for the development of natural resources such as grass lands, wind energy, salt, gas, oil and — specifically in southeast Oklahoma — coal.
Locals talk about the weather
Some area residents say they are prepared but not too concerned about the storm this week because they’ve been through bad weather before.
A McAlester city employee clears a section of Second Street Friday afternoon after a winter storm dropped several inches of snow in the area.
DPS issues advisory, phone number, for winter driving
The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has issued the following advisory for driving in winter weather.
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