Thursday December 31, 2015

MULTIPLE ROADS STILL FLOODED IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Even though some river levels are starting to go down following the weekend storms, officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation say there are many roads still covered with water.

Flooded roads have been reported in numerous counties including Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Ripley, Stoddard, and Wayne.

Drivers should remember to never drive through water covered roads as even a small amount of fast-moving water can sweep a vehicle off the roadway.

To find out if any roads in your area are still flooded, visit the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Traveler Information Map at modot.org.

 

ARREST MADE IN SIKESTON HOMICIDE
Authorities in Sikeston say an arrest has been made in connection to the homicide of an area teenager earlier this week.

Captain Michael Williams with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells KWOC News that the teen was shot Tuesday evening and later died at an area hospital.

An investigation led to arrest of 17 year old Tiarrius Gant, of Sikeston, he was arrested Wednesday morning in the St. Louis area.

Gant is charged with 2nd degree murder, armed criminal action, felony murder, and discharging a weapon from a motor-vehicle.

His bond is set at $100,000 cash only.

 

CHARLESTON MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG WARRANT IN STODDARD COUNTY
A Charleston man is facing a drug charge in connection to his arrest in Stoddard County.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 35 year old Corey Faust was taken into custody on a warrant for distribution of a controlled substance.

Faust’s bond was set at $35,000 cash.

 

FLOOD WARNING ISSUED FOR ST. FRANCIS RIVER AT FISK
Another flood warning has been issued for a river in Southeast Missouri as fallout from the past weekend’s storms continues.

The National Weather Service says the a flood warning will be in effect for the St. Francis River at Fisk beginning late Friday night and continuing until further notice.

The river is forecast to rise above the flood stage of 20 feet by early Saturday morning and continue to rise to near 21 feet by Saturday evening.

The NWS says minor flooding is forecast to develop on Saturday and continue into next week.

A flood warning is also still in effect for Current River near Doniphan until this afternoon.

 

HIGHWAY PATROL REMINDS MOTORISTS TO DRIVE SAFELY TONIGHT WHILE CELEBRATING THE NEW YEAR
The New Year is upon us and the Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding everyone who is planning to get out and celebrate tonight to drive safely.

According to the Highway Patrol, 11 people were killed last year during the New Year’s holiday counting period. There were a total of 1,378 traffic crashes which injured 504 people.

If you are driving to a New Year’s gathering, remember to buckle up and obey all traffic laws. If your plans include alcohol, remember to designate a sober driver or take a taxi.

 

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR AG EXPO BEAUTY PAGEANT
Registration is ongoing for the upcoming Ag Expo Beauty Pageant.

The pageant will be held on Saturday, January 16th at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff. There will be age divisions available for girls up to 20 years old and pageant wear is requested for girls 2 years and older.

Pre-registration is open for $30 with the cost being higher for those who register at the door. To register, or for more information, call 686-8064.

Wednesday December 30, 2015

FLOODING PROMPTS GOVERNOR NIXON TO ACTIVATE MISSOURI NATIONAL GUARD

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has activated the Missouri National Guard in response to flooding the state is experiencing.

Nixon says the Guard’s responsibilities will include directing traffic away from road closures and providing security around breached levees and evacuated areas.

According to the National Weather Service, minor to moderate flooding could continue as the water levels begin to recede along portions of the Black River at Poplar Bluff, the Current River at Van Buren, and the St. Francis River near Patterson. Water

levels are expected to continue to fall over the next few days.

The NWS also says the flood warning for the Black River at Poplar Bluff has been extended to Thursday afternoon.

 

ADDITIONAL BUTLER COUNTY ROADS CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING
Motorists in Butler County are urged to plan ahead due to multiple road closures from the ongoing flooding.

Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation say that portions of Routes 158, 142, 53, N, W, and MM in Butler County have been closed.

Flooded roadways have also reported in numerous counties including Carter, Dunklin, Ripley, Stoddard, and Wayne. For more information on road closures go online to modot.org.

 

MOTORISTS URGED TO USE CAUTION AROUND WATER COVERED ROADWAYS
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is urging motorists to use caution when they approach water covered roadways.

