Monday November 30, 2015

POPLAR BLUFF MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY OVER THE WEEKEND ON DRUG AND FLEEING CHARGES

 

Authorities say a Poplar Bluff man is facing drug and fleeing charges following his weekend arrest in Carter County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 28 year old Justin Nance was taken into custody Saturday on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Nance is also facing charges of resisting arrest by fleeing and driving while revoked.

 

TEXAS MAN FACING FELONY DRUG CHARGE OUT OF WAYNE COUNTY
A Texas man was taken into custody last week in Wayne County on a drug charge.

According to the Highway Patrol, 25 year old Jordan Vanauken, of Orange, Texas, was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – hydrocodone.

Vanauken is also facing charges of possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

ST. FRANCIS RIVER IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND NORTHEAST ARKANSAS UNDER FLOOD WARNING
A flood warning is currently in effect for the St. Francis River in Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas until around 10 pm Tuesday.

As of 4 am this morning the river stage for the St. Francis river was at 23.9 feet at St. Francis, Arkansas. The National Weather Service says that some minor flooding is occurring with additional minor flooding in the forecast.

Motorists are reminded to not drive through flooded areas. If you come upon a flooded road you should turn around.

 

SIKESTON MAN ARRESTED ON FORGERY CHARGE IN STODDARD COUNTY
A Sikeston man is facing a forgery charge following his arrest last week in Stoddard County.

According to authorities, 25 year old Melvin Brown was arrested on multiple charges including forgery, speeding, and driving while revoked.

Brown also reportedly had a felony probation warrant out of Craighead County, Arkansas.

 

TENNESSEE MAN ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY ON BURGLARY WARRANT
A Tennessee man has been arrested in Stoddard County on a burglary warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 18 year old Michael Dylan Kaiser, of Dixon, Tennessee, was recently arrested on a warrant for 2nd degree forced burglary.

Kaiser’s bond was set at $3,500.

 

TODAY IS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID PROGRAM
Today is the deadline to register for a free course to help teach individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance misuse.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid program, provided by the University of Missouri Extension, introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health in adolescents.

The course is scheduled for 8:30 am to 5 pm on Thursday, December 3rd at First Presbyterian Church in Poplar Bluff.

For more information, or to register, call 573-686-8064.

Wednesday November 25, 2015

MAN FACING ARSON CHARGE IN CONNECTION TO FIRE AT POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENCE
A Poplar Bluff man is facing an arson charge in connection to an incident on Monday.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, an officer was dispatched to a residence on Franklin Street Monday evening in reference to a subject attempting to light the gas line next to the house on fire.

Police later arrested 33 year old Lahendra McCoy on a charge of 1st degree arson. He was lodged in the Butler County Justice Center.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE
Authorities say a Poplar Bluff man is facing multiple charges in connection to his arrest Tuesday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Chad Dunahoo was taken into custody on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Dunahoo is also facing charges of driving while revoked and possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana.

 

MOTORISTS ENCOURAGED TO DRIVE SAFELY OF THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Many Missouri residents are getting ready to get on the road to see family over the Thanksgiving holiday, but officials are urging motorists to keep safety in mind.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, during the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 18 people were killed and another 469 were injured in 1,151 traffic crashes.

During the holiday weekend, all available troopers will be assigned to Missouri’s roadways to enforce traffic laws, especially those related to drunk driving, driving over the speed limit, and seat belt/child restraint use. Troopers will also be assisting motorists as needed.

 

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST IN POPLAR BLUFF
A weekend traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a Poplar Bluff man on drug charges.

According to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, on Sunday a sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop and found a green leafy substance and a glass bong in the vehicle.

19 year old Ryan Brittingham was taken into custody and transported to the Butler County Jail. At the jail, officers conducted a search and found a bag containing a green leafy substance on Brittingham’s person.

Brittingham is facing charges of possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and bringing contraband into the jail facility.

 

FOUR EARTHQUAKES RECORDED OVERNIGHT IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
There were four earthquakes recorded overnight in New Madrid County this morning.

According to the Center for Earthquake Research, the quakes were all located north of Marston and had a magnitude from 2.3 to 3.0. The first earthquake was recorded at 12:50 am, with the next two occurring in the following 20 minutes.

