Friday, July 29, 2016

 

 

BUTLER COUNTY REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FORUM HELD THURSDAY NIGHT
It was a packed house last night at the Butler County Courthouse for the Butler County Republican Candidate Forum.

A total of 15 candidates running for five separate county offices spoke at the forum. The event lasted for about an hour and featured the candidates speaking about themselves and giving their reasons for why they should win the nomination.

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd.

 

 

 

MAN ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT
Authorities in Stoddard County have arrested a Bell City man on a controlled substance warrant.

Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell us that 23 year old Owen Tyler Watkins was recently arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Watkins bond was set at $75,000 cash only.

 

 
ELLINGTON WOMAN INJURED IN REYNOLDS COUNTY WRECK
An Ellington woman has been taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital following a wreck in Reynolds County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when 65 year old Delorse Dea was allegedly driving her vehicle on the wrong side of County Road 710 and struck another vehicle.

Dea suffered moderate injuries in the wreck. No injuries were listed for the driver of the second vehicle.

 

 
PRACTICE TO BEGIN MONDAY FOR POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES
The summer is almost over for athletes at Poplar Bluff High School.

Poplar Bluff Director of Athletics Kent Keith tells us that students participating in fall sports will begin practice on Monday.

Practice will start at 7:30 am for cross country at Hendrickson Park. Football and softball players will both begin practicing at 8 am at Bacon Park. At 9 am, volleyball practice will start at the old high school gym.

In the afternoon, tennis players will be meeting at 3 pm at the old high school tennis courts. Soccer practice is set to begin at 4 pm at the new Mules Stadium.

 

 
EVENTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2016 BUTLER COUNTY FAIR
Multiple events have been announced for the 2016 Butler County Fair.

The fair will take place from September 29th to October 1st. The fair parade has been scheduled for Thursday, September 29th. Any business, group, church, or civic organization that would like to participate can contact Jack Altman at 573-718-0588.

The Butler County Fair BBQ Contest will begin on Friday, September 30th at 7 pm. Officials say there will be multiple classes and categories available at the contest. Judging will be held on Saturday, October 1st.

The fair will also feature a demolition derby on October 1st at Ray Clinton Park.

More information is available online at www.butlerfair.org.

 

 
COMMUNITY CLEARN UP EVENT TO BE HELD IN DEXTER
A Community Cleanup event has been scheduled for next weekend in Dexter.

The event will be held from 8 am to 8 pm Saturday, August 6th, at the Dexter Eagles parking lot. They will be taking old computers, cell phones, satellite equipment, air conditioner units, office equipments, televisions, appliances, and batteries.

All of the items will be recycled. If you need something picked up, call 573-414-4364.

 

 
ENTRIES BEING ACCEPTED FOR 8TH ANNUAL MULESKINNER GOLF TOURNAMENT
The 8th Annual Muleskinner Golf Tournament is only one week away.

The 4 person scramble tournament will be held on Friday, August 5th at the Westwood Hills Country Club. Organizers say the entry fee is $500 per team, which includes a cart and lunch. Hole sponsorships are also available for $100 per hole.

All proceeds will go to benefit the Poplar Bluff Mules athletics programs.

A banquet and auction will be held following the tournament. For more information, contact the Poplar Bluff Mules Booster Club at 573-776-4358.

Thursday July 28, 2016

IDENTITIES RELEASED OF TWO KILLED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK
Authorities in Clay County have released the name of two people who were killed in a single vehicle wreck earlier this month.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller tells us that Clay County 911 received a call on July 16th about a one vehicle rollover accident where the vehicle had become fully engulfed in flames.

Two people were found dead in the vehicle. Miller says they have now been identified as 24 year old Christopher Smith, of Kennett, and 43 year old Tracy Tippitt, of Campbell.

 

WOMAN ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON FELONY METH CHARGE
A Mill Spring woman is facing a felony meth charge in connection to her arrest in Wayne County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 46 year old Melissa Gentles was taken into custody Wednesday night on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

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

Following the arrest, she was taken to the Wayne County Jail on a 24 hour hold.

 

 

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING STANDOFF IN FREDERICKTOWN
Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, a suspect has been taken into custody following a standoff at a home Fredericktown.

