ELLSINORE MAN FACING GUN AND METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGES
An Ellsinore man is facing felony gun and drug charges in connection to his arrest on Friday night.

According to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department, 43 year old Jerry Davidson was taken into custody shortly before midnight Friday night on a felony charges of felony possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Davidson is also facing charges of resisting arrest by fleeing and possession of marijuana.

Following his arrest, he was taken to the Butler County Jail.

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL OFFERING SUPPORT TO VICTIMS OF IMPAIRED DRIVERS
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is offering assistance to victims of impaired drivers.

The Patrol’s “Filling a V.O.I.D. program” has provided information, support, and assistance to victims and their families since 1997.

If you, a member of your family, or a passenger in your vehicle have been injured by an impaired driver, you are eligible for assistance through the program. Pedestrians or their family members who have been involved in an impairment-related traffic crash also qualify.

In 2016, troopers and the Patrol’s civilian advocate assisted 13 children, 118 adults, and 18 elderly persons through the program.

To utilize the “Filling a V.O.I.D.” civilian victim advocate and resources, go to the Patrol’s website and click on the V.O.I.D. link. The advocate can help you understand the criminal justice process, address your concerns, and request information. You can also call the Crime Victim Hotline 1-888-773-1800.

 

WOMAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN CARTER COUNTY ON METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE
Authorities in Carter County have taken a Ste. Genevieve woman into custody on a felony meth charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 50 year old Joanna Mills was arrested early Saturday morning 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, Mills was transported to the Carter County Jail.

 

VAN BUREN MAN FACING METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE FOLLOWING ARREST
A Van Buren man is facing a meth charge in connection to his arrest over the weekend.

According to the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, 25 year old Christopher Crafton was taken into custody shortly 1pm Friday afternoon on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Crafton is also facing a charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION SEEKING PUBLIC INPUT ON CONSERVATION AREAS
The Missouri Department of Conservation is seeking public input on how three Southeast Missouri conservation areas are important to Missourians.

According to the Department of Conservation, the agency is in the multi-year process of updating Conservation Area Management Plans.

Management plans for the Coon Island Conservation Area, Maintz Wildlife Preserve, and the Stephen J. Sun Conservation Area are open for public review until April 30th.

The MDC is asking for comments from recreational users, neighboring landowners, conservation groups, elected officials, government agencies, and other interested persons or groups. To make a comment on the area plans, go online to www.mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

 

PERIODIC LANE CLOSURES TO CONTINUE ON ROUTE W IN BUTLER COUNTY THROUGH FRIDAY
Continuing to follow a story we brought you last week, periodic lane closures will continue through this week in Butler County.

The closures will be due to the construction of the trail in the Route W area. The trail project is part of the Local Public Agencies Program.

The section of Route W affected is located from Business 67 to McLane Park in Poplar Bluff. Lane reductions will be in place as contractor crews pour concrete in the area.

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

 

POPLAR BLUFF CHURCH TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL EGG-CESSIBLE EGG HUNT
A Poplar Bluff church will be hosting an egg hunt this weekend.

The Second Annual Egg-cessible Egg Hunt will be held from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, April 15th at West Side Church of God in Poplar Bluff.

Kids ages 12 and younger with special needs and developmental or physical disabilities are invited to the event and can also bring a friend to help during the hunt.

The event will also include a visit from the Easter Bunny and a goodie bag for all participants.

More information is available on the Eggcessible Community Easter Egg Hunt facebook page.