Monday August 31, 2015

POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING MURDER CHARGES IN CONNECTION TO BOLLINGER COUNTY SHOOTING

 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing charges in connection to a shooting Friday night.

According to authorities, 31 year old Joshua Sharar and Vickie Williams were each shot and stabbed during an incident in Bollinger County.

Sharar died at an area hospital while Williams is in critical condition.

32 year old William Pickard, of Poplar Bluff was taken into custody following a chase in Butler County. He is facing charges of 1st degree murder, armed criminal action, 1st degree assault, and tampering with a motor vehicle.

 

WOMAN INJURED AFTER BEING HIT BY A VEHICLE IN KENNETT

 

A woman was injured Thursday after she was hit by a vehicle in Kennett.

According to the Kennett Police Department, two females told police they had been placing a child in a car seat when another vehicle backed out of a driveway across the street and backed into them. One of the woman suffered injuries during the incident.

The driver of the backing vehicle, 19 year old Christian Berry, of Kennett, was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated – drugs and no driver’s license.

 

THREE ARRESTED ON FELONY METH CHARGES IN RIPLEY COUNTY

 

Three people were arrested early Sunday morning in Ripley County on meth charges.

According to Sergeant Clark Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Jeremy Riggs, of Poplar Bluff, along with 24 year old Frankie Brewer and 23 year old Brittany Brewer, of Doniphan, were taken into custody shortly after midnight Sunday morning.

The three are each facing felony meth related charges along with other charges.

 

GREENVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 

A Greenville woman was taken into custody over the weekend on drug charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 21 year old Paige Duncan was arrested Sunday afternoon in Butler County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Duncan is also facing a charge of possession of marijuana.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO DISCOVERY OF BODY IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

Continuing with a story we broke for you last week, a Poplar Bluff man has been taken into custody in connection to the discovery of a dead body in Butler County.

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs tells KWOC News that Edward William Weaver, of Poplar Bluff, has been arrested and is facing charges of 1st and 2nd degree murder for the death of 48 year old Norman Jones, also of Poplar Bluff.

Weaver is accused of killing Jones during an alleged drug deal. Jones’s body was found in a car trunk on County Road 355 between Harviell and Neelyville.

 

GRANDIN MAN INJURED IN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING

 

A Grandin man reportedly shot himself in the torso on Saturday.

Carter County Sheriff Rick Stephens tells KWOC News that 24 year old Collin Kellerman appears to have accidently shot himself while showing a handgun to another person.

Kellerman was taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital following the shooting.

 

POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN ARRESTED ON ACTIVE WARRANTS

 

A Poplar Bluff woman was recently taken into custody on multiple active warrants.

According to Deputy Chief Jeff Rolland with the Poplar Bluff Police Department, 21 year old Carlee Eifert was found inside a residence on Foley Street and taken into custody on Wednesday.

While searching the residence an officer found a plate that contained a syringe and a spoon with residue on it.

Eifert was processed for possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest along with the two warrants.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

Route N in Butler County will be reduced to one lane over two days as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

Route N will be reduced between Route 51 and County Road 214 from 8:30 am to 4 pm both today and tomorrow.

 

Friday August 28, 2015

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING DEAD BODY FOUND IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

Following up on a story we broke for you yesterday, authorities are investigating after a body was found Thursday afternoon in Butler County.

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs tells KWOC News that the Butler County Major Case Squad was activated following the discovery of a body in a car trunk on County Road 355 between Harviell and Neelyville.

Foul play is suspected in the death and an autopsy has been scheduled for today. The identity of the man found was not available.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING CHARGE FOR ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING A JUVENILE

 

A 45 year old Poplar Bluff man is facing a child abuse charge in connection to an incident on Tuesday.

According to Chief Deputy Brian Evans with the Butler County Sheriff’s Department, an officer was dispatched Tuesday evening to a residence in reference to a domestic in progress.

At the residence the reporting party told an officer that Zachariah Hampton had punched a juvenile. Hampton admitted to the officer that he had punched a juvenile relative and that he was sorry.

The victim reportedly had red marks on her chest and both arms.

Hampton was taken into custody on a charge of abuse of child.

