BOONVILLE WOMAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS INCARCERATION FOR CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER
A Southeast Missouri woman was sentenced on Monday on a murder related charge.

According to Missouri Case Net, Heather Cummings, of Boonville, has entered a guilty plea for conspiracy to commit murder. Cummings ex-husband, David Phelps, of Hayti, was murdered in September of 2015.

Cummings was sentenced to 15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

 

TWO ARRESTED FOR COCAINE AND FIREARM CHARGES IN BUTLER COUNTY
Two people were taken into custody early this morning in Butler County on felony drug and gun charges.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 33 year old Brian Gibbs of Brush Creek, Tennessee, and 25 year old Sandra Carter, of Springfield, were arrested shortly before 12:30 this morning.

Both are facing felony charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance for cocaine and marijuana.

 

CHANCES OF SEVERE WEATHER CONTINUE TODAY FOR SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Most of Southeast Missouri was under a Severe Thunderstorm watch for most of the overnight; however weather officials say that there is still a chance for severe weather today.

The watch ended at five am, and a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service says that thunderstorms will still be possible through this evening.

A few storms could become severe, mainly in the morning, with large hail and damaging winds being the primary hazards. Officials say that a weak tornado or two is not out of the question.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ERIC GREITENS SPEAKS ON RIGHT TO WORK PASSAGE
New Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was in Poplar Bluff on Monday to trumpet his signing of Right to Work legislation for the state.

We spoke with Greitens during his stop and he said the legislation will lead to more jobs.

ERIC GREITENS:

We were so proud to be right back down here in Poplar Bluff to make Missouri the 28th right to work state for a very simple reason, it’s going to lead to more jobs for our people. You know, I traveled all over the state of Missouri and people said we need to have a governor who’s going to fight for us. We went to Jefferson City and we took the fight to Jefferson City.

Right at the beginning we said we’re done with politics as usual, we’re going to fight for the people and today was a major milestone because this is going to lead to more jobs. One of the key points that I made here is that people are sick of having to watch their neighbors get in a truck and drive across the border to Arkansas, or drive across the border to Tennessee to get a quality job.

Those days are over, Missouri is open for business. This is just the beginning we’re going to continue to fight for the people of Missouri every single day and our mission is really clear it’s more jobs and higher pay for the people of Missouri.

And we’re going to continue to fight for when it comes of tort reform, reducing regulations on businesses so that we can bring more quality jobs in, welfare reform, we’re fighting for the people of Missouri they sent me to Jefferson City to fight for them and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

 

MAYNARD WOMAN DEAD FOLLOWING SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN RANDOLPH COUNTY
A Maynard woman has died following a single vehicle wreck Sunday night.

Officials with the Arkansas State Police tell KWOC News that 58 year old Cynthia Kelso was driving on Highway 328 in Randolph County when her vehicle ran off the road, hit a tree, and overturned.

Kelso was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

WOMAN HIT DURING SHOOTING INCIDENT IN CHARLESTON
Two men have been arrested following a shooting incident over the weekend in Charleston.

According to authorities, 26 year old Meshaw Daniels, of Haywood City, and 42 year old Rodney Chappell, of Charleston, allegedly exchanged gunfire during an altercation on Saturday. One of the shots hit a woman, who was taken to an area hospital in serious but stable condition.

Daniels and Chappell were taken into custody and are facing charges including 1st degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and armed criminal action.

 

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI SCHOOL TO BE CLOSED TODAY DUE TO FLU OUTBREAK
A flu outbreak has caused the closure of a school district in Dunklin County.

Students were let out early on Monday at the Clarkton School District and classes have been cancelled for today due to the illness.

There are just over 300 students at the school, and over 70 were reportedly absent on Monday.