POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON GREENE COUNTY WARRANT
A Poplar Bluff man has been taken into custody on a warrant.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 43 year old Randel Sparks was arrested Thursday afternoon in Butler County on a Greene County warrant for failure to appear for felony hit and run.

He is also facing charges of driving while suspended and failure to display valid plates.

Sparks is currently being held at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office on no bond.

The warrant is in connection to the hit and run death of a Poplar Bluff teenager in December of 2015.

 

ELLINGTON MAN FACING MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES
An Ellington man is facing multiple felony charges following his arrest Thursday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 29 year old Carl Lodge was arrested shortly after 9 pm in Reynolds County on felony charges of driving while intoxicated – chronic offender and endangering the welfare of a child.

Following the arrest, Lodge was transported to the Reynolds County Jail.

 

MODOT ENCOURAGES MISSOURIANS TO HELP CLEAN UP LITTER
The Missouri Department of Transportation is asking Missourians from every corner of the state to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state’s annual “No MOre Trash! Bash.”

The program runs from April 15th to May 15th and encourages people to clean up litter across Missouri from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails and other places. Trash Bash activities also include educational efforts in schools, community events and Earth Day celebrations.

According to MoDOT, last year, more than 50,400 bags of litter and several truckloads of debris were picked up during the one month No MOre Trash! Bash.

 

POLICE OFFICERS SAVE TWO DOGS FROM A FIRE IN KENNETT
Two dogs were saved from a fire earlier this week in Kennett.

Officials with the Kennett Police Department tell KWOC News that shortly before midnight Wednesday night; a patrolling officer discovered a structure fire on Vinson Street. Officers on scene found that no one was home but heard several dogs barking inside the residence.

The officers were able to break out a window prior to Firefighters’ arrival and make entry into the residence to save the two dogs. Neither of the dogs were injured, and they were later turned over to their owners.

 

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN STODDARD COUNTY WRECK
Two people have been flown to regional hospitals in connection to a wreck in Stoddard County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that a vehicle, driven by 38 year old James Charles, of Dexter, reportedly crossed the center line of Missouri Highway 25 Thursday afternoon and struck a vehicle head on.

Charles suffered serious injuries in the wreck and was flown to a St. Louis hospital. The driver of the second vehicle also received serious injuries and was air lifted to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

KENNETT CHILDREN ENCOURAGED TO SPEND TIME WITH AREA POLICE OFFICERS
The Kennett Police Department is encouraging area children to spend a Saturday next month with some local police officers.

The 1st Annual Kennett Kids N’ Cops event will be held from 8:30 am to noon on Saturday, May 13th at Combs Lake.

Kids will be able to take part in multiple activities with local officers, including fishing, archery, and boat rides. They will also get a free hotdog, chips, and drinks.

For more information, call 573-344-3490.

 

DRIVERS ASKED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR STRIPING CREWS
Motorists are advised to be cautious of striping vehicles that are running throughout Southeast Missouri.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, striping is currently underway, with the focus on minor routes. In late May, crews will shift their attention to striping major routes, including Interstate 55, Route 60 and Route 67, as well as state routes in cities and towns.

Drivers should be prepared to slow down significantly when coming up behind a slow-moving caravan of MoDOT striping trucks. The striping trucks move between 8 mph and 12 mph when work is underway.