Friday June 30, 2017

KENNETT MAN KILLED IN HEAD ON COLLISION IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
A Kennett man was one of two people killed in a wreck Wednesday afternoon in Northeast Arkansas.

According to the Arkansas State Police, the wreck occurred shortly before 2:30 pm Wednesday on US Highway 62 in Baxter County.

A vehicle, driven by 64 year old Phillip Woods, of Jonesboro, reportedly crossed the center line of the highway and struck another vehicle head on.

Officials say that both Woods and the driver of the second vehicle, 65 year old Jimmy Lowe, of Kennett, were killed in the wreck.

 

FEDERAL ASSISTANCE DEADLINE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND NONPROFIT AGENCIES EXTENDED TO JULY 14TH
Missouri state officials have announced that the public assistance application deadline for local governments and nonprofit agencies has been extended to mid-July.

Local governments and nonprofit agencies in 46 Missouri counties affected by the flooding earlier this year now have until July 14th to prepare their requests for federal assistance with repairs to public infrastructure and emergency response costs.

Officials say that over 190 county and local governments, school, sewer and road districts, and nonprofit agencies have filed Requests for Public Assistance, which is a requirement to receive FEMA assistance.

More information is available at SEMA.DPS.MO.GOV.

 

SIKESTON MAN ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT
Authorities in Stoddard County say that a Sikeston man has been taken into custody on a controlled substance warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 33 year old Jeremy Burnett was recently arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Burnett’s bond was set at $10,000 and officials say he remained in jail as of this morning.

 

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI UNDER A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE WEATHER TODAY
Officials with the National Weather Service say that a storm system arriving in Southeast Missouri today is carrying with it a slight risk of severe weather.

According to a hazardous weather outlook issued this morning, the primary hazard will be locally damaging winds, but isolated large hail and even a brief tornado cannot be ruled out.

Heavy rainfall and frequent dangerous lightning will accompany some storms, with the primary time frame for the strongest storms coming this afternoon and early tonight.

 

HIGHWAY PATROL PREPARING FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND TRAFFIC
With the Fourth of July weekend coming up, troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol are preparing for an increase in travelers on Missouri’s roadways.

Officials tell KWOC News that the Highway Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. over the July Fourth holiday weekend. All available officers will be patrolling Missouri’s roadways enforcing Missouri’s traffic laws in addition to being available to assist motorists.

Troopers throughout the state will also be participating in a 20-Mile Trooper enforcement project today and Tuesday. As part of this special enforcement project, troopers will patrol a 20-mile length of interstate or designated highway and make every effort to be a visible enforcement presence.

The project will include both Interstate 55 and Highway 60 in Southeast Missouri.

 

SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR PETS DURING THE INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY
While fireworks are a great treat for many during the Fourth of July, your pets might not enjoy them as much as you do.

The Humane Society of Missouri says that the loud noises can cause dogs and cats to act out of character. A startled dog or cat may hide or try to escape the noise by digging under, chewing through or climbing over fences.

The Humane Society has released some tips for keeping your pet happy during the holiday.

Give your pet a quiet, cool place to retreat inside where sounds are less intense.

Keeping them inside will also protect them from stray fireworks. Their retreat could be a basement or an interior room like a bathroom with access to clean, cool water.

Thursday June 29, 2017

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING SCAMS INVOLVING GREEN DOT CARDS
The Poplar Bluff Police Department is investigating multiple scams involving prepaid Green Dot Cards.

Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tell KWOC News that the scams vary from accusing the targeted victim of having outstanding arrest warrants and unpaid government loans to having uncompleted federal questionnaires.

The one common factor in the scams was the demand that the victim purchase a prepaid Green Dot Card to pay for the alleged violation.

Officials say that prepaid debit cards allow the scammer to circumvent security measures of traditional money transfer services. Any request received that instructs a person to pay an outstanding debt using the cards should be treated as a possible scam until discovered otherwise.

 

VAN BUREN MAN ARRESTED ON FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER WARRANT
A Van Buren man has been taken into custody on a felony warrant.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 31 year old Randy Weems was arrested last night in Wayne County on a Carter County felony warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.

Following the arrest, he was held at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

 

STATE OFFICIALS ASKING FOR PUBLIC’S HELP IN POACHING INCIDENT
A hawk was recently killed in the Poplar Bluff area, and the Missouri Department of Conservation is asking for the public’s help in identifying the culprit.

