Thursday June 30, 2016

MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY STEALING CIGARETTES FROM AREA BUSINESS
Authorities in Poplar Bluff have taken a man into custody following a reported burglary at an area business Tuesday night.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, 36 year old Ray Allen Hall was arrested for 2nd degree burglary.

Hall allegedly told police that he had broken a window out at the business and taken two cigarette cartons.

 

UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION LEADS TO LSD ARREST IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
A man has been taken into custody in Northeast Arkansas after he allegedly sold LSD to an informant.

Greene County Sheriff David Carter tells us that his department executed a search warrant Wednesday morning that resulted in the arrest of Jesse Redding without incident.

The warrant came after a lengthy undercover investigation where several controlled buys were made on the suspect using a confidential informant.

 

ROAD CLOSURE TO BEGIN TODAY IN CARTER COUNTY FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS
Route T in Carter County will be closed beginning today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

Route T will be closed from the Carter County line to Route 60, except for local traffic.

Work is scheduled to take place from 6 am to 5 pm daily through Thursday, July 7th.

 

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF POPLAR BLUFF TO HOST LOCAL AND STATE LEGISLATORS TODAY
Many of Southeast Missouri’s legislators at the local, state and federal level will be in Poplar Bluff today at the Boys and Girls Club.

Boys and Girls Club of Poplar Bluff Director Chris Rushin spoke with us about what the legislators can expect at today’s event.

CHRIS RUSHIN:

Later this morning we are going to be welcoming Congressman Jason Smith, we’ll have speaker Todd Richardson, Senator Doug Libla is also expected to be with us today and Representative Steve Cookson. It’s an opportunity for us to get out and show our legislators exactly what we do, the incredible work that our kids put in each and every day to combat summer learning loss. You know this is the longest summer vacation in Poplar Bluff R1 School’s history and whenever kids are out of school they have a chance to fall behind. So our kids everyday are working on math, they’re working on science, engineering, arts, technology. Our saying for the summer is full steam ahead, so it’s really a great day for our kids to show off in front of our legislators to be able to let them know and also our big supporters as well. You know, Boys & Girls Club started back in 1999 locally and the growth over the past 17 years has been absolutely phenomenal. Just as little as six years ago we were doing right around 150 to 180 kids a day in our after school program. Last day of school this year we did 415 kids. We are hopefully going to be expanding again one of these days to some of our neighboring communities, but it’s also going to depend on the amount of support we get. We’re hoping that our results will speak for themselves. Seven out of 10 kids are either on the A or the B Honor Roll. In our summer learning program last year 77% of our kids either maintained or improved over the course of the summer. That means that whenever they hit that first day of school they hit the ground running. The teacher does not have to go back and reteach the things that they were back in April and May of the previous year.

Rushin would go on to say that the closed event will begin at 10 am this morning.

 

FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has released some fireworks safety tips to help keep you and your family safe this Fourth of July.

The CPSC advises parents to never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks and always have adult supervision when kids of any age are playing with fireworks, including sparklers.

Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully and keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. Also, never point or throw fireworks at another person.

Poplar Bluff residents should remember that shooting fireworks inside the city is not permitted without a permit. A fireworks display will be held at Ray Clinton Park on the Fourth of July beginning at dusk.

 

BRIDGE REPAIRS CAUSE FOUR MONTH CLOSURE OF DUNKLIN COUNTY ROAD
A Dunklin County road will be closed for four months due to a bridge repairs.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route P in Dunklin County is closed between County Road 537 and County Road 545 so contractor crews can replace the bridge with a box culvert.

The bridge is expected to reopen at 6 pm on Monday, October 31st.

 

Wednesday June 29, 2016

SIKESTON POLICE ASK FOR HELP IN LOCATING MISSING MAN
Authorities in Sikeston are searching for a Kansas man who has been missing since Tuesday morning.

Captain James McMillen with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells us that police were contacted for a well being check Tuesday morning after staff at the Days Inn Hotel discovered that a man had not checked out on time and his property was still in the room.

