Monday July 31, 2017

TWO IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO SHOTS FIRED LAST WEEK IN BUTLER COUNTY
Updating a story we brought to you last week, two people have been taken into custody in connection to shots being fired in Poplar Bluff.

Investigator Brandon Lowe with the Butler County Sheriff’s Department tells KWOC News that the two people arrested were brothers.

BRANDON LOWE:

On Tuesday July 25th, deputies with the Butler County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to The Warp Zone located on 67 Highway in Butler County, Missouri in reference to shots being fired. It was later determined that the shots were fired into a vehicle and the vehicle has subsequently left along with the initial reporting party had left the area also. Investigators were called at that time. When I was called I was notified that there was possible victims at the hospital. I responded to North Campus ER where on scene was investigator Randall Huddleston, Lieutenant Charlie Phelps, along with Desean Bell, Jordian Bell, April Noyes, and Brianna LeBlanc. It was discovered that none of the subjects had been struck by the gunfire that was exchanged. The vehicle that Desean, Jordian, April, and Brianna were in was at the hospital. I began processing the vehicle. I was able to locate four different spots the vehicle had been struck by a bullet. I was able to retrieve bullet fragments from inside one of the door panels on the vehicle. The next day on Wednesday, July 26th, through interviewing Brandon DeMar, it was discovered that he was the victim in this case and Desean and Jordian Bell was the suspects and had instigated the incident. On Friday, July 28th, we received warrants over from the Butler County prosecutor’s office on Jordian and Desean Bell for armed criminal action and assault first with $100,000 bond on both. We responded to an address that I was able to obtain through Desean’s probation officer, located on Nellie Sue Circle. Once at the residence we were actually let in by April Noyse, Desean and Jordan’s mother. I attempted to take Jordian into custody. Jordian resisted from me. I was able to place him on the ground and secure him in hand restraints. Both subjects then being Desean Bell and Jordian Bell were transported to the Butler County Justice Center where they were booked and lodged.

 

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING WRECK NEAR POPLAR BLUFF
One person has died following a wreck Sunday afternoon near Poplar Bluff.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 49 year old John Minks, of Malden, was driving on Highway 53 when he ran off the side of the road and overturned. Minks, who was reportedly not wearing a safety device, was ejected from the vehicle during the wreck.

He was later pronounced dead at a Poplar Bluff hospital.

 

WAYNE COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED THIS WEEK
Route M in Wayne County will be closed this week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The section of Route M to be closed is located from Route 34 to the Madison County line.

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

 

ONE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN BOAT COLLISION ON CURRENT RIVER
A Kennett man has been flown to an area hospital after being involved in a boat collision over the weekend.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the incident occurred shortly after 3 pm on Current River at Snaggy Bend in Ripley County.

56 year old Paul Digges was operating a boat that was slowing down when his boat was hit by a boat that was following him.

Digges was seriously injured in the wreck and flown to a Memphis hospital. No injuries were listed for the operator of the second boat.

 

MAN BEING SOUGHT IN CONNECTION TO INVESTIGATION IN POPLAR BLUFF
Authorities in Poplar Bluff are asking for the public’s help in finding a man in connection to an ongoing investigation.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, officers are attempting to locate Shawn Daggett.

A picture of Daggett is available on the KWOC Facebook page.

Anyone who has information on Daggett’s location is asked to contact the police department at 573-785-5776.

 

TWO ARRESTED ON METH AND MARIJUANA CHARGES IN BUTLER COUNTY
Two people were arrested Friday night in Butler County on drug charges.

According to authorities, 37 year old Michael Shipman and 36 year old Dana ODonnell, both of Doniphan, were each taken into custody shortly before 9 pm Friday on a felony methamphetamine charge.

Both are also reportedly facing a charge of possession of marijuana.

Following the arrests, both Shipman and ODonnell were held at the Butler County Jail.

 

MODOT CREWS TO BEGIN PROJECT IN STODDARD COUNTY TODAY
Route FF in Stoddard County will be temporarily closed beginning today as crews perform pavement repairs.

According to officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation, work is scheduled to take place from 6 am to 4:30 pm, daily, through Thursday, August 10th.

The work zone is located from Route 60 to Route E in Stoddard County.

Friday July 28, 2017

FUNDRAISER SCHEDULED FOR TODAY TO BENEFIT WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN
A fundraiser has been scheduled for today to benefit a World War Two veteran whose Poplar Bluff home was severely damaged in a storm earlier this year.

