Friday, December 30, 2016

 

 

 

JONESBORO GOLDEN HURRICANES WIN POPLAR BLUFF SHOWDOWN
Jonesboro High School Golden Hurricanes are the new champions of the Poplar Bluff Basketball Showdown.

Jonesboro defeated last year’s champion Kenwood High School, 70 to 54 in Thursday’s final. The Poplar Bluff Mules took 4th place in the tournament after falling to Vashon 85 to 60.

In the Consolation championship, Humboldt beat Memphis Central 61 to 59. In the 7th Place game, Cordova defeated Liberty Tech 71 to 66.

 
POPLAR BLUFF MULE WILLIE LUCAS NAMED TO ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM AT THE POPLAR BLUFF SHOWDOWN
Poplar Bluff boys’ basketball player Willie Lucas has had a pretty good week at the Poplar Bluff Showdown.

After scoring his 1000th career point on Tuesday and winning the Three-Point Contest on Wednesday, Lucas has also been named to the All-Tournament team for the 30th Annual Poplar Bluff Basketball Showdown.

Joining Lucas on the All-Tournament team, are three members from the champion Jonesboro Golden Hurricanes, Marquis Eaton, Desi Sills, and Ben Harvey, along with Manny Patterson from Kenwood, Levi Stockard III from Vashon, and Jarred Walker from Humboldt.

 
HIGHWAY PATROL ENCOURAGES MOTORISTS TO BE SAFE OVER THE NEW YEAR HOLIDAY WEEKEND
The New Year is upon us and the Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding everyone who is planning to get out and celebrate this weekend to drive safely.

According to the Highway Patrol, seven people were killed last year during the New Year’s holiday counting period. There were a total of 954 traffic crashes which injured 364 people.

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

 
GOVERNOR NIXON APPOINTS NEW NEW MADRID COUNTY ASSESSOR
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has appointed a new assessor for New Madrid County.

Governor Nixon appointed Jacob Johnson to the position, which had became vacant upon the resignation of former Assessor Ronnie Simmons.

Johnson was elected as Assessor in November 2016, but under the Missouri law regarding assessors, normally would not have taken office until September 1st, 2017.

Johnson has served as an appraiser for the New Madrid County Assessor’s Office since 1997.

 
POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON MULTIPLE WARRANTS
Authorities in Butler County have arrested a Poplar Bluff man on multiple warrants.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 36 year old Jason Trinkler was taken into custody Thursday morning on warrants from Laclede County, the Carter County Sheriff’s Office, and the Poplar Bluff Police Department.

Following the arrest, Trinkler was held in the Butler County Jail.

 
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS TO HOST NEW YEARS EVE PARTY THIS WEEKEND
The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a New Years Eve party this weekend.

The party Saturday night will feature food, music, and a cash bar for only $20 per person.

If you would like more information or would like to purchase tickets, call 718-2293. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

JONESBORO TO FACE KENWOOD IN FINALS OF POPLAR BLUFF SHOWDOWN
Kenwood High School will have a chance to repeat as champions of the Poplar Bluff Basketball Showdown in today’s final vs. Jonesboro.

Kenwood defeated Poplar Bluff Wednesday, 67-54. The Mules will move to the third place game tonight vs. Vashon at 5:30 pm. Vashon lost to Jonesboro on Wednesday 81-63. The final between Kenwood and Jonesboro will begin at 7 pm.

The other games scheduled for the final day of the showdown will be Memphis Central vs. Humboldt in the 5th place game at 4 pm and Cordova vs. Liberty Tech in the 7th place game at 2:30 pm.

 

 
PIEDMONT WOMAN ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT
A Piedmont woman has been taken into custody on a controlled substance warrant.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell us that 51 year old Lori Seiffert was arrested Wednesday evening on a felony Wayne County warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Following the arrest, Seiffert was held at the Wayne County Jail.

 

 
MISSISSIPPI MAN INJURED IN WRECK ON INTERSTATE 55
A Mississippi man was injured Wednesday in Southeast Missouri after a towed unit on the vehicle he was driving jackknifed on Interstate 55.

