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.

Monday July 17, 2017

TWO SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS TO BEGIN TODAY IN POPLAR BLUFF
Poplar Bluff motorists should be prepared for delays beginning today as two sidewalk improvement projects are scheduled to begin.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, both Business 60 and Business 67 will be reduced to one lane through mid September so contractor crews can perform the improvements.

Business 60 will be reduced between Business 67 and B Street, while Business 67 will be reduced between Pine Street and Route 53.

Work on both projects is scheduled to be performed from 6 am to 7 pm daily through September 18th.

 

ONE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO KENNETT HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION
Authorities in Kennett have arrested a man in connection to the death of a local teenager.

Officials with the Kennett Police Department tell KWOC News, that at around 11:30 pm Friday night, an officer was flagged down by a citizen who told the officer that there was a deceased person on his couch.

The officer found the victim, who was later identified as 19 year old Akeem Nelson of Kennett.

Officials say that a 19 year old man has been taken into custody on charges of 2nd degree murder, armed criminal action, and tampering with physical evidence. The identity of the man arrested has not been released.

This incident is still under investigation by the Kennett Police Department and the Dunklin County Major Case Squad, however officials say that no other arrests are expected to be made.

 

JACKSON POLICE SEARCHING FOR MISSING PERSON
The Jackson Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a missing person.

According to the Jackson PD, 56 year old David Lee Bolen was last seen on June 21st at his residence.

Bolen is driving a white, 2004 Ford Ranger, extended cab, with Missouri License Plates 8PY-566. The vehicle has black spray painted wheels.

Officials say that Bolen is known to frequent the Wappapello Lake, Clearwater, and Piedmont areas.

Anyone with information on Bolen’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department 573-243-3151 or your local law enforcement authorities.

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

 

WAYNE AND IRON COUNTIES ADDED TO DISASTER DECLERATION
The federal disaster declaration has been expanded to two additional counties in Southeast Missouri.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens says that FEMA has approved his request to expand assistance to eligible homeowners, renters and businesses in nine counties, including Iron and Wayne County.

Homeowners and renters who sustained damage or losses due to the flooding and severe storms can register for disaster assistance by calling FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or by going online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

The FEMA Deadline to apply for assistance is August 1st.

 

TWO JAMAICA RESIDENTS KILLED IN NEW MADRID COUNTY WRECK
Two Jamaica residents were killed in a single vehicle wreck this past weekend in Southeast Missouri.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred Saturday afternoon on Interstate 55 in New Madrid County.

A van, driven by 30 year old Mauricio Lopez, of Arcadia, Florida, had a tire blow out, causing the van to run off the side of the road and overturn.

One of the passengers, 56 year old Vanzola Warren, of Maggotty, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, was pronounced dead and taken to the New Madrid County Morgue. Another passenger, 48 year old Pansy Green-Whyte, also of Maggotty, was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Lopez suffered serious injuries and three other passengers received moderate injuries in the wreck.

 

PIEDMONT MAN FACING FELONY METH CHARGE
A Piedmont man is facing a felony meth charge following his arrest on Friday.

According to the Highway Patrol, 60 year old Joseph Louis was taken into custody in Wayne County on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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

 

BOAT SINKS IN CLEARWATER LAKE
Officials say that no one was injured when a boat caught fire and sank over the weekend in Clearwater Lake.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the incident occurred at around noon on Sunday near Webb Creek Marina.

The runabout boat caught fire after its engine backfired, and then sank while an attempt was made to tow it back to the marina.

 

ROUTE 53 IN BUTLER COUNTY TO BE REDUCED TODAY
Route 53 in Butler County will be reduced today so Missouri Department of Transportation can crews perform a pipe replacement.

The section of Route 53 to be reduced is located between Prenzel Road and County Road 612.

Work is scheduled to be performed from 8 am to 4 pm.

Friday, July 14, 2017

 

 

 

 

NEW MEXICO MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE WRECK IN PARAGOULD AREA

 
A New Mexico man has died from injuries he received in a wreck Thursday morning in Paragould.

