Thursday August 31, 2017

FORMER POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT PASSES AWAY
A former president of the Poplar Bluff School Board has passed away.

Dale Gaebler died Tuesday at his residence at the age of 78. Gaebler served for nine years in the Missouri Army National Guard and 15 years on the Poplar Bluff School Board.

He had also worked as Transportation Director for the Poplar Bluff R-1 School District as well as being in charge of the Poplar Bluff Mules Football Chain Gang

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 pm tonight at Cotrell Funeral Chapel in Poplar Bluff, with the funeral service scheduled for 10 am on Friday.

Poplar Bluff Athletic Director Kent Keith tells us that they plan on honoring Gaebler before the Football game against St. Charles Friday night.

 

MAN FLOWN TO MEMPHIS HOSPITAL FOLLOWING WRECK INVOLVING A GARBAGE TRUCK
An Arkansas man has been flown to an area hospital following a wreck Wednesday morning in Pemiscot County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 34 year old Bobby Sipes, of Paragould, crashed into the back of a garbage truck on Highway F, near Holland. The wreck occurred shortly before 6 am.

Sipes was seriously injured in the wreck and flown to a Memphis hospital.

 

PEOPLES CREEK LOWER CAMPGROUND TO BE OPEN INTO NOVEMBER
Officials at Lake Wappapello say that camping season will continue into November this year.

According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Peoples Creek Lower Campground will remain open until the week of Thanksgiving.

The last day to make a reservation is November 20th with the 21st being the actual closure day. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 1-877-444-6777 or visit recreation.gov.

 

MARION TIBBS TO STEP DOWN TODAY AS BUTLER COUNTY ASSESSOR
Butler County Assessor Marion Tibbs has announced his retirement.

In a post on his Facebook page, Tibbs says that today is his last day as assessor and it has been a great privilege to serve.

He added that he tried to leave the office better than when he started and he wishes incoming assessor Chris Rickman the best.

Rickman is set to take over the post on Tuesday.

 

BETTER BUSINESS BUREARU WARNING CONSUMERS TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS BEFORE DONATING TO HARVEY RELIEF
Consumers are being warned to be on the lookout for fraudulent charities and crowdfunding campaigns that are claiming to be for flooding relief in Texas.

The Better Business Bureau has released some tips to help consumers on evaluating if a charity is legitimate.

The BBB says you should rely on respected experts to evaluate a charity. Be cautious when relying on third-party recommendations such as bloggers or social media personalities, because they may not have fully researched the listed relief organizations.

Find out if the charity is providing direct aid or raising money for other groups. You may want to avoid the middleman and give directly to charities that are working in the region.

Also be cautious when giving online to unfamiliar charities. Be wary of spam messages and emails that claim to link to a relief organization.

We have more information available on how you can assess a charity that you are considering to donate to on our website.

 

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI’S BUSY MONTH OF EARTHQUAKES CONTINUES
Southeast Missouri has had a busy month of earthquakes with another one recorded on Wednesday.

According to the United States Geological Survey, a 2.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 3:29 pm Wednesday.

The quake had a depth of four and a half miles and was located 3.7 miles south southwest of Lilbourn.

Wednesday August 30, 2017

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK NEAR DONIPHAN
A Fairdealing woman was taken to an area hospital Tuesday morning following a single vehicle wreck in Ripley County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 56 year old Tammy Jones was driving on US 160, around 4 miles east of Doniphan, when she ran off the side of the road, struck a tree, and overturned.

Jones suffered serious injuries in the wreck and was transported to a Doniphan hospital.

 

BERNIE MAN ARRESTED ON METH AND MARIJUANA CHARGES
Authorities in New Madrid County have arrested a Bernie man on multiple drug related charges.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 37 year old Michael Winstead was taken into custody Monday morning in New Madrid County on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Winstead is also facing a charge of possession of a controlled substance – marijuana.

 

POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS PREPARING FOR FOUR DAY WEEKEND
Even though the new school year is less than two weeks old students in Poplar Bluff are already preparing for their first four day weekend.

Poplar Bluff R-I Superintendent Scott Dill tells KWOC News that R-1 schools will be dismissed on Friday for a teacher collaboration day, and next Monday for the Labor Day holiday.

The regular class schedule will resume on Tuesday, September 5th.

The Poplar Bluff Early Childhood Center will also have its first day of school on September 5th.

