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TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO MULTIPLE VEHICLE THEFTS
Two Naylor residents are facing charges in connection to multiple vehicle thefts.
According to authorities, 38 year old Rhonda Huber and her son, 19 year old Kyle Burnett, were each arrested on charges including stealing a motor vehicle and tampering with a motor vehicle.
The two were allegedly involved in vehicle thefts last week in Neelyville and Poplar Bluff.
PIEDMONT MAN ARRESTED ON MANUFACTURING MARIJUANA CHARGE
Authorities in Wayne County have arrested a Piedmont man on a felony drug charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 52 year old David Harrison was taken into custody Tuesday night on a felony charge of manufacturing a controlled substance for marijuana.
Harrison is also facing a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge.
UNITED STATES SENATOR ROY BLUNT MAKES TOUR OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
One of Missouri’s United States Senators conducted a tour of Southeast Missouri yesterday just over two months ahead of the November election.
One of his stops was at Rice Trailers in Harviell. KWOC caught up with the Senator and asked him about his time in Poplar Bluff.
I’ve been coming to Poplar Bluff and Southeast Missouri a long time. I like it I think that the message of more jobs and less government is the right message for now, the right message for the future, certainly the right message for people listening to your radio station. You look at what’s going to happen in world food demand, when you look at how well located we are to take advantage of that, Rice trailers providing the jobs they do for four dozen families makes a big difference, but the opportunity is out there where we’re going to see a big part of the world economy double in a very short period of time. World food demands going to double in 35 or 40 years. Nobody’s better positioned in that than we are and it’s way beyond production and agriculture. It’s that, it’s food processing, it’s food marketing, it’s transportation, it’s people needing more and better trailers, it’s great opportunities to drive the economy and something that people have to have every single day.
Blunt is running for reelection this November against the Democratic challenger, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander.
ILLINOIS MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE WRECK IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
An Illinois man was killed Monday afternoon in a motorcycle wreck in Southeast Missouri.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 59 year old William Smith, of Cairo, Illinois, was ejected from his motorcycle after he ran off the side of US 60/62 in Mississippi County.
He was later pronounced dead at a Sikeston Hospital.
ADVANCE TEENAGER ARRESTED FOR DISTRIBUTION OF MARIJUANA WARRANT
An Advance teenager has been taken into custody on a distribution warrant.
Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell us that the 17 year old male was arrested on a warrant for distribution of marijuana.
The teen’s bond was set at $20,000 and he remained in jail as of this morning.
SECRETARY OF STATE NOMINEE JAY ASCRAFT CAMPAIGNS IN POPLAR BLUFF
The Republican nominee for Missouri Secretary of State was campaigning Tuesday in Poplar Bluff.
While speaking with KWOC News, Jay Ashcroft said that visiting Southeast Missouri is important for anyone who is running for state office.
I love coming down to Southeast Missouri and Poplar Bluff and I think it’s important for anybody that’s running Statewide to go over the entire State. Last year I campaigned in every county in the state I’d love to do that again before the general election, because public service is a privilege bestowed by the people and if you can’t take the time to go out and meet the people you certainly don’t deserve it. We call this our election Integrity tour because we thought it was too long to say Jay Ashcroft’s Missouri Secretary of State election integrity and jobs tour, but those are the two big things. Election Integrity to make sure that people’s votes count and it’s the will of the people made known on Election Day. Making sure we don’t have fraud in voting or misleading ballot language and then it’s jobs and creating Economic Opportunity and getting the state out of the way to allow people to be the best that they can be. If we work together to elect individuals that understand that the role of government is to secure and promote individual freedom and liberty then we will have a much better state. We’ll have greater opportunity both for ourselves our children and their generation and that’s what government should all be about.
Ashcroft will challenge Democrat Robin Smith for the Missouri Secretary of State position in the November General Election.
SUSPECT ARRESTED IN MOTEL AND CONVIENCE STORE ROBBERIES
Butler County authorities tell us that a suspect has been taken into custody in connection to the robberies at Motel 6 and Holiday Inn as well as multiple convenience stores.
We spoke with Investigator Wess Popp with the Butler County Sheriff’s Department about the arrest.