According to the Conservation Department, the hawk appeared to have been shot, and its feet had been removed. Officials say that all birds of prey/raptors, including hawks, owls, falcons, and eagles, are federally protected. This includes their feathers, feet, and any other parts.

Anyone with information about the poaching incident is asked to contact the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-392-1111. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for cash rewards with successful prosecution.

 

VAN BUREN SCHOOL DISTRICT CLASSES WILL NOT BEGIN UNTIL SEPTEMBER
Repairs in the Van Buren School District have caused the beginning of classes to be pushed back to September.

According to a post on the School District’s Facebook page, school will not start until at least September 5th.

The delay was attributed to the process of finalizing bids for the work it will take to get back in the school buildings.

 

TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ROBBERY IN SIKESTON
Two people have been arrested in connection to a reported armed robbery in Sikeston.

Sergeant Jon Broom with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells KWOC News that there was a physical altercation between a suspect and the victim during the robbery at an area business on Monday. The second suspect then pulled a handgun on the victim and ordered him to let go of the first suspect.

An undetermined amount of cash was taken from the victim and no one was injured.

The suspects, identified as 26 year old Byron Patterson and 23 year old Marqueze Parks, both of Sikeston, have been arrested and charged with 1st degree robbery and armed criminal action. Their bonds were set at $100,000, cash only.

 

TIPS FOR SAFE GRILLING
The American Red Cross wants everybody to be safe if they are planning on grilling over the holiday weekend.

The Red Cross has released some tips for staying safe while grilling: first, always supervise a barbecue grill when in use and never grill indoors. You should keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.

Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill and remember to use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

You can find more safety information online at redcross.org.

 

PARAGOULD RECIEVES GRANT FOR CEMETERY MAUSOLEUM
The city of Paragould has received a grant for repairs at an area cemetery.

City officials were in Little Rock yesterday to receive the grant for $9,999.

Officials say that the money will be used to repair the stained glass windows and front door of the mausoleum located in Linwood cemetery.

Wednesday June 28, 2017

FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS
Chief Danny Whiteley with the Poplar Bluff Police Department has released some fireworks safety tips to help keep you and your family safe this Fourth of July.

Whiteley, advises parents to never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks and always have adult supervision when kids of any age are playing with fireworks, including sparklers.

Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully and keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. Also, never point or throw fireworks at another person.

Poplar Bluff residents should remember that shooting fireworks inside the city is not permitted without a permit. A fireworks display will begin at approximately 9 pm on the fourth.

 

MCGEE MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY WARRANT
Authorities in Stoddard County have arrested a McGee man on a felony warrant.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 28 year old William Wills was arrested Tuesday on a felony Stoddard County warrant for resisting arrest by fleeing.

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

 

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE UNDER WAY IN STODDARD COUNTY
Route Z in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge maintenance.

MoDot officials say the bridge is located between County Road 779 and Route 153.

Work is set to take place from 8 am to 3:30 pm, today and tomorrow.

 

ASSAULT CHARGE AGAINST FORMER MISSISSIPPI COUNTY SHERIFF DROPPED
A judge has dropped an assault charge against former Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson; however he still faces other charges.

According to authorities, yesterday Hutcheson was ordered to appear for felony arraignment on July 11th on a charge of 1st degree robbery.

Hutcheson is also still facing charges of tampering with computer data and forgery.

 

FLOOD VICTIMS CAUTIONED TO LOOK OUT FOR SCAM ARTISTS
Areas of Southeast Missouri are rebuilding following the early May flooding and federal officials want residents to be on the lookout for scam artists.

Many legitimate disaster assistance employees may visit a property, including insurance agents, damage inspectors and SEMA, FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) staff.

Federal and state disaster officials recommend that disaster survivors ask to see ID badges and safeguard their personal information.

Officials say that FEMA and SBA staff never charge applicants for disaster assistance, inspections, or help to fill out applications. FEMA inspectors verify damage but do not involve themselves in any aspect of the repair or recommend any contractor.

We have additional tips available at our website KWOC.com.

 

STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE REDUCED FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS
Pavement repairs will cause Route TT in Stoddard County to be reduced to one lane over the next month.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the road will be reduced from 6 am to 4:30 pm daily through Thursday, July 20th.