 

EROSION WORK TO CAUSE DELAYS ON ROUTE 67 IN WAYNE AND MADISON COUNTIES
Southbound Route 67 in Wayne and Madison Counties is being reduced with a 16-foot width restriction through mid September while contractor crews perform erosion work.

MoDOT officials tell KWOC News that the work zone is located from the Route E to Route F.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 7 am to 6 pm daily through Friday, September 15th.

 

BICYCLIST STRUCK AND KILLED BY A VEHICLE, WOMAN IN CUSTODY
A woman has been taken into custody in connection to the death of a bicyclist over the weekend in Sikeston.

Sergeant Jon Broom with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells KWOC News that on Saturday, a bicyclist, identified as 56 year old Donnell Johnson, of Sikeston, was struck and killed by a motor vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle, 27 year old Alonda Harris, also of Sikeston, had allegedly been smoking synthetic marijuana prior to the crash.

She has been charged with felony involuntary manslaughter and her bond was set at $10,000, cash or surety.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information related to the crash is asked to contact Sikeston DPS at 573-471- 4711.

 

WAYNE COUNTY WRECK LEAVES TWO INJURED
Two people were ejected from a vehicle in a wreck early this morning in Wayne County.

According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred at around midnight on Route D, south of Shook.

A vehicle, driven 40 year old Johnny Hagy, of Wappapello, reportedly ran off the roadway and overturned.

Officials say that a passenger in the vehicle, 33 year old Alisha Hagy, also of Wappapello, was seriously injured in the wreck while Johnny Hagy suffered moderate injuries. Both were transported to a Poplar Bluff hospital.

 

GRANTS AND DONATIONS ALLOW POPLAR BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL TO GET 3D PROJECTOR
The Poplar Bluff Middle School has a new piece of technology to help bring lessons to life.

A 3DAV rover, valued at over $14,000, was delivered this month to the Poplar Bluff Middle after a string of grants and donations were secured by the STEM department.

School officials say that the rover is a portable 3D projector and theater system built inside a wheeled AV cart. The holoprojected images are transmitted into the classroom through active glasses students are supplied.

STEM teacher Cody Young says that the rover comes with over 3,000 lessons broken down by grade level and he believes it will help improve MAP test scores.

At the end of the last school year, Young landed a 50/50 grant through Tek4Teachers. His former colleague Keri Jameson also wrote a successful grant for $1,500 through the Poplar Bluff Public School Foundation.

The remaining funds came from a business donation, the Parent Teacher Organization, and individual solicitations collected by the Student Council.

 

MODOT CREWS IN PEMISCOT COUNTY FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS
The East Outer Road of Interstate 55 in Pemiscot County has been partially closed so Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

According to officials, work is scheduled to be done from 6 am to 6 pm daily through Thursday, September 7th.

The work zone is located from Route 84 to Route A.

Tuesday August 29, 2017

MAN SHOT IN THE ARM DURING ALTERCATION IN BUTLER COUNTY
A man was shot in the arm early Monday morning after he allegedly busted a window in Butler County.

Investigator Randle Huddleston with the Butler County Sheriff’s Department tells KWOC News that the incident occurred early Monday morning.

Randle Huddleston:

Early Monday morning at approximately 4:30 am, Butler County deputies were dispatched to 519 County Road 526 in reference to property damage. Upon arrival Butler County deputies learned that the homeowner had awakened to the sound of somebody breaking the glass out of his front living room window. Homeowner confronted the suspect, identified as Kevin Hayes, 54 years old of Williamsville, Missouri. During the confrontation the homeowner stated he returned in to his residence to retrieve a firearm and again went outside onto his property to confront Kevin Hayes. During that confrontation the homeowner fired several rounds with one of them striking Kevin Hayes in the left arm. Kevin Hayes was apprehended a short time later by Butler County deputies and was transported by EMS to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries and then released. Kevin Hayes was then lodged in the Butler County jail with the charges of property damage first, trespassing first. At this time the investigation is still ongoing, still gathering facts. Once the investigation is concluded it will be sent to the prosecuting attorney for his review requesting charges.

 

POPLAR BLUFF TRANSITION FAIR TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY
An event has been scheduled for this week for Poplar Bluff students who are receiving Individualized Education Program services.

All students in grades 7 through 12 who are receiving IEP services are being encouraged to attend the Poplar Bluff Transition Fair from 6 to 8 pm Thursday at Poplar Bluff High School.