The final quake was recorded at 2:26 am.

 

18TH ANNUAL TOY RUN SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND
The 18th Annual Poplar Bluff Toy Run has been scheduled for this weekend.

Participants are asked to meet at Cypress Creek Motorsports at 11 am on Saturday, November 28th, to register and drop off their toy or make a donation. The ride will begin at noon and will be followed by lunch and a 50/50 drawing at Bluff Powersports.

The proceeds from the event will go to benefit Poplar Bluff’s Christmas Promise and Cops for Kids.

For additional information regarding, call 573-712-2383.

 

POPLAR BLUFF KINDERGARTEN CENTER RECEIVES REGIONAL RECOGNITION
An area school has received recognition for affective teaching practices in the Missouri Collaborative Work program.

Literacy Consultant Carol Reimann of the Southeast Regional Professional Development Center in Cape Girardeau selected the Poplar Bluff Kindergarten Center for its successful implementation of a statewide initiative through which at risk students are taught to track their own progress in the classroom.

The Kindergarten Center is in its third year of the grant, which is set to continue to be funded through the 2016-17 school year.

Tuesday November 24, 2015

COOTER MAN FACING ASSAULT AND ARMED CRIMINAL ACTION CHARGES IN CONNECTION TO SHOOTING

 

A Cooter man has been charged with assault in connection to a Friday shooting.

According to Missouri Case Net, 63 year old Billy Renfro is facing charges of 1st degree assault, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon.

Renfro’s wife told authorities that Renfro had shot her during an argument. She reportedly had a gunshot wound to the leg.

Renfro pled not guilty during a Monday court appearance.

 

THEFT AT MALDEN FOOTBALL GAME LEADS TO AN ARREST
An investigation into a weekend theft at a football game in Malden has resulted in an arrest.

Over $2,000 worth of items were reportedly taken from the dressing room of the Palmyra football team during Saturday’s game.

A suspect, whose name was not released, has been arrested in connection to the case.

 

POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS GEARING UP FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK
Today will be the final day of school for many Poplar Bluff students until after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Superintendent Chris Hon tells KWOC News that Poplar Bluff R-1 Schools will dismiss on Wednesday for a teacher collaboration day.

Hon says that the regular class schedule will resume next week on Monday.

 

54 YEAR OLD MAN TO BE EXTRADITED TO SOUTHEAST MISSOURI ON STATUTORY RAPE CHARGES
Authorities in Scott County say a man is facing extradition back to Southeast Missouri on multiple sexual related charges.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter tells KWOC News that 54 year old Robert B. Azinger was arrested last week in Ohio in connection to an ongoing investigation in Scott County.

Azinger has been charged with 1st degree statutory rape, four counts of 1st degree statutory sodomy, and five counts of 2nd degree statutory rape.

Azinger is currently being held in Henry County Ohio, awaiting extradition to Missouri. His bond was set at $100,000.

 

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE TO HOLD MASS CASUALTY TRAINING EVENT

 

Three Rivers College will hold its bi-annual mass casualty training event today.

The event will be held at the college’s Poplar Bluff campus. The training helps prepare students in participating programs for a mass casualty emergency such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack and tests the college’s emergency response plans.

Students from several fields of study will participate in the training, including three classes of nursing students, EMT students, and Paramedic students. The training will also receive support from regional medical centers, local ambulance services, law enforcement agencies, and fire departments.

In keeping with the training’s focus on realism, the students themselves will coordinate much of the event, with students serving in leadership and command/control positions.

The college is also keeping the type of “disaster” under wraps, so that students have no chance to prepare beforehand.

 

COMMUNITY SINGING TO BE HELD AT BLACK RIVER GENERAL BAPTIST CHURCH
Black River General Baptist Church in Broseley will be hosting a Community Singing this weekend.

The event on Sunday, November 29th, will begin at 2 pm and attendees are encouraged to bring their own musical instruments.

For more information, call 573-429-6372.

 

FORMER POPLAR BLUFF GIRLS LADY MULES COACH SETS MISSOURI RECORD FOR WINS
The former head coach for the Poplar Bluff Lady Mules has set a Missouri record for all time coaching wins.

