MISSOURI GOVERNOR TO BE IN POPLAR BLUFF TODAY
New Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is scheduled to make an appearance today at a Poplar Bluff business.

Greitens will be at Briggs and Stratton this morning at 11:30 AM to discuss right to work legislation that has been approved by the Missouri congress.

The legislation that was approved last week would ban mandatory union fees and Greitens has promised he would sign the bill. If the Governor does sign it, Missouri will become the 28th state to adopt right to work laws.

 

AUTHORITIES ARREST VAN BUREN RESIDENT FOR POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
A controlled substance arrest was made early Sunday morning in Carter County.

According to the Highway Patrol, 35 year old Laura Kennedy was arrested shortly before 1 am Sunday on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Kennedy is also facing a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and was taken to the Carter County Jail on a 12 hour hold.

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE SEEKING INFORMATION ABOUT SEX OFFENDER
Authorities in Poplar Bluff are seeking information about a sex offender.

According to a post on the Poplar Bluff Police Department Facebook page, police are seeking information about the whereabouts of Milton “Roy” Taylor, of Poplar Bluff.

Taylor is listed as a non-compliant sex offender and anyone with information on his location is asked to contact law enforcement.

A picture of Taylor is available on the KWOC Facebook page.

 

SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE FOR TONIGHT AND TUESDAY
Weather officials are warning of possible severe weather in Southeast Missouri tonight and on Tuesday.

According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service, severe thunderstorms are possible this evening and overnight, with large hail being the primary hazard. The outlook says that damaging winds and a brief tornado are not out of the question.

The storms are expected to become more widespread on Tuesday with damaging winds becoming the primary hazard. Large hail and a tornado will also be possible.

 

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING APPARENT MURDER/SUICIDE IN PARAGOULD
Two people are dead following what appears to be a murder suicide in Northeast Arkansas.

Officials with the Paragould Police Department tell KWOC News that Paragould 9-1-1 received a call of a domestic incident on Saturday where two shots were fired.

Inside the residence, officers found two deceased parties.

Officials say that from initial interviews and evidence at the scene it appears to have been a murder/suicide, but this will not be confirmed until reports are received from the Medical Examiner’s Office with the State Crime Lab in Little Rock.

The incident is still under investigation.

 

MOREHOUSE MAN ARRESTED ON METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE
A Morehouse man is facing a felony methamphetamine charge following his arrest Saturday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 50 year old Douglas Kitchen was taken into custody in New Madrid County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Kitchen is also facing a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following the arrest, he was transported to the New Madrid County Jail on a 24 hour hold.

 

K-9 BODY ARMOR DONATED TO CARTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
A law enforcement officer in Carter County will now have more protection thanks to an anonymous donor.

Carter County Sheriff Richard Stephens tells KWOC News that K-9 Lobo has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Incorporated.

Stephens say the vest was sponsored by an anonymous donor.

 

ROAD CLOSURE SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN PEMISCOT COUNTY
Route K in Pemiscot County will be temporarily closed so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace a pipe under the roadway.

MoDot officials say that Route K will be closed today from 7 am to 3:30 pm between Route A and County Road 283.