According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred shortly after 7 pm Wednesday in Pemiscot County.

The driver of the vehicle, 78 year old Joseph Lee, of Kiln, Mississippi, suffered moderate injuries in the wreck and was taken to Pemiscot Memorial Hospital.

 

 
DEXTER TEENAGER IN CUSTODY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND DRUG PARAPHERNLALIA WARRANT
Authorities in Stoddard County have taken a Dexter teenager into custody.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 18 year old Dakota Davis was arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Davis’s bond was set at $7,500 and he remained in jail as of this morning.

 

 
SCOTT COUNTY ASSISTANT PROSECUTING ATTORNEY NAMED AS ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT JUDGE
An Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Scott County has been appointed as Associate Circuit Judge.

On Wednesday, Governor Jay Nixon named D. Blake Pearson as Associate Circuit Judge for Scott County to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of William Winchester.

Pearson currently serves as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Scott County and has been with that office since 2013. He also serves as the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Special Prosecutor for Scott, Bollinger and Mississippi counties.

 

 
PIPE REPLACEMENT TO CAUSE CLOSURE OF ROUTE W IN BUTLER COUNTY
Route W in Butler County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway.

The work zone will be located a quarter of a mile north of Route KK.

Work is scheduled to be performed today from 8 am to 3 pm.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

 

 

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF CITY COUNCIL APPROVES 2017 CITY BUDGET
The Poplar Bluff City Council has approved a city budget for the fiscal year beginning on January 1st.

The budget was unanimously approved at the city council meeting Tuesday night and includes a deficit of $237,758.

The budget does include the cutting of one employee in the municipal court and some open positions in other departments will also not be filled.

 
SEMIFINAL SET FOR 30TH ANNUAL POPLAR BLUFF BASKETBALL SHOWDOWN
The semifinal matchups have been set for the 30th Annual Poplar Bluff Basketball Showdown.

The Poplar Bluff Mules advanced to today’s semifinal with a 84-82 victory over Humboldt. Senior Willie Lucas scored 30 points, which gives him over 1,000 points for his career.

The Mules will take on defending champs Kenwood Academy tonight at 7pm. Kenwood defeated Cordova Tuesday 63-60.

The other semifinal will be a Missouri-Arkansas matchup as Jonesboro takes on Vashon at 8:30 pm.

The two consolation matchups today will be Liberty Tech vs. Memphis Central at 4 pm and Humboldt vs. Cordova at 5:30 pm.

Today is also the day for the Slam Dunk and 3-point contest, which will begin at 10 am.

 

 

AIRCRAFT CRASHES NEAR PIEDMONT
An aircraft crashed Tuesday near Piedmont.

The incident occurred Tuesday evening when a small aircraft hit a power line and crashed.

According to the Piedmont City Fire Department, everyone involved is okay.

 
DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE
A Dexter man is facing a felony meth charge following his arrest Monday in Stoddard County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 43 year old Christopher Opiela was arrested shortly before 11 pm Monday night on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Opiela is also facing a charge of driving while intoxicated – drugs. Following the arrest, he was reportedly held in Stoddard County on a 24 hour hold.

 
NAME RELEASED OF VICTIM IN SIKESTON SHOOTING
Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, authorities have released the name of a man who was shot over the weekend in Sikeston.

Captain Jim McMillen with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells us that 32 year old Barrett Swan, of Cape Girardeau, is still in critical condition and at last report was awaiting surgery for injuries he received in a shooting on Christmas morning.

Swan had three gunshots to his torso and said he was leaving a party in Sikeston when he was shot by an unknown subject.

The SEMO Major Case Squad has been activated and investigators are working on the incident. Anyone with information on the shooting is being asked to contact Sikeston DPS at 573-471-4711.

 

 

START DATE ANNOUNCED FOR UPCOMING TWO MONTH LONG BRIDGE PROJECT IN BUTLER AND STODDARD COUNTIES
Officials have announced the start date for an upcoming bridge repair project in Butler and Stoddard Counties.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route U in Butler and Stoddard Counties will be closed beginning on Monday, January 9th as contractor crews perform bridge repairs.