According to the Arkansas State Police, 60 year old Gerard Guziel, of Edgewood, New Mexico, was driving a motorcycle on US Highway 49 when a vehicle turned into his path, causing his motorcycle to collide with the passenger side of the vehicle.

Officials say that Guziel was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 
AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING SHOOTING IN CHARLESTON

 
A man was found dead Thursday afternoon in Charleston.

According to authorities, 78 year old Joe Anderson, of Charleston, had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene in Whipple Park.

The death is under investigation and anybody who has information about the incident is being asked to contact the Charleston Department of Public Safety at 573-683-3737.

 

 
MISSING WOMAN LOCATED IN MINER

 
Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, a missing East Prairie woman has been found safe.

According to authorities, 72 year old Virgie Thomure was found in Miner.

An Endangered Silver Advisory was issued for Thomure after she told her sister that she was going to Paducah on July 4th, but never arrived.

 

 
EVENT IN KENNETT RAISES OVER $2,000 FOR LOCAL CHARITIES

 
An event held earlier this week in Kennett has raised over $2,000 for local charities.

Officials with the Kennett Police Department tell KWOC News that the 4th annual community charity dodgeball game was held Tuesday night at the Kennett High School Gymnasium.

A total of $2,130.50 was raised during the event, which will be split between local charities such as the Special Olympic groups,
Leonard and Virgie’s Place, and Hope International.

 

 
CITY OF POPLAR BLUFF SEEKING SEALED BIDS FOR WORKSHOP/STORAGE BUILDING

 
The city of Poplar Bluff is seeking sealed bids for a workshop and storage building.

According to Poplar Bluff City Clerk Pamela Kearbey, the shed may be viewed at 2455 Roxie Road.

All bids should be sealed and delivered to the office of the City Clerk on or before 2 pm on Wednesday, July 26th. The envelope should be clearly marked “Bid on 30’ x 50’ Storage Building”.

Anyone with questions about the building can contact the Poplar Bluff City Hall at 573-785-7474.

 

 
DUNKLIN COUNTY ROAD CLOSED EARLY NEXT WEEK

 
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing a Dunklin County road early next week.

According to MoDOT, Route 164 in Dunklin County will be closed from Route N to County Road 612 so crews can replace a pipe beneath the roadway.

Weather permitting, work will take place Monday and Tuesday, from 7 am to 4 pm each day.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELEASED ABOUT SHOOTING INVOLVING BUTLER COUNTY DEPUTY

 
We are continuing to follow a story for you out of Butler County about a shooting involving a sheriff’s deputy.

Butler County Coroner Andy Moore tells KWOC News that an autopsy has been conducted on the man killed during the incident.

“On Tuesday night at approximately 7:30, the Butler County Coroner’s Office was dispatched to a possible police involved shooting off of NN Highway in Butler County. Upon arriving at the scene on Rice Road, I pronounced Mr. Steven Scott, 48, of Poplar Bluff deceased. On Wednesday morning an autopsy was conducted and it was confirmed that Mr. Scott died as a result from gunshot wounds sustained in the incident.”

KWOC News spoke with Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs who said that the deputy had been called out to a home on Rice Road for a domestic situation.

Scott parked his vehicle behind the deputy’s cruiser. The deputy attempted to deescalate the situation, however Scott allegedly pulled out a gun. The deputy then began firing his weapon.

The incident is under investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave.

 

 
ENDANGERED SILVER ADVISORY ISSUED FOR EAST PRAIRIE WOMAN

 
An Endangered Silver Advisory has been issued for a missing East Prairie woman.

The Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office issued the advisory for 72 year old Virgie Thomure.

On July 4th, Thomure told her sister that she was going to Paducah. She is known to frequent Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, but never arrived.

Thomure is described as a white female, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 106 pounds, with brown or silver hair and brown eyes.

She reportedly has dementia and Alzheimer’s and could be in a Gray or Silver 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis bearing a Missouri license plate of WH3 F7B.

Anyone with information on Thomure’s whereabouts is asked to immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office at 573-683-2111.

