Achille – The Methed Out, Bigoted Uncle of Oklahoma Towns

Small town Oklahoma is no stranger to drugs, bigotry, and institutionalized unethical behavior. So to say Achille seems to be the most screwed up, back ass wards town in Oklahoma is a pretty bold claim. But I am sticking by it. Last week, the former mayor of this rural town, David Northcutt, was arrested after allegedly breaking into the police department’s evidence room to steal guns, drugs, and cash. Then Northcutt allegedly blamed his actions on a meth addiction.

Generally, we’d spend 2-3 more paragraphs unpacking this particular story, because meth’d out mayors aren’t something you come across every day, even in Oklahoma. But instead, we are using Achille’s most recent antics as a segue to the insanity that has come from this town of less than 500 in just the last 2 years. So, hold on to your mother effins hats, readers. Because we’re about to go balls deep into the story of Achille: the The Methed Out, Bigoted Uncle of Oklahoma Towns.

First of all, let’s take a good look at the politicians of Achille, America. Like we said, last week the now former mayor was arrested for allegedly stealing guns and about $8,000 in cash (apparently used for gambling purposes) from his own police department. But before this, Northcutt already had one hell of a rap sheet, because in October 2018 he was arrested for alleged burglary and meth possession. All this took place after the 2017 investigation into Northcutt reportedly firing a gunshot at his boyfriend during an argument. Nuts, right?

But here’s the thing. Northcutt is not the only elected official in Achille making our blog. Because in December of last year another former mayor and then sitting city councilman, Lynn Chambers, was arrested with four others in a drug bust. I started this post with the wondering of what is in the water to make Achille, Oklahoma such a weird ass place. But I think we can all agree that it’s meth.

And lord baby Jesus, we haven’t even gotten to Achille law enforcement yet. Ya’ll remember Bart Alsbrook, the Nazi cop who was hired by the Colbert Police Department to make the town safe from non-whites through bloodshed and Hitler-worshiping? Well shortly after all this hoopla, the Achille Chief of Police Christopher Watson thought ole Alsbrook would be a great fit for his police department. In fact, Watson even stated he knew fully of Alsbrook’s vita of Nazi activities, which includes serving as the coordinator of the skinhead hate group, Blood & Honor, and still brought him on to the force. But wait, there’s more!

A few weeks ago, the Achille police force (no, not an officer, THE FORCE), was suspended. According to KFOR, the officers obtained a search warrant for Achille Councilman Bryan Baker’s home after reports his wife, a convicted felon, was in possession of a gun. The officers reportedly found a weapon and arrested Ashley Baker. Seems legit, right? Until you remember we’re talking about Achille. According to the Bakers’ neighbor Michael Coble, the gun was actually Coble’s own taken from his property and used as evidence to arrest Baker. This level of shady stuff seems to happen so much in Achille, that I don’t even think we can consider it to be newsworthy anymore.

And we ain’t even done yet. Who knew that a town that knowingly hires racist cops would also have a bigotry problem? Because three days before the whole goddang police force was suspended (with pay), Mayor David Northcutt (yes, the same mayor as the first paragraph, stay with me) was reportedly attacked in an Achille convenience store. Northcutt, an openly gay man, claimed the stranger approached him while yelling homophobic slurs and then proceeded to hit him in the back of the head with a case of beer. But what’s worse is that not even children are safe from the bigotry.

Last August, a 12-year-old transgender girl and her family found they had no choice but to move far, far away from Achille after ADULTS in her school district posted threats and insults at her for using the goddang bathroom. One of the ringleaders of it all??? The man who attacked the gay mayor. Look Achille, I know you only have like 500 people in your town. But surely you can find someone better to pick on than a 12-year-old girl. Maybe try picking on someone your own size? Because God knows there are a lot of adults in Achille who need to be held accountable for their poor decisions.

Look, I know every Oklahoma community has its own set of problems. But Achille is just beginning to look like a problem. Like that one uncle on your mom’s side who tags you and your cousins in racist memes and comments incoherent tirades on anything you post on Facebook that doesn’t subscribe to Rush Limbaugh’s ideology, it’s sometimes kind of embarrassing for Oklahoma to be associated with Achille. Now we can’t exactly block Achille on Facebook to stop hearing reports of the town’s embarrassing antics. But it’s close enough to the border that we can probably just annex it to Texas and be done.

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32 Responses

  1. I’m moving back to Oklahoma. Screw this Europe place! Oklahoma is where it’s at!

    Can you still buy meth at the 7-11, like in the good old days?