Work is scheduled to be performed from 6 am to 6 pm daily through Wednesday, March 15th.

The bridge is located between Route H in Butler County and Route CC in Stoddard County. During the repairs, officials say a detour will be in place.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

 

 

 

 

TEXAS MAN KILLED IN WRECK NEAR DONIPHAN
A Texas man has died following a single vehicle wreck Monday morning in Ripley County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred shortly before noon Monday on US 160 near Doniphan.

A vehicle, driven by 65 year old Martin Lenwood, reportedly ran through an intersection and struck a ditch. Lenwood was taken to an area hospital and later pronounced dead.

 

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN IRON COUNTY
Authorities tell us that an Arcadia man has died in connection to a wreck last week in Iron County.

According to the Highway Patrol, 57 year old Kenneth Duncan was driving on Route E Thursday night when his vehicle ran off the side of the road, struck several trees, and overturned.

Duncan was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

30TH ANNUAL POPLAR BLUFF BASKETBALL SHOWDOWN TO BEGIN TODAY
The 30th Annual Poplar Bluff Basketball Showdown is scheduled to begin today.

According to Poplar Bluff Athletic Director Kent Keith, the Showdown will feature eight teams across four states at the Poplar Bluff Senior High gym. The games will begin at 4 pm today with Kenwood High School, from Chicago, Illinois, facing Cordova High School, from Cordova, Tennessee.

The Poplar Bluff Mules will be taking on Tennessee’s Humboldt High School beginning at approximately 7 pm this evening.

Other matchups for today include Jonesboro High School vs. Liberty Tech Magnet High School at approximately 5:30 pm, and Vashon High School vs. Memphis Central High School at approximately 8:30 pm.

 

OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING SHOOTING AT PARTY IN SIKESTON
A Cape Girardeau man was in critical condition after being shot over the weekend at a party in Sikeston.

Captain James McMillen with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells us that Sikeston DPS received a call early Christmas morning of shots being fired as a party was letting out.

A short time later Missouri Delta Medical Center contacted DPS and informed them that a 32 year old man was at the ER with multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim had three gunshots to his torso and said he was leaving the party and was shot by an unknown subject. He was later transferred to St. Louis.

The SEMO Major Case Squad has been activated and investigators are working on the incident. Anyone with information on the shooting is being asked to contact Sikeston DPS at 573-471-4711.

 

 

MINER MAN INJURED IN CHRISTMAS DAY WRECK IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

A Christmas Day wreck has resulted in a man being flown to an area hospital.

According to authorities, 39 year old James Stinnett, of Miner, was ejected from his vehicle after it ran off the side of a Pemiscot County Road and overturned.

Stinnett suffered serious injuries in the wreck and was flown to a Memphis hospital.

 

 

TICKETS BECOME AVAILABLE TODAY FOR VALENTINES FOR VETERANS CONCERT
Tickets will become available today for the 2017 Valentines for Veterans concert.

According to the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center, the free concert, featuring Tracy Lawrence, will be held at 6:30 pm on Friday, February 17th at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff.

Tickets will be available at the Voluntary Service Office on the second floor of the Poplar Bluff VA Medical Center. For more information, call 573-778-4414.

 

 

TEEN FALLS THROUGH SKYLIGHT IN KENNETT
A teenager was injured last week after he fell through a skylight in Kennett.

According to authorities, the 14 year old boy was with another student Friday morning when they reportedly climbed onto a roof at the Kennett Middle School and he then fell through a skylight.

The boy was airlifted to a Memphis hospital. His current condition was not available.

Friday December 23, 2016

MAN FACING MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE IN CONNECTION TO FATAL WRECK IN CLAY COUNTY
A man is facing a manslaughter charge following a fatal wreck earlier this week in Clay County.

