Friday March 31, 2017

BERNIE POLICE ATTEMPTING TO IDENTIFY PERSON OF INTEREST IN AREA BURGLARY
Police in Bernie are trying to identify a man in connection to an area burglary.

According to the Bernie Police Department, the burglary occurred at a business in the city.

Pictures of the person of interest have been posted on the Bernie Police Department Facebook page. Anyone who has information about the identity of the man is asked to contact Sergeant Eddie Mays at 293-4454.

 

SUSPECT TASED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO FIGHT WITH OFFICERS IN STEELE
A Steele man is facing charges after he allegedly attempted to fight with police officers.

According to the Steele Police Department, on March 25th officers responded to an area business in reference to a shoplifter. When they arrived, they attempted to arrest the suspect, who has been identified as 35 year old Lawrence Arender.

The suspect resisted arrest and began to fight with officers. An officer deployed his taser and Arender was subsequently detained. Steele Police Chief Billy Joe Stanfield received minor injuries while attempting to arrest Arender.

A warrant was issued charging Arender with shoplifting, resisting arrest, and assault on a law enforcement officer.

 

RIVER CLEAN UP SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND
The 2017 River Cleanup event has been scheduled for this weekend on streams and trails at Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

The event will be held from 9 am to 4 pm both today and tomorrow, with registration beginning at 8 am each day. At 5 pm Saturday evening there will be a meal and entertainment for participants at the Alley Spring Pavilion sponsored by the Ozark Heritage Project.

For more information, contact Cathy Runge at 573-323-4806.

 

TWO PEOPLE PLEAD GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
Two people have pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in connection to a fatal wreck last October.

According to authorities, Robert Huffines, of Holcomb, and Lea Mamino, of Collinsville, Illinois, both pleaded guilty Thursday to charges including manslaughter and fleeing.

Both Huffines and Mamino had been involved in a pursuit with police that crossed from Southeast Missouri to Northeast Arkansas. As the pursuit entered Rector, a deputy’s patrol car collided with another vehicle unrelated to the pursuit.

84 year old Sadine Dixon was killed in the collision. The deputy was injured and taken to an area hospital.

 

SUBSTANTIAL AMMOUNT OF METHAMPHETAMINE SEIZED IN STEELE
Authorities in Steele are reporting that a substantial amount of methamphetamine was seized yesterday.

Steele Police Chief Billy Joe Stanfield tells KWOC News that 29 year old Justin Rash, of Steele, was arrested Thursday on a federal warrant charging him with distribution of methamphetamine.

During the arrest officers located and seized a substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine.

Stanfield says that multiple agencies including the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, U.S Marshal Service, Caruthersville Police, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Pemiscot County Sheriff Department participated in the arrest.

 

WHOLE KIDS OUTREACH SPRING FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND
Preparations are underway for the annual Whole Kids Outreach Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Festival.

Officials tell us that the festival is scheduled for 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, April 1st, with the egg hunt beginning at 11 am. Children will need to bring their own Easter Baskets.

There will also be games, prizes, pony rides, and a free lunch.

Whole Kids Outreach is located on Highway 21, five miles south of Ellington. For more information, call 573-663- 3257.

Wednesday March 29, 2017

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT TONIGHT

 

Southeast Missouri is facing another possible round of severe weather tonight.

KWOC News spoke with Rick Shanklin, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, who says the chances of severe thunderstorms will start at around midnight.

