Friday January 29, 2016

STODDARD COUNTY MAN’S CONVICTION UPHELD

 

A Court of Appeals has rejected a Stoddard County man’s appeal of his conviction on multiple charges, including forcible rape.

Steven Rendleman was sentenced to 163 years plus 2 life sentences without the possibility of parole for kidnapping, forcible rape, forcible sodomy, assault of a law enforcement officer, and armed criminal action in connection to an incident that occurred in March of 2012.

Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver says tells us that the Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction and sentence without issuing an opinion, finding simply that no error occurred in the trial.

 

COCAINE, MARIJUANA, AND HYDROCODONE FOUND IN SIKESTON MAN’S HOME
Authorities say cocaine and marijuana were found during the search of a Sikeston man’s home.

Police responded to the home after receiving a tip of that there were drugs in the residence.

Authorities reportedly found over 4.5 ounces of marijuana, over 1.5 ounces of cocaine, and over 30 hydrocodone pills at the home.

Joe Allen Alexander was taken into custody on three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

 

SEMO FOOD BANK FOOD GIVEAWAY IN POPLAR BLUFF TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND
The Southeast Missouri Food Bank will be holding a food giveaway tomorrow in Poplar Bluff.

The Mobile Food Pantry will be held at 10 am Saturday in the River Radio Parking Lot on West Pine Street. Attendees should bring their own bag or box.

If you have questions about the event, contact Missy Rice at 573-703-3019.

 

VAN BUREN MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A Van Buren man was flown to a Cape Girardeau hospital Thursday after he was involved in a single vehicle wreck.

According to authorities the wreck occurred Thursday morning on Route M in Carter County. 61 year old James Duncan’s vehicle lost control, travelled off the roadway, and struck a culvert.

Duncan, who was reportedly not wearing a safety device, was seriously injured and taken by Air Evac to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE LOOKING FOR TWO MEN IN CONNECTION TO SHOPLIFTING COMPLAINT
Poplar Bluff authorities are searching for two men in connection to a shoplifting complaint.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, Wal-Mart Loss Prevention told police that two white males stole video games from the store and fled on foot when they were confronted by an employee at the exit.

Pictures of the two suspects are available on our Facebook page.

If you recognize either of the suspects, the Police Department is asking you to contact Officer Jim Gerber at 573-785-5776.

 

VALENTINES FOR VETERANS CONCERT SET FOR FEBRUARY 19TH
An Eagles tribute band will be the act for this year’s Valentines for Veterans concert in Poplar Bluff.

Take it to the Limit will be performing at the event on February 19th at the Black River Coliseum. In addition there will also be a special dedication to Vietnam era veterans with songs from Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Doors will open for the event at 5:30 pm, followed by a pre-show at 6:30 and the main event at 7. Tickets can be picked up at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center and the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce.

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE TO HOST COFFEE WITH A COP EVENT IN FEBRUARY
The Poplar Bluff Police Department has announced that they will be giving local citizens the chance to meet the officers that serve them in an upcoming event.

The Police Department will be holding their 1st Coffee with a Cop event from 8:30 to10:30 am on February 19th at McDonald’s on Highway 67 North.

During the event, there will be opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.

 

 

Thursday January 28, 2016

MAN ARRESTED IN PEMISCOT COUNTY ON FIREARM AND DRUG CHARGES
A Holland, Missouri man was taken into custody earlier this week in Pemiscot County on firearm and drug charges.

According to authorities, 30 year old Mark Crocker was arrested on felony charges of possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance for xanax, and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute for methamphetamine.

Following the arrest, Crocker was held in the Pemiscot County jail on a 24 hour hold.

 

SHOPLIFTING CALL LEADS TO DRUG ARREST IN KENNETT
A shoplifting call resulted in the arrest of a Dexter woman on a drug charge.

According to the Kennett Police Department, officers were dispatched to an area business Wednesday to take a shoplifting report. The officers made contact with the suspect and located several types of narcotics in her purse.

The suspect, Christy Smith, of Dexter, was arrested for stealing and possession of a controlled substance. Following the arrest, Smith was taken to the Dunklin County Jail.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG WARRANT
Poplar Bluff police arrested an area man Wednesday on a drug warrant.

According to the police department, an officer found 52 year old Kevin Tarpley picking up trash in an area parking lot. The officer conducted a warrants check and found Tarpley had an active warrant through the Butler County Sheriff’s Office for distributing a controlled substance.

Tarpley was placed in custody and lodged in the Butler County Justice Center on a $100,000 bond.

 

KENNETT MAN ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY FOR RESISTING ARREST
A Kennett man has been taken into custody for allegedly resisting arrest.

According to authorities Butler County Deputies made contact with 22 year old Davonta Green after reports were made about Green threatening to harm himself. After the deputies made contact, Green reportedly took off running. Authorities say Green was able to get about a mile before being apprehended.