 

GREENVILLE MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR RESISTING ARREST IN WAYNE COUNTY

 A Greenville man is facing a felony charge following his arrest Thursday evening in Wayne County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Justin Schmitt was arrested for felony resisting arrest and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Schmitt also reportedly had a felony probation parole warrant.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG WARRANT

 

Authorities say a Poplar Bluff man has been taken into custody on a felony drug related warrant.

Sergeant Clark Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tells KWOC News that 38 year old Brian Hill was arrested Thursday in Cape Girardeau County on a felony warrant out of Wayne County for drug trafficking.

Hill has also been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES FOUND DURING SEARCH IN SIKESTON

The execution of a search warrant in Sikeston has led the arrest of an area man.

Captain James McMillen with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells KWOC News that 41 year old Tiron Sylvester Mitchell, of Sikeston, was arrested after authorities found a weapon and controlled substances were found during a search.

McMillen says officers found a small caliber handgun, 34 grams of marijuana, 3 grams of methamphetamine and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Detectives are seeking felony charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance – scheduled narcotic with intent to distribute, and illegal possession of a firearm.

 

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE TO OFFER HISET TEST IN MALDEN


Three Rivers College will be offering a High School equivalence test next month in Malden.

The HiSET High School Equivalence Test will be administered on Saturday, September 19th from 8 am to 4 pm at the college’s center in Malden.

The HiSET is an online test that covers writing, essay, math, science, social studies and reading. For more information or to register for the test, go online to hiset.ets.org. The deadline to register is September 16th.

 

DICE RUN TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND TO RAISE MONEY FOR ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

 

A Dice run is scheduled for this weekend to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

The Ride for a Cure Dice Run in Memory of Larry Maronay will begin at 1 pm on August 29th at the Dexter Eagles Club. Registration will begin at 11 am.

The entry fee is $10 per bike and a $5 for additional riders. A motorcycle is not required to participate in the dice run; you can use any type of licensed vehicle. All proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

For more information, contact Brian Jones at 573-421-1771.

Thursday August 27, 2015

SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES BID FOR SPORTS COMPLEX

 

The Poplar Bluff School Board has approved a bid for the upcoming high school athletic complex.

Superintendent Chris Hon tells KWOC News that the low bid of approximately 5.8 million dollars was submitted by K&S Associates. The bid was around 1.8 million dollars over the estimate for the project with the additional money coming from reserve funds.

The bid was approved by a 4 to 3 vote.

 

DRIVERS ASKED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR STRIPING CREWS

 

Motorists are advised to be cautious of striping vehicles that will be out across Southeast Missouri.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, to help reduce the impact to traffic, striping in cities and towns will take place overnight. Striping work will begin at 6 pm, with work ending at 4:30 am each day.

Drivers should be prepared to slow down significantly when coming up behind a slow-moving caravan of MoDOT striping trucks. The striping trucks move between 8 mph and 12 mph when work is underway.

 

BILLY JOE ROYAL TO PERFORM AT RODGERS THEATRE

 

Billy Joe Royal will be performing at the Rodgers Theatre in Poplar Bluff next week.

The show on September 4th will feature some of Royal’s biggest hits including Down in the Boondocks, Cherry Hill Park, and I Knew You When.

JR Rogers and the All Stars will also be appearing. Advance tickets are available for $15 by calling Tina at 573-614-0312. Tickets will also be available for $20 at the door.

 

FIRE REPORTED AT SAWMILL IN CARTER COUNTY

 

Authorities have contained a fire that broke out Wednesday at an area sawmill.

The fire was located at Anderson Sawmill near Garwood in Carter County.

Officials from multiple fire departments responded to help contain the blaze and no information was released on what the cause was. There has also not been any injuries reported.

 

SIKESTON POLICE SEARCHING FOR ALLEGED THIEF

 

Sikeston authorities are searching for a man in connection to an alleged theft at an area store.

According to Captain McMillen with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, a man entered Slusher’s Farm and Home on August 7th and stole an undisclosed amount of merchandise.

An employee said the man left without paying for the items and drove off in a gold colored Nissan Altima.

Pictures of the suspect are available on our Facebook page.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Sikeston DPS at 573-471-4711.

 

AREA CREDIT UNION PURCHASES SHIRTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL BAND

 

The Poplar Bluff High School Sho-Me Band has new shirts thanks to the Ozark Federal Credit Union.

