Monday February 27, 2017

POPLAR BLUFF MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A Poplar Bluff man has died after his vehicle hit a tree Friday afternoon.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 46 year old Timothy Anderson was driving on County Road 465 when his vehicle ran off the side of the road, struck an embankment, and a tree.

Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene by Butler County Assistant Coroner Brian Fugate.

 

TWO POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES SUNDAY MORNING
Two Poplar Bluff residents were arrested Sunday morning in Butler County on methamphetamine charges.

According to authorities, 44 year old Marshall Lyons and 35 year old Paulette Pickard were each arrested at around 9:30 am Sunday on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Lyons is also facing a felony charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

 

DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON STATUTORY RAPE WARRANT
A Dexter man is in custody following his arrest on a statutory rape warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 40 year old David Madsen was recently arrested on a warrant for 1st degree statutory rape.

Madsen reportedly has a prior conviction for a sex offense. Officials say that no bond has been set.

 

THREE ARRESTED SATURDAY MORNING IN BUTLER COUNTY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGES
Three people were taken into custody Saturday in Butler County on controlled substance charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 39 year old Matthew Poole, 30 year old Nicholas Ursery, and 23 year old Jessica Hemphill, all of Poplar Bluff, were each arrested Saturday morning on charges of possession of a controlled substance – meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officials did not say if the arrests were connected to each other. All three were held at the Butler County Jail.

 

METHAMPHETAMINE, MARIJUANA, AND MUSHROOMS SEIZED DURING SEARCH IN PARAGOULD
One man is in custody in connection to the execution of a search warrant last week in Paragould.

Officials with the Paragould Police Department tell KWOC News that on Friday, Street Crimes Unit investigators served a search warrant at the home of Johnathan Slayton.

During the execution of the warrant, officers seized over 300 grams of marijuana, over 180 grams of processed and packaged “shrooms” as well as an actual manufacturing grow operation of psilocybin mushrooms in excess of 200 grams.

One quarter gram of methamphetamine and over two grams of hydrocodone were also seized.

Authorities say that Slayton faces three counts of delivery of controlled substance, manufacturing a schedule one controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to deliver a schedule one controlled substance, and possession with intent to deliver a schedule six controlled substance.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON FELONY METH AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA CHARGES
A Poplar Bluff man is facing felony meth and paraphernalia charges following his arrest Saturday night.

According to the Highway Patrol, 57 year old Thomas Hall was taken into custody at around 10:35 pm Saturday on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following the arrest, Hall was held at the Butler County Jail.

 

DRAINAGE REPAIRS TO BE PERFORMED THIS WEEK IN DUNKLIN COUNTY
Route 412 in Dunklin County will be reduced to one lane this week so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform drainage repairs.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located between Route P and County Road 542.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.

Friday, February 24, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE SEARCHING FOR ARMED AND DANGEROUS MAN
Poplar Bluff Police are searching for an area man who is being considered armed and dangerous.

Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tell KWOC News that 21 year old Thomas Adam Sondermann, of Poplar Bluff, allegedly stole a vehicle on Wednesday from the Poplar Bluff area.

The vehicle is a maroon 2013 Toyota Highlander with a Missouri license plate of LH4-Z4U. The vehicle has a broken passenger window and possibly front end damage.

Officials say that Sondermann also has warrants out of the PBPD and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone who has information on Sondermann’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 573-785-5776.

 

 

 

AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR WOMAN IN CONNECTION TO VIOLENT CRIME IN WAYNE COUNTY
Authorities in Wayne County are searching for a woman in connection to a violent crime.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, they are seeking help in locating Tabitha Gallaher, who is wanted in connection to a violent crime involving an elderly man. She was reportedly in the Ironton area.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Gallaher are asked to contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department at 573-224-3319.

 
THREE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK NEAR ADVANCE
Three men were seriously injured Thursday afternoon in a wreck on Missouri Highway 25 in Stoddard County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that a vehicle driven by 22 year old Tyler Rushing, of Advance, ran off the side of the roadway, hit an embankment, and overturned.

One of the passengers was air lifted to a Cape Girardeau hospital following the wreck. Rushing and a second passenger were also taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital by ambulance.

 
NEELYVILLE LADY TIGERS WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP
The Neelyville Lady Tigers have won their sixth straight district championship.

Neelyville defeated Thayer 60 to 57 in the finals of Class 2, District 3 Thursday night. The Lady Tigers will next play on Wednesday where they will take on the winner of the Class 2, District 4 final between Gainsville and Hartville.

