TAX MEASURES APPROVED IN DUNKLIN COUNTY, KENNETT, AND CARUTHERSVILLE

 
While Tuesday brought the failure of tax measures in Butler County, other Southeast Missouri communities were able to get voter approval for tax increases.

Voters in Caruthersville, Kennett, and Dunklin County all approved sales tax measures on Tuesday. Kennett voters also passed a use tax measure as well.

The closest of the four votes was the sales tax vote in Kennett, which passed by approximately 32 votes.

 

 
STUDENTS TO RETURN TO SCHOOL TODAY IN MULTIPLE SOUTHEAST MISSOURI COMMUNITIES

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

A number of school districts are starting today including, Bernie, Chaffee R-2, Dexter R-11, Kelso C-7, Leopold R-3, Neeylville R-4, Richland R-1, and Ripley County R-4.

Additional schools will begin classes on Friday, including New Madrid County R-1 and Portageville.

 

 
METHAMPHETAMINE AND A GUN FOUND DURING SEARCH OF RESIDENCE IN CLAY COUNTY

 
Two people have been placed into custody following the execution of a search warrant in Clay County.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller tells KWOC News that on Tuesday, deputies with the Clay County Sheriff’s Department along with officers with the Corning Police Department and members of the Green County Sheriff’s Department SRT team executed a search warrant at a Corning residence.

Officers reportedly located approximately 10 to 11 grams of suspected methamphetamine along with multiple items of drug paraphernalia used in the ingestion and sale of methamphetamine.

Officers also located and seized a .380 semi-automatic pistol, a small amount of jewelry that had been reported stolen by another individual, a vehicle believed to be used in the transportation of illegal narcotics, and over $3,000.

Both occupants of the residence, identified as Kevin Hensley and Chelsey Elenberg were arrested on scene and are facing numerous charges including possession of controlled substance – methamphetamine with intent to distribute along with an added enhancement for being within 2000 feet of a school, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute, and theft by receiving.

 

 

 

WOMAN IN CUSTODY IN STODDARD COUNTY ON $100,000 BOND

 
A Dexter woman is in custody on a $100,000 cash bond in Stoddard County.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 28 year old Ashley Nichole Roper was recently arrested on three warrants for identity or attempted identity theft.

Officials say that the total bond was set at $100,000 cash and Roper remained in jail as of this morning awaiting extradition to Tennessee.

 

 
BERNIE OFFICIALS SAY FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT SELLING BOOKS IS NOT PART OF CHILD TRAFFICKING SCHEME

 
There has been some social media chatter in the Bernie area about a foreign exchange student that police say is unwarranted.

According to the Bernie Police Department, the student is going door-to-door selling children’s books for Southwestern Advantage.

Some social media members are reportedly sharing information claiming the individual as being part of a Russian child trafficking scheme, which police say is not true.

The Bernie Police Department has conducted a thorough back ground check of the student and the company and both are legitimate and currently possess a valid peddlers License in the City of Bernie.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF CROSS COUNTRY TEAM TO HOLD PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER THIS WEEKEND

 
The Poplar Bluff Cross Country team will be attempting to raise money this weekend with the aid of pancakes.

Poplar Bluff Athletic Director Kent Keith tells KWOC News that the team will be hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser this Saturday at the Junior High Cafeteria.

The breakfast is scheduled to run from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. The cost is $5 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Cross Country team.

 

 
DRIVERS REMINDED TO BE AWARE OF CHANGING TRAFFIC PATTERNS WITH SCHOOL STARTING

 
Drivers across Southeast Missouri are being reminded that with many schools starting traffic patterns are going to change.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the changes will be due to school buses and parents taking their children to school joining other motorists on the road and affecting the morning and afternoon commutes.

Whatever route you drive, expect this additional traffic and prepare by allowing extra time to reach your destination.

Missouri law states that on a two-lane road, if a school bus is stopped and displaying warning signals while loading or unloading children, drivers must stop when meeting and following the bus. However, it is only necessary to stop on a four-lane highway when following the bus.

When you see a stopped school bus, remember to stay alert as children may not be aware of traffic and dart unexpectedly into the roadway.

Parents are also encouraged to talk to their children about riding a bus, walking, or driving to school in a safe manner.