UPDATE: BUTLER COUNTY MAN KILLED IN EXCAVATOR ACCIDENT IDENTIFIED
An excavator accident yesterday afternoon has claimed the life of a Poplar Bluff man.
Authorities say the incident happened at around 3:40 pm at Roxy Lake, off of County Road 450, when an excavator being operated by Keith Robertson slid down the bank of the lake and overturned into the water.
Rescue workers were able to pry open a window of the excavator and extract Robertson. He was taken to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center when he died a short time later.
MAN ALLEGEDLY KILLS HIMSELF WHEN SURROUNDED BY POLICE
A man reportedly shot himself Wednesday after getting surrounded by police in a residence.
According to Kennett Police, Jimmy Youmans was stopped Saturday by a Campbell police officer and during the stop he allegedly attempted run over two officers before fleeing.
On Monday, Dunklin County deputies received information that Youmans was in a local peach orchard, armed with a firearm and making threats that he would shoot deputies if they came any closer. A perimeter was set up, however Youmans was not found.
On Wednesday, Kennett Police received information that Youmans was in a Kennett residence. Officers were able to make contact with Youmans and convinced him to come to the front door, but he then retreated back into the house. After several minutes officers heard a gunshot.
Officers entered the house and found Youmans in a back bedroom, unconscious on the floor, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He later died at an area hospital. Youmans reportedly had warrants out of Wayne, Cape Girardeau, and Dunklin County.
The Missouri Highway Patrol is currently investigating the shooting.
MAN WANTED ON MURDER CHARGES ARRESTED IN PARAGOULD
A man who was wanted out of Memphis on murder charges has been arrested in Paragould.
According to KAIT, Ronald Goodwin was arrested by United States Marshals in connection to the death of his mother.
WHQB out of Memphis is reporting that Goodwin’s aging mother Jackie Goodwin, died from neglect. Ronald also allegedly stole from her.
TEENAGER ENTERS NOT GUILTY PLEA IN DEATH OF 11 YEAR OLD GIRL
An Arkansas teenager accused of killing an 11 year old girl has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder.
Seventeen year old Christopher Sowell pleaded not guilty to the charge on Thursday. He’s due back in court on October 14th, and his trial is set to begin on November 12th.
Sowell is accused of killing 11 year old Jessica Williams. Authorities found the girl’s body in a ditch near Gosnell last month.
Sowell was previously ordered to be held in jail on $2 million cash bond.
A Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department document says Sowell has acknowledged killing Jessica. That document says Sowell said he choked Jessica and pushed her over the side of a bridge.
Sowell’s attorney, John Bradley, and prosecutor Scott Ellington declined to comment because a judge has issued a gag order in the case.
MALDEN POLICE SEEK SUSPECTS IN ARMED ROBBERY
Police in Malden are looking for two men who robbed a convenience store Wednesday night.
According to authorities, two men entered the Amerimart at Highway J and North Douglas in Malden at around 11 pm. Witnesses told police that both men had their faces covered and one of them was armed with a gun. The men took an undisclosed amount of cash.
Both suspects were described as black males of medium build, 5’8” to 5’10” tall.
CHARLESTON MAN FACING MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES OUT OF MISSISSIPPI COUNTY
A Charleston man has been taken into custody on multiple drug charges.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 43 year old Terrance R. Webster is facing charges including possession of a controlled substance for heroin and Percocet, possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility, endangering the welfare of a child, and driving while intoxicated.
Webster was arrested in Mississippi County shortly after 10 pm last night.
MAN WHO ESCAPED DURING HIGH SPEED CHASE APPREHENDED
Authorities in Lawrence County, Arkansas say they have located and arrested a man who earlier escaped a deputy during a high speed chase.
According to authorities, a sheriff’s deputy observed a vehicle speeding and when he attempted to initiate a stop, the vehicle accelerated to over 85 miles per hour. The vehicle was later spotted, but the driver was not in the area.
The owner of the vehicle was identified as 46 year old Clifton Tillman, of Alton, Missouri. Authorities say they were able to locate Tillman in Sharp County using a signal from his cell phone.
He has been charged with burglary, assault and possession of a controlled substance.
EGAD, WHAT A CAD TO PREMIERE TONIGHT
An old fashioned melodrama is premiering tonight in Poplar Bluff
“Egad, What a Cad,” will be performed by Center Stage, the Three Rivers College Theatre Company, tonight, tomorrow and Sunday.
The performances at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center will be at 7 pm, except for the show on the 29th, which will be a matinee beginning at 2:30. Tickets are $10, or $5 with a valid Three Rivers student ID.
Tickets are available at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce, the Financial Services office at Three Rivers’ Poplar Bluff Campus, online at trcc.edu/tinnin. Tickets will also be available at the door.
FORREST OFFICIALS SEEKING COMMENTS ON CHANGES TO MANAGEMENT PLAN
Officials with the Mark Twain National Forrest are asking for public comments on proposed changes to the 2005 Forrest Management plan.
The proposal modifies and adds guidelines to protect seven threatened and endangered species, including the Ozark hellbender, spectaclecase, and sheepnose along with one endangered plant, the running buffalo clover.
Critical habitat has been designated for two other endangered species, Hine’s emerald dragonfly and Tumbling Creek cavesnail. Comments must be submitted by November 1st. More information about the changes and how to submit comments is available online at fs.usda.gov/mtnf.
FBI WARNING OF EMAIL SCAM
The FBI says they continue to receive reports of spam emails that use FBI officials’ names and titles in online fraud schemes.
According to the St. Louis FBI Division, email recipients are usually notified they have received a large sum of money. The latest round of emails uses the name of new FBI Director James B. Comey.
And, some of the emails reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center are continuing to use the alleged “Anti Terrorist & Monetary Crimes Division” of the FBI. All e-mails encourage the recipient to send money for various reasons.
The FBI says to not respond, because these e-mails are a hoax.
If you have received a message that claims to be from the FBI, disregard its instructions and file a complaint at www.IC3.gov.