On Monday morning at approximately 2:45 a.m. an individual entered into Heartland Express located at M Highway and South 67 to commit a robbery. The suspect held a silver revolver on the clerk and had her open up the drawer and hand him the money that was within. The suspect then fled to where his vehicle was parked on the Northbound Lane of 67 and M. When the suspect left the business the clerk got a hold of 911 Butler County Sheriff’s Department where two deputies were dispatched along with Poplar Bluff City officers. The two Butler County officers were on opposite ends of Heartland Express planning on meeting there which left the suspect very little time to get away, he never made it to the car. When they arrived they came up on the car and looked and found the suspect laying down in the grass on top of the money that he had stolen from Heartland Express along with socks that he had over his hands and a nylon mask that he had over his face. The suspect was identified as 23 year-old Alexander Trent Whisnant, from Campbell. The suspect was taken into custody, brought back to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department where he was interviewed, advised his rights. The suspect admitted to the two Motel 6 robberies, the Holiday Inn robbery, the armed robbery at Casey’s in Ripley County, along with his part here in Heartland Express. The money that the suspect stole from each location was just a little bit over $200 with Heartland Express a little over 400. The suspect is currently in jail facing charges of four counts of armed robbery in Butler County, one count of armed robbery in Ripley County, armed criminal action on all five, as well as stealing.
Investigator Popp would go on to add, Whisnant’s bond has been set at $500,000.
NEW POPLAR BLUF SCHOOL BUS ROUTES RELEASED
Poplar Bluff students will return to school this week and the many changes in the Poplar Bluff School District has resulted in changes to school bus routes.
School officials say that the new bus routes for the upcoming school year are now available online at poplarbluffschools.net.
Anyone with questions can contact the Transportation Department at 573-785-5801.
DEXTER MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
One person has died following a single vehicle wreck Monday morning in Stoddard County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by 64 year old James Fingers, of Dexter, ran off of Highway 51 and hit a tree near Puxico.
Officials say that Fingers was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two passengers in the vehicle were seriously injured. One was flown to a St. Louis hospital while the other was taken by ambulance to a Cape Girardeau hospital.
MISSING NEW MADRID COUNTY GIRL FOUND SAFE
A girl who went missing yesterday in New Madrid County has been found safe.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an endangered person advisory was issued for the 14 year old girl after her mother arrived home and found her missing along with her cellular device.
The advisory was cancelled after the teenager was found safe in Clinton, Missouri.
1.5 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT TO HELP CREATE BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM IN DONIPHAN
The Doniphan R-1 School District will be using recently awarded grant money to create new a school program.
Doniphan Schools have been awarded a $1.5 million dollar grant from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for a new before and after school program.
School officials say that the programs will give students opportunities to learn, with curriculum including math and art as well as a hands-on rocket science & robotics program.
It was not announced when the programs will begin.
UNITED STATES SENATOR ROY BLUNT TO BE MAKING MULTIPLE STOPS IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI TODAY
One of Missouri’s United States Senators will be making multiple stops today in Southeast Missouri.
Senator Roy Blunt will be speaking with area residents at 9 am this morning at Rice Trailers in Harviell. He will be following that up with a stop at the Mule Barn in Dexter at 10:30 am.
Blunt is also scheduled to be visiting with residents in Sikeston and Charleston during his tour today.
GRAND JURY TO DECIDE IF CHARGES SHOULD BE FILED AGAINST BEN RESSEL
A Grand Jury will hear evidence in connection to Ben Ressel’s alleged role in an incident that killed a 13 year old Poplar Bluff girl last December.
13 year old Heavenly Hafford was struck by two vehicles on December 9th last year. Both vehicles allegedly left the scene of the incident where Hafford was killed.
A special prosecuting attorney has requested that a grand jury be convened in the case.
POPLAR BLUFF MOTEL ROBBED SATURDAY MORNING
A Poplar Bluff motel was robbed Saturday morning by a man with a weapon.
According to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department, the man broke into the Motel 6 on Highway 67 and took over $200 from the cash drawer before escaping.
The suspect is around 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds.
This Motel 6 was also the victim of a robbery on July 30th. The robbery is under investigation.
MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO STRING OF BURGLARIES IN DEXTER
Authorities in Stoddard County say a warrant has been issued for a Southeast Missouri man in connection to a string of burglaries in Dexter.
Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver tells us that 49 year old Edward Lusk, of Dexter, allegedly committed 23 separate crimes in connection with the burglaries of eight Dexter businesses from July 10th to August 25th.
