MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON ASSAULT ON A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER CHARGE
An incident on Saturday has resulted in the arrest of an area man on an assault on a law enforcement officer charge.

KWOC News spoke with Chief Deputy Wes Popp with the Butler County Sheriff’s Department about the incident.

WESS POPP:

On Saturday afternoon at about 2:30 a call came in to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department on a domestic in progress where a male identified as Shawn Burkett was beating up his girlfriend Cynthia Jones. Officers arrived and were met outside by Cynthia Jones who stated her boyfriend Shawn Burkett had been abusing her in the past so she was going to move and was in the process of packing all her personal belongings when Burkett showed up at the house. Burkett began beating Miss Jones about the face back of the head and arms leaving several wounds along with bleeding to the back of her head. Burkett fled the residence upon the officers arriving. As they were interviewing Miss Jones, another officer saw Burkett’s vehicle parked and as they were looking at the vehicle they see Burkett running back from the vehicle to the back of the house and made entry into the residence. Officers knocked on the door for him to open it up they had a warrant for his arrest for past incidences along with the current of the assault to the girlfriend. Jones refused, an officer reached through a broken window of the door pane to open up the door and as he entered Burkett threw a chair at the officer along with holding a small bat. Officers commanded him to drop the bat, which he did, it was then he turn and ran down the hallway where he was met by other officers taking him into custody without any further incident. Shawn Burkett is being housed at the Butler County Sheriff’s Department for assault 2nd on a law enforcement officer, domestic assault 3rd, resisting arrest, and also a arrest warrant for burglary for $20,000.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY ON DRUG RELATED CHARGES
A Poplar Bluff man was taken into custody Monday afternoon in Stoddard County on felony drug related charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 27 year old Michael Spencer was arrested shortly before 3 pm Monday on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance for oxycodone and hydrocodone.

Following the arrest, Spencer was held at the Stoddard County Jail.

 

CULVERT REPLACEMENT TO CAUSE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF STODDARD COUNTY ROAD
Route H in Stoddard County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews cam replace a culvert under the roadway.

According to MoDOT the closure will be located from County Road 660 to County Road 670.

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to take place today from 8 am to 4 pm.

 

POWER OUTAGE EFFECTED PARTS OF BUTLER AND STODDARD COUNTY MONDAY AFTERNOON
Parts of eastern Butler County and western Stoddard County were without power Monday afternoon.

At around 2 pm a tree fell on a power line along County Road 275 in Stoddard County and knocked out power for about 2000 people in the Fisk and Dudley areas.

Power was restored just over an hour later.

 

AREA POLICE CELEBRATE NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATORS WEEK
This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators week and multiple area police departments are celebrating their communications departments.

Lieutenant Darron Moore with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells KWOC about what this week means.

DARRON MOORE:

Today through April 15th is the National Public Safety Telecommunicators week. It’s a week that’s set aside to recognize the men and women that answer the phone and the radio every day across this country for police, fire, and medical emergencies. Most folks don’t realize it, but dispatchers are basically they’re the first officer on the scene, the answer 9-1-1, they handle all records checks for wanted individuals, they also send all the messages and basically tie all the police departments and fire departments in together Nationwide into one web of agencies. Communications officers are one of the most important parts of any investigation, from the get-go they’re the ones that get the information whether there’s a weapon on scene whether there’s a victim already that needs medical attention and basically make or break an investigation. Chief Communications Officer Kim Johnson and Assistant Chief Communications Officer Dave Williams along with the other officers at our Comm Center, they go through a yearly review or yearly continuing education, they also take numerous classes. The City of Poplar Bluff and County of Butler in general are very lucky that here at the Poplar Bluff Police Department we have one of the most professional telecommunication centers in the region or I’d put them up against anyone in the country. They come in every day, they do their job 7 days a week 24 hours a day, oftentimes missing holidays and special events with their family just like anyone in law enforcement does.

You can find more information about National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week online at www.npstw.org.

 

WAYNE COUNTY AUTHORITIES ASKING FOR INFORMATION IN CONNECTION TO VANDALISM IN THE PIEDMONT AREA
Officials in Wayne County are asking for the public’s help following reports of vandalism Monday morning.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, several vehicles were vandalized and had their tires cut at Fir and 3rd Street in Piedmont during the early morning hours of Monday.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call the Piedmont Police Department or Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.