It was later determined that Green had a probation violation and was wanted for arrest.

He was arrested on an additional charge of felony resisting arrest.

 

TWO ARRESTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES IN SCOTT COUNTY
Authorities in Scott County say two Benton residents have been taken into custody on child pornography charges.

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, deputies served a search warrant Tuesday at a residence in Benton in connection to an ongoing investigation into child molestation charges.

At the residence, deputies found an inappropriate photograph of a child who was less than 18 years of age.

The victim identified the photograph as one that 67 year old Clayton Counts had taken.

Investigators were able to determine that 58 year old Judith Gray had been present during incidents when Counts was allegedly raping the victim. Gray would hold the door shut to keep anyone from going inside the bedroom while Counts raped the victim.

Counts and Gray were both taken into custody on a felony charge of possession of child pornography. Counts is also facing a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

 

DEADLINE COMING UP FOR THREE RIVERS COLLEGE DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI NOMINATIONS
This Friday is the deadline for nominations for the 2015 Three Rivers College Distinguished Alumni Award.

The award will go to a graduate from or former student of Three Rivers College who will be judged on the merits of their personal and professional achievements.

A committee drawn from College employees, members of the Three Rivers Board of Trustees and the Three Rivers Endowment Trust, and residents of the college’s service area will choose the winning nomination. The award will then be given out at a recognition banquet hosted by the college in the spring.

Nominations can be submitted by going to trcc.edu/distinguished and filling out the form provided there. The nominations will close on January 29th.

Wednesday January 27, 2016

TWO ARRESTED ON CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGES IN POPLAR BLUFF
Two people were taken into custody Saturday following a well being check at a Poplar Bluff residence.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, at the residence an officer found multiple items on the floor including what appeared to be dried feces in the bathroom. Other rooms in the residence were also in disarray with items scattered throughout.

One of the two children in the residence reportedly had a small cut on their leg that both parents stated happened from a hole in the bedroom floor.

The two children were removed from the residence and released to a family member.

William and Heather Dugger were both placed under arrest for 1st degree endangering the welfare of a child.

 

THREE ARRESTED AFTER SUSPECTED METHAMPHETAMINE FOUND IN CLAY COUNTY HOME
Three people were arrested Sunday after authorities reportedly found drugs in a Clay County residence.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller tells us that Clay County deputies and Piggott Police officers executed a search warrant Sunday at a residence in Piggott.

While searching the residence, officers found suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, and several items of drug paraphernalia.

Miller says that three people were taken into custody, Pam Brady, Justin Tompkins, and Whitney Freer. The three are facing multiple drug related charges.

 

THREE ARRESTED AFTER SUSPECTED METHAMPHETAMINE FOUND IN CLAY COUNTY HOME
Three people were arrested Sunday after authorities reportedly found drugs in a Clay County residence.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller tells us that Clay County deputies and Piggott Police officers executed a search warrant Sunday at a residence in Piggott.

While searching the residence, officers found suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, and several items of drug paraphernalia.

Miller says that three people were taken into custody, Pam Brady, Justin Tompkins, and Whitney Freer. The three are facing multiple drug related charges.

 

TWO IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO ROBBERY
Two men have been taken into custody in connection to a robbery.

According to New Madrid authorities, the two men, Shannon Smith and Robert Taylor Jr., allegedly entered a home, assaulted, and robbed a man Monday morning.

The victim was taken to a St. Louis hospital with a head injury. The two men have been arrested on charges of 1st degree robbery, 1st degree assault, and 1st degree burglary.

 

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO ARREST OF POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN ON DRUG RELATED CHARGES
A Poplar Bluff woman was arrested on drug related charges following a weekend traffic stop.

According to authorities, an officer conducted the stop Saturday night for a non-working license plate light. During the stop, the driver of the vehicle reportedly appeared to be nervous and consented for the officer to search the vehicle.

Officers discovered a glass pipe with cloudy white residue in the back of the driver’s side seat. The glass pipe later tested positive for methamphetamine.

The driver, 35 year old Samantha Elsworth, was arrested on charges of possession of drugs amphetamine and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

A passenger in the vehicle, Valerie McGhee, was also taken into custody.

 

NORTHSIDE NUTRITION CENTER TO HOST CHILDREN’S BAKING CLASS
The Northside Nutrition Center is accepting 12 students between the ages of 10 and 13 for valentine cooking decorating class this weekend.

The class will be held Saturday from 10 am to noon. Students will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis, and will learn the basics of following a recipe, measuring, mixing, rolling, cutting, and decorating Valentine’s treats.

The cost is $25 if paid by Friday and $30 if paid the day of the class, with proceeds going to the Northside Nutrition Center. All ingredients will be provided.

For more information, contact the Northside Nutrition Center.