Captain John Hotz tells us that motorists should never drive through water covered roads as even a small amount of fast-moving water can sweep a vehicle off the roadway.

Motorists should also remember to stay alert and watch for barriers or barricades put into place on roads. It is extremely dangerous and a violation of state law to drive around them.

A motorist was rescued from flood waters Tuesday morning on Highway 158 in Butler County. If your vehicle would happen to become stuck in rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground.

Hotz says at least 13 people in Missouri have been killed from flooding due to the recent rains.

 

TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE IN WAYNE COUNTY
Two Piedmont men are facing a drug charge in connection to their arrest Tuesday night.

According to authorities, 40 year old Jason Evans and 23 year old Daniel Tomlinson were taken into custody shortly after 9 pm in Wayne County.

Evans is facing charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and felony possession with intent to distribute – marijuana.

Tomlinson has been charged with 2nd degree child endangerment and possession with intent to distribute.

 

WARDELL MAN FACING METH CHARGE FOLLOWING ARREST
Authorities say a Wardell man is facing multiple felony charges following his arrest Tuesday morning in Pemiscot County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Cody Miller was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and taking a controlled substance in a corrections facility.

 

MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL WARNS CONSUMERS TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SCAMS FOLLOWING FLOODING
A Missouri state official says residents should be on the lookout for scams and price gauging in connection to the recent flooding.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster tells KWOC News that anyone with flood or other storm-related property damage should be alert for scammers who follow weather disasters and prey on consumers needing repair or cleanup work.

Koster says that storm chasers typically go door-to-door and use high-pressure sales tactics when offering repair or cleanup services.

The scammers may arrive from out-of-state and be unable to show local references or prove they are locally bonded or licensed. Storm chasers often take payments up front, provide shoddy or no work, and then flee the region.

If you have a question, or wish to file a complaint, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222.

Additional tips for avoiding scammers are available online at www.ago.mo.gov.

Tuesday December 29, 2015

FLOOD WARNINGS STILL IN EFFECT FOR BLACK, CURRENT, AND ST. FRANCIS RIVERS

 

Even though the weekend’s storms are behind us, their effects are still being felt across Southeast Missouri.

According to the National Weather Service the flood warning for Black River at Poplar Bluff will continue until late tonight. The river was at 19.0 feet Monday night and is expected to crest sometime today. The flood stage for Black River is 16 feet.

The St. Francis River near Patterson was recorded Monday night at 26 feet, which is 10 feet above the flood stage. The river is expected to rise to near 31 feet this morning. A flood warning is in effect for St. Francis River until Wednesday evening.

In Doniphan, the Current River is rising and expected to get near 20 feet by this morning. The Flood stage is 13 feet. The flood warning for this area is in effect until late Wednesday night.

Motorists are reminded to never drive through flooded areas as the water may be too deep to allow safe passage.

 

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO ARREST OF POPLAR BLUFF MAN
A Poplar Bluff man has been taken into custody in connection to a stop for a license plate violation.

According to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department, 30 year old Ryan Elwell was stopped for the violation early Saturday morning.

During the stop Elwell told a deputy that his license had been suspended. He was then placed under arrest for driving while suspended.

During a search of the vehicle, the deputy found syringes along with two clear plastic baggies that contained a white rock type substance.

 

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO ARREST OF POPLAR BLUFF MAN
A Poplar Bluff man has been taken into custody in connection to a stop for a license plate violation.

According to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department, 30 year old Ryan Elwell was stopped for the violation early Saturday morning.

During the stop Elwell told a deputy that his license had been suspended. He was then placed under arrest for driving while suspended.

During a search of the vehicle, the deputy found syringes along with two clear plastic baggies that contained a white rock type substance.

 

ONE DEAD AFTER VEHICLE WAS HIT BY A TRAIN IN IRON COUNTY
One person has died following a collision between a vehicle and a train in Iron County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol the wreck occurred near Pilot Knob Monday morning.