The fundraiser for Wilbur and Anna Schmitt will be held from 11 am to 1 pm at Northside Nutrition Center in Poplar Bluff.

The Schmitt’s lost their previous home of two decades in a flood last year and only moved into this house in January. In late May, a tree fell on the home and caused significant damage.

In addition to the fundraiser, you can also make a donation at First Midwest Bank or online. A link to a Go Fund Me page that has been set up for the Schmitts is available on our website and Facebook page.

 

MAN SHOT IN THE LEG AFTER ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING A WOMAN
A man has been flown to a Jonesboro hospital after he was shot in the leg on Wednesday.

According to authorities, the man had allegedly assaulted a woman in Dunklin County. A male subject stopped the assault and had taken the woman to his farm shop, where the suspect then approached and threatened them.

The suspect was continuing to approach them when he was shot by the male subject in the leg.

The names of the people involved have not been released and the incident is under investigation.

 

BLOOMFIELD MAN ARRESTED ON STATUTORY RAPE WARRANT
A Bloomfield man is in custody this morning following his arrest on a statutory rape warrant.

Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that 48 year old John Morse was recently taken into custody on a warrant for four counts of statutory rape and one count of furnishing pornographic material.

Officials say that Morse remained in custody as of this morning and his bond has been set at $75,000 cash.

 

MALDEN MAN FACING ASSAULT AND SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES
An area man is facing multiple charges, including sexual abuse, following his arrest Wednesday in Malden.

According to the Malden Police Department, 42-year-old Michael Downs, of Malden, was taken into custody on a felony Dunklin County Warrant for assault 2nd, assault 3rd, sexual abuse 2nd, and resisting or interfering with arrest.

His bond was set at $100,000 cash only. According to Missouri Case Net, his initial arraignment is scheduled for next Thursday.

 

KENNETT WOMAN FLOWN TO AREA HOSPITAL FOLLOWING SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A Kennett woman has been flown to an area hospital following a single vehicle wreck Thursday in Pemiscot County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 73 year old Jackie Carter was driving on County Road 283, near Hayti, when she lost control, ran off the road, and overturned.

Carter suffered serious injuries in the wreck and was flown to a Jonesboro hospital.

 

ROAD WORK TO BEGIN TODAY ON ROUTE 67 IN WAYNE COUNTY
Southbound Route 67 in Wayne County will be reduced with a 12 foot width restriction for three weeks so contractor crews can perform bridge maintenance.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says the bridge is located over Bennett Creek between County Road 303 and Route K.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Friday, August 18th from 5 am to 8 pm daily.

 

BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK AT TWIN RIVERS HIGH SCHOOL
With the new school year approaching, a back to school fair will be held next week in Broseley.

The fair is scheduled for 1 to 7 pm on Wednesday, August 2nd.

The fair will be held at Twin Rivers High School.

Thursday July 27, 2017

SHOTS FIRED AT BUTLER COUNTY BUSINESS
Shots were reportedly fired in the parking lot of an area business earlier this week.

According to Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs, gunfire was exchanged between multiple people Tuesday evening in the parking lot of The Warp Zone on South Westwood Boulevard.

Dobbs says that no one was hit during the incident.

A man is being sought in connection to the incident, and anyone with additional information can contact the Butler County Sheriff’s Department at 573-785-8444.

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE SEARCHING FOR POSSIBLE SUSPECT FOLLOWING PROPERTY DAMAGE AT AREA CAR DEALERSHIP
Authorities in Poplar Bluff are seeking the public’s help in identifying a possible suspect in connection to a property damage complaint at an area business.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, on July 21st, officers responded to Henderson Auto Sales, where the owner said an unknown suspect damaged vehicles in the lot. Police say the vehicles appeared to have been keyed.

After viewing surveillance video, a shirtless white male was identified as a possible suspect.

The surveillance video is available on the KWOC Facebook page and anyone who has information on the man’s identity is asked to contact Officer Barks at 573-785-5776, Extension 1352.

 

BLOOMFIELD MAN ARRESTED ON FEDERAL WARRANT IN STODDARD COUNTY
A Bloomfield man has been taken into custody in Stoddard County on a federal warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 32 year old Derekis Johnson was recently arrested on a federal warrant for selling amphetamine.

No bond was set and Johnson has been transported to Cape Girardeau County.

 

HEAT AND HEAVY RAIN POSSIBLE FOR TODAY
Weather officials say that Southeast Missouri could experience both high heat indexes and heavy rainfall today.