This section of roadway to be affected is located from Route 60 to County Road 642.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

 

 

 

 

MAN WANTED OUT OF BUTLER COUNTY HELD IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 
A man wanted out of Southeast Missouri is being held in Northeast Arkansas.

According to Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller, Monday afternoon Clay County deputies received word that a man wanted in Butler County and Doniphan for separate incidents involving a dispute over child custody was possibly in Clay County.

The man was identified as Jeff Resnik.

Deputies were able to locate Resnik and the children and Miller says that the children have been returned to their mother. Resnik is reportedly being held for Butler County.

 

 
MEETING SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK TO DISCUSS FLOOD RECOVERY IN CARTER COUNTY

 
A meeting has been scheduled for later this week to discuss flood recovery in Carter County.

Carter County Sheriff Richard Stephens tells KWOC News that the community meeting and briefing will be held at 6:30 pm Thursday to discuss long term recovery from the flooding as well as recap resources available and answer any public questions.

The meeting will be held at the Van Buren Community Center on D Highway.

 

 
THREE ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANTS IN STODDARD COUNTY

 
Three men have been arrested in Stoddard County on controlled substance warrants.

According to the Stoddard County Sherriff’s Department, 29 year old Stewart Barney, of Dexter, 28 year old Joseph Hurdle, of Dexter, and 27 year old George Dawson, of Bernie, were each recently arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Officials did not say if the arrests were connected.

The bond for Barney was set at $50,000, cash only, while the bonds for Hurdle and Dawson were $15,000. All three reportedly remained in jail as of this morning.

 

 
OVER 23 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA FOUND DURING TRAFFIC STOP NEAR CORNING

 
Authorities say that over 23 pounds of marijuana was found during a traffic stop near Corning.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller tells KWOC News that on Saturday an Arkansas State Police Trooper conducted the stop on Highway 67.

A passenger in the vehicle, identified as Cathy Summers, was found to have a felony arrest warrant out of Texas.

During a search of the vehicle, the trooper located 23.4 pounds of marijuana. Both Summers and the driver of the vehicle, Curt Ritchie, were placed into custody and taken to the Clay County Detention Center.

 

 
KENNETT MAN ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND RESISTING ARREST CHARGES

 
Authorities in Kennett say an area man was recently arrested on multiple charges.

According to the Kennett Police Department, early Friday morning officers arrested 27 year old Trask Laden, of Kennett, for possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

Laden was held at the Dunklin County Jail pending formal charges from the State Prosecutor’s Office.

 

 
DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER OPENING TODAY IN ELLINGTON

 
A Disaster Recovery Center is scheduled to open today in Ellington

The center will offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28th and May 11th.

The center will be open from 9 am to 7 pm at the Ellington City Hall. The center is scheduled to be open through July 1st.

For more information go online to recovery.mo.gov.

 

 
STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR REPAIRS

 
A Stoddard County road is being closed this week for repairs.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route H in Stoddard County is being closed at the intersection of Route H and Route ZZ so crews can perform pavement repairs.

Work is scheduled to be done from 6 am to 6 pm daily through Thursday.

Monday June 26, 2017

TWO VEHICLE WRECK NEAR CAMPBELL RESULTS IN ONE DEATH AND FIVE INJURIES
One person has died, while five others were injured, following a two vehicle wreck Saturday night.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 24 year old Austin Pruitt, of Piggott, Arkansas, was driving on US Highway 62 near Campbell, when he reportedly crossed the center line and struck a vehicle.

A passenger in Pruitt’s vehicle, 23 year old Harley Clifford, of Pollard, Arkansas, was killed in the wreck.

Pruitt, along with four people in the second vehicle, suffered serious injuries and were taken to area hospitals.

 

TWO MEN ARRESTED ON METH AND HEROIN CHARGES IN POPLAR BLUFF
Two Poplar Bluff men were arrested Sunday evening in Butler County on meth and heroin related charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 24 year old Kendrick McCain was arrested shortly before 8 pm on charges of possession of a controlled substance – heroin, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Less than an hour later, authorities arrested 35 year old Cody Marks on charges of distribution of a controlled substance – heroin, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and hindering prosecution.

Officials have not said if the two arrests were connected.

 

ONE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK INVOLVING A TRACTOR IN BUTLER COUNTY
A Poplar Bluff man has serious injuries in connection to a wreck involving a tractor Sunday morning.