Neelyville’s game on Wednesday will begin at 7:45 pm at Mountain Grove. You can hear the game live on Today’s Talk 93.3 FM and 930 AM KWOC as well as online at KWOC.com.

 
BOAT SUBMERGES IN WAPPAPELLO LAKE, THREE INJURED
Three Poplar Bluff men were injured Thursday night when a boat they were in submerged in Wappapello Lake.

According to the Highway Patrol, the bow of the vessel had began taking on water. The three men hung on to the boat until it submerged. One of the men had moderate injuries, while the other two suffered minor injuries.

All three were transported to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

 
ROAD CLOSURE SET FOR TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY
Route F in Butler County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform a culvert pipe replacement.

According to MoDot, Route F will be closed between County Roads 488 and 484.

Weather permitting; work will take place today from 8 am to 1 pm.

 
STREET TO BE CLOSED AND SOME AREAS TO BE WITHOUT WATER TODAY IN DONIPHAN
The Doniphan Street Department will be closing a street in the city today to make water line repairs.

According to the Doniphan Police Department the closure will be at the 1100 block of East Locust Street, which is between Kenwood and Sunny Acres Drive.

The Police Department says that some residents in the area will be without water until the repairs are made.

Thursday February 23, 2017

MAN ALLEGEDLY CAUGHT DRIVING OVER 115 MILES PER HOUR IN WAYNE COUNTY
An Illinois man has been taken into custody in Wayne County after he was allegedly caught driving over 115 miles per hour.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 36 year old Terell Rogers, of O’Fallon, Illinois, was arrested Wednesday night on a charge of speeding – 116 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone, along with possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana.

Following the arrest, Rogers was transported to the Wayne County Jail on a 24 hour hold.

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION IN NATIONWIDE CRACKDOWN
The Poplar Bluff Police Department has announced that it will be participating in a nationwide substance-impaired driving crackdown next month.

The St Patrick’s Day Holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown will run from March 16th to March 19th. Officers will be aggressively looking for substance-impaired drivers during the crackdown, and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

More information is available online at www.SaveMoLives.com.

 

SHOULDER REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY ON ROUTE 51 IN BUTLER COUNTY
Route 51 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform shoulder repairs.

According to MoDot, the section of Route 51 to be reduced is located from Route 53 to County Road 224.

Work is scheduled to take place today from 7 am to 4 pm.

 

MORLEY MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG AND WEAPON CHARGES
A search warrant has led to the arrest of a Morley man on multiple felony charges.

Scott County Sheriff Wes Drury tells KWOC News that deputies executed the search warrant Tuesday at an area residence.

Inside the residence authorities found over 50 grams of a white, rock like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. They also found three loaded pistols.

63 year old Kenneth Boley was arrested and has been charged with felony 2nd degree trafficking drugs, possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Boley was transported to the Scott County Jail and his bond has been set at $35,000.

 

SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT OPERATION SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be conducting a selective traffic enforcement program operation tomorrow.

The enforcement operation will be held on all roadways within Troop E in Southeast Missouri.

Captain Jeffrey Vitale, commanding officer of Troop E, tells KWOC News that the goal of the operation is to detect hazardous moving, speed, and other violations that contribute to traffic crashes. Troopers will also be aggressively enforcing the seat belt and child restraint laws.

Vitale added that enforcement programs such as this will be ongoing in the Troop E area this year in an effort to reduce traffic crashes.

 

JOHN J. PERSHING VA MEDICAL CENTER TO HOST EVENT TODAY CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
An event celebrating Black History Month has been scheduled for today at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center.

The art gallery and jazz festival will begin at noon today in the main lobby of the Medical Center in Poplar Bluff.

Visitors will be able to view African American art as well as listen to jazz, blues, and gospel music.

The event is scheduled to run until 3 pm.

 

OUTDOORSMEN WITH A MISSION TO HOST 2ND ANNUAL WILD GAME DINNER THIS WEEKND
Outdoorsmen with a mission will be hosting the 2nd Annual Wild Game Dinner this weekend in Poplar Bluff.

The event is scheduled for 5 to 9 pm on Saturday, at the American Legion on Kanell Boulevard.

In addition to the dinner, there will also be raffles and a silent auction. Tickets are available for $12 for singles and $20 for couples. For more information, call 573-712-6606.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

PURSUIT LEADS TO ARREST IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 
A Florissant, Missouri man has been taken into custody following a pursuit earlier this week in Southeast Missouri.