RICK SHANKLIN:

Thunder storm chances will be increasing across Southeast Missouri this evening and that will include a chance of severe thunderstorms from around midnight through the overnight hours and into Thursday morning. Currently the risk across Southeast Missouri is at the slight level, that’s a level 2 of 5. We’re watching that closely there is some possibility if the dynamics change or increase that that could be upgraded a bit across Southeast Missouri later today. The threats for Southeast Missouri include large hail and damaging thunderstorm winds which is perhaps the greatest chance or greatest risk for this event and also there is some possibility with this given the strong wind fields of a few tornados so we’ll have to watch that very closely as well. The main thing is staying safe of course during this and all severe weather potential events across our region that means number one staying informed that includes ensuring you have a way to receive alerts such as a weather radio and having fresh batteries in that weather radio is critical, power outages are not uncommon during severe weather events, sometimes the power grid is taken out before the storm gets to you. A cell phone with text alerting capability is another good way to receive alerts and I would really encourage everybody to have a couple of ways to receive alerts especially for these overnight events as we know the likelihood of someone being hurt or killed in overnight events is considerably greater than it is during the day time actually two and a half times as likely between midnight and 6 a.m.

 

PARAGOULD WOMAN KILLED IN HEAD ON COLLISION

 

A Paragould woman has died from injuries she received Tuesday in a head on collision.

Officials with the Arkansas State Police tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred shortly after 8 am Tuesday on Highway 412 in Greene County.

A vehicle driven by 20 year old Kayla McNamara reportedly crossed over the middle turning lane and struck a trash truck head on.

Officials say McNamara was killed in the wreck.

 

GREENVILLE MAN FACING FELONY FIREARM CHARGE

 

Authorities in Wayne County have arrested a Greenville man on a felony firearm charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 60 year old Jimmy Smith was taken into custody shortly before 9:30 pm Tuesday night on a felony charge of possession of a firearm.

Smith is also facing a felony charge of driving while revoked.

 

PIPE REPLACEMENT TO CAUSE ROAD CLOSURE TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

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

The work zone will be located from Route ZZ to County Road 660.

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to take place from 8 am to 3:30 pm.

 

POPLAR BLUFF BASKETBALL PLAYER CHOSEN AS MISSOURI’S NOMINATION FOR SPIRIT OF SPORT AWARD

 

A Poplar Bluff High School basketball player has been selected as Missouri’s nominee for the National High School Spirit of Sport award.

Freshman Savannah Hicks was diagnosed last year with atrial septal defect, which is a hole between the two upper chambers of the heart.

On November 22nd, she received successful open-heart surgery at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. She played her first game of the season six weeks later on January 6th.

Dr. Kerwin Urhahn, the executive director of the Missouri State High School Activities Association, nominated Hicks for the award because she exceeded expectations, overcame challenging circumstances, and displayed exemplary sportsmanship.

Tuesday March 28, 2017

POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN GETS PROBATION ON ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD CHARGE
A Poplar Bluff woman was sentenced earlier this month on a charge of 1st degree endangering the welfare of a child.

According to Missouri Case Net, Vanessa May was sentenced to 5 years supervised probation with a suspended seven year prison sentence.

May, along with Michael West, was arrested last May after their 12 year old son was reportedly found kept in an empty bedroom with concrete floors and no lighting.

The child had numerous suspicious scars and bruises and medical evaluations found evidence of severe physical abuse, suggestive of torture, with the risk of serious complications to include death.

According to Case Net, West was sentenced in January to six years incarceration in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

 

MOTORCYCLE SKILLS TESTING SUSPENDED IN MALDEN
Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol say that the motorcycle skills portion of the testing process has been suspended at the Malden Driver Examination Station until further notice.

According to Captain Jeffrey N. Vitale, the motorcycle skills testing is being offered on Fridays in Poplar Bluff at 10 am, when pavement is dry.

Vitale says written examinations and Class E and Class F skills tests will still be offered in Malden as normally scheduled.

 

ANNUAL POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL BOARD FORUM SCHEDULED TODAY
Candidates for the Poplar Bluff School Board will gather today to answer questions from the public.

The annual school board forum, hosted by Missouri NEA and MSTA, has been scheduled for today in the Middle School Library.

Five candidates, incumbents Alana Robertson and John Scott, along with challengers Bill Dee, Jerrod Murphy and Gary Simmons are vying for three-year terms on the Board of Education.