The suspect, whose name was not released, was arrested peacefully Wednesday morning.

A three block radius around the home had been evacuated as a part of the standoff.

In a Facebook post, the Fredericktown Police Department thanked multiple agencies for their assistance during the incident, including the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the SEMO Regional Bomb Squad.

 

BUTLER COUNTY REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FORUM TO BE HELD TONIGHT IN POPLAR BLUFF
Citizens in Butler County will get a chance to learn more about the Republican candidates for various county positions tonight at the the Butler County Republican Candidate Forum.

The forum will begin at 6:30 pm at the Butler County Courthouse. We spoke with the Chairman of the Butler County Republican Central Committee, Eddy Justice, about the event.

EDDY JUSTICE:

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the third floor courtroom of the Butler County Courthouse. The Butler County Republican Central Committee will be hosting a forum of the 15 candidates that are running for the Five County positions in Butler County. Each candidate will be allowed five minutes to introduce themselves and to tell why they think they are the best person for that position. The Forum is open to the public and free of charge and we invite everybody to come out that would like to get to know their candidates better in order to know for sure who they want to vote for. We’re looking forward to having this function and introducing everybody one last time before the election on August 2nd. And getting everybody to vote in an educated manner and we’re looking forward to it and I think it’s going to be something that will be very profitable to the community and will be something that will look back on and use it as a template for functions in the future.

We will be broadcasting the entire forum live tonight beginning at 6:30 pm on Today’s Talk KWOC, KWOC.com, and with video on our Facebook page at facebook.com/TodaysTalkKWOC.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS UNDERWAY IN REYNOLDS AND WAYNE COUNTIES
Crews have begun pavement repairs on Route AA in Wayne and Reynolds Counties.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route AA is being reduced to one lane with a 10 ft. width restriction from Route 49 to the end of state maintenance.

Work is scheduled to continue from 6 am to 9 pm daily through Thursday, September 1st.

Wednesday July 27, 2016

WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY KIDNAPPING TWO YEAR OLD
A Bernie woman is in custody in connection to the alleged kidnapping of a two year old child.

According to authorities, the kidnapping took place early Tuesday morning and the child was found during a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon.

27 year old Nichole Ford has been taken into custody on a kidnapping charge.

 

ONE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI WRECK
A Lilbourn man has been badly injured in connection to a single vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in New Madrid County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 65 year old Richard Smelser was driving on US 61 when his vehicle travelled off the left side of the road and struck a ditch. The Highway Patrol did not specify what caused the vehicle to leave the roadway.

Smelser was taken by ambulance to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau with serious injuries.

 

FALL KILLS MAN IN NORTHEAST ARKASNAS
A Lake City man has died following a fall at a northeast Arkansas plant on Monday.

76 year old Marion Bunch reportedly fell through a skylight while working at the plant in Paragould.

He later passed away from injuries he received in the fall.

 

AREA EVACUATED IN CONNECTION TO ONGOING STANDOFF IN FREDERICKTOWN
An area of Fredericktown has been evacuated in connection to an ongoing standoff between a man and police at an area home.

According to authorities, the incident began Tuesday evening and a three block radius around the house has been evacuated. A bomb squad is also at the scene.

The identity of the person involved in the standoff has not been released.

 

HEAVY RAIN AND LIGHTNING PRIMARY CONCERNS WITH STORMS TONIGHT
While we are looking at chances of showers and thunderstorms throughout the week and upcoming weekend, the National Weather Service says the greatest chance will be for tonight and tomorrow.

According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the NWS the primary concerns with the storms tonight and tomorrow will be locally heavy rainfall and lightning. Chances of thunderstorms are forecast to continue each day through Sunday.

The NWS also reports that some areas may have heat index values reach near 100 degrees this afternoon as well.

 

2016 CHURCH EXPO SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND IN POPLAR BLUFF
The 2016 Church Expo has been scheduled for this weekend.

The event will be held from 8 am to 8 pm Saturday at the Historic Wheatley School in Poplar Bluff.

The expo will include a prayer breakfast at 8 am, dinner at 5 pm, and multiple sessions in between. Following dinner, there will be a gospel performance by the Poplar Bluff Community Mass Choir.

For more information, contact Rex Rattler at 573-872-9090.