The Donettes of Doniphan defeated the Kennett Lady Indians Monday night 53 to 48 in Kirk Chronister’s first game as head coach of the Donettes. The win gave Chronister 743 career wins, a new Missouri record for a girl’s basketball coach.

This is Chronister’s 40th season of coaching; his previous 39 seasons were with the Poplar Bluff Lady Mules.

Monday November 23, 2015

MOTORCYCLE RIDER KILLED IN GREENE COUNTY WRECK

 

A motorcycle rider from Paragould has died from a wreck in Greene County.

According to the Arkansas State Police, the motorcycle of 52 year old Randy Allen Gates ran off a county road and struck a tree Saturday afternoon.

Gates was killed in the wreck.

 

MISSING MAN FOUND DEAD IN REYNOLDS COUNTY
The body of a missing Lesterville man has been found.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the vehicle of 49 year old John Gutches was swept off a bridge early Wednesday morning into Black River in Reynolds County.

Gutches reportedly drowned after escaping the vehicle. A search for Gutches began after the vehicle was discovered Wednesday morning. His body was then found on Friday.

 

MISSING CHILDREN FOUND SAFE, FATHER IN CUSTODY
Updating a story we brought to you on Friday, two children who were reported missing last week in Sikeston have been found safe.

Captain James McMillen with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells KWOC News that the kids’ father, Eugene Phillips, was found Friday morning in Miner.

Phillips, who reportedly has no parental rights, picked up his two children after they got off a school bus on Russell Street Thursday afternoon.

Phillips was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant. He told police that he had just dropped the kids off at the mother’s home. Police were able to make contact with the children and confirmed that they were safe.

The incident is under investigation to determine if any charges will be sought.

 

BLOOMFIELD MAN FACING METH CHARGE
Authorities in Stoddard County arrested a Bloomfield man Friday evening on a felony meth charge.

According to the Highway Patrol, 54 year old Michael Dodson is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Dodson is also charged with possession of a controlled substance – marijuana and driving while revoked.

 

PUXICO MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG RELATED CHARGES
A Puxico man is facing multiple drug related charges in connection to his arrest over the weekend.

According to authorities, 28 year old Stephen Donner was arrested Saturday night on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility.

Donner is also charged with possession of under 35 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

NEW AWARD TO RECOGNIZE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF THREE RIVERS COLLEGE GRADUATES
The nomination period has now opened for a new award designed to recognize the accomplishments and achievements of Three Rivers College’s graduates and former students.

The Distinguished Alumni Award will be handed out at a recognition banquet hosted by the college in the spring.

Nominations can be submitted online at trcc.edu/distinguished. A committee drawn from College employees, members of the Three Rivers Board of Trustees and the Three Rivers Endowment Trust, will choose the winning nomination.

The deadline for nominations is January 15th.

Friday November 20, 2015

SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MISSING MAN IN REYNOLDS COUNTY

 

Authorities in Reynolds County are searching for a man who has been missing since he was involved in an accident earlier this week.

According to authorities, the search for 49 year old John Gutches, of Lesterville, began after his truck was found early Wednesday morning in Black River near the intersection of Highway 49 and Route J.

There was nobody inside the truck when it was found. Multiple agencies are involved in the search including the Reynolds County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

 

SIKESTON POLICE SEARCHING FOR TWO BROTHERS WERE KIDNAPPED BY THEIR FATHER

 

Authorities in Sikeston are investigating a kidnapping.

Captain James McMillen with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells KWOC News that 38 year old Clarence “Eugene” Phillips picked up his two children, 8 year old Alexander Phillips and 6 year old Logan Phillips, after they got off a school bus on Russell Street Thursday afternoon.

Phillips has no parental rights and took the children in a Silver Dodge Ram extended cab pickup truck. McMillen says that it was reported that the father was with another unknown subject who was driving the vehicle and it is unknown where he may be taking the children.

Phillips is also wanted through Scott County Court for failure to appear on a traffic offense.

Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of the children is asked to immediately contact Sikeston DPS at 573-471-4711.

 

ONE KILLED IN TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

A Paragould man is dead following a two vehicle wreck in Greene County.

According to the Arkansas State Police, the wreck occurred when a vehicle failed to yield to a turning vehicle and the two vehicles collided.