The public has been invited to participate and submit questions for the school board candidates.

 

BRIDGE REPAIRS TO CAUSE DELAYS IN RIPLEY COUNTY THROUGH EARLY MAY
Route 142 in Ripley County will be reduced with a 10 foot width restriction through early May as contractor crews replace the bridge rails.

The bridge involved is located between Route N and County Road E-30 over Logan Creek.

According to MoDOT work will be performed today through Friday, May 5th. The work zone will be set-up for 24-hours a day.

 

DONIPHAN MAN AIRLIFTED TO POPLAR BLUFF HOSPITAL FOLLOWING SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A Doniphan man was injured Monday afternoon following a single vehicle wreck in Ripley County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 43 year old Christopher Walsh was taken by Air Evac to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center after his vehicle ran off of US 160, struck an embankment and tree, and then overturned.

Walsh suffered serious injuries in the wreck.

 
WOMAN ARRESTED ON TRAFFICKING DRUGS CHARGE IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
Over 10 ounces of meth was found during a traffic stop over the weekend in New Madrid County.

According to the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, deputies conducted the stop Sunday near Marston.

During the traffic stop, deputies located approximately 13 ounces of methamphetamine. The driver, Tara Birdwell was arrested and charged with felony 1st degree trafficking drugs.

Her bond was set at $50,000 cash.

 

ALMOST SIX MONTH LONG ROAD PROJECT TO BEGIN TODAY IN DUNKLIN COUNTY
Route 25 in Dunklin County will be reduced with an 11 foot width restriction over almost six months as contractor crews perform pavement repairs.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the work zone will be located from Route 412 to County Road 410.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Friday, September 15th from 7 am to 7 pm daily.

 

POPLAR BLUFF STUDENT TO BE HONORED AS ONE OF TOP 100 SCHOLARS IN MISSOURI
A Poplar Bluff High School student will be honored next month among the 100 top scholars in the state from the graduating Class of 2017.

Senior Humza Siddiqui will be honored as a part of the Missouri Scholars 100 Program during a luncheon in Columbia sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals.

Qualifying students in the program must complete the “academic decathlon,” which includes multiple criteria, including a score of at least 29 points on the ACT or 1900 on the SAT, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75, being in the top 10 percent of their class, no more than 20 absences throughout their high school career, and participation in a significant community service project.

Monday, March 27, 2017

 

 

 

 

PARTS OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI UNDER RISK FOR SEVERE WEATHER TODAY

 
Another storm system is crossing Southeast Missouri today and weather officials say that severe weather is a possibility.

According to the National Weather Service, severe thunderstorms are possible, mainly this afternoon and evening, with the approach and passage of a cold front.

Much of Southeast Missouri has at least a slight risk for severe storms today, with some areas in the extreme Southeast corner of the state showing an enhanced risk.

The primary threat will be damaging winds, with large hail being the secondary threat. Officials say that a tornado or two is not out of the question.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF POLICE STILL SEARCHING FOR ARMED AND DANGEROUS MAN

 
Authorities in Poplar Bluff are continuing to search for an armed and dangerous man.

Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley tells KWOC News that the Poplar Bluff Police Department is seeking the whereabouts of Daniel Bright, who is wanted for questioning regarding a burglary that took place on March 4th.

Several firearms were reportedly taken from a residence during the burglary.

Whiteley says Bright is known to be armed and dangerous and has an active warrant for his arrest for a parole violation and for failure to appear in the Poplar Bluff Municipal Court.

Anyone with any information of Bright’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department or their local law enforcement agency.

 

 
TWO AIR LIFTED TO MEMPHIS HOSPITAL AFTER VEHICLE OVERTURNS IN DUNKLIN COUNTY

 
Two Poplar Bluff residents have been air lifted to a Memphis hospital after a vehicle they were in overturned near Holcomb.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred shortly after 3 pm Saturday afternoon on Missouri Highway 25.