 

 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

 

 

HEAT BLAMED FOR LOCAL LANDSCAPER’S DEATH

A Dexter landscaper died over the weekend from working in the heat near Poplar Bluff.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration the worker was assisting in tree-trimming efforts when he became overheated Friday afternoon. The heat index was around 110 degrees at the time.

OSHA says the man’s core body temperature exceeded 108 degrees and he was taken to an area hospital where he died the next day.

The worker was identified as 23 year old Tyler Halsey. OSHA says it was only his fourth day working for the tree service based out of Indiana.

 

 

ELLSINORE MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGE

An Ellsinore man has been arrested in Butler County on a felony charge.

According to the Highway Patrol, 53 year old Daniel Ford was taken into custody Monday evening on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Ford is also facing a charge driving while intoxicated.

 

 

TEN POUNDS OF MARIJUANA CONFISCATED DURING SEARCH IN RIPLEY COUNTY

Multiple people have been taken into custody after marijuana was found in Ripley County.

According to the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office, ten pounds of marijuana was found, along with other evidence, during the execution of a search warrant.

Officials say that three people have been taken into custody in connection to the search; however their names have not been released.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON WARRANT FOR DISTRIBUTION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

An area man is in custody following his arrest in Stoddard County.

Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell us that 40 year old Dennis Fann, of Poplar Bluff, was recently arrested on a warrant for distribution of a controlled substance.

Fann’s bond was set at $35,000 cash only. The Sheriff’s Department says that he was still in jail as of this morning.

 

 

METH ARREST MADE MONDAY NIGHT IN WAYNE COUNTY

A Piedmont man is facing charges following his arrest last night in Wayne County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 51 year old William McKinney was arrested at 9:30 pm on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

McKinney was held in Wayne County following the arrest.

 

 

VA MEDICAL CENTER TO HOST LOCAL ART EXHIBIT FOR 9/11 ANNIVERSARY

The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff is looking for local art pieces for a memorial to mark 15th anniversary of 9/11.

The Medical Center is seeking prints, paintings, drawings, digital works, mixed media or even sculptures for the project.

Artists are asked to submit 2 to 3 images of your piece, the title, and size, along with your name and contact information to myhvet@gmail.com.

There is no entry fee and submissions must be received by August 22nd.

Accepted artwork will be displayed at the VA Medical Center during the week of September 5th and also highlighted during the memorial service at the VA Medical Center on September 9th.

 

 

ROAD IN WAYNE AND CARTER COUNTIES TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

Route KK in Wayne and Carter County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The road will be closed, except for local traffic only, from Route 34 to Twin Ponds Road.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 7 am to 5 pm.

July 25, 2016

MAN FLOWN TO ST. LOUIS HOSPITAL AFTER VEHICLE OVERTURNS AND STRIKES BUILDING
A Farmington man has been flown to a St. Louis hospital following a single vehicle wreck in Iron County.

According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on Missouri Highway 21, near Arcadia, Friday evening.

A vehicle driven by 55 year old, Todd Milfeld, reportedly ran off the side of the roadway, overturned, and then struck a building.

Milfeld suffered serious injuries and was taken by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

The Highway Patrol did not release how much damage was done to the building.

 

WOMAN ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY ON ESCAPE FROM CUSTODY WARRANT
An Essex woman is in custody following her arrest in Stoddard County.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 27 year old Patricia Leeann Martin was arrested on a warrant out of Iowa for escape from custody.

Officials say Martin is in jail and awaiting extradition at this time.

 

ROAD PROJECT TO BEGIN TODAY IN WAYNE AND IRON COUNTIES
Route 49 in Wayne and Iron Counties will be reduced with a 10 foot width restriction beginning today so contractor crews can mill and perform paving operations.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located from the junction of Route 21/72/49 to Route 34.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Wednesday, August 31st.

 

KENNETT MAN ARRESTED IN RIPLEY COUNTY ON METH AND MARIJUANA CHARGES
A man was taken into custody Saturday evening in Ripley County on meth and marijuana charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30 year old Scotty Pullam, of Kennett, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pullam was taken to the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office on a 24 hour hold.

 

WOMAN ARRESTED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS FOR POSSESSION OF CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE
Authorities in Northeast Arkansas say that a woman has been taken into custody on a meth charge.