According to authorities, 57 year old Michael Moore was driving the tractor on US Highway 67 in Butler County when he was struck from behind by a vehicle, causing the tractor to overturn.

Moore was seriously injured and taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital. No injuries were listed for the driver of the other vehicle.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO CAUSE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF BUTLER COUNTY ROAD
Route N in Butler County will be closed this week so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

The work zone is located from Route 51 to County Road 214.

The road is scheduled to be closed today through Thursday, June 29th from 6 am to 6 pm each day.

 

TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY FOR THE FEMA DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER IN POPLAR BLUFF
Today is the final day for the Disaster Recovery Center in Poplar Bluff.

The center will be open from 9 am to 7 pm at the Butler County Health Department and is offering in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28th and May 11th.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance in filing an application.

FEMA is also reminding Missouri renters who experienced losses caused by the flooding and severe storms between that they may be eligible for disaster recovery assistance as well.

If you can’t make it to a disaster recovery center, you can also call 800-621-3362 or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov for more information.

 

TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG WARRANTS IN STODDARD COUNTY
Two men were arrested over the weekend in Stoddard County on drug warrants.

Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that 42 year old James Brown, of Oran, was arrested on a warrant for delivery of a controlled substance and 28 year old
Michael Meador, of Bell City, was arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Officials did not say if the arrests were connected to each other.

The bond for each man was set at $25,000, cash only.

 

TWELVE INJURED IN NEW MADRID COUNTY VAN CRASH
Twelve people were injured, including several children , when a van crashed Saturday morning in New Madrid County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on Interstate 55 near Portageville when the van’s rear left tire blew out, causing it to run off the side of the road and overturn.

Three people in the vehicle suffered serious injuries in the wreck, while two had moderate injuries. Seven others received minor injuries.

They were all taken to an area hospital.

 

RIPLEY COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY AND TOMORROW
Route C in Ripley County will be closed today and tomorrow so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

The section of roadway to be affected is located from Route 160 to the Carter County line.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 8 am to 6 pm each day. The work zone will be open to local traffic only.

Friday, June 23, 2017

 

 

 

 

NO INJURIES REPORTED IN RIPLEY COUNTY PLANE CRASH

 
No one was injured when a plane crashed last night in Ripley County.

According to Ripley County Sheriff Mike Barton, at around 8:20 pm Thursday evening officials received information that a small plane with just the pilot inside was approaching the Doniphan Air Port and was going down after running out of fuel.

Barton says that the plane touched down in a field behind a house and could not get stopped before crashing into a two car garage.

The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting an investigation.

 

 
TWO ARRESTED FOLLOWING PURSUIT IN BUTLER COUNTY

 
Two women have been arrested in connection to a high speed pursuit in Poplar Bluff on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Josh Stewart with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells KWOC News that the incident started with a reported shoplifting.

“On Wednesday evening at approximately 9:53 pm, officers of the Poplar Bluff Police Department were advised of a shoplifting complaint at Walmart. While in route, officers learned that two female suspects, who were accompanied by two children, ages 4 and 6, had left the business travelling north on Business 67 in a maroon Dodge Challenger.

Officers subsequently located the vehicle as it traveled north on Business 67. A traffic stop was initiated near the intersection of Business 67 and Barron Road. The driver, later identified as Kayla Gaines, 25, of St. Louis, pulled the vehicle to the shoulder of the road. Prior to the officer contacting the occupants of the vehicle, Ms. Gaines accelerated and began to flee north on Highway 67.

Throughout the pursuit, Gaines traveled in excess of 100 miles per hour and passed several vehicles, showing little regard for public safety.

After the pursuit entered into Wayne County, spike strips were deployed in an attempt to slow the vehicle. Upon deployment, Ms. Gaines noticed the strips and stopped the vehicle. Ms. Gaines and her passenger, identified as Alexis Moore, 24, also of St. Louis were taken into custody and over $500 in stolen merchandise was recovered.

Gaines was later lodged at the Butler County Justice Center on charges of stealing, driving while revoked or suspended, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, speeding, and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Moore was also lodged at the Butler County Justice Center on charges of stealing, possession of marijuana, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The Poplar Bluff Police Department would like to thank members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol for their assistance during this investigation.”

 

 
REMNANTS OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION CINDY CAUSING CHANCES OF HEAVY RAIN IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 
Portions of Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas are under a flash flood watch as the remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy bring heavy rains to the region.