School officials say that during the fair, representatives from Vocational Rehab Services, the University of Missouri and others will be on hand to explain how to access the post-graduation training and job placement available to students who have been receiving special education services.

 

BRIDGE REPLACEMENT TO FORCE CLOSURE OF WAYNE COUNTY ROAD THROUGH OCTOBER
A Wayne County road has been closed so contractor crews can perform a bridge replacement.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Outer Road from Route 34 to northbound 67 is being closed for the replacement. The work zone is located in the Silva area.

Officials say that the road is scheduled to re-open on Saturday, October 31st.

 

CRYSTAL LIKE SUBSTANCE AND GUNS FOUND DURING EXECUTION OF A SEARCH WARRANT
A Haywood City man has been taken into custody after a search warrant was executed at his residence last week.

According to authorities, the search was conducted Thursday night at the residence of 55 year old Cletus Rhoden, who had been involved in narcotics investigation.

During the search of the residence detectives located four firearms, approximately 30 grams of a crystal like substance, and a large amount of US currency that totaled over $33,000.

Rhoden was arrested and has been charged with delivery of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, and endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs.

His bond was set at $100,000, cash only.

 

KIDS FUN DAY FISHING EVENT SCHEDULED FOR NEXT MONTH AT WAPPAPELLO LAKE
Young children in southeast Missouri will get the opportunity for a fun day of fishing next month at Wappapello Lake.

According to the US Army Corps of Engineers a Kids Fun Day Fishing Event has been scheduled for children 4 to 14 years old on Saturday, September 23rd at the Lost Creek Recreation Area.

Corps officials say they will provide the supplies including bait, rod, and tackle for the day. Lunch will be provided.

Parents can pre-register their children at the Wappapello Lake Visitor Center as well as the Management Office. For more information call 573-222-8562.

 

ROAD WORK TO CAUSE DELAYS TODAY ON ROUTE 25 IN DUNKLIN COUNTY
Route 25 in Dunklin County will be reduced today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can mill the roadway.

MoDOT officials tell KWOC News that the section of Route 25 to be reduced is located from County Road 212 to County Road 220.

Weather permitting, work will take place today from 7 am to 4:30 pm.

 

Monday August 28, 2017

PUXICO MAN FACING CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGE
A Puxico resident has been arrested in Stoddard County on a child molestation warrant.

Few details about the arrest have been released; however the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tells KWOC News that 57 year old John Wiley was recently taken into custody on a warrant for 1st degree child molestation.

Officials say that Wiley’s bond was set at $35,000.

 

WOMAN ARRESTED OVER THE WEEKEND IN RIPLEY COUNTY ON FELONG DRUG CHARGE
A Doniphan woman is facing a felony drug charge following her arrest over the weekend in Ripley County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 32 year old Megan Cates was arrested Saturday morning on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Cates is also facing a charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Following the arrest, Cates was transported to the Butler County Jail.

 

ROAD CLOSURE SET FOR TODAY IN DONIPHAN
Motorists in Doniphan are being advised to prepare for delays while travelling today due to a road closure.

According to the Doniphan Police Department, North Grand Avenue will be closed today between Washington and Locust Street.

Police officials say that the closure is for a water line repair.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIR PROJECT TO BEGIN TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY
Route P in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane beginning today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

The section of Route P to be reduced is located from North Route Y to South Route Y.

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

 

TEENAGER SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER BEING HIT BY A VEHICLE
An area teenager suffered serious injuries over the weekend after he was hit by a vehicle in New Madrid County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the 17 year old male was struck by an unknown vehicle on a bridge along Missouri Highway 153, around three miles south of Tallapoosa. The vehicle then left the scene.

Officials say the incident occurred at around 5 am Saturday morning.

The teen was seriously injured and taken by a private vehicle to a Sikeston hospital.

 

DUDLEY MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE COUNTS OF STAUTORY SODOMY
An area man was recently arrested in Stoddard County on a statutory sodomy warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 61 year old Leslie Allen Boyer, of Dudley, has been taken into custody on a warrant for two counts of statutory sodomy 1st degree.

Boyer’s bond was set at $25,000 cash.

 

DEXTER MAN IN CUSTODY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT
Authorities in Stoddard County say a Dexter man has been taken into custody on a controlled substance warrant.

According to authorities, 25 year old Tyler George was recently arrested on a warrant for delivery of a controlled substance.