The missing man has been identified as 66 year old Larry Weaver of Pittsburg, Kansas. Weaver had been traveling on his Black 2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide motorcycle, which is also missing.

McMillen says police are unsure if Mr. Weaver had some sort of medical event, an unobserved motorcycle wreck, or is possibly a victim of foul play.

Weaver is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 185 pounds. His motorcycle has Kansas license plates: “36A0Y” and hard saddle bags.

Anyone who has information on Weaver’s whereabouts is asked to contact Sikeston DPS at 573-471- 4711.

 

KENNETT MAN FACING CHARGES OF 1ST DEGREE MURDER
A Kennett man is now facing upgraded charges in connection to an incident earlier this month.

According to Missouri Case Net, William Joshua Carter has been charged with two counts of 1st degree murder.

Carter allegedly purposely struck Aaron Campbell and Heather Hampton Carter with his vehicle on June 17th. Both victims died from injuries they received in the incident.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS UNDERWAY IN STODDARD COUNTY
Pavement repairs are underway in Stoddard County.

Route AC in Stoddard County is being reduced to one lane so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform the repairs.

The work zone is located from Route 25 to County Road 237.

Weather permitting, work will take place through Thursday, July 7th from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

 

SEVENTEEN ARRESTS MADE DURING STREET CRIMES TASK FORCE
Authorities from multiple area agencies participated in a Street Crimes Task Force last week in Sikeston and Charleston.

The project was held on June 24th to help address drug and gang activities. The Task Force included police from Poplar Bluff, Sikeston, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, among other agencies.

In total there were 60 vehicle stops which led to 17 arrests and 39 citations issued. During the detail police also seized 12.5 grams of marijuana, five grams of methamphetamine, and miscellaneous methamphetamine paraphernalia.

 

CAMPBELL WOMAN ARRESTED ON METHAMPHETAMINE WARRANT
A Campbell woman has been taken into custody on a warrant out of Dunklin County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 37 year old Rebekah Smith was arrested Tuesday evening in Wayne County on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

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

 

DANCE CONTEST FILIMING TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK IN POPLAR BLUFF
The Poplar Bluff community has been invited to participate in the filming of a dance video to try to win money for an area charity.

The Pink Glove Dance is a national video contest where healthcare entities and communities create 90 second videos and compete in an online voting contest.

The winner will receive $10,000 from Medline to donate to a cancer charity of their choosing. Poplar Bluff will be trying to win money for the United Cancer Assistance Network.

Community members are invited to join in on the filming of the video on Thursday, July 7th, from 6 to 8 pm at the Fred M. Morrow Stadium at the Poplar Bluff Jr. High School. Pink Gloves will be provided to attendees.

 

CREWS TO CLOSE WAYNE COUNTY ROAD FOR RAILROAD CROSSING REPAIRS
Route 49 in Wayne County is closed today and tomorrow so railroad crews can perform railroad crossing repairs.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the section of roadway to be closed is located from County Road 421 to County Road 423.

Officials say that work will be performed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

 

 

Tuesday June 28, 2016

HIGHWAY PATROL PREPARING FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND TRAFFIC

With the Fourth of July weekend coming up, troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol are preparing for an increase in travelers on Missouri’s roadways.

Captain Jeffrey Vitale, commanding officer of Troop E in Poplar Bluff, tells KWOC News that on Friday and Monday Troop E officers will take part in an enforcement program in an effort to promote safety and to reduce the number of traffic crashes.

The program will have troopers assigned every 20 miles on Interstates 55 and 57, along with other selected secondary roads.

Vitale says the objective of the project is to place a trooper in close proximity of motorists who may need assistance and to aggressively enforce all traffic violations which may contribute to unsafe traveling conditions.

 

MEMPHIS MAN ARRESTED IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI ON MULTIPLE FELONY DRUG CHARGES
Authorities in Southeast Missouri have arrested a Tennessee man on multiple felony drug charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Julian Steen, of Memphis, was taken into custody Monday afternoon on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance for oxycodone and xanax.