A vehicle driven by 62 year old Clarence Wisdom, of Middlebrook, allegedly failed to yield to the oncoming train and was struck. Wisdom was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

FLOODING CAUSES MULTIPLE ROAD CLOSURES ACROSS SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Multiple roads are still closed as a result of this past weekend’s storms.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route 142 in Butler County is closed between Route EE and County Road 353 as well as from Route 67 to the Naylor City Limits.

Also in Butler County, Route 158 is closed from Route 67 to Route 142 and Route N is closed between County Roads 243 and 231.

Road closures are also reported in multiple counties including Dunklin, Ripley, Stoddard, and Wayne. For more information on which roads are closed go online to modot.org.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED AFTER MARIJUANA FOUND DURING TRAFFIC STOP
A Poplar Bluff man has been taken into custody following a weekend traffic stop.

According to authorities, a deputy stopped a vehicle Saturday night, shortly before midnight. During the stop, the deputy learned that the driver, 23 year old Dwight Usry, had a suspended driving status. Marijuana was also reportedly found during a search of the vehicle.

Usry was arrested and while at the jail he admitted to having marijuana concealed in his pants. The marijuana was seized and placed in evidence.

Monday December 28, 2015

SEVEN MONTH OLD POPLAR BLUFF CHILD DIES AFTER BEING FOUND NOT BREATHING
A Poplar Bluff infant has died after being found not breathing.

Butler County Coroner Jim Akers tells KWOC News officers responded with EMS personnel to a residence on the south side of Poplar Bluff, early Sunday morning, in reference to a seven-month-old child who was not breathing.

The infant was pronounced dead at the scene. Akers says an autopsy will be performed later today, however foul play is not suspected.

 

HEAVY RAINS OVER THE WEEKEND CAUSING FLOODING OVER THE AREA
Flood Warnings are currently in effect for the Black River, Current River, and the St. Francis River until mid-week.

KWOC News spoke with Robbie Myers, Butler County Emergency Management Director about the flooding potential:

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Myers added the Black River at Poplar Bluff should crest mid-week at about 18 feet. Flood stage is 16 feet.

 

JOHN 3:16 MINISTRIES TO HOLD 4TH ANNUAL WINTER BLAST THIS WEEKEND
John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte, Arkansas, will be holding their 4th Annual Winter Blast on Saturday, January 2nd.

The fundraising event at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro will include dinner and entertainment along with a silent and live auction. There will also be a kids’ corner with bounce houses and games.

The dinner is scheduled to begin at 5 pm. Tickets for the event cost $10. For more information, contact John 3:16 Ministries at 870-799-2525.

 

BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION PREPARATIONS TO CAUSE DELAYS IN CARTER COUNTY
Route M in Carter County will be reduced to one lane beginning today so contractor crews can perform shoulder work in preparation for construction on the new bridge over Pike Creek.

The work zone is located on Route M from County Road 100 to one half mile north of County Road 101.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Friday, January 29th from 7 am to 5 pm each day, including weekends as necessary.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, ongoing construction work will continue through late summer.

 

TEENAGER INJURED IN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING HAS DIED
Continuing to follow a story for you, a Butler County teenager who was injured last Monday in an accidental shooting has died.

Butler County Coroner Jim Akers tells KWOC News 17 year old Kaitlyn Pullam died Saturday afternoon at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. According to family pastor David Stewart of First United Methodist Church, doctors had pronounced her “brain-dead” last Thursday. Doctors were unable to detect any brain activity for 24 hours.

Witnesses at the scene told authorities that, another person in the residence was attempting to unload a black powder rifle when it discharged and went through a wall, striking Pullam.

 

METH ARREST MADE SATURDAY EVENING IN WAYNE COUNTY
Authorities in Wayne County arrested a Poplar Bluff woman Saturday evening on a meth charge.

According to the Highway Patrol, 40 year old Mary Downs was taken into custody at around 10:30 pm on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance- methamphetamine.

Downs is also facing a charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BREAKFAST TO BE HELD ON 1ST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH
Officials with the Knights of Columbus say they are holding a monthly breakfast on Sundays.