The driver of the turning vehicle, 42 year old Jeffery Wimberly, was fatally injured in the wreck.

 

TWO POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON METH CHARGE

 

Two Poplar Bluff residents are facing drug charges in connection to their arrest Thursday afternoon in Wayne County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 46 year old Dennis Gowen and 24 year old Tiffany Carter were taken into custody Thursday afternoon on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Gowen was also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver for marijuana.

The Highway Patrol is reporting that Carter also had warrants for possession of marijuana and larceny.

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN HEAD ON COLLISION

 

A Fairdealing woman was injured Thursday morning in a head on collision near Harviell.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 62 year old Deborah Crawford was riding in a vehicle on Highway 158 when the vehicle hydroplaned, crossed the center line, and struck another vehicle head on.

Crawford was taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital with serious injuries. There were no one else injured in the wreck.

 

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE TO HOLD MASS CASUALTY TRAINING EVENT

 

Three Rivers College will hold its bi-annual mass casualty training event next Tuesday.

The event will be held at the college’s Poplar Bluff campus. The training helps prepare students in participating programs for a mass casualty emergency such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack and tests the college’s emergency response plans.

Students from several fields of study will participate in the training, including three classes of nursing students, EMT students, and Paramedic students. The training will also receive support from regional medical centers, local ambulance services, law enforcement agencies, and fire departments.

In keeping with the training’s focus on realism, the students themselves will coordinate much of the event, with students serving in leadership and command/control positions.

The college is also keeping the type of “disaster” under wraps, so that students have no chance to prepare beforehand.

Thursday November 19, 2015

PIEDMONT MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE

 

A Piedmont man is facing multiple drug charges following his arrest Wednesday night in Wayne County.

According to the Highway Patrol, 50 year old Tony Hughes was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Hughes is also facing charges of possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

DRUGS DISCOVERED AFTER MAN FOUND SLUMPED OVER IN VEHICLE IN POPLAR BLUFF

 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing charges after authorities found drugs in his vehicle.

Deputy Chief Jeff Rolland with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells KWOC News that an officer found 31 year old Jessie Legrand slumped over in the driver’s seat of a vehicle last week. Legrand was unresponsive but breathing.

Emergency medical services arrived at the scene and rendered aid to Legrand. He regained consciousness and refused any further medical treatment.

While inventorying the vehicle, the officer found a zip lock bag with suspected marijuana along with a plastic bag containing a white powdery substance.

Legrand was taken into custody on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

MINER MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN CONNECTION TO TWO DEATHS

 

Continuing to follow a story we brought to you yesterday, charges have been filed after two people were found dead in the Mississippi River.

According to authorities, 37 year old Thomas McRoy, of Miner, is facing two counts of 1st degree murder and armed criminal action.

The charges stem from the deaths of McRoy’s parents, 64 year old Roxann McRoy and 62 year old Larry McRoy, whose bodies were found in the river near Dorena earlier this week.

 

DEXTER MAN IN CUSTODY ON DRUG WARRANT
Authorities in Stoddard County say a Dexter man is in custody on a drug warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 28 year old Brian Koechner was recently arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance and attempted escape from custody.

Koechner’s bond was set at $50,000 cash only.

 

POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN BRIDGE BUILDING COMPETITION TODAY
The Poplar Bluff High School AP physics class will be participating today in a bridge building competition.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will test bridges entered into its 12th Annual Bridge Building Competition today in Cape Girardeau.

Students were supplied 15 pieces of balsa wood, a bottle of glue and some string, then given four weeks to create a bridge design of their choosing between 16-20 inches long and 2-9 inches wide, with the ability to hold at least 7 pounds. The projects will be judged based on structural efficiency.

Prizes donated by area businesses and organizations will be awarded to the top-five bridge building winners, as well as for the most aesthetic bridge and the electronic bridge building contest.

 

HUNDREDS OF GUESTS ATTEND COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER AT POPLAR BLUFF STUDENT ACTIVITY CENTER
Several hundred guests attended the Community Thanksgiving Dinner held last week in Poplar Bluff.

The November 10th event at the Student Activity Center was provided free of charge by Chartwells School Dining Services in partnership with the Poplar Bluff R-I School District.