Steen is also facing charges of driving while suspended and speeding. Following the arrest, Steen was taken to the New Madrid County Jail on a 12 hour hold.

 

DATE SET FOR RIVER RADIO BLOOD DRIVE
Areas residents will get a chance to save lives and get a Cardinals T-Shirt at the upcoming River Radio Blood Drive.

The blood drive has been scheduled for noon to 6 pm on Friday July 8th at the Sacred Heart Catholic School Gym in Poplar Bluff.

You can schedule an appointment at redcrossblood.org by using the sponsor code CARDS or by calling 1-800-733-2767.

Officials say that presenting donors will receive a St. Louis Cardinals T-Shirt while supplies last.

 

AREA SHERIFF TRYING TO FIND OWNERS OF STOLEN ITEMS
A Southeast Missouri sheriff is attempting to find the owners of several stolen items that were recently recovered.

New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens tells us that his department is currently working with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department on several theft cases. A suspect in several thefts in both counties was recently arrested in Stoddard County.

During a search of the suspect’s vehicle, Stoddard County Deputies located several items which they believed to be stolen. Deputies were able to identify owners for most of the items; however, there are a few items where the owner could not be determined.

The items included a Lincoln ProCore 125 electric welder and a pink tote containing miscellaneous books, movies, and more.

Anyone who has information about the recovered items is asked to contact Sergeant Danny Ware at 573-748-2516.

 

NEW REGULATION PROHIBITS HUNTING OF FERAL HOGS ON CONSERVATION AREAS
A new regulation was passed last week that would prohibit the hunting of feral hogs on conservation areas and other lands owned, leased, or managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

The regulation was approved Friday by the Missouri Conservation Commission as a part of changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says that research from other states shows that hog hunting increases feral hog numbers and locations because it provides incentives for illegal releases of hogs for future hunting. Releasing hogs to non-enclosed areas or to the wild is illegal in Missouri.

The effective date of the regulation change will be September 30th, and the new regulation prohibiting hog hunting on MDC areas does not apply to private property.

Potential penalties could include fines and the loss of hunting privileges.

 

CREWS CLOSING WAYNE COUNTY ROAD FOR RAILROAD REPAIRS
Route 49 in Wayne County will be closed today and tomorrow so railroad crews can perform crossing repairs.

The section of roadway to be closed is located from the Mill Spring City Limits to Birch Street.

Weather permitting, work will be performed today and tomorrow from 6 am to 5 pm each day.

Monday June 27, 2016

BUTLER COUNTY CORONER SAYS HE HAS ASKED FOR GRAND JURY TO BE CONVENED IN CONNECTION TO DEATH OF HEAVENLY HAFFORD
Butler County Coroner Jim Akers tells KWOC news that he has asked the Butler County Prosecuting Attorney to convene a Grand Jury in connection to the death of 13 year old Heavenly Hafford last December.

Akers says that Hafford was hit by two separate vehicles during the incident:

JIM AKERS GRAND JURY 1:

On December 9th at about 7 p.m. my office was notified of a hit-and-run accident on PP Highway near Maud intersection. We learned that a 13 year old girl had been hit by two separate vehicles. Both drivers left the scene and the girl was pronounced by EMS at the scene. Through the course of this investigation by the Poplar Bluff city police and Missouri State Highway Patrol, the evening of the accident Mr. Sparks was located, along with his vehicle, and it was determined from evidence left at the scene and through their investigation that he was the operator and the owner of the first vehicle involved. Through the course of the investigation, about 10 days later they were able to determine that the owner of the second vehicle Mr. Ben Ressel and his vehicle were involved as a second vehicle in the case, and they were able to provide enough information to get probable cause statements and felt that there was enough probable cause for criminal charges of leaving the scene of an accident.

Akers says that he has asked Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour to convene a Grand Jury in connection to the investigation.

JIM AKERS GRAND JURY 2:

I have no decision-making process in prosecuting; however I am aware that a grand jury, like a Coroner’s jury, can listen to facts. They would listen to the evidence and look at the Missouri laws and determine if there was enough evidence to formally charge Mr. Ressel with felony leaving the scene.