According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service, Scattered to numerous thunderstorms will move across the area this afternoon or evening.

A few severe thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts are possible and locally heavy rain is expected.

Weather officials say that heat indexes may get over 100 degrees this afternoon before the storms arrive.

 

VEHICLE STRIKES TREE, HOUSE, AND PEDESTRIAN IN BUTLER COUNTY
A Poplar Bluff man has been flown to an area hospital following an incident Wednesday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 17 year old driver from Ellsinore ran off the side of Highway 142 and struck a tree, a house, and then a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, 57 year old Ricky Dooley, was flown to a Cape Girardeau hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle received minor injuries and was taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital.

 

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE PROJECT UNDERWAY IN PEMISCOT COUNTY
Bridge maintenance is underway on southbound I-55 in Pemiscot County.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation work is set to continue from 6 am to 7 pm daily through Saturday, September 9th.

During the maintenance, Southbound I-55 will be reduced with a 14 foot width restriction between Route U and Route 164.

 

ANNUAL WAPPAPELLO LAKE DUCK BLIND DRAWING SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 19TH
A date has been set for the annual duck blind drawing at Wappapello Lake.

According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the drawing will be held at 1 pm on August 19th at the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitors Center. Anyone who wants to participate must be registered prior to 1 pm.

The registration fee is $15, and application forms can be found at the Wappapello Lake Management Office. For more information, call 573-222-8562.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

 

 

 

 

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING  IN EFFECT THIS AFTERNOON

 
An Excessive Heat Warning will go into effect today for some of our listeners in the Missouri Bootheel and Northeast Arkansas.

According to the National Weather Service, the excessive heat warning will be in effect from noon to 7 pm for Dunklin and Pemiscot Counties in Southeast Missouri as well as many counties in Northeast Arkansas, including Clay and Greene. In these areas, peak heat index readings could range from 105 to 115 degrees.

A Heat Advisory will be in effect from noon to 8 pm for most of the rest of our listening area. High temperatures will be in the mid 90’s today, with peak heat indexes in the afternoon being around 105 degrees.

Anyone who works or spends time outdoors will be at potential risk for heat-related illness including heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Remember to drink plenty of fluids and take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

 

 
2017 PBHS FRESHMAN ORIENTATION TO BE HELD ON AUGUST 9TH

 
The incoming freshman class to Poplar Bluff High School will get their first taste of high school life early next month.

The 2017 PBHS Freshman Orientation will be held from 7:30 am to noon on Wednesday, August 9th. This is a student only event, where the new freshmen will get to meet their advisory class, learn the layout of the campus, receive their class schedule, and participate in other activities.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend an open house for the Senior High School which will be held on August 22nd from 5:30 to 7 pm.

The new school year will begin in the Poplar Bluff School District on Thursday, August 17th.

 

 
DATE SET FOR THREE RIVERS COLLEGE’S SECOND ANNUAL RUN 4 THE ARTS EVENT

 
The date has been set for the second annual Run 4 the Arts in Poplar Bluff.

Three Rivers College will host the four-mile run and walk on Saturday, September 9th at 9 am.

Officials say that the event is being held to raise funds towards an endowed scholarship for fine arts students at Three Rivers College.

To register for the Run 4 the Arts, or if you would like more information, call 573-840-9077.

 

 
CAMPBELL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT APPROVED FOR GRANT TO GO TO NEW FIRE STATION PROJECT

 
The Campbell Volunteer Fire Department has been approved for a grant to go to the new fire station project.

According to the Fire Department’s Facebook page, the project has been approved for a $462,200 30 year loan and a $7,800 grant.

The post says that progress on the project will begin in the next several months.

 

 
PARAGOULD ROAD TO BE CLOSED FOR APPROXIMATELY THREE WEEKS

 
Residents in Paragould should be prepared to find a detour if they drive on Spring Grove Road.

According to the Paragould Police Department, beginning today, Spring Grove Road will be closed for approximately three weeks in order to remove drainage tiles and replace them with a concrete structure.

Police say that the closure will be located just south of Mark Street.

 

 
MODOT CREWS TO REDUCE RIPLEY COUNTY ROAD FOR BRIDGE MAINTENANCE

 
Route H in Ripley County will be reduced to one lane through next Tuesday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge maintenance.

The bridge involved is located over Drain Ditch between Route KK and County Road H-6.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily through Tuesday, August 1st.