The Credit Union purchased 150 Neverland themed T-shirts for the band to wear this season.

According to Tim Krakowiak with the Poplar Bluff School District, Sho-Me Band Booster Club President Shelly Batton initially reached out to credit union officials, who said they were more than happy to oblige.

 

THREE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN $50 THROUGH TACO BELL PROGRAM

 

Three Poplar Bluff High School students recently won $50 each through a program sponsored by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens.

Participants were asked what they would do with $50 to spread cheer throughout their school or community.

Sophomore Katie Sliger said she would donate her winnings to the Mules Booster Club; junior Gene Greer III stated he would buy his schoolmates donuts; and sophomore Garret Hudson vowed to purchase books for the library.

A teacher also won a $50 gift card thanks to a student nomination for the “Tip your Teacher” contest.

Math teacher Hope Conover was nominated by a student who, according to the award letter, wrote: “Mrs. Conover is the best teacher you will ever meet. If you have a problem, she will always take the time out of her day to help you with whatever.”

Wednesday August 26, 2015

MAN CAUGHT DRIVING ALMOST 100 MILES PER HOUR IN 35 MPH ZONE

 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing charges after he was caught driving almost 100 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone.

According to Deputy Chief Jeff Rolland with the Poplar Bluff Police Department, an officer clocked a vehicle driving 97 mph on south bound Highway 67 shortly before 4 am Tuesday.

The vehicle was pulled over and the driver was identified as Santiago Lira. Lira told the officer he was driving the way he was because he was going to get a hamburger.

Rolland tells KWOC News that Lira is facing charges of exceeding the posted speed limit by 20 mph or more, no valid license, and no seat belt.

 

EAST PRAIRIE MAN FACING DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING WRECK IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY

 

Authorities say an East Prairie man is facing drug related charges following a wreck Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 40 year old Michael T. Miller was driving a vehicle that hit a culvert and then a utility pole before overturning in Mississippi County.

Shortly after the wreck Miller was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance for morphine, xanax, and oxycodone.

Miller is also facing charges of driving while intoxicated, careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident, and no seat belt.

 

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI TROOPERS PREPARING FOR LABOR DAY TRAFFIC

 

Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers in Southeast Missouri are preparing for the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

Captain George Ridens, commanding officer of Troop E in Poplar Bluff, tells KWOC News that troopers will be participating in enforcement operations throughout the Labor Day weekend.

Ridens says troopers will be participating in a statewide enforcement operation during the peak travel periods on Friday, September 4th, and Monday, September 7th.

During the operation, Troop E troopers will be assigned to Interstate 55 to maximize visibility. Enforcement efforts on secondary roads within Troop E will be conducted during the same time frame.

 

MUSIC TRIVIA NIGHT TO BE HELD IN MALDEN

 

A music trivia night will be held next month in Malden.

The event on Saturday, September 5th, will be hosted by the Malden Arts Council at the Malden High School Gym.

Individuals can participate for $10 while teams of six can reserve a table for $50. Doors will open for the event at 5:30 pm.

For more information, call 573-281-9095.

 

12TH ANNUAL ST. JUDE CAR SHOW SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 12TH

 

The 12th Annual St. Jude Car Show has been scheduled for September 12th.

Registration will begin at 8 am the morning of the event at the Briggs and Stratton parking lot in Poplar Bluff.

There will be multiple categories with a $20 entry fee and awards will be given out for first, second, and third places. All proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

For more details, call Pam Sullivan or Doug Gatewood at 573-686-3004.

 

ART SHOW TO BE HELD TO RAISE MONEY FOR AREA FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

The Highway “K” Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a art show and sale of works by an area artist.

The sale will be held at the Community Center in Doniphan on September 11th and 12th from 9 am to 5:40 pm on both days.

100 percent of all sales will go to the fire department for updating fire equipment for the fire fighters.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO CONTINUE TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation are in Stoddard County for pavement repairs on Route AC.

Route AC will be reduced to one lane today and tomorrow from Route 25 to County Road 232.

Work will take place from 7 am to 4 pm both days.

 

POPLAR BLUFF INTERSECTION CLOSED THROUGH MID SEPTEMBER

 

Katy Lane in Poplar Bluff will be closed through mid September so contractor crews can perform intersection improvements.