Tuesday January 26, 2016

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE SEARCHING FOR DANGEROUS INDIVIDUAL
Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley says that a search is ongoing for a man that has been described as a “Dangerous Individual.”

Authorities are searching for 30 year old Jeffrey Matthew Vest, of Poplar Bluff. We spoke with Chief Whitely about the search,

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Whitley would go on further to say that the Butler County Sheriff’s Department took a motor vehicle theft complaint on Sunday in which Vest is suspected of stealing a Silver 2016 Ford Contour bearing a Missouri license plate of MB7 V0D.

If you have any information on Vest’s whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 573-785-5776, the Butler County Sheriff’s Department at 573-785-8444, or the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 573-840-9500.

 

KENNETT MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING
Kennett police say a local man’s death appears to be the result of an accidental shooting.

Captain Tim Trowbridge tells us that officers were dispatched to the scene of an apparent death Monday morning.

An investigation showed that Dolph Riggs had returned home from a hunting trip sometime Sunday night. While unloading his shotgun, the gun accidently discharged and a single round struck him in the chest.

 

OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING BALD EAGLE SHOOTING IN WAYNE COUNTY
Officials with the Missouri Department of Conservation say a bald eagle was shot and later died over the weekend in Wayne County.

Officials say the bird was shot near Patterson.

Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to contact the MDC Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-392-1111.

 

MONTH LONG INTERSTATE REPAIR PROJECT ONGOING IN PEMISCOT COUNTY
Southbound I-155 in Pemiscot County is being reduced as a part of a month long project so contractor crews can perform pavement repairs.

According to Missouri Department of Transportation officials, the work zone is located from the I-55 interchange to the Tennessee line.

Weather permitting; work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Friday, February 26th.

Monday, January 25, 2016

 

 

DONALD LAFFERTY FOUND GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE ATTEMPTED MURDER

A Stoddard County jury has convicted a Vermont man on multiple charges including 1st degree attempted murder.

Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver tells us that Donald Lafferty was found guilty Friday on felony charges of 1st degree attempted murder, 1st degree arson, armed criminal action, and financial exploitation of the elderly.

Lafferty’s sentencing was scheduled for March 9th.

 

 MARK RICHARDSON TO TAKE OVER AS POPLAR BLUFF CITY ATTORNEY

A new Poplar Bluff city attorney has been announced.

Mark Richardson will take over for the departing Robert Smith in February. Richardson was appointed to the post by city manager Mark Massingham.

Richardson is an attorney with over 35 years experience and had been the Poplar Bluff city attorney in the late 1980’s. Richardson has also served as assistant prosecuting attorney for Butler County and circuit judge for the 36th Judicial Circuit Court.

 

METHAMPHETAMINE AND PARAPHERNALIA FOUND DURING TRAFFIC STOP IN RECTOR

A man was arrested Friday night in Northeast Arkansas after deputies found methamphetamine during a traffic stop.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller tells us that deputies stopped the vehicle shortly after 9 pm Friday in Rector. The driver, 50 year old Franklin Brawley, of Paragould, was then detained for a warrant from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

While searching the vehicle, deputies reportedly found several items of paraphernalia and methamphetamines.

Miller says Brawley is facing multiple charges including possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamines, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony tampering with evidence.

  

VAN BUREN MAN ARRESTED ON DISTRIBUTION WARRANT

Authorities in Carter County have taken a Van Buren man into custody on a felony distribution warrant.

According to authorities, 61 year old Randy Ninneman was arrested Friday afternoon on a felony Carter County warrant for distributing a controlled substance near schools.

Following the arrest Ninneman was lodged in the Carter County Jail.

  

STEVE WHITWORTH AWARDED CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AT POPLAR BLUFF CHAMBER BANQUET

An area businessman was announced as Citizen of the Year at the 78th annual Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce banquet held over the weekend.

Steve Whitworth was named Citizen of the Year Saturday night at the banquet. Debby Norris was chosen as Volunteer of the Year.

The 2015 Gateway to Leadership graduates were also recognized at the event.

 

SEMO FOOD BANK FOOD GIVEAWAY IN POPLAR BLUFF RESCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND

A new date has been set for the Mobile Food Pantry food giveaway in Poplar Bluff.

The event by the Southeast Missouri Food Bank will be held at 10 am on Saturday, January 30th in the River Radio Parking Lot on West Pine Street. Attendees should bring their own bag or box.

The event was rescheduled following the winter storms that hit Poplar Bluff last week. If you have questions about the event, contact Missy Rice at 573-703-3019.

 

TREE TRIMMING TO CAUSE DELAYS THIS WEEK IN STODDARD COUNTY

Route M in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane this week so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can trim trees along the roadway.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located from Route 25 to Route PP.

Weather permitting; work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Friday.