Greene County Sheriff David Carter tells KWOC News that Ashley Galvan was arrested Thursday afternoon for possession of crystal methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Carter says that Galvan was also arrested on four warrants.

 

SIKESTON MAN FACING DRUG CHARGE FOLLOWING ARREST IN CARTER COUNTY
A Sikeston man is facing a felony drug charge in connection to his arrest over the weekend.

According to authorities, 41 year old Matthew Thompson was arrested early Sunday morning in Carter County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Thompson is also facing a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Thompson was taken to the Carter County Jail on a 12 hour hold.

 

DATE SET FOR 28TH ANNUAL HAVEN HOUSE TRAIL RIDE
A date has been set for the 28th Annual Haven House Trail Ride.

The event has been scheduled for Saturday, September 24th. According to the Haven House Facebook page, pledge sheets will begin to be mailed out this Friday to all previous riders.

Anyone who would like more information can call 573-686-4873.

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Modern Woodmen Chapter 1472 recently donated $400 to Poplar Bluff Junior High School for a campus beautification project. With the funds, a string of crepe myrtles were planted along the median in the new parking lot by the 20,000-square foot addition of the facility. Lukescaping provided the landscaping services. Modern …read more

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Thursday July 21, 2016

MAN IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING SHOOTING DEATH IN REYNOLDS COUNTY
One arrest has been made in connection to a shooting death in Reynolds County.

According to authorities, a woman called 911 on Tuesday and said that someone was shooting at her vehicle. When deputies arrived at the scene they entered the home and found a man, later identified as 55 year old James Sumpter, of Bunker, who reportedly told them he had shot and killed a woman.

The victim, Tammy Skiles, was found dead in the home.

Sumpter was arrested and is facing charges of 1st degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon, and armed criminal action. Bond was set at $1,000,000.

 

DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT
Authorities in Stoddard County have taken a Dexter man into custody on a controlled substance warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 52 year old David Allen Burnett was arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Officials say Burnett remained in jail as of this morning on a $7,500 cash only bond.

 

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR TO BE IN POPLAR BLUFF ON FRIDAY
One of the candidates for the Republican nomination for Missouri Governor will be speaking with citizens in Poplar Bluff this week.

Catherine Hanaway will be making a stop at the St. Louis Bread Company in Poplar Bluff from 3 to 4 pm on Friday.

Hanaway also has stops planned for this week in other areas of Southeast Missouri.

 

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING EXTENDED TO SUNDAY
Weather officials have extended the Excessive Heat Warning that is covering most of Southeast Missouri.

According to the National Weather Service, the warning is now in effect through 8 pm on Sunday.

High temperatures and oppressive humidity are expected to push heat indices above 105 degrees today, and possibly over 110 degrees on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Officials say that a heat index of 105 degrees or higher is the level where the body becomes more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Anyone who has to be outside is recommended to reschedule strenuous activities to the evening or early morning hours. Remember to also drink plenty of fluids and stay out of the sun if possible.

 

WOMAN TAKEN TO MEMPHIS HOSPITAL FOLLOWING SHOOTING IN BLYTHEVILLE
A woman was injured in a shooting incident in Blytheville.

According to authorities, 31 year old Kenyatta Cook suffered a gunshot wound to her knee during the incident.

Cook was reportedly in a vehicle when the shooting occurred and she was taken to a Memphis hospital for treatment.

A passenger in the vehicle was not injured.

 

SIXTH ANNUAL ST. JUDE ARCHERY SHOOT AND AUCTION SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 13TH
The date has been set for the 6th Annual St. Jude Archery Shoot and Auction.

The event, presented by US Bank, will be held from 8 am to 2 pm on Saturday, August 13th at the Missouri Department of Conservation Archery Range on NN Highway. The event will include novelty shoots, a free youth archery camp, a pop-up archery tournament, and other demonstrations.

A VIP pre-party has been scheduled for August 12th at the American Legion on PP Highway. Tickets can be purchased for $30 and reserved tables of 8 are available for $350.

For more information, contact Miranda Fickert at 573-718-2875.