George’s bond was set at $50,000, cash only, and he remained in jail as of this morning.

 

TWO EARTHQUAKES RECORDED LATE LAST WEEK IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
The string of earthquakes that has hit Southeast Missouri over the month continued last week.

According to the United States Geological Survey, a 2.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded Thursday morning around 6 miles south southwest of New Madrid.

On Friday, a 2.8 magnitude earthquake was also recorded; this one centered a little over 3 miles south southwest of Lilbourn.

 

MODOT CREWS TO BE IN NEW MADRID COUNTY TODAY
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in New Madrid County today for pavement repairs on Route W.

According to MoDOT, Route W will be reduced to one lane from 7 am to 4:30 pm today for the repairs.

The work zone will be located between Route D and Route 62.

Wednesday August 23, 2017

MAN SENTENCED TO OVER 25 YEARS ON ROBBERY AND FIREARM CHARGES
A man has been sentenced to over 25 years in connection to a 2015 Kennett convenience store robbery.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 36 year old Julius L. Jones was sentenced yesterday to 308 months on one felony count of interference with commerce by robbery and one felony count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Jones was one of two men involved in a robbery at a Kennett business on July 1st, 2015. A store manager was shot during the robbery. The two men also shot at Kennett Police officers while attempting to get away.

 

COMMUNITY ALLIANCE PROGRAM TO BE HELD AT HIGHWAY PATROL TROOP E HEADQUARTERS
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be hosting a Community Alliance Program at the Troop E headquarters in Poplar Bluff.

The program will begin on Tuesday, September 19th and will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. The program will conclude with an awards banquet on October 31st.

According to Captain Jeffrey Vitale, the program is designed to allow the public to learn more about the Patrol’s purpose and role within the law enforcement community and the curriculum will familiarize participants with many Patrol policies and procedures.

These sessions will cover traffic stops, crash investigations, firearms familiarization, marine operations, and many other aspects of the Patrol.

Applications for the program are being accepted through September 1st and there is no cost to participate.

Anyone interested in participating in the program can contact Sergeant Clark Parrott at 573-840-9500 extension 3532.

 

ROUTE M IN BUTLER COUNTY TO BE CLOSED STARTING TOMORROW
Route M in Butler County will be reduced with a 10-foot width restriction beginning tomorrow so contractor crews can perform chip sealing.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the section of roadway to be closed is located from County Road 461 to County Road 441.

Weather permitting, work will performed tomorrow through Friday, September 8th from 6 am to 7 pm daily.

 

PARAGOULD MAN KILLED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK
A Paragould man was killed in a two vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Arkansas State Police, the wreck occurred at around 12:30 pm Tuesday on Highway 49 when a vehicle crossed the center line of the roadway and struck an oncoming vehicle.

The second vehicle then ran into a building.

The driver of the first vehicle, 70 year old Thomas Hood, has died from injuries he received in the wreck. A passenger in Hood’s vehicle was also injured. No injuries were listed for individuals in the second vehicle.

 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL BOARD TO BE HELD THURSDAY NIGHT
The Poplar Bluff R-1 School Board is scheduled to meet this week.

The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Poplar Bluff Board of Education is set to begin Thursday night at 7 pm.

The meeting will be open to the public and held in the administrative building.

 

WAPPAPELLO EAGLE RIDERS TO HOLD CHARITY RIDE FOR HEARTS OF RESCUE
An area organization will be holding an event next month for charity.

The Wappapello Eagle Riders have scheduled a charity ride for Hearts of Rescue on September 16th.

Registration for the event will begin that morning at 9 am at the Wappapello Eagles and food will be provided after the run. There will also be a silent auction as well. For more information, contact Rosie at 573-300-8925.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

 

 

 

 

DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON KIDNAPPING WARRANT

 
Authorities in Stoddard County have arrested a Dexter man on a kidnapping warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 20 year old Michael Love was recently arrested on a warrant for kidnapping 1st degree, armed criminal action, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Love’s bond has been set at $50,000.00 cash only and he remained in jail as of this morning.

 

 
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 this week.

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

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

 

 
OKLAHOMA MAN ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON FELONY DRUG CHARGE

 
An Oklahoma man was taken into custody Monday evening in Butler County on multiple drug related charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 22 year old Austin Rodriguez, of Oklahoma City, was arrested at around 6:30 pm on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Rodriguez was also arrested on misdemeanor marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges.