Steele Police Chief Billy Joe Stanfield tells KWOC News that on Monday officers responded to a disturbance call at the Deerfield Travel Center.

When officers arrived, a vehicle fleeing the scene struck the patrol car. Officers pursued the suspect vehicle, which reportedly exceeded speeds of 100 mph.

In New Madrid County, stop sticks were deployed which disabled the vehicle and the driver was taken into custody.

The driver has been identified as 29 year old James Graham Jr. Stanfield says that Graham has been charged with 2nd degree assault and additional charges are pending. His bond has been set at $75,000.

 

 
SPECIAL PROSECUTOR APPOINTED IN STODDARD COUNTY MANSLAUGHTER CASE

 
A special prosecutor has been appointed in connection to a fatal incident involving a pedestrian in Stoddard County.

Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver tells KWOC News that he filed a motion Tuesday for the appointment of a special prosecutor for the cases of Wesley Faries and Gaery Faries.

Wesley Faries has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the first degree. He was allegedly driving the vehicle that struck 21 year old Phillip Manning on February 17th. Manning was pronounced dead at the scene.

Faries father, Garey Faries, was charged with hindering prosecution for allegedly falsely claiming he was the driver of the vehicle.

Oliver says that New Madrid County Prosecuting Attorney, Andrew Lawson, has been appointed by the Court to prosecute the cases.

 

 
PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY VEHICLE NEAR PUXICO

 
A pedestrian was injured Tuesday after being hit by a vehicle in Stoddard County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 35 year old Dana Roark, of Perryville, was walking across a roadway near Puxico at around 1 pm when she was struck by the vehicle.

Roark suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital.

 

 
BOATING SAFETY COURSE TO BE HELD IN POPLAR BLUFF

 
A boating safety certification course has been scheduled for next month in Poplar Bluff.

The class will be held from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, March 25th at the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop E Headquarters on Highway 67 North.

Missouri law requires any person born after January 1st, 1984 to carry a boating safety certification card along with a picture ID anytime they operate a vessel, including personal watercrafts, on Missouri lakes.

There is no fee for the course; however, students are required to pre-register online, as the class will be limited to 30 people. Any student who successfully passes the course will be eligible to order the boating safety certification card, which costs $15.

If you would like more information or want to register for the course, go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s website at mshp.dps.mo.gov.

 

 
DATE SET FOR ROMBAUER CEMETERY ANNUAL BOARD MEETING

 
The date has been set for the annual board meeting for Rombauer Cemetery.

The meeting will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, March 11th, at the Rombauer Baptist Church fellowship hall. Anyone interested in maintaining the cemetery is being urged to attend the meeting.

For additional information, call 785-1514.

 

 
BUTLER COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT

 
Route 142 in Butler County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace a pipe under the roadway.

The road will be closed between County Roads 314 and 316.

Work is scheduled to be performed from 8 am to 1 pm.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

WILLIAMSVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FELONY

 
A Williamsville woman has been taken into custody in Butler County on a felony charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 36 year old Jana Drennan was arrested at around 4:30 pm Monday on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Drennan is also facing a charge of possession of under 10 grams of marijuana. Following the arrest, she was held at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 
TWO PUPPIES REPORTEDLY THROWN FROM VEHICLE IN THE KENNETT AREA

 
The Kennett Humane Department says that one puppy has been euthanized while another is in critical condition after they were thrown out of the window of a moving vehicle.

According to a post on the Humane Department’s Facebook page, a man travelling on the same road saw the incident happen and took the two dogs to the Kennett Veterinary Clinic.

No information was available about the vehicle that the puppies were in.

Anyone who has information about who was in possession of the two puppies is asked to call 573-888-4622.

 

 
TEENAGER FLOWN TO ST. LOUIS HOSPITAL FOLLOWING ATV WRECK NEAR CHAFFEE

 
A Chaffee teenager has been flown to a St. Louis hospital following an ATV wreck Sunday afternoon.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred at around 3 pm Sunday near Chaffee. A 17 year old boy was driving an ATV which failed to negotiate a curve, struck a concrete culvert, and overturned, ejecting both the driver and a 16 year old passenger.

The 16 year old girl was seriously injured and taken by helicopter to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis. The driver suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD MEETING TONIGHT

 
The Poplar Bluff City Council will be holding a meeting tonight at the City Council Chambers.