According to the National Weather Service, a flash flood watch is ongoing through this evening for Dunklin and Pemiscot Counties in Southeast Missouri, along with multiple counties in Northeast Arkansas, including Clay, Greene, and Mississippi.

Moderate to heavy rainfall will be possible across those areas and additional rainfall amounts of one to three inches are expected with localized higher amounts possible.

According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook, there remains a marginal to slight risk that isolated thunderstorms may become severe, with a very isolated possibility for a weak tornado.

 

 
PEOPLES CREEK BOAT RAMP AT LAKE WAPPAPELLO NOW OPEN

 
Area residents can now resume using the Peoples Creek Boat Ramp at Wappapello Lake.

According to the US Army of Engineers, the Peoples Creek Boat Ramp and Fishing Pier have been reopened.

However, officials say that the beach is still closed. The beach should open as soon as water recedes and the area is cleaned.

 

 
APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR POPLAR BLUFF HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START

 
The Poplar Bluff Head Start and Early Head Start are accepting applications for the upcoming school year.

Full day classes are available at the early head start for children up to three years old and expectant mothers. For more information or to register call 573-778-0083.

Full and Part day classes are also available for the Poplar Bluff Head Start for children who are three or four years old. For more information, call 573-785-2372.

 

 
MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL CONDUCTING PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY

 
A public survey is scheduled for next month concerning the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Colonel Sandra Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, tells KWOC News that the public is being invited to take part in a public opinion survey regarding safety and security, officers’ attitudes and competency, overall agency performance, and concerns regarding crime and social issues.

The survey will be available for the entire month of July on the Highway Patrol’s website at www.mshp.dps.mo.gov.

Thursday June 22, 2017

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING ROLLOVER WRECK IN WAYNE COUNTY
A single vehicle wreck has claimed the life of a Piedmont woman.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 64 year old Janet Street was driving on Highway 49 in Wayne County yesterday when her vehicle travelled off the side of the roadway and overturned.

Street was pronounced dead at the scene by Wayne County Coroner Gary Umfleet.

 

FEMA DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER OPENING TODAY IN POPLAR BLUFF
A Disaster Recovery Center is opening today in Poplar Bluff.

The center will offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28th and May 11th.

The center will be open from 9 am to 7 pm at the Butler County Health Department.

The center will be available today, tomorrow, Saturday, and next Monday.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application.

 

MATTHEWS WOMAN ARRESTED ON METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE
A woman is facing a felony drug charge following her arrest last night.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 31 year old Brittnay Copeland, of Matthews, was arrested on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Copeland was taken into custody shortly before 11 pm in New Madrid County.

 

T HIGHWAY REOPENED TO TRAFFIC IN WAYNE COUNTY
Repairs are being completed for areas that were damaged during last month’s flooding.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route T in Wayne County near Lake Wappapello is now open to traffic. A part of the roadway was washed away during the flooding.

The US Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake also says that the Fish Cleaning Station and the Pine Ridge Nature Trail are now open for use.

 

EMPLOYEE OF PARMA POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTED IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
An employee of the Parma Police Department has been placed under arrest.

According to the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, Janell Winters, of New Madrid, was arrested Wednesday for a class C felony of receiving stolen property.

Her bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS UNDERWAY IN STODDARD COUNTY
Route F in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane over the next week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located from Route 60 to Route J.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 6 am to 4:30 pm daily through Thursday, June 29th.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 

 

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MURDER CHARGE

 
A Poplar Bluff man has pleaded guilty to a murder charge in connection to an incident that occurred last year.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, earlier this week 34 year old Joseph Wisdom pled guilty to charges of murder in the second degree, three Counts of unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of assault in the first degree.

On March 8th, 2016, Wisdom fatally shot 50 year old Stahl Sturgeon, of Doniphan, drove to an area business with Sturgeon in the vehicle, and ran inside. Wisdom was immediately apprehended and later confessed to the shooting.

He is currently being held in Greene County, Missouri, pending sentencing.

 

 
DATE SET FOR RIVER RADIO BLOOD DRIVE

 
Areas residents will get a chance to save lives and get a St. Louis Cardinals T-Shirt at the upcoming River Radio Blood Drive.

The blood drive has been scheduled for noon to 6 pm on Friday July 7th at the Sacred Heart Catholic School Gym in Poplar Bluff.