The breakfast is scheduled for the 8 am to 11 am on the 1st Sunday of every month at the New Knights of Columbus Hall on North Grand Avenue in Poplar Bluff.

There is no cost to attend, however donations will be accepted.

 

29TH ANNUAL POPLAR BLUFF SHOWDOWN BEGINS TODAY AT E.T. PETERS GYM
The 29th Annual Poplar Bluff Showdown at E.T. Peters Gym will begin this afternoon at 4 PM. Teams this year include Vashon, Liberty Tech, Jonesboro, Memphis Central, Kenwood, Grenade, Cordova, and Poplar Bluff. Tickets are $4 per day, and there will be a 3 point and slam dunk contest Tuesday morning at 10 AM free of charge.

Poplar Bluff begins there Showdown this evening as they face the Crusaders from Liberty Tech. Pre-Game begins at 6:30 PM and tip-off at 7 PM.

 

 

Thursday December 24, 2015

CREWS ON SCENE OF POPLAR BLUFF FIRE
Crews are at the scene of an early morning fire in Poplar Bluff.

Details are scarce at the moment, but the structure is located near the downtown area.

We will have more information for you as it becomes available.

 

DEXTER WOMAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES
Authorities say a Dexter woman is facing multiple felony charges after her arrest Tuesday night.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell us that 29 year old Candice Farver was arrested in Stoddard County on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and driving while intoxicated – alcohol.

Farver is also charged with careless and imprudent driving involving an accident.

 

WAPPAPELLO MAN FACING DRUG CHARGE
A Wappapello man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a felony drug charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 35 year old Tommy Green was taken into custody shortly after 4:30 pm Wednesday in Butler County.

Green is facing charges including driving while revoked and felony possession of a controlled substance.

 

SEVERE WEATHER CAUSES DAMAGE ACROSS SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Wednesday’s severe weather caused damage across Southeast Missouri.

According to the National Weather Service, there were trees reported down in multiple counties including Carter, Wayne, and Stoddard, where a tree was down on a house near Puxico.

Multiple communities were also without power. A power line was brought down over Highway 21 in Carter County causing the highway to be closed for a period of time.

Damage was also reported at the Clearwater Campground in Piedmont where one camper was flipped upside down. There was also damage to storage units, carports and trees.

 

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING HOMICIDE IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
Authorities in Greene County say a suspect is in custody in connection to a homicide.

According to authorities, a woman was shot and killed early Wednesday morning at the Lorado Grocery Store. The victim has been identified as 45 year old Stacy Quintana, of Paragould.

A male at the location was stabbed and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

36 year old Stacy Keplinger, of Leachville, has been arrested on charges including capital murder and aggravated assault.

 

EMINENCE WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
An Eminence woman has serious injuries following a single vehicle wreck in Shannon County.

According to authorities, the wreck occurred shortly before 7:30 am Wednesday when a vehicle driven by 43 year old Jodi Harper traveled off the side of Highway 19 and struck a tree.

Harper was taken by ambulance to a Springfield hospital following the wreck. A 2 year old child in the vehicle suffered minor injuries and was taken to a West Plains hospital.

 

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 3RD ANNUAL THREE RIVERS ENDOWMENT TRUST TRIVIA NIGHT
Teams can now register for the upcoming 3rd annual Trivia night fundraiser and dinner held by the Three Rivers Endowment Trust.

The event has been scheduled for Saturday, February 20th, at the Poplar Bluff Elks Lodge. Dinner will start at 5 pm, with the trivia competition beginning at 7 pm.

Officials say tables will be $120 for a six-person team, with an extra $10 per person charge for dinner. Proceeds from the trivia competition will go towards the T.R.U.S.T. scholarship, with proceeds from the dinner going toward the Elks Lodge #2452 scholarships.

The T.R.U.S.T. scholarship provides retraining for workers that have been laid off and education for single parents. Recipients are students who would not qualify for scholarships demanding a higher GPA or students who just missed the financial cut-off for federal aid.

To register, contact Margaret Orlando at morlando@trcc.edu.