Officials with the Arkansas State Police tell us that the wreck occurred at around 11:18 am Wednesday morning on US 67 when a vehicle reportedly crossed the center line and struck a vehicle in the northbound lane.

Two people in the second vehicle, 66 year old Brenda Christopher, of Russellville, and 43 year old Christopher Bryant, of Carlisle, were killed in the wreck.

Casapu Mihail is reportedly facing charges of negligent homicide and manslaughter in connection to the wreck.

 

POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TAKES JOB AT WOODLAND R-4
Poplar Bluff school officials will be looking for a new principal for Poplar Bluff High School.

Current principal Michael Kiehne will be stepping down in June to take the Superintendent position at Woodland R-4.

He has been principal at Poplar Bluff High School since 2011.

 

LITTLE TIME LEFT TO SEE THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AUTO TOUR AT WAPPAPELLO LAKE
There is only a few days left to see the 24th Annual Festival of Lights Auto Tour at Wappapello Lake.

The tour is hosted by The Wappapello Lake Area Association and is available at the Redman Creek Campground from dusk to 9 PM each night until Christmas.

For more information, contact the Wappapello Lake Management Office at 573-222-8562.

 

PORTAGEVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGE
A Portageville woman was taken into custody Thursday night on a felony controlled substance charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 45 year old Tasha Treece was arrested shortly before 9:30 pm in New Madrid County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – prescription medication.

Treece is also facing a charge of driving while intoxicated. She was held in New Madrid County on a 24 hour hold.

 

THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINNERS IS ACCEPTING USED CHRISTMAS TREES
Once you are done with your Christmas tree this weekend, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would like to have it.

The Corps of Engineers will be accepting used Christmas trees from December 26th up until January 17th.

All you have to do is drop your undecorated tree off in the marked pile near the Redman Creek Recreation Area boat ramp.

Officials say the trees will be used to aid in providing vital fish habitat throughout Wappapello Lake.

 

BOOTH SPACE AVAILABLE FOR 2017 AG EXPO
We are less than one month away from Ag Expo 2017 and officials say that agriculture booth space is available.

Ag Expo 2017 will be held on January 20th and 21st at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff. There will be 118 agriculture related exhibits at the expo along with many activities for the whole family.

Other events will include the beauty pageant, FFA tractor driving contest, petting farm, and duck calling contest, plus much more.

Admission will be $1 for adults.

If you would like to purchase booth space, register for the beauty pageant, or would just like more information, call 573-686-8064.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

 

 

 

MAN REPORTEDLY SWINGS AT POPLAR BLUFF POLICE OFFICER WITH A KNIFE

A man has been taken into custody following an incident Tuesday night where he allegedly swung at a Poplar Bluff Police Officer with a knife.

We spoke with Poplar Bluff Police Department Captain Dave Sutton about the incident.

“On Tuesday night at 6:54 PM Officers with the Poplar Bluff Police Department were dispatched to Jiffy Self Storage in the 3000 block of South Westwood Blvd in reference to a suspicious person.

Officer Janes contacted the person and he identified himself as Timothy Williams. A warrant check revealed an outstanding arrest warrant for Williams. Officer Janes explained that he had a warrant, and told Williams he was under arrest. Williams told Officer Janes that he did not have a warrant; then shoved his hand in his pocket and assumed a fighting stance. As Officer Janes reached for Williams’ arm, Williams pulled his hand from the pocket and swung at Officer Janes with a knife fashioned from a scissor blade.

Officer Janes forced Williams to the ground and tried to place him in handcuffs. As he did, Williams said “OK, I dropped I tossed it.” Williams continued to resist, and grabbed Officer Janes’ wrists. Officer Janes was able to free one hand and used his radio to call for assistance. Officer Janes attempted to use a taser, but Williams grabbed Officer Janes’ arm with both of his hands and pushed the taser toward Officer Janes.

Sergeant Hefner and Officer Larkins arrived and Williams was placed into handcuffs.

At the time of his arrest, Williams also carried a large bowie style knife with an 8 inch blade, and a utility knife.