KWOC News contacted Barbour’s office; however his office has not responded as of this morning.

 

WOMAN WHO WAS SET ON FIRE BY HER EX-BOYFRIEND HAS PASSED AWAY
Updating a story we brought to you last week, a Blytheville woman who was allegedly set on fire by her ex-boyfriend has died.

According to the Blytheville Police Department, 37 year old Martha George received significant burn injuries as the result of the alleged domestic incident on June 19th. Officials say that George passed away Friday afternoon from her injuries.

Police have arrested 24 year old Kordarro Woodard, also of Blytheville, on a charge of attempted murder. The Police Department says the charges against Woodard are being reviewed.

 

BOIL WATER ADVISORY ISSUED FOR PARTS OF STODDARD COUNTY
A Boil Water advisory was issued for parts of Stoddard County over the weekend.

Water Operator Joe Pulliam tells KWOC News that Public Water District Number Three in Stoddard County is under the advisory due to a water main break.

Pulliam says the advisory in effect until further notice.

 

NAYLOR WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN HEAD ON COLLISION
Two people were injured, one seriously, following a two vehicle wreck Saturday in Ripley County.

According to the authorities, the collision occurred on US 160 near Fairdealing. A vehicle driven by 47 year old Carla Wiley, of Naylor, reportedly began skidding, crossed the center line, and struck another vehicle head on.

Wiley received serious injuries in the wreck and was taken by ambulance to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. The driver of the second vehicle suffered minor injuries.

 

TWO POPLAR BLUFF MEN ARRESTED ON FELONY CHARGES OF RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY
Two Poplar Bluff men are facing multiple charges in connection with their arrest over the weekend.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 36 year old Tommy Green and 35 year old Lester Knox, were each arrested at around 9:45 pm Saturday night on charges of receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Knox is also facing charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and driving while suspended. Officials did not release if the two arrests were connected to each other.

 

AREA WOMAN FACING METH AND PARAPHERNALIA CHARGES
Authorities have arrested an area woman in Wayne County on multiple felony charges.

According to the Highway Patrol, 34 year old Leslie Dering is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia following her arrest Saturday night.

The Highway Patrol says that Dering also had a misdemeanor warrant from the Poplar Bluff Police Department.

 

MATTHEWS MAN ARRESTED ON BURGLARY WARRANT IN STODDARD COUNTY
A Matthews man has been taken into custody on a burglary warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 29 year old Curtis Jerome Burleson Jr. was recently arrested on a warrant for 1st degree burglary and a probation violation.

Officials say the burglary warrant had a $10,000 cash bond.

Friday June 24, 2016

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN WAYNE COUNTY
A woman and a child were seriously injured last night in a single vehicle wreck.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 32 year old Amanda Avery, of St. Charles, ran off the side of County Road 552 in Wayne County and struck a tree. Avery and an eight year old child in the vehicle suffered serious injuries.

Avery was taken by Air Evac to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. The eight year old child, along with three other children who received minor injuries, all were taken by ambulance to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE REMIND EVERYONE TO ENJOY SUMMER SAFELY
Summer is in full swing and the Poplar Bluff Police Department is reminding everybody to enjoy their summer safely.

If you are planning on traveling this summer make sure your vehicle has been checked and is operating properly. Allow plenty of time for travel to and from your destination and remember to take an emergency kit with you.

While out swimming, make sure you are using a US Coast Guard approved life preserver where appropriate and never leave children unattended.

Also remember to stay aware of the summer heat conditions and stay hydrated and cool to avoid heat related injuries.

 

LIVE MUSIC AND CLASSIC CAR CRUISE TO BE HELD TONIGHT IN DONIPHAN
A Classic Car Cruise has been scheduled for tonight in Doniphan.

The cruise, for cars from before 1980, will begin at 6 pm at Heritage Park in Downtown Doniphan. There will also be live music, an art walk, and concessions.

For more information about the car cruise, call 573-996-7772.