Some of the items to be discussed include a proposed ordinance amending the Union Contract for the Fire Department as well as a review of a petition for the creation of a Sycamore Street Community Improvement District located on the east side of Poplar Bluff.

The council is also set to vote on multiple items including an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement between the City and MoDot relative to the Poplar Bluff Trails Project and an ordinance authorizing the disposal of antiquated equipment.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 pm tonight.

 

 
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 on 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.

 

 
STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT

 
Route OO in Stoddard County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace a culvert pipe under the roadway.

The work zone will be located between Route 25 and County Road 307.

Weather permitting, work will take place today from 8 am to 3:30 pm.

 

 
OVER THREE MONTH LONG PAVEMENT PROJECT TO BEGIN TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY

 
An over three month long pavement repair project is scheduled to begin today in Stoddard County.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, eastbound Route 60 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane with a 14 foot width restriction from 6 am to 6 pm daily through Thursday, June 1st.

The work zone is located from Route F to County Road 717. The on and off ramps at Route AD, One Mile Road, and Route 25 will also be impacted.

Monday, February 20, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

MAN KILLED AFTER HITTING TREE IN BUTLER COUTNY

 
An area man died Saturday following a wreck in Butler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 78 year old Bobby Elledge, of Wappapello, ran off the side of Route M Saturday afternoon and struck a tree.

Elledge was later pronounced dead at a Kennett hospital.

 

 

 

MAN ARRESTED ON MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE FOLLOWING PEDESTRIAN DEATH

 
An arrest has been made following to an incident last Friday where a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle near Puxico.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 39 year old Wesley Faries, of Puxico, was arrested Saturday on a felony charge of 1st degree involuntary manslaughter.

Faries was allegedly driving the vehicle that struck 21 year old Phillip Manning, of Sikeston, early Friday morning. Manning was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities have also arrested 76 year old Garey Faries, of Puxico, on charges of making a false police report and hindering the prosecution of a felony.

 

 
AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 
Authorities in New Madrid County are investigating a reported armed robbery at an area business.

According to the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, on Sunday deputies were dispatched to BJ’s Travel Center in Kewanee for a report of an armed robbery.

Investigators learned that a black male had entered the store shortly before 5 am, displayed a hand gun, and demanded money. The suspect also reportedly pointed the hand gun at employees during the incident.

The suspect left the business in an undetermined vehicle with no known direction of travel. The suspect is described as a black male, who was wearing a black hoodie, black tennis shoes, a mask, and jeans.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department at 573-748-2516.

 

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK NEAR HARVIELL

 
A Poplar Bluff man has been taken to an area hospital following a single vehicle wreck early Saturday morning.

According to authorities, 24 year old Joshua Gill was driving on County Road 330, near Harviell, when his vehicle ran off the side of the road, struck a ditch and tree, and overturned.

Gill suffered serious injuries in the wreck was taken by Air Evac to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

 
KENNETT MAN ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTED TO FLEE FROM POLICE ON A BICYCLE

 
A Kennett man has been taken into custody after he allegedly attempted to flee from police on Friday.

Officials with the Kennett Police Department tell KWOC News that officers had attempted to arrest 28 year old Cody Conder when he resisted the arrest and attempted to flee on a bicycle.

He was subdued and arrested for resisting arrest and an outstanding Dunklin County warrant for a probation violation on the original charge of stealing.

Following the arrest, Conder was held in the Dunklin County Justice Center.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing a felony meth charge following his arrest Friday night.

According to the Highway Patrol, 54 year old Keven Foster was arrested in Butler County on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine and buprenorphine.

Following the arrest, Foster was held at the Butler County Jail.

 

 
DEXTER MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT

 
Authorities in Stoddard County say a Dexter man has been taken into custody on a controlled substance warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 28 year old Kelly Cagle Jr. was recently arrested on warrants for possession of a controlled substance and probation violation.

The bond on the controlled substance warrant was set at $20,000 cash.

Friday, February 17, 2017

 

 

 

 

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK AND KILLED BY VEHICLE IN STODDARD COUNTY

 
A pedestrian has died after he was struck by a vehicle early this morning in Stoddard County.

Officials with the Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the incident occurred at around 12:20 am on Missouri Highway 51 near Puxico.

A vehicle was travelling south on Highway 51 when it struck 21 year old Phillip Manning, of Sikeston, who was reportedly in the roadway.