You can schedule an appointment at redcrossblood.org by entering the code RiverRadio or by calling 1-800-733-2767.

Officials say that presenting donors will receive a St. Louis Cardinals commemorative blood drive t-shirt while supplies last.

 

 
TAX FILING DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR SOME RESIDENTS IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 
Officials in Arkansas have announced that the tax filing deadline for some residents has been extended.

According to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Arkansans who live or own businesses in flood-stricken counties will have additional time to meet state tax obligations.

The extended deadlines apply to taxpayers in 13 counties including Clay, Lawrence, and Randolph. Under the directive, tax filings due on or after April 26th, 2017, will now be due August 31st, 2017. The IRS has extended similar deadlines for the filing of federal taxes in the affected counties.

 

 
TWO AREA COMMUNITIES AWARDED BLOCK GRANTS

 
Two area communities have been chosen among five statewide to receive grant money from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The DED approved the grants for a total of over 1.2 million dollars through the Community Development Block Grants program. The grants will help fund crucial infrastructure projects such as water systems and disaster recovery efforts.

The City of Arbyrd has been approved for $500,000 to help repair manholes and lift stations, repair and/or replace sewer lines and modify the existing lagoons to a non-discharge lagoon system with a spray field application system.

The city is currently dealing with inflow and infiltration problems due to a wastewater system that has not been upgraded since its installation in 1984.

Pemiscot County has been approved for $121,585 on behalf of the Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital, who will utilize the funds to replace a non-repairable chiller system.

 

 
RIPLEY COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY AND TOMORROW

 
Route C in Ripley County will be closed today and tomorrow so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

The section of roadway to be affected is located from Route 160 to the Carter County line.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 8 am to 6 pm each day. The work zone will be open to local traffic only.

 

 
PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO CAUSE CLOSURE OF NEW MADRID COUNTY ROAD

 
Route NN in New Madrid County will be closed over two days as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

According to MoDOT, work is scheduled to be performed today and tomorrow from 6:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.

The work zone is located from Route 62 to County Road 524.

Tuesday June 20, 2017

CAMPGROUND AT OLD GREENVILLE RECREATION AREA TO REMAIN CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that the campground at the Old Greenville Recreation Area will remain closed this season.

According to a post on the Corps Facebook page, high water from the flooding and a destructive windstorm over Memorial Day Weekend caused extensive damage to the Old Greenville Recreation Area, Campground, and Memory Lane Trail.

The recreation area boat ramp and vault toilet are now open for use. The day use area, including the picnic shelter and playground area, will open as soon as hazards are removed and the area is cleaned.

Officials say that the Annual Old Greenville Days event in September will go forward as scheduled; however the campground and memory lane trail will not reopen this season.

Anyone who has questions is being asked to contact the Wappapello Lake Management office at 573-222-8562.

 

FORMER SOUTHEAST MISSOURI CITY CLERK FACING FELONY CHARGE
A former Southeast Missouri city clerk has been charged with a felony.

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway tells KWOC News that the former city clerk for Viburnum, Dana Mayberry, has been charged with the class B felony of receiving stolen property.

Galloway released the results of an audit of the city of Viburnum earlier this month which identified more than $100,000 in potentially fraudulent activities over a number of years.

 

PIPE REPLACEMENT TO CAUSE CLOSURE OF BUTLER COUNTY ROAD TODAY
Route W in Butler County will be today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform a pipe replacement.

According to MoDOT, the work zone will be located between Route 172 and Route KK.

Work will take place today from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL JOINS NATIONWIDE WATER OPERATION
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be stepping up efforts later this month to stop boaters from operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Highway Patrol has announced their participation in Operation Dry Water, which sees marine law enforcement officers from across the country coordinating special patrols from June 30th to July 2nd.

In 2016 troopers arrested a total of 11 people statewide for boating while intoxicated, contacted 661 vessels and 2,000 boaters, and issued 114 boating violation summonses and 613 warnings on Missouri waterways.

Marine operations troopers also issued 176 summonses for non-boating violations during the 2016 Operation Dry Water weekend.

Officials say that special enforcement operations will continue throughout the summer months.

 

EARTHQUAKE RECORDED IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Did you feel the earthquake that hit Southeast Missouri yesterday?

According to the United States Geological Survey, a magnitude 2.7 earthquake was recorded at around 6:26 am Monday morning.