A vehicle, driven by a 17 year old female from Poplar Bluff, reportedly ran off the road, struck a ditch, and overturned.

Two passengers in the vehicle, 20 year old Demarcus Leech and a 16 year old female, were seriously injured and taken by Air Evac to Region One Health in Memphis. The driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to Twin Rivers Medical Center.

 

 
93 YEAR OLD BLOOMFIELD MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK NEAR THE WAPPAPELLO DAM

 
A 93 year old Bloomfield man was flown to a Cape Girardeau hospital Sunday following a wreck.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Walter Butler ran off the side of Route T before striking an embankment and parked vehicle near the Wappapello Dam in Wayne County.

Butler was seriously injured and transported by Air Evac to St. Francis Medical Center.

 

 
CLUBB MAN SUFFERES SERIOUS INJURIES IN WRECK NEAR SILVA

 
An area man has serious injuries after hitting a tree over the weekend in Wayne County.

According to authorities, 36 year old Timothy Allen, of Clubb, was driving on Highway 34, near Silva, when his vehicle ran off the side of the roadway and struck a tree. The wreck occurred shortly after 5 pm Saturday evening.

Allen suffered serious injuries and was air lifted to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

 

 
DONIPHAN MAN FACING METH AND RESISTING ARREST CHAREGS

 
A Doniphan man is facing multiple felony charges following his arrest over the weekend.

According to the Highway Patrol, 38 year old Jered Lloyd was arrested Saturday evening on felony charges of resisting arrest by fleeing and possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Lloyd also reportedly had a warrant out of Ripley County for 1st degree tampering with a motor vehicle.

Following the arrest, he was held at the Doniphan Police Department.

 

 
DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT

 
A Dexter man was recently taken into custody on a controlled substance warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 43 year old George Pulliam Jr. was arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

His bond was set at $15,000, cash only, and he remained in jail as of this morning.

 

 
PAVEMENT REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK ON INTERSTATE 55

 
Southbound I-55 in Pemiscot County will be reduced early this week so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located from mile marker three to mile marker one.

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

WOMAN REPORTED MISSING OUT OF WAYNE COUNTY

 
A Wayne County woman who is a double amputee has reportedly been missing since February.

Wayne County Sheriff Dean Finch tells us more about the situation.

“2/27/17, Rebecca “Becky” Alsup was reported missing to our department, she was last seen in the Williamsville, Missouri area. The last reported contact with Becky with a friend on 2/15 of 17. She could have possibly been in the Poplar Bluff area.

Becky is a double amputee and has prosthetic legs but she also uses a wheelchair. Becky’s age of disappearance is 34 years old. She is a white female, hair brown, eyes brown, she’s 5’6, 125 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 573-224-3219 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 573-840-9500”

We have a picture of Rebecca Alsup available on our Facebook page.

 

 
TWO WRECKS OCCUR WITHIN FIVE MINUTES ON US 67

 
Two people were injured following two wrecks Thursday evening in Butler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the first wreck occurred when 19 year old Destiny Kline, of Poplar Bluff, allegedly pulled her vehicle into the path of a vehicle.

Kline suffered moderate injuries, while no injuries were listed for the driver of the second vehicle, 32 year old Jimmie Reed, of Fredericktown.

Less than five minutes later, an oncoming vehicle driven by 45 year old Charles Phillips, of Farmington, struck Reeds vehicle, which was still in the roadway from the previous wreck.

Phillips received minor injuries.

 

 
ARREST MADE IN CONNECTION TO STOLEN FIREARMS

 
A Sikeston man is facing charges in connection to stolen firearms.

According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, on Tuesday, detectives received information that 23 year old Anthony Price was in possession of firearms stolen from a home earlier this week.

Officers located Price and began a foot pursuit. During the pursuit, Price allegedly threw down a camo gun case which contained a stolen firearm. Additional stolen firearms and accessories were recovered during the search of an area residence.

