UNITED STATES SENATOR CALLS FOR FULL INVESTIGATION OF ALLEGED MISCONDUCT AT VA MEDICAL CENTER IN POPLAR BLUFF
A United States Senator is calling for a full investigation into allegations of misconduct at the Poplar Bluff VA Medical Center.
Senator Claire McCaskill announced yesterday that she is calling on Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin to fully investigate claims of improper care at the John J. Pershing Veterans Affairs Medical Center that were raised by Dr. Dale Klein.
A letter sent to Shulkin from McCaskill and Senator Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, calls for the agency to fully cooperate in the investigation of Klein’s claims of drug diversion, delays in patient care, and quality of care at the Poplar Bluff VAMC
McCaskill also said that the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is examining alleged retaliation against Klein.
LOCATIONS SET FOR UPCOMING RECOVERY ASSISTANCE CENTERS
The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency has announced the locations for the upcoming Multi-Agency Resource Centers.
Missouri SEMA is working with state, local, faith-based and volunteer agencies to provide the one-stop shops for recovery assistance at 15 locations across the state.
In Southeast Missouri this week, the centers will be at the Ellington City Hall on Wednesday, Memorial Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff and Eminence High School on Thursday, and the Van Buren Youth and Community Center on Friday and Saturday.
Next week, a center will be set up at Caring Community Partnership in Doniphan on Wednesday, May 17th.
DONATION ITEMS TAKEN TO OLD DOCTOR’S HOSPITAL IN POPLAR BLUFF
The new donation center at the Old Doctor’s Hospital by Kniebert Clinic in Downtown Poplar Bluff is scheduled to be open tomorrow.
According to the Black River Coliseum Facebook Page, the new donation center will be open Wednesday from 5 pm to 8 pm giving out needed items such as cleaning supplies and all donated items have been taken to the new donation center
The SEMO Food Bank will also be on hand to assist those needing food items.
ARRESTS MADE FOLLOWING REPORTS OF COUNTERFEIT MONEY IN PORTAGEVILLE
Authorities in Portageville say that multiple arrests have been made following a report about counterfeit money.
According to Portageville Police Chief Ronnie Adams, on Saturday, officers received a call from an area restaurant in reference to counterfeit money.
During a search of the area, officers located a suspect vehicle and made contact with the driver and passenger. A search revealed the occupants to be in possession of counterfeit money and items used in the manufacturing of counterfeit money.
During the interview of the suspects, investigators learned the suspects allegedly passed counterfeit money at several locations in Pemiscot County.
Formal charges were filed by New Madrid County Prosecuting Attorney, Andrew Lawson, on 40 year old Corey Partin, of Portageville, and 50 year old Carla Wagoner, of Steele, for forgery.
Adams says that both Partin and Wagoner were held in the Pemiscot County Jail on a $15,000 bond.
MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING VEHICLE PURSUIT IN KENNETT
A man was taken into custody over the weekend following a vehicle pursuit in Kennett.
According to the Kennett Police Department, officers conducted a traffic stop Saturday night on 54 year old Michael Parrent, of Kennett, for speeding.
During the stop, officers discovered that Parrent was intoxicated and he reportedly fled the scene.
After a short vehicle pursuit, officers arrested Parrent and transported him to the Dunklin County Jail where he is pending charges by the State Prosecutor’s Office for DWI and resisting arrest by fleeing.
CLAY COUNTY SHERIFF SAYS REPRESENTATIVES FROM FEMA TO BE IN AREA THIS WEEK
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be coming to Northeast Arkansas according to a local sheriff.
Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller is advising anyone who sustained damages as a result of the recent storms and or flooding to contact Alan Vaughn at the Office of Emergency Management by calling 870-598-5365.
Sheriff Miller says that representatives from FEMA will be in the area later this week.
Miller also tells KWOC News that the Red Cross Service Center is now open at the MB Ainley Community Center in Corning. Anyone affected by the recent storms, flooding, and or winds can go there for assistance.
RIVER LEVELS UPDATE
A few communities are still experiencing flooding following last week’s storms.
St. Francis River was in the minor flood stage this morning in Fisk, Patterson and St. Francis. Black River was in the moderate flood stage in Pocahontas and Black Rock.
The Current River above Powder Mill was also in the minor flood stage this morning.
Officials say that Mississippi River levels were still rising this morning with the river being in the minor flood stage at both New Madrid and Caruthersville.
The Mississippi River is forecast to reach the moderate flood stage at New Madrid today or early tomorrow morning.
NEW MADRID COUNTY ROAD TO BE REDUCED FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS TODAY
Route NN in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane this week so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.
The work zone will be located from Route 62 to County Road 524.
Weather permitting, work is scheduled to be performed today through Thursday from 7 am to 4:30 pm each day.
A map of currently flooded roads is available on the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Traveler’s Information map at modot.org as well as IDriveArkansas.com for Northeast Arkansas.