Timothy Williams was booked in on charges of assault 2nd degree on a Law Enforcement Officer, Armed Criminal Action, Resisting Arrest, and a Poplar Bluff Municipal warrant for fail to appear, on an original charge of possession of marijuana. Williams was lodged in the Butler County Jail.”

Deputy Chief Don Trout tells us that he is proud of the restraint shown by Officer Janes.

“We are extremely proud of their restraint demonstrated by Officer Janes. This was a deadly force encounter and it was resolved without death or serious injury to the suspect or officer.”

 

 

TWO KILLED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK

Two people have died following a wreck Wednesday morning in Northeast Arkansas.

Officials with the Arkansas State Police tell us that the wreck occurred at around 11:18 am on US 67 in Clay County.

A vehicle reportedly crossed the center line and struck a vehicle in the northbound lane.

Two people in the second vehicle, 66 year old Brenda Christopher, of Russellville, and 43 year old Christopher Bryant, of Carlisle, were killed in the wreck.

A third person in the second vehicle was injured, however the full extent of their injuries were not released. No injuries were listed for anybody in the first vehicle.

 
SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO SPEND FAKE MONEY STOLEN FROM AMMUSEMENT MACHINE

Poplar Bluff police have arrested a man who allegedly stole fake money from an amusement machine and attempted to pass it at an area business.

Lieutenant Darron Moore with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells us that police began an investigation early Wednesday morning.

“On Wednesday morning around 2 a.m. officers responded to a burglary alarm at the Southside Sinclair. During the investigation it was learned the suspect had damaged a quarter amusement machine and removed several fake currency bills, which were props in the machine.

Officers begin to canvass the area to contact employees of other open businesses and advise them of the movie money which was stolen during the Southside Sinclair burglary. Officer Shane Bates made contact with the clerk at Rick’s 66 to tell them of the fake money.

The clerk immediately told him that the man who passed him in the doorway had just tried to pass some of the fake money.
Officer Bates returned to his vehicle and attempted to stop the suspect’s vehicle. He observed the vehicle make numerous turns on side streets in an apparent attempt to evade him. Officer Bates conducted a traffic stop and contacted the driver later identified as Blake Dietz.

The store clerk came to the scene and positive inside Duetz as the person who tried to pass the fake bill. Dietz was placed under arrest and during a search of his person one of the fake $20 bills was located in his possession. In his vehicle offices located drug paraphernalia which was also seized as evidence.

Dietz was lodged in the Butler County Justice Center on charges of counterfeiting, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended/revoked, and no proof of auto insurance.”

 
POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS TO GET INTO NEXT WEEKS SHOWDOWN WITH FOOD DONATION

The 30th Annual Poplar Bluff Basketball Showdown is scheduled to begin next week, and Poplar Bluff high school students will have the chance to attend games for free, as long as they are generous.

Poplar Bluff Athletic Director Kent Keith tells us that thanks to the generous donation of several Mule Supporters, High School Students will be admitted free to the three day tournament by showing their Student ID and bringing two cans of food to donate to the Bread Shed for each day they attend.

The Showdown, featuring eight teams across four states, will begin at 4 pm next Tuesday. On day one, the Poplar Bluff Mules will be taking on Tennessee’s Humboldt High School beginning at approximately 7 pm.

 
EAST PRAIRIE POLICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING AREA THEFTS

Authorities in East Prairie are investigating several reported thefts in the area.

According to the East Prairie Police Department, items including packages from mailboxes, lawn/patio furniture and Christmas decoration items have recently been stolen from several residences in town.

Police say that an investigation is under way and anyone who has information on the thefts, or the suspects involved, is asked to call 573-649-3511.

 
DELAYS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY ON INTERSTATE 55 IN SCOTT COUNTY

Motorists hoping to get an early start on travelling for the Christmas holiday should be prepared for delays today on Interstate 55.

Southbound I-55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge repairs.

The work zone is located at the Interstate 57 overpass bridge at exit 66.