Wednesday December 23, 2015

TEENAGER INJURED IN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING IN STABLE CONDITION

 

A Butler County teenager who was injured Monday in an accidental shooting is in stable condition.

17 year old Kaitlyn Pullam was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital after she was shot at an area residence.

Witnesses at the scene told authorities that another person in the residence was attempting to unload a black powder rifle when it discharged and went through a wall, striking Pullam.

 

SIX INJURED IN BUTLER COUNTY WRECK
Six people were injured Tuesday evening in a single vehicle wreck in Butler County.

According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by 41 year old Nicole Wright, of Broseley, ran off the side of a County Road and overturned.

Wright, along with five passengers, suffered minor injuries and were taken by EMS to a Poplar Bluff hospital.

 

ADVANCE MAN FACING METH CHARGE
An Advance man was arrested Tuesday evening in Wayne County on a felony meth charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 47 year old Wendell Caldwell is facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Caldwell is also charged with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway.

 

DAMAGING WINDS, LARGE HAIL, AND TORNADOS POSSIBLE WITH STORM SYSTEM TRAVELLING THROUGH SOUTHEAST MISSOURI TODAY
The treat of severe weather is in the forecast again today and weather officials say tornados are a possibility with the incoming storm cell.

According to a hazardous weather outlook provided by the National Weather Service, scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected to develop over southeast Missouri this afternoon.

These storms could possibly bring damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes with them as they cross the area.

We will be following the storms here in the River Radio 24 hour weather center and will bring you updates as soon as they are available.

 

WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP IN CLAY COUNTY
A Jonesboro woman is facing multiple drug charges following a traffic stop in Clay County.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller tells KWOC News that a deputy stopped a vehicle Monday after receiving information the vehicle could possibly contain drugs.

During a search of the vehicle, the deputy found a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine and prescription drugs. The driver, 30 year old Alicia Gibbs, also had methamphetamine on her person which she handed over to the deputy.

Gibbs was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

 

TWO SIKESTON RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO PAWN SHOP BURGLARY
Authorities in Sikeston say two area residents have been taken into custody in connection to a recent burglary.

Captain James McMillen tells KWOC News that officers responded to a burglar alarm at around 1 am Monday at an area pawn shop. The owner of the business had learned that five different firearms were stolen from the business, one military style rifle and four handguns.

While later speaking with 22 year old Latravious Simmons, the man allegedly attempted to flee. He was arrested after a pursuit.

Two of the stolen guns were then found at Simmons’ residence.

Officers were then led to another subject identified as 24 year old Shamodre Newsom. Newson was in possession of three of the weapons.

Simmons is facing charges of 2nd degree burglary, 5 counts of stealing a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm and felony resisting by flight.

Newson was charged with two counts of receiving stolen property.

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE LOOKING FOR PERSON IN CONNECTION TO STOLEN CREDIT CARD
Authorities in Poplar Bluff are searching for a person in connection to a reported stolen credit card.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police department, a complaint was made Tuesday that a purse was stolen from a vehicle parked on Tennessee Street. A credit card in the purse was later used at a Poplar Bluff business.

A picture of the person who allegedly used the credit card is available on our Facebook page. Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to contact Captain JR Keirsey at 573-785-5776.

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL REMINDS MOTORISTS TO DRIVE SAFE OVER CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to drive safely over the Christmas holiday.

Remember to check your vehicle before you travel to ensure that it is in good working condition. Make sure you are well rested before driving to your destination, no matter how short the distance.

According to the Highway Patrol, last year over the Christmas holiday, there were 1,159 traffic crashes during the 102-hour counting period. In those crashes, 14 people were killed and another 388 were injured.

If you face a traffic emergency, you can contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone.

Motorists should use this number if they are in a traffic crash, witness a crash or crime, or observe a stranded motorist in need of assistance, or other traffic emergencies.

 

 

Tuesday December 22, 2015

SIX MONTH OLD BUTLER COUNTY CHILD DIES AFTER BEING FOUND NOT BREATHING
A Butler County infant has died after being found not breathing.