 

ATHLETE PHYSICALS TO BE HELD TODAY IN POPLAR BLUFF
Poplar Bluff High School and Junior High student athletes can get a free physical tonight at the High School Annex.

Physicals will be conducted beginning at 5:30 pm for athletes in the 7th and 8th grades, beginning at 6:30 for 9th and 10th grades, and beginning at 7:30 for 11th and 12th grades.

First practice dates have also been set for Poplar Bluff High School and Junior High fall sports.

The first practice day for high school athletes is Monday, August 1st. Junior High athletes will follow two week later, on Monday, August 15th.

Wednesday July 20, 2016

ALTERCATION ALLEGEDLY LEADS TO SHOTS BEING FIRED IN NEELYVILLE
Butler County authorities say that shots were reportedly fired Monday during an altercation in Neelyville.

Investigator Wess Popp with the Butler County Sheriff’s Department tells us more about the incident.

WESS POPP:

On Monday at approximately noon, we got a call to Neelyville about shots fired. Officers arrived where they make contact with Dariel Trice. Trice reported that Desean Bell had fired two shots at him. He said that they had met up in the parking lot of video Playhouse where a verbal altercation began. The verbal altercation escalated into a physical altercation where Bell had swung at Mr. Trice and Trice had swung back and hit him. Bell then left the scene assuming he went home. Trice then walked to the Neelyville Park where he again met up with Bell carrying a backpack. Mr. Bell pulled a handgun pointed it at Trice and fired two rounds and immediately leaving the scene. Officers arrived, identified Bell from Trice, and went to Bell’s Apartment. Investigators looked over the scene where they found a green duffel bag hanging from a tree as if thrown into a field. Opened up that bag where they retrieve the handgun. Bell was arrested for assault 1st and unlawful use of a weapon, and is currently housed at the Butler County jail with a $100,000 cash only bond.

Bell is also facing charges of assault of a law enforcement officer in the 3rd degree and 1st degree property damage.

 

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ISSUED FOR PARTS OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
A heat advisory that had been in effect for parts of Southeast Missouri has been upgraded to an Excessive Heat Warning.

The warning was issued this morning by the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky for parts of Butler, Carter, Ripley, and Wayne Counties. The warning is in effect until 7 pm on Saturday.

Weather officials say that temperatures in the mid and upper 90’s will combine with oppressive humidity to produce heat indices at around 110 degrees.

The heat may be somewhat lower today due to possible cloud cover, but officials say very oppressive heat is expected for Thursday through Saturday.

 

METHAMPHETAMINE FOUND DURING SEARCH OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS HOME
A man was taken into custody Monday following the search of his home by authorities in Northeast Arkansas.

According to Greene County Sheriff David Carter, the search was conducted by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department and Arkansas Probation and Parole at the home of Ryan Flanrey.

During the search, officers found methamphetamine, syringes, spoons, pipes, and digital scales.

Following the arrest, Flanrey was taken to the Greene County Jail.

 

AUTHORITIES ARREST WOMAN IN CONNECTION TO SKELETAL REMAINS
An investigation is underway in connection to the discovery of skeletal remains at a home in Paragould.

According to authorities, Gloria Tinsely was taken into custody and is facing a charge of abuse of a corpse.

The remains were found Tuesday and belonged to an adult male who has not been identified.

 

TWO INJURED WHEN VEHICLE HITS TREE NEAR POPLAR BLUFF
Two Poplar Bluff teenagers were injured Tuesday night in a single vehicle wreck in Butler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on County Road 448 near Poplar Bluff when a vehicle driven by 19 year old Ryan Hatton travelled off of the roadway and struck a tree.

A 15 year old passenger in the vehicle was seriously injured and taken by Air Evac to Elvis Presley Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

Hatton suffered minor injuries and was taken to Black River Medical Center.

 

19TH ANNUAL BUTLER COUNTY JOB FAIR SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 26TH
Registration is open to area businesses for the 19th Annual Butler County Job Fair.

According to the Butler County Community Resource Council, the job fair will be held from 10 am to 3 pm on August 26th at the Bess Activity Center in Poplar Bluff.

Booth space is free to employers, with 50 spaces available on a first come, first serve basis. Advance registration is required, with businesses asked to return their registration by August 12th.

For more information, contact the Butler County Community Resource Council at 573-776-7830.