Work is scheduled to be performed today from 7 am to 4 pm.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

 

 

 

ONE KILLED IN WRECK NEAR SIKESTON

A Kentucky man has died following a single vehicle wreck near Sikeston.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 55 year old David Stephenson, of South Shore, Kentucky, ran off the side of Interstate 57 and hit a tree Tuesday night.

Stephenson was pronounced dead at the scene by Mississippi County Coroner Terry Parker.

 
THREE NEW MADRID TEENAGERS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

Three Southeast Missouri teenagers have been flown to area hospitals after they were involved in a single vehicle wreck Tuesday night.

According to authorities, the wreck occurred at around 10:30 pm on Route WW near New Madrid when a vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned.

Three New Madrid teenagers, ages 15 and 16, were seriously injured in the wreck. Two of the teenagers were flown to a Memphis hospital, while the third was flown to a hospital in Cape Girardeau.

 
FREEZING FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR MISSOURI BOOTHEEL AND NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

Motorists in Northeast Arkansas and the Missouri Bootheel should be prepared for the possibility of icy roads this morning.

According to the National Weather Service in Memphis, Tennessee, a freezing fog advisory is in effect through 9 am this morning for some counties in those areas.

Weather officials say that the combination of dense fog and temperatures several degrees below freezing will result in icy conditions developing on area roadways. Visibility will also drop below a half a mile in some areas.

Motorists are being advised to slow down and leave plenty of distance ahead of your vehicle.

 
POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL IS FIRST LIGHTHOUSE SCHOOL IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

A Poplar Bluff school is the first to achieve Lighthouse status in Southeast Missouri.

According to the Poplar Bluff School District, Eugene Field has achieved lighthouse status under The Leader in Me program, joining only a dozen other schools in Missouri and less than 250 world-wide that have met the prestigious benchmark.

According to school officials, students have participated in goal setting, leadership roles, self-led conferences with parents, and community events since the elementary school received a grant valued at about $75,000 from Franklin Covey’s I Am A Leader Foundation in 2013.

At the start of the month a review team from Franklin Covey visited Poplar Bluff to evaluate the environment, culture and language at Eugene Field.

Poplar Bluff R-I Superintendent Scott Dill says that this is a tremendous accolade for the students, faculty and staff at Eugene Field and all of their hard work and their persistence has merited this award.

 
MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL REMINDS MOTORISTS TO DRIVE SAFE OVER CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to drive safely over the Christmas holiday.

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

According to the Highway Patrol, last year there were 1,070 traffic crashes during the Christmas counting period. In those crashes, five people were killed and another 363 were injured.

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

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

 
PIPE REPLACEMENT SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY

Route CC in Butler County will be reduced today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform a pipe replacement.

The section of roadway is located between Route U and County Road 664.

Work is scheduled to be performed today from 8 am to 3 pm.

First ‘lighthouse’ school in Southeast Missouri

Eugene Field has achieved lighthouse status under The Leader in Me program, joining only a dozen other schools in Missouri and less than 250 world-wide that have met the prestigious benchmark. Students have participated in goal setting, data tracking, leadership roles, self-led conferences with parents and community events since the …read more

Source: Poplar Bluff Mules

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

 

 

 

 

OVER TWO MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF DRUGS DISCOVERED DURING INVESTIGATION IN CARTER COUNTY

A traffic stop led to the discovery of over two million dollars worth of drugs in Carter County.

Carter County Sheriff Richard Stephens tells us that officers with the Ellsinore Police Department conducted the stop on U.S. Highway 60 because of a traffic violation.

An investigation was started after officers made contact with the driver of the vehicle. Stephens says the investigation resulted in over 873 pounds of marijuana, 12.5 pounds of methamphetamine, and 2.4 pounds of cocaine being recovered.

The street value of the recovered controlled substances was 2.4 million dollars.

The driver of the vehicle, 57 year old Lowell Johnson, of Metropolis, Illinois, was taken into custody and is facing charges including 2nd degree drug trafficking. A female passenger was also taken into custody.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED AFTER BEING FOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN A VEHICLE IN POPLAR BLUFF

Two Poplar Bluff men are facing charges in connection to an incident where they were discovered unconscious in a vehicle by police.

