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Sallisaw felon facing weapons charge

Monday, February 21, 2022 - A Sallisaw man was arrested Jan. 28 in Gore and charged with possession of a firearm after former felony conviction.

Charles Jason Jarvis, 43, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. He had been convicted in 2015 of knowingly concealing stolen property in Sequoyah County.

According to a police report, late Jan. 27, a Gore police officer spotted a blue Kia sport-utility vehicle traveling north on Main Street with its passenger not wearing a seat belt. The officer stopped the car, which was being driven by Jarvis. Jarvis’ passenger, Anna Sinyard, was discovered to have a warrant from the Town of Gore that night, but the jail was only accepting felony cases at that time.

The officer asked Jarvis if there were any firearms in the vehicle. He assured the officer there were none, but when a Webbers Falls police officer checked with Sinyard, she told them there was a gun under her seat.

A passenger in the back seat of the Kia, Mark Matthews, and Sinyard were also detained.

According to the report, police also found two cigarettes with a green, leafy substance inside the car.

Police deployed a K-9 to search the car and another officer ran a check on the gun to see if it had been stolen.

None of the car’s occupants admitted to owning the weapon, but police told Jarvis that because he was the one driving, and it was his car, that it was technically his gun.

Jarvis was subsequently arrested. Sinyard was ticketed for the alleged marijuana cigarettes and not wearing a seat belt. Jarvis was transported to the Sequoyah County Detention Center and the SUV was towed away because neither Matthews nor Sinyard had a valid driver’s license.

On the way to the jail, Jarvis admitted to the officer that he knew the gun was in the car, but he insisted it did not belong to him.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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