Manning was pronounced dead at the scene by Stoddard County Coroner Kenny Pope.

 

 
SIKESTON MAN ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY ON INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER WARRANT

 
Authorities in Stoddard County say a Sikeston man has been taken into custody on an involuntary manslaughter warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 23 year old Trent McMillan was recently arrested on a warrant for two counts of 2nd degree involuntary manslaughter.

Additional details about the warrant were not available.

McMillan’s bond was set at $25,000 and officials say he has bonded out.

 

 
BROSELEY MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY RESISTING ARREST CHARGE

 
A Broseley man was taken into custody Thursday afternoon on a felony resisting arrest charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 29 year old Craig Matthews was arrested yesterday in Butler County on a felony charge of resisting arrest by fleeing as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

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

 

 
VEHICLE SEARCH LEADS TO ARREST OF THREE IN KENNETT

 
A vehicle search in Kennett earlier this week has resulted in the arrest of three people.

Officials with the Kennett Police Department tell KWOC News that officers had made contact with the driver of a truck on Tuesday after observing the vehicle exceeding the posted speed limit.

At that time officers noticed a strong odor of what appeared to be marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officers conducted a search and located narcotics as well as drug paraphernalia.

According to officials, John Bradley, Kay Chaffin, and Joe Walker, all of Kennett, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance and they were transported to the Dunklin County Jail.

 

 
OUTDOORSMEN WITH A MISSION TO HOST 2ND ANNUAL WILD GAME DINNER

 
Outdoorsmen with a mission will be hosting the 2nd Annual Wild Game Dinner next week in Poplar Bluff.

The event is scheduled for 5 to 9 pm on Saturday, February 25th, at the American Legion on Kanell Boulevard.

In addition to the dinner, there will also be raffles and a silent auction. Tickets are available for $12 for singles and $20 for couples. For more information, call 573-712-6606.

 

 
2017 BLUFF CITY MALLARDS ANNUAL SPORTSMAN’S DINNER TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND

 
The 2017 Bluff City Mallards Annual Sportsman’s Dinner has been scheduled for this weekend.

The event will be held on Saturday, February 18th at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff. Doors will open at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7. A live auction will then begin at 8 pm.

For more information contact Grant Collins at 573-718-9737.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

TWO ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE IN BUTLER COUNTY

 
Authorities say that two people were taken into custody Wednesday morning in Butler County on a felony meth charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 37 year old Shaun Porch and 21 year old Zach Davis, both of Poplar Bluff, were each arrested shortly before 9 am Wednesday on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Following their arrest, both Porch and Davis were held at the Butler County Jail.

 

 
TWO ST. LOUIS MEN FACING FIREARM CHARGE OUT OF WAYNE COUNTY

 
Two St. Louis men are facing a felony gun charge following their arrest Wednesday afternoon in Wayne County.

According to the Highway Patrol, 34 year old Derick Edwards and Markell McCottrel were each arrested shortly after 2 pm on a felony charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Both men were transported to the Wayne County Jail following their arrest.

 

 
BUTLER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO GET A FLU VACCINE

 
With flu spreading through many schools and workplaces in Southeast Missouri, the Butler County Health Department is reminding local residents to get a flu vaccine.

According to the Health Department, the CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses and everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine.

If you do end up with the flu, try to stay home from work, school, and errands if possible. Also cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

The Health Department says that washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Keeping your hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.

More information is available on the Butler County Health Department website at ButlerCountyHealth.org.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS TO GET FOUR DAY WEEKEND

 
Students in Poplar Bluff are getting ready for a four day weekend, however unlike other area school closures, this is not due to the flu.

According to Superintendent Scott Dill, Poplar Bluff R-I Schools will not be in session on Friday for a teacher collaboration day. School will also be out on Monday for the Presidents’ Day holiday.

Dill says the regular class schedule will resume on Tuesday, February 21st.

 

 
DATES SET FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREENING AND KINDERGARTEN ENROLEMENT AT TWIN RIVERS

 
The dates have been set for early childhood screening and kindergarten enrolment in the Twin Rivers R-10 School District.

The events will be held from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on Tuesday, March 14th at the Fisk Middle School and Tuesday, March 21st at the Qulin Middle School.

Parents should bring their children, from three months to five years of age that are not yet in kindergarten, for the screening.

Children enrolling in Kindergarten will need three items proving residency. Each child should also have immunization records, a birth certificate, and social security card.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, call 328-4400 for Qulin or 967-3612 for Fisk.

