Officials with the Cherokee Nation say dozens of grave sites were discovered by crews preparing for a road project near State Highway 100. Cherokee Nation Roads Department Director Michael Lynn said crews were working in eastern Cherokee County when they discovered two unmarked stones. Crews used ground-penetrating radar and identified 61 potential grave sites in the same area, Lynn said. He said officials don't know whether they are Cherokee, community or animal burial sites. An archaeologist is coordinating with the tribe.
Deputy is OK after attack
Authorities say a Sequoyah County deputy suffered scratches but no major injuries when he was attacked by a pet fox while responding to a domestic disturbance call. Sheriff Ron Lockhart said the fox, named Roxie, attacked deputy Dwayne Frizzell last week. The sheriff said the fox is in quarantine at a Sallisaw veterinary clinic and being tested for rabies. The fox, which lived inside the home as a pet, ran up the deputy's leg and up to his throat, Lockhart said. He said the owners had a permit to rehabilitate the fox, but the permit expired in July. The sheriff says the fox scratched but did not bite the deputy.