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs tells KWOC News that deputies responded with EMS personnel to a residence on Monday in reference to a six-month-old child who was not breathing.

The infant was taken to an area emergency room where he later died. Dobbs says that an autopsy will be performed, however no foul play is suspected.

 

PIEDMONT TEEN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE
A Piedmont teenager is facing multiple drug related charges following his arrest Monday afternoon in Wayne County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 19 year old Greg Townsend was arrested on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Townsend is also facing charges of possession of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

WEATHER SYSTEM TO BRING POTENTIAL SEVERE STORMS INTO THE AREA WEDNESDAY
Some potentially severe weather could be entering Southeast Missouri on Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service, there is potential for a few severe thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening with the main concern being damaging winds and large hail. Officials say a tornado cannot be ruled out as well.

More thunderstorms are forecast for the weekend where we could see heavy rainfall.

 

BUTLER COUNTY TEENAGER AIRLIFTED TO ST. LOUIS HOSPITAL FOLLOWING SHOOTING
A Butler County teenager was injured Monday in a shooting incident.

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs tells KWOC News that a teenager girl was shot in the facial area at a residence on Monday.

Dobbs says that witnesses at the scene told authorities that another person in the residence was attempting to unload a black powder rifle when it discharged and went through a wall, striking the victim.

The girl was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital for further treatment.

 

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY IN SIKESTON HOMICIDE CASE
Authorities in Sikeston say a homicide suspect is in custody.

33 year old Antoine Harris-Applewhite was wanted in connection to the weekend shooting death of 35 year old Samuel Sanders.

Sanders had been involved in a physical altercation with Applewhite on Saturday that allegedly escalated to the shooting.

Applewhite turned himself in Monday evening and is facing charges of 1st degree murder, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, and felon in possession of a firearm. He is being held on a $500,000 cash only bond.

 

MARBLE HILL MAN CHARGED WITH TERRORISTIC THREATENING IN CONNECTION TO BOLLINGER COUNTY SCHOOL LOCKDOWN
A Marble Hill man is facing a terroristic threatening charge following a lockdown at Bollinger County schools last week.

According to Bollinger County Sheriff Darin Shell, 46 year old Freddie Johnson allegedly called the Bollinger County Library and said he wanted to give a warning that his nephew was going to shoot up a school. The threat was later deemed to be a hoax.

Johnson was arrested and charged with making a terrorist threat. His bond was set at $100,000, cash only.

Monday December 21, 2015

TWO KILLED IN HEAD ON COLLISION NEAR CAMPBELL
Two Lake Wappapello residents are dead following an weekend collision in Dunkin County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred at around 1:35 am Saturday morning near Campbell.

A vehicle driven by 26 year old Cory Thompson, of Campbell, reportedly crossed the center line of Highway 53 and struck a second vehicle head on.

Two people in the second vehicle, 52 year old Jimmy Harrison and 45 year old Billy Faucett, were pronounced dead at the scene. Thompson suffered moderate injuries and was taken to an area hospital.

 

SIKESTON AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT FOLLOWING WEEKEND HOMICIDE
Officials with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety are searching for a suspect in connection to a weekend homicide.

According to Captain James McMillen, officers found 35 year old Samuel Sanders the third lying in the roadway in front of a liquor store Saturday afternoon. McMillen says Sanders had been shot in the chest.

During an investigation, officials learned Sanders had been involved in a physical altercation with 33 year old Antoine Harris-Applewhite at the liquor store that allegedly escalated to the shooting.

Applewhite has been charged with 1st degree murder, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, and felon in possession of a firearm.

McMillen says Applewhite should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone with information on his whereabouts can contact Sikeston DPS at 573-471-4711.

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION SELECTS NEW SUPERINTENDENT FOR POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOLS
The Poplar Bluff R-1 Board of Education has chosen who will succeed Chris Hon as superintendent of Poplar Bluff Schools.

The Board hired Scott Dill last week. Dill has served as superintendent of Houston Schools in Missouri since 2012. Prior to that, Dill had served as a middle school principal and library media specialist.

Dill will take over for Hon on July 1st of next year.