Several school representatives assisted with the event including The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, the Senior High Studio Jazz Band, and the Student Council.

In addition, students collected nearly $200 for the Bread Shed and Haven House.

 

 

Wednesday November 18, 2015

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN SCOTT COUNTY

 

Authorities in Scott County say one person is in custody in connection to a homicide investigation.

According to authorities, a man’s body was discovered Tuesday in the Mississippi River in Dorena. A suspect has been taken into custody and authorities are still searching for a missing woman in connection to the investigation.

Additional details about the incident were not released.

 

TODD RICHARDSON HONORS POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR

 

Missouri House of Representatives Speaker Todd Richardson was at the Poplar Bluff High School last week to recognize a local student.

Richardson read a House proclamation that honored Senior student Grace Hudson for advocating for victims of sexual assault and giving a “voice to this critical societal problem.”

Hudson established Students Against Sexual Assault to raise awareness and protect teens from sexual assault, and domestic and dating violence.

The club has participation from around 70 members.

 

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE TO HOST FREE TRACTOR OPERATION AND GUIDANCE CLASS

 

Anyone wanting to learn how to operate a tractor will have the opportunity with a free class at Three Rivers College in New Madrid.

The Continuing Education department at Three Rivers College will hold Tractor Operation and Guidance classes from 8 am to 4 pm on Saturdays, from November 28th through December 12th.

The college says that the class will offer knowledge of tractor operations and guidance needed in agriculture. For more information, contact Amber Spears at 573-840-9619.

 

FLOODING CLOSES ROADS IN RIPLEY AND WAYNE COUNTY

 

Multiple roads have been closed due to flooding caused by the rainfall Southeast Missouri has received over the last few days.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, sections of Routes K and NN in Ripley County were closed last night because of flooding.

Officials also closed sections of Routes C, E, and F in Wayne County due to water being over the roadway.

You can find more information about road conditions online at Modot.org.

 

POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS DONATE DIAPERS AND BABY WIPES TO CHILD CONCERN CENTER

 

The Poplar Bluff Middle School Junior Beta Club recently held a diaper drive for the Child Concern Center of Poplar Bluff.

The club collected diapers and baby wipes over a two week period and donated them, along with cash, to the nonprofit, which provides low-income families clothing, diapers, food, utilities and other emergency items.

This is the second year that the Junior Beta Club has held a diaper drive.

 

EIGHT MULES FOOTBALL PLAYERS NAMED TO ALL REGION TEAM

 

Eight Poplar Bluff Mules football players have been named to the All-Region teams.

Quarterback Tristen Francisco, Defensive Lineman Jacob Dunlap,

Linebacker Steven Haley, and Defensive Back Denzel Britton were all named to the 1st team all-region.

Francisco and Haley were also respectively named offensive and defensive MVPs for the region.

Wide Receivers Ross Rushin and Jerrid Moore, Defensive Lineman Andrew Miller, and Center Zack Thomas were chosen for 2nd team all-region.

Tuesday November 17, 2015

POPLAR BLUFF MAN IN CUSTODY ON MULTIPLE CHARGES INCLUDING KIDNAPPING AND FORCIBLE RAPE

 

Poplar Bluff authorities say a man is in custody in connection to the kidnapping of an adult female.

We spoke with Deputy Chief Jeff Rolland with the Poplar Bluff Police Department about the incident:

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The suspect has been identified as 44 year old Doyle Turner, of Poplar Bluff. In addition to the previously mentioned charges, officials are also seeking additional charges including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and forcible sodomy.

 

MAN IN CUSTODY ON BURGLARY CHARGE IN POPLAR BLUFF

 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing a burglary charge after he was found overnight at an area business.

According to Poplar Bluff Police, an officer was dispatched to the business early Saturday morning and was informed that the suspect was found inside the business.

The suspect, 29 year old Paul Berry, told the officer that a friend told him he could sleep there. The officer observed that a door frame was broken and a shoe print was on the door. The tread pattern matched a shoe that Berry was wearing.

Berry was then taken into custody on charges of 2nd degree burglary and 1st degree property damage.

Police also say that $80 was reported missing from the business and multiple objects inside the building were damaged.