We spoke with Captain Dave Sutton with the Poplar Bluff Police Department about the incident.

“On Friday, December 16th at approximately 11:50 a.m. Officers with the Poplar Bluff Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of Dewey Street in reference to a vehicle parked at the residence, with a subject passed out at the wheel of a vehicle. The caller did not know the subject parked in their front yard.

Upon their arrival, Officers found a silver 2009 Chevrolet Trail Blazer parked in the front yard of the residence. Sterling Marshall, 34, of Poplar Bluff, was sitting in the driver’s seat; and Anthony Thompson, 43, of Poplar Bluff, was sitting in the front passenger seat. Both subjects were unconscious.

As Officer Reed spoke with Sterling Marshall, he observed a leafy substance which appeared to be loose marijuana spilled on his lap. Officer Reed asked Marshall to step out of the vehicle; and as he did, the leafy substance, several blue pills, and several $100.00 bills fell to the ground. As Officer Reed and Officer Tubb tried to place Marshall into custody, he fought with them in an effort to escape. After a brief struggle Marshall was taken into custody and placed into a patrol car.

During a search of his person incident to arrest, a clear plastic baggie with 12.3 grams of heroin was found in his sock.

Drug paraphernalia was found on Anthony Thompson’s person. He was taken into custody without incident.

Sterling Marshall was booked in on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute; Possession of a Synthetic Cannaboid, Resisting Arrest, and Assault 3rd Degree on a Law Enforcement Officer. Marshall was booked in the Butler County Jail.

Anthony Thompson was booked in on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and he was released pending review by the Butler County Prosecuting Attorney.”

 

 

POLICE FIND A REPORTED STOLEN FIREARM IN AN IMPOUNDED VEHICLE

A man is facing a receiving stolen property charge after a reported stolen firearm was discovered in a impounded vehicle.

We spoke with Lieutenant Darron Moore with the Poplar Bluff Police Department for more information about what lead to the charge.

“On Sunday evening around 10 p.m. Sergeant Joe Ward conducted a traffic stop on a green Ford Explorer for expired state registration. The driver, later identified as Mark Anthony Benton, was unable to provide proof of insurance or a driver’s license. Sergeant Ward issued Benton two citations, one for no state registration and one for no proof of insurance.

Sergeant Ward impounded the vehicle and during an inventory search of the vehicle he located a small amount of suspected marijuana in the center console, a loaded Walther 40 caliber handgun was also located under the driver’s seat.

A check of the weapon’s serial number revealed it had been reported stolen in Butler County. Benton claimed he had purchased the handgun from an acquaintance. Mark Anthony Benton was lodged in the Butler County Justice Center on a charge of receiving stolen property.”

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED DURING WEEKEND TRAFFIC STOP

A Poplar Bluff man was arrested over the weekend following a traffic stop.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, officers conducted the traffic stop Sunday night on a vehicle driven by 20 year old Martrez Carter.

During the stop, officers noted a strong odor of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment of Carter’s vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded 45.9 grams of marijuana and a set of digital scales.

Carter was arrested on an outstanding Butler County warrant for distribution of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following the arrest, Carter was booked in and lodged in the Butler County Jail.

 

 

FIRE BREAKS OUT OVERNIGHT AT BUILDING IN STODDARD COUNTY

A fire broke out overnight at a building near Puxico.

Multiple crews were on hand to deal with the fire Monday night at the Puxico Livestock Auction Company.

The cause of the fire was not available.

 

 

WAPPAPELLO WOMAN ARRESTED SUNDAY ON METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE

Authorities in Wayne County have taken a Wappapello woman into custody on a felony methamphetamine charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 29 year old Nicole Borgetti was arrested Sunday on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance at a county jail.

Borgetti is also facing a charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. She was held in Wayne County on a 24 hour hold.

 

 

TWO POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOLS NOMINATED FOR AWARD

Two schools in Poplar Bluff have been nominated for an award.