The work zone is located at the intersection of Katy Lane and Business 67. The road is scheduled to re-open on Sunday, September 13th.

 

 

Tuesday August 25, 2015

SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK CLAIMS LIFE OF POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN

 

A Poplar Bluff woman died Monday afternoon in a single vehicle wreck.

According to Sergeant Clark Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 34 year old Michelle Vernon was killed in the wreck on Highway W, five miles north of Poplar Bluff.

Vernon’s vehicle had reportedly ran off the roadway and struck a tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE SEARCHING FOR WOMAN WHO ALLEGEDLY STOLE A LADIES WALLET

 

Police in Poplar Bluff are searching for a suspect who allegedly took a ladies wallet at Wal-Mart.

Police say that the wallet had been left behind by a customer and surveillance video showed a woman taking it from the counter at a register.

The video showed the white female leaving the store while wearing a black t-shirt that said “Fear This.”

A picture of the woman is available on our Facebook page.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Mustain at 686-8632.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN FOUND IN POSSESSION OF A SUBSTANCE BELIEVED TO BE METH

 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing charges after he was allegedly found in possession of a substance believed to be methamphetamine.

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs tells KWOC News, that a deputy was dispatched to a residence in Poplar Bluff on Thursday in reference to a domestic disturbance.

At the residence the deputy found 18 year old Dylan Norman. A relative of Norman told authorities that Norman had become irate and had thrown things inside the home.

The deputy did a search of Norman and found a bag containing a white powder substance believed to be methamphetamine.

Norman was taken to the Butler County Justice Center on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

 

MAN ARRESTED IN POPLAR BLUFF ON METH CHARGE

 

Authorities in Poplar Bluff say an area man has been taken into custody on drug related charges.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, James Joseph Taylor is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Taylor was arrested Friday morning after an officer found numerous syringes along with a spoon with a residue that field tested positive for methamphetamine inside a backpack. Taylor told the officer that the backpack was his.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN SPRAYED WITH PEPPER SPRAY AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY SWUNG A HELMET AT A WOMAN

 

A Poplar Bluff man has been charged with assault in connection to an incident on Sunday.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, a woman told police that she had gotten into an argument with 51 year old Ralph Jones when he took off his helmet and swung it at her.

The woman then sprayed pepper spray in Jones face. Police say Jones was clearly intoxicated and rambling about making the woman pay for what she did. He was taken into custody on an assault charge.

 

WOMAN CAUGHT ATTEMPTING TO STEAL ITEMS FROM POPLAR BLUFF BUSINESS

 

A woman was taken into custody Sunday after she was caught allegedly attempting to steal multiple items from the Poplar Bluff Wal-Mart.

Deputy Chief Jeff Rolland with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells KWOC News that a store employee observed 53 year old Teresa Sneed, of Poplar Bluff, conceal multiple items into her purse and attempted to leave the store. The total amount of the items was over $225.

Sneed was taken into custody on a charge of 1st degree burglary.

 

THREE TEENS ARRESTED IN SIKESTON IN CONNECTION TO SHOTS BEING FIRED

 

Three teenagers have been taken into custody following a report of shots being fired in Sikeston.

According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, officers were alerted to shots being fired during the early morning hours of August 16th. Officers received a description of the suspect’s vehicle and upon finding the vehicle, attempted to initiate a stop.

The vehicle did not stop and officers gave pursuit. During the chase, police observed what looked like firearms being thrown from the vehicle.

The vehicle eventually came to a stop and three teens were taken into custody. The driver of the vehicle, 19 year old Ralph Holmes, of Cape Girardeau, was charged with attempting to assault a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and resisting arrest by fleeing.

The names of the two other suspects, who were both 15 years old, were not released.

 

BUTLER COUNTY ROAD REDUCED FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

 

Route 51 in Butler County is being reduced to one lane daily through September 4th as contractor crews perform pavement repairs.

The work zone is located between Route 51 and Route B. Work will take place each day from 5 am to 7 pm.

 

 

August 24, 2015

 

 

 

CHAFFEE MAN ACCUSED OF FORCIBLY RAPING PREGNANT WOMAN

A Chaffee man is in custody after he allegedly forcibly raped a pregnant woman.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter tells KWOC News that the victim told authorities Friday evening that she had been forcibly raped by 21 year old Landon Klaffer that morning, and held against her will for the remainder of the day.