 

 
HEAT INDEX VALUES COULD REACH 105 DEGREES THIS AFTERNOON

 
Officials with the National Weather Service say that Southeast Missouri is in for another hot day today.

According to the NWS, highs from 89 to 94 degrees, combined with relative humidity values near 50 percent will produce widespread heat index values above 100 degrees this afternoon.

An increase in cloud cover and a chance of showers and thunderstorms is expected throughout the day, which may briefly reduce heat index values in some areas.

Everyone is asked to keep an eye on those especially susceptible to the summer heat, including young children, persons with serious health issues, and pets. Do not leave children or pets in a hot car with closed windows in this heat.

 

 
VAN BUREN TEENAGER ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGES

 
A Van Buren teenager has been taken into custody in Butler County on a felony controlled substance charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 19 year old Krystal Freeze was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – prescription pills.

Freeze is also facing charges of possession of a controlled substance – marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following the arrest, she was held at the Butler County Jail.

 

 
SMALL NONFARM BUSINESSES IN MULTIPLE SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND NORTHEAST ARKANSAS COUNTIES NOW ELIGIBLE FOR DISASTER LOANS

 
Small nonfarm businesses in 52 Missouri counties and as well as some neighboring counties in Arkansas are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by rainfall and flooding that occurred from April 24th through May 11th.

The counties involved include Butler, Carter, Dunklin, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ripley, Stoddard, and Wayne in Southeast Missouri and Clay, Greene, and Randolph Counties in Northeast Arkansas among many others.

The deadline to apply is March 6th, 2018.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, contact the SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.

 

 
TWO SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK IN POPLAR BLUFF

 
Poplar Bluff motorists should be prepared for delays beginning on Monday as two sidewalk improvement projects are scheduled to begin.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, both Business 67 and Business 60 will be reduced to one lane through mid September so contractor crews can perform the improvements.

Business 67 will be reduced between Pine Street and Route 53, while Business 60 will be reduced between Business 67 and B Street.

Work is scheduled to be performed from 6 am to 7 pm daily through September 18th.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

 

 

 

NAME RELEASED OF MAN KILLED IN SHOOTING INVOLVING BUTLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY

 
Updating a story we brought to you this morning, the name has been released of a man killed in a shooting incident Tuesday evening that involved a Butler County Sheriff’s Deputy.

The man has been identified as 48 year old Steve Scott, of Poplar Bluff.

Few details about the incident have been released, however Butler County Coroner Andy Moore tells KWOC News that he was dispatched to an officer involved shooting off of Highway NN in Butler County.

The deputy had been called out to a domestic disturbance and the suspect was reportedly armed when the deputy arrived.

We will continue following this story and bring you updates as they become available.

 

 
TEENAGER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK NEAR KENNETT

 
A teenager has suffered serious injuries in connection to a wreck near Kennett Tuesday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 19 year old Breane VanVickle, of Whiteoak, Missouri, was driving on Missouri Highway 25 in Dunklin County when she struck the rear of a freightliner that was attempting to make a left turn.

VanVickle was seriously injured and taken to a Memphis hospital. No injuries were listed for the driver of the freightliner.

 

 
HEAT INDEX VALUES TO GET OVER 100 DEGREES TODAY ACROSS SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 
Higher temperatures are hitting Southeast Missouri this week, and weather officials are warning that heat index values could top out at over 100 degrees today.

According to the National Weather Service, heat index values rose into the mid 90s on Tuesday and are expected to be more oppressive this afternoon, with heat index values ranging from 100 to 103 degrees across the area.

Weather officials say that the heat and humidity is expected to return again on Thursday, but increased chances for rain and cloud cover may help lower heat index values somewhat Thursday afternoon.

If you have to be outside today, keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and take frequent breaks in the shade or an air-conditioned shelter.

 

 
DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND NONPROFITS TO REQUEST FEMA ASSISTANCE WITH INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIRS AND EXPENSES

 
The deadline is quickly approaching for local governments and nonprofit agencies in 46 Missouri counties affected by the spring flooding to file their requests for federal assistance with repairs to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, and emergency response costs.