Tuesday July 25, 2017

FIVE ARRESTED ON HEROIN RELATED CHARGES IN BUTLER COUNTY

Five Poplar Bluff residents were arrested on heroin related charges over a four hour period Saturday night in Butler County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the first arrest happened shortly after 10 pm Saturday night.

45 year old Terrell Ward and 35 year old Cody Marks were both arrested on felony charges of distribution of a controlled substance – heroin and possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Later that night, officers also arrested 59 year old Kendis Scroggins, 35 year old Shuntell Miller, and 29 year old Keshia Youngblood for felony possession of a controlled substance – heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officials did not say if the five arrests were connected.

 

CITY OF CLARKTON UNDER BOIL WATER ORDER THIS WEEK

Residents in Clarkton are being asked to boil their water this week.

City officials say that the city of Clarkton is under a boil water order until Friday.

Officials did not say what the cause for the boil water order was.

 

20th ANNUAL BUTLER COUNTY JOB FAIR SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 25TH

Job seekers in Poplar Bluff will have the opportunity to meet with many different employers at one location next month.

The Butler County Community Resource Council will be holding the 20th Annual Butler County Job Fair on August 25th at the Bess Activity Center.

The job fair will run from 10 am to 3 pm.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIR PROJECT CAUSING TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF STODDARD COUNTY ROAD

Route KK in Stoddard County will be closed daily through late next week so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

The section of roadway to be closed is located from Route 114 to County Road 732.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 6:30 am to 4:30 pm daily through Thursday, August 3rd.

 

PIEDMONT WOMAN FACING METH CHARGE OUT OF WAYNE COUNTY

A Piedmont woman has been taken into custody in Wayne County on a felony meth charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 40 year old Shawnda Luke was arrested shortly after 2 pm Monday on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Following the arrest, Luke was held at the Wayne County Jail.

 

FAKE MONEY REPORTED AT POPLAR BLUFF BUSINESSES

Multiple Poplar Bluff businesses reportedly were recently given fake money.

According to the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce, two fast food restaurants received the counterfeit money over the weekend.

Other area businesses are being asked to be on the lookout for any additional counterfeit bills.

 

NEW DAY MINISTRIES IN POPLAR BLUFF TO HOST FEED AND SEED EVENT THIS WEEK

New Day Ministries will be hosting a feed and seed event this Thursday from 3 to 5 pm.

The event is first come, first serve, and packs will be limited to one per family. New Day Ministries is located at 703 Franklin Street in Poplar Bluff.

If you would like more information, contact Pastors Vernon and Nancy Wolverton at 573-718-4578.

 

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE ONGOING ON INTERSTATE 55 IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

Motorists in Pemiscot County should expect delays on Interstate 55 for the next month.

According to the Missouri Deaprtment of Transportation, North and Southbound I-55 in Pemiscot County is being reduced with a 14 foot width restriction as contractor crews perform bridge maintenance.

Work is being done from 6 am to 7 pm daily through Saturday, August 26th.

The work zone is located between Route 84 and the Route 412 interchange.

Monday July 24, 2017

MALFUNCTIONING SIREN DISTURBS NUMEROUS PEOPLE IN NORTHERN BUTLER COUNTY
Many people in the northern part of Poplar Bluff and Butler County were woken up early Sunday morning by a malfunctioning tornado siren.

The siren went off shortly after 1 am Saturday night and continued for around two hours.

Many area residents got onto Facebook to complain about the siren.

KWOC News spoke with Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs who says that the siren malfunctioned and had to be have its battery pulled. No information was released on what caused the malfunction or when the siren will be running like normal.

 

MARBLE HILL MAN KILLED IN BOLLINGER COUNTY WRECK
A Marble Hill man has died from injuries he received in a wreck early Friday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 52 year old Robert Spencer was driving on County Road 807 in Bollinger County at around 2:30 am Friday, when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree.

Spencer was pronounce dead at a Cape Girardeau hospital later Friday morning.

A passenger in the vehicle suffered serious injuries and was also taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

TWO FACING METH CHARGES FOLLOWING ARREST IN BUTLER COUNTY
Two people were arrested Friday afternoon in Butler County on a meth related charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, both 39 year old Jeffery Duncan, of Doniphan, and 35 year old Crystal Robinson, of Ellsinore, were taken into custody on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Both are also facing charges of possession of a controlled substance – marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following the arrest, both were held at the Butler County Jail.