The victim, who was seven months pregnant, also said that Klaffer had displayed a machete toward her in an angry and threatening manner and physically assaulted her while holding her captive inside a residence.

Klaffer was arrested on charges of 1st degree rape, 1st degree sodomy, 2nd degree domestic assault, felonious restraint, and unlawful use of a weapon.

 

 

COUNTRY MUSIC STAR TO PERFORM IN POPLAR BLUFF IN NOVEMBER

A country music star will be coming to Poplar Bluff in November.

Easton Corbin will be performing at the Black River Coliseum on Saturday, November 7th beginning at 7 pm.

Tickets for the show go on sale a week from today on August 31st. You can purchase tickets at the Black River Coliseum box office, by calling 1-800-745-3000, or online at ticketmaster.com.

 

 

MAN FACING CHARGES AFTER ALLEGEDLY BEING FOUND WITH CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AT CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

Authorities say a Hazelwood man is facing multiple charges in connection to his arrest Sunday morning in Wayne County.

Sergeant Clark Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tells KWOC News that 22 year old Kenneth Eubanks is facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility.

Eubanks has also been charged with possession of under 35 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and speeding.

 

 

DEXTER RESIDENT ARRESTED ON DRUG WARRANT

A Dexter woman was recently taken into custody on a drug warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 43 year old Debra Sue Brown was arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

She was taken to jail and her bond was set at $22,500.

 

 

PIEDMONT WOMAN ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON HYDROCODONE CHARGE

A Piedmont woman is facing a drug charge following her arrest Saturday night in Wayne County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 53 year old Kimberly Birchfield was arrested shortly after 11 pm Saturday on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – hydrocodone.

She was taken to the Wayne County Jail following her arrest.

 

 

MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON WARRANT FOR POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

Authorities in Stoddard County say an area man has been arrested on a drug warrant.

The Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tells KWOC News that 40 year old Bobby Dale Kemp, of Dexter, has been taken into custody on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Kemp’s bond was set at $7,500.

 

 

SIX PEOPLE INJURED IN BUTLER COUNTY WRECK

Six people were injured Saturday night in a wreck on US 60 in Butler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by 19 year old Tristan King, of Roseburg, Oregon, was attempting to cross US 60 and was struck in the side by a vehicle driven by 40 year old Tracy Moore of Poplar Bluff.

Both drivers, along with three passengers in Moore’s vehicle, suffered minor injuries. A passenger in King’s vehicle received moderate injuries. They were all taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital following the wreck.

 

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS SET FOR TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Stoddard County today for pavement repairs on Route N.

During the repairs, Route N will be reduced to one lane between Routes AB and Y.

Work is scheduled to take place today from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Friday, August 21, 2015

 

 

 

 

BURGLARY LEADS TO POPLAR BLUFF MANS ARREST

A Poplar Bluff man was recently taken into custody following a burglary report.

According Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs, on August 12th deputies received a report of a burglary at a residence on County Road 467. Multiple items were taken including a television and several guns.

An investigation into the burglary led deputies to execute a search warrant at a location on County Road 466. Inside the residence officials found a pistol that matched the serial number of a gun taken during the burglary.

Deputies also found several pistols and other items that matched items that had been reported stolen from other victims.

25 year old Paul Swesey, of Poplar Bluff was arrested on charges of possession of an illegal weapon and receiving stolen property.

 

JOB FAIR TO BE HELD TODAY AT THREE RIVERS COLLEGE

Job seekers will be travelling to Three Rivers College today for the annual job fair.

The Community Resource Council Job Fair will be held today from 10 am to 3 pm at the Bess Activity Center.

Multiple employers will be at the job fair to speak with potential applicants. Remember to bring your resume.

 

PATTERSON MAN ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON METH CHARGE

A Patterson man is facing a felony meth charge following his arrest Thursday night in Wayne County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 25 year old Bryan May was taken into custody shortly before 9 pm on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine.

May was taken to the Wayne County Jail and placed on a 24 hour hold.

 

COMMUNITY SHELTER TRAINING EXERCISE SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER

Area citizens will have the opportunity to learn about shelters at an upcoming event in Butler County.

Butler County Emergency Management Director Robbie Myers tells KWOC News that the Shelter training will be held at the Black River Coliseum beginning on September 11th.