 

 
OVER TWO WEEK LONG REPAIR PROJECT UNDERWAY ON INTERSTATE 55 IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 
An over two week long pavement repair project is underway on Interstate 55 in Southeast Missouri.

According to MoDot, Northbound I-55 in Pemiscot County will be reduced with a 14-ft. width restriction as contractor crews perform the repairs two miles north and south of the Route 164 interchange.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 6 am to 6 pm daily through Saturday, March 4th.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

NAMES RELEASED OF THREE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO DRUG SEIZURE

 
Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, authorities have released the names of three people that were arrested in connection to an investigation that included the arrest of Nicholas Kemp in Poplar Bluff.

According to the Corning Police Department, shortly before 3:30 pm on Sunday, officers with the Corning Police Department along with Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller and Clay County Deputies executed a search warrant which resulted in the discovery of 75 grams of crystal meth and three firearms, along with drug paraphernalia.

Kevin Hensley, Gregory Hampton, and Chelsey Elenburg, all of Corning, were arrested and face charges including simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 
RIPLEY COUNTY R-4 CANCELS CLASSES FOR THIS WEEK

 
Sacred Heart is not the only school in our area that will be out today.

The Ripley County R-4 school district has cancelled classes for the rest of this week because of illness. Students will return to school on February 21st.

Earlier this week, Sacred Heart School in Poplar Bluff announced that they will be out today due to illness and flu.

 

 
DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON BURGLARY AND ASSAULT WARRANT

 
A Dexter man has been taken into custody on a burglary and assault warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 25 year old Matthew Sherfield was recently arrested on a warrant for 1st degree burglary, 1st degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of possession of marijuana.

Sherfield’s bond was set at $15,000 and he reportedly remained in jail as of this morning.

 

 
WRESTLER AND BAKETBALL PLAYER NAMED POPLAR BLUFF ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

 
A wrestler and a basketball player have been chosen as the Poplar Bluff High School athletes of the month for January.

The Mules Booster Club has named wrestler Tanner Dunivan and basketball player Savannah Hicks for the honor.

Dunivan, a junior, has a 38-6 record. He placed first at the Rockwood Summit and SEMO Conference last month, and was a state qualifier for the past two years.

Hicks recently underwent open-heart surgery after a murmur was discovered during her sports physical, and returned to the court after just six weeks of recovery. She scored 15 points in eight games and maintained straight A’s in the classroom.

 

 
CLARKTON WOMAN IN CUSTODY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT

 
Authorities in Stoddard County tell KWOC News that a Southeast Missouri woman is in custody on a controlled substance warrant.

39 year old Laticia Ussery, of Clarkton, was recently arrested on a warrant for distribution of a controlled substance.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, Ussery remained in jail as of this morning and her bond has been set at $20,000.

 

 
MODOT CREWS TO BE IN WAYNE COUNTY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT

 
Route U in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located near the intersection of Route B and Route U.

Work is scheduled to be performed today from 7:30 am to 3 pm.

Tuesday February 14, 2017

MULTIPLE PEOPLE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO SEIZURE OF OVER 300 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE IN POPLAR BLUFF
A search of a Poplar Bluff motel room on Sunday led to the seizure of over 300 grams of methamphetamine.

KWOC News spoke with Detective Scott Phelps with the Poplar Bluff Police Department about the seizure.

SCOTT PHELPS:

On Sunday morning at about 7:30 a.m. Officer Tubb with the Poplar Bluff Police Department was on the parking lot of Super 8 Motel checking for stolen vehicles. He observed a vehicle, ran the plate, and discovered that that plate on the vehicle had been recently reported stolen. He also observed a guy looking out the window of the hotel which was the window directly behind that car. A short time later Sergeant Ward arrived at Super 8 motel and at that time two men stepped out of the north exit door of the hotel and they were contacted by Officer Tubb and Sergeant Ward. After Officer Tubb followed Kemp back to the hotel room Kemp was in possession of a Crown Royal bag and when they got back to the room he laid it on the bed and covered it with a jacket. During Officer Tubb’s conversation with Kemp he informed him that he did have a weapon on him. at that time Officer Tubb took the weapon from him, rendered it safe, and then with a consent search looked in the Crown Royal bag that previously was on Kemp’s person and discovered 353.8 grams of methamphetamine. There was around four hundred and something dollars also. The narcotics seized by Officer Tubb have a street value of around $35,000. After the narcotics and gun were located by Officer Tubb, the room was secured at which time I applied for search warrant, received a search warrant, during the search warrant, additional paraphernalia was located in room. An interview I conducted with Kemp also led to another search warrant being served in Corning, Arkansas where an additional 70 grams or 75 grams of methamphetamine was located and an additional 3 weapons. Three other individuals are taken into custody in Arkansas. The subject arrested at the Super 8 Motel was Nicholas Kemp 35 years old from Neelyville, who was being charged with drug trafficking felony drug paraphernalia and unlawful use of a weapon he has $100,000 cash only bond. He’s currently being held at the Butler County Justice Center.

Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley commended officers in Poplar Bluff as well as Northeast Arkansas for their roles in the investigation.

DANNY WHITELEY:

First of all I want to complement the two officers Tubb and Ward on doing a follow-up on what was just kind of a routine call out there. Had they not initiated this it would have not gotten anywhere. Myself and Detective Phelps contacted The Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller, and Arkansas Detective at Corning Sergeant Chris King. They were extremely helpful and cooperated extremely well with us as we went to Arkansas, they can talk to you about the search warrant down there, but when we have drugs trafficking between Poplar Bluff, Corning, Jonesboro, St Louis, and so forth if you don’t have people that are willing to throw in and help you it’s going to be a problem for everybody. I just can’t say enough good things about how we were received down there and the professionalism in those two departments. As I’ve said in the past you may sneak around up here in Poplar Bluff for a while but we know who the majority of you are, we will come and get you, we will put you in prison. So if you choose to come to Poplar Bluff do so at your own risk.

We have spoken with Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller who says that more arrests are expected with this case.

 

MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING ALLEGED BEATING IN CLAY COUNTY
Authorities in Clay County say a man has been arrested in connection to an alleged beating last week.

According to Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller, On February 6th, Clay County Deputies responded to a caller who stated that she had been taken against her will and beaten. The victim advised officers that her attacker had passed out and she was able to get away and use a neighbor’s phone.

Deputies later located 33 year old Joshua Hurte, of Nimmons. Hurte reportedly became very aggressive and disorderly and was taken into custody.

Hurte is being charged with 2nd degree domestic battery, 1st degree false imprisonment, and two counts of 1st degree terroristic threatening. His bond was set at $100,000.

 

SACRED HEART SCHOOL TO MISS ADDITIONAL DAYS THIS WEEK DUE TO ILLNESS
Illness is once again running through Southeast Missouri schools and Sacred Heart in Poplar Bluff has announced they will have to miss additional days this week.

According to a post on the school’s Facebook page, more students were out Monday due to illness and flu than they had last week.

Officials say that Sacred Heart Preschool through 8th grade will not be in session today or Wednesday. As of right now, classes are set to resume on Thursday.

 

TWO CHARGED WITH FELONY MURDER IN CONNECTION TO ONE YEAR OLD’S DEATH
Two people have been charged with felony murder in connection to the investigation of a one year old child’s death.

According to Sergeant Broom with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, shortly before 2 pm on Sunday, Sikeston DPS received a call of a one year old child not breathing.

Upon arrival, first responders found the boy unresponsive and
not breathing. They immediately began CPR and transported him to the emergency room where he was pronounced dead.

Medical staff reportedly located injuries and bruising consistent with child abuse on the child’s body along with some type of foreign substance inside the child’s mouth.

The mother, 23 year old Kayla Williamson, of Sikeston, and her boyfriend, 31 year old Louis Hollis, also of Sikeston, have been arrested and charged with child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, and felony murder through Scott County circuit court.

 

ARRESTS MADE IN CONNECTION TO CARUTHERSVILLE CLUB SHOOTING
Two arrests have been made in connection to a weekend shooting that left one person dead in Caruthersville.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a total of six people were shot and one injured during the incident early Sunday morning at Club Envy. Later on Sunday, Freddie Rodgers, Jr., succumbed to injuries and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

On Monday, authorities arrested Travis Ware II (the second). He has been charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action.

Authorities have also arrested Anton Jones in connection to the shooting.

 

DELAYS SET FOR THIS WEEK ON ROUTE 25 IN DUNKLIN COUNTY
Route 25 in Dunklin County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews trim trees along the roadway.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located between County Road 406 and County Road 402.

Weather permitting; work will take place today through Thursday from 7 am to 3:30 pm, daily.