Price has been charged with stealing a firearm, felony unlawful possession of a firearm, and felony resisting arrest. His bond was set at $15,000 cash only.

 

 
2.4 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE SHAKES SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 
An Earthquake caused some shaking Thursday in the Marston area.

According the United States Geological Survey, a 2.4 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 4:15 Thursday afternoon.

The earthquake located around three miles Northwest of Marston and had a depth of approximately four and a half miles.

 

 
TWO ARRESTS MADE DURING ST. PATRICK’S DAY CRACKDOWN IN DEXTER

 
Authorities in Dexter tell KWOC News that two arrests were made during a crackdown held around the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

According to the Dexter Police Department, 66 contacts were made during the crackdown, which ran from March 16th to March 19. Two arrests were made, one was a fugitive who was apprehended and the other was a drug arrest.

Officer’s also issued 1 stop sign violation, 9 speeding violations, 10 seat belt violations, 2 driving while suspended/revoked violations, and 2 uninsured motorists violations, in addition to 57 verbal warnings.

Thursday March 23, 2017

CAMPBELL MAN SENTENCED IN CONNECTION TO AREA ROBBERY
A judge has sentenced an area man in connection to multiple armed robberies.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office in Cape Girardeau, 23 year old Alexander Whisnant, of Campbell, was sentenced Wednesday to over 12 years in prison on multiple charges, including armed robbery.

Whisnant was arrested last August in connection to robberies at multiple area businesses, including Motel 6 and Holiday Inn.

 

VEHICLE OVERTURNS INTO WATER FILLED DITCH IN STODDARD COUNTY
An Essex woman has moderate injuries following a wreck last night in Stoddard County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 33 year old Myrna Sprinkles was driving on Route AB at Birds Corner when her vehicle ran off the side of the road, struck a tree, and overturned into a water filled ditch.

Following the wreck, Sprinkles was transported to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO ARREST OF KENNETT MAN
A traffic stop led to the arrest of a man Tuesday in Kennett.

Officials with the Kennett Police Department tell KWOC News, that officers conducted the stop shortly before 11 pm Tuesday night.

While investigating the traffic stop, officers arrested John Rogers, of Kennett, for possession of a controlled substance.

Following the arrest, Rogers was held at the Dunklin County Jail pending formal charges from the State Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

 

FOUR INJURED IN WAYNE COUNTY WRECK
Four people, including two children, were taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital Wednesday following a wreck in Wayne County.

According to authorities, the wreck occurred on County Road 407 when a vehicle ran off the side of the road, became airborne, struck a tree, and overturned.

The driver, 21 year old Samantha Gurney, of Poplar Bluff, and a passenger suffered moderate injuries. Two children in the vehicle received minor injuries.

 

SIKESTON MAN FACING FELONY METH CHARGE
A Sikeston man is facing a felony meth charge following his arrest Wednesday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 39 year old Gary Curry was arrested at around 10:40 pm in New Madrid County on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and driving while revoked.

Curry is also facing charges of possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

 

PIPE REPLACEMENT TO CAUSE TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN RIPLEY COUNTY
Route O in Ripley County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace two pipes under the roadway.

The work zone will be located at the Carter and Ripley County line.

Work is scheduled to take place from 8 am to 3 pm.

 

DATE SET FOR INAUGURAL BERNIE COMMUNITY EGG HUNT
A date has been set for the upcoming Inaugural Bernie Community Egg Hunt.

According to officials, the event will begin at 2 pm on April 1st at the Bernie City Park. The egg hunt is open to the community and there will be areas designated for specific age groups.

Businesses and churches can donate eggs by dropping them off at the Bernie Police Department or City Hall through the end of today. Donations need to include the name of the business or church, a description of contents inside the eggs, and contact information.

For more information, contact Marisa Farmer at 573-614-9228.