The training, hosted by the American Red Cross, will include shelter simulations along with exercises on setting up and breaking down shelters.

The event is open to the public and will be followed by ceremony to recognize and honor the heroes who lost their life on September 11th.

For more information or to register for the event, contact the Butler County Emergency Management Agency at 573-686-8686.

 

MAN ACCUSED OF EXPOSING HIMSELF TO SEVERAL PEOPLE IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

An East Prairie man is facing charges after he reportedly exposed himself to several people in Mississippi County.

According to authorities, 80 year old Maurice Woodrow Debaun has been charged with sexual misconduct.

Debaun allegedly intentionally exposed himself to several people at an area subdivision, including a 5 year old girl.

 

POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT HOSTS SPECIAL LUNCHEON FOR CUSTODIAN AND MAINTENANCE WORKERS

Over 60 custodian and maintenance workers at the Poplar Bluff School District were treated to a special luncheon earlier this month.

Superintendent Chris Hon tells KWOC News that the luncheon was held on August 7th as a token of appreciation for their flexibility with construction taking place at the district’s three largest schools this summer.

 

POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS PUT ON SKITS FOR THE COMMUNITY

Members of the Poplar Bluff community were recently invited to watch a series of skits put on by area students.

The skits were a part of the Super Kids Camp at the Wheatley School. The skits featured kids from kindergarten to 6th grade showcasing what they learned over the summer at the camp.

Super Kids is a summer school enrichment program run by volunteers, offered to Butler County elementary students. A total of 31 signed up this year, with 24 reportedly maintaining perfect attendance.

 

WARRANT OBTAINED FOR SUSPECT IN BLYTHEVILLE SHOOTING

(AP) – Authorities in Blytheville have obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect in a shooting that occurred during a brawl between two Blytheville families that left one person dead and 11 others injured.

Captain Scott Adams of the Blytheville Police Department said Thursday investigators are searching for 27-year-old Billy Dee Williams. Investigators say Williams is a suspect in the Aug. 8 shooting death of 19-year-old Adline King.

King was shot about 11 p.m. on the city’s west side. She was transported by friends to an area hospital where she died from her injuries. Authorities say King and another woman, who both have children fathered by the same man, were at the center of the argument.

Adams says anyone with knowledge of where Williams may be should contact the Blytheville Police Department.

Thursday August 20, 2015

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ALLEGED ASSAULT

 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing charges following an alleged assault.

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs tells KWOC News that 26 year old Bernard Gales has been taken into custody on charges of 2nd degree domestic assault, felonious restraint, and resist/interfering with an arrest.

The victim told Sheriff’s deputies that early Tuesday morning she had been in an argument with Gales which turned into a physical altercation. The victim said that during the altercation Gales choked her and struck in the side of the face with his fist.

Gales is currently lodged in the Butler County Justice Center on a $50,000 cash only bond.

 

TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG RELATED WARRANTS IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 

Two Poplar Bluff residents were arrested on drug related warrants Wednesday afternoon in Pemiscot County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Brian Hill and 32 year old Leslie Patterson were taken into custody shortly before 5 pm Wednesday.

Hill reportedly had a warrant out of Wayne County for felony 2nd degree trafficking drugs and Patterson has a warrant from Butler County for felony possession of a controlled substance.

 

AUTHORITIES STILL SEARCHING FOR SUBJECT THAT LED TO SCHOOL LOCKDOWN

 

We are continuing to follow a story we first brought to you on Tuesday following the lockdown at the Poplar Bluff Senior High School.

Poplar Bluff Police say that a subject that appeared to be carrying a weapon of some sort was observed by a staff member near the High School Tuesday morning.

Rolland is asking anyone who has information about the subject to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 573-785-5776.

 

ALMOST 50 NEW STAFF MEMBERS JOIN POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT THIS YEAR

 

Students in Poplar Bluff have been back at school for a week and many have met some the numerous new staff members across the school district.

According to Superintendent Chris Hon, Poplar Bluff R-1 welcomed nearly 50 new certified and classified staff members to the school district this year.

The new staff members took part in a three day training session earlier this month that went over many topics including informational sessions on assessment, payroll, and technology.

