DEATH OF BUTLER COUNTY MAN BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN DUE TO DROWNING
A Butler County man who was reported missing last week is believed to have drowned.

According to Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs, the body of 41 year old Thomas Mayabb, of Fisk, was found Wednesday afternoon in the Black River, six and a half miles south of Dan River Access.

Mayabb had been reported missing earlier last week.

Butler County Coroner Andy Moore tells KWOC News that an autopsy was performed Friday and no signs of trauma were found.

 

Butler County Coroner Andy Moore tells KWOC News that an autopsy was performed Friday and no signs of trauma were found.

 

TEENAGER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN DUNKLIN COUNTY
A Malden teenager was badly injured yesterday in a single vehicle wreck in Dunklin County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the 17 year old female was driving a vehicle on Missouri Highway 25 when the vehicle ran off the side of the road, struck a tree stump, and overturned.

The girl received serious injuries and was taken to a Stoddard County hospital.

 

VOTERS TO DECIDE ON BUTLER COUNTY AND POPLAR BLUFF USE TAX TOMORROW
Voters in Poplar Bluff and Butler County will each be voting on use tax issues during Tuesday’s election.

The local use tax, if passed, will be collected by major out of state mail order and internet companies which do business in Missouri for all mail order and internet purchases from Poplar Bluff and Butler County.

The use tax would be the same rate as the local sales tax, 2.25 percent for Poplar Bluff, and one percent for Butler County.

Each measure also states that if the local sales tax rate is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be reduced or raised by the same action.

The measures also say that a use tax return shall not be required to be filed by anyone whose purchases from out-of- state vendors do not in total exceed two thousand dollars in any calendar year.

You can find your local polling place online at www.GoVoteMissouri.com.

 

POPLAR BLUFF CITY COUNCIL TO MEET TONIGHT
The Poplar Bluff City Council will be meeting tonight with multiple items up for discussion.

Some things to be discussed include the Final Change Order for the Walking Trails Grant Project, bids received for Shelby Road, Phase 2, and a cooperative purchasing agreement between the City and the Houston-Galveston Area Council for purchases.

There are also multiple items to be voted on including, an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a grant agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency relative to a grant for the Fire Department and an ordinance on a contract with Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission to administer the FEMA Firefighters grant.

The meeting will begin at 7 pm at the City Council Chambers.

 

RANDEL SPARKS PLEADS GUILTY TO LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT
Sentencing has been set for October for a Poplar Bluff man after he pled guilty to multiple felony charges last week.

According to Missouri Case Net, on Friday, Randel Sparks pled guilty to the felony charges of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution.

Sparks was allegedly one of two drivers involved in the wreck that killed Heavenly Hafford on December 9th, 2015.

His sentencing was set for October 20th.

 

AUTOPSY PERFORMED ON MAN WHO DIED FOLLOWING DOMESTIC INCIDENT IN ROMBAUER
An autopsy has been performed on a man who died last week following a domestic incident in Rombauer.

According to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department, 48 year-old Mike Leslie, was involved in a domestic altercation with his sister, 51 year old Judith Kimbrell, on Wednesday.

During the altercation, Kimbrell allegedly retrieved a firearm from the bedroom, confronted Leslie, and fired one round, striking him in the stomach area. Leslie was dead when officers arrived on scene.

Butler County Coroner Andy Moore tells KWOC News that an autopsy was performed on Leslie Friday which confirmed that he died due to the gunshot wound.

 

SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK NEAR HORNERSVILLE LEAVES MAN WITH SERIOUS INJURIES
Authorities say a Hornersville man was involved in a single vehicle wreck over the weekend.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 24 year old Tyler Gozell’s vehicle overturned Sunday afternoon after striking a ditch off of Missouri Highway 164.

Gozell was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIR PROJECT TO BEGIN TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY
Route AB in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane for most of this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

MoDOT officials say that the work zone is located from Route 25 to Route N.

Work is scheduled to take place today through Thursday from 6:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.