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.