The earthquake was located near Steele and had a depth of approximately 5.3 miles.

 

SCREENING APPOINTMENTS BEING ACCEPTED FOR POPLAR BLUFF EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
Appointments are now being taken for the next screening day for the Poplar Bluff Early Childhood Center.

The screening appointments for the 2017-2018 school year are available for children who will be 3 years old before July 31st, 2017 and will not be 5 years old before that date. The screenings will be held on Friday, August 18th.

You must have your child’s social security number available when calling to make an appointment. To make an appointment, call 573-785-6803 and ask for Sandy Case.

Monday, June 19, 2017

 

 

 

 

FEMA DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER AVAILABLE IN DONIPHAN

 
A Disaster Recovery Center has opened in Doniphan.

The center offers in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28th and May 11th.

The center will be open daily from 7 am to 7 pm at the Ripley County Caring Community Partnership Building. For tomorrow, the center will only be open from 1 pm to 7 pm due to another scheduled event.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application.

A recovery center is also available at the Van Buren Youth and Community Center.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENT FACING CHARGES FOLLOWING ARREST IN KENNETT

 
A Poplar Bluff resident was arrested last week in Kennett on gun and drug related charges.

According to the Kennett Police Department, on Thursday officers arrested 20 year old Duquion Drake for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Officials say that Drake was held at the Dunklin County Jail pending formal charges from the State Prosecutor’s Office.

 

 
THIS WEEK IS MISSOURI SUMMER WEATHER SAFETY WEEK

 
With this week marking Missouri Summer Weather Safety Week, weather officials are reminding area residents to stay safe when the temperatures rise.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 1979 to 2002, excessive heat exposure due to weather conditions caused 4,780 deaths in the United States. That produces an average of 208 deaths a year from excessive heat.

The elderly, infants, young children, and people with chronic health problems or disabilities are most vulnerable to the effects of heat waves.

When the temperatures get high remember to drink plenty of water and natural fruit juices, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages and drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and colas.

Try to avoid going out during the hottest times of the day. If you must go out, wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing and use sunscreen. Remember to take frequent breaks if working during the heat of the day.

Do not leave children or pets in a closed vehicle with the windows up as temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach over 140 degrees within minutes.

 

 
MISSOURI OFFICIALS CONDUCTING AUDIT OF NEW MADRID COUNTY

 
A Southeast Missouri county is being audited by state officials.

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway tells KWOC News that her office has launched a regularly scheduled audit of New Madrid County.

The county received an overall performance rating of poor following an audit in December of 2013.

Galloway says that auditors recommended better oversight throughout several areas of the New Madrid County government and identified numerous concerning procedures in the office of the former public administrator.

Auditors also raised concerns with record-keeping and a lack of safeguards that allowed missing money in the sheriff’s office to go undetected.

Individuals with information related to the investigation are encouraged to contact the State Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline by calling 800-347-8597. Callers may choose to remain anonymous.

Individuals can also email moaudit@auditor.mo.gov, or use the online submission form at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.

 

 
MAN ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON METH AND RESISTING ARREST CHARGES

 
A man was arrested Sunday afternoon in Butler County on multiple felony charges.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 41 year old Rondelius Mitchell, of Catron, was taken into custody on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Mitchell is also facing a felony charge of resisting arrest.

 

 
DISCOVERY OF A LARGE AMOUNT OF CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE LEADS TO ARREST IN GREENE COUNTY

 
Officials seized a large amount of crystal methamphetamine and cash as a part of an arrest last week in Greene County.

Greene County Sheriff David Carter tells KWOC News that 5.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine, over two thousand dollars, drug paraphernalia and a set of digital scales were taken into evidence in connection to the search of a vehicle Thursday evening.

Following the search, William Stites was arrested and transported to the Greene County Detention Center.

 

 
CAMPBELL WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 
A Campbell woman was arrested over the weekend on drug related charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 42 year old Samantha Davidson was taken into custody Saturday morning on three counts of felony possession of a controlled substance.

She was also arrested for five counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Davidson was held at the Dunklin County Jail.

 

 
INTERSTATE REPAIRS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN THIS WEEK IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 
Northbound I-55 in Pemiscot County will be reduced early this week so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge maintenance.

Officials say that the bridge is located between mile marker 1 and mile marker 2.3.

Work is scheduled to take place today and tomorrow from 6:30 am to 4:30 pm each day.