Lusk is facing charges including 2nd degree arson, 2nd degree burglary, 1st degree property damage, and resisting arrest.
The Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department is reporting that Lusk has been taken into custody.
DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT
A Dexter man was recently arrested on a controlled substance warrant.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 62 year old Raymond Louis Webber the Third was taken into custody on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.
Webber’s bond was set at $15,000 cash.
POLICE INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY IN DONIPHAN
A convenience store in Doniphan was reportedly robbed over the weekend.
According to authorities, a man dressed in black pulled out a weapon at a Casey’s General Store in Doniphan early Sunday morning and demanded money.
The man left the scene with an undetermined amount of cash.
Police are investigating the incident and anyone with more information is asked to contact the Doniphan Police Department.
ARKANSAS MAN ARRESTED IN RIPLEY COUNTY ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES
An Arkansas man is facing multiple felony charges following his arrest Saturday afternoon in Ripley County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 36 year old Jebiadiah Lamberth, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, was taken into custody on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.
Lamberth is also facing charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Following the arrest, Lamberth was transported to the Doniphan Police Department.
ORAN MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING WOMAN AND ATTEMPTING TO PULL HER THROUGH BROKEN WINDOW
An Oran man is facing charges after he allegedly assaulted a woman on Saturday.
Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter tells us that a woman told deputies that she and 42 year old year old Mark Gordon had been involved in an argument inside a vehicle when Gordon began striking her in the head and face while she was driving. The victim also stated that there were two children in the vehicle.
When they arrived at a residence, Gordon allegedly broke out the driver’s side window and attempted to pull the victim through the window. He also struck her in the head, face, and body. Gordon eventually stopped and went inside.
Deputies found Gordon and took him into custody. Walter says Gordon has been charged with the felony domestic assault 2nd degree and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.
BUTLER COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT
Route N in Butler County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace a pipe beneath the roadway.
Weather permitting, work will be performed today from 8 am to 3 pm between County Road 239 and County Road 241.
MANHUNT LEADS TO ARREST IN DEXTER
A Thursday manhunt in Dexter has resulted in the arrest of a burglary suspect.
According to the Dexter Police Department, the manhunt was for Edward Lusk, who was a suspect in the burglary of Small Wonders Day Care in Dexter.
Officials say Lusk was arrested at an area residence following a manhunt that lasted most of the early afternoon. He was booked on a parole absconder warrant. Other charges stemming from the burglary are pending.
THREE ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON METH CHARGES
Three people were each arrested Thursday night in Wayne County on a meth charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 33 year old Leslie Patterson, of Poplar Bluff, was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, resisting arrest by fleeing, and 1st degree tampering with a motor vehicle.
Two other people were arrested at the same time, 37 year old Paul Lutes, of Silva, and 24 year old Dylan Merritt, of Greenville. Both men are facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and hindering prosecution.
BRIDGE REPAIRS TO BEGIN THIS WEEKEND BUSINESS 67 IN BUTLER COUNTY
Northbound Business Route 67 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane beginning this weekend so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform routine bridge repairs.
The bridge involved is located between 11th Street and Route 53 over Pike Creek.
Weather permitting, work will be performed Sunday through Tuesday, August 30th from 6 pm to 7 am daily.
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR ANNUAL BRIDGE BUILDING COMPETITION
Registration is open for the 13th annual Missouri Department of Transportation Bridge Building Competition.
The competition challenges high school juniors and seniors in Southeast Missouri to design and construct the most efficient model bridge using limited materials including 15 pieces of balsa wood, thread and glue.
The lightest bridge to carry the greatest load will ultimately be declared the winner. Prizes will also be awarded for the most aesthetic bridge and to the winner of the electronic bridge competition.
Schools must register by September 6th to participate. The judging for the competition will be held on November 17th in Cape Girardeau.
More information and registration forms are available online at MoDot.org.
REAL MEN RALLY SCHEDULED FOR EARLY OCTOBER AT PALACE OF PRAISE IN POPLAR BLUFF
The Palace of Praise church in Poplar Bluff will be hosting the Real Men Rally on October 1st.
The event will include a bike and car show, vendor booths, exhibits, competitions, and a chuck wagon dinner.
Advanced tickets are available for $10. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit RealMenRally.com.