Wednesday March 22, 2017

ANOTHER ARREST MADE IN CONNECTION TO ASSAULT IN WAYNE COUNTY
A woman who was being sought in connection to an assault last month in Wayne County has been arrested.

Officials with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that Tabitha Gallaher has been apprehended and is in custody.

Gallaher was wanted in connection to a violent crime involving an elderly man in early February. Three other people have been charged in connection to the incident.

 

MAN FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES AFTER ALLEGEDLY RUNNING OVER BUSINESS OWNER
A man is facing multiple charges in connection to an incident on Saturday.

According to Missouri Case Net, 68 year old Joseph Hunter, of New Madrid, has been charged with 1st degree assault, endangering a corrections employee by knowing causing the person to come in contact with bodily fluid, stealing, and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a physical injury.

According to authorities, Hunter, allegedly ran over a business owner as he was driving away from a restaurant after not paying a bill.

He was later taken into custody. While in custody he also allegedly used a bloody towel to slap an officer.

 

THREE ON THREE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD FOR PBHS STUDENT ROTARY CLUB
The Interact Club, the Poplar Bluff High School student Rotary Club, will be hosting a three-on-three basketball tournament next month.

The tournament has been scheduled for 1 pm on Saturday, April 1st, in the gymnasium.

The cost is $75 per team, with all proceeds going toward a summer field trip for the club to tour Civil Rights landmarks.

Teams can consist of up to four members and participants must be 14 years of age or older. First place players will receive Beats headphones.

If you would like to sign up, email club sponsor Stephen Patty at stephenpatty@pb.k12.mo.us.

 

TENNESSEE MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGE IN CARTER COUNTY
A Tennessee man was taken into custody Tuesday morning in Southeast Missouri on a felony drug charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 43 year old Randy May, of Memphis, Tennessee, was arrested in Carter County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

May is also facing charges of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, failure to drive on right half of roadway, and driving while suspended.

Following the arrest, May was transported to the Carter County Jail.

 

METH ARREST MADE IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
Authorities in New Madrid County have arrested a Caruthersville woman on a controlled substance charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30 year old Misty Gibson was taken into custody Monday night on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Following the arrest, Gibson was held at the New Madrid County Jail.

 

NEW MADRID COUNTY ROAD BEING REDUCED FOR SHOULDER REPAIRS
Route 153 in New Madrid County is being reduced to one lane through the end of this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform shoulder repairs.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located from Route 162 to Route J.

Weather permitting, work will continue through Friday from 7 am to 3:30 pm each day.

Tuesday March 21, 2017

TWO FOUND DEAD FOLLOWING FIRE IN STODDARD COUNTY
Two people were found dead Monday following a fire at a residence in Advance.

According to Stoddard County Coroner Kenny Pope, the deceased have been identified as 43 year old Andrea Carlisle and 41 year old Herscheal Stephens, both of Advance.

Autopsies have been scheduled for Wednesday. A cause for the fire was not available.

 

MALDEN MAN FACING STATUTORY SODOMY CHARGE
A Malden man is scheduled to appear in court this morning following his arrest on Sunday.

According to the Malden Police Department, officers arrested 44-year-old Chad Wayne Cobb for the charge of statutory or attempted statutory sodomy in the 1st degree.

Cobb’s initial arraignment has been scheduled for 9 am this morning in Dunklin County.

 

ANNUAL POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL BOARD FORUM SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK
Candidates for the Poplar Bluff School Board will gather next week to answer questions from the public.

The annual school board forum, hosted by Missouri NEA and MSTA, has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 28th, in the Middle School Library.

Five candidates, incumbents Alana Robertson and John Scott, along with challengers Bill Dee, Jerrod Murphy and Gary Simmons are vying for three-year terms on the Board of Education.

The public has been invited to participate and submit questions for the school board candidates.

 

REYNOLDS COUNTY CITY IS HAVING WATER PROBLEMS
A city in Reynolds County is having water problems.