  2. Hayley, that was some excellent writing and reporting. Before you wrote this, I did not know in what county Achille was located. I was guessing it was in Bryan County and sure enough, it was. I suppose it’s not far from Colbert and Calera. It’s not just Achille that has a problem, you should look at the police records and antics in all those towns along the Red River in Bryan County. It’s loaded with good stories.

    1. OH MY GOODNESS, I forgot Cartwright! Cartwright, Colbert and Achille are all on State Highway 75A. Wonder if that’s a meth highway? Heads up if you’re driving down that road, you might see some real live (dead) Oklahoma / Texas zombies. Whew-whee, now that’s a tourism drive.

  3. What a buncha heels.

  4. And Texas would want Ash-Heel why?

  5. I bet if the good citizens voted (and I doubt many do), they’d vote for the same goofy representatives year after year, the ones that rob us blind.
    Double whammy on the state of Oklahoma.

    1. And they all voted for Trumpski.

      1. According to GeoStat 76% of Bryan County voted for Trumpster, and according to GeoStat at least 5 people in Achille have a college education (9.3% to be exact). Could not find the voting records for the town.

      2. That’s like saying Obummer is a terrorist. Smh

    2. How ’bout you go, and we wait here for your report? (I hope it’s in Boldface, because that makes everything so much more convincing.)
      Oh, and be sure to quiz them about Arnold.

      1. I did address your comments. Californians hate their leadership? All of the leaders? How do they keep getting elected? And did Arnold have great approval ratings when he left office?
        Your generalized statements characterizing a huge state are just plain ignorant, DAX.
        And it’s true Okies are certainly mostly Republican. You think the majority HATE Democrats? Like you do? That kind of poisonous vitriol that you spew out here runs in the majority of their veins? Or do they mostly just disagree with their policies, get irritated by their evasions, exasperated by some of their comments? The ones I know, and I know many, don’t seem to revel in that hatred like you do.
        And who says I’m a Democrat?

        1. DAX, I apologize for the comment about the boldface. I of course don’t know anything about you, as you don’t about me and I certainly wouldn’t have made that comment if I had know that your sight was bad. I just wrongly assumed that your use of boldface fit in with what I would term a boldface kind of opinion in your posts – no nuance, no consideration of the complexity of a lot of the problems written about here. So I fucked up.
          You’re right, California has many, many problems, as does Texas, Florida, New York, and here – oh, my god – here. I can’t seem to see any pattern as to who is always to blame in all these places, though. And, actually, I don’t know what problems you are referring to. They may be pretty different than the ones I hear about. The damn water situation out there is so critical, for instance, and please don’t tell me you think that decades long story is solely the fault of one party or the other.

    3. Californians love their leadership. That’s why they re-elect them over and over. Oklahomans would probably re-elect their leaders if they didn’t keep getting arrested. 😛

  6. Dewar, Oklahoma I’d say about 15 to 20yrs ago had a crooked criminal chief of police and then mayor. He made my life hell I was in an abusive relationship and it was obvious he was on his side. There were a few times he was called he was supposed to be taking him to jail well he wasn’t he dropped him off at his Moms. I found out one night he was supposed to have went to jail it wasn’t long and he was back bragging that he dropped him off and he had never took him to jail! Anyway he had it out for me. I knew something wasn’t right with him as the Chief of police then mayor. Well a few years after I finally found out but I know there is a lot more that was never found out. Anyway he was caught molesting/raping a 7 or 8 yr old girl he had been videotaping it or he had someone with him that was taping. It was a neighbor girl but I believe I heard someone found the tapes. Amazingly he only got 12yrs. Anyway the town went nuts didn’t believe it not their mayor that was the Chief for many years. Even with video tapes of it happening they still didn’t believe it, sickening! I’m sure there were more victims and I’m sure there were others like me that knew something wasn’t right with himI knew no one would believe me what he had done with my abuser. I had told family I don’t think they even believed me until the piece of sh*t got caught! That’s the problem people are blind to reality when they like someone or if they are a city, county, law enforcement, teacher, Politicians!

    1. Who ya gonna believe: your heroes or your lying eyes?

      Alvina, I’m truly sorry for what you went through at the hands of evil people like these – and their willfully ignorant enablers. Hope things are much better for you now

  7. There is a meth storm hitting rural America, and urban neighborhoods like mine. It ain’t pretty, and it ain’t funny. Now that most states control pseudoephedrine pretty closely, most of the manufacturing is happening in China and SE Asia, and smuggled through Mexico, as I understand it.
    I know that the alternative to locking everybody up is to call for expanded treatment options, and I understand why good people are calling for this, but I have to say, the stats on treatment for fully addicted meth-heads are not good. Once you’ve been reduced to tooling around on a little bike looking for shit to steal, your skin all ragged and your head twitching around like there’s a short circuit in there somewhere, there is just not much chance you’re going to turn your life around. Some do, but not many.
    Don’t know the answer – don’t know if there is an answer – but just hope that a meth house isn’t operating near you. Unfortunately, if there’s not one already on your block, it probably isn’t that far away.