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL JOINS NATIONWIDE WATER OPERATION
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be stepping up efforts this weekend to stop boaters from operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Highway Patrol has announced their participation in Operation Dry Water, which sees marine law enforcement officers from across the country coordinating special patrols during the last weekend in June.

In 2015 troopers arrested a total of three people statewide for boating while intoxicated, contacted 543 vessels and 1,531 boaters, and issued 85 boating violation summonses and 588 warnings on Missouri waterways.

Marine operations troopers also issued 137 summonses for non-boating violations during the 2015 Operation Dry Water weekend.

 

WEIGHTED BLANKETS DONATED TO POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISM
Over ten blankets have been donated to the Poplar Bluff School District for students with autism.

The Missouri Association for Family and Community Education donated 11 weighted blankets which will be distributed to the Early Childhood Center, Oak Grove and O’Neal elementary schools.

Volunteers from the organization hand-sewed the blankets, which are said to have therapeutic value for those with sensory disorders.

R-I Special Services Director Mindy Garrett tells us that the weighted blankets will be a huge help in keeping students in need focused and relaxed.

 

POPLAR BLUFF PARKS AND RECREATION TO PARTICIPATE IN WORLDS LARGEST SWIMMING LESSON
Thousands of kids and families across the globe will be joining in for the 7th annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson in an effort to help save lives.

Poplar Bluff Parks and Recreation will be participating as well with an event scheduled for 11 am at the R. W. Huntington Municipal Pool in Poplar Bluff.

Officials say the event is meant to help prevent drowning, which is the second leading cause of injury related death of children ages 1 to 14.

Thursday June 23, 2016

ELLSINORE MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
An Ellsinore man has died following a single vehicle wreck Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 20 year old Brett Rinehart was ejected from his vehicle after it ran off of Route V in Carter County and overturned.

Rinehart, who was not wearing a safety device, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING FELONY METH CHARGE
A Poplar Bluff man is facing a felony meth charge following his arrest on Wednesday.

According to the Highway Patrol, 38 year old Cortez Jones was arrested on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Jones is also facing charges of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana.

 

DEXTER TEEN ARRESTED ON STATUTORY SODOMY WARRANT
A Dexter teenager has been taken into custody on a sodomy warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 18 year old Christopher Ammons was recently arrested on a warrant for 2nd degree statutory sodomy.

Ammons bond was set at $25,000 and he remained in jail as of this morning.

 

POPLAR BLUFF BOARD OF EDUCATION TO MEET THIS EVENING
The Poplar Bluff R-1 Board of Education will be meeting for a regular session this evening.

Some items on the tentative agenda include the booster club annual report and a discussion on the 2016-2017 meal prices and food service guidelines and regulations.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 pm in the Board of Education room at 1110 North Westwood Boulevard.

 

HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR TODAY
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for all of southeast Missouri until 5 pm today.

Heat index values are expected to peak at around 105 degrees.

Everyone is reminded to not leave children or pets unattended in vehicles for any length of time. You should also make sure you have plenty of water for you, your family, and your pets.

Cooling centers are available in Poplar Bluff at the Butler County Health Department, the Poplar Bluff Public Library, and Northside Nutrition Center.

Cooling centers are also available at the Williamsville Senior Center, the Qulin Senior Center, and the Fisk Community Library.

The days and hours of operations for the cooling centers vary by location. More information is available online at ButlerCountyHealth.org.

 

WAYNE COUNTY WOMAN ARRESTED ON POSSESSION OF METH CHARGE
Authorities have arrested a Wayne County woman on a methamphetamine charge.

According to authorities, 31 year old Ashley Skaggs is facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Other charges include possession of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN RIPLEY COUNTY
Route C in Ripley County will be reduced to one lane today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform a pavement overlay.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located from Route 160 to the Carter County line.

Weather permitting, work will take place today from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

TRACK STAR AND TENNIS TEAM NAMED POPLAR BLUFF ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
A track star and the Poplar Bluff Mules boys tennis team have been named the Poplar Bluff High School Athletes of the month for May by the Mules Booster Club.