 

ROUTE O TO BE CLOSED TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY
Route O in Butler County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The section Route O to be closed is located from Route 67 to Route W.

Work is scheduled to take place today and tomorrow from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm.

 

FUNDRAISER SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK TO BENEFIT WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN
A fundraiser has been scheduled for this week to benefit a World War Two veteran whose Poplar Bluff home was severely damaged in a storm earlier this year.

The fundraiser for Wilbur and Anna Schmitt will be held from 11 am to 1 pm Friday at Northside Nutrition Center in Poplar Bluff.

The Schmitt’s lost their previous home of two decades in a flood last year and only moved into this house in January. In late May, a tree fell on the home and caused significant damage.

In addition to the fundraiser, you can also make a donation at First Midwest Bank or online. A link to a Go Fund Me page that has been set up for the Schmitts is available on our website and Facebook page.

Link: www.gofundme.com/mr-and-mrs-schmitts-home.

 

SIX INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK NEAR ADVANCE
Six people were injured, including two young children, in a single vehicle wreck near Advance.

According to authorities, the wreck occurred Saturday morning on County Road 214 in Stoddard County.

A vehicle, driven by 57 year old Kathryn Howell, of Advance, reportedly lost control and overturned in a ditch.

Four adult passengers in the vehicle suffered minor injuries, while two child passengers received moderate injuries. All six were taken to area hospitals. No injuries were listed for the driver.

 

WOMAN ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT
A Dexter woman has been taken into custody in Stoddard County on a controlled substance warrant.

Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that 25 year old Ashley Wamble was recently arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Wamble’s bond was set at $35,000 cash.

 

STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED FOR PART OF THIS WEEK DUE TO PAVEMENT REPAIRS
Route F in Stoddard County will be closed for part of this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

Work is scheduled to take place today through Wednesday from 7 am to 4:30 pm daily.

MoDOT officials say that the work zone will be located from Route 60 to Route J and will be open to local traffic only.

Friday July 21, 2017

MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING HIS MOTHER IN POPLAR BLUFF

A man has been taken into custody in Poplar Bluff after allegedly assaulting his elderly mother.

Detective Joey Woodruff with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells KWOC News that the arrest occurred earlier this week.

JOEY WOODRUFF: 

On Wednesday evening about 5 pm, patrolman Akers made contact with an elderly female at her residence, who wished to report her son, later identified as 45 year old Terry Blackburn of Poplar Bluff, assaulting her. The victim told patrolman Akers Blackburn had arrived at her residence and was angry. Blackburn came into the residence, began knocking things off the walls and breaking things inside. Blackburn then choked the victim and spit in her face. When the victim attempted to call the police Blackburn got angry and grabbed the victim’s arms causing visible bruising and abrasions. Later in the evening patrolman Reed located Blackburn walking near the 1800 block of Broadway. Blackburn was placed under arrest without incident. Blackburn was booked for abuse of an elderly or disabled person and then lodged in the Butler County Justice Center.

 

LARGE CROWD GATHERS OUTSIDE HOME WHILE POLICE EXECUTE SEARCH WARRANT
Officers were reportedly taunted by individuals while executing a search warrant earlier this week in Steele.

Steele Chief of Police Billy Joe Stanfield says that the warrant was served at an area residence on Wednesday.

At the residence, officers made contact with 31 year old Thomas Chris Jones who had an active arrest warrant through Pemiscot County charging him with burglary 1st, assault 3rd, unlawful use of weapon, and unlawful use of a firearm.

During the search, officers seized suspected crack cocaine, ecstasy pills, marijuana, and methamphetamine.

A warrant has been issued on Jones charging him with trafficking drugs 2nd degree and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Stanfield says that during the execution of the search warrant a large crowd began to gather on the street and several individuals began taunting the police. Other law enforcement agencies then responded to assist the officers that were on scene.

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE SEARCHING FOR MAN ACCUSED OF DAMAGING PROPERTY AT TRAIN DEPOT
A man is being sought in connection to damage at a Poplar Bluff landmark.

Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tell KWOC News that police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who is accused of damaging property at the Poplar Bluff Historic Train Depot.

Pictures of the individual are available on the KWOC Facebook page.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Dan Mustain at 573-686-8632.

 

MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS INCARCERATION ON STATUTORY SODOMY CHARGE
A judge has sentenced a Stoddard County man on a sodomy charge.

Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver tells KWOC News that Christopher Noble, of Dexter, was found guilty of 1st degree statutory sodomy in early June.

Earlier this week, Noble was sentenced by Judge Scott Horman to 20 years incarceration.

 

AREA PARK RANGER ADVISING EVERYONE TO STAY SAFE DURING THE HEAT THIS WEEKEND
Many people will be looking to beat the heat this weekend at Lake Wappapello and Park Ranger Andrew Jefferson with the US Army Corps of Engineers wants to remind everyone to stay safe while doing so.

ANDREW JEFFERSON:

With the heat and humidity expected over the weekend, here are a few safety tips that you can do at Wappapello Lake. Number one we have three beaches, Redman Creek, People’s Creek, and Rockwood Point Beach. Also we have the visitor center. If you are getting too hot please come in and cool off, it doesn’t cost anything. The Visitor Center hours are Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Also while you are at the Lake this Saturday, stop by the Visitor Center and check out a couple of programs that are going to be taking place. The programs will start at 11 a.m. and also at 1:30 p.m. They will be bringing out a few small animals to show what they have available there, this program does not cost anything, it is free to attend. It will take place at the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center which is located at the South End of the dam at 11 a.m. and also at 1:30 p.m. The programs normally lasts about an hour. And as we always close out throughout all of our safety messages, life jackets worn, nobody mourns.

 

TWO MONTH LONG BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT BEGINNING TODAY IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
Route U in New Madrid County will be closed over the next two months so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform a bridge replacement.

The section of roadway to be closed is located from County Road 725 to County Road 731.

Weather permitting, work will begin today, with the road re-opening on Friday, September 22nd.

Thursday July 20, 2017

MULTIPLE COOLING CENTERS AVAILABLE IN BUTLER COUNTY

Anyone looking for relief from the heat wave scorching Southeast Missouri can visit any of the multiple cooling centers available in Butler County.

Cooling centers have been established in Poplar Bluff at the Butler County Health Department, Northside Nutrition Center, and Poplar Bluff Public Library.

Cooling Centers are also available at the Fisk Community Library and the Qulin Senior Center.

A list of more cooling centers that have been opened is available on our website.

PB Public Library
318 North Main Street
Poplar Bluff, MO

Northside Nutrition Center
506 Hazel St.
Poplar Bluff, MO

Butler County Health Department
1619 North Main
Poplar Bluff, MO

Fisk Community Library
508 Garfield
Fisk, MO

Williamsville Senior Center
Route 1 Highway 49
Williamsville, MO

Qulin Senior Center
485 D Street
Qulin, MO

Naylor Nutrition Center
118 E. Broad Street
Naylor, MO

Naylor Library
310 Broad Street
Naylor, MO

Puxico Public Library
201 North Hickman Street
Puxico, MO

Puxico Oaks Senior Center
336 North Harty Street
Puxico, MO

Ellsinore Senior Center
20 Nobel Avenue
Ellsinore, MO

Campbell Senior Center
110 S. Ash
Campbell, MO

 

FEMA DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER OPENING TODAY IN WAYNE COUNTY

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is opening today in Wayne County.

The recovery center at the Greenville City Hall will offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 35 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration.

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.

The center will be open from 9 am to 7 pm today and tomorrow as well as next Monday and Tuesday. The center will also be open Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm.

The center will close permanently at 7 pm on Tuesday, July 25th.

 

ROUTE O TO BE CLOSED TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY

Route O in Butler County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The section Route O to be closed is located from Route 67 to Route W.

Work is scheduled to take place today from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm.

 

METHAMPHETAMINE AND OVER $7,000 IN CASH FOUND DURING TRAFFIC STOP IN CLAY COUNTY

Three people are facing charges following a traffic stop Wednesday in Northeast Arkansas.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller tells KWOC News that deputies with the Clay County Sheriff’s Department along with officers from the Piggott Police Department conducted the stop on a vehicle driven by Donald Grider.

Officers conducted a probation search of the vehicle and located approximately 3 ounces of suspected methamphetamine and over $7000 in cash.

Miller says that Grider attempted to flee the scene on foot before being apprehended.

Grider, along with two passengers identified as Macey Crowder and Bradley Moore, are facing charges of possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver.

Grider is also facing additional charges of fleeing and resisting arrest.

 

CARTER COUNTY AWARDED GRANT FOR DECONTAMINATING RECORDS DAMAGED DURING FLOOD

Carter County has been awarded a grant to help preserve records damaged during this year’s flooding.