Poplar Bluff Junior High and O’Neal Elementary have been nominated by the Flippen Group to potentially receive Capturing Kids’ Hearts showcase school awards for the 2016/17 school year.

Capturing Kids’ Hearts campuses across the country are considered for the award based on observation from trainers, level of implementation by all staff, and data demonstrating that significant improvement has been made in attendance, discipline, culture or academics.

Next month, a Flippen Group site team will visit a select 46 schools out of over 10,000 in the program to observe and experience for themselves the impact taking place, according to a press release from the organization.

Monday December 19, 2016

POPLAR BLUFF CONVENIENCE STORE REPORTEDLY ROBBED OVER THE WEEKEND
Authorities in Poplar Bluff are investigating a reported armed robbery at an area business.

Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley says officers responded to an armed robbery call at the Casey’s General Store, on South Broadway at approximately 2 am on Saturday.

A store clerk told police that a white male had entered the store and was armed with a handgun and demanded money. The suspect then left the store with an undisclosed amount of money and two cartons of cigarettes. The suspect is described as 5’5 and weighing about 140.

Anyone who has information about the incident is encouraged to contact Poplar Bluff Police at 573-785-5776.

 

HARVIELL MAN ARESTED ON DISTRIBUTION WARRANT
A Harviell man has been taken into custody in on a distribution warrant.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, 38 year old Eric Hodge was recently arrested on a warrant for distribution of a controlled substance.

His bond was set at $100,000 and officials say he remains in jail as of this morning.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO CAUSE DELAYS ON INTERSTATE 55 BEGINNING TODAY
Southbound Interstate 55 in Pemiscot County will be reduced for part of this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The work zone is located between mile markers 29 and 27.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Wednesday from 7 am to 5 pm each day.

 

NEW DAY MINISTRIES TO HOST FEED AND SEED EVENT THIS WEEK
New Day Ministries in Poplar Bluff will be hosting a feed and seed event this Thursday from 3 to 5 pm.

The event is first come, first serve, and packs will be limited to one per person per family. New Day Ministries is located at 703 Franklin Street in Poplar Bluff.

If you would like more information, contact Pastors Vernon and Nancy Wolverton at 573-718-4578.

 

TWO INJURED INCLUDING SMALL CHILD IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A Piedmont woman was injured in a single vehicle wreck in Wayne County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30 year old Julie Umfleet’s vehicle, slid off an ice covered roadway and overturned. The accident happened on US Highway 49, a half mile north of Highway 34 on Friday afternoon.

Umfleet and a 9 year old child were injured in the wreck and were taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital.

 

DEXTER MAN FACING FELONY METH CHARGE
Authorities in Stoddard County have arrested an area man on a felony meth charge.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 52 year old Robert Johnson, of Dexter was arrested before 11 pm Saturday on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia.

Following the arrest, he was held in the Stoddard County Jail on a 24 hour hold.

 

POPLAR BLUFF LEAF PICK UP SCHEDULED TO MOVE TO WARD 1 TODAY
The leaf pick up schedule for the city of Poplar Bluff is set to continue today.

The Street Department vacuum is scheduled to be in Ward 1 beginning today and continuing through December 30th. It will then move to Ward 3 on January 3rd.

Officials say that the Street Department has only one vacuum and it is over twenty years old and breaks down frequently, which might cause changes to the schedule.

For more information, contact the Street Department at 573-686-8646.

 

CHEERLEADER AND BASKETBALL PLAYER CHOSEN AS POPLAR BLUFF ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
The Poplar Bluff Mules Booster Club has selected a basketball player and a cheerleader as the athletes of the month for November.

Sophomore Dominique Hardimon has averaged 18.3 points, 10 rebounds and two steals during the first three games of the current basketball season. In the classroom, Dominique maintains a B+ average, according to his coach, Will Durden.

Junior Coco Raymer won second place at the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association competition this year. Her coach, Stephanie Hillis describes Raymer as both a “leader” and “team player” and says she maintains a 9.134 grade point average.