 

TWIN RIVERS STUDENTS HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL TODAY

 

Students in the Twin Rivers School District are on their way back to school this morning for the new school year.

Twin Rivers Superintendent Jeremy Siebert tells KWOC News that not everything has been smooth in the lead up to the school year.

Teacher’s lesson plans and other information were lost last week when the school’s computer servers crashed. A temporary server has been set up following the crash.

Siebert says that the crash caused extra work for teachers in the days before classes were set to begin.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS UNDER WAY IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Route ZZ in Stoddard County is being reduced to one lane through part of next week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

Work will take place through Tuesday, August 25th from 6:30 am to 5 pm each day.

The work zone is located from U.S. 60 to Route H.

 

DOGGIE SWIM DAY SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 30TH

 

The Animal Welfare Alliance will be holding Doggie Swim Day on August 30th.

During the event, area pet owners can swim with their dogs from 2 to 4 pm Sunday at the Poplar Bluff city pool in Hillcrest Park.

Admission is $1 per dog. Charlotte Craig with the Animal Welfare Alliance tells KWOC News that all dogs who attend must be leashed, under adult supervision, and up to date on vaccinations.

 

BLOOD DRIVE TO BE HELD TODAY IN POPLAR BLUFF

 

Anyone who would like to give blood will have an opportunity today in Poplar Bluff.

According to the American Red Cross, a blood drive is scheduled for 1 to 6 pm at Black River Medical Center.

Anyone who can not make the blood drive can also give blood on Friday at the Mingo Job Corps in Puxico or the Church of Christ in Dexter.

 

 

Wednesday August 19, 2015

POPLAR BLUFF SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL PUT ON LOCKDOWN

 

The Poplar Bluff Senior High School was placed on lockdown shortly after 8 am Tuesday morning following a report of a suspicious person.

Deputy Chief Jeff Rolland with the Poplar Bluff Police Department says a staff member reported seeing a white male, dressed in black run away from the campus across Business Highway 67. An initial report suggested that the subject may have been carrying a weapon of some sort.

Rolland says that there have been no threats of violence, however there will be additional security assigned throughout the district.

The Poplar Bluff Police Department is investigating the matter and anyone who has additional information is encouraged to call 573-686-8653.

 

GRANT MONEY ALLOWS DEXTER POLICE TO HAVE ADDITIONAL OFFICERS ON PATROL THROUGH SEPTEMBER

 

Additional officers will be on Dexter’s streets through the end of September.

The Dexter Police Department says additional grant money from the Missouri Department of Transportation will allow them to have additional officers on the road who will be aggressively seeking impaired motorists.

Anyone who sees a motorist operating a vehicle in a careless manner can report it by contacting Dexter Police at 573-624-5512.

 

POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT TAKES FIRST PLACE AT QUIZ BOWL TOURNAMENT

 

A Poplar Bluff High School student recently took first place at a Quiz Bowl camp.

Poplar Bluff Superintendent Chris Hon tells KWOC that Jackson Rideout, the PBHS senior captain, took first place in the history tournament during ACE Quiz bowl camp last month at Lincoln College in Illinois.

Also during the camp, sophomore Alyssa Cook, the JV captain, won second in a team contest; and Christian Cmehil-Warn, a senior starter, qualified to compete with the top performing students from multiple states.

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE INVESTIGATING INCIDENT THAT LEFT AREA MAN CRITICALLY INJURED

 

Poplar Bluff Police are looking for more information into what left an area man with critical injuries Monday evening.

According to authorities, 62 year old Thomas Wiley, of Poplar Bluff, was found unconscious at around 7 pm Monday on Russell Road west of Business Highway 67.

Wiley was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 573-785-5776.

 

85TH ANNUAL GOSPEL SINGING CONVENTION TO BE HELD IN MALDEN

 

A gospel singing convention will be held next month in Malden.

The 85th Annual Missouri/Mid-South Gospel Singing Convention has been scheduled for September 25th and 26th at the Malden Community Center.

The event will begin at 5 pm each evening and will feature at least 30 groups and artists from several states. In addition to the music, there will also be door prizes and a silent auction. The convention is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jerry Mays at 517-576-5188.

 

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR ANNUAL BRIDGE BUILDING COMPETITION

 

Registration is open for the 12th annual bridge building competition.