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

 

 
OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED FOR TODAY AT POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL

 
An Open House has been scheduled for today at a Poplar Bluff school.

The open house for the Poplar Bluff Senior High School will be held from 5:30 pm to 7 pm tonight.

An open house has also been scheduled for next week at the Early Childhood Center.

That event will take place on Tuesday, August 29th, from 8:30 to 9:30 am for morning students and from 9:45 to 10:45 am for PM students. Parents are asked to bring in their items from the school supply list.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF JUNIOR HIGH AWARDED $500 FOR MATERIALS

 
A Poplar Bluff junior high program has been awarded $500 for materials.

School officials tell KWOC News that the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation awarded the money to the Junior High honors English program for curriculum materials associated with several literary classics, as well as mythology and poetry.

The proposal was written by eighth grade instructor Hilary Taylor and says the curriculum is being restructured with increased rigor. Project-based learning activities cited include modernizing passages and transforming stories into graphic novels, children’s books, and scripts.

The foundation awarded a total of $42,000 to teachers in Missouri, six grants per region. This was the first grant awarded to a Poplar Bluff instructor, according to organization representatives

 

 
ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE RECORDED IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 
Officials say that another earthquake has been recorded in Southeast Missouri.

According to the United States Geological Survey, a 2.2 magnitude earthquake occurred Sunday night at approximately 9:44 pm.

The quake was located less than four miles south southwest of Lilbourn and had a depth of approximately 4.9 miles.

 

 
DUNKLIN COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED FOR PULL PAVING

 
Route TT in Dunklin County will be closed for part of this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pull paving.

MoDOT officials say that the section of roadway is located between the Arkansas state line and Route 164.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Thursday from 5:30 am to 7 pm daily.

 

 
PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO CAUSE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PEMISCOT COUNTY ROAD

 
Route P in Pemiscot County will be temporarily closed beginning today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Thursday.

The work zone is located between Route A and Route K and will be open to local traffic only.

Monday August 21, 2017

PARMA MAN SENTENCED TO COMBINED 120 YEARS ON BURGLARY AND ARSON CHARGES
A judge in Cape Girardeau County has sentenced a Parma man to over 100 years on burglary and arson charges.

According to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver, Edward Lusk had previously pled guilty to six counts of burglary in the second degree, one count of property damage, and one count of arson in the second degree.

On Friday, Judge Benjamin Lewis sentenced Lusk to 15 years on each of the 8 counts. Oliver says that the judge ordered that each sentence would be served consecutive to one another for a combined sentence of 120 years.

The arson and burglaries were located at Dexter area businesses during the summer of 2016.

 

MOTORISTS ADVISED TO BE CAREFUL DUE TO THE ECLIPSE TODAY
The Solar Eclipse will finally occur today and officials are warning motorists to be ready for the increase in traffic due to visitors coming to see the event.

The eclipse will peak here in Southeast Missouri at around 1:20 pm. Everyone is being advised to prepare for extra congestion today and to watch out for increased pedestrian traffic as well. People may randomly park and be walking alongside roads in the hours before the eclipse to get the best viewing.

Anyone planning on viewing the eclipse needs to wear eclipse glasses to avoid damage to their eyes. However you should not wear your eclipse glasses or take photographs while driving.

The Missouri Department of Safety has posted a video with additional information and safety tips about the eclipse which we have available on the KWOC Facebook page.

 

THREE INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY, IN WRECK OUTSIDE OF POPLAR BLUFF
Three people were injured Friday in a wreck outside of Poplar Bluff.

According to authorities, the wreck occurred shortly before 5 pm Friday when a vehicle, driven by a Poplar Bluff teenager, pulled into the path of another vehicle on Highway 142, one mile south of Poplar Bluff.

The driver of the second vehicle, 39 year old Daniel Bunyard, of Doniphan, suffered serious injuries in the wreck. Two teenagers in the first vehicle were also injured. All three were taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital.

 

BUTLER COUNTY ROAD TO BE REDUCED EARLY THIS WEEK FOR BRIDGE REPAIRS
Eastbound Route 60 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane early this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge repairs.

MoDot officials tell us that the bridge is located over the Saint Francis River near Fisk.

Weather permitting; work will be performed today and tomorrow from 6 am to 5 pm each day.