 

SIKESTON TEENAGER IN CRITICAL CONDITION FOLLOWING SHOOTING
Authorities in Sikeston are investigating a weekend shooting that has left a Sikeston teenager in critical condition.

According to Sikeston DPS, the 16 year old was shot in the abdomen early Saturday morning.

The teen told police he was shot in the street in front of a house after being confronted by two unknown subjects. The teen said the two men were wearing masks and were trying to rob him. He resisted and was shot in the stomach by one of the men.

The teen was flown to a St. Louis hospital in critical condition.

Anyone who has information about the investigation can contact Sikeston DPS at 573-471-4711.

 

DONIPHAN WOMAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING REPORT OF A KNIFE ATTACK
A Doniphan woman has been taken into custody in connection to an alleged knife attack.

Deputy Chief Donnie Trout with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells KWOC News that an officer arrested 29 year old Sara Mcfall after receiving a report that Mcfall had charged a woman with a knife and chased her around a car.

An officer made contact with Mcfall and found her in possession of two knives, an approximately 15 inch metal pipe, and a .22LR bullet.

Trout says Mcfall is a convicted felon and is not allowed to possess a firearm or firearm ammunition.

She was lodged in the Butler County Justice Center on charges including 2nd degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and armed criminal action.

 

POPLAR BLUFF CITY COUNCIL TO MEET TONIGHT
The Poplar Bluff City Council will be holding a regular meeting tonight beginning at 7 pm.

Items on the agenda include reviewing bids for the HeRO Grant project, discussing appointments to each of the Oak Grove, Poplar Bluff, and Cripple Creek Transportation Development Districts, as well as taking action on various budget ordinances.

The full agenda is available online at poplarbluff-mo.gov.

 

CLARKTON MAN ARRESTED ON BURGLARY AND THEFT CHARGES
Authorities in Stoddard County say a Clarkton man was recently taken into custody on multiple charges.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 43 year old Timothy Ray Laws was arrested for burglary and theft.

Laws’ bond was set at $12,500, cash only.

 

Friday December 18, 2015

METH ARREST MADE THURSDAY EVENING IN WAYNE COUNTY
Authorities in Wayne County arrested a Greenville man Thursday evening on a meth charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 33 year old Robert Laxton was taken into custody at around 7:30 pm on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute for methamphetamine.

Laxton is also facing a charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI SCHOOL DISTRICT PUT ON LOCKDOWN FOLLOWING THREAT
A Southeast Missouri school district was put on lockdown Thursday following a reported outside threat.

Schools in Bollinger County were put on lockdown after the threat was made at around 12:30 pm. The lockdown was later lifted and the schools released students on time.

The incident is under investigation.

 

FELLOWSHIP GENERAL BAPTIST CHURCH TO DONATE OFFERING FROM CHRISTMAS SERVICES TO FOUR MINISTRIES
A Poplar Bluff church will be holding three services this weekend and will be donating offerings received to four ministries.

The Christmas Worship sessions for Fellowship General Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff will be held on Saturday at 5:30 pm and Sunday at 9 and 11 am.

100% of the offerings collected in the services will be given in equal portions to The Bread Shed, John 3:16 Ministries, Backpack Friday’s Ministry, and Water Missions International.

 

TODAY IS FINAL DAY FOR POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOLS AHEAD OF CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BREAK
Children in Poplar Bluff are enjoying their final day in school ahead of a period that most of the kids will probably enjoy a lot more.

The Poplar Bluff R-1 School district will dismiss for the Christmas holiday following classes today. Superintend Chris Hon tells us that children will return to school in the new year on Monday, January 4th.

 

SECOND VEHICLE LOCATED IN CONNECTION TO FATAL HIT AND RUN
Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police Department say a second vehicle has been located in connection to the hit and run death of 13 year old Heavenly Hafford.

We spoke with Deputy Chief Donnie Trout with the Poplar Bluff Police Department about the investigation.

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Hafford was pronounced dead at the scene of a hit and run incident last week.