Incoming junior Kaylee Eakin is an All State athlete for the past two years, was named 2016 conference champion, and made the state champion team in 2015. Kaylee holds school records in the 4×100 and 4×200 relays, and the 800-meter run. In the classroom, she maintains a 10.5 GPA.

The Mules tennis team finished the season with a 13 and 3 record and won districts. Individually, Peyton Bradley and Eduardo Martinez took first in doubles, with Gregg Roberson and Ben Stewart being named runners up. Humza Siddiqui took runner up in singles.

The team also took first place at the Poplar Bluff and Farmington Invitationals.

Therapeutic blankets donated to students in need

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The Missouri Association for Family and Community Education donated 11 weighted blankets on Thursday, June 16, to the Poplar Bluff School District for students with autism. Volunteers from the organization hand-sewed the blankets, which are said to have therapeutic value for those with sensory disorders. According to R-I Special Services …read more

Source: Poplar Bluff Mules

Tuesday June 21, 2016

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO METH ARREST IN POPLAR BLUFF
Over seven grams of meth was discovered during a traffic stop last week in Poplar Bluff.

We spoke with Sergeant Darren Moore with the Poplar Bluff Police Department about the stop.

Darren Moore:

On Friday evening at around 10:30 pm, Officer Billie Duckett conducted a traffic stop at the corner of Kentucky and Midland on a white Ford F-150 due to it having no taillights. Both the driver, Scott Markham and the passenger, Tammy Hall exited the vehicle as Officer Duckett approached. Both were directed to get back into the vehicle. Officer Robert Reed, who was assisting Officer Duckett observed a baggy of a white crystal substance lying on the ground below the passenger door.

Markham was placed under arrest for outstanding warrants through Carter County and the Poplar Bluff Municipal Court. Hall was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance. The baggie of a white crystal substance field test positive for Methamphetamine and weighed 7.2 grams.

Moore would go on to say that both Markham and Hall were lodged in the Butler County Justice Center.

 

MAN FACING CHARGE OF ATTEMPTED MURDER AFTER ALLEGEDLY SETTING EX-GIRLFRIEND ON FIRE
Authorities in Blytheville have arrested a man on an attempted murder charge after he allegedly set his ex-girlfriend on fire.

According to authorities, 25 year old Kordarro Woodard is facing charges including attempted murder and domestic battery.

The victim, 37 year old Martha George, suffered burns to her upper and lower body and was taken to a Memphis hospital where she was in critical condition.

 

WAYNE COUNTY OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING THEFT IN WAPPAPELLO
Officials in Wayne County are seeking the public’s help in finding information about a theft in the Wappapello area.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, the theft occurred at around 7 am Sunday in the Beverly Drive area. The items taken included a LG 6000 BTU air conditioner and a Troy Built power washer.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.

 

MAN FACING CHARGES OF 2ND DEGREE MURDER IN CONNECTION TO INCIDENT WHERE TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN KENNETT
Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, a man has been charged in connection to an incident where two people were killed last week in Kennett.

According to the Kennett Police Department, a male driver allegedly purposely struck a female and another male who were standing outside of the female’s vehicle on Friday.

The two victims, Aaron Campbell and Heather Hampton Carter, have died from injuries they received during the incident.

Authorities have charged 25 year old William Joshua Carter with two counts of second degree murder.

 

DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES MONDAY NIGHT
A Dexter man is facing multiple drug related charges stemming from him arrest Monday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Tyler Hardin is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine inside a county jail, driving while intoxicated – drugs, and possession of paraphernalia.

Officials say Hardin was arrested shortly after 10 pm Monday night in Stoddard County.

 

FRAUD CALLER CLAIMING TO REPRESENT LOCAL UTILITY COMPANY
Area residents are being warned of somebody who is calling people and claiming to represent a local utility company.

David Sutton with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells us that the caller is telling intended victims that they owed money to a utility company, and that their electrical service would be disconnected if they did not pay immediately.

The caller then instructs the victim to go to K-Mart, purchase a gift card, and call another number to make a payment.