 

MURDER FOR HIRE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ARREST OF CHAFFEE MAN
An investigation into a plot to kill a Benton resident has resulted in the arrest of a Chaffee man.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that during the investigation, 24 year old Samuel Lix solicited an undercover state trooper to murder a family member.

On Thursday, Lix was arrested without incident at his residence. The following day, the Scott County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Lix with conspiracy to commit murder – first degree and endangering the welfare of a child. His bond was set at $250,000.

 

POPLAR BLUFF CITY COUNCIL TO HOST PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT TO DISCUSS PROPERTY TAX
The Poplar Bluff city council will be holding a public hearing tonight concerning property tax rates.

The hearing will begin at 6:45 pm tonight in the City Council chambers. The hearing is an opportunity for citizens to give input relative to the property tax rates proposed to be set by the City Council.

The hearing will be followed at 7 pm by the regular meeting of the City Council. During the regular meeting, the council is scheduled to review adjustments to the Fiscal Year 2017 city budget, discuss options for City Hall, and take action on multiple ordinances.

 

PIGGOTT PHONE LINES GO DOWN FOLLOWING AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
The phone lines in Piggott were down for a period of time over the weekend following an automobile accident.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller Tells KWOC News all of the phones in Piggott, including the Clay County 911 system, went down Friday evening due to the automobile accident on Highway 49 near Speers Curve.

The 911 system was restored to normal early Saturday morning and the highway was reopened before 5 am that morning. Information was not available on if there were any injuries in connection to the wreck.

 

EARLY MORNING WRECK LEAVES SENATH TEENAGER WITH SERIOUS INJURIES
A Senath teenager was seriously injured in an early morning wreck over the weekend.

According to the Highway Patrol, the 17 year old male was driving on Highway P in Dunklin County shortly after midnight Saturday morning when his vehicle ran off the road and struck a bridge railing.

The teenager received serious injuries in the wreck and was flown to a Jonesboro hospital.

Friday August 18, 2017

POPLAR BLUFF MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS ON MURDER AND KIDNAPPING CHARGES
A Poplar Bluff man is facing 20 years in prison on a murder charge.

According to Missouri Case Net, 25 year old Edward Weaver was sentenced earlier this week after entering a guilty plea on charges of murder 2nd degree and kidnapping.

Weaver was arrested in August of 2015 in connection to the death of 48 year old Norman Jones, of Poplar Bluff. Jones’s body was found in a car trunk on County Road 355 between Harviell and Neelyville.

Weaver was sentenced to 20 years on each count in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The sentences are to run concurrently.

 

DONIPHAN POLICE TRYING TO CONTACT POSSIBLE WITNESS TO A CRIME
Doniphan Police are trying to get in contact with someone who could be a witness to a crime.

According to the Doniphan Police Department, on Sunday, August 13th, at approximately 10:30 pm, a mid-size white SUV drove by the Vocational School on Spring Street. Police say they are trying to contact the driver of the SUV in reference to them possibly being a witness to a crime

Anyone with information about the vehicle’s driver can contact the Doniphan Police Department at 573-996-7123.

 

CHILD IDENTIFICATION AND PROTECTION PROGRAM TO BE HELD AT RIPLEY COUNTY KIDS DAY
A free program will be held during the Ripley County Kids Day on September 9th that will allow parents to get a kit to help identify their child in case of an emergency.

The Missouri Child Identification and Protection Program is a comprehensive program designed to provide families a proactive means of preparation should their child or teen become missing.

The program will contain digital photographs, digital fingerprints, dental bite impressions, two laminated ID cards, child information, and emergency contacts.

The child’s digital photographs and fingerprints, along with their vital information will be given to their parent or guardian on a mini-CD computer disk.

Officials say the program will be provided free of charge at the Ripley County Fairgrounds from 10 am to 2 pm on September 9th.

For more information, contact Dennis Meyers at 996-6353.

 

ARREST MADE IN CONNECTION TO DEATH OF 15 MONTH OLD CHILD
Authorities in Charleston say that a father has been arrested in connection to the death of his 15 month old child.

According to the Charleston Department of Public Safety, on August 2nd, they were notified of the death of a toddler, who was identified as Camron Haynes.

Officials say that preliminary autopsy results indicated injuries that would not occur naturally. During an interview, the father of the child, 32 year old Deriechess Moore, of Charleston, admitted to striking the child while under the influence of a synthetic narcotic.