According to the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, Requests for Public Assistance must first be received by SEMA, processed, and then submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency by July 14th.

More than 220 county and local governments; school, sewer and road districts; and nonprofit agencies have filed Requests for Public Assistance, which are a requirement to receive FEMA assistance.

Potential applicants with questions should call SEMA’s Public Assistance Program at 573-526-9234 as soon as possible.

 

 
SIKESTON WOMAN WINS $100,000 FROM SCRATCHERS TICKET

 
A clerk’s suggestion resulted in a $100,000 lottery win for a Sikeston woman.

42 year old Lauren Poole, won the prize from a scratchers ticket she purchased on June 17th. Poole says that a clerk at the store talked her into spending a little more on the $10 ‘$1,000 Frenzy’ ticket.

She later scratched off the ticket while on a trip to Colorado and found out she had won $100,000.

She plans on using her winnings to purchase a car and invest.

 

 
PAVEMENT REPAIR PROJECT UNDERWAY IN RIPLEY COUNTY

 
Route DD in Ripley County will be closed through next Thursday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

Officials say the section of roadway being closed is located from Route P to the end of state maintenance. During the repairs, the work zone will be open to local traffic only.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 7 am to 4 pm daily through Thursday, July 20th.

 

 
BRIDGE MAINTENANCE TO CAUSE DELAYS FOR RIPLEY COUNTY MOTORISTS

 
Route H in Ripley County is being reduced to one lane through next Tuesday so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge maintenance.

The work zone is at the bridge over Ditch #2, which is located between County Roads H-6 and H-7.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 8 am to 2:30 pm daily through Tuesday, July 18th.

 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

 

 

 

 

MAN ARRESTED IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI ON ATF AND US MARSHAL’S SERVICE WARRANTS

 

 

An Arkansas man was taken into custody Monday afternoon on multiple felony warrants.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 55 year old Glen Yandell, of Knobel, Arkansas, was arrested shortly after 4 pm in Ripley County on a felony warrant from the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Yandell also had a felony warrant from the US Marshal’s Service for a weapons offense.

Following the arrest, he was held at the Butler County Jail.

 

 

 

SIKESTON MAN CONVICTED OF ASSAULT AND ARMED CRIMINAL ACTION CHARGES IN CONNECTION TO 2016 SHOOTING

 
A Sikeston man has been convicted of multiple charges in connection to a February 2016 shooting.

Sergeant Jon Broom with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells KWOC News that 31 year old Chester Miguel Brown has been found guilty of the charges of assault 2nd, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm, and tampering with evidence.

Brown’s sentencing was scheduled for September.

Broom says that the conviction stems from the shooting of David Trice Jr. on February 10th, 2016. Trice was shot 5 times during the incident and spent 6 weeks in ICU.

 

 
2017 MULES BASKETBALL CAMP TO BEGIN TOMORROW AT POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL

 
The 2017 Mules Basketball Camp is scheduled to begin tomorrow at the Poplar Bluff High School.

The camp is for students in 1st through 8th grade and will run from 11 am to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The cost is $25 per camper and $20 for additional campers from the same family.

Attendees will be instructed in the drills and fundamentals that have made Mules Basketball a successful program, will special emphasis on shooting fundamentals. Time will also be devoted to game competitions and scrimmages.

For more information, contact William Durden at 785-6471 extension 205.

 

 
STATE OFFICIALS SEEKING PUBLIC’S INPUT FOR OAK RIDGE CONSERVATION AREA

 
State officials are asking for the public’s input about a conservation area in Stoddard County.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is in the multi-year process of updating Conservation Area Management Plans, and is seeking input on how the Oak Ridge Conservation Area is important to area residents.

The MDC is inviting comments from recreational users, neighboring landowners, conservation groups, elected officials, and any other interested persons or groups.

If you would like to make a comment or view the plan, go to www.mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

The management plan is open for public review until July 31st.

 

 
FIVE ARRESTED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS FOR CRYSTAL METH

 
Five people have been taken into custody in Northeast Arkansas for crystal meth.