 

MAN TEMPORARILY DETAINED AFTER FIREARM REPORT TURNED OUT TO BE A TOY
Officials in Kennett say a man was temporarily detained Thursday in connection to a report of a person armed with a firearm at the Family Counseling Center.

According to the Kennett Police Department, after officers detained the suspect, it was learned that the firearm was in fact a toy that the subject had forgotten was in his possession.

Officials tell KWOC News that the subject had not displayed or brandished the toy nor had he made any type of threats. He was released with no charges.

 

OVER 3100 BOOKS COLLECTED DURING 10TH ANNUAL JINGLE JOG
Over 3100 books were collected for the 10th annual Jingle Jog at Oak Grove Elementary.

The event was established to teach elementary students about goal setting through charity and fitness.

According to physical education teacher Amanda Lance, students estimate how many laps they will run in a designated area on campus, and afterward they reflect on whether their goal was attainable.

The Little Red Bookshelf project was chosen for the fundraising drive. The project will supply books for students up to grade six at several select businesses throughout the community.

 

GRANDIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT TO HOLD LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE THIS WEEKEND
The Grandin Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their Lighted Christmas Parade this weekend.

The event on Saturday will begin at 6 pm, with lineups starting at 5:30 pm at the Grandin School.

Following the parade, children will have the opportunity to get their picture taken with Santa at the Grandin Fire Department.

 

 

Thursday December 17, 2015

HIGHWAY PATROL INVESTIGATING FATAL WRECK INVOLVING PIEDMONT WOMAN
Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol say an investigation is underway following a fatal wreck involving a Piedmont woman.

The wreck occurred Tuesday morning in Jefferson County on Interstate 55. The full circumstances of the two vehicle wreck are not known, however officials say the vehicle of 50 year old Lisa Merideth, of Piedmont, ended up overturning and ejecting her.

Merideth was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. There were no other injuries listed in connection to the wreck.

 

WAPPAPELLO RETAILER SELLS LOTTERY TICKET WORTH OVER $125,000
A Sikeston resident has won an over $100,000 Missouri Lottery jackpot.

Billie Heaton won a $126,000 Show Me Cash jackpot after purchasing a ticket from VFW 3416 in Wappapello. Heaton correctly matched all five numbers in the December 3rd drawing.

The VFW is also celebrating; since they sold the winning ticket they will receive a $500 bonus check.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW IN STODDARD COUNTY
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Stoddard County today and tomorrow for pavement repairs.

According to MoDot, Ramp 25 South to westbound U.S. 60 will be reduced to one lane for the repairs. Work is scheduled to take place from 7 am to 5 pm both today and tomorrow.

 

MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN SIKESTON
A Sikeston man has been taken into custody in connection to several recent burglaries in the town’s business district.

Captain James McMillen with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells KWOC News that 37 year old Aaron Presley has been charged with 7 counts of burglary and 5 counts of felony stealing. Presley is also facing charges of felony property damage, misdemeanor property damage and misdemeanor stealing.

McMillen says an investigation into the burglaries led police to Presley’s residence where they found and recovered stolen property. Presley is being held on a $15,000 cash only bond.

 

PIPE REPLACEMENT TO CAUSE DELAYS IN WAYNE COUNTY
Route 34 in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane for a couple of days so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace a pipe under the roadway.

Route 34 will be reduced a half a mile West of County Road 335 from 7:30 am to 3 pm both today and tomorrow.

 

SOCCER PLAYER AND CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER CHOSEN AS POPLAR BLUFF ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
A soccer player and a cross country runner have been chosen as the Poplar Bluff athletes of the month for November.

Jeffry Hardin and Katie Sliger were chosen for the honor by the Poplar Bluff Mules Booster Club.

Hardin scored 19 goals and 14 assists during the 2015 season, adding to his career total of 63 goals and 38 assists. He was also an All-State honorable mention in 2015.

Sliger was the Poplar Bluff Invitational and Jackson Invitational sophomore champion. She made All-Conference, All-District and was also a state qualifier. She is the first female at Poplar Bluff Senior High to break 20 minutes in the MSHSAA Class 4 state meet, which is a 5k.