Sutton says that unsolicited calls seeking money should be regarded as suspicious. Anyone who receives such a call is encouraged to hang up immediately.

 

RIPLEY COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TOMORROW FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS
A Ripley County road will be closed beginning tomorrow so crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation can perform pavement repairs.

Route M in Ripley County will be closed tomorrow and Thursday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm each day.

The work zone will be located from Route 160 to the end of state maintenance.

Friday June 17, 2016

BROSELEY WOMAN ALLEGEDLY ATTACKED BOYFRIEND WITH BROKEN BEER BOTTLE
A Broseley woman is in custody after she reportedly attacked her boyfriend with a broken beer bottle.

We spoke with Investigator Wess Popp with the Butler County Sheriff’s Department about the arrest.

WESS POPP:

On June 14 at about 11:30 that evening, officers were dispatched to a residence in Fisk involving a domestic in progress. Officers arrived and made contact with Robert Pennell, who stated his girlfriend Pamela Hillis, had been at the residence causing a disturbance, and prior to officers arriving she had left. Officers had taken a statement from Pennell, and had left the residence in an attempt to locate Hillis, when they had left she had returned, upset with Pennell with calling law enforcement to begin with, she entered into his residence and went to the refrigerator grabbed a beer, broke the beer bottle, and attempted to stab Mr. Pennell. Mr. Pennell received some scratch marks on his neck, he was able to relief Ms. Hillis of the broken beer bottle, when he did that she then grabbed a kitchen knife and attempted to stab him, once again Mr. Pennell was to get the knife away from her, and she departed as Mr. Pennell called the sheriff’s office. Officers arrived, and of course she was gone officers then went and searched for her again as was able to locate her and arrest her.

Popp would go to say that Pamela Hillis was charged with assault 2nd and armed criminal action.

 

POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN ARRESTED ON DISTRIBUTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE NEAR SCHOOL WARRANT
A Poplar Bluff woman has been taken into custody on a controlled substance warrant.

According to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department, 22 year old Amanda Wells was arrested on a warrant for distribution of controlled substance near a school.

The Sheriff’s Department says Wells was booked and later released on $100,000 bond.

 

TWO CHILDREN FLOWN TO CHILDRENS HOSPITAL IN MEMPHIS FOLLOWING WRECK IN BUTLER COUNTY
Two children were seriously injured in a UTV wreck Thursday morning in Butler County.

According to authorities, 61 year old Mikel Crawford was crossing Highway 51 in his UTV, when it was struck by another vehicle. Two children ages 7 and 5 were injured during the wreck and were air flown to a Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN with serious injuries.

Both, Crawford and the driver of the second vehicle were taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital with moderate injuries.

 

POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENTS REMINDED TO PROTECT THEIR PETS DURING HOT SUMMER MONTHS
The Poplar Bluff Police Department is reminding area residents to take steps to protect their pets during the hot summer months.

Some of the guidelines posted on the Police Department’s Facebook page include:

1. Never leave your pet in a parked car. Even with the window cracked, temperatures inside the car quickly rise to dangerous levels.

2. Don’t exercise with your pet when it’s too hot.

3. Don’t take your pet to crowded events.

4. Supervise your pet around pools or natural bodies of water; especially the river.

5. Give your pet access to shade and plenty of water.

 

LAKE WAPAPPELLO TO CELEBRATE 75 YEARS THIS SATURDAY WITH MULTIPLE EVENTS

 

This Saturday, Wappapello Lake will be celebrating 75 Years with keynote speakers and events.

We spoke with Park Ranger Andrew Jefferson with the US Army Corps of Engineers about the event.