 

STORM SYSTEMS COULD LEAVE SIX INCHES OF RAIN

 

The National Weather Service says that some areas of Southeast Missouri could get 5 to 6 inches of rain before the current storm systems moving through the area are done.

The NWS says that we are looking at a round of heavier rain this morning, followed by a relative break this afternoon.

Another round of heavy rain is forecast to slowly move across our listening area tonight. Most of Southeast Missouri is in a flash flood watch until noon on Wednesday.

Residents are reminded that flooding of small streams and creeks is likely during the rainfall. You may also see some flooding in low lands, poor drainage areas, and roads that typically experience the effects of minor flooding.

Any motorist that encounters a flooded highway should turn around and seek higher ground.

 

OVER 100 GRAMS OF MARIJUANA FOUND DURING POPLAR BLUFF TRAFFIC STOP

 

Officials recovered over 100 grams of marijuana during a traffic stop Friday night in Poplar Bluff.

Sergeant Darron Moore with the Poplar Bluff Police Department has more:

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Moore says that the marijuana weighed 105 grams in its packaging and Turner is facing a charge of distribution of marijuana.

 

2.3 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE RECORDED IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 

Officials with the United States Geological Survey say a 2.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded Monday morning in Southeast Missouri.

The earthquake occurred at 8:51 am and was located 7 miles south of New Madrid. The quake’s depth was reported to be just over 5 miles.

 

CLOSE TO 100 THOUSAND DEER HARVESTED DURING OPENING WEEKEND OF DEER SEASON

 

Hunters harvested almost 100,000 deer during the opening weekend of deer season.

According to officials with the Missouri Department of Conservation, preliminary data shows that hunters harvested 97,171 deer over the weekend.

This marks an increase of just under 6,000 deer from last year’s number. Of the 97,171 deer harvested, 53,359 were antlered bucks, 10,320 were button bucks, and 33,492 were does.

Texas County led all Missouri Counties with 2,184 deer checked.

Monday November 16, 2015

SHOOTING SUSPECT NOW FACING 2ND DEGREE MURDER CHARGES

 

Continuing to follow a story we brought you first, a Poplar Bluff man is now facing murder charges in the shooting death of his former brother-in-law.

According to authorities, the shooting occurred back on October 24, in the parking lot of Poplar Bluff’s Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health Unit.  The victim 52 year-old Mitchell Dugger, of Broseley, was shot multiple times, transferred to a Cape Girardeau hospital, and later died on October 27.

58 year-old Edward Skorcz, of Poplar Bluff, is charged with 2nd Degree Murder, and has since been released posing bond.  Skorcz is due back in court this morning at 8 AM.

 

HIS PLACE FELLOWSHIP IN DONIPHAN TO HOLD CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR

 

His Place Fellowship in Doniphan will be hosting their first annual Christmas Craft Fair in early December.

There will be multiple types of crafts at the fair, including ceramics, textiles, quilting, jewelry, ornaments, and more. In addition the crafts, there will also be door prizes, an auction, and games for kids.

The event has been scheduled for 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, December 5th. Vendors can find more information by contacting Anna Harris at 573-255-3489.

 

MULTIPLE AREAS ON ROUTE 67 IN BUTLER COUNTY TO BE REDUCED BEGINNING TODAY

 

Multiple areas of North and Southbound Route 67 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane with a 16-ft. width restriction beginning today so contractor crews can perform bridge guardrail and guard cable maintenance.

The work zones are located from Route PP to Route M and from County Road 401 to Route JJ.

Work is scheduled to be performed from 6 am to 7 pm daily through Saturday, December 5th.

 

POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN ARRESTED ON SEVERAL DRUG CHARGES

 

A Poplar Bluff woman is facing several drug charges following her arrest, Saturday afternoon in Butler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30 year old Crystal Weaver was arrested, shortly before noon, on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Weaver is also being charged with possession of a controlled substance inside a correctional facility and possession of marijuana.

 

POSSIBLE HEAVY RAINS MOVES INTO THE AREA TONIGHT THUR TUESDAY NIGHT

 

The National Weather Service is warning Southeast Missouri residents to be aware of a storm system coming into the area today.

KWOC News spoke with Sean Polous, Meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Paducah about the forecast:

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Polous also says after this event, we should see a few dry days, before a weaker storm system moves back into the area for the upcoming weekend.