Moore has been arrested and is currently being held in the Mississippi County Jail on a warrant charging him with murder in the second degree, child abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child. Officials say there is no bond on the warrant.

 

STUDENTS TO RETURN TO CLASSES TODAY IN CLARKTON AND HOLCOMB
A light Friday marks the end of a busy week of school openings in Southeast Missouri.

Only a handful of schools in our listening area will be opening for classes today, including Clarkton C-4 and Holcomb R-3.

Some area colleges will be starting their Fall Semesters on Monday including Central Methodist University, Mineral Area College, and Southeast Missouri State University.

 

WALK TO END ALZHEIMERS TO BE HELD IN OCTOBER IN POPLAR BLUFF
Residents from the Poplar Bluff area will be coming together in October to learn about Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Saturday, October 14th at McLane Park in Poplar Bluff.

Officials say that participants will complete a 1 or 3 mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities,
clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Walk participants will also join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

You can sign up as a team captain, join a team, or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

 

 

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF SUPERINTENDENT SAYS HE IS EXCITED FOR SCHOOL TO BEGIN TODAY

 
Students are returning to class today in Poplar Bluff and school administrators say that are excited for school to begin.

We spoke with Poplar Bluff R-1 Superintendent Scott Dill ahead of today’s school opening.

“Today is the day of days, the first day of school, and we are extremely excited to have our kids back. It’s been a long summer up here at the school and we’re excited to have all of our kids come back to us today. You know it was nice to have the luxury of just working on school stuff this summer.

The facilities are great and we’re so thankful to the community for entrusting those to us but at the core of everything I do I’m a teacher and so it was really nice to focus on teaching and learning this summer and sharpen our efforts there to ensure that we were ready to go academically for the kids this fall. The main thing, I would just ask this of everyone involved, just be patient give yourself extra time understand the traffic will be heavy these first couple weeks probably but particularly Thursday and Friday the traffic will be rough.

Our buses, the routes we have planned out, those are approximations. We hope that we hit that schedule, but I would ask that everyone is patient. We know that there’s probably going to be some problems out there tomorrow, we anticipate that, and we will adjust accordingly. But we want to do the best we can and our primary goal is to get the kids to school safe and then get them back home just as safely.

One of our main focus areas for this school year has been the reinvigoration of our professional learning communities and simply put that means that we are recommitting ourselves to the good work of recognizing that we are a public school and we openly embrace every student that walks through our door.

And for our purposes all means all and we want to ensure that all of our students are learning at high-levels. So we will commit ourselves to doing whatever it takes to ensure that happens for all of our kids as we move through this school year.”

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF, TWIN RIVERS, AND DONIPHAN TO BEGIN CLASSES TODAY

 
Numerous schools around Southeast Missouri will be opening their doors to students today.

Schools beginning class today include Advance R-4, Bloomfield R-14, Campbell R-2, Cooter R-4, Crowley Ridge State School, Current River State School, Doniphan R-1, Hayti R-2, Kennett, North Pemiscot R-1, Poplar Bluff R-1, Senath Hornersville, Shady Grove State School, and Twin Rivers R-10.

On Friday, both Clarkton and Holcomb will be beginning their school year.

 

 
TWO POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON METH AND MARIJUANA CHARGES IN BUTLER COUNTY

 
Two Poplar Bluff residents have been taken into custody on meth and marijuana charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, on Wednesday 44 year old Bridgette Alcala and 41 year old Randy Stegall were each arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Both Alcala and Stegall are also facing charges of possession of marijuana 11 to 35 grams and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following their arrest, both were held at the Butler County Sheriff’s Department.

 

 
AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING BURGLARY AT STEELE PHARMACY

 
Authorities in Steele are investigating a burglary at an area business.

Steele Chief of Police Billy Joe Stanfield tells KWOC News that during the early morning hours of August 15th, officers were dispatched to Greene Pharmacy in reference to a burglar alarm being activated.

Officers arrived on scene and found the front door had been forced open. Stanfield says that pharmaceutical drugs and several hundred dollars’ worth of change were taken during the burglary.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Pemiscot County Sheriff Department are assisting the Steele Police Department with the investigation and anyone who might have information is asked to call Steele Police at 573-695-3411.