ANDREW JEFFERSON:

This Saturday we will be celebrating Wappapello Lake’s 75th year Anniversary at the Redman Creek area, this has been a long time in the making and finally this day is arriving, so we are encouraging everybody to come on out to the Redman Recreation area, arrive early between 8-9 AM because the activities will kickoff at 10 AM. We’re looking at the dedication from 10-Noon, that will involve the Poplar Bluff JROTC presenting the colors there will be performances by Michael Starnes and also Dot Tankersley who are affiliated with Three Rivers Theatrical Club, plus there be square dancing and clogging as well. There will speakers providing comments from 10-Noon. Later on that afternoon we encourage folks to come out and bring your favorite lawn chairs and enjoy the monster trucks, The Raminator and The Ramunition provided by Larry Hillis Dodge. These vehicles will be at the Redman Creek Recreation Area, they will allow the public to ride in the back of one of them, they will climb up the ladder sit down, buckle up, and get an opportunity to ride around the parking lot. Now the other truck will is actually going to smash cars, so it’s going be something to see were excited about this come on out, it’s family oriented this is number 12 out of 22 special events for the year, come on out and help us celebrate 75 years strong.

Jefferson would add this event is free and if you have any questions please call the Corps of Engineers at 573-222-8562.

 

BEEKEEPING CLASS SET FOR THIS WEEKEND
Anyone who wants to find out more information about beekeeping will get the opportunity this weekend in Reynolds County.

The Reynolds County Extension will be hosting a Basic Beekeeping for Beginners program on Saturday from 9 am to noon at the Centerville Extension Education Building. Officials say this is the first class in becoming a master beekeeper.

For more information, or to register for the class, call 573-648-1035.

Thursday June 16, 2016

POPLAR BLUFF MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON METH CHARGES
A Poplar Bluff man is facing a methamphetamine charge in connection to his arrest early Wednesday morning.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, 28 year old Clifford Brooks, of Poplar Bluff, was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine. Brooks is also facing a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following the arrest, Brooks was taken to the Butler County Justice Center.

 

EIGHTY THREE TICKETS ISSUED DURING DEXTER CLICK IT OR TICKET MOBILIZATION
The Dexter Police Department has announced the results of a seat belt mobilization effort that was held earlier this month.

The Click it or Ticket mobilization was held from May 25 until June 5 and resulted in Dexter Police ticketing forty-one motorists for not wearing seat belts.

Forty-two additional citations were issued during the enforcement effort for other traffic violations.

As a part of the mobilization, officers also conducted a safety checkpoint where seatbelt pamphlets were passed out to motorists reminding them of the importance of seatbelts.

 

DATE SET FOR 16TH ANNUAL SCHOOL READINESS EVENT
The South Central Missouri Community Action Agency has announced the date for the 16th Annual School Readiness Event.

The event will be held on August 18th at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff.

The event, previously known as the Back to School Fair, is an annual event targeting children of low income families in Butler County. During the event, various vendors provide free services to low-income children returning to school.

Services include health screenings, safety and health information, fingerprinting, and educational information for parents. The SCMCAA also provides free school supplies to all children in attendance.

For more information, call the SCMCAA at 573-785-4727.

 

WILLIAMSVILLE WOMAN FACES METH AND MARIJUANA CHARGES IN BUTLER COUNTY
A Williamsville woman is facing multiple charges in connection to her arrest Tuesday evening in Butler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 43 year old Crystal Shouse was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Following the arrest, Shouse was transported to the Butler County Justice Center.

 

DONIPHAN WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A Doniphan woman was injured early Wednesday morning following a single vehicle wreck on US 160 in Ripley County.

According to authorities, a vehicle driven by 30 year old Autumn Reece, drove off the side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.

Reece was taken by EMS to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, with moderate injuries.

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEEK IN REYNOLDS COUNTY
Area job seekers will get the opportunity to learn some needed skills next week.

The Reynolds County Extension will be hosting a Workforce Development program on Wednesday, June 22nd from 9:30 am to noon at the Centerville Extension Education Building.

Attendees will learn successful job hunting and interview skills and have the opportunity to have a personal consultation to work on your resume, career path, or mock interview.

For more information, or to register for the class, call 573-648-1035.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY IN DUNKLIN COUNTY
Route Y in Dunklin County will be reduced to one lane beginning today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located between Route 412 and Route 164.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Thursday, June 23rd from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.