 

TWIN RIVERS PROJECT GRADUATION TO HOST PANCAKE BREAKFAST

 

The Princess and Pirate Pancake Breakfast has been scheduled for 9 am to 11 am on Saturday, December 5th at the Elks Lodge in Poplar Bluff.

Tickets are available for $20 in advance and a ticket will include breakfast, games, activities, and a free picture. One parent will get in free per child ticket and children are encouraged to come dressed as a princess or pirate. Tickets will also be available at the door for $25.

The event is being hosted by Twin Rivers Project Graduation. For more information contact Marisa Suiter at 429-9863.

 

4TH ANNUAL SANTA RUN SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 5TH

 

The 4th Annual Santa Run will be held on December 5th in Ellsinore.

The 5k will start at 10 am, with the 1 mile walk/run beginning at 10:30 am and a 100m Reindeer Dash will follow at 11 am.

All proceeds to benefit the Brodie Gargac Memorial Ball Field. Brodie Gargac was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2008 and later with Leukemia. The nine year old had his wish granted by the Make a Wish Foundation to have a ball field like the pros in his hometown of Ellsinore.

For more information, or to get an entry form, contact Kristie Orchard at 225-0615.

Friday November 13, 2015

ESCAPEE TURNS HIMSELF IN

 

A man who escaped from an Illinois prison in camp is back in custody.

According to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, 30 year old Jeffrey Roetzel is in custody and was picked up by US Marshals for extradition on Thursday.

The man walked away from the prison camp on Sunday. He turned himself in to the Poplar Bluff Police Department on Wednesday. Roetzel was in prison on multiple gun related charges. He is now facing a charge of escape from custody.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER RUNNING FROM AUTHORITIES IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 

A Poplar Bluff man has been taken into custody after he and a woman allegedly ran from Pemiscot County authorities.

According to the Pemiscot County Sheriff’s Office, a black male was seen attempting to get contraband inside a jail. When approached by a deputy, the man ran and escaped in a vehicle. During the escape, the woman driving the vehicle allegedly attempted to hit the deputy with the vehicle.

The two suspects, 26 year old Christopher Gainwell, of Poplar Bluff, and 44 year old Amy Vanover, of Sikeston, were later apprehended and taken into custody. They are being held in the Pemiscot County Jail on $200,000 bonds.

 

POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENT SELECTED FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S VETERANS SERVICE AWARD

 

A Poplar Bluff resident has been chosen as one of 35 winners of the 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Veterans Service Award.

Dr. Farrah McSpadden was nominated for the award by Missouri Senator Doug Libla. The award recognizes Missouri veterans who provide exemplary volunteer service to their communities.

Roger Wheeler, of Kennett, was also one of the 35 recipients of the award.

 

TWO ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGES

 

Two Butler County residents are facing drug related charges following their arrest on Sunday.

According to Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs the two suspects were taken into custody during an incident where deputies found multiple drugs, including suspected heroin and methamphetamine in a vehicle.

Deputies arrested 37 year old Kay Chaffin, of Poplar Bluff, and 42 year old Gilbert Lindsey, of Qulin.

 

SECOND PERSON DIES IN CONNECTION TO MOREHOUSE AREA WRECK

 

Updating a story we brought to you earlier this week, a second person has died in connection to a two vehicle wreck near Morehouse.

According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred Tuesday morning on Eastbound US 60 when a vehicle, driven by 22 year old Trent McMillan, of Sikeston, failed to yield for another vehicle and was hit. The second vehicle then ran off the side of the road and overturned.

A passenger in the second vehicle, 73 year old David Quoos, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the second vehicle, 73 year old Carol Quoos, was taken to an area hospital and later pronounced dead.

 

LOCAL CHURCH MAKES DONATION TO EUGENE FIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

A local church recently made a donation to a Poplar Bluff Elementary School to help with the school’s discretionary fund.

Holy Cross Episcopal Church donated hundreds of Box Tops that had been collected from church members to Eugene Field Elementary School.

Eugene Field has earned thousands of dollars from General Mills’ Box Tops for Education program over the past several years, according to coordinator Donna Glass. The money has been used to fund student field trips and purchase equipment such as a school camera and scanner.