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June 27, 2014

Nominee accused of threatening behavior

FORT GIBSON — Fort Gibson police investigated a disturbance Wednesday during which the Democratic nominee in the 2nd Congressional District race was accused of threatening the wife of a neighbor. 

Earl E. Everett, who won Tuesday’s Democratic primary with 33,087 votes, or 62.6 percent of the ballots cast, denied the allegations. Police call logs appear to confirm no assault occurred, but an Adult Protective Services worker was called to evaluate Everett’s welfare.

The retired educator, who said he will turn 81 on July 4, said he is recovering from a stroke that occurred shortly after he declared his candidacy in April. Everett, in response to inquiries about his health and mental state, said he is the subject of competing guardianship proceedings, which are confidential. 

“They are having some kind of hearing — my daughter has filed,” Everett said in reference to an entry on call log references to an upcoming court date. “I just had that stroke, and they didn’t know if I was going to get over it or what ... I can take care of myself right now.”

Attempts to contact Fort Gibson law enforcers who responded once to a disturbance in Everett’s neighborhood on Tuesday and twice on Wednesday were unsuccessful. Everett, who at times during an interview seemed confused, said the dispute arose after his wife called police about a neighbor who allegedly “has been encroaching on our house.”

Attempts on Wednesday to contact Everett’s neighbors also were unsuccessful. But police call logs show Everett called shortly after noon for emergency responders and complained about Lacey Keller being in a home and refusing to leave. Keller reportedly left about 13 minutes later, and police declared the situation “a civil matter.”

Police call logs show Keller called police almost an hour later alleging Everett had threatened the reporting party’s wife. Everett said police officers showed up, but “they didn’t do anything.”

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