According to a post on the Reynolds County Courthouse Facebook page, the city of Centerville did not have water Monday afternoon while work was being done on the water lines. This will cause the Reynolds County Courthouse to be closed today.

Centerville R-1 will also reportedly not have classes today.

 

SLIGHT TO MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE STORMS TODAY FOR FAR SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Far Southeast Missouri is under a slight to marginal risk of severe storms for today.

According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service, the risk is mainly this afternoon and evening. Large hail will be the primary hazard with the storms, with damaging winds also possible.

Otherwise, heavy rain and lightning are also possible.

 

WOMAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN WAYNE COUNTY ON METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE
Authorities in Wayne County have taken a Park Hills woman into custody on a felony meth charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Jennifer Cash was arrested Monday night on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine.

She is also facing a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Cash was transported to the Wayne County Jail.

 

SHOULDER REPAIRS UNDERWAY IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
Route J in New Madrid County is being reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform shoulder repairs.

The section of Route J to be reduced is located from Route 153 to Route 62.

Weather permitting, work will performed from 7 am to 3:30 pm daily through Friday.

 

POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT LAUNCHES NEW APP
The Poplar Bluff School District has launched a new app.

According to the school district, the app has many features including academic calendars, sports schedules, lunch menus, bus routes, and a parent tool.

The free app is currently available on the Apple iOS and Android stores.

Monday March 20, 2017

MARIJUANA AND APPROXIMATELY $10,000 FOUND IN VEHICLE
Authorities in Poplar Bluff say a man was taken into custody last week after marijuana and around $10,000 were found in his vehicle.

Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley tells KWOC News that a patrolman made contact with 35 year old Lee Marvin Hamilton, of Poplar Bluff, last Wednesday after Hamilton had attempted to elude the officer.

During the contact, assisting officers detected the odor of marijuana emitting from Hamilton’s vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed approximately 17 grams of marijuana, three tablets of Alprazolam, which is a schedule four controlled substance, and approximately $10,000 in U.S. currency.

Hamilton was arrested and faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. He was lodged in the Butler County Justice Center.

 

MAN ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUTNY ON METHAMPHETMINE CHARGE
Authorities arrested a Fredericktown man early Sunday morning in Butler County.

According to the Highway Patrol, 21 year old Oliver Isaac was taken into custody at around 12:20 am on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Following the arrest, Isaac was transported to the Butler County Jail.

 

BRIDGE REPAIRS TO CAUSE CLOSURE OF BUTLER COUNTY ROAD
Route 51 in Butler County will be temporarily closed as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge repairs.

The work zone will be located between Greason and 1st Street.

Weather permitting, work will performed today and tomorrow from 7 am to 5 pm each day.

 

TORNADO SIREN OUT OF SERVICE IN CAMPBELL
Officials in Campbell say that the tornado siren there is out of service.

According to the Campbell Fire Department Facebook page, the siren is having electrical problems and will be out of service until further notice.

The post says the siren will be fixed as soon as possible.

 

MANHUNT LEADS TO ARREST OF RECTOR MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE AND KIDNAPPING
Updating a story we brought to you last week, a manhunt has resulted in the arrest of a Rector man.

Sergeant Clark Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tells KWOC News that 35 year old Heath Miller was taken into custody at approximately 4 pm Saturday.

The arrest came after an extensive manhunt in Ripley and portions of Carter County. Troopers were alerted that Miller had reportedly forced his way into a home in the Grandin area and he was arrested without incident.

The Highway Patrol says Miller is charged in Dunklin and Ripley counties with 1st degree rape, 1st degree kidnapping, 1st degree assault, and armed criminal action. He is being held in the Ripley County Jail without bond.

 

WOMAN ARRESTED IN WANYE COUNTY ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES
A Lowndes woman is facing multiple felony charges following her arrest Friday in Wayne County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 25 year old Chelsie Fortner was arrested Friday night on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of a child.