Greene County Sheriff David Carter tells KWOC News that Larry Waters, Danny Peyton, Brandy Gilbee, Nicholas Harmon, and Jonathan Dees were all recently arrested for possession of crystal methamphetamine.

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

 

 
MODOT TO CLOSE STODDARD COUNTY ROAD FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

 
Route F in Stoddard County will be closed beginning today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

Officials say that the section of roadway to be closed is located from Route 60 to Route J.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Thursday, July 20th from 6:30 am to 4:30 pm, daily. During the project, the work zone will be open to local traffic only.

 

 
PAVEMENT REPAIRS SET TO BEGIN TODAY ON ROUTE P IN RIPLEY COUNTY

 
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Ripley County beginning today to perform pavement repairs on Route P.

Work is scheduled to take place today through Thursday, July 20th from 7 am to 4 pm each day.

During the repairs, Route P will be closed, except for local traffic, from Route 142 to the state line.

 

 
BRIDGE REPAIRS TO CAUSE DELAYS THIS WEEK IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 
Route M in New Madrid County will be reduced with a 10-foot width restriction today and tomorrow as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge repairs.

The work zone will be located from Route 61 to the I-55 east outer road.

Work is scheduled for 7 am to 4 pm both today and tomorrow.

Monday, July 10, 2017

 

 

 

 

AREA MAN TO BE SENTENCED IN AUGUST FOLLOWING GUILTY PLEA ON MURDER CHARGE

 
A sentencing hearing has been set for next month after a Poplar Bluff man entered a guilty plea on a murder charge.

According to Missouri Case Net, William Pickard pleaded guilty last week to felony charges of murder 2nd degree, assault 1st degree, and armed criminal action.

Pickard was arrested in August of 2015 in connection to the death of Joshua Sharar in Bollinger County.

Pickard’s sentencing was scheduled for August 3rd.

 

 
SIKESTON TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

 
A Sikeston teenager was seriously injured Saturday afternoon in a single vehicle wreck in New Madrid County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the 16 year old male was travelling on US 61 near New Madrid when his vehicle ran off the side of the road, struck an embankment, and overturned.

The teen suffered serious injuries in the wreck and was taken to an area hospital.

 

 
UNKNOWN AMOUNT OF DIESEL DISCHARGED FROM SUNKEN BOAT IN MISSISSIPPI RIVER

 
An unknown amount of diesel was discharged over the weekend from a sunken vessel in the Mississippi River.

Officials with the United States Coast Guard tell KWOC News that authorities were notified early Sunday morning of the towing vessel Eric Haney sinking on bank of the Upper Mississippi River near Cairo, Illinois.

There were nine people aboard the towing vessel who evacuated the ship before it sank with no reports of injuries.

An unknown amount of diesel was discharged from the vessel, which officials say has been contained with containment boom and divers have successfully secured the source of the diesel fuel discharge. Water and shoreline assessments have been conducted and crews observed no further signs of pollution.

Officials say the cause of the incident is under investigation.

 

 
TWO ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON METH CHARGE

 
Two women were arrested Friday night in Butler County on a meth charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30 year old Kristy Scott and 27 year old Stephanie Carson, both of Poplar Bluff, were each taken into custody on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Both women are also facing a charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following their arrest, the women were transported to the Butler County Jail.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON FLEEING CHARGE

 
A Poplar Bluff man was taken into custody Saturday on a fleeing charge.

According to authorities, 43 year old Bryan Jackson was arrested shortly after 4 pm Saturday afternoon on charges including resisting arrest by fleeing, driving while intoxicated, and driving while revoked.

Following the arrest, Jackson was held at the Butler County Jail.

 

 
DEPLOYMENT CEREMONY HELD IN KENNETT FOR 1137TH MILITARY POLICE COMPANY

 
Friends, families, supporters and veterans were all in attendance for a deployment ceremony held Sunday in Kennett.

The ceremony at the Kennett High School was for the 1137th Military Police Company, who will be deploying to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

 

 
RIPLEY COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

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

According to officials, the section Route C to be closed is located between Route 160 and County Road C-5.

Work is scheduled to be done from 7 am to 4 pm today and the work zone will be open to local traffic only.