Yesterday, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s Local Records Division announced a grant for Carter County worth up to $100,000 to freeze dry and decontaminate records and documents submerged during the flash flood in the Van Buren courthouse in May.

In May, the Missouri State Archives and the Local Records Division spent approximately 420 hours on-site, assessing and air drying records officials needed to resume business immediately after the flood.

 

FEDERAL ASSISTANCE DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 14TH

The deadline for Missouri disaster survivors to register for federal assistance has been extended to Aug. 14th.

FEMA disaster grants are available to homeowners and renters in the 35 designated counties including Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Pemiscot, Ripley, and Wayne.

Homeowners, renters or business owners, must register with FEMA to determine if they are eligible for federal assistance.

For more information, call 800-621-3362 between 6 am and 10 pm or go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.

Disaster assistance for individuals may include grants to help homeowners and renters with temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement, and serious disaster-related needs.

FEMA granted the extension at the request of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, citing a continued flow of new applications for federal assistance in the wake of the severe storms and flooding between April 28th and May 11th.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has also extended its deadline to August 14th to apply for low-interest disaster loans.

 

PIPE REPLACEMENT TO CAUSE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF ROUTE CC IN BUTLER COUNTY

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing a portion of Route CC in Butler County today to perform a pipe replacement.

MoDOT officials tell KWOC News that Route CC will be closed between County Road 675 and County Road 686 today from 7:30 am to 4 pm.

Wednesday July 19, 2017

WEATHER OFFICIALS SAY HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING

Anyone planning to be outside over the next few days is being advised to take precautions for the high temperatures that will be hitting Southeast Missouri.

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Rick Shanklin with the National Weather Service says that heat indexes could top out at around 105 degrees. 

RICK SHANKLIN: 

An excessive heat watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected, in which a dangerous situation of heat illnesses is possible. For a warning on the other hand, heat illnesses are not just possible but are likely for those who have prolonged exposure to the heat and humidity, whether outdoors or in an air-conditioned home or other place. For our region we expect heat indices to peek around 105 degrees each afternoon through Sunday, as high temperatures reach the mid-nineties combined with the high humidity. One key factor in heat exposure is the duration, therefore given this extended bout of heat and humidity, it’s especially important to follow these precautions: drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room when possible, and reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening whenever you can. Otherwise if outdoors, stay out of the Sun as much as possible and take frequent breaks in the shade or air conditioning and check up on relatives and neighbors. It’s also vital that children or pets never be left in cars even for a few minutes. Remember, look before you lock.  

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory that will go into effect at noon today and continue through 7 pm on Sunday.

 

DWI SATURATION OPERATIONS SCHEDULED FOR SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol say that multiple DWI enforcement operations have been scheduled for the near future in Southeast Missouri.

Captain Jeffrey Vitale tells KWOC News that Troop E officers will be conducting three driving while intoxicated saturation enforcement operations in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies.

Vitale says that these operations enhance their efforts in removing impaired drivers from the highways.

 

PIPE CLOSURE TO CAUSE CLOSURE OF BUTLER COUNTY ROAD TODAY

Route H in Butler County will be temporarily closed today so crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation can perform a pipe replacement.

The section of roadway to be closed is located between County Road 255 and County Road 260.

Work is scheduled to be performed from 7:30 am to 4 pm.

 

ATHLETE PHYSICALS SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW IN POPLAR BLUFF

Poplar Bluff High School and Junior High student athletes can get a free physical done Thursday at the High School.

Physicals will be conducted beginning at 5:30 pm on Thursday, July 20th for athletes in the 7th and 8th grades, beginning at 6:30 for 9th and 10th grades, and beginning at 7:30 for 11th and 12th grades.

Poplar Bluff Athletic Director Kent Keith tells KWOC News that the MSHSAA Dead Period for Sports and Activities will be Saturday, July 22nd through Sunday, July 30th.

The first day of practice for High School Fall Sports is Monday, July 31st and the first day of practice for Junior High Fall Sports is Monday, August 14th.

 

ONE TEEN KILLED, ANOTHER SERIOUSLY INJURED, IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN IRON COUNTY

One teenager has died, while another has serious injuries, following a single vehicle wreck in Iron County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 16 year old male from Lesterville was driving on Route K, near Annapolis, Monday night when his vehicle ran off the side of the road, struck a tree, and overturned.