 

 
TWO STORE MANAGERS SENTENCED ON FEDERAL CHARGES INVOLVING FOOD STAMP FRAUD

 
Two Sikeston residents have been sentenced on federal charges involving food stamp fraud.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 63 year old Larry White Senior, and 35 year old Erica White were sentenced Wednesday on charges of misusing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Officials say that Larry White was manager of Stop-n-Go Fish Market in Sikeston, and his daughter Erica White was manager of Stop-n-Go Mini Mart Store in New Madrid.

Both admitted that they illegally redeemed up to $549,000 in SNAP benefits between December 2010 and March 2014 by exchanging SNAP benefits for cash and other items.

Both pled guilty in May to multiple felony counts of unauthorized use of SNAP benefits and conspiracy.

Larry White was sentenced to 33 months in prison, while Erica White was sentenced to 1 year and 1 day in prison.

 

 
STARS AND STRIPES MUSEUM TO HOST PROGRAM ON MISSOURI POOR FARMS

 
The Stars and Stripes Museum and Library in Bloomfield will be hosting a program later this month about Missouri Poor Farms.

The program, by Dr. Courtney Kisat, Assistant Professor of History and Secondary Social Studies Education Program Coordinator at Southeast Missouri State University, is free and open to the public.

Dr. Kisat has visited many genealogy rooms throughout Missouri and conducted research on Poor Farms in Missouri. The program has been scheduled for 6:30 pm on Monday, August 28th.

The Stars and Stripes Museum also recently celebrated their 75,000th visitor on Wednesday, August 2nd.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

 

 

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ELLSINORE AREA WRECK

 
A Poplar Bluff man was transported to an area hospital Tuesday morning following a two vehicle wreck in Carter County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred shortly after 8 am Tuesday when a vehicle, driven by 54 year old Thomas Baldridge, of Ellsinore, failed to yield to another vehicle while crossing US 60 and struck the vehicle.

The driver of the second vehicle, 47 year old Monty Woolard, of Poplar Bluff, suffered serious injuries and was transported to a Poplar Bluff hospital. Baldridge received moderate injuries in the wreck.

 

 
CLEARWATER, GREENVILLE, AND PUXICO AMONG SCHOOLS OPENING TODAY IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 
Students across Southeast Missouri are preparing to return to school over the next few weeks, with some schools beginning class today.

Numerous school districts will be opening today in our listening area, including Bunker R-3, Charleston R-1 Clearwater R-1, East Carter County R-2, East Prairie R-2, Greenville R-2, Iron County C-4, Puxico R-8, Sikeston, South Iron County R-1, Southern Reynolds County R-2, and Westwood Baptist Academy.

Thursday will mark another big day for school openings with Poplar Bluff, Twin Rivers, and Doniphan all beginning classes.

 

 
FESTUS MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG AND WEAPON CHARGES

 
Authorities in Wayne County have arrested a Festus man on drug and weapon charges.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 41 year old Travis Sterling was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Sterling is also facing a charge of unlawful use of a weapon while in possession of a controlled substance.

Following his arrest, Sterling was held at the Wayne County Jail.

 

 
TWO EARTQUAKES RECORDED TUESDAY IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 
Two earthquakes shook parts of Southeast Missouri yesterday.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the first earthquake was recorded shortly before 9 am Tuesday. The magnitude 2.9 quake was centered east of Portageville on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River.

The next earthquake was recorded approximately three and a half hours later around six miles north of New Madrid. That quake had a magnitude of 2.3.

 

 
TWO JUVENILES ARRESTED FOLLOWING REPORTS OF VANDALISM IN SIKESTON

 
Two juveniles have been arrested in connection to reports of vandalism in Sikeston.

According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, officers responded to several reports of property damage beginning on Friday of last week and continuing over the weekend.

Graffiti was spray painted on vehicles and buildings with the total amount of damaged estimated to be around $5,600.

On Monday, two Sikeston juveniles, ages 13 and 14, were interviewed and arrested in connection to the case.

 

 
DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER CAMPAIGN TO BEGIN ON FRIDAY

 
Law enforcement officers across Missouri will be participating in a impaired driving campaign beginning on Friday.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will run from August 18th through September 3rd.

MoDot officials tell KWOC News that Last year, 189 agencies statewide participated in the campaign and made 308 DWI arrests.

 

 
WAYNE COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

 
Route C in Wayne County will be closed today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The section Route C to be closed is located from Route E to Route 34.

Weather permitting, work will take place today from 7 am to 5 pm.