Fortner also reportedly had a warrant out of Wayne County.

 

SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE THIS WEEK IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Weather officials say that we could be seeing severe weather again this week in Southeast Missouri.

According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service, a chance of thunderstorms will enter the forecast today and tonight. The primary storm hazards should be heavy rain and lightning.

The best chance of thunderstorms, including the chance of strong
storms, however comes Tuesday afternoon and evening, across far southeast Missouri and southwest Kentucky, where a Marginal Risk of severe storms exists.

Damaging winds and large hail are the severe weather hazards that potentially may occur. Otherwise, heavy rain and lightning are expected.

 

STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED THROUGH APRIL FOR BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
Route H in Stoddard County will be closed through April as contractor crews replace a bridge.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the bridge is located between County Road 659 and County Road 667.

Weather permitting, the bridge will be closed beginning today and will re-open on Monday, May 1st.

Friday, March 17, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

AUTHORITIES LOOKING FOR MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE AND KIDNAPPING

 
Authorities in Southeast Missouri are looking for a man who has been charged with kidnapping and rape.

Sergeant Clark Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol says that authorities are searching for 25 year old Heath Miller, of Rector, Arkansas. Miller has warrants for his arrest from Dunklin and Ripley counties, charging him with 1st degree rape, 1st degree kidnapping, and 1st degree assault.

Miller is also suspected of breaking into a home in Ripley County Monday evening and stealing a handgun.

Miller is described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall, with brown hair and blue eyes and weighing 218 pounds.

Parrott says Miller should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. If you see him, contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol or call your local law enforcement agency.

Homeowners in the Grandin area are also being encouraged to keep their doors, outbuildings and vehicles locked.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF POLICE SEEKING ASSISTANCE IN FINDING MAN IN CONNECTION TO A BURGLARY

 
Police in Poplar Bluff are asking the community for assistance in locating a man in connection to a burglary.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, Daniel Bright is wanted for questioning in regards to a burglary and also has multiple active warrants for his arrest.

Anyone with information regarding Bright’s whereabouts can contact Detective Woodruff at 573-785-5776 extension 1360.

 

 
HEAVY DOWNPOUR POSSIBLE WITH INCOMING STORM SYSTEM

 
Thunderstorms will be possible today and weather officials say this could bring a chance of heavy rainfall.

According to a hazardous weather outlook issued by the National Weather Service, chances of thunderstorms are forecast for Southeast Missouri today and into the early evening.

The outlook says that a brief heavy downpour and sporadic lightning will be the primary concerns for today.

 

 
MAN’S BODY FOUND AT CEMETERY IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 
An inmate was found dead Thursday in Northeast Arkansas.

According to authorities, the body of 22 year old Christopher Daniels was discovered Thursday afternoon at a cemetery in Paragould.

An investigation into the death has been started by the Arkansas State Police.

 

 
CITY OF POPLAR BLUFF TO HOLD PUBLIC AUCTION THIS WEEKEND

 

 

The City of Poplar Bluff has announced that a public auction will be held this weekend in downtown Poplar Bluff.

The city will be auctioning off excess equipment, including vehicles, office equipment, computers, televisions, and more. A listing of items to be auctioned off is available on the Poplar Bluff City Hall Facebook page.

The auction is set to begin at 10 am Saturday morning in the parking lot across from the Black River Coliseum.

 

 
BULLET AND STAB PROTECTIVE VESTS DONATED TO POPLAR BLUFF POLICE DEPARTMENT

 
Two Poplar Bluff K-9 officers will be getting new protective vests thanks to a donation from Perrigo Animal Health.

The donation of twenty-five bullet- and stab-protective vests was done in partnership with Vested Interest in K9s, a nonprofit organization that provides bullet- and stab-protective vests to police departments nationwide.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, the donation will go to benefit K-9 officers Kane and Loco.