Friday, July 7, 2017

 

 

 

 

MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOLLOWING FATAL WRECK IN DUNKLIN COUNTY

 
Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, a man has been taken into custody following a fatal wreck earlier this week in Dunklin County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 55 year old Benny Johnson, of Milan, Tennessee has been arrested on felony charges of driving while intoxicated causing the death of two or more persons, leaving the scene of an accident, and three counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Johnson was driving a vehicle Tuesday night that allegedly struck a vehicle that was parked on the shoulder of Route MM in Dunklin County. Johnson’s vehicle also struck two people standing outside the parked vehicle.

The two people standing outside the vehicle, as well as one person that was inside the parked vehicle, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Following the arrest, Johnson was held at the Dunklin County Jail.

 

 
CARUTHERSVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON RAPE WARRANT

 
A Caruthersville man was taken into custody earlier this week on a rape warrant.

According to the Caruthersville Police Department, 21 year old Stacy Thompson was arrested Wednesday on a Pemiscot County warrant for the charge of rape 2nd degree.

Thompson was held at the Pemiscot County Justice Center on a $150,000 bond.

 

 
DEXTER GRILLE IT UP SET FOR THIS WEEKEND

 
Multiple attractions are scheduled for this weekend as a part of the Dexter Grille It Up event.

Officials tell us that the event will be held from 8 am to 3:30 pm Saturday at the Dexter East Park.

There will be a car show, mud volleyball tournament, cook off, rodeo, as well as the Raider Run, Walk, and Wag 5k.

There will also be food, a beauty pageant, helicopter rides, and live music, along with other attractions.

 

 
MISSOURI STATE TREASURER SAYS MISSOURI TAXES WILL BE CUT NEXT YEAR

 
The Missouri State Treasurer has announced that the state’s income taxes will be cut next year.

According to State Treasurer Eric Schmitt, Missouri’s highest income tax rate will fall from 6 percent to 5.9 percent for 2018 tax filings. Small business owners will also be able to deduct five percent of business income from their individual filings.

Schmitt says that the tax cuts were triggered by state revenue growth and will be the first income tax rate reduction for Missouri taxpayers in nearly 100 years.

 

 
ENTRIES BEING ACCEPTED FOR 9TH ANNUAL MULE SKINNER GOLF TOURNAMENT

 
The date has been set for the 9th Annual Mule Skinner Golf Tournament.

The 4 person scramble tournament will be held on Friday, August 4th at the Westwood Hills Country Club. Organizers say the entry fee is $500 per team, which includes a cart and lunch. Hole sponsorships are also available for $100 per hole.

All proceeds will go to benefit the Poplar Bluff Mules athletics programs.

A banquet and auction will be held following the tournament. For more information, contact the Poplar Bluff Mules Booster Club at 573-718-6480.

 

 
2ND ANNUAL WAPPAPELLO WOODLANDS EXPO TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY

 
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake are preparing for the 2nd Annual Wappapello Woodlands Expo.

The event is scheduled for 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday at the Redman Creek Recreation Area.

The free event will feature multiple timber sport events, games for children, craft booths, and vendors.

 

 
OVER TEN MILLION DOLLARS IN GRANT PAYMENTS MADE IN RESPONS TO FLOODING AND STORMS

 
Over 10 million dollars in grant money has been approved in response to the flooding and storms that hit Missouri earlier this year.

The Missouri disaster recovery team reported yesterday that more than $66 million in payments to disaster survivors is helping fuel the state’s recovery effort.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has made more than $10.2 million in grant payments for emergency home repairs, rental assistance, the replacement of essential personal property and other eligible expenses to 1,588 disaster survivors.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved approximately $9.1 million in low-interest disaster loans to more than 140 homeowners, renters and businesses.

The National Flood Insurance Program has made payments totaling just under $47 million to 931 Missouri policyholders. The NFIP continues to process more than 350 additional claims.

Both the state and FEMA have emphasized the importance of homeowners and renters quickly applying for assistance, since the deadline for FEMA and SBA assistance is August 1st.