    1. My wife served as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for a baby whose young parents were busted for meth use. Both parents went through the drug court system and rehab as an alternative to jail.

      DHS placed the baby with the baby’s grandparents (dad’s father and stepmother) while the parents were working through their legal problems and treatment. Last we heard, dad had kicked his habit after one brief relapse, has a good job, and has full custody of the child. Mom didn’t do so well, started using again, and was caught again because of the mandated drug tests she KNEW that she had to take. She’s in jail now, with her parental rights permanently terminated.

      NDFI, that’s a 50% success rate in a very small sample. I say let’s take those odds.

      Sadly, it was dad who got mom to start using in the first place. That shit is poison. Worse than poison, because at least poison will put you out of your misery.

      1. “Methamphetamine addiction is so powerful that all but one of 16 users seeking a heart transplant in Oklahoma City died because they couldn’t stop using the stimulant.”

        Methamphetamine use causes acute cardiotoxicity leading to death of the cardiac muscle. In order to be eligible for a transplant (their cardiac muscle had already been destroyed) the patients had to complete treatment. The choice in these instances was, quite literally, stop using meth or you will die. In this case, 6% success rate. What say you at that rate?

        An anecdotal piece form 2004, but I’m doubtful that treatment rates have gotten much better.

        1. Whoops, the last comment should be for Graychin.
          Watching the meth crowd around here, I doubt if 50% ever make it back off the stuff, but I’m talking street-living denizens of the deep. The ones that show up in nicer cars over at the well-known house in this neighborhood – maybe some of them can put the brakes to it before they lose everything, but the stubble headed, skittering down your driveway, in-and-out of jail crowd – I just wouldn’t bet on their chances, even with access to ample treatment options.

          1. To be fair, I’ve known people (Hi, Mom, wherever you are!) who chose death over quitting substances other than meth – alcohol in her case. Knew a guy that pretty much sucked oxygen and cigs in alternating breaths.
            And overeating – you can’t beat that for a balls-out, I-don’t-give-a-shit addiction that kills you.
            Overeating, though, doesn’t usually cause you to break into people’s house, grab their stuff, tote it to the local fencing operation/pawn shop.
            I’m not a big fan of drug laws in general, but, hypocrite that I be, I do want a big target on that meth house. I get in their business anyway I can think of that don’t get me kilt.
            One of the main problems with being neighbors with meth heads is that they have more energy that your run o’ the mill opioid freak or alcoholic. They keep busy, God bless’em. It’s a sad world to watch.

          2. Only “Chinese” justice for meth dealers will work.

      2. Wow, CASA is a great organization. I’ve known several people who did what your wife did. It’s a unique window into worlds one might never come across in one’s day-to-day.

        1. And it’s very tough work. Every case is heartbreaking.

  8. Kinda want to see a resident of Achille write a post defending their town’s honor.

    1. Do you think they have any literate citizens there?

    2. Do you think they have the internet down there? I would guess not.

  9. Hayley – OUTSTANDING article!

    Does anyone know how the people who live there pronounce “Achille”? The internet is inconsistent on the subject.

    Public service announcement: my postal address of Eucha, Oklahoma is pronounced “OO – chee.” Not “YOU – cha,” as you might expect.

    1. I believe it’s pronounced “Atch-lee”.

  10. The town of Asher in south Pott. county ranks right up there with Achille. Their cops have a pretty good set-up with their speed trap and kick back deal with the local tow company. They use unmarked cars in violation of state statute and believe they have jurisdiction anywhere they want.

  11. My son was addicted to meth. One morning when it was just getting light my son showed up out of nowhere. I looked at his eyes and they were not the eyes of the person I gave birth to. So I looked into his eyes and said “I want my son back”. My son asked if he could lay down and sleep awhile and I said yes. He slept from dawn to dusk without waking up. After that he never went back to taking meth again. Instead he moved away and started a new life far away. It does not matter how far away he is ten years later he is still sober , working and living a good life. There is a spirit that comes with that drug and it is that spirit that has to be addressed.

  12. Great…..for both of you!

  13. Looks like Oklahoma’s own little “Mayberry” runs a lot like Oklahoma’s own government. Same type folks too.

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