The competition challenges high school juniors and seniors in Southeast Missouri to design and construct the most efficient model bridge using limited materials including 15 pieces of balsa wood, thread and glue.

The lightest bridge to carry the greatest load will ultimately be declared the winner. Prizes will also be awarded for the most aesthetic bridge and to the winner of the electronic bridge competition.

Schools must register by September 8th to participate. The judging for the competition will be held on November 19th in Cape Girardeau.

More information and a registration form is available online at MoDot.org.

 

BUSINESS 60 TO BE REDUCED TO ONE LANE TODAY AND TOMORROW IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be in Stoddard County today and tomorrow for drainage repairs on Business 60.

During the repairs, Business 60 will be reduced to one lane from Cooper to Catalpa Street. Work is scheduled to be done from 6:30 am to 5 pm each day.

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

 

 

 

SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY

A man on the Sex Offender registry was recently taken into custody in Stoddard County.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Office, 34 year old Preston Simpson, of Dexter, was arrested on a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.

According to the state sex offender registry, Simpson had previously been convicted in Cape Girardeau County on charges of 1st degree statutory rape and child molestation.

 

 

THREE ARRESTED FOLLOWING SEARCH OF POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENCE

Three people were arrested earlier this month following the search of a Poplar Bluff residence.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, on Tuesday, August 11th, officers executed a search warrant at the residence of Michael and Ashley Bilbrey. During the search, officers located approximately six ounces of marijuana, suspected hydrocodone, and drug paraphernalia.

Michael and Ashley Bilbrey along with Casual Banks, of Poplar Bluff were each taken into custody on drug and paraphernalia charges.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED AFTER RUNNING FROM BUTLER COUNTY DEPUTY

A Poplar Bluff man was taken into custody Sunday after he allegedly ran from a Butler County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs tells KWOC News that 24 year old Terrell Williams was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and distribution of marijuana.

Williams fled from the deputy during a stop near Black Creek Cemetery early Sunday morning. He was later found and arrested at a nearby residence.

Williams reportedly has active warrants through Butler County including sale of a controlled substance near a school and possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana.

 

WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE AFTER SHE WAS ALLEGEDLY CAUGHT STEALING FROM AREA BUSINESS

A Williamsville woman is facing multiple charges following an incident at an area business.

According to Deputy Chief Jeff Rolland with the Poplar Bluff Police Department, 33 year old Rebecca Alsup was arrested Saturday on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drugs paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Alsup was reportedly caught taking items from Wal-Mart in Poplar Bluff without paying for them. A Poplar Bluff police officer then found items commonly used in the consumption of methamphetamine in her purse, including a glass smoking pipe with a crystalline substance inside.

A man, Craig Wood, was also taken into custody during the incident.

 

JERICA FOXX CHOSEN FOR POPLAR BLUFF CITY COUNCIL

The Poplar Bluff City Council has chosen who will fill the seat made vacant by the resignation of Jack Rushin.

The council unanimously approved Jerica Foxx for the Councilman at Large seat during a meeting Monday night.

Foxx will hold the seat until the next Poplar Bluff regular election.

Before Foxx was approved, the council voted on Jim Christman, however he fell one vote short of the four votes needed to appoint someone.

 

JUVENILE IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING INCIDENT WITH MACHETE

A Juvenile was taken into custody in Northeast Arkansas following an incident with a machete last week.

According to Blytheville Police, a juvenile female told authorities that she had been attacked with a machete by another juvenile on Friday.

The victim suffered several lacerations on her head in the incident. The alleged attacker was taken into custody.

 

SIKESTON WOMAN ALLEGEDLY CRASHES GOLF CART AND ASSAULTS OFFICER

A Sikeston woman is facing charges after she allegedly crashed a golf cart and assaulted a police officer.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter tells KWOC News that 22 year old Crista South has been charged with driving while intoxicated and assault of a law enforcement officer.

Juveniles who had been with South told authorities that she had been driving a golf cart very fast and ran into a ditch. South reportedly admitted to the deputies she had been drinking alcohol.

When she was placed under arrest, she became combative, kicked the windows of a patrol car and struck a deputy in the face with her hand.

South was booked pending the filing of formal charges by the Scott County Prosecuting Attorney.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY

Route N in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

Route N will be reduced from 7:30 am to 4 pm between Route AB and Route 91.