A passenger in the vehicle, 18 year old Dawson Danback, of Annapolis, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver suffered serious injuries and was flown to a St. Louis hospital.

 

MAINTANCE UNDERWAY ON DUNKLIN COUNTY BIDGE

Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation say that maintenance is underway on a bridge in Dunklin County.

Route A in Dunklin County is being reduced to one lane between County Roads 525 and 526 for the maintenance.

Work will continue from 8 am to 3 pm both today and tomorrow.

 

GAS LEAK CAUSED BRIDGE IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS TO BE CLOSED YESTERDAY

A bridge on Highway 67 in Pocahontas was temporarily closed yesterday due to a natural gas leak.

The bridge was closed at approximately 5 pm after a construction crew struck a gas line in the area.

According to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, the bridge was reopened later Tuesday evening.

 

BRIDGE REPAIRS TO CAUSE DELAYS ON HIGHWAY 80 IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

Route 80 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge repairs.

MoDOT officials say that the bridge is located over I-55 at Exit 58.

Work is set to be performed today from 7 am to 3 pm.

Tuesday July 18, 2017

DANGEROUS HEAT WAVE POSSIBLE BEGINNING TOMORROW

Weather officials are warning that Southeast Missouri could experience a dangerous heat wave beginning on Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service, an excessive heat watch is set to go in to effect Wednesday afternoon and continue through Sunday afternoon for much of Southeast Missouri.

Weather officials say that temperatures and humidity could rise to dangerously high levels for the area, with heat indices reaching the 100 to 105 degree range.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Everyone is advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

 

NAME RELEASED OF MAN ARRESTED IN KENNETT MURDER

Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, authorities have released the name of the man arrested in connection to the death of a Kennett teenager.

According to authorities, 19 year old Andre Oliver, of Kennett, has been taken into custody on charges of 2nd degree murder, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of weapon.

The charges stem from the death of 19 year old Akeem Nelson, of Kennett, last week.

 

BUTLER COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT

A Butler County road will be closed today for a pipe replacement.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route HH in Butler County will be closed today between County Roads 350 and 244 for the project.

Work is scheduled to be performed from 7:30 am to 4 pm today.

 

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO ARREST OF POPLAR BLUFF MAN ON FELONY MARIJUANA CHARGE

A traffic stop Saturday night in Poplar Bluff resulted in the arrest of an area man on felony marijuana charge.

 

KWOC News spoke with Poplar Bluff Police Detective Joey Woodruff about the arrest. 

JOEY WOODRUFF: 

On Saturday night about 9 pm, Patrolman Lemonds conducted a traffic stop in the 2500 Block of North Main Street. 

Upon making contact with the driver, who was identified as 20 year old Martrez Carter, of Poplar Bluff, Patrolman Lemonds could smell the odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle. 

Lemonds conducted a search of the vehicle and located two baggies containing approximately 46 grams of suspected marijuana. 

Carter was placed under arrest and later lodged in the Butler County Justice Center on the charge of felony possession of marijuana.

 

TWO FLOWN TO SPRINGFIELD HOSPITAL FOLLOWING WRECK IN SHANNON COUNTY

Two women have been flown to a Springfield hospital following a wreck Monday morning in Shannon County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred at around 6:30 am Monday near Mountain View.

A vehicle, driven by 28 year old Tara Washburn, of Van Buren, ran off the side of Old Highway 60, struck a culvert and overturned.

Both Washburn and a passenger in the vehicle suffered serious injuries in the wreck.

 

NEELYVILLE TO RECEIVE NEARLY $5,900 FOR WASTEWATER COLLECTION AND TREATMENT SYSTEM

The city of Neelyville will be receiving nearly $5,900 in emergency funding from the Delta Regional Authority.

Officials with the Delta Regional Authority tell KWOC News that emergency funding is to restore the city’s municipal wastewater collection and treatment system.

Neelyville’s wastewater collection and treatment system is 30-years-old, and collects and processes waste from 161 homes and businesses in the city.

Storm water overflow and infiltration regularly overload the city’s system and contribute to sewer overflows that expose the public to e.coli and other harmful bacteria. The DRA funding will allow the city to purchase and install three pumps to ensure continuous operation of the system.

 

BRIDGE REPAIRS TO CAUSE DELAYS TODAY IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

Route 61 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane with a 10-foot width restriction today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge repairs.

The section of Route 61 to be reduced is located between County Road 502 and East Outer Road 55.

Work is set to be done from 7 am to 4 pm today.