• Dennis McCaslin

Cherokee County Sheriff Office appealing to public for information in assault and battery

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office has issued a press release seeking the public's help in providing information on an assault and battery that took place on Monday just east of Tahlequah near the U.S. 62 bridge over the Illinois River.

According to the release, deputies found Brian Stephen Slover, 46, of Tahlequah partially clothed, covered in blood and unresponsive.

An unidentified male caller said he found Slover, who was being aided by an unknown female, attempting to steal his pickup.

When officers arrived, the female had already left the scene. The victim was taken to the emergency room at a Tahlequah hospita and was treated for head wounds before being airlifted to a Tulsa hospital. He was listed in critical condition and remained unconscious late Tuesday afternoon according to the release.

Undersheriff J.C. Chennault said a crime scene was later discovered under the bridge approximatel 100 yards from the residence where Slover allegedly attempted to steal the truck and a large amount of blood was found at the scene. Investigators also found a pair eyeglasses they believe may have been dropped by a female.

"CCSO investigators believe the unidentified female was merely attempting to render medical aid to Slover," Chennault said.

The office is asking anybody who may have information that may lead to the identity of the unidentified female or the identity of the persons responsible for battering Slover to call Chennault, Capt. Chris Grizzle or Investigator Richard Berry